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Issue #165 - July 15, 2007
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Greetings from
of New England!

In this issue...
Nature: New England Wildflowers
Travel: Appalachian Trail Adventures
Recipe: Ratatouille

Mark your calendars:
ME: Blueberry Festival
NH: Cheshire Fair
VT: Time Travel Tuesdays

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Worth Quoting

"Nothing is so fatiguing as the hanging on of an uncompleted task."

~ William James

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Notes from the Heart...

Since we created a "meadow" in the back part of our yard, I have gained a new
appreciation for wildflowers. They are rugged, individualistic, and new
varieties appear randomly every year.  I have yet to see, however, the
wildflowers that writer Mary Johnson explains in this week's story, "
England's Wildflowers Beyond the Ordinary."  But new things keep popping
up every year in our little wildflower garden, and next year I'll be on the
lookout for these exotic-looking flora.  ~M

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up in central Maine, moved to Texas almost 20 years ago, and have recently
moved back, although it is a bit harder to make a living financially, the other
benefits of being in New England make it worth it. I appreciate the efforts for
preservation here. We bought an early 1900's home and have our work cut out
for us, but we are enjoying being here. It is like a dream come true just to be
here! I missed Maine!"  
(a reader from Maine)

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visit.  I particularly like the 'homey' feel of your newsletter (evocative of
ordinary New England life).  I find the tone of the writing comforting.  I hope it
is alright for a 'foreigner' to receive your newsletter."  
(a reader from "old"England).

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have subscribers from all over the world including as far away as Japan & Australia!

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This Week's Travel Story

Appalachian Trail Adventures
Appalachian Trail Adventures is a Vermont spa with a unique approach to
health and fitness -- with hiking as its core activity. We spoke to Appalachian
Trail Adventure owner John Keough, who has been guiding in Vermont for
over 20 years and who is intimately familiar with the region's hiking trails,
mountains, valleys and villages.  He has worked for the EPA, The Natural
Conservancy and the State of Vermont exploring caves, mines and documenting
Read on...

This Week's Recipe

By Charlie Burke
Because this is a recipe column, we must provide a “recipe,” but ratatouille is
actually an invitation to celebrate the brief burst of flavor given us by the
bounty of New England’s summer harvest. If you love eggplant, use more.

Read on...

Mark Your Calendars:


Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival
Downtown Machias, Maine
Friday-Sunday August 17, 18 & 19th 2007

A celebration of the blueberry harvest that lasts all weekend
long and offers a real old fashioned good time. A children's
parade, a fish fry, a homemade blueberry pancake breakfast,
arts & craft show and more.

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New Hampshire:

Cheshire Fair
North Swanzey, NH
July 31 - August 5, 2007

Fun for the entire family. Catch the shows and exhibits, visit the animals and get
your thrills on the midway rides. An annual tradition. For more info:
603-357-4740 or visit

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Time Travel Tuesdays - Discover 19th Century Life!
Woodstock, Vermont
Billings Farm & Museum
Every Tuesday, July 10 through August 28, 2007

Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, is offering a
unique program designed for children and adults to discover 19th century
chores and pastimes in the restored and furnished 1890 Farm House.  T
Travel Tuesdays
will be offered each Tuesday this summer, from July 10
through August 28, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and will feature a hands-on
experience of daily life in 1890.  Visiting families may join in preparing a
seasonal noon meal on the kitchen woodstove, copying into ledger books in the
farm office, churning and storing butter in the icehouse, and other chores. There
will be time to relax in the sitting room too, with popular pastimes of the era –
dominoes, tiddley winks, and the stereoscope, plus needlework, photo albums,
and games. The cost for Time Travel Tuesday is included with regular
admission to the Farm & Museum and no pre-registration is necessary.  For
information, please contact 802/457-2355 or visit  

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

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