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So how do Hippo readers feel about where they live? Pretty darn good. Many readers expressed this by saying what we are not. For example, we are not Massachusetts, New Jersey or Vermont or, my personal favorite, “no terrifying natural disasters (generally speaking).” But most thought of New Hampshire as a really nice place to live with low crime, quiet neighborhoods, light traffic, beautiful scenery, just enough city but not too much and great people. At the base of what we do every year in this readers’ poll is ask our community what they like about it. And it really comes down to people and snow. Yep, more people voted for “tons” than a little or none. Though to be fair voting took place in February when it was nearly 70 degrees. The two back-to-back n’oreasters in early March surely put a chill on that. Those two snowstorms actually put a pretty good dent in our counting efforts, pushing back this issue by two weeks, the first time that has happened in 17 years. For me the best thing about our annual readers’ poll is that it’s our community telling us what they value about their community, from great teachers to great events to great places to take a hike. What the results don’t show (and can’t for the sake of space) is the breadth of picks. For example, in our best restaurant category people voted for hundreds and hundreds of restaurants. This type of voting is the opposite of what we have to choose from in politics — many times the best of the worst. Here people just choose their favorite and they might be the only one that feels that way — and that’s great. It gives us a sense of place. We further explore those favorites in our annual magazine Cool Things About New Hampshire (due out in about six weeks). We also use the results of the readers’ picks to put together stories about readers’ favorites throughout the year. So really, your picks do count and help us create interesting stories. Thank you for taking the time to vote this year and continuing to support independent journalism. Next week fellow Granite View columnist Fred Bramante will be arguing that some public schooling should be optional. Or will he?

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ON THE COVER 12 HIPPO BEST OF 2018 The results are in! Once again, you, readers, voted on the things you love about New Hampshire, from its food to its people to its places. Check out all the results to find out which restaurant has the best sandwich, which town has the best parade, which store has the best gifts and all kinds of other “bests.” Whether you’re looking for good eats, good music or good fun, southern New Hampshire is chock full of opportunities. ALSO ON THE COVER, it’s time to find a fun camp for your kids to attend during April vacation, p. 34. Head to the Palace Theatre for the jukebox classic Mamma Mia!, p. 31. Or feed your inner vegan at NH Veg Fest in Manchester, p. 42.

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NEWS & NOTES Alcohol Fund For the first time since the Alcohol Fund was created in 2000, it will be fully funded at the equivalent of 5 percent of liquor sales. According to a press release, this will be done with a major contribution from the New Hampshire Hospital Association. During a joint press conference with Gov. Chris Sununu, Senate President Chuck Morse, Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers and President of the New Hampshire Hospital Association Steve Ahnen, it was announced that the hospitals will be investing about $50 million into the state Alcohol Fund over the next five years. State law mandates that 5 percent of liquor profits be placed into the fund for substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery programs, but the legislature has always diverted part of it elsewhere. In the most recent state budget, the Alcohol Fund was increased to 3.4 percent. Since the state’s new plan to fund expanded Medicaid involved pulling $10 million out of the Alcohol Fund, it was unclear until now whether the state would be able to continue funding some of its treatment and recovery priorities. (For more on this, read the story about Medicaid on page 6.) UNH president James W. Dean Jr. has been named the 20th president of the University of New Hampshire, according to a press release. He will succeed Mark W. Huddleston officially on June 30. Dean, who goes by “Jim,” was most recently executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He earned his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in organizational behavior at Carnegie

Mellon and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Catholic University of America. He visited all three campuses on April 9 and April 10. Mayor’s institute Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig announced the Queen City has been selected to join the National League of Cities Mayors Institute on Opioids. According to a press release, the National League of Cities chose six mayors to come together to explore ways their cities can partner with county and state officials to address the opioid epidemic. A 12-month technical assistance effort follows the institute, which will take place in Boston May 9 and May 10. Granite Bridge The state’s three largest chambers of commerce have endorsed a natural gas pipeline project called Granite Bridge, according to a press release by Liberty Utilities. The Greater Nashua, Manchester and Concord chambers of commerce gave the project a thumbs up. Granite Bridge would deliver more natural gas to the state from existing Seacoast infrastructure inland to the center of the state along Route 101. It would also build a new liquid natural gas storage facility at an abandoned quarry in Epping. Nothing Campaign The New Hampshire Food Bank launched its sixth annual Nothing Campaign at the Londonderry Market Basket, according to a press release. Gov. Chris Sununu and executives from Citizens Bank, a business partner and sole underwriter for the campaign, attended the kickoff ceremony. To help raise funds for the Food Bank, 98 stores

