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Change:That is the only thing that is certain in life, right? As we transition into fall and winter, most of us accept the inevitability of the change in seasons. Because Mother Nature does her thing, whether we are ready for it or not. The leaves will fall. The weather will turn colder. Snow will fall. And we will carry on. While we can accept the change in seasons (eventually), many of us, me included, resist other types of change. And so much has changed in so little time this year. I am weary of hearing the words “unprecedented” and “new normal,” but that is the world we live in right now. And we are all still reeling from it all. And many of us feel helpless to change the political climate, the divisiveness of our society, racial injustice, poverty, the economic fallout of the pandemic, the pandemic itself, and the ravages of climate change. I believe we need to be kind to ourselves during this time ... and realize we are all doing our best with what we have been dealt with. We need time to allow this all to settle in, to regroup, and change ourselves. Do we need to change the way we conduct ourselves in this world? Use fewer resources? Spew less venom while speaking with those who don’t agree with our views? Do we need to live more simply? More locally? Do we need to think less about ourselves and our comfort level and more about our neighbors, our community? We have time to think now. I’m trying to make the best of it, and looking for ways I can change. It’s a start.

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efore the forest reclaimed the hills of New England cleared in the 1700s and 1800s, the view from the house of Mary Ellen Copeland and Ed Anthes on Camp Arden Road in Dummerston must have been magnificent. Originally built in 1800 by what we now call a gentleman farmer, the home and its outbuildings would have looked down upon the sweeping vista, with the West River on the valley floor and hills seeming to climb to the sky in all directions. That house is now encircled by a forest of succession growth that stretches to the river and the top of Putney Mountain. “Somebody who had money built this house,” says Mary Ellen. “You can tell by the way it was put together ... It’s an incredible place. It’s a lovely place to live.” The home was built from materials found on-site, and the granite was hauled in, most likely from the nearby Black Mountain Quarry, just down the West River. “The floors are made from wide boards, and some of the wood in the mantle piece over the fireplace in the living room came from a tree that had to have been enormous,” says Mary Ellen. The house has an office for the couple and nine other rooms, including two bedrooms, a guest room and two bathrooms. It also has five attics, a testament to how many times the house has been added on to. “My grandkids love playing ‘Sardine’ here,” says Mary Ellen, a game of hide-and-seek where one person hides and

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as people find that one person, they cram into the hiding space, too. “It’s a great place for that game because the house has so many nooks and crannies and closets and spaces under the eaves with doors in them.” Ed says one of the best things about living in an old house like theirs is the porches. “On the west side, this house has a screen porch for summer, from which we watch the flowers, the birds, bees and butterflies that visit them,” he says. “And we can watch the trees sway in the strong winds of summer storms. On the southeast side, there’s a glassed-in porch that warms with the sun on winter mornings. Sometimes I think of the people who have sat on the porches in the past, and who might in the future.” Mary Ellen also likes to show off the house’s basement, which contains four stone pillars that hold up the house’s main beams. She says such a technique is unique in these older homes. Most of the home walls were built with a classic technique for its time period -- lath and plaster, which consists of narrow strips of wood, also known as laths, nailed horizontally to wall studs and then covered in plaster. Mary Ellen and Ed are appreciative of the house’s history and the land it sits on, but they also have an eye toward the future. When Barbara and Conrad Wilson purchased the home (see brief history sidebar), it came with 300 acres. Their sons sold the house and 64 acres to Ed and Mary Ellen, who put their land into conservancy. Under the Green Mountain

