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Notes from the Heart...
The Heart of New England's Weekly Newsletter
Issue #127 ~ October 1, 2006
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England Marketplace:
Greetings from The Heart of  New England!

Features of the Week:
Hiking up the White Mountains
Hike Safely this Autumn

In Season Recipe:
Eggplant with Balsamic Vinegar

Mark Your Calendar:------------------->
Art Exhibit: History of Art & Tourism in NH's White Mountains

October Prize of the Month:
New England Curiosities -- Win a Ghost Tour!

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"Well-timed silence has more eloquence than speech."

~ New England proverb

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Notes from my back porch...

I love mountains...from afar.  You see, I'm afraid of heights.  Not good news for
a gal living in an area surrounded by mountains.  But, I did a rather brave thing
one August morning several years ago and went with my family on the auto
road to the summit of Mt. Washington.  The lack of guard rails up the mountain
was unnerving, and finally getting to the top provided little relief as I broke out
in a cold sweat and had an unrelenting sense of vertigo, even as I sat safely in
the observation station.  (Okay you native northern New Englanders, have a
good laugh at the expense of this flatlander!)

Anyhow, when I put aside my terror (for a moment), I was suddenly awestruck
by the beauty and vastly different climate on the summit of Mt. Washington
compared to the foot of the mountain.  It was at least 30 degrees colder and was
flurrying.  Yes,
snow in summer!   I began to understand why so many hikers
perish during their hike up Mt. Washington in the late summer or early fall
because they are unprepared for this dramatic change in weather. (If you want to
see the climate difference from the foot of the mountain to the top in real time
Mt. Washington Observatory Weather.)

This week, we have two stories warning of the perils of hiking up Mt.
Washington in this season, when it is often too easy to underestimate the
weather at 6,288 feet.  One is by writer Cliff Calderwood in his story:
Hiking Mt.
Washington: The Seven Deadly Sins.  The other story was issued by the NH Fish
& Game Department with some
Hiking Tips for safely scaling any mountain in
northern New England (that is, if you're not a 'fraidy cat like me).  

Other Stories This Week:

In Season Recipe:
Eggplant Sauteed with Balsamic Vinegar
by Charlie Burke
"...A friend said she loves eggplant but has only
two time consuming recipes for its preparation:
eggplant Parmesan and stuffed eggplant. I find
no reason to treat this delicious vegetable differently
from any other. It can be steamed like carrots and
beets or sautéed in oil or butter as are potatoes,
zucchini or squash. Its great flavor goes well with
lamb, beef, poultry or pork, and vegetarians know
it makes a meal with rice, salad and bread...."
Click here for Eggplant Sauteed with Balsamic Vinegar Recipe...

Mark Your Calendar: Consuming Views

The New Hampshire Historical Society
is presenting a major new exhibition and
publication exploring how artists and consumers
perceived the natural wonders of the White Mountains.
Consuming Views: Art and Tourism in the White
Mountains, 1850-1900
, opens at the Society’s Museum
of New Hampshire History in Concord and will be
on display until May 6, 2007.  
Click here for more information on this exhibit...

For more Northern New England events for this month visit:
Calendar of (Uniquely-Northern New England) Events

Thanks for stopping by The Heart of New England & see you next week!

PS -- Don't forget to enter October's giveaway -- Win eight tickets to New
England Curiosities' "Legends, Ghosts & Graves Tour" in Portsmouth, NH (a
$120 value!)
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