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GO LOCAL MAGAZINE . NOVEMBER 2016

November 2016 Volume 2 . Issue 12 golocalmagazines.com

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barn to table Just keep swimming leave room for dessert

i feel home connecting through polish pottery


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TABLE OF CONTENTS NOVEMBER 2016 . VOLUME 2 . ISSUE 12

I FEEL HOME

Connecting through Polish pottery

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With firm grip, Janelle Englander grasps either side of an oval basia server, removing the crown jewel of dinner from the oven; the turkey is perfect. The crowd-pleasing spread welcomes her family, friends and neighbors. The very act of cooking, specifically while using artistically crafted Polish stoneware ignites memories of where she came from and how far she’s come.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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GO ON, YOUR SAY Everyone deserves their 15 minutes of fame

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NOURISHING THE COMMUNITY Assistance through Safe Net

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GO CREATE DIY leaf bowl

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SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT In-store bakery at Armata’s Market

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GO EAT Cider-sage gravy

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TABLE OF CONTENTS NOVEMBER 2016 . VOLUME 2 . ISSUE 12

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IN THE GARAGE SK Modified Racecar

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RAISE A PINT at Cold Creek Brewery

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LOCAL SNAPSHOT In glorious color

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TAKE A HIKE Goat Rock Ridge Trail

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LOCAL EINSTEIN Put your thinking caps on

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FINAL COUNTDOWN 7 Comfort food dishes

JUST KEEP SWIMMING

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TWO FROM TROOP 275 JAMMEN WITH FARMHOUSE

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NOURISHING THE COMMUNITY

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JUST KEEP SWIMMING Mercury Swim Institute

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GO LOCAL GIFTS Harvest selections to celebrate the season

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I AM LOCAL Chantel Dennis

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LOCAL SNAPSHOT Mystical moon

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BARN TO TABLE at Chic & Antique

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JAM WITH FARMHOUSE Arts & agriculture

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EDITOR’S NOTE ! AMBER E. WAKLEY

I positively love the fourth Thursday of November; it’s achieved the highest rank among the holidays freckled across my calendar. The power of Thanksgiving reunites; it’s the joy of sharing and filled with a dynamic nostalgia (if you’ve been reading Go Local for even the shortest of time, you’ve probably figured out I’m a chump for warm wistfulness). There’s a certain romanticism in remembering your early days and that connection has kept me [hopefully] grounded in the present. The amalgam of smell and taste beckon a reminiscent mind; this month, the two go with the occasion. With just a breath of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla I’m carried away to my Grandma Wakley’s farmhouse kitchen - where most of my holiday mealmemories begin. She was a crafter of the classic pumpkin roll-up (in bulk), an annual task she scrutinized over. I routinely sat at the white spungold Textolite table in awe and with hope of licking a beater. She would pour thin layers of spiced batter into multiple short-sided baking sheets, one by one they were loaded into her oven. Once baked, Grandma smeared on a healthy layer of cream cheese frosting before carefully rolling each into themselves with a damp tea towel, quietly cursing at the sign of even the slightest crack in her finicky cake. She did this over and over, making enough to share with friends, family and acquaintances in town. She half-joked about starting a pumpkin roll-up business, selling each for $5 even though the ingredients totalled closer to $6 - she said $5 just sounded better. Grandma didn’t necessarily have a lot, but was a good-hearted lady who shared what she could, especially when it came to delicious kitchen creations. Our collection of unique November stories elicit this very sentiment. We begin in Enfield, where Elle Englander is especially connected to the tradition of artistically crafted Polish stoneware. In 1982 she found a new home in the United States and has since shared the authenticity of her hometown, Boleslawiec, Poland, through her business, Janelle Imports. In Longmeadow, Carmino Santaniello and Carrie Cincotta are rolling out the dough CO-PUBLISHER Dan Buendo ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Doug Fabian EDITOR Amber Wakley QUALITY CONTROL Carolyn Napolitan MAGAZINE DESIGN Mandy Wieting

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PHOTOGRAPHY Amelia Ingraham Jacqueline Sidor Connor Wier CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dave Abare Aria Bracci Carly Maher Alexa Napolitan Amy White

ADVERTISING Kim Barba Paula Dimauro Jan Ellis Kristine Hughes Foster Scott Greene Nancy Holloway Jeanette Grenier Matt Mahaney Sandy Neumann Lisa Nolan Glen Rogers

