Create your own fall film festival

Each year, as summer ends, movie studios gear up for major fall releases. This week, before the big movies start to hit theaters, take a look at some recent offerings you may have missed on the big screen that are now available on cable, on demand, on line and for rent on DVD. With so... Read More

Off Stage: Newtown marches on

Newtown marches on.

Casually dressed in a gray tee-shirt, and an orange baseball cap, New York director Michael Unger looked right at home at the Shearin family homestead in Newtown. A guest at the Shearins, he chatted with neighbors after parking the “Seussical” float for Newtown’s Labor Day Parade in the ...

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Food factors into weekend movie menu

What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend? Three-day holiday celebrations offer the opportunity to cook outside, share time with family and friends, and enjoy a movie or two. And because food is so much a part of Labor Day events, check out some films on television this weekend that have ...

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler: Meaningful, significant history

Each week, the Reel Dad checks the nutritional value of a movie — new or classic — to help you choose what to watch. This week’s pick is a new offering from director Lee Daniels, The Butler. As we savor the comfort of late summer in New England we can, too easily, overlook the journeys... Read More

Eating locally grown produce and loving it

Farmers' markets.

The most satisfying and invigorating meals are prepared with the simplest of ingredients. Utilizing the freshest of vegetables, fruits and herbs as the foundation of fantastic summer meals will provide you with a multitude of healthy pleasures. Search out your local farmer’s markets, where you ...

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New play at Westport will not fade into ‘Oblivion’

Oblivion at the Westport Country Playhouse.

When teenage Julie lies to her parents about where she spent the weekend, they know she’s lying. However, no matter what they do or say to guarantee there will be no repercussions, Julie refuses to tell the truth. What’s the deal? In Carly Mensch’s play, “Oblivion” at the Westport Country ...

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Great green harvest of flavor!

Pesto, from the Twice-Baked Twins

The temperatures are starting to change and fall is just around the corner. Our beautiful summer flowers will soon be overgrown and stalky. How gorgeous they once were! As we give one last look in the yard enjoying the last of the flowers, we see way in the back  lots of green, big beautiful ...

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