Sunday, January 12, 2014

Upcoming Events at OWL

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Thursday, January 16th
7:00 -8:00 p.m

Legacy Stories: Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures of a Nantucket Doctor
with Author Pam Belluck

Island Practice is a true tale about a colorful Nantucket doctor, Timothy J. Lepore, who has treated patients ranging from Kennedy relatives to a sheep with a prolapsed uterus, and diagnosed everything from tularemia to toe-tourniquet syndrome. Thirty miles out to sea, in a strikingly offbeat place known for wealthy summer people but also home to independent-minded, idiosyncratic year-rounders, Lepore holds the life of the island, often quite literally, in his hands. He’s surgeon, medical examiner, football team doctor, tick expert, unofficial psychologist, accidental homicide detective, and occasional veterinarian. When crisis strikes, he’s deeply involved. Author Pam Belluck has integrated medical, personal, and family issues into a fascinating portrait of a remarkable man.

Pam Belluck has been a staff writer for The New York Times for more than fifteen years. She served for more than a decade as a national bureau chief, and has covered big breaking stories and has reported from places as diverse as Colombia and South Korea. She currently writes about health and science. An award-winning journalist, she has also won a Knight fellowship and a Fulbright. Her work has been selected for The Best American Science Writing and The Best American Sports Writing anthologies, and she was profiled in Current Biography magazine. A wine & cheese reception will follow the event. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing. Space is limited. Registration is required.
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Wednesday, January 22nd
7:00 -8:00 p.m

Party Politics, Free Speech, & Oliver Wolcott, Jr.’s Conversion: Litchfield Politics in the Early Republic
with Steve McGrath

In this lecture, Steve McGrath will discuss the political party system in Litchfield during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He will examine how U.S. foreign policy impacted local politics in Litchfield, particularly the U.S. naval war with France, an embargo instituted by president Thomas Jefferson, and the War of 1812.

McGrath will discuss the significance of U.S. political parties known as the Democratic-Republicans and the Federalists, Litchfield’s reputation as a Federalist community, a group of Federalists known as the “Jockey Club,” and the political influence of attorney Oliver Wolcott, Jr. He will also examine the growth of the Democratic-Republican party in   Litchfield, the political activity of South Carolinian and Yale University graduate John C. Calhoun in Connecticut and the concept of free speech.

Steve McGrath teaches history at Central Connecticut State University and supervises history student teachers for both Central Connecticut and the University of Connecticut.  His most recent article is “Free Speech, John C. Calhoun, and the War of 1812 in Oliver Wolcott’s Backyard” published in the Spring 2013 issue of Connecticut History.  Steve is on the board of trustees of the   Litchfield Historical Society, was past president of the Connecticut Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History, and is a long-time member of the Association for the Study of Connecticut History.  He and his wife, Christine, live in Litchfield. Space is limited. Registration is required.
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Friday, January 10, 2014

Area Events for the Berkshires and Hudson Valley

From Rural Intelligence
January 10, Millbrook Cary Institute Investigative journalist Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us, will give the presentation “Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?” which presents practical solutions to support Earth’s burgeoning population. 7 p.m.
January 10, W. Stockbridge No. Six Depot Gallery Opening Reception for A Tango Diary photo exhibit by Sabine Vollmer von Falken, 5-7 p.m. Dinner available from 5-9 p.m.; live tango demonstration and lesson from 7-8 p.m.; a DJ’d Milonga dance party from 8-10:30 p.m.
January 11, Pittsfield Berkshire Museum Untamed: Wild and Endangered Animals, a visual lecture with photographers Dan Mead and Sally Eagle, who’ve been traveling the world since the 1970s. 10:30 a.m.
January 11, Stockbridge Norman Rockwell Museum Family Day: Dance! An afternoon inspired by the Dancing Princesses exhibit, where Berkshire Ballroom dancers teach basic steps, and Eugenia Kim gives an illustrated look at dance as it relates to the Exhibition. 1-4 p.m.
January 11, North Adams MASS MoCA Free admission and brick-wall-to-brick-wall programming including art-making, dance performances, roaming musicians, and gallery tours. Don’t miss live elevator music and Lickety Split’s signature carrot cake. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
January 11, Beacon Dia:Beacon Community Free Day, where residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties are invited to visit the museum free of charge and participate in programs all day long.
January 11, Great Barrington Mason Library Post-Holiday Barter Market: Bring unwanted gifts to trade for things you can use. Item ideas: canned goods, arts & crafts, books, clothes, jewelry, seeds, plants, services, etc. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
January 11, Hudson 510 Warren Street Opening reception for Behind The Green Door, early and recent oil and watercolor paintings by Diana Felber, with music by Brazilian accordionist Vitor Gonçalves. 2-5 p.m.
January 11, Great Barrington The Meat Market 3rd Annual Sausage Fest, featuring twenty types of sausage paired with the perfect condiment, plus tastings, beer, and live music. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
January 11, Richmond Hilltop Orchards (home of Furnace Brook Winery) Full Moon Snowshoe & Bonfire (hike if there is no snow). Guided hike of approx. 1-1.5 hours, followed by a bonfire, wine tasting, and live music. Snowshoe rentals available. 6:30 p.m.
January 11, Chatham Blue Plate Benefit for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society Party with homemade buffet, silent auction, raffle, local bands all night long, Wild Roses Belly Dancers, and Drag Queen Trixie Starr. 5 p.m.
January 12, Lee Chez Nous Wine Dinner: Demystifying the French Wine Regions. Andrew Bishop of Oz Wines will give some examples of French regional wines for an evening of “demystification.” 6 p.m.
January 13-17, Great Barrington The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Writing workshops open to women of all ages, at any stage of their journey as writers. Bard College at Simon’s Rock. See website for workshop days and times.
January 18, North Adams MASS MoCA Israeli-born, New York-based artist Izhar Patkin discusses his new MASS MoCA exhibition, The Wandering Veil, with writer and curator David Ross at 2 p.m., followed by an opening reception from 3-5 p.m.
January 19, Kinderhook Kinderhook Memorial Library Panel discussion on Lyme disease with a Q&A period to follow. 4-6 p.m.
January 19, Hudson Time & Space Limited Membership Brunch for members, prospective members and their friends and families, with refreshments, raffles and live music by Claudia and Ryder Cooley. 4-6 p.m.
January 25, Rhinecliff Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society presents a free, family concert introduction to the quartet music of Beethoven and Verdi by Kleio String Quartet at the Morton Memorial Library, 2-5 p.m.
January 25, Washington Depot The Secret Table Sunday Lunch: Come early, enjoy a bracing walk along The Shepaug in Steep Rock and then settle into a multi-course meal paired with wines. 2 p.m.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Small Ways to Improve Your Kitchen Space

