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Justin Shatwell

Biography:

Justin Shatwell is a longtime contributor to Yankee Magazine whose work explores the unique history, culture, and art that sets New England apart from the rest of the world. His article, The Memory Keeper (March/April 2011 issue), was named a finalist for profile of the year by the City and Regional Magazine Association.

Cinnamon Girl | Music Review

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For someone with a highly limited music budget, tribute albums can be a source of great anxiety. They... Read More »

Shantok Ware Pot | Local Treasure

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Passing through the ultra-lifelike dioramas of Connecticut’s Mashantucket Pequot Museum, visitors speak in hushed tones as though they’re... Read More »

Portsmouth Music Hall | Writers on a New England Stage

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The hum of the expectant crowd dies immediately as the lights go down in the packed auditorium. The... Read More »

Jon Shain | Army Jacket Winter Music Review

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I first saw Jon Shain at the tiny black box theater at the Mansfield Music and Arts Society.... Read More »

The Book Barn, Niantic, CT | Family Day-Trip

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Is The Book Barn in Niantic, Connecticut,  the most unusual bookstore in New England? Nestled in a wooded... Read More »

Lake Champlain Bridge

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The opening of the Lake Champlain Bridge in 1929 inspired cheering crowds, marching bands, and grinning politicians. Everyone... Read More »

St. Ann’s Church in Woonsocket, Rhode Island

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The intricate murals blanketing the walls and ceiling of St. Ann’s Church bring a taste of Renaissance Italy... Read More »

Robert Frost Farm

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The verdant forests and rolling hills surrounding this old farmhouse were the inspiration for Robert Frost’s early career.... Read More »

University of Massachusetts Campus

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The UMass Amherst campus is a museum of American design, with 19th-century buildings juxtaposed with structures created by... Read More »

The Grumman-St. John House

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The Grumman-St. John House has witnessed more than 265 years of Norwalk’s history and even survived the burning... Read More »

Nathan Clifford School

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This striking stone schoolhouse has been the keystone of its neighborhood for 100 years. Nathan Clifford is located... Read More »

Life and Death of the Skinner Coffee House

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If you drive down Main Street in Holyoke, Massachusetts, you’ll see the old block-long storefronts, broken and gapped... Read More »

The Winterpills | Music Review

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The Winterpills blew onto the national music scene like a bitter wind with their hit single “Broken Arm.”... Read More »

Skinner Coffee House | Holyoke, MA, Renovation Project

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Though I don’t own up to it in “The Life and Death of the Skinner Coffee House” (because... Read More »

Patty Larkin | Watch the Sky Music Review

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After ten albums and twenty years in the folk scene, Patty Larkin doesn’t have to prove anything to... Read More »

Eilen Jewell | Heartache Boulevard Music Review

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It’s okay to occasionally steal away talent from the rest of the country. New England should be happy... Read More »

Anais Mitchell | The Brightness

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For all the Yankee readers who pine for the days when poetry graced our pages (and I count... Read More »

Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem | Big Old Life Music Review

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As you may have guessed from the title and the whimsical, bare-footed cover photo, this is an album... Read More »

Bella Voce | Now Let Us Sing

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This album definitely fits the bill of local music. Bella Voce, a professional women’s choir in Vermont, teamed... Read More »

Shepherdess | Self Titled

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  Shepherdess is a group of Boston-based music workhorses, each with at least two other band credits to... Read More »

Kevin Kastning and Sandor Szabo | Resonance Music Review

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The abstact expressionist painting on the cover of “Resonance” is fitting. This collection of haunting baritone guitar duets... Read More »

Deerfield, MA: Spinning Wheel Chair

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Industrialization, the advent of electricity, and the closing of the frontier provoked a national identity crisis at the... Read More »



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