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all month at Armata’s Market, feverishly baking in anticipation of the upcoming holidays. In Suffield, Geoff and Ellen Abare are handcrafting farmhouse tables and volunteers at Safe Net Food Cupboard in Stafford Springs are helping to nourish the community. We met Pat Safford in Hampden who has been teaching aquatics to little swimmers for 55 years, shared a beer at Cold Creek Brewery in Ellington, and listened in on Farmhouse, an Agawam band making a name in the funk/psychedelic rock scene. As you hunker around your table this season, I hope your heart is filled with holiday joy. For me it’s practicing gratitude and savoring the good in life - not to mention the free pass for emotional eating. A lot has changed since my Grandma’s annual pumpkin roll-up marathon - these days I’m the one cursing at the cracks in an effort to recreate the magic. Our worlds are one of constant change, as are the seats at our proverbial table. Celebrate the people who are with you, remember the ones who are not and be amazed at all the goodness in life - it’s right up there with the post-feast nap. Amber Wakley is the Editor of Go Local Magazine and currently in a love affair with all things local. Perpetuate the passion and send local stories, “I Am Local” suggestions, “Go Local Picks,” recipes,“In the Garage”recommendations and more to:  AMBER@THEREMINDER.COM CREATIVE Beth Thurber, Manager Leigh Catchepaugh Liz O’Donoghue Andrea Spohr BUSINESS ADDRESS: 280 North Main Street East Longmeadow, MA 01028 Tel: 413.525.6661 Fax: 413.525.5882

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What is something in your life that you feel especially grateful for?

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A warm home.

I am truly grateful for my little family.

My wife, Karen.

Friends

My girls, hands down!

Keep your turkey; a Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without…

Stuffing!

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My mother-inlaw’s sweet potato casserole!

Bacon, of course!

Gravy

My mom’s stuffing.

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Anytime after Thanksgiving sometimes AT Thanksgiving dinner.

When do Around Thanksgivyou start ing, but no later listening to than Dec. 1 (it’s like Christmas I hear jingle bells at music? 1:00AM on 12/1)! If you could be ‘the best’ at something, what would you choose?

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The 23rd of December

Being a mother.

Saving more animals in New England.

Making others smile.

As long as my daughters and husband think I’m the best mom and wife - I’m happy!

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Festive Leaf Bowl

Autumn leaves artificial or real in different colors & shapes Medium-bowl Mod Podge Matte Cooking spray Large balloon Paint or form brush >> 16 GO LOCAL NOVEMBER 2016

This fun and functional bowl brings the outdoors in with an autumn project that celebrates the season. With just a few simple supplies and a can-do crafting spirit, the perfect fall dÊcor can be created to hold wrapped candies, be a catch-all or reflect the warm glow of a scented candle. In just a few minutes you’ll easily whip up a thrifty and whimsical leaf bowl - have fun!

STEP 1: Gather supplies; go outside and find some leaves or purchase artificial leaves (sold loosely in a bag) at your local craft shop. STEP 2: Blow up balloon, sized to fit snuggly inside the bowl STEP 3: Spray balloon with generous amounts of cooking spray. STEP 4: Cover balloon with a layer of Mod Podge and begin placing the first layer of leaves making sure to overlap edges, continue a quarter of the way down the balloon. STEP 5: Paint Mod Podge over the surface of the leaves, use A LOT. STEP 6: Repeat layering, making sure there are no gaps between the leaves. STEP 7: When the Mod Podge is dry (let sit overnight or longer), pop the balloon and voila! A leaf bowl.