A proposal to build the state’s largest solar farm in Concord failed to get past the Zoning Board of Appeals, the AP reported. At issue was the amount of impervious surface that would cause rainwater runoff in the 54-acre area.

in the state are selling cans of nothing for $5 each. In 2017 the Food Bank delivered 13.7 million pounds of food to its partners, including food pantries, soup kitchens and after-school programs. Disaster declaration Gov. Chris Sununu has sent a request to President Donald Trump to issue a disaster declaration for the coastal flooding that occurred March 2 to March 8, according to a press release. Rockingham County sustained widespread damage, according to the letter, which affected local roadways and seawalls. The damage exceeded $3.3 million and exhausted local resources. Hitchiner expansion In an announcement joined by Gov. Chris Sununu and Business and Economic Affairs Commissioner Taylor Caswell, Hitchiner Manufacturing said it was investing $50 million in an expansion that will add 85 local jobs. The expansion of its state operation will include the construction of an 85,000-squarefoot facility. The company has had a presence in New Hampshire since 1946 and currently employs 675 people at its Milford location.

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Red Oak Apartment Homes is opening a new co-working space in Manchester, Hooksett according to a press release. The 4,700-square-foot space will be located in the Daily Mirror buildingGoffstown next to the Palace Theater at 66 Hanover St. A proposed $1.9 million STEM lab at the Hollis Brookline High School failed toBedford get approval at the end of a four-day district meeting in Hollis. According Amherst to the Telegraph of Nashua, the proposal received a majority vote Milford but didn’t reach the required two-thirds threshold.

Catholic Medical Center in Manchester has signed a letter of intent to explore developing a multi-service medical office facility in the new MANCHESTER Tuscan Village development in Salem. According to a press release, CMC proposes to partner with Massachusetts General Hospital, Spaulding Derry Rehabilitation Center and Merrimack other organizations. Londonderry

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One of the biggest changes to the state’s expanded Medicaid system, which covers about 52,000 low-income people in the state, will be how it’s paid for. Primarily, it’s funded by the federal government, but by 2020 the state will be on the hook for 10 percent of the program. In the past the state was able to cover its side of the cost with the help of voluntary contributions from hospitals and insurance companies. Hospitals benefit from expanded Medicaid because it reduces things like unpaid ER visits. In 2014, before the program was fully in place, hospitals in New Hampshire swallowed a total of $427 million in uncompensated care. So hospitals and insurance companies agreed to give less than $10 million annually over a two-year period to help the program and cut down on uncompensated costs. But the federal government said New Hampshire can’t do that anymore. Last year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said the state would have to find another funding mechanism or risk losing federal funding. The new reauthorization bill aims to get its funding from the state Alcohol Fund, which is funded by a percentage of liquor sale revenues and would contribute about $10 million to Medicaid expansion annually, according to Michele Merritt, the president and CEO of New Futures. Merritt said the total cost of the program for the state is estimated to be about $28 million to $30 million over the next authorization period, which is five years. But the state may be continuing business as usual, while meeting the legal requirements set forth by CMS. The day after the House passed the expanded Medicaid bill on April 5, the governor announced the New Hampshire Hospital Association will be contributing $50 million into the Alcohol Fund over the next five years. While it is intended to bolster state support for treatment and recovery services, it is the exact amount the fund is expected to contribute to Medicaid expansion. Gov. Chris Sununu mentioned the Medicaid vote during the announcement, saying, “Following yesterday’s strong vote from the House of Representatives in support of the Granite Advantage Health Care Program, we are very confident with its prospects moving forward.”

and delivered. Right now, new enrollees get coverage through Managed Care Organizations before they’re transitioned into the private market. But because of the volatility and high costs within the private market, the bill would transition everyone back to the MCOs, which are expected to be less expensive and more stable. But Merritt cautions that the cost savings might not be as significant as lawmakers hope, since those presumed savings might be largely based on lower reimbursement rates. This same bill, however, has a provision that directs the commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services to address low rates particularly for mental health providers. The concern is that if they get reimbursed at rates that are too low, they won’t take Medicaid. “If you don’t address rates then providers won’t accept that type of insurance and you’re going to end up with waitlists,” Merritt said.

