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Sheep’s wool has been a dominant cold-weather clothing staple for thousands of years. Its warmth is undeniable—but so is its rough texture and itch factor. Recent years have seen a rise in popularity of another ﬁber from the local farming scene: alpaca ﬁber is as warm as, stronger, and lighter than sheep’s wool, softer than cashmere, and naturally comes in 22 vibrant shades of black, white, red, brown, and gray. It can be solid, multi-colored, or even-patterned, depending on the alpaca it comes from. It’s also hypoallergenic. “A lot of people that are allergic to sheep wool are not allergic to alpaca,” says Kimberly Brockett of Bishop’s Orchards Farm in Guilford, home to two 11-year-old male alpacas. “Sheep wool has lanolin in it, which is the oil that makes it soft and a little bit greasy, and alpacas don’t have the lanolin.” “It is also one of the ﬁnest ﬁbers in the world,” says Melissa Ferrara of New England Alpacas in Killingworth. “It is very comparable to cashmere, but it’s as warm as sheep’s wool, so you have all of the soft, hypoallergenic qualities of this beautiful ﬁber that you can wear right up against your skin and keep you warm—without being itchy—and a softness that is just amazing.” Ferrara and her family have been raising alpacas since 1996 and now care for 24. She remembers alpaca farms starting to appear in Connecticut in the late 1980s. Today, she estimates, they number in the 30s. Alpacas are native to the Andes of western South America. There are two types: the Huacaya, sporting shorter, ﬂuffy ﬂeece, and the Suri, which has a long coat that looks dreadlocked but is silky and not matted. Locally, alpacas are shorn once a year in the spring. The shearing process takes about 10 minutes and removes around six to eight pounds of wool, says Alisa Mierzejewski of Burgis Brook Alpacas in Canterbury, formerly located in Guilford and currently home to 53 alpacas, 20 of them boarders.
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The shorn wool is sorted by type. The wool from the alpaca’s body is called the prime ﬁber because it is the softest, Mierzejewski explains. Neck and hip ﬁber is bagged separately, as is the coarser belly and lower leg ﬁber, which can be used in rugs. “There’s a usage for every type and every coarseness or ﬁneness,” Mierzejewski says. The wool is sent to a local mill where it is washed, combed, and spun into skeins. “Using alpaca yarn is just like using any other type of yarn,” Ferrara says. “It’s a beautiful ﬁber to knit with; it’s just like using a commercial yarn that you’d pick up at any other yarn store.” Many farms sell yarn or other products made from their own alpaca wool, such as scarves, hats, dress and sport socks, mittens, and blankets. Some artisans even craft alpaca-wool slippers and handbags. “Last year we had a tremendous amount of sales with folks buying yarn,” Mierzejewski says. “New England is very, very big on ﬁber arts. There are a lot of crafty folks here. Why go out to
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took their entire clip for the year, we would not be able to run a commercial mill for more than a week,â€? says Mierzejewski. Beyond the practical beneďŹ ts of a ready supply of highquality wool, the exotic alpaca makes an ideal pet for the right person. No fancy accommodations are needed. Alpacas require a simple shelter with three walls and a roof, and six to eight animals can live on one acre. Alpacas wear down the land less than other types of livestock because they have padded feet, not hooves that dig into the ground, and they clip grass while grazing instead of ripping it out by the roots. They are not being produced for meat in the United States, and their wool is a truly sustainable product. â€œTheyâ€™re very calm, and theyâ€™re very curious and personable,â€? says Brockett. â€œThey like to be around people, and people are just drawn to them because their faces are adorable and their personalities are very calming and relaxing.â€? Burgis Brook Alpacas is at 44 North Canterbury Road in Canterbury. For more information, call 203-605-0588, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit burgisbrookalpacas. com. Visitors are asked to call ďŹ rst. New England Alpacas is in Killingworth at 14 Bethke Road. Call 860-663-3482, e-mail email@example.com, or visit nealpacas.com. Visitors are asked to call ďŹ rst. Bishopâ€™s Orchards is in Guilford at 1355 Boston Post Road. Call 203-453-2338, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit bishopsorchards.com for more information.
