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Cool Running in Concord A mecca for local runners. by Alan Blake
Rites of Spring in Tuckerman Ravine Extreme skiing, New Hampshire style. by Lisa Densmore
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Celebrate Spring! After hibernating indoors through a dreary gray winter, there’s nothing better than taking a morning walk and being greeted by a riot of color—rich red tulips, sunny yellow daffodils, and ﬂowering trees and shrubs of every hue and description. It’s no wonder birds and insects are attracted to them! As the season’s longer days and warmer temperatures kick into gear, we’re revving up for spring building and remodeling projects with our special Trend Watch section (page 49). Local professionals from landscapers to plumbers and interior decorators are pitching in with advice on the latest styles, technology, and materials. Whether you’re building a new home, renovating your kitchen or master bath, or simply changing out your window treatments and throw pillows, you’ll ﬁnd the expert advice you’re looking for within our pages. Warmer weather also brings out kids riding their bikes—a sure sign of spring—and athletes of all ages are dusting off their baseball mitts, golf clubs, and running shoes. Running seems to be growing in popularity every year, and Alan Blake takes a look at some of Concord’s main events—and the people behind them—beginning on page 20. And while we may be celebrating spring, snow skiing is still available up north. Lisa Densmore takes us on a fun-ﬁlled ski trip to Tuckerman Ravine beginning on page 32. We’re also paying a visit to Banks Chevrolet, a Concord ﬁxture since 1957 (page 26). Their newly renovated building on Manchester Street has all the latest customer conveniences, including a restaurant! Got the travel bug? Debbie Johnson leads us on a tour of Costa Rica, an increasingly popular tourist destination (page 74). Whatever you’re doing this season, let Around Concord be your guide to the best local services, shopping, dining, and events. Enjoy!
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Alan, a journalist and freelance writer before becoming Director of Communications at NHTI, jogs regularly (though reluctantly) to stay in shape for skiing and hiking in the White Mountains. Alan is an adjunct professor in the Plymouth State University College of Business Administration and lives in New Hampton with his two teenagers.
A three-time Emmy Award–winning television producer and host, Lisa has been a familiar face around New England for her work on PBS and for various sports and outdoor networks. She contributes regularly to more than 30 regional and national magazines on various nature and wildlife topics. She has written seven books, including Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire and Vermont and Hiking the White Mountains. She also blogs and vlogs regularly for AudubonGuides.com.
Mary holds the middle place in a family with three generations of women writers. Best known for her award-winning history of science books for middle school students, she is also a regular contributor to regional magazines. Her latest book, The Great Thinker: Aristotle and the Foundations of Science, was released in September 2010. She lives in Warren, Vermont.
Amy is a founding member of the Concord law ﬁrm of McDonald & Kanyuk, PLLC. She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate and tax planning for high net worth individuals and families, and estate and trust administration. She writes and speaks frequently about taxes and estate planning.
Writer, photographer, and chef, Susan Nye is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers throughout New England. Her short story Murder on the Mountain is one of 20 in Live Free or Die, Die, Die! (Plaidswede Publishing, October 2011), an anthology of murder and mayhem in the Granite State.
Ian has been photographing people and places in New Hampshire for over 30 years, and his studio is located in Laconia. Besides photography for magazines, catalogs, and brochures, he specializes in architectural photography and ﬁne art portraiture. He is working on a book of scenic photography entitled The Lakes Region: Rediscovering the Beauty of Central New Hampshire. When not shooting, Ian is involved with renewable energy and conservation issues as chairman of the Sanbornton Energy Committee.
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EVERNOTE (www.evernote.com) Remember everything. Evernote keeps notes. What kinds of notes? Typed, handwritten, audio, video, snapshots—everything. Evernote even has its own apps such as ShopAdvisor, which tells you where you can ﬁnd your items at the best prices. Once you have all your notes in there, it’s easy to ﬁnd them later with the search function. ANDROID FL ASHLIGHT TINY FL ASHLIGHT + LED (www.amazon.com/Nikolay-AnanievTiny-Flashlight-LED/dp/B004Q3CJQ0) and iPHONE iHANDY FL ASH LIGHT (www.ihandysoft. com/ﬂashlight.html) Right now, you’re thinking there is no way you’re going to waste your time downloading an app that does nothing other than simply light up your screen or turn on the ﬂash. Novelty or not, this will be the ﬁrst thing you think of the next time the power goes out. LIFE360 (www.life360.com) A winner of the Android Developers Challenge, this app demonstrates just how much smartphones can do. Life360 uses GPS, cellular, and Internet data to pinpoint the location of each member of your family. It’s easy for each person to check in or send an alert for help. The app also shows the locations for nearest hospitals and police stations and even goes so far as to show you where registered sex offenders live. PINTLEY (www.pintley.com) Tired of the same old beers? Tried something exotic at a bar last month but you have no idea what it was? You need Pintley, which keeps track of the beers you’ve tried and lets you rate how well you enjoyed them. Rate a few and the next time you’re feeling adventurous, Pintley will suggest something right up your alley. GOOGLE (www.google.com/mobile/google-mobile-app_exp/index.html) Yes, you can use Google Search on any Internet browser, but the Google Search app lets you search with both your voice and your camera. The speech recognition is top-notch, and you’ll be amazed at what you can learn just by snapping a photo of the stores you walk by downtown and then letting Google Goggles process the image. The image search can also work on UPC codes so you can compare prices and ﬁnd product reviews before you buy. V
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Spring days greet the changing of the season Bring on spring! Fiddlehead ferns uncurling at the edge of the road are a sure harbinger of the new season, though not as showy as the mosaics of color that blooming hyacinth, tulips, daffodils, crocus, and sunny forsythia create. Mother Nature may still have a trick or two up her sleeve, but we know the vernal season will triumph, and the Earth reawaken after its long nap.
The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day. â€”Robert Frost
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The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. â€”Henry Van Dyke
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In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
Ideas for spring
1. D ivide perennials and share with friends. 2. P lant spring greens like spinach, romaine, and arugula in a window box. 3. Fill vintage teacups with violets for individual arrangements. 4. B uy hardier, locally grown plantsâ€”support your local growers. 5. A rrange spring blooms in a straw hat lined with heavy foil or a shallow bowl.
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Ref ra in f rom “gilding the lil y” —or the tulip, daffodil, or crocus. Spring’s first blooms offer all the color that’s needed. Pick the brightest and best from your garden, market, or flower shop, and arrange in a clear container. A vintage milk bottle makes a great vase. Who could ask for more?
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Lemon Mini-Tarts f o r
If you find yourself thinking about lemons after a spring-cleaning session, donâ€™t be surprised.While chocolate and other fullbodied treats dominate winter days, even our taste buds appreciate the lighter, fresher side in spring.
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Buy premade tart shells, or use your favorite sweet, flaky dough recipe. Youâ€™ll want to double it, though, as this filling makes enough for 2 dozen tarts if you use a regular-sized muffin tin. For filling: 1 stick unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 5 eggs, at room temperature M cup juice (about 4 lemons) 2 Tbsp finely grated lemon zest V tsp salt 1 tsp pure vanilla extract Optional: fresh mint leaves 1. Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until they are well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on low after each addition. Then blend in the juice, zest, and salt. 2. Pour mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to thicken, about 5 to 8 minutes. Then lower the heat and whisk the mixture briskly for another minute or two, but donâ€™t let it come to a boil. 3. Cool slightly, add vanilla, then distribute filling evenly into the cooled tart shells. If desired, garnish each tart with a sprig of fresh mint.
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Capital Area Race Series (CARS) 2012 NHTI cross-country team coaches Tom Walton and Perry Seagroves linked these seven races, creating a local “season” that encourages friendly competition and community among area runners. Each event has its own quirks and challenges and supports a different cause. Compete for the $1,500 purse and run six of the seven events to earn a coveted CARS jacket. Learn more at www. capitalarearaceseries.com.
March 31 13th Gilmanton 5K Road Race. Held in memory of Warren Nighswander, cash awards attract a strong top field, but all ages and abilities are most welcome for this early season warm-up.
