Yankee Magazine's Foliage Issue Chases Color across New England
DUBLIN, New Hampshire (September/October 2011)—Yankee Magazine‘s September/October issue, on newsstands August 23, explores New England’s autumnal splendor. To savor this vibrant but fleeting season, Yankee travels to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont for fall vistas, historic byways, and secluded mountain lakes. Longtime Yankee photographer Sara Gray searches for the perfect blend of subject, light, and beauty in Southern Maine and shares her findings in a scenic photo essay. For a fresh from the orchard feast, apples star as the main ingredient in recipes for pies, sandwiches, coffee cakes, and doughnuts. Also on autumn’s agenda, the best five country stores in Vermont, the oldest agricultural fair, and 72 fall events across New England.
“Yankee didn’t invent fall color in New England. What we do get to invent, however, is how we’re going to showcase our most distinctive season so that it seems new each time around,” says editor Mel Allen. “Because foliage season holds much more promise than just driving through timeless vistas of color, you’ll read about apples and pumpkins, county fairs and country stores. We wait, expectantly, for these brief, brisk fall days, filled with a chance to find something rare and lovely around a bend in the road, or in a village center we’ve never visited. To take these moments and press them between the covers of a magazine is the challenge. I hope that when you close the issue you’ll be tempted to savor a cider doughnut, or take a camera to a marsh or a lake in the early morning, or even set out to get lost for a while in a maze of country roads somewhere.”
Inside Yankee‘s Foliage Issue
“A Fast Ride in a Beautiful Place” – by Cynthia Anderson (page 82): At the venerable Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, riders and hounds no longer pursue live foxes, but the thrill of the chase remains.
“Racing with Henry” – by Todd Balf (page 88): A teenager sets his sights on the Cyclocross Championship–and a father becomes a hero again.
“Nine Days in October” – photographed by Sara Gray with text by Mel Allen (page 96): In southern Maine, photographer Sara Gray goes in search of the perfect blend of subject, light, and color, capturing the subtle beauty of an all-too-brief autumn season.
“The Big Question” – interviewed by Ian Aldrich (page 94): Orren Fox is a lot of things. He’s a chicken farmer, beekeeper, staunch foodie, and avid Celtics fan. He’s also a blogger with a large following. And, he’s only a freshman in high school. He explains why his happy chickens lay healthy eggs.
In Travel, writer William Scheller explores the Northeast Kingdom’s fall splendor, crowned with color-filled autumn vistas, historic byways, and secluded mountain lakes, in “The Vermonter’s Vermont,” (page 42).
In the Home section, contributing editor Christie Matheson travels to Northwestern Connecticut and finds its quiet beauty has long drawn some of the region’s most creative artisans, crafting simple-yet-sophisticated pieces for the home (page 62). Expat empty-nesters Peter Weber and Graziella Weber-Grassi move to an unfinished farmhouse in Vermont to reinvent themselves in “New House, New England, New Life,” by Amy Traverso, (page 54). And Bridget Samburg shares step-by-step instructions for a fall-themed simple and elegant nut wreath in “Inspired Ideas” (page 66).
In the Food section, Yankee‘s lifestyle editor Amy Traverso, author of The Apple Lover’s Cookbook, shares some apple history and recipes in “Fresh from the Orchard” (page 70). Sophia Sergentanis, of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, keeps her Greek heritage alive by sharing her crave-worthy recipes from generations past in “Best Cook in Town, ” written by Alex Tillotson (page 78).
“Blue Ribbon Day,” by Jamie Stringfellow (page 22): At New England’s oldest agricultural fair, set 20 miles north of Boston, the Topsfield Fair continues to follow the traditions of an old-fashioned country fair.