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“We looked at many retirement communities, and after meeting the wonderful staff and residents at Taylor, we knew this was the right place for us.” Bob and Timmie Nolan Taylor Community Residents since 1996

Welcome to Taylor Take a good look around!

We are a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) organization with a rich history of more than a century of retirement living and service to seniors in the scenic Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Whether you want to enjoy the uniqueness of this region from the comfort of your own backyard or get out there and experience it first-hand, Taylor provides a lovely setting and an opportunity for you to live life to the fullest. As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) we offer the full continuum of independent living, assisted living, and nursing level care to seniors.

Life the way you want to live it...

Taylor is ideal for seniors who want to live independently in New Hampshire, surrounded by the splendor of scenic lakes and mountains. We offer both apartment and cottage living - and we free you from maintenance headaches. We complement your retirement lifestyle with services and amenities to meet your every need...from entertainment to transportation.

Choices abound...

We recognize that some seniors need or want additional support, particularly as lifestyles change with age. We provide the full continuum of care including independent living, assisted living and nursing care. Our programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of each of our residents. Our goal is to help our residents stay healthy and active.

Location, location, location...

Our main 104-acre campus is located in Laconia, the hub of the Lakes Region, with its historic New England feel surrounded by the natural beauty of New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. Laconia is centrally located, providing easy access to many options for shopping, dining, nature areas, historic sites, cultural events, golfing, boating, skiing and many other entertainment options.

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We offer you a choice of cottage or apartment living. Our cottages are singlelevel retirement homes, beautifully landscaped with practical floor plans. Our independent living apartments in the Woodside building range in size from 752 to 1395 square feet. All have living rooms, sunrooms, fully-applianced kitchens, and convenient access to numerous amenities.

See all that Taylor has to offer and schedule a visit that’s convenient for you, or request your free information packet. Call us today at 603-524-5600 or toll free at 877-524-5600. Or, visit

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Capitol Center for the Arts Inspiring, educating, and entertaining. by Susan Nye


Preaching from the Canvas The art of Lisa Nelthropp. by Lori Ferguson


Vintage Kitchens The heart of the home. by Lois R. Shea

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64 departments 9 Editor’s Note 10 Contributors 12 Online Exclusives 14 Around Town 16 Out & About by Tareah Gray Taste of Concord. 20 Season’s Best Pumpkins galore. 26 Spotlight by Nancy Fontaine BRAVO for dresses! 31 Common Ground by Alan Blake Parade of Homes.

54 Travel Log by Debbie Johnson with Kristina Lucas Exploring the Inca Trail. 64 Good Neighbors by Tom Brandes Helping animals during disasters. 69 Smart Money by Jeffrey Zellers and Tina Annis Revocable trusts. 71 Dining & Entertainment Guide 73 Calendar of Events 76 Concord Chat by Mike Morin A visit with Kim Murdoch.

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“We’re making the right move.” Ed and Ruby Bartlett Future North End residents at Heritage Heights

For more information about our new North End cottages, call us at 1-800-457-6833 or 603-225-6999 today!

The Bartletts sign up for a new life with greater freedom and friendship. Ed and Ruby Bartlett are thrilled to be among the first to choose one of 34 brand new cottages in the North End at HavenwoodHeritage Heights. Beyond the excitement of selecting colors and finishes in their new cottage, there are many reasons why they feel they’re making the right move. “The attitude

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and atmosphere just couldn’t be better,” says Ed of the warm welcome they have already received. Because their cottage will be maintenance-free, the Bartletts look forward to having more time and freedom for activities, day trips and their eight grandchildren. They will also gain the peace of mind of living in a Continuing Care Retirement Community. According to Ruby, “We have the rest of our lives to do what we want to do


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Fabulous Fall With autumn’s arrival, our thoughts turn to sending the children back to school, the return of football (Go, Pats!), and the glorious crisp, sunny days this season brings. Make it a point to head outdoors to soak up these gorgeous days filled with family, friends, and foliage. We’ve packed this issue with many stories of local interest, from the work of artist Lisa Nelthropp (page 42) to the casual yet elegant designs of Sue Booth at Vintage Kitchens (page 48). All I can say is “Wow!” We’re also dropping in to visit with the friendly folks at the Capitol Center for the Arts (page 36), a real showplace in the area that takes pride in giving back to the community. I’m sure many of you are animal lovers, as I am, and we do everything we can to keep our pets safe and healthy. But have you ever thought about what would happen to your animals if you had to evacuate during a flood or a tornado? The New Hampshire Disaster Animal Response Team, a division of Volunteer New Hampshire, is sharing their expert advice and information on how to prepare for natural disasters (page 64). It’s crucial to have a plan in place, not only for yourself and your family but also for pets and even farm animals. Learn how to take steps to be prepared when disaster strikes, and consider volunteering to help this group as they perform their muchneeded work in our state. If you happen to be out enjoying the scenery on Columbus Day weekend, drop in to visit some of the eight houses on the Parade of Homes tour, organized by the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association (page 31). Many people have united to donate countless hours— not to mention skills, expertise, and materials—to this event, which features a new home to be auctioned for the benefit of children’s charities in the Lakes Region. Support this important cause and enjoy seeing the latest home designs by some of the area’s top contractors. Whatever your favorite autumn activities may be, the staff and I hope you’re able to take delight in all of them. Keep up to date with events in the area and find new content online at, and like us on Facebook. Enjoy!


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Tina Annis

Tom Brandes

Mike Morin

Tina is an attorney and founding member of Annis & Zellers, PLLC in Concord. For over 12 years, she has assisted New Hampshire families with all aspects of estate planning, probate administration, and elder law. She is a frequent lecturer in the community on the subjects of trusts and estates.

Originally from New Hampshire, Tom is a freelance writer in Plymouth, Minnesota, where he writes on a variety of subjects including technology, healthcare, manufacturing, sustainability, and more. His work has appeared in a number of publications, including New Hampshire Wildlife Journal, Auto Magazine, Fire Chief, and Urban Land. He enjoys hiking, biking, and canoeing during annual visits to New Hampshire with his family.

Mike, radio host and writer, is the author of his professional memoir, Fifty Shades of Radio: True Stories of a Morning Radio Guy Being Wired, Tired and Fired. He co-hosts New Hampshire in the Morning on WZID-FM and was recently given the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

Susan Nye

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A corporate dropout, Susan left a 20-year career in international sales and marketing for the fun, flexibility, and fear of selfemployment. She is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur, and cook. Susan’s work appears in magazines and newspapers throughout New England. When she’s not writing or cooking, Susan is hiking, biking, or kayaking near her New Hampshire home.

Ian has been photographing people and places in New Hampshire for over 30 years, and his studio, Raymond Photographic Imaging, is located in Laconia. Besides photography for magazines, catalogs, and brochures, he specializes in architectural photography and fine art portraiture. When not shooting, Ian is serving Belknap, District 4, in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Jeffrey is an attorney and founding member of Annis & Zellers, PLLC in Concord. For over 25 years, he has been a trusted adviser to individuals and businesses in the areas of estate planning, business succession planning, and tax matters. Jeff is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Capital Region Health Care, Inc.

