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Issue 11 • SUMMER 2018 PUBLISHER Backporch Publishing LLC EDITOR Marcia Passos-Duffy CONTRIBUTORS Robert Audette • Kaitlin Glynn Ann Henderson • Peg Lopata Leonard Perry • Jessica VanDerKern • Kim Welch

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friend of mine is climbing 50 summits in celebration of her 50th birthday this year. Awesome idea. However, I would have never guessed our region has that many summits, but, as my friend pointed out, if you count hills as well as mountains, and include the tristate area of New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, there are at least that many if not more. If you are going to hike a few summits yourself this summer, perhaps in celebration of a birthday, or Father’s Day, or just because it’s summer and the weather has been spectacular, you may want to put Mount Monadnock at the top of your list. Mount Monadnock, an Abenaki word that means “mountain that stands alone,” is a stately mountain that rises to 3,165 feet at the top and can be seen from just about every corner of the New Hampshire region of the same name. While it’s certainly not as tall as Mt. Fuji — the most climbed mountain on the globe — Mount Monadnock still ranks #2 in the world for the most climbers (about 120,000 hikers reach its summit every year). It is a favorite among hikers for several reasons according to the “Monadnock Guide,” little booklet first published in 1970 by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests: • It has a bare summit area; you can see as you climb. Most of the trails are open to views 2/3 of the way. And the view from the top is spectacular; on a clear day you can see the Boston skyline. • It has variety — in landscape, flora and its many routes to the top. See: pdf/MonadnockHikingTrailsMap_All_2010.pdf for a printable map. • It has historical interest. It has been climbed by people for centuries and has been the subject of poems, essays and paintings — from the transcendental writings of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson to the iconic paintings of Abbot Handerson Thayer. (According to site Monadnock, there are

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But before you go, here are some tips to make your Mount Monadnock hike fun and safe: 1. Don’t expect a walk in the park. While climbing Mount Monadnock doesn’t require sophisticated hiking gear, expect to break a sweat while climbing over bus-sized boulders to make it to the top. Wear sturdy hiking shoes. 2. Allow 4-5 hours for the round-trip hike. Make sure you arrive early enough so that you are not caught descending the mountain at nightfall. 3. Bring food and water. And remember that Monadnock State Park is a carry in/carry out park — you’ll need to take out all your trash. 4. Leave your dog at home. As much as you’d like to take your pooch along, there are no pets allowed in the park. 5. Know the routes. The easiest route to the top is

the White Cross Trail (serious hikers may want to try the White Dot Trail, which is a better challenge). 6. Bring money for the admission fee. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-11. Free admission for children ages 5 and younger and New Hampshire residents age 65 or over.

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home art Interview by Marcia Passos-Duffy Kathleen Sweeney Mariette Designs LLC Marlborough, N.H. 603-381-3353

What made you decide to create works for the home (instead of on canvas)? Working three-dimensionally just makes sense to me on so many levels. I feel more satisfied having something that can be touched like a pillow, worn like a dress, walked around like a sculpture, or walked on rather, (laughing) like a floor cloth, or even sat on like a chair. It is more intimate, and again after years of watching my grandmother Marietta and Melba Mariette, knit afghans, sweaters, sew cloth curtains, slipcovers ... and then the cornerstone of our families artistry, my grandfather sculptor Belmiro Del Costello, who owned Keene Monument and sculptured angels and endless headstones out of granite and marble. It’s no wonder I now make for practicality, beauty and environmental awareness along with wanting to beautify the spaces we live in. It is part of my lineage. Photos by David Mazor Photography

Artist and designer Kathleen Sweeney brings the inspiration of her Italian grandmother, Marietta, and her mother, Melba Mariette del Costello, into her studio, carrying on the tradition of sewing and making art for the home. She creates nature-inspired one-of-a-kind hand-painted designs on canvas floor cloths/rugs, pillows, bags and furniture in hopes of bringing the beauty and awareness of the natural world into your home. Kathleen’s love and commitment to nature is reflected in that 5 percent of the profits from featured products are donated to conservation groups such as the Sierra Club, WildAid, the World Land Trust and The Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. She also does custom orders. Tell us how you became an artist. I believe there are many factors that influence and shape any artist. My experience has been a combination of growing up in a family with generations of Italian artists where art was valued, encouraged, and the idea in my case, inherited. Making art is something I always did that seemed as essential as eating say, ravioli (laughing). I honestly can remember as a young child being creative in any shape or form, from weaving potholders to painting images of Bambi; birds flying above an ocean of seaweed and fish was as exciting to me as riding ponies and racing down the ski slopes with my dad, Norman.

