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Yankee Magazine's September/October 75th Anniversary Special Issue

Yankee Magazine’s September/October 75th Anniversary Special Issue
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DUBLIN, New Hampshire (September/October 2010)–Yankee Magazine’s September/October 2010 issue, on newsstands August 24, celebrates Yankee’s 75th anniversary as New England’s magazine. Included in this collector’s edition is a special anniversary section featuring “The Ultimate Yankee Quiz” and “75 Things Every New Englander Should Do.” Since New England is the destination for foliage enthusiasts, the issue bursts with fall color and travel ideas. For the first time in Yankee’s history, editors go out on a limb to name “The Top 25 Foliage Towns in New England.” Then, readers follow autumn’s splendor on a tour led by Tauck World Discovery, founded by Arthur Tauck Sr., who started the whole leaf-peeping trade in 1925 when he first took paying passengers to see the gorgeous colors of fall. Best-selling author, educator, and environmentalist Bill McKibben wraps up his four-part series called “How New England Can Change the World” with an article on how small-town banks in Massachusetts’ Berkshire Hills are printing their own regional currency. Also included in this keepsake issue are Yankee’s best recipes from the past 75 years and editor-in-chief Judson D. Hale Sr. reminiscing about his first day at Yankee, more than 50 years ago.

“Robb Sagendorph, Yankee Magazine’s founder, created something unique in 1935,” says editor Mel Allen. “He created a magazine that held the voices of a region within its bound pages. And as New England changed and evolved, so too did the magazine; the voices may be different today, but they still come from the same place. This issue is our roadmap to the fun and pride we feel about belonging to New England. Enjoy the trip!”
Inside the Issue

Feature Stories

“A Bang for Your Buck in the Berkshires” — by Bill McKibben (page 92): The final article in the series “How New England Can Change the World” examines the use of Berkshire County’s regional currency, called BerkShares. The program’s goal is to boost the area’s economy by encouraging people to buy local.

“Road Trip” — written and photographed by Susie Cushner (page 96): Arthur Tauck Sr. started the whole leaf-peeping trade in 1925 when he first took paying passengers to see the gorgeous colors of fall. Eighty-five years later, Yankee follows Tauck’s “Classic New England” tour–and discovers some surprises along the way.

“The Big Question” — interviewed by Ian Aldrich (page 104): Muppeteer Carroll Spinney (a.k.a. Big Bird) is living his childhood dream.

Special Anniversary Section

“75 Things Every New Englander Should Do” — On the occasion of our 75th anniversary, Yankee offers a four-season life list of activities and experiences.

“The Ultimate Yankee Quiz” — Whether you were born here or are “from away,” check out how “New Englandy” you really are.

The Guide:

The Travel section’s main feature, “The Top 25 Foliage Towns in New England,” by Michael Blanding and the editors of Yankee Magazine (page 40), reaches its conclusions based on hard data (in 14 categories), opinion, and lots of travel time. Fall in New England is more than just beautiful leaves. It encompasses a variety of experiences, from apple picking and browsing farmers’ markets to visiting unique shops and sampling great food. Let the debates begin!

The Home section travels back in time with “House Redux,” by editor-at-large Ian Aldrich (page 62). In 1950, Yankee presented its first “House for Sale,” a rambling old home in Groton, Massachusetts. Sixty years later, we revisit the property to see what’s become of it. In Yankee’s “Antiques & Collectibles” column, Catherine Riedel writes about the smooth lines and striking color of Heywood-Wakefield’s “Modern” furniture pieces, which have graced many New England homes since the height of their popularity in the mid-20th century.

In the Food section, Yankee highlights local ingredients and good home cooking, which have never been out of style. “Everything Old Is New Again,” by Yankee’s food editor Annie B. Copps, with additional research and reporting by Alex Tillotson (page 76), includes a sampling of classic New England dishes from 75 years of Yankee Magazine. The story previews Yankee’s Best New England Recipes “bookazine,” on sale October 5, 2010. Also in the Food section, this issue’s “Homegrown” column, by Annie B. Copps, focuses on rich and hearty beets–root veggies that hold a wealth of earthy goodness. Plus, in “Best Cook In Town,” home chef Beth Richardson’s passion for preserves lets her family and friends enjoy the bounty of her garden year-round.

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Updated Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

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