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Evergreens WRITTEN BY SUSAN CORNELL The yearly trek to purchase a real Connecticut Christmas tree offers lifelong memories. Whether you cut the tree yourself, buy a living tree to plant later on, pick the tree and have it cut for you, or opt for a pre-cut tree, Connecticut’s farms offer not only trees but a family fun experience; some even offer sleigh and hay rides. Ron Olsen, of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture Bureau of Marketing and Technology and a tree grower himself, says the Nutmeg State has a strong base of Christmas tree growers that do quite well, considering the large number of Canadian and out-of-state trees that are brought in and sold at large retail chains. Olsen notes, “There are over 300 Christmas tree producers in Connecticut with farm sizes ranging from one acre to 250 acres. This number has stayed fairly stable for a number of years.” There is a fairly long-term investment involved in terms of land, time, and expense. Seven to eight years go by from the time the seedling is put in the ground to the time it reaches 6 feet. Total actual acreage of production in
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Connecticut is estimated to be close to 5,000 acres. “Depending on the year, over 500,000 trees are sold worth between $15 and $20 million,” says Olsen. There is a wide range of prices for the chooseand cut-your-own tree, but “for those growers that are in it intensively, the prices will range from $35 to $60 per tree,” he explains. Blue Spruce, White Spruce, and Frasir Fir, Olsen ﬁnds, are the most popular trees in Connecticut. Sales of Connecticut Grown trees have been strong in the last several years “in part due to the ‘local is good’ thrust that continues to gain momentum,” says Olsen. In Killingworth, Winterberry Farm & Nursery’s Shelly Cumpstone agreed that many of the growers reported increased sales. Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, and White Spruce are the most popular selections at Winterberry. All of these, she says, are good for swag-making. “Actually, I think a swag is prettiest if it is made with several different kinds of greens so you get different texture and different color,” Cumpstone adds. “Blue Spruce is nice in there,
too. It’s a little prickly but adds quite a different look to a swag.” There are numerous reasons to visit Connecticut’s farms, according to Cumpstone. “Here, people appreciate the experience of getting out with the family. If there’s snow on the ground they’re having snowball ﬁghts… even the funny arguments you have over whose year it is to pick the tree, it’s all part of the family tradition, which is so important.” Another reason: you know you’re getting a fresh-cut tree. Cumpstone says, “You know we’re seeing trees coming in tractor trailers in early November…If a tree is cut in early November, it may not have had that cold snap which helps the needles stay on better.” Perhaps the best reason to visit a Connecticut farm, according to Cumpstone, is “People like to support local farmers—you know where you’re getting it from.” winter 2010 élan magazine 15
Connecticut’s Most Popular
Balsam Fir Pinaceae Abies balsamea (L.) Mill. ¾ inch to 1 ½ inches; short, ﬂat, long-lasting needles are rounded at the tip; nice, dark green color with silvery cast and fragrant. This is the traditional Christmas tree most Americans grew up with. This tree has a dark-green appearance and retains its pleasing fragrance throughout the holiday season. Named for the balsam or resin found in blisters on bark. Balsam is the tree mainly used for swags due to great number grown in Maine and Canada that are cut and sold.
Fraser Fir Pinaceae Abies fraseri (Pursh) Poir. Dark green, ﬂattened needles to 1 inch long; dark green on the top and silvery underneath; good needle retention; nice scent; pyramid-shaped strong branches which turn upward. The Fraser ﬁr branches turn slightly upward. They have good form and needle-retention. They have a pleasant scent and excellent shipping characteristics. Named for a botanist, John Fraser, who explored the southern Appalachians in the late 1700s.
Pinaceae Picea pungens Engelm. Dark green to powdery blue; very stiff needles, ¾ inch to 1 ½ inches long; good form; will drop needles in a warm room; symmetrical; best among species for needle retention; branches are stiff and will support many heavy decorations. State tree of Utah and Colorado. Can live in nature 600 to 800 years.
Pinaceae Pinus strobus L. Soft, blue-green needles, 2 to 5 inches long in bundles of ﬁve; retains needles throughout the holiday season; very full appearance; little or no fragrance; less allergic reactions as compared to more fragrant trees. The largest pine in the U.S., the White Pine has soft, ﬂexible needles. They are the state tree of Michigan and Maine; slender branches will support fewer and smaller decorations as compared to Scotch pine.
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Concolor Fir or White Fir Pinaceae Abies concolor (Gord. & Glend.) Lindl. ex Hildebr. Bluegreen needles are ½ to 1½ inches long; nice shape and good aroma, a citrus scent; good needle retention. They have good foliage color, good needle retention, and a pleasing shape and aroma. In nature can live to 350 years.* Becoming trendy due to its long and soft but ﬁrm needles and citrus aroma.
