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FOOD, Drink & Friends Wine and Food Pairings with Chef Adam Parker at the Indian Head Resort, A Review Of Tony’s Italian Grille & Pub, and A Tasting at Vermont’s Rabbit Inn—Absolutely Delicious

Time to Pamper Yourself The Doctors are in & Spas are Waiting to Doll You Up

‘Tis The Season For Giving Learn About Who is Making It a Priority in Their Lives

A Winter Car Crash

Are You Prepared to Survive the Night?

Do The “Occupiers” Actually Have a Message, Or for that Matter—any Support?

Music with Laurie Anderson Art from Ken Richards and Fashion from NYC


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impressions

Facing the holidays.

Things are tough; and it’s tough for everyone. While optimism has been running strong over the last couple of years—regardless of Washington’s attempt to persuade us with empty narratives about how the economy is improving—people living in the northeast are asking: “Where is the recovery,” or at least, “when will it arrive so we can get back to some semblance of normalcy?” The market gyrates in sequence with our extreme temperature changes, giving us a sense of helplessness, while forcing us to avoid looking at our investments and/or retirement accounts—that is, if anything is left. So many people are attempting to pay their mortgage, feed their kids, and craft a decent Christmas holiday, while others are trying to find at least one meal a day. The pains are different for everyone, but be assured everyone has pains. So what are we to do? While it might be difficult to get out of bed each morning and nearly impossible to watch an entire newscast or deal with the short tempers of others (all due to them struggling with their own difficulties), it is now time to be as optimistic as possible, but also time to realize you must take action. Taking a page from the unofficial playbook of the US Marine Corps, now is the time to “Improvise, Adapt & Overcome.” When facing adversity, personal difficulty, or a challenge, 90 percent of your success will be due to having the correct mental attitude. However, your success will also come from taking a step back to assess the situation, changing your approach to solving your problem, and then committing to win. We have become accustomed to life roll10 | socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011

ing on a lot more smoothly than it has in the last 11 or 12 months, and while adversity is all around us, we all attempt to approach the end of the year and the holidays with some internal strength. However, there are those moments when even the smallest issue can become overwhelming, and all you want to do is throw your hands up and say, “To hell with it, I can’t take it anymore.” In hoping to give some of you comfort, this might very well be the time when you are ready to begin your trek back to a new and better day. Think about it: you finally have decided that this is all you can tolerate and that now is time to reorganize and create a new pathway for yourself.

and the enormity of the problem feels less threatening. Giving, yes giving, or the act of showing kindness, offering assistance, or simply listening, may not directly help you with your troubles, but can make a difference in someone else’s life and have some very positive effects on your psyche. So often we get so caught up in our own worlds that we miss opportunities to show some compassion or interest in others. Something as simple as helping an elderly person cross the street, holding the door for the person behind you, or smiling at and complimenting a stranger can give you the boost you need.

Strategies To begin with, the most important thing when facing a challenge is to identify it—not sensationalize it, as so many of us do. Look at the actual damage done versus the fleeting hurt which was caused, but will soon dissipate. Ask yourself if this one issue is going to affect your entire existence or, even worse, take over your life. Next, look around. Do you have any tools, talents, or friends to invoke in order to conquer the problem head-on? It is amazing that we as communal creatures sometimes find it so difficult to ask someone for help. It’s surprising how well-received such a request can be, and the pride others feel in coming to your aid. Another strategy in becoming strong when facing problems is to consider what small step (or steps) you can take, not just to resolve the problem, but to avoid it from occurring again in the future. While not all problems can be handled quickly and efficiently, breaking down a problem into manageable pieces can yield immediate results,

Going forward. This year has been a challenge for us at SOCO. The demands put upon us by the escalating costs of printing and transporting the magazine continues to grow. Our efforts to keep this publication fresh require countless hours, and there is always some problem that requires attention on a daily basis. This holiday season is a little different for us here at SOCO. As we press on (and urge all of you to do the same), we have spent time following our own advice. A small group of us gave up our Thanksgiving with friends and family in order to serve those who are more in need than us. This Christmas, the same group will be doing some shopping to brighten up the eyes of children who might not have the Christmas morning that they deserve. We aren’t looking for approval or a thank you, but we do want you to know that giving to others is the perfect beginning to enrich your life and the life of someone else. Merry Christmas. H


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Wellfleet Preservation Hall Celebrates the Season: 5th Annual Deck This Hall Festivities Schedule The Pageant of Wreaths returns! ‘Tis the season to deck your halls with boughs of dazzling one-of-a-kind wreaths handmade by members of Wellfleet’s creative community. Revelers can enjoy the scent of fresh pine, music, and refreshments while viewing scores of wreaths that adorn the newly restored Preservation Hall. Visitors can take home some holiday spirit by purchasing a wreath or a tin of fresh, baked cookies on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All sales benefit their capital campaign. On Saturday, December 10, a Holiday Bazaar & Craft Fair, featuring dozens of local artisans and nonprofit organizations, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Unique gifts, handmade treasures, and delicious confections will be available for your holiday pleasure. On Saturday, December 17, Wellfleet Sings! Join them for an outdoor singing stroll beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Community Pot Luck Supper. Bring your flashlight and a dish to share. Members of the community can get into the spirit of giving by using their imaginations to create wreaths to support WPH. The Hall provides the bare pine wreaths. The WPH will hold a wreath-making party on Thursday, December 1 from 5-8p.m. Those interested in making wreaths at home or at the hall, please contact Tracy Plaut, tracyplaut@msn.com or 508-3951482. Events are free and open to all. Visit wellfleetpreservationhall.org for more information.

Go Fetch! of New Bedford, Mass., and Forever Paws Animal Shelter of Fall River, Mass., are partnering on a BE HUMANE campaign. When you purchase a BE HUMANE bracelet from the Go Fetch! online store for two dollars, one dollar will be donated to Forever Paws. Bracelets can also be purchased at the shelter for a two-dollar donation. Wearing a BE HUMANE bracelet shows that you support animal rights and want every pet to find their forever home. Go Fetch! bakes handmade, all-natural treats and produces quality items for dogs. Forever Paws Animal Shelter, located at 300 Lynwood Street, Fall River, Mass., just celebrated their 15year anniversary.

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Center for Sight, located in Fall River, Mass., recently announced the addition of the state-of-the-art Visioffice® eyeglass lens measurement system. The Visioffice allows eye care professionals at Center for Sight to capture 3-D images of patients’ eyes to provide more accurate, personalized eyeglass lenses for every visual need. The Visioffice system measures the exact position of each eye individually, as well as the visual behavior of the patient. “No two eyes are the exact same—similar to our hands or feet,” explains Lori Ann Branco, Manager of the Optical Services™. “Thanks to the Visioffice, we can now take precise measurements of each individual eye, unlike previous techniques that measure both eyes together, to offer the most individualized lenses possible to best correct patients’ vision issues. These lenses— Eyecode™ lenses—are only available from practices with the Visioffice.” Patients who require corrective lenses benefit greatly from the precision of the Visioffice’s advanced measurement tools, which results in a more personalized visual solution. Center for Sight can now provide patients with eyeglass lenses made specifically and uniquely for them, even based on their visual behavior—whether they tend to move their head or eyes more.

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lage Plumbing has installed green energy systems for several local Boys and Girls Clubs as well as the National Marine Life Center. For Bill, green plumbing is not only the way he does business, but it’s also the way he lives his life. Bill lives sustainability on his wind- and solar- powered farm in Massachusetts. Plumbers outside of the New England area include Jamie Rogers for the Western Region, Andy Krause for the Eastern Region, and Craig Woolheater for the Southern Region. And the 2011 National Green Plumber of the Year Award goes to John Smith of The Arizona Green Plumbers for the second year in a row!


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to hell in a handbasket

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love the winter; the cold wind, the snow mixed with rain, and the freezing temperatures that send a chill down your spine—especially when you’re sitting by a warm fire drinking a hot toddy. And that is where I will be during this holiday season, but I won’t be alone, for there will be millions of us relaxing with friends all attempting to discuss positive ways to change our future, and of course those discussions will turn to the next presidential election. I’m sure there will be a time or two when we will have a fleeting thought about the occupying camp-out by those misdirected, without a message, wanna-be hippies and anarchists. Our thoughts and giggles will be tempered only because we are not heartless, but I’m sure a joke or two will pop up about how the misguided tent-city dwellers really haven’t had much of an impact, other than to infringe on the residents and businesses that are suffering due to their selfish protests of corporate greed and capitalism. These protestors are the same people who use the bathrooms and purchase coffee and donuts from the corporate giants they disdain and hang in effigy. I have watched the “occupiers” closely since they first began their sit-in, and even went to tour their smelly, dirty, and disgusting city within a city. My initial impression was that, while PBS calls these folks kids who can’t find jobs, I find them to be adults who come from various backgrounds—but not a one who I, if an employer, would hire. When I spoke to a local vender who was miffed that the occupiers had set up near the outdoor market that she rents space at— and have caused her business to drop off by a huge percentage—she explained to me that the tent city is filled with the homeless, those who have recently been released from

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jail, and bus loads of drifters who travel the country, in hope of finding a cause and a hot meal. She went on to explain that during the evening or on weekends, the crowd swells, but the participants are those who can only show up after work or school. They are welldressed and appear to be very middle to upper middle class—they surely do not live in squalor. From my observations, and this account, I believe that there is a great deal of discontent with those who “have.” But the “fair weather occupiers” are guilty of having a lot of good stuff themselves. And while they might be adequately comfortable, I doubt they have set their compasses for greatness and must feel pangs of jealousy when they must endure knowing things are not equal—and will never be equal, regardless of the economic system. For years everyone was pleased to have lots of material things they couldn’t actually afford, but continued to accumulate. Cars, houses, vacations, and trinkets were the result of an artificial rise in the stock market and the delirium that everyone should be wealthy. And let us not forget the liberal agenda: everyone should own a home. The thought of hard work, an advanced education, accompanied by an above average drive was never considered necessary in order to achieve financial stability and a solid foundation to build a future. I watched so many people play rich, when all they were doing was being used as pawns by their government, the financial institutions, and just about any luxury retailer who boasted their products as a measure of selfworth. Conversely, I noticed that there happens to be a more conservative group of citizens who has seen this all before and knew of the consequences well in advance. These people

didn’t take on more than they could afford—they certainly didn’t need a shiny car or watch in order to make themselves feel good—and they saw the manic relationship between the market and the small investor. It is so easy to look at others with contempt if you possess a low self-esteem or are being eaten alive by a cancer known as jealousy. The question begging to be asked is why should anyone be deserving of anything they didn’t work for or gather due to their own talent or ability? If one wishes to place blame, perhaps it should be on our supposedly representative government. For too many years, voters have allowed elected officials to grow roots into the Senate floor. They have allowed years of back-slapping to turn into back room deals and cash being exchanged in brown paper bags. And back a few years ago they elected a guy who couldn’t even run a Kool-Aid stand to oversee the most powerful nation in the world—or at least what used to be the most powerful nation. My point in all of this is to please be wary of anyone who has attempted to side with or understand the protest. On face value it has made for a photo–op and showed some sensitivity, but in reality it is only a chance taken by some to cash in on political capital. What we need is real leadership starting in the Oval Office, and a shake-up in Congress so that no one ever gains the absolute power we have let career politicians obtain. It is time for term-limits; it is time we put personal responsibility ahead of entitlement; and it is time that Americans come to terms with the fact that while a capitalist system may have some flaws, there is no other economic engine that will put us on top again and allow people to be responsible for their own destiny, which is exactly what built this country and will once again return it to great strength and power. H


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Good, Bad & Appalling

noise “Running into debt isn’t so bad. It’s running into creditors that hurts.” Unknown

Did you hear that because of the Halloween snowfall, some politicians decided to postpone trick or treating by a week? They, in their ultimate wisdom, decided that the non-holiday should be postponed until everyone got their power back. Do they have to try to regulate everything we do?

I guess this will answer our question above. Who would have ever believed that a sitting president would allow a Christmas tree tax to be levied on something so sacred? Starting this year the Obama administration will impose a 15 cent tax on producers and importers of real Christmas trees. The purpose of this ridiculous and unnecessary grab for more of your money is so the government can fund a new Christmas tree promotion. It has been reported that, because the industry is facing stiff competition from the makers of artificial trees, and they have run out of money to keep the fresh tree industry alive, the almighty government is stepping in to help. Apparently, the government can’t keep their hands out of private business—since they are also involved with the milk, pork, beef, chicken, and egg industries and their respective public relations campaigns. And we wonder what is wrong with government—Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays. BREAKING NEWS: As we were going to the final stages of the print process we found out that this ridiculous tax has been overturned due to the extensive media coverage days after it was announced. This now turns the new item into a

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ers are intending to get out? In Boston it appears that they want you to know they have zero respect for authority. It was reported that a Coast Guard woman was spat on by the peace loving group. They also seem to have little respect for your tax dollars since it’s going to cost millions of dollars to allow them to camp out and exercise their freedom of speech and assembly. And to think that the lefties were calling the Tea Partiers: an angry mob, Nazis, evil, and even un-American. Who is kidding whom?

Alabama’s new immigration law is raising hell down south. One of the toughest in the nation, a federal judge weakened the statute by ruling that the state can’t prosecute illegal aliens for not having registration documents or even check the status of students in schools. However, the court has allowed police officers to verify the citizenship of a person if they are lawfully stopped and are suspected of being in the country illegally. Finally, illegal aliens are not allowed to get a driver’s license, get behind the wheel, or open up a business. It’s a start.

Your government is at work. Bill H.R. 3001 has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Basically, it states that anyone using a likeness, the initials, or words referencing the T.S.A or the Federal Air Marshall Service can be arrested and prosecuted. Any likeness, if used in any advertisement, electronic medium, or broadcast reproduction can yield serious consequences. Not only do they have the authority to grope you at will, but they can go through your luggage and leave rude notes inside about its contents—as happened when a “pocket rocket” vibrator was found by a T.S.A agent and he, in turn, left his com-

ments on a piece of official note paper. Nothing like flying the friendly skies of the U.S.A.

 He never saw it coming. In Florida, a man walked into a 24-hour store, robbed it, and then proceeded to leave, but decided that it might be to his benefit to take a stroller, which was occupied by the clerk’s 1-year-old daughter. According to news reports, the 22-yearold mom took some quick action and shot the alleged thief and kidnapper as he exited the door. We are pleased to report that the child is safe; as for the suspect, he died at the hospital later that day.

According to ABC, with the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company—that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee—is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying they could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work. Could this be possible? Seems like a slap in the face to the Unions who love the Obama way of life.

 It’s beginning to look like the Democrats and Republicans are running scared of the black Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. As his poll numbers surge, so do the accusations of his inappropriate behavior with somewhere around four women (as of this date). The question will be, is this man made of Teflon?

It is amazing that anyone has the time or interest to follow the queen of drama, Kim Kardashian. And to think these same people will be once again voting for the next president—God help us. H


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hen the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations began on September 17, 2011, you could hear the patronizing chuckles that were squeezed into the margins of the formal news media’s reports. Young people camped out at Zuccotti Park (formerly known as Liberty Plaza Park) in New York City, blocks from Wall Street, symbol of America’s concentrated wealth and power. They were singing and dancing. How cute. Leaflets were distributed in Zuccotti Park explicitly connecting Egypt’s Tahrir (Liberation) Square demonstrations to Occupy Wall Street, but minus the violence. Falafel vendor Ehab Sami, an Egyptian, seemed unwilling to draw similarities between the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and Occupy Wall Street protests, or at least it seemed so to reporter Anne Barnard writing for The New York Times. After all, the Egyptian demonstrations were about ridding Egypt of President Mubarak, a man many thought of as a corrupt and vile dictator. (The Washington Post reported that Mubarak and his family may be worth as much as $700 billion.) Egyptians were demanding Mubarak’s resignation. Egypt’s issues were much more serious, said Sami to Barnard. But, he conceded, “It’s good to see Americans recognize that poverty is a problem.” Egypt’s revolution followed the Tunisian rebellion and came before those in Bahrain, Libya, Syria, and Yemen. Because of their roots in the Arabic world, these revolts are lumped together as the Arab Spring. Boiled down, they all protest wealth inequality, corruption, injustice, invisibility, and poverty. Back on American soil, there are those on the so-called right who believe Occupy Wall Street is the so-called left’s version of the Tea Party Movement. (When the Tea Party got into swing, Republicans quickly co-opted it 18 | socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011

for their own uses. Time will tell if Democrats do the same with Occupy Wall Street.) The Tea Party’s objectives, as far as I understand, are to promote a balanced budget, smaller government, fiscal responsibility, and job creation. Occupy Wall Street’s objectives, as far as I understand, are to protest economic and social inequities. While some writers and reporters claim Occupy Wall Street members are fuzzy about their gripes and goals, I think they’re quite clear. Specifically, Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are protesting exorbitant costs to attend university, and back-breaking debt and few job opportunities once they’ve graduated. They are protesting home foreclosures and homelessness. They are protesting the fact that affordable, quality medical care is inaccessible to so many. If they are lucky to have a job, they are protesting long hours of work for meager pay and no voice to complain about worker exploitation. More broadly, they are protesting corporate abuse of power and the vast wealth that sits in the bank accounts of the very wealthy one percent of the population. Occupy Wall Street demonstrators say they represent the rest of the nation, the 99 percent of Americans, the millions of disenfranchised middle and lower class individuals and families who are slipping ever closer into poverty. (In 2008, the US Census Bureau recorded 39.8 million Americans living in poverty, up from 37.3 million in 2007. Of these, 15.4 million people lived in extreme poverty, struggling on incomes of less than $10,000 a year for a family of four.) Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are protesting gaping income inequalities that show no signs of correction. A recent CBS/NYT poll indicated that a significant majority—nearly two-thirds—of

