CVA presents New England Volks-Meet

The Connecticut Volkswagen Association will hold its 11th annual New England Volks-Meet on Sunday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westbrook Elks Lodge, 142 Seaside Ave. The CVA is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

CALENDAR

BITS AND TIPS

FOOD

Gather at the Public House for a foodie feast

Editor's note: This version adds the reviewer's byline. One might not expect to find a good French 75 cocktail at your basic public house, but Old Lyme’s latest addition to the local tavern universe is anything but...

COLUMNS

New Horizons approaches Pluto July 14

Pluto was in its final months as an official planet when NASA launched its New Horizons spacecraft on Jan. 19, 2006.

Enthralled by the wood thrush

There is a place where cool streams flow and the sweet scent of ferns is strong. It is in precisely such tranquil places that the unobtrusive wood thrush retreats from human commotion.

ENTERTAINMENT BLOGS

BIG TICKET

DEAR ABBY

Questioning boyfriend is not likely to change

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend, “Blake,” recently broke up with me — again. He told me in the beginning that he was bi-curious, and that he wasn’t sure he was completely heterosexual.

Aftermath of son’s affair puts grandmother in awkward spot

DEAR ABBY: My son had an affair that resulted in the birth of a child outside his marriage. The baby is extremely ill.

Marriage to slovenly wife brings man close to tears

DEAR ABBY: I have been married 40 years, and it’s just the two of us. I work full time and make a good living. We have a large house in a great neighborhood.

Husband’s long hours make married life lonely for wife

DEAR ABBY: I’m 19 and I got married six months ago to the love of my life! We have a great relationship despite how young we are. There’s one problem though: my husband’s job.

Girlfriend expects fireworks when her parents meet his

DEAR ABBY: I have been with “Tom” for two years, and I suspect that he will be proposing soon. He is 27 and I’m 24. Here’s the problem: He wants our parents to meet before he asks.

Readers defend parents who disapprove of cohabitation

DEAR READERS: On May 5, I printed a letter from a parent, “Against the tide in New Jersey.” He said his “independent, intelligent, loving” daughters (both in their late 20s) have dated their boyfriends for five years and...

Your stars - July 2

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t feel like you have to make a snap decision.

HOROSCOPES

Your stars - July 7

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t be afraid to be different.