Thursday, February 28, 2013

If you write to impress...

Thornton Wilder Late 1960's, Photos from our Archives


“If you write to impress it will always be bad, but if you write to express it will be good.”  

Thornton Wilder




Our Town, for which Wilder won his second Pulitzer Prize, took place in a fictionalized Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Apparently I'm a style icon. For men. Prep androgyny and Amelia Earhart...



Click on the picture to see the article. How could I not put this one up?

Monday, February 25, 2013

New England Clam Chowder: The Preppiest Food?

Chowder at Newport's Black Pearl
Some have asked, what is the preppiest food?  It could easily be New England Clam Chowder.  Admittedly, the preppy culture's contribution to the world has not been overly gastronomical, so it may win this moot court simply by default.  However, a better case can be made. It is traditional.   It tastes best using fresh, local ingredients.  It can be served on the dock or at a wedding.  Or, ideally, at a wedding on the dock.

And it invites conversation.  One of the oldest and most hotly debated New England questions is "What kind of clam chowder is the best?"  This can elicit not only the digging up of old recipes, but a weekend-long road trip to taste samples first hand.

Some swear by Cappy's in Camden.

Cappy's, 1991
Others say Black Pearl in Newport serves the best.


At the Black Pearl

Some inevitably prefer the "variety" that was first created in Rhode Island, and was the subject of such state-wide pride that they quickly named it "Manhattan Clam Chowder."    But this "chowder" was so offensive to so many New Englanders that in 1939 a bill was put forth in the state of Maine that would have made calling clam chowder made with tomatoes illegal.  It came close to passing.  (Some New Yorkers deny all knowledge of it, and swear they've been framed, wrote CooksInfo.com).


Life Post Crown Pilots

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Guest Post: A House in Winterport, Maine

From the Bank of the Penobscot River
I asked an old and dear friend who had lived in Maine for 10 years and then moved down to Connecticut to share her thoughts.  These are her words and her pictures.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

What to Wear with Nantucket Reds

A  palette for Nantucket Reds
One of the most frequently asked questions  is, "what should I wear with Nantucket Reds?"  For most,  the palette is very narrow: blue, white and natural.  Stay away from pink and red, and green is difficult.  Then use motif belts to add some color if desired.

While this is limiting, here are a handful of possible pairings.

(Note:  Belts are from Leather Man Ltd.)

With Striped Button downs





With Navy or White Polo Shirts


With Seersucker

With Navy Blazers - photo by Brad Cole

With Oxford Cloth Button downs

A little Kelly Green goes a long way.



With Cotton Cable Knit Crew neck Sweaters


With Cotton Fisherman's Knit Crewneck

With Norwegian Birdseye Crew neck Sweaters
Nantucket Red Shorts - photo of Brad Cole via Brad Cole

With Wool Irish Fishermn's Crewneck

Other Nantucket Reds questions:


Q:  Are Nantucket Reds from Murray's Toggery Shop the best of breed?
A:  Murray's Nantucket Reds are now imported from China,k although they have begun to add a made in the US line.  Other options/sources of "Breton Reds" include:
Q:  When is the correct time to wear Nantucket Reds/Breton Reds?
A:  While summer is traditional, many think of theirs as three season, as long as they can comfortably go sockless.



Saturday, February 9, 2013

Camden, Maine


Camden, Maine is a hub, and some would the jewel, of mid-coast Maine.  It is a tourist destination during the summer months but is also a bustling year round town as well.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Language of New England

Standing in Portsmouth, New Hampshire one can look back across the Piscataqua River to Kittery.
A reader from Chicago recently left this comment:
I know New Englanders use the term pocketbook, but might handbag, or just tote, be more befitting a utilitarian article like a boat tote? I would think pocketbook would refer to a true shoulder bag, satchel or clutch? [sic] Thank you for enlightening me on the use of this term. 
Pocketbook is an old Yankee term.   Gathering “New Englandisms” is easy to start and impossible to finish.

Words and Phrases
There are plenty of interesting words and phrases from across the six states. Some of the more salient:
  • Cabinet (for milkshake in Rhode Island)
  • Pocketbook
  • Cellar
  • Wicked
  • Wicked bummah
  • Wicked looza
  • Bubbler
  • Pissa or pissah
  • Ayuh
  • Jesum
  • Mass Souls
  • Congo Church
  • Staties (for state police)
  • Swamp donkey (for moose)
  • BMW (You will know this or not, but I am not spelling it out.)
  • Elastic (for rubber band)
  • Dungarees
  • Jimmies
  • Grinder (for subs)
  • Rubbish
  • Supper (for dinner)
  • Rotary (for traffic circle)
  • Bulkhead – the entrance to basement
  • Mum (for mother)
  • Snowing like a bass-tid
  • Steamers
  • Hamburg
  • Bulkie roll (for kaiser roll)
  • Quohogs (RI)
  • Coffee milk (RI)
  • Drug store
  • Hoodsie cup
  • Package store/packie