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ccording to “Dummerston,” by David Lufkin Mansfield, one of the town’s founders was Elder Jonathan Huntley, a pastor with the Baptist Church. The house Copeland and Anthes moved into five years ago is referred to as the Huntley Homestead in a history of Dummerston published by the Dummerston Historical Society and edited by Alice Crosby Loomis and Francis Walker Manix, “This house has been added on to as the years went by,” says the current owner of the property, Mary Allen Copeland. “Substantially in 1900.” And then, in 1985, the house was bought and renovated by Barbara and Conrad Wilson. “The house my parents owned, Deer Run Farm, where Ed and Mary Ellen live, belonged to Miss Elizabeth Whitney, whom I think was a granddaughter of Eli Whitney, who invented the cotton gin,” notes Alex Wilson, who inherited the house with his brother, Chris, when his parents passed away. “I gather that Miss Whitney was quite a character,” says Alex. Barbara and Conrad purchased the house from Elizabeth Whitney’s nephew, Tom Debevoise, who never actually lived in the house. Debevoise was the son of Eli Whitney Debevoise, also a direct descendant of Eli Whitney and served as Vermont Attorney General in the 1960s and was a president of Vermont Law School. Nearby, Elizabeth Fay Whitney and Katherine Jewell Everts codirected Camp Arden, a summer camp for girls, which opened in 1919. According to the obituary for Everts’ niece, Katherine “Kay” Ewing Hocking, the camp “grew out of a strong desire to promote peace and to end war. Its motto was ‘Cooperate to Create, Not Compete to Possess.’” Whitney and Everts were attracted to the location by the “ruggedness” of the land. Camp Arden operated until the death of Everts in 1950. The School of International Training later used the buildings for classes and sleeping units. Hocking’s daughter and son-in-law, Jillian and Calvin, still live in Brattleboro, and their son, Sam, lives in the Hocking house on Camp Arden Road. •

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Conservancy umbrella, and with the help of the Vermont Land Trust, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the Nature Conservancy and the Connecticut River Conservancy, Ed and Mary Ellen and a handful of other landowners are creating the Deer Run Nature Preserve. With 627 acres from the Mercedes family and 95 from Sam Farwell, the total approaches 1,100 acres and includes nearly two-and-a-half miles of river frontage and a 47-acre field along the West River that is used for haying. “Preserving the land was important to us,” says Mary Ellen, an author, educator and mental health recovery advocate. She also has a master’s degree in resource management and administration and, like her daughter Patti Smith, who has been at the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center in Brattleboro for nearly two decades, is a naturalist. “Ed and I really want to give to future generations, as does everyone involved in this project,” says Mary Ellen. “We really wanted to preserve this land, and with the help of the Wilson brothers, the Mercedes family and Sam, it’s becoming a reality.” The Green Mountain Conservancy, with the generosity of the community, recently finished up Phase 1 of the plan, with 330 acres in Dummerston and Brookline conserved. The property, the southern terminus of Putney Mountain, is a key wildlife corridor between the Putney Mountain ridgeline, the Connecticut River and large forested areas to the west, into the Green Mountain National Forest. It is accessible to the public through a gentle footpath designed by Roger Haydock that winds up the ridgeline, taking hikers from “beauty spot” to






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“Preserving the land was important to us” atHome with History (continued) “beauty spot.” The trailhead is on Camp Arden Road, just a few hundred feet from the driveway of Ed and Mary Ellen. “As I walk Deer Run Nature Preserve,” says Ed, “I see trees already tall and strong, that may thrive here in spite of climate change, give people a chance to walk in an old forest, looking up into the treetops, and down to see tiny ephemeral plants and fungi, listening to the calls of redtail and broadwing hawks and the songs of indigo buntings and warblers, and the odd sounds of black-billed cuckoos who’ve come to eat caterpillars in the trees.” According to the Green Mountain Conservancy’s website, “This land is one of the last remaining unfragmented large parcels in Dummerston. It is

remarkable for its tall hardwoods, hemlock-filled ravines, stunning views, stone walls and a curious rock structure known as ‘the monument.’” The land also includes two deer wintering yards and various forest types, including hardwood savannas and hemlock “cathedrals.” There are several wetlands and vernal pools that host various amphibians, including the rare Jefferson Salamander. The Green Mountain Conservancy is close to its $440,000 goal to purchase the remainder of what will be the entire Deer Run Nature Preserve. One day, if all goes as planned, the Deer Run Nature Preserve will connect to trails on Putney Mountain and maybe the West River Trail between Brattleboro and Londonderry. “We have been surprised by how generous people have

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We found a beautiful piece of land with 1,200 feet of frontage on the beautiful Rock River (Vermont) with numerous swimming holes. This is where we built our dream house.”


reg Parks, 69, and Robert Doyle, 66, are living in their dream house. This home, at some 2,400 square feet, including a hillside bordering the Rock River, Newfane, Vermont, is their haven. Parks, once head chef at The Four Columns Inn, Newfane, is now retired. Doyle is a real estate agent with Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors, Brattleboro, Vermont. Together they’ve created a home and personal art gallery ... a place to entertain, swim, relax, enjoy numerous gardens and the natural world. Their two-bedroom, two full bath home, with numerous decks and a balcony, was built in 1998. It was easy to move to Newfane from Townshend when they found this property.

