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Ring in the

Holidays Food Co-ops: How They Differ & Where to Find Them

High-Performance Swiss Ski Fashion— Oh So Chic

Atelier Newport: Bridging New York & New England Artists

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Life Is Too Short—Merry Christmas


o be adroit and succinct, please allow us to share the spirit of this holiday season across all faiths, beliefs, and people of the world, by wishing you a Merry Christmas. For generations, these words have bestowed peace, joy, and an overall sense of togetherness—as a family, community, and most importantly, as a country. Individuals who divisively attempt to insult those jubilant in expressing themselves this time of the year ought to take a moment to step back and consider their motivations. No one should feel any awkwardness or be called politically incorrect for merely expressing heartfelt sentiments about the holidays. Christians comprise approximately onethird of the world’s population, and it’s time we show tolerance for their beliefs and right to free speech; it is in this spirit we acknowledge that they and all others possess the right to articulate themselves as they see fit in the celebration of Christmas. This month we travel from north to south, and land in Wellington, Florida. Having followers in all regions of the country, and even 12 December 2016

a few worldwide, we feel it appropriate to follow our readers to the Sunshine State and report on the Winter Equestrian Festival. The event has grown over the last 40 years—now estimated to have over 5,000 participants and a quarter of a million spectators who fill the arenas and showgrounds to enjoy this 12-week competition. For those of us left behind to face the short days of winter, we turn your attention to a feature submitted by our newest contributor, Amanda M. Grosvenor. This month’s art review is a gallery with limitless potential. Grosvenor warmly introduces Atelier— located in Newport, Rhode Island—and those behind its creation. She shares how experience, similar interests, and some hard work can result in an eclectic gallery that is rather quickly catching the attention of an appreciative audience. Grosvenor spotlights the reality of our shrinking world and the fact that people are better connected to each other than previously thought. Taking a close look at the prospects of artists reaching beyond the local collective is best described in the feature’s headline, “Atelier Newport: A Bridge between New York Contemporary

Art and New England Maritime Charm.” And, you don’t want to miss our piece about grocery shopping: “Food Co-ops Gaining in Favor & Flavor.” Writer James Holden takes a fresh look at these wonderful food stores which are growing by leaps and bounds while attempting to dispel misconceived notions about their business models or who their customers may be. He also proposes a means for revitalizing shopping plazas that are abandoned, suggesting that communities have an opportunity to bring life back to neighborhoods which succumb to acres of empty storefronts and vast asphalt parking lots. It is good food for thought and—to the best of our knowledge—an idea that hasn’t yet been floated to developers. As always, you’ll find what is trending in fashion, with this month’s focus on skiing and riding. You’ll also see a clear look at the reliability of those DNA testing kits you see incessantly advertised on television. And last but not least, a beautiful pictorial of the Newport Mansions fully decorated for the holidays. Be well, and we hope you enjoy our final issue of 2016. H




he formal fireplaced living room with access to a sunroom overlooks a private professional landscaped backyard, with radiant heat in stone flooring—a perfect spot to sit and relax with friends. The formal dining room has lighted crown molding, fireplace and French doors to a brick patio. The library with another fireplace

is ideal for enjoying quiet moments. The large kitchen is equipped with a pantry; granite, gas cooktop, breakfast bar and casual dining area with French doors to the patio. Perfect stone tiled mudroom with full bath and plenty of storage to tuck away coats, etc. Master suite boasts sleeping room with windows on three sides, large private sitting/dressing room with

custom closets and your full master bath. Four additional bedrooms and two baths round out the second floor. Take the back stairs down to your pantry for a midnight snack. Three car garage with one bedroom apartment above—perfect for a caretaker or extended family. Spectacular grounds boast mature gardens for seclusion. Call us for your private showing. | 508-994-9029 | 207 Slocum Road, Dartmouth, Massachusetts December 2016 13


The Perfect Location to Begin a Legacy by Steven Chan / photography by Lucki Schotz

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Exactly how this nearly 77-acre peninsula received its name is up for debate. And, whether its moniker is attributed to its first American settler—Salters—or to the site of an early salt-works operation, this has little bearing on the fact that this summer vacation location continues to be one of the most intriguing enclaves along the Northeast coastline.

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ar from the noise and turmoil of a world which celebrates continuous change, incoherent evolution, and excessive progression, the wheels of time move at a snail’s pace at this Massachusetts summer retreat. Relatively obscure and very private, the allure of this one-of-a-kind compound continues to prevail—as a primitive yet traditional New England resort community—with the generations of families who have called this area their second home. The land mass remains organic and undisturbed due to strict adherence to the original prospectus set forth by its board of governors in 1916. From its narrow roadways (which are few), connecting neatly organized and weathered-shingled cottages tastefully trimmed with whitewash paint, those who have “summered at Salters” will 16 December 2016

tell you that they love the continuity and longevity of this community. There are some, who at first sight would define the sparse fields and lack of gardens and a pool as banal or unimpressive, due to a void of excessive landscaping or sculpturing of the natural environment. As for others, once they pass through the gates and reach the summit of the Salters Point Improvement Association property, the breathtaking, 180-degree view of Buzzards Bay is startling, if not overwhelmingly mesmerizing. These are the same people who rejoice at the open fields, a private beach—with their boat moored steps away—and a community center is known as the Casino. Over the years, there has been a limited number of homes sold within its protective shores; most have been passed down from generation to generation. And, in the event a

home does become available, it is scooped up by a neighbor, never to make it to market. Many homes within this historic setting are used seasonally, but it would be frightful if a reader were to confuse these summer cottages with images of quaint but cramped summer living quarters. The majority of the homes that were built on Salters Point are spacious, and this month’s feature is representative of this, due to its 4,176 square foot, double-lot footprint. Salters Point is about living in shorts, boat shoes, and a Polo or Lacoste shirt all summer long. It is focused on family gatherings, living with your windows open, and on a cool night, throwing some dried-out driftwood in one of the two river stone fireplaces at the start of what will turn out to be a gracious summer season. This stately gambrel home sits on one of

The sun room overlooks another lot which is part of this property.

the highest points on Salters and is adjacent to the golf course, which allows for unobstructed views of a distant shoreline and the Elizabeth Islands. Old World character abounds, with interior appointments such as the prohibi-

Other notable amenities include a sunken living room, a large dining room, and a spacious kitchen with a laundry/mud room connected to a two-vehicle garage. As for sleeping accommodations, take your choice of eight bedrooms—all painted in different

Ninety-eight Naushon Avenue in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, is going to be delivered to a new owner—stocked and furnished—making it the perfect turn-key summer resort for the family who doesn’t allow this opportunity to pass.

