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In our media-saturated world, one cannot easily avoid the news of the day. It comes at us in all forms and at all times of the day. Worse still, what is truly newsworthy, that is, a candidate for arresting our attention, is a discernment often largely out of our hands. The news at the top of the hour or at the top of our news aggregator or social media site may well be a mixture of the tragic, trivial, ephemeral, critical or just plain gossip. To these categories, there needs now be added “fake news.” The news and analysis of this very day are a case in point. The release of an unclassified House Intelligence Committee memorandum has sparked a firestorm of claims and counterclaims, one side assuring the public that its contents are accurate such that serious conclusions must be drawn, while the other side insists editing beforehand has distorted the content and thus represents error and deception. Who is to be believed? Skepticism leads readily to suspicion and eventually to cynicism. “They’re all liars,” so said my late grandfather of politicians, and I, in the naiveté of youth, thought surely he must be wrong. His broad condemnation came back to me, however, when later in the news program a clip was played of a public official saying one thing in a radio interview two months ago that he flatly denied ever saying just this morning. The commentator coyly characterized his duplicity as “Washington transactional truth,” by which, I suppose, one is to assume that truth depends on who says what at what time to whom in what circumstances and for what purposes. “What is truth,” or so the Gospel of John reports Pontius Pilate asked of Jesus. According to the story, however, Pilate did not stay around for an answer. Centuries later, Lord Bacon opined that the reason was Pilate was simply jesting. Still others read into his action a “bitterness of a mind that had been tossed to and fro in the troubled sea of contemporaneous thought, and despaired of an anchorage.” Where is the anchorage in the sea of news? Sissela Bok first published Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life in 1978. Writing a preface to its reissue in 1989, she lamented, “…the erosion of public trust as lies build up into vast institutional practices.” Since 1989, sadly, we have witnessed an ever greater and more pervasive erosion of public trust in virtually all of our heretofore respected institutions. Unlike Pilate, however, we cannot simply leave the question “What is truth?” hanging and then walk out of the room. Stephen Reno is executive director of Leadership New Hampshire and former chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire. His email is

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The state’s Site Evaluation Committee voted 7-0 not to approve the Northern Pass application on the third day of deliberations, the AP reported. The unexpected decision was a setback to Eversource and Hydro-Quebec, which planned to run 192 miles of transmission lines through New Hampshire, after eight years of hearings and opposition. The project was viewed as the most viable near-term solution to the region’s energy needs, with more than $3 billion in jobs and other benefits attached. The SEC reportedly made its decision over concerns that the project would negatively impact the state’s tourism industries. Eversource released a statement saying they were “shocked and outraged” by the outcome and claimed the SEC failed to comply with state law. Eversource will be seeking reconsideration of the decision through appeal. Gov. Chris Sununu, who along with labor unions supported the project, said he was “stunned and disappointed” by the decision, according to the AP story.

Wetlands rules

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is now accepting public comments on a draft overhaul of the state’s wetlands rules. In a press release, Gov. Chris Sununu and NHDES Commissioner Bob Scott announced the release of a draft of the first full rewrite of the rules since 1991. Scott said the new rules aim to reduce issues that arise during the permitting process, making it more “streamlined, predictable and transparent.” The new rules also propose 50 new definitions for added clarity and shorten the review time for

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Keno milestone

After being available in the state for just six weeks, keno games in bars and restaurants have exceeded the $1 million sales mark, according to a press release from New Hampshire Lottery. It’s been set up at 45 liquor-pouring establishments statewide and owners are reporting that the game has had a positive impact on their business. And some players are winning big. One player at Fricker’s Neighborhood Grill in Manchester won a $13,500 prize.

Rail organization

A new statewide business coalition committed to expanding passenger rail launched last week. According to a press release, the nonpartisan group NH Business for Rail Expansion wants to see commuter rail extended from Boston to Manchester. It released a list of 50 initial businesses, organizations and individuals who support rail expansion, and launched a website at A House committee is set to vote soon on whether to amend the state’s 10-year transportation plan to include $4 million for rail project development.

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The Radisson Hotel Manchester will undergo a multimillion-dollar redesign as it adopts the DoubleTree by Hilton brand, which is considered an upgrade by the hotel owners. According to a press release, the hotel will remain open during the transition period under the name The Manchester Downtown Hotel until the end of the year, when the transformation is expected to be complete. General Manager Kim Roy said the change, along with other modernizations, “will further enhance our guests’ experience and help attract more visitors, meetings and events” to Manchester. As part of the change, guest rooms will be renovated and there will be new dining and bar options, a reconfigured lobby, the addition of a Hilton Honors Lounge, an expansion of the business center, renovated meeting spaces and a new market for beverages and snacks.

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The winner of a $559.7 Powerball jackpot wants to remain anonymous, the AP reported. The woman said in a court complaint that she mistakenly signed the back of the ticket. According to state lottery officials, winners’ name, town and prize amount are public information. But some winners choose to write the






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On Feb. 1, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced that funding for substance misuse continuum of care coordinators has been “drastically” cut, according to a press release from New Futures, a treatment advocacy group. The cuts were caused by a $4 million reduction over the two-year budget. New Futures called the coordinator positions the “boots on the ground” working with communities to ensure treatment, prevention and recovery programs are implemented statewide.

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A few years ago, Palana Belken of Somersworth decided to live openly as her true self, as a woman. She moved to New Hampshire, came out to Emily Fishbaugh her closest friends and family and began taking hormones. At first, the decision was overwhelming. “Like, crap, how is my mechanic going to react? All these A.J. Trembley little things. Suddenly you have to redefine your relationship with everyone,” Belken said. That included her relationship with her coworkers and bosses. While she lived as a woman in her personal life, she continued to act the part of a man at the warehouse where she worked. She was well-liked by her employers, but she suspected she would not be up for raises if she was openly transgender. For one, the workplace culture was not particularly progressive on the topic. When Caitlyn Jenner came out publicly as trans, the shop talk Belken overheard about it was discouraging. Plus, she worried that her bosses might see her as a health care cost burden. And when she looked at the employee handbook, and at state laws, she found nothing that would prevent discrimination against transgender people. “I was worried about losing my job, and I was living paycheck to paycheck,” Belken said. And as a new younger generation of openly transgender people begin to enter the workplace, those concerns are shared by many, like Emily Fishbaugh, 16, of North Hampton. “Since I’m 16, I’m going to be working [soon],” Fishbaugh said. She and Belken hope that a bill in the legislature will prevent any potential discrimination that might hurt their ability to earn a living.


The bill, sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans, would amend the state’s anti-discrimination statute, which already protects people in the state based on age, race, religion, sex, color, marital status,

disability and more, to add gender identity. The protections would ban things like workplace discrimination, housing discrimination or discriminatory practices in public accomodations. The bill would go into effect 30 days after its passage. On Jan. 31, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing for the bill and so many people showed up, mostly in support of the bill, that the committee relocated the hearing from the Legislative Office Building to Representatives Hall in the Statehouse, where nearly half the 400 seats were subsequently filled. During the hearing, members of the public, elected representatives and advocates for and against the bill testified before the committee. Many of the comments were in support, from family members of transgender people and sponsors of the bill. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire expressed support of the bill. Executive Director Devon Chaffee said the bill would bring clarity to the law, without which some trans people may be forced to lead double lives. “Some of those individuals can’t afford to risk … coming out,” Chaffee said. Some testified against the bill, arguing that there is already sufficient protection from Superior Court precedent, though the language of that decision in the 1980s defined transgender identity as a mental disability. Chaffee said future court decisions could overturn that precedent, and an explicit statute prevents more litigation. One member of the public expressed concern that the bill would increase the likelihood that men would pretend to be transgender in order to use a women’s public restroom to prey on and assault women. “There is no protection for women in this bill,” she said. Perhaps the most vocal opponent to the bill was the state’s religious right lobby, Cornerstone Action. Executive Director Shannon McGinley pronounced a wideranging list of arguments against the bill, saying it would erode women’s advances in recent years, that hormones for transgender teens would be tantamount to performanceenhancing drugs in youth sports, and that a lack of clarity in the bill would subject people accused of discrimination to an administrative process rather than a fair trial. She also questioned the legitimacy of transgender identity, asserting that gender is objective and based on biology, and she echoed concerns about trans people using the restrooms that match their gender identity.

Ray Buckley, the head of the state Democratic party and a gay man, drew parallels to this bill and advancing the rights of gay and lesbian people to get married and adopt children. He said many predicted the end of civilization would soon follow such changes. “The world didn’t end,” Buckley said. Anthony Colarusso, the chief of police in Dover, spoke on behalf of himself and the New Hampshire Chiefs of Police Association. He said the organization supports the bill as a “logical next step” in civil rights. He also argued that the idea of bathrooms becoming a hunting ground for molesters is little more than creating a “boogeyman.” In his 20 years of experience as a detective and supervisor, he’s overseen numerous sexual abuse cases, and he says the real risks are the neighbor next door, the man who dates a mom to get at the kids, or a person who puts himself in a position of authority and access to vulnerable kids, like a coach or a gymnastics doctor. “This fear-mongering is just inaccurate, it’s not true, and there’s no evidence to suggest that people will be in danger because of this bill,” Colarusso said. Conversely, he said during his testimony that trans people using the restroom that corresponds to their birth gender would put them at further risk of assault or harassment.

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Belken said the need for this legislation is “urgent” because there are many young and hopeful trans people entering the workforce. And things haven’t been easy for young trans people, even when their families are accepting of their gender identity. A.J. Trembley of Strafford is 18 and can remember first realizing she was transgender when she was 3 years old. “I didn’t fit in with the boys and I was rejected by the girls,” Tremblay said. “We are human and we all want to be treated alike and we deserve rights.” Emily Fishbaugh, who is friends with Trembley and other teenage trans girls who attended the hearing, said she knew she was a girl since she was about 4 years old, as soon as she could start to express herself. She didn’t have a word for it until she was 7. “I was very miserable for my early childhood, just because I was pretending to be a boy and I was living in this body that was not right and I did not feel comfortable. So, by the time I was 10, I was finally ready to transition and show the world Emily,” Fishbaugh said. In the fourth grade, her parents sent letters to the other households in her grade so they knew to treat her as a girl. Now, she and Trembley hope their generation will be able to leave school and be accepted by employers and landlords.



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Video game launch

Game developer set to release Bacon Man

Neal Laurenza is the managing director of Skymap Games and co-founder of the game developing co-working space Game Assembly in Manchester. Since he was a student at SNHU, he’s been developing the game Bacon Man: An Adventure, which is set to launch for PCs on March 6.

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Can you tell us about yourself and how you got interested in video games? I’m the managing director at Skymap Games, which is a Manchester, New Hampshire-based video game development company. This company provides contract development services to other video game companies who are primarily in the Boston area, but also, we create our own games. … I got into video games at a really young age watching my mother play Sega Genesis growing up, while coming down in the middle of the night to grab a glass of water or something, and she was actually the one who was up late playing games. I think that had a big impact on me, because since then, I’ve been sort of addicted. I started making games as mods, which are modifications of already existing games to change their functionality, when I was probably 12 or 13 years old. For context, I’m 27 now. … I’m far less involved now in development as I am involved in game production and project management. … Development is being in the nitty gritty; working on 3-D models, game assets, game programming. Now, a lot of my job is coordinating and planning.


create. I think at one point it was decided that bacon seemed like a pretty good idea for a kind of Herculean character, a meathead of sorts. Angelos and Ryan, who are two members of our Courtesy photo team, really sort of spearheaded a lot of the initial design. The other two members of the team, Jon and I, came on a little bit later.

How did you fund the project and what was the process of making it like? We started working on the game in 2012, but it was more of a hobbyist project. I don’t think we were as serious as we were until 2014, when we ran a Kickstarter campaign. The Kickstarter raised a little over $20,000 and that was enough for us to get pretty serious about the project. It gave us a small marketing budget, as well as new equipment and enough money to get started on renting a space, which we ended up doing around 2015 ... in Manchester. When we first started, we were working a lot from home. I also have some money saved up from a software job where I worked, so it helped to just get things rolling. Once we realized we needed an office, we ended up helping to form the Game Assembly, alongside other New Hampshire developers, which is a video game co-working space. So, we now operate out of there. We’ve been here for two and a half years now, working on Bacon Man and other projects. So we fund ourselves through contracts on other people’s games.

Will you be planning any expansions or updates after this launch? Yea, the game first launches on Steam, so that will be PC, Mac and hopefully Linux. So, ideally, within a couple months of the PC release, we’ll have the game on consoles as well. And our hope is that with the console launch, we might have some small additional content that ships with that. Maybe some How did you get the idea for the game? The game actually spawned from being in more levels or something. college dorm rooms and visiting the cafeteria After Bacon Man, what’s next for you at SNHU and generating really weird, stupid ideas of different characters that we could and Skymap? We’ve already started working on prototypes for a couple of different ideas. We’re WHAT ARE YOU REALLY INTO toying with a few different things. I can’t go RIGHT NOW? into any serious detail, but one of which is a I’m excited for the spring. I love going game about stealing things. … I’m also interhiking, and New Hampshire presents a ested in some very small-scale games. really great opportunity to do that. — Ryan Lessard



Boston exhibit features NH artists

Five New Hampshire artists are featured in a prestigious art exhibit that opened Tuesday in Boston, the Union Leader reported. The New England Watercolor Society Signature Member Art Exhibit includes only juried watercolor artists who have had their work in at least four shows, including one national show, over a 10-year period. It’s on view now through March 4, at the Guild of Boston Artists. QOL Score: +1 Comment: The New Hampshire artists are Ann Trainor Domingue of Goffstown, Nancy Davis Johnson of Durham, Peg Scully of Freedom, Terri Brooks of Freedom and Gerarde Doucette of Charlestown, according to the Union Leader.


Plunge for a cause

Four hundred people, including Gov. Chris Sununu, plunged into 40-degree ocean water for a good cause during the 19th annual Penguin Plunge held at Hampton Beach last weekend. Nearly $522,000 was raised to benefit the Special Olympics of New Hampshire, and on average each plunger raised $951. QOL Score: +1 Comment: Gov. Sununu became the first New Hampshire governor to take the plunge.

Gasholder building a historic place

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources announced that the Concord Gas Company Gasholder House, the distinct round brick building in Concord’s south end, was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The building was built in 1888 and is the last remaining gasholder house in the United States. The facility was used to house and distribute coal gas for urban energy infrastructure in the 19th century. “Gasholder buildings played a significant role in the growth of American cities and were unique visual reminders of urban progress,” the press release said. QOL Score: +1 Comment: The listing does not impose any new restrictions on property use, but it does bolster preservation efforts and makes it qualify for certain federal tax provisions.

