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summer 2011 volume 4, no. 3

features 14 Grow  It Romantic

by Matthew Mead Ideas for easy-care, abundant blooms.

30 A  ngling on the


by Lisa Densmore A beautiful day in a perfect spot.

36 S  ylvia Larsen’s Gardens

by Mike Morin Relaxing at home with the senator.

48 I ce Cream

by Susan Nye Everyone’s favorite summertime treat.

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7 Editor’s Note

8 Contributors 10 Online Exclusives 12 Around Town 21 Out & About by Ian Raymond New Hampshire Boat Museum.

27 Wine Watch

by Linda A. Thompson Summer thirst quenchers.

42 Business Sense


by Lori Ferguson Cheryl Tufts of 3W design, inc.

58 Common Ground by Linda A. Thompson Organic farming in New Hampshire.

71 Local Flavors

by Lori Ferguson Hanover Street Chop House.

76 Travel Log

by Debbie Johnson Small-group touring.

83 Next-Door Neighbors by Rena-Marie Rockwell Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association.

87 Smart Money

by Amy K. Kanyuk Take care of your 401(k).

90 Calendar of Events 100 Concord Chat

by Mike Morin Jerry Gappens of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

64 Season’s Best

by Susan Nye Recipes from farm to table.


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editor’s note

Welcome Summer Once again it’s time to head out to the beach, the lake, or the mountains for some summertime fun. In this issue we’re saluting the best of the season, and we’re paying tribute to everyone’s favorite cool, creamy concoction—ice cream. Susan Nye has researched ice cream’s history, interviewed local ice cream experts, and sampled her way through the ice cream universe. Join the fun by reading her feature beginning on page 48.

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While you’re in the Lakes Region this summer, stop by the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro, where you’ll find historic boats and interesting displays relating to the state’s rich history of boating

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Rena-Marie Rockwell Rena is a writer, artist, and teacher who shares her love of the arts with others. She was formerly the director of HillsboroDeering Community Education, including a small branch of New Hampshire Technical Institute. She teaches art and writing through Concord Community Education, continuing her belief that one never stops learning. Rena enjoys painting outdoors and fishing with her sons and husband at the coast.

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A recycled straw bag holds a riot of pink blossoms (opposite). Use items you have to contain plants in stylish ways. An urn planter holds variegated petunias that look elegant and abundant atop a pedestal, perfect for an entryway or near a garden gate. summer 2011 | ar ound concord 1 5

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Verbena in pink thrives in a shabby chic wire planter. Romantic pink petunias teamed with white allysum billow over the edge of a pink painted window box. Fertilizing once a week and regular watering are small investments for summer-long beauty.

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Mixed hanging planters brighten overhangs and walkways as well as porches and patios. A mixed planter can be wrapped in floral fabric to create an instant centerpiece for any party, planned or impromptu.

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Executive Director Ann Sprague and Chairman of the Board Hank Why gave a personalized tour and engaging discussion of New Hampshire Boat Museum’s exotic displays and packed schedule of exciting summer events.

New Hampshire Boat Museum Experience the rich history of the Lakes Region

Cruise up Route 28 about an hour north of Concord, and you’ll find a village known as “America’s Oldest Summer Resort”—Wolfeboro. Situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Wentworth, this traditional New England town is home to many fine restaurants and a variety of charming shops, making it a perfect weekend destination.

This historic and scenic community has been a New Hampshire resort since Colonial Governor John Wentworth built his summer home on Lake Wentworth in 1763. Wolfeboro gained popularity as a vacation destination in 1872, when the Wolfeboro Railroad was constructed and Boston & Maine Railroad built and launched the S.S. Mount Washington. These convenient new modes of travel transformed the Lakes Region, bringing tourists from Boston and points south to Weirs Beach and Alton Bay. Upon their arrival, steamboats provided a shuttle service to other villages surrounding the lake. For as long as tourists have been vacationing here, they have enjoyed recreational boating, whether in steamships, sailboats, canoes, or motorboats.  summer 2011 | ar ound concord 2 1

The sleek lines, rich tones of mahogany, and red leather upholstery classify this Chris-Craft as “one sweet ride.”

One exhibit, tucked in the back corner of the museum, is a nostalgic replica of a shipwright’s workshop complete with workbench, custom woodworking tools, antique lathe, and nautical artifacts. Below: Beautiful wooden canoes and kayaks.

A 12-cylinder powerboat engine is impressive but can’t steal the limelight from the trophy case commemorating racing from days gone by.

The museum prides itself on providing a family-friendly experience and offers an incredible variety of displays to pique the interest of folks of every age.

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40 FLAVORS HOMEM ADE ON SITE Attention to detail is a hallmark of the exhibits at the New Hampshire Boat Museum.


The curved lines, chrome and brushed steel details, and period color palette of these antique boat motors express a strong classic design, making it no surprise that retro-styling plays such a key role in many of today’s consumer products.

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Steamships like the S.S. Mt. Washington, along with the arrival of the railroad, played an important role in New Hampshire, transforming the Lakes Region into a vacation destination where recreational boating became a popular summer pastime. A new exhibit at the museum will focus on the history of steamboats.

To celebrate this rich history of boating on the lakes, the New Hampshire Boat Museum moved to Wolfeboro in 2000 and opened its doors at what was once the Allen A Resort, built in 1933 by Allen H. Albee. The custom-built Quonset hut sits on an expansive 12-acre lot on the shore of Lake Wentworth and features an open-span construction that was designed for use as a dance hall and movie theater. It has an interesting history of its own, which one learns during a visit. Today, with a slight modification to permit access for the boats, this space functions perfectly as the museum’s exhibit hall and gift shop, and its proximity to the lakes provides the opportunity for on-the-water

programs the museum offers including boater safety and sailing classes. Additional outbuildings offer space for storing rotating exhibits and work space for museum craftsmen to construct the parts for the boat-building kits provided to summer workshop attendees. So Much to See

Upon entering the main building, one is struck by the unintentional irony that the New Hampshire Boat Museum is in a building whose structure mimics an inverted boat hull. The 5,000-square-foot space is packed full of vintage posters, nostalgic prints, antique maps, interactive displays, model ships, nautical artifacts,

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and classic wooden boats. The museum prides itself on providing a familyfriendly experience and offers an incredible variety of displays to pique the interest of folks of every age. With so much to see, it’s difficult to know where to start—but for boating enthusiasts it’s nearly impossible to resist drifting over and dropping anchor at the exhibits of antique, wooden-hull Chris-Craft boats with their high-gloss finishes, exquisite mahogany wood grain, clean lines, sexy chrome details, and classic style—reminiscent of fine British sports cars. These are not just boats—they’re works of art! Speaking of art, the museum also exhibits many works of nautical art by painter Peter Ferber, who in addition to creating paintings that depict antique boat regattas helped in the restoration of the original mural painting on the building’s façade. Me mbership & Workshops

The museum is a nonprofit organization supported by memberships, tax-deductible donations, and corporate sponsors, as well as the dedicated work of a 16-member “hands-on” board of directors, an energetic executive director, and more than 200 volunteers who assist in its daily operation, special events, a lecture series, and workshops. Members enjoy free admission to the museum, a free subscription to the quarterly newsletter, Boat House News, and they may advertise boats and accessories they wish to sell in either the newsletter or on the museum website’s “trading dock.” In addition, members receive discounts on museum events and a 10 percent discount on items in the gift shop. Most importantly, members can feel proud that they are helping to perpetuate New Hampshire’s boating heritage. The New Hampshire Boat Museum offers an impressive lineup of boatbuilding workshops for youths or adults eager to hit the open waters. Or bring the entire family to a workshop and get them involved in building a canoe, kayak, Bevin’s skiff, or Passagemaker. Amateur boat builders need not have any previous experience, as instructors are on hand to offer expert assistance in constructing a lake-worthy craft. According to executive director Ann Sprague, “All you have to do is wear work clothes and bring a lunch. We’ll provide all the rest!” Landlubber hobbyists can appease

One of the most exciting events of the season is the Vintage Race Boat Regatta, featuring over 70 vintage race boats speeding through laps on a one-mile course. —Fri. & Sat., Sept. 16 & 17 Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta

their desire to keep their feet planted on terra firma and still satisfy their nautical spirit with one of the museum’s workshops in model yacht building. Then they can participate in the weekly radio-controlled model sailboat regattas, held on Tuesdays. Be sure to sign up for these workshops early; their popularity ensures that they fill quickly. E xc i t i n g E ve n ts

One of the most exciting events of the season is the Vintage Race Boat Regatta, featuring over 70 vintage race boats speeding through laps on a one-mile course. Visitors are invited to meet the crews and get a close-up view of these magnificent machines in the pit area during the two-day event. Thrill seekers with strong hearts and adventurous spirits can book a ride on one of these race boats and experience this extreme sport for themselves. The museum hosts a website ( with all sorts of valuable information for boating enthusiasts, including a schedule of events, programs, lectures, and workshops; an online gift shop; membership benefits; and volunteer opportunities. Or connect with the museum on Facebook. When contemplating how to spend your summer, add the New Hampshire Boat Museum to your list of things to do. Come check out the exhibits, attend a lecture, watch a race, and become part of the Lakes Region’s boating heritage by setting sail in a boat that you built yourself. Life doesn’t get any better than this. V Log on to for details about this summer’s boat building classes. New Hampshire Boat Museum 399 Center Street Wolfeboro Falls, NH (603) 569-4554

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summer thirst quenchers

cocktails and wines to beat the hottest summer days

As the temperature rises, so does the craving for an icy cold beverage with a kick. Summer is a great time to experiment with different liquors and “additions” to create new and unusual drinks to beat the summer heat. Rick Gerrish, spirits buyer for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission, says, “What’s hot in spirits right now are flavored spirits, like sweet tea, pomegranate, lemonade, and raspberry vodkas; lime, mango, banana, and coconut rums; and blackberry, caramel, cherry, and honey whiskeys. This explosion in the number of offerings has led to a whole new world of interesting cocktails that bartenders and consumers are coming up with.” 