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COMPETITION IS BREWING IN CENTRAL NEW HAMPSHIRE. It will be a good fight, although quite possibly a messy fight. Culinary artists from 30 Concord area restaurants will be rolling up their sleeves and releasing their creative juices for two contests at the 8th Annual Taste of Concord on October 10. The Granite State Throwdown involves two chefs, one task, and a handful of local celebrity judges. The Top Slider Competition—open to any restaurant up to the challenge—will yield another winner based on text votes from pleased palates. Last year, hundreds of votes for the Top Slider Competition resulted in a slight edge for the seafood fritter slider created by Tandy’s Top Shelf in Concord. FOOD FOR A CAUSE

Taste of Concord will feature food and beverage samples from over 30 area restaurants, a silent auction, raffles, and live music, with all proceeds—roughly $30,000 each year—converted into scholarship funds for the Concord Boys & Girls Club. “You can spread that around to quite a few kids,” says Chris Emond, the Club’s executive director. “This is the perfect event. It’s fun to go to, you get to eat good food, and you’re raising money for a very good cause.” Presenting sponsors are New Hampshire Distributors Inc. and the Citizens Bank Foundation, along with a host of other local businesses. “New Hampshire Distributors is a longtime supporter of the Boys & Girls Club,” says Tyler Kelly, vice president of marketing. “When this local food, beer, and wine expo-style concept was created eight years ago, it was based purely on the thought that people love to enjoy those three things, so if we bring them together, all while raising money for a great community organization, then it could be a slam dunk. And it has been.” The Concord Boys & Girls Club has been benefitting the city’s youth since 1944. It had its humble beginnings on Highland Street as a safe place for boys called the Addison Boys Club, named after a city policeman. In 1983, the Concord Boys Club welcomed girls and became the first club in the nation to legally change its name to Boys & Girls Club. In 1987, they moved to their current location on Bradley Street, where there is now a teen center. The Club has expanded into neighboring towns and now hosts over 1,200 members, ages six through high school, throughout central New Hampshire.  16 find around concord at

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The Club offers opportunities such as cooking courses to promote healthy living and Internet safety courses to promote safe living. Mentors support character and leadership development as well as physical fitness. Academic and behavioral support has become an increasingly important focus of the Club, which is adding a kindergarten program next. Over 80 percent of Club members receive some sort of financial assistance, says Clay, and 38 percent of Bradley Street Club members are living at or below the national poverty level. “Without events (such as Taste of Concord), it would be difficult to serve the number of kids that we serve now. Every little bit counts. Events like these are one of the main reasons that our organization can do what we do.” The Club relies on fundraising, donations, and user fees; government dollars are a small percentage of the Club’s operating budget. Some families pay full tuition while others pay nothing. “We are a cross-section of society, but our primary purpose is to make sure the kid who can’t afford to pay is at the Club,” says Emond. Taste of Concord benefits not only the Club; it also helps introduce the creations of local restaurants and their talented chefs. Emond has one bit of advice for attendees of the Taste of Concord: “Do yourself a favor and do not eat the entire day.” V


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pumpkins galore

Pumpkins come in a multitude of colors, shapes, and sizes, and colors range from the familiar orange to green, yellow, red, white, blue, and even multicolored striped pumpkins. They can be huge, tiny, flat, short, tall, round, pear-shaped, necked, smooth, ribbed, and even warty. Some pumpkins are fabulous for culinary uses, while others are more suited to being carved or displayed. ď ˝

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THE WORD PUMPKIN ORIGINATED FROM THE GREEK WORD PEPÕN, WHICH MEANS LARGE MELON. The word gradually morphed, through use by the French, English, and then the American colonists, into the word "pumpkin." Pumpkins and other squash are believed to have originated in the ancient Americas. Early pumpkins were not the traditional round, orange, upright jack-o'-lantern shapes we know and love today. They were a crookneck variety that stored well.

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CREAM OF PUMPKIN SOUP with pumpkin seeds and garlic croutons

1 cup milk 1 onion, thinly sliced 1 bay leaf 1 cup chicken broth 1 cup pumpkin, cooked and mashed 1½ Tbsp melted butter 1½ Tbsp flour ½ tsp salt Dash of pepper Combine milk, onion, and bay leaf in saucepan. Slowly bring to a boil. Strain, then combine strained ingredients with chicken broth and mashed pumpkin (save the milk). In a separate pan, make a roux by combining the butter and flour and cooking over low heat for 5 minutes. Add milk mixture to roux slowly and whisk until the soup is smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes to bring out the flavors. Garnish with pumpkin seeds and garlic croutons.

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CHOOSING THE PERFECT CARVING PUMPKIN You will never go wrong with a jack-o'-lantern variety for carving. They were bred just for that purpose. They have stiff straight walls, fibrous flesh that can stand up to being carved, and hollow cavities perfect for holding candles. There are several other varieties that can be carved also. The Lumina is particularly fun to carve. The interior flesh is orange. When a candle is placed inside, it gives off an eerie glow through its ghostly white skin. Physical characteristics to look for in choosing a quality and fresh jack-o'-lantern: Choose a pumpkin that feels firm and heavy for its size. Choose a pumpkin that has consistent coloring throughout. Turn the pumpkin over and place pressure on the bottom with your thumbs. If it flexes or gives, your pumpkin is not fresh. Look for soft spots, mold, wrinkles, or open cuts that would indicate damage or early spoilage. Choose a pumpkin with a solidly attached stem. A green stem indicates a freshly harvested pumpkin. Place your pumpkin on a flat surface to see if it will sit flat after being carved.

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A wide variety of dresses and accessories is showcased in a beautiful historic 1830 building.

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n the corner of Capitol and Main, next to the State House, stands an imposing former bank building. Made of cool, light stone with tall windows, iron bars cover the front entrance with a single word in golden letters: BRAVO. 

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“People come from all over and say there’s nowhere else like this,” Tina remarks. “We have a lot of unique dresses, we don’t buy in large quantities, and we rotate the stock quickly. You won’t see someone else at the wedding wearing the same dress.” Look more closely at the windows, and you’ll notice colorful women’s dresses and tasteful jewelry on display. Step inside, and you enter an unexpected and welcoming world, that of Bravo Boutique. Owner Tina Smith greets customers with a bright smile. A petite woman who clearly knows how to dress well, she appears at home among the mix of bank décor—polished dark wood and high ceilings— and women’s fashion. “We are not into pressure sales,” she says, “so just come in and visit. It’s a beautiful place to be.” That it is. Plush carpeting and understated, Asian-themed decorations make the clothing stand out. The front of the store has everyday dresses and other types of clothing on display, which vary in design and color but could easily be worn to work or a casual event. Around the perimeter are the jewelry and the handbags. The prices start at $18 and many things here are under $100. Clearly style need not break the bank.

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From top left: Owner Tina Smith looks forward to helping you find the perfect dress. From casual dresses to formal gowns and mother-ofthe-bride fashions, Bravo has all you need. Follow their motto: Wear your addiction.

been known. The gowns—mother of the bride or groom, prom, any formal occasion—are gorgeous. A rack of sequins and saturated colors lines each wall to the left and right, and a standing, full-length mirror graces the back wall. To the right is the dressing room, from which women come out to use the mirror. “Like a kitchen in a house, customers migrate to this area,” Tina says. “So many people don’t want to come out and show what they’re trying on, but once they start, it’s wonderful. Other customers will say, ‘Oh you look amazing in that!’ And the confidence of the woman trying on the dress soars.” Not only do women look good in the dresses, they tend to make good use of the investment. “I want people to wear what they buy, not just leave it in the closet.” Tina is also happy to help fill out outfits already in hand. “If you have a dress that needs a little something, bring it in and we’ll help you find a necklace. To me the most important thing is that you love what you’re wearing.” A distinct inventory, chosen mostly in New York, is another of Bravo’s hallmarks. “People come from all over and say there’s nowhere else like this,” Tina remarks. “We have a lot of unique dresses, we don’t buy in large quantities, and we rotate the stock quickly. You won’t see someone else at the wedding wearing the same dress.” } fall 2013 | around concord 29

Vision by Designer A.J. Silva The vision for the boutique stems from the designer and founding owner, A.J. Silva, known for designing gowns for pageant winners, including Miss New Hampshire and Miss USA. Although some told him that Concord was not the right place for his shop, Silva says, “I opened Bravo in November of 2010 and quickly made a name for myself.” Tina echoes this. “Everyone connected with him and loved A.J. People look for him.” He decided to sell Bravo because “as much as I loved the business and my clients, I got an opportunity to relocate to the coast and live in North Hampton, New Hampshire,” he says. “I knew this move would limit my presence in Concord, and I knew I couldn’t give Bravo 100 percent.” And Tina, whose first profession is nursing, was already working there. “She is kind, sweet, professional, and just wonderful to be around. We put the word out that the shop was for sale and found some interest, but ultimately it was meant to be that Tina purchase it.” Gowns and necklaces A.J. designed can still be found in the store,

and he says, “I will certainly be there for Tina in any way that I can help. She is so dedicated to the store that I feel she will continue running it as I did but still bring it to a higher level of excellence.” Tina is a longtime Concord resident who loves the community and loves to give back. She is the director of logistics for the local American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. “Concord is such a generous, giving community. We raised over half a million dollars for Making Strides.” The event is how she first came to know A.J., when the group held an appreciation reception at Bravo. Hosting events in the shop’s elegant atmosphere is something Tina would like to see more of and plans to do herself. On September 27 and 28, Bravo will celebrate her as its new owner with “Tina’s in Town.” She’s also looking at expanding store hours and opening on Sundays and Mondays because people expect to be able to shop whenever they are in town. “We need to think outside our traditions,” Tina says. But one thing will not change at Bravo: the friendly elegance that A.J. and Tina have brought to Concord’s Main Street. V