April 7 SEA 5K Road Race & Fitness Walk. A flat course staged at Hazen Drive is a great opportunity to post a strong time!
April 20 NHTI/Delta Dental 5K Road Race. Start at Delta Dental’s corporate offices, through the root canal, along NHTI’s Seekamp Trail, and back to the quad, where burgers and hot dogs cooked on a monster grill await.
May 12 Canterbury Shaker Village XC 5K. A jaunt along the pastoral trails of this National Historic Landmark.
June 2 Over the River and Through the Woods Run for the Animals 5K. Just like it says, across the I-93 overpass and over the Merrimack River and through the woods of the SPNHF trails on the East Side. Supports the SPCA.
July 21 Bill Luti 5-Miler. Founded in 1968 and one of the oldest footraces in New England, a historical tribute to the father of Concord running—and the USA standard measurements system.
July 28 18th Canterbury Woodchuck Class 5K. Now a mainstay at the Canterbury Fair (“Always the last Saturday in July!”), you can run or walk and then attend what the National Geographic Society considers an “outstanding attraction.”
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Ready, set, go! The annual NHTI/Delta Dental 5K Road Race attracts nearly 400 runners and walkers to the campus each spring.
The term “running around Concord” means so much more than searching for the perfect parking spot on Main Street. In fact, a growing number of locals are, quite literally, running around the city’s streets, bike paths, and walking trails. Fueled by energy bars and vitamin water (or just as often a Snickers and jug of chocolate milk), today’s runners are an eclectic mix. While serious competitors tear up a 5K course (that’s 3.1 miles to you and me) in 16 minutes, the field typically includes just as many—or more—who are simply getting some exercise, enjoying quality time with friends and family, and taking running to new levels of deliberation (walking). Whenever they cross the finish line, however, they all bask in a kismet of physical health, psychological wellbeing, and community engagement. by Al an Bl ak e
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A regular at many of these events for the past two decades or so is Perry Seagroves, local running wonk and chemistry professor at NHTI. He says Concord is experiencing a local version of the “running boom” of the 1970s inspired by the likes of Steve Prefontaine, Frank Shorter, and Bill Rodgers, running icons who helped popularize the sport. Seagroves, the quintessential runner with lean, wiry limbs (and quintessential professor with disheveled hair and Coke-bottle glasses) says Prefontaine, or “Pre” as he was called, with his flowing long hair and mustache, was a cool runner.
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Data from coolrunning.com reveal a dramatic increase in events and participants over the past decade.
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“Those two words had never been used together before to describe runners,” says Seagroves. “Runners were no longer considered to be nerdy geeks. They were cool. Well, almost.” Today’s runners are anything but social outcasts. Runner's World magazine profiles its typical runner as highly educated, with well-above-average household income, and a median age of 42. In other words, running alongside your kid and his high school friends are likely to be his future college professor, your lawyer or accountant, the CEO from the dealership where you bought your hybrid SUV, the lady you call when your computer is on the fritz, and the guy who grows your organic turnips. While the running crowd cuts across age and gender lines, it’s surprising to learn that the local running scene is dominated not by athletic teenagers but by that demographic powerhouse, the baby boomers. With a pretty even split between males and females, the 40-to-59-yearolds are ubiquitous at area 5Ks—health-conscious empty nesters who enjoy networking and hobnobbing with friends, family, and colleagues in their endless pursuit of agelessness.
Over the past decade, the Concord running scene has exploded. Events like the Rock 'N Race, Bill Luti 5-Miler, and Concord Jingle Bell Run attract thousands of runners and walkers. “Concord has become a bit of a running mecca,” says Seagroves. Opposit e t op: T he Luti 5-Miler is still held each summer and harkens back to Concord’s running roots, Bill Luti, and Concord High School’s championship years. Opposit e cent er: T he Rock 'N Race is Concord’s mother of all races, attracting thousands of runners, walkers, and spectators. Top: Northeast Delta Dental’s Tom Raffio (right) has helped revive a running zeal many say was launched by long-time Concord High cross-country coach Bill Luti (left) in the 1960s. Cent er a nd bot t om: Runners of all ages and abilities participate.
Of course, running got really cool in Concord with the launch of the Rock ’N Race. With live music along the course, a culinary smorgasbord awaiting finishers, and a general carnival-like atmosphere, the Concord Hospital fundraiser has become the mother of all local running events. Last year the annual gallop through downtown drew more than 5,000 runners and walkers! Concord has a rich running history. It started with Bill Luti, who built a strong cross-country program at Concord High School in the 1960s.
The running boom of the ’70s followed, and the number of events grew, including the Chubb 10-Miler, the Fred Hackett 10K, Couples 5K, and the race that honored Luti, the Bill Luti 5-Miler, which is still held each summer. Staging a race takes money, lots of volunteers, and a “champion” to pull it all together. By 2000, just four road races remained, the Bill Luti 5-Miler, the Concord Jingle Bell Run, the SEA 5K, and the new Galloping Gobbler. The success of the Rock ’N Race revitalized spring 2012 | ar ound concord 2 3
interest in the sport. Started in 2003, this brainchild of developer Steve Duprey proved to be the perfect blend of community engagement in support of a charitable cause—in this case, the hospital’s cancer center—and a resurgence in casual running. Over the past decade, the Concord running scene has exploded. An offhand analysis of coolrunning.com, the runners’ online bible, shows Concord area running events have grown from four races with 1,428 participants in 2000 to 19 events and 5,927 participants in 2010. “Concord has become a bit of a running mecca,” says Seagroves.
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“Running and racing in general is up nationwide during the tough economic times,” says Bob Teschek, a lifelong running enthusiast who ran on Luti’s ’62 and ’63 championship cross-country teams at Concord High and eventually founded Granite State Race Services, which scores about 250 races each year. “Though Concord was already beginning to boom before the national trend,” he adds. Leading the pack in Concord’s boomlet is Northeast Delta Dental, a longtime sponsor of the Mount Washington Road Race. In 2005, Northeast Delta Dental partnered with NHTI, Concord’s community college, to launch a 5K to raise money for student scholarships. “I started to think that if Northeast Delta Dental is going to sponsor these races, I might as well run in them,” recalls Tom Raffio, president and CEO. Thus began his training under corporate fitness coach and longtime Concord High School phys ed teacher Tom Walton. If Concord is a running mecca, then Raffio has become a devoted pilgrim, shedding pounds and building endurance by competing in about 75 events last year alone. “It is a great way to stay fit and keep your weight down, and runners are really nice people,” says Raffio. “I enjoy the camaraderie.” Raffio’s trainer, Tom Walton, and NHTI’s Perry Seagroves became race directors of the NHTI/NEDD 5K and were so inspired by its success that they conceived the Capital Area Race Series (CARS). “The idea was to get more runners involved and to support participation, friendly competition, health, fitness, camaraderie, and fun for all generations,” says Raffio, whose firm plays a lead sponsorship role in the race series. CARS links seven area races from March
to July, with events, results, and standings posted on its website. A mix of recreational and competitive runners compete for cash and prizes for overall performance and in age categories. In 2011, some 200 runners registered for CARS and 162 earned a coveted CARS jacket by completing at least six of the seven events.
cros sing the finish line The historical Bill Luti 5-Miler, the festive Rock ’N Race, the Thanksgiving Galloping Gobbler, the NHTI/NEDD race around the campus’s Seekamp Trail (with burgers for all cooked on a monster grill), the Over the River and Through the Woods Run for the Animals, the cross-country 5K around the grounds of Shaker Village—Concord’s race events are as eclectic as their participants. With the wellness craze promoted by groups such as the Wellness Coalition, the success of nonprofits using events to raise money for good causes, and the support of corporate sponsors such as Northeast Delta Dental, Grappone Automotive, NHTI, and Stonyfield Yogurt, the local running scene is positioned for a strong kick down the home stretch. Runners, you see, are a collegial and connected community. Running has regained its popularity, and it’s not the competition, but running for health, for community, and to support specific causes. Runners are ambassadors for their sport, spreading the good word about how much fun it can be and which events are the coolest. That’s easy to do in today’s wired society, in which word of mouth has become click of finger. And cyberspace is doing for the sport what “Pre” did for running in the ’70s. With the Internet, participants can quickly see their time for a race, compare it to their friends’ times, and even figure out what it would equate to for a younger runner. With iPods, Nikes, and electronic timing chips on their bibs, today’s runners are the epitome of cool! Well, almost. V Alan Blake, a journalist and freelance writer before becoming the director of communications at NHTI, has been involved in many 5Ks as race director, runner, and volunteer. He jogs regularly (though reluctantly) to stay in shape for skiing and hiking. spring 2012 | ar ound concord 2 5
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ď ˝ď ˝ Energy-efficient low-e glass showroom also provides great natural lighting and a comfortable open atmosphere. The expanded showroom has space to display 16 vehicles, including a classic from the Banks personal collection, a 1952 Chevy truck.
