Yankee’s July/August 2014 Issue | Summer Off the Beaten Path
“Visitors from ‘away’ often ask me about the ‘best way’ to see New England. If they come by car, my answer rarely changes: ‘Get lost, but carry a good map.’ My advice holds for all of us who live here, because there are always surprises to be found when we follow our curiosity down narrow roads, often of dirt and stone, that lead to … well, that’s the point: We don’t know where they lead,” says Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine. “All of these stories—and others—speak to the thrill of setting off and finding something.”
Inside Yankee’s July/August Issue
“We Are Still Here”— by Justin Shatwell (p. 66): The people of far northern Maine celebrate their Acadian unity with a joyful, boisterous festival that also honors the legacy of their ancestors.
“House for Sale: A Special Place Called Liberty Street”— by Judson D. Hale Sr. (p. 76): In this special “House for Sale,” Yankee’s own Moseyer prepares to say goodbye to his family’s longtime summer house on Lake Winnipesaukee.
“The Big Question”— by Julia Shipley (p. 82): Steeplejack Jay Southgate explains what it’s like to preserve a treasured piece of New England’s architectural heritage.
“The Town Is Gone”— by Geoffrey Douglas (p. 90): When an oil train derailed in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec—just over the Maine border—last July, it ignited a horrific inferno that took 47 lives and decimated the heart of the community and its people.
“Photo Essay: Swab Summer”— photos by Markham Starr; text by Ian Aldrich (p. 84): In New London, Connecticut, Coast Guard Academy recruits test their mettle at one of the toughest boot camps in the country.
The Home section’s “Flower Power,” written by Tovah Martin, visits the Fantastic Umbrella Factory Gardens in Charlestown, Rhode Island, where horticulturist Patrick Shellman specializes in designing container arrangements of hardy plants (page 44). “New England’s Finest” features durable and ingenious pet products created by regional designers (page 50).
In the Food section, pack a picnic basket full of easy-but-elegant summer foods—plus 12 favorite spots to spread out a blanket for an outdoor meal in “A Moveable Feast,” by Amy Traverso (page 52). In “Local Flavor,” sample the comforting wares of Perennial Pleasures, an English tea garden and nursery in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom (page 60). This issue’s “Best Cook in Town” Dawn Boucher is queen of the backyard grill in northern Vermont (page 62).
And “Recipe with a History” serves up a batch of Creamy Coffee Ice Cream (page 64).
In the Travel section, explore the Vermont/New Hampshire “Upper Valley” area, a place blessed with small towns, and a bounty of beauty, nature, art, and lively company along the Connecticut River (page 30).
“Could You Live Here: Shelburne, Vermont” — by Annie Graves (p. 110): Home to Shelburne Museum and Shelburne Farms (a historic estate and agricultural operation), this town fifteen minutes south of Burlington, has a strong sense of community.