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Hildene Holiday Evenings
December 28 & 29, 2008  
Manchester, Vermont

Tour the beautifully decorated historic mansion.
Also enjoy hot cider, holiday music, and doughnuts
by the bonfire on the front lawn. 4:30 to 6:30 pm,
$15/Adults $5/Youth, Members Free. For more info

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We visited our trusty Mr. Phelps in Westmoreland
this weekend for a Christmas tree.  He is going strong
at 97, running his Christmas tree farm with one of his
six children.  His daughter showed us his Boston Post
Cane and said, in a whisper "...he visited the doctor
and he has no chronic diseases.  None."  Indeed
Mr. Phelps looked very sturdy, leaning up against
a cabinet in his wood fired kitchen.  "See you next
year!" he said with a chuckle.  ~M.
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Feature: Real or Not -- Your Christmas Tree
The holiday season arrives and the annual dilemma begins; a real tree or an
artificial one?

Recipe: Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Toasted Pecans & Sherry Sauce
Good scallops should not be masked by rich or creamy sauces, and I prefer to
simply sear them in a very hot pan and make a quick reduction with the pan

From our Archives: Inn-to-Inn Cookie Tour, White Mountains of NH
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