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What did you do before you became an artist? In terms of work, the most significant job has been as an art teacher. My 30-year resume includes Maine College of Art continuing art sculpture instructor, elementary and high school art teacher and then I worked for the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, for eight years (out of the mayor’s office) painting large scale murals (3,200 to 750 square feet) on walls in a teen summer program called “The Mayor’s Summer Art Institute.” Before that, I worked with the Albuquerque Police Department’s Gang Unit and painted 30 murals eight to 10 feet long by 3 1/2 feet high on the city transit buses. My project partner, gang unit Sergeant Michael Garcia, and I brought together police officers, ex-gang teen members, spray can

artists, local painters, high school students and senior citizens to paint 30 murals on the buses based on their conversations around, “What does family look like?” and “What does community mean?” I also worked some retail in art galleries from Maine to New Mexico. All of which has clarified that artists have a profound opportunity to contribute to society by connecting people to beauty and the important conversations of life. Describe your art style. Presently in my Mariette Designs pieces I use a lot of color. I think color just makes homes happier, warmer and friendlier. In my spring nest and flower designs I use a combination of sweet pastel colors with earthy colors Continued on next page.

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to around $1,200 for custom and specialty-themed floor cloths. My cotton twill printed animal and nature pillows are $56 and my hand-painted nest and sunflower pillows are $88. Refurbished furniture runs from about $55 to $450. It really all depends how many hours of painting, sewing and making I have into each piece.

from nature. I gravitate towards vibrancy. I feel living in the Southwest (sudovest in Italian), I now love teal, turquoise, along with rich vibrant browns and periwinkle blues. The list of color is long. In my animal paintings, I really try to create intimate portraits. That is why they are shoulders up and facing eyes forward to engage and be personified. I want people to see each animal — polar bear, fox, owl, wolf, elephant, giraffe — as they are: alive, individual, co-existing and need of being noticed and protected. What inspires you to create your pieces? At this point the importance of environmental awareness and action. My goal is that my business will build enough momentum that I can contribute part of each sale to various nature and conservation organizations such as WildAid, The Sierra Club, The Edward O. Wilson Bio-Diversity Foundation, The World Land Trust; eventually (I would like to) buy large parcels of conservations land. I want people to know when they are selecting a piece for their home they are also preserving a home for each creature in the broader ecosystem. The circle goes round and back to each of us and what is being human if we cannot do an act of goodness for the greater good? What are the price ranges for your pieces? My pieces range from $36 for a two-handled shoulder bag

Where do you sell your creations? Since I am a new business most of my sales are done online at my website and online store at and Facebook @MarietteDesignsLLC. I have been looking for a brick-and-mortar location and know that will be part of the future. I welcome people contacting me whether it by phone 603-381-3353 or by email dé to either make an appointment to visit my studios or answer any questions they may have about products or custom work. All are welcome! Anything else you want to say about your work that I did not ask you? This question: Where is Mariette Designs going or what can we expect to see in the future? One thing about nature is that it is an endless source of inspiration and beautiful imagery. I will be incorporating more floral and botanical plant images from the lush rain forests this year along with continuing to do animal portraits such as the giraffe, elephant, jaguar, wild horse, arctic fox, gray wolf and more! I also want to bring awareness to endangered and threatened insects such as the rustypatched bee, the Karner blue butterfly, the frosted elfin, phlox moth, the Persius dusky wing butterfly, and the plants they thrive on such as wild blue lupines, cone flowers, lavender and wild blueberries. Perhaps do a series of pillows, handbags called the Insetti Collection, (Italian for insect). I am also hoping to be able to, in the next year, integrate these designs into upholstery fabric and bedding. It is a very exciting time and I welcome ideas and requests! I also want to mention that my dad, Norm Sweeney, was a huge business inspiration as I grew up watching him start the pre-Norm’s Ski Shop in our basement on Elliot Street in Keene, then move to Marlboro street, then eventually to Martel Court. He was my business and career coach.

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Preserving Summer Flowers


ave you ever wished you could enjoy the beauty of summer flowers year-round? You can, if you preserve garden flowers now while they’re in their peak of bloom. Because flowers and plant parts respond differently to drying and preserving methods, you may need to experiment for best results with method and time of harvest. More than one method may work with many flowers. Start with top quality plants. Choose fresh, unwilted, undamaged flowers and foliage from your garden, farmers’ market or cutting field at a farm stand. Collect plant materials on a warm, sunny morning after the dew has dried. Dampness encourages mold and slows the drying process. Try to cut flowers just before they are fully opened. Always gather more material than you think you’ll need for your arrangements and wreaths since some shrinkage and loss of plant material will occur. Tall artemisia or wormwood is useful as filler in arrangements and wreaths. Harvest when the seed head is fully developed and air dry. Air drying is the easiest and most popular method of drying flowers. It is generally the best method to use for flowers with strong stems such as cockscomb or