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Try these drinks to cool off this summer.

The Break

The Pravda Cosmo

From bartender Earl Saley of the Granite Restaurant at the Centennial Hotel in Concord.

From Rick Gerrish, New Hampshire Liquor Commission spirits buyer.

A segment of Cara Cara orange (a navel or blood orange can be substituted) Mint Lime juice 1–2 oz Bombay Sapphire, to taste Ginger beer Muddle (mash together) the orange, mint, and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice and add the gin. Shake well, pour into a glass, and top off with ginger beer.

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oz Pravda Vodka oz triple sec oz cranberry juice Lime wedge

Shake the vodka, triple sec, and cranberry juice with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge on the rim.

Pallini Peachini From Rick Gerrish, New Hampshire Liquor Commission spirits buyer.

Whipped Cream Pie From Rick Gerrish, New Hampshire Liquor Commission spirits buyer.

2 oz Pinnacle Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka 1 oz Coconut Jack Rum 1 oz cream Whipped cream Add first three ingredients to a cocktail shaker; shake. Pour into a chilled martini glass and top with a dollop of whipped cream.

1 oz Pallini Peachcello 3 oz champagne or prosecco

Pour Peachcello into a champagne flute and top with your favorite champagne or sparkling white wine.

Insp i red Conc oct ion s

Earl Saley is one of those innovative bartenders. He mans his post at the Granite Restaurant in the Centennial Hotel, and each summer creates a unique cocktail to entice his customers’ taste buds. This year’s offering is called The Break, a refreshing cocktail made with Cara Cara oranges (similar to a cross between a navel and a blood orange), mint, lime, gin, and ginger beer. He also makes his own herb-infused vodkas with thyme, rosemary, basil, and pink peppercorns to use in martinis. Saley says a summer drink should be “fresh and crisp— the biggest trend is bartenders putting more passion in the drinks they create rather than serving just a regular martini.” Another new trend in cocktails is the use of unique ingredients—think pickles, mushrooms, bell peppers. Saley infuses olives with vodka and herbs like thyme, rosemary, peppercorns, and roasted garlic to add to martinis. If the unusual isn’t your style, Gerrish suggests a step back in time. He notes, “We’re seeing that classic pre-Prohibition cocktails like punches, juleps, sours, slings, and toddies are being rediscovered.”

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For a well-stocked summer bar at home, Gerrish suggests a supply of basic spirits for mixed drinks. He says, “In the summertime, people generally prefer lighter and sweeter drinks made with vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and tequila. Another easy entertaining idea is to have on hand some ready-to-drink cocktails. Spirit makers like Bacardi, Captain Morgan, and Smirnoff offer several ready-to-pour summer cocktails such as mojitos, margaritas, and Long Island iced tea.” Gerrish also recommends three new spirits that recently came on the market: Pinnacle Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka is a light, sweet combination of vanilla and cream. Three Olives Dude Vodka is a blend of imported English vodka and the refreshing taste of lemon and lime. Pallini Peachcello is an Italian fruit liqueur made from Italy’s finest white peaches.

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Wine lovers need not feel left out of the summer fun. Saley suggests wines that are light and crisp. “South American wines have been great summer selections the last couple of years. And Albariño from Spain is a light, refreshing wine.” Picks for this summer from Gordon Heins, wine merchandising specialist for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission, include: Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling: Notes Heins, “This is possibly the finest Riesling from the northwest wine region [Washington state] available to our market. German style, racy, and bright with an amazing complexity, it will pair nicely with most local seafood (particularly shellfish) and will make an impressive gift.” Pieropan Soave: An Italian wine made with the Garganega grape, which is indigenous to Italy. Heins’ description says the wine “yields aromatic delights and is very complex, yet lightish to drink—a perfect, special summer wine.” To liven up a hot summer day, check out these cocktail recipes from Saley and Gerrish. Perhaps you’ll find a new reason to enjoy this season. V

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Casting a fly line on the Ammonoosuc River by Base Road. Opposite: The Ammonoosuc River flows from Lakes of the Clouds on Mount Washington past the Mount Washington Hotel.

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Ammonoosuc A b e a u t i f u l d ay i n a p e r f e c t s p o t

If the human brain weighs three pounds, then my brain is three times the size of the entire rainbow trout that I’m trying to hook. One would think I could outsmart a fish, yet the trout plays it cool. It fins with its friends at the bottom of a clear, emerald pool in the Ammonoosuc River about halfway between the Mount Washington Hotel and the base of the Cog Railway. Cast Away I don’t buy into the belief that trout get smarter the more they are fished. Their brains are miniscule, one-fifteenth the mass of a similar-sized bird or animal such as the red-tailed hawk that greeted me at the pullout on Base Road near where I’m now wading. At this point, the Ammonoosuc River is more a bustling brook, rushing around boulders as it squeezes through a rocky canyon, than a wide, deep waterway. The river begins 5,000 feet above me at tiny Lakes of the Clouds on a high shoulder

of Mount Washington. It tumbles down its namesake ravine and begins to act more like a river just about where I wade, casting carefully toward highly suspecting trout . . . at least in late August. In May, it is the powerful torrent that carved the smooth ledges and walls that surround me and the granite pool that shelters the fish 10 feet from my toes. I place a hopper perfectly upstream, flip the line to prevent slack, then watch it drift over the stubborn fish. I’m persistent, casting two dozen more times, trying to

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Opposite: Stalking trout from a shallow ledge. Top: Wading among the boulders. Center: A scenic canyon carved by the river over the millenia. Bottom: The rocky river bottom, clear cool water, and deep pools create a perfect haven for trout.

tempt the pink-flanked salmonid to the surface. While many fish hunt by smell or by sensing their prey through movement, rainbows hunt with their eyes. In theory, I need merely float lunch into their line of sight, and they’ll grab it. Trout are notoriously opportunistic when it comes to snacking. I serve up another half-dozen opportunities before taking a break to change my fly and contemplate my beautiful surroundings.

A Historic Fishing Hole The Ammonoosuc is considered one of the healthiest rivers in New Hampshire. It touches few towns along its 55-mile route from its source on Mount Washington to its confluence with the Connecticut River at Woodsville, New Hampshire. Ammonoosuc is Abenaki for “small, narrow fishing place.” The lushly forested canyon is certainly narrow, dramatically so. It’s been a well-known fishing place since before Abel Crawford and his family settled where Fabyan’s Station is now, at the junction of Base Road and US Route 302 on the west side of Crawford Notch. Generations of Abenaki fished and camped along the

river, as evidenced by the six archeological sites along its banks. Before 1936, when the spelling of its name became official, it was sometimes called “Amminoo Suck River.” Staring at the uncooperative trout calmly hovering above the bottom of the pool, the irony of this moniker is not lost on me. Confounded by a fish! Yet fishing here is hardly a hardship. I refuse to give up. Only an hour earlier, my sweetheart, Jack, hooked two healthy rainbow trout in the shallows near the entrance to the Mount Washington Hotel, one of the most scenic fishing spots in New Hampshire. The river flowed like a blue ribbon from the Presidential Range. Mount Washington and its towering bald brethren crowned the end of the valley, dwarfing the palace-like hotel. Only a puff of smoke from the Cog Railway and a few high cirrus clouds marred the otherwise clear sky. Jack waded into the river, turned over a rock, and then plucked a small caddis nymph from his fly box and tied it onto his tippet. After a few false casts to let out some line, he gingerly laid the nymph above a line of rock rubble. I watched the

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It takes precise casting around the Ammonoosuc’s rocks and riffles, and sometimes from on top of them, to catch a fish.

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A rainbow trout might not have a huge brain, but it’s smart enough to know a perfect spot when it swims there.

strike indicator bump over the miniature rapids in anticipation of a hit. Nothing. But four casts later, a healthy one-pound rainbow wriggled and squirmed, trying to shake the false caddis from its lip. Jack’s rod bent in a graceful arc as he played the fish, which eventually tired. After a few obligatory photos, he let it go, only to hook another one moments later.

A Diverse Habitat The State of New Hampshire stocks rainbow trout and brown trout in the Ammonoosuc River, which also contains self-sustaining brook trout. Atlantic salmon and 11 other species of fish are also in the Ammonoosuc, but closer to the Connecticut River. The Ammonoosuc River supports a diverse, precious habitat above its banks too. The forests, wetlands, and open fields through which it flows contain three of New Hampshire’s threatened or endangered avian species, including bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and upland sandpipers. The rare White Mountain fritillary butterfly flutters near its source. Eight plants on New Hampshire’s endangered

species list—Garber’s sedge, chestnut sedge, Bosc’s pigweed, green dragon, Kalm’s bromegrass, prickly rose, hidden sedge, and hairy rock cress—and 30 threatened plants are also part of the Ammonoosuc’s ecosystem. Perhaps the trout at the bottom of the pool where I stand is overly cautious because it doesn’t want to become endangered. I whisper promises to let it go as soon as I land it, but it doesn’t listen. Jack chuckles at my attempt to coerce a trout through persuasive speaking. He explains that the trout aren’t feeding at the moment, so they’re unlikely to rise to the surface for my hopper. “You need a wet fly and some weight to get it down quickly to the fish,” he coaches, but I don’t have anything heavier than a bead-head wooly bugger. After a few more casts, I reel in, peering ruefully at the beautiful trout finning casually at the bottom of the pool. It’s time to go. This isn’t the only time I’ve been skunked by a trout, but it is the first time that I’ve had trouble leaving. A rainbow trout might not have a huge brain, but it’s smart enough to know a perfect spot when it swims there. I’ll return soon to the Ammonoosuc. V

Eagles, fox, hawks, and osprey are just a few of the many wild creatures that an angler might see while fishing on the Ammonoosuc River.