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Growing up, Carmino’s father owned Joseph’s Pizza Shop on Main Street in Springfield. He worked there for a while, but quickly learned he loved the early mornings versus late nights. A self-taught baker, he learned from those around him while developing his own skills in the kitchen. Carmino says he began in 1977 and has been baking ever since. Along the way he served as manager of a number of bakeries, including a 28-year stint at Atkins Farms Country Market in Amherst. Now, Carmino has brought a little of that country to Armata’s. Carrie has also spent a lifetime baking. She started at Modern Bakery in Springfield, assembling cake boxes when she was just 14 years old. She met Carmino there in the 1970s and later went on to work in every aspect of the bakery business. She continued her baking, also working at Atkins Farm, serving as Head Sales Manager for 10 of the 22 years at the store. She’s been happily working at Armata’s for two years and now that she’s here, she wouldn’t have it any other way. “We’ve done a lot of stuff together, building bakeries together throughout the years,” says Carrie. “When it comes to made-from-scratch baking, there’s nothing he can’t do or create. I help him on the creative side, offering ideas and decorating confections. I have the marketing aspect of the bakery and enjoy bridging customers to what we do. Carmino tends to get stuck at the bench more.” “And I like that,” smiles Carmino from his bakers bench. “I like to keep the people smiling and happy while creating something from nothing - I absolutely love that.” Carrie serves as the eyes and ears of the operation, chatting with customers, filling orders, creating schedules and fulfilling requests - in addition to decorating what Carmino bakes. She is sociable, friendly and really knows her stuff. Carmino, with his hands firmly grasped around his trusty rolling pin (that he’s been using for over two decades) is a master crafter. Chances are you probably won’t see him much, as he’s rolling out the dough in his “underground bakery,” located just below the main floor of the market. If you do get a glimpse, you’ll notice he’s innately happy with a relaxed, warm smile. With his coffee maker and music in arms reach, this is his muse. “It’s been a lot of years that we’ve been doing this, it’s been a lot of fun,” says Carrie. “We were even married at one point...for a lot of years,” smiles Carrie. “Yeah, and now we’re divorced and we get along great,” Carmino chuckles as he finishes the crust of a pie. 20 GO LOCAL NOVEMBER 2016


The two are preparing for an exuberant holiday season, one they greet with great enthusiasm. Their confection selection is endless with options you wouldn’t typically find in a grocery store bakery. From the crust to the filling, their pies - apple, pumpkin, and pecan - are all made from scratch. Sweet selections of sugar cookies, cheesecake and cinnamon bread serve as the exclamation point of dinner while savory selections - like stuffed broccoli and cheese bread - are a meal on their own. More often, store brand baked goods come with a book of dismal ingredients that are difficult to articulate. Artificial colors, flavors and chemicals are typically on the list – but not at Armata’s. Here if it says, “store made” you’re good to go. “There’s no junk in my stuff,” smiles Carmino. “I use the best, all-natural ingredients. You might as well use the best to create the best and that’s what I strive for – the best.” Carmino and Carrie’s creations are a delicious piece of the locally owned, independent market. Managed by Alexis Vallides, Armata’s went through a beautiful renovation a few years back, breathing new life into the full-service grocery that has been a staple here since 1963. With more than just modernization décor, the makeover includes the addition of prepared foods, self-serve hot lunches, pickings from local farms and specialty food items. On their shelves you’ll discover a wide selection of local products, including yogurt fresh from Hastings Farm in Suffield, delights from Pop’s Biscotti & Chocolates in Wilbraham, and treats from Balboni Bakery in Agawam. CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) stickers are everywhere – the nonprofit organization engages the region to build the local food economy - Armata’s Market is an active participant of this initiative.

Each weekend, leading up to Thanksgiving, Carmino and Carrie will be hosting a tasting at the store. Customers are invited to stop in and sample their freshly baked work and place an order for the upcoming holiday season. On Saturdays and Sundays, they also take over the hot food buffet, offering a smorgasbord of whatever you crave. Pastries, freshly baked bread, cupcakes, fruit tortes, cornbread - to name a few – they offer both comfort classics and celebration staples. “Together, I feel like there’s nothing we can’t do,” says Carrie. “We look forward to a challenge and welcome any requests, like a favorite recipe from your grandmother - I bet Carmino could make it.” “I’m expecting to make hundreds of pies this season, one-byone all by hand,” says Carmino. “I’m excited for the challenge, but what really keeps me going are the compliments, they really go a long way. It’s pretty cool. It makes me feel good to know that what I’m doing is making someone else happy. I like to make people smile with sweet treats - actually, I love it.”

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GO EAT ! RECIPE SUBMITTED BY CHRIS & AMY WHITE, A COUPLE IN THE KITCHEN BLOG

 FOOD52

Cider-Sage Gravy

Thanksgiving just isn’t complete without gravy. This version uses seasonal apple cider to add a burst of flavor that sets it apart from traditional versions. The fragrant hint of sage complements

3 tbsp. fat 3 tbsp. flour 1 cup apple cider 1 cup chicken stock sage leaves

the sweetness of the cider for mouthwatering goodness. Allow enough stir time so the sauce thickens and flavors develop. Rich and flavorful, this gravy celebrates the season and the senses.