celosia, globe thistle, sea lavender, liatris, sunflower, tall sedum like “Autumn Joy,” Joe Pye and yarrow. Air dry those with small flowers in clusters such as baby’s breath, larkspur, statice, salvia or lavender. Also air dry dock, goldenrod, grasses, dusty miller, sedges, cattails, and hydrangea. Pick hydrangea when it is getting a papery feel, as picking before this stage may cause it to wilt. After cutting the flowers, strip the foliage from the stem, then tie a few stems together with a string or rubber band. Hang upside down on a hook, clothesline, or coat hanger for several weeks in a warm, dry place with good air circulation, such as an attic, garage or old barn. Keep out of direct sunlight, and preferably below 85 degrees (F). Flowers such as hydrangea and yarrow dry best when placed upright in a jar filled with one-half inch water that is then allowed to evaporate. If in an enclosed or indoor space, you may need to use a dehumidifier on humid days. To dry dahlias, plumed celosia, zinnias, roses, marigolds, and other flowers with thick heads or delicate blooms, use a drying agent such as borax, white cornmeal, rice or silica gel (available at craft shops). These materials draw the moisture out of plant tissues while still retaining flower color. Others good for such preservatives include salvia, annual larkspur and delphinium. Spread the drying agent about an inch thick in the Continued on next page.

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towels or newspaper, in a wooden flower press or between heavy books. bottom of an airtight conFlowers with fine, delicate tainer. Don’t use wooden flowers or a single row of or cardboard containers, petals lend themselves to as they will allow moisture pressing. Examples include inside. You may want to fennel, pansy, viola, wild use a mask if working with roses, dianthus, lavender silica gel, and don’t reuse and alyssum. Foliage such the same container later as fennel and ferns can be for food. pressed too. Pressed and Select blooms approxdried birch leaves can be imately the same size strung with fine wire into and type, and remove the a fall garland. foliage and most of the Select only perfect specstem except for about an imens for inch. Place pressing, the blooms Air drying is the easiest but keep on top of and most popular in mind the layer, that while and cover method of drying flowers. orange and completeyellow blosly with soms will retain their vivid more drying agent. Seal color, most blues, purples, the container and place and pinks will fade, and in a cool, dark place. In reds may turn a muddy about a week’s time, the brown. Leave your flowers flower petals will be dry in the press for four to six and crisp. Gently pour off weeks. If the material is the agent, and remove the very fleshy, you may need dried flowers, or remove to change the paper after with a slotted spoon. Some the first 24 to 48 hours to then spray blooms with a prevent mold growth. fixative, such as hairspray. To preserve woody Store preserved blooms in stems of leaves and fruit, an airtight container with cut the ends and place just a bit of drying agent the bottom four to five on the bottom. To hold the inches of basal stem in a blooms upright in arrangeglycerine mixture until the ments, use 20 or 22 gauge plant has a glossy appearflorist’s wire. ance and a leathery feel If you want instant to all its leaves. To make results, you can microthe mixture, combine wave the flowers with two parts water with one silica gel in an oven-proof or glass container. Preheat, part glycerine (available at most drug stores) and one inch of the silica gel blend thoroughly. Save the on high for one minute or glycerin solution for future until crystals turn blue. use by adding a few drops Place a flower on the warm of bleach. crystals, and cover comWhile collecting and pletely with silica gel. Cook preserving flowers and fofor one to three minutes, liage, don’t forget to collect then let stand for up to 25 non-flower items too for minutes (time depending later decoration such as on flower type). cones, acorn caps, milkOr preserve summer weed pods and seeds. flowers by pressing them between layers of paper PRESERVE (continued)

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ees are quickly disappearing due to harmful pesticides and habitat loss. More than 40 percent of all the colonies in the United States died off in 2015. Without bees buzzing around, we’ll die off too. I know this may sound like a drastic statement, but it is true! We need bees! Honeybees are responsible for pollinating 80 percent of the world’s flowers and 90 percent of our food. Our entire world (ecosystem) depends on pollination. Plants reproduce through pollination. Plants, of course, are food for us and many other insects and animals. The process of pollination is essential to maintain our food supply, along with the beautiful flowers, plants and animal kingdom we have here on Earth. SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT BEES: Honey bees build their own homes (hives) out of wax their bodies produce. Most of the hive is made up of combs. Combs are interconnected hexagonal cells, almost like rooms. These cells are where bees are born, raised and grow to make and store honey and pollen. Bees living together in one hive are called a colony. A typical colony may have: 1 queen; 50,000 female worker bees; 300 male drone bees, 9000 larvae that must be fed over 1000 times a day; 20,000 older larvae and pupae in sealed cells which must be kept warm; 6000 eggs, from which new larvae will hatch. START YOUR OWN BEE GARDEN Planting bee-friendly flowers is a simple way you can help save the remaining natural colonies. Three of the most common and easy-to-care-for plants favored by bees are sunflowers, wild lilac and marigolds. These

flowers and their seeds can be found at just about any gardening center or ordered online and planted in a garden, or just outside your home. Add new flowers each planting season to keep a steady supply for your neighborhood honeybees. BEES’ FAVORITE FLOWERS: Plants such as crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula and wild lilac are some favorites for bees. There are hundreds of flower types useful to bees. Single flower tops, like daisies, give bees better access and more nectar than multi-flower tops and hybrid plants which do not seed or provide much pollen. BECOME A BEEKEEPER: Take your commitment to the next level and raise honey bees in your backyard. Not only will you be helping to increase the local bee populations, but you’ll benefit by enjoying some nice tasty honey. LOCAL RESOURCES: New Hampshire Beekeepers Association. They promote and educate new and established beekeepers in the State of New Hampshire. Vermont Beekeepers Association. They promote the general welfare of Vermont’s honey industry while sustaining a friendly body of unity among the state’s beekeepers. Have fun saving bees and invite your neighbors to join in! C S Wurzberger, a.k.a. The Green Up Girl, lives in Marlboro, Vermont. Summer 2018 • 13