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“We found a beautiful piece of land with 1,200 feet of frontage on the beautiful Rock River with numerous swimming holes. This is where we built our dream house,” says Doyle. They worked with a Newfane architect, David Cotton. “He was great. David got tons of input from us,” Doyle says. “We basically told him what we wanted and the look we were going for. He would make drawings, and then we would change them a lot!” The original builder was Coughlin Builders (no longer in business), and the sunroom, a later addition, was done by Don Robinson Builders, Brattleboro, Vermont.


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The look they were very intentionally aiming for was mid-century modern. Doyle and Parks wanted straight lines, lots of windows and many specific details, such as no window moldings. They mixed in some Bauhaus elements, too. “Bauhaus” is a German word that means “construction house.” The Bauhaus art and design movement began in Germany in 1919 and has influenced design up to this day. Bauhaus style favors linear and geometrical forms, avoiding floral or curvilinear shapes. Not only in appearance, this house follows a core principle of Bauhaus: form follows function. This couple wanted to make this house function in a very specific way. It had to have space to display their extensive contemporary art collection. They began collecting art some 40 years ago. Says Doyle, “We wanted an unusual contemporary styled home in which to display our art collection,” which includes such artists as Damien Hirst, Robert Rauchenberg, Frank Stella, Wolf Kahn, and Robert Motherwell. “Though it was a strong collaboration between the architect and us,” explains Doyle, “we controlled the amount of wall space to make sure there was enough for our collection.” Another aspect of Bauhaus well expressed in this house is that the structure itself is a complete work of art or gesamtkunstwerk. It is not just a place to eat, sleep, entertain and relax. It is also a place to enjoy artwork, gardens and nature. Thus, the house combines a specific architectural design, a gallery, gardens, the native landscape, and the usual home uses. However, some of the details are not unusual for a modern home. The house has a rubber membrane roof with laminated beams for extra support. The siding is clear vertical cedar. The interior walls are sheetrock. There is radiant floor heating on the first floor and central air conditioning. But all together, the result is a distinctive, sleek, contemporary structure, including a lap swimming pool discretely embedded in a small flat area on the hillside.

Fitting Seamlessly Into the Landscape

Despite the simplicity of the house’s shape, it is not in opposition to its hilly, foliage-diverse setting, but rises in concert above the steep terrain, like just another hillside of its own, this one carefully constructed by humankind. The transition from land to building is softened by extensive foundation landscaping and gardens that include such man-made objects as statues, sculptures and clay masks. The landscape and house also blend naturally because the separation between the interior and exterior environments are almost invisible. It’s all a blend of wood, rock, glass and greenery, both natural

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and created. There are multiple seating areas outside, enhanced by gardens, beautifully designed and maintained by Parks. An exposed hillside of variegated rock ledge near the pool echoes what lies beneath this property as well as the Rock River, which can be viewed in many places both inside and outside the house. Some spaces inside and outside provide views of a mountain. Bluestone on the floor of the sunroom, an addition added in 2005, is the same type of stone surrounding the pool. Large spans of windows, especially in the sunroom, bring the outside in. “It’s fun to watch the elements from the couch in this room,” says Doyle.

A River Runs (Almost) Through It Reflected light off the river and pool shimmers like the glass of the house; the high ceilings in various rooms encourage an upward gaze, much as