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Often, the best parties are centered on a theme thatâ€™s special or important to the host, according to Civitello. â€œPersonal touches could really be pretty much whatever that particular host likes,â€? she explains. â€œSay someone really loves gingerbread housesâ€”they could go with that themeâ€ŚOr someone might really like Santaâ€™s workshopâ€Ś They could have little benches out, toys around, and could even have their kids act as elves and serve the guests.â€? Of course, the season encompasses religious and cultural celebrations other than Christmas, and the term â€œholiday partyâ€? isnâ€™t necessarily synonymous with â€œChristmas gettogether.â€? A good host knows that his or her party-throwing efforts should
always be informed by consideration for their guests. â€œYou always want to make your guests feel comfortable, so keep every guest in mind,â€? Civitello advises. She suggests that hosts do some research to determine if a partygoer celebrates a particular faith that differs from their own and incorporate a food, decorative item, or other element of that tradition into the event.
Deck the Halls Current trends in entertaining also aid in the effort to throw multi-cultural and multi-faith gatherings. No longer are reds and greens the go-to colors for holiday soirĂŠes. Instead, think of unconventional mixtures like pink and red or create a complementary backdrop to the season with blues and metallics. A simple centerpiece of tree branches, spray-painted white and looped with lights, can also add to the winter setting. â€œThe thing now is to be a little more open and use a lot of different colors and make it more festive,â€? says Civitello. â€œYou really can use whatever you have in your houseâ€? to add pops of color to the party spaceâ€”â€œglass jars, vases, candleholders, candy jars, or ornaments.â€? One unique decorative idea thatâ€™s appropriate for any holiday event is to ďŹ ll a glass vase or bowl with a variety of candy bars or other sweet treats. Indeed, food can be a great uniďŹ er during the holidays. winter 2010 ĂŠlan magazine 19
â€œA lot of times when you need some sort of focal point for a party, it tends to be foodâ€ŚYou can incorporate [guestsâ€™] different nationalities and traditions by serving different kinds of foodsâ€ŚYou could even have an â€˜around the globeâ€™ [holiday] partyâ€ŚOn the invitations, you can give somebody a country or a region and ask them to bring a dish from it, or ask someone to bring a traditional dish [representative of] their nationality.â€?
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Holidays with a Twist The holidays are the ideal time to try theseâ€”and otherâ€”new things. Treat yourself and your guests to experiences they might not otherwise make time for, like a wine tasting, says Civitello. â€œLots of liquor and wine stores and vineyards can suggest someone to come do a wine tasting at your house, or you can do it on your own with different stations set up around your houseâ€ŚItâ€™s something fun and entertaining for guests to doâ€Śand it keeps them activeâ€”itâ€™s kind of like an ice-breaker.â€? Above all, Civitello says the key to planning a great holiday party is to keep it commonsense. Donâ€™t go crazy trying to throw a royal-family-sized dinner party or serve a ďŹ ve-course meal; gatherings larger than 12 people should feature cocktails and passed bite-sized hors dâ€™oeuvres that can be enjoyed standing up. (â€œPeople like to mingle,â€? Civitello notes.) And donâ€™t think you need to blow your budget to blow your guests away. â€œSometimes people try to overdo it,â€? says Civitello. â€œSimpler is always better and you do not have to spend an absurd amount of money on a holiday party. Youâ€™d be surprised what you can do with what you have around the houseâ€ŚYou just need to have everything theme-relatedâ€Śand everything will really come together.â€?
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Basic Gingerbread Adapted from Great Cakes by Carole Walter (Clarkson/Potter, New York, 1991). 2 â…“ cups sifted unbleached all-purpose ďŹ‚our 1 Â˝ teaspoons baking soda Âź teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon â…› teaspoon ground cloves Â˝ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter â…“ cup sugar 2 large eggs Âž cup light or dark molasses, preferably unsulfured Juice of 1 medium navel orange, plus enough milk to make Âž cup liquid 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier, Cointreau, or Triple Sec (optional) 1 Â˝ teaspoons white vinegar Position rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter (or spray) a 9- by 9-inch square pan. Using a triple sifter, sift together the ďŹ‚our, baking soda, salt, and spices. Set aside. Cut butter into 1-inch pieces and place in a large bowl of an electric mixer ďŹ tted with beaters or paddle attachment to soften on low speed. Increase speed to mediumhigh and cream until smooth and light in color, about two minutes. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, taking about two to three minutes to blend it in well. Scrape sides of bowl occasionally. Add eggs, one at a time, in one-minute intervals. Gradually pour in molasses and beat for about one minute, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. The mixture will look somewhat curdled at this pointâ€”this is okay. The curdled look will disappear when all the dry ingredients have been added. Reduce mixer speed to low. Combine juice/milk mixture with liqueur and vinegar. Add dry ingredients alternately with liquid ingredients, dividing the ďŹ‚our mixture into three parts and the liquid into two parts, starting and ending with ďŹ‚our. Mix just until incorporated after each addition. Scrape sides of the bowl occasionally. Mix 10 seconds longer. The batter will be loose. Pour batter into prepared pan. Center pan on the rack and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until cake comes away from the side of the pan and is springy to the touch. Remove cake from oven and set pan on a cake rack to cool completely.