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BBQ Dos and Don’ts


There is a sense of nostalgia in uncovering the grill and lighting the Tiki Torches for a good, old-fashioned barbecue. But did you know that on the Fourth of July in 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy estimated some 60 million BBQ events released roughly 255,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide? Not to rain on your “barbie,” but that’s the same as burning 2,300 acres of American forests. So before you cook those kebabs and roast those wieners, incorporate some of these barbecue dos and don’ts to help make you Mother Nature’s grill-meister.


avoid petroleum based lighter fluids to start your grill. By substituting petrochemicals with natural lighter fluids, you can reduce the amount of toxic substances released into the air and onto the food you are about to eat.

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clean the barbecue right after you cook. To prevent future rust, leave the fat of the meat to soak into the grill. Because of the high heat and potential moisture, unprotected iron will rust quickly when exposed to the air. The charred remains left on the grid act as shielding armor and can be scraped away with a brush next time you fire up the grill.


use reusable instead of single-use products. Single-use products — even those made from recycled materials — add unnecessary loading to our landfills. Between material production, manufacturing, packaging, transporting and disposing, even the most eco-friendly products have a long chain of wasting resources, emitting greenhouse gases and polluting water. Purchasing silverware, cups and other accessories that can be used and reused cuts down on this and prevents materials that can’t bio-degrade from ending up in landfills.


throw everything away. Instead of having a hefty load of trash, try having recycle and compost bins alongside your garbage can at your cookout, can encourage your family and friends to use them. Most plastic, aluminum and paper products have a recycle symbol near their label or on the bottom or back of the item. Mitigating the amount of waste saves space in landfills and allows materials to be used once more. Further, compost can replace store bought fertilizer to help grow vegetables and fruits for next year’s barbecue. According to the U.S. EPA, compost requires three ingredients: browns, such as dead leaves or twigs; greens like grass, coffee grounds or fruit; and water. You can either compost in a bin or in an open pile, so long as it is located in a shady area and the layers of browns and greens are kept moist with water.


try to buy locally. Did you know that accord to the Local Harvest Organization, American-grown produce travels an average of 1,500 miles before being shelved at chain grocery stores? Purchasing locally-grown food ensures that your produce is freshly picked and that your money is going back into your local economy. Your purchase will partly fund the maintenance of the farmlands, greens and open spaces in your area as well. In addition, you reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by shipping trucks and the amount of plastic used to package food in bulk. According the University of Colorado, on a nation-wide basis a 10 percent shift of

purchasing produce locally could save 310,000 gallons of fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7.3 million pounds annually.


use a charcoal grill; try using propane or electric grills instead. Research from the Department of Energy concludes that gas grills produce 5.6 pounds of carbon dioxide each hour, while charcoal grills produce 10 pounds in the same amount of time.

Before you kick back and relax, try making these small, sustainable changes so that both your guests and the environment can benefit from your barbecue and barbecues to come. This article courtesy of GreenWorks, a publication of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Concord, New Hampshire.

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Lake House

Two New Hampshire Lake Houses. One Mission. To En

By Peg Lopata / Photos by Beth Pelton

The Boathouse .

The drive to Lin and Joseph Hart’s summer place on Lake Nubanusit in Hancock is not for the impatient — the bumpy road to this lake house twists and turns going up and down through a sparsely settled forest. But, it’s a fitting prologue to the destination: “The Boathouse.” Upon arrival, what captures the eye first is sparkling light scattered over the deep blue of a large lake. Then the ears notice something: nothing. There’s only the sound of lapping water and buzzing insects. But soon enough, it will get happily noisy with visits from the Hart’s children, grandchildren and friends. Later, at night, the lake’s wildlife will have their say. Loons

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may call out, or a fish may provide a resounding hopeful plop for those who’ll be fishing the next day. Fishing, water skiing or swimming — since 1996 it’s been a place for lake-based fun and relaxation for the Harts, but there have been some changes since then. The original Acorn kit house was torn down in 2007. On the site of about an acre, Peterborough, New Hampshire, custom builder John Stanek built a new home neatly tucked in just above the water.


njoy Our Fleeting Summer. It’s summertime! Time to think about cooling off. What’s your preference? Lots of ice in a glass of iced tea? A trip to the seashore or the mountains? How about a visit to some lakeside homes? If that last option was your choice, you’re in luck. atHome has two New Hampshire lake houses to share with you, one on Lake Nubanusit, which straddles Nelson and Hancock and another on Pleasant Pond, in