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Story and Photos by Ian Raymond
This recently constructed building is home to Banks Chevrolet. Banks is also a dealership for Cadillac, Buick, and GMC.
Banks Chevrolet Grabbing my camera, I jumped out of the car, eager to catch the lighting on the gorgeous new Banks Chevrolet building at 137 Manchester Street in Concord before sunset. A salesman approached and began to ﬁll me in on the history of the dealership. Here was an employee who had been with Banks Chevrolet for many years. He took a genuine interest in the company and with great pride showed me a classic, red-neon Chevy sign that had been reclaimed from the original dealership building. It was now displayed as retro art, hanging in the new drive-in service bay that allows customers to drop their cars off for service, valet style, and avoid inclement weather.
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The computer network uses 7 miles of cable to connect all of the individual workstations to the server.
Another amenity for customers and employees alike is the diner-style restaurant. Alice’s offers a wide array of goodies cooked up by the folks from the Red Blazer.
Banks Chevrolet’s attention to detail is without measure, and customer satisfaction is top priority.
Lower left: General Manager Bill Jasak checks the status of the facility’s heating system. Shown above are five waste boilers and one natural gas boiler that’s used as backup.
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Welcome to the 21st century! The exciting Chevy Volt plug-in electric vehicle has incredible range because of an onboard gas generator. It also lets the operator communicate with the car via mobile apps. You can check charge levels, start your car remotely, schedule service, find your car with photo reminders, and check efficiency.
The neon Chevrolet sign was reclaimed from the original dealership building and currently hangs in the drive-in service bay. Also reclaimed from the original building were the bricks used in the customer lounge for the fireplace and for the tribute wall in honor of the dealership’s founders, Dave and Alice Banks.
Comfort & Convenience, Banks Style He enthusiastically described to me how the staff had decided to name the new restaurant that was built inside the showroom “Alice’s Restaurant,” not as a nod to Arlo Guthrie’s famous song but in fond memory of Alice Banks, who cofounded the dealership with her husband, Dave Banks. Their daughter, Tracy Banks, is the current owner. An actual restaurant inside the car dealership? What a great idea! Customers can grab a bite to eat while they have their car serviced. Or the kids can get a snack while mom and dad attend to finishing up the paperwork, without distraction, on the lease or purchase of their new vehicle. The dealership also provides Wi-Fi throughout the building so you can work online while enjoying your lunch or waiting for your car. Forgot your laptop? No worries—there’s a computer station in the customer waiting area located right beside the restaurant. Banks Chevrolet’s attention to detail is without measure, and customer satisfaction is top priority. The customer waiting area can more aptly be thought of as a VIP lounge, with all the amenities you might find at a hotel. It is beautifully appointed with comfortable seating, a fireplace, large screen LCD television, computer/Internet station, and adjoining playroom for the children.
Eco-Friendly Upgrades General manager Bill Jasak, who has been with the company for 35 years, told me that the family-owned business, started by Dave and Alice Banks in October 1957, has undergone many improvements over the years. Most recently was a major reconstruction project that upgraded their main building from the original 50,000-squarefoot space to a brand-new, energy-efficient, high-tech, nearly 100,000-square-foot operation that has allowed them to bring all the different departments of the dealership under one roof. By strategically locating and coordinating the various departments, the new building provides for a more efficient and perfectly choreographed workflow, ensuring a quick, convenient, and highly satisfying customer experience. The technology involved is particularly
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impressive. Contemporary construction techniques provide comfort and energyefficient performance of the building itself. Lots of low-e glass provides great natural light throughout, occupancy sensors control (where applicable) high efficiency fluorescent lighting, spray urethane seals and insulates, and automatic setbacks on lighting and thermostats lower levels when areas of the building are not occupied. Always looking for solutions to improve their operation, Banks Chevrolet took it a step further and installed five waste-oil boilers that burn used motor oils, transmission fluids, and hydraulic fluids as fuel to heat the building and for hot water. This practice takes the waste oils (a byproduct of servicing vehicles) and effectively recycles them on-site, eliminating the risks and costs involved with the handling, transport, and disposal of these wastes. This recycling program also lowers the demand for traditionally refined imported fuel oil.
High-Tech Helpers On the information technology front, the newly constructed building includes seven miles of Cat-6 cable connecting stateof-the-art computer and digital phone systems throughout the facility, providing high-speed interdepartmental data transmission as well as access to the full array of General Motors’ service manuals and bulletins at every computer station. This system also provides video security for the entire facility, and video dispatch in the service center. Service dispatcher Brandon Klein need only glance at his computer monitor to see when one of the 48 service bays has opened up and is ready to service another vehicle. The IT upgrades are also put to good use by the information systems team, who answer questions, order parts, and schedule maintenance for customers via the Internet or telephone. The Banks Chevrolet secure website conveniently allows customers to get quotes on vehicle purchases or leases, apply for financing, search the dealership’s inventory of new and used vehicles, order
parts, or schedule service—all from their mobile device or from the comfort of home. Another technological upgrade is a computerized fluid dispensing system at each service bay. When a technician services a vehicle, the dispenser accurately measures the type and quantity of each fluid used (e.g., motor oil, transmission fluid, or antifreeze) and automatically transmits that information, along with the service ticket number, directly to the billing department. This streamlined efficiency also applies to OEM special-order parts. While Banks Chevrolet maintains one of the largest inventories of GM parts in the Northeast, occasionally parts do need to be specialordered. On those occasions, orders can be placed with GM as late as 4pm, and the parts arrive by 5 o’clock the next morning, expediting the turnaround time on repair work and getting customers back on the road. These are just a few of the “too-manyto-mention-in-a-single-article” improvements that have been made at Banks Chevrolet. By constantly striving to improve, Banks has created a workplace that is enjoyable and productive for their 172 dedicated employees as well as for their customers, who keep coming back, generation after generation, because of Banks Chevrolet’s commitment to topquality customer care. When asked what the vision was for the future, Bill replies, “No deviation from integrity. We are committed to a nopressure, high-integrity approach to your ownership experience. We plan to keep doing what we’ve been doing for continued success.” That sounds like a great plan for a local, family-owned business that consistently ranks at the top both in sales and in customer satisfaction. V
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St o r y a n d ph o t o s by Lisa D en sm o r e
Rites of Spring in Tuckerman
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t was a fair day in mid May 1980, my freshman year at Dartmouth College. After four hours of climbing, I finally crested the lip of the famous headwall in Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington. My heart beat wildly in small part from the exertion, but mostly from adrenaline. For the last hour, I had climbed up a wall of snow so steep that my nose nearly touched it as I meticulously placed one foot higher than the other. As I calmed myself to prepare for my run, a self-assured senior among our undergraduate troop of five confidently announced, “Lesson number one on skiing Tuckerman Ravine: DON’T FALL!” }
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No chairlifts! Skiers and snowboarders trek 2.4 miles up the trail to Tuckerman Ravine as theyâ€™ve done since the early 1900s.
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Skiers take a break at HoJo’s, a popular place to pause before the final climb into the ravine.
