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KENT — Every 10 minutes, for 40 hours straight, they feed the fiery beast. 

Once a year, in alternating shifts, experienced potters, apprentices and friends from the Northwest Corner come together to feed wood into the blazing belly of the sprawling brickanagama at Joy Brown’s South Kent pottery studio. The Japanese-style kiln contains about 200 sculptural and figural pieces of all shapes and sizes painstakingly crafted by Brown and other potters who are participating in the annual Clay Way Studio Tour over Columbus Day weekend.

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Aspiring jazz students gathered

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KENT — The 2011 Jazz Camp of the Litchfield Jazz Festival featured a faculty of more than 34 professional musicians and music educators plus guest artists such as renowned saxophonist Jimmy Heath (see story Page A1). More than 400 students came to the Kent School campus to take part this year.
Some students come for the entire four-week program, while others come for one, two or three weeks. The program ends Aug. 5, coinciding with the festival, which is Aug. 4 to 7.
This is the 15th year of Jazz Camp.

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Jazz legend Jimmy Heath shares wisdom at music camp

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KENT — James Edward Heath is known in the jazz and music worlds as both Jimmy Heath and Little Bird. He is one of our country’s giant jazz legends. He is a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master.
Heath was in Kent on the campus of the Kent School on July 28 as a guest artist at the 16th annual Jazz Camp, sponsored by the Litchfield Jazz Festival (which will be held Aug. 5-7 at the Kent School, see story Page A7). The camp is in session for four weeks prior to the festival.

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Things are ‘Smoking’ in the Kent restaurant scene

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KENT— What do you get when you mix a pastry and dessert chef from Poughkeepsie N.Y., with a Nashville, Tenn.,-born self-described restaurant lifer who loves southern cooking?
You get Smoked, the newest establishment in the active Kent restaurant scene.
Chef Andy Hayes and his wife, Beth Owens, opened Smoked in May of this year and already “have developed a pretty good following,” Hayes said. “We have many regulars, diners who keep coming back.”
Hayes and Owens met four years ago when they were both working at Gramercy Tavern in New York City. They’ve been married for two years.

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Bronze elephants settle in for a Kent visit

KENT ­— A pair of life-size bronze elephants resides behind the Morrison Gallery. The elephants are the work of Peter Woytuck, the same artist who created the bronze bulls at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville and whose massive animals also lie in repose around the village.
The elephants arrived in Kent in early July. Moving the 7,000- and 10,000-pound sculptures was a challenge. The elephants were driven across the country from Santa Fe, N.M., on a tractor-trailer truck. Then, on a recent rainy day, the elephants were lifted over the gallery with a crane.

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Bicycle tours another way to see Kent

KENT — Warm weather draws scores of cyclists to the roads of the Northwest Corner and it’s not unusual to see them riding in packs.
On Thursday, July 21, one of those packs consisted of 39 girls from Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in Wingdale, N.Y. The campers came to Kent for a 10-mile bike ride before cooling off with ice cream at Backcountry Outfitters.
Harmonie Rosenberg, one of the girls’ counselors, described the trip as a “special treat.” The campers typically engage in swimming, arts and crafts and outdoor adventure.

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Clarity for town employees

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KENT — Several town personnel matters were clarified at a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen on July 19. First Selectman Bruce Adams said the selectmen had made a mistake by paying all employees as salaried, as opposed to hourly, and that caused personnel and administrative issues.
A motion was approved that the following positions will be salaried: administrative assistant, animal control officer, assessor, first selectman, highway foreman, land use administrator, park and recreation director, social services director, tax collector, town clerk and treasurer.

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Fire department celebrates 100 years with barbecue picnic

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KENT — As part of a year-long celebration of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department’s (KVFD) 100th anniversary, the fire company hosted a community barbecue and picnic at the firehouse on Sunday, July 17.
The lavish afternoon meal featured barbecued chicken and ribs, hot dogs, salads, macaroni casserole, fruit salad, baked beans and cole slaw. Guests were able to make their own ice cream sundaes.
Fire equipment was moved outside for display — and to make the large main firehouse floor available for eating and socializing.

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Free jazz concerts at Kent venues

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KENT — In conjunction with the Litchfield Jazz Festival, from Aug. 5 to 7 at the Kent School, there is the month-long Litchfield Jazz Camp. And as part of the camp, until Aug. 6, student performers and faculty from the camp offer free Kent Has That Jazz concerts in venues around town.
Although admission to the concerts is free, donations are appreciated; they are used exclusively to provide need-based scholarships for students to attend the camp.

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Hot day, cool falls

The Kent Falls State Park draws swimmers looking to take a dip all summer long.

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Mother and son plan 192-mile ride

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KENT — Kent resident Judi Soule, proud to be 63 years of age, and her 36-year-old son Luke will participate in the 192-mile Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) charity bicycle ride in August.
The two-day ride starts in Sturbridge, Mass., on Aug. 6 and ends the following day in Provincetown, Mass., on Cape Cod.
More than 5,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the ride, with a goal of raising $34 million. This is the second year Soule and her son will participate.

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