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Yankee Magazine's November/December 2012 Holiday Issue on Newsstands October 30

Yankee Magazine’s November/December 2012 Holiday Issue on Newsstands October 30
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DUBLIN, New Hampshire (October 25, 2012)—Yankee Magazine’s November/December 2012 issue, on newsstands October 30, celebrates the holiday season with candlelight strolls and Victorian home tours in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; a full menu of Thanksgiving recipes with an added twist of delicious new flavors; homemade crafts; a photo essay depicting early New England life reenacted at the outdoor living-history museum Old Sturbridge Village; and more.

“What stays true and enduring over decades informs the heart of our holiday issue,” says Yankee Magazine’s editor Mel Allen. “‘A Gathering at the Little Church’ (p. 14) takes us inside the sort of Christmas pageant that so many of our readers will remember from childhood, if they grew up in rural New England. ‘On Common Ground’ (p. 76) brings you into the early 19th century in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, with photographs so rich in detail you’ll need to blink back to the present day. Traditions that matter also infuse our holiday-themed stories. ‘Tradition with a Twist’ (p. 52) holds delicious surprises (pumpkin ice-cream pie, for example) that may well find a way onto our readers’ tables for years to come. ‘Finding Christmas in Portsmouth’ (p. 34) blends the lively streets and bustling spirit of this New Hampshire coastal city with the tranquility of candlelight at its Strawbery Banke museum.”

Inside Yankee’s November/December Issue

“On the Cover” — photograph by Carl Tremblay: Strawbery Banke homes in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, are aglow for “Vintage Christmas” (story, p. 34). Styling by Lauren Niles/Ennis Inc.

Feature stories:


“On Common Ground” — text by Eileen Terrill; photographs by Hornick/Rivlin (p. 76): The indomitable spirit of early New England lives on at Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts.

“Angels Among Us” — by Ian Aldrich (p. 88): Yankee profiles three New Englanders who are making an extraordinary difference in others’ lives: a mother who turned a personal tragedy into a crusade against violence; a good neighbor who reaches out with a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving Day; and a teacher who finds loving families for homeless dogs.

“The Big Question” — interviewed by Ian Aldrich (p. 92): Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and historian David McCullough explains why history matters and why stories speak to the soul.

“Ending the Silence” — by Justin Shatwell (p. 94): After 150 years, the people of the Wampanoag Nation are rediscovering—and speaking once again—the Native language of their ancestors.

The Guide:


The Food section serves up foolproof new recipes for Thanksgiving, from a dry-brined bird to pumpkin ice-cream pie, and a selection of favorite side dishes in “Tradition with a Twist,” by Amy Traverso (p. 52). Edie Clark writes about this issue’s “Best Cook in Town,” Shelley Osborne of West Peterborough, New Hampshire, who tempts us with her trifle recipe that is surprisingly easy to make (p. 58). In “Homegrown,” by Aimee Seavey, Bo Muller-Moore, a savvy Vermont artist-turned-marketer, inspires people to “Eat More Kale” with his T-shirt designs; and a recipe from the Harrisville General Store makes you ask for seconds (p. 62). Plus, a delicious sampler of recipes from Yankee’s Lost and Vintage Recipes, on sale now (p. 66).

In the Home section’s “All Is Merry and Bright,” delight in the dazzling colorful handmade crafts and vintage decorations on display at Christine Chitnis’ home—and follow her simple instructions to create your own colorful homespun crafts and vintage decorations (p. 42). In “New England’s Finest,” locally crafted foods and beverages make tasty—and tasteful—holiday gifts (p. 48). Catherine Riedel’s “Antiques & Collectibles” column studies silhouettes, which served as affordable portraits for early New Englanders. Today, their “basic black” simplicity has a timeless appeal and value’s range from $200 to $2,000 apiece (p. 50).

And, in the Travel section’s “Finding Christmas in Portsmouth,” senior editor Ian Aldrich explores New Hampshire’s graceful city by the sea as it celebrates the holidays with caroling, candlelight, and old-fashioned festivities (p 34).

For more information about the contents of Yankee Magazine‘s November/December issue, visit: YankeeMagazine.com.

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