we do for a mountain. In the master bedroom, a railing with balusters was replaced with glass so as not to block the view to the outdoors. Not only is the house a complete work of art, but it also incorporates the most magnificent work of art of all that is inherently here: nature. Besides the overall design, the use of color and many interior details are truly the touches of Doyle and Marks. Some walls are painted in intense colors, with such names as a rocky red and sunburst yellow. A collection of small porcelain containers in a seating area with a design recalling the Dutch abstract painter Piet Mondrian, known for his cubist style, continues the theme of modernity. Lights throughout the house have Murano shades, some fixtures with an array of differently colored glass. This type of glass, considered the finest in the world, is from the islands of Murano, Italy, renowned for its glassmakers since the 13th century, but here their shapes are distinctly modern. There’s a faucet in one of the bathrooms called “Falling Water” by Kohler. Its flattened shape lets the water stream out just as in a waterfall, a lovely ode to the river’s natural ones trickling over rocks just outside. In the guest bathroom are hand-painted tiles. Other details and elements add to interest: exterior lighting by Hubbardton Forge, Castleton, Vermont and a dining table (photo, left) made by William Doyle, Robert’s dad. The outside walls also reflect their fearless use of color: painted aqua, bright white and coral red. “We wanted to make the outside pop,” says Doyle. The gardens do likewise. Step outside and colors joyfully announce themselves in the landscaping, repeating the use of bold colors in the house itself. In fact, the totality of the house’s design is incomplete without considering the landscaping, as it is an integral part of this property. The gardens are clearly Park’s artistic expression. The river views created by removing some 40 trees are expansive, and there’s views of nearby hillsides and Sugar Mountain. There are stones used from local quarries and stone walls done by Dan Snow, an assemblage artist, of Dummerston, Vermont. One feels like the land has become enchanted under his guidance. Last but not least, there’s the lap pool gracefully set in a small plateau of the property’s hillside. The pool, 40 by eight feet, is heated from the house’s boiler and has lights for nighttime swimming. “We love it,” says Doyle. “We swim every day and night in the summer.” Over the years, they’ve done some additional work. White tiles in the kitchen and mudroom dirtied too quickly and were replaced with stone. The sunroom was added. The kitchen was remodeled about three years ago. But now Doyle says there’s not a thing they don’t like about this house or would change. “We love to come home,” he adds.

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•In the Kitchen What Will Your Kids Eat

Christmas Morning? By Marcia Passos-Duffy


ave you given any thought to what your family will eat Christmas morning? If you’re like most people, a Christmas breakfast plan may never make it to your “to do” list ... especially if you’re cooking for a houseful of people for an early afternoon feast. If you’re lucky, an unceremonious bowl of cereal is the usual fare. And by the time your Christmas turkey rolls out of the oven, your family is starving, cranky and running only on Santa cookies and adrenaline. This year, with a little planning, you can make an easy and hearty breakfast that will keep your family going until the “big” meal. These recipes can be made ahead on Christmas Eve (okay, you’re busy enough on the 24th, but these are quick!), refrigerated and quickly prepared on Christmas morning.

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Yankee French Toast Soufflé 1 loaf day-old French bread 1-2 tablespoons butter, soft 4 eggs 2 egg yolks 3 cups whole milk 1 cup whipping cream ½ cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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One loaf French or Italian bread ½ cup chopped onions 1 cup chopped cubed ham (can be omitted for a vegetarian dish) 1 cup grated cheddar cheese 10 eggs 3 cups milk ½ teaspoon dry mustard Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup of one of the following: spinach or mushroom, or zucchini or broccoli (or whatever vegetable you have in your refrigerator) cut into small pieces. 1 dash of Tabasco sauce One pinch of crushed pepper flakes Topping: ¼ cup sour cream, Parmesan cheese Tear bread into small pieces (about 1 inch). Layer bread pieces in a greased 9 x 13 pan, loosely packed. Sprinkle onions, ham, cheese, and other vegetables you choose to use. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, milk, mustard, Tabasco, pepper flakes until frothy. Pour mixture over bread mixture and cover with aluminum foil. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, let stand at room temperature for ½ hour. Bake with aluminum foil still on the top of the pan in preheated 350°F oven for 45 minutes until eggs are almost set. Remove from oven and remove foil.

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here is a movement to buck the draw of Black Friday, hoping to persuade people to skip the retail binge altogether and choose to go outdoors instead.

Some call it Green Friday (and we, in our area, call it Plaid Friday, see ad, on this page), though it has gained some popularity as a new social media campaign: #OptOutside.

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New Hampshire boasts some great winter activities options, so cold and snowy conditions can’t be an excuse for staying inside. You can hit the slopes, go cross-country skiing, or snowshoe through a forest, to name a few.


A great way to warm up is to go cycling. As long as it’s not treacherous out with snowy terrain – or if you have some winter or studded tires on your

The #OptOutside campaign began four years ago with REI, a Seattle-based outdoor retailer, which decided to close its doors on Black Friday. The concept was to give its employees a paid day off and push its customers to enjoy the outdoors instead of going to the mall or scrolling on their internet browsers (yes, REI even shuts down its internet sales for the day). Now many groups and nonprofits have adopted the campaign, and more and more people are choosing to #OptOutside on Black Friday. And, this year, during this pandemic, you too can help reduce the waste that has always seemed inevitable this time of year, and stay safe too. In case you need some inspiration, here are a few suggestions:


: This modern-day treasure hunt can be done alone or with your own merry band of pirates; all you need is a GPS receiver of some kind, a set of coordinates and maybe some clues, depending on the cache. Of course, instead of hunting for a buried chest, you’re looking for a cache of goodies hidden in an eco-friendly site above ground. To get started with caches near you, a great resource is; the site currently boasts 11,177 caches in New Hampshire. Show your support for locally owned businesses and wear plaid on Plaid Friday!