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Above: Home in Waterville Valley by Abode Builders. A few of the participants for the Children’s Charity House to be auctioned include (from left) Steve Custance, Custance Brothers Woodworking; Bob Glassett, Pella Windows; Dale Squires, Belknap Landscape Company; Julie and Mike Hayward, Hayward & Company Log & Timber Homes; Patti Phelps, All in the Details Interior Design; Pete Nelson, PENCO Plumbing & Heating; and Randy Hancock and Bill Blanchette, Middleton Lumber Company.

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mong the throngs making the annual pilgrimage through New Hampshire’s back roads this foliage season will be those who have come to see more than the soft, yellow hues of beech and the brilliant reds of sugar maples. Many of those crisscrossing the rural countryside of the Lakes Region and the mountains will be searching for a slice of the American Dream. 

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“This isn’t a garden tour,” laughs Julie Hayward, president of the LRBRA. “It’s an opportunity to meet some of the area’s best builders and to learn how a home was designed, what materials and techniques were chosen and why, and what went into the construction.”

Top: The “Discovery Home” at Squam River Landing was designed and built by Sippican Partners Construction. Center: Alan Mann Construction’s house in Campton. Right: The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith is a state-of-the-art theatre building designed by Sonya Misiaszek of Misiaszek Turpin PLLC and built by Bonnette, Page and Stone.

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The annual Parade of Homes pays homage to home ownership and quality craftsmanship, offering a close-up look at some of the finest work by members of the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association (LRBRA). And while everyone loves a traditional parade, this one comes with a twist: The parade doesn’t march before stationary bystanders but invites its spectators to come to them! With guidebook in hand (and maybe a GPS), the Parade of Homes is an interactive experience, with doors flung open at eight properties across the lakes and mountain regions over Columbus Day Weekend. AN EXCITING LEARNING EXPERIENCE

“This isn’t a garden tour,” laughs Julie Hayward, president of the LRBRA. “It’s an opportunity to meet some of the area’s best builders and to learn how a home was designed, what materials and techniques were chosen and why, and what went into the construction.” Parade-goers can learn about the latest features in heating and cooling systems, energy-efficient building practices, innovative building materials, windows and doors, native New England products, and kitchen and bath design. Often the homeowners who have made their personal space available for public viewing will stay to greet guests, giving visitors an intimate perspective of each home on the tour. “People really get into it,” says Julie, who with her husband Mike owns Hayward & Company Log & Timber Homes in Bristol, which will be showing a home for the fourth year. Visitors like to linger for quite a while, asking a lot of questions. The builders enjoy talking about their craft and appreciate it when people take an interest in it. And many of the homeowners like

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FOR THE CHILDREN This year’s Parade of Homes benefits a favorite cause of the LRBRA, the WLNH Children’s Auction, which for 30 years has raised money for Lakes Region kids’ organizations. In addition for ticket sales (it’s $5 to for a map, guidebook, and entry to all eight properties), LRBRA will raise money through the sale of the Children’s Charity House. The 2,200-square-foot craftsman-style bungalow at Windemere Ridge in Laconia has views of the Ossipee Mountains and features custom-milled hardwood floors, built-in cabinetry, a stone masonry fireplace, and an open porch with tapered stone pillars. Local interior designers have put their finishing touches on the Charity House— interior decorations, furnishings, artwork, window treatments, and supplemental floor coverings—so visitors can envision how it would look decked out as their dream home. The Parade of Homes is the public coming-out party for the Charity House, which will be put on the market with proceeds going to the Children’s Auction. “The Association is very dedicated to helping the Children’s Auction,” says Patti Phelps,

Above: Work in progress on the Children’s Charity House.

Parade co-chairman, noting that it is being built, landscaped, and decorated largely through donations by and volunteers from the LRBRA membership. “This is our most ambitious project by far.”

sharing their new spaces, too.” Now in its seventh season, organizers expect about 300 visitors at each of the eight properties, from potential home buyers and those considering renovation projects to a growing clique who simply admire the craftsmanship that goes into well-built homes.

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From left: Children’s Charity House participants include Dale Squires, Belknap Landscape Company; Bob Glassett, Pella Windows; Will Richards, W. F. Richards Excavation; Julie Hayward, Hayward & Company; Bill Blanchette, Middleton Lumber Company; Mike Hayward (General Contractor for the project); Patti Phelps, All in the Details Interior Design; Steve Custance, Custance Brothers Woodworking; Randy Hancock, Middleton Lumber Company.

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“Some Parade-goers visit just a home or two, and others go to every single house,” says Patti Phelps, co-chair of the LRBRA Parade of Homes committee and owner of All in the Details Interior Design in New Hampton. With a three-day window of touring opportunities between 10am and 4pm each day, visitors can set their own schedule for the tour, which meanders from New Durham in the south to a pair of properties in Waterville Valley to the north. “We have some regulars who go on tour every year,” says Julie. “This year we have some unique properties for them to see.” These include the Discovery Home at Squam River Landing in Ashland, the tour’s first unfinished home, where visitors can see rough construction, including everything from plumbing, electric, and insulation to rafters, sheetrock, and subfloors before it is sealed from view. “We wanted to show people what’s behind the walls,” says Bob Glassett of Pella Windows, coordinator of the Discovery Home effort. The parade’s first non-residential property will also be on tour, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse at its new location in Meredith. The old Annalee Dolls campus has been remodeled to include the community players’ 200-seat theatre as well offices, dressing rooms, and a lobby. The foliage alone is worth a country drive. The Parade of Homes makes a trip to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains truly a road trip worth writing home about. V For more information, contact Julie Hayward at (603) 744-0186, email, or visit the LRBRA website at Fall 2013

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DIM THE LIGHTS AND RAISE THE CURTAIN—IT’S SHOWTIME IN CONCORD. The Capitol Center for the Arts has a long, sometimes illustrious, sometimes shabby past. The Capitol Theater with its art deco Egyptian motif first opened in 1927. A stop on the national vaudeville circuit, the theater played host to jugglers, dancers, singers, ventriloquists, and comics. Built toward the end of the era, it was not long before the burgeoning film industry took down vaudeville. The theater was reborn as Concord’s premier movie house and concert hall. Over several years of steady decline, the grand theater lost its luster and slid into disrepair. The theater closed its doors in 1989.  BY SUSAN NYE PHOTOS COURTESY OF CAPITOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

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The beautiful theater, hall, and house are just the start. “The Capitol Center is the cultural heart of Concord,” says Katie Collins, Director of Development. “There is something very special about a live performance. It is a wonderful asset and resource for the community. Sitting in the audience of a live show, there is a wonderful sense of connection, with both the performers and each other.”

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Facing demolition, a group of concerned citizens got together and raised $4.2 million to create and support the nonprofit Capitol Center for the Arts. Board Chair David Fries has been involved with the Capitol Center since its earliest days. The attorney provided the nonprofit with legal advice. “I remember sitting on the stage closing the real estate deal to buy the property. Looking out at the decrepit theater, I seriously wondered if it could be done.” But done it was. More than 250 passionate and hardworking volunteers rolled up their sleeves and contributed more than 3,000 hours to paint and painstakingly restore the Egyptian-themed interior. New heating, air-conditioning, electric, and plumbing systems were installed, and the 1,300 seats restored. A new lobby, vestibule, and elevator were added, and the theater was made handicap accessible. The updated backstage was designed to accommodate the lavish Broadway shows that regularly fill the house. In recognition of the project’s largest benefactor, Chubb Life, the theater reopened as the Chubb Theatre in November 1995.

