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A good strawberry shortcake doesn’t have to be fussy; you can make one quickly with a simple homemade jam, ladyfingers and whipped cream from the can. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

A Shortcut To Strawberry Shortcake

Sweet red strawberries from California have been at grocery stores for weeks now, and soon we will begin to see the smaller, tarter local berries.

Even though strawberry is my favorite jam flavor, I rarely make it. But this year I figured out a berry preserve “cheat” that is delicious even if it’s not perfect.

Frank Gehry’s Fisher Center is reason enough to make a trip to Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., and the Bard College campus, but there are also concerts and performances there throughout the summer. Photo of Fisher Center by Peter Aron/Esto

Bard College: Worth the Drive for Music & More

Distances seem to become daunting, even insurmountable, here in the Tristate region. Perhaps it’s because we’re all so comfy in our country homes — although I think actually what happens is that, emotionally, we all begin to set up Boundaries that Must Not Be Crossed.

Sisters Petra, at left in photo, and Sadie Leite, at the entrance to one of the trails leading to the Connecticut section of the Appalachian Trail. Photo submitted

The Leite Sisters Hike The AT with Caterpillars And Cinderella

I don’t really know where the idea came from. There are a lot of sources I can point to. My family has a house in Salisbury, Conn. I often see thru-hikers stomping toward ice cream at LaBonne’s market.

Hazmat, at left, and Boo Boo are hikers on their way to Gorham, N.H. , to complete their journey along the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail. They are from Georgia and have been doing the trail, section by section, over the course of several years. Photo by Lans Christensen

In 2022, the AT Has Grown in Length and In Number of Hikers

I haven’t done the math on this, to be honest, but I’d be willing to wager that there are more miles of hiking trails in the Tristate region than there are paved roads.

Some extraordinary cars show up on our area roads. This 1953 Hudson Hornet was on Main Street in Kent, Conn., at the end of May. Photo by Lans Christensen

Vintage Vehicles That Can Inspire Dreams & Bring Back Memories

Truly a legendary piece of American automotive history, the Hudson Hornet was only manufactured from 1951 through 1954. It was one of several Hudson models, but by far the most popular and sought after.

With only four years of production there just aren’t many of them available or even in existence.

Elizabeth Mayhew, the renowned cake decorator and baker behind The Dutchy of Millbrook, contributed one of her gorgeous creations to the 2021 Let Them Eat Cake fundraiser for the Sharon Historical Society & Museum. Photo by Elizabeth Mayhew, The Dutchy of Millbrook

Baking as a Competitive Sport (And a Fundraising Tool)

Baking cake is not a specialty of mine. For some reason, my cakes are never as successful as my bread.

Which means this article will not provide you with a foolproof cake technique, other than to suggest that box cakes are much better than you think they’re going to be and often in fact are much moister than a from-scratch version.

Photo by Lans Christensen​

She’s So Fine, My ‘49

The season for exotic vintage cars has begun. Lans Christensen will share some special items throughout the summer, including this award-winning 1949 Chevy truck, on display at the race track at Lime Rock Park for the Royals’ Garage Car Show over Memorial Day weekend.

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).

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.

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.


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