180-degree view of Buzzards Bay is startling, if not overwhelmingly mesmerizing. tion-style wet bar and a “retro” ice box (fully operational with a new compressor), which is waiting to store the day’s catch. With more glass than the Sandwich Glass Museum, the home is always bright due to the waves of the sunshine throughout the long summer season. A warm breeze is soulfully refreshing, from first light while you enjoy breakfast in the solarium to dinner on the patio; this is the best of coastal living.

color schemes—and three full baths accompanied by a generous amount of closet space, so you do not have to pack and repack every weekend. The home has an exceptional amount of privacy due to artfully designed shrubs and a treeline along the rear property line which includes an unobtrusive outdoor shower. The home is oil-generated forced hot air, and the structure has been completely insulated throughout, along with nearly all the windows replaced.

This eleven-room home is a must see at a most reasonable price of $1,350,000. To plan a tour you may contact the exclusive listing agent, Barbara Hussey, at Robert Paul Properties, with offices throughout New England. H For additional information or to schedule an appointment, contact Barbara Hussey at Robert Paul Properties, 508-274-1933 or December 2016 17

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At-el-ier: [at-l-yey; French atuh-lyey] a workshop or studio, especially one used by an artist, artisan, or designer

by Amanda M. Grosvenor/ photography by Lucki Schotz


obbie Lemmons never spent much time in New England before landing on Newport’s historic shores five years ago aboard Seafarer, a 228-footer showcasing 18 art galleries from around the world. A native Texan who grew up immersed in the contemporary art world, Lemmons had been living in New York City for 25 years and owned galleries there for 10, but when she

wanted to get out of town, she typically headed West to New Mexico. For that particular summer, like many others, Lemmons rented a place in Newport, Rhode Island. What she didn’t expect, however, was to become transformed by the City-by-theSea and by New England as a whole. Nor did she expect to put down roots and embark upon a whole new path by later opening up a gallery, Atelier, on Bellevue Avenue—a gallery whose intent is to marry

the avant-garde contemporary art world of New York with the timeless, charming maritime art of New England. Immediately “stunned by the beauty here,” Lemmons quickly took note of coastal galleries all the way up to Vermont which, coming from her more reductive aesthetic, seemed somewhat cookie-cutter in terms of their offerings: mainly maritime themes and seascapes. She noticed, however, that there was immense

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Bobbie Lemmons and Hannah Penny

talent being shown in the works of some great local artists, but that these artists and galleries typically had very little to no reach outside of New England. After having managed two large galleries in New York, she wasn’t sure if she wanted to create one again, but the idea of building a bridge between New England artists and the contemporary New York art world had already been planted and was taking root, and she began to cultivate it quietly. Lemmons met Hannah Penny, a young painter who was working at the Hotel Viking, and noticed that Penny had a talent not just for painting but for business as well, and brought her on board to help with the project; Penny now works as an associate director of the gallery. 26 December 2016

I wanted to strip it back from this idea that it had to be a formal gallery and instead have it feel like a warm, welcoming place where artists could potentially work or folks can come in and sit and relax while still honoring the caliber of artwork displayed.

November of 2015 brought the last piece of the puzzle suddenly into place: a Providence-based collector whom Lemmons knew, businessman and Waterfire board member Lee Valentini. Upon hearing her idea, Valentini confided that he had always wanted to have a gallery of his own, saying, “I think you can make my dream come true.” With Valentini stepping in as owner, Lemmons became founder and creative director for Atelier. Mixing up the previously separate camps of seascapes and contemporary works and moving to a more eclectic collection is something she has found Newporters marvelously receptive to. As was the case in her New York galleries, Lemmons carefully selects her stable of artists and then “stew-

art ards their careers” over the long haul, relying on her expertise and extensive contacts to cross-pollinate throughout the art world. She estimates that her current group of 25 artists is about 50 percent locals and 50 percent out-of-towners—one from as far as Germany. Selecting who to work with is “a highly intuitive process,” says Lemmons. “Artists will often recommend other artists, or an old colleague in the field will notify me that there’s somebody whose work I should see.” What has seemed incredible, however, is that even her non-local artists have had ties to Rhode Island somehow: one has family in the state, one stays in Narragansett during the summer, and one’s husband sails in Newport each year, for example. Atelier’s focus has been on group rather than solo shows, usually representing 12–16 artists at a time. The artwork is available starting at $500–$1,500 up to $80,000, with some public art sculptures nearing $150,000. Including its November show, Deciduous, there have been seven shows since the gallery unofficially opened in April (the official opening was in July). Usually, titles are one word or a brief phrase embodying the theme of the collection, sometimes including dictionary definitions meant to bring a sense of intellectual content to artists who are “smart, highly skilled, and serious.” “Atelier means ‘a working studio,’” says Lemmons. “I wanted to strip it back from this idea that it had to be a formal gallery and instead have it feel like a warm, welcoming place where artists could potentially work or folks can come in and sit and relax while still honoring the caliber of artwork displayed.” The furniture in the gallery rotates regularly and is also for sale, currently featuring some reclaimed wood benches and tables, including a piece by Jeff Soderbergh. Lemmons and Penny love that Atelier is housed in the historic 1800s Tennis Hall of Fame building. “The first museums were started by wealthy patrons who would send out mariners who were (hopefully) coming back with art and artifacts,” explains Lemmons. “Patrons would give up their salons to display and catalog the artifacts, and that’s how museums started. I think about France and the UK being here, and of that history.” Nowadays, collectors come from Tampa, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, the Caribbean, and beyond. “People are tired of quick-and-dirty or glamorous,” she continues. “They’re looking for something more stripped back, real, normal, and natural. I don’t consider myself that original in coming here; I figured that if I was coming to New England, then others were as well.” Newport’s international sailing and boating community have also brought in many clients, as yacht owner tastes have been veering more toward contemporary decor; Atelier just placed 27 paintings on a 108-foot yacht. Lemmons also envisions much more public art for the City-by-the-Sea and hopes to be a facilitator in terms of extending those boundaries. She is adamant, however, that she does not wish to “insert New York City into Newport,” but rather to serve as a bridge between the two art worlds in a unique way. “I hope this can be a broader hub extending these artists to New York, Europe, and the West Coast as well,” she says. Just as it carefully stewards its artists’ careers, Atelier seeks to take its clients on a journey rather than attempt to cater solely to pre-established tastes and expectations. “Moving here changed me in a beautiful way,” says Lemmons, “and I want others to be steeped in it as well. I want to bring New Yorkers here so that they can fully experience the romantic feeling and history that are unique to New England.” H

