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Notes from the Heart...
The Heart of New England's Weekly Newsletter
Issue #131 ~ October 29, 2006
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England Marketplace:
Greetings from The Heart of  New England!

Feature of the Week:
Season's Last Paddle
Gardening Tips

In Season Recipe:
Corned Beef Harvest Supper

Mark Your Calendar:
Annual Inn-to-Inn  Cookie Tour

Don't Miss November's Prize of the Month
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"Live you life, do your work, then take your hat."

Henry David Thoreau

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Print of the Week: Central Square, Keene, NH
Notes from my back porch...

The Keene Pumpkin Festival has come and gone (no, we didn't beat our own
Guinness World Record, in fact, Boston beat it!).  But the talk of the town
here is not the fact that we didn't get over 28,000+ jack o'lanterns required,
but how we beat our record of having the most people EVER assembled in
our downtown (80,000 people on our Main Street).  Those of you who have
never been to Keene can take a look
HERE to see what that looked like.  
Think: Times Square.  What started as a little humble community celebration
of the pumpkin (with 600 pumpkins in 1991) has turned into an event that
has our community reeling.  What does this all mean to our beloved little

By the way, we did head downtown during the festival with another family,
and joined the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd...but we ducked into a local
eatery to escape the crowds, and to lament that we had not seen a single
person we knew.  A strange phenomenon to us residents when we are
walking along  Main Street.

Does this mega-event belong in a small city like ours?  Sure, its fun, it brings
in a lot of visitors and visibility.  But...sometimes too much of a good thing,
well, may not be so good after all.

More Stories This Week:

The Season's Last Paddle
"Foliage is long past peak, many trees already barren.  
The graying leaves that hang on shake with age
and inevitability.  I push my kayak into the water
and paddle over and around the stumps revealed
each October when Highland Lake (New Hampshire)
is peeled back to show things unseen in summer."
Read story about Lori Hein's last paddle before winter...

Gardening Tips to Remember in the Spring
The 30th Common Ground Country Fair in Maine this summer offered yet
another chance for old and new friends to gather and share tricks of the
gardening trade.  Read on for lots of gardening tips...

Corned Beef Harvest Supper (with Horseradish Cream)
Along about October, signs start appearing outside church halls and
community centers: "Harvest Supper Tonight.  All Welcome!"  Harvest
suppers, which serve as fund-raisers for organizations of all kinds, celebrate
autumn in Maine and the bounty of the season.  
Click here for story and

And Mark Your Calendars for:

Inn to Inn Cookie Tour in NH's
Mt. Washington Valley
When innkeepers from the Country Inns in the
White Mountains wish their guests sweet dreams
on the second weekend in December, they can guarantee
that visions of sugar plums and holiday cookies will
dance in their heads.  Click here for dates and more info...

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 November's giveaway: the ebook, "Farm Stays"
(a $12.95 value).
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Season's Last Paddle -- Photo by Lori Hein
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