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Not Far From the Tree–Angevine generations celebrate Christmas, family, and farm

Angevine Farm in Warren prides itself on helping families to make memories. It has been doing that since 1868 when John H. Angevine and his wife Mary C. Marsh began farming the land, which was then known as Marsh Homestead. The farm has had many incarnations—from dairy farming to tobacco, orchard products, pumpkins and, for… Read More

Ten Minutes With a Small-business Owner

Meg Harpin purchased The Spa at Litchfield Hills 15 years ago as a 19-year-old aspiring entrepreneur. Having grown up in Litchfield, she was studying at Babson College in Boston when the opportunity to run a small day spa in her hometown presented itself. Starting with just ten employees, she has since doubled her floorplan, grown… Read More

More Than Just Food–FISH champions the needy in many ways

Thanksgiving brings families together around tables of bountiful food. Christmas conjures visions of trees and presents and carol-singing, and more food. But there are many who are unable to partake of the joy and merriment of the season. Countless people around us are in need of food and shelter. Thankfully FISH—Friends in Service to Read More

Special Helen–102 years and faithfully strong

Helen Donnelly vividly recalls Christmases past; not how people celebrated this most special holiday in the 1950s or 1940s. But back, way back, when she was a little girl growing up in Southington in the early 1920s. Donnelly, now 102 years old and living what she calls a very good life at Brandywine Living in… Read More

Webb’s Wines– Expert advice

“Everyone’s drinking Sancerre these days and it’s become pricey. You should try this Menetou-Salon from Domaine Henry Pellé instead. It’s from the same region in the Loire as Sancerre, and its wines are just as delicious, but for much less money.” The customer regards the bottle, holds it in his hands, and implicitly understands that… Read More

RSVP’s Two-Man Show–They cook, you eat. That’s it.

“I’m sorry but we’re booked every Saturday through Christmas,” says Charles Cilona on the phone to a potential customer. “Have you been here before? You have? Great. So you know how things work here?” The co-owner of RSVP in West Cornwall, Cilona feels he has to explain to all first-time diners that his restaurant is… 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

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Wondering what to give this holiday season? We have an outstanding guide of local goodies to choose from! Browse our special gift guide––featuring Eco-friendly items, local liquor, CBD, gift cards, getaways, entertainment, hostess gifts, unique items and more! Take a look!                    … Read More

Age Appropriate–Tips on staying healthy and active all throughout life

AS LONG AS WE REMAIN ON THIS EARTH, we grow older. Being old, however, is a state of mind. In this feature we learn about how an ancient martial art called tai chi can alleviate some of the symptoms of aging, how virtual reality is being used to help instigate old memories, and we investigate… Read More