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bike – going on a bike ride would help you feel good about your environmental impact, but also your caloric intake from Thanksgiving dinner.


There’s one group of Granite Staters who probably don’t need to be persuaded to go outside: hunters. In New Hampshire on Black Friday, it is open hunting season for deer, pheasant, turkey and waterfowl. Because it is near the beginning of deer season, that is typically the type of hunting that happens during and after Thanksgiving.

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If hunting is not your thing, you can shoot pictures instead. Take a walk or visit a park and take some photographs. This simple act will help you to focus on the many beautiful aspects of the outdoors in our region, and afterward, you can submit your photos to the #ThisIsNH story map online! And tag your photos with #OptOutside.

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Dominique Caissie Terrapin Glassblowing Studio 79 Hadley Road Jaffrey, New Hampshire 603-593-5073

Tell us about yourself and how you came to be a glass artist. I was born and raised in Gardner, Massachusetts, but I moved to New Hampshire to attend Franklin Pierce University in 2006, and I have been a resident in Jaffrey, New Hampshire ever since. I began my infatuation with glass art when I took a glassblowing elective my senior year of college ... back in January of 2009. I was majoring in psychology, but I had some extra credits to fill and obviously, that class experience changed my life. When did you start Terrapin Glass, and why? Terrapin Glassblowing Studio officially opened to the public in December of 2011, after over a year of preparation. I was selling my glass work at fairs and farmers’ markets, and we found there was a niche that needed to be filled, as there wasn’t a studio locally that was open to the public. I now own the studio with my mother and business partner, Anne Marie Caissie. Terrapin Glass has many facets to it. Tell us about the different services and products you offer. Pre-COVID, we were an open doors business. We kept regular hours in which we were open to the public, and teaching classes a minimum of 5 days a week. We also had a large gift shop and gallery in which we displayed work made at the studio and a monthly rotation of other local artists on exhibit. We made it our goal to get as many people through the door as possible, educating them in the wonders of glass art by offering free tours. We consistently scheduled large groups for free demonstrations and often had groups to experience glassblowing first hand in our class sessions. On the side of all this activity, we were creating our own unique products. Many of these products were seasonal, allowing for a constant rotation of fun stuff in and out of our gift shop. We also put a big concentration on designing a line of Memorials, or ashes in glass. This was a part of our business that we really enjoyed, making people special tokens in memory of their loved ones, but oftentimes the above activities took away from digging our heels into this focus.



How has the pandemic impacted your business? As one can imagine, COVID has changed our business model drastically. At first, we simply closed our doors and awaited more information on how this virus would play out. Dominique Caissie As the shutdown dragged on, we began holds a hand-blown doing huge sales selling “Mystery Boxes” glass pumpkin. and conducting other fundraisers to cover our overhead expenses in the down time. This period of closure also gave us a lot of time to reflect on our business, what we had been focusing on, and how we wished to continue forward. We decided to create an online platform to continue our work ... upgrading our website and getting all of our products available for purchase in that format. This new website allowed us to put all of our Memorial products up for folks to virtually browse, which resulted in a big increase in our audience. We focused on expanding this line and created a large range of unique glass pieces to comfort those in grief. After that was completed, we moved onto our Ceremony

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Glass line. This line of products begins when partners mix bits of colorful crushed glass together during their union. They then send us their combined colors, and we blow them a special piece of glass to commemorate their unity. Lastly, we were able to get all of our seasonal products available up on our website, allowing us to continue our gift shop virtually. What helped you decide to reopen? As research about the effectiveness of masks became clear, we decided it was time to reopen. We received a grant from the Hannah Grimes Center to update our flame shop, removing our existing 10 workstations and putting in six larger stations in its place. These new stations allow for a minimum of six feet between each of our guests for safe social distancing. Another company came in and helped us update our ventilation system that more efficiently pulls fresh air in and out of the space. With these upgrades, we felt comfortable reopening for our previous studio renters. After we got into the swing of our new space and our new protocols, we began opening up for our classes. What are you offering now? We now teach private, intimate-sized classes, which we are very much enjoying. We have a rotation of different seasonal options for folks to come in and have a great experience creating with molten glass. We also have a monthly “Glass Therapy” class option, which has been very popular, allowing a student to come in and get creative with glass for an hour every week. We follow standard COVIDsafety procedures, including temperature checks


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ART AT HOME (continued) at the door and requiring masks, which has made our customers feel comfortable coming into our space.

