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Old Leather Man | A Connecticut Legend

4 votes, 4.25 avg. rating (83% score)

A local legend like that of the Old Leather Man — Connecticut’s most famous tramp — can easily... Read More »

Photographer Peter Ralston on Betsy and Andy Wyeth

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Yankee classic from February 2000 Peter Ralston is telling me about a boy he once knew. In 1957,... Read More »

Pickle Day | Yankee Classic

21 votes, 4.52 avg. rating (89% score)

When I was a child, I would spend the month of August in Vermont at my grandparents’ tall,... Read More »

Portsmouth, RI: The Tin Can Man

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Yankee classic from January/February 2001 In a small, white house on a side street off a side street... Read More »

Potato Recess | Potato Harvest in Aroostook County

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

Excerpt from “The Lessons of the Harvest,” Yankee Magazine, September 1990. In Maine’s Aroostook County, schools close for... Read More »

Puffins at East Egg Rock, Maine

1 vote, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

Yankee Classic from August 1983 by Ron Winslow Steve Kress worked diligently to establish a breeding colony of... Read More »

Rene Rancourt | Boston’s National Anthem Singer

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Excerpt from a 1990 interview with Rene Rancourt, “Oh, Rene, Can You Sing,” Yankee Magazine, January 1990. It’s... Read More »

Rented Summer Cottage Nightmare! | Humor

23 votes, 4.48 avg. rating (89% score)

A stay in a rented summer cottage always seems to start with a note from the owners that... Read More »

Roses | Advice from Suzy Verrier

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Yankee Classic from June 1992 “I hate to tell you,” Suzy Verrier said, pausing sympathetically, “but your roses... Read More »

Rufus Resurrected | Barn Cat Survival

4 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (95% score)

He was a barn cat, half wild, half tame. When his life hung in the balance, which half... Read More »

Salmon Dinner from the Bathtub | Yankee Classic Article

Salmon Dinner from the Bathtub | Yankee Classic Article

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I will spare you the details of the misunderstanding. Suffice it to say that the project really began... Read More »

Salvage Transforms Old Houses

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There’s a huge granite millstone paving the way to the front door of Skinner Mill, the house in... Read More »

Sayings of the Oracle

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Excerpt from “Sayings of the Oracle,” Yankee Magazine January 1964. ♦Me.: Dear Oracle: A question you may be... Read More »

Shad | Poor Man’s Salmon

Shad | Poor Man’s Salmon

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Nobody loves shad more than the citizens of Windsor, Connecticut, who hold the Shad Derby to celebrate its... Read More »

Shark Teeth Pearly White | Yankee Classic

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Excerpt from “Shark Teeth Pearly White,” Yankee Magazine, June 2000. Captain Charlie Donilon is a whorl of energy in... Read More »

Skunk Cabbage | The First Flower of Spring

Skunk Cabbage | The First Flower of Spring

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She comes to breakfast at my mother-in-law’s house in Madison, Connecticut, almost every Sunday, and my children call... Read More »

Snow Emergency

Snow Emergency

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Excerpt from “Snow Emergency,” Yankee Magazine, January 1990. Snow has fallen, snow on snow: the words of the... Read More »

Spring Peepers | The Sound of Spring

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Excerpt from “The Sound of Spring,” Yankee Magazine, April 1984 In 1956, when I was nine years old, we... Read More »

Stranded on the Coldest Day of the Year |  A Cold Day for a Swim

Stranded on the Coldest Day of the Year | A Cold Day for a Swim

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

They were stranded on a pile of rocks 200 yards from shore. The wind chill was 53 degrees... Read More »

Submarine Sandwiches | What’s in a Name?

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Everyone loves a title, everyone wants to be special, even entire communities. Take Groton and New London, Connecticut,... Read More »

Swamp Yankees | What’s in a Name?

Swamp Yankees | What’s in a Name?

5 votes, 4.20 avg. rating (83% score)

There are a number of theories as to the origin of the term “Swamp Yankees.” However, the correct... Read More »

Thanksgiving Day Guest List | Real, Dead, and Fictitious

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We made a  Thanksgiving Day guest list of all the famous New Englanders — living and dead, real... Read More »

Thanksgiving Disasters

Thanksgiving Disasters

2 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (86% score)

From the horrifying to the amusing, our readers share their tales of Thanksgiving disasters. Uncle Bob Lends a... Read More »

Thanksgiving Holiday History | Footnote to History

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The country was still emerging from the depression when Franklin D. Roosevelt announced, in the summer of 1939,... Read More »

The Day the Clydesdales Went Through the Ice

The Day the Clydesdales Went Through the Ice

4 votes, 4.25 avg. rating (83% score)

The author was there on Moosehorn Lake that winter day when his father’s team of Clydesdales broke through... Read More »

The First Department Store Santa Claus

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In the late 19th century, children saw drawings of Santa Claus in all the newspapers and in magazines.... Read More »

The Killing of Karen Wood | Yankee Classic

22 votes, 4.09 avg. rating (81% score)

Excerpt from “The Killing of Karen Wood,” Yankee Magazine November 1989 On the morning of November 15, 1988,... Read More »



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