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Robert Oakes will talk about his book, “Ghosts of the Berkshires,” Oct. 28. Photo submitted​

Tales of Old Ghosts Of New England

It’s called “New” England but our region is, of course, one of the oldest parts of the U.S., so of course there are more stories about ghosts and ghouls and the unexplained here than there are in newer, shinier parts of the country. 


The Bardavon Theater in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is celebrating the 50th anniversary (and what a long strange trip …) of the Grateful Dead’s “American Beauty” album with a virtual concert on Nov. 1. 

‘American Beauty,’ Now 50 Years Old, Keeps on Truckin’ at the Bardavon

It’s the 50th anniversary of an iconic Grateful Dead album, and the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is celebrating with a free online show on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. featuring covers of songs from the album and the general Dead song list. 


“Reproduction,” a photo on canvas by Susan Rostenberg, is part of the Great Hollow Invitational Art Show in Sherman, Conn., and a focus of
 a talk on the famous Rostenberg conifer garden, called
Peter’s Opus. 
Photo by Susan Rostenberg 

A Virtual Glimpse into an Enchanted Conifer Garden

This is the time of year when we begin to think of evergreens and pine cones in preparation for the winter months and snow and holiday-season wreaths. 

Just in time, there will be an online presentation about conifers sponsored by the Sherman, Conn., library as part of the Great Hollow Invitational Art Show. 


This photo of Richard Manyak is part of a collection of portraits by Lazlo Gyorsok now on display at the library in Cornwall, Conn. Photo by Lazlo Gyorsok

How we Survived the Quarantine — in Portraits

Cornwall’s Lazlo Gyorsok spent the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic visiting (with masks and social distance) people in Cornwall, Conn., and seeing how they were spending time during the quarantine. The result is a collection of portraits called “While We Were Home,” now on display at the Cornwall Library in Cornwall. 


Jandi Hanna helps children with communication and verbal expression as a speech pathologist at Lee H. Kellogg School and Cornwall Consolidated School in Connecticut. She continued to teach students “virtually” in quarantine, and has returned to in-person lessons this school year. Photo by Alexander Wilburn​

Teaching Children — and Finding Hope — in a COVID-19 World

It’s perhaps not surprising that in recounting the many changes and challenges teachers have faced this year, Jandi Hanna, a speech and language pathologist who lives in Falls Village, Conn., starts with the negative. On top of the threat of spreading COVID-19 this year, there has been the existential threat.

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