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Relaxing at home with the senator by Mike Morin • Photos by Ian Raymond

o one welcomes the warm sun and fragrant breezes of spring more than Sylvia Larsen, who served as New Hampshire’s Senate President from 2006 to 2010 and is now the Senate’s Democratic leader. She has served the 15th District since 1994, and her demanding days in Concord are spent legislating and leading. Her escape is just minutes away in the backyard of the Concord home she shares with husband Bob. With the gold dome behind her, every other color lies before her in a paradise that she and artist Bob have nurtured for almost 11 years. After all, it is summer and color is king. 

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Their shared love of human history is evident in an imposing, two-ton carved slab

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Flowers, plants, and lush ground cover frame their pool, stone patio, and compelling outdoor art pieces. Though they didn’t know it at the time, destiny would lead these one-time college sweethearts from the Midwest to a permanent nest in New Hampshire, according to the Ohio native.

The Perfect Location

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“We loved New Hampshire,” says Larsen. “We came out here on vacations. My husband’s father was a visiting professor in the summers at UNH. He was a professor at the University of Wisconsin, but he was a visiting professor with his family for a good number of years in the summer. So we moved here because I loved the ocean and the open spaces, and my husband loved to ski, so there was the perfect mix for us. We were idealistic 20-year-olds picking the perfect place to live.” Their college encounters could hardly have predicted the couple’s eventual career paths. “He was in the graduate program of anthropology and I was an undergraduate in anthropology. We met in a human biology course. I’d say it’s the study of monkey business,” Larsen says with a gentle laugh. Their shared love of human history is evident in an imposing, two-ton carved slab sculpture that stands guard on the stone patio. “I wanted to put French doors in the living room so that there was a better flow to the backyard,” Larsen says. “My husband said we needed a sculpture, and we are good friends with Chance Anderson, who works in stone.” So instead of just buying a little sculpture to look at, they decided they were going to bring in hand-hewn stones from the old tannery. When the Larsens decided to expand the terrace and patio, Chance and Bob went up to Piermont where Chance knew of a quarry that sold schist. “They picked out this curving piece of schist, something like 35 million years old, from the bottom of a sea bed and trucked it down here, and then they took it

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up to Canterbury and carved it. Chance likes to work in stone, but he wanted the advice of someone who had a good design and artistic sense, so he got Bob to do a design. He and Bob matted it onto the rock, and then spent several months carving it,” she explains. The theme of the impressive carving is global climate change. “It reflects a trip Bob took to the Antarctic. One side shows smokestacks and a giant albatross and whales with babies and penguins because Bob saw all these things on a National Geographic trip he took to the Antarctic, so it’s layers of these with the overarching wings of an albatross,” Larsen says. While her husband took the lead on creating the sculpture, Larsen is the prime caretaker of the flowers and plants.

Adding & Experimenting “When we moved here I wanted to put in a traditional kind of garden that had roses in the center, then the boxwood hedge that keeps it together, so we had a Hopkinton landscaper help us do that. I actually saw this landscaper’s work at Governor Lynch’s old house, so I hired him to help me put in that garden with the sundial center. We moved to this house because of the sun and the garden space since our old house was under the oak

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trees, and I was having trouble gardening,” she says. Even though mature plantings were in place when the Larsens took the keys, over a decade ago, much has been added since. “She [the previous owner] had a nice little garden beyond the swimming pool and a side garden at the end of the living room that you really can’t see unless you walk out there. We developed the terrace garden above the patio and the sculpture, and we developed the rose garden and moved the crab tree into its location from another site in the yard. There were some nice gardens when we moved here, but we’ve really made a lot of changes.” Larsen has even tried her hand at growing kiwifruit. “If the summers were just a little longer, we’d be able to harvest them,” she chuckles. “They actually bloom with this wonderful, tiny, white waxy flower that looks like what you see if you slice the center of a kiwifruit—it has those seeds in the middle—and it forms very small fruit, but because the season is too short we’ve never been able to harvest an edible kiwifruit.” Fuzzy fruit isn’t the only challenge facing Larsen. “I’m continually disappointed by the inability to grow masses of daffodils. In Ohio you could have masses and they would naturalize; here it’s harder to get that, but over time we’ve found new varieties of hydrangea that tolerate this climate well, and in some of the new plantings we did include lilies.” It’s late spring that seems to make Larsen the happiest in the yard. “I love the promise of summer, so I think June is my favorite,” she confesses. “In May I still have some wonderful spring flowers. In early June it’s just very lush and the roses are all opening and everything is just in full blast. It’s wonderful.” While summer paints a color swatch of every hue in their backyard, the Larsens will share many calming moments with family, friends, and their trusty springer spaniel, Oliver, who has his job in the backyard as well. “He does enjoy it. He likes to hide balls under the bushes, and he keeps track of the chipmunks and squirrels for me.” V

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proven vendors and subcontractors, Tufts and her team can save clients hours of aggravation and possibly a tough financial hit. available at every stage of the process—from shingles and siding to countertops and commodes—are virtually limitless. And the Internet has made the task exponentially more complex. “One of the biggest challenges we struggle with is the online purchasing that people can do,” confesses Tufts. “It’s very easy, for instance, for someone to sit down on their couch, do a little research, and find a sink that they absolutely love. What they don’t realize, unfortunately, is that they could well be getting an inferior quality version of the product or perhaps only a portion of the parts needed to complete the job, i.e., the basin but none of the connecting pipes.” By working closely with the client and utilizing proven vendors and subcontractors, Tufts and her team can save clients hours of aggravation and possibly a tough financial hit. Many years of experience enable them to anticipate where problems can arise and

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“Tom and Lisa were an incredibly delightful couple to work with,” says Tufts. “We did a dramatic rehab of their kitchen and everything just fell into place—it was a really rewarding project.” Another of Tufts’ favorites was a building addition for the corporate offices of JBI Helicopter Services in Pembroke, New Hampshire. “This was a large, fun, off-the-wall project, and quite involved as the business continued to operate throughout the building and interior decorating phases,” says Tufts. “The owners are super people and they stayed excited throughout the process,” she continues, “and the whole thing turned out beautifully.” 3W’s unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction has paid off handsomely over the years—the firm has earned not only many happy clients but also industry recognition. Over the years, 3W design has won a host of SAM and Cornerstone Awards from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of New Hampshire (HBRANH, for excellence in the building industry. In fact, Tufts recently learned that 3W design has been awarded two Cornerstone Awards this year, one for each of the projects mentioned above. “One of the things that has helped us weather this tough economy for the past couple of years is that we do a little bit of everything,” notes Tufts, “from window treatments to kitchen renovations. I don’t do the same thing day after day.” That variety is what keeps the business both fresh and vital after 22 years in existence, she says. “I learned an important lesson a long time ago,” she concludes. “No job is too small—you never know where it will lead!” V 4 6 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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By Susan Nye


hen temperatures soar, is there anything better than a cool and creamy ice cream cone? I inherited my love of ice cream from my dad. On hot summer evenings throughout my childhood, he would shout, “Who wants ice cream?” Like a herd of water buffalo, kids and dogs thundered out of the house and into our big blue station wagon. Off we would go to the Gray House for homemade ice cream. Their chocolate chip ice creams were the best, packed

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we all scream for ice cream with tiny nuggets of real chocolaty goodness. Except for my little brother (he stuck with “choooc-lat”), we all had one or more scoops of chocolate chip, mocha chip, mint chip, and/ or black raspberry chip. Our two dogs always got to finish my mom’s cone and steal licks from inattentive children.

Legends, Myths & History Some suggest that the infamous emperor Nero was slurping Italian ices while he fiddled and Rome burned. The Romans carried snow and ice down from the mountains and stored it in caves for cool summer treats. While various ancient sources write about fruity ices and iced cream, Nero’s indulgence was probably not the gelato or Italian ices we crave today. Although he may have enjoyed a frosty snow cone or two, his cool summer treats were most likely honeyed fruit juices with a few chunks of ice. The frozen confections we love today evolved slowly. The earliest ices were made in tins filled with honey-sweetened fruit juices. The tins were submerged in ice baths and then shaken and stirred to icy perfection. By the mid 1700s, recipes for ice creams, gelato, and sorbet were popping up in cookbooks in Italy, France, and England. Ice cream became a favorite dessert of the rich and powerful in both

Europe and the American colonies. Thomas Jefferson served ice cream in the White House, and Dolly Madison made sure it was served at her husband’s inaugural ball.

Ice Cream for All Thanks to the invention of the hand-cranked ice cream churn in 1843, anyone and everyone with a backyard could make the once labor-intensive treat in less than an hour. Housewife Nancy Johnson developed this wonderful gadget. Lacking the resources to bring it to market, Mrs. Johnson sold her patent to a Philadelphia kitchen wholesaler for $200. Families across America bought the machine, and ice cream quickly became a summer sensation. A few years later, dairyman Jacob Fussell made it even easier to enjoy ice cream. He used industrial-sized versions of Mrs. Johnson’s churn to make ice cream and sold it by the quart for 25 cents. A new industry was born.  summer 2011 | ar ound concord 4 9

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The United States is the ice cream capital of the world. The average American consumes around 24 quarts of ice cream each year. Sunday is the busiest day for ice cream sales.