Americans agree that income and wealth should be distributed more evenly. Substantiating this view is a new report from the Congressional Budget Office. It concludes, according to New York Times writer Robert Pear, that “the top 1 percent of earners more than doubled their share of the nation’s income over the last three decades.” The Occupy Wall Street movement, while still getting sidelined as inconsequential by some, is quickly gaining momentum. As of this writing, they claim their call for a general strike has “shut down Oakland.” A Google search of “Occupy Wall Street” yields 276,000,000 results. The Occupations Report lists demonstrations in cities around the country, from Boston to Los Angeles, with many cities inbetween. Similar movements are being held in at least 900 cities worldwide, according to ProPublica’s Lois Beckett. It’s no longer a question of whether the Occupy Wall Street movement will take off—it already has. The question, posed by Miller-McCune writer Tom Jacobs, is why did it take so long? It’s been three years since reckless Wall Street financiers crippled the world economy. Jacobs points to a new psychological study that finds that “people are strongly motivated to perceive the socioeconomic system they live under as fair and just, and links this pro-status-quo impulse with a reluctance to protest against the Wall Street bailout.” While poverty strangles more and more Americans, people left and right are finally waking up to the gross imbalances of power and wealth in this country. Take a look at the Occupy Wall Street protesters. They’re not just young people. They’re courageous people of all ages, races, and ethnicity. If they’ve been patiently quiet, now they’re not. H


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hile they have a right to protest, the “Occupiers” have no right to infringe on anyone’s freedom in the process. They have no right to commit crimes such as rape, drug dealing, theft, or fraud—then attempt to cover them up. They have no right to destroy public or private property. They have no right to assist underage, runaway children who show up at these make-shift tent cities. And finally, they have no right to interfere with commerce. With that said, what is the message these die-hard members of the far left (who live in squalor) are attempting to get out to the American public through this loosely organized sit-in? From what I have gathered, this angry mob is protesting our very way of life—but don’t be fooled, there are layers to this group and each has their own agenda and purpose for associating with the “movement.” First you have the homeless, the anarchists, the lazy, and those who are off the grid; these people seem to be the ones who have entrenched themselves into the mud, garbage, and filth that these camps have turned into. They are not employable because they don’t want to work and because they believe in total and absolute entitlement. Some are the same people who wish to eliminate law and order by rioting in the streets. (I believe the only reason this hasn’t happened yet is because the police have infiltrated the groups and are prepared for any unrest prior to it taking hold.) There is another group that I refer to as the fair-weather protestors. These folks come out when the sun is shining or the night air is warm. They don’t sleep in tents, but instead stroll down to the action, allowing them an opportunity to socialize with others who might feel economic and social injustice. These people have jobs or go to excellent universities, probably at the expense of their

wealthy parents, who will be once again hosting their lazy asses this holiday season. And of course you can’t leave out the limousine liberals who have plenty of money, fame, and fortune, but can’t resist being part of anything anti-conservative, or anything that gives them an injection of superiority while at the same time feeding their hyperegotistical need for approval by the masses—all while keeping them in the lights of the media. It is quite clear these self-righteous activists believe the public is entitled to free healthcare, free education, and someone else’s money through income and wealth distribution—forced upon us by our government—with the intent of making everyone a bit more equal. For those of you who might not see what they are really calling for—as they hide behind a smoke screen of rhetoric and sound bites inferring 99 percent of us are behind them—it is to create an economic and social class system tailored nicely along the lines of the European socialist government model— which doesn’t seem to be working out very well. These crybabies don’t believe in competition; they abhor capitalism and the thought of someone relying on their individual talents and hard work to get ahead: well that just isn’t fair. But, let me step back a moment. What about the greed and corruption fueled by banks, financial institutions, Wall Street executives and our politicians? The actions by these people and institutions are all included in the occupiers’ outrage aren’t they? I look at these issues and apply some rational and logical thought to the problems we’ve encountered by the bailouts, lack of regulations, and insider trading that are rampant in our financial system. As with any major sporting event, I would

expect all the players in our economic system to abide by good sportsmanship, obey the rules, and rely on their talent when attempting to achieve success. If at any time a player is caught cheating, manipulating the system, or taking advantage of others who have instilled their trust, then their punishment should be the failure of their endeavor—and their expulsion from the game should be mandatory. The rewards should only go to those who demonstrate fair play within the confines of our system. It’s oddly interesting that both the “Occupiers” and the Tea Party have similar convictions. Who would have believed these two polar-opposite groups might actually agree on this obvious injustice? It is clear that those who support either group are expecting to see change take place as it relates to problem banks and government programs that don’t work. But I do not believe 99 percent of these people think they should give money they have earned to someone who doesn’t wish to exert the same energy they did to make it. The current, Z generation, those who are growing up in front of computer screens rather than outside in the fresh air, and the Y generation (aka the slacker generation, as I like to think of them) don’t seem to have launched from the legacy of the X generation. They certainly are facing challenges, but so has every other generation over the last 100 years. You can’t actually blame them for their anger, considering their parents taught them they were special and deserved everything in life—everything that someone else earned. Yes, this too will pass on and we, as a nation, will start to focus on what we wish our future to look like. But unlike the days of Woodstock, this faux revolution was doomed before it began. H socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011 | 19


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stock returns for the decades from 1960 to the present were: 1960-69: 7.7 percent, 1970-79: 5.7 percent, 1980-89: 17.4 percent, 1990-1999: 18.2 percent, 2000-2009: -1 percent. The “normal” 10 percent annual equity performance popularized in the media is a value achieved over very long periods of time (80+ years). It is important to understand the components of stock market returns. There are four key parts: dividend yield, inflation, real earnings growth, and P/E (price to earnings ratio) change. From the 1920s to the 2000s, dividends accounted for 4 percent of the 10 percent total. Inflation was 3 percent. Real earnings growth was 2 percent and an increase in the P/E was 1 percent. The current dividend yield on the S&P 500 is about 2.2 percent. Inflation over the past two years averaged about 2.5 percent. If real earnings increase just 1 percent and the P/E remains at the current ratio of 14, the components add up to an estimated return of 5.7 percent. This figure can be compared to the returns of other financial assets. Tenyear Treasury bonds yield 2.2 percent. Corporate bonds yield 3.3 percent. Tax-exempt municipal bonds yield 2.5 percent. REITs (real estate investment trusts) yield 3.3 percent. Therefore, the estimated return on the S&P 500 is favorable relative to other conventional investments. The risk is that the current economic environment is truly exceptional and unlike any experienced in the past. A worst-case scenario could occur if: US economic policy causes another recession; one or more European sovereigns default, resulting in the collapse of major European banks and global financial chaos; China’s restrictive monetary policy crushes growth and global demand. Equities would not behave well in this environment. Deflation would occur. Earnings would collapse. Investors who believe

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ttending holiday parties this time of the year can sometimes feel like a chore. Especially when the conversation is boring, the food is predictable, and the only form of entertainment is the same holiday music that has played obsessively on every radio station since November. It may come as a surprise, however, that throwing an exciting party does not have to involve spending exuberant amounts of money. If the tough economy has taught us anything, it is that often the most memorable occasions are the ones based on simple, creative and clever ideas. Purchasing the food for a party can be one of the more costly expenses, but with a little ingenuity there are plenty of ways to provide great tasting food without splurging. Here is an example; let’s say there is a favorite local restaurant you frequent so often the staff knows you by name. Pull the chef or owner aside and see if they would be willing to work with you to provide the food for your party. Ask if it would be possible for a chef to take part in your party for about an hour to conduct a cooking demonstration. Let them know that you are willing to pay for the food, if they are willing to volunteer their time. As a frequent patron of their restaurant they may certainly be willing to work out a deal that would be virtually no cost to you. Not only would this allow the restaurant to promote itself in a small intimate environment, but it would also invite guests to participate in the cooking. A similar scenario may be found at your

local liquor store or winery. Many of these establishments offer some sort of beer or wine tasting. See if they would be willing to set up a small tasting for you and your guests if you purchase the alcohol. If they refuse to volunteer their time, ask what they would charge. If it is reasonable enough you may want to think about asking your guests to chip in a few bucks. An alternative to hiring someone to organize a tasting would be to simply throw one yourself. Ask your guests to bring a bottle of either a white or red wine, set up a small bar equipped with a pitcher of water to cleanse palates and glasses, small buckets to discard wine between tastings, and maybe a plate filled with a variety of cheeses to nibble on. This seemingly sophisticated activity can be fun and exciting. A home-thrown tasting would not only encourage casual conversation, but become a learning experience. Keep it relaxed and fun—you do not have to be a wine connoisseur to appreciate good wine. Informal holiday parties always seem to have an underlying nostalgia about them. Spending time with old friends and family can inspire one to unearth old traditions that may have been forgotten. Consider caroling. When was the last time you had a group of people sing you a good ol’ fashioned Christmas carol outside of church or your child’s holiday play? It may have been awhile. Think of how surprising it would be if during your soirée guests begin to hear the faint singing of Christmas carols outside, only to discover a group of carolers singing the traditional holiday hymns right there on your front stoop. Small spectacles like these are not hard to

arrange. Believe it or not, there are caroling groups in your area available for hire at affordable prices. Check out theatre groups or your local children’s choir as alternatives, and see if they would be willing to sing a few carols for a small donation. The addition of thoughtful touches such as caroling livens up any run-of-the mill holiday party, and evokes a sense of excitement among your guests as to what may happen next. Another way to rally your guests is to get everyone involved. Guests of a party would often love to contribute in some way to feel as though they are helping the host and participating in the success of the event. One example would be the cookie exchange party, which became a growing trend over the past few years. Hosting a cookie exchange is not only a fun way to gain some new recipes—it also provides participants with enough holiday cookies to last the rest of the season. The rules of a cookie exchange are typically as follows: Each guest must bake approximately six dozen of one type of cookie. The recipe should be unique and homemade; party members should bring enough copies of their recipe to share with the other guests, and everyone should bring a large enough container to collect their share of cookies. The exchange itself occurs during the party, and by the end of the event everyone should have at least three or four cookies from the other batches. Essentially if you came with six dozen, you should be leaving with roughly the same amount in a mixed variety. While cookie exchanges may sound geared toward women, a cigar exchange for the gentlemen is a fun and interesting twist any man can appreciate. Have each gentle-

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man attending bring enough cigars to share with the other participants. Ask that whichever choice of cigar they bring be the same, and then have everyone exchange them with each other until participants have one of every cigar variety brought. You can even go as far as combining the cookie exchange with the cigar exchange, and that way at the end of the night everyone will have participated in the event. The expense and effort contributed by the guests would be about the same. Theme parties are a great way to keep guests engaged and entertained. With eraspecific shows like “Mad Men” and “Pan Am” becoming increasingly popular, throwing a retro-themed holiday party brings out the creativity in everyone. Ask each guest to dress for the time period, and make it a contest in which guests could vote on who best pulled off the look. You can even incorporate a few classic holiday movies to play in the background during the party as a fun, nostalgic backdrop. Another growing theme in unique holiday parties is the ugly holiday sweater party. You know that deep down in your drawers there is a hideous, homemade, overly-festive creation that was gifted to you with the best Continued on page 33

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The possibilities are endless if you put a little thought and creativity into planning your holiday party of intentions, and that you would never be caught dead wearing—until now. This is the perfect opportunity to have some fun with that knitted atrocity. Wear it proudly! Invite all of your guests to wear their most spirited sweaters and make a game out of it. Offer guests the opportunity to anonymously vote whose sweater is the tackiest, and the winner will get a small prize that costs you no more than $20. Before the end of the night, be sure to get a group picture of everyone and send copies to your guests so that they remember the great time they had. What is great about this type of party is that it can create its own conversation and act as an icebreaker. The possibilities are endless if you put a little thought and creativity into planning your holiday party, but if you need a few more ideas to get inspired here are is a list that can help keep things fun yet affordable: Put a new spin on the classic potluck by throwing an “Iron Chef” dinner party. In the invitations, assign each guest an ingredient and dinner course. Make it a game! It will pose a challenge for guests to make a great dish to outshine the rest. Combine ideas! For example, throw an ugly sweater party and a potluck dinner. Rather than spending money on a variety of alcohol, create a signature drink, buy only the alcohol needed, and have alternatives like water, and soda available for guests who may prefer something else. Try using decorations you already have, or create your own. Send out invitations via e-mail. Almost everyone checks their e-mail at least once a day if not more, so an e-mailed invitation would be the fastest and most affordable way to invite your guests. Try paperlesspost.com, or evite.com. Planning a holiday party may feel financially and mentally overwhelming, but with a little imagination and an enthusiastic group of guests, you can surely warm the heart of any Scrooge this season. Happy Holidays! H

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Fall Fest 2011 Over 500 guests showed up to enjoy great food, refreshments, music, demonstrations and horse shows all in a picturesque setting on a perfect fall day. Special thanks to all of our sponsors and entertainers: Russell Morin Fine Catering, Little Red Smokehouse, Barry’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Marx Auto Center, Serenity Salon, SEMAP, AlphaGraphics, Nick Ieronimo, Service Master, Go Fetch! Treats, Artistic Wedding Films, Toyota of Dartmouth, Pine Crest Farm, Barnstable Barn Burners, Miss Rodeo Maine: Michelle Morris, and Miss Rodeo Mass: Kelly Landry, Ms. Sue Rau: Gold Metal Dressage, Mr. David Wise: Saddle Seat performer, Western Ride: Bill Ritchie, Student Hunt Seat Exposition, Sterling Pointe Farm, DJ Alex T Foley, The Kirk Feather Trio, New England Country Rentals, Elegant Restrooms, Horse Lovers Tack Shop, It’s All About the Animals, Inc., and Admirals Bank. Beautiful ladies of all ages get a complimentary braided hairstyle from Serenity Salon

Miss Rodeo Maine, Michelle Morris performs for the large crowd in one of the indoor rings

The Barnstable Barn Burners dazzle us with their fabulous routine

The nice folks at Go Fetch provide doggie treats

Guests enjoyed tossing the beanbags at AlphaGraphics

A young guest enjoys getting his face painted at Marx Auto

Barry’s Fine Wine & Spirits hand out hard cider samples to parents only


Mr. David Wise, Saddle Seat performer shows us how it’s done

Chef Bill and his assistant chef serve awesome pulled pork sandwiches and cranberry cookies

Bill Ritchie demonstrates western style riding

Ms. Sue Rau Gold Metal Dressage performer is spectacular

SEMAP passes out apple cider and fresh apples

Young ladies from the Student Hunt Seat Exposition show us what they learned

DJ Alex T Foley brought it between sets to keep the party going

Nick and Lisa from Nick Ieronimo Landscaping enjoy the sunshine.

Russell Morin Fine Catering dishes some delicious gourmet burgers

Kids and adults win prizes at Service Master

The ladies from New England Country Rentals show off their wares.

The Kirk Feather Trio play some smooth jazz for the crowd

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2011 SouthCoast Business Expo Guests and exhibitors enjoyed the Business After Hours post show hosted by Lafrance Hospitality and SOCO magazine.


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the Rhode Island School of Photography in Providence, he has 40 years of experience in the field of photography. With a handle on the latest technological advancements in the field and experience using Art Smart’s equipment, Genereux crafts finished products that are guaranteed to please. He describes what separates Art Smart from other shops. “To start, I do all of the work here,” Genereux says. “We don’t send our customers’ precious art out of town, risking damage or loss. Our framing studio is state of the art.” A huge Wizard electronic mat cutter yields perfect mats every time. All the design work is done on a computer; everything from simple measurements to the size of the mat’s borders is plugged into the program. For those interested in getting a little more creative, the cutter can also carve shapes and letters into the mat. Across the layout table is Art Smart’s underpinning machine, which shoots v-nails straight up into the frame for a secure and perfect corner. “What makes our frames better is that we don’t just pin the legs of a frame; instead, we color the edges, glue them, underpin them, and, finally, fill and polish the finished product. Yes, it takes more time, but perfection is what we strive for,” Genereux adds. Other services include fine art and photographic restoration and repair; giclée archival printing and enlargements; design work; and the creation of pop art, line art drawings, and art from photos. Customers come from miles around to take advantage of Art Smart’s unique mounting process for children’s art as well as authentic NOAA navigational charts for Cape Cod, Buzzards Bay, Narragansett, and beyond. Both galleries are well stocked with a variety of the mounted charts. Art Smart has three locations: 209 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven, Mass., 508997-7500; 331 State Road, Dartmouth, Mass., 508-992-8111, and 264 Main Street, Lincoln, N.H., 603-728-6150 or visit artsmartframing.com H

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romenading down the runway at the MercedesBenz Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2012, fashion designer Katie Sterns’ Venexiana line enraptured viewers with an edgy, rebellious spin on the conventional spring wardrobe. With an emphasis on jewel tones, elegant necklines and simple styling, Venexiana is the perfect choice for the fashionista looking to effortlessly stand out at prom, or make a statement on her wedding day. Katie Stern makes it possible for any woman to live on the fashion edge with unconventional haute couture silhouettes. H

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’Tis the Season For Giving by Natalie Miller

“Do one good deed a day.” Tom Mello strives to live his life with these words in mind, and through his work with local charities in New Bedford, he has found a way to help the needy one meal at a time.

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ello, a New Bedford resident has been retired for three years and has been donating his time with the Market Ministries for just as long. He started volunteering at the holiday dinners on both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Volunteers cook donated food, and those in need of a holiday meal are invited to come in and sit down to dinner at Pilgrim United Church of Christ in New Bedford. They are served restaurant-style by the volunteers and also get turkey sandwiches to take with them. Then a year ago, Mercy Meals and More began serving breakfast at Pilgrim Church every Monday through Friday, and Mello started volunteering on a weekly basis. Every Monday at 6 a.m. Mello arrives at the church on Purchase Street in New Bedford and starts getting ready for the breakfast rush, making French toast and putting on coffee. As people start arriving, Mello helps man the food line, making the plates up with whatever the guests choose. “They have five choices,” he says. And the varieties typically include French toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs or an omelet or eggs to order. “It is important for people to feel empowered,” says Reverend Russ Chamberlain, who started Mercy Meals. This is his explanation when people ask why he insists on using table clothes on the tables, serving the food on real plates rather than Styrofoam, and giving the diners choices rather than just serving one kind of meal. “A lot of the guests don’t have choices in life,” he says. “They are in the situations they are in—they don’t have much power over their lives.”