Says Lin, “We wanted to keep the flavor of a lake house in its natural setting.” As soon as the road to their place is in good enough shape, it’s time to open up the house. It’s no chore explains Lin as it “marks the anticipation of the summer to come.” Since summer is about keeping things simple, Lin, a former art teacher, has created an uncomplicated place. The decor is uncluttered, but comfortable and cozy with evidence of Lin’s artistic eye. There’s lots of shades of blue, green and tan, so the inside of the home mirrors the outdoors. There are a few English antiques, old pieces from their year-round home, and new cottage style furniture. Local artists’ landscape paintings adorn the walls and lovely light-colored quilts cover the beds. The favorite room is the screened porch with comfy sized wicker chairs and a stone fireplace that the Harts like to keep burning throughout the summer. But Lin makes it clear: The beauty and clarity of the lake’s water and its extensive preserved shoreline is what is best about “The Boathouse.” This place is also home to very treasured memories. There have been some special parties held here and countless weekends filled with visits from far off college friends. It was here that they rejoiced over one of their son’s recovery from a traumatic brain injury. But mostly, says Lin, “This place has been about watching our five children learn to boat, water ski, wakeboard, fish and appreciate the beauty of nature on our little quiet lake.”

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Paradise Point Just less than 20 miles away from Lake Nubanusit is Kate and Ben Taylor’s camp in Francestown, New Hampshire. The Taylors live in Boston, Massachusetts, so Francestown and their camp is a much-loved retreat from city life. Francestown is not new to Ben. He’s been coming here since childhood and later shared this quiet place with Kate. They both feel Pleasant Pond is more than merely “pleasant” — it’s magical. When they learned of a camp for sale on the lake in the mid-1980s, they couldn’t believe their luck. It was the ideal summer place for a couple with demanding careers. Kate was an executive producer for National Public Broadcasting Service’s media projects at WGBH in Boston and Ben was a journalist at The Boston Globe. Like most homeowners, they’ve made the camp their own with some remodeling, such as moving the stairs and creating a master bedroom. Kate says, “We made some changes while maintaining the old charm and integrity.” Like many summer homeowners in the region, the Taylors open up their place Memorial

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Day weekend. They turn on the water, start up the refrigerator, move the porch furniture outdoors, and of course, clean! Like the Harts, they say it’s no chore. Kate says, “It’s pure joy because it means summer is coming!” Also, like the Harts, they wanted their summer home to reflect what matters to them: the outdoor experience. So, the decor is low key — a few Mexican rugs and old

furniture. Explains Kate, “Inside it’s informal, rustic and understated. The focus is on the outside.” Kate says that feeling of being outdoors is felt best in the screened porches. Since the camp is close to the water on a spit of land, when you are in the screened porch there is water on three sides. “Being on the porch,” says Kate, “is like actually being on the lake — like I am part of the lake. You can hear the sounds of the water and the call of the loons. Even better is sleeping on the upper porch where you wake up to the sounds of the lake, the wildlife and sometimes, the plopplop of fishermen’s rods — it’s magical.” That magic at the Taylor’s summer home includes everything: fun, respite and work, as neither are retired. Ben serves on the boards of a variety of organizations in such fields as media, the environment and finance. He also tutors kids in an inner-city school. Kate, currently an executive and life coach, often does phone coaching from the screened porch. But there’s always time for swimming, sailing and just sitting and looking. “There’s just this feeling of peace and a spiritual connection with the universe when I’m here,” says Kate. “We like being here for the feeling of being one with nature.” She sums up summertime at the pond in one word: “tranquility.” Peg Lopata is a freelance writer based in Vermont.

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The Shedd-Porter Memorial Library Alstead, New Hampshire

he Shedd-Porter Memorial Library is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as well as in the New Hampshire Register of Historic Places, and for good reason. It was designed in the Beaux-Arts style by Boston architects William H. McLean and Albert H. Wright in 1910 as a gift to Alstead from John Graves Shedd and Mary Roenna Porter. “I have always loved this library, since I was a little child,” says Tafi Brown, an artist, a former trustee and an informal historian of the library. “But I didn’t really understand the significance of it until a sister-in-law from Chicago came to visit and said ‘Oh, my word, that’s just like the aquarium in Chicago.’” With Shedd’s initial donation of $2 million, the not-for-profit Shedd Aquarium Society was founded on Feb. 1, 1924, “to construct, maintain and operate an aquarium or museum of aquatic life exclusively for educational and scientific purposes.” Graham, Anderson, Probst & White (not the

same Wright who was the architect for the library in Alstead) built the aquarium in the Beaux-Arts style, a neoclassical temple of white marble and terracotta. “As a child, I didn’t understand the significance of the library, but growing older I began finding out all the historical connections,” says Brown, who has visited similar libraries around the region. “It was interesting to see certain types of buildings, especially libraries, which had very similar designs and spaces in them.” A community space Over the years, the Shedd-Porter Memorial Library has become more than just a library for Alstead. It has become an informal community gathering space and with the addition of Wi-Fi, an education hub, says Brown. “You can get as good an education in a library as in a college nowadays,” she says. “Community libraries are free and you can get whatever you are looking for by walking into a library that has Wi-Fi.” According to the webContinued next page.