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gelato From ice cream to frozen yogurt to gelato and sorbet, there are a lot of options to keep you cool in the summer. Creamy and oh so decadent, today’s premium and superpremium ice creams are very similar to the ones your parents and grandparents enjoyed as kids. In contrast, many large manufacturers and chains slowly but surely reduced their ice creams’ fat content and increased the amount of air whipped into their products. They may be cold and sweet, but they lack the luxurious taste and texture of old-fashioned ice cream. If you have tasted Italian gelato, chances are pretty good that it was love at first bite. Gelato has a lower fat content than American ice creams, has a lot less air whipped into it, and is served at a slightly warmer temperature. Together, these three factors combine to create wonderful, intense flavors. The chocolate is more chocolaty, the strawberry more strawberry-y, and well, you get the picture. To most Americans, it’s soft-serve ice cream —but to Vermonters, it’s known as a creemee. A summertime favorite, creemees were invented by the father and son team who founded Dairy Queen. While they have a fair amount of air whipped into them, creemees, like gelato, have a lower fat content and are served at a slightly warmer temperature.

Ice Cream Story: A couple of years ago we had a power outage. As soon as it got dark, we figured we would have to close because we couldn’t see to scoop. A bunch of people from all over town brought lanterns and flashlights, plus everyone turned their cars so their headlights would shine into the store. We were busy all night. The town refused to let us close. Eric Jordan, Owner Jordan’s Ice Creamery, Belmont

Strawberry Gelato With strawberries in season, this berry, berry delicious gelato is the perfect summer treat. You can substitute blueberries or make a batch of each! Add a scoop of vanilla for a star-spangled-banner dessert. Serves 6–8

1 lb fresh strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped 3/4 cup brown sugar 1- 1/2 cups half & half 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 Tbsp Framboise* (optional) 1/8 tsp sea salt Fresh berries for garnish 1. In a blender combine the strawberries, sugar, half & half, vanilla, Framboise, and salt. Puree until smooth. 2. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large measuring cup. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Favorite Combinations: My latest craze is an Almond Joy sundae. It’s vanilla ice cream with hot fudge, almonds, coconut, and whipped cream. Juston McKinney, Standup Comedian Visit Juston’s website ( for his national tour schedule and links to his Live Free or Die monologue.

3. Give the mixture a final whisk and transfer it to an ice cream machine and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a plastic container and freeze for up to one month. If the gelato comes out of the freezer rock hard, put it in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes. It will soften a little and be easier to scoop. Garnish with fresh berries and serve. *Framboise is a French raspberry liqueur.

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Dressing It Up . . .

Sprinkles and Much More

Some might call them sprinkles, but New Englanders know better. Those lovely little chocolate pieces are jimmies. A candy maker in Brooklyn claims credit for their invention, but if you grew up in New England, especially Boston, an ice cream cone wasn’t an ice cream cone without jimmies. And only real chocolate would do, never the waxy imitation stuff. Steve Herrell took ice cream and jimmies (sprinkles if you must) to a whole new level when he opened an ice cream shop in Somerville, Massachusetts, in the early 1970s. Steve’s Ice Cream served super-rich premium ice cream and customized each and every dish or cone with a variety of yummy add-ins. Heath Bars, M&M’s, Oreo cookies, and lots of other good stuff were chopped up and smooshed into the ice cream. Boyhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield took this idea one step further when they began making Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and opened their first shop in an old garage in Burlington, Vermont. Instead of smooshing bits of cookies, candies, and nuts into their frozen treats one customer at a time, they swirled sauces and yummy treats into their ice creams during production. While most were pretty descriptive, the names for some were as fun and fanciful as the flavors. Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Imagine Whirled Peace come to mind.

Favorites to Sprinkle On or Smoosh In! Jimmies, of course! Rainbow sprinkles (if you insist) Crushed Oreo cookies Crushed chocolatecovered pretzels Bits of homemade brownie Toasted coconut M&M’s (the minis if you can find them!) Mini chocolate chips

Favorite Flavor: Maybe it’s because we used to make our own maple syrup, but I really like Maple Walnut. Donna Kimball, Beech Hill Farm, Hopkinton (

Chopped up Heath Bars Chopped up Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Toasted and chopped nuts of all kinds: walnuts, almonds, pecans, macadamias The list goes on and on!

Ice Cream Story: My dad was the manager at the first Friendly’s down in Massachusetts so I grew up in the ice cream business. I love it—it’s a lot of fun. Tom Arnold Arnie’s Place (

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Drink It Down

An old-fashioned favorite, the first ice cream soda was a happy accident. An enterprising soda salesman ran out of ice at a fair and borrowed some ice cream from the tent next door. The new concoction was an instant hit. If you haven’t had one in a while, ice cream sodas are terrific thirst quenchers on a hot day.

Eric Jordan, Owner Jordan’s Ice Creamery, Belmont

The Classic Ice Cream Soda A scoop or two of ice cream, a dollop of syrup, and club soda are all you need for this traditional summer treat. Mix it up with different flavors of ice cream and syrups. Serve your sodas in those heavy, old-fashioned soda fountain glasses. They’ll be almost too pretty to drink . . . almost. Black Cow You might know it as a root beer float. Add a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream to a glass of root beer and enjoy a treat straight from a 1950s carhop. Purple Cow See above but with grape soda! In fact, the variations are endless. Try one with cola, orange soda, ginger ale, or lemonlime soda. Thick and Creamy Frappes The rest of the country calls them milkshakes or malteds but not New Englanders. Throw a few scoops of your favorite ice cream in the blender; add a little syrup and a splash of milk. It will take you right back to junior high (but without the pimples). For more grown-up tastes, add a scoop of lemon or lime sorbet to your next daiquiri or cool down your margarita with a little strawberry sorbet.

Favorite Combinations: Definitely a hot fudge sundae, then again I’d like a brownie sundae even more. The extra chocolate is always good.


Favorite Flavor: I’m partial to things with caramel and chocolate swirled through or a really good maple walnut. Susan Reid, Baker King Arthur Flour (

Brown Cow

Ice Cream Story: You can never be in a bad mood eating ice cream. Have you ever seen a fight break out at an ice cream place? I didn’t think so. Juston McKinney, Standup Comedian Visit Juston’s website ( for his national tour schedule and links to his Live Free or Die monologue.

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Get Saucy

Easy Vanilla Ice Cream This vanilla ice cream recipe from Amy Huyffer at Strafford Organic Creamery is not as rich as Strafford’s ice creams but is quick to make and ideal for a brownie sundae.

In the late 1800s, ice cream sodas were quite popular, but most states banned the sale of fizzy sodas on Sunday. Unwilling to forgo Sunday trade, clever soda fountain owners concocted an alternative treat with ice cream and syrup, but no soda. The sundae was born.

Makes about 1-1/2 pints

1 pint half & half 1/3 cup sugar Splash of vanilla

Ice cream pairs beautifully with a dollop of sauce! Hot Fudge Hands-down everyone’s favorite is hot fudge. Mix it up with a dollop of espresso, amaretto, or orange liqueur. Or spice it up with a pinch of cinnamon, cardamom, or cayenne pepper. Warm Caramel Sweet and buttery, a real contender, especially if you add a touch of bourbon or a few toasted pecans.

Root ’n Tutti Summer Fruity Fresh, local fruit is wonderful on ice cream. Add a touch of honey and raspberry or orange liqueur to strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries. Or toss chunks of ripe peaches with a little sugar and raspberry purée. And just for grownups, liqueurs are lovely over ice cream. Drizzle

hazelnut liqueur on chocolate ice cream, coffee liqueur on coffee ice cream, or Irish cream on vanilla. It’s called a café glacé in France or an affogato in Italy. Either way, pour a shot of hot espresso (decaf is okay) over vanilla ice cream for a not-toosweet, creamy coffee treat.

1. Whisking constantly, slowly add the sugar to the half & half. Whisk in the vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until the mixture is very cold. 2. Give the mixture one last whisk and pour it into an ice cream machine. Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 3. Transfer to a plastic container and store in the freezer until it sets and you’re ready to serve. If the ice cream is rock hard when it comes out of the freezer, put it in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes. It will soften a little and be easier to scoop.

The Perfect, Traditional, REAL Ice Cream Soda Michael Thoma at Arctic Dreams in New London has been scooping ice cream since he was a soda jerk in high school. Here is his recipe for a real ice cream soda.

2+ oz heavy cream 10+ oz seltzer or soda water 1+ oz syrup (your favorite flavor) 1-1/2 scoops ice cream (your favorite flavor)

Cuisinart ice cream maker.

1. Put the cream, seltzer, and syrup in a large glass and stir vigorously with a long soda spoon until mixed and frothy. 2. Carefully add one scoop of ice cream. Set the half scoop on the rim of the glass for an artistic effect.

Favorite Combinations: I like it pretty simple; I’m not a sauce person. My mom always makes me an ice cream pie for my birthday— Coffee ice cream in an Oreo cookie crust with chopped Oreos on top.

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The combinations are endless.

For some oldfashioned fun, try a banana split. Split a banana down the middle and put each half into a banana-split glass. Add a scoop each of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream. Top each scoop with a spoonful of sauce, typically chocolate on vanilla, caramel on chocolate, and strawberry on strawberry. Add a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkling of chopped peanuts, and a bright red maraschino cherry.

