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How to Harvest and Save Your Summer Tomatoes

Food

It’s not that the tomatoes broke my spirit or anything. I just couldn’t face growing them again this year. 
And it turns out that was a good decision. This was not a banner year for tomatoes; it was too cool and wet. There wasn’t a hideous blight like the one we  had a few years ago, but everyone I know who has tomato plants has complained to me that they’ll feel lucky if they get some ripe fruit by October. 

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Becca’s Choice: Why Should We Care?

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Thinkers, Dancers and Ideas at Kent Presents

Ideas

Kent Presents, the Northwest Corner version of Davos, The Aspen Instute,and Ted Talks (with a dash of Esalen thrown in) has an extraordinary lineup of participants this year. What began as a desire to make a difference in the community by its founders, Ben and Donna Rosen, has blossomed in the past four years into a genuinely international event.  

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Kent Sidewalk Festival

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The dog days of August? Not in Kent!  If your idea of fun is great sales, fabulous food, toe-tapping tunes and jaw-dropping vintage cars, Kent is the place to be the first weekend of August.
Running from Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 5 this year, the Festival is free and offers super-sized retail therapy as well as entertainment for the whole family.
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Dark Chewy Beautiful Tender Edible Blossoms

Food

Chinese banquet food never thrilled me. Jelly fish and sea cucumbers I could live without.  But tree ears, those  dark, chewy, beautiful, black, tender blossoms, a  fungus grown on trees, now there’s a treat. And like many foods in China, mo-er mushrooms are said to have a medicinal value. They improve breathing, people said, circulation and well being.

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2018 Canaan Railroad Days

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Railroad Burger
5:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. 21 Railroad Street, North Canaan. Come to the Olde School Deli and try our Railroad Burger with melted Swiss cheese, thousand island dressing and cole slaw.  Served with our homemade chips, $8.00.
Tent Sale!
7am - 5pm C. A. Lindell & Son, Inc., Church Street, North Canaan, CT, 06018. Tent sale in the store parking lot July 18 thru 29th. Great savings!
Mahaiwe Jewelers Contest

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Don’t Listen to Garden Snobs

The Lazy Gardener

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Swirly, Sensual, Summery Soft Serve

Summer Fun

I confess, I am an addict. Driving up from the city,  my tastebuds begin to tremble with anticipation as I get onto Route 22 and approach the Red Rooster in Brewster. Happily, for my vacillating shape, it is a seasonal addiction. The desire begins to emerge just as the peonies begin to bloom around Memorial Day, just about the time the swirly white cones start appearing on flags everywhere. 

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Good Food and Fitness in Renovated Firehouse

Food

From a frumpy fizzled out firehouse to a fab fitness center — Studio Lakeville has taken off — after opening  in February,  it is pretty darn popular and classes fill up quickly.  Studio Lakeville offers full and fusion classes, weights, poundfit, spin, yoga, zumba and pilates. They have personal training and group classes for all levels and there is a full gym.

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