Notes from the Heart...

The leaf peepers have left.  I must say it was not the most
impressive autumn I have seen around here.  The leaves
were not as brilliant as years gone by.  Too warm?  
Maybe.  But it's pretty cold now.  And we are entering
what natives call the "stick season" -- that season when
all the leaves are off the trees, but no snow is yet on the
ground.  Just those sticks pointing up to the sky, waiting
for the white flakes to fly.  

Readers Write

Dear Heart,
"I live in central Maine in what I like to call cow country (and you really know it
in the spring, when the manure spreadin' begins!). We moved to the country 8
years ago after living in-town for over 15 years.  It took a lot of getting used to at
first, but the quiet and less busy-ness soon became familiar to us and now we
can't even imagine not going to sleep without the loons and the crickets.  I
stumbled across The Heart of New England while surfing the 'net for Maine
stories and was impressed by the amount of information and wonderful insights
found from your writers.  It was like talking to my own neighbors and swapping
stories over tea."  
(Debbie from Maine).

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

This Week's Stories:

Travel: Hiking Up Hamlin Ridge, Maine
Ascending Hamlin ridge is an aerial adventure reaching  some of the most
rugged and remote mountain country in Maine. The grandeur is unparalleled,
the alpine silence pervasive...A hike of just a few more miles brings one to a
world apart, a world reminiscent of the European Alps yet  with a distinctive
Appalachian character.  
Read on...

Recipe: Pan Seared Duck Breast & Slow Roasted Duck Legs
by Charlie Burke
For many, the approaching holiday season means more entertaining, usually
with special meals. Duck can be easily prepared and is perfect for special
occasions, but the difference between the breast meat and that of the thighs and
legs is greater than in chicken or turkey which makes cooking a whole duck
Read on...

Calendar Pick of the Week:

4th Annual Gingerbread Showcase
November 23, 24, 25, 2007 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Canterbury Shaker Village, New Hampshire

The popular Gingerbread Showcase returns to offer
warmth and charm for family and friends as an
alternative to the mall on Thanksgiving weekend.
Visitors can decorate gingerbread people, take
a holiday inspired tour of the Village, make their
own Christmas ornaments, listen to spirited readings of holiday children’s
stories, and view a gingerbread village of completely edible goodies made by
children, families, and professional entrants in our Visitor Education Center.
Prizes for creativity and craftsmanship will be awarded in each skill category.
Workshops on gingerbread house construction will be offered in the weeks
prior to the event. The Museum Store will be open for holiday shoppers and The
Shaker Table restaurant will serve lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday,
and brunch on Sunday. Tickets: Event only: $5/adults, $3/children ages 3-17.
Full museum admission: $15/adults, $13/seniors, $7/children ages 6-17.  For
more information visit:  
Canterbury Shaker Village.

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trees rattle and scrape in the wind.
~ Eric Pinder (New England nature writer)

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