If reruns of Queer Eye for the
Straight Guy aren’t enough for
you and you’re missing Thom
Filicia’s excellent taste in home
décor and furnishings, you’re
in luck. His new book, Thom
Filicia Style: Inspired Ideas for
Creating Rooms You’ll Love
(Atria, $35), will give you your
Filicia Fix while helping you
find your own personal style.
The book includes the back
story on Filicia’s own rise to
fame and the roots of his personal philosophy for design;
step-by-step strategies for analyzing your living space and
getting out of it what you need;
and voyeur-licious photos and
stories from the homes of the
winners of Filicia’s nationwide
family room makeover contest.
In full color with lush photography and helpful workbook-like
charts, the book is great for
beginning designers and veteran design junkies alike.
On the Mark
It’s the sport that everyone is just now
raving about, yet it’s been around since
the time of the Vikings: telemark skiing.
In telemark, also known as free-heel
skiing, the skis have a binding that only
connects the boot to the ski at the toes,
just as in cross-country skiing. This allows the free heel to flex up from turn to
turn. The telemark turn is led with the
heel flat on the downhill ski, while the
uphill ski is pulled beneath the skier’s
body with a raised heel.
Sound complicated? If you’re an
alpine skier, you’ll be able to pick up
this style in no time with the right equipment and a lesson or two. And while you
certainly don’t have to leave the comfort
of your favorite resort, telemarking allows
you the freedom of taking your sport to
If you’re more interested in being a
spectator, a don’t-miss highlight each
season is the NE T International
Telemark Film Festival. On Nov. 21
at Bowdoin College in Brunswick,
Maine, this amateur film festival
shows short films of everything from
telemark skiers’ backcountry adventures to footage of their comedic
stunts, such as telemarking on grass
in the summer or on sand dunes in
The winter season is filled with telemark festivals, including:
• The Vermont Telemark Festival at
Jay Peak, Vt.
• The New Hampshire Telemark
Festival at Wildcat Mountain, N.H.
• The Gunstock Classic Telemark
Race at Gunstock, N. H.
• The Maine Telemark Festival at
Sunday River, Maine
For festival dates or telemark lessons,