EXHIBITS The exhibit Deciduous ran from October 14 through November 20 and featured natural-looking pieces in paint, sculpture, or photography, tapping into the cyclical shedding of nature and its seasons: flowing wall sculptures made of twigs by Kathryn Frund; stark, black-and-white forest scenes shot by Jennifer Day; a single amber leaf photographed against a white or black background by Kevin Ledwell; intricate, vintagestyle moths and beetles painted by Marie Helene Verglas; geometric wall sculptures by Karen Yank, resembling time and phases of the moon; and of course, the maritime ethos represented by Jennifer Day’s ocean scene “Spill,” Chris Pendergast’s tranquil boat close-up “Prow,” or Lisa Barsumian’s mysterious “Belle Ile en Mer.” Other artists represented in Deciduous included Karen Conway, Mary Dondero, JT Gibson, Bunny Harvey, Julia Mandle, and Barry Mason. Atelier’s newest show, Primal Tide, runs from December 2 to January 15 and is centered around the theme of immigration and water as a facilitator for bringing emigrants to new shores. “My grandfather came from Europe, as have many great artists who’ve inspired my process—like Mark Rothko, who was born in Russia,” says Lemmons. “I chose a title representative of what we cannot deny happening in our world today, as so many immigrants helplessly make their way in dangerously precarious vessels and find themselves in makeshift homes—certainly not of their choosing. It’s an untenable situation about which I often feel helpless, while also living in a country made up of immigrants.” The topic came into heavy focus for Lemmons when her close friend and committed photojournalist, Jason Floria, boarded the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and documented what he saw and experienced there. “While my vision is to convey beauty in the gallery, these very real stories pull at my heartstrings and certainly evoke thought and dialogue at Atelier and within the art world,” Lemmons continues. “I wish to convey some of the issues we face in a subtle way. Artist Julia Mandle’s immigration series embodies this message; Doug DeLuca’s whitewashed flags made from reclaimed materials, such as a whiskey barrel, make reference to our American roots; works like Amanda Fenlon’s pour painting ‘Washed Ashore,’ and Jerry Wingren’s ‘Resting Stones’ convey a visual language that also takes these issues to heart.” H

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Thousands Plan for the Annual Winter Equestrian Festival By Natalie Miller


ach winter, tens of thousands of people head to sunny Florida to take part in and bear witness to the largest and longest-running equestrian competition in the world. For nearly four decades, the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) has drawn huge crowds to its expansive location for equestrian fun and competition. The festival features 12 weeks of events and attracts more than 5,000 participants and 250,000 spectators each year. The festival offers the largest range of riders, from Olympic level to amateur, says Alexandra Cherubini, an amateur rider herself and founder of EquiFit, Inc. Cherubini has been attending the WEF for the last 24 years. As a teenage rider, the Massachusetts resident would travel south to participate in the festival for a long weekend, usually Thursday through Sunday—which is typical of junior riders, she says. Today she spends the entire season in Florida as a sponsor and vendor. Launched in 2000, Dedham-based EquiFit, Inc. manufactures and designs products for performance horses. “For the businesses, it’s such an important part of our schedule,” she says. Because it’s vastly international, the festival sets the trends for the year, and the exposure is invaluable. “For a young rider, this festival is the crème de la crème of the winter circuit,” she says. “If you win in Wellington, it’s big. You’re surrounded by the top trainers and the top riders, and the weather is phenomenal.” December 2016 31

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Now in its 38th year, the WEF has more than doubled its number of participants and spectators since 2008, says Michael Stone, president of Equestrian Sports Productions (ESP), the management company of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). ESP took over the festival in 2008 and had worked to grow the time-honored festival and improve the grounds of its venue, the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida. “We have centralized the facility and made it an equestrian lifestyle destination,” says Stone. “We have made it more prestigious internationally as well as a place that the local community can enjoy.” Wellington, a town about 13 miles inland 32 December 2016

from West Palm Beach, was a small town when the WEF began. Over the years, the facility moved and evolved, and Wellington itself has become an equestrian mecca, explains Stone. Wellington is also home to the original Palm Beach Polo Club and the new Adequan Global Dressage Festival, which is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits, hosted at a sister facility down the street from the Main Grounds of PBIEC. The WEF runs from January 11 through April 2 and offers top-caliber competition with its many equestrian events—namely four weeks of five-star-rated shows (the highest rating in the world) for Olympiclevel riders. Less experienced riders are also

encouraged to sign up, as the festival also offers a division for anyone to show in—from beginners at walk-trot classes all the way up to the Grand Prix classes, says Stone. This is a big change from years ago, says Cherubini. When she first began showing, you had to be an experienced rider. Now it’s open to everyone and there are more classes. The venue has also changed a lot over the years, she says, from permanent bathrooms to better footing for the horses. Today, stalls are available for rent in nearby farms so horses can have some time away from the bustle of the festival. It’s less stressful for them this way, she says. The main event is the show jumping, which is the same event as seen in the


Olympic Games. The object is to get through the course as fast as you can without knocking down any fences. Show hunters is another event that evolved from traditional fox hunting. While show jumping is objective, show hunters is a subjectively-judged competition based on the horse’s manner, movement, and jumping style. Equitation is an event mostly for junior riders under 18 and is judged based on the rider’s style and control of the horse. “We have 70 different divisions that are offered for riders and horses of every level,” says Stone. “The best part about WEF is that anyone can participate. Just sign up and you’re in.”

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ALL ARE WELCOME The equestrian community can be an exclusive club; however, Stone says the WEF is anything but. “It is an event with something for everyone,” he continues. “You can host a corporate event, have a party, hang out at a dance club, or bring your family to our ‘Saturday Night Lights’ series of events.” The Saturday Night Lights events are every week throughout the festival and feature a grand prix as well as entertainment, eateries, and VIP tents. “It’s really become an outing,” says Cherubini. Stone explains that festival organizers have tried to appeal to families and people who want to try something different. “You can always go to a movie or out to dinner, but sitting ringside and seeing horses jump over five-foot-tall fences is a truly unique experience,” he says. “I really believe that until you

The WEF runs from January 11 through April 2 and offers top-caliber competition with its many equestrian events—namely four weeks of five-star-rated shows (the highest rating in the world) for Olympic level riders.

see it in person, you really can’t appreciate the sheer athleticism, power, and speed that these Olympic-level horses have. It also helps you appreciate how much skill it takes for riders to excel at this sport. It’s exciting, and you can cheer for your favorite horse or rider and see who takes the top prize.” While participants typically attend the festival for the entire 12 weeks of the circuit, spectators flock to the big events on Saturday nights and also enjoy the warm Florida weather during the day to watch the amazing horses, do some shopping at the festival vendors, and get a nice lunch, says Stone. “We have really fantastic shopping,” he adds. “We have over 100 vendors that offer everything from home furnishings and clothing to jewelry and cars. There are great food vendors; you can get a taco, a great salad, seafood, gourmet coffee, or a burger.” The WEF also has “shoulder seasons” of

