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Scarves on Windham “Frog Bridge” – Sign of the Holiday Season in Northeastern Connecticut

Posted on December 17, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   A distinctive splash of red twirled around four gigantic green frog sculptures, perched atop spools of thread on the “Frog Bridge” has become a whimsical sign of the holiday season in northeastern Connecticut’s Windham county. Upclose, at a distance, front view or rear view, one might say the frogs in scarves visual – jumps out – to greet travelers.   Flurries playfully accented the 11- foot-tall bronze statues following a recent, early December snowfall, likely among the first of many snowflakes that will descend throughout the coming winter. The bright red scarves clearly bring holiday warmth to these creatures from the deep.     Four frogs squat, one perched on each corner of the bridge spanning the Willimantic River and Windham rail line from Pleasant Street (Route…

Teapots & Nana – A Mother’s Day Memory

Posted on May 7, 2014

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb (as shared by Deb) “Do you know why I love teapots?” Debbie said a short time after my mother’s passing in December of 2010. “Because Nana and I would sit in the kitchen in the early morning and she would read my future in the tea leaves left inside my tea cup – it was always something wonderful and positive.” My mother had a wealth of folklore knowledge and knowledge about superstitions. Among them was one about tea leaves. If a tea bag broke inside a teapot or cup as it simmered, it was good luck to finish drinking the cup of tea she told us. Then she would turn the cup upside down, slowly twirl it around on its…

Hot Cross Buns, An Enduring Easter Tradition of Friendship, Goodwill & Good Fortune

Posted on March 20, 2014

By:Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb A few weeks before Easter, hot cross buns appear in grocery store bakeries in abundance – but it turns out they are much more than just a tasty harbinger-of-spring. A popular food tradition in predominantly Christian, English-speaking countries, English folklore associates hot cross buns with friendship, good will and good fortune. Perhaps it is the icing cross found on top of these small, spicy, bread-like cakes filled with dried fruits that originates the legend they are blessed with the power to ward off evil spirits and bring good. For example folklore says, sharing a hot-cross bun with a friend on Good Friday ensures a lasting friendship, giving a piece of a hot cross bun to the ill will speed their recovery,…