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New language for work requirements is still up for approval from a federal waiver process, but Merritt thinks that approval is likely since it hews closely to that of other states that received approval from this administration. And the changes from the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee are an improvement, she said, since they provide for self-employed individuals and add flexibility for seasonal workers and people who don’t have steady hours. The Senate had originally required a minimum of 100 hours of qualifying work or community engagement per month. The House changed that to 600 hours per six months. Though the bill passed the House on the basis of policy language, the vote was 222 to 125. Those who voted against were all Republican or Libertarian. All Democrats voted in favor along with a bloc of Republicans. The bill is now in the hands of the House Finance Committee. “A lot depends on what Finance does and what they propose and if they’re going to have changes,” Republican House Speaker Gene Chandler said. If there are no significant changes, Merritt expects the next vote to be similar to the last. Chandler said the next vote is set to happen on May 2 or May 3. If the bill fails to pass the House, the state could end up losing coverage for 52,000 people. “To lose Medicaid expansion would be catastrophic for this state, particularly in light of crisis that we’re up against and we’re handling,” Merritt said, noting that 90 percent of the people entering Safe Station and the drug court system get coverage through expanded Medicaid. “If you have to turn away nine out of every 10 individuals coming through Safe Station and Delivery telling them you can’t help them, that is unacThe other major change to the expanded ceptable,” Merritt said. Medicaid program is how the plan is managed


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chester and Nashua reached new record doses of Narcan administered by friends and family members before first responders arrived. That’s 56 milligrams of Narcan in Manchester and 30 milligrams in Nashua. And while fatalities went down in the cities, together they also saw increases in overdose events in 2017. Between 2016 and 2017, combined city overdoses went from 1,140 to 1,171.