The Cultural Heart of Concord Along with the restored theater, the Capitol Center for the Arts is home to The Governor’s Hall and Kimball House. The Governor’s Hall hosts smaller events, including the popular Spotlight Café. Throughout the year, the hall is transformed into a ballroom for weddings and charitable events, an intimate club for performances, and a conference

room for meetings. Built in 1882, Kimball House is a superb example of the late-Gothic style of Victorian architecture. The architectural details within the house are incredible, with hand-carved woodwork, marble fireplaces, and Tiffany windows and mirrors. Kimball House’s parlors, library, and dining room are perfect for small meetings, retreats, and private events. The beautiful theater, hall, and house are just the start. “The Capitol Center is the cultural heart of Concord,” says Katie Collins, Director of Development. “There is something very special about a live performance. It is a wonderful asset and resource for the community. Sitting in the audience of a live show, there is a wonderful sense of connection, with both the performers and each other.” Executive Director Nicki Clarke and her staff work hard each year to bring a rich and varied set of programs to the Capitol Center. “Our goal is to bring audiences and artists together. We are a nonprofit, and we strive to inspire and educate as well as entertain our audiences. It is a challenge, but every year we manage to put together a great lineup. “This year is no exception, with a wonderful mix of high-quality events, including Broadway shows, dance performances, pop and country stars, and family programs.” She continues, “We serve the entire community from young children to seniors, and our performance and event schedules reflect that diverse audience. This fall, we have fun and Fall 2013 | around concord 39

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Clockwise from far left: Nicolette Clarke, Executive Director. Historic Kimball House interior. Kimball House dining room and three detail images from dining room. Grand reopening, 2003. Owen DeFrancesco, Marketing Manager.

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funky musicians like Asphalt Orchestra and great comics like Bill Maher as well as Tribute to Benny Goodman. Our giant screen brings opera in HD from the Met in New York and great shows from London’s National Theatre. Whether it is Shakespeare or punk, opera or a new comic, I like to encourage people to step outside their comfort zone and try something new.”

An Economic Engine for the Area “The theater is a great night out,” says Owen DeFrancesco, Marketing Manager at the Capitol Center. “A live performance is exciting, especially live Broadway. We bring the National Touring companies from New York to Concord for these shows. They feature great actors and the productions are amazing. It is the same touring company you would see in Boston, without the long drive and the parking problems.” Nicki adds, “We’re thrilled that West Side Story will be coming to the Capitol Center next May.” While the Capitol Center is an important asset to the community for the high-quality performances and gathering spaces, it is also an economic engine for the area. David Fries explains, “A study by Americans for the Arts found that nonprofit arts centers directly and indirectly create hundreds of jobs and contribute millions in income to the New Hampshire and greater Concord economies.* The Capitol Center is a huge draw and has helped position Concord as a cultural destination.” Both Nicki and David are proud of the contribution the Capitol Center’s educational programs makes to local youth. Some 25,000 schoolchildren attend performances

at the Capitol Center each year. Nicki says, “These performances are not just a one-off field trip. We work with the touring companies and the schools to tie these programs to statewide curricular goals.” While the Capitol Center is itself a nonprofit, it generously donates tickets to organizations serving disadvantaged children and families, including Concord Boys & Girls Club, Child and Family Services, Senior Companion Program, and many more. Recently Citizens Bank recognized the outstanding contributions of the Capitol Center by honoring it as the 2013 “Community Champion” in the Arts and Culture category. With friends or family or a special date night, why not make plans to take in a show at the Capitol Center for the Arts this fall or holiday season? With so much to offer, you won’t be disappointed. V *For more information on the Americans for the Arts study: Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in the Greater Concord Area, NH, visit the Concord Chamber of Commerce website at Capitol Center for the Arts 44 South Main Street Concord, NH (603) 225-1111

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Lisa Nelthropp. Opposite: Scaling the Horizon; Psalm 72:16: May there be an abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains. View from Pinckney Boat House (Brewster Academy).

more than two decades, Nelthropp was crafting confections in her kitchen one day when she was struck by an epiphany. “I slammed my hand down on the counter and announced ‘I am going to paint in the style of Rufus Porter,’ ” Nelthropp recalls. Porter, a 19th century itinerant folk artist and inventor, is perhaps best known for his murals—primitive landscapes that echo their surroundings and evoke feelings of comfort and quietude. Nelthropp recalls having seen the artist’s work at some point but had never studied him or considered emulating his style. “I don’t have a fine arts background,” Nelthropp explains. “I’m totally self-taught, and prior to that day, I had painted very little. I still have no idea where the thought came from, but it completely captivated me.” }

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Clockwise from top left: Bayside Grill and Tavern in Wolfeboro (depicting Wolfeboro in 1890). Pair of portraits of Girls in Yellow Dresses (primitive portraits from clients’ photographs). My Dream of Noah’s Ark. Moonlit Voyage, plaster on canvas. The Old North Church in Dumont, New Jersey.

“My soul resonates with history, and I’m deeply committed to preserving my clients’ past for them,” Nelthropp asserts. “When I paint a mural in a private residence, I feel as though I’m bringing the family’s values into their home through the subject matter of my painting.”

This startling notion came to Nelthropp in November 2000, and by January she had closed her bakery and picked up a brush. Her first mural, homage to her paternal ancestry, was executed in the artist’s own home. She commandeered her front hallway and set about painting imagined scenes from the Nelthropp family’s ancestral Caribbean rum business (Nelthropp’s father was born on the island of St. Thomas). The process of turning her blank foyer wall into a canvas for her visions delighted Nelthropp and confirmed her belief that she had found her calling.

A TRADITIONAL ARTISAN Today, more than a decade after her dramatic career shift, Nelthropp is a highly sought mural artist and decorative painter with a national reputation for her work in Early American historical murals and faux finishing techniques such as wood graining, faux marble, glazing, and decorative plaster. With each passing year, the accolades continue to mount. In 2011, Early American Life magazine bestowed its highest award on Nelthropp as a “Traditional Artisan,” and last year she was chosen to lend her artistry to the refurbishment of Bridges House, New Hampshire’s executive residence in Concord. Her enthusiasm for her craft is expanding apace. “Painting is fun,” Nelthropp asserts passionately. “It’s not work—it just happens, it’s easy. There’s no turmoil for me. I know this is a God-given gift, and I am constantly asking the Lord for more skill so that I can continue to improve.” } Fall 2013 | around concord 45

Clockwise from above: The Gulf Station, an American icon (Melvin Village). A Painted Door (look closely; you can see the doorknob). Life in the Balance; Hebrews 12: 1: “Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience that race set before us.”

Indeed, Nelthropp links her faith and her profession so intimately that she describes her work as “preaching from the canvas.” She treasures the relationships she builds with clients and describes her work with missionary zeal. “My soul resonates with history, and I’m deeply committed to preserving my clients’ past for them,” Nelthropp asserts. “When I paint a mural in a private residence, I feel as though I’m bringing the family’s values into their home through the subject matter of my painting.” Her paintings are becoming increasingly spiritual, Nelthropp asserts, and the intimate relationship she enjoys with clients enhances her ability to create works that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also emotionally resonant. This emotional attachment has had some interesting consequences, Nelthropp admits. An intuitive artist, she typically does little or no prep work before beginning a painting. “I may scribble sketch a few areas of the piece or drop in a horizon line, but that’s about it,” she says. “It depends on what I’m trying to achieve for the piece.”

Yet Nelthropp becomes so intimate with each client’s emotional mind-set that at times she has become almost a medium of sorts, including deeply personal details from clients’ pasts in paintings before she has even been told of them. In one project, for example, Nelthropp unwittingly painted a scene that turned out to encompass three generations of the family. For her, it was a happy accident, but not surprising. “As clients describe their goals for a painting, we enter into a symbiotic relationship, and I become deeply attuned to their emotional state,” Nelthropp observes.

