New England

November, 2001
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Insect Tastings at the Insectarium of Montreal
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 9 to December2, 2001, the Insectarium of Montreal invites you to add a touch of Africa to your menu and brighten up your fall weekends with their Insect Tastings, a "veritable feast of textures and flavours, offer a variety of insect-based treats, African style."



On Friday evenings, from 5 to 7, enjoy a non-alcoholic aperitif during happy hour and munch on salty and spicy insect snacks, all to some spirited African rhythms! On Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 4p.m., bring the whole family -- there's something for everyone, including "crunchy crickets, munchable mealworms, luscious locusts" and other delights.

Local Buzz

Jimsonweed Poisoning
The mother of a 14-year-old girl who became ill after an aquaintance gave her tea spiked with jimsonweed has vowed a crusade to make the herb illegal. Jimsonweed grows in fields and barren areas across much of the United States, and is sometimes sold as an ornamental for its lovely, trumpet-shaped flowers. However, the plant is poisonous, and consuming it can lead to hallucinations, paralysis or death. Despite its toxicity, under state and federal law, possession of jimsonweed is legal. (source: Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont)



For more information on the plant, visit the Datura/Jimsonweed page in Cornell University's Poisonous Plants Informational Database.

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