Did you notice there was one day a couple of weeks ago when we had one of those 24-hour weather switcheroos-strong south wind for 12 hours, then strong north wind for 12 hours-and suddenly the trees were bare. Just like that. Bam. Then it got brown. That's when you know you're really in it. Welcome. You have arrived.

Fortunately, we've got some cozy nooks where we can go get together and hang out. One of them is Dogwood Bread Company in Wadhams, where owners Courtney and Keri Fair are hosting the season's first Senior/Community Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at noon. The menu includes homemade turkey noodle soup, roasted vegetables, salad, apple crisp, and coffee and tea. It's open to all, with donations welcome. Any profits will go to the Westport Food Pantry to help pay for turkeys for this year's Thanksgiving Baskets. If you live in the area but have trouble getting out of the house, call Dogwood at 962-2280 to arrange for free delivery.

And on Wednesday, Nov. 18, Mary Brown will give an illustrated talk at the Wadhams Free Library entitled "What's a Nice Librarian Like Me Doing Handling Aviation Fuel in Antarctica?" The title alone is enough to pique your interest, even if you don't know Mary, who's the former director of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System. After she "retired" a few years ago (a word you wouldn't normally associate with her), she had a yen to see Antarctica, where she spent five months at a job that included running a full-size airport. If you do know Mary, then you have an idea of how entertaining her presentation promises to be.

Another cozy spot is the Westport Library, where this time of year you're likely to find a nice blaze crackling in the fireplace. The second meeting of the new Poetry Group will be held there on Thursday, November 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There's no charge, and anyone interested in attending should bring ten copies of a poem they'd like to read and have the group discuss.

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