Jamie Stringfellow

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Topsfield Fair | Blue Ribbon Day at New England’s Oldest County Fair

There’s already a ticket line 20 deep when I arrive at the Topsfield Fair at 10 a.m. on an early-October day. Sun filters through the trees, and I’m hit with the smell of warm pine needles, kettle corn, and fried dough as I walk through the gate. A woman plays an amplified electronic zither, and […]

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Oak Bluffs, MA: Kayaking

There’s a kayak outfit on Martha’s Vineyard that advertises, “You only know it’s an island from the water.” That rang true this day when my husband, Barry, and I dragged our kayaks into the water. His had a rudder, and he could fish while steering with his feet. My job, in my little single kayak, […]