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site for Architect for the Capitol, Beaux-Arts architecture style is a theatrical and heavily ornamented classical style taught during the 19th century at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. This style strongly considers the function of the space: “The Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building is a textbook example of the flamboyant Beaux-Arts style. In addition, the first congressional office buildings — the Russell Senate Office Building and Cannon House Office Building — were designed in the Beaux-Arts style by the prominent New York architectural firm of Carrère and Hastings.” “In terms of design, workmanship and use of choice materials, [the Shedd-Porter Memorial Library] is truly one of our finest buildings, though it is small in comparison with our few other structures of comparable quality,” said James L. Garvin during the library’s centennial celebration in 2010. At the time, Garvin was the New Hampshire State Architectural Historian. Garvin regarded the Shedd-Porter Memorial Library “as a symbol of the maturity of a library movement that began in the late 1700s and gave New Hampshire special distinction in the history of library development in the United States.” ‘Social libraries’ At first, notes Garvin, libraries were collections of books that were purchased by organizations or corporations of private individuals, and then shared among the members of the group, usually being kept in the home of the individual who served as librarian. These corporations were called “social libraries.” “By 1820, some 180

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such libraries had been organized in New Hampshire,” says Garvin. “Alstead had one, incorporated in 1798. East Alstead had its own separate social library, incorporated in 1804.” But because books in social libraries were only available to members of an organization, they weren’t public libraries. “The movement that swept away the social library had its origins in New Hampshire,” says Garvin. In 1833, when the voters of the town of Peterborough agreed to tax themselves to establish a library that would be open to every citizen of the town, the first tax-supported library in the nation. Despite this, says Garvin, many towns weren’t rushing in to replicate Peterborough’s experiment. But then, he says, “The period from 1890 to 1915 became an age of notable — sometimes astonishing — philanthropy in New Hampshire’s library history. “Whatever the ultimate source of a rural public library building, the ideal design of such a building had become well established when John and Mary Shedd donated this structure,” says Garvin. A unique library design As small libraries opened across the Granite State, the Shedd-Porter Memorial Library bucked the architectural trend of a boilerplate, T-shaped floor plan, notes Garvin. “Unlike many smalltown library buildings of the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Shedd-Porter Memorial was able to take advantage of electricity to offer both general illumination of the rooms and striking

John Graves Shedd and Mary Roenna Porter were long-time residents of Alstead and Langdon. Bruce Bellows, chairman of the Alstead Historical Society, also speaking at the centennial, noted Alstead had a handful of social libraries through the 1830s. John Graves Shedd moved from Alstead to Chicago around 1870, working as a stock clerk at the Marshall Field & Company. Bellows noted that Shedd worked his way up to clerk and other positions in the company in the next few years, before marrying Mary Porter in 1878, the daughter of Dr. Winslow and Laura Porter of Alstead. Shedd became a partner at Marshall Field in 1893, and was named the president of the store in 1906, which became the largest dry goods store in the world, said Bellows. A year later, Shedd proposed to build a new library for use by the residents of Alstead and Langdon. Bellows noted that construction began in 1909 and was completed in 1910. The final cost, including tables, chairs, bookshelves, typewriter, and every other item needed to open a library to the public was $65,962.06. The library was named in honor of the parents of Shedd and Porter. Robert Audette writes from Swanzey, New Hampshire.

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architectural effects, as in the halo of incandescent bulbs around the base of the rotunda dome,” he says. The architectural partnership of McLean and Wright of Boston was also responsible for libraries in Bow, Franconia, Franklin, Greenfield, Lancaster, Lebanon and Wilton. “But only the Shedd-Porter Memorial is built of granite, the others are brick and limestone, and only the Shedd-Porter Memorial has a dome to surmount and light its rotunda,” says Garvin.

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o you ever rediscover a color suddenly see it everywhere and become totally infatuated with it? Perhaps it is the long awaited arrival of spring, perhaps a yearning for tenderness and serenity, but recently I have not been able to escape the provocative beauty of the color fuchsia. I want a magic brush, to paint, as nature does, in vibrant swaths across field, sky and sea. The color mesmerizes and for good reason. A genus of tropical flowering shrubs found in Central and South American, fuchsia is named after the 16th century German botanist and physician, Leonhart Fuchs. The flowers embody the color in their regal array of purple/pink hues. The color is a vital part of plant life for many species, attracting pollinators such as honeybees, hummingbirds and butterflies. Fuchsia is a blending of the carotenoid pigments containing the yellows, reds and oranges of carotene and the flavonoid pigments containing the purple, blue and reds of anthocyanin. On the color wheel and the electromagnetic spectrum, fuchsia is the bridge between infrared and ultraviolet light ... although no such color as this vibrant pink exists in the spectrum of light. Since it has no wavelength of its own, we actually create this color in our minds (along with most pinks). Observing the beauty of our world, and considering the fact that we create the color in our minds, it is indeed a magical brush we use to tint the sunset, the flower blossoms, the butterfly wing. Psychologically, the color blends and balances two very different states of being. The violet spectrum represents healing, awareness of being and spirituality. The red spectrum represents passion and energy and warmth. Pink, the spiritual color of the heart center, represents tenderness,