PRESERVING A SLICE OF HISTORY Although mural painting constitutes a large portion of Nelthropp’s oeuvre, she also paints a number of freestanding works—historical portraits as well as 18th and 19th century decorative paintings. She recently started a new series, “Scaling the Landscape,” that couples antique scales with views of beloved landscapes from across the Granite State. The pieces reference the history that Nelthropp treasures and also offer

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a metaphorical message that she alludes to through an associated Biblical verse. With Life in the Balance: View from the Libby Museum, for example, Nelthropp depicts an egg resting in the pan of an antique scale. In the background one glimpses a view of Lake Winnipesaukee from Wolfeboro’s natural history museum, the Libby Museum. The accompanying Bible passage is from Hebrews 12:1, “Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience that race set before us.” “These antique scales are slowly being forgotten,” Nelthropp asserts, “and this is my way of preserving them, and by extension a slice of history. The landscapes we know and love will always be there—the scales may not be.” Nelthropp also likes the psychological allusion of the series. Scales measure weight, she explains, and speak to the burden of concerns that each of us carries. Nelthropp’s art is clearly a calling in many ways. It’s a means of preserving the past—family stories, beloved landscapes, fading traditions—for posterity, and it is also a way to pay homage to a style of primitive painting that is swiftly fading. “I preserve a traditional handicraft that is rapidly being lost in this digital age,” Nelthropp earnestly concludes. “That’s why I like to paint in this style—I’m preserving history.” V Lisa Nelthropp 4 Mill Street Wolfeboro, NH (603) 520-6983

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This kitchen remodel in a classic 1800s farmhouse in Weare features mahogany cabinetry and an antique marble backsplash in the cooktop area with mahogany overmantel.

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he first kitchen Sue Booth refurbished was her own. She bought a 1929 bungalow with a kitchen that had been modernized “the painful way.” The electric stove was in one room, the sink in another, the fridge stood alone on a wall inside the back door. Components of the kitchen were spread all along the back of the house, in a space no one wanted to hang out in. Still, Booth says, “There were many things about the house that we loved and wanted to keep.”  Fall 2013 | around concord 49


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The kitchen, she says, “truly is the heart of a home, and it is an honor for me when somebody asks me to help them reshape that in a way that will better fit their needs.” So she changed the circulation, brought all the kitchen components into a central space, moved the sink out of an area that became a simple pantry. It wasn’t a big, splashy fix, but it completely changed how the space was lived in. “I realized,” Booth says, “that you could really bring new life into an old house and make it function in a way that honored the old house but made it relevant to a modern family. I didn’t know at the time that this would become the cornerstone of what I would do, the essence of Vintage Kitchens.” EN VI SI ON I N G A WEL L-L I VED -I N SPACE

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Booth went into the kitchen business in 1985, swapping a career as a speech therapist. She worked for firms in Manchester and Nashua, studied architecture and architectural history, and took design courses. Booth’s father was a builder, and she grew up working with him, so she had a practical edge. She started Vintage Kitchens in 1995. The Vintage Kitchen showroom occupies a historic building on South Street in Concord. Booth has 10 to 20 projects open in various stages at any given time. She works with both old and new homes. The kitchen, she says, “truly is the heart of a home, and it is an honor for me when somebody asks me to help them reshape that in a way that will better fit their needs.” Vintage Kitchens was selected to design and build the kitchen at Bridges House, the official governor’s residence in East Concord. Booth needed to come up with a fully functioning modern kitchen that fit in the 1830s Greek Revival brick home. The kitchen had to feel cozy enough for the governor’s family to eat breakfast there without feeling like they were sitting in a commercial kitchen, but it also needed to be able to accommodate a catering crew putting on a large event. And, Booth adds, “It needed to be beautiful, but not over

the top. It needed to be beautiful in a New Hampshire way.” The island, which was crafted by Vintage’s own shop, is New Hampshire tiger maple with molding that matches the original door-panel details from the 1835 portion of the home. The countertop is Vermont Verde stone; carved wood panels throughout were created by New Hampshire artist Jeffrey Cooper. Beautiful—in a New Hampshire way. Working with old houses is often about being able to envision a well-lived-in space clearly. The use of space in old homes has a way of becoming ingrained and well trodden—and it can be impossible for inhabitants to see it differently. An old Victorian entrance becomes a slipshod pantry during a renovation and ends up staying that way. A hall becomes a poorly placed washroom. Booth sees it all with the clarity afforded by fresh eyes. N AVI GATI N G THE POSS IB ILITIES

A recent project provided the challenge of a kitchen that existed in the space where two old houses had been joined together. The welcoming old entry was reopened; a bathroom that opened into the kitchen was reconfigured to open into a back hall; and a new pantry was created in an old space. Attic floorboards were brought down and laid in the kitchen. The light and warmth poured in. “We removed layers of people making do,” Booth says. “Nothing grand happened, but there were lots of things that happened that made the change grand.” Kitchens are, of course, complicated. Booth sees herself as the person who can help customers find their way through the dizzying array of possibilities. “I think kitchens are technically complicated, and I think people need an interpreter—someone who can help them navigate their choices,” she says. And Booth considers herself as a partner on every project.  Fall 2013 | around concord 51

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A call or email from Kristina Lucas always invigorates me, as it reminds me why I entered the travel business years back. I am not just a seller of travel but a seller of experiences. Kristina kindly agreed to share her travel experience to Peru with us below.

“Why did you choose Peru for your vacation?” a friend asked me recently. I’d wanted to explore Peru for so long, ever since my seventhgrade teacher in Peru, Illinois, asked our class to build a diorama of the pre-Columbian Incas. Intrigued by their gods, their stone buildings, and terraced farming techniques, I was captivated by mystical Machu Picchu and the people of a “lost” civilization, so when my husband asked where I’d like to celebrate our 25th anniversary, I chose Peru. 

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Clockwise from top left: Terrace of the Condor, overlooking Cuzco, at the Cathedral of Santo Domingo. Alpaca with Andean musicians at Sacsayhuaman, Cuzco. The Archbishop Palace window balconies at the Plaza de Armas in downtown Lima. Shayla describes the 1,000 year-old Mochican chicha pitchers at the Larca Museum. Foreground: The Intihuatana Stone or “Hitching Post of the Sun,� with Machu Picchu and Waynu Picchu in the background. Running water fountains at the Bath of the Princess at Ollaytantambo.

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We woke at the Sonesta El Olivar to gorgeous views overlooking the park and a bright sunny day, so that we were “glistening” as soon as we stepped outside. Strolling beneath the olive trees of El Olivar Park, exotic birdsong overhead, we found enormous, centuries-old clay olive jars lying on their sides on the ground. Fending off jet lag, we visited the quiet lagoon and the bubbling fountain, trying to get our North American feet grounded on South American soil.

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Quechuan, or “Pan de Azucar” (sugarloaf) in Spanish, used as a temple by the Ishma people during the 11th century. Amazingly, the 11th century ruins were just kind of lying around the coastal city, and we were also surprised to learn that the government would run out of money for many excavations like this one still in progress. The next day we toured the upscale Miraflores neighborhood and downtown Lima, where nine million people live, one-third of the country’s population. At the Plaza Mayor, Shayla pointed out the bronze Angel of Flame fountain rebuilt in 1651 and told us that the original was cast with instructions for a “llama” (flame, in Spanish), so the South American artists interpreted the first version with a llama at the top of the fountain, believe it or not. Freshly painted, bright-yellow government buildings surrounded the plaza, many ensconced with carved wooden balconies. During the colonial era, the Spanish brought their Sevillainspired Arabic designs and enclosed their windows for privacy and preserving female modesty. At the Spanish Baroque San Francisco Cathedral, we climbed downstairs to the catacombs, increasingly creepy and claustrophobic, encountering boxes and boxes of bones, and further on, skulls and bones arranged in patterns, some 70,000 burials. In the convent library, among the 25,000 antique texts from as early as the 1500s, I imagined opening the cracked leather bindings of books that Columbus and Pizzaro had read. Paintings on the walls, bursting with local color, depicted angels with parrot wings, and on the table in the painting of the Last Supper, the Peruvian holiday dish of cuy (guinea pig) was served. Later, Shayla escorted us through the Larco Museum, the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world, where other guides stopped to exchange books with her. In the galleries, the gold ceremonial head-

dresses and finely worked necklaces worn by the chieftains and god-kings of indigenous cultures helped us connect to the ancients. After describing the detailed work of early textile weavers who traded along the Peruvian coast, she showed us the portraiture chicha pitchers made by the Mochica people: shelves and shelves of thousands of different faces over 1,000 years old— breathtaking. Shayla described how chicha, a fermented corn beer, might be served at the Peruvian table or poured over the ground to celebrate a new home. Most of the ceramic chicha pitchers were shaped heads. Their faces showed distinct personalities and different races, each one unique and exquisitely carved. They were so detailed and engaging we felt a kinship; I almost expected them to speak, and we spoke quietly, as if in the presence of sacred beings. MI LO AT O LL AN TAY TAM B O