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But when they arrive at the door to Pilgrim Church, they are greeted by Rev. Russ himself, and they enter the dining room ready to decide what they feel like eating for breakfast. They choose between the five main meals, as well as other foods such as English muffins, bagels, orange juice, and coffee. On October 5, Mercy Meals celebrated one year of serving breakfasts—34,192 breakfasts to be exact. “That’s a lot of breakfasts,” says Rev. Russ. Each day (including Saturday) Mercy Meals serves roughly 125 breakfasts. This includes seconds and take-home helpings, which Rev. Russ never denies to those in need, as long as the food lasts and everyone gets at least a meal or two. Mercy Meals and More is made up of an all-volunteer staff, many of whom were once recipients of the service, says Rev. Russ. Each day, once clean up is done, the local soup kitchen run by Market Ministries arrives to begin getting ready for the lunch rush. “The need isn’t going to go away,” says Rev. Russ. “It is time to utilize the resources we have to make sure the needs are met.” And volunteers are an essential resource. Mello also helps by picking up clothes from local churches and the Salvation Army to deliver to local shelters, and by picking up toys that have been donated by the public and rehabbed by a local organization called Gifts To Give. A retired bread delivery man, Mello says he volunteers because it makes him feel good. “Now is the time to give a little back,” he says. “In this economy a lot of people are in need. If I do nothing else the entire day, I helped someone get food that day.” Mercy Meals and Market Ministries also give out clothing and books to the less fortunate. Books in Spanish and Portuguese are always of particular need, as is men’s clothes. To donate clothing or books, contact Rev. Russ at 508-728-1489. Monetary donations can also be sent to Mercy Meals in care of Rev. Russ to PO Box 40515, New Bedford, MA 02744. Visit mercymeals.org for more information. If you would like to volunteer with Market Ministries, contact them at 508-997-3202. For more information on how to help Gifts To Give, call them at 508-717-8715. Hunger is on the rise in Massachusetts; the latest census figures show 450,000 people in the Bay State lack adequate food. According to Catherine D’Amato, president of the Greater Boston Food Bank, “holiday giving accounts for 60 percent of their year-round donations.” Last year, with the help of partners and supporters, The Greater Boston Food Bank provided food for roughly 545,000 people in need. To help the food bank this holiday or anytime, donate food items to the facility at 70 South Bay Avenue in Boston. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. In Falmouth, the local food pantry has been helping those in need since 1983. Brenda Swain, director of The Falmouth Service Center, says the center services over 6,000 households that are struggling to survive in this economy. She is hoping people will donate this holiday season. They also need other items such as gift certificates for teenagers and books for children of all ages. For more information, call the center at 508-548-2794. Just over the border of Massachusetts, the East Bay Community Action Program is also gearing up for the holidays. Serving 10 communities in Rhode Island, the organization operates three food pantries that serve the residents of Tiverton, East Providence, Newport County, and Bristol County, with a mission of “bridging the gap to


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self-reliance.” This year, all three pantries are participating in the “Adopt a Family” program and Seena Franklin, director of Family Development for the East Bay Community Action Program, is hoping individuals and companies will step up to the plate this holiday season and sponsor a family in need. The families served by the program work with caseworkers to make up wish lists that are then shared with the individuals and businesses who volunteer. The more volunteers, says Franklin, the more families that can be assisted. “The economic climate is extremely challenging,” says Franklin, noting that with the number of people who are losing their jobs, there is a great need for assistance. “When you give to others, you feel good about yourself,” she says, encouraging people to donate their time and money this holiday season. “It behooves us to give back to people when we aren’t struggling ourselves. We are so grateful to the businesses and individuals that are able to adopt families so they have something to look forward to.” To adopt a family, contact the East Bay Community Action Program’s RSVP program at 401-435-7876. Franklin explains

“When you give to others, you feel good about yourself.” that, in addition to the “Adopt a Family” program, the food pantries accept donations throughout the year. For more information about food pantries in the East Bay area, visit ebcap.org. Families aren’t the only ones in need of support. Local children without families are more in need than ever during the holidays. The Rhode Island Foster Parents Association (RIFPA) is asking for community support to bring a happy holiday to hundreds of foster children. The nonprofit organization supports children and youth in Rhode Island’s foster care system and the families who care for them. This year the association is once again launching its Holiday Gifts Campaign. Each year, the campaign provides gifts for approximately 700 teenagers

through the “Adopt a Group Home” program, which asks the community to purchase items from the teenagers’ wish lists. The teenagers are over the age of 12 and live in group homes or with foster families, says Nicole Kenny, development officer with RIFPA. She says even if people don’t have time to shop, they can still help by donating money, which is used to purchase American Express gift cards. “It’s a really great program,” says Kenny, adding that for many of the teenagers, the gifts donated through this program are the only gifts the teenagers will receive on Christmas. Monetary donations can be made online at rifpa.org, or checks can be made payable to the Rhode Island Foster Parents Association and sent to 55 South Brow Street, East Providence, RI 02914. Anyone interested in learning more about adopting a group home or making a donation can also contact Kenny at 401-438-3900, ext. 121 or at nicole.kenny@rifpa.org. H

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OCEAN EXPLORIUM

Gifts To Give Wish list items can be dropped off at 21 Cove Street Mill, New Bedford. To offer as much value as possible, Gifts To Give has partnered with the online wholesaler DollarDays.com. (In many instances the cost of a wholesale case of 48 pairs of children’s underwear will be less expensive than 12 from a retail store.) Gently used items needed: Clothes in all sizes, from newborn to adult (pants and jeans especially), strollers, safety gates, high chairs, books, and toys. New items that are needed: Underwear for ages 3-21 for both boys and girls, socks for babies to age 21 for both boys and girls, toy batteries: AA, C, D, dental hygiene supplies, school supplies, arts and crafts supplies, birthday presents, party supplies, baby items welcome.

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Gifts To Give never redistributes “used” underwear, socks, school supplies, arts and craft supplies, hygiene supplies, certain baby items, or birthday presents. The nonprofit is always looking for donations of these items new; as there is never enough to fill the demand.

Falmouth Service Center The Center especially needs the following items dropped off for its Service Center Gift Distribution at 611 Gifford Street, Falmouth on Tuesday, December 20 through Thursday, December 22 (New toys need to be dropped off by Wednesday, December 14): $15 gift certificates for teenagers (gas cards, CVS, TJ MAXX, The 99, etc.), sports items, arts and crafts kits for ages 8-12, items for older teenagers: DVDs, video games, boxed book sets, watches, movie passes, educational toys for toddlers, bicycles, games and puzzles the whole family can enjoy, new books for children of all ages, wrapping paper, tape, ribbons, bows.

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The Food Bank accepts all non-perishable (not frozen or refrigerated), sealed, unexpired food, as well as unopened toiletries (shampoo, soap, shaving cream, etc.) that should be kept separate from any food donation. Non-glass containers are preferred for the safety of the volunteers. The facilities at 70 South Bay Avenue in Boston are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for food drop-off. For questions, contact Cheryl Blanton at 617-427-5200 ext. 5061 or by email at cblanton@gbfb.org or Cheryl Powers at ext. 5059 or by email at cpowers@gbfb.org.

Items in need: Dairy: Milk—dried, evaporated, and boxed (such as Parmalat). Protein: Beef stew, nuts, peanut butter, beans, dried or canned peas, chili, tuna fish, chicken, and canned salmon. Vegetables: Tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables, tomato juice. Fruit: Raisins and other dried fruit, applesauce, any canned fruit in its own juice. Grains: Crackers, oatmeal, whole grain rice, all types of pasta, ready to eat low sugar/high fiber cereal (Cheerios, Raisin Bran, etc.)

The Pembroke community group Through this program Pembroke families, elders, or any person in need are given assistance every year for the holidays and are provided with food, gifts, and clothing. The Community Group is also conducting a toy and clothing drive. Anyone who wishes to donate new toys and clothing may drop them off at the Fire Department headquarters in Pembroke Center or the North Pembroke Post Office or may make arrangements to drop off items at the Recreation Department office in the community center. Call Sue at 781-293-3249 for more details. The group is always in dire need of items and gift certificates for teenagers and adults. All clothing should still have the tags attached, but prices can be removed. All items should be left unwrapped. Those wishing to make a donation should send checks made payable to the Pembroke Community Group to P.O. Box 1387, Pembroke, MA 02359. Checks also may be dropped off at the selectmen’s office at the Town Hall. This group operates solely on donations and does not receive any town, state, or federal funding.


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Will Thurlow can be reached for more information about his Massachusetts Outdoor Adventures survival school at 508.981.7991.

Surviving the

Unthinkable

by Nicholas Carrigg | photograph by Lucki Schotz

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e have all been there. The weatherman is predicting severe snowfall, the sky is gloomy, but we are determined to buy that important milk and bread before the storm. Once we are on the road, however, the snow starts falling—hard. Most of us manage to make it back home safely, but what if you cannot see your way back? In whiteout conditions, this is a serious threat to drivers, and with treacherous road conditions: The tiniest mishap can spell disaster. What if your cellphone conveniently loses reception on a snowy, country road? All of us need to be prepared for the worst when it comes to driving in the wintertime, and that means picking up a few tips on how to survive if you do find yourself stranded during a whiteout. “Making yourself visible when you’re stuck is the biggest thing,” says Will Thurlow of Massachusetts Outdoor Adventures, a survival school in Hubbardston. “Don’t just make an ‘X’ in the snow, either, that doesn’t work.” Thurlow says that the more visible you make yourself during an emergency situation for example—getting your car stuck in a ditch on the side of the road during a whiteout—the better your chances are of being rescued. Visibility can be increased with bright clothing that contrasts with snow and flares that alert passing authorities and other drivers to an emergency situation. Thurlow recommends always keeping something bright, along with a few flares, in the car. Do your best to flag cars down and keep screaming “Help!” to get motorists’ attention. “There was even a guy in Maine that lit his car on fire,” Thurlow says. “Thankfully for him, a helicopter saw the black smoke, but the guy had been stranded for a week!” Once you have made yourself visible, it is also not a bad idea to try digging yourself out. Thurlow suggests keeping a small snow shovel in your car at all times in case you find yourself embedded in a snow bank. The plastic ones available at most retail stores are OK, but a metal shovel does a much better job, especially during icy conditions. These can be purchased at military surplus stores and online. As an added bonus, most are

collapsible and easily stored beneath a back seat or in the trunk. If your car just won’t budge and no cars seem to be stopping, then you have to decide whether to leave your vehicle or stay put. If you are in a familiar or well-populated area, Thurlow suggests leaving your car and getting to a phone, in which case keeping a spare jacket and a pair of snow boots in your trunk makes a world of difference if you have to make such a trek. If you knock on someone’s door and they don’t answer, keep yelling for assistance and making a commotion until someone notices. He warns, however, that if visibility is minimal or you are stranded in a remote area without a cell phone, it is essential to stay with your vehicle. “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re gonna wander around, catch hypothermia, and die,” he says, bluntly. Unfortunately, staying with the car itself also has its hazards. Thurlow warns that if the motor stops running, the metal car essentially becomes a massive ice-box—with you as the unlucky cube. For this reason, it is important to keep a few extra articles of clothing in your car such as thick socks, a hat, or a fleece. Consider purchasing a surplus wool blanket, which you can throw in your trunk and forget about until an emergency situation makes you thankful that you bought it. There is more to staying alive than simply keeping warm, though. Water and food are also major concerns while you wait to be rescued, especially if you are in a remote area where it may take days for your car to be located. “The good thing about winter is that there’s never a lack of water,” says Thurlow. He says that snow can be eaten in small amounts, but too much can lead to hypothermia. Instead, Thurlow recommends stuffing an old coffee cup or water bottle full of snow, and placing it in a warm part of your body such as the armpit or groin. Eventually, the snow will melt and you can drink the water. He warns, however, that it takes a lot of snow to make even a few inches of water in a cup, and to avoid snow that looks discolored. Reddish snow means that a

bacteria is present and other colors are likely contamination. When it comes to food, Thurlow says that it is a good idea to keep a few Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) in your car. Although not the most appetizing, these military-style rations are enough to keep you going in an emergency, and can be found online or at military-surplus stores. “My one recommendation is ‘don’t look in the bag,’” says Thurlow. “It looks more like cat vomit than food, but it will keep you alive.” Thurlow is a big supporter of survival kits that can be bought at major retailers. Some of these are tailored for cars and include jumper cables and flares, while others contain more general emergency supplies like blankets and knives. One essential item he recommends is a window punch, which is a specially-designed, spring-loaded tool for shattering open car windows. The glass is made to resist heavy impact, but these devices concentrate a great deal of force onto a tiny area and can be a lifesaver in a sinking or burning automobile. He also says that a couple of knives are a good addition to a survival kit as they can help you to cut off your seat-belt in an emergency. Thurlow’s last piece of advice comes as an overall recommendation about the outdoors: Avoid panic at all costs, as it clouds judgment and can make survival situations even more dangerous. “You want to try to improve your situation on an hourly basis,” he says. By setting small goals for yourself and keeping a positive outlook, you can prevent shock and put all of your energy into surviving rather than stressing about the dire situation. In order to further stave off panic and have more confidence, Thurlow says to take a basic class on some wilderness skills, or even to pick up a survival manual. This is essential for people that travel to remote areas, but even people that live in more urban places can benefit from knowing what to do in a crisis situation like a roadside whiteout. “The wilderness doesn’t care if you’re alive or dead,” Thurlow says. “You have to arm yourself with knowledge.” H

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Culture

Art ➧ Music ➧ Film ➧ Events ➧ Entertainment ➧ theater ➧ & more

music

My Saturday with

Laurie

by Trevor Medeiros

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t was a little after nine on a gorgeous, sunny late-October Saturday morning in Rhode Island’s capital city. No matter how picturesque the weather, I’m usually tucked in a warm, cozy bed at that time. But this Saturday morning was different. There was no way I was going to miss this. Despite running on fumes (without sleep) I definitely wasn’t going to miss the chance to pick the brain of the artist who is widely considered the First Lady of Art Rock, Laurie Anderson. 56 | socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011

Thanks to some pulled strings courtesy of Kathleen Pletcher and Peter Bramante, the hospitable duo heading up the efforts of the art collaboration vehicle FirstWorks, Anderson and I had quite the stimulating early morning conversation in the lobby of a lush downtown hotel. Anderson was in the city to perform “Delusion,” her latest cutting-edge multimedia project, in front of a packed house at the prestigious Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The show was the climax of a three-day

weekend, during which Anderson give a free lecture the day before and chatted with appreciative audiences over coffee the morning after the show. As we conversed privately, Anderson sat neatly at attention on a sofa, looking much like a school girl eagerly perched at the front of the class awaiting the day’s first lesson. But it was Anderson who dished out hearty servings of cold, hard philosophy in her trademark impish tone. Even as Anderson fought at times to talk over the hotel lobby’s back-


SOCO | SOJOURN Legendary recording and performance artist Laurie Anderson, appeared at The Vets on Oct. 22 as part of FirstWorks Festival 2011. Photo © Tim Knox.

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“Death releases love in a weird way. Love is such an abstraction. People tell you to love. Why? When they die, you don’t know what to do. That’s when you see there’s an awful lot in the good things that are done in the world. That’s the link between love and death, is overflowing joy.” FirstWorks will bring legendary recording artist and storyteller Laurie Anderson and her newest full-state multimedia work “Delusion” to The Vets for one night only on Oct. 22 as part of FirstWorks Festival 2011. Photo © Leland Brewster

ground music, I made sure to absorb every drop of wisdom like a sponge. While the focus of our talk originally centered around “Delusion,” I was pleasantly diverted into her musings on a range of other odds and ends, like death and happiness (yes, they are linked), the greatness that is Brian Eno and the unassuming joy that comes from becoming completely taken offtrack in creative moments. As one of Anderson’s most recent artistic babies (she also released “Homeland” in June—her first album of original material in a decade), “Delusion,” approximately 90 minutes long, molds together video, music and narrative, and debuted in February 2010 at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. From there, Anderson performed the show everywhere from Los Angeles and New York 58 | socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011

to Europe before stopping in Providence. It didn’t take her long to admit that, much like many of her other artistic works over her iconic career, the end results of “Delusion” were totally deviant from what she originally intended. “It started off very different,” said Anderson. “What I think I’m going to do, and sometimes what I tell people I’m about to do, and what I actually do are really, really different. I’m sometimes pulled in different directions because I work in different media, so what I think is going to be a piece for string orchestra is suddenly for violin. Things like that.” “Delusion” was originally structured entirely around words, conflict and conversation, with no outside media. This conversation was supposed to unfold in the medium

of plays for two people. However, Anderson soon discovered she wasn’t quite a playwright. “I wrote the plays and they were terrible,” she said. “They were really terrible. I realized I can’t write plays. That’s not as easy as I thought.” What Anderson has learned from experiences like this is that it’s quite detrimental to fight the urge to change when a moment of spontaneity strikes like an artistic lightning bolt. “I have to go with the flow,” she declared. “That’s why I really appreciate working with people who aren’t needing to have everything spelled out in the beginning and are willing to present things like we don’t know what it’s going to be. To me, that’s the spirit of creating things. These aren’t products; they become products.” So, instead of pounding her head against the wall repeatedly, Anderson kept a shell of the plays’ dialogue and sandwiched it between an electronically-influenced musical score and futuristic video montage; thus “Delusion” was born. It sounds like Anderson learned to go with the flow from legendary music producer Brian Eno, who, according to Anderson, craved tenuous situations. “In the studio, whenever things fell apart, he was, like, so happy. ‘Great, a problem! A big problem,’” she recalled. “It was your chance to jump back, to look at what your strategy was and look around you, look behind you, look above you. Whenever things fall about, it’s the best moment.” Perhaps Anderson drew inspiration in a way from this credo of falling apart in creating “Delusion,” which materialized after the separate deaths of both her mother and dog (her dog is actually the focal point of one of the show’s roughly 20 scenes). It is through this tragedy that the linking theme in the show marries death, delusion and love. “Death releases love in a weird way,” Anderson said. “Love is such an abstraction. People tell you to love. Why? When they die, you don’t know what to do. That’s when you see there’s an awful lot in the good things that are done in the world. That’s the link between love and death, is overflowing joy.” Concerning the show itself, there were certainly enough aesthetically pleasing moving parts to keep the V.M.A. audience enthralled throughout the 90-minute performance. The videos of each scene were