After removing the turkey from the roasting pan, we set it on a cutting board to rest. In the meantime, Amy got the ingredients together for the gravy and put her sister, Kate, to work as the gravy-stirrer. We set the roasting pan on the stovetop over two burners that were on medium heat. In the pan were the drippings from the turkey which acted as the fat. We added 4 or 5 fresh sage leaves for seasoning and allowed the drippings to heat up and start to stick to the pan. To deglaze, we slowly added some apple cider as the flavoring liquid of our gravy. Finally, we whisked flour into some chicken stock, as the thickening liquid of our gravy. Kate patiently stirred for many, many minutes while the gravy thickened to our desired consistency. It was very tasty - even without additional salt or pepper, and the sage really enhanced the herb flavors already in the turkey (from the dry-brine and herbed butter).

Teachers by day and would-be chefs by night, CHRIS & AMY WHITE live by the motto "the couple that sautés together, stays together." The two spend a lot of their at-home time creating culinary concoctions in their kitchen, which inspired their blog "A Couple in the Kitchen." When they aren't cooking, they're eating out, traveling, or in some other way thinking about their next great seasonally inspired, local ingredient meal. You'll find their recipes, versions of other people's recipes, restaurant and other types of reviews, and miscellaneous additional food-related posts on their blog, acoupleinthekitchen.us 22 GO LOCAL NOVEMBER 2016

Recipe winner of “Your Best Gravy,” a Thanksgiving-inspired contest by Food52, a groundbreaking & award-winning cooking site helping people become better, smarter, happier cooks. They support, connect, and celebrate home cooks, and give them everything they need in one place. Food52.com is an intriguing mix of recipes, editorial content, food projects and resources with a real-time food Q&A. food52.com


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Fifty-three years ago, Pat and Don Safford asked their local bank for a loan to put in a pool at their Hampden, MA residence. It was the best decision the two of them ever made—both for themselves and for countless children and adults in the area in need of a place to learn to swim. In the early 1960’s, Pat began Mercury Swim Institute, a teaching facility designed to teach kids to swim and be safe in and around the pool. Even now, at 85 years old, Pat’s mission remains the same. “Everybody should know how to swim,” says Pat adamantly. “It’s the only sport that can save your life.” Growing up in the state of Washington, Pat’s childhood memories as far back as she can remember consist of swimming in the bay—she always loved being in the water. In junior high, she began volunteering after school at the pool with special needs children. “It was mostly therapeutic and one on one programs,” recalls Pat. “And it was from volunteering that I found another passion for teaching and working with children and I still do that to this day. It’s my favorite part.”

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After Pat and her husband moved from Washington to Hampden, MA (where Don is from originally), she began helping out with swim lessons at the manmade pond used by the Hampden Rec. She got her credentials to teach through the Red Cross and volunteered every summer. Their two sons took lessons there as well. “One day, our oldest boy said someone in town was getting a pool and he asked ‘Why can’t we get a pool?’ and it got us thinking, why can’t we have a pool?” says Pat. Now, the Saffords can’t imagine life without the completely indoor, 25,000 gallon heated saltwater swimming pool (which they built themselves) as a part of their home. From the kitchen where Pat sits drinking her morning coffee, a large glass window allows her to look out over the calm water where she spends the better part of each day. Six days a week, Pat is in the pool teaching morning classes and after school lessons to children of various ages and abilities. She also works with adults, teaches private lessons and works with a Special Olympics swim team. “When I started, special needs children were on the top of my list of who I wanted to teach, but back then, it was very difficult to get them involved because most people didn’t want to admit they had a special needs child,” says Pat. “But through word of mouth, it’s gotten easier year after year.” Pat has worked with her Special Olympics team since


they were four years old. They’re now in their thirties. Every time they win a medal at a competition, they can’t wait to come in to show Miss Pat. Over the years, Pat has been privileged to work with a number of incredible children with special needs and physical disabilities. One of her most cherished memories is teaching a child born with no arms to get out of the pool on his own. “This boy, he loved to swim and he could swim great, but back then, I only had ladders—no steps like we do now—so he couldn’t get out,” notes Pat. “So we did it. I got him strong enough to get out and oh, he was so proud of himself. And not only that, it gave him the strength and confidence to do more around the house and in other parts of life.” For her, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone who has had a tough experience in the pool or someone who has had trouble getting started finally succeed. “They just shine like little stars!” she says with a beaming smile. When asked how long it normally takes to teach a child to swim, Pat pauses, shakes her head and grins. She really hates that question, but hears it all the time. “Parents always want to ask me that and I have to tell them that every child is so different. There is no way to even know until I see how the child takes to the water,” explains Pat. Luckily, Pat and her staff keep classes small (usually around 12 children) so they are able to focus on every child on an individual basis. Some children learn quickly in an hour lesson while others will take a few weeks to learn to propel themselves or be able to get out of their floaties. After so many years, Pat is a pro at handling all the different skill levels. “I always tell my parents when they call to sign their kids up that they’ll be scared the first time—they don’t know me, the pool is new, but by the time they leave, they’ll be asking to come back,” says Pat. “That’s my number one goal—to make every one of them happy.” And over the course of five decades, Pat has helped so many children discover a newfound love for the water. Enough so that she’s constantly getting calls from parents who took swimming lessons with her years ago who now want their kids to learn with Miss Pat. She hopes she’ll be teaching for years to come, but when it does come time for retirement, she would love Mercury to stay in the family. However, she’s not thinking much about that yet. “I just love, love, love my classes,” smiles Pat. “I’m here in the kitchen in the morning finishing my coffee before classes start and around 9am, I can hear the door and then the “Hi Miss Pat!” starts and it’s just what makes it all worth it.” GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 27