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events leading up to and following WEF, so the event is becoming more of a year-round spectacle. Even just the event venue itself is a sight to see. Stretching across 140 acres of land in southern Florida, the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center has multiple facilities to accommodate all the events. The Main Grounds consists of 12 competition rings, each with a warm-up ring. “At the Stadium, we have a beautiful grass derby field that is used for special events, another main competition ring, as well as one of the world’s largest covered arenas, which is great for inclement weather,” explains Stone. “The main International Arena is surrounded by VIP seating, box seats, general admission seats, and pavilions to watch from. When it is lit up at night, it’s a very special atmosphere.” There are also six permanent barns and over 20 temporary tents of stalls set up for stabling the thousands of horses. Even still, Stone says the majority of the competitors live off-site and either trailer into the grounds or ride over from the thousands of local farms surrounding the show grounds. Each year, Stone says he looks forward to the top-caliber competition. At the 2016 WEF, in preparation for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, riders vied for selection into the equestrian team to compete. Another highlight of the event is the Great Charity Challenge, which is presented by Fidelity Investments. “It’s a fun relay event of professionals with juniors and amateurs,” says Scott. “The teams of riders have a sponsor and a corporate sponsor, and they are randomly paired with a charity from Palm Beach County.” The challenge involves a race around for the fastest time to win the biggest share of money for the charity of their choice. The winning charity wins $150,000—so there is a lot at stake. “We have given more than $9.2 million to over 200 Palm Beach County charities over the last seven years,” says Stone. “It’s a staggering number and we have really made a huge, positive impact on the local community. It will be another fun event this year and we encourage people to come out and support their favorite charity.” H For more information visit December 2016 33




It’s time they grow again.

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By James Holden

Littleton Food Co-op by Lucki Schotz


hat do you think of when you hear the word “co-op?” For some, it’s tie-dye, sandals, and dreadlocks—while others envision a farmer’s truck pulling up to a dock, ready to unload a harvest of freshly picked root vegetables. There may even be a few in the community who hold the impression that these storefronts are secret, or perhaps private associations, of left-leaning political activists, preparing to go off the grid and live in the woods once global warming destroys our environment.

Could such notions be alive in this day and age? While these extreme stereotypes are humorous, when we asked the public about their knowledge of co-ops and the structure of their organizations, many were stumped. Others attempted to describe the people or personalities they believe shop at “those stores,” rather than the mission that most—if not all—ascribe to and practice. After visiting a few co-ops over six months, it was evident that there are indeed distinct differences in the demographic who prefer their local co-op over the large brand store. We learned that it isn’t necessarily about dollars and cents, as much as it is about social values, support of local farms, and the knowledge that these smaller venues provide the highest quality foods available—at a fair price. Without a doubt, there are those who regularly shop at their local food co-op because they believe it makes good sense to invest in a grocery store that leans toward greater community involvement than a regional or national chain. Compounding these sentiments, in many cases, they attribute their loyalty to the smaller co-op because they find the selection of foods and personal care products more to their liking. Outside of the Concord New Hampshire Co-op, we asked a shopper what played a role in her choice to make her purchases there. Requesting that we not use her name, she said, “I love co-ops because I view them as specialty stores; they’re often filled with items I can’t find anywhere else—or while perusing, I get ideas of how to change up what I serve my family for dinner.” She went on, “The kitchen at this co-op is always coming up with new and delicious treats, and they’re probably healthier than I would find down the street” (referring to a New England grocery store chain). Depending on the location of the community, a co-op will adopt an individual identity, which may be in part because they are run by a board of local members, holding a diverse field of ideas and expectations which result in the branding for each location. A trip to the artsy community of Brattleboro, Vermont, gave us the ability to dig down even deeper into this world of food co-ops. On Main Street, the movement of vehicles and people at the busy intersection is constant, with much of the activity attributed to the attraction of a modern building which houses the co-op food store. In a short period, hundreds of grocery carts—in constant motion— continuously crossed the parking lot, only to be unloaded onto bicycles and into cars and trucks. Under most circumstances, observing this redundant task would amount to boredom. Although in the co-op world, it was noticeable that many shoppers create custom (and reusable) sacks, making people-watching great entertainment. Inside, shoppers were not as laid back as one might surmise; there December 2016 35

was serious shopping going on, with lines formed at the deli, seafood department, and bakery goods section. However, this was not the case in every department. We observed more thoughtful shoppers gazing over locally farmed and minimally processed beef, chicken, pork, and lamb. The long aisle of frozen and vacuum-sealed packages was enticing, and prices appeared to be a value for these choice meats. We also found a quieter shopping experience where a noticeably younger generation congregated. Across the store was an area dedicated to bulk purchasing. Here, shopping carts were filled with olives, oil, maple syrup, oats, grains, and even liquid soap. In looking over the pricing and considering the convenience of this type of purchasing, it seems to make sense to get all natural—even organic—products at such fair prices, and not have to make a trip to the grocery store a weekly errand. In a review of our research, we found that Brattleboro is an anomaly in the sense that they unquestionably had the largest variety and greatest quantity of products, and at very reasonable prices. Behind the Scenes

Yes, it takes a community to build a food co-op, but the best part is that everyone is invited to share in the building of the company and in the benefits that follow. In simple terms, you are the co-op. These specialized markets are owned by the members who join to operate, participate, or at the very 36 December 2016

least, shop, at the business. Often, but not always, the shoppers you see in the aisle have invested in the store—to varying degrees. They may be fractional owners, employees, or board members; but regardless of titles, what is important is that they have a personal interest in the success of that operation. If you see them organizing the fruit or picking up something from the floor that shouldn’t be there, it may be because they are a stakeholder. Similar to many larger companies, a co-op often follows traditional business protocol: they incorporate and have officers and members (or shareholders) who own a “piece” of the organization. They aren’t charities, nor do they have anything to do with social services, although they are community-based and active in environmental and social causes. According to a website known as, statistics indicate that the business of “co-op-ing” is significant. They state: In the US alone, there are more than 29,000 co-ops with at least 350 million members. They employ more than 850,000 workers with annual wages totaling in excess of $74 billion and revenue of almost $500 billion. Of our country’s 2 million farmers, a majority are members of a co-op, and they employ 250,000 people who earn over $8 billion. What many people don’t realize is that co-ops aren’t just about food.

table In the northern region of New England, many residents enjoy the benefits as a participating member of the New Hampshire Electric Co-op. This group has long been associated with keeping rates low, providing information and service back to the community, in addition to offering valuable incentives to reduce the use of energy and eliminate waste. And in other rural areas, there are 31 states receiving telephone service by way of cooperative type businesses. The business of co-ops has long focused on becoming the leaders in protecting consumers and the environment, educating the public about organic farming and consumption, as well as fighting for the labeling of GMO-produced foods. In Littleton, New Hampshire, it wasn’t long after the community’s food co-op was built and thriving on Bethlehem Road, that they voted to expand their physical footprint and offerings. In only a few weeks they should be wrapping up the exterior work, then moving to finish off the inside. From looking at the license plates in their parking lot, it isn’t surprising to see that they are experts in attracting customers and producers from every part of Vermont and New Hampshire. The Future

It wasn’t long ago when this publication did a feature entitled “Grocery Store Wars.” And while some readers may not recall the particulars, there was some indication that the pressure put on even the largest chain stores would have a dramatic effect on their ability to compete.