Fo r Mo r e In fo Historical information: New England Ski Museum, www.skimuseum.org Trailhead lodging, trail information/maps: AMC Visitor’s Center at Pinkham Notch, www.outdoors.org Snow conditions: Mount Washington Avalanche Center, www.mountwashington avalanchecenter.org Get involved: Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, www.friendsoftuckerman.org
We put on our skis, taking care that they didn’t start down the headwall without us. Thirty years ago, we skied with safety straps rather than ski brakes. Until the straps were securely clipped to a buckle, a ski was always at risk of escaping down the piste. In the case of Tuckerman Ravine, where the headwall boasts a 40- to 55-degree slope depending on where one measures this massive glacial cirque, a loose ski could potentially become a lethal high-speed missile. Our fearless leader pushed off, disappearing over the lip with a sudden cry of anguish. He had accidentally hooked the tip of his ski on the lip itself, and then cartwheeled all the way to the bottom of the impressive slope. Though I couldn’t see the fall, I could hear the enthusiastic cheers from the 500 or so beer-imbibing spectators on the lunch rocks, the large
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pile of boulders on the floor of the ravine. On a warm spring day, many people hike the 2.4 miles (1,850 vertical feet) up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail from the AMC Visitor’s Center in Pinkham Notch just to watch the crashes from the lunch rocks. However, for the hardcore skier, skiing the headwall—the most famous extreme-skiing terrain in the East—is a rite of passage. You have to climb for your turns, and if you survive them, you can truly call yourself an expert skier. Timing is everything. Throughout the winter, the high winds on Mount Washington blow massive amounts of snow off the upper mountain into the ravine, where 55 feet or more can accumulate. Though one can ski Tuckerman Ravine earlier in winter and often into July, early April through mid June is prime time. Locals claim it has to be 60 degrees in
North Conway for the ravine to soften up to a delightful corn snow; any colder, and the untamed bowl takes on the treacherous texture of those frozen humps of snow known as sheep heads.
A Long History Tuckerman Ravine is named for Edward Tuckerman, a botanist who studied the alpine flora in the Presidential Range in the mid 1800s, long before the first skis appeared on Mount Washington. John S. Apperson was the first recorded skier in Tuckerman Ravine, back in April 1914. Apperson, an engineer with General Electric in Schenectady, New York, was better known for his conservation efforts and backcountry skiing forays in the Adiron-
dack Mountains rather than in the White Mountains. He did not ski down the headwall. Seventeen years later, two Dartmouth Olympians, John Carleton and Charles N. Proctor, were the first to accomplish that amazing feat. Since then, thousands of skiers have tested themselves in Tuckerman Ravine. Throughout the 1930s, the ravine was the site of numerous Harvard-Dartmouth slaloms, Olympic tryouts, and the original full-length American Infernos (1933, 1934, 1939). Proposed by the Franconiabased Hochgebirge Ski Club and patterned after a race in Murren, Switzerland, the Inferno course started on the summit of Mount Washington, and then traveled 4.2 miles over the headwall and down the
Left: View down Right Gully. Right top: Skiers climbing Right Gully. Center: Catching rays and watching the action from the â€œLunch Rocks.â€? Bottom: A few last (easier) turns at the bottom of the headwall!
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John Sherburne Trail to Pinkham Notch. In the 1939 Inferno, Austrian Toni Matt bested American champion Dick Durrance when he tucked the headwall, skiing straight down—a feat of strength, skill, and courage that remains unrivaled in Tuckerman Ravine today. It was an accident. In the fog, he thought he was elsewhere on the course. I contemplated Toni Matt’s schuss down the headwall as I pushed off. I made three turns before reaching the lip, hopped off the small cornice, and then set my edges hard. The snow sloughed under my skis. As I planted each turn down the super-steep pitch, I felt a mini avalanche developing underfoot. Rather than fight it, I kept turning, turning, turning. No chance to stop. And then I was on the shallower skirt just above the bottom. I had done it! “Nice run,” said the senior who stood a few feet away, corn snow caked in his goggles. “No cheers from the lunch rocks,” I replied. “You only get those if you crash and burn,” he smiled. “The better the crash, the more raucous the crowd.”
Going the Distance Last spring in early May, I returned to Tuckerman Ravine, something I’ve tried to do every spring since my first visit there decades ago. Some things have changed. I sleep at the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge now, and I eat a hearty breakfast at the trailhead rather than leaving my dorm room at 3am, munching granola bars and drinking cold coffee in the car. Over the years, I’ve developed my own system for schlepping my ski gear, food, water, and extra clothing up the trail. I used to slide my skis down into slots on either side of my pack for the entire route; now I shoulder my skis until I reach snow, then I skin up with my skis on my feet. There are many theories on how to make the trip into Tuckerman Ravine easier. Bottom line: you still have to go the distance. Arriving at the floor of the ravine, I peeled the skins off my ski bases. I marveled at the expanse of the great cirque that never diminishes, no matter how many times I visit. As I surveyed the snow-covered alpine landscape, I noticed rocks peeking through the center wall and a crevasse yawning to the right. I chose left gully for my first run and joined the line of skiers who had the same idea. The ascent quickly steepened to the point where my hands touched the snow as easily as my feet, though I still stood upright. I kicked the toe of my ski boot securely into snow with each step. One poorly placed foot here, and not just me but all the skiers below me would domino to the bottom. 3 6 w w w. a r o u n d c on c or d n h . c o m
Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, hiking . . . there are many ways to enjoy Tuckerman Ravine on a warm spring day, and not all involve daring feats on the steeps!
Eventually I reached a point just below the top where the snow gave way to slick ice, halting my upward progress. Without a firm place to put a hand or foot, I had only one option—skiing down. I carefully clicked into my bindings, recalling the words of my senior mentor that I had taken to heart so many years ago. “Lesson number one on skiing Tuckerman Ravine: DON’T FALL!” I tipped my skis into the fall line and set an edge, then another. As I felt the familiar mini avalanche building with each turn, I relished the rhythm of the descent. I was more in touch with these adrenaline-aided arcs than any of the infinite turns I had made throughout the winter. Perhaps it’s the massiveness of Mount Washington. Perhaps it’s the history of Tuckerman Ravine. Perhaps it’s simply the challenge of skiing this famous slope accessible only by foot during an age when most ski runs in New England are easily reached by chairlift. Whatever the case, Tuckerman Ravine is a rite of spring that this longtime New Hampshire skier reveres. V A former member of the US Ski Team, Lisa Densmore has garnered 65 national masters titles in ski racing. She has raced, coached, filmed, and written about skiing for most of her life. Though she visits 20 to 40 ski areas each winter on various assignments, she still gets a rush out of skiing the headwall in Tuckerman Ravine. www.DensmoreDesigns.com. spring 2012 | ar ound concord 3 7
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Wheatberry Salad (recipe follows) About 2K lb center-cut salmon ﬁllets, cut into 8 pieces Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Olive oil Garnish: lemon wedges 1. Make the Wheatberry Salad. 2. Preheat the oven to 450°.
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3. Heat an ovenproof sauté pan over medium-high heat. Season the salmon ﬁllets with salt and pepper. Add a little olive oil to the pan and place the salmon skin side up in the pan. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes. Carefully turn the ﬁllets, and then place the pan in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the salmon is cooked to desired doneness. 4. Arrange a mound of Wheatberry Salad on each plate, top with a piece of salmon, garnish with a lemon wedge, and serve. The salmon can be prepared ahead. Cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate. Remove from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving.
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WHEATBERRY SALAD Serves 8
1K cups wheatberries Grated zest of 1 orange Grated zest of 1 lime 3 Tbsp fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped 3 Tbsp fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped 6–8 radishes, cut in julienne 4 carrots, cut in julienne 1 red or yellow bell pepper, ﬁnely chopped 4 scallions, thinly sliced N cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1. Put the wheatberries in a saucepan with 4 to 5 cups of salted water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for about 60 minutes or until tender. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl. 2. Add the orange and lime zests, half of the herbs, and enough Citrus Vinaigrette (recipe follows) to lightly coat. Cool to room temperature, cover, and transfer to the refrigerator. Let sit for 30 to 60 minutes to let the ﬂavors combine. 3. Meanwhile, put the radishes, carrots, pepper, and remaining herbs in a bowl. Toss to combine. Drizzle with enough Citrus Vinaigrette to lightly coat, and toss to combine. Let sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour or more to combine the ﬂavors. 4. Combine the wheatberries and vegetables, bring to room temperature, and serve. The salad can be prepared several hours in advance. Keep refrigerated until 30 minutes before serving. Citrus Vinaigrette Grated zest and juice of 1 orange Grated zest and juice of 1 lime 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp honey K tsp cinnamon K tsp cumin 1 clove garlic K-inch slice from a medium red onion, chopped Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste About 1 cup or to taste extra-virgin olive oil Put the juices, vinegar, honey, cinnamon, cumin, garlic, and onion in a blender or small food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste and process until smooth. Add olive oil to taste and process until combined and emulsiﬁed. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before using to let the ﬂavors combine. Cover and store leftover vinaigrette in the refrigerator.