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of activists, like Elle’s father, were jailed. The “operation” was very well organized, arresting participating members – all at once – in the middle of the night. It was midnight at Elle’s family home when the government police came to arrest her father. “We didn’t know where he was being taken, but living in that era of Poland, people were shipped to Siberia,” says Elle. “A lot of times when you were arrested by the KGB type of police of a Polish communist government, you never saw your loved ones again. It was traumatic. We said nervous goodbyes as German Shepherds were all throughout the house.” Almost a year later, with pressure from Western Governments, the communist government struck a deal to release the imprisoned political activists, but they wanted them out of the country. Seven countries offered political asylum, activists could leave by themselves or take their families with them; they would leave on one-way passports. “It was my dad’s decision that if he was being kicked out of his own country, he wanted to come to what he perceived as the freest country in the world,” says Elle. “My parents decided we would leave together, the communists dissuaded political activism by punishing remaining families. Even if my dad left, I had no future to go to college – they are government owned schools – we would virtually have no future.” Elle and her family left the following year in 1983, packing up just a few belongings and getting rid of most everything they owned. Everyone had to be vetted; Elle mentions the similarity of the Syrian refugee crisis today. She fully remembers the consulate in Warsaw, through a lengthy interview process the U.S. govern34 GO LOCAL NOVEMBER 2016

ment made sure – in true – that they were actually solidarity activists and not communists. The whole ordeal took close to a year and when they were finally cleared for political asylum, they left through West Germany. “It was very shocking. Leaving, you felt like you would never see your people or loved ones ever again,” remembers Elle. “I wasn’t wanting to come here, I was forced. I had to learn the language and the culture shock was tremendous. It was very traumatic; I was a very angry teenager – leaving my school, grandparents, cousins and friends – and never knowing if I would be back.” After a month-long health screening, her family left Germany for the U.S., landed at JFK and were processed as immigrants. They were assigned a place to live and given the ability to start a life, but her parents never really accepted the welfare; they were proud. Each took minimum wage jobs in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and lived in a Polish community - they weren’t the first family to arrive – and were offered support from kind people and churches. They lived in New Jersey for about a year then moved to Lowell, where Elle eventually graduated. That was the beginning of setting her roots in Western Massachusetts. The desire to reconnect with her country was strong and Elle decide to study international business at American International College in Springfield; she hoped her degree would take her back to Europe. After graduation, she was offered a job at MassMutual underwriting national accounts. She also started her family. She loved her job, but was on the road a lot while her children’s father pursued a career in banking. With full intentions of returning, Elle paused her career to raise her young children.


ELLE ENGLANDER (R) WITH “RIGHT HAND WOMAN” AND BEST FRIEND, CHRIS LOONEY (L)

“At the same time, a lot of things changed,” says Elle. “Communism fell in 1989, my parents divorced, my dad moved back to Poland in 1991 – his first love was always politics - and my mom stayed here. Boleslawiec, Poland was emerging into the free economy. My dad called saying Manufaktura, the factory I do business with, was looking to export Polish pottery to the U.S., starting with the East Coast.” So Elle took a chance and began her business with a 20-foot container of imported Polish pottery, renting the space where Janelle Imports is today. At the time, her mom wanted to move back to Poland, but instead moved in with Elle to help with the business and her small kids. The business did better than she ever dreamed. “From the beginning this place felt like family and I think my mom really helped set that tone,” says Elle. “Our customers know her as Babi, a little Polish woman with gray hair that told too much of my private life.” Once the business was established, her mother returned to Poland, but still needing a “right hand” she turned to her best friend, Chris Looney. They connected through their children, who attended the same preschool. “We made a pact that our friendship comes before the business,” smiles Chris. “We have a lot of fun and often joke that it’s not work, but a pleasure. Our customers are so wonderful and they bring their life stories when they come to us.” That’s what this Polish pottery is – a family product that can be passed down from generation to generation and shares authentic stories of tradition. Polish stoneware originated as folk art in the early part of the eighteenth century (although archaeologi-

