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Issue #169 - August 19, 2007
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In this issue...
Essay: Dog Days of Summer
Travel: NH's Heirloom Apples
Recipe: Zucchini & Red Pepper Pasta

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Mark Your Calendars:
ME: Salmon Festival
NH: Seafood Festival
VT: Quilt Exhibition

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Notes from the Heart...

At this time of year we ought to be sweltering in the dog days of summer.  But,
you never know what you're going to get in New England -- even in August --
and the temps today feel more like October (I don't think it got above 60
degrees today!).  In any case, I bring you Susan Nye's story,
The Dog Days of
Summer, an essay about her memories of her dog day summers on Pleasant
Lake, NH.  ~M

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(A reader from the Midwest)

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Boston for nearly 20 years (school and work), but now live in Denver.  As a
result of my time in Boston I am pretty much a fish snob, wrinkling my nose at
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piece of my heart in New England."
(a reader from Denver, Colorado)

Thanks for your letters, folks!  Keep 'em coming :)  Send your comments to
editor@theheartofnewengland.com ~ Marcia

This Week's Travel Story

New Hampshire Polished up a Crop of Antique Apples
According to the University of New Hampshire, the 2,700 farms in New
Hampshire managing over 460,000 acres contribute nearly $300 million to the
state's economy. Apples are a key component. The 2100 acres of apple orchards
in the state produced 738,000 bushels of apples in 2004, valued at $8.7 million.
There's even an official New Hampshire Scenic Byways for orchards: the 10-
mile Apple Way that winds through Londonderry that is sprinkled with old
schoolhouses, antique homesteads, and magnificent orchards.
Read on...

This Week's Recipe

Zucchini & Red Pepper Pasta
By Charlie Burke
This time of year we hear many jokes about zucchini, but I think it is one of the
more versatile summer vegetables.
Read on...

Mark Your Calendars:

Maine:
September 8 & 9, 2007
Eastport Salmon Festival (Eastport, Maine)

A seaside festival celebrating the Atlantic Salmon industry on the Maine coast.
Free parking and free admission. Music, two day arts and craft show. Saturday
Chowder dinners, Sunday great Salmon dinners, boat tours of the salmon pens,
industry information, and a slide show on salmon aquaculture. Lots of fun in a
stunning setting. Other activities included Maine wine tent, architectural tour,
motorcycle show, dances and ice cream social.  For more info visit:
Eastport
Salmon Festival.

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New Hampshire:
September 7-9, 2007
Seafood Festival
Hampton, NH

Over 50 Restaurants and scores of arts & crafts, two stages of entertainment and
sidewalk bargains stretch along Ocean Boulevard (closed to traffic). Sample the
seafood delicacies and don't miss the Major Chef culinary demonstrations,
children's activities and street performers.  For more info visit:
Seafood Festival.

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Vermont:
August 4 through September 23rd
Billings Farm & Museum’s 21st Annual
Quilt Exhibition (Woodstock, Vermont)

The exhibit will feature more than 50 quilts
made by today's quilters of Windsor County,
Vermont plus quilting activities and demonstrations for all ages.  Quilts have
been a part of American rural life for over 300 years.  They are colorful
testimony to the fact that farm life, while sometimes austere, held celebration.  
The women who settled in Vermont during the late 18th century brought with
them the hand skills, thrift, imagination, and traditional designs which would
develop into a peculiarly American art form: the patchwork quilt.
Today's Vermont quilters carry on a continuing and evolving tradition.  Much
of the contemporary work of Windsor County quilters is composed of patterns
handed down from earlier generations and executed by hand; some adapt the
traditional craft to more modern expressions and materials. All require skill,
patience, and imagination. Admission to Billings Farm & Museum's 21st
Annual Quilt Exhibition includes the working dairy farm, orientation and farm
life exhibits, the restored and furnished 1890 Farm House, plus daily programs
and activities. For further information: 802/457-2355 or
www.billingsfarm.org.


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

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