Yankee Magazine’s January/February Issue
“This issue reflects the voices and sensibilities of writers who know their neighbors and the land,” says Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine. “William Scheller lives only 50 miles from the Mad River Valley (“Vermont’s Snow Globe,” p. 28). Photographer Sara Gray’s keen eye for beauty and hidden details fastened on the rural landscape she found in New Gloucester, Maine (“Classic Barns of Maine,” p. 70), when she went looking for a place to board her horse. Castle Freeman Jr. has been observing the comings and goings of small-town life in Vermont for decades (“Winter in the Village,” p. 96). There are few places in America whose singular identity and beauty rival Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom (“Change Coming to the Kingdom,” p. 98), and when we looked for a writer to chronicle the potential for millions of foreign investment dollars to alter the human and physical landscape, we looked no further than native Vermonter Ben Hewitt, who understands the dilemma of prosperity in a poor region. And in the most intimate story in this issue, Todd Balf discovers a painter he perhaps never truly understood—his father—almost as though seeing him with new eyes (“My Father’s Canvas,” p. 88).”
Inside Yankee’s January/February Issue
“Classic Barns of Maine” — photographs by Sara Gray (page 70): A photographer travels the state’s historic southeast farmlands in search of a New England icon. This issue’s cover features the tidy barns at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine, the heart of an active community and working farm, also photographed for this story.
“The Caretaker” — by Ian Aldrich (page 80): After 30 years, Harold Mathews knows every corner of every one of the 48 rooms in The Elms, a landmark mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.
“The Big Question” — interview by Ian Aldrich (page 86): We ask snowcat driver Slim Bryant what it’s like to climb New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Auto Road in the face of the fiercest weather imaginable.
“My Father’s Canvas” — by Todd Balf (page 88): When Oliver Balf ’s family combed through a lifetime of paintings, they discovered truths about the artist’s passion, and themselves.
“Winter in the Village” — by Castle Freeman Jr. (page 96): When the cold roars in, the good people of Newfane, Vermont, come together as a community.
“Change Coming to the Kingdom” — by Ben Hewitt (page 98): Gold mine for job seekers or disaster for the environment? Vermonters face tough decisions as a river of foreign cash flows into the state’s remote northeast corner.
The Travel section features Vermont’s Mad River Valley, a winter wonderland famous for Sugarbush and Mad River Glen. But there’s more to do than schuss downhill; the towns in this region are also filled with creative people and warm moments, cozy inns, snow-covered farms, and a vibrant arts scene (page 28).
In Yankee’s Home section, garden expert and writer Tovah Martin shows how to make a terrarium in a step-by-step guide. Capture everything you love about New England’s varied landscapes and showcase it indoors in a beautiful glass container. In “New England’s Finest,” we sourced some locally made clothing that echoes the region’s once-thriving textile industry (page 49). And in “Antiques and Collectibles,” Catherine Riedel writes about the sweet designs drawn from nature that have made cobalt and-crackle-glazed Dedham pottery popular for more than a century (page 50).
In the Food section, writer Jocelyn Ruggiero travels to New Haven, Connecticut, for some “Southern Comfort” at Oaxaca Kitchen where a partnership between chef Prasad Chirnomula and home cook Margarita Hernandez results in recipes such as: Mexican Squash Soup, Quick and Easy Pozole (Pork and Hominy Stew), Baja Fish Tacos, and Mexican Flan (page 56). Yankee’s Senior Editor Amy Traverso débuts a new column, “Local Flavor,” by visiting Galleria Umberto in Boston’s North End where you can order a slice of thick Sicilian-style pizza and a soda for $2.80—cash only (page 64). “Recipe with a History” cooks up a classic Pot Roast (page 68). And, this issue’s “Best Cook in Town” is Sarah Commerford from Holliston, Massachusetts, whose culinary explorations embrace every nation (page 66).
“The Stove Doctors” — by Ben Hewitt (page 14): In Little Compton, Rhode Island, a father and son repair and restore antique woodstoves.
“We Asked the Expert” — by Ian Aldrich (page 21): Apple grower and writer Michael Phillips shares tips on how to prune apple trees.
“The Best 5 Free Boston Attractions” — by Jon Marcus (page 22): Boston is a pricey place. But Jon Marcus, a lifelong Bostonian and founder of the Web site MySecretBoston.com, makes a personal cause of finding ways to get the most from the city for the least amount of money. “The history and architecture
make this town an open-air museum,” Marcus says. “And, as long as you steer clear of Boston drivers, walking around doesn’t cost anything.” Neither do these little known free tours and attractions.