Holiday in the Country
Shelton tree the star of Rockefeller Center this holiday season

Shelton tree the star of Rockefeller Center this holiday season

A piece of Connecticut will help mark the Christmas season during the tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center on Dec. 4. The Norway spruce belonging to the Vargoshe family, of Kazo Drive in Shelton, will be decorated and on display for the holiday season. It is 76 feet in height and 47 feet in diameter, and...
Share a stress-free holiday season with your college-age child

Share a stress-free holiday season with your college-age child

All of us want a holiday season filled with fun, relaxing times. But you and your college student may have completely different ideas about what that means — especially if the student is a freshman and experiencing that freedom for the first time. Dr. Aaron Krasner, director of the Adolescent Transitional Living Program at Silver...
Make holiday mail memories at Connecticut’s Little Town of Bethlehem

Make holiday mail memories at Connecticut’s Little Town of Bethlehem

At first glance, the Bethlehem, Conn., Christmas Town Festival is the kind of event one would expect to see in nearly any small New England village at the holidays — there’s the giant tree on the green, crafters selling their wares, strolling carolers and musicians, hayrides, and Santa posing for pictures at the firehouse. But...
The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

My secret wish is to dance in Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet. It would even be all right if I wasn’t cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy, although I think I would enjoy being lifted high in the air by the handsome Prince during Act II’s romantic pas de deux. No, I would actually prefer to wear...
Visiting Santa without the tears

Visiting Santa without the tears

The holiday season means it’s time once again for parents to take their youngsters to visit Santa Claus. Pictures with little boys and girls lining up in their dress clothes with Santa are a holiday tradition, and youngsters are often anxious for their chances to share their Christmas gift wishes with the jolly man in...
Ski in Connecticut during the holidays

Ski in Connecticut during the holidays

You don’t have to drive up to Vermont or fly out to the Rocky Mountains to enjoy some good skiing or snowboarding. Connecticut has a few decent ski areas of its own. And with the mountains being so close, families can easily — and affordably — enjoy a day on the slopes during the Christmas...