Milo arrived to guide us through the Andean Highlands, heading into the Sacred Valley of the Inca along the Urubamba River, and he practiced the Quechuan language with our bus driver, noting that the original native language continues to thrive and is currently taught in the schools, further connecting the past and the present. At the ruin sites, children arrived in colorfully embroidered traditional Andean dress with their alpacas and asked for a sole (about a quarter) for pictures. We stopped at the Pisac market, and Huayùo folk musicians in bright, striped serape blankets serenaded us with panpipes and small guitars as we ate lunch overlooking the llamas in the gardens. At the market we learned more about coca tea, used by the indigenous people for over 3,000 years. Later that afternoon after climbing, we’d learn, according to the information provided with the tea at our hotel, that coca tea alleviates symptoms of altitude sickness and digestive Fall 2013 | around concord 59



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problems, and “gives you the physical strength and the mental clarity to work like crazy without feeling any effects. It takes away hunger and thirst so your biology doesn’t slow you down.” Our first climb was the temple/fortress of Ollantaytambo, an Inca Trail starting point, about 60 miles from Cusco around 9,000 feet high, so that I was breathless and wishing for the help of some coca tea. Milo’s description of the work required to build the terraced walls, without tools or machinery, exhausted our imaginations as much as the gazillion stone steps exhausted our legs, though we were exhilarated to take in the feats of engineering. We found running water fountains, including “The Bath of the Princess.” Milo said Ollantaytambo was built during the mid 15th century, by Pachacuti (he who shakes the earth, in Quechuan), pointing out the formal trapezoidal doorways, the storehouses on the hillsides, and the quarries in a ravine across the Urubamba River some five kilometers away. How to comprehend the log rollers and thousands of men required to haul these massive stones three miles uphill? VI L MA AT M AGIC A L MAC HU PIC C HU

We stayed overnight at the Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, an 18th century colonial-style monastery where we explored a quiet garden courtyard. The huge arched wooden door of our room required a hand-sized iron key. In the morning, we sat silently in the calm of the stark sanctuary, and after cups of minty coca tea in preparation for our 13,000-foot ascent, we caught the train to Aguas Calientes where we met our guide to Machu Picchu, a Quechuan named Vilma. The steep bus ride up the sides of the mountain includes 13 switchbacks. Arriving at the sacred site where the mist hangs heavy over Machu Picchu, Vilma invited us to feel the presence of the spirits who inhabit this site. Vilma led us to the Royal Tomb, explaining how the cross carved into the wall represents three levels of existence in the Incan world.

Professor Beto at Tambomachay near Cusco, a resting stop along the Inca Trail.

The first step, symbolized by the snake, represents the underworld or death. The second step signifies the present human life; its symbol, the jaguar. The highest step represents the spiritual plane of the gods, symbolized by the condor. At the Temple of the Condor, the Inca shaped the stone, beginning with a natural rock formation, to create the outspread wings of a condor in flight. On the floor of the temple is a carved condor head, completing the figure of a three-dimensional bird. A young stocky Andean sat near the temple offering his condor jewelry for sale. Walking among the royal enclosures and the residential areas, and hiking the agricultural terraces, we were stunned to speechlessness by the immensity of the project constructed to withstand Peru’s earthquakes, where it sits overshadowed by Waynu Picchu (young peak). Vilma led us to the Sacred Plaza and observing the solstice orientation of the Hitching Post of the Sun, she relayed how shamans believed that touching our foreheads to the stone enhanced communication and connection with the spirit world. As the misty fog turned to light rain on our faces,

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we felt protected by the green peaks hugging the old mountain village and enveloped by the aura of the ancients who had walked these same paths. Post-hike, while overlooking the rapids of the Urubamba River, our overnight stay at the Hatuchay Tower offered another occasion to sample the traditional Peruvian pisco sour, a tart and tasty brandy-like liquor served with lime juice and topped with beaten egg white. After visiting the rural church that housed a Madonna in Andean dress and the serpent fountains in the Machu Picchu village, we approached the station where we heard that mudslides had slowed the train schedule. We’d chosen the Vistadome, which was luxuriously spacious, including large side and overhead windows. In addition to tasty refreshments, the rail guides offered a fashion show of alpaca sweaters and musical entertainment with wild costumes and folkloric dance in the aisles. PeruRail is the second highest railway in the world, after Tibet, and on the return trip we raised our eyes to the mystical peaks. BETO, O UR C US CO PR OF ESS OR

After a night at the Novotel, a 16th century colonial building where we observed a wedding party in the interior courtyard, we left to meet our next guide in the Central Plaza at Cusco and found ourselves befriended by a young artist who wanted us to believe he had painted the pictures in his folder from the Cusco School of Art; he spoke quickly and warned us that the officers would chase away vendors. Carlos offered background stories on the jugglers and musicians around the fountain, and those in a political parade of flags, including the Quechuan rainbow flag. Beto, like our previous guides, spoke several languages and had completed a university degree, yet he had also studied with a shaman in his grandmother’s mountain village for several years. He expounded on the book he’d written about why Cusco was named the navel 62 find around concord at

of the world, the nexus of the Incan empire, and a Unesco World Heritage site. We started at the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, Avenida de Sol, where conquistadores built on top of the Temple of the Sun after pulling down the century-old palace in an effort to displace the Inca religion. It was difficult to appreciate the religion of the Spanish Catholics who so violently annihilated their South American hosts and melted down their sacred gold and silver relics to ship to Spain. Beto reiterated that the Spanish didn’t understand the term “Inca” as a word for king, so that we continue to call the Quechuan people by the wrong name. He mentioned that some 4,000 Quechuan priests once lived in the glittering palace where gold panels lining the walls explain the Incan cosmology, and how Pacha Camac (husband of Pachamama, Mother Earth) teamed with his wife to create the first man and woman. In another juxtaposition of religions, in the center of the Spanish cathedral courtyard, Beto identified an original Incan fountain. At the Sacsayhuaman ruins, walls of 100- to 200-ton stones, 20 feet tall, would have required hundreds of men to drag them, each fitted together so precisely that one cannot fit a piece of paper between them. Beto shared stories of pre-Incan Kilke who used this site for ceremonies, and how Peruvians continue to celebrate the June winter solstice here every year. As our journey ended, we contemplated the way the Inca Empire and Machu Picchu’s towering legacy continue to connect present-day travelers to thousands of years of human history. Each of our guides illustrated how the “lost” Incan culture still thrives among the Quechuan people, through their traditions, their art, their language, their spiritual beliefs, and their lives. V

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helping animals during disasters NHDART ADVISES PLANNING NOW FOR EMERGENCIES

When Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans in 2005, many citizens refused to leave their homes and go to emergency shelters without their pets. Nearly 2,000 people died as a result of this natural disaster, and many of them might have survived if they had been able to take their pets with them to a safe shelter. 