ASPARAGUS, EDAMAME, BEAN SPROUT & ARUGULA SALAD Serves 8
About 2 cups shelled edamame, fresh or frozen About 1 lb medium asparagus, trimmed About 8 oz baby arugula About 2 cups bean sprouts 2–3 scallions, thinly sliced About K cup chopped walnuts, toasted Vinaigrette: Juice of 1 lemon Coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste K cup extra-virgin olive oil or to taste 1. Blanch the edamame in a large pot of boiling, salted water for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and plunge the beans into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain again and pat dry. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble the salad. 2. Blanch the asparagus in a large pot of boiling, salted water for 1 minute. Drain and plunge the asparagus into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain again and pat dry. Cut the asparagus into bite-sized pieces on the diagonal. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble the salad. 3. Make the vinaigrette: put the lemon juice in a clean glass jar and add salt and pepper to taste. Let sit for a few minutes to dissolve the salt, and then shake to combine. Add the olive oil, more or less to taste, and shake to combine. 4. Toss the arugula with enough vinaigrette to lightly coat, and arrange on individual plates. Toss the edamame, asparagus, bean sprouts, and scallions with enough vinaigrette to lightly coat and arrange on top of the arugula. Sprinkle with walnuts and serve. Store leftover vinaigrette in the refrigerator.
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KIWI SORBET Makes about 1 quart
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20 to 30 minutes. It will soften a little and be easier to scoop. Scoop into small bowls or dessert glasses, garnish with a slice of fresh kiwi, and serve. Ginger Syrup Makes about 1 cup
4 oz fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced 1 cinnamon stick or K tsp ground cinnamon 1 cup sugar 1 cup water Put the ginger, cinnamon, sugar, and water in a heavy saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat and gently simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Strain and cool to room temperature. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.
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1K cups plain or vanilla organic yogurt 2 bananas, cut up K cup fresh or frozen organic strawberries 1 Tbsp wheat germ 1 Tbsp honey Combine the yogurt, bananas, strawberries, wheat germ, and honey in a blender. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute. BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE Makes 2
1 cup organic blueberries (frozen or fresh) 1 (8 oz) container plain organic yogurt O cup 2% reduced-fat milk 1 Tbsp honey K tsp vanilla extract V tsp ground nutmeg Blend the blueberries, yogurt, milk, honey, vanilla, and nutmeg in a blender until frothy, scraping down the sides of the blender occasionally. Serve immediately.
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s our lives become more hectic, our homes are our sanctuariesâ€”our space to enjoy family, friends, and sometimes solitude. Savoring that space, our connections between indoors and outdoors are closer than ever. In new homes and renovations, in town and in the country, designs increasingly integrate home and landscape. Along with con-
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necting to the environment, we are also choosing to care for itâ€”with style. Energy efficient designs and products are attractive and affordable, and they have become the norm. Come along as we tour the latest home designs, discover the best new materials, and share tips and advice from local professionals on every aspect of creating a comfortable, welcoming home.
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Did You Kno w? For 35 years, the American home grew larger. In 1973, when the Census Bureau started keeping track, the median house size was 1,525 square feet. Homes swelled to 2,277 square feet by 2007 and then began to shrink. By 2010, the median-size singlefamily home was 2,169 square feet. The downsizing may have stopped. The American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey shows signs that home size is stabilizing. Census figures from the third quarter of 2011 show the median size for new homes is 2,242 square feet, a bump up.
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SMART THINKING With smaller square footage in newer homes, people are realizing that rooms can serve multiple functions. T hey want homes that are more flexible. R ooms dedicated to one purpose are less popular now, according to a recent survey conducted by the A merican Institute of A rchitects (AIA ). “People don’t need a huge den or separate office space anymore,” says D avid Barista, editor in chief of Professional Builder and Custom Builder magazines. Builders are including nooks or resource centers with a desk, printer, space for a laptop, and even some cubbyholes for mail and bills, according to MSN R eal Estate. “Planning centers” are becoming common—spaces adjacent to the kitchen “that serve as the family command center of sorts,” says S cott T homas, director of product design for PulteGroup. “It’s a place where the kids can do their homework and be within earshot of the parents. T hey are great for family organization, paying bills, and more.”
REINVENTING SPACE People are creative—they like to make their living spaces work for their families. A formal dining room can easily be converted in the early construction stages to a downstairs office, often with full French doors or other details. Experienced builders can work to expand living areas or reconfigure space to offer a more ideal arrangement.
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hether it’s a weeknight dinner with your family or a holiday open house, everyone knows that people love to gather in the kitchen. Make it marvelous with a beautiful design and the highest quality materials and appliances your budget will allow. “Wood-look tile is a major trend,” says Bill Smethurst of New Hampshire Tile in Pembroke. “The tiles look like wood but are really porcelain. Using digital technology, the tiles have the grain and features of natural wood—no two look the same,” Bill explains. “When installed, it has the traditional look of hardwood but with the easy maintenance of tile. All you have to do is damp mop it.” 5 4 w w w. a r o u n d c o n c o r d n h . c o m
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“For backsplashes there’s a real shift to glass mosaics, natural stone, tumbled marble—it changes the backsplash from background to a decorative focal point in the kitchen.” Bill Smethurst, New Hampshire Tile, Pembroke
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ome owners today are often replacing a tub with a luxurious shower—with rain heads, body sprays, and steam for health and relaxation. A popular choice for the shower is tile with a glass enclosure for easy-to-clean, solid surface walls. “T he key trends in plumbing fixture selection are comfort, flexibility, and conservation,” says Bob Ives of Bow Plumbing & H eating. “T he new Water S ense fixtures and faucets use less water without sacrificing function. T he selection of faucets is mind boggling, from K ohler’s new K arbon articulating spout faucet to Delta’s new T ouch20 technology faucets, with finish selections from chrome to oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel. A visit to a bathroom showroom is a must,” Bob advises.
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Looking to create a beautiful, luxurious bathroom? Bath remodeling expert Kenneth Goins lists some features to consider: 1. Walk-In Shower with multiple shower heads. This is the ultimate spa experience brought into your home. Enjoy the sensations of a light rainfall or a sauna, and with seating for two you can share the experience. 2. Heated Floors Donâ€™t step out of the shower or tub onto ice-cold tile floors! Heated floors are comfortable and warm. 3. Luxury Bathtubs A beautiful tub is the ultimate addition to any bathroom and offers features such as massage jets. 4. Fully Automated Toilets These toilets come equipped with remote controls that can dry you, spray you, heat you, and even play music.
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HOME COMFORTS T here are a host of window treatments to let you decide how much light to let in and how much privacy you want, and custom shades and blinds are available to fit any window. “In drapery treatments, I am seeing a lot more solid colors—monochromes rather than big prints in window treatments— but also some geometrics,” observes Jodi R oos of Love is Blinds in Concord. “N eutrals continue to be popular—browns, tans, and beiges. Blues are coming back, and greens are still popular.”
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“People are making their home their escape. The decorating themes are now more comforting with colors and styles that are soft, not overwhelming.” Jodi Roos, Love is Blinds, Concord
Did you know that home owners are turning to window treatments to save energy? Blinds and shades can pay for themselves in a relatively short period of time by reducing heating and cooling costs. “People are interested in a quality product,” says Jodi Roos of Love is Blinds. “Roman shades and pinchpleated draperies are in demand. Pinch-pleated drapes are very warm, classic, energy efficient, and they help muffle sound.” “In hard window treatments, energyefficient insulated shades are a great value,” Jodi remarks. “They pay for themselves in five to eight years, depending on the type of window and the type of heat in the home. These are not bulky or cumbersome treatments. As a matter of fact, most of the energy-efficient products have a small stacking height so they block less of the window when they are up. They are attractive, durable, and even available with remote control.”
