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Cool Weather and Comfort Food in Chester, CT

We stopped into River Tavern in Chester early the other night for dinner, taking a corner table for two in the back dining room by the window. Staff was still sitting at the bar. Across the room, chef-owner Jonathan Rapp was maneuvering pans alone in the tiny open kitchen. After almost twenty years as one… Keep Reading

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Finding a Turkey for the Thanksgiving Holiday

IN THE REGION — Thanksgiving falls late this year, but turkey sales start early, and shops across southeast Connecticut are offering a variety of choices and price points for home cooks preparing for November 28. Walt’s Food Market in Old Saybrook is preparing for the holiday by making over 800 pounds of gravy, starting a… Keep Reading

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Saxophone Quartet Premieres Two Pieces for MMModern in Old Lyme

OLD LYME — Imagine four classically-trained saxophonists playing contemporary compositions together, with most pieces performed from memory, and you’ve got “a chamber ensemble for the 21st century” known as the Project Fusion saxophone quartet.  The quartet formed while the players were students at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, said Michael Sawzin,… Keep Reading

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“Cry It Out,” Puts Young Mothers on Hartford Stage

Parenthood. The very idea can make people squirm with fear. It can also fill people with hope, or fond memories, or regrets. But for three women in Molly Smith Metzler’s play “Cry It Out,” it’s about change and how do they go forward with their lives immediately after having their first children. Hartford Stage’s production… Keep Reading

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White Gate Farm in East Lyme Prepares for Thanksgiving Holiday

EAST LYME — “Where else have you seen Swiss chard this size?” asked Kent Girty, farm manager at White Gate Farm, as he examined glistening dark green leaves threaded with crimson that grew in a long row alongside other vegetables in the chilly Friday morning sunshine.  “And then we have broccoli, then kale and cauliflower… Keep Reading

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Meeting with the Beekeepers of Southeast Connecticut

LYME — Warmed by the October sun, bees flitted from flower to flower in a patch of pink Sheffield daisies, collecting nectar to bring back to John Pritchard’s nearby beehives Monday afternoon.  “You can see it’s almost like a landing field with a gazillion planes. All those bees hovering in front are waiting to go… Keep Reading

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Rapp’s “The Sound Inside,” Sincere, Sensitive

“The Sound Inside” by Adam Rapp and directed by David Cromer (The Band’s Visit), currently on Broadway at Studio 54, feels like a well executed writing exercise that transformed into a delicate and sensitive play. It stars Mary-Louise Parker as Bella, a Yale English professor who has fallen into an almost transcendental state of apathy… Keep Reading

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Musical Masterworks Opens Season October 19 & 20… Beethoven’s String Quartets a High Point

The 29th season of Musical Masterworks will come to a crescendo with a special celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, featuring all of Beethoven’s string quartets in two three-day weekends of music March 13-15 and May 1-3. For the two Beethoven weekends, the series is adding a Friday concert in addition to the usual Saturday and… Keep Reading

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