VA docs can keep working outside VAMC

Lawmakers in the state Senate have approved a bill that would allow doctors from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Manchester to treat patients outside of the facility while the recently flooded building undergoes renovations, the AP reported. Gov. Chris Sununu already temporarily suspended the licensing rules in an executive order that would otherwise require them to practice at the facility. The bill now goes to the House. QOL Score: +1 Comment: A burst pipe in an upper floor of the Manchester VA Medical Center caused extensive damage and petitions for better facilities for women led the facility to agree to create a larger, first-floor space for female vets. QOL score: 58 Net change: +4 QOL this week: 62 What’s affecting your Quality of Life here in New Hampshire? Let us know at


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Eagles soar in cradle of Super Bowl So much for a sixth Super Bowl win, at least for this year. The Patriots’ 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles was a great show for football fans everywhere, though not so much for locals hoping the exclamation point would be put on local claims their team is the greatest NFL dynasty. After the loss of the big game for a third time in the Brady era that claim is probably gone. This time it wasn’t a spectacular oneof-a-kind catch or throw that did them in like twice against the Giants. Instead it came amid a spectacular offensive display of longs runs from scrimmage or after the catch, tremendous throws and unbelievable catches with 20 plays of over 20 yards as 74 points were scored. I’m not a big fan of pointing fingers after a loss, but in sports that sometimes is inevitable. So, first, let the record show that for a third time in those three losses Tom Brady again got his team a fourth-quarter lead that the defense coughed up. However, on the other side — and I can’t say it any more politely — the Patriots lost because the defense was awful. Bad tackling, no pressure on the QB and big plays all over the field. It gave up 164 rushing yards and 6.1 a carry, as Philly’s offense went for 538 total yards, converted 12 of 18 in third/fourthdown situations, scored 40 points and on their four second-half possessions went TD, FG, TD and FG. Not that their defense was much better. Their supposed impenetrable rush defense gave up 5.1 a carry, Brady threw for an SB record 505 yards with three TD passes and three receivers had 100-plus yards. But give them credit for earning the win by making one more big play — Brandon Graham’s final-minute strip sack, backed by gutsy, creative play calling by Doug Pederson. Here are a few more thoughts on the big game:

The late, great troubadour Harry Chapin once wrote in a song, “All my life’s a circle.” And that was the case for the 2017 Patriots, who ended the year as it started, with the defense getting the crap kicked out of it by KC on opening night and Philly on the final night. Brady needs to work on his hands. Don’t know if he lost it in the lights, but that was a bad drop on a good pass from Danny Amendola — wide open and would’ve gotten to at least the Eagles 20. Nice call by Josh McDaniel too. The historical legacy took a hit locally and in NFL annals. I’d say dropping to 5-3 in championship games keeps the 17-3 Celtics in championship series as Boston’s greatest sports franchise. As for the NFL, being 4-0, 4-0 and 5-1 in NFL title games, the Bill Walsh 49ers, ’70s Steelers and ’60s Packers all were better at closing the deal. It was a bad day at Black Rock for Coach B. He always goes for it on fourth and one in bad-guy territory, but he went field goal in the first half from the 15 when a bad snap led to a missed FG attempt. On the next series he went for it on fourth and six from the 35, which failed. Then there was the out-of-theblue decision to not start a healthy guy at cornerback who had started the previous 18 games. We’ll never get the real answer as to why Malcolm Butler was on the pine, so you’ll have to wonder why, while memories linger of how badly Eric Rowe got toasted in his place. Although Rowe was hardly alone in that category. And the decision to let LeGarrette Blount walk didn’t look too good either. He had runs of 36 and 22 while pounding for 90 yards and 6.4 a carry. Guess it’s fair to say almost all of New England (except me) underestimated Nick Foles. I kept telling people he once threw seven TD passes in a game. But that got pooh-poohed. Now what do you think? Incidentally, what do Foles and Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum now have in com-

mon? After demonstrating how good they are while stepping into the breach created by major injuries, they’ll both likely come off the bench next year. With Philly safety Corey Graham earning a SB ring, the UNH alumni association is proud today. Time will tell if I’m right or not. But, while I’ll certainly give Matt Patricia a thanks for your service as leaves for Detroit, I won’t be all that sorry to see him go. He was the defensive coordinator for two Super Bowl winners, but I just can’t take the ultra-conservative ’fraidy-cat way the defense plays. Too many big plays. Too much time taken away from the offense during the long drives the bendbut-don’t-break defense gave up. Too little blitzing when the D-line couldn’t pressure QBs. All was on display Sunday when Philly gashed them for 12 plays of 20-plus yards. However, not having people who consistently get to the quarterback is not Patricia’s fault. It is the GM’s. So Bill, I’m begging you, please get a pass rusher or two by any means necessary. The biggest post-game stunner was (gulp) Rob Gronkowski saying he’ll consider his future the next few weeks. Retirement at 28 would be a shocker, but when you’re vastly underpaid and injured as much as him, you never know. Off-season free agents include Danny Amendola, again clutch with eight catches for 158, Deion Lewis, who looks headed for a big payday elsewhere, and Butler, who after Sunday likely won’t stay around. Take a day or two, Bill, then back to work; you have some holes to fill. Justin Timberlake: yuck. Commercials: not bad, but not vintage 1980s great. Finally, congrats to Philly. Your long 58-year national nightmare is over after earning your first NFL title since 1960. Somewhere Benjamin Franklin and Concrete Charlie are smiling. Well done. Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress. com.

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Win puts Astros in the pink Bragging Rights Win of the Week: It goes to Pinkerton after the girls basketball team knocked the (11-1) Memorial girls from the ranks of the undefeated with a 54-46 win when Brooke Kane (14) and Alicia D’Onofrio (10) led the way while game-high honors went to Haleigh Shea with 18 for the Crusaders. Sports 101: When Tom Brady was taken 199th in the 2000 NFL draft, one QB was taken in the first round that year. Name him. Hot Ticket: For the first time since 2003 local college basketball returns to the SNHU Arena on Wednesday with a SNHU-Saint Anselm double-header. The women kick off at 5:30 followed by the men at 8 p.m. Game of the Week: It goes to the Memorial-Winnacunnet Thursday night basketball thriller won by the Warriors 74-71 in double overtime. The Crusaders got there after digging themselves out of an early hole to lead and 47-46, after which it was nip and tuck the rest of the way. Michael Roumraj led four double-digit Crusaders with 22 points as they dropped to 7-2. Headed To the U: Sean McDonnell picked up two local players among five recruits who

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How to find the best box of sweets for your special someone By Ryan Lessard

It’s the most iconic of Valentine’s Day gifts, but how do you make a box of chocolates special, unique and thoughtful? Some local chocolate producers offer a variety of boxes containing certain styles of chocolates that might fit your partner’s style, and many also let you pick and choose the contents of the box.

The basics

Assembling a box of chocolates begins with choosing the box itself. Granite State Candy Shoppe in Concord and Manchester offers three box sizes, the largest of which holds around 30 pieces. At Van Otis Chocolates, there are heartshaped boxes and square or rectangular boxes. Small boxes fit about nine to 11 pieces, mediums fit about 15 to 18 pieces and larges fit 20 to 30, according to Emily Lazzar, assistant manager at Van Otis. They also offer 2- or 3-pound heart boxes that can double or triple the large size. Generally, boxes will have a base cost, plus the price calculated by the weight of the chocolate or candy inside. While you can’t assemble your own boxes at Dancing Lion Chocolate, it offers three sizes as well; a small fits about five pieces, a medium fits eight and a large has about 15, give or take. Richard Tango-Lowy, the owner of Dancing Lion and master chocolatier, said the large box is called a sharing box because there are two of everything — perfect for equal-opporHIPPO | FEBRUARY 8 - 14, 2018 | PAGE 12

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maple caramels and coffee caramels. Some people create boxes that contain entirely one variety of chocolate that cerPersonal tastes Of course, one of the most significant tain individuals love, like orange creams or things to consider in buying a box of choco- pecan turtles, according to Lazzar. She said lates is what kind of chocolates the recipient the Van Otis Swiss Fudge is also a popular item and people have been known to fill of your gift likes to eat. Tal Smith, general manager at Granite boxes of those as well. She said their Swiss State Candy, said people tend to break down Fudge is more like a ganache with a creamy into certain categories based on what types center that melts in your mouth. Some people prefer bonbons that are of chocolate bonbons they prefer. familiar and safe; others are more adven“It’s really about who the turous and like to try new box is for. A lot of peothings. For the most ple have different safe and familiar preferences of milk option, one can buy chocolate, dark choca pre-assembled box olate. Do they like with some of the ususoft centers [or] do al suspects. they like hard and “That way, there’s chewy?” Smith said. something in there that If you’re not sure what they can enjoy,” Smith said. they like, do a little recon For the more adventurous work. Ask them if they prefer loved ones, it’s a good idea to ask milk chocolate or dark chocolate, Courtesy of Granite or if they prefer things that are State Candy Shoppe. chocolate producers what’s new. Smith said the lavender cream sugary or savory. bonbon is an unexpected hit these days. It might also help to ask what kinds of Tango-Lowy at Dancing Lion specialsweets they don’t like. Maybe they have a nut allergy or hate it when caramel gets stuck izes in more exotic varieties of chocolates and bonbons. His assortments change all the in their teeth. Check with chocolate producers about nut time, but they can include things like butallergies, since some products are not neces- ter caramels, glossy fish mold with a matcha sarily 100 percent nut safe even if there are tea ganache, solid pieces flavored with rose blossom and blood orange or fondants that no nuts in the bonbon itself. Lazzar said some people only like ganach- melt in your mouth. He also makes a long, twisty-shaped es with creamy, soft centers, especially certain elderly people. Others like a variety ganache with Thai tea caramel on ghost chili of caramels. Smith said some people will white chocolate. It’s not “terribly hot,” Tanassemble an assortment of salted caramels, go-Lowy said, but adding spice to chocolate

mirrors love relationships, he said, since they “can have a little spice and burn” to them. Van Otis offers around 300 pieces to choose from. For those who prefer sweet over savory, there are options to add other types of candy at places like Granite State Candy.


Finally, the presentation of the selected chocolates shouldn’t be overlooked. TangoLowy takes particular pride in making sure the appearance of his chocolate boxes and the contents within are stunning and pleasing to the eye. “We want them to be utterly beautiful when you open them up,” he said. Tango-Lowy said he takes a Japanese approach to assembling the box, meaning every step of opening it should build anticipation. And the display inside should be a work of art. That means some thought has to go into how the pieces are arranged, based on color and dimension. He suggests taking different styles and shapes and putting them together in a way that makes it seem harmonious. “You’re giving them the experience,” Tango-Lowy said. Lazzar said you want the box to look full, but not overflowing. “When you open the box, you want to see all the chocolates, you want to see a full box, and you want to see the chocolates arranged nicely. If it’s a variety of milk and dark chocolates, you want to see a nice mixture of milk and dark. You want all the pieces to fit nicely,” Lazzar said. “They are all different shapes, so it’s kind of like a little puzzle.”


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• Manchester Community Music School presents Love Notes Jazz Brunch featuring the New Hampshire Youth Jazz Ensemble on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. at Penuche’s Music Hall (1087 Elm St., Manchester). Reservations cost $10 and must be made in advance. Visit • British storyteller Simon Brooks presents a St. Valentine’s storytelling, “Love’s Labors, Loves Lost,” at Schoodacs (1 E. Main St., Warner) on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The stories include an indecisive princess, an old farmer who gets more than he bargained for, a burly Scot who falls in love with a fay, and a misunderstanding and reconciliation between a happy couple. Visit

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13 of contentment and peace and a soul connection. The cost is $198 per couple. Visit • The Body Cooperative presents a “Show Me the Love” partner yoga and massage workshop on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The River Guild (254 N. State St., Unit E, Concord). Move through a sequence of yoga postures and learn simple techniques to bring about a state of relaxation. The workshop will help couples move deeper into the physical and emotional experience of yoga while awakening a heightened sense of compassion, trust, balance and creativity. The cost is $45 per couple. Visit • CrossFit Earned (26 Columbia Circle, Merrimack) hosts its 2018 Clash of the Couples event on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The couples fitness competition will be divided into three divisions and will include challenges like wall ball, deadlifts, bar muscle-ups and more. The cost is $150 per couple. Visit • YogaBalance (135 Hooksett Road, Manchester) will have an Establishing Self-Love yoga workshop on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Learn yoga practices and meditations that promote feelings of kindness, peace and joy; giving and receiving love; and the art of self-love and self-care. The cost is $35. Visit

• The 603 Brewery Yoga Series (12 Liberty Drive, Londonderry) continues with a Detox and Retox Valentine’s Day Yoga session on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bring your significant other and explore partner yoga moves. Bring your own mats. Visit • Fleet Feet Sports (4 Coliseum Ave., Nashua) hosts its Winter Warrior Valentine Duo Run on Monday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. Dress up in Valentine’s Day attire or costume. There will be cookies and cocoa after the run. Visit

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Special menus and dinners for Valentine’s Day By Matt Ingersoll

From special menus and dinners to beer and wine pairings, there are many events happening across the Granite State for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to call or check online to make reservations ahead of time; seatings for these events are filling up fast. Know of a dinner in New Hampshire not on this list? Let us know at


• 110 Grill (27 Trafalgar Square, Nashua, 943-7443, will serve a Valentine’s Day menu during its dinner hours, from 4 to 10 p.m. • 603 Brewery (12 Liberty Drive, No. 7, Londonderry, 630-7745, is hosting a “Love at First Flight” dessert and beer pairing on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 9 p.m. Dessert flights are courtesy of Benson’s Bakery and Cafe in Hudson and each is paired with a special release of the brewery’s bourbon barrel aged chocolate cherry stout. The desserts will include bourbon chocolate cheesecake, chocolate cherry bourbon cream pie, and chocolate brownie with bourbon-soaked cherries and a chocolate ganache. Your ticket includes two 10-ounce beers with a dessert flight with each of these shareable desserts. • Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St.,