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omebuilders have been edging toward greater energy efficiency in the past few years, with features such as compact fluorescent bulbs and Energy Star appliances. But David Barista, editor in chief of Professional Builder and Custom Builder magazines, sees an even bigger leap. Once the realm of “out there” rich people, now net-zero energy homes—houses that create as much energy as they consume—are going mainstream, he says. “Today’s builders are
DID YOU KNOW? Costs are down substantially, especially in terms of component prices for alternative energy systems. Photovoltaic (PV) systems generate electricity from sunlight. People looking to generate electricity from solar PV systems will notice a big savings from even a couple of years ago, as much as 40 percent less.
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becoming masters at building homes that have really tight building envelopes”—that is, homes that don’t leak air where not intended. They’re also offering homes with solar panels to help power the house. Ultra G eothermal, Inc., a leader in the heating and cooling industry for over 20 years, became a solely geothermal installation company four years ago, according to Melissa Aho. “In the last four years, we’ve averaged 90 to 120 geothermal system installations per year,
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Massachusetts, and southern Maine. Nearly all of Ultra Geothermal’s installations are residential, ranging typically in home sizes of 1,500 to 5,000 square feet. However, we have installed geothermal systems in a number of very large 15,000- to 20,000-square-foot residences,” Melissa remarks. New England geothermal installations present some unique challenges, according to Melissa. “Due to more extreme winter temperatures, heat pumps need to be sized according to heat loss, not heat gain. In addition to this, shallow soil conditions and an abundance of rock and ledge make vertical loop systems the clear choice over horizontal loop systems,” she explains.
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f you’ll be decorating a room soon, you may want to follow some advice from local designers on this year’s top trends. “The day of the formal dining room and living room is over,” says Cheryl Tufts of 3W design. “The work triangle has changed. It now includes wideopen space that is ﬂexible for cooking, entertainment, and family activities. Ease of use and casualness are essential. “Made in America means a lot to people,” Cheryl says, “and home owners are making choices based on that.”
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any families are deciding home is the place to be and are looking to have that vacation in their own backyards, according to John Johnson of All Seasons Pool & Spa in Sunapee, New Hampshire. “With the addition of a pool and spa, people are also looking for the aesthetics one would see at vacation resorts,” John says. “This can include fiber optic and low-cost LED lighting, landscaping to fit the theme of their backyard, and site work that literally transforms the shape of the backyard. This is a trend that is looking toward multiple generation uses.”
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ENDLESS OPTIONS “People are looking for expanded outdoor living spaces,” comments Gary Tasker of Tasker Landscaping. “Color is important with patios—the seasonal colors of ﬂowers, shrubs, and trees, and the color in the patio itself. For seasonal color, perennials give you the biggest bang for the buck, but you also want to choose trees and shrubs to highlight the patio space and give shade, color, and texture,” Gary says.
WATERFRONT PROPERTY “This year we see continued shoreline restoration work,” Gary reports. “The state has relaxed some of its regulations and seems willing to work with shoreline owners to upgrade their shorelines to help stop erosion and retain existing shorelines, using natural materials such as native shrubs and boulders.”
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GREAT SPACES “Bringing the kitchen outdoors is a trend,” says Christina Theriault of The Dirt Doctors in Pembroke. “A full patio and kitchen with refrigerator, sink, wet bar, grill, and often a full fireplace with mantle makes a room outside. It’s a whole new addition to the home,” Christina exclaims. “Fire pits are also popular,” Christina says, “and provide a focal point to sit around and relax with family and friends.”
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PATIOS & MORE “Patios today do double duty,” says Peter Schiess, owner of Landforms in Bow, New Hampshire. “Besides being an outdoor seating area, a patio may be an outdoor kitchen, or have a ﬁre pit, or include a screened gazebo.” Peter adds, “Fire pits and ﬁre tables are popular. Chimneys are sometimes built to accommodate both indoor and outdoor ﬁreplaces. These elements let you use the outdoor space earlier and later in the year.”
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COSTA RICA Pure vida! “Pure life”—this popular Costa Rican greeting says it all about the allure of this amazing country. Located at the center of the American continent with coasts on both the Paciﬁc and the Caribbean, Costa Rica is a peaceful land of spectacular beauty. No other destination offers such an immense variety of landscapes, ecosystems, climates, and experiences—all within easy traveling distance. There are tree-lined tropical beaches whose warmth is exceeded only by the friendly, familyloving people who live there. Misty mountain forests give way to a rolling countryside. Dense, lowland rain forests shelter brilliantly colored birds, exotic butterﬂies, and proliﬁc plant life and provide a magniﬁcent backdrop to the crashing surf of the Paciﬁc. Beaches on both coasts are primary nesting sites for many species of sea turtles. There are rushing tropical rivers, cascading waterfalls, thermal mineral springs, and active volcanoes that light the night sky with their spectacular ﬁery displays.
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Rain forests are home to nearly 100 species of trees, along with giant rain forest orchids as well as sloths, monkeys, copious birds, and more. Photos courtesy of Elegant Adventures.
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Combine a visit to Arenal Volcano (photo courtesy of Elegant Adventures) with a stay at one of Costa Ricaâ€™s many eco-lodges at the southern tip of Nicoya Peninsula. Photos courtesy of Latitude 10.
Rafting is perhaps the most popular adventure sport in Costa Rica, one anyone can enjoy, whether an experienced rafter or a novice. Photo courtesy of Elegant Adventures.
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San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, sits in the center of the country, surrounded by green mountains, coffee plantations (known for the best coffee in the world), and charming villages. It is the center for cultural and social life. One-quarter of Costa Rica’s land mass is home to national parks and private reserves. These include 13 volcanic ranges, rain forests, cloud forests, waterfalls, and rivers. Costa Rica boasts 12 distinct climates, 11 percent of the world’s bird population, beautiful beaches, and lush jungles with white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloths, turtles, iguanas, pelicans, and crocodiles. The most active, most studied, most photographed, and most visited volcano is Arenal in the northern plains. The most visited rain forest reserve and also noted for its beautiful beaches is Manuel Antonio National Park in the central Pacific region. }
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A typical itinerary to visit the two for 10 days might look like this: Two nights in San Jose: tour the cultural sights and pick up a rental car or arrange for a private driver for your journey away from the city. Three nights at Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa: enjoy lush gardens, natural thermal hot springs, and luxurious suites with commanding views of the volcano! Arenal Volcano Area Tours include volcano and hot springs hikes, a floating safari through the tropical rain forest, a rain forest canopy zip line, hanging bridges, kayaking, fishing, Monteverde cloud forest hikes, mountain biking, river rafting, and more. Four nights at Hotel Parador Resort and Spa: crowning a private peninsula amid an awesome panorama of sea, sky, and tropical jungle, Parador is a perfect spot for luxury and convenience in the acclaimed Manuel Antonio area. Area tours include Manuel Antonio park tours, coastal boat tours to view the many species of wildlife, horseback riding on the beach, coastal kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, viewing waterfalls, and canopy tours with 21 platforms, 9 zip lines, 2 rappel lines, a suspension bridge, and a Tarzan swing! While this is just a sampling of what Costa Rica has to offer, you can see that there is something here for everyone, making it a return destination for many. Costa Rica, a country the size of New Hampshire and Vermont combined, is flanked on either side by ocean, with multiple beaches up and down the coasts. So those who are not quite so adventurous can sit back, relax, and stay in a wide variety of accommodations catering to all budgets, from small, quaint eco-friendly lodges to mega all-inclusive beautiful resorts, each with its own personality. Choose your own adventure! V
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eople have been collecting for centuries. Although some people collect for profit, most do so for fun and to connect to and remember the past. Simply flip through cable channels on any evening or weekend, and Americans’ obsession with
collecting is evident. Longstanding shows like Antiques Roadshow paved the way for new programs such as American Pickers, Top Gear, and other similarly themed shows, all of which showcase Americans’ ongoing passion for all things collectible.