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Someone once said that if you want to sell your house, make brownies right before would-be buyers visit your house. For me, instead, Iâ€™d prefer to be greeted by the aroma of ginger, whether itâ€™s candied ginger, ginger ale, ginger beer, or ginger powder, especially during the fall or winter holidays. The ďŹ‚avor of ginger is both sweet and spicy and works beautifully with oranges and lemons, rum, ice cream, and chocolate. I add ginger powder and candied ginger to oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies, and gingerbread is incredibly festive for Christmas. Warm gingerbread can be served with breakfast, but is often purely a dessert. It is particularly delicious with a lemon sauce or whipped cream.
Gender-Neutral Gingerpeople Adapted from The Complete Cookie by Barry Bluestein and Kevin Morrissey Â˝ cup dark molasses Âź cup (one-half stick) unsalted butter at room temperature 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground ginger Â˝ teaspoon ground cinnamon Âź teaspoon ground nutmeg â…› teaspoon allspice 1 cup all-purpose ďŹ‚our Âź teaspoon baking soda Âź teaspoon salt Small silver dragees or cinnamon candles Combine molasses, butter, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Stir in the spices. Add ďŹ‚our, baking soda, and salt. Stir until fully incorporated. Line cookie or baking sheet with wax paper. Turn dough out onto the wax paper and cover with a second sheet. Flatten by hand into a 7- by 9-inch rectangle. Freeze for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat cooking sheets with cooking spray. Remove dough from freezer and cut in half crosswise. Return half to the freezer until ready to use, and peel the paper from the remaining half. Cover a work surface with wax paper. Flour lightly. Put dough onto wax paper; sprinkle ďŹ‚our over the dough and cover with a second sheet of wax paper. Roll it out as thinly as possible, to a thickness of about 1/16 inch. (Rectangle will measure about 8 inches by 12 inches.) Using a gingerperson cutter, cut out cookies and transfer with a spatula to the prepared cooking sheets. Reroll scraps of dough and cut out additional gingerpeople. Repeat process for second piece of dough. Place dragee or cinnamon candies on gingerpeople to decorate. Bake for about nine minutes, until ďŹ rm to the touch. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool. winter 2010 ĂŠlan magazine 23
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city is perennially considered one of the most live-able in the world and it celebrates a rich diversity; more than 40 percent of its residents speak English as a second language. And the city’s youthful population—outdoorsy people who hike, bike, climb, and ski—give Vancouver an American West Coast vibe. Add the fact that Vancouver appears in a host of feature movies and ﬁve-star restaurants that satisfy every palate from French to Thai to Memphis barbecue, and it’s hard not to like the place. And Vancouver is ready for the Olympics, with gleaming venues GM Place (ice hockey, ice skating), home of the Vancouver Canucks; Cypress Mountain (snowboarding, freestyle skiing); the Richmond Skating Centre (speed skating); and Whistler-Creekside, the site of most skiing
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Erin Pac of Milford is a member of the USA Women’s Bobsled Team bound for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Pac is shown above driving the sled. Photos courtesy of the U.S. Bobsledding Federation.
