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Unless You’re A New Englander It’s Hard to Fathom …

Posted on September 26, 2016

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Unless you are a New Englander it may be hard to fathom the sheer joy that accompanies the first chill in the air with the arrival of each autumn. When I opened my front door the past two mornings and this morning around 5 a.m., the welcome coolness was waiting. It left me feeling refreshed, as if a new beginning could be just around the corner.   Autumn 2016 made its debut on Thursday, September 22, and Connecticut could not have asked for a more perfect first fall weekend. By Saturday and Sunday crisp temperatures meant it was time to pull on favorite sweatshirts, from my L.L.Bean deep green zip front to heavy hoodies that were being worn.  …

After Unseasonable Weather, A Snowstorm Surprise

Posted on February 6, 2016

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Overall is was a beautiful sight and a typical New England snowfall.   Nonetheless, following weeks of unseasonably warm weather, parts of Connecticut were surprised Friday, February 5, with a foot or more of snow. Although the snow had been predicted, Winter Storm Barbara brought more inches than had been anticipated to areas, arriving in a wet, heavy form that caused power-lines to sag and snap. Compounded by whipping winds, the result was power outages (which had been predicted), as well as, motor vehicle accidents, school closings and a busy day for AAA. At peak, Eversource reported 65,000 customers without power, noted area broadcasters.     State, local and private plow drivers worked to clear the…

Fresh New England Snowfall on the First Day of Spring

Posted on March 20, 2015

Write-up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb   Metrological predictions of a fresh snowfall in southern New England on this, the first day of spring were accurate. Estimates range from 2 to 8 inches here in Connecticut depending on the location, the shoreline or inland near the capital city of Hartford.   Even as press releases have begun to arrive about the Travelers Championship – PGA stop each summer,  the Connecticut Golf Show, and Red Sox baseball news gradually dominates the New England Sports Channel – old man winter simply is not ready to say good-bye, in what has been a season of many, many snowstorms and record accumulation in nearby Boston, MA.   On a day when light weight jackets would typically have been enough, turtlenecks, corduroys and wool sweaters were still…

Connecticut’s Breathtaking Autumn Foliage Continues Into November

Posted on November 2, 2014

  Write-up by Jacqueline Bennett Photos by Michelle Larned & Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com     New England is known for the brilliance of its autumn foliage. In Connecticut, breathtaking views have been bountiful this season. Some tree crowns began turning in the latter part of August – by October, the landscapes awash in rich colors, have rendered vistas so beautiful there is joy simply in being alive to drink it all in.   Good news for Nutmeggers and other leaf peepers, areas in Connecticut are predicted to hold their color for two more weeks through to November 15, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.   From orchards and pastures in the “Quiet Corner” to hills of the City of Village…

Harbinger of the Seasons

Posted on September 16, 2014

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   One of my prized possessions is a potter’s bench I bought for a song a few years ago. Its light-colored, lattice pine wood is now darkened in spots, weathered from being outdoors. It has a bottom shelf where I store potting soil, a watering can and remnants of the passing months. It also has a row of pegs, a larger main shelf and a narrow top shelf where I rotate in the news of which time of year is coming. My potter’s bench has become my own personal corner of the world to decorate as I please and herald in the changes that accompany life in New England – a harbinger of the seasons. Each winter I move a…

Hayrides & The Bennett Family Farm in New Hampshire

Posted on August 17, 2014

By: Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Among the many photos I have taken, one of my favorites I shot during my first ever hayride. It was on a gorgeous, late summer day in September of 2012, sunny, dry with a slight chill in the air – perfect sweatshirt and shorts weather – my favorite kind. I attended the Grange Fair in West Simsbury, Connecticut where they were offering free hayrides, and I decided it was high time that this New England girl get aboard to find out what it would be like firsthand.   To get started, the line of eager passengers was to climb up a small step ladder into the wagon. Thanks to my long legs the step ladder was unnecessary for me.…

Only New England Stop – Exhibit Features Stage & Screen Legend Katharine Hepburn

Posted on May 14, 2014

Write-up by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb  Old film buffs and fashionistas might want to set aside time to visit an exhibit at the Connecticut Historical Society, featuring stage and screen legend Katharine Hepburn. The daughter of a Hartford doctor and suffragette, Hepburn hailed from Connecticut. Famously, her family had a summer home in the Fenwick section of Old Saybrook. In 2003, she passed away there at age 96. In its only New England stop, stories about the four-time Academy Award winning actress’ life in Connecticut will be added to the exhibit, according to the CHS web page. Titled “Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen”, the visiting exhibit was organized by the Kent State University Museum. It looks at Hepburn’s personal fashion sense of “informal…