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Issue #166 - July 22, 2007
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Greetings from
of New England!

In this issue...
Garden: Lawns, a Change of View
Travel: Maine Scenic Drives
Recipe: Coleslaw

Mark Your Calendars:
ME: Highland Games!
NH: League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
VT: Folk Festival

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Worth Quoting

"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…"
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Notes from the Heart...

As I write this our car is packed to the gills with camping gear...yes, we are
about the embark on our annual two-week camping trip to the National
Seashore of Cape Cod!  We aren't even thinking about our lawn at the moment,
which probably needs to be mowed before we go (but I doubt my husband will
get to it), but, after reading this week's feature, I'm not worried.  Gary Fish of
Maine's YardScaping Partnership says that while people may be fanatic about
lawns, having a less-than perfect lawn is healthier for the lawn, and the planet.  
Read his story here:  
Lawns - Lower Expectations, Raise the Blades.

See you in two weeks! (Next newsletter when we return: August 5th) ~ Marcia

Readers Write

"My husband & I just spent a glorious week in Vermont with day trips
throughout the state, New Hampshire and Maine.  It was one of the best
vacations to date and we plan on returning again next year because we couldn't
get enough.  We are from the San Francisco Bay Area of California and do a lot
of travelling.  While California is diverse, beautiful and a great place to live,
nothing compares to the tranquil atmosphere of New England, the friendly
folks, the consistency of the beauty no matter where you drive."
(a reader from

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"We lived in Vermont from 1994 to 1996 and now live in Oklahoma, but I miss
New England to this day.  I was looking around the Web tonight, homesick for
Vermont (yes, I'll ALWAYS consider New England my home) and came across
your site..."
(a reader from Oklahoma)

Thanks for your letters, folks!  Keep 'em coming :)  Send your comments to ~ Marcia

This Week's Travel Story

Maine's Scenic Drives
Maine is famous for its seacoast, for lobsters, lighthouses and beaches. Many
people drive up US RT 95 to RT 1 and through Portland, Freeport and Old
Orchard Beach. While this is a great way to see the coast and visit the factory
outlets in Freeport and Kittery, there's much more to Maine than you can see
from the highway or busy RT 1. Off many of the exits, just a few miles from the
bustling outlets and busy highways, there are many lesser known roads that
will thrill sight-seekers.
Read on...

This Week's Recipe

by Charlie Burke
Coleslaw often seems to be an afterthought, cloyingly sweet and either too wet
or dry. With the correct balance of acidity and sweetness and with proper
seasoning, however, it can shine.
Read on...

Mark Your Calendars:

August 18 2007
Annual Maine Highland Games
Brunswick, Maine

This event features bagpipe bands, Highland and Scottish dancing, Scottish
vendors and crafts, folk singing and much more.  Location: Thomas Point
Beach, Brunswick.

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New Hampshire:
Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair
Newbury, NH
August 4-12, 2007

More than 300 state-juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen
demonstrate, exhibit and sell their handcrafted work during one of the largest,
finest, and oldest craft fairs in the country. The fair features three major
exhibitions, including Living With Craft, CraftWear and an outdoor Sculpture
Garden, plus more than 200 individual craft booths, daily demonstrations,
musical performances and a variety of craft workshops for both children and
adults.  For more Info: 603-224-3375 or visit:

~ ~ ~

Champlain Valley Folk Festival   
Ferrisburgh, VT
August 3-5, 2007

Traditional folk music and dance from the Champlain valley and beyond.
Five concert stages plus dance stage with wooden floor on the shores of
Lake Champlain. Camping nearby, swimming on site, craft and food vendors.
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For  more Northern New England events this season visit:
Calendar of (Uniquely-Northern New England) Events

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