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Brittany Hrabcsak’s cookie recreation of Whoville from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” won first prize in the Kent, Conn., Gingerbread Festival. Photo by Melissa Roth Chernisk

Gingerbread ‘House Proud’ in Kent and Salisbury, Conn.

In just nine years, the Kent Gingerbread Festival in Kent, Conn., has gone from being just fun to being quite a big deal. It’s one of the biggest gingerbread festivals in the region and has become a big draw to town, even in years when there’s a pandemic quarantine.

Sharon’s Alethea Platt, an Artist and a Fierce Advocate for Women

The dozens of viewers who attended the December talk on the life and art of Sharon, Conn., summer artist-resident Alethea Hill Platt came away with a more informed appreciation of this late 19th- and early 20th-century woman, who earned every inch of her success as an artist while exercising her fierce independence as a woman of her times.

Ballet Collective’s performance of “The Nutcracker” inside and on the grounds of the historic Wethersfield estate in Amenia, N.Y., can be seen “virtually” until Dec. 26. Photo by charlotte Rare​

‘The Nutcracker,’ Performed Live In and Around Wethersfield

For many of us, the holiday season isn’t complete without watching or listening to Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

While it’s comforting to watch a favorite older version (such as the New York City Baller production featuring a young Macaulay Culkin, from 1993), it’s of course wonderful to watch a new version of this old favorite. 

Until Jan. 2, 25% of gross sales of caviar by Pointy Snout, based in Salisbury, Conn. (and packaged in Millerton, N.Y.), will be donated to an area food pantry. Annie Wayte of The White Hart in Salisbury serves the caviar on brioche toast rounds, with Hudson Valley creme fraiche from Ronnybrook Farm Dairy. Photo by Eliza Hoyland​

Caviar as a Way To Usher in Good Fortune for the Coming Year

New Year’s Eve is coming up, a time when even those of us who think we’re pretty sensible are inclined to indulge in some superstition and wishful thinking. We will make resolutions and we will make toasts and we will eat “good luck” foods such as hoppin’ john or noodles shaped like coins —or caviar. 


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