Favorite flavor: I’m a big fan of Mocha Chip—have been since I was a kid. It’s my mom’s favorite flavor. I guess I’m a creature of habit; when I find something I like, I stick to it. Christian Wisecarver, Rapper and Filmmaker The Super Secret Project–Creators of the YouTube sensation Granite State of Mind (

A festive dessert for a crowd—make your own sundaes! If you’ve got a big group coming over for a summer cookout, make dessert easy. Buy some great ice creams, make or buy some wonderful sauces, put out bowls of crushed cookies and candies, and whip up some cream. Then let your guests build their own individual and magnificent sundaes.

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D.I.Y. With all the wonderful ice creams, gelatos, and sorbets available, you might wonder why on earth you would want to do it yourself—especially if you have a bunch of funny but maybe not-so-delicious memories of working a hand-cranked machine and salty, not-quitecold-enough ice cream. When you make your own ice cream, you can stay plain and simple or experiment with exotic combinations. Can’t find kiwi chocolate chip sorbet or double espresso latte gelato at

the supermarket? Not a problem when you make your own. Or maybe you want to recapture some of those fun and funny moments when you made ice cream with your grandfather. You can still find old-fashioned, hand-cranked bucket freezers. They are a bit of a production with ice and rock salt, but they’re great for making big batches of frozen confections and family memories. A simpler answer to homemade ice cream is one of the new ice

cream makers that use a super-cold canister to freeze your icy treat. They come in both hand-crank and electric versions. There are even models that make creemees soft serve. With little fuss or bother, you can make ice cream or sorbet in about 20 minutes, and cleanup is a snap. Whether you make it yourself or buy your favorite flavor by the cone, cup, pint, or quart, there is no such thing as too much ice cream. Especially in the summer!

Helen Brody, the driving force behind the New Hampshire Farms Network, adapted this recipe from one in the 1945 edition of The Boston Cooking School Cookbook by Fannie Merritt Farmer. Makes about 1 quart

Combine all ingredients and cook in a double boiler for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. As long as it is kept refrigerated, this sauce more or less lasts forever. Stored in a canning jar, it can be warmed in a pot of hot water over low heat. Stir often to dissolve the sugar crystals that have developed during refrigeration.

1 big scoop black raspberry ice cream 1 bottle all-natural Boylan’s black cherry soda

Place the ice cream in a tall glass. Pour half the soda over the ice cream. As you drink the soda and enjoy the ice cream, continue to add soda until you have eaten all of the ice cream. Drink slowly to avoid brain freeze.

What’s a Brain Freeze? Also known as an ice cream headache, a brain freeze happens when something very cold hits a nerve center on the roof of your mouth. The nerves signal the blood vessels in your head, telling them to expand, which gives you a headache for a minute or two. To avoid brain freeze, savor your ice cream and eat it slowly. You’ll enjoy it more and avoid the headache.

Butterscotch Sauce

1/2 cup butter 1 lb dark brown sugar (3 cups packed) 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1-1/3 cups heavy cream 1/8 tsp salt

The Bart brothers at Granite State Candy have fun developing new flavors and combinations every summer. Jeff Bart suggests you give The Rizzi Fizzi a try. Named for Merrimack County Savings Bank President Paul Rizzi, it’s been a big hit.

Favorite Combinations: When making ice cream and sauces all natural ingredients taste much better. For my Butterscotch Sauce I always use McNamara heavy cream because it is not ultra-pasteurized and has a much fresher flavor. I also find organic dark brown sugar is far superior in color and taste. The color is darker and the flavor richer. Helen Brody New Hampshire Farms Network (

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A Cup or a Cone ?

The question did not exist until the late 1890s, when a Wall Street pushcart vendor realized his ice cream profits were dwindling because customers kept breaking or wandering off with his dishes. He solved the problem with edible pastry cups. Today most ice cream parlors and stands offer customers the choice of a waffle or cake cone, but is there really any question?

Top 10 Flavors Vanilla, by a long shot, followed by Chocolate Butter pecan Strawberry Neapolitan Chocolate chip French vanilla Cookies & cream Vanilla fudge ripple and finally, Praline pecan.

Chocolate Pizzelle Cones Make your own waffle cones with this chocolate pizzelle recipe from the bakers at King Arthur Flour. Makes about 2 dozen cones

3 large eggs 1 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp espresso powder 3/8 tsp salt 1/4 cup Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa or Dutch-process cocoa 2 tsp baking powder 1-2/3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 1/2 cup melted butter 1. Beat together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, espresso powder, and salt until smooth. 2. Add the cocoa and baking powder, beating again until smooth. 3. Add the flour, mixing until well combined. Add the melted butter, again mixing until well combined. 4. Bake the pizzelles according to your pizzelle iron instructions. (A tablespoon cookie scoop works well for scooping the batter onto the iron; a level scoopful of batter is the right size for most standard pizzelle makers.) 5. While the pizzelles are still warm, work quickly and gently wrap each pizzelle around a wooden or metal cone.

As the name implies, frozen yogurt is made with yogurt, usually in combination with milk and cream. It’s wonderful, with a bit of tang, but if you are looking for health food, throw

some nonfat yogurt in the blender with frozen fruit and whip up a smoothie. It won’t taste like frozen yogurt, but it is yummy and a nice way to start your day. Sorbet on the other

hand is made without any cream or milk. Instead, sorbets combine sweetened fruit purées and juices and are sometimes made with wine, champagne, or a liqueur.

Freelance writer Susan Nye lives in New Hampshire. You can find more of her stories and lots of recipes on her blog at

Ice Cream Story: My brother and I are the third generation at Granite State Candy. My grandfather started the shop in 1927. I remember a family trip to Lake Sunapee when I was about three years old. Papou (that’s what we called my grandfather) disappeared for the longest time. Finally he came back loaded down with ice cream cones, enough for everyone. It was great. Jeff Bart, Co-owner Granite State Candy (

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Organic farming in New Hampshire Rolling green pastures full of grazing cows. Fields of lush produce—lettuce, tomatoes, corn, potatoes. Chickens pecking and scratching around the barnyard. Orchards of fruit-filled trees. These are the images most people have when they picture a New Hampshire farm. Thanks to organic practices, it is one that will continue. Organic: What It Means

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Director Gail McWilliam Jellie of the Division of Agricultural Development at the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, has the statistics. “According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture, conducted every five years, the number of New Hampshire farms reporting organic product sales increased from 57 in 2002 to 148 in 2007 [the most recent census],” she notes. NHDAMF agriculture inspector Vickie Smith, who certifies farms in New Hampshire as organic through the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP), says there are 130 crop and livestock producers in the state certified organic by her department. What makes organic farms different from conventional ones? Organic practices require: • No chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or fungicides. Organic farmers develop healthy soil through the use of compost, manure, crop rotation, and other soil-building practices. • No synthetic pesticides. Only those from natural sources may be used. Jellie notes, “FYI, most New Hampshire conventional agricultural producers follow a process called integrated

pest management (IPM), which teaches people to monitor for pest presence and determine damage levels before applying pesticides. All pesticides, organic or inorganic, are expensive inputs and farmers don’t want to use them unless they absolutely have to.” • No genetic engineering. Organic practices prohibit the use of genetically modified organisms for seeds or livestock. • No antibiotics. Many commercial farmers give their stock antibiotics on a regular basis, not to treat disease, but to prevent it in the often-overcrowded conditions in which the animals are kept. On organic farms, antibiotics are given only to sick animals when necessary. Then that animal is no longer marketed as organic. • No growth hormones, which are given to conventional farm animals to speed up growth or increase milk production. • No sewage sludge as fertilizer. Instead, organic farmers use manure, crop residues, cover crops, crop rotation, and natural mineral supplements. • No ionizing radiation (known as irradiation and cold pasteurization) to preserve food. 

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Top left and center: Winter greenhouse production. Photos courtesy of Larry Pletcher. Top right: Izzy and friend. Photo courtesy of Red Fox Farm. Bottom left: A milking Devon. Photo courtesy of Larry Pletcher. Bottom center and right: Family time sometimes involves chickens. A little helper. Photos courtesy of Red Fox Farm by Judith Howcroft.

New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food 25 Capitol Street Concord, NH (mail: PO Box 2042, Concord, NH 03302-2042) (603) 271-3788 NOFA-NH (Northeast Organic Farming Association of NH) 4 Park Street, Suite 208 Concord, NH (603) 224-5022 Joan’s Famous Composting Worms P.O. Box 387 Henniker, NH Vegetable Ranch 443 Kearsarge Mountain Road Warner, NH (603) 456-3628

• Organic livestock must be fed only organically grown feed and given access to the outdoors and ample room to graze and exercise. The organic certification process can be quite extensive. Smith explains that applicants must complete a detailed application, submit supporting documentation, and go through a two- to four-hour on-site inspection visit. “The main complaint we get is the amount of paperwork which applicants must complete and the records which they must maintain in order to verify compliance with the NOP,” she explains.

