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Forget the tale of Johnny Appleseed: The modern and more reliable way to make new fruit trees is through grafting. Photo courtesy Kent Memorial Library

Workshop on How To Graft Fruit Trees

Kent Memorial Library in Kent, Conn., once again hosts Justin Potter for a demonstration of “gentle top grafting” of fruit trees: adding scionwood of one variety onto a well-established tree of another variety, but without the major surgery involved with standard top grafting.


If you can’t use flour or leavening agents, egg whites can do the job of adding lift to baked goods. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Wheat Is Rising — In Price, Not Just in Baked Goods

If you bake, and especially if you bake bread, you are nervously watching what’s happening with the world’s supply of wheat right now.

Ukraine and Russia together supply about a quarter of the world’s wheat, according to the US Department of Agriculture.


Geoff Brown has published a history of the elegant 19th-century stone church in Lime Rock, Conn., that places the church and our region in the larger context of world history. Photo by Janet Manko

Trinity Church, Lime Rock, Salisbury, America, the World In New History Book

Some books are better when you dip into them, and don’t try to read them end to end. Cookbooks are an obvious example. Marcel Proust’s epic multi-volume masterpiece is another, in my opinion.

For journalists, the “Associated Press Stylebook” works that way.


Learn about America’s most famous lawsuits through comic-book style graphics at the American Museum of Tort Law, which reopens on April 1. Illustration courtesy American Museum of Tort Law

Tort Law: More Interesting Than You Might Expect

Not every day trip in our region has to be to someplace scenic or historic. There is also the town of Winsted, Conn., and the American Museum of Tort Law.

Yes, that’s right. A day trip to Winsted, to the tort law museum.


Rafa Nadal will not be making an appearance in Lakeville for the June tennis camp offered by the Rafa Nadal Academy; and probably the academy’s leader, coach Toni Nadal, won’t make it either. But the tennis instruction will be in the Nadal model. This photo of Rafa and “Uncle Toni” is from Wimbledon, 2014. Photo by Shaida Jacobs

The Art of Outstanding Tennis, Rafa-style

Fans of the Spanish tennis great will be disappointed that Rafael Nadal will not come in person to the week-long Rafa Nadal Tennis Camp in Lakeville, Conn., this July.


Food stylist Frances Boswell, who created this still life with asparagus, chatted with her friend and fellow food professional, Frank Way, on Zoom. Photo by Frances Boswell

Having a Frank Talk About The Art of Beautiful Food

Restaurant owner Frank Way joined his friend, food stylist Frances Boswell, for a chat on Zoom about food that is both beautiful and delicious — as meals are likely to be at Way’s new West Cornwall, Conn., restaurant.


Fortnum & Mason is holding a contest to create a dessert to honor Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. The famous Coronation Chicken, in this photo, was created for the queen in 1953. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

What We Mean When We Talk About Pudding

Most Brits have at least heard of Coronation Chicken and have probably eaten it at least once. For those who haven’t, it’s kind of a curry-based cold chicken-with-sauce that was invented in 1953 for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation luncheon.


Learn about the Shepaug Railroad line, which transformed Washington, Conn., into a dairy center as well as a country retreat, in a Zoom talk on March 21. Photo courtesy Gunn Historical Museum

A History of the Shepaug Railroad Line

Fans of Connecticut rail history can tune in to a Zoom presentation co-sponsored by the Gunn Historical Museum and the Danbury Railway Museum on Monday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m.

“The History of the Shepaug Railroad” will be presented by Col. Donald A. Woodworth Jr., USAF (Ret.).

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