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Kimpton Taconic Hotel & The Copper Grouse - Manchester, Vermont's New Kids in Town

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Dating back to before America's Civil War days, Manchester, Vermont has long been a destination for tourists who flocked to this idyllic New England town nestled between the Taconic Range and Green Mountains to enjoy unsurpassed beauty, peace & quiet, and fly-fishing on the Battenkill. The town is home to Equinox Mountain - the highest summit in the Taconics with an elevation of 3,850 feet that features a spectacular Skyline Drive; the flagship store of Orvis - a family-owned retail and mail-order business specializing in high-end fly fishing, hunting and sporting goods founded in 1856; Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home which was the 412-acre summer estate of Robert Todd Lincoln and his wife Mary Harlan Lincoln along with their three children built in 1905; the Southern Vermont Arts Center - a nonprofit art center featuring both visual and performing arts in a National Historic Trust Mansion on the slopes of Mount Equinox; and the American Museum of Fly Fishing which was creat…

"Intersections" at the Peabody Essex Museum is Simply Powerful

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NOTE: This exhibition ended on July 10, 2016
During a recent "Instagram-friendly" press preview at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum, Sona Datta, the curator of South Asian Art who joined the museum in 2014 following her eight-year tenure as a art historian and curator specializing in the visual culture of South Asia at the British Museum, London, spoke about the museum's new immersive art installation by Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha entitled Intersections.

The new installation located in the Wheatland Family Gallery on the second floor just off of the museum's East India Marine Hall, consists simply of a five-foot laser-cut wooden cube painted black with the same pattern repeating on all six sides. Suspended in the center of the gallery, when illuminated from within by a single, bright light inside the cube, intricately patterned shadows are cast onto the floor, the ceiling, the walls and the gallery visitors. These patterns of shadow and light &quo…