How are things different now vs. pre-COVID? What used to be a large bustling studio full of people coming in and out has Anything else you’d like become a much more quiet Terrapin Glassblowing samples to add? and peaceful place to create. The only thing that I didn’t touch upon is the support we While the changes we have had to make over the past few have received through our amazing social media base. We months have been difficult, we have discovered we very invested a lot of time building our following on Facebook much like our new format. We have time to focus on our and Instagram, and we have seen beautiful results in the creative interests, and we can be present with our students process. We have a very active Facebook Group, “Friends while they are in our space. Our website has been getting of Terrapin Glassblowing Studio” filled with engaging increasingly busy with sales and traffic, so we decided that participants that help us by giving their endless opinions reopening our gift shop was not a pursuit we wished to on all of our projects. We have also done many giveaways, undertake. We recently also forged a connection with which are hide-and-seek games where we leave free handa local yoga practitioner who will be using our former gift blown glass for our followers all over New England. It shop to teach her classes. We feel like her business model has been our way to both advertise and give back to our and approach fits beautifully with our focused vision for beautiful community that has supported us through these the future. challenging times.

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ou have probably heard of the Christmas cactus, but did you know that there is also a Thanksgiving cactus which, as you’ve probably guessed, comes into bloom in November? This houseplant doesn’t have typical cactus spines, as its name may lead you to believe, has easy culture, and can live for many years.

Some people have plants that were passed down from their mother or even grandmother. You can tell the Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) apart from the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) from the shape of its leaves. The leaf segments, botanically termed “phylloclades,” are serrated or “toothed” (see photo, above) on the former as compared to the more rounded leaf margins of the Christmas cactus.



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Also look at the pollenbearing anthers — those on the former are yellow, those of the Christmas cactus are pink to purplish-brown. You may see the Thanksgiving cactus listed by another older name (Zygocactus) in some older references. These two species are native to coastal mountains of southeastern Brazil, where they are found growing in trees (“epiphytic”) and on rocks (“epilithic”) in shady and humid conditions. With their pendulous branches, they work well in hanging baskets. There even is an Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaetneri), blooming of course in spring, whose leaf margins have small bristles, leaves are more threedimensional with a thick ridge on one side, and flowers are more star-shaped than the other two cacti. It is native to the natural non-tropical forests of Brazil. Flowers of the Thanksgiving cactus

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and its relatives are produced from the tips, or from where the leaf segments join. They’re quite unusual, resembling a long tube of a couple inches, appearing as if a flower within a flower. Tops are different from the bottoms of each flower, termed “zygomorphic.” Flowers come in a range of colors, mostly pastels, including variations of red, pink, peach, purple, orange, or white. To care for your Thanksgiving cactus, allow the soil to dry out during “resting periods,” or in other words, when it is not producing blooms. Water only when the soil is dry to the touch. Overwatering can kill the plant. Provide plenty of indirect light and room temperatures of 60 to 65 degrees F. If you already have a Thanksgiving cactus from last year, to get it to bloom on time you’ll need to begin temperature and light treatments

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in mid-September. It will need 12 to 14 hours of total darkness, along with cool nighttime temperatures of 60 to 65 degrees (F), for about three to four weeks in order to form buds. When you see buds, you can go back to normal lighting, but keep plants cool. The easiest way to achieve the light control is to place the plant in a closet from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m., just remember to bring it out each day. Or you can cover the plant with a large brown paper bag. As little as a couple hours of light during this dark period can negate your efforts. If you keep the plant in a continuously cool room around 50 to 60 degrees (F) in September and October, chances are excellent that it will produce flowers, regardless of day length, growth though will be slower. Buds may drop off, however, around 50 degrees or below. Since only the mature leaf segments produce buds, you may want to remove any immature ones that are less than about a half-inch long unless you want longer stems for future years. Once buds start to form, apply houseplant fertilizer according to label directions to encourage lush growth and an abundance of blooms. Too high a temperature, heat fluctuations (such as placement near heating vents), too dry, or too low a light level will cause buds to drop. Keep evenly moist, but not overwatered or sitting in a saucer of water — this can lead to root rots and plant death. They usually don’t get pests, but watch for the white cottony mealybugs. Although Thanksgiving cactus like to be slightly pot bound,

