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frank.food company closed its Kent, Conn., location during the COVID-19 pandemic but  new larger version is now open in West Cornwall — and becoming a social hub as well as popular restaurant. Photo courtesy Frank Way

frank.food company’s New Restaurant Is Frankly Good Food

Frank Way has found success in his newest venture, called simply frank. It opened May 12 on the West Cornwall, Conn., property that was known for many years as the Pink House (although it is now a more subtle shade of cream).


Gary Stephan’s “Untitled” from 2021 is part of a new show at Furnace — Art on Paper Archive in Falls Village, Conn. Image from Gary Stephan

Seeing Between the Lines

There will be an opening reception for a new show of work by Gary Stephan at Furnace — Art on Paper Archive in Falls Village, Conn., on Saturday, June 18, from 2 to 6 pm.


Fifty-five samplers from the collection of Alexandra Peters will be on display at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum from June 18. Many of the classic sampler styles are represented, including ones where young women learned their alphabets and basic stitching styles; and more complex ones that show geography and genealogy. Photo by Francesca Lally

A Sampling of Samplers at Sharon History Museum

Quilts are more obvious. You can find them at museums, at church fairs, you can find old ones and new ones, hand-sewn examples, machine-made examples.  I love quilts, too, don’t get me wrong but there’s something about a child’s sampler that, to me, makes quilts seem mundane.


Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Dr. Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts. Photo courtesy IMDB

New ‘Doctor Strange’ Opens Doors to Methods, Madness in the Multiverse

Back in November 2016, when I saw the first “Doctor Strange” movie in theaters, my interest in Stephen Strange’s storyline boiled down to two points: my initiation into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and my susceptibility to actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s charms.


Interior designer Darren Henault has expanded his store in Amenia, N.Y., called Tent, to an additional location nearby that will only sell rugs. Photo by Jonathan Doster

Cutting a Rug with Designer Darren Henault at His New Shop, T2

Interior designer Darren Henault brought a touch of glamour and some excellent home decor options to Amenia, N.Y., when he opened his shop, called Tent, in what had until then been home to a variety of second-hand furnishings and decorative tchotchke shops.


Eva Chen, center, read aloud her book, “I Am Golden,” at the Cornwall Library. Eiseley Kotchoubey of Cornwall is at left in the photo; at right is Samantha Saliter of Sharon’s library. Photo by Leila Hawken

Finding Pride and Joy in New Book by Chen

The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, Conn., and the nearby Cornwall Library joined forces on Saturday, May 7, to present Litchfield County resident and New York Times bestselling children’s book author Eva Chen. She read from her latest book, “I Am Golden,” published earlier this year.

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