Book Announcement- If Only Houses Could Talk

A bright side of COVID gave Portland, Connecticut, architect Alain Munkittrick time to produce his book depicting 160 restored and historic houses in the Connecticut River Valley, all of which have stories to tell.

Team Drive

Way back when, Smith College’s different look and a different outlook.

A Tenuous Success Story

Ten meters above the water a herring gull glides and casts a dark shadow that cannot be a shadow, cannot be directly below him nor as cleanly defined in the absent brightness of not-yet-day.

Tour de Lyme

Octogenarians to tykes unite and pedal the pavement and trails for a good cause.

The Spirit of The Kate

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, affectionately and officially known as “The Kate,” is first and foremost a performance space.

Below the Surface- Rivers Have Mussels, Too!

Along the seashore we’re familiar with ribbed mussels and blue mussels (which make a delicious meal), but unlike these saltwater mussels, the freshwater cousins do not taste good nor do they form large rafts or adhere to hard substrate like dock piers and rocks.

Gardening for Good- Lawn Care We Can Live With

Ah, spring. For the gardeners among us it is the long-awaited return to being outside, smelling the soil, welcoming the sun. And regardless of how you spent your winter month —planning or just anticipating—the gardening season is now upon us. And suddenly there’s oh so much to do.

Conte Corner: New Column Starts with Summer Issue

Through the Conte Corner the authors hope to bring to life how laws, policies, and funding, in DC and locally, make a difference to the watershed, the Conte Refuge, and you and me: the people who live, work, and play here.

Wildlife Wonders: Blue Jays

They might be called all sorts of unkind (and unjust) names, like “bully,” “nuisance,” or “thief,” but I still like blue jays.

What’s For Dinner?

For centuries it had been thought that one should only eat shellfish in a month with an R in it—the “R factor”—and for good reason.

Estuary for Young Readers #9

Here in Saybrook, we’re still adjusting to the idea that our new President, Abraham Lincoln, is calling up an army so he can preserve the Union and abolish slavery.

From the Publisher- Looking Back

This issue is the thirteenth since Ralph Wood and I started Estuary magazine four years ago. We have published nearly 200 articles and more than 500 photos, maps, and other images, all related to the Connecticut River watershed.