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re-pot as needed to prevent plants from becoming too pot bound — about once every three years — which is best done in spring. If they haven’t been re-potted for years, they may have fewer or no blooms. Since these cacti naturally grow in trees, they prefer a growing medium that is quite well-drained with good aeration, such as from about 60% potting soil (not garden soil) and 40% perlite. When planted in a decorative pot, they make a nice gift, holiday table centerpiece, or present for friends and family. Most garden stores, chain stores, and even grocers carry holiday cactus plants, although it is easy to grow them from cuttings if you have a plant already. To propagate, snip off a branch with four or five segments or sections of leaves. It is usually a good idea to place the cutting where it will get good air circulation, out of direct sun, for a few days to allow the wound to begin healing before planting. To plant, push the root end of the cutting about one inch deep into potting soil, vermiculite or damp sand. The medium should be kept just barely moist, not wet. To help prevent the soil from drying out, invert a plastic bag over the pot. Use straws or Popsicle sticks to keep the bag from resting on the foliage. Vent frequently to keep from being too moist. For best results, place the pot with cuttings in a spot that gets plenty of light but is out of direct sunlight. You should see new growth in three to four weeks. Don’t get too anxious to see flowers though on your newly rooted cutting, as it may take a couple years for the plant to mature sufficiently.

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“There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.”

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The Art of Dancing With Your Dog By Amee Abel

he Pandemic may have us holding people at arm’s length, however partnering with our dogs for a spin around the floor is a super way to keep us dancing. Dancing with your dog combines tricks, movement and music to create a performance that is both artistic and athletic. As an activity in your living room, it’s called fun. As a competitive sport, it’s called Musical Freestyle. Many Americans first exposure to Musical Freestyle was watching Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 when an amazing young dancer, Ashleigh Butler and her dog Pugsy won Simon Cowell’s heart and the competition. Butler explains the sport as “choreograph a routine to music for you and your dog.” Since its beginnings in the early 1990s, Musical Freestyle has grown in popularity and spread throughout the world. Classes and competitions are held throughout Europe, in Japan, in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S. The surge in U.S. musical freestyle has paralleled the increasing understanding that “training” doesn’t mean “punishment.” Owners who attend modern manners classes see how much their dogs love to learn. It’s easy to get hooked on the fun of teaching their dogs new things. Musical Freestyle combines tricks, manners, creativity, music, and fun. No wonder dogs and people love it. Computers, smartphones, and the internet have given a big boost to Musical Freestyle. It’s easier for this small sport to reach a big audience, thanks to Youtube; on Facebook, Musical Freestyle affinity groups allow enthusiasts to share training tips and recorded performances. Music itself is more portable (and more editable) than it has ever been before. The ease of making videos has aided both the learning and the performance end of the sport. Yet, nothing beats the camaraderie and fun of learning in a live class. My students at Monadnock Humane Society’s Training Center enjoy a weekly get-together where they can experiment with new moves and practice dance sequences. We’ve also done some mash-up videos that highlight students’ increasing skills. You can watch the 2019 Holiday video here:

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ANTIQUES/VINTAGE Twin Elm Farm 133 Wilton Rd., Peterborough, NH 03458, 603-784-5341

Horatio Colony House Museum & Nature Preserve 199 Main St., & Daniels Hill Road Keene, NH 03431 603-352-0460

ARCHITECTS KCS Architects 310 Marlboro St., Keene NH, 603-439-6648 ART: Framing Indian King Framery 149 Emerald St., Suite D2 Keene, NH 03431 603-352-8434 BANKS TD Bank 603-695-3234 • BAKERIES Waterhouse Baker’s Station 18 Depot St. Peterborough, NH 03458 603-784-5653 Orchard Hill Breadworks 121 Old Settlers Road Alstead, NH 03602 603-835-7845 BIRDHOUSES Architectural Birdhouses Unlimited 276 State Route 101, Amherst, NH 03054 603-554-8869 BOOK STORE The Toadstool Bookshops Peterborough • Keene • Milford BUILDING/CONSTRUCTION Eco-Logical Building Solutions 27 Frost Hill Road Marlborough, NH 03455 603-876-4040 K&J Dean Builders, Inc. 20 Pine St., Swanzey, NH 03446 603-499-3561 MT3 Unlimited LLC 856 Guilford Center Rd., Guilford, VT 802-254-1688 CHIMNEY SWEEP Tri-State Chimney Sweepe 33 Parker St., Winchester, NH 03470, 800-530-6639 CLOTHING/SHOES Hubert’s Family Outfitters Stores in Peterborough Lebanon • New London Claremont, 603-863-0659 Howard’s Leather 1651 Route 9, Spofford, NH 03462, 603363-4325,