The Face of Organic in NH Larry Pletcher’s farm, the Vegetable Ranch in Warner, has been certified organic since 1988. He is a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH) and he served as a member of the board for a time. The association currently

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has more than 800 active members, which include farmers, gardeners, land care providers, homesteaders, businesses, families, individuals, and students. It is a resource for farmers where they can network with others with an interest in community-based local and organic food systems. Farmers benefit from membership through the group’s workshops and educational events. The NOFA-NH Winter Conference is the largest organic agriculture event in New Hampshire, with seminars, workshops, and a Green Market Fair of eco-friendly vendors, community information, farm stands, handcrafted products, and organic food. There is also a Summer Conference and two Herbal Conferences that provide education and support for those interested in growing herbs, herbal products, culinary herbal uses, and herbal medicine. Pletcher says the association is beneficial for

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“networking, getting to know other growers, and reaching out to more established growers for help and to see what they are doing and how they do it.” Pletcher grows more than 40 different types of vegetables on 18 acres, including acreage at St. Paul’s School in Concord. A plan is in the works to have some of the students help out in the fields, and Food Services at the school use some of the produce. Pletcher sells his produce through two Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, the Concord Farmers’ Market, his own farm stand, and at the Concord Cooperative Market. In fact, the Co-op has purchased a greenhouse for the farm specifically so Pletcher and his staff can grow produce for the market. “Organic was the only way I knew how to grow things,” Pletcher says. “It never made sense to me to do it any other

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Left, top to bottom: Members of NOFA-NH at the organization’s Winter Conference. Board member Leon C. Malan, NOFA members share a smile, Lisa Aquizap (left) and board member Joan O’Connor, board members Jack Mastrianni (back) with Paul Mercier and business manager Barbara Sullivan. Above: Tomato harvest at King’s Grant Farm.

way. The environmental aspect was important to me at first, but now the human health aspect has become equally important.” Human health is also a key reason why Chef Mario Capozzoli of King’s Grant Farm in Sunapee follows organic practices. He says, “If I can’t grow it myself, I will buy organic food at Walmart, which a lot of organic buyers won’t do because it’s not local. To me, it’s not just the local component to organic. It’s the pesticides. I do not want synthetic, toxic poisons in my system.” Capozzoli’s farm isn’t certified organic since his produce is grown only for his personal consumption—and he gives some to his neighbors. Besides farming, he teaches workshops on creating community food systems (community gardens, barter and trade, etc.), operates a consulting business for nonprofit organizations, and works as a private chef. His website,, is full of information on sustainable living and eating locally. He grew up in a Southern California restaurant family, and then received his formal chef’s training through the Marriott hotel chain and in Burgundy, France. “In Southern California, we always had gardens that were organic, though we didn’t know what it was called at the time,” Capozzoli remembers. Like Capozzoli, not every member of NOFA-NH is certified organic. A number went through the certification process and are allowed to use the certified organic label from the United States Department of Agriculture. Other growers have not gone through the time and expense of certification, but guarantee that they are following organic practices. All NOFA-NH members, both farmers and businesses, support organic growing practices. Director Jellie says, “New Hampshire benefits by having a farm base to 6 2 w w w. a r o u n d c o n c o r d n h . c o m

produce local foods, organic or not. There has been a tremendous increase in demand for local foods of all types. Increasing local food supplies increases the availability of fresh foods, makes it possible for the buyer to potentially know the producer and his or her practices, and reduces travel and fuel use for foods coming from far away.” Another NOFA-NH member supporting organic practices is board member Joan O’Connor, also known as “The Worm Lady.” She owns Joan’s Famous Composting Worms and sells her worms at area farmers’ markets and online. The worms are raised in a plastic container and fed kitchen scraps. The worm castings, also known as vermicast or worm manure, are harvested and added to gardens, container plants, window boxes, and houseplants. O’Connor also started the Concord Winter Farmers’ Market, which began in 2010 with one market in January, February, and March in Cole Gardens’ greenhouse, and expanded to seven dates in 2011. She says, “There was an average of 30 vendors. The crowds averaged 1,100 every market day. And the weather cooperated—no snowstorms on market day.” “I’ve had small gardens since 1974,” O’Connor adds. “Now I work for organic farmers as a site manager and I manage farmers’ markets. By serving on the Board of NOFA-NH, I am surrounded by agriculture. I couldn’t be happier.”

Worth the Challenges Director Gail McWilliam Jellie notes there are a number of obstacles to organic production. It can be difficult to get organic fertilizers, pesticides, and animal feed, and the products cost more than their conventional counterparts. Plus the transition from conventional to certified organic can be a lengthy process and may keep the farmer in limbo for a couple of years. “However,” agriculture inspector Smith says, “I have been working with the NHDAMF organic program since 1988, when we certified only eight producers. The next year we had 33. Now we are up over 130 certified crop/livestock producers, and 18 organic food processors. There has been a continued interest in farmers going organic. I had three telephone inquiries just today in my office.” V summer 2011 | ar ound concord


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ore than a bumper sticker, eating locally is both a healthy and delicious way to live. Forget about food that has been raised clear across the country or on the other side of the world. There is growing demand for food produced right here in New Hampshire. Not just home cooks, but more and more New Hampshire restaurants are taking notice and taking action. Many chefs are stocking their kitchens with wonderful ingredients from local farms. ď ˝

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Sample these recipes inspired by the freshest ingredients you’ll find locally this summer.

Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts Pork Shoulder Fish and Eggs Rhubarb-Maple Toasted Bread Pudding


Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts From Charlie Burke, President, New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection ( and Owner, Weather Hill Farm Serves 4

1 shallot, finely chopped 1-1/2 tsp Dijon mustard 2–3 Tbsp lemon juice or white wine vinegar Kosher or sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped 8 cups young arugula 6 oz fresh goat cheese, crumbled 1. Prepare the vinaigrette: Place the shallot in a small bowl, add mustard and lemon juice or vinegar. Add a generous pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Mix and then add olive oil, whisking until emulsified. Taste and adjust salt and pepper; you may want to add a small amount of oil or acid to balance the vinaigrette. 2. Heat a dry frying pan over medium heat and toast the walnuts for a few minutes until they begin to brown. Put the arugula in a salad bowl, add enough vinaigrette to lightly coat, and toss. Check seasoning again, adding more salt, pepper, oil, or vinegar as needed. Add the walnuts and goat cheese, gently toss, and serve.

When it comes to fruits and vegetables, New Hampshire is climatically challenged. Thankfully, summer is here and we’re able to indulge in local sweet peas, delicious asparagus, and ripe, red strawberries. Food writer and driving force behind the New Hampshire Farms Network, Helen Brody knows, “Local products just taste better and are better for you. Vegetables start to lose their flavor and nutrients as soon as they are picked. If your beans were shipped from one of the big industrial farms in the Midwest, they take days, not hours, to get to you.” She continues, “Our local farmers work so hard to grow these beautiful vegetables. It’s almost an insult to mess with them. There is no need to add anything. Either raw or cooked quickly, the taste is out of this world.” Eating locally means more than fruits and vegetables. The interest in and demand for humanely raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free meats and dairy products is steadily growing. Fresh, locally raised beef, pork, and chicken as well as cheeses, butter, milk, and eggs are available yearround. And barring nor’easters, the Atlantic offers up its bounty every day of the year.

Wo r k i n g To ge t h e r Getting local farmers and restaurants together has not been an easy task. It has taken the commitment of farmers like Charlie Burke and chefs like Jeffrey Paige to get it started and keep it moving. Charlie Burke, president of the Farm to Restaurant Connection, admits, “Everyone is interested in eating locally. It’s become a great marketing message, but it takes a lot of education and effort to make it happen.” He elaborates, “Farmers must understand the needs and demands of chefs. It can be as simple as understanding a chef’s schedule and not showing up at the restaurant with a crate of vegetables in the middle of dinner.” Early in his career Chef Jeffrey Paige was interested in learning more about local food sources. He was intrigued

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Pork Shoulder From Chef Matt Provencher, Richard’s Bistro in Manchester (

1 bunch rosemary 1/4 cup chopped garlic 4 Tbsp whole-grain mustard 1 cup blended oil 1 boneless pork shoulder, 6–8 oz per person 1. In advance: Remove the rosemary leaves from the stems. Place the rosemary leaves, garlic, mustard, and oil in a food processor and process until smooth.

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2. Rub the mixture all over the pork (be sure to rub inside the roast where the bone was). Tie the roast up tight with butcher’s string and let sit overnight in the refrigerator. 3. Preheat the oven to 350°. 4. Place the pork in an ovenproof pan and bake at 350° for 4 to 5 hours or until the roast is soft and tender. When the meat is cooked, remove from oven and cover with foil. Let stand for at least 20 minutes in a warm spot before slicing. Slice in 1/2-inch pieces and serve.

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Fish and Eggs An adaptation of a traditional Shaker recipe from Chef Adam Olsen, Greenwoods Restaurant at Canterbury Shaker Village ( Serves 6–8

1/2 stick butter plus more to butter the pan 1 small onion, minced 1/4 cup flour 1/2 cup dry white wine 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup milk 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper 6 hard-cooked eggs, sliced 8 red potatoes, boiled and sliced 2 lb haddock or cod

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Butter a large casserole dish. 2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add minced onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add flour and stir well. The consistency should be that of chunky peanut butter. Add the wine and stir well. 3. Add cream, milk, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to medium and whisk well, making sure there are no lumps. Let simmer, stirring often until it thickens. 4. Layer the eggs and potatoes on the bottom of the casserole dish. Add some of the cream sauce to cover. Layer the fish on top of the eggs and potatoes and pour remaining sauce over the fish. 5. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the fish is cooked through and the potatoes are piping hot.

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From Farm to Your Table You can follow the lead of some of New Hampshire’s best chefs. Summer is a great time to look at your options and plan your strategy to eat locally. Become a Kitchen Gardener: For the first time since World War II, there is a vegetable patch and a beehive for honey on the White House’s south lawn. Mrs. Obama and the White House chefs began the project as part of the First Lady’s healthy children initiative. Getting your hands in the dirt with a garden, even a small one, is a great way for you and your children to connect with your food. And while you might not have room for cows in your backyard, many New Hampshire families are raising chickens.

