Yankee Magazine’s September/October Issue Celebrates the Different Shades of Fall in New England
“The questions begin in early summer: ‘How will the color be? When will peak arrive? Will the wet spring or the summer heat affect those fleeting precious days ahead?’” says Mel Allen, Yankee Magazine’s editor. “This is what I know to be true: The color will sweep north to south, from mountains to lowlands, and the ambitious swamp maples will be the first to announce the change of season. There will be a day, most likely near Columbus Day—but that’s no more a certainty than snow on Christmas—when many people will look to the trees and say ‘peak,’ but others will exclaim it a week, even two weeks, earlier, and others will say it a week, even two weeks, later. Color doesn’t hold still. The dilemma of fall is trying to catch what cannot be caught. Instead, find the season’s beauty by looking where you are, while you’re there. See the startling splash of red against limbs still alive with green; stroll a country road and hear acorns bounce off the dirt; follow leaves fluttering to the ground as lightly as butterflies, still lovely as they settle down around your feet. When we send writers and photographers on annual fall pilgrimages of their
own, we ask that they return with fall, and not just color: harvests and pumpkins and the first spirals of woodsmoke, and geese heading south, and everyone readying for the next turn of season, which comes soon enough. But not just yet.”
Inside Yankee’s September/October Issue
“Fall Comes to the Hill Country” — by Dale B. Salm (page 78): For the people of Litchfield County in northwest Connecticut, preserving farms, forests, and pristine villages for generations to come is a passion. “Keeping it as is” is more than a phrase; it’s a way of life.
“Mending Fences” — by Howard Mansfield (page 86): Good fences make good neighbors—but tending to them year after year also teaches us that patience comes with caring for the legacy of those who worked this land before us.
“So You Want to Run a B&B?” — by Ian Aldrich (page 88): Go behind the scenes with Dan and Penny Cote, owners of the Inn Victoria in Chester, Vermont, as they live the fantasy and the day-to-day reality of hosting guests from around the world.
“The Big Question”— interviewed by Hilary Weisman Graham (page 96): Naturalist Tom Wessels believes that every landscape has a story to tell, but we need to open our eyes to see it. For more than 30 years, he’s been helping people do just that.
“The Man Who Saves Covered Bridges” — by Ian Aldrich (page 98): From his home base in New Hampshire, builder Arnold Graton travels far and wide to keep communities connected to both their present and their past.
“A Dream Renewed on a Holy River” — by Kristen Laine (page 104): For the women of the 1980 U.S. Olympic rowing team, the boycott of the Moscow Games crushed their hopes of triumph. Now each fall at Boston’s Head of the Charles Regatta, they reunite to rekindle their competitive spirit and to pursue a lifelong quest for excellence.
In “Return to October Mountain,” writer Michael Blanding follows back roads and byways where visitors can experience the untamed side of the Berkshires, finding the unexpected amidst autumn beauty in the Travel section (page 30).
In Yankee’s Home section, a visit to blogger and renovation maven Pam Kueber’s “colonial ranch” in Lenox, Massachusetts, is a time capsule of midcentury taste and vintage style complete with an aquamarine kitchen, Formica, and crazy midcentury appliances (page 48). In “New England’s Finest,” discover pretty cards, stationery, and journals from regional artisans (page 56). And festive carved oranges light the way on Halloween night in “Inspired Ideas” (page 58).
In the Food section, celebrated chef Matt Jennings honors the growers and producers behind the success of his restaurant, Farmstead, in Providence, Rhode Island, with an al fresco dinner featuring their products (page 60). Recipes include Herbed Deviled Eggs, Late-Summer Vinaigrette, Cheesy Chive Biscuits, Tomato Tart with Cornmeal Crust, Grill-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, and Plum and Raspberry Cobbler. Yankee’s “Best Cook in Town,” Adele Dienno of Burlington, Vermont, takes an innovative approach to Italian cuisine (page 70). And in Connecticut, a family dairy revives a time-honored tradition: farm-fresh milk, in glass bottles, delivered right to your door (page 72).
“Driving with the Leaf Spotter” — by Jim Collins (page 16): Michael Snyder, Vermont’s commissioner of the Forests, Parks & Recreation department is the state’s first official “Foliage Forecaster.” He gets up-to-the minute color reports the old-fashioned way: by getting on the road and looking around.
“The Best 5 Scenic Hikes in the Whites” — by Marty Basch (page 26): Fall is the perfect time to hike the Whites, and Marty Basch knows the best routes to travel on Mount Eisenhower, Welch & Dickey Mountains, Mount Willard, Franconia Ridge, and Mount Chocorua.
“Welcome to Your Small Town”— by Ken Sheldon (page 20): A humorous guide to what newcomers should know about their town, from what services the town office provides to tips on utilizing the town library.
“Putting Your Gardens to Bed”— by Ian Aldrich (page 24): Gordon and Mary Hayward, authors of Tending Your Garden: A Year-Round Guide to Maintenance, share tips on how to make your garden look better at the end of the growing season, and make it easy to tend the following spring.
“Local Treasure: Long Journey Home”— by Aimee Seavey (page 28): At the Lincoln family’s Vermont estate, now a museum, a green Pullman Palace railroad car, built in 1888 and an important piece of American history, pulls into the station.
“Calendar of Events” and “Well Worth the Drive” (page 122): State by state listings of events, plus one highlighted “Well Worth the Drive” event in each state: Connecticut Renaissance Faire in Hebron, Connecticut; 40th International Seaplane Fly-In in Greenville, Maine; 10th Annual Cranberry Harvest Festival in Wareham, Massachusetts; 66th Annual Fall Foliage Festival in Warner, New Hampshire; Johnny Cake Harvest Festival in West Kingston, Rhode Island; and Killington Hay Festival in Killington, Vermont.
For more information about Yankee Magazine’s September/October issue, visit: YankeeMagazine.com.
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