What we have discovered is that many underperforming units have been closed and neighborhoods have quickly begun to deteriorate due to these anchor stores being left abandoned. Once those drivers of foot traffic sealed their doors, the smaller—and dependent—retailers quickly followed. One particular location that stands out is that of the SouthCoast of Massachusetts. Some large grocery stores closed quickly when the New England-based Market Basket chain began opening supersized locations. Many in the community voiced complaints, only to ask town and city planners if they would reach out to food suppliers such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods in order to fill the void. And while noble, these efforts have not and probably won’t activate any interest in either of these two chain stores. What is the alternative?

Is it possible that one of these affected communities could bring together their local farmer’s markets, some of the idle fisherman along the coast, and the livestock producers over in Westport, to draw up a plan for a regional SouthCoast Food Co-op? It’s only an idea, but it can be accomplished. With all the fervor surrounding the farm to table concept and the right to farm in these communities, all it will take is someone to float the idea to begin the conversation. Space is available, food is being grown, and consumers say that they are ready for something new. This could very well be the first seed planted in the minds of those committed to improving their communities. As many would agree—when it comes to food co-ops, their time has come to grow once again. H December 2016 37


Learn, Join, and Eat Well Food co-ops play an important role in the communities they serve. More than a grocery store, they act as a conduit between the farm, sea, and table. Here is a list of co-ops that you may wish to explore and learn more about their benefits. Each is unique to their location and size and often paying them a visit is worth the trip—and interesting as well.

CONNECTICUT Fiddlehead Co-op 13 Broad Street New London, CT Willimantic Food Co-op 91 Valley Street Willimantic, CT MAINE Belfast Co-op 123 High Street Belfast, ME Blue Hill Co-op Community Market 4 Ellsworth Road Blue Hill, ME Rising Tide Community Market 323 Main Street Damariscotta, ME MASSACHUSETTS Harvest Co-op Markets (Arboretum) 3815 Washington Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Berkshire Co-op Market 42 Bridge Street Great Barrington, MA Franklin Community Co-op (Green Fields Market) 144 Main Street Greenfield, MA Harvest Co-op Market-Cambridge 580 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA

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Franklin Community Market 3 State Street Shelburne Falls, MA

Monadnock Food Co-op 34 Cypress Street Keene, NH

River Valley Co-op 330 North King Street Northampton, MA


Wild Oats Market 320 Main Street Williamstown, MA

Brattleboro Food Co-op 2 Main Street Brattleboro, VT


City Market/Onion River Co-op 82 S. Winooski Avenue Burlington, VT

Concord Food Co-op 24 South Main Street Concord, NH

Co-op Food Store 209 Maple Street White River Junction, VT

Concord Food Co-op of New London 52 Newport Road New London, NH

Hunger Mountain Co-op 623 Stone Cutters Way Montpelier, VT

Hanover Co-op Market 43 Lyme Road Hanover, NH

Middlebury Natural Foods 9 Washington Street Middlebury, VT

Hanover Co-op Food Store 45 South Park Street Hanover, NH

Putney Food Co-op 8 Carol Brown Way Putney, VT

Hanover Co-op Food Store 12 Centerra Parkway Lebanon, NH

Springfield Food Co-op 335-I River Street Springfield, VT

Littleton Food Co-op 43 Bethlehem Road Littleton, NH

Upper Valley Food Co-op 193 N. Main Street White River Junction, VT

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ourselves and the family in the mood for the holidays when it’s only a couple of weeks beyond dessert. We may have the answer. One of the most spectacular—and tasteful—holiday presentations in New England is known as Christmas at the Newport Mansions. These mansion interiors are strikingly beautiful all summer long—but when the lights are hung, and garland strung, nothing compares to the ambiance found in the grand ballrooms or along the dramatic staircases in

these turn-of-the-century “cottages.” Over the last few weeks, volunteers worked hard like Santa’s elves and completed the time-honored tradition of decorating the grand homes found on and around Bellevue Avenue. Beyond amazing, The Breakers, Elms, and Marble House create atmospheres reminiscent of turn-of-the-century society. Beginning (only days away) November 19, 2016, and running through January 2, 2017, guests will be arriving in the City-by-the-Sea to enjoy the Preservation Society of Newport

These mansion interiors are strikingly beautiful all summer long—but when the lights are hung and garland strung, nothing compares to the ambiance found in the grand ballrooms or along the dramatic staircases in these turnof-the-century “cottages.”

County’s kick-off to the holidays. It’s here that memories are stored in the minds of the young, while hearts are warmed in adults, as all enjoy decorations and lights, music, tours, model railroads, and of course, a visit from Santa Claus. And all of this is possible due to the diligence and hard work by Curator of Historic Landscapes Jim Donahue, and Gardens and Grounds Director Jeff Curtis. But they don’t do it alone; they have over 240 volunteer hours scheduled for completing the three homes. “We couldn’t

do this without our amazing corps of volunteers, many of whom return year after year,” says Donahue. “Volunteers will place ornaments on trees, hang garland, and decorate wreaths, among other activities.” Each year a new theme is created, accompanied by new ornaments and decorations which are added to keep the experience fresh for returning visitors. This year each house will get new, taller, pre-lit commercial-grade Christmas trees; there will be a total of 28 decorated Christmas trees throughout the three homes, each styled to coordinate with its setting. Thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens, and wreaths will also fill the rooms. Windows in each mansion are lit with individual white candles; it is as close to a storybook as anyone could dream. New this year at The Breakers, a toy train will be displayed in the second-floor loggia and will focus on the Vanderbilt’s New York Central Railroad. Three model sets, each a different vintage reproduction of New York Central rail lines, will run through a grove of decorated Christmas trees. Among the three mansions, there will be 24 holiday-decorated mantelpieces, each keeping with an individual style and theme. At Marble House, eight regional garden clubs will decorate the fireplace mantels in the second floor rooms in a competitive challenge. Participating in the mantelpiece challenge will be the Barrington Garden Club, Bristol Garden Club, Newport Garden Club, Plum Beach Garden Club, Portsmouth Garden Club, Quononoquott Garden Club, Seaside Garden Club, and South County Garden Club.

At The Elms, a Gilded Age streetscape theme in the ballroom will feature period sleighs and lanterns, mannequins wearing vintage clothing, trees, and a topiary horse. Also on display in the house will be a collection of antiques and toys donated by Berwind family descendants. Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions

For a special adult treat, the Preservation Society is introducing Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions. These special events will recreate adventurous evening soirées found during the Gilded Age. The open house events will allow guests to stroll at their leisure through the decorated house, listening to live holiday music and enjoying cookies, eggnog, and cider. In closing, don’t let our unseasonable weather distract you too much; it’s easy to fall behind if you don’t mark your calendars and plan ahead. And on another note, don’t worry, the snow will be here soon—so it may be time to think about dropping off the skis and boards to be sharpened. Merry Christmas. H For more information and the complete holiday schedule, contact or call 401-847-1000.