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projected onto a large screen backdrop, flanked by two smaller screens to both sides of the stage. Anderson spent the show decked out in spiked hair and minimalist black slacks, a white dress shirt and skinny black tie. She effortlessly maneuvered the stage, which was dotted with a smattering of electric candles, while reciting her narratives, bouncing back and forth from her trusty synthesizer to a love seat enveloped in a translucent sheet. Between narrations, Anderson kept the crowd engaged with melodies that were part lulling, part hyperactive, all of which emanated from the famous electronic violin tucked in her shoulder. For much of the night, the crowd was putty in Anderson’s hands. She drew an appreciative applause when giving a shout out to the protesters at Occupy: Providence, and sparked the occasional laugh when she switched to her alter ego—a character who spoke through a heavily-distorted microphone. The crowd appreciated the devilish voice, one that spewed several facetious observations about both Anderson’s dreams and 21st century America. It’s no wonder why the folks at FirstWorks invited Anderson back to grace the V.M.A. stage (she originally worked with FirstWorks in 2005 when she was the Artist-in-Residence at NASA). She is the first in a trio of legendary performers who will appear in the Ocean State as a courtesy of FirstWorks. Bill T. Jones and the Arnie Zane Dance Company will stop by on their world tour in March, while Bobby McFerrin will make his first-ever Rhode Island appearance in May. Formed in 2004, FirstWorks works hard to shape the community around extraordinary arts programs that aim to enlighten audiences and elevate Providence’s profile. “We’re trying to establish Providence as a regional arts center,” said Kathleen Pletcher, Executive Artistic Director and founder of FirstWorks. After spending the morning and evening in the presence of Anderson I can see that FirstWorks is well on its way to establishing Providence as a regional arts destination—if they haven’t already. As for me, spending my Saturday with a living Art Rock legend— and, oh yeah, she’s Lou Reed’s wife, which is pretty incredible in its own right— was well worth missing sleep. H

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art

Ken

Richards

A Man of Many Talents by Steven Chan

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fixture of the SouthCoast for dozens of years and mostly known for his musical prowess, Ken Richards has spent years performing as a soloist, and as a member of the invariably prolific band Pearly Baker. Many who have befriended the affable musician have learned that behind the scarf and the graying “door knocker” mustache and goatee is a self-taught artist who, according to his biography, has been painting landscapes since 1992. His body of work—nearly all originals, absent of any giclée reproductions—are scooped up in short order and demand is everpresent. But with such a close following, Richards recently produced several scenes from New Bedford, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, and South Dartmouth, Mass., which vibrate with an array of late summer colors and textures. The collection, which will be on display at two SouthCoast galleries, was produced by Richards specifically for fine art reproductions. The advanced technique of taking the original works, scanning them into a computer, then printing on museum-quality archival cotton paper using seven special inks will allow a much larger audience to collect and enjoy this artist’s talent. Richards, who splits his time between New Bedford, Mass. and Mykonos, Greece, explained that the Greek landscape originally inspired him to paint. The rich, colorful countryside is transformed into large, bold acrylics on canvas or linen. With private showings in Athens, Paris, London and New York, Richards has gathered an international reputation. Along the southeastern Massachusetts coast, his work is equally well-received, especially his paintings highlighting his talent for capturing the color and movement of bodies of water. “I want my paintings to go beyond the mere representation of light, shape and color—[they should] reveal the emotional rhythms, impressions and sheer delight in what the planet has to offer,” Richards says in describing his motivation. There is a tranquil feeling in his most recent works, as Richards puts what he sees and feels at a location into the medium in which he is working. And while this artist is self-taught, Richards gives credit to nature as his teacher. He is a multi-talented individual who is best described as a Renaissance man worth taking a second look at. Richards’ works will be on exhibit at Art Smart Galleries and Framing Studios, 331 State Road, Dartmouth, Mass., which can be reached at 508-992-8111, and at their Fairhaven location, 209 Huttleston Avenue, which can be reached at 508-997-7500, from December through January 2012. Original works will be on sale and orders will be taken for giclée prints. H

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mind body & spirit Your resource guide for health, beauty, fitness, and living well

A Winter Guide Looking in the

Hot

Cold by Morgan Rousseau

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his New England girl has never been big on beauty treatments. For the most part, the cosmetic aisle of any discount drug store and a quick blow dry do the trick. But there comes a point—they call it the mid-twenties ­—when any girl, or guy, has to take a long, hard and disgruntled look in the mirror and realize, “I need a makeover.” Winter kissed the region with a pre-Halloween snow storm, and a not-so-friendly reminder that the season of chilly, dry air, festive parties with the people we hate to love, and love to hate, and stress is upon us. 62 | socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011

It’s time to look our best. I spoke to some beauty experts, and as it turns out, exemplifying our best qualities and looking like a star is something we can do in a weekend, and most importantly, on a budget. The face is a good place to start, and if you want a quick fix to freshen up your skin, a microdermabrasion treatment is the best place to begin. Microdermabrasion isn’t too costly, with an average treatment running about $200. Just remember that the noninvasive procedure is still no exception to the old saying,

“beauty is pain.” Technicians use an electric wand to brush away the outermost layer of dead skin cells. It’s exfoliation at its best, with results that show immediately. “It’s almost like you’re being sandblasted a little bit,” said Karen Roche, owner of Elizabeth Grady Skin Care Salons. With the help of thousands of tiny rough grains, and sometimes crystals, microdermabrasion gives a glow to the face and promotes better blood flow and oxygenation to the skin. A simple, hydrating facial is a fool-proof way to prepare your skin for the harsh


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the experts winter weather. Kathy Leavitt, owner of MedAesthetic Salon and Day Spa in Dartmouth, Mass., recommends a 15-minute facelift massage, which uses electro-therapeutic point stimulation, with a detoxifying and stimulating facial massage. “It is brand new but we have a couple of clients doing [the treatment]. It’s done with a very low electrical current to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and it works really well,” Leavitt said. For the needle-shy, these noninvasive treatments are a great alternative to injections like Sculptra Aesthetic and Juvéderm, which replace lost collagen. But for those who are not in the least bit weary of taking a needle to their brow, cheeks, eyes or lips, these type of injections can be a quick and fairly painless way to take years off the face in a matter of days. “Sculptra is not a filler, but a collagen stimulant,” said Dr. Albert Fox of Fox Facial Surgery in Dartmouth. “It gradually [adds volume to] the face in the areas it is injected, and is usually administered in a series of three treatments.” According to Fox, Sculptra helps restore fullness to the face by producing more of one’s own collagen, and lasts up to two years. This treatment is on the expensive side, but what is money when you get to look so young. What about the guys? Cosmetic experts are seeing more and more men paying attention to their looks. The stigma is nearly gone. Guys are realizing that grooming, shampooing and even “manscaping” are all acceptable, and much appreciated by prospective dates or longterm lovers. Elizabeth Grady offers a two-hour “Man’s Retreat” that tackles the back and face. The session includes a luxury back treatment including exfoliation and massage, and a warm mask to alleviate muscle tension for those hardworking brutes. There are also specially designed facials just for men that include skin-refining scrubbing, a warm steam mist, deep pore cleansing and a firm massage of the face, neck and shoulders. “Men tend to get clogged in the nose area. The deep cleaning enhances the appearance of the skin. Men have beards, so exfoliating any ingrown hairs prevents the recurrence of more ingrown hairs,” Roche said.

One thing that crosses the gender boundary and makes a difference between charming and blasé, between beautiful and bitchy, is a big, white, shiny smile. There is an illuminating quality about a nice smile that translates across a room, letting every potential friend or lover know that “this person is someone I want to be around.” A pearly, straight smile also gives an essence of youthfulness and vitality. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Robert Harelick of Harelick Dental Associates in Fairhaven, Mass., explains this aesthetic phenomenon. “It’s true—when someone’s teeth are nice, when they’re bright, it does make them look younger to some degree because as we age, we get darker teeth. People equate darker teeth with being older,” he said. Whitening strips tend to do the job. They are easy, relatively cheap and help you feel productive if worn while watching trash TV or skulking around Facebook. But the effects are fairly minimal, and often take a few weeks of frequent use before making a noticeable difference. In just under two hours, Zoom Whitening is the fastest way to whiten teeth. It begins with a short preparation to cover the lips and gums, leaving only the teeth and gums exposed. Then a clinician applies a Zoom! Whitening gel, which reacts with a Zoom! Light to gently penetrate enamel and break up stains and discoloration. Teeth are left up to eight shades whiter. A less pricey-option would be a dentist administered at-home bleaching system, which and includes a custom fitted teeth tray and take-home bleaching agents. Those are convenient because you can use them at your leisure, and the results are noticeable within about a week. “Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can pay for the plastic surgery”–Joan Rivers. Ever since our favorite celebrities started showing up on the red carpet with eerily smooth foreheads, Botox has had a bad rep as something that makes you look plastic, freezing your face into a “caught my boss in a compromising position with the intern” expression—shocked, yet incapable of reaction. The norm has always been that people are reluctant to fess up to having gotten Botox. But as time goes on, and the popularity of it

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Ever since our favorite celebrities started showing up on the red carpet with eerily smooth foreheads, Botox has had a bad rep as something that makes you look plastic, freezing your face into a “caught my boss in a compromising position with the intern” expression. grows, the need to deny it is getting weaker and weaker. For people who can afford it or prioritize it, Botox is the new mani-pedi. It’s an instant gratification for those looking to diminish frown lines between the brows. Now, let the record show that this 20-something girl has not tried it, and can’t speak from personal experience. But in ten years or so, if the little devil 64 | socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011

seedling wrinkles that are already showing on my brow feel the need to grow and make my face unreflective of the youthful spirit inside me, well, I’ll know that a little research and a lot of self-control go a long way. According to Dr. Fox, as long as you choose a reputable doctor who is both knowledgeable and experienced, Botox can be subtle, safe and preventative. “If it doesn’t look natural it just doesn’t look good—that’s my motto. This is very important, because people don’t want to have a frozen appearance to their face. Botox and fillers can be used in a very subtle manner to improve ones appearance without looking over done,” Fox said. A healthcare professional injects the serum directly into the muscles between the brow, slowing down the muscle activity that causes lines and wrinkles. There is no recovery time. Keep in mind that it doesn’t eliminate them forever. Therefore many patients choose to return for additional treatments a couple times per year. Now, safety is important. A lot of us have seen those A&E specials, “I Had Botox, Then A Stroke,”—or something along those lines—so it’s hard not to ask, “Just how safe is this?” “The safety profile for Botox is very good. Most people tolerate the product very well. It’s very rare someone would have an adverse reaction,” Fox said. Back to Basics This one is for the ladies. Sometimes it’s the old tricks that make us pop. As the actress Scarlett Johansson once said, “It’s the simple things that give me the edge, not the newest fads. That’s the secret to being a star—doing the old things so well, people will think you are doing something new.” Yes, the starlet has nothing to complain about in terms of genetic good fortune, but her sentiment rings true. As mentioned before, the new trend is a natural look, even for winter. A lot of women are proponents of keeping it simple—dabbing on a little makeup, and stopping by the hair salon. Keratin treatments, while pricey, are gaining wide popularity as a way to control frizz, moisturize hair, and promote length. “It will completely change your hair,” said Leavitt. “The maintenance afterwards is unbelievable, because you will have none. I

went from blow drying my hair for 25 minutes and still being a frizz bomb, to blow drying my hair for five minutes and having it look smoother, healthier and shinier.” A typical keratin treatment can cost anywhere between $200 and $500 per session, depending where you go, and the results last between three and five months. As for moisturizing the face, Leavitt points to the organic Eminence skin care line to combat the infamously drying frigid winter air. “Right now, it’s all about antioxidants. [Eminence] helps to firm the skin, and the moisturizing is amazing. You can feel it working,” Leavitt said, adding that there is no point to putting on a nurturing moisturizer, only to deplete its effects with low-grade makeup. Roche said a lot of women prefer a typical winter-look includes richer lip color, and darker shadows. “A lot of times during the summer, people wear lighter lipsticks, and don’t do the ‘red’ thing. But during the holidays, women tend to want a better ‘pop’ with their lips, more dramatic eyes, and a little sparkle to the brow bone. That look works for the holidays,” she said. Artificial lash extensions are gaining popularity as women see the dramatic effects, and the additional boost it gives to makeup. Many salons are now offering an eyelash service in which individual lashes are applied to each eye during a two to three hour session. “It’s works very well. It is instant gratification ten fold. You get these big full eyes, full of lashes, and it really makes a statement,” Leavitt said. As for the finishing touch, makeup, Leavitt swears by the award-winning bareMinerals makeup line, calling it an overwhelmingly popular choice among cosmetologist, with long lasting coverage that is easy to match with any skin tone. Free of preservatives, fillers or binders, the SPF 15 bareMinerals Foundation provides a natural look and a no-makeup feel; it looks like a powder, but feels like a cream. But as far as Leavitt is concerned, the product has one very important quality that almost any woman can relate to: “It’s makeup you can sleep in. It’s good for your skin, and as every woman knows, especially those of us with children; you need to sleep in your makeup sometimes.” H


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your health by Rob Saint Laurent, M.Ed.

organic—An Untreated Perspective For many of us, living organic means nothing more than buying apples from the local orchard. But does “local” mean “organic”? What exactly does “organic” entail?

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ccording to the US Organic Trade Association, more and more Americans are paying attention to the nutritional value of the foods they consume. From 1990 to 2010, domestic sales for organic food and beverages grew exponentially from $1 billion to $26.7 billion, with significant growth over the past several years. The industry experienced 7.7 percent growth from 2009 to 2010, mostly for organic fruits and vegetables, which accounted for an 11.8 percent increase during that time. Moreover, organic food and beverage sales represented 4 percent of all food and drink sales in 2010, led by organic fruits and vegetables, which accounted for 11 percent of all US fruit and vegetable sales. Are these buying habits justified or are they born out of fear, or both? WHAT IS ORGANIC? In terms of food, the label organic means that the farm maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the persistent use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. According to the organic grower Cascadian Farm, a popular, large producer in Washington State that has been around since 1972, organic foods are minimally processed without artificial 66 | socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011

ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation. According to Cascadian Farm’s web site, the organic label identifies that the grower abides by the following methodology and philosophy: Does not use synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and soil fumigants. Relies on natural biological systems for pest and weed control. Does not use genetic engineering. Does not use sewage sludge as fertilizer. Works to improve the quality and fertility of the soil while reducing erosion. Works to protect water quality. Works to reduce the impact of agriculture on our environment. Produces high-quality, great-tasting food. So if you’re into buying your apples from the local orchard, you may want to ask about the grower’s method of production. For example, it’s interesting that a proactive practice known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can strike an effective balance between pest control and protecting both human and environmental health by using just limited amounts of less risky synthetic pesticides such as pheromones to disrupt mating.

This option is only used if pests cannot first be controlled through more natural measures like mechanical trapping and weeding. By eating organically labeled meats and dairy, you’re now guaranteeing yourself that you’re limiting your intake of growth hormones and antibiotics. By eating organic foods, you can reduce your exposure to synthetic insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides. Further, only foods that meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s national organic standards can be certified by them as “organic.” Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used. While other claims, such as “natural,” “free-range,” and “hormone-free,” can rightfully appear on food labels, don’t confuse them with organic. The words “natural” and “organic” are not the same. Having established what organic means, the question that any skeptic would ask before giving this practice carte blanche is, do such foods truly have a significant impact on health versus factory grown? Are people who prefer organic foods justified in their fear of modern farming practices?