I am a huge fan of Apartment Therapy. Their posts are relevant whether you live in a house, condo or an apartment!

10 Small Ways to Improve Your Kitchen in 2014

1. Label your pantry jars: Faith has written before about the transforming power of a labeler in her pantry, and it's advice well taken! If you don't have a labeler, you could also label jars with washi tape. When the pantry becomes easier to navigate, so does your life in the kitchen.

2. Reorganize your measuring spoons. If you have more than one set of measuring spoons, don't keep them all piled up together in the drawer divider. Instead, give the teaspoons and tablespoons their own little compartment. Those are the measurements you'll probably reach for the most anyway, and this simple update makes it easier to sort the spoons and keep them organized.

3. Oil your cutting boards. Just five minutes a month — that's all it takes to keep your cutting boards in tiptop shape. Considering they're such a major workhorse in the kitchen, it's worth it to take good care of them so they last a long time.

4. Clean your knives properly. Like the cutting boards above, we wouldn't be anywhere without our knives, so it's worth learning the proper way to clean and care for them. Do it a few times, and it'll soon become a habit!

5. Tiny kitchen? Maximize your counter space. On Monday we shared a brilliant little tutorial for cozy burner covers — a great solution if you find yourself frequently frustrated by your lack of adequate countertop space.

How To Build Burner Covers and Double the Counter Space in Your Tiny Kitchen

6. Rethink (and maybe redo) your cookware storage. Pots, pans, cookie sheets...they're essential, but they take up a lot of room. If you're not satisfied with your current storage setup, find a new solution. A few ideas: store stack pans in a wire organizer, use a ceiling pot rack, or hang them in a corner cabinet. And don't forget about organizing your pot lids! My new favorite way to store stainless steel lids is a magnetic knife rack.

7. Light it up! Having gone from a very dim kitchen to now having adequate task lighting, I can tell you the change is revelatory. This update needn't be expensive either. You can install under-cabinet lights or just bring in a swing-arm task lamp if nothing else. I installed two of IKEA's RANARP Clamp Spotlights over the workspace in my kitchen, and I love them. (You can see how they look here.)

8. Don't be a refrigerator bag lady. Old habits die hard, and for me it took awhile to let go of my grocery-bags-in-the-refrigerator storage method. I'm still not perfect, but life in the kitchen is so much better when I open my fridge and see properly washed, prepped, and packaged greens and vegetables. Not only does it help keep my fridge neater, but it also means I'm more likely to eat those goods rather than letting them languish in an opaque plastic bag.

9. Buy a fire extinguisher. If you haven't done this, now is the time! You hope you never have to use it, but you don't ever want to find yourself needing one and not having it available! Make sure to buy one that is suitable for Class B (flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, and oil) or Class K (vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances) fires.

Basket Storage in the Kitchen: Cheap and Pretty Organization!

10. Pick one thing to prettify. You may not have time or resources to do a full-scale Kitchn Cure right now, and that's fine! But January is a great time to do something a little special for your kitchen. Maybe you finally buy a big clock to hang over the door, or a pretty tea towel, or some nice-smelling dish soap. Maybe you move a plant from the living room into the sunny spot by your kitchen window. Whatever it is, take a moment to recommit to your kitchen and cooking life for 2014. It's going to be a good year!

What small changes are you making in your kitchen this year?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Some Events for the Upcoming Week in the Area

Tall Tales-10:30am-OWL

Women’s Forum: Ladies of Topsmead-2:30pm-Litchfield CC

Goshen Republican Caucus-8pm-Goshen Town Hall


Bereavement Group-9:30-11:00am-Litchfield CC

Intermediate Italian-1:30-3:30pm-Litchfield CC

Books and S'Mores-3:30-4:15pm-OWL

"My Life Is The Ink, Memoir Workshop"-6pm-Wisdom House


Christmas Tree Recycling-10am-12pm-Bantam Firehouse

DEEP CARE Family Ice Fishing Workshop-10am-3pm-White Memorial

Experiences of Emerging Church-10am-12pm-Wisdom House

"Second Response PLAYshop Training"-1-5pm-Wisdom House

Owl Prowl-7pm-White Memorial CC

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Great Decisions-4pm-Goshen Library