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In the aftermath of this calamity, state governments recognized the need to accommodate pets in shelters during disasters. Guided by the state veterinarian, the New Hampshire Disaster Animal Response Team (NHDART) is a nonprofit entity that coordinates public and private programs for an effective response to animal safety before, during, and after a disaster or emergency. “There are an estimated 600,000 domestic animals in New Hampshire, or one animal for every two state residents,” says Dominic DiNatale, Director of Emergency Services, Volunteer New Hampshire, and Director of New Hampshire Citizen Corps. “In a disaster, if you have 100 people in a shelter, there could be 45 to 50 animals, so we need to train people to be able to handle potentially thousands of pets in shelters.” Volunteer New Hampshire is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote volunteerism and the state’s tradition of service, and it serves as a central resource for volunteers, both individuals and organizations. The organization offers training to volunteers and program administrators, recognizes outstanding volunteer service, and helps match volunteers to organizations that need their services. A volunteer tends to a puppy. Below: Dom DiNatale speaks to volunteers at an Emergency Alert System (EAS) workshop in Conway.

“Anything pet owners do for themselves, they should do for their animals,” he says. “Have a ‘go bag’ that includes food, bottled water, a cup to drink from, a leash, and medical records of shots plus any medications the pet takes. Make a communication plan in case cell phone service is disrupted, and discuss having a friend or relative in another area take your pets before disaster strikes.” 66 find around concord at

NHDART works with the Humane Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to train volunteers to understand animals’ needs. Today, some of the New Hampshire Community Emergency Response Teams (NH CERT) can set up and prepare shelters to handle domestic animals during disasters. Shelters provide food and separate rooms or space for animals in crates or cages, and cats and dogs are separated from each other. Owners are expected to walk and feed their pets, which increases their own comfort level as well as that of their pets. Training covers how to capture animals if they get loose, and how to be safe and recognize different animal behaviors.

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DiNatale stresses the importance of planning ahead, before floods, hurricanes, and other disasters strike. “Anything pet owners do for themselves, they should do for their animals,” he says. “Have a ‘go bag’ that includes food, bottled water, a cup to drink from, a leash, and medical records of shots plus any medications the pet takes. Make a communication plan in case cell phone service is disrupted, and discuss having a friend or relative in another area take your pets before disaster strikes.” In addition, consider in your planning that a major catastrophic event in New Hampshire will likely affect all of New England. In the event of a major disaster, there’s a possibility that abandoned or stray animals will be sent to out-of-state shelters.

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BIG ANIMALS, BIG CHALLENGES Plans to handle the state’s estimated two million large animals and farm animals are evolving, but owners of these animals need to plan and make arrangements to move them to unaffected farms or designated areas. Trish Morris, chair of the NHDART committee and an attorney practicing animal law and equine law, personally experienced the effects of a 2008 disaster. A tornado struck her property and surrounding farms, resulting in large numbers of cows, horses, and llamas running free. “Planning is 90 percent of the battle, and it’s important to start planning what you’ll do with your large animals,” says Morris. “Put up a window sticker so first responders know what kinds and how many animals you have, and where they are. Also, include your veterinarian’s number, any disease or medical information, and your cell phone number(s).” 4

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Large animals need space and lots of food and water. (Horses need 12 gallons of water a day.) Owners should consider how and where they could move their large animals in the event of a disaster. CERT team members can take a livestock-specific online course that covers how to handle horses and cows, for example, how to remove them from a muddy ditch, and how to catch a pig. “Following a recent disaster, we couldn’t identify and contact owners, so we put up signs in town, such as ‘If you’re missing animals, they’re at the ice arena,’” says Morris. “The more volunteers we can get the better. If you’re interested in helping your community in a disaster, join a CERT team.”


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In addition to promoting volunteerism and providing training, NHDART has a 9x16-foot trailer that serves as a mobile pet shelter. Stored in Concord, the Companion Animal Mobile Equipment Trailer (CAMET) has enough equipment to set up a shelter for approximately 80 pets. The CAMET features cages, a generator, a circuit panel/operations center, supplies, food and water dishes, leashes, and ID equipment to photograph pets and owners. The CAMET is used to train volunteers and has been deployed but has not yet seen action in a disaster. Grant funds have been secured to purchase and equip three 6x12foot trailers to further bolster NHDART’s capabilities during a disaster. These trailers will be outfitted with more basic items to augment CAMET’s specialized supplies. “In every disaster, it’s volunteers who get us through, but NHDART doesn’t have enough volunteers,” adds DiNatale. “If you have a pet or enjoy animals, get prepared and get trained. Have a plan, build a kit, and volunteer today.” V For more info, call Volunteer NH at (603) 271-7200, or visit the NHDART website at




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any New Hampshire residents are finding that a will alone is not enough to carry out their estate plan, and that a revocable trust can reduce costs and provide simplicity for heirs. The usefulness of a revocable trust depends upon your estate planning goals, not your age or your net worth.

A revocable trust is an agreement whereby one person (the “trustee”) holds assets for the benefit of others (the “beneficiaries”). The individual who created the trust is referred to as the “grantor.” Because the trust is revocable, the grantor can change the terms of the trust at any time, as long as he or she is competent to do so. In most cases, the grantor is the initial trustee and the primary beneficiary. This allows the grantor to maintain control over the assets placed in the trust. The revocable trust has two basic parts. The first part directs the trustee how to use assets for the grantor’s benefit during his or her lifetime. The second part tells the trustee how to distribute the property after the grantor’s death. }

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THE TOP FIVE REASONS FOR INCLUDING A REVOCABLE TRUST IN YOUR ESTATE PLAN ARE AS FOLLOWS: Lifetime Benefits. In the event that the grantor becomes disabled or incapacitated, the successor trustee named in the document can manage the trust’s assets for the benefit of the grantor. This can be done seamlessly and without the need for a courtappointed guardian. Beneficiaries with Special Circumstances. If your heirs have special circumstances (for example, they are minors, disabled, in a troubled marriage, or simply not good with money), then leaving assets in trust for their benefit may be significantly better than relying on a will. When an inheritance is left via a will to a minor child, for example, it may be necessary for the court to appoint a guardian to manage the assets for the child (this is true even when there is a surviving parent). Guardianship proceedings are often expensive and are strictly supervised by the court. The use of funds for the child is limited. Guardianships terminate when the child reaches age 18, at which point all assets are distributed outright. Many 18-year-olds, however, are not well equipped to manage money. Alternatively, a trust allows you to name a trustee to manage the assets for the benefit of the child for his or her lifetime, or until the child reaches an age that you deem appropriate. Probate Avoidance. “Probate” is the court-supervised process that occurs after a person’s death in order to transfer property to the heirs in accordance with a decedent’s will. The process varies by state. New Hampshire’s probate process is more complicated than most. It involves court fees, multiple documents to be filed with the court, and requirements that the executor carry a surety bond. The heirs cannot receive distributions from the estate for at least six months, during which time creditors can make claims against the estate. It is common in New Hampshire for the entire process to take up to a year or longer. A revocable trust is often created to avoid probate because assets that are titled in the name of a trust (as opposed to being owned individually) are not subject to the probate process. Instead, the trustee deals with the trust property after the grantor’s death as directed in the trust document. The trustee need not report to the court, which can result in a significant savings of time, expenses, and attorney’s fees.

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Privacy. New Hampshire law requires that a decedent’s last will and testament be filed with the circuit court in the county where the decedent lived. Once filed, the will becomes a public document. A trust, on the other hand, does need to be filed with any court or registry in most cases, thereby protecting the privacy of the grantor and his or her family. Tax Planning. The federal estate tax applies to certain transfers of assets on death, when the value of the assets exceeds the “exemption” amount ($5.25 million in 2013). A married couple whose total assets have a value greater than the exemption amount should consider a revocable trust. The trust can direct the trustee to create a “credit shelter” trust after one spouse dies. The credit shelter trust is designed to maximize both spouses’ use of their estate tax exemption amounts. Although new federal law has made the exemption “portable” between spouses, a credit shelter trust allows spouses to shelter appreciated value in the credit shelter trust from estate tax when the surviving spouse dies. These are just some of the advantages of revocable trusts. If you haven’t already done so, talk to your advisor about how a revocable trust can benefit you and your family. V

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Dips Frozen Yogurt is an independently owned and operated frozen yogurt shop committed to sourcing products from within New Hampshire. Nick Harriman is excited to bring the concept of self-serve frozen frozen yogurt yogurt to Concord. Choose from over 18 customblended frozen yogurt flavors and more than 30 mouthwatering toppings! Made from Contoocook Creamery milk, Stonyfield Farm yogurt, and seasonal fruit toppings grown by local farmers, Dips Frozen Yogurt is fat free and gluten free—that makes it guilt free! There is also a dairy-free option. Kick back in the relaxed atmosphere with a cup of freshly roasted coffee. Take advantage of free Wi-Fi and enjoy artwork on display by local artists. Dips Frozen Yogurt is conveniently located across from the State House. They can accommodate outings and functions of up to 15 people for fun, relaxation, and great frozen yogurt.