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While other claims, such as “natural,” “free-range,” and “hormone-free,” can rightfully appear on food labels, don’t confuse them with organic. The words “natural” and “organic” are not the same. WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS A recent study on young US children in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives offers proof of what many scientists have always believed. Looking at levels of six metabolites (chemical derivatives in the body) from nearly 40 common toxic organophosphorus pesticides in children aged two to five, of similar gender and family income, it was seen that our bodies will harbor such chemicals with chronic exposure when compared to eating a primarily organic diet. Though the USDA and agricultural groups maintain that eating organic is no safer or healthier than conventional produce, the Environmental Working Group points to the study as evidence that the government should warn consumers about their kids’ exposure to pesticides. How valid is this viewpoint? Richard Fenske, one of the study researchers, maintains it’s difficult to say, since the metabolites in question could derive from any number of pesticides in use, some being more toxic than others. On the other hand, Cynthia Curl, another researcher involved with the study, says that because exposure to high levels of organophosphate pesticides can put children at risk for bone and brain cancer, neuroblastoma, and childhood leukemia, chronic low-level exposure could well be significant. However, the researchers stopped short of concluding that children eating conventional diets were being exposed to higher levels of toxins than those set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), even though their metabolite levels were found to be higher than adult averages in most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exposure studies. Though it’s still a “gray area,” they did recommend that concerned parents could limit their kids’ exposure by feeding them organic food. Is there any proof that chronic low-level exposure to such metabolites has a negative impact on human health? It’s still largely unproven, with some

experts like Bruce Ames of the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute suggesting that forgoing produce for fear of pesticides is worse in terms of the chronic health risks posed by even slight nutrient deficiencies. In his view, eating a bad diet and the risks of obesity alone far outweigh the issue of low-level exposure to pesticides deemed safe by the EPA, especially for low-income people who otherwise couldn’t afford organic choices. Some studies have linked pesticides with developmental problems in children, but it’s not clear whether food exposure contributes much to the problem. Still, there is enough cause for concern that the American Medical Association recommends limiting exposure to pesticides. A 2007 systematic analysis of the scientific literature by Bassil et al. in the October journal of Canadian Family Physician (vol. 53 [10]: 1704-11) revealed that most studies on nonHodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia showed positive associations with pesticide exposure. They concluded that cosmetic use of pesticides should be decreased. WHY DO MOST PEOPLE GO (OR NOT GO) ORGANIC? Most people who buy organic foods focus on fruits and vegetables with the feeling that they’re inherently better, or because they have food allergies or some other health condition where sensitivity to synthetic chemicals is more of a concern. A study conducted for the Organic Consumers Association confirms these reasons and explores the common myths associated with the average organic buyer. There’s an almost equal chance that an organic buyer could be Hispanic, African American, or Caucasian. What’s more, the perception that most organic buyers buy for environmental concerns is false. Only 10 percent fall into the category of what you might classify as “tree huggers.” Instead, most buy for the experience, and look for convenience and price. They go for taste and perceived health benefit, as stated above. The common triggers for switching to

organic are having children, a transformative life experience (severe illness), social influences, frustration with the health care system, or a wellness regime. Moreover, over half of heavy organic users make less than $50k per year, with most non-organic buyers having never considered them as the main reason for not buying. A second reason is because they overlooked such items in a store that doesn’t actively promote the “organic” label. WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? Do you fall into any of the categories above? In particular, are you of the mindset that because the long-term effects of chronic low-level exposure to common toxic pesticides has not been established that an alternative is needed? Like the people observed above, try organic produce—apples, berries, peaches, tomatoes, and other thin-skinned produce. From there, try venturing further into the realm of organic meats and dairy—that is, animals that have not been treated with hormones or antibiotics, have been raised freely on a range, and grass-fed. If price becomes an issue, then prioritization is necessary. Most people surveyed pick and choose their organics based on value. If you’re curious about the organic lifestyle, you should know there are different degrees of organic living. For example, organic can mean making everything from insect repellent to diapers using all-natural means, whether you purchase it or do it yourself (DIY). This is a whole other topic, which you can explore further at living-organic.net. Whatever you may decide when it comes to eating organic, heed the viewpoint that the potential consequences of not eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, albeit conventionally grown, likely outweigh any concerns over pesticides. Just be sure to wash that apple thoroughly. H Rob Saint Laurent, M.Ed. is owner of leansnack.com, a health writer, and author of the book FitWorks!. socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011 | 67


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The participants revel in the intense excitement and sensations of inner emotions not otherwise accessible. However, this sexual game is not appealing to all. The dark connotations of being bound, dominated, and punished do not inspire warm associations in some. The close approximation to real past hurts cause this kind of play to come too painfully close to reality to make it interesting for many. The darker places within, filled with rejected parts of the self and called the “shadow” by Dr. Carl Jung, are common to all of us. Feeling these emotions is an experience most avoid, but in the drama of bondage these feelings are celebrated, and through acknowledgement provide excitement but also emotional freedom. Venturing into risky territory deepens the intimate connection of bondage partners. All of us grew up as powerless little children, without the capacity to make choices for ourselves. Negotiating this challenging environment had a long-lasting impact on our emotional and sexual development, especially with regard to elements of power, desirability, and living with limits. These are human challenges that are not indicative of dysfunction or past abuse. The emotions arising from early life experiences form the material that becomes erotic sexual play and causes bondage to be the sexual expression of choice for some lovers. Bondage play enhances the trust and intimacy of consenting partners. Like two people who together endure an arduous ordeal and subsequently develop a deep bond, bondage partners—by reveling in their deep feelings and vulnerabilities—build a stronger connection. It is forged by complete trust which is tested by their actual drama. Sexual exploration and experimentation furnishes an opportunity for partners to invite previously repressed emotions to reach the conscious light of day. Fantasy is healthy, but fantasizing about unsafe situations can be risky. Playing at being unsafe is vastly different than actually being unsafe! Play is about fun and excitement, not real hurtfulness. A safe word, agreed upon prior to the beginning of play, establishes a signal so that both partners know when a request to stop is serious. A safe word is necessary because sexual excitement knows no bounds. H Andrew Aaron, LICSW, AASECT is a sex and relationship therapist who practices in the New Bedford Seaport.

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K, quick—you have a presentation this morning and you need to be sharp. What do you do? Maybe you have noticed some forgetfulness that your doctor tells you comes with age, but you aren’t satisfied with that answer. And the fact is that if we want our brains in top shape, we need to feed them the right stuff. While some brains and bodies will function better on one meal than another, the general guidance that follows will help with focus, concentration, mood, and memory. Carbohydrates are the single most important food for the brain, according to Mark Hyman, M.D., author of The UltraMind Solution. That doesn’t mean doughnuts, muffins, or pasta either. Dr. Hyman is talking about plant foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and herbs and spices. These foods release sugar slowly, rather than causing the brain-toxic surges of blood sugar and insulin created by those sweet, doughy carbohydrates. Advice for a healthy brain applies to a healthy body, too. Getting cardiovascular exercise that raises the heart rate and gets the blood flowing benefits the brain by releasing BDNF, or Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor. John Ratey, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, says this substance stimulates brain growth and neural connections. He calls BDNF “miracle grow” for the brain. So before that important presentation, feed your brain some fresh air and exercise with a quick walk. Our brains also need some down time. Stress raises cortisol levels, which naturally increase as we age. Chronic stress creates toxic levels of cortisol in brain cells, resulting in the forgetfulness and confusion that we often associate with aging. A wonderful 72 | socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011

antidote is meditation. Researchers found that regular meditation practice actually thickens cell walls in the brain, reversing a natural thinning of the cerebral cortex that affects memory, perception, awareness, and thought. Another tip on counteracting stress is to eat a banana. The potassium in bananas supports healthy nerve and muscle function and replenishes this stress-depleted mineral. Made up of 60 percent fat, the brain requires omega-3 fats from foods like wild salmon, sardines, and olive oil. These fats protect the brain against cognitive deterioration, but they can also affect mood, personality, and behavior. In a study by Andrew L. Stoll, M.D., Director of the Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory at Harvard’s McLean Hospital, participants with low levels of omega-3s had a more negative outlook and they were more likely to be depressed than those with higher levels. He found that omega-3s played a key role in regulating and enhancing mood, sharpening memory, and even aiding concentration and learning. An excellent source is pure krill oil. The brain works best with about 25 grams of glucose circulating in the bloodstream, which is equivalent to the amount found in a single banana. One way to optimize your brainpower is by eating small, frequent meals. Another is to include beans in your diet. Adzuki beans, lentils, chickpeas, navy, or kidney beans provide protein and carbohydrates, as well as fiber for a slow release of glucose into the bloodstream. Beans are also rich in B vitamins and other nutrients that balance blood sugar and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin B12, for instance, can help clear brain fog and enhance memory. When it comes to fruit, Steven G. Pratt, M.D., co-author of SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life, rec-

ommends eating blueberries, calling them “brainberries.” Animal studies have shown that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress. Aging rats given a diet rich in blueberries significantly improved both learning capacity and motor skills, and equalized their mental capacity with that of much younger rats. Avocados are almost as good as blueberries in promoting brain health, according to Pratt. This fruit contributes to healthy blood flow and lowers blood pressure, which is a risk factor in declining cognitive abilities. In fact, any food or activity that enhances blood flow will nourish both the brain and other organs of the body. Eating your vegetables is sound advice, as a higher intake of vegetables may prevent age-related mental decline. Spinach and other dark-skinned produce, including kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, beets, and red bell peppers provide antioxidants that counteract the free radicals created during normal metabolic processes that damage our cells. The brain is thought to be particularly vulnerable to free radical damage because it is already deficient in antioxidants, so more is better when it comes to eating vegetables. The most effective brain-healthy diet combines nutritious whole foods and fresh, pure water. The body can’t digest, absorb, or transport the various nutrients and generate energy without water—roughly eight glasses a day. No discussion of brain food would be complete without chocolate—not the typical candy bar, but cacao that is organic and minimally processed. It contains theobromine, which enhances mood and brain function. An ounce of chocolate with 85 percent cacao or higher is a delicious way to sharpen your mind. Enjoy! H


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t was by luck, or perhaps chance, that I was able to cover the 7th Annual Davies Memorial Library Apres Foliage Fest, held on the spectacularly warm and sunny day of October 30, 2011, in Lower Waterford, VT. The event was hosted and organized by Leslie and Brian Mulcahy, proprietors of the award-winning Rabbit Hill Inn. Over 160 guests enjoyed themselves at a vast arrangement of wines, cider, and spirits, accompanied by fare presented by some of the most well-known kitchens and dining rooms of New Hampshire and Vermont. To add an air of ambiance, we were entertained by the Littleton Jazz Trio, who showed remarkable tolerance for the crowd, which was sitting nearly on top of them due to the huge turnout at the historical bed and breakfast. One of the most memorable tastes I recall from the afternoon soiree was the deliciously thick and creamy ancho chili-spiced hot chocolate topped with house-made marshmallow. I don’t recall ever in my life being so impressed by a non-alcohol winter treat, as I was when my lips touched the frothy and unconventional richness of this recipe presented by Chef Rich Larcom. He was also serving a braised pork-belly sandwich topped with homemade, pickled zucchini, which had little to do with cocoa, but was tender and delicious. I found the zucchini added just enough zing to pull out the subtle flavor of the “other white meat.” Some other delights guests nibbled on were: smoked duck on endive, pumpkin bisque, prune and mushroom stuffed pork, espresso-maple braised short ribs, garlic and

lamb meatballs, and a pulled-pork empanada. A couple of my favorite restaurants were represented. From Chang Thai Café in Littleton, NH: I had an opportunity to reunite with the fabulous chicken satay and golden bags—which is ground chicken wrapped in a wonton wrapper served with a plum sauce. And because their table was adjacent to an ice cider company’s display, I relished the opportunity to complement the Thai cuisine with a crisp and slightly sweet glass of the hard cider, which was actually smooth and the perfect companion to Asian food of all sorts. In another part of the Rabbit Hill Inn was the recently profiled Chef Jason Orlando from Littleton’s Beal House Inn and Restaurant. He had prepared marinated caprese salad skewers and an ingenious combo of smoked salmon and sweet corn in a smooth and tasty chowder—this was an afternoon favorite. Again, my luck was continuing, because in close proximity I found Vermont Spirits Distilling Company, who had two of their handcrafted ultra-premium vodkas available to sample. I tried the Vermont White, which is triple-distilled with pure milk sugar, and found it to be clean, dry, and light—perfectly joined with the flavorful chowder I had just sampled. The company also has a gold variety derived from maple sap; this, too, is delicious but retains a different character than the white. I would also like to comment on another presenter I was impressed with: Artesano, known for creating mead (a type of wine) made from Vermont honey and fruit. In speaking to the representative, I found out

that over 20,000 years ago, mead was being fermented. I enjoyed the light, semi-dry taste, and was pleasantly surprised to find a hint of honey in the finish—a very enjoyable wine from Groton, VT. The event was small, but consisted of high-caliber vendors. I can only attribute the success of this annual event to what might have been a juried selection of those who were sent invitations to participate. The creativity brought to the event made for a friendly competition, but it also set a benchmark for many restaurants throughout New England. For those diners who haven’t considered testing the level of gourmet dining that many of these farm-to-table restaurants offer, this is the perfect season to plan a weekend of eating and drinking to do your own tasting and review of the north country’s best chefs. H socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011 | 75


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these two- to three-hour events barely allow enough time to examine and define the qualities that make for a winning wine and food combination. At the end of October, about 50 people came together for a weekend of wine and food under the watchful eye of Chef Adam Parker at the Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, New Hampshire. For three days, the participants were treated to wine pairings, gourmet tastings, and a five-course meal, accompanied by an ongoing education about the history of wines, the rules of their production, and what to look for when going back home and hosting your own event. As guests arrived on Friday afternoon, they were encouraged to relax and unwind before a single drop was poured. This wasn’t

going to be a race, but rather it would be an opportunity to meet others with similar interests in fine dining, with the enhancement of diverse foods with selected wines. I happened to be sitting at a table of veteran foodies; all of them had been to many more of these types of formal presentations than I had, while a few of them actually attended nearly every wine program the Indian Head Resort had ever sponsored over the last decade. During the weekend of wine, food, and making of new friends, I received a well-appreciated refresher course in the art of wine making, tasting, and appreciation. I hadn’t realized until it was brought to my attention by our master of ceremonies, Chef Adam, that there is so much history in the grapes behind each glass of wine. The methods for socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011 | 77


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I was very impressed by the flow with which the wine and food program was carried out. There was never a point where I felt I wanted or needed anything but to indulge and relax with other people also having a delightful weekend. I have a very significant appetite, as some might know by following my restaurant profiles month after month, but I must share with you that never have I eaten so much wonderful food, been served so many delightful wines, and been catered to so well as by the friendly dining room and kitchen staff at the Indian Head. Another treat over the weekend was Chef Adam’s launch of his new cookbook. The book is filled with his favorite recipes and techniques, and he made himself available to do a signing and personalize copies. I also got to meet his beautiful wife and darling children, who are very supportive of his extremely busy schedule and commitment to food service. In reflection, I can see that I will bring home some new knowledge and a greater appreciation than I once had for pairings. It is my intention to pay closer attention to the hows and whys of using wines and foods in order to make living that much more fun. Bon appetite. H

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If you want to impress someone with your depth of knowledge about good food, while simultaneously indulging in the most impressive dairy plate ever to be found, then you have to order the local cheese board for two.

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he ski season is finally here and with it comes thousands upon thousands of people who don’t just love snow, but love to eat as well. Sure, many will stock their condos with some of the basics, but it’s a well known fact that skiers and riders enjoy great food and wine after a day on the snow, and that dining out is an important social event all winter long. Over in Thornton, N.H. (approximately halfway between Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain) there is a small restaurant with a big reputation, not just for their food but also for their nightlife during the season. Tony’s Italian Grille has been somewhat of a secret among the winter population and I believe it is because they don’t want it to get so busy they have to wait for a seat. The quaint mountain dining room is cozy and not too large, and often the dinner crowd moves into the bar and lounge area after dining—a great idea, especially if you’re go-

ing to stay for the music during the weekends. Its under-the-radar existence is what makes this place so desirable, and because of this mystic, it has become a destination with a lively and attractive clientele who are drawn to its, what is considered, haute cuisine and entertainment. The interior barn board and various rustic accessories give the place a comfortable and homey feel, and the low lights allow for a tinge of romance, which I noticed was taking place at the table next to me on my recent visit. Executive Chef and owner Tony Pierce has a great story, as evidenced by the wall of fame that you don’t want to miss—there is great history in those photos, so be sure to check them out. Since the advent and popularity of farmto-table dining, I have done some investigating and found that Pierce is not just committed to using over 150 New England farms in order to serve the freshest meats and produce possible, but he and his staff have also grown much of the seasonal produce in their personal gardens.

While Pierce doesn’t sound Italian to me, I can attest that he’ll feed you like one. There is nothing stopping this guy from pushing out hugely satisfying meals. During my visit, I wanted to sample a wide variety of dishes and so I began with the “town dock” calamari from Rhode Island, which was lightly fried and served with a seafood sauce, cherry peppers, and garlic. Just as I suspected, the serving was large and should only be ordered if everyone at the table is grazing—you won’t be able to eat anything else if you go it alone. Same for his baked stuffed mushroom caps; the oversized heads coddled chunks of sweet Italian sausage, baby spinach, and Maplebrook Farm ricotta, and were topped with a taste of mozzarella cheese. Fabulous. However, if you want to impress someone with your depth of knowledge about good food, while simultaneously indulging in the most impressive dairy plate ever to be found, then you have to order the local cheese board for two. I am still reeling from how creative and delectable this appetizer was. Pierce combines a Vermont goat cheese (crottin), a socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011 | 81


The verdict was in: no one leaves Tony’s without dessert. This is going to be the rule for the 2011-2012 ski season, since building up some calories is good prior to a day on the slopes.

sweet and sticky piece of Stony Farm honeycomb, Great Hill blue cheese (located in Marion, Mass.), Grafton Village four-star cheddar prosciutto, slices of Pink Lady apples, and a grilled crostini, all laid out upon a slab of slate, accompanied by a small cleaver—in this case you might be hesitant to share with others. It is superior to any cheese board I’m familiar with and doubtful anyone will match it (unless of course they read this profile and try to top it). With a short list of about 12 dining room entrées, the Chef provides evening specials that expand his menu and include some vegetarian options such as the eggplant lasagna, which I sampled, along with a house cioppino, served with a full lobster (not just a half tail as is often found in this dish). I enjoyed the meatless lasagna; preparing this dish takes a great deal of talent because the chef cannot rely on the strong flavor 82 | socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011

meat provides, and instead must be creative to enhance the smoky flavor of the vegetables to attain a satisfactory level of taste. To round out the category of choices, I ordered a char-grilled, Prime C.A.B. (Certified Angus Beef) New York sirloin. The hefty strip, cooked perfectly rare, was coated with herbed garlic butter and served with a side of Yukon Gold mashed potatoes; this meal alone was enough for me to understand why, after a day in the cold, this place heats up. This is a meal that, with a glass of Sterling Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon found on Tony’s impressive wine list, brings this restaurant to the level of fine dining the mountain region is continuing to be recognized for. Also, it attracts connoisseurs from all over the country looking for the finest food and wines in an area with beautiful countryside. Finally, I had what I believed was my last bite, when my server, the temptress of des-

serts, informed me that the locally famous “Sweet Jenna” had been baking a slew of pies for the evening. She then let me know that I couldn’t really tell anyone I got the full treatment at Tony’s until I tasted one of Sweet Jenna’s creations. With very little arm twisting, I settled on a piece of made-from-scratch, apple-raspberry crumb pie, topped with homemade cream. The verdict was in: no one leaves Tony’s without dessert. This is going to be the rule for the 2011-2012 ski season, since building up some calories is good prior to a day on the slopes. Looking back, I can now understand the secret of this hideaway: whether it is a place to stop off once you get into town to enjoy a quick and delicious meal in the bar or lounge, or a place to meet up with friends and go over-the-top enjoying a satisfying dinner, Tony’s Italian Grille is going to satisfy you at every turn. Tony’s is the place to be this winter and I’m sure I will see you there soon. H


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book review

New England Home Cooking Author, Brooke Dojny Reviewed by Terry Thoelke photograph by Lucki Schotz