East Meets North The Canadian Rockies will get a dash of Connecticut Nutmeg whenn several athletes from the area will compete in the Games—and all of them m are medal contenders. Branford’s Caitlin Cahow, making her secondd appearance on the women’s ice hockey team, may equal or surpass thee bronze medal she won at the 2006 games; likewise for Trumbull’s Chriss Drury, captain of the NHL’s New York Rangers, who was a member of thee USA Olympic team that won the silver medal in 2002; and Danbury’ss Lindsey Jacobellis is one of the world’s top snowboardcross competitors.. Erin Pac, driver for one of Team USA’s two bobsled teams, will bee living her ﬁrst Olympic dream when she stands at the Whistler summit.. The U.S. Bobsledding Federation has high hopes she will contend for a medal, as well. “It’s very exciting,” says Pac, who lives and trains in Milford. A native of Farmington, Pac was a senior on the Springﬁeld Collegee track team when her Olympic quest almost ended before it began. “In 2002, my track coach got an email about Olympic bobsled tryoutss
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Shedding New Light on an
Old Tradition WRITTEN BY AMY J. BARRY
or more than 30 years, Scoﬁeld Historic Lighting has been illuminating homes and hotels, municipal buildings and barns, even village streets with its authentic custom-designed reproductions of 18th and 19th century lighting ﬁxtures. Jon and Doreen Joslow of Chester, the company’s new owners, are continuing the tradition of its founder, Richard Scoﬁeld—a master craftsman and historic lighting scholar—while using their business acumen and passion for quality handcrafted products to bring the company into the 21st century. The Joslows have relocated Scoﬁeld Historic Lighting from a small, one-person workshop in Chester to a spacious, multicraftsman workshop and showroom in Ivoryton where artisans hand-cut the ﬁxtures out of tin and copper and sand, paint, or stain them based on historical designs, combining classic form with contemporary function. They offer a line of traditional New England reproduction lanterns, chandeliers, and wall-mounted sconces— electriﬁed and candle-lit—as well as custom-designed ﬁxtures to ﬁt their customers’ speciﬁc requirements. Styles range from a rustic aged tin wall sconce
to an elegant carved chandelier ﬁnished in 22k gold leaf. Owners of an antique colonial home they’ve slowly been restoring over the years, the Joslows understand the difference between the real McCoy and a ﬁne reproduction versus a cheaply made knock-off. “We’ve taken this from an artistic business to a business of the art.” Jon says. “If Yankees were alive today, this is how they’d do it.” Jon insists that it’s simply not true that manufacturing is dead in America and that companies can’t compete without outsourcing and using inexpensive labor and materials. The proof is in the pudding, or in this case, lighting. “What we make can’t be replicated in mass quantities by stamping presses and robotic welding,” he says. “Every piece is carefully crafted by hand in the New England tradition, using the same tools and techniques craftsmen employed over two centuries ago—and our business is up 83 percent this year!” As an example of using old-fashioned workmanship and the latest lighting technology without changing the authentic design of the ﬁxtures, Jon points to an electriﬁed tin lantern handcrafted with wavy mouth-blown glass that was
“We’ve taken this from an artistic business to a business of the art.” —Jon Joslow imported from Germany. The wires are completely hidden and it is UL certiﬁed to be used safely in both residential and commercial locations. The Joslows point out that people can’t always ﬁnd antique ﬁxtures to ﬁt their décor and these reproductions meet all of today’s safety codes while being very hard to distinguish from pieces that are hundreds of years old. “Copper has the color of ﬁre in it—there’s something that draws us as people to the light, like ﬁreﬂies are drawn to a ﬂame,” Doreen says of the lighting designs. “These are beautiful pieces, the proportions are great. They ﬁt into traditional and transitional homes and they can warm up a stark modern environment. They can subtly blend in or be a focal point—[such as] a centerpiece on a table.” Doreen notes that Scoﬁeld Historic Lighting pieces are being installed all over the country from downtown
Local Million-Dollar Homes The following transaction details reflect Connecticut shoreline home sales in the million-dollar range in the last quarter. Transactions for which we were able to find the most details are printed here.
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239 Old Black Point Road sold for $2,350,000. 54 Walden Hill Road sold for $1,243,000 on July 22 676 Nut Plains Road sold for $1,270,000 on July 2 Old Lyme 87 Sill Lane sold for $1,215,000. Old Saybrook 98 Maple Avenue sold for 1,150,000 on July 31 Madison 164 Middle Beach Road sold for $2,000,000 on July 30 40 Wyndy Brook Lane sold for $1,325,000 on July 30 Stonington 10 Willow Street sold for $1,237,500.
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Chester’s street and shop lights, to a church-turned-residence in Old Lyme’s historic district and a mansion in Old Greenwich for an unnamed celebrity. Farther aﬁeld, Scoﬁeld ﬁxtures are found at the Ocean House resort in Watch Hill, Rhode Island; an estate in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and a renovated old tobacco mill in New York’s Botanical Gardens. This past fall, the company’s ﬁxtures were installed in a home featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Doreen notes, “”People respond to the quality, aesthetic, and capabilities of what we can deliver.” For more information, visit www.ScoﬁeldHistoricLighting. com or call 860-767-7032 to make an appointment to visit the showroom at 90 Pond Meadow Road in Ivoryton.