For the first time since the addiction epidemic began an ever-escalating death toll, officials are projecting a decrease in overdose deaths in 2017. But experts say this is not about the success of treatment and recovery services so much as it is about the increased use and availability of the lifesaving drug naloxone, known also by the brand name Narcan. That’s because other Why the increase? Mara said the short answer to why we are statistics such as overall overdoses and opioidcontinuing to see a rise in overdoses and opioidrelated emergency room visits are on the rise. related ER visits is simply the continued gaps The numbers in our treatment and recovery services infraDavid Mara, the governor’s advisor on structure. Too many people are still waiting, addiction and behavioral health and the for- sometimes days or weeks, to get into a program mer police chief in Manchester, said it’s always after seeking help. a good thing to be saving more lives, but it That’s a very vulnerable time for addicts, doesn’t serve the underlying problem to focus Mara said, because they’ve hit rock bottom at on that number. that point. “Overdose deaths, because of Narcan, I don’t Another factor at play is that by staving off think is accurate at measuring the problem,” death, some individuals are overdosing again Mara said. “It’s great that for the first time since and again. 2012 the overdose [death] rate has gone down, “There is a certain amount of people who but we have a big problem out there and the are repeat customers, so to speak,” Mercuri problem is going up.” said. “The longer it takes somebody to get off There is projected to be 35.78 drug-relat- of and get a handle on their addiction, certained deaths per 100,000 population in 2017, ly that can be part of the challenge. The longer according to data provided to the state Drug it takes, the more chances they will have to Monitoring Initiative by the Medical Examin- relapse.” er’s Office, and published in the DMI’s March report. The 2016 death toll was the highest ever What’s next? For Mara, the immediate solution to addressat 36.46 per 100,000. That’s 485 individuals ing the treatment gaps is to continue expanding who died. But deaths are just the tip of the iceberg. access to Medication Assisted Treatment, with Underlying that statistic are thousands of over- drugs like methadone, suboxone or vivitrol. doses each year and thousands of doses of The state has made some strides in that direction over the past year by getting more doctors Narcan administered by first responders. “To me, the stats that really tell what is going licensed to prescribe suboxone, but Mara said on out there are the number of overdoses them- more work needs to be done. Perhaps a more pressing need is for transiselves, the number of emergency room visits for opioid-related things. Those are the true tional housing for people who need to detox and become medically stable. Without facilities things that, to me, measure it,” Mara said. Opioid-related hospital visits increased by like that, those who have to wait for treatment 9.8 percent between 2016 and 2017, with a total are being told to go home and wait, but Mara of 6,684 in 2017. Incidents involving Narcan said they are likely to return to an environment being administered by EMS personnel num- that is not conducive to sobriety. “We need to get people out of the environbered 2,774 in 2017. That was just a 4-percent ment that they’re in,” Mara said. decrease to 2016’s 2,895 incidents. The catch is that there isn’t much federal Nick Mercuri, the chief of fire and EMS funding out there for building or renovating strategy and planning at the state Department of facilities, he said. They are keeping an eye on Safety, said Narcan use is on the rise. any possible grant funding for project like that, “Certainly, pre-hospital Narcan has but he thinks the safest bet is working with area [increased] and the state has distributed I think just over 14,000 public doses of Narcan,” Mer- hospitals to set up private-public partnerships aimed at providing the public with beds for curi said. While the state doesn’t track lay person use stabilization, and partnering with area nursing of Narcan, American Medical Response, the programs to help staff those facilities. “Narcan is not going to solve their probmain EMS provider in Manchester and Nashua, lem. It’s basically going to keep them alive so does. According to AMR statistics, lay person we can get them into treatment,” Mercuri said. use of Narcan skyrocketed in the last year. In the month of March alone, both Man- “Narcan is only that stop-gap measure.” HIPPO | APRIL 12 - 17, 2018, 2018 | PAGE 7


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Can you tell me a bit about your background and how you ended up at the AG’s office? I went to Laconia High School. I went to college at Kent State University in Ohio and came back to New Hampshire for law school at UNH. I started my career at the McLane law firm … as a litigation associate. ... We did some employment work … and work before the human rights commission … business litigation, probate work. … I did some First Amendment work. And then, from there, I went to DOJ in the civil bureau. Again, I did human rights commission work, and I’ve done the work on both sides. We did the civil bureau defense of the constitutionality of statutes … [and] commercial employment business litigation. [We] also did some advising to clients who are state agencies, and the governor’s office too, for civil rights-related issues. How did the opportunity come about to lead this new unit and was this a topic that was already of interest to you going into it? The subject matter is certainly interesting to me, and something that I think is important and something that I wanted my career to advance toward. When Attorney General [Gordon] MacDonald joined the office, I didn’t hear it directly from him, but through others I heard that he wanted to start a civil rights unit at the Department of Justice and I heard sort of a blurb about what his vision was for it. So I created a memo of what I thought the unit could look like and sent that up. And I think that was probably the impetus to me getting this position.

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fact that they may be violated, and what to do about it, how to enforce their rights. And, also, training sort of the other side, so employers, law enforcement. … The criminal hate crime Elizabeth Lahey statute is that any crime that is in the criminal code, the penalty can be enhanced if the prosecutor proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime was motivated by a bias related to the victim’s identity — so race, religion, sexual orientation, those types of things. The Civil Rights Act is similar but different. It’s a civil enforcement statute, so what we would seek is an injunction, which is something that would preclude conduct that is ongoing.

So your unit won’t be focusing on hate crimes at all? Generally those types of crimes are handled at the county level. Our office predominantly handles homicides. So those types of crimes would … generally still be handled on the county level, but we would certainly be available as a resource for guidance and education on how to properly … identify and investigate those types of crimes.

