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Enjoy food by the fireside this winter

 November 13, 2013

Maybe the best thing about sweater-weather is the opportunity to cozy up to a fireplace and relax with a warm meal and mug of cocoa — or a glass of wine, perhaps — in front of soul-warming dancing flames.

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Let's talk gumbo! Experimentation is the key to this cold-weather classic

 November 13, 2013

Here's my own recipe for Chicken, Andouille and Shrimp Gumbo, which at its skeletal structure doesn't vary a great deal from most gumbo scripts. It all comes down to attitude and nuance.

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SideDoor's size, location make it a lovely spot to listen

 November 13, 2013

When Ken and Christine Kitchings bought, refurbished and reopened the Old Lyme Inn, with its 13 cozy guest rooms and a world class restaurant and bar, they did so with great affection for the property and its history — and for the possibilities to come.

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Musical finds to add to your party playlist

 November 13, 2013

As anyone who has suffered through Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" can attest, hearing the same old songs ad nauseum can be a bit much.

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Jingle all the way: Enjoy a sleigh ride this season

 November 13, 2013

According to the Connecticut Office of Tourism, along with Allegra Farm, there's Foxglove Farm in Lyme and Cedar Knoll Farm in Lisbon all within roughly an hour's drive of New London where you can don your scarf and earmuffs, fill up a cup of wassail and go on open sleigh ride.

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Great birthday party ideas for grown-ups

 November 13, 2013

Across the region, there are many venues poised to create a customized, memorable event to make the most of this special day.

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Going to a Yankee Swap? Check out these finds for under $20

 November 13, 2013

The Yankee Swap is a great way to save money at Christmas time. Instead of bringing a bunch of inexpensive gifts for everyone, the better option is to spend a bit more and bring one really nice gift.

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Get your car ready for winter with this handy checklist

 November 13, 2013

There are several steps you can take to successfully prepare your car for the hazardous elements of a New England winter.

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Curl up with these characters on cold nights

 November 13, 2013

Book recommendations for holiday gifts

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Creative, low-cost decorating

 November 13, 2013

Simple elements — like driftwood or an old sled — give home a festive feel

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Celebrate the return of skiing and skating

 November 13, 2013

Across the region there's plenty of fun be had before the robins return and the grass gets green yet again.

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Custom jewelry is a cool gift trend

 November 13, 2013

Whether they are precious gems or bands of bent gold, custom jewelry down the years been the inspiration for some custom-made stories.

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Calendar of Events

 November 13, 2013

DECEMBER
12/1 Lantern Light Tours Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., (Route 27) Mystic; throught Dec. 27; mysticseaport.org.
12/1 Seaside Candlelight Labyrinth Walk 5 p.m., McCook's Beach, 8 Altantic Ave., Niantic; made with organic materials including beach stones and driftwood, will be built Saturday, Nov. 30 weather permitting and all are welcome to help; Rev. Dr. John Nelson will offer a blessing Sunday prior to the walk and the labyrinth will be left on the beach for all to enjoy throughout the holiday season; sponsored by Niantic Community Church.
12/2 Pajama Power Story Hour 6:30 p.m., Cragin Memorial Library,...

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Wassail - the libation of celebration - has a storied history

 November 13, 2013

Here we come a wassailing among the leaves so green
Here we come a wand-ring so fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you, your wassail too
And God bless you and send you a happy new year!
After Ebenezer Scrooge had finished his palaver with his visitors from another world (and made amends with the inhabitants of this one), one task remained him: to improve relations with his clerk.
So at the very end of "A Christmas Carol," he does just that, telling Bob...

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The "Seven Fishes" traditional dinner is tweaked for American tastes

 November 13, 2013

While candy canes and visions of sugar plums are more commonly associated with December 24th, Mary (Tedesco) Stehle's earliest culinary Christmas Eve memories are of octopi tentacles wriggling in a pot of tomato sauce.
"I'll never forget that, but we also had smelts, and baccala [salt cod], and cod salad, and anchovy-and-walnut sauce," recalled Stehle, a Niantic resident who grew up in an Italian-American household in Brooklyn, N.Y. There, as in many Italian-American households across the country, this seafood-rich, multiple-course menu was standard fare for celebrating the traditional Italian, Christmas Eve fish dinner known as La Vigilia (The Vigil).
"All...

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Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

DECEMBER
12/1 Lantern Light Tours Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., (Route 27) Mystic; throught...

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Olde Mistick Village: 40 years of innovation, celebration and community

 October 1, 2013

From their office windows, brother and sister (and twins) Joyce Olson Resnikoff and Jerry Olson can look out on the leafy pathways and colorful storefronts of the community their family dreamed and built 40 years ago...

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 October 1, 2013

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 May 22, 2013

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 October 1, 2013

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 May 22, 2013

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 May 22, 2013

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 May 22, 2013

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 September 24, 2013

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 May 22, 2013

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 October 1, 2013

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 May 22, 2013

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 October 1, 2013

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 October 1, 2013

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 October 1, 2013

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 October 1, 2013

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 May 22, 2013

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 May 22, 2013

First-ever Mystic Blues Festival

 May 22, 2013

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 May 22, 2013

Party on! Awesome ideas for birthday celebrations

 May 22, 2013

Fishing for adventure

 May 22, 2013

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 May 22, 2013

Artists from around the world are highlighted at unique bazaar

 May 22, 2013

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 May 22, 2013