3 Prospect Hill Road sold for $1,125,000 on Aug. 19 11 Hilltop Avenue sold for $975,000 on Aug. 27 48 Front Street sold for $1,050,000. 133 Summer Hill Road sold for $1,105,000 on Aug. 26
225 Devonshire Lane sold for $5,830,000 on Aug. 18 62 Governors Way sold for $1,610,000 on Aug. 11 Old Saybrook 126 Maple Avenue sold for $1,075,000 on Aug. 31
10 Esther Place sold for $1,210,000 on Sept. 21 35 Winterberry Road sold for $1,810,000 on Sept. 4 Guilford 7 White Pine Lane sold for $1,000,000 on Sept. 10 331 Old Sachems Head Road sold for $1,800,000 on Sept. 4 Madison 44 Grove Avenue sold for $1,090,000 on Sept. 1 Old Saybrook 55 N. Cove Road sold for $1,800,000 on Sept. 11 Stonington N. Main Street sold for $1,350,000. Deep River
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hen Los Angeles screenwriter Amy Jones spent a summer by the sea in Mystic, she knew she’d found the quintessential New England ﬁshing town she’d been envisioning for the scenes of her next movie. Toss in a small-town pizza parlor, a classic summer coming-ofage tale, and a then-unknown curly-haired beauty with a mile-wide smile by the name of Julia Roberts, and Jones had her ﬁrst bona ﬁde hit on her hands: Mystic Pizza. Mystic, Connecticut, was suddenly thrust onto the pop culture map, but as the locals know, it’s always been a treasure. The village may be a small locality, joining Stonington and Groton, but it remains one of New England’s most beloved tourist attractions. “Between the seaport, the aquarium, Olde Mistick Village, and the historic downtown district, there’s always something to do in Mystic,” Mystic Chamber of Commerce President Tricia Cunningham says. “We keep people busy year-round.”
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then Mistick, and then, ﬁnally, Mystic, according to the Mystic River Historical Society. In the 19th century, shipyards sprang up as the area, separated by the Mystic River, became a popular pit stop for whalers and merchant ships. The maritime history is memorialized with relics and towering ships ready for tours and visitors at Mystic Seaport, “the Museum of America and the Sea,” while another hotspot in the village looks toward the future of the ocean. Dreams come true at Mystic Aquarium—where else can you pat a beluga whale and go for a waddle with an African penguin? Watch playful sea lions do tricks, witness thousands of ﬁsh species glow, hide, and thrive, and head to the bottom of the sea with the XD theater ride “Deep Sea 3D.” Educational experiences abound as part of Mystic Aquarium’s Institute for Exploration, under the watchful eye of one of the world’s foremost aquatic researchers, Dr. Robert Ballard. Ballard is revered for ﬁnding the R.M.S. Titanic shipwreck in 1985; he is currently, with the help of staff and three state-of-the-art robots invented by the Institute for Exploration, conducting a study of the ship’s current deterioration. One of the aquarium’s most popular exhibits today, Return to the Titanic, takes visitors through Ballard’s original discovery with
video, photos, a 25-foot replica of the ship’s bow, a 14-foot replica of one of the boilers, and more.
Olde-Fashioned Shopping No Mystic trip is complete without an Olde Mistick Village trip, just a stone’s throw from the aquarium. Remember when shopping was an experience? Olde Mistick Village strives to remember the good ol’ days with more than just a meeting house. Trick or treaters traipse from store to store on Halloween, musicians play for the shoppers beneath the gazebo, and the holidays bring all sorts of town-square cheer. Worlds away from big-box stores and shopping malls, 40 small, unique shops offering everything from antiques and Irish and Italian gifts to heirlooms and cowboy boots are speckled along a brick walkway interlaced with a waterwheel, duckponds, a Colonial meeting house, and a Victorian gazebo. Find a gift or craft for anyone—or animal—with shops like Raining Cats and Dogs, Angel Haven, Garden Specialties, Toy Soldier, and more. Sprinkled throughout the shopping are dining destinations, ranging from the ﬁlets of the Steak Loft, the grilled cheese and soup of Bleu Squid, and the contemporary cuisine at Azu.
