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Ah…beautiful Woodstock. Mesmerizing even during a rainy, spring season. The whiff of greenness, dewy leaves and buds – misty air enveloping one’s soul, glimpses of blue sky introducing a smile and sigh with an overwhelming feeling of contentment. This is home.  We are so fortunate to live in these parts of New England, having made the choice to live in this “country” village that so many others flock to for a week, weekend, or day’s reprieve. In essence, the attraction is instantaneous: a precious pace of life within a place filled with both antiquity and luxury. Mind you, not the...

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Home Keeping 101: Spring Cleaning with Historical Significance

Home Keeping 101: Spring Cleaning with Historical Significance

The domestic arts, home keeping, housekeeping, even home economics, parlay both comfort, and drudgery to many of us. Our forefathers (and mothers!) were admired for their resourceful and practical know-how for “keeping” their homes, houses, cabins, shacks, tents, teepees - prideful abodes in which they loved, nourished, grieved, rejoiced, entertained, contemplated, and worshiped. This year, F.H. Gillingham & Sons celebrates their 130th anniversary – in the business of food, housewares, clothing, books, toys, wine & beer, hardware, and of course, cleaning products and supplies you simply cannot live without. Some showstoppers we are honored to shared historical significance with: Kirk’s...

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A Worldly Cup of Joe

A Worldly Cup of Joe

In 1914, the story goes something like this… In lieu of drinking banned alcohol, forbidden on Navy vessels by Josephus Daniels (United States Navy Secretary, during World War I), soldiers coined the term for their second place beverage, “Cup of Joe” – aptly named after Josephus. What these soldiers grudgingly drank to ease their pain, has become a commonality amongst all walks of life, all over our world. “A coffee” – whether light & sweet, black & white, or dark - speaks to all of us, at any time of day: morning to jump start a crazy day ahead, an...

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Decadent Pairings

Decadent Pairings

Spring conjures up a feeling of "wonderfully simple." Our senses awaken to the sounds of early morning birds singing their announcement of a day filled with, yes, wonderfully simple experiences. At F.H. Gillingham & Sons, our staff is excited for the task of taking simple ingredients and pairing them with extraordinary pantry items. Blake Hill showcases an out-of-this-world chutney: Cranberry & Orange. Alongside a slice of freshly baked bread and Billings Farm Sweet Cheddar, this delightfully rich and fruity chutney raises the bar to a new level. In the mood for a stellar combination of brie and fruit? Stonewall Kitchen's...

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