Rosecliff Will Be Open in December Rosecliff will be closed from November 19 to December 3 to accommodate rehearsals and performances of the Island Moving Company’s annual production of the “Newport Nutcracker.” It will reopen on December 4 for tours, including the exhibition “Splendor at Sea: The Golden Age of Steam Yachting in America” in the second floor gallery.

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ou’ve seen them advertised on television or noticed their packaging on pharmacy shelves. They come with names such as 23andme and Identigene. With their manufacturers making claims that users can identify ancestral background, they ostensibly put to rest paternity suspicions, improve well-being through targeted fitness and dieting, and even determine disease susceptibility. As described in a Daily Mail article, do-it-yourself DNA tests have soared in popularity in recent years, with the number of UK websites doubling between 2012 and 2014.1 Ancestry and paternity tests have been particularly popular among Brits, while sales for disease vulnerability tests have also risen. 48 December 2016

In the US, direct-to-consumer (DTC) tests have been available for over a decade, with sales recently spiking from celebrity endorsement of family history testing, along with actress Angelina Jolie using genetic testing as a basis for a double mastectomy in 2013. Their general mode of operation: One secures a saliva sample in a tube that is registered with a barcode and mailed to a lab. After six to eight weeks, once genetic make-up is assayed and compared to a reference (called genotyping), results are posted to a personal web page. Fathered by a mostly unregulated industry, consumers would be wise to consider how legitimate and safe these at-home kits are.


Ten years ago, at the outset of DTC test marketing, the US Government Accountability Office asked this same question—a comprehensive attempt to nip potential consumer fraud in the bud. On July 27, 2006, three panels of experts testified under oath before a US Senate Special Committee on Aging in a benchmark presentation entitled “At-Home DNA Tests: Marketing Scam or Medical Breakthrough?”2 In the first and most revealing panel discussion, Greg Kutz, managing director of Forensic Audits and Special Investigations for the US Government Accountability Office, described his team’s analysis of four web-based companies advertising nutrigenetic testing for disease prevention through targeted lifestyle change. They purchased several kits per company at $89–$395 each, setting up 14 fictitious consumers. Among key findings, three problem areas had surfaced. While GAO’s fictitious consumers were said to be at risk for serious diseases including diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis, sellers (1) claim no intention of diagnosing disease; (2) research concerning the genetics-disease connection is yet in its infancy with many unresolved issues; and (3) test results used much ambiguous language, rendering them useless. (“May be at increased risk of heart disease,” for example, could apply to anyone submitting DNA.) Further, remedial nutrition products were being sold through these manufacturers at prices many times higher than generics. These products were said to be matched to consumers’ unique DNA which, in fact, proved to be fallacious, as two consumers of opposite genders had received identical products. Submitting the same DNA for nine fictitious consumers, investigators found that varying results were received, proving that results had been based on questionnaire answers and not DNA. Likewise, when four samples from one person were submitted, four different results were received. Following Kutz was Kathy Hudson, Ph.D., founder-director of Johns Hopkins University’s Genetics and Public Policy Center and an associate professor of bioethics at JHU’s Institute of Genetic Medicine. Dr. Hudson underscored GAO’s finding that the at-home testing industry lacks proper oversight—in many cases lab certification by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, jeopardizing public health. Both analytical and clinical validity are not ensured, states Hudson. Thus, the public cannot be assured that any lab will get repeated accurate results and reliable identification of genetic mutations, with proper determination of the relationship between those mutations and specific disease outcomes. She concluded, “Quality genetic testing requires good tests and competent laboratories. Current oversight assures neither.” In their defense, the second panel consisted of reps from three of the four companies evaluated: Sciona, Suracell, and Genelex (the other being Market America), along with two lab contractors (Clinical Data and Genox). The companies emphasized that their purpose is to aide informed adults in making appropriate lifestyle improvements to counter internal damage and epigenetic change from oxidation, glycation, inflammation, poor DNA repair, etc. They did not deny assertions of certification issues and/or privacy concerns.


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Submitting the same DNA for nine fictitious consumers, investigators found that varying results were received, proving that results had been based on questionnaire answers and not DNA.

While Kutz and Hudson both advocate the potential benefit of genetic tests for predicting disease risk, they, former Oregon Senator and Committee Chair Gordon Smith, and many others expressed concerned that consumers are being misled with at-home products causing undue fear; spending $1,200–$1,800 annually on follow-up products; and feeling compelled to withhold such information or risk being denied a mortgage or life insurance, for example. The third panel included the Food and Drug Administration, which has been reluctant to get involved in regulating so-called “home-brew” DNA tests. Though in 2010 the FDA announced plans to expand oversight over all genetic tests, this has yet to occur according to the National Institutes of Health.3 In 2006 and again in 2008, the Federal Trade Commission warned consumers that “no standards govern the reliability or quality of at-home genetic tests. The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that genetic tests be done in a specialized laboratory and that a doctor or counselor with specialized training interprets the results.” (Adding to the credibility of these findings, a similar investigation of at-home kits was conducted in the UK, along with a second GAO investigation in 2010, both producing similar results as above.) ANOTHER KIND OF LIFE HACK

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DNA is the building block of life, and besides being humanity’s most private and sacred asset, it is far more consequential than financial information. In many of these DTC tests, the devil may be in the details. For instance, 23andme’s terms of service binds consumers to a “waiver of property rights” in which they forfeit any right to compensation from “any research or commercial products that include or result from your genetic information or self-reported information.” In the same way, Sciona has a disclaimer asserting its “unlimited rights to consumers’ information.” Greg Kutz had testified that although his consumers’ DNA was promised to be destroyed, other health professionals seemingly outside the manufacturers’ purview had unexpectedly contacted them. What’s more, 23andme is co-founded and headed by Anne

Wojcicki, who was married for eight years to billionaire Google co-creator Sergey Brin—Google now with documented ties to the National Security Agency, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and other globalist functionaries.4 This light alone should give pause when contemplating such confidential data in the hands of those whom they don’t know. As Craig Macpherson, marketing expert and founder of notes, the British government openly supports the idea of a national genetic database for (purported) guidance on health spending.1 In reality, DNA is the ultimate prize for those seeking total control through biological manipulation and transhumanism— mixing man and machine through, for example, implantable RFID chips.5 As we slide toward a New World Order of one-world government/ religion/economy, with never-ending cyber attacks, there is simply no way of assuring nothing untoward will happen with human genetic data.