cal digs have shown pottery and ceramics from the early Middle Ages). Known for its durability and beauty, the product is made up of two kinds of indigenous clay, both grey and white in color. Firing of the pottery happens at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit in a massive-sized kiln. Inspiration for the original pattern was a peacock feather and the simple design featured three main colors: cobalt blue, brownish red and green (there are very few colors able to survive these high temperatures). Each piece of stoneware is handcrafted and decorated by hand using small sea sponges. As technology progressed over the years, they were able to achieve different decorations and Manufaktura began to hire local artists to design more elaborate decorations for a signature line. Above all, Polish pottery can really take abuse – from oven to dishwasher and microwave – provides even heat distribution and is a cinch to clean. “We know it’s safe – it’s organic and lead free – which is so hard to find in the marketplace today,” explains Elle. “We feel safe serving food on these dishes to our family so we know our customers will be just as safe. From me, the connection is amazing because it takes me back to my hometown, but I think for a lot of people it reminds them of their heritage and family connection. We can all appreciate something that can take us back to our childhood – that’s wonderful – regardless if you’re Polish, Italian, German or Japanese. This product is just that because it’s around kitchen, holidays, cooking with your grandmother, being with friends, or baking with your daughter – these memories stay with us.” There are three Polish pottery factories in Poland with limited distribution in the United States. Janelle Imports differentiation GOLOCALMAGAZINES.COM 35


is twofold, first for their signature line of unique patterns created specially for the store on Moody Road in Enfield, but also in price. While they realize it is more expensive than mass-produced goods, their commitment is to keep products as affordable as possible, so as many people as possible can enjoy the stoneware. Elle and Chris are absolutely certain that their price point is the lowest. They don’t want to sell just a “gift product,” but everyday dishes. People drive here from Boston, Delaware, Maryland and even the Chicago area. Their product is sold at a wholesale level to consumers while refusing sales from a middleman, catalog or companies that would take the product and resell with their own margins. Doing this maintains the lowest possible price for retail customers. Chris says, especially throughout the holiday season, the shop is filled with so much love reminiscent of time with family. “It really is something else. One customer, for example, is a grandmother who literally comes in two minivans with her kids and granddaughters. We sit down, have a cup of coffee and we catch up while her girls go back and forth showing her different pottery they like. I just love her and we look forward to their visit each year – and that’s just one family.” This time of year, Elle prepares baked goods on the weekends while customers peruse the warehouse of exquisite stoneware. Covered baking dishes, bowls, plates, canisters, containers, plates, platters and kitchen accessories in assorted shapes and prints line her shelves. The options are astounding and shoppers spend hours coordinating different patterns to make their own unique table setting. And it’s not just women – especially on Christmas Eve. Chris mentions a shift in the attitude of young couples, it’s not just women in the kitchen and men are now drawn to their product for its practicality. For Elle, she has two homes and is emotionally vested in both countries. Her beginnings are in Poland and the sentiment of these dishes take her back to cooking with both of her grandmothers – who were very family oriented. She feels lucky to be able to bring that tradition to her kids. “This is kitchen, this is family, this is life,” says Elle. “I have pieces in my kitchen from my grandmothers – that lived in Poland – before the artistry, before the company started to hire artists to decorate. They are plain, but my grandmother used them, my mother used them and now I use them. To be an ocean away and feel that I’m connected to my hometown and the people making this product – earning wages and a living because I can sell it to consumers here – is special. There are just days I still can’t believe how lucky I am. I always felt like I needed to go back, but I don’t feel that way now, I feel home. I feel at peace.” To enjoy the process of searching for your perfect combination, you can visit Elle and Chris at Janelle Imports at 7 Moody Road (Building 2, Unit C) in Enfield, Connecticut. Customers should understand Janelle Imports current stock of product is what they will have through the holiday season as Manufaktura rebuilds their kiln in Boleslawiec, Poland. For more information please visit janelleimports.com or call (860) 749-7906. 36 GO LOCAL NOVEMBER 2016

<< A Polish pottery cereal bowls supporting the legs of a massive table demonstrate the durability of the stoneware at Janelle Imports.