Are there specific ideas on how to fulfill the mission of the unit? The concept has evolved. We’ve spent a lot of time meeting with the public, meeting with various groups, members of government and identifying what work is already being done, where there are perhaps deficiencies and where Can you give me the elevator pitch version the Department of Justice, particularly the Civil Rights Unit, could slot in and supplement those of some of the ideas in that memo? There wasn’t an affirmative civil rights ongoing efforts. So the Civil Rights Act is someenforcement unit or even any sort of sub-unit thing that only our office can enforce. within DOJ. I think we had done some of that How has the progress been with building work in the ’90s, but hadn’t since. So we have the authority to enforce the New Hampshire the unit itself? It’s going well. The unit sort of exists within law against discrimination … and then also the Civil Rights Act. … That was, and is, I think, the Division of Public Protection, so there are a going to be the primary focus of our enforce- lot of lawyers in that unit. So it’s been, to date, ment efforts. I think there’s also a real need for it’s been mostly me, because it’s new and we’re education, public education about civil rights, building it and we’re working with the attorney what people’s rights are, how do I identify the general and the deputy and others. But there are other lawyers in the unit that, if needed, could What are you really into right now? help as well. … We’re certainly not at full steam yet. … We are in the process of finalizing our I really like to travel and I try to do that web submission program. So, hopefully, in the as frequently as possible. I live in an old very near future, people will be able to log on to 1700s farmhouse and that requires a lot the DOJ web page and click on the link to the of work especially in the summer, so we do a lot of work on that. … I would really Civil Rights Unit and submit a complaint online like to be committed to running, and I’m or print out the form that’s on there and mail it working on that. in. — Ryan Lessard


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QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX Recovery center still closed The recovery center in Concord that was once one of the five centers operated by Hope for New Hampshire Recovery across the state is now the only one with its doors still closed. The organization had announced in February that it was closing all but its Manchester facility. NHPR reported other centers were able to reopen with an influx of some funding from the state and local communities. A new recovery organization called Midpoint Recovery had announced plans to use the space and continue services there, but they have paused plans indefinitely since they weren’t able to raise the funds necessary. QOL Score: -1 Comment: Recovery centers serve as meeting places for addicts in recovery and access points for other community services related to substance use disorder.

Wind causing power outages Thousands of Granite Staters were without power on April 4 and April 5 due to high winds over the evening and into the following morning, according to a press release. Eversource Energy, the state’s largest electric utility, restored power to more than 48,000 by midday Thursday, with about 8,000 other customers getting their power back shortly after. QOL Score: -1 Comment: Trees were weakened by back-to-back nor’easters, according to Eversource, causing strong winds to break tree limbs and bring down power lines.

New signs for Nashua City officials have approved plans for a $209,000 project that will have nearly 80 new signs installed in downtown Nashua, the Union Leader reported. The signs will direct people to municipal parking lots, recreational areas, city buildings and other areas of interest. The plan also allows the city the flexibility to update the signs if there are changes made to the downtown landscape in the coming years. QOL Score: +1 Comment: Several new aluminum signs were installed by Great American Downtown in 2004 to help direct people to different downtown hotspots, but those signs have since been removed or are worn beyond repair.

Ski season continues There’s still time to hit the slopes this winter. Waterville Valley Resort has announced that it will extend its ski season for one more weekend, the Union Leader reported. The resort’s director of marketing, Matt Hesser, said in the article that snow conditions right now are “incredible” and that the resort wanted to give people one more opportunity to enjoy some winter fun. It will be open Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15. QOL Score: +1 Comment: Bretton Woods, Mount Sunapee and Loon Mountain will also be open for their final weekend. QOL score: 78 Net change: 0 QOL this week: 78 What’s affecting your Quality of Life here in New Hampshire? Let us know at news@hippopress.com.