Boscawen, 753-6631, is offering several Valentine’s Day-inspired appetizers, like baked stuffed artichoke hearts, lobster stew, coconut shrimp with horseradish marmalade and pan-seared tuna with wasabi, as well as sweetheart dinners for two, like crispy chicken with broccoli over fettuccine alfredo, spanakopita chicken with feta cream sauce, sirloin tips with lobster macaroni and cheese, grilled marinated lamb chops, grilled center cut swordfish and more. • Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop (815 Chestnut St., Manchester, 625-9544, is offering a Valentine’s Day pick-up dinner for two, which features a heat-and-serve menu. Options include braciole, crispy duck breast, lobster and broccoli-stuffed sole with hollandaise sauce and others. All entrees are served with a twice baked potato, julienne vegetables in a zucchini wrap, a ciabatta roll and two crème brulees — one chocolate and one strawberry. For wines, choose from a Dominant Seven chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon. The cost is $59.95, or $54.95 without the wine. Order by Feb. 9. Pickups are on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Auburn Pitts (167 Rockingham Road, Auburn, 622-6564, is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner for two. Options include your choice of Caesar or garden salad, and your choice of three entrees (chicken

heart cake, a trio of macaroons and more. • The Black Forest Cafe & Bakery (212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, will be serving its full menu, with several specials, from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day menu specials include shrimp remoulade salad, duck confit flatbread, braised pork shanks, tomato saffron seafood stew, rigatoni with mixed mushroom ragout, and desserts like French silk tartlets, raspberry white chocolate mousse baby cake and Brooklyn Blackout baby cake. • Buckley’s Great Steaks (438 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995, will serve a special Valentine’s Day menu that will include your choice of an appetizer (a vegetarian ploughman’s plate or a Mexican shrimp cocktail) an entree (seared scallops, a 14-ounce ribeye with caramelized onions and gorgonzola, or a chateaubriand steak for two), and a dessert (beet red velvet cake or strawberry citrus mascarpone cake). • Carriage Shack Farm (5 Dan Hill Road, Londonderry, 716-0629, carriageshackfarm. com) is taking reservations for a Valentine’s Day breakfast and brunch on Sunday, Feb. 11, with seatings from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The menu includes chocolate-covered strawberries, heart-shaped pancakes and homemade biscuits, scrambled eggs, French toast, sausage, home fries, a coffee station and a hot cocoa bar. The cost is $12 for adults, $10 for children under 15 and for seniors and military service members, and free for children ages 1 and under. • Cask & Vine (1½ E. Broadway, Derry, 965-3454, will serve a Valentine’s Day menu a la carte, with seatings at 5 and 7 p.m. Reservations required. • CodeX Books. Antiques. Rarities. (B.A.R.) (1 Elm St., Nashua, 864-0115, will offer a Valentine’s Day dinner for two during its regular hours on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The menu includes your choice of an appetizer (Oysters Rockefeller or goat cheese and arugula salad), an entree (confit rabbit pappardelle or coffee-crusted Angus New York strip) and a dessert (rose vodka chocolate cake or banana and mascarpone French toast). The cost is $110 for two. Reservations are required. • Colby Hill Inn (33 The Oaks St., Henniker, 428-3281, will be serving its weekly chef’s menu a la carte, with several specials for Valentine’s Day, from Friday, Feb. 9, through Thursday, Feb. 15. Entree prices range from $28 to $46, and dessert prices from $8 to $12. In addition, a couples cooking class will be offered on Monday, Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m., and includes a three-course dinner and wines throughout the evening. The cost is $115 per person. • The Common Man (25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463; 304 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-3463; 88 Range Road, Windham, 898-0088; is working on a Valentine’s Day specials menu that is expected to be available this 16


marsala, baked or fried haddock or steak tips), all of which are served with mashed potatoes and a vegetable. Reservations are not required but are strongly recommended. • Averill House Vineyard (21 Averill Road, Brookline, 371-2296, is hosting a Valentine’s Day-themed wine and chocolate pairing on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 5:30 p.m., featuring barrel aged wines like True Kiss (strawberry Zinfandel) and True Mellow (watermelon Merlot). Tickets are $79. • The Bakeshop on Kelley Street (171 Kelley St., Manchester, 624-3500, is accepting orders for semi-sweet, milk or white chocolate dipped strawberries ($1.95 each or $22 for a dozen), a 6-inch sized strawberry or cherry cheesecake ($20), chocolate molten lava cake ($5.95), shortbread hearts ($2.50 each or $24 for a dozen), champagne, chocolate raspberry, red velvet, chocolate truffle or merlot cupcakes ($3 each or $36 for a dozen), Belgian chocolate truffles ($12 per six), and chocolate chip or chocolate dipped cannolis (ranges from $2.95 to $3.95 each). Orders will be accepted until Feb. 13. • Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn. com) is serving a four-course prix fixe menu on Wednesday, Feb. 14, with seatings from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The meal includes your choice of an appetizer (cauliflower bisque, Cape Cod oysters, potato gnocchi, mushroom and fontina arancini or roasted bacon-wrapped Gulf shrimp), salad (mesclun salad or romaine and radicchio), entree (rosemary and mapleglazed pork chops, cod fillet, chicken breast, filet mignon, pan-roasted salmon or mushroom and ricotta lasagna) and dessert (vanilla bean crème brulee, cheesecake, red velvet cake or blood orange sorbet). The cost is $75 per person and reservations are required. • Birch Wood Vineyards (199 Rockingham Road, Derry, 965-4359, is holding a Valentine’s Day dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. The meal includes a cash bar, assorted hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary glass of Champagne and raspberries served with dinner. On the menu is seared scallop, strawberry spinach salad, cocoa braised short rib, chocolate cake and more. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free entrees are also available upon request. The cost is $75 per person and reservations are required. • The Bistro at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, is offering a Valentine’s Day brunch menu on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that will include hot cocoa pancakes, cannoli-stuffed French toast, smoked salmon and eggs, baked frittata and eggs Benedict. A Valentine’s Day dinner specials menu is also being offered now through Feb. 17 and features items like spiced beet and carrot soup, smoked duck salad, shrimp and scallops in carbonara cream, hanger steak, red velvet



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15 weekend. Visit the website or call your local location for updates. • Copper Door Restaurant (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677; 41 S. Broadway, Salem, 458-2033; copperdoorrestaurant. com) is taking reservations for a special prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 14, to be served in lieu of its regular dinner menu. The menu will include various soups and salads like five-onion gratinee, crab bisque, and a berry salad with arugula, strawberries, blueberries, goat cheese, toasted almond and balsamic vinaigrette; appetizers like shrimp crostini, roasted beet napoleon and chicken rangoon; entrees like lobster ravioli, cedar roasted salmon, citrus brick chicken and New York sirloin steak; and desserts like red velvet cupcakes and chocolate raspberry cheesecake. • Cotton (75 Arms St., Manchester, 6225488, will be serving its regular menu with specials on Valentine’s Day from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The same specials will be featured on the dinner menu through Saturday, Feb. 17. • The Cozy Tea Cart (104 Route 13, Brookline, 249-9111, is hosting a Valentine’s Day afternoon tea on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $34.95 per person; reservations are required. • CR’s The Restaurant (287 Exeter Road, Hampton, 929-7972, will be serving its regular menu with Valentine’s Day specials that include a surf and turf dinner featuring filet mignon and lobster, as well as atlantic swordfish, oven roasted salmon, herb and mustard crusted prime rib, seared sea scallops and other special appetizers and desserts. • The Crown Tavern (99 Hanover St., Manchester, 218-3132, thecrownonhanover. com) will be serving its regular dinner menu, with Valentine’s Day specials, from 4 to 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended. • Epoch Restaurant & Bar (The Exeter Inn, 90 Front St., Exeter, 778-3762, is serving a Valentine’s Day menu on Wed., Feb. 14, featuring menu items like house-made ricotta gnocchi, prosciutto-wrapped cod, bronzed sea scallops, and desserts like Black Forest cherry cake. The cost is $65 per person, or $90 with wine pairings included. • The Farm at Eastman’s Corner (267 South Road, Kensington, 347-1909, will serve a Valentine’s Day-inspired farm-to-table dinner on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m., with a grand shellfish bar and cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. The menu includes winter citrus and farm greens salad, New Hampshire mushroom risotto, Maine salmon en croute, Angus beef and a buffet of sweets like truffles, petit fours and Champagne gelee with chocolate-covered strawberries. Tickets are $65. • The Farmer’s Dinner (, will present Bitter Sweet, a farm-to-table Valen-

tine’s Day-themed dinner, on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at The Foundry (50 Commercial St., Manchester), courtesy of chefs Keith Sarasin and Chris Viaud. Tickets are $59.99 at • Firefly American Bistro & Bar (22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, will be serving its regular lunch menu from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner menu with food and drink specials from 4 to 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended. • Flag Hill Distillery & Winery (297 N. River Road, Lee, 659-2949, is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. On the menu are salmon mousse tartlets, shaved cauliflower salad, and a wild Cornish hen paired with Flag Hill’s classic cocktail with rye, ginger ale and cranberry liqueur. The cost is $70 and reservations are required. 21+ only. • The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille (40 Andover Road, New London, 526-6899, will be serving its regular dinner menu on Valentine’s Day, with specials, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, beginning at 4 p.m. Specials include beef bourguignon, oysters on the half shell, pan roasted scallops, boursin chicken and more. • Forty-Five Market Street Bakery & Cafe (45 Market St., Somersworth, 692-4511, 45marketstreetbakeryandcafe. is taking reservations for a four-course Valentine’s Day-inspired dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 14, with seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The cost is $37.50 per person. • Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse (62 Lowell St., Manchester, 669-9460; 6 Elm St., Nashua, 881-3663; is taking reservations for its regular dinner menu on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 10 p.m. • Granite Restaurant & Bar (The Centennial Hotel, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9005, will host a multi-course Valentine’s Day dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 14, with seatings beginning at 5 p.m. Choose one first-course option (cheese and charcuterie board for two, truffled arancini, a local oyster flight or seared foie gras), one second-course option (mesclun greens, classic wedge salad or tomato and Parmesan bisque), one entree (pan-roasted Long Island duck, seared cod loin, grilled filet or African couscous stuffed zucchini) and one dessert (Champagne layer cake, flourless chocolate cake or a mixed fruit tart with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and kiwi). The cost is $70 per person. • Hanover Street Chophouse (149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, will serve a four-course meal for two, with reservations from 5 to 9 p.m. The cost is $195 per couple. • Hooked Seafood Restaurant and Ignite Bar & Grille (110 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-1189; 100 Hanover St., 644-0064, are both taking reservations for Valentine’s Day, offering their full

menus, a raw bar and specials, plus complimentary Champagne toasts. • IncrediBREW (112 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 891-2477, incredibrew. com) is hosting a wine and chocolate pairing on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $50 per couple and includes a take-home bottle of Incredibrew’s chocolate raspberry port. Reservations are required. • Merill’s Tavern & Stagecoach Grille (Atkinson Resort & Country Club, 85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson, 362-8700, is taking Valentine’s Day dinner reservations for Wednesday, Feb. 14, featuring the regular dinner menu plus specials and featured wines and cocktails. Reservations are encouraged. Sunday brunches with Valentine’s Day specials will be held on Sunday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The Country Club is also offering a “Romantic Rendezvous Package,” which includes a one-night stay, dinner for two at one of the restaurants and a complimentary bottle of champagne with a specialty cheese and fruit platter. The cost ranges from $199 to $239 per night. • Michelle’s Gourmet Pastries & Deli (819 Union St., Manchester, 647-7150, is taking orders for chocolate-dipped strawberries and heartshaped cakes, as well as various cupcakes, cookies and more. Order by Feb. 12. Pickups are on Tuesday, Feb. 13, or on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. • Mile Away Restaurant (52 Federal Hill Road, Milford, 673-3904, is taking reservations on Valentine’s Day between 4:30 and 9:30 p.m. The restaurant’s Valentine’s Day menu includes an entree with your choice of one appetizer, salad and dessert. Each entree also includes a choice of potato (Swiss, baked or rice pilaf) and vegetable (green bean Provencal, honeyglazed carrots, pickled beets or applesauce). Entrees include prime rib, grilled rack of lamb, grilled duck breast, chicken Marsala and baked eggplant Parmesan. • Molly’s Tavern and Restaurant (35 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston, 487-1362, will serve its full menu on Valentine’s Day with specials like shrimp cocktail, escargot, prime rib, boiled lobsters, filet mignon and desserts like chocolate-covered strawberries. • MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar (212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334, is taking reservations for its Valentine’s Day specials menu, which includes appetizers like roasted oysters and corn cream soup with house made chorizo bread; entrees like caramelized scallops and rack of lamb; and desserts like red velvet cake with coconut white chocolate cream and strawberry citrus mascarpone cake. • North End Bistro (1361 Elm St., Suite 108, Manchester, 232-3527, northendbistro) is offering several Valen-

tine’s Day specials, like butternut squash soup, lobster bisque, spinach salad, a surf and turf dinner, chicken carbonara, grilled swordfish, and desserts such as red velvet cake with cream cheese icing and a chocolate drizzle, and chocolate-covered strawberries. • Old School Bar & Grill (49 Range Road, Windham, 458-6051, oldschoolbarandgrill. com) will offer a Valentine’s Day dinner for two on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The meal includes a garden salad and your choice of bacon-wrapped scallops or a colossal shrimp cocktail. For an entree choose between filet mignon and Alaskan King Crab legs, as well as a special chef’s dessert TBD. Wine pairing options include either Chloe pinot grigio or Dreaming Tree cabernet. The cost is $99. • Paradise North (583 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 262-5886, features upscale tapas-style small plates like alligator tail, soft shell crab, Portuguese kale soup, lamb, duck and more, as well as signature cocktails and prime rib nights. They are currently accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day. Call for details on Valentine’s Day specials. • Pasquale’s Ristorante (87 Nashua Road, Londonderry, 434-3093, will serve both its regular menu on Valentine’s Day as well as a specials menu with a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts for the occasion. A dinner for two in which you can share an appetizer, two dinners, a dessert and a bottle of wine is also available for $90. Reservations are required. • The Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, thepeddlersdaughter. com) will serve a Valentine’s Day-inspired menu on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 5 to 10 p.m. The menu includes appetizers like sesame-encrusted ahi tuna and seafood bisque with crème fraiche and crab meat; entrees like rib-eye steak, seafood casserole (with haddock, shrimp, salmon and scallops in a lobster sherry cream sauce), and five spice seared ahi tuna; and desserts like chocolate cake and chocolate-covered strawberries. • Pipe Dream Brewing (49 Harvey Road, Londonderry, 404-0751, is hosting a three-course dinner for two on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 5 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and includes a salad, main dish, dessert and 16-ounce beer. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m. • The Puritan Backroom (245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, will be serving its regular menu with specials from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. • Restaurant Tek-Nique (170 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5629, will serve a six-course choice menu for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, Feb. 14, between 4 and 9 p.m. The cost is $100 per person and includes a glass of sparkling wine to start. Reservations are required. • Roots Cafe at Robie’s Country Store (9 Riverside St., Hooksett, 485-7761, is serving a Valentine’s Day

farm-to-table dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. The menu includes stuffed fig and goat cheese wrapped in prosciutto, oysters on the half shell with Champagne mignonette, a salad with roasted beets, blood oranges, candied pecans, good cheese, endives and radicchio, seared scallops, cocoa dusted seared beef tenderloin, whipped herbed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and a chocolate pecan tart with a caramel drizzle. Champagne and wine pours with homemade chocolates and floral arrangements will also be available. Reservations are required. • Surf (207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, will serve a special Valentine’s Day dinner menu that will include smoked salmon and caviar, lobster bisque, your choice from two entrees (pan-seared diver scallops or filet mignon and jumbo lump crab) and your choice from two desserts (beet red velvet cake or strawberry citrus mascarpone cake). • Tuscan Kitchen (67 Main St., Salem, 952-4875, will serve a three-course Italian dinner with wine pairings on Wednesday, Feb. 14, with seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. The menu will include yellowfin tuna, your choice of an entree (roasted beef tenderloin with pan-seared potato gnocchi, or white shrimp with tomato and Swiss chard), and chocolate hazelnut truffle cake with chocolate-dipped strawberries for dessert. Tickets are $109. • XO on Elm (827 Elm St., Manchester, 560-7998, will be serving its regular menu with specials on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., including a new Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m., in which tapas are free with purchase of drinks. • Zorvino Vineyards (226 Main St., Sandown, 887-8463, is hosting a four-course dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. The menu includes roasted red pepper bisque with herbed crème fraiche, crisp arugula candy cane beet with fresh goat cheese, carrot greens and a pickled onion vinaigrette dressing, cast iron seared halibut with lobster and citrus fennel butter, beef tenderloin wrapped in bacon, and molten chocolate cake with chocolate-covered strawberries and a white chocolate icing. The cost is $75 per person and reservations are required.