Rhubarb-Maple Toasted Bread Pudding From Helen Brody, New Hampshire Farms Network (

4 slices sturdy white bread broken into 1-inch pieces 3/4 cup whole milk 2 Tbsp heavy cream (optional, but the cream will add richness to the pudding) 3 Tbsp butter 2 eggs 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup sugar (plus one Tbsp for the topping) 1 pinch salt 1 cup rhubarb, about 4 stalks cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1. Preheat oven to 325°. 2. Butter a 1-quart casserole dish and add the bread cubes. 3. Microwave the milk with the cream and butter until the butter melts. Pour the milk mixture over the bread and let sit for about 15 minutes, allowing the bread to fully absorb the milk. 4. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs together and stir in the maple syrup, sugar, and salt. Stir in the rhubarb and pour the mixture over the bread and milk. Gently stir to distribute the rhubarb. Sprinkle one tablespoon of sugar over the top and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. The pudding should be firm and the top crust crisp. Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream or whipped cream.

Join a CSA: Many farmers team up with families and individuals with a community supported agriculture group or CSA. You receive a steady stream of wonderful vegetables and develop a relationship with a farmer. CSA memberships or shares are sold in the spring and members receive a weekly basket of fresh flowers, fruits, and vegetables throughout the summer. Some CSAs add eggs, milk, and

by the Shakers and their philosophy of self-reliance. Working with Chef James Haller at Canterbury Shaker Village, Jeff developed a network of local farmers, cheese makers, smokehouses, and fishermen. Now the owner of Cotton in Manchester, Jeff continues to focus on local products and encourages other chefs to do the same. It may take more effort to use local sources, but Jeff believes it is worth it. He says, “I love cooking in New England with the change of seasons. I get excited when farmers bring me spring-dug parsnips, the first true spring vegetable. It’s wonderful when the first heirloom tomatoes arrive in summer and squash in the fall.” The current chef at Greenwoods Restaurant at Canterbury Shaker Village shares Jeff’s interest in the Shakers. Chef Adam Olsen’s menu focuses on what’s fresh today. Adam gets about 30 percent of his produce from the Village garden and the remainder from local farms. “We want the restaurant to reflect the spirit of the Shakers,” he says. “Diners enjoy lunch at communal tables, the menu is inspired by traditional Shaker cooking, and our daily specials are straight from the garden.”

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meats and run year-round. Shareholders generally pay for an entire season upfront. Some farmers ask for a few hours of help on the farm once or twice during the summer. You can learn more about community supported agriculture in the Concord area at, the Local Harvest website. Buy Local at the Farmers’ Markets: Maybe you don’t have the time, space, or energy for a kitchen garden or backyard chicken coop. Maybe you want or need more flexibility than a CSA provides. Not a problem. You can still find lots of wonderful local products at the farmers’ market. You’ll find a variety of locally grown, often organic, produce as well as artisanal cheeses and baked goods, eggs, meats, and even homemade ice cream. Some markets sell crafts and have entertainment. It is a fun way to enjoy a few hours, shopping and visiting with farmers, artisans, and your neighbors. The Concord farmers’ summer market starts up in June and runs through October. You can find a full list of markets on the New Hampshire Farmer’s Market Association website at

Fresh & Seasonal Chefs concentrating on local products need to look at menus and planning differently. Restaurants like Republic in Manchester are doing just that. The menu changes daily, sometimes twice a day, in order to serve what’s fresh and available. Charlie understands that, “not all chefs and restaurants can change their menus so frequently. We’re happy to see small steps; a couple of daily specials with local ingredients is a great start.” Matt Provencher, executive chef at Richard’s Bistro, changes the menu with the seasons and offers daily specials to reflect what’s available locally. Matt says, “Quality and consistency are huge concerns for chefs. I’m able to get wonderful products from local farmers but unfortunately, they cannot always deliver consistent quantities.” For example, Matt was impressed with the quality of Kelly Brook Farm’s pork, veal, and poultry but couldn’t list a specific dish on the menu because of availability. He has solved the problem by offering a Kelly Brook Farm cut of the day. Matt admits, “It does take a bit more planning, but I really don’t mind the extra effort. We make it work because eating locally is all about what’s fresh and delicious today.” V

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“We want to be the first place people think of for special occasions,” asserts owner Chuck Rolecek during a conversation about this downtown dining gem. “Our goal is to exceed our clients’ expectations at every turn—whether by providing them with their preferred server or table or creating a customized dessert to end the evening on just the right note.” The Righ t A mbience

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” —Virginia Woolf

Rolecek’s dedication to delivering a stellar experience encompasses every aspect of dining at the Hanover Street Chophouse, as guests discover the moment they cross the threshold. The restaurant’s décor, designed by Peter Niemitz of the Boston-based Niemitz Design Group, is warm and inviting. Dark, polished woods and rich, tufted leathers glow in the soft, ambient light that suffuses the space. The dining room is further adorned

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KEY LIME CHEESECAKE From Elaine Speer, Hanover Street Chophouse

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Topping (optional): 8 oz crème fraîche 2 Tbsp powdered sugar 1. Prepare one graham cracker crust recipe (not given) and press onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 10-inch springform pan. Bake and let cool on a wire rack. 2. In a mixer, whip cream cheese until smooth but not airy. Gradually mix in sugar. Stop, scrape down the sides of the mixer bowl, and mix again. 3. Slowly add eggs until all are incorporated. Stop, scrape down, and mix again. Remove cream cheese from mixer. 4. In double boiler, melt white chocolate. 5. In mixing bowl, whisk melted chocolate into sour cream until smooth. Add lime juice, zest, vanilla, and salt. 6. Fold sour cream mixture into cream cheese batter until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake at 350° for 55 to 65 minutes until center is almost set. 7. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run knife around edge of pan to loosen. Chill for 3 to 4 hours or overnight for best results. 8. Before serving, mix crème fraîche and powdered sugar until creamy. Spread on top of cheesecake, drizzling down the edges. Cut and serve.

HANOVER STREET BLUES MARTINI From Stuart Cameron, Hanover Street Chophouse

3-1/2 oz Belvedere Vodka Dash dry vermouth Olives stuffed with Bayley Hazen blue cheese Combine the first two ingredients in a shaker. Stir gently. Strain and serve in an ice-cold martini glass. Garnish with three giant green olives stuffed with Vermont Bayley Hazen blue cheese.

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by a series of four murals depicting 1930s Manchester landmarks, created specially for the space by the Brooklyn-based artist Wynne Evans ( “Ambience is extremely important,” notes Rolecek. “We put a lot of thought into the décor—I was seeking a rich, urban steak house feel and Peter really delivered.” Rolecek and the designer know each other well; years ago, Niemitz transformed

Rolecek’s former Bedford restaurant, C.R. Sparks, from a warehouse lumberyard into a delightful restaurant, bar, and conference center that enjoyed a popular following in the area for nearly two decades. “Peter is simply a genius,” asserts Rolecek. “He’s very well-known in the restaurant design arena; he’s designed restaurants for Legal Sea Foods, Capital Grille, and Walt Disney. He’s gifted and has an incredible eye for detail.”

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Once settled into these opulent surroundings, diners can turn their attention to the Chophouse’s raison d’être: the food. Patrons can expect a wonderful blend of offerings that owe their inspiration to both an oldworld steak house and a fine-dining experience. As one might expect, the menu features plenty of steaks, chops, and shellfish, but these are accompanied by a seasonal vegetable and the potato of the day, rather than the entire menu being presented a la

carte, as is the case in a traditional steak house. The menu offers diners a host of additional sides should they wish to indulge, including “Truffled” Tater Tots, Lobster Mac & Cheese, and Portobello Fries. “Our Executive Chef Stuart Cameron does a fantastic job,” says Rolecek. “He’s worked in a number of great restaurants From top: Tuna Tartare, Cedar Planked from San Francisco to Chicago to Boston Atlantic Salmon, Rum Raisin Bread and is really skilled at combining classic French techniques with traditional Ameri- Pudding, Dry Aged Cowboy Steak. can influences. The customer experience summer 2011 | ar ound concord 7 3

is his primary focus and that commitment shines through in his cooking.” Pastry Chef Elaine Speer is another prized member of the staff, presenting steak house standards such as cheesecake and chocolate mousse with a distinctively modern twist. The Chophouse’s Key Lime Cheesecake, for example, is accompanied by crème fraîche, candied kumquat, and pistachio brittle, while the Chocolate Mousse appears as a duo of Chocolate-Armagnac pot au crème and bittersweet chocolate mousse with espresso tuile.