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I cheered for the Stafford Bulldogs from age 6-10. I would always watch the boys practice and it looked really fun and I knew I could keep up with them. I also read a book about a girl named Sam Gordon. She inspired me, so I gave it a shot in 2014 and have been playing ever since.

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What do you like most about playing football? Showing all the boys what I can do.

What have you learned by being a part of the team? That we all have to work together and have faith in each other to have a great team.

Aside from football, what are your favorite hobbies/sports? I like to play field hockey, basketball, gymnastics, and baseball. I also enjoy singing in the school choir and painting. In the future I would like to try lacrosse and wrestling.

What do you like most about living in Stafford Springs? That it’s a small town and my friends are all here.

My favorite thing about autumn is… Halloween and all the food and candy!

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My greatest inspiration is my mom (Elyse Ward) and Sam Gordon (13-year old American football Running Back from the Salt Lake City area).

best advice you have ever received from a coach? Just because I am a girl doesn’t mean I can’t do what the boys do.

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Before each game we all gather in the huddle and do our bulldog chant...that gets me pumped.

What’s it like to be the only girl on the football team? It’s sometimes difficult with all the boys but it’s fun and I know they have my back.

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My first touchdown happened like this, we were in Putnam playing against WPTP Junior Football League and our QB handed the ball to me - I ran up the sideline and into the end zone. Then all the boys lifted me up and everyone chanted MVP, it all felt like a dream to me. We won 32-21.

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“He has worked here longer than me and that’s my family’s farm,” Erek laughs, referring to Tyler, who recognized the potential for the underutilized building early on. “There was no open space in there; we just cleaned out one little room,” says Tyler. But one room led to two, then three, then the introduction of furniture and lights. Until that point, the Brown family had mostly used the house for storage, packing away items like Erek’s old, unused drum set. Now it served as a center for community, a place for Erek and his high school friends, like Tyler, to spend time. “We grew up at the farmhouse,” Erek says. The drum set was quickly uncovered and Erek began inviting more people to the farmhouse to play music. Since the enclosed area lacked a performative element, jam sessions led to a lot of raw experimentation. “The farmhouse really changed music for me in ways I could never explain,” says Erek. “I could play music with so many people.” Over time, this collaboration bred more familiar, professional ties. “I wouldn’t have met you guys,” Ashleigh gasped, thinking back on her visits to the farm. “There’s something to be said about the place itself,” Erek agreed. Prior to joining the band, Alex Sours, Farmhouse’s 20-year-old guitarist, experienced collaboration in his own way. “I played a lot of sports,” he said, describing music as his way to “get in the zone” before pushing himself physically. “You embody a feeling that you want to go into the day with or go into an event with,” he said, extending this intrinsic attachment to his academics. “I really like organic things. In science class, when they started talking about covalent bonds—I’m like, ‘I wonder what could be dense enough to hold stuff together on a vibratory level,’ and the first thing that came to mind was harmony.” Alex, along with the other band members, sought this kind of integral balance in music, whether they’re just listening for pleasure or planning covers for performances. While they were once inaccurately described as a Grateful Dead cover band, Farmhouse does cite the Dead as a source of inspiration, alongside Led Zep52 GO LOCAL NOVEMBER 2016

pelin, Lake Street Dive, Twiddle, Lettuce, and Vulfpeck. In addition to influencing the band’s sound—which “started off with a lot of classic rock, then it morphed into more psychedelic jam stuff, then it got funky,” according to Erek. Most of these bands, specifically those considered “jam bands” also serve as models for their performance style. The characteristics that accompany these groups are typically unity and awareness, but also a kind of improvisation that reflects their present performance. “I think that ties into the way we play,” Tyler says. “You’re adding the feeling of how you feel in that moment.” Erek, too, noted the fluctuation of his performance. “I never play something the same way,” he says. But this spontaneity isn’t just characteristic of jam bands; it’s a product of any band’s collaboration and openness. “My first concert was Iron and Wine,” said Tyler. (“With me!” Erek quickly added. “That was my first concert, too.”) “It was so energetic,” Tyler continued. “He didn’t perform it the way it was on my iPod. I want to give other people that feeling, which is why I’m so into being in a band.” Ashleigh views her role as a vocalist similarly. “I want to be able to add something to the music,” she says, acknowledging that variation is what connects them to the bands that they admire. “As a vocalist, I want to show that the importance is not necessarily on me, but I can help,” she continued. She seeks to build off