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I’m guessing GM Sam Presti would’ve traded one of them, cause there’s still only one ball. But getting them second, fourth and third overall respectively in 2007, ’08 and ’09 may be the best back-to-back-to back drafting by any GM in history. This certainly is the year of the big injury. The Celtics and Warriors limp in after a staggering number; due to an orbital bone fracture in his face the 76ers are without Joel Embiid, Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler missed two months and there’s the weird Kawhi Leonard saga in San Antonio. Having said that about Joel, Philly now loves the results of “the process.” Even with Embiid’s injury, they overtook Cleveland for the 3-seed by cruising in on a 14-game winning streak. Given that, if things go the way I’m hoping, we may be seeing the rekindling of the once great Sixers and Celtics rivalry. Of course a loss by the under-manned Celtics gives the worst fans in sports two straight major playoff wins over Boston. Still it was nice seeing Markelle Fultz make it back on the court after all the trouble he had after going first overall. Although since it was his accidental head butt that put Embiid out, maybe those fans wish he hadn’t come back to next November. A fitting conclusion to a nightmare season of bad luck. I’m curious to see what Toronto does in the playoffs. Demar DeRozan is a big-time clutch scorer. Ditto for Kyle Lowry. They’ve got nice role players and a great bench and are tough at home. But I still wonder if they can win on the road or against LeBron. Big test. Year-end Awards: MVP – Harden. I may sports-hate him, but he’s had an incredible year. And if you don’t believe me, just ask him. Rookie of the Year – Philly’s Ben Simmons, even though he had the huge benefit of assimilating to NBA life for a year while injured. Either way, he’s on his way to a 21st-century Magic Johnson-like career as a 6’10” point guard. Coach of the Year – Brad Stevens. Sorry, Mike D, lost Brendan Hayward five

minutes in, lost a boat load of others, but kept it all together to win 55. He’s had the best year of anyone in the entire NBA — players, coaches or GM’s. Can we finally stop saying Carmelo Anthony is a top player? Talented scorer, yes. But one who impacts winning, which is what true stars do, never. That contributed to Oak City’s finishing in the same place with Melo and Paul George it did last year with just Westbrook carrying the load. I was wrong about Indiana. They got the best of the George trade, as with newbies Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis playing big roles they finished a surprising sixth in the East. They also owned the Celtics head to head. Meanwhile George likely leaves Oak City in free agency this summer. Leader in the Coach Most Likely to be Fired sweepstakes is Jeff Hornacek in New York. He’s been a dead man walking since December. Other notables possibly on the chopping block are Stan Van Gundy in Detroit, whoever coaches Sacramento and maybe even Doc Rivers. The vaunted Western Conference may not have had as many super teams as predicted. But it had 10 teams over .500 and despite winning 10 more than they lost one of Denver, Oak City, Minnesota or San Antonio didn’t get in. That’s a tougher neighborhood than the one Rodney Dangerfield lived in, where they bowled overhand. Finally: Even without big team expectations this is a big playoff for Terry Rozier. If he takes another step up in his dramatic offensive improvement over last year to show he can be counted on to score 17 or so a night, he’ll set himself up to make serious coin. And if that happens, with Jayson Tatum likely to join the returning Hayward as a 20-points-per scorer, could it be Boston signs him to play point and trades Kyrie to avoid giving someone so brittle a $150 million max deal in 2019? You never know with Danny Ainge at the controls. Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress.com.

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The NBA playoffs start Saturday. With Kyrie Irving gone, they begin here with considerably less anticipation than most expected in February. That said, there are all kinds of interesting stories, where for the first time in four years the Finals may not feature a Golden State-Cleveland match-up — though I wouldn’t bet against either, especially LeBron in the East. In the meantime here are some of the bigger past and present stories as the playoffs grind on before a champ is crowned in (ugh) mid-June. This question comes before the final pairings are established. Given DNA that had them so much on the same wavelength as to get kicked out of games on the same night for feisty behavior last week, if the C’s face Washington and a brawl breaks out, what instincts do Markieff and Marcus Morris follow? Backing their respective teams or their identical twin? If you don’t think there are courses for some NBA coaching horses, consider Mike D’Antonio. After being the “it” coach a decade ago while leading the high-scoring Phoenix Suns, he couldn’t have looked more lost in L.A. or NYC. But now, back with a speedy, talented team, it’s 65 wins in Houston. Of course Phoenix had two-time MVP Steve Nash and prime-of-life Amar’e Stoudemire, and in Houston it’s likely MVP James Harden and Chris Paul, while in New York and L.A. mismatched parts and an over-the-hill Kobe are really running the Lakers. After a career of playoff failures, this is a legacy-impacting postseason coming up for Paul. I’m not rooting against him, but since I sports-hate Harden and Houston I’m hoping they are victims of a major early upset. What would Oak City have done with Harden, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook playing together for 10 years in the non-salarycap olden NBA days? I suspect about the same.