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Harborside Holidays If you haven’t yet ventured to Mystic yet, there’s no better time to visit than the holiday season. The yuletide cheer kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 28 when Santa cruises into town via tugboat. The Sea of Trees—decorated Christmas trees dotting the ﬁsh tanks at the aquarium—opens Nov. 27. Watch your family’s faces glow in the lights of the Festival of Lights at Olde Mistick Village on Friday, Dec. 11. More than 5,000 luminaries line the walkway and shops against a backdrop of carolers, jesters, musicians, and refreshments. The charm of yesteryear hits the road with December’s Lantern Light Tours. “Immerse yourself in an all-new tale of the magic, merriment, and mystery of Christmas Eve, 1876,” www.mystic. org claims of the traveling 70-minute show/tour. “Stroll through a festival holiday village, kick up your heels in a tavern dance, and visit with sailors in port for the holiday. You may even spy a jolly old silver-haired fellow… Could that be ol’ St. Nick?” “It always leads into the holiday spirit. It’s such a wonderful event, people make a holiday tradition of it. It’s a great family event, it’s a great date night,” says Cunningham, who had her ﬁrst date with her now-husband on a Mystic Lantern Light Tour.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS Family Events
Old Mystic Village. Photograph by Tim Martin
Regardless of the season, there’s one underlying thread entwining the events: community. “There’s a true community spirit in Mystic,” Cunningham says. “Events [like the holiday events] serve as a great, gentle reminder for those that live here. Look at where we live, work, and play…We are so lucky.” To plan your trip to Mystic, visit www.mystic.org.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2 Holiday Open House: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Bee & Thistle Inn, 100 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Featuring a Gingerbread house presentation, Victorian yuletide carolers, and hot mulled cider and cookies for all. FRIDAY, DEC. 4 Saybrook Stroll: 5 to 9 p.m. Main St., Old Saybrook. Enjoy a variety of seasonal activities along Main Street. ONGOING Holiday Sea of Trees: Dec. 2 to Jan 4. Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic. More than 20 Christmas trees on display decorated by local organizations. Free with aquarium admission; last admission at 4 p.m. For more information, call 860-572-5955 or visit www.mysticaquarium.org. Lantern Light Tours: 5 p.m.; weekly until Dec. 26. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic. Immerse yourself in an all-new tale of the magic, merriment, and mystery of Christmas Eve, 1876. Tours leave every 15 minutes and are an hour long. Donations of non-perishable food items are encouraged. For more information, visit www.mysticseaport.org.
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SATURDAY, DEC. 12 AND SUNDAY, DEC. 13 The Nutcracker: 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville. Joseph Albano and The Albano Ballet Company will bring back their production of the Christmas classic “The Nutcracker.” Tickets are $33 and $23, with a $5 discount for children age 12 and younger and senior citizens; available through ticketmaster.com; Ticketmaster’s toll-free charge by phone number 1-800-745-3000; or any Ticketmaster outlet. The Nutcracker: Garde Arts Center, State St., New London. Eastern Connecticut Ballet presents its annual performances of “The Nutcracker” with music by the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. Performance times are 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Garde Box Ofﬁce at 860-444-7373 or online at www. gardearts.org. ONGOING Mistletoed: Daily at 4 p.m. until Monday Dec. 14. Cornerstone Playhouse at the Olde Mystic Cinemas, Mystic. “Mistletoed”: it’s bigger than life in a cozy setting featuring a fun-loving and professional cast who will put guests into the spirit of the season. Tickets are $32.95 for adults; $30.95 for seniors; $15 for kids age 16 and younger. For details, call 888838-2906, ext. 1 or visit www.cornerstoneproductions.org.
Exhibitions and Gallery Events ONGOING The Magic of Christmas: Through Jan. 10; call for hours. Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme. View a display of Fantasy Trees inspired by the exhibition “Call of the Coast”; see new painted palettes on Miss Florence’s Artist Tree; and the main ﬂoor of the house evokes the homespun preparations for a festive 1910 Christmas in a boardinghouse for artists. For more information and a list of holiday programming, call 860-434-5542 or visit www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org.