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Thursday, Feb. 8

Enjoy a little wine, a little chocolate and a little information about heart health from 4 to 7 p.m. at Overlook Medical Park (6 Tsienneto Road in Derry; derrymedicalservices. com, 537-1300). The event will feature wines form Solera Vino and dark chocolate from Lindt and is organized by Derry Medical Center and Derry Imaging Center to raise awareness about heart health, including a look at heart attack symptoms for women. The event is free.

Friday, Feb. 9

Today through Sunday, Feb. 11, head to the Courtyard Marriot (2200 Southwood Drive in Nashua) for New Hampshire Orchid Society’s 27th annual show and sale. The show runs 1 to 7 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $10 per day or $15 for a three-day pass. See Go to and click on “past issues” to go to the Jan. 25 issue for the Gardening Guy’s take on flower shows on page 34.

Eat: With neighbors Area religious centers have interesting meals on their schedules. Temple Beth Abraham (4 Raymond St., Nashua,, 883-8184) will hold a Cuban dinner on Friday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $10 for children (maximum of $50 per family). First Church Congregational (63 S. Main St. in Rochester,, 332-1121) has a blueberry pancake breakfast Saturday, Feb. 10 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. On Tuesday, Feb. 13 (from 5 to 7 p.m.), return for a “Fat Tuesday” Supper. 119423

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Galas tonight: The Snow Ball Gala Event (7 to 10 p.m. at Murphy’s Carriage House in Bedford) is $75 per person and benefits the Educational Farm at Joppa Hill (see The night includes music, hors d’oeuvres and auctions. The Black Tie Gala at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101 in Amherst; labellewinerynh. com, 672-9898) is $125 per person and includes a four-course dinner, dancing and raffles. A percentage of the proceeds benefits Empowering Angels, Girls Inc. and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Drink: Tea (with chocolate, of course) Danielle Beaudette of The Cozy Tea Cart will discuss pairing tea and chocolate, offer a sampling of chocolates and teas and discuss cocoa and tea production on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Wadleigh Memorial Library (49 Nashua St. in Milford,, 249-0645). Call for registration, which is required.

Sunday, Feb. 11

Enjoy story time, refreshments and art projects at the annual Fairy Tea Party today, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Kimball Jenkins School of Arts (266 N. Main St. in Concord,, 225-3932). The cost is $10 per person. Call or go online for tickets.

Be Merry: With books Looking for some new-to-you reads? Head to the Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway in Derry; on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for their book sale. Hardcovers will cost $1 and paperbacks will cost 50 cents.

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ARTS Speed it up

Peacock Players do The Complete Works of William Shakespeare By Angie Sykeny

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] Where: Court Street Theater, 14 Court St., Nashua When: Friday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 10, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $19 for adults, $12 to $17 for students and seniors More info:

The Peacock Players present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]. Courtesy photo.

“Occasionally we have a mainstage show The playwrights have granted permisthat allows [kids in sion for adaptations the improv troupe] of the play and to use the exercischallenge theater es they practice, companies to put and The Complete their own spin on it Works of William and add new, topShakespeare really ical references to does that,” said Peathe script to keep it cock Players Artistic fresh. The biggest Director Keith Weichange the Peacock rich, who also Players made is the directs Technical size of the cast; their Difficulties. “They production will feaknow how to develture 11 actors ages ANDREA UNDERHILL 15 to 17, while the op a rapport with the audience and have play is traditionally the ability to go in whatever direction the performed with three actors. audience chooses to go.” “We have such a wealth of talent here

It’s done in a very fastpaced, high-energy, chaotic manner and requires the actors to move quickly.



The Peacock Players youth theater is taking on Shakespeare in a new way with its production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged], opening Friday, Feb. 9, at the Court Street Theater in Nashua. The play is a comedy that parodies Shakespeare’s plays by covering all 37 of them in 97 minutes. It was written by former founding members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, and was first performed in 1987. “I haven’t seen many youth theaters do it,” Director Andrea Underhill said. “It’s done in a very fast-paced, high-energy, chaotic manner and requires the actors to move quickly. It’s a hard show to do, but I think it’s one worth doing.” The Complete Works eliminates the fourth wall entirely and relies on audience participation and improvisation by the actors. At one point, the audience is asked to help portray the various parts of Hamlet’s psyche. Many of the actors are members of the Peacock Players’ youth improv comedy troupe Technical Difficulties, where they’ve learned techniques for improvisation and audience interaction.

and wanted to give more kids the opportunity,” Weirich said. “The key in casting isn’t the number of actors. It’s about putting together a company that has great chemistry and great improv ability, and I think we hit the nail on the head with the kids that we chose.” Still, Underhill said, it’s a small cast relative to most youth theater productions, which are often focused on giving as many kids as possible the opportunity to perform. The Complete Works provides a unique experience for young actors who are serious about theater and improv to refine their skills and spend more time on stage. “In a musical [with a large cast], there are many characters who will never rehearse together and never be on stage together at any point in the show,” Underhill said. “[The Complete Works] is far from that. It’s more intimate, and that intimacy allows the actors to learn from one another and work together to tell the story visually and verbally.” Adding to the humor of the play is the juxtaposition of Elizabethan and modernday elements. The actors will, for example, don the frilly collared shirts you’d expect to see in a Shakespeare play, but they’re paired with Converse sneakers, and they wield blatantly unrealistic props like retractable daggers and rubber chickens. The Complete Works allows the Peacock Players to expose kids to the works of Shakespeare, as any “responsible educational theater” should, Weirich said, in a way that’s accessible and not intimidating. “A lot of people are turned off to Shakespeare, maybe because they think they’ve suffered through it enough in their high school English class, but this play makes it fun to experience his full anthology of work,” he said. “Not everyone wants to sit through four hours of Hamlet, but watching Hamlet performed in 30 seconds is wildly entertaining.”



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• School is in session: The Palace Youth Theatre presents High School Musical Jr. at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) on Wednesdays, Feb. 7 and Feb. 14, and Thursdays, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. Based on the Disney Channel’s smash hit movie, the musical follows the students of East High as they deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. Tickets cost $14 for adults and $11 for kids. Visit or call 668-5588. • Life is good: The Peterborough Players (55 Hadley Road, Peterborough) present Every Brilliant Thing Thursday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, Feb. 11. The comedy-drama follows a boy who sets out to convince his mother there is still good in the world by making a list of brilliant things, like ice cream and Christopher Walken’s hair. Showtimes are Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit or call 924-7585. • Hunchback on stage: The Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth) presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame Feb. 9

The Peterborough Players present Every Brilliant Thing. Courtesy photo.

through March 4. The new musical combines the story from Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel of the same name with music from the 1996 Disney film. Sing along to classic songs like “Out There,” “Topsy Turvy,” and “God Help the Outcasts.” Showtimes are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $16 to $22. Visit or call 433-4472. • Join the band: The Amherst Town Band is looking for musicians. Trumpet players are especially needed, but players of all instruments are welcome. Musicians do not have to be from Amherst. The band performs throughout the year at parades, summer concert series and holiday shows. All members are volunteers. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Souhegan High School (412 Boston Post Road, Amherst). Visit or email the conductor at — Angie Sykeny


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Beyond landscapes

Established and emerging abstract artists in exhibit By Angie Sykeny

Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Victory, gilt bronze, image courtesy the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, NH. HIPPO | FEBRUARY 8 - 14, 2018 | PAGE 22


The Sculpture of Augustus Saint-Gaudens

For abstract artists like Ali Keller of Merrimack, finding a venue to showcase their work is an uphill battle. “A lot of the New England gallery scene is geared toward landscapes and realism and traditional paintings,” she said, “which is great that there’s a market and demand for that, but it makes it harder for abstract artists to find shows to be involved in or places to show their work at all.” Mike Howat, an artist and instructor at Kimball Jenkins School of Art in Concord, has noticed the struggle as well. Though he himself does not do abstract art, he has many friends who do and was discouraged to see a lack of opportunities for them to exhibit. That’s why he’s curating “Figuratively Speaking,” an abstract art exhibition featuring established and emerging artists, on view now through March 15 at Kimball Jenkins. “A lot of abstract artists in New Hampshire do amazing work but are viewed as inaccessible and haven’t been picked up by a gallery,” Howat said. “I wanted to ditch the notions of what art should look like and what will sell and focus on what a piece does for you and your response to it.” Eleven regional artists, including Keller, will be featured in the exhibit. Some have exhibited extensively while others will be making their commercial gallery debut. Some of their work includes photograms, textured enamel paintings, abstract kaleidoscopic landscapes and minimalistic, geometric and impressionistic abstract styles, as well as pieces inspired by jazz music, memory, body image and more. “There is a huge variety when it comes to abstract art, and that is the critical point that I wanted to make,” Howat said. “Abstract can be intimidating for some people, but if they see the variety, it becomes more accessible because they can find their niche.” Keller graduated from the New Hampshire Institute of Art and has been painting professionally for five years. Though she’s done a fair amount of representational art, she found her passion with abstract art. “I have a lot of fun with it,” she said. “There’s certainly a joy to replicating what you see and painting from life, but for me, it’s more about the colors and the way they look next to each other and the process of discovering that.”

Ali Keller art, Plankton Plastic. Courtesy photo.

Keller uses primarily oil paint but also incorporates some drawing and writing into her paintings. For colors, she gravitates toward blues and grays, she said, likely because of her love for the ocean. The shapes and patterns she paints are inspired by nature and landscapes, music, personal experiences and “things that take up a lot of space in my mind,” she said. Most recently, her work has represented her feelings about environmental issues, particularly the large amount of plastic in the ocean. “I’ve read about it and watched documentaries about it, and it really worked me up and made me upset,” she said. “Painting about it helps me deal with that.” Part of Howat’s mission with “Figuratively Speaking,” he said, is to challenge the stereotype of abstract art as being only for “haughty and lofty New York City galleries with Champagne.” “There’s a wide open world of abstract art,” he said. “My ultimate goal is for someone who is biased against abstract art and usually dismisses it to see that it’s not what they thought, and to find something in the exhibit that they may have dismissed previously and get lost in it.” “Figuratively Speaking” Where: Kimball Jenkins’ Carriage House galleries, 266 N. Main St., Concord When: On view now through March 15. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. More info:, 225-3932


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• Funny pigs: The work of Alton artist and New Hampshire Art Association member Duane Hammond is on display at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce (49 S. Main St., Suite 104, Concord) now through February. Hammond does satirical and humorous pastel paintings of pigs engaged in human-like activities and situations as well as mixed media paintings of other subjects. He has penned and illustrated two books: Pigs ina Poke Collection 1 and Collection 2. A graduate of the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, Hammond is also a member of the Lakes Region Art Association, the Governor Wentworth Arts Council and the past president of the Manchester Art Association. He has won more than 100 awards for his work, including the New Hampshire Graniteers Best in Show, the ArtWorks New Hampshire’s Artist Innovation Award, and awards from Boston Art Directors, New York Art Directors others. Viewing hours at the Chamber are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays when a gallery attendant is onsite. Call 224-2508 or visit • Portraits of Nashua: The Nashua Public Library is currently showing the Nashua Neighbors Photography Project, an exhibit that showcases portraits and personal stories of long-time Nashuans and newcomers to the city. The project was created by Greg Indruk and Lauren Osowski after a series of conversations led them to believe that Nashua is the most diverse city in New Hampshire. “Our city is home to people from many different countries, ethnicities, and backgrounds,” Osowski said in a press release. “Although each person has a dif-

Duane Hammond art. Courtesy photo.

ferent story, we are the same in so many ways, and we become stronger as a community when we take the time to learn about each other.” Indruk took the photographs for the exhibit while Osowski conducted the interviews with the subjects. Both of them will be at an artists’ reception on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Several of the subjects featured in the exhibit will be participants in the library’s Human Book Festival on Sunday, Feb. 25, where attendees can have one-on-one conversations them. Call 589-4610 or visit • Fun with paper: The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Fine Craft Gallery (98 Main St., Nashua) will host a workshop, “All Kinds of Decorated Paper,” on Friday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. Create unique decorated papers for mixed media projects with monoprinting using Gelli plates, stamps and more, and explore techniques on a variety of papers using layers of paint, stamps and masks. The workshop is open to adults and teens age 12 and up. The cost is $35, plus a $25 materials fee. Visit or call 595-8233. — Angie Sykeny


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INSIDE/OUTSIDE Pucks will fly

Pond hockey tournament returns to Concord By Angie Sykeny

Ninety-eight teams will hit the ice in this year’s 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship, happening Thursday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, Feb. 11, at White Park in Concord. The three-day tournament — originally scheduled to take place two weeks earlier but postponed due to weather — will feature ongoing pond hockey matches on eight rinks set up on White Park Pond as well as a winter festival with food trucks, family games, live music and more. Now in its eighth year, the event was created to commemorate Concord’s role in the history of ice hockey, which began more than

car advice. 28 The Gardening Guy Advice on your outdoors. Get Listed From yoga to pilates, cooking to languages to activities for the kids, Hippo’s weekly listing offers a rundown of all area events and classes. Get your program listed by sending information to at least three weeks before the event. Looking for more events for the kids, nature-lovers and more? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store, Google Play or online at

1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship When: Thursday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, Feb. 11 Where: White Park, located at the intersection of White and Washington streets, Concord Cost: Free admission More info:

200 years ago at St. Paul’s School, one of the earliest institutions to play the game. Many believe the first organized hockey game in the United States was played at the school in 1883. The pioneering players used the term “black ice” to describe the smooth, transparent ice that formed naturally atop the pond where they played. “There’s some really neat history, with the city of Concord being one of the homes of hockey in the U.S.,” said Chris Brown, president of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Association, which organizes the tournament. “We thought this would be a great way to honor that history and to support ice skating and winter recreational activities in the Concord area.” The tournament will have 10 divisions, including men’s 18+, 35+ and 55+ and women’s 18+ divisions, ranging from competitive and highlevel to recreational and just-for-fun. Matches are played with four against four, but teams can have up to seven players on the roster. Unlike traditional ice hockey, pond hockey has no goalies and no nets. Instead, goals are scored by shooting the puck into

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one of the two 12-inch openings cut into a 6-foot-wide wooden box. “A lot of teams get together [before the tournament] to practice their skills,” Brown said. “Even if the people on the teams play regular hockey, they understand that pond hockey is a totally different game. There’s definitely a science to it.” Matches will proceed in standard tournament style: Each team will play at least four games — two on Friday and two on Saturday — and the winning teams will move on to

compete in semi-finals and finals on Sunday. An announcer and scoreboard will accompany each rink, and live scoring will be available on the event website. The No. 1 team in each division will be presented with the coveted Hobey Stick Award, named in honor of Hobey Baker, a Hockey Hall of Famer and one of the original St. Paul’s hockey players. For spectators, there will be food trucks and heated tents with interactive games and activities, merchandise for sale, silent auctions and live music by local bands. Other festivities happening throughout the weekend will include youth hockey games, bonfires, snow sculptures, a rock wall, fireworks and more. A shuttle service will be provided on Friday and Saturday, running from Concord High School to White Park and stopping at multiple downtown restaurants. “We’re definitely trying to create an atmosphere where people can hang out for the day,” Brown said. “It’s a great opportunity to see old friends you haven’t seen in a while and to enjoy activities for the whole family.”

