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Destination: R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison

Posted on March 3, 2016

    Article & Photos By Jacqueline Bennett   A mystique has developed around R.J. Julia Booksellers. In an era when small, independent bookstores are being swallowed up or put out of business by large chains, this shoreline gem has not only survived but thrives.   Located in the downtown of quaint-ish Madison, Connecticut, R.J. Julia Booksellers is a ten minute drive from Hammonasset Beach State Park and about an hour north of New York City. It is a popular spot for author lectures and book-signings having drawn notables such as … Caroline Kennedy, Garrison Geillor, Nora Ephron, Barbara Walters, Julie Andrews, Bobby Flay, Amy Bloom, Tom Brokaw, local television news anchor Ann Nyberg … and the list goes on.   Madison is a community of 18,000, a two-mile jogging distance to…

Summer’s Last Hurrah at Hammonasset Beach on Long Island Sound

Posted on September 1, 2015

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   With Labor Day Weekend at hand, in a few days Connecticut’s local television stations will inevitably assign reporters to head to Hammonasset Beach State Park and cover one of the most popular places in New England to enjoy summer’s last hurrah. Located in the quaint town of Madison, Hammonasset – an American Indian phrase said to mean “where we dig holes in the sand” – offers more than two miles of beach on Long Island Sound. Unlike some beaches where the walk to reach the water’s edge is a long trek, a nice feature at Hammonasset is the breadth of the sand typically puts visitors closer to the surf. There is a boardwalk, walking/biking/ hiking trails…