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ust in time for the largest and longest holiday season of the year, we are treated to the re-jacketing of Brooke Dojny’s New England Home Cooking. Dojny is the author of fifteen famous cookbooks and a Connecticutto-Maine food writer. She worked with Martha Stewart for many years, but she is best known for showcasing New England culinary pride through her efforts to explain the territoriality of regional exceptionalism. To simply believe “It’s a cookbook” would be a half-baked assumption, as egregious a mistake as to presume milk is the sole ingredient in ice cream. Is it a cookbook? Absolutely—it has the requisite chapters on regional and cultural recipes for appetizers, salads, sides, main dishes, and desserts which we will explore presently. But the 350 recipes do not comprise the entire 670 pages of this magnificent book—the critical distinction that separates Dojny’s cookbook from others. This unique book triples as a well-researched historical reference for matters relating to the history of New England cuisine as well as a travel guide that leads the food-curious to regional festivals and legendary food landmarks that shaped New England dishes and trends. 84 | socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011

Dojny the historian appropriately begins the history of New England cuisine with the Pilgrims’ arrival at “Plimouth.” They only survived their first New England winter because the friendly Natives introduced them to fish hooks, nets, and corn and taught them how to cook corn into mush to make the cakes we know today as “johnnycakes.” The Natives turned the settlers into fishermen who revered the ocean’s fruit, and horticulturists who valued the land’s gifts as nourishment. Puritans were broadening their eating experiences to include such things as sorrel, fiddlehead ferns, (recipe on page 119) and dandelions. In 1630 Francis Higginson wrote about the foods of the region: “Turnips, parsnips and carrots are bigger and sweeter than in England, and we have pumpkions, cowcumbers, leeks, plums, currants, divers nuts.” For their part, the settlers brought seeds they shared with the Natives which saw the rise of fruit orchards, and taught them the value of dairy products and eggs. In America, the colonial housewives were the first to “cross pollinate” cuisines from two worlds, and should be considered the original culinary “infusion artists.” They adopted Native Indian dishes for their tables,

such as stewed cranberries and bean succotash. In a great culinary shift away from the typical dinners of old England, they reinterpreted their boiled dinners, stews, and custards to create the dishes we love today: beans with maple syrup, seafood chowders, coal-roasted game, and berry pies. Dojny powerfully asserts “American culinary identity is irrevocably intertwined with the early New England cooking where colonists embraced the best of Native foods and merged them with their own cooking to create a cuisine that is the basis for an entire continent’s food tradition.” We have an “unbroken chain” of food traditions that harkens back to the original Thanksgiving meal. We are romantically linked today to those earliest settlers, as deliciously evidenced by the roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, corn bread, pumpkin, and fruit pies we enjoy for Thanksgiving. California, New York, and Florida have regional cuisines driven by restaurants and chefs, but New England cuisine is still home-based cooking where we prefer to eat in than dine out, an allegiance to the family tradition that values the process of cooking over convenience. In reading the recipes, Dojny enjoys overloading our mental palates with the histori-


cal significance of how the immigrants who came to this region “New Englandized” their meals. Immigrants have turned traditional New England recipes into more exotic versions of their former selves: New England Clam Chowder is modified and made pink by sweet paprika and sour cream for Hungarian-style Clam Chowder, and Italian Clam Chowder has oregano and chopped tomatoes. Both are careful to honor the traditional meaning of “chowder,” a meal thinner than a stew but thicker than a soup. During one of her literary diversions, Dojny offers observations regarding The Clam Chowder Wars. In Maine it is broth-like, sweetened with butter and has no flour to thicken it. Rhode Island Red Chowder has tomatoes, but it should never be confused with Manhattan Clam Chowder (a chunky vegetable soup with clams added). Boston’s version is thick with light cream and thyme, but New England Clam Chowder has no thyme in it. Dojny’s book will keep you on the straight and narrow concerning such stately matters. Most of the recipes in this book are identified in one of two ways. Many use a cultural moniker that establishes its origins. The zesty Portuguese Caldo Verde has the spicy chourico we have come to expect from rich Azorean food, and the Polish Wild Mushroom Soup is a partner in good health to any meal for any season of the year. Crispy Scottish Oat Waffles are a snap breakfast that can be paired with Shaker Winter Squash Biscuits, and a cold winter’s cruel chill can be abolished with an authentic, lamb-laden Irish Shepherd’s Pie and a side of the slightly nutty flavored Greeked Green Beans. Interestingly, many recipes have a geographic origin that set them apart from the other New England states, thus establishing strong territoriality. It might upset a Vermonter to talk about

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colonists embraced the best of Native foods and merged them with their own cooking to create a cuisine that is the basis for an entire continent’s food tradition.” molasses when maple syrup is the basis of their identity. And for certain one would invite a peck of trouble by pointing out that a Rhode Islander’s clam cake is actually a clam fritter, the heavy, deeply fried version of the original clam cake (don’t argue the semantics on this—it is best to nod your thanks to the waitstaff in the Rhode Island diner when the dark clam “cakes” are delivered to your table and eat them with gusto). Locales have stamped their names to a slew of dishes in New England Home Cooking. Imagine downing Berkshire Puffed Apple Skillet-Baked Pancakes with a dollop of Vineyard Beach Plum Jelly atop, and one will have traveled the breadth of Massachusetts in a single breakfast. New Haven White Clam Pizza is a supreme lunch, and an Aroostook County Potato and Sausage Skillet Dinner would be richly underscored with a slice of Vermont Chocolate-Potato Bundt Cake (do try this recipe!). For casual fare, Narragansett Beer Battered Fish & Chips is easy to manage as is the incredibly simple Best Maine Blueberry Pie, both of which satisfy the “goodness in simplicity” rule of New England cuisine. By far the most fascinating aspect of this “cookbook” is the builtin travel guides to regional and cultural festivals and events across New England that Dojny has infused throughout this delectable book. The Blackstone Haymarket in Massachusetts is the nation’s oldest market, having opened in 1630. Connecticut offers a weeklong summer festival called Hay Day Markets, and Rhode Island presents a Tourtiere (meat pie) contest. If traveling to New Hampshire, put the Canterbury Shaker Village on the list and sample genuine Shaker cuisine, or head to the Pumpkin Festival during the fall where pumpkin foods reign and over 17,693 jack o’ lanterns own the Guinness Book of World Records. Neighboring Vermont offers tours of the Cabot Cheese factory and the Vermont Folklife Festival, a fall event where every hunter’s dream comes true as they enjoy a myriad of meat dishes prepared with raccoon, beaver, moose, bear, antelope, and venison. Do not skip Maine where the ultimate comfort food of potatoes is the inspiration for the Potato Blossom Festival during the summer. New England Home Cooking is not just a cookbook. It is an historical review, an inadvertent travel guide, and a textbook on New England culinary philosophy. It is a bounteous collection of recipes reflecting the juxtaposition of traditional New England dishes and the meals countless immigrants have brought to the table. New Englanders are traditionalists and our cuisine reflects our humble, historical beginnings that made this country one of the strongest in the world. We are survivors because of the foods we eat. Generations of New Englanders and newly arrived immigrants all celebrate the common denominator of physical and emotional survival and growth by hanging on to our home cooking traditions, making for natural allies in the kitchen. In a deferential salute to customs, Dojny shows New Englanders make space for a culinary curiosity that reflects our collective, melting pot past. H 86 | socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011


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ust because it is getting dark early and most everything green appears to have left us with shades of brown and gray, there is no reason why you can’t begin “greening” up your home with a window garden. Indoor soil gardens are relatively easy to start. The tricks are to use the right soil to make sure the roots get enough

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Catherine Abbott, indoor and outdoor gardening expert

“All plants need direct sunlight to grow best. You can start seedlings on a window sill but they would have to be moved where they can get more light or they will become leggy, thin, tall and not that healthy, as they would not be getting overhead light. Grow lights can help, especially for starting seeds, or if you want to grow over the winter and you do not have an adequate amount of sunlight.”

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According to Abbott, “Herbs, tomatoes, peppers and salad greens are a great place to start for indoor growing. They are pretty easy and low-maintenance plants.” It might be a good idea to pick the perfect spot in your home, place your containers there and then add the soil. This way you won’t have to carry heavy containers with soil in them through your house. For best long-term results, re-pot plants every year. “It’s important to use an organic potting soil mix that is lightweight because regular garden soil is too heavy for containers,” Abbott said. Of course, lighting is very important—especially during this time of year. You’ll need to look around to determine where the sun rises and sets where you live and notice how the light comes into your home. “All plants need direct sunlight to grow best,” Abbott says. “You can start seedlings on a window sill but they would have to be moved where they can get more light or they will become leggy, thin, tall and not that healthy, as they would not be getting overhead light. Grow lights can help, especially for starting seeds, or if you want to grow over the winter and you do not have an adequate amount of sunlight.” If natural sunlight is impossible for you, you should consider grow lights. Grow lights are different from regular lights as they mimic the spectrum of the sun. When using them, be sure to put the lights on a timer, or pay attention to the lighting schedule. Even as a newbie to this hobby, I do know that all living things require water. It is important to be sure your plants get enough water. So they don’t get waterlogged, check the soil daily. If the soil becomes mushy, stop the water for a few days. You may also mist plants with water or add a tray with pebbles to the bottom of the containers and keep water in the trays. This will add extra humidity to the crops because humidity drops during winter. I asked Abbott what she thought about plant food and nourishment. She told me that I should consider using an all purpose plant food or fertilizer. “Fish and seaweed fertilizers and compost or manure teas are great to give plants a boost during their growing season,” she said. For those who are impatient, Abbott suggests purchasing seedlings and planting those.

“Seeds are usually cheaper,” Abbott said. “However, with some veggies the seeds take a long time to germinate or they need belowground heat to germinate, so the seedlings are a better bet. On the other hand, some veggies can only be started from seed—most root crops, for example.” The space you can allocate in your home is usually the determining factor of what container sizes you go with, but budget is equally as important. Most veggies and herbs will do fine if you give them some room. Pests and insects are a fact of life, so I asked Abbott what to do when critters are a problem. “Gardeners should not be afraid of pests, they are part of nature,” she said. “The best way to deter unwanted pests and disease is to have healthy soil, and make sure the plants are properly watered—stressed plants will attract disease and pests so keep your plants happy and healthy. Taking the time to observe your plants will help to catch any problems before they get too big. Picking off any pests by hand and removing any damaged plants will help to keep pests and disease to a minimum.” When you begin your indoor garden, be sure to plan when the harvest will come. Check the seed packet or find out how old the seedling is so you can estimate when the plant will mature. “Most veggie plants mature in 30-100 days,” Abbott said. “Different veggies require different harvesting. For example, carrots and beets can be harvested as baby veggies or left longer for more mature ones. Beans and peas are best picked fairly young so they are sweet and picked often or the plant will stop producing more pods.” As time goes on and your garden becomes a producer, you will want to start to pull out any dead remains. It is important that you dig out around the roots and add more fertilizer before planting another crop. “For containers it is best to replace at least one third of the potting soil with fresh soil.” Abbott says. Armed with these helpful hints and suggestions and just a few square feet of space near a window, you can get started on your indoor garden right away. It just takes a little bit of time, planning and a small investment. Now is the time to get your hands dirty. H


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er blond hair pulled back revealing an ageless countenance chiseled by a life as a horsewoman, Cathy Hill, founder and director of the Barnstable Barn Burners Equestrian Drill Team focuses intently on every move her team of girls and women make as they practice their drills. “Take control!” Hill shouts. The rider shortens her reins and slows her horse’s pace. “Watch your spacing.” Her words vaporize in the chilly fall air but penetrate the minds of her team members. Calling CJs Ranch in Marston Mills on

Cape Cod their home, the Barnstable Barn Burners Equestrian Drill Team brings together girls weaned in a saddle and women who just recently jumped back into one. Tryouts for the team are held in the spring and fall, and the current team of female equestrians—ranging from age 13 to 66 years young—earned their seats in the formation putting in more than six hours a week training and practicing their drills. “Riding is the easy part,” laughs Hill. With drills such as the Swept (center horse short pivots, outside horse at a gallop) and the Suicide Charge (horses race toward each other then pass through), rider control and concentration are essential. “It’s about building trust,” says Hill. “We

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build trust with the horses and our team members with patience and time.” Knowing what triggers the horse or people’s faults gives the riders a deeper understanding of the strengths and shortcomings of the partnership, notes Hill. “What comes off you in the way of stress is felt by the team and the horse,” adds team member Donna Barriero. Hill, who grew up in Huntington Beach, California, believes in a well-rounded equine education both in and out of the saddle. “We learn from the ground up,” she says. Whether it’s working in the barn with the horses, bathing them, learning equine first aid, saddle care and mucking stalls, or “desensitizing” horses to acclimate them to distractions, Hill puts the team through the paces. socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011 | 99


“When we perform at rodeos, of riding “put fear back in my mind,” there are lights, noise, cows, and shares 13-year-old Morgan Hamlyn, lots of things to distract and pothe youngest member of the team. tentially spook a horse,” Hill says. As the team stood by and watched From opening umbrellas, shaking their leader being lifted into an amtarps and walking the horses over bulance, Hill struggled to speak. She them, blasting the volume up and looked up at them and said, “make down on the PA system, running a sure you make that show tonight.” tractor next to the arena, to playWith fear and anxiety on their ing kick ball with the horses, Hill sleeve, the team readied for the eveand the team expose these horses ning’s performance. Moments before to extreme noise and distractions. they bolted into the arena at a full out Hill believes it builds confidence gallop, an announcement was made “I don’t believe in bad kids or bad horses. in both the horse and rider. over the loud speaker that Hill had Sometimes the horse wasn’t treated right, Galloping on horseback into an suffered a broken back but was okay. arena in a tight formation doesn’t “Putting on my best face was one of maybe just a lack of experience, but with allow any room for mistakes. “You my biggest challenges,” says Huska. time and patience we work with them.” have to know where you are goTheir muscle memory kicked into ing at all times,” says 14-year-old high gear as the team “cowgirled up” Heather Huska. “At the speed we and galloped into the arena in glitter the saddle with seat belts,” she says, “and are going, we have to get the timing right.” and bows, smiling and waving to the crowd. I had to keep them safe going around in a Hill believes the team is only as strong circle at a trot.” At the hospital, Hill was informed that as its weakest link. She believes that the Since then, Hill has earned a reputation she suffered a broken sacrum and doctors structure and discipline of the training and for taking problem horses and turning them recommended surgery to put pins in her practice routines helps the team develop into Barn Burner mounts. “I don’t believe in back. Refusing the surgery, she asked what their “muscle memory.” “Take a breath and bad kids or bad horses,” says Hill. “Some- other choices she had. The doctor replied practice slow” is her motto. “It’s mentally times the horse wasn’t treated right, maybe that in the “olden days,” you would have and physically challenging,” shares 66-year- just a lack of experience, but with time and to be completely immobile for six to eight old Rita Silva. “But I look forward to it. It’s patience we work with them.” Cash, a reg- weeks. “Then that’s what I’ll do,” she said. something I do for myself.” For the following eight weeks, with the istered paint gelding was in a kill pen when “Being part of the team is a huge commit- Hill rescued him. “He was given a second help of Larry and other family members, ment,” says 19-year-old Lee Armentroult. chance,” says Armentroult who often rides Hill continued giving riding lessons and “I’m here seven days a week plus juggling him, “and he gives his heart.” coaching the team with a loud speaker and school, work, and a social life.” But she adThe patriotic colors of red, white, and blue a microphone from a stretcher on a picnic mits she loves it and after a day of tears from prevail at performance time and it’s a group table next to the arena. life stresses, riding her horse is therapy. The fiercely independent Hill admitted, effort to make them sparkle. Hill’s husband Disparity in riding experience can some- Larry heads the road crew that trailers the “the accident taught me sometimes it’s okay times lead to frustration. The younger girls horses to the events. Hill says the parents are to allow people to take care of you.” who have been riding since they were tod- very supportive, but she continues that “beThe Barnstable Barn Burners started as a dlers sometimes feel the older women are ing in the Barn Burners is not a chance for 4-H project but has grown into a “school for keeping them back. Donna Barriero joined their child to excel individually and come life skills,” says Hill. Riding different horses her 13-year-old daughter Mikayla on the home with a ribbon or a trophy.” But they has taught Mikayla Barriero to be flexible team and has been riding for only three pitch in. There are costumes to prepare, and consistent. “We have a variety of horses years. “It’s a challenge as an adult,” says Bar- horses to groom, tails and manes to braid, and ponies,” says Hill, “to show that even riero. “You have to work really hard to hold a glitter to apply. though you are small you can still be part of position and keep up with the kids.” Believing her program—in and out of the the team.” And the importance of the team At the Topsfield Rodeo, Barriero felt she saddle—builds a stronger and safer equestri- reigns. “Each of them has to learn to balance might be a detriment to the team because of an, Hill feels grateful the girls have not had not only their precision riding but that they the speed she needed to enter the arena. Hill any accidents. But in 2010, Hill, a two time are part of a team. If they make a mistake it told her that she can do it. “Cathy pushes National Barrel Horse Association World affects the whole group,” Hill says. you. She knows what you’re capable of do- Champion was competing in a barrel race The Barnstable Barn Burners will ride in ing.” the Plymouth Thanksgiving Parade, and at the Cape Cod Stampede when her horse Hill always wondered why she could read slipped around the third barrel, dropping will host a special Christmas-themed Open a team on horseback. She thinks back to her off and falling on her. House with drill team demonstrations, when she was 10-years-old giving pony rides The Barn Burners Team witnessed the pony rides, and food, which will be held at Orrie Tucker’s Pony Rides in Santa Ana, accident and watched paramedics strap Sunday, December 11 and December 18 at California. The ponies were not attached to Hill into a stretcher and carry her out of the CJs Ranch in Marston Mills on Cape Cod. a walker so she had to really focus on their arena. “People get hurt in riding accidents,” For more details call 508-280-4455 or visit actions. “These little kids were strapped into says Huska, “but not Cathy.” The dangers cjsranch.net. H 100 | socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011


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The Toe Jam Puppet Band and Toddler Tales program will take a break in December and return in January 2012!

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Zoo Members: $7 per child; Non-Members: $10 per child; Adults free with zoo admission Join Santa’s elf in creating holiday crafts that will make great gifts for parents and grandparents. Each week two different holiday crafts will be featured. Program includes: two crafts, a holiday snack, and zoo admission.