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Americans collect a seemingly endless variety of items, ranging from the ordinary (stamps and action ﬁgures) to the extraordinary (ﬁne art and exotic gems) to the bizarre (www.airsicknessbags.com offers a “starter kit” of three bags to get you going on your new hobby). Statistics indicate that sales in the collectibles industry in America have risen signiﬁcantly over the past several years. The US currently represents about a quarter of the global market share of collectibles. CL ASSIC CARS & THE ECONOMY
One particularly robust area of collecting interest is classic cars. There is no shortage of classic car rallies on summer nights in New Hampshire, from Bedford to Shaker Village to Castle in the Clouds and beyond, where proud owners display their gleaming roadsters and want nothing more than to show you their engines. Auction giant eBay reports that a collector car is sold every four seconds on its site. Not all of these cars are rallyready when purchased, however. Many need restoration work to return to their original splendor or to transform them into highly customized street rods. The signiﬁcant dollars that classic car enthusiasts spend on their hobby is an engine for economic growth. Conversely, the unemployment rate of returning US veterans is high; it far exceeds the national average. In New Hampshire, the unemployment rate of returning veterans is about 18 percent— three times the national unemployment rate—and a quarter of them are earning less than $21,840 a year. The problem is expected to get worse, as a million service members will exit the military during the next ﬁve years.
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So now you are wondering, what on Earth do classic cars and unemployed veterans have in common? In 2011, a group of automotive enthusiasts formed The Road Home, a nonproﬁt organization that acts as a matchmaker to interested returning veterans and restoration shops. In particular, the organization provides returning veterans with social, training, and employment opportunities in the automotive restoration industry. The group’s founders believe that the automotive restoration industry—and the collector cars at its heart—provide unique opportunities for returning military service members, since many veterans have mechanical aptitude and training (and almost everyone thinks that classic cars are cool!). The Road Home has developed a network of restoration shops ready, willing, and able to welcome a veteran into their day-to-day operations. The program’s mission is “restoring lives, one classic car at a time,” and it fulﬁlls that goal by connecting veterans with a participating facility in their area that matches their needs, whether it’s spending time with car guys, learning new skills, or getting a job in the car restoration industry. The charter sponsor of The Road Home is American Collectors Insurance, Inc., a national provider of collector vehicle and collectibles insurance. Jill Bookman, CEO of American Collectors, says, “We immediately understood the strong potential link between the growing car hobby and returning veterans. There has always been an afﬁnity for collector cars by veterans, and The Road Home helps formalize that link into employment opportunities.” Although The Road Home has started making matches on a case-by-case basis, the goal is to create a nationwide self-serve database accessible from its website (www.theroadhomeusa.org). The transition back to civilian life poses many challenges for our military service members. The Road Home is hoping to make that transition a little easier, one classic car at a time. V
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The olive tree is surely the richest gift of heaven. —Thomas Jefferson
t’s the holidays—that time of year when your already busy life goes into overdrive. With dinners and cocktail parties to host and attend, the office party to survive, and a long list of gifts to track down, you might wonder if there are enough hours in the day. It’s time to find a shortcut or two to help you through the holidays. Whether for nibbling or gifting, make sure you have plenty of olives on hand throughout the busy holiday season.
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Home FOR THE Holidays
Entertaining & Gift Giving – Great Recipes with Olives Dir ty Mar tini The perfect accessory to go with that little black dress. Serves 1
2 oz gin or vodka 1 Tbsp dry vermouth 1 Tbsp olive brine 1–2 olives Combine the vodka or gin, vermouth, and olive brine in a cocktail shaker. a dd ice and give it a good shake. Pour into a chilled cocktail or martini glass. Garnish with one or two olives.
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Spic y Marina te D Olive S Double or triple the recipe, and pop the olives into old-fashioned Mason jars. bring a jar along to holiday parties; they make great gifts.
From the Balmy Mediterranean to Frosty New Hampshire Olives? Yes, olives. Found throughout the hot, dry, windblown coast of the Mediterranean, olives will bring a bit of warmth and sunshine—and a smile—to a chilly New Hampshire evening. From pale, golden green to midnight black, olives come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Chef John Riccelli at Concord Cooperative Market loves olives. “I use olives a lot; they add a nice kick to many dishes. I toss them into salads, add them to pasta or polenta, and use them in toppings. My favorite is a mix of artichokes, feta, and olives. I serve it on crostini and it’s great with fish.”
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Makes about 1 quart
The olives will keep for a month or more in the refrigerator.
a bout 4 cups olives, a nice mix of your favorite varieties, drained Zest and juice of 1 lemon 2 Tbsp dry white wine 4 cloves garlic, slivered K tsp dried thyme 1 bay leaf N tsp red pepper flakes (or to taste) Freshly ground pepper to taste extra-virgin olive oil 1. Combine all the ingredients except the olive oil in a medium-sized bowl and toss to combine. Transfer the olives to a clean, wide-mouth jar. a dd enough olive oil to cover the olives. 2. Store in the refrigerator, turning occasionally, for at least 24 hours before serving. u se a slotted spoon to remove the olives from the jar. winter 2011/2012 | ar ound concord 7 3
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Concord’s creative and exciting dining alternative… Granite Restaurant & Bar at The Centennial Hotel uses local ingredients to prepare New American cuisine with hints of Mediterranean, French, and Asian influences. Personalized menus, superb food, and exquisite service will help you to surprise and delight your guests and make your special occasion memorable. Granite is also pleased to bring its well-earned reputation, unparalleled service, outstanding culinary selections, and a Wine Spectator award–winning wine list to complete your off-site catering needs. Our staff will guide you through each step in planning your event, assisting you with everything from innovative themes and creative décor to selecting the culinary offerings that will make your event one to remember. $$$
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Dining & Entertainment Guide
Enjoy dining out at these
great places in and around Concord.
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W I N E WAT C H
Beyond the Menu
The Barley House
132 North Main Street, Concord, NH (603) 228-6363 The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern is Concord’s choice for top-notch food, microbrews, and Irish whiskey. The Barley House features upscale tavern food in a comfortable upbeat atmosphere. Located in historic downtown Concord. $$ Open daily; closed Sunday. www.barleyhouse.com
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 ﬁsh, and a variety of seafood. $$$ www.hanoverstreetchophouse.com
17 Depot Street, Concord, NH (603) 228-0180 A landmark on the corner of Storrs and Depot Street for over 25 years. Enjoy a salad or a cheeseburger smothered in Swiss, bacon, and sautéed mushrooms and peppers. Steak, seafood, chicken, and pasta dishes too. $$ www.cheersnh.com Visit us on Facebook: cheersnh
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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION ENTERTAINMENT AND DINING GUIDE FOR CONCORD AND THE SURROUNDING AREA
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. $$ www.top-shelf.biz
Alan’s of Boscawen
133 North Main Street, Boscawen, NH (603) 753-6631 A local favorite for over 25 years. Fine food, elegant dining, and professional catering service. $$ Saturday breakfast 7–11:30am; Sunday breakfast buffet 8am–12pm. Open seven days a week. www.alansofboscawen.com
Route 114, just off Route 9W, Henniker, NH (603) 428-7007 Savor a menu that includes seafood favorites and a raw bar, or try the special certiﬁed Angus beef. Join us on theme nights, when the tavern crowd is lively. $$ www.countryspirithenniker.com
2 Capital Plaza, Concord, NH (603) 228-2299 With their home-style cooking, Capital Deli offers a full breakfast as well as a variety of homemade soups, sandwiches, quiche, salads, and much more. Capital Deli also offers catering throughout Concord. $ Mon–Fri 7am–3pm www.capitaldelillc.com
Colby Hill Inn
33 The Oaks Street, Henniker, NH (603) 428-3281 An intimate country inn celebrating over 50 years and featuring acclaimed dining. Pair favorite wines with fresh, creative cuisine using locally grown ingredients. The place for weddings, receptions, meetings, cocktail parties, and evening cooking classes. $$ www.colbyhillinn.com
Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante Mill Falls Marketplace 312 DW Hwy, Meredith, NH (603) 279-3313 Enjoy nightly entertainment along with award-winning pizza, pasta, seafood, chicken, steak, veal, vegetarian, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. Full Bar. Live Bands. Dancing. Book our “Grotto” for dinner and private parties. Call for reservations. Take out or delivery. $$ www.giuseppesnh.com
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True Brew Barista
3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, NH (603) 225-2776 Concord’s Caffeination Destination, offering regular coffee with espressobased drinks as our specialty. Enjoy music, a latte, beer, wine, or cordial. Nestled off Main Street in a beautiful park setting. $ www.truebrewbarista.com
209 Fisherville Road, Penacook, NH (603) 753-4450 An area favorite for Italian cuisine, CC Tomatoes’ brick oven works culinary wonders, adding its touch of ﬁre and ﬂavor to everything from handmade pizzas and calzones to oven-roasted chicken and seafood. $$ Sun–Thu 11am–10pm Fri–Sat 11am–11pm www.cctomatoes.com
Eat Well, Stay Healthy & Enjoy the Arts Locally Around Concord wishes you and your family a wonderful spring!
