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Riding along the Harlem Valley Rail Trail on a summer day, cyclists will soon experience the thrill of riding over the clear blue waters as they ride from the center of Millerton in the direction of Copake. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Finding Balance by Getting on a Bike

One of the things I love best about this area is that there are few limits to where you can ride your bike.

I have been on a bike for more than a decade, and I’ve ridden everywhere from the Hotchkiss Library in Sharon, Conn., to all around Block Island, R.I., and along sections of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. 


Barbara Page illustrated library checkout slips with images related to every book she’s read over the past seven decades. Her work will be part of the Book Marks show at the D. M. Hunt Library. Photo courtesy B. Page

Solace, Fun and Community from Books

The popular Art Wall at the D.M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, Conn., features diverse and interesting shows that almost never have anything to do with books. In the modern world, libraries aren’t exclusively all about the printed word any longer anyway — but the new show of art at the library does tie together literary and visual art.


The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Museum in Kent, Conn., opens to the public on Saturday, July 24, for the annual Engine Show. Visitors can see the museum’s many machines up close and hard at work. Photo by Lans Christensen

An Early Peek at Antique Machines at CAMA Museum

One of the big social events of the year in Litchfield County, of course, is the autumn showing of steam-powered and small-engine machinery at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Museum on Route 7 in Kent, Conn. 


The Balourdet String Quartet from Boston, Mass., will step in for the Juilliard Quartet at Music Mountain on July 11. Photo by Stephen Barton ​

Change of Plan for July 11 Music Mountain Concert

One thing COVID-19 taught us all was the need to be flexible; and one challenge arts venues had was the need to book performances well in advance, not only so they could do publicity but also so the performers could create a logical schedule for themselves. 

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