Schedule of events Thursday Thursday Night Lights Concord Youth hockey game - 6 to 7:30 p.m. Heated spectator tent open - 5 to 8 p.m. Food trucks open - 5 to 8 p.m. Friday Food trucks open - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Black Ice Pond Hockey Tourna-

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ment - 9 a.m. to 8:20 p.m. Heated spectator tent open - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Public skating on rink 9 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snow sculptures - noon Bonfires - 4 p.m. Live music: October Sons - 5 to 7 p.m. Atlas Fireworks show - 7:15 p.m.

Saturday Food trucks open - 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament - 8 a.m. to 7:20 p.m. Heated spectator tent open - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Youth Hockey Shinny Tournament - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Evo Rock rock wall - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bonfires - 3 p.m. Live music: The Dusty Gray Band - 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday Food trucks open - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 to 8 p.m. Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament semifinals and finals - 9 a.m. to noon




Dear Donna, I have a curiosity for you. I bought this axe at a consignment antique store in Concord for less than $50. It is a bronze axe with jade inlays. It looked unique and very old; that is what got my attention. From what I could find, it is from the Shang Dynasty, 1600-1000 BC. Brandon from Concord Dear Brandon, Asian antique pieces are not my strong point. I did do some research for you and found that you were right in the time frame of the original item. But you need to have it looked at by a specialist in that field because there were many reproductions made to represent the original ones. Any items that have a strong use in history either from the U.S. or other countries tend to be reproduced to keep the history going. If you were lucky enough to acquire an original bronze axe the value would be in the range of $5,000. But if it was a reproduction, you paid what it is worth. There are several auction houses in Massachusetts or New York that have specific departments that could definitely provide you with authenticity. I strongly recommend doing more research and finishing Dance Special folk dances • ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE Rich Jackson leads the dances, with music by Clara Stefanov-Wagner and Emily Adams. Beginners and singles welcome. Sun., Feb. 11, 6 to 9 p.m. West Street Ward House, 41 West St., Concord. $10. Visit or call 934-2543. • CONTRA DANCE Caller Chris Ricciotti with music by Jane Orzechowski, Deanna Stiles and Gordon Peery. Beginners, singles and families are welcome. Sat., Feb. 17, 8 to 11 p.m. East Concord Community Center, 18 Eastman St., Concord. $7 general admission, $5 for ages 15 to 25, and free for kids and teens under 15. Visit htm or call 225-4917. Health & Wellness Wellness workshops & seminars • RED WINE, DARK CHOCOLATE & HEART HEALTH Featuring dark chocolate from Lindt and wine sampling by Solera Vino, this event is being organized by Derry Medical Center and Derry Imaging Center to raise awareness about heart health, including the new blood


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with a professional to confirm whether it’s real or not. Note: I want to thank everyone who sent in responses to my column about the brass item that I couldn’t figure out. It turns out it was used to slide over military buttons while polishing them. How ingenious and useful! To not get polish on the uniform while cleaning the buttons is priceless even though the value now is pretty low for such a unique item. Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown ( She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@ Or drop by the shop (call first, 6248668).

pressure guidelines, recognizing the different heart attack symptoms for women, and the link between diabetes and heart diseases. Thurs., Feb. 8, 4 to 7 p.m. Overlook Medical Park, 6 Tsienneto Road, Derry. Free. Visit or call 537-1300. • LIFE COACHING EVENT: MANAGE YOUR THOUGHTS Join master life coach Diane MacKinnon, M.D. to train your brain to manage your thoughts. Tues., Feb. 13, 7 p.m. Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson. Free; registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Visit or call 886-6030. Marketing & Business • CENTER FOR WOMEN & ENTERPRISE 10-WEEK BUSINESS PLANNING COURSE In this 10-week business planning course, participants will explore and assess the financial and market viability of their business concept, learn how to market their business to target customers, and explore options for funding the ongoing costs of operating a business. Thursdays, Feb. 8 to April 12, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Center for

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Women and Enterprise, 30 Temple St., Nashua. $450. Contact at Alexandra Bishop at 318-7583 or Miscellaneous • WHAT’S YOUR STORY? “What’s Your Story?” is a series of six workshops and guided conversations aimed at building community. Each week, a different presenter from Nashua will share a life story and then human relations teacher Lisa Yates will lead a discussion that will allow participants to connect in a meaningful way. Thursdays, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 8, March 15, and March 22, 7 p.m. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. Free and open to the public; no registration required. Visit or call 589-4610. • IDEA TO INVENTION: HOW TO BECOME A MAKER Join local inventor Jason Clark to discover the art and science behind a maker project. Concepts will include 3D design, 3D printing, simple machines, wireless, electronics and Arduino programming. Thurs., Feb. 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., Milford. Free. Visit or call 249-0645.


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February fun

Vacation week camps have something for everyone By Angie Sykeny

February vacation week is just around the corner. Get the kids signed up now for one of these day camps, where they can participate in art projects, nature adventures, theater productions and more.

Arts and media

Concord TV (Heights Community Center, 14 Canterbury Road, Concord, 225-8690, offers a camp for kids ages 9 to 14. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. each day. Campers will learn the basics of video production and create videos and short films. The cost is $100 for Concord residents, $110 for non-residents. Currier Museum Art Center (180 Pearl St., Manchester, 669-6144, ext. 122, offers an art camp for kids ages 5 to 14. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, with a morning session from 9 a.m. to noon, and an afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m. Campers will work sculpture, drawing inspiration from the museum’s current exhibition featuring the work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The morning session theme is heroes and the afternoon session theme is gardens. The cost for the week is $170 for one session or $285 for both sessions. NH Coding Academy (Southern NH Education Center, 1 E. Commons Drive, Londonderry, 818-8613, offers a computer programming camp for kids in grades 3 through 5. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., each day. Campers will learn the fundamentals of computer programming and the principles of computer science and receive hands-on instruction for writing code. The cost is $150 for the week. Studio 550 (550 Elm St., Manchester, 2325597, offers an art camp for kids age 7 and up. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day. The theme is “World of the Wild.” Campers will work with clay and other media to create art inspired by plants and animals from various ecosystems and continents and from their own imagination. The cost is $245 for a full-day week, $165 for a half-day week, or $55 per day.

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Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover, 742-2002, offers camp for kids ages 6 to 9. It runs Tuesday, Feb. 27, through Thursday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Tuesday is art day, Wednesday is science day, and Thursday is engineering day. The cost is $40 per day or $95 for all three days. Concord Family YMCA (15 N. State St., Concord, 228-9622, offers a traditional camp for grades K through 6. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; drop-off hours are 7 to 9 a.m. HIPPO | FEBRUARY 8 - 14, 2018 | PAGE 26

Campers participate in activities like archery, rock wall climbing, swimming and field trips. The cost for Y members is $168 for the week or $50 per day; for non-members, it’s $188 for the week or $60 per day. Register by Feb. 16. New Hampshire SPCA (NHSPCA Learning Center, 104 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham, 7722921, offers a camp for kids ages 6 to 12. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. There will be games and activities, crafts and time to visit the animals. The cost is $60 per day. Campers can attend one, two or all three days. New Morning Schools (23 Back River Road, Bedford, 669-3591, newmorningschools. com) offers a preschool camp and an Imagine camp for kids in grades K through 6. Camps run Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for preschoolers and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for grade-schoolers. Preschool camp includes games, songs, crafts and outdoor fun. Imagine camp includes outdoor games, fairy house and fort building, STEM experiments, gym games, art projects, fitness challenges and more. The cost is $225 for the week or $50 per day if enrolled by Feb. 12, or $250 for the week or $60 per day if enrolled after Feb. 12 (singleday option available only for Imagine camp). Strawbery Banke Museum (14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, 422-7541, strawberybanke. org) offers a camp for kids in grades 1 through 5. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, with sessions from 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 1:30 p.m., and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Each session features different activities, which include crafts, historic cooking, simulations and group problem-solving, outdoor skating, historical games, dress-up and role-playing and more. The cost per day is $35 for the morning session or morning and midday sessions and $60 for a full day. YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown (116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown, 497-4663, ext. 2103, offers several camps for kids in grades K through 8. They run Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The traditional camp (grades K through 8) features games, crafts, movies and more. The art and cooking camp (grades 2 through 8) has campers doing arts and crafts in the morning and cooking in the afternoon. The trip camp (grades 3 through 8) includes field trips for snowshoeing and sledding, bowling, indoor soccer and more. The cost for Y members is $40 to $55 per day or $180 to $247 for the week, depending on the camp; for non-members, it’s $49 to $64 per day or $220 to $287 for the week. Register by Feb. 20. YMCA of Downtown Manchester (30 Mechanic St., Manchester, 232-8670, offers two camps for kids in grades K through 6. They run Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. In the traditional camp (grades K through 6), campers will participate in games, crafts, science projects, music activities and more. In the sporta-day camp (grades 1 through 6) campers will

Community Players of Concord camp. Courtesy photo.

play soccer, basketball, floor hockey and more. The cost for Y members is $38 per day or $168 for the week; for non-members, it’s $47 per day or $210 for the week. Register by Feb. 21. YMCA of Greater Londonderry (206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 437-9622, offers several camps for kids in grades K through 8. They run Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., each day. The traditional camp (grades K through 8) features games, crafts, movies and more. The art and cooking camp (grades 2 through 8) has campers doing arts and crafts in the morning and cooking in the afternoon. The trip camp (grades 3 through 8) includes field trips for snowshoeing and sledding, bowling, indoor soccer and more. The cost is $49 to $59 per day (no singleday option for arts and cooking camp) or $199 to $247 for the week, depending on the camp. Register by Feb. 19. YMCA of the Seacoast (Camp Gundalow, 176 Tuttle Lane, Greenland, 431-2334, ext. 2556, offers camp for kids ages 5 to 14. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., each day. Activities include swimming, gym games, fitness fun, arts and crafts, outdoor play and more. The cost for Y members is $45 per day or $200 for the week; for non-members, it’s $70 per day or $315 for the week. Register by Feb. 21.

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Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., Manchester, 626-3474, offers a makerspace vacation program for kids age 9 and up. It runs Tuesday, Feb. 27, through Thursday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Campers will complete various projects using recycled materials. The cost is $5 per day. Beaver Brook Nature Center (117 Ridge Road, Hollis, 465-7787, offers a camp for grades 1 through 8. It runs Tuesday, Feb. 27, through Thursday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Campers will learn, explore and play outdoors. The cost is $55 per day. Nashua Public Library (2 Court St., 589-4610, offers a junior naturalist camp for kids age 8 to 12. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to

1 p.m. each day. The Nashua River Watershed Association will teach campers about the river and the plants and animals that inhabit it. The camp is free, but registration is required. Campers are expected to attend all five days. NH Audubon (McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord; Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn; 224-9909, offers camp for kids age 6 to 12. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Activities include outdoor excursions, games, crafts, stories, live animal visits, songs and conservation projects. The cost is $43 per day. Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center (928 White Oaks Road, Laconia, 3665695, offers Wildquest Winter Camp for kids ages 5 to 12. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day. Activities may include animal tracking, snowshoeing, sledding, games, crafts, maple sugaring, campfire stories and more. The cost is $47 per day or $235 for the week. Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye, 436-8043, offers two camps: Treks 4 Tots for kids ages 4 and 5, and Seaside Safari for kids in grades K through 5. They run Monday, Feb. 19, through Friday, Feb. 23, and Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. (A 9 a.m. to noon option is also available for Treks 4 Tots.) Campers will explore Odiorne Point State Park and the center’s hands-on exhibits and participate in lessons, activities, art projects, games, stories and more. The cost is $65 per full day, $45 per half day, $200 for a full half-day week and $300 for a full full-day week.


Executive Health & Sports Center (1 Highlander Way, Manchester, 624-9300, offers a junior fitness camp for kids ages 5 to 13. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Activities include team games, pool time, arts and crafts, basketball, dodgeball, group personal training, hip-hop and yoga. Call for cost details. Health Club Of Concord (10 Garvins Falls Road, Concord, 224-7787, offers a tennis camp for kids ages 7 to 14. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, each day. The camp will focus on building tennis skills and knowledge. The cost is $269 for the week. McIntyre Ski Area (50 Chalet Ct., Manchester, 622-6159, offers ski and snowboard camps, including a Little Macs camp for kids ages 4 to 6 and a Mighty Macs camp for kids ages 6 to 16. They run Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., for the Little Macs and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for the Mighty Macs. The cost for Little Macs is $165 for lessons, $60 for rentals and $20 for a helmet. The cost for Might Macs is $170 for lessons, $70 for rentals and $20 for a helmet. 29


Friend who claims oil changes are unnecessary is flat-out wrong Dear Car Talk: A friend of mine has claimed that there’s no reason to change oil. He basically changes the oil filter, and adds a bit of oil if needed. He claims that the oil By Ray Magliozzi doesn’t break down, and just needs to have a new oil filter periodically. Your thoughts? — Mel Well, the Mechanic’s Children’s College Fund wholeheartedly endorses your friend’s advice, Mel. Because an engine rebuild a month can put a kid through Harvard. Oil does break down over time. Is motor oil better now than it’s ever been? Yes. Is synthetic oil even better? It is. You might be able to go 10,000-15,000 miles (that’s a year, for most people) between changes now with synthetic oil, whereas 30 years ago, we recommended changing your oil every 3,000 miles. But eventually, the molecular structure of the oil does change. Oil is made up of long-chain hydrocarbons that, miraculously, cushion the metal parts of your engine that rub against each other thousands of times a minute. And when those chains break apart, the oil doesn’t do nearly as good a job of providing that cushion.