Deck the Walls: Dec. 11 to Jan. 9. Lyme Art Association & Gallery, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme. LAA’s annual holiday exhibition and sale, featuring more than 200 works by Lyme Art Association Elected and Associate artists. Ten percent of sales on opening night will beneﬁt the Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries. Opening reception is Dec. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 860-434-7802 or visit lymeartassociation.org. Dear Santa: Through Jan. 2. Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street , Old Lyme. An all-new holiday exhibition of art and objects that would be a joy to wrap or receive. Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and other ﬁne crafts from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries will be on sale. For more information, call 860-434-8807 or visit www.cooleygallery.com. “Artistry” 2009: Through Jan. 3. Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St., Guilford. GAC’s shop of contemporary American crafts will reopen for the holiday season, featuring handmade crafts by artists from across the country. “Artistry” features a range of items, including ceramics, candles, glass, ﬁne art, metal, jewelry, ﬁber, ornaments, condiments, leather, toys, and more. For details, call 203-453-5947 or visit www.guilfordartcenter. org.
Music SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, DEC. 5 AND 6 Handel’s “Messiah”: 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday; 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday. St. Mark’s Church, 222 McVeagh Rd., Westbrook. Presented by Cappella Cantorum. SUNDAY, DEC. 20 Handel’s “Messiah”: 7 to 9 p.m. First Congregational Church of Madison, 26 Meeting House Ln., Madison. Featuring the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and special guests, The Cathedral Choir of St. Joseph. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 203-865-0831 or visit www.newhavensymphony.org.
Night Out SATURDAY, NOV. 28 XTreme Tree Gala: Left Bank Gallery, 10 N. Main St., Essex. Local artists are joining forces to support The Paul & Lisa Program by designing a conceptual holiday tree for its ﬁrst-ever XTreme Trees event. Guests will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and music and may bid on the trees during a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased in Essex at The Left Bank Gallery, Elite, The Weekend Kitchen, J. Alden Clothiers, and English Accents. SATURDAY, DEC. 12 “A Christmas Carol” (Film): Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. Watch Brian Desmond Hurst’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic. For more information, visit 203-432-2800 or visit ycba.yale.edu. For more events, both local and farther aﬁeld, visit www.zip06.com.
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ou donâ€™t have to spend the night at The Study at Yale to feel perfectly comfortable at its in-house restaurant, Heirloom. The geography certainly helps. The Study at Yale, New Havenâ€™s newest boutique hotelâ€”â€œoffering an experience in service, style, and comfort unparalleled,â€? according to its websiteâ€”is tucked away on the quieter, emerging end of Chapel Street amid Yale Gothica, museums, and ultra modern shops and coffee houses. Itâ€™s like coming home to the ultimate cityloft apartmentâ€”one with its own coffee bar (serving Illy coffee, naturally). The Study itself is a striking construction; the lobby is modern without seeming stark, airy and sunny while instantly cozy. And the people-watching neednâ€™t end once you enter the hotel. A wall of windows faces Chapel Street, offering diners and hotel guests great views of the bustling byway. Modern dĂŠcor, with simple accents like bright red pepper mills, white ceramic crockery, and elegant glassware, creates a sense of even more space in an already expansive dining room. The bar area, sectioned off without being shut out from the dining room, feels intimate while offering ample space for the after-work crowd. The creature comforts continue on the well-planned menu.
Homey items like macaroni and cheese ďŹ‚avored with ham hock, tomato soup (with cheddar croutons), crab cakes, several salads, and items like Croque Provencal (a hot ham and cheese sandwich with tomato) await the lunch crowd, while the dinner menu features old-fashioned updates like cider-braised pork chops, lamb loin chop, ďŹ let mignon, and Atlantic salmon, plus a weekâ€™s worth of daily specials and a slew of apps. (Smallplate versions of lunch and dinner items are available at the bar.) Simple offerings, surely, but seasoning, creative ďŹ‚avor combinations, and clever presentation keep things chic. But donâ€™t stop thereâ€”dessert awaits, along with a selection of sweet wines, port, and brandy. Sometimes a night out just isnâ€™t quite over until the caramel cheesecake, Calvados, and tawny port have been served. If youâ€™re a chocolate lover, fear not: the chocolate sampleâ€”complete with bittersweet, sea salt, pink pepper, and pistachio piecesâ€”should satisfy. Or thereâ€™s always the Bulldog brownieâ€”this is Yale territory after all. And if ever there was a reason to celebrate a college-style homecoming, The Study at Yale presents several, all in one gorgeous space. Heirloom is at The Study at Yale, 1157 Chapel Street, New Haven. For more information or to view Heirloomâ€™s menus, visit www.studyhotels.com and select â€œdining,â€? or call 203-503-3900.
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