Just as supportive data is needed to determine disease vulnerability, the non-profit Sense about Science explains that it’s impossible to read DNA as a map of one’s ancestry without historical evidence. Though DNA contains enormous amounts of genetic information, the vast majority tells a story about population migration patterns and not individual family trees. That is to say, all humans share the vast majority of DNA with far-removed ancestors, with very little directly inherited from specific relatives—even those who lived just generations ago. By themselves, these tests can only provide general ancestry identification (Northern European, for instance).6 Says Steve Jones, emeritus professor of genetics at University College London, “In a long trudge through history, two parents, four grandparents and so on, very soon everyone runs out of ancestors and has to share them. As a result, almost every Briton is a descendant of Viking hordes, Roman legions or anyone else they fancy.”1 Echoing this remark, UCLA professor of evolutionary genetics Mark Thomas says, “Ancestry is complicated and very messy. Genetics is even messier. The idea that we can read our ancestry directly from our genes is absurd.”1 In the end, though these test kits may have value insofar as ascertaining one’s biological fatherhood or ideal fitness regimen, it’s a business after all. That business, according to Thomas, is genetic astrology. H Rob Saint Laurent, MEd is a health writer and editor.

Poulter, S. (2014, January 20). Soaring sales of “dangerous” do-it-yourself DNA test kits: Number of websites selling products doubles in two years. Daily Mail. 2. htm 3. 4. 5. Gillespie, I. (2014, April 17). Human microchipping: I’ve got you under my skin. The Sydney Morning Herald. 6. Siddique, A. (2013, March 7). DNA Ancestry Tests Are “Meaningless” for Your Historical Genealogy Search. Medical Daily. 1.

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he fulcrum of the new fiduciary rule from the US Department of Labor (DOL)—which becomes law on April 10, 2017—is known as the Best Interest Contract Exemption, and if you have a retirement account, then this could be something you’ll find interesting.

The new fiduciary rule from the DOL

The Department of Labor believes that conflicts of interest in the financial services industry are hurting individuals who have retirement accounts such as 401(k), SEP, SIMPLE, and IRA, in that these conflicts are causing investors to pay higher costs and receive lower returns. Their remedy is the 2016 Fiduciary Rule, which requires almost all financial advisors who counsel IRA-holding individuals or 401(k) plans to provide conflict-free investment advice in the customer’s best interest. The problem is that fiduciaries can receive compensation only with a legal exemption—hence the need for the new waiver. The Best Interest Contract Exemption

To receive compensation as a fiduciary, financial institutions must enter into an agreement with you, the IRA owner, in which they acknowledge they are a fiduciary and will be working in your best interest, according to the new law. 52 December 2016

There are two types of best-interest contract arrangements, and how your financial advisor is paid determines the one used: 1. If your financial advisor receives a

commission or what we call variable compensation, they must enter into a signed contract with you, outline the steps the company has made to reduce or eliminate conflicts of interest, and pledge to do what is in your best interest. 2. If, however, your advisor charges a level

fee, as opposed to a commission, no signed contract is required. Instead, the company must pledge to act as a fiduciary and do what is in your best interest. This fee arrangement has fewer requirements because the DOL believes that the level cost provides protections. Each agreement must be made between you—the individual investor—and the company your financial advisor represents. The new law also gives aggrieved investors additional recourses. It’s interesting that Merrill Lynch recently dropped their commission model on IRAs. On October 6, 2016, Merrill Lynch announced that, after the new law goes into effect, their 14,000 brokers will only open level-fee IRA accounts. Many financial firms believe this is just the first step in an industry-wide transition away from commissions in retirement accounts. By

By January 1, 2018, your financial institution is required to send you a contract outlining the terms of your relationship. Moreover, if after 30 days you do nothing, that contract will go into effect. It’s important to note that the new rule applies to 401(k) plans, SEPs, SIMPLEs, and 403(b) plans that fall under ERISA. If, however, the 401(k) or 403(b) is considered to be a big plan—for example, more than $50 million in assets—the Best Interest Contract Exemption will not apply, as these bigger plans already have protections in place. The statute will apply if a financial advisor counsels you on rolling over your 401(k) or 403(b), since all rollover advice falls under the new rule, regardless of the size of the plan from which the rollover comes. Also, if you have a 403(b) plan that happens to fall outside of ERISA coverage— for example, a 403(b) in a public school system—the new rule applies only if you decide to roll over that 403(b) into an IRA. Take Action

If you have an IRA and you work with a financial advisor, now is a good time to review the payment arrangement. If you are thinking of rolling over a 401(k) or 403(b) before April 17 of next year, make sure the arrangement you have with your financial advisor is consistent with this new legislation. H


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a Toxic Ingredient Found in Many Relationships by Andrew Aaron, LICSW


eeping a romantic bond close and positive is hard. With the rigors of daily stresses and partner differences, a satisfying connection gets tested constantly. How partners define a good enough bond varies with each. While the need to couple up is universally human, nearly equal is the fear of getting too close. Opening up to another comes with risks which threaten individuality and personal adequacy. Pushing away hurts partners who prefer greater closeness. Fearful partners who are uncomfortable with too much closeness use many distancing techniques to ensure self-protection. Judgment is one conventional method. It is an intellectually-based defensive strategy. Sometimes subtle, other times obvious, judgment often goes undetected as a hurtful distancing mechanism. Why does the use of judgment rarely get identified as a defensive tactic? Because once a judgment is expressed, the recipient’s intellectual fac-

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ulties are engaged, effectively pulling his or her attention away from feelings. The partner is distracted when the push away occurs. As an intellectual ability, judgment is highly useful in the right situations but destructive if misapplied or used in the wrong ones. When used within non-emotional, non-relationship settings—such as problem-solving—judgment is essential and positive; it does no harm. But within love relationships where maintaining a warm, positive bond is characteristic of a couple’s success, judgment severs the relationship. Judgment is evaluation regarding value, worthiness, or goodness. From a perspective of love, our being can only be worthy. To be always judged diminishes our worth. It hurts. The list is long of intellectual gymnastics that make up judgment-based processes: a focus on accuracy, insistence on being reasonable, intellectualization, rationalization, deflection, criticism, minimization, invalidation, evaluation, discrimination, categorization, comparing, diagnosing, and ultimately, negating. When utilized deftly, these practices take the focus of a connection away from the experiential and emotional. When partner experience is shared and understood, a connection is strengthened. The many forms of judgment challenge the personal experience and call into question its validity. Judgmental people frequently employ a “reasonable test” by which ideas, perspectives, and others are evaluated to determine if acceptance or rejection will be offered. Another form of judging is an insistence on accuracy instead of on understanding. Judgment typically includes some form of negativity, yet no amount of negativity will produce a positive relationship. Judgment trumpets the intellect as a superior method. It rejects the value of the emotional process, but it is through the heart and emotions that couples build a bond and relate. Intellect does not love. By responding with judgment instead of compassionately receiving a partner’s internal, emotional experience, an opportunity is missed to build the connection. Judgment brings the head but closes the heart. Judgment and intellectual exercises in general temporarily provide self-protection from painful feelings. Placing our awareness on the head—the location of our thinking—by fleeing the physical location of our feelings—lower in the body—judging creates distance from discomfort we feel when facing something that is unappealing, unattractive, threatening, or distasteful. But more than that, when judging others and their opinions and ideas, the “judge” always places him or herself in the higher, “safer” position, effectively lowering the other. A soothing fantasy of being elevated, of being higher or better than others, is created. Two lovers can only connect when they live together on the same level. Judgment reduces a person from a complete being to quality or characteristic, evaluated and determined as worthy of acceptance or rejection. It hurts. On the surface, it appears to be intelligent, but dig a little deeper and its real motivation—an attempt to avoid closeness and discomfort—is uncovered. In the end, judgment is ineffective at the goal of self-protection and avoidance of pain because it does not eliminate discomfort but only shifts its location into what becomes a disconnected, disappointing, and dissatisfying relationship. Judgment is closed, whereas love needs openness. Loving with the heart is effective, where loving with the head just won’t do. H Andrew Aaron, LICSW is a relationship and sex therapist who practices in the New Bedford Seaport.

