Yankee Magazine’s January/February Issue
DUBLIN, New Hampshire (December 17, 2013)—On newsstands January 2, Yankee Magazine’s January/February issue reveals the diverse ways New Englanders embrace winter: exploring the landscape through the lens of a camera; visiting a vibrant small town; trying recipes that nourish and warm our soul. And finally, we embrace this cold time of year by creating coziness inside our homes, and friendly connections within our communities.
“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).