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K’s Kloset–one woman’s home is where people give—and receive

For gently used free stuff, locals know that Karen Yvon’s garage in Blandford is the place to go. The longtime Berkshire resident has been running a free exchange, “K’s Kloset,” out of her home for nearly 10 years, providing clothing and household goods to—at last count—57 families. Almost half of them come every… Read More

Ten Minutes With Berkshire Museum’s new Executive Director

Jeff Rodgers stands within “She Shapes History.” In celebration of the 100th year since women won the right to vote, the exhibit has gathered local voices who helped to make it happen, from Elizabeth Freeman to Susan B. Anthony. He imagines conversations in the galleries on winter nights over a glass of wine and guides… Read More

Bearing Witness–a renown design team begins work on Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church

Mario Gooden has designed sunlit buildings with transparent and translucent walls from Los Angeles to Johannesburg. He is principal architect and founder of the New York City firm Huff + Gooden and a professor at Columbia University. His fellow professor and architect, Mabel Wilson, is on a team designing a memorial for the University of… Read More

Riding the Trails–Snowmobiling is an exhilarating

On a brilliant winter’s day, nothing gets the blood coursing through a snowmobiler’s veins like riding on a freshly groomed trail. Sunbeams and tree shadows flash by as a pair of Skidoos wind through the woods and slice across frozen lakes. This kind of outing, and the camaraderie that travels along with it, is a… Read More

Holiday Flair–The spirit of the season lives within this school

Sally Turner and Michael Dolinish of Mill River have been getting their Christmas tree at the New Marlborough Central School’s Holiday Fair for years. “It’s an annual tradition,” says Dolinish, who enjoys supporting the local school. While the fir trees hail from Vermont, the myriad of volunteers on hand is decidedly local—namely friends and family… Read More

Wigwam Escape at the Institute of American Indian Studies

Tucked in the Washington woods, a portion of forest holds the key to survival. If foods and medicine are secured before sunset, ailing residents in a neighboring Native American village will live. The adrenaline rush is triggered as soon as one enters the Wigwam Escape—a permanent fixture at the Institute of American Indian Studies—that… Read More

Choo Choo–Taking a ride with Santa to the Northern Lights

Watching the animated film Polar Express, in which a boy learns the true meaning of Christmas on a train headed for the North Pole, is a treasured holiday season ritual. In the Litchfield Hills, families can experience similar holiday magic first-hand at the Railroad Museum of New England (RMNE). Historic Thomaston Station, featured in… Read More

A Walk Back in Time–Village Holiday House Tour Inspires

While walking her dog around the Stratfield neighborhood each evening, Liz Kohm often finds herself lingering in front of certain houses, wondering about their history. The story of her own Stratfield home, a Queen Anne Victorian built in 1909, is also always on her mind. When an 1850 Greek Revival house across the street was… Read More

Fairfield’s Christmas Tree Festival Endures

In 1981 some charity-minded locals found themselves brainstorming a way to raise money for the Barnum Festival, Bridgeport’s annual event to celebrate local business. The group, including longtime Fairfield resident Carol Wheeler, quickly came up with an idea they called The Festival of Trees. The plan was to decorate the Burr Mansion in holiday splendor… Read More

Art & Soul–A Rowayton designer creates a festive story with local art

Rowayton native Elena Phillips loves to help clients create homes that work for how they live, showcasing their favorite colors and textures, and making the space make sense as a whole. This is abundantly evident in the home of Katie McCormick, one of Phillips’s devoted clients. “Elena helped me renovate and redesign our home in… Read More

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