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GREENFIELD - November 8, 2014. Contra dancing (Sometimes described as New England folk dance) at the Guiding Star Grange #1 Photo by Beth Reynolds

Up and down the contra line

Friday, November 28, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is part of series of occasional features in which staff reporter Kathleen McKiernan writes about her experiences learning new skills; hence its name: “The Newbie.” As I faced the line of dozens of dancers, I felt I was in the middle of a new-age Jane Austen novel and about to be swept into a formal dance. Then, … 0

Thanksgiving, the ulitimate potluck

Friday, November 21, 2014

By JEANMARIE BROWNSON Chicago Tribune Long gone are the days of one person cooking the whole Thanksgiving dinner. These days, many guests volunteer to bring a part of the meal, for a bunch of reasons — special diets or food preferences, but mostly, for the pleasure of cooking. They practically beg to bring … 0

Tea Guys: Blended brews

Friday, November 14, 2014

During a visit to Piccadilly Circus in London, Tea Guys co-founder Oliver Rich came across an open-air market, where he found vendors busy at work selling fresh lemons, spices and other foods. The crisp aromas swirled in the air, coalescing beneath the tea lover’s nose. That’s when inspiration struck. The experience gave him … 0

Between the Rows: Mary Garden

Friday, November 28, 2014

The liturgical season of Advent is a time of waiting for the momentous birth of the Christ Child. During the waiting time of Advent, I cannot help but think about what a confusing time it must have been … 0

Living Dinosaurs?

Friday, November 7, 2014

I s this gawky, Dr. Seuss-like bird — the emu — directly related to Tyrannosaurus rex? Author Elizabeth Thwing of Hawley takes her young readers through the fossil evidence, and it’s just one of a few hundred astonishing … 0

Thanks for all the birds!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I don’t know if this schizophrenic month will provide us with sun or snow, but I hope whichever it is you are able to enjoy it with friends and family. The smell of turkey roasting … 0

Voice of Audubon: western Massachusetts bird sightings

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from Voice of Audubon for Western Massachusetts. A flock of 10 northern shovelers was found at Metacomet Lake in Belchertown. Five canvasbacks and 14 ruddy ducks were on Richmond Pond … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261 ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Layer by layer, a historic tavern is being revealed

Friday, October 31, 2014

For Bill Flynt, Historic Deerfield’s lead architectural conservator, exploring one of Old Deerfield’s 18th century buildings is like stepping into a time machine. That’s the experience he aims to give the museum’s visitors, but many of the buildings … 0

Timing is everything

Friday, November 21, 2014

By BILL DALEY Chicago Tribune Question: I love to cook on Thanksgiving. I do the full meal of turkey, stuffing, rolls, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce. Sometimes, when family comes, they like to bring … 0

Whip it, whip it good

Friday, November 21, 2014

By NOELLE CARTER Los Angeles Times Homemade whipped cream. Try it just once and you’ll never look at the store brands again. Nothing beats the flavor or texture, and preparation is simple. Purists are right — using a … 0

Between the Rows: Give thanks for squash!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Turkey, squash and pumpkin pie are the Thanksgiving triumvirate. And we will give thanks for all three, as well as the oyster stuffing, creamed onions and all the rest. A groaning board indeed to stand in for all … 0

Speaking of Nature: an unexpected visitor

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Human beings in general, and scientists in particular, are very sensitive to patterns. This makes a lot of sense when one considers the nature of the planet that we live on. The planet spins at a constant rate, … 0