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t’s easy to pick up sandwich fixings and lunch snacks at the supermarket. But when a hot New England summer brings us a bounty of ripe, flavorful produce, we can choose super-fresh ingredients at our local farmers’ markets instead. Our region’s farmers markets — there are markets available every day of the week — offer much more than just produce. You’ll find bread, jam, meat, eggs, cheese, granola, maple syrup, honey, baked goods and more. Whatever you buy, choosing these local products has major benefits for the earth, your community, and your health. • The earth: Local food benefits the earth primarily because it helps reduce fuel emissions that go along with the production and shipment of conventional produce. • Your community: Buying local puts money back into your community, supporting the families in your neighborhood instead of large corporations. • Your health: Because the produce doesn’t have to travel far, it more often reaches higher nutrient concentrations as it ripens on the plant, and is less likely to lose those nutrients over time or through damage during transport. This season, try getting your groceries right from in and around our region. Below are a few ideas to “loc-ify” your lunch.

Easy squeezes for the hectic weekdays:

• Whole or fresh-cut local fruit or veggies. Pair with a lowfat cheese or your favorite healthy dip, such as nut or seed butter, hummus, or yogurt dips. • Add local veggies on a sandwich (or toss them in a salad).

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• Hard-boiled eggs. Look for pasture-raised eggs from a local farm, such as Walpole Valley Farms (New Hampshire) or Maple Meadow Farm (Vermont). • Classic hamburger. Make it with local meat, lettuce, cheese, onions and tomatoes. Serve with locally-made rolls. • Smoothies. Sneak in extra servings of your favorite local fruits and veggies. Don’t forget to use local dairy for the base!

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• Turkey sandwiches. All the ingredients for a classic turkey sandwich can be sourced locally. Roast a local pasture-raised turkey and store the sliced meat in your refrigerator. Layer on local bread and top with local cheese — such as Grafton Village Cheese (Vermont) — lettuce and tomato. • Zucchini muffins. There always seems to be an abundance of zucchini come late summer. Use some up (and sneak in some extra fiber and nutrients) by making this tasty treat. • Homemade granola bars. True North Granola Company is Vermont-based and has some delicious flavor varieties. Pick up some local honey too and make your own granola bars! While you’re prepping and packing, don’t forget about food safety. Always thoroughly wash your produce (even if it’s organic). If you’re brown-bagging something that needs to be chilled, store it in a refrigerator. Better yet, if you can, invest in a reusable insulated lunch bag and tuck an ice pack inside. Happy lunching! This article is reprinted with permission from Healthy Monadnock,

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Blackberry & Ginger Mojito In a cockta muddle 6 il shaker, from-the-f or so freshar blackberrie mer’s-market s an fresh mint d 6 or so leaves, add .5 oz. of simple s yrup, 2 oz. of yo u .5 oz. of lim r favorite rum, Shake and e juice and ice. strain into a tall glass filled with ice and top w ith gin or ginger b ger ale ee Garnish w r. ith a sprig of mint.


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Keep your eyes open in early August. You may be lucky enough to have blackberries growing wild right near your house. But if not, blackberries are available at Monadnock Berries in Troy, some local PYOs, or at a nearby farmers’ market. Be sure to call first to see if berries are available. Mint can be grown right in your yard or on your windowsill. Mint plants can be found at most local farmers’ market or CSAs. There are many different types of mint that can be grown in your herb garden such as ginger mint, pineapple mint, apple mint, chocolate mint. While I haven’t noticed much of a flavor difference, ginger mint has an interesting pattern that makes a memorable garnish. If you’re hosting a special event this summer and are looking for

a memorable signature cocktail, a few sprigs of any type of mint frozen into ice cubes is a sure way to leave an impression. Simple syrup is just 1:1 sugar dissolved in water. If you’re looking to elevate your mixology skills and would like to put a special twist on a traditional simple syrup, try making your own syrup infused with fresh ginger. For an easy all-natural simple syrup alternative, try using agave nectar — which can usually be found at local co-ops or grocery stores. For more inspiring cocktail photos and recipes, follow me on Instagram @BlueMoonJay Jessica VanDerKern is a cocktail consultant and food stylist.