Plus, heat and oxygen combine with the oil to increase acidity and, if left long enough, it forms varnishes and sludge in the engine. And adding an occasional quart of new oil doesn’t do anything to improve the old, broken-down, acidic oil that’s still swimming around in there. Your buddy may have a quart of oil in his car that’s been circulating since the Nixon administration. And while the filter will trap any large particles (or rocks or small children) that the oil picks up in its circulation, the filter won’t do anything to prevent the oil’s molecular breakdown. So if you have a car that you want to keep for a long time, you absolutely should change the oil at the recommended interval. The other reason your friend’s approach is silly, in my opinion, is that it’s a messy pain in the neck to remove and change the oil filter. Once you’re set up to do that with your ramps, your drain bucket and your wrench, and you’ve already got oil running down your sleeve, why not take the extra three minutes and drain the oil, too? Dear Car Talk: I drive a 2005 Subaru Outback and live in a very lovely and hilly town. My Outback has an automatic transmission. When I’m stopped at a red light facing uphill, I some-

times hold the car by lightly touching the accelerator. Sometimes I use the brake pedal. When I do use the brake pedal, the car will roll back slightly before the transmission can grab on and move the car forward. Which method of holding the car on a hill is less detrimental to the transmission? To hold or brake ... that is the question. Thanks. — Fritz That’s the question, Fritz. And the answer is: It hardly matters. Automatic transmissions are designed to “slip” when you come to a stop. If they didn’t slip, the engine would stall, just like it would if you were driving a car with a manual transmission and came to a stop while still in gear. So, slippage — with automatic transmission fluid absorbing the power of the engine and turning it into heat — is just part of life when you’re an automatic transmission. And from the transmission’s point of view, there’s not a great deal of difference between slipping a little bit while holding the car on a hill and slipping a little bit more, for a shorter time, when you roll backward and need to change direction. If those were my only two choices, I’d probably choose to let it roll back. But fortunately, those are not your only choices, because they both have downsides. If you use the gas pedal to hold the car on a hill, you probably have

to rev the engine up to 1,500 rpm or more to stay in place. If you do that frequently, you’re wasting a lot of gas. And if you use the “roll back and then go forward” approach, if the hill is steep enough, you could roll back right into the grille of your local mob boss’s brandnew Lincoln Continental. So your best bet, since this is an everyday occurrence for you, is Option 3: Learn to use your handbrake while waiting for the light to change. When you arrive at a light, pull up the handbrake, and let the handbrake hold the car in place. If there’s traffic behind you and you want to be “ready to go,” you can even hang on to it, with the release button engaged while you wait. And when the light turns green, just release the handbrake as you step on the gas, and you won’t roll backward. For those who don’t have a pull-up hand brake like Fritz’s Outback does, you can accomplish the same thing by “two-footing it”: Use your left foot to hold the brake pedal while you wait, and then ease off it as you step on the gas. Problem solved! And now that we’ve eliminated this existential source of worry for you, Fritz, we hope you’ll have more time to contemplate some truly important things like global warming and who Jon Snow’s mother is on Game of Thrones. Visit


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Even the Gardening Guy has his limits By Henry Homeyer

There are a few plants I just do not like. Yes, I’m known as the Gardening Guy and have the website to prove it (Gardening-Guy. com). So I should love, or at least like, all plants. But I don’t. Now, in mid-winter, it’s a good time to reflect on what we like and want to grow and what plants to avoid. Weigela reminds me of an elderly auntie who wears too much perfume and too much rouge, and leaves lipstick on her glass. Of course, I have never grown it, and some forms of it may be lovely. But the colors seem artificial to me, the shrub coarse. It blooms in May, and many new colors have been created in recent years, which may include some beauties. I often use Michael Dirr’s books to inform me about woody plants. His classic is Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Culture, Propagation and Uses. It is nearly 1,200 pages long. Here is what he says about Weigela’s landscape value: “Best used in the shrub border, for grouping or massing; have seen it used frequently as a foundation planting in older sections of cities; really appears forlorn in the winter landscape; looks like it needs a place to hide.” Old-fashioned petunias are not my cup of tea. My mother grew them and in the beginning of the summer they looked fine. This annual plant produces flowers and makes seeds in sequence up its stem. It blooms first from the base of the plant, then grows a longer stem, and blooms again while the first blossoms make seeds. And so on. Once the petunia has produced enough seeds to ensure the continuation of the family name, it dies. No ifs, ands or buts. My mother was not good on pruning back the spent blossoms and stems, to keep them nice looking. They got leggy and bare, then died by late summer. The good news, for all of you with happy memories of old-fashioned petunias, is that plant breeders have developed petunias that don’t need to be pruned or cut back. These socalled “Supertunias” are often trademarked hybrids that bloom all summer. Most have smaller blossoms, but really are quite nice and bloom all summer. By the way, there is a book similar to Dirr’s book. It’s Steven Still’s Manual of Herbaceous Ornamental Plants. It is over 800 pages and equally useful. It tells you, for example, what soil a plant likes, what the roots are like, how much sun is needed. I trust it more than internet info, though it doesn’t get updated with new cultivar names the way blogs do. A perfectly nice little shrub that is used widely, especially in formal gardens, is boxwood. But I don’t like it. In contrast to

Boxwood in winter.

Weigela, this one is too austere and formal for me. And the real reason I don’t like it is this: the foliage smells like cat pee. Why grow something that offends my nose? I live in cold Zone 4 so for much of my career as a plantsman, boxwood was really “iffy.” The standard English boxwood was all that was available. But now there are plenty of hardy cultivars of hybids designed for Zone 4 gardens, many crossed with Korean boxwood. Many of the best hardy varieties have “Green” in their names such as Green Gem, Green Mound, Green Velvet, and Green Mountain. But I have never tried one. Sweet Mockorange is another shrub I have never tried, and probably won’t. This is an old-fashioned shrub that blooms in early summer, producing masses of highly fragrant blossoms. Actually, there are plenty of new cultivars, and not all are fragrant. Buy in bloom if scent is important to you. Working as a landscaper years ago I encountered mockorange and found that it is a vigorous grower 10 to 12 feet tall and wide, that will grow in full sun or light shade. Unfortunately it has a tendency to spread by root, and can easily take over an area. Dirr says, “Does not have much to recommend it for the modern landscape” and I agree. An old-fashioned shrub that should be left to the few gardeners who remember Grammy’s mockorange and want one of their own. Cotoneaster is pronounced co-tone-EEaster. It is a fast-growing woody groundcover. But it does not work as a groundcover for long. After three to five years it begins to look ratty. It roots easily, but when I see it, I often point and say, “Cotoneaster Disaster!” It does best on banks in full sun, and in Zone 5 or warmer, though I often see it in Zone 4. Lastly, another groundcover, creeping juniper, is on my no-no list. It is, according to Dirr, the most common woody groundcover used in America. But, as he and I know, it browns out, portions die, and grasses grow up through it. Not a winner. So tell me what’s on your list of plants you do not like. or why you like some of these. You may reach me by email at henry.homeyer@, or at PO Box 364, Cornish Flat, NH 03746.


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Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., each day. Activities will include fort building, hiking, campfire songs, nature themed stories, science activities and games. The cost is $50 to $225, depending on the number of days. Community Players of Concord (435 Josiah Bartlett Road, Concord, 753-6653, offers camp for ages 8 to 14 Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, with a first meeting and auditions Sunday, Feb. 25, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Campers will produce Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids. The cost is $200. New Hampshire Theatre Project (959 Islington St., Portsmouth, 431-6644, offers camp for kids age 7 to 11. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Campers will explore developing characters, comedy improv and more. The cost is $100 to $400, depending on the number of days. Register by Feb. 9. Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, offers camp for kids in grades 2 through 12. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Campers will learn about theater and prepare for a performance of 101 Dalmatians Kids to be held on Saturday, March 3, at 10 a.m. The cost is $225 for the week. Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth, offers camp for ages 7 to 15. It runs Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Campers will learn about theater, improve their skills and present a showcase for their families on the final day. The cost is $350.




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NH SportsZone (7 A St., Derry, 53726 9663, offers an all-sports camp for kids ages 7 to 13 Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with half-day options from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The cost is $40 per full day, $25 per half day, $150 for the full full-day week, and $85 for the full half-day week. Pats Peak Ski Area (686 Flanders Road, Henniker, 428-3245, offers a camp for ages 6 to 14 Monday, Feb. 19, through Wednesday, Feb. 21, and Monday, Feb. 26, through Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Campers will spend time on the slopes in a group setting. The cost is $330 for three days; rental equipment for the three days costs $96. Register by Feb. 16. Play Ball (9 Congress St., Nashua, 8832323); 16 Industrial Way, Salem, 898-0332, offers a baseball and softball camp for ages 6 through 12 Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $115 for the week. Tri-Star Gymnastics & Dance (66 Third St., Dover, 749-5678, offers camp for kindergarten through age 13 Monday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Campers will participate in gymnastics, crafts, games and open gym playtime. The cost is $35 per day or $135 for the week.


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A new bar designed to emulate the secretly-accessed drinking establishments that became popular in the era of Prohibition is set to open in a tucked away corner of Concord’s Eagle Square later this month. If you turn south on Low Avenue and see the small barber’s pole propped against a brick building, you’ll know you’ve found the new speakeasy. Chuck’s BARbershop — the third 1920s-era speakeasy to come to the Granite State and the very first in the Capital City — is accessed through an actual functioning barbershop. After about a year of renovations, the goal is to have it up and running by mid-February, according to owner Liu Vaine. The other two “secret” bars in New Hampshire are 815 Cocktails and Provisions in Manchester and CodeX Books. Antiques. Rarities. (B.A.R) in Nashua, and Vaine helped build those two as well. He said he was inspired by several speakeasies in New York City. “Before I even started building these bars, I went to New York and checked out all the speakeasies there, and I was mostly interested in the drink itself,” Vaine, a longtime Concord-area bartender, said. “Watching

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there to help. “We actually had the phones rigged so that dialing the one on the outside will cause an LED light to flash on the inside … so [the hostess or stewardess] knows someone is at the door,” Vaine said. The interior of the bar is filled with period furniture and décor, meant to combine elements of Prohibition and old barbershops, such as razors displayed on the walls LIU VAINE and other barbershop paraphernalia. Even the food and drink menus will carry this theme. James Bolton, former sous chef at CodeX, is coming to Chuck’s to work as head chef. Some of the options you might find on the appetizers menu — or “A Short Trim” — include house-made pretzels with a

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all old-school classic drinks that they had in the ‘20s … and then eventually, we’ll throw in our signature drinks. … So I mean, for example, we’ve done an espresso martini where we soak coffee beans for maybe about a month and let it just infuse … and then we take an egg white to give it that frothy feel to it.” As for the name, Vaine said it’s a tribute to his late bartender friend Chuck Frederick Nutting, who died about four years ago. “Chuck and I … worked together at Smokey Bones [in Concord] and then at The Draft for many years and we became really, really good friends,” he said. “He taught me how to be a bartender, not really just how to make a drink, but how to interact with people and have that personality. … So after he died, I said to myself, ‘I’m going to come back to Concord, build a place, call it Chuck’s and that will be my tribute to him.’ Because I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for him.” The brick building housing the bar had been vacant for about 15 years, according to Vaine. While the main area of Chuck’s is near its completion, a downstairs whiskey bar and a rooftop deck will likely be added to the mix by the summer.

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Continued from page 32 • Cuban tastes: Temple Beth Abraham (4 Raymond St., Nashua) will host a Cuban dinner on Friday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. The dinner will feature matzo ball soup, Cuban roasted chicken with mojo sauce, seasoned black beans, zucchini in a cherry tomato sofrito, and assorted beverages and dinners. The cost is $18 for adults and $10 for children, or a maximum of $50 per family. Visit or call 883-8184. • Baking with love: Make your own cranberry chocolate chip scones at the Smyth Public Library (55 High St., Candia) on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m., just in time for Valentine’s Day. The workshop will be led by local baker Jodi Headstrom, who has

taught other baking classes at the library in the past. Admission is free but registration is appreciated. Sign up at the front desk of the library, visit or call 483-8245. • Wake up with pancakes: There will be a blueberry pancake breakfast at First Church Congregational (63 S. Main St., Rochester) on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. The menu will include your choice of one, two or three blueberry or plain pancakes, as well as scrambled eggs, ham or bacon, orange juice, coffee, tea and milk. The cost is $6 for kids and adults over age 10, $3 for kids ages 5 to 10, and free for kids under 5. Visit or call 3321121.

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Transformational impact to sum it up.” As the craft beer movement took over the country and region in recent years, perhaps Smuttynose didn’t evolve well enough. Perhaps it was too big in a movement characterized by breweries so small in scale they could operate in a space the size of a single-car garage. Smuttynose does tout itself as New Hampshire’s largest producer of craft beer. Perhaps it wasn’t bold enough. Or, most likely, it was just as simple as owner Peter Egelston articulated in a press release earlier this month: “The company’s financial models were based on 20 years of consistent growth but the explosion of microbreweries has led to changing dynamics in the marketplace. This dramatic shift occurred just as Smuttynose committed to a major infrastructure investment with the construction of the new production facility. As the turmoil in the marketplace stabilizes, Smuttynose, a trusted brand with strong consumer loyalty, can regain its footing with a major infusion of capital.” It wasn’t about the beer, though. From the Shoals Pale Ale, to the Robust Porter, to the Single Digit Dubbel (formerly Smuttynose Winter) to its Old Brown Dog and its many other seasonal and limited release offerings, Smuttynose beers were consistently good. The auction is scheduled for March 9. “I hope that new ownership will be a good steward for the brand and the company and offer a good fit and commitment to New Hampshire,” Schaier said. Many are likely very happy to hear the Portsmouth Brewery is not part of the sale. The Smuttynose influence will live on. Jeff Mucciarone is a senior account executive with Montagne Communications, where he provides communications support to the New Hampshire wine and spirits industry.