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Get your crafty friends together for a relaxing evening of holiday fun. Enjoy some wine and cheese and create a truly unique holiday decoration. Bring a special ornament or memento to include or choose from the wide variety we will supply. This evening workshop is for adults only please. Participants must pre-register and pay in advance by visiting www.bpzoo.org

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Saturdays, December 3, 10 & 17 • 9:00am • Zoo Members: $6/person; Non-Members: $9/person; Children under 1 are free Enjoy the North Pole’s favorite pastry! Gift from Santa, train ride, and admission to the zoo for the day is included in program price. Don’t forget to bring your camera to take a picture with Santa! Participants must pre- register and pay in advance by visiting www. bpzoo.org or calling (508) 991-4556 x 18. Please Note: Photos will not be provided at Doughnuts with Santa. Bring your own camera if you wish to take a photo with Santa.

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Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 & 17 • 1:00 & 3:00pm Sundays, Dec. 4, 11 & 18 • 1:00pm & 3:00pm Mondays, Dec. 5, 12 & 19 • 12:30pm Zoo Members: $6/person; Non-Members: $9/person; children under 1 are free. Enjoy cookies and milk with Santa before he makes his annual trip. Don’t forget to bring your camera to take a picture with Santa! Gift from Santa, train ride, and admission to the zoo for the day is included in program price. Participants must pre-register and pay in advance by visiting www.bpzoo.org or by calling (508) 991-4556 x 18.

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I am a 6-year-old love-bug. I love being held, and will sit in your lap as long as you’ll let me. I give kisses when asked, and am okay around dogs and cats. Because I am over 5 years old, I qualify for the Senior for Seniors Program. If you are a senior 55 years or older, the adoption fee would be $5. This is made possible by a grant funded by the Humane Coalition for Animals of New Bedford.

Hi! My name is Dante!

I am an American Staffordshire Terrier/ Retriever mix who has been at the shelter for 1 year. I would like to find an experienced owner who is active and enjoys jogging, going to the beach, and hiking. I am housebroken and well-behaved indoors. I am just a sweet dog who is looking for the “right” home. Come visit!

Professional photos will not be provided at these events. We invite you to bring your own camera if you wish to take a photo with Santa.

Hi!  I’m Frosty!

Private Holiday Parties Now available for evening Holiday Parties! Corporate or family! We provide the room and holiday decorations, cookies, milk, and cocoa. You provide the folks and fun! Santa and unlimited carousel and/or train rides are available upon request. Please call (508)991-4556 x 15 for more information about private holiday parties and available dates.

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I am a 4-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix. I am a fun, social dog who is very friendly. I enjoy playing with other dogs and meeting new people. When I came to the shelter, I had been hit by a car, and had to have my leg amputated, but that hasn’t inhibited my playful energy! I still love to run and play ball!


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Hi!  I’m Butternut!

I am a short-haired tabby cat who loves belly rubs, and enjoys the company of other cats (if they play nice). I am a shy guy, but I am hoping to find a family willing to dedicate some time and patience so I can come out of my shell. I may do better in a home with no children, and preferably no other pets. If I sound like your perfect match, I’d love to meet you!

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When it comes to skiing and snowboarding in New England, most of us think of Attitash, Okemo, Killington or Loon Mountain. While these mountains may be the big guns of ski resorts, they are not the only options. Skiers and snowboarders probably have more options locally in their own communities than they realize. These spots are less expensive, not as crowded and a shorter drive away. socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011 | 105


A unique thing about Storrs Hill in Lebanon, N.H. is a star located at the top of its slope, which the staff lights up during the season to create a pretty sight at night.

n New Hampshire, there are few smaller ski areas like Lincoln’s Kanc Recreation Area, Storrs Hill in Lebanon and McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester, and if you haven’t checked them out already, well, it’s time to pack up your gear and head on over! At Kanc Recreation, people can look forward to more than just skiing and snowboarding, says Tara Tower, recreation director for the Lincoln/Woodstock Recreation Department, which runs the ski area. “We have the cheapest lunch going—a dollar for a hot dog, chips and Kool-Aid,” she said. Aside from lunch, Tower said Kanc has one large slope for both skiers and snowboarders; they also offer sledding and ice skating. “We are fortunate that we have snowmaking and grooming. We have one wideopen slope, one lift. The slope features some jumps and boxes to mix things up,” she said. Kanc offers seasons passes for $75 to Lincoln residents (non residents rates are higher). During its season, Kanc hosts theme nights, Tower said. Last year they had Carnival Day and Beach Day. For Beach Day, a volleyball net was set up in the snow. Another unique thing about Kanc is that the engine for the ski lift is at the top of the slope rather than at the bottom, which gives people quite a workout. “Skiers and boarders have to pull themselves up the slope to ski or board back 106 | socomagazine.com | New England | December 2011

down,” she said. Tower said the area attracts all ages, mostly lots of young families, and is also a safe place. “We have a couple of different things for all ages. If parents don’t ski, but their kids do, [parents] can see them [on the slope]. You can watch your kids the entire time. Kids need a safe place to hang out,” she said. A unique thing about Storrs Hill in Lebanon, N.H. is a star located at the top of its slope, which the staff lights up during the season to create a pretty sight at night. Jeff Bagely, a member of the Lebanon Outing Club Board of Directors which runs Storrs Hill, is a ski patrolman there who said Lebanon residents find themselves at Storrs Hill when they try to follow the star to see where it is located. “We get that a lot. People say ‘I didn’t even know this was here,’” Bagely said. For those who know of Storrs Hill, they know the ski area offers cheap rates for its guests. Tickets are $7 for juniors and $10 for adults, and season passes are also available. Storrs Hill has one large slope for both skiing and snowboarding, as well as ten- and 50-meter jumps for added fun. For more amusement, the folks at Storrs Hill kick things up on Friday nights. “On Friday nights we try to liven it up a bit. I play music and have a bonfire,” said Cory Grant, a member of the Storrs Hill Board of Directors and Lebanon Outing Club.


Also in New Hampshire is Manchester’s McIntyre Ski Area, where things liven up at its snow tubing park. Tubers can ride the snow waves before or after they test out the area’s six ski trails or two terrain parks. Ross Boisvert, the McIntyre General Manager, is excited about the terrain parks this year. “We have installed several new terrain park features for the 2011-2012 season,” Boisvert said. McIntyre has been around for 40 years and Boisvert was hired as its ski school director in 1989. As for special events at McIntyre, Boisvert said there are several during the season, but the most popular is Skitubenboard (STB). “You can ski, snowboard and tube all for $39.90. The STB program runs every Saturday night and includes lessons and tips for the beginner to intermediate,” he said. “People love it at McIntyre,” Boisvert said. “It is the perfect spot for families and kids to just spend time with their friends skiing and riding.” On the weekends McIntyre costs $34 for adults and $30 for juniors. During the week it’s $26 for adults and $24 for juniors. Halfday rates are also available. One thing these small ski areas have in common is that they are run by dedicated people, some of whom are volunteers, who love what they do. Tower said Kanc has been around since the 1960s and she has been running things there for more than a decade. “It’s my fourteenth winter [at Kanc]. Three generations have been working here, some of the ski patrol’s grand kids are learning (to ski),” she said. The staff at Storrs Hill all grew up in the Lebanon area and some even learned to ski there. “We get a lot of family here. I learned to ski here 20 years ago,” Bagely said. “I’ve been here since I was five, that was 25 years ago,” Grant said. Bagely and Grant’s Lebanon Outing Club colleague, Betty Ann Heistad, said her father started the Outing Club 80 years ago. She is proud of the club’s long history, as well as that of the ski area, and notes that it had a special honor in 2002. “The Olympic torches came through here,” Heistad said. The torches are now enclosed in a case in the lodge for all guests to see. All three of these ski areas are in communities that care about them very much. People often ask Tower how a small ski area like Kanc stays open with Loon Moun-

One thing these small ski areas have in common is that they are run by dedicated people, some of whom are volunteers, who love what they do. tain in the same town. “It’s really with the help of the community that Kanc survives. The Loon Mountain race teams and the local high school both rent out the Kanc slope during their respective seasons. “This is one of the things they appreciate having in this town. People say this is something we need,” Tower said. Storrs Hill is named after the Storrs farm in Lebanon and has a dedicated following. “We’re one of few small ski areas,” said Heistad. “It’s really a credit to everybody. We get financial assistance from the city of Lebanon.” Since Boisvert came on board at McIntyre, he helped gather support and make a name for the small ski area Manchester has come to cherish. In 1997, the city of Manchester approved a request by Boisvert and his partner, Don Sarette, to build a new retail and rental shop, giving McIntyre a much needed boost. “Up until this point the rental shop was on the second floor of the ski lodge. It was small and very congested. The new building allowed for more growth,” Boisvert said. As for lessons, Kanc doesn’t officially of-

fer them, but does have an after school race training program with a ski coach and hosts pre-ski lessons before they open for business, taking students up to Loon Mountain. Storrs offers lessons through the Lebanon Recreation Department. Lessons last six weeks and are for ages 3 and up. Boisvert said McIntyre is known for its lessons, having taught over 10,000 students. “McIntyre is your ‘learn to area.’ It’s very un-intimidating, very close to home and not crowded. It’s your backyard ski resort,” he said. Both Kanc Recreation and Storrs Hill will be open from Dec. 26 through mid March 2012. McIntyre opens in early December and closes in mid March. For more hours, directions and more information about Kanc Recreation visit lincolnnh.org or call the Lincoln/Woodstock Recreation Department at 603-745-8673. For more information about Storrs Hill visit storrshill.com or call 603-448-4409 during the ski season. Contact McIntyre Ski area mcintyreskiarea.com or call 603-622-6159. H

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31 days SOCIAL CALENDAR

december 3 35TH ANNUAL GOVERNOR’S BALL 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $150. Salve Regina University, Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, R.I. 877-SRU-GIFT; advancement@ salve.edu. A well-known holiday tradition. Funds raised support the Salve Regina student scholarships. december 13 A SEASON OF REJOICING—AN ELIZABETHAN YULETIDE MADRIGAL FEAST 6 p.m., $TBA. Coonamessett Inn, Falmouth, Mass. mastersingersbythesea.org. Sumptuous food, gorgeous period costumes, music, and dance! december 17 10TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY DINNER DANCE AT THE BREAKERS 7 p.m., $300. The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Ave. Newport, R.I. 401-847-1000; newportmansions.org. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, and dancing. Advance reservations required. december 31 BOSTON’S 40+ BACK BAY GALA 7:30p.m. Call or visit website for ticket information. Seaport Boston Hotel, Seaport World Trade Center, Waterfront Ballroom, Seaport Lane, Boston. 774-444-7771; bostoneventguide.com Cocktail reception and all-inclusive dinner or hors d’oeuvres reception. Black Tie optional. Advance ticket purchase only. TH 4 ANNUAL TIMELESS: A BOND EVENING GALA 9:30 p.m., $70+, age 21-35. Mariott Courtyard, 275 Tremont St., Boston. 617-340-2349; synergynye.com. Boston’s most exclusive NYE event!

Special events

december 2-4 NANTUCKET STROLL CELEBRATION Main St., Nantucket, Mass. 508-228-1700; nantucketchamber.org. A magical time of year on island! ND 22 ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Plimoth Plantation’s Henry Hornblower Visitor Center, 137 Warren Ave., Plymouth, Mass. 781-934-7778; cranberryhospice.org/ festival. Contributions go directly to patient care and the Children’s Bereavement program of Cranberry Hospice. december 3 HISTORIC HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $17. Fall River, Mass. 508-6734841; fallriverpreservation.org. Post-tour dinner and music at The Quequechan Club, 306 North Main Street.Visit website for details. WESTPORT’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAIR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1740 Main Rd., Westport Point, Mass. westportartgroup.com. Featured: “Artwork at the Perfect Price.” Crafts and baked goods also available. THE HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE Free admission, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West St., Norwell, Mass. 781-659-7100; firstparishnorwell.org. Original artwork, wreaths, hand-crafted clothing, jewelry & other unique gifts by over 25 artisans on three floors. Live music, and Santa too! december 3 & 4 6TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $45. Plymouth, Mass. 508-746-1620; pilgrimhall.org.Visit 6 of Plymouth’s finest architectural gems. Lunch at the Plymouth Country Club is included. december 7 PEARL HARBOR DAY AT BATTLESHIP COVE 12:55 p.m. 5 Water St., Fall River, Mass. 508-678-1100; battleshipcove.org. Brief ceremony to include wreath-casting to commemorate the 70th anniversary.

december 9-11 CRAFTBOSTON HOLIDAY SHOW Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. General $15, Senior $13. Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-2661810; societyofcrafts.org. Preview Party Dec. 8, 6-9 p.m., $50-$125. december 10 A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION OF LAKEVILLE 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Lakeville Senior Center, 1 Dear Crossing and the Lakeville Public Library, 4 Precinct St., Lakeville, Mass. lakevillearts.com. Holiday craft and gift sale. Warm refreshments. THE 25TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR AND TEA 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $22, $18 advance. Begins at Handy’s Tavern, 152 Front St., Marion, Mass. Elegant Tea 2-4 p.m. St. Gabriel’s, South Street and Front Street, Marion, Mass. 508-748-1445. Sponsored by the Sippican Woman’s Club. Proceeds benefit annual scholarship awards to students. Advance tickets available at the Marion General Store, Isabelle’s, Mattapoisett, and other locations. Day of ticket purchase Coldwell Banker, next to Handy’s Tavern. december 10 & 11 20TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR Sat. Candlelight Tour 4-8 p.m., Sun. Afternoon Tour 1-5 p.m., $23, $19 advance purchase. Elegant pre-tour brunch Sun. 11 a.m., $17 and raffle. Wamsutta Club, 427 County St., New Bedford, Mass. 508-9976425; nbpreservationsociety.org. Advance reservations required. december 11 NEW YORK CITY TRIP Departs 6:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m., $50. Shaw’s Parking Lot near Harbour Mall, Fall River, Mass. 401-624-4480; 408-678-0804. Sponsored by Forever Paws Animal Shelter. HOLIDAY HOME TOURS Noon to 4 p.m., $20 day of/$15 advance. 8 Jarves St., Sandwich, Mass. 508-833-9755; sandwichhollydays.com. A portion of the proceeds benefit the historic preservation fund. december 15 ANNUAL FRIENDS OF THE ELDERLY HOLIDAY PARTY Noon. Knights of Columbus Hall, Rt. 6, Mattapoisett, Mass. 508-758-4110. Fun, singing, and door prizes hosted by the Friends of the Elderly. Free tickets available at the Mattapoisett Council on Aging’s Social and Wellness Center, 17 Barstow Street. Transportation can be reserved through the Center. through december 23 HOLIDAY SHOP Open Tues.-Fri. 1-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant St., Marion, Mass. 508-748-1266; marionartcenter.org.

Lexington St., Framingham, Mass. paulcienniwa.com. december 10 SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS FESTIVAL CHORUS 7 p.m., $18 adult, $15 senior/student, $12 child. Taunton High School Auditorium, 50 Williams St., Taunton, Mass. 508-821-9571; smfconline.org. Advance purchase strongly suggested. HANDEL’ S MESSIAH 7 p.m., $TBA.VMA Arts and Cultural Center, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, paulcienniwa.com. The Providence Singers, The R.I. Philharmonic, Betsy Burleigh, conductor, & Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord continuo. december 11 CHRISTMAS CONCERT & CAROLING 3 p.m. Freewill donation. St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 1359 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford, Mass. 508-993-1691; saintanthonynewbedford.com. Free trolly from St. Anthony Federal Credit Union, with free parking at the Whales’s Tooth Ferry Lot in Downtown New Bedford. To help fully restore the historic 1912 Casavant Freres organ. CHRISTMAS POPS CONCERT 3 p.m., $TBA. Margaret L. Jackson Arts Center Theater, Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River, Mass. fallriversymphonyorchestra.com. The South Coast Community Chorale joins the Fall River Symphony Orchestra. december 13 NUTMEG AND MISTLETOE CONCERT 7 p.m., $15. Ocean Cliff Ballroom, Ocean Dr., Newport, R.I. 401-6836565; dicklupinomusic@gmail.com. New England’s best musical performers together for a holiday/winter musical concert. Benefits the Matthew Quinn Scholarship at Rogers High School. december 17 WINTER JAZZ 2 p.m., $7. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 460 Commercial St., Provincetown, Mass. 508-487-1750; paam. org. Bart Weisman Klezmer Swing Group december 18 VIVALDI’S GLORIA 2 p.m. $12, $10 advance. Good Shepherd Parish, 1598 South Main St., Fall River Mass. 508-252-3975; sccchorale.com. december 29 HOLIDAY MUSIC PERFORMANCES: CLASSIC WINDS WOODWIND QUINTET 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free w/ museum admission. Blithewold Mansions, Gardens & Arboretum. 101 Ferry Rd., (Rt. 114), Bristol, R.I. classicwindsri.com; blithewold.org.

THEATER CONCERTS

december 2 & 4 CAROLS AROUND THE WORLD Fri., 8 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, County St., New Bedford, Sat. 4 p.m. Wickenden Chapel, Tabor Academy, Marion, Mass. sippicanchoral. org. Adult $12 & student $6.Tickets available at the Bookstall in Marion,Village Shoppe in Mattapoisett, and Baker Books in Dartmouth. december 4 MUSICIANS OF THE OLD POST ROAD 3 p.m., $20. Westport Point United Methodist Church, 1912 Main Rd., Westport, Mass. oldpostroad.org; concertsatthepoint. org. BROCKTON SYMPHONY HOLIDAY POPS 3 p.m., $10-25. West Middle School, West St., Brockton, Mass. 508-488-3841; brocktonsymphony.org. december 6 FRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERT 7 p.m., $TBA. Framingham Public Library, 49

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december 1-4 THE MIRACLE WORKER Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m, Thurs. preview $5, all others $15. Presented by Salve Regina’s Department of Theatre Arts, Casino Theater, International Tennis Hall of Fame, 9 Freebody St., Newport, R.I. 401-341-2250; tinyurl.com/ salvecasino. Classic 1950s play by William Gibson. The story of Helen Keller and her Teacher, Annie Sullivan. december 1-18 A WINTER’S SOLSTICE CELEBRATION Thurs.-Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m., $20/$18 seniors/$10 students. 4404 Rte. 28 (Falmouth Rd.), Cotuit, Mass. 508-4280669; cotuitarts.org. An interactive Medieval holiday celebration. Attendees encouraged to accessorize in the spirit of the period. december 9-31 IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Trinity Repertory Theater, 201 Washington St., Providence. 401-351-4242; trinityrep.com. Get your tickets early!