of each moment’s progression, adjusting her own performative qualities to complement those of the other members. “I always try to connect anything they play to a feeling.” These trends also surface in the band’s songwriting. “Alex is bringing some originals to the table,” says Erek, drawing particular attention to Alex’s attraction to lively, unity-based dynamics, especially to musicians who build on one another’s energy. In this way, Alex’s role in songwriting makes sense, considering the band’s current original songs undergo considerable alteration performance to performance. Farmhouse’s first original song, “The Growing Groove,” follows the basic structure of a crescendo, but it jumps from reggae to funk to rock throughout its roughly five-minute performance. “It’s definitely not concrete at all,” says Ashleigh. “It’s gone through so many changes.” Audiences are likely not to mind, partly because variation is not necessarily an indication of a mistake and partly because Farmhouse plays in such varied locations that each audience is fresh. The band has played at Western New England University in Springfield, various house shows and open mics in Western Massachusetts, UMass Amherst, Workshop 13 in Ware, and Erek’s own farm for a wedding and several community agriculture events. On such occasions (like “Apple Fest” and “Blueberry Boogie”), Farmhouse could be seen covering songs like Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On” atop tractor flatbeds with dozens of attendants dancing at band mem-

bers’ feet – with the original farmhouse in the distance. Live performances like this feed the band’s growth. Each gig’s space and attendance produce different energy, and the band members incorporate this into their ever-evolving interpretation of music, both other bands’ and their own. Not only that—they see it evolving on the other side, too. Ashleigh describes being approached after a strictly-cover performance, receiving gushing compliments about how the band made this person feel. “I’m getting to people and I’m doing a cover right now,” she remembers thinking. “To have that power…” Ashleigh trails off, amazed. “We should be saying good things. We should be making a difference.” All four members acknowledge this responsibility, especially as they proceed with original work. “We are actively thinking about how words can convey feeling,” says Erek. Alex traces this goal back to Twiddle, one of the band’s inspirations. “They’re all about light and love,” he says. “I think if everyone embodied the words they’re speaking, the world would be a better place.” “If we’re trying to make something happen, if we’re trying to do good for the world, we’re gonna need some powerful words,” says Erek. “We want the whole band to come together for that.” “We have this opportunity to do something,” Ashleigh adds, “and I want to have a positive impact.”

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IN THE GARAGE

ROLLING UP THE DOORS ON LOCAL GARAGES

RAY GRIFFEN

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Walking around the car show hosted by East Coast Authentics - a club attracting display vehicles from Massachusetts, Connecticut and beyond - this SK Modified racecar bearing emblems of our nation’s military really stood out from the crowd. There’s a whole team behind this car - familiar faces in racing with owner Glenn Johnson and driver Michael Gervais. Spotter, Ray Griffen - whose job is to relay information to their driver - is with the car today. “The car was designed by Rob Fuller with a little bit of input from Tony Eury Jr., cousin of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.,” says Ray. “It’s basically 10 years ahead of its time within its division. There’s a lot of pretty trick stuff on this car - a lot of front end components, a lot of stuff in the rear end and a lot of adjustability within the car.” Under the hood is a Chevy 350 motor, LFR Chassis construction with 15” wide tires. The car goes about 125 MPH and is already a proven division winner. This type of car has already won a number of championships, including the Southern Modified Tour Championship and took track championship at Bowman Gray Stadium - a very difficult track to race. While this is a championship caliber car, Ray says each track is different and they will continue to learn what this car can do next year during a four hour test prior to the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway. This is where SK Modified was born in 1975. 54 GO LOCAL NOVEMBER 2016

“Jack Arute, Sr. ran what they called the Tour Modified every Friday night,” says Ray. “Those were basically 700 horse modifieds and those motors were very expensive. SK stands for “small block” and these motors are 355s, pushing about 480 horse. SKs were created to make things a little more cost effective and keep the competition running.” Ray has been racing most of his life, starting with dirt bikes and motocross as a kid. He raced in the left-right division for eighteen years before working with driver, Michael Gervais. Ray says they just “clicked” and that racing became fun again with this car. The SK Modified is an important part of the racing community and this vehicle races with pride. “The week before Independence Day the flag wrap goes up on the car,” explains Ray. “Our car owner, Glenn Johnson, is a very patriotic individual and this is his way of saying “thanks” to Veterans and to those who have served in the military.” Stop by and see this car next year, lap after lap, at Stafford Motor Speedway!

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7 Cozy Comfort Foods This is the time of year we all want to hunker down and hibernate for the winter. Or better yet, grab a piping hot dish of something gooey, high carb and fattening. We’ve done the

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