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Again with the underproduced psych-indie from the Brooklyn crowd. I picture these guys phoning in a performance at a ’90-bands-night at Mercury Lounge or whatever while the dutifully attending hipsters, never looking up, discuss e-celebrities and where to buy used vaping devices in the Village. With all the Ennio Morricone-by-wayof-Chris Isaak spaghetti-western-guitar here, this could have been an Echo and the Bunnymen sort of deal, but the singer — whom I’m far too lazy to hunt down and name for print, and PR people really need to start going back to the old days of proper bio sheets, and yeah, that makes me sound old, but you know what, so what — inspires all the excitement of a movie theater ticket-taker directing you to the right screen. Am I being a grump? Maybe, but I’m honestly astounded that aimless psych-indie is still a thing down there. D — Eric W. Saeger

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This second full-length from the 32-year-old Iranian New Age composer is the first I’ve heard from him, which almost didn’t happen owing to the rather pompous bullet in his resumé that alluded to this being a private journey into his brain or somesuch. But knowing this guy hadn’t even bothered releasing serious recordings until he felt his keyboard skills were worthy was sufficient impetus for me to at least click the clicky and see if it was intolerable (it’s not). Leadoff song “Circle of Life” is actually quite good, a bit maudlin at one point, but Sarmadian does paint with real beauty as the nuts-and-bolts Bruce Hornsby-ish melody moves along. I dunno, it’s something you’d hear over the house speakers in the background at a Cancun hotel, a bit too polished but livable nonetheless thanks to a born knack for knocking notes together. Going forward it’s pretty much in the same vein. “Field of Daisies” is more laidback in its motivational-seminar-resort vibe; a part of you suspects that Tony Robbins is in the background calling out subliminal messages to “go for your dreams” and all that. A — Eric W. Saeger

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Actors understand plot, pacing and character interaction, but they don’t necessarily understand writing. The discount bins are filled with books written by performers who think that they are also excellent writers. It doesn’t really work that way. Not to get Zen on you, but you can only be a writer if you are a writer. Still, given how long Tom Hanks has been storytelling, you’d almost expect him to write a good story or, in this case, series of stories. And lucky us — that’s exactly what he’s done in this collection of thoughtful character-driven, nonblockbuster short stories. Uncommon Type: Some Stories is nothing short of a pleasant surprise. If you’re looking for a thriller, you won’t find it in this book. It’s not a siton-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of thing. It contains no arcing hero’s journey or even a multi-page car crash. What you will find is a collection of reflective short stories that define people’s actions. You’ll meet a family on Christmas Eve, an actress trying to make her way in New York City, and a now older soldier who fought in Europe. You read about credible slices of life. The skill to present clear characters and surroundings clearly comes from Hank’s skill as an elite actor who transforms himself into a new character for each of his movies. (Case in point, Hanks’ recent portrayal of Post editor Ben Bradlee in The Post is magnificent.) Hanks clearly researches how people behave and he understands the motivation behind each action for the parts he takes. In short, to be an excellent actor you need to be an expert on human behavior. And to be a good writer, you must do the same thing. Uncommon Type is a book that’s meant to be savored like a box of chocolates. Read one of the stories, think about it, think about it some more, and then go ahead and read another story. Although the stories are separate and independent of each other, Hanks connects them by placing a typewriter in

each one. It’s a subtle tool, but it’s also brilliant, the typewriter being an absolute symbol of storytelling throughout the ages. It also turns out that Hanks has a way with words. He’s skilled, his writing is powerful and his voice strong. Take this passage, for example: Kirk Allen was still asleep, in bed, under a quilt and an old Army blanket. As it had been since 2003, when he was five years old, his bedroom was also the back room of the family home, one he shared with the Maytag washer and dryer, on old, chipped, out-of-tune spinet piano, the idle sewing machine his mother had not used since the second Bush administration, and an Olivetti-Underwood electric typewriter that had been rendered inoperable when Kirk spilled a root beer float into its innards. You can almost hear Hanks reading the story (Yowza!) and if you listen to the audiobook you will indeed hear his voice as he is the narrator. Hanks has a clear, organized writing style that is recognizable and consistent. I want to add a mild language warning to this review. I’m not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, but I was jolted to see that some of Hank’s stories contain harsh language. I wasn’t surprised that the language was used in the story, it was organic, and it is language that would have been used by the characters. The language does not detract; I was just surprised because Hanks seems like such a nice guy — what’s he doing using those kinds of words? I had expected happy, Hallmark-like stories and Hanks decided to go deeper. He decided to flex some writing and acting muscles to become his characters, even down to their speech. What we end up getting in Uncommon Type is a collection of stark, realistic and well-written vignettes from an emerging writer who knows his stuff. I look forward to more from Hanks. His skill and intelligent handling of the human condition is a literary delight. A — Wendy E. N. Thomas


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• Bedtime adventure: Eric Pinder will visit Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord) on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m., for a storytime featuring his new picture book, The Perfect Pillow. The bedtime story follows a young boy who, after moving to a new room with a new bed, can’t fall asleep and sets out on a nocturnal adventure with his stuffed dragon to find the perfect bed. Visit or call 224-0562. • Tasty poetry: The Flight Center (97 Main St., Nashua) hosts its second Bacon and Beer Poetry Contest on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. Write and recite a bacon-and-beer-themed poem for a chance to win free tickets to the New Hampshire Bacon and Beer Festival. Call 417-6184 or visit To hear a recording of last year’s poems, visit • Writers go live: The Button Factory Stage will bring its weekly radio show, “Writers in the Round,” to a live audience at WSCA Radio (909 Islington St., Ste. 1, Portsmouth) on Monday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Hosts Jim Rioux and Guy Capecelatro III will be joined by four special guests for a night of poems, songs, stories and collaboration: songwriter Seth Gooby, poet Lesley Kimball, songwriter Emma Vachon, and writer and current Portsmouth poet laureate Mike Nelson. Call 430-9722 or visit • Book sales: The Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway, Derry) will host a book sale on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thousands of donated books will be available. All hardcovers cost $1, and all paperbacks cost 50 cents. Call 4326140 or visit The Meredith Public Library (91 Main St., Meredith) will host a book sale Thursday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 17. Hardcover and paperback books, children’s books, coffee table books and specialty books will be available. Sales are by donation. Call 279-4303 or visit — Angie Sykeny


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Winchester (PG-13)

Sarah Winchester, heiress and majority owner of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, is obsessed with the angry spirits who left the world at rifle point in Winchester, a horror movie based on the theory that creaky wood is super scary.

It’s 1906 and Sarah Winchester’s (Helen Mirren) repeating rifle money really allows her to splurge on the wide-slat, richly colored wood floors during her constant renovations to her sprawling house. Workers are busy day and night building rooms that resemble, according to her, the rooms that people killed by the Winchester rifle died in. Sometimes revisiting the room lets a soul consumed by fear or anger move on. Sometimes the soul has to, like, take a time out in the room, which is then boarded shut. If the spirit does find peace and move on, Sarah has the men tear out the room and start building another room she’s seen during one of her sessions communing with the spirits. All this renovation and the well-known reasons behind it have the men at the Winchester company questioning Sarah’s sanity and seeking a legal reason to take control from her. They contract with Eric Price (Jason Clarke), a psychiatrist-y type, to evaluate Sarah. He’s an especially good candidate because they think his opium addiction and financial debts will make him likely to report whatever findings they pay him to report. But when Eric shows up, the spookiness of the house starts to get to him too. Sarah’s niece Marion (Sarah Snook) and her son Henry (Finn Scicluna-O’Prey) are staying there and seem to be having some encounters with a particularly angry spirit. Eric finds himself visited by visions of his recently deceased wife, Ruby (Laura Brent). The basic idea of Winchester — that the violence created by the Winchester rifle has become a curse on the Winchester family — is interesting. The movie gives us glimpses into how the gun figures into American history — its use during various wars of the 1800s along with its use during more individualized instances of violence. Pair that with the turn-of-the-last-century interest in spiritualists and seances and you have, you know, something, especially with a character played by Helen Mirren, an actress who can bring heft to even silly roles (see her small but delightful role in the last Fast and Furious movie). But the movie doesn’t quite seem to know what to do with these elements. A collection of jump scares (this movie feels like 70 percent of its time is setting up and executing jump scares), creepy makeup and creaky wood does not just become a horror movie. HIPPO | FEBRUARY 8 - 14, 2018 | PAGE 42


It needs some kind of glue to hold everything together, and a laudanum-addicted therapist and his grief over his dead wife is not enough to pull together Victorian spiritualism and vague commentary on gun violence. Winchester feels like an unfinished work, like the result of someone learning the details of Sarah Winchester and her wacky house but not really knowing how to turn it into a cohesive story. C Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, drug content, some sexual material and thematic elements, according to the MPAA. Directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig with a screenplay by Tom Vaughan and Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig, Winchester is an hour and 39 minutes long and distributed by Lionsgate.

2018 Oscar nominated short films (NR)

All 15 films nominated for an Oscar in the three short film categories — documentary, animated and live action — will screen in some local theaters starting Friday, Feb. 9. According to, local theaters screening some or all of the three film blocks include Wilton Town Hall Theater, Red River Theatres in Concord (beginning Feb. 9), River Street Theater in Jaffrey, the Colonial in Keene (Saturday, Feb. 17, through Thursday, Feb. 22) the Music Hall in Portsmouth (starting Friday, Feb. 16) and at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth (Feb. 11 through Feb. 15, and Feb. 19 through Feb. 21). You can also see all of the shorts via video on demand starting Tuesday, Feb. 27. In addition to helping you round out your Oscar predictions, the shorts are simply fun to watch. The documentaries come in around 30 to 40 minutes each, the live action and animation are generally shorter. Even within the categories, you get to see

movies on a diverse array of subjects in a relatively small amount of time. In the documentary short subject category, the nominees are Edith + Eddie (a recently married couple, both in their 90s, fight to stay together even as the wife’s family tries to separate them), Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (a look at artist Mindy Alper — her difficult childhood and struggles with mental illness and the sculptures and other pieces she creates), Heroin(e) (a study of three tough, brave, compassionate women trying to fight the opioid epidemic and help save as many people as they can in their West Virginia town), Knife Skills (a profile of an upscale French restaurant in Ohio that is also a job training program for men and women who have recently been released from prison) and Traffic Stop (a profile of an elementary school teacher in Austin, Texas, is intercut with footage from the dashboard camera of the police officer who appears to slam her to the ground and then arrest her after a stop for speeding). All are top-notch movies; Heroin(e) and Knife Skills stand out for how they both, directly and indirectly, touch on the long-lasting effects of drug addiction and give a window on the ways people try to change their lives. In animated short film, the nominees are Dear Basketball (a Kobe Bryant-narrated love letter to the game with charcoal-sketch style visuals), Garden Party (a photo-realistic, brilliantly colored look at a frog, a toad and other animals hanging out at a notquite-right swimming pool and mansion), Lou (the Pixar short that ran in front of Cars 3 and features a sentient pile of lost-andfound items and the sweet lesson it teaches a bully), Negative Space (a man considers his childhood memories of his father told in a stop-motion-animation-style) and Revolving Rhymes (a slyly fun take on a jumble of fairy tales based loosely on a Roald Dahl book that features Dominic West as the voice of a wolf). It should be said that “ani-

mated” definitely does not mean “for kids” in all cases — Lou (my favorite 2017 Pixar film of any length) is probably the most kid friendly of the bunch and can be sought out on its own. Of the group overall, the visuals of Dear Basketball, with its fluid sketches, probably make it my pick. In live action short film, you get drama, history and a touch of comedy in nominees DeKalb Elementary (one woman’s calm and compassion during a potentially horrific situation at an elementary school), The Eleven O’Clock (a nice bit of situational comedy), My Nephew Emmett (a look at the last hours of Emmett Till’s life that makes you feel the fear and injustice), The Silent Child (a very touching story about a deaf girl and her kind teacher) and Watu Wote/All of Us (a look at how people stand up to prejudice even at peril of their own lives). Compassion, looking back, is the through-line of these stories, and it’s hard to pick a favorite. For me, DeKalb Elementary School and My Nephew Emmett are probably tied for first place. Both left me wanting to know more about their protagonists. See any of the blocks or see all of them. They are a welcome reminder that underneath the big names and the glamour, the Oscars really do help people discover excellent movies. A See for more information on all of the shorts including trailers.

The Breadwinner (PG-13)

Parvana, a young girl in 2000-ishera Kabul, Afghanistan, becomes the only member of her family who can leave their house after her father is taken away by the Taliban in The Breadwinner, which is nominated for a best animated feature film Oscar.

Though women and girls are not allowed out of their homes alone — to get water or to buy food or make money — Parvana (voice of Saara Chaudry) cuts her hair short and wears her late brother’s clothes to pass as a boy. In this way she is able to continue her father’s business reading and writing letters in order to feed her mother (voice of Laara Sadiq), who is grieving and broken from a series of losses; her older sister (Shaista Latif), who lives in danger of being married off as a means of support, and her toddler-aged brother. The movie is based on a children’s chapter book of the same name by Deborah Ellis and has that serious children’s literature feel, with just enough scariness stated directly and more scariness (particularly the constant threat of violence and oppression specific to young women) hinted at. (According to the movie’s website, The Breadwinner book. Because of the themes of this book,

I’d probably agree with a 12 and up suggestion for kid viewing.) The animation is indeed beautiful, with brilliant colors used to make, say, a red dress or Parvana’s green eyes pop out against the dusty brown landscape. Within Parvana’s story is a story she tells to entertain her little brother (and sometimes to quiet her own fears) about a boy on a quest to battle an elephant monster. This has a paper-puppet look, with even more vivid colors. A

The Breadwinner will screen at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth in Hanover Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. and will be available for home viewing (according to iTunes; Amazon lists DVDs as available March 6) starting Feb. 20. Rated PG-13 for thematic material, including some violent images, according to the MPAA. Directed by Nora Twomey with a screenplay by Anita Doron (from the book by Deborah Ellis), The Breadwinner is an hour and 34 minutes long and distributed by GKIDS.

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• Pop prodigy: A 15-year-old songwriter with talent beyond her years, Kacie Grenon and her band The Last Reach perform an acoustic set. Originals like the throwdown rocker “Gaslight” and the tender, aching “Island” reveal an artist who’s a break or two away from a bigger spotlight. Someone from SiriusXM station The Blend should check out her Soundcloud soon. Go Thursday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m., Stumble Inn, 20 Rockingham Road, Londonderry. See • Mardi party: Performing songs by The Meters, Allen Toussaint and others, Richard James’ Krewe Orleans includes musicians from Trey Anastasio Band, Turkuaz, moe., Pink Talking Fish and more in a second line of jam band fun. It’s a good excuse to combine Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day into a big Fat Tuesday and Wednesday shindig. Go Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m., Jewel Music Venue, 61 Canal St,, Manchester. Tickets to the 18+ show are $20 at • American rock: With a sound that will please fans of the Dead and Tom Petty, Granite State Revival plays a hometown show. Singer-songwriter Walker Smith opens. Go Saturday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m., Penuche’s Ale House, 16 Bicentennial Square, Concord. See • Sister act: Between them, siblings Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer share 22 LPs, a Grammy and an Oscar nomination, but last year marked their first recording together. Not Dark Yet features covers by Nirvana, Bob Dylan and others, along with the original “Is It Too Much.” Go Sunday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry. Tickets $40-$45 at Want more ideas for a fun night out? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store, Google Play and online at

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If it’s Fat Tuesday, it’s time for Manchuka. The nine-piece funky dance band from Manchester is a Mardi Gras fixture going back to its residency days at Milly’s and Shaskeen Pub. Musically, they’re more East Bay Grease than Cajun groove, but when they rip into Dr. John’s “Right Place, Wrong Time,” you can definitely smell the crawfish boiling. For Manchuka leader, singer and keyboard player Reid Trevaskis, the northern celebration of a southern tradition offers a good reason to kick out the jams. “Honestly, we are a fun party band, and Mardi Gras is just an excuse to come out and party on a Tuesday,” he said in a recent interview. For the fourth year in a row, the shindig is at Village Trestle in Goffstown. Trevaskis is a big fan of the place, calling it his favorite area venue, alongside Tower Hill Tavern in Weirs Beach. “The Sunday jam is one of the best around, and I really like the improvements,” he said of the work done by owners Brenda Cadieux and Amberly Gibbs. “I know how hard it is to run a restaurant and club; their hard work has paid off.” Manchuka formed around a shared love of soul music and jazz, playing everything from Tower of Power to the Young Rascals, Herbie Hancock and Rick James. The lineup has changed over the years; lead saxophone player and co-founder Dom DiNardo retired in March. Manchuka Mardi Gras Party When: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. Where: Village Trestle, Goffstown More:

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“We started the band together almost 15 years ago, and while it’s sad not to have him next to me, I fully understand needing a break,” Trevaskis said. Taking over on lead sax is longtime baritone Greg Mostovoy. Another departure is guitarist Steve Moreau, who left to join country singer April Cushman’s band. Typical of the group’s many comings and goings, Moreau began on drums, left, and returned on guitar. “I suspect at some point he will learn a completely different instrument and come back,” Trevaskis said with a laugh. “Once a Manchukan, always a Manchukan!” Beyond that, the group plays fewer gigs these days. “When I took over the band last year, I made an executive decision to give the ‘every Tuesday’ residency a rest for a while,” Trevaskis said. “Between the Shaskeen and Milly’s, we played every week in Manchester for eight years. I found myself getting burned out.” The physical wear and tear of getting to

and from shows was a bigger factor in the decision than making music — which he finds himself doing often, even while on a recent vacation in Florida. “Doing what I love to do,” he explained. Along with the bands he’s in, Trevaskis is working on a solo album. “I’ll most likely have the Manchuka horns and various friends sitting in on that,” he said. As a guitar player, early influences remain his guiding lights. “Clapton, Bloomfield, Albert and B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck and countless others. I often joke that my playing style is, ‘if it doesn’t sound right, bend it,’ but the end result is all me, for what it’s worth,” he said with a laugh. Though his NYC band The Funky Knights is on hiatus, Trevaskis keeps busy with solo and duo gigs, backing singers like Lisa Marie and Amy Herrera and playing in a wedding band. “In the past few years, however, I’ve been trying to cut back and only play the gigs that I enjoy,” he said. “I’ve been very fortunate to work as often as I want over the years.” He’s spent decades in the local music scene and likes the current state of affairs. “People have a tendency to complain, but I see a lot of variety out there,” he said, noting a vibrant country music community and “a punk kinda scene going on at the Shaskeen [and] the solo artists I see are all over the map genre-wise.” Seek and ye shall find, he urged. “There should be something for everyone,” he said. “Clubs come and go, it’s the nature of business, but the music is out there. That’s why it’s so important for people to go out and support live music and the clubs that have it. Even if you don’t drink, have a burger or something to help out — and don’t forget to tip.”