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or a lot of dogs and their owners, the summer months can be very stressful with the threat of thunderstorms looming around each corner. However, there are some effective ways to help your pets (dogs and cats) weather the storm. For some, but not all pets, fireworks and gun shots are just as frightening as thunder. This all falls under the category of “noise phobia.” First of all, if your pet comes to you for comfort during a storm, don’t ignore them or send them away to deal with it on their own. Comforting them with touch or cuddles isn’t going to make them more fearful. You’re not “rewarding” their fear, you’re providing comfort and safety. Secondly, there are a lot of products on the market to help your pet cope with this kind of phobia. I recommend starting with a Thundershirt (a snug fitting wrap that most dogs find comforting). That alone may be enough for your individual dog. If not, I would next add an herbal remedy such as Quiet Moments, Rescue Remedy, TFLN, or any one of the many calming aids designed for noise phobia on today’s market. Most of these are available in chewable pills or liquid form. Some, such as DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromones) are available as a spray which you can put directly on their Thundershirt or a bandanna tied around their neck or their bedding. DAP is also available as a plug-in that you can use near the spot that they choose to ride out the storm. It may also be helpful if your pet has a designated thunderstorm spot. A little nook under the stairs, in your closet, or anywhere he/she can curl up and feel secure

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summer events JUNE 2018 Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival

June 21-24 Tunbridge, Vt. Tiny House Fest June 23 Brattleboro, VT Landscaping at the Water’s Edge June 23, 9-11 a.m. Harris Center for Education Hancock, N.H. Gilsum Rock Swap June 23-24 Gilsum, NH rockswap Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest Vermont Theatre Company June 28-July1 Brattleboro, VT Acworth MusicFest and Chicken BBQ June 30, 11 a.m.-dusk Held rain or shine, Acworth, N.H.

JULY 2018 Fireworks over Dublin Lake July 4, 8-9 p.m. Dublin, NH

Hillsborough Balloon Festival July 12-15 Hillsborough, NH Circus Smirkus July 15-16 Cheshire Fairgrounds Keene, NH Southern Vermont Dance Festival July 19-22 Brattleboro, VT

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Historic Homes & Summer Garden Tour July 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Town Green at Main St. Hancock, N.H. $20 per ticket 603-525-4192

Town of Mason 250th Celebration August 25 Mason, NH

Ewing Arts Awards July 25, 6 p.m.

Keene Music Festival September 1 Keene, NH www.keenemusic

Uplift Music Festival July 28 Greenfield, NH


Cheshire Fair August 2-5 Cheshire Fairgrounds, Swanzey, NH Shakespeare in the Park: Alls Well that Ends Well Actors Circle Theatre August 4-12 Peterborough, NH


Art in the Park, Keene September 1-2 Ashuelot River Park Keene NH Radically Rural Conference & CONNECT 2018 September 27-28 Keene, NH www.radically FREE OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

MacDowell Colony Medal Day with Pulitzer Prize-Winning graphic novel pioneer Art Spiegelman August 12 Macdowell Colony, Peterborough, NH

Apple Hill Summer Concerts Tuesday evening June-August Pre-concert dinner, 6-6:45 p.m. Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music Nelson, NH

Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks August 18, 3-11 p.m. Jaffrey, NH

Elizabeth Richards Summer Concert Series Tuesdays 7 p.m. June-August Marlborough Frost Free Library, Marlborough, NH

Hillsborough Living History Event August 18-19 Hillsborough, NH www.livinghistory Folksoul Music Festival August 19 Greenfield, NH Monadnock Chorus Summer Sing August 22, 4:30-8:30 Francestown, N.H.

Keene Summer Concert Series Wednesdays 7 p.m. Central Square Common Keene, NH Music in Depot Park Fridays 6 p.m. July-August Depot Park, Peterborough, NH

Concerts on the Green Sundays, 6:30 p.m. June-August Walpole, NH

ONGOING Monadnock Summer Lyceum Sundays 11 a.m. June-September www.monadnock Harlow’s Restaurant Thursdays Bluegrass Jam Friday & Saturday: Live Music MacDowell Downtown First Fridays March-October Amos Fortune Forum Fridays at 8 p.m. July and August Jaffrey Meetinghouse, Jaffrey, NH First Fridays Peterborough Music, Art, Shopping, and more First Friday of the Month Downtown Peterborough, NH

Meet the Draft Horses First Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon Draft Gratitude, Winchester, N.H. Visit the websites of these local organizations to learn about upcoming shows, films, concerts, exhibits and more! Apple Hill Brattleboro Music Center Brattleboro Museum & Art Center Cheshire Children’s Museum Colonial Theatre Historical Society of Cheshire County Mariposa Museum Marlboro Music Festival

First Friday Art Hop Keene Music, Art, Shopping, and more First Friday of the Month Downtown Keene, NH

Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts Gallery

Gallery Walk First Friday of the month 5:30 pm- :30 pm Brattleboro, VT

Monadnock Center for History & Culture

MoCo Arts

Monadnock Folklore Society

Monadnock Music Free Concerts & more! NextStage Arts NH Open Doors Tours Peterborough Folk Music Society Peterborough Players peterborough Redfern Arts Center redfern Sharon Arts Center Gallery The Heart of New England theheartofnew Thorne Sagendorph Gallery Vermont Center for Photography Vermont Jazz Center

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