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EVENT VENUES Aldworth Manor 184 Aldworth Manor Rd., Harrisville, NH 03450 603-903-7547 FLOORING Devine Flooring 438 Gibbons Hwy., Wilton, NH 03086 • 603-654-5400 Lawton Floor Design 972 Putney Road, Unit 3 Brattleboro, VT 05301 802-254-9303 Monadnock Flooring & Jingles Christmas Shop 1024 Route 12, Westmoreland, NH 03467 603-352-5905 • FOOD CO-OP Monadnock Food Co-op, 34 Cypress St., Keene, NH 03431 603-283-5401 FURNITURE Shaker Style Handcrafted Furniture • 292 Chesham Road Harrisville, NH 03450 603-827-3340 • GARDEN/LANDSCAPING Achilles Agway Six Locations in the Region Coll’s Garden Center & Florist 63 North St., Jaffrey, NH 603-532-7516 Ecoscapes 121 Pond Brook Rd West Chesterfield, NH 603-209-4778 Maple Hill Nursery 197 W. Swanzey Rd., Swanzey, NH 03446 603-357-2555 Tom Amarosa Plants/Property Care Specializing in Pond Installations Call or text: 603-209-1427 INNS/RESTAURANT Hancock Inn/The Fox Tavern 33 Main St., Hancock NH 03449 • 603-525-3318 INTERIOR DESIGN Ann Henderson Interiors • 16 West St. Keene NH • 603-357-7680

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Hannah Grimes Marketplace 42 Main St., Keene, NH 03431 603-352-6862

PAINTING (INDOOR/OUTDOOR) Robert Codman Painting & Wallcovering 49 Old Dublin Rd., Hancock, NH 03449 603-547-7906

Monadnock Flooring & Jingles Christmas Shop 1024 Route 12, Westmoreland, NH 03467 603-352-5905

PETS (Grooming & Pet Supplies) Dogs on Depot Suite 20 Depot St., Peterborough, NH 978-386-0992 •

Monadnock Oil & Vinegar 3 Grove St., Peterborough, NH 03458 603-784-5175

POOL/SPA Clearwater Pool & Spa 233 Monadnock Hwy. Swanzey, NH 03446 • 603-357-5874 REAL ESTATE Blais & Associates Realtor 32 Monadnock Hwy, Keene, NH 03431, 603-3521-1972, Giselle LaScala RE/MAX Town & Country 117 West St. Keene, NH 03431 603-357-4100 • Robin Sanctuary Traditions Real Estate P.O. Box 138, Walpole, NH 03608 603-313-9165• RENEWABLE ENERGY Green Energy Options 37 Roxbury St. Keene, N.H. 03431 603-358-3444 • South Pack Solar 68 Cunningham Pond Road Peterborough, NH 03458 603-924-7229 • RESTAURANTS Harlow’s Pub 3 School St., Peterborough, NH 03468 603-924-7554 • The Pub Restaurant & Caterers 131 Winchester St. Keene, NH 603-352-3135 Pickity Place 248 Nutting Hill Rd, Mason, NH 03048, 603-878-1151, ROOFING Craig Finnell Roofing PO Box 925, Brattleboro, VT 802-257-0841

Cultural Cocoon Nashua, NH 603-924-6683 Joseph’s Coat 32 Grove St. Peterborough, NH 03458 603-924-6683 Penelope Wurr Glass 167 Main St., Brattleboro VT 05301 802-246-3015 TREE SERVICES Wilcox Tree Service 1968 NH 9, Spofford, NH 03462 603-363-8197 UPHOLSTERY/DECORATING Spofford Upholstery Spofford, NH 603-363-8057 New England Fabrics & Decorating Center 55 Ralston St. Keene, N.H. 603-352-8683 WINDOWS Dave Scobi Quality Replacement Windows 30 Homestead Hwy Richmond, NH 03470 603-762-1504 Please support the local businesses that support atHome magazine! “LIKE” US ON FACEBOOK!

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