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59 School St. Edgartown, MA Appraisers from Skinner, Inc. will evaluate your prized pieces. If consigned for sale, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the museum. Reservations required. One item $15, three items $40; Greater Boston Antique & Collectible Toy Show & Sale Dec. 4, 2016 55 Ariadne Rd., Dedham, MA Washington Winter Show Jan. 13–15, 2017 | Preview: Jan. 12 The Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington, DC Preview Night, Lecture & Luncheon, Appraisals - Lecture - Jazz Night. Winter Antiques Show Jan. 20–29, 2017 Opening Night: Jan. 19, 2017 Park Avenue Armory Park Avenue at 67th St. New York City

DELICIOUS Live Jazz at the Vineyards Dec. 3 & 10, 2016 Greenvale Vineyards Tasting Room 582 Wapping Rd. Portsmouth, RI Boston Wine Festival Jan.–March, 2017 Boston Harbor Hotel 70 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA

SPECIAL EVENTS Nantucket Christmas Stroll Dec. 2–4, 2016 Nantucket, MA New Bedford Port Society Dec. 18, 2016, 4 p.m. | Christmas Candlelight Service Dec. 31, 2016, 5 p.m. | New Year’s All Faith Service Seamen’s Bethel 15 Johnny Cake Hill New Bedford, MA; Afternoon Tea Through Dec. 30, 2016 Blithewold Mansion, Gardens &

Arboretum 101 Ferry Rd., Rt. 114 Bristol, RI Simply luxurious!

Christmas at Blithewold

New Year’s Eve Dinner at AJAX Tavern Dec. 31, 2016 675 E. Durant Ave., Aspen, CO Three-course dinner, glass of wine, and best seats to watch the fireworks display; New Year’s Eve at La Chine La Chine at the Waldorf Astoria 540 Lexington Ave. New York, NY Live band, party favors, Prix fixe menu. Reservations.;

BOOKS/LECTURES/FILM Rembrandt Today: Lectures by John Walsh Dec. 2, 2016 Rembrandt’s Syndics and His Later Portraits Dec. 8, 2016 The Jewish Bride: Rembrandt’s Surfaces and Depths Yale University Art Gallery 1111 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06510; The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard Universitys Dec. 3, 2016 | Travels Through Two Ice Ages. Three Mile Walk: With James Lawford Anderson, PhD. Hunnewell Building 125 Arborway, Boston, MA Register: Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest Dec. 9, 2016 Peabody Essex Museum 161 Essex St., Salem, MA Book signing follows program with author Julie Zickefoose;

The Launch of Rhode Island’s Revolutionary Artillery Dec. 9, 2016 Peabody Essex Museum 161 Essex St., Salem, MA Book signing follows program with author Julie Zickefoose;

EXHIBITION Ocean Science Exhibit Center Through Dec. 2016 15 School St. Woods Hole, MA;

TOURS Mount Washington Observatory Summit Day Trips Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Feb. 6, 13, 17, 20 & 27 March 3, 6, 13, 20 & 27 Snowcat ride, guided tour, lunch, and a breathtaking view. Mt. Washington Auto Rd. NH Route 16 Pinkham Notch, NH

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Touring the Americas: 50 Years of Van Wickle Family Excursions Christmas at the Blithewold Mansion


ristol, Rhode Island, lights up for the Christmas season with the announcement that Blithewold Mansion is hosting a special event entitled “Touring the Americas: 50 Years of Van Wickle Family Excursions.” This adaptation will take guests on a journey from the beautiful Caribbean islands to the wilds of the Alaskan mountains. Through the Van Wickles’ experiences, guests gain an understanding that travels during that period was not always luxurious, but often exciting. Visitors will also enjoy the history of the Van Wickle family by exploring the beautiful details of the mansion’s interior; each room is filled with elaborate holiday decorations which add to the story. Dazzling decorations include a gorgeous, twostory Christmas tree decorated in shades of gold and green, transforming Blithewold into a Christmas wonderland. An extensive collection of the family’s personal photographs

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and various artifacts from their excursions will be pulled from the archives and placed on display. Also available to enhance your memories of visiting Blithewold is the opportunity to attend an intimate concert known as “Music in the Living Room.” Each week new performances are scheduled, so no two are alike. And of course, taking a step back into the past, relive the Downton Abbey era and join with friends in Blithewold’s dining room or a delightful afternoon tea. On Friday nights the activities move outdoors, where you and family members will roast marshmallows, sing Christmas carols, sip hot chocolate, and stroll through the garden paths to a new performance around the bonfire. Blithewold will be open for Christmas from November 25 through January 1, with the mansion open for touring Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m., closing later on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. For more holiday events, please visit


Catch a fast, fun, safe trip to beautiful Cuttyhunk Island on board the M/V Cuttyhunk!

• Depart from New Bedford’s historic waterfront; a short walk to downtown New Bedford’s many restaurants, boutique shops, museums & galleries. • Enjoy the gorgeous views of Buzzards Bay as you make your way to the laid back island of Cuttyhunk. • Friday Night Sunset Cruises! Breath taking scenery, comfortable accommodations, not to be missed excursion. 66B State Pier, South Bulkhead New Bedford, MA 508.992.0200

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Boston International Fine Art Show


he 20th Boston International Fine Art Show hosted a wide range of guests and sponsors at their Gala Preview for the benefit of the Boston Athenæum. Those in attendance viewed and discussed a wide variety of featured artists in the beautiful surroundings of the South End’s Cyclorama building. Supporters were treated to tasty treats, a wide range of wines, accompanied by a live jazz ensemble. This year’s show was marked by a noticeable increase in new and young collectors. When an exhibitor was asked his impressions, he responded, “They are very knowledgeable and a delight to speak with; many are in the process of searching for works that will enhance the beauty of their newly acquired homes and condos, here in the city.” To learn more about this show and others, visit

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