Kimball-Jenkins Estate and School of Art 266 North Main Street, Concord, NH (603) 225-3932
Bring your next celebration, meeting, or event to Kimball-Jenkins. There are several indoor gathering places and break-out rooms in the Mansion as well as the Carriage House. Ample off-street parking and more than four acres of lawn and gardens provide an ideal setting for a tented wedding, family celebration, or corporate outing. www.kimballjenkins.com
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April 7, Comedian Juston McKinney Capitol Center for the Arts, 8pm
Enjoy a wealth of cultural offerings in Concord and the surrounding areas. If your organization has a June, July, or August event that youâ€™d like to submit for our Summer 2012 issue, please e-mail details to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1, 2012. For more events, visit www.aroundconcordnh.com.
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Through August 19 Exhibit: It’s in the Grain Functional sculptures and turned objects made of wood. Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden
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Through A ugust 19 E xhibit: It’s in the Grain Functional sculptures and turned objects made of wood. Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Through December 31 E xhibit: Voices from the Front: N ew Hampshire and the A merican C ivil War Through an extensive collection of letters, diaries, photographs, and objects, this exhibition tells the stories of the soldiers who fought and the people who endured life on the home front. Info: nhhistory.org New Hampshire Historical Society, 6 Eagle Square, Concord
4 The N ew E ngland Brass Goes to Broadway Info: 224-4285, 225-9004, www.walkerlecture.org Audi, 7:30pm
6 Writers in the S potlight: Marilynne Robinson and Paul Harding Capitol Center for the Arts, 7pm
With Hilary Warner, RD, LD, and Chef Mike Cook Info and to register: (603) 225-6840, email@example.com, www.concordfoodcoop.coop Concord Food Co-op, 6:30–7:45pm
11 Rainbow Fish ArtsPower has turned Marcus Pfister’s bestselling book into a delightful and touching musical about the value of sharing true friendship with others. Capitol Center for the Arts, 10am
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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 www.mcgowanfineart.com The Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden 36 Hopkinton Road Concord, NH (603) 226-2046 www.themillbrookgallery.com
11 The Heart of S an Francisco Sandy Mortimer’s story starts with a heart that almost stopped beating with the April 18, 1906 earthquake and guides us through the hearts of the modern city’s special districts. Info: 224-4285, 225-9004, www.walkerlecture.org Audi, 7:30pm
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12 Riverdance: The Farewell Tour Capitol Center for the Arts, 7pm
13 S teve Green International Christian recording artist Steve Green returns for a glorious evening of music, celebration, and inspiration. Capitol Center for the Arts, 7pm
14 Wings of the N ight: O wls and Bats Kevin Wall, education director of NH Audubon, will help us learn about bats and owls. Free. Info: (603) 746-6121, www.littlenaturemuseum.org Community Room, Hopkinton Town Library, 1:30–2:30pm
15 A n E vening with Judy C ollins Capitol Center for the Arts, 7:30pm
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April 18 Kate Campbell: Save the Day Audi, 7:30pm April 28 & 29 Lewis Black: In God We Rust Capitol Center for the Arts, 8pm
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Folksinger/composer Kate Campbell sings her stories of everyday life. Info: 224-4285, 225-9004, www.walkerlecture.org Audi, 7:30pm
19 The Music of B ill Monroe Capitol Center for the Arts, 7:30pm
19 C reating a Toxin-Free Home Info and to register: (603) 225-6840, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.concordfoodcoop.coop Concord Food Co-op, 6:30–7:30pm
21 Parenting New Hampshire’s Family Fun Fair This interactive event offers fun and entertainment for families with children of all ages. Info: (603) 413-5154, www.parentingnh.com NH Sportsplex, Bedford, NH, 10am–2pm
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21 & 22 A lways, Patsy C line It’s a concert! It’s a show! It’s the great country musical performed by an Actors Equity company and an onstage band. Tickets: At the door and in advance at the UPS Store, 75 S. Main Street Info: (888) 245-6374 Audi, 21, 7pm; 22, 2pm
24 & 26 Menopause The Musical Capitol Center for the Arts, 7:30pm
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2 Phantom L imb C ompany Presents 69° S outh: The S hackleton Project Nearly 100 years after the legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton embarked on his iconic expedition to Antarctica, the performers of Phantom Limb Company bring this gripping tale back to life. Capitol Center for the Arts, 10am
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In this adaptation of the classic book, Claudia and Jamie attempt to unravel the mystery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most fascinating work of art: a mysterious sculpture nicknamed Angel. Capitol Center for the Arts, 10am
8 Go W ith Your Gut: B etter Digestion, Naturally with Maria Noël Groves. Info and to register: (603) 225-6840, email@example.com, www.concordfoodcoop.coop Concord Food Co-op, 6–7pm
11 B lue: The Music of Joni Mitchell Taking its title from Joni’s landmark 1970 album, this concert presents Blue in its entirety. Capitol Center for the Arts, 8pm
12 Granite S tate S ymphony Orchestra Info: www.gsso.org Audi, 8pm
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BY MIKE MORIN
Christopher Emond Executive Director, Concord Boys & Girls Club Chris, explain what might happen to the many schoolaged kids in your program if the Concord Boys & Girls Club were not there to help. They would go home to an empty house. Of course, some of our members reside in higher-income households, and they would ﬁnd alternatives, but a high percentage relies on our organization for their after-school care. As for the long-term effects, we had a survey conducted by the Harris Polling organization, and 66 percent of alumni in New Hampshire stated that the Boys & Girls Clubs saved his or her life. Explain how it’s okay for kids to make mistakes there, and how lessons learned will serve them well when they are away from the Club. It’s important for kids to understand that we all make mistakes. What separates us is how we deal with the ramiﬁcations and whether we take responsibility for our actions. Our staff’s ability to earn the trust of our members is the key. The kids have to trust that our staff will respond in a professional and caring manner when mistakes are made. Even one slip-up on our part could turn a child off. How is it that such a high number of members can attend your programs with scholarship help?
Chris lives in Epsom, New Hampshire.
The Concord Boys & Girls Club helps 77 percent of members with some level of ﬁnancial aid. This is solely dependent on the generosity of our community and the hundreds of volunteers who help us fundraise each year. Our donors have a special awareness of the needs of our members. Most of our donors live in the Concord area and, unlike in more urban areas, they essentially live next door to Club members. We understand that you and your dance partner won the “Best Hip Movement” award at last year’s Winter Fling Dancing with the Concord Stars. Tell us more! I had no idea what I was getting myself into until the night of rehearsal. It was there that I started to count the round tables and realized we were going to dance in front of 400 guests. My dance partner was Doris Ballard. We had the privilege of being taught by Michelle at Let’s Dance. Needless to say, Michelle is a miracle worker. Receiving the award for “Best Hip Movement” was hilarious because our dance was the paso doble, and I was told repeatedly by Michelle not to move my hips. V
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