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The Chophouse also prides itself as a destination for oenophiles. The restaurant hosts a series of wine dinners throughout the year that have proved very popular, Rolecek notes, and for those wishing to enjoy their own wines with dinner, the restaurant offers a wine club. For an annual fee, participants can reserve an on-site wine locker where personal bottles may be stored for special occasions. Those ordering from the menu, however, need not worry. The restaurant holds the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, received for offering, in the magazine’s words, “a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.” The Chophouse has received the award for five years running and is currently the only restaurant in Manchester to enjoy this distinction. The Chophouse has been in business for six years now and Rolecek cheerfully anticipates many more. “I’m in the restaurant and on the floor regularly, making sure that our clientele has the best experience possible. No one puts the level of detail into restaurants in southern New Hampshire that we do,” Rolecek concludes. “Our guests have a lot to look forward to when they decide to dine at the Chophouse!” V

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job, the 10 percent penalty applies if you’re under age 59½.) Your former employer will withhold 20 percent of the total fund for taxes, and you’ll lose the tax deferral on any future growth of the assets. If you don’t need the money for a dire emergency, you should consider one of the other options. If you transfer retirement assets directly from your old employer’s 401(k) to your new employer’s 401(k), you won’t pay any income taxes on the amount transferred, no income taxes will be withheld, and you won’t pay the 10 percent penalty on early distributions. If you leave the money in your former employer’s 401(k), you can move it later to an IRA or to another employer’s 401(k). Before rolling over your 401(k) funds to an IRA, you should compare the fees charged by the 401(k) and the IRA. Some companies, especially larger ones, negotiate institutionally priced investments with lower fees than you would pay on an IRA you set up on your own. However, a 401(k) may pay plan administration costs that an IRA does not. You also should consider your investment options in the 401(k) and an IRA. IRAs almost always have more investment choices than 401(k)s. You can invest IRA funds in individual stocks and bonds, as well as mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Savvy investors may enjoy the freedom of an IRA, while other people may prefer the smaller array of options in their employer’s 401(k), since they’ve already been screened by the employer or plan sponsor. If you’re satisfied with the investments in the existing 401(k), you may want to leave them there. Another factor to contemplate is whether you think you’ll need the retirement assets for a loan. Raiding your retirement account to pay current expenses is never a good idea, but it may be unavoidable in a financial emergency. You can’t borrow money from your IRA; the only way to get money out of the account is to pay taxes and penalties. However, if you meet certain requirements, you can borrow money from a 401(k) without triggering income tax. Avoid Pen a lties

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Legal Breakfast Series: Warning Signs of Financial Impropriety Presented by Attorney Todd Fahey. Free. Bagels and coffee will be provided. Register by the 17th: (603) 224-2508, Orr & Reno, One Eagle Square, 8–9am


Through July 29 Fri Exhibit: John LaPrade, Marisa Dilorio Peters & Wendy Prellwitz Reception: July 24, 5–7pm McGowan Fine Art



Blues Summit featuring the Robert Cray Band and special guests Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters Five-time Grammy Award-winning Robert Cray leads the Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2011! His talent and vision have been credited with successfully ushering the blues genre into the 21st century. Capitol Center for the Arts, 7pm


Pamela R. Tarbell, through July 03 The Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden

Late Night at the Spotlight: Jen Kearney and the Lost Onion & DonKilo! Afro Funk Orkestra With a pungent mix of soul, Latin, funk, reggae, and rock, Jen Kearney and the Lost Onion will take you into the kitchen to find that sweetness in the soul food you crave. Capitol Center for the Arts, 9pm

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Through July 03 Sun Pamela R. Tarbell’s Salon Exhibit: New Paintings Introducing new clay artist Liz Corrigan. The Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden Through August 29 Mon (every Monday) Walks and Talks Info: Castle in the Clouds Robert Cray Band, June 22 Capitol Center for the Arts

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The Little Smiles Children’s Summer Series: The Secret Garden A young girl discovers that a garden has special powers to help her change for the better. She invites others to visit the garden and experience the enchantment with her. Capitol Center for the Arts, 11am & 2:30pm



And August 01–05 Little Astronaut Camp: Space, the Final Frontier Students will discover what it is like to travel through space and will engage in creative takehome projects that teach them about space. For ages 5–7. Info and to reserve a spot: (603) 271-7827 McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, July 9–11:30am; August 9–11am

Met Summer Encore: Don Pasquale Anna Netrebko reprises her sensational turn in this sophisticated bel canto comedy. Capitol Center for the Arts, 4pm The Little Smiles Children’s Summer Series: The Frog Prince In a quest to find her true love, a princess befriends a frog. Her kiss transforms the frog into her real prince. Capitol Center for the Arts, 11am & 2:30pm Met Summer Encore: Simon Boccanegra Four decades into a legendary Met career, tenor Plácido Domingo makes history singing the title role in Verdi’s gripping political thriller. Capitol Center for the Arts, 6:30pm Artist Couples Talk: Frida and Diego Talk by Gail Smuda. Dessert and coffee will be served. The Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 7pm





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Outdoor Living Tour Join in a self-guided tour of some of the most beautiful private outdoor spaces in the area. Proceeds to benefit the Kimball Jenkins School of Art. Rain date 6/26. For details and to buy tickets: (603) 225-3932, Kimball Jenkins Estate, 10am–2pm




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Annual Meeting of The Friends of The Concord City Auditorium Starts with a true potluck supper. Everyone is welcome. Audi, 6pm

Space Adventure Camp: Living in Space Participants discover what it is like to be an astronaut by making and eating space food, performing experiments, and exploring what it is like to live in space. For ages 8–12. Info and to reserve a spot: (603) 271-7827 McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, 9am–3pm

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RENT RB Productions’ Summer Musical Theatre Camp presents RENT (school edition). The Broadway musical based loosely on Puccini’s opera La Bohème follows a year in the lives of seven friends living the Bohemian lifestyle in NYC’s East Village. Note: the show contains mature themes. Ticket info: Audi, 8, 7pm; 9, 2 & 7pm


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The Little Smiles Children’s Summer Series: The Princess and the Pea A prince wants to marry a princess, but is having difficulty finding a suitable wife. One night a stranger arrives at the castle claiming to be a princess. She is put to the test to determine if she is indeed a real princess. Capitol Center for the Arts, 11am & 2:30pm




Artist Couples Talk: Jackson Pollock and his wife, Lee Krasner Talk by Gail Smuda. Dessert and coffee will be served. The Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 7pm

Met Summer Encore: Tosca Luc Bondy’s dramatic production of Puccini’s operatic thriller, which Le Monde called “a perfect night at the opera,” stars Karita Mattila in the title role. Capitol Center for the Arts, 6:30pm




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Spotlight Café: Jeff Dearborn and the Contoocook Blues Society Jeff Dearborn, his slick harp licks, and his band return to the Spotlight Café for a night of hard-driving blues. Capitol Center for the Arts, 8pm



Mary Magdalene All Saints Anglican Church sponsors the performance of the opera by J. Massenet. Performed in English with a chamber orchestra and featuring the 2008 and 2009 NH Opera Idol winners Angela Szpak, soprano, as Mary and Nelson Ebo, tenor, as Jesus. Tickets and info: Audi, 7:30pm

Rocket Adventure Camp Rocketeers will build and launch rockets and discover how they fly in this five-day hands-on camp. Participants can take home their own rockets at the end of camp. For ages 8 and up. Info and to reserve a spot: (603) 271-7827 McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, 9am–12pm

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Met Summer Encore: Don Carlo An epic drama of love and politics. Capitol Center for the Arts, 6:30pm




The Little Smiles Children’s Summer Series: Arabian Nights The king was betrayed and seeks vengeance. The young bride of the sultan distracts him with exotic stories that change the king and the history of the kingdom. The Capitol Center for the Arts, 11am & 2:30pm

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The Little Smiles Children’s Summer Series: Beauty and the Beast A merchant encounters a beast who takes his daughter Belle into his castle as a prisoner. Belle discovers the real identity of the beast and realizes that appearances are only skin deep. Capitol Center for the Arts, 11am & 2:30pm

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Knowing Our Native Plants & Their Medicines Join Wendy Snow Fogg to discover the wild plants that bring us food and medicine. You’ll also gather information on how to introduce wild plants into your garden for easier access and future propagation. Bring an old telephone book, a pen or marker, scissors or pruning shears, a water bottle, snacks, and a basket to carry it all. $35. Info and to register: herbworkshops Misty Meadows Farm and Herbal Center, Lee, NH, 10am–1pm

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The Little Smiles Children’s Summer Series: The Pied Piper A town has a rat problem and asks the Pied Piper to help lead the pests out of town. But when the townspeople refuse to pay the Pied Piper, he must use his special talents to get his fair share. Capitol Center for the Arts, 11am & 2:30pm



The Little Smiles Children’s Summer Series: Cinderella The chores are never done for Cinderella, who lives with her wicked stepmother. With a little help, she cleans her stepmother’s house in time to attend the ball, where she meets the prince. When the clock strikes midnight, she must return to her house. One night she loses her glass slipper and the prince searches to find Cinderella—his true love. Capitol Center for the Arts, 11am & 2:30pm

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Weeks Celebration: Brush and Pen: Artists and Writers of the White Mountains documentary film Info: Castle in the Clouds

Lunch at the Dump A core repertoire of traditional bluegrass and old-time instrumentals blends with versions of contemporary folk tunes by writers like Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, and John Prine. Capitol Center for the Arts, 8pm











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Artist Couples Talk: Alfred Steiglitz and Georgia O’Keefe The Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 7pm


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Jerry Gappens VP and GM of New Hampshire Motor Speedway Jerry Gappens became executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2008. NHMS is the largest sports and entertainment venue in New England. Let’s go back to your childhood in Kokomo, Indiana, where you and your dad loved motor sports racing. My dad raced a short track, and I remember going to the Kokomo Speedway. I watched him race a little back then, when I was 16. I had a quarter midget when I was 9 years old and then bought a sprint car when I was 16 or 17. Your mom, however, wasn’t so keen about you getting behind the wheel, was she? My mother said, “Look, you’re getting ready to go to college, and I’m not paying to put you through college just to see something bad happen to you in a race car, so you just need to give that up, get your education, and figure out what you’re going to do in life because nobody can make money as a race car driver.” Mom isn’t always right . . . I come back now and remind her how much money Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and all these guys make, and tell her I could have been one of them. I had to retire as a driver at the ripe old age of 18. Is it true you wanted to be an undertaker? I did. Actually, when I was going to college I looked at a couple of universities, and one had a program for becoming a funeral director. You know, you’re 18 years old and trying to figure out what you want to do, and I thought it would probably be okay in some situations. But I went ahead and studied communications and PR, and then later in life I was able to go back and work for a funeral home chain in New Jersey. I drove the hearse, picked up the corpses, greeted families. I joke about this at the speedway—that a bad day at the speedway is still much better than a good day at the funeral home.

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