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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

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

21 votes, 4.05 avg. rating (80% score)

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

The Seven Sutherland Sisters | Barnum & Bailey Hair Show

The Seven Sutherland Sisters | Barnum & Bailey Hair Show

8 votes, 4.62 avg. rating (90% score)

In 1882 the Barnum and Bailey Circus signed a new act for the sideshow. It was called the... Read More »

Thomas Jefferson’s Mammoth Cheese

Thomas Jefferson’s Mammoth Cheese

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

On the first day of 1802, the residents of Cheshire, Massachusetts, presented Thomas Jefferson with perhaps the oddest... Read More »

Titanic Survivor | Going Down with the Titanic in Third Class

8 votes, 4.12 avg. rating (82% score)

Excerpt from “Going Down with the Titanic in Third Class,” Yankee Magazine, September 1987. Very little was ever... Read More »

Too-Close Encounter with Moose

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

Late in the afternoon on June 29, 2000, I joined a club that’s not as exclusive as you... Read More »

Understanding New England Camps

6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (94% score)

To many, the word camp goes with the words fire and counselor. But to New Englanders, it’s a... Read More »

Was Rhode Island the Vampire Capital of America?

Was Rhode Island the Vampire Capital of America?

6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (94% score)

The villagers of Exeter, Rhode Island, knew that farmer George Brown had a problem. First, in 1883 his... Read More »



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