First officer’s log, whaleship Charles W. Morgan, January 7, 1864. The good news: “Brava, Cape Verde Islands . . . Took on Board six Hogs four fowls and some Oranges.” The bad news: “The Cook deserted.”
Thinking of buying a boat or trading up to a larger size? Hop aboard — there is much to consider. Luckily, there are dozens of full-service marinas from Old Saybrook and Old Lyme to New London, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, and beyond.
It may seem like a roadblock to some — after all, finally being able to acquire a boat is all about relaxing and forgetting about the cares of the world. Yet most accidents occur on boats less than 21 feet long, according to statistics gathered by the U.S. Coast Guard and posted on the American Boating Association website.
An estimated 175,000 people are expected over the course of the four-day fair, which had its beginnings with its sponsoring organization, the Woodstock Agricultural Society. In 1859, the society consisted of about 211 people who paid the fifty cents to become members. Descendants of that early group are still involved in the fair.
Regional beers are enjoying a fizzy surge of awareness. The variety of beers and styles produced by the local brewers is as wide and creative as imagination and tradition allow — and the light lager mentality associated with Coors and Budweiser products scarcely touches the array of porters, stouts, India Pale Ales, lambics, bocks, bitters, pilsners and on and on.
The dog days of summer hold a special place in this foodie heart of mine. There are certain things that just taste so much better when the sun is shining bright: A tall cool glass of lemonade An ice cream cone with 2 huge scoops of vanilla ice cream A summer-ripened peach A huge slice of juicy watermelon
Maybe the best thing about sweater-weather is the opportunity to cozy up to a fireplace and relax with a warm meal and mug of cocoa — or a glass of wine, perhaps — in front of soul-warming dancing flames.