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Holiday Gifts

Good health: the gift that keeps on giving

WINSTED — The Health Food Corner at 390 Main St. in Winsted has been open for 11 years and is co-owned by husband and wife Bob and Sue Bailey.

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The holidays are about the cookies

KENT — The arrival of the holiday season brings with it the predictable flurry of activity as everyone prepares for celebrations with family and friends —with food playing a central role.  SoDelicious Homemade Bakery in Kent can help. The bakery specializes in made-from-scratch baked goods of all kinds.
Owner Stacey Grimsley opened the bakery in April 2015. Her Italian grandmother gave her many of the recipes she uses. 

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The Young Person’s Guide to Orchestrating Gifts, Part 1:

Taking a cue from English composer Benjamin Britten’s 1945 educational composition, “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” this is “The Young Person’s Guide to Orchestrating Gifts.” 
Instead of teaching the young however, I, a young person, will be teaching you how to be a seasonal shopping savant by exploring not the wants, but the emotional needs of a specific demographic. Let’s begin with your out-of-college daughter. Cue the woodwinds. 

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Historic cannonball truly a unique gift idea

SALISBURY — Dan Dwyer, proprietor of Johnnycake Books in Salisbury, has an unusual item for sale: a Salisbury cannonball.
Dwyer said the cannonball was dug out of a hillside in Lakeville around 1920 by a Salisbury resident who died in the 1980s. (There were apparently two cannonballs, but nothing is known of the whereabouts of the second.)

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A renaissance for the historic Colebrook General Store

COLEBROOK — Jodi Marinelli likes to make her Colebrook General Store come alive with color during the holidays.
“We go wild in here decorating for Christmas,” she said with a smile. “It really feels festive.”
The store was closed for several years and reopened on Dec. 13, 2014, when Marinelli unlocked the doors for business again. 

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Home items large and small at Chestnut

KENT — The holiday season is upon us, and with its arrival comes the perpetual quest for holiday gifts. Chestnut Woodworking, having opened up its storefront in The Kent Barns just over one year ago, features unique items to suit every taste.  

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Small, enticing luxuries at Passports

SALISBURY — The alert holiday shopper can find a lot of unusual items for the hard-to-please people on the list at Passports on Main Street in Salisbury.
Recently, Manager Christopher Baetz drew a reporter’s attention to a few items that are pleasant to behold — and that won’t break the bank.
Mainstays such as stretch pearl and stone bracelets ($15) and kimono hair clips ($15) will be familiar to Passports veterans.

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Merry (and elegant) for the holidays

KENT —Shopping at Scott & Bowne is a bit like visiting an eccentric, well-traveled great-grandparent — if one were allowed to pick up and inspect all that caught the eye, and if everything that took one’s fancy were for sale. This is a shop whose inventory is an eclectic, ever-changing collection of fine arts and furnishings, from silver to 19th-century photo albums to statues, as well as curios from around the world. A wide range of prices and historical eras are represented.

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A little book, not so light reading

CORNWALL — With the three books to her credit, author, essayists and professor of literature Betty Krasne has shown that her imagination cannot be confined to any one genre. 
In her 2006 memoir “A Dangerous Thing” Krasne looks back at the limited expectations set for her in her education as a young woman and the great pivot her life took as she enrolled in a progressive school that sparked her lifelong determination to learn, grow  and teach. 

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Vigilantes and the bloom of an outlaw life

CORNWALL — Author and Housatonic Valley Regional High School history teacher Peter Vermilyea gave a talk at the Cornwall Library on Saturday, Nov. 19, on the history of crime and criminals in Litchfield County.
This was the latest stop on his tour of the Northwest Corner to promote his new nonfiction book, “Wicked Litchfield,” a spiritual successor to his 2014 work, “The Hidden History of Litchfield County.” 

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