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Derryfield Country Club 625 Mammoth Road 623-2880 Laconia Foundry 405 Pub 50 Commercial St. 405 Union Ave 524-8405 836-1925 Broken Spoke Saloon Fratello’s 1072 Watson Rd 155 Dow St. 624-2022 866-754-2526 Jewel Margate Resort 61 Canal St. 836-1152 76 Lake St. 524-5210 Karma Hookah & Naswa Resort Cigar Bar 1086 Weirs Blvd. Elm St. 647-6653 366-4341 KC’s Rib Shack Paradise Beach Club 837 Second St. 627-RIBS 322 Lakeside Ave. Murphy’s Taproom 366-2665 494 Elm St. 644-3535 Patio Garden Penuche’s Music Hall Lakeside Ave. 1087 Elm St. 206-5599 Pitman’s Freight Room Salona Bar & Grill 94 New Salem St. 128 Maple St. 624-4020 527-0043 Shaskeen Tower Hill Tavern 909 Elm St. 625-0246 264 Lakeside Ave. Shorty’s 366-9100 1050 Bicentennial Drive Hanover Whiskey Barrel 625-1730 Canoe Club 546 Main St. 884-9536 Stark Brewing Co. 27 S. Main St. 643-9660 500 Commercial St. Jesse’s Tavern Lebanon 625-4444 224 Lebanon St 643-4111 Salt Hill Pub Strange Brew Tavern Salt Hill Pub 2 West Park St. 448-4532 88 Market St. 666-4292 7 Lebanon St. 676-7855 TGI Fridays Skinny Pancake Londonderry 1516 Willow St. 644-8995 3 Lebanon St. 540-0131 Coach Stop Tavern Whiskey’s 20 176 Mammoth Rd 20 Old Granite St. Henniker 437-2022 641-2583 Country Spirit Pipe Dream Brewing Wild Rover 262 Maple St. 428-7007 40 Harvey Road 21 Kosciuszko St. Pat’s Peak Sled Pub 404-0751 669-7722 24 Flander’s Road Stumble Inn 428-3245 20 Rockingham Road Meredith 432-3210 Giuseppe’s Hillsboro 312 Daniel Webster Hwy Tooky Mills Loudon 279-3313 9 Depot St. 464-6700 Hungry Buffalo 58 New Hampshire 129 Merrimack Hillsborough 798-3737 Homestead Mama McDonough’s 641 Daniel Webster Hwy 5 Depot St. 680-4148 Manchester 429-2022 Turismo British Beer Company Jade Dragon 55 Henniker St. 680-4440 1071 S. Willow St. 515 DW Hwy 424-2280 232-0677 Merrimack Biergarten Hooksett Bungalow Bar & Grille 221 DW Hwy 595-1282 Asian Breeze 333 Valley St. 792-1110 Tortilla Flat 1328 Hooksett Rd Cafe la Reine 594 Daniel Webster Hwy 621-9298 915 Elm St 232-0332 262-1693 DC’s Tavern Central Ale House 1100 Hooksett Road 23 Central St. 660-2241 Milford 782-7819 City Sports Grille J’s Tavern 216 Maple St. 625-9656 63 Union Sq. 554-1433 Hudson Club ManchVegas Pasta Loft AJ’s Sports Bar 50 Old Granite St. 241 Union Sq. 11 Tracy Lane 718-1102 222-1677 672-2270 Hillsborough Turismo: Line Dancing

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Newmarket Riverworks 164 Main St. 659-6119 Stone Church 5 Granite St. 659-7700

Newport Salt Hill Pub 58 Main St. 863-7774

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Windham Common Man 88 Range Road 898-0088 Old School Bar & Grill 49 Range Road 458-6051

Seabrook Castaways 209 Ocean Blvd 760-7500

Wolfeboro Wolfeboro Inn 90 N Main St. 569-3016

Friday, Feb. 9 Auburn Auburn Tavern: Hot Sauce Duo

Epping Holy Grail: Double Take Telly’s: Triana Wilson

Barrington Onset Pub: Chuck & John

Francestown Toll Booth Tavern: Sheepdip

Belmont Lakes Region Casino: Pat Foley Band

Gilford Patrick’s: Dueling Pianos: Jim Tyrrell vs Gardner Berry Schuster’s: Dan The Muzak Man

Claremont Taverne: Mark & Deb Bond Concord Area 23: Six Cowards Makris: Mardi Gras w/Alan Roux Band Pit Road: Stuck In Time Tandy’s: DJ Iceman Streetz Contoocook Covered Bridge: Don Bartenstein Derry Coffee Factory: Dave LaCroix Dover 603: DJ Music / Frisky Friday Dover Brickhouse: Soulation Station/Phatt James Top of the Chop: Funkadelic Fridays

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NITE MUSIC THIS WEEK Hudson The Bar: Mitch Pelkey

Kingston Saddle Up Saloon: EXP Band Laconia Pitman’s Freight Room: Duke Robillard Whiskey Barrel: Midgets With Attitudes Lebanon Salt Hill Pub: Mardi Gras Party Londonderry Coach Stop: Johnny Angel Manchester British Beer: Tad Dreis Derryfield: Duke Foundry: Tim Kierstad Fratello’s: Rick Watson Jewel: lespecial & Skyfoot Murphy’s: Alicia and Rafe Penuche’s: Zero to Sixty Shaskeen: Eyenine And The Lonely Ghosts Strange Brew: Gravel Project Whiskey’s 20: DJs Jason Spivak & Sammy Smoove Meredith Giuseppe’s: Michael Bourgeois


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Goffstown Village Trestle: Voodoo Tattoo

West Lebanon Salt Hill Pub: Toby Moore

Hampton Community Oven: Jake Davis CR’s: Rico Barr Trio - Mardi Gras Celebration The Goat: Rob Benton Wally’s Pub: Last Laugh

Saturday, Feb. 10 Alton JP China: Elden’s Junk Barrington Onset: Three For The Taking

Hanover Salt Hill Pub: Chris Powers Skinny Pancake: Zach Nugent

Bedford Murphy’s: Snow Ball (Scott Henniker Sled Pub: Apres Ski Music Spradling Band) Newmarket Karen Grenier Stone Church: LITZ w/ Dogs Bow That Know They’re Dogs Chen Yang Li: Ryan Williamson Hooksett DC’s Tavern: Preciphist Rocksu Northwood Granite Tapas: Nicole Knox Umami: Sarah Blacker & Aaron Bristol Murphy Purple Pit: Soul Revival Z. Katz (Percy Hill)


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Manchester British Beer: Stephen Decuire Bungalow: Edorra/Marble Mouth/Deathamphetamine/Hollow Betrayal/Underthrow Shaskeen: Rap, Industry night Strange Brew: Jam Meredith Giuseppe’s: Open Stage

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Quotes are from Crowded Hours, by Alice named it Emily Spinach — Emily in honor of Roosevelt Longworth, born Feb. 12, 1884. a very thin aunt, and Spinach because it was green. The perfect name for your new projAquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) Each year ect is at hand. I spent six weeks with my grandparents…. In Cancer (June 21 – July 22) On these trips the winter they lived in a house on Beacon of my youth, gifts seemed to be the rule, and I Street. The rear windows looked out over the was filled with greedy delight at getting them Back Bay and in cold weather the rooms were — it was such fun. You’ll have fun saying frigid, impossible to keep warm. … Aunt Hat- thank you. tie and Uncle Georgie, whose rooms were in Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) [Harvard] Presthat part of the house, must have been very ident Eliot had condemned all college sports hardy. They used to look so cold when they save rowing and lawn tennis, and it is hardcame down to breakfast. You could be in for ly necessary to say that Father did not agree a cold snap. with him. Polo, anyone? Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) One meets Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) … it was many people riding, but only a scattered always exciting to get home and catch up on handful during the course of the year who what had gone on while I was away, and this are really walking. A walk would be just the time I had not seen the family for four months thing. and there was more than usual to hear and Aries (March 21 – April 19) When I hear tell. It’s a good time to catch up. criticism of the youth of this or any time, a Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) Even totally fellow feeling comes over me. They may bore uninteresting people became a pleasure when me, as I used to bore myself, and undoubtedly seen with [Auntie Bye]. If you look around did those around me, but no young could ever you’ll see some interesting people. be more frivolous and inane, more scattered Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) I always enjoy and self-centered than I was. Let frivolity going out in a crowd quite alone, and pride ensue. myself upon being most expert at weaving Taurus (April 20 – May 20) … a quarmy way in and out. A path doesn’t have to be ter of a mile away, lived Mr. and Mrs. John Lowell, whose daughter Molly was about my straight to get you where you’re going. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) I had age. We became firm friends, a friendship that seen Miss Spence’s scholars marching two by has lasted ever since. We … were frequenttwo in their daily walks, and the thought of ly brought or sent home in disgrace for such becoming one of them shrivelled me. I practideeds as getting into the pig sty and smacking cally went on a strike. I said that I would not the pigs until they squealed, and concealing go.... You need not let yourself be shrivelled. ourselves in the coal bin in the cellar of the Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) ...there is little schoolhouse at the foot of the hill where we amused ourselves by making such dis- nothing I like better than meeting and comtressing sounds that the classes above had to municating with my fellow man and woman, but to shake a hand and chatter for a few minbe discontinued .... Be nice to the pigs. Gemini (May 21 – June 20) We had utes in the course of receptions and at homes always had animal pets … and one spring, certainly cannot be called communication. I bought myself a little, cool, green snake. I Real communication is possible.



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News that sounds like a joke

In Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat, drivers of black cars are facing high costs to repaint their cars white or silver after President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov banned black vehicles because he thinks the color white brings good luck. Police began seizing dark-colored vehicles in late December, and owners have to apply for permission to repaint and re-register them. The average wage in Ashgabat is about $300 a month (or 1,200 manats); one Turkman told Radio Free Europe that he was quoted 7,000 manats for a paint job, but was told that the price would rise within a week to 11,000 manats. “Even if I don’t spend any money anywhere, I will be forced to hand over pretty much my entire annual salary just to repaint,” the unnamed man said, adding that his black car had already been impounded.

Bright idea

Noting that “nobody else has done it,” on Jan. 4 Nebraska state Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus proposed a novel constitutional amendment with the goal of stimulating growth in western Nebraska: Delegate complete or partial sovereignty over a designated, limited and sparsely populated area. “If I were a major business, I would not want Omaha or Lincoln ... telling me what to do,” Schumacher said. The Lincoln Journal Star reported that the senator believes his concept would attract businesses looking for no state or local taxes and no state or local regulations. It presents the opportunity to “have your own state,” he explained. The Nebraska legislature must approve the resolution before citizens get a chance to vote.

Public safety

Tennessee’s legislature has a newly renovated home in the Cordell Hull building in Nashville, so Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and House Speaker Beth Harwell have been busy outlining some new rules. “Hand-carried signs and signs on hand sticks” will be strictly prohibited because they pose a “serious safety hazard.” Animals, too, will be turned away at the door, reported The Tennessean on Dec. 21. But in a dizzying twist of irony, McNally and Harwell will continue a policy they enacted last year, which allows holders of valid gun permits to bring their weapons into the building.

My kingdom for a burrito

• Tampa, Florida, resident Douglas Jon Francisco, 28, was arrested for DUI after he mistook a Spring Hill bank drive-thru lane for a Taco Bell. On Jan. 17, around 5 p.m., the bank branch manager noticed a driver passed out in a blue Hyundai sedan in the drive-thru lane. When the manag-

er went out to the car and banged on the window, Francisco woke up and tried to order a burrito, according to the Tampa Bay Times. After being set straight about the bank not serving Mexican fast food, Francisco drove around to the front of the building and parked, where deputies found him and administered a field sobriety test, which he failed. “He made several statements that were differing from reality,” a Hernando County Sheriff’s deputy reported. • A Facebook event calling for a candlelight vigil to remember a destroyed Taco Bell restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama, started as a joke. But according to United Press International, about 100 people showed up on Jan. 21 to pay their respects to the popular fast-food restaurant, which burned on Jan. 17 after electrical equipment sparked a fire. The owner promised to rebuild and “have a true celebration upon re-opening.”

Take that!

In Dresden, Germany, police reported that two men were injured on Jan. 15 after hitting each other with their cars in consecutive accidents. The first man, 49, pulled into a handicapped parking spot, then saw his mistake and backed out, accidentally hitting a 72-year-old man walking behind the car. The two men exchanged information for a report, then the older man got into his car and reversed out of his parking spot, hitting the younger man. Both men suffered only slight injuries, according to the Associated Press.

Cliche come to life

Outdoorsman Sergey Terekhov, 64, had just let his dogs out to run before a January hunting outing in Russia’s remote Saratov region when one of the dogs bounded back to him and clawed the trigger of Terekhov’s double-barreled shotgun, shooting the man in the abdomen. The Telegraph reported that his brother rushed Terekhov to the hospital, but he died less than an hour after the shooting.

Road rage

Distracted driving caused long backups and at least one minor traffic accident on Jan. 20 as a man wandered along I-95 in Philadelphia — in the buff. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the stripped-down man walked along the shoulder and in and out of the right lane around noon, throwing items at cars before being taken into custody by police. His name was not released.


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