MUSEUMS

december 3 COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE & LIGHTING OF THE GREEN 1-5 p.m. Free. Julia Wood House, 55 Palmer Ave., Falmouth, Mass. falmouthhistoricalsociety.org. Holiday treats, shopping, and viewing of the Doctor Francis Wicks House decorated by the Falmouth Garden Club and the Conant House decorated by the Falmouth Newcomers Club. through december A HOLIDAY GARDEN Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $12 adults, $10 seniors. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston. 617-566-1401; gaqrdnermuseum.org. Holly topiaries, dark red poinsettias, silver Artemisia and the winter blooms of amaryllis surround the courtyard mosaic. JAPANESE BUDDHIST PRIEST ROBES Museum Of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 224 Benefit St., Providence. 401-454-6500; risdmuseum.org. From the Lucy T. Aldrich Collection. ongoing PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 161 Essex St., Salem, Mass. 978-745-9500; pem.org. LIGHTING OF THE MONUMENT Through New Year’s Day. Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, 1 High Hill Rd., Provincetown, Mass. 508-487-1310; pilgrimmonument.org. CAPE COD MUSEUM OF ART 60 Hope Lane, off Rte. 6A, Dennis, Mass. 508-3854477; ccmoa.org.Visit website for Exhibit and Events schedule. QUONSET AIR MUSEUM Weekends 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $7, seniors $6, age 12 & under $3, active military free w/ ID. 488 Eccleston Ave., North Kingstown, R.I. 401-294-9540; theqam.org. Restoration of vintage aircraft is the specialty of the QAM.

MUSIC/DANCE

through december 2 ISLAND MOVING CO.’S NEWPORT NUTCRACKER AT ROSECLIFF Nov. 25-Dec. 2, afternoon and evening performances scheduled, $48-$85 Rosecliff 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. 401-847-4470; islandmovingco.org december 2 & 16 COUNTRY DANCING 7-11:30 p.m., $10 p.p. Special Holiday Dance, buffet additional $5, on 12/16. The Country Bone at Occasions Village South. 473 South St., West, Raynham, Mass. 508-245-7671; thecountrybone.com. Line and partner dancing. Lesson 7:30 p.m. december 3 DAVID WILCOX 8 p.m., $25 advance, $28 at the door. Kendall Hall at First Parish Church, 19 Town Square, Plymouth, Mass. 508-2247024; driftwoodfolkcafe.com. Opening act TBA. THE SPRING STANDARDS 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m., $20 advance. Common Fence Point Community Hall, Portsmouth, R.I. commonfencemusic.org. Alternative singer/ songwriters. december 3 & 10 HOLIDAY EVENINGS AT THE BREAKERS 6-8 p.m. Admission fee. The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, R.I. newportmansions.org. Self-guided tour, live holiday music, sample holiday sweets, eggnog and cider. december 4 MUSICIANS OF THE OLD POST ROAD 3 p.m., $20. United Methodist Church, 1912 Main Rd., Westport, Mass. concertsatthepoint.org; oldpostroad.org. Suzanne Stumpf, flutes; Daniel Ryan, baroque and modern cello; Michael Bahmann, harpsichord, fortepiano, and piano.


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december 9-11 FESTIVAL BALLET: THE NUTCRACKER Fri. 8 p.m, Sat. 2 &7 p.m., Sun. 1:30 p.m., $23-$98. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, R.I. 401-353-1129; festivalballet. com. december 17 ANNUAL WINTER SOLSTICE CONCERT: AINE MINOGUE 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m., $20 advance. Common Fence Point Community Hall. Portsmouth, R.I. commonfencemusic.org. Irish harpist & vocalist with Brendan Bulger, Fiddler. through december 26 NUTCRACKER ICE CREAM TEA Weekdays through Dec. 18, 5-11 p.m., Sat. 3-7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 21-23 & 27-29, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $20 adults, $10 kids. Kingston Station, 25 Kingston St., Boston. 617-482-6282; kingstonstation.com. Special holiday flavors, including Eggnog, Gingerbread, Hot Chocolate, and Peppermint Stick! Just steps from the Boston Opera House. through december 31 BOSTON BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER Afternoon and evening performances. Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-456-6343; bostonballet.org.

ART/GALLERIES

december 3 ARTIST RECEPTION 5-7 p.m. Show runs through Dec. 31. Sun. 12-5 p.m., Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane (off 865 Main Rd.), Westport, Mass. 508-636-4177; dedeeshattuckgallery. com. John Havens Thornton and Pat Coomey Thornton use paint to explore the power of line, color, and geometry, but in vastly different languages. The result is an energetic visual conversation. through december 5 CALL FOR ARTISTS First Floor Gallery Wall, Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main St., Providence. publicartri.com; info@westportartgroup. com. For details and application visit website. Open to all professional artists. through december 30 MINIMAL TO BLING: CONTEMPORARY STUDIO JEWELRY Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Society of Arts and Crafts, 175 Newbury St., Boston. 617-266-1810; societyofcrafts.org.

ARCHITECTURE/ANTIQUES december 17 HOLIDAY EVENING DUET: THE ELMS AND MARBLE HOUSE 6-9 p.m., $28 advance, $35 @ the door, ages 6-17 $10. 367 & 596 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. 501-847-1000; newportmansions.org. Live musical performances and refreshments. Tour both houses for the price of one!

LECTURES/READINGS december 1 READING AND PERFORMANCE OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL by actor Robb Dimmick. 7 p.m. Free. Program Room, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., Newport, R.I. 401-847-8720x103; plarose@ newportlibraryri.org.

december 3 THE LAST FLING-HURRICANE CAROL 1954 1-2:30 p.m. Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport, 174 Union St., New Bedford, Mass. thelastfling.net. See 12 minutes of film that includes actual Hurricane Carol footage and survivor interviews. december 15 KEEPING NARRAGANSETT BAY

CLEAN 7:30 p.m., $7. IYRS Restoration Hall, 449 Thames St., Newport, R.I. 401848-5777x222; iyrs.org. With Captain Joe Mariani, operations manager of Clean the Bay. CTB has removed more than 1,500 tons of marine debris from the shorelines and waterways of Narragansett Bay and surrounding areas.

FILM/PHOTOGRAPHY

december 4 GIFTS OF NATURE: A JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT 5-7 p.m. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, & Arboretum, 101 Ferry Rd. (Rt. 114), Bristol, R.I. 401-2532707; blithewold.org. All photographs will be on sale. Proceeds will support the preservation of Blithewold’s mansion and grounds. through december 30 MAGIC THROU’ THE LENSES Open 24/7. Free. Thomas E. Hanley Art Gallery, Faxon Center, Falmouth Hospital, Basement Level, 100 Ter Heun Dr., Falmouth, Mass. 508495-0870; capecodhealth.org. By Constantine Gregory and Susan Melanson. Handicap accessible.

HEALTH

november 29 ARM BALANCE AND INVERSION WORKSHOP 6-7:30 p.m., $10. Synergy Physical Therapy, Rt. 6, behind Mermaids, Fairhaven, Mass. southcoastyoga.net; southcoastyoga@gmail.com. Get upside down! All levels welcome! Reserve your spot. december 16 INNERLIGHT CENTER FOR YOGA Noon, free Q&A session. 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, R.I. 401-849-3200; innerlightyoga.com. Learn more from program directors on the “40-Day Warming Winter Cleanse” and save $25 off regular cost of $300 that includes unlimited yoga classes, meditation, weekly meetings, and more.

WORKSHOPS

december 1 & 8 SILK PAINTING 6:00-9 p.m., $108 materials included. Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton, Mass. 508-588-6000; fullercraft.org. Instructor: Jenn Brantley. Works of art, using vibrant dyes to create a one-of-a-kind scarf. december 2 ESTABLISHING YOUR BUSINESS IMAGE 7:30-8:30 a.m., Free. Fall River Chamber of Commerce, 200 Pocasset St., Fall River, Mass. 508-676-8226; www/fallriverchamber.com. Open to Chamber members or nonmembers. Preregistration is required. Present your company’s message in the proper tone and style. december 7 SKETCH A WINTER SCENE with Newport Artist Joseph Matose. 1-3 p.m., $50. 164 Broadway, Newport, R.I. 401-849-5421; newportartist.com. Limited to 10, advance registration required. december 10 WILDLIFE WREATH MAKING 10-11:30 a.m., $30. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Rd., Smithfield, R.I. 401-949-5454x3041; assri.org. For decorative purposes or to share with our wildlife friends. Using grapevine, evergreen, or straw bases embellished with dried flowers, seed heads, leaves, fruit and nuts. All materials provided. december 13 HOLIDAY CENTERPIECE WORKSHOP 7-9 p.m., $30. Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Ave., Seekonk, Mass. 401-949-5454x3041; asri.org. Using fresh greens, materials and instruction

provided, create your own traditional centerpiece and a boxwood topiary. december 20 WRITERS WORKSHOP Third Tues. each month, 7-9 p.m. Free. G.A.R. Hall, 157 Old Main St., Marshfield Hills, Mass. 781-837-8091; northriverarts.org. Writers of all genres, fiction, nonfiction, poetry and screenplays.

FAMILY/KIDS

december 1- 23 BOSTON TEDDY BEAR TEA Daily between 3-4:15 p.m., $45 adults, $18 children, or $10 w/ teddy bear donation. Four Seasons Hotel, 200 Boylston St., Boston. 617338-4400; fourseasons.com. Reservations required. A memorable time! Four Seasons Santa delivers hundreds of teddy bears to children in need through local nonprofit organizations and hospitals. december 2, 3 & 4 NORTH POLE EXPRESS $28 advance only. Cape Cod Central Railroad, 38 Jarves St., Sandwich, Mass. sandwichhollydays.com A magical train ride, hot cocoa, surprises, and goodie bags for all! december 3 & 4 KIDS HOLIDAY SHOP AND GINGERBREAD FUN Time and fee TBA. The Old Fire Station, Easton Children’s Museum, 9 Sullivan Ave., Easton, Mass. 508230-3789; childrensmuseumineaston.org. Favorite for kids ages 3-8 years old. “Kids only” $2 gift shop.Volunteers help select and wrap presents. Gingerbread activities! december 4 FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERT 2 p.m. Free. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave. 401-848-2000; newportartmuseum.org. Navy Band Northeast: Top Brass Quintet. december 5, 6, 12, 13, 24, & 31 ALL ABOARD! Hourly departures between 4:30 & 7:30 p.m., $30 pp. under age 2 free. Edaville, Carver, Mass. 508-866-8190; edaville. com. The Polar Express (Chris Van Allsburg) comes to life. Lights, Santa, live reading and carols, hot chocolate and cookies, each child to receive their own jingle bell! december 10 & 11 15TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET 12:30-4:30 p.m. Main St., Wareham, Mass. warehamvillageassociation. com. Parade, tree lighting, cookies, cocoa, and hot cider! december 11 & 12 PLYMOUTH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA “HOLIDAY POPS” Sat. 8 p.m., Sun 3 p.m., $20-$50. Memorial Hall, 83 Court St., Plymouth, Mass. 508-746-8008; plymouthphil.org. A festive family event! ongoing NEW ENGLAND AIR MUSEUM 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day year round, adult $11, seniors $10, ages 4-11 $6. 36 Perimeter Rd., Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, Conn. 860-623-3305; neam.org. BUTTONWOOD PARK ZOO 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford, Mass. Daily 10-5pm $6 adult, $4.50 seniors & teens, $3 age 3-12, & under 3 free. Closed Christmas & New Year’s Day. 508-991-6178; bpzoo.org. december dates tba SEASONAL SEAL WATCHES New Bedford Cuttyhunk Ferry Service, 66B State Pier, South Bulkhead, New Bedford, Mass. 508-992-0200; cuttyhunkferryco.com. Beautiful views from Lookout Hill!

PETS

december 2 HOLIDAY CRITTER GLITTER JEWELRY SALE 6-8 p.m. Free admission. Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown, R.I. 401-846-8276; potterleague. org. Wine and chocolate tasting, door prizes, sale of jewelry, benefits the Potter League. december 8-11 CANINE PET EXPO & AKC DOG SHOW 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin St., Providence, R.I. 401-458-6000; caninepetexpo.com.Visit website for ring schedules and to print $1 off coupon. Pets and nonentered dogs are not allowed.

LOOKING FORWARD

january tba 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF FLORA IN WINTER 2012 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. off Rte. 290, Worcester, Mass. 508-799-4406; worcesterart.org. Don’t miss this floral extravaganza in the middle of winter! january 6-8 MOBY DICK MARATHON Fri. 5:30 p.m. $18 buffet dinner/cash bar, lecture follows. Sat. 10 a.m. “Stump the Scholars,” noon reading runs through the night, Sun. 1 p.m., concludes with Epilogue. New Bedford Whaling Museum, Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass. 508-997-0046; whalingmuseum.org. january 7 WINTER CONCERT Time, location & ticket price TBA. 508-644-2419; gnbcs.org. january 13-22 THE SUGAR BEAN SISTERS Jenks Auditorium, 350 Division St., Pawtucket, R.I. 401-726-6860; thecommunityplayers. org. Southern Gothic Comedy by Nathan Sanders. january 15 THE CLAREMONT TRIO 3 p.m., $20 (Jan. 29 snow date). Westport Point United Methodist Church 1912 Main Rd., Westport, Mass. claremonttrio.com; concertsatthepoint. org. J.S. BACH: THE SIX SONATAS FOR VIOLIN AND HARPSICHORD 3-4 p.m., $25, seniors and students $20. Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975; maf.org. John Gibbons, harpsichord; Daniel Stepner, baroque violin. january 19-29 TALKING WITH.... by Jane Martin. The Firebarn, 340 Prospect St., Fall River, Mass. 508-675-1852; littletheatre.net. GEE’S BEND by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder. Jan. 19-21 & 26-28, 8 p.m., Jan. 22 & 29, 2:30 p.m., $15.Your Theatre, 138 Rivet St., New Bedford, Mass. yourtheatre.org. Gospel songs weave in and out of this hauntingly beautiful play. Gees Bend, Alabama famous for the beautiful quilts created by the women that grew up there. january 12-15 19TH ANNUAL PROVIDENCE BOAT SHOW Thurs. 4-9 p.m., Fri. Noon-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 adult, age 16 and under free with adult. Military half price with valid ID. RI Convention Center, Downtown Providence, R.I. 401-846-1115; providenceboatshow. com. Cruising, sailing, fishing, and family boating fun!

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Revolution-ology

Becoming the United States of America In the 1700s, the American Revolution began when the original 13 colonies banded together to free themselves from Britain’s political control. 1

Votes for Women! In the early 1900s, the National Women’s Party became the first group with a cause to picket outside of the White House, demanding that women be allowed to vote. Congress passed in 1918 what became, after ratification by sufficient states in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment, prohibiting federal or state organizations from barring citizens from voting based on gender. 2

Civil Rights Movement The American Civil Rights Movement, a key element of the larger counterculture movement, applied the use of nonviolence to seek that equal rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution would apply to all citizens. 4

In 1963, the role of women as quintessential homemakers was challenged when Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique, which became a driving force in the feminist movement. 4

A Solid Foundation Following the American Revolutionary War, the newly formed union of states began spelling out what they believed to be the inherent rights of the people voiced in the Constitution. Collectively, these core rights proclaimed freedom, equality, and the obligation to defend these rights against corruption.1

From 1956-1974, a transition occurred in the United States and the United Kingdom. With military forces descending on Vietnam, a counterculture emerged, bringing with it a variety of movements demanding changes in political and social thought. 4

During the civil rights movement, the Black Panthers group formed in California in 1966. Rather than promoting a non-violent campaign similar to that of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Panthers believed a more forceful and sometimes violent approach would aid in the progression of equal rights. 3

In the 1970s, US dependency on oil became a growing concern, along with the population’s effects on the environment. Environmentalists rallied together to encourage people to decrease their carbon footprint. 4

Since 2009, the Tea Party movement has supported the reduction of government spending, objections to taxation in varying degrees, reduction of the national debt, and rallies in support of an original interpretation of the US Constitution. They are typically associated with conservative and libertarian political parties. 7

The Occupy protests have influenced the formation of similar protests that have spread globally to over 900 cities. 8

Rising Up for Change Revolutions themselves have become a frequent occurrence throughout human history, with various ideologies that have created major changes in sociopolitical organizations, cultures, and economies. 9 In 1964, on many U.S. college campuses, the youth of the nation rose up in rebellion against the war in Vietnam. Because of various exemptions and deferments for middle- and upper-class citizens, there appeared to be an unfair balance of poor, working-class, and minority citizens drafted into the war. 4

The Stonewall Riots in 1969 are generally considered to be the beginning of the gay rights movement in the U.S. Following violent protests in the 1960s and 1970s, homosexual Americans began to seek activism and transformation in gender and the family within society. 5&6

The time of “free love” occurred in the mid-1960s, bringing with it what would be known as the sexual revolution, when millions of young Americans embraced sex as a natural part of everyday life. In the beginning of the 1970s, many colleges began allowing co-ed dorms, seemingly brought about by the sexual revolution. 4

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are an ongoing movement in New York City. The main arguments are against social and economic inequality between the upper class and working class nationwide, corporate greed, and the political influence big corporations seem to have over the government. 8

1.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolution 2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_suffrage#United_States 3. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/black_panthers.htm 4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterculture_of_the_1960s 5. http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Gay_Liberation 6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_riots 7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_Party_movement 8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_Wall_Street 9. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolution

With the ongoing Occupy Wall Street demonstrations taking hold nationwide, we were curious about the history of revolutions in the United States. Here is a list of some fun facts and tidbits we were able to uncover.


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