Hudson Picturesque


I drove into one of the most distressed small cities in America this past Monday, and was both assaulted and astonished by: rows and rows of brick townhouses from the nineteenth century and before, many gone to rot, manifest poverty, amazing elevated Hudson River views, a historic district of restored Gilded Age mansions saved from a sweeping program of urban renewal and by their courageous owners, and a fisher cat. Perhaps I would not have ventured into Newburgh if I had known that it was “The MurderCapital of New York“, but then I would not have seen the deterioration or the restoration (or the fisher cat, which is not a cat at all but a rare weasel-like creature–it fled into an abandoned wooded lot before I could turn on my camera, but I knew immediately that that’s what it was). I went to Newburgh to see…

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Anyone want to help this morning

Good Morning Gloucester

If anyone would like to help take down our beautiful Lobsta Trap Tree, please come by at 9:00 this morning. It is actually fun to do this and most important to help out.
December 24, 2013 Gloucester's Lobster Trap Tree

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Haddock Chowder

Dinner, Fish, Haddock Chowde, side dishr, Sista Felicia Eats.

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Watch the Red Sox World Series parade


Fresh off winning their third World Series title in the past 10 years, the Red Sox will be honored this morning with a parade through Boston. The players, who will be riding in duck boats, will begin their trek from Fenway Park and finish on the Charles River. You can see the full parade route here.

The parade is set to begin at 10 a.m. ET, but and will have live streaming of the event at 9 a.m.

As Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston notes, even the duck boats have beards:

Here’s a live stream, courtesy of

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Connecticut’s Largest Farmer’s Market

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Coventry Farmer's Market - Oct 2013

I recently visited the Coventry Farmer’s Market, reported by Yankee Magazine as the “Best Farmers’ Market in New England”, and it was just like a country fair! There were many local produce vendors and other vendors selling Kettle Corn, Fruit Smoothies, cheese, bread, cut flowers, and NoRA’s fabulous Cupcakes. The weather was perfect. The crowds started arriving 30-minutes before the 11am opening and brought kids, folding chairs, dogs and even a pet goat.

The Coventry Summer Farmer’s Market will run to the end of October at the Nathan Hale Historical Homestead. Visitors can also enjoy a tour of the historical  homestead for $5.00. Visit the Coventry Farmer’s Market website for directions and more information, or like them on facebook for the latest happenings. They also hold the Coventry Winter Farmer’s Market on Sunday’s at the Coventry High School.


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It’s Walktober in The Last Green Valley

Outdoor Living in New England

It’s Walktober, a celebration of The Last Green Valley, in southern Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut, along the  Rhode Island border.

The 23rd edition of Walktober features scores of walks and paddle trips among natural wonders and important historical sites from Sturbridge, MA to Griswold, CT.

Sunday, we visited the Coventry CT Farmers Market at the Nathan Hale Homestead (pictured above), and walked around a bit through the rain. It was wet and muddy, but several children had a blast in the puddles. (And the farmers market was wonderful.)

Walktober includes 106 walks, hikes, paddles and bike rides as well as 36 events that highlight the cultural, historic or natural resources of The Last Green Valley.  The Walktober Calendar labels each walk as easy, moderate, or difficult. Many offerings are geared specifically for families with children. The family dog is welcome at pet-friendly walks. Adventurers will enjoy 13 paddles…

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Mountainside Treatment Center Expands with Construction of New Detox Facility

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MountainsideTreatmentCenterFarmington, Conn – KBE Building Corporation (KBE) is constructing a new detoxification facility for Mountainside Treatment Center.

 The $11 million project consists of a new kitchen, dining hall, auditorium, office, and several private treatment rooms.

Mountainside Treatment Center is located in Canaan, CT on over 60 acres that include trails, gardens, and waterfalls. The center provides services such as individual and group therapy, anger management, addiction treatment, acupuncture, stress management, relapse prevention, and intervention.

New York City-based Scott Koniecko Architects, P.C. designed the project.The project is slated for completion in February 2014.

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fall in new england.


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It’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it? The color is out of this world. Here’s what a tree in my yard produced this past weekend.

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Grateful Harvest is Here!

Harpoon Helps Blog: To Brew and To Serve

We’re kicking off the season of Harpoon Helps in a delicious way! Today at our breweries we tapped the first kegs of our Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale to kick off the busiest and most impactful time for our charitable program, Harpoon Helps. Though the beer won’t be on draft elsewhere, you should start to see it in 6-packs in stores near you very soon.  For every 6-pack of Harpoon Grateful Harvest we sell, we’ll donate $1 to the local food bank in the area it was purchased. Since we first started brewing this beer a few years ago, we’ve donated more than $84,000 to food banks from the sales of this beer!
At our Boston Beer Hall, we’ll donate $1 per pint and per growler of Grateful Harvest sold, as well as $1 per pumpkin pretzel sold, to the Greater Boston Food Bank, New England’s largest hunger relief organization…

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Amateur newspaper exhibit launched!

The Backblog

Folks, the library is pleased to unveil a new online exhibit featuring amateur newspapers from around the United States. “What, pray tell, is an amateur newspaper?” you say. Well Dennis R. Laurie, Reference Specialist of Newspapers and Periodicals at the American Antiquarian Society, defines them as such:

An amateur journal is a periodical created to afford pleasure to its readers as well as to its editor and its publisher. The rage to publish, rather than profit, is the motive that most often induces people to become amateur journalists; and, throughout the history of the genre, most but not all amateur journalists have been juveniles.

Our collection is small but respectable, showcasing the publishing aspirations of young amateurs from all corners of the U.S. as well as Prince Edward Island, Canada. The collection was amassed by a Biddeford boy named Walter Perkins, who at age 14 was so inspired by South…

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