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Beyond the Menu

The Barley House

132 North Main Street, Concord, NH (603) 228-6363 The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern is Concord’s choice for top-notch food, microbrews, and Irish whiskey. The Barley House features upscale tavern food in a comfortable upbeat atmosphere. Located in historic downtown Concord. $$ Open daily; closed Sunday.

Hanover Street Chophouse 149 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH (603) 644-2467 Enjoy fine dining at this exquisite downtown Manchester steakhouse featuring an urban-style bar, award-winning wine list, steaks, chops, fresh fi sh, and a variety of seafood. $$$


Tandy’s Top Shelf

One Eagle Square (opposite the State House), Concord, NH (603) 856-7614 Tandy’s Top Shelf is the home of the longest and best Happy Hour in town! Tandy’s is all about great food, drinks, deals, entertainment, events, and atmosphere. See you soon. $$

True Brew Barista

3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, NH (603) 225-2776 Concord’s Caffeination Destination, offering regular coffee with espressobased drinks as our specialty. Enjoy music, a latte, beer, wine, or cordial. Nestled off Main Street in a beautiful park setting. $

Granite Restaurant & Bar

96 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH (603) 227-9000 Ext. 608 Concord’s creative and exciting dining alternative, offering off-site catering. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Superb food and exquisite service put the “special” in your special occasion. $$$

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Capital Deli

2 Capital Plaza, Concord, NH (603) 228-2299 With their home-style cooking, Capital Deli offers a full breakfast as well as a variety of homemade soups, sandwiches, quiche, salads, and much more. Capital Deli also offers catering throughout Concord. $ Mon–Fri 7am–3pm

Enjoy a wealth of cultural offerings in Concord and the surrounding areas. If your organization has a December, January, or February event that you’d like to submit for our Winter 2013/2014 issue, please email details to editor@aroundconcordnh. com by October 1, 2013. For more events, visit

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Through October 11 Exhibit: New to the Gallery

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McGowan Fine Art 10 Hills Avenue Concord, NH Hours: Tues–Fri 10–6, Sat 10–2, and by appointment. (603) 225–2515 The Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden 36 Hopkinton Road Concord, NH (603) 226-2046

26 Teddy Roosevelt’s Nobel Prize: New Hampshire and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Info: (603) 225-4555, Pierce Manse, 7pm

27 John Pinette: Still Hungry Tour

Through November 2 16th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

29 Celtic Thunder: Mythology

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20 Spotlight Café: Hawk and Dove & Darlingside Capitol Center for the Arts, 8pm

21 10 Years of RB Productions Broadway Revue Capitol Center for the Arts, 7:30pm

22 “A Moment in Time” A Tribute to Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert

29 NOFA-NH Farming Series: Grow More Garlic! Info: St. Paul’s School, 12–3pm

29 Seacoast Permaculture Group Food Preservation Series: Everything Apple Learn to make cider, hard cider, and vinegar. Info: Winterholder/Stephan Homestead, 14 Moss Lane, Madbury, NH, 12–3pm

October October 4–December 24 Exhibit: Go Art Talent Reception: October 4, 5–8pm Mill Brook Gallery

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5 The Met Live in HD: Eugene Onegin Capitol Center for the Arts, 1pm

5 Bill Maher Capitol Center for the Arts, 8pm

6 Melissa Ferrick Capitol Center for the Arts, 7:30pm

7 Fairy Gardens Info: Bow Garden Club

9 Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience: A Parody by Dan and Jeff Capitol Center for the Arts, 6:30pm

11 Voices of the (603) Capitol Center for the Arts, 7pm

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17 A National Theatre broadcast in HD: Macbeth Capitol Center for the Arts, 6pm

October 18–19 Ghost Encounters Experience true stories of ghostly encounters at Canterbury Shaker Village, many in the actual rooms where the other-worldly incidents took place. Info: (603) 783-9511, Canterbury Shaker Village, 6 & 8:30pm

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20 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Info: Registration/team photos: 11am–12:30pm; 5-Mile Walk: 1pm Memorial Field, Concord

20 Hungry Hungry Games: The Hilarious Parody of The Hunger Games Capitol Center for the Arts, 4pm

24 Pierce’s Passion: Military Service Info: (603) 225-4555, Pierce Manse, 7pm

4 A National Theatre broadcast in HD: Shakespeare’s Othello Capitol Center for the Arts, 9:30am & 6pm

October 26 The Met Live in HD: The Nose

5 Godspell

Capitol Center for the Arts, 1pm

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8 Martin Sexton

1 Cinematic Titanic Capitol Center for the Arts, 7 & 9:30pm

2 Best Buddies New Hampshire Masquerade Gala Capitol Center for the Arts, 7pm

3 Spotlight Café: Trout Fishing in America

Bob Marley

Capitol Center for the Arts, November 8, 8pm

10 ABBA MANIA Capitol Center for the Arts, 7:30pm

11 The Met Live in HD: Tosca Capitol Center for the Arts, 1pm

13 Denny Laine

Capitol Center for the Arts, 2pm

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4 Decorating for the Holidays

15–17 & 22–24 Christmas at the Castle

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18 Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales Capitol Center for the Arts, 10am

November 19–December 20 Exhibit: Bob Larsen Reception: November 22, 5–7pm McGowan Fine Art

November 22–December 24 Artful Giving for the Holidays Mill Brook Gallery

24 Dark Star Orchestra Capitol Center for the Arts, 7pm


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DIRECTOR AT MURDOCH SOCIAL CAPITAL What exactly is social capital? Social capital refers to the value of our collective relationships and social networks. Not just rainbows and butterflies, social capital yields concrete benefits to individuals and communities, resulting from heightened levels of cooperation, information sharing, and trust. In general, as a community’s level of social capital increases, crime falls, educational performance improves, and tax compliance increases.

Why are your lessons in effective communication especially critical to nonprofits? Nonprofits are the lifeblood of American communities. These organizations are doing more with less—community needs rise, financial resources fall, and nonprofits somehow hold everything together. The right communication tools and messaging can advance a mission, increase support, and free up staff and volunteers. I enjoy partnering with organizations to identify the right tools, to simplify message delivery, and to leverage communications for the widest and most strategically advantageous impact.

How do you utilize the goodwill of social networking to make Concord a better place? Each day we make choices that can strengthen or weaken social capital in Concord. Do we greet strangers with a friendly “hello?” Chat with an elderly neighbor? Watch out for others’ kids on the playground? Volunteer? Vote? I try to help Concord by practicing what our kids hear from us daily: choose cheerful, solutions—not problems, and treat others the way you want to be treated. Far from perfect, I’m grateful for the opportunity to help make Concord a better place in the awesome company of inspiring folks getting good stuff done.

Mixing fun with community service is important . . . like you and your daughter Grace running for CHaD dressed as superheroes. What else have you done that’s fun for a cause? I’ve got two favorite questions: “How can I help?” and “Why not?” With these in mind, I founded the Ice Sit fundraiser for our Special Olympics Penguin Plunge Team, Free Family Fun at Market Days on the State House Lawn, and the Fire Truck Pull to benefit the Concord Public Safety Foundation.

Speaking of fun, how do you enjoy Concord and New Hampshire when you’re off the clock?

Kim’s home base is downtown Concord, but her family’s Conway camp calls year-round for mountain adventures.

Family time—biking, skiing, hiking, renovating an Airstream for our Alaska road trip; participating in downtown cultural events (and great eats); hanging out with friends, family, and neighbors; and planning the next great adventure. V

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