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Tebow, Tebow Tebow! The Big Story: It’s the biggest draw to hit a New Hampshire Fisher Cats game since John Smoltz made a rehab start in 2009. That would be Tim Tebow coming to town on Monday with the renamed Binghamton Rumble Ponies for a three-game set at Northeast Delta Dental stadium. The only question going in is, what in the name of West Side Story is a Rumble Pony? Sports 101: Who has finished in second place more than anyone in the history of the Masters Golf Tournament? Honors: To Monarchs forward Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman, who after a 71-point season (34g, 37a) was named an ECHL first team All-Star last week. Walk-off Hit of the Week: It goes to Bow’s Tony Blandini for knocking in the winning run with a 10th inning single in SNHU’s 5-4 win over St. Michael’s in NE-10 baseball action at the start of the week. It followed the rally he started with a lead-off single leading off the ninth with the Penmen down 4-3 before he came around to score, sending it to the 10th. Rest in Peace Award: To Bob Beattie, the legendary skiing TV icon during the heyday of Wide World of Sports and

ABC’s reign of broadcasting the winter Olympic in the ’60s and ’70s, who died last week. Even with all that fame, I never knew he was from Manchester until I saw the front page story on the UL of his passing last week. Thumbs up to them for that. RIP. Sports 101 Answer: There is a threeway tie for most second-place finishes at the Masters Golf Tournament between Ben Hogan (two wins), Jack Nicklaus (six wins) and Tom Weiskopf (two wins). They each finished second four times. On This Date – April 12: 1931 – Joe McCarthy debuts as Yankees manager. He would go on to win nine pennants, seven World Series titles with the Yanks between 1932 and 1946. He later won 96 games in his only two full seasons as Red Sox manager before retiring mid-way through the 1950 season with the highest winning percentage in baseball history. 1987 – Augusta, Georgia, native Larry Mize wins the Masters on his hometown course. He does it on the second hole of a three-way playoff with Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros by holing out an incredible bump-and-run shot from 35 yards off the green. 120594

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3 – number of F-Cats whose fathers were accomplished big-league players; I erroneously said it was two last week. Cavan Biggio (son of famer Craig) joins previously mentioned Vladimir Guerrero and Bo Bichette on the roster. 4 – hits allowed by Maddy Barone as she shut out Stonehill in a 2-0 softball

win for SNHU when Candia’s Sarah Lavallee’s two-run first-inning double was the big hit for the Penpersons. 13 – tied for the highest number of strokes taken on one hole in Masters history by defending champion Sergio Garcia at the par-four 15th at Augusta National when he put four straight rolled back in the pond in front of the green.

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22 – letters in the name of Monarchs forward Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman to give him the most letters in name of any 2018 New Hampshire sports person. 100 – career wins for Saint Anselm coach Jill Gagnon, which came in a 5-4 decision when Maggie Murphy’s walk-off single delivered the game-winning run.

Domantas Sabonis: Drafted in Round I in 2016 by Oak City out of Gonzaga and then traded last summer to Indiana. Son of the great Russian hoopster Arvydas Sabonis. Arvydas Sabonis: He’s actually Lithuanian and calling him anything but is a sore point in the post-Soviet break-up. No disrespect intended. Just called Russian here, because he played for them when they croaked John Thompson’s USA squad in the 1988 Olympics. A 7’3” immovable mountain of a man in the post who could pass out of it on par with the great Bill Walton. A forerunner of three-point shooting bigs of today, sadly denied NBA entry by politics of the day until after his knees went south. Even so, he was really good. West Side Story: Not the back story on NBA great Jerry West, but the 1961 major motion picture version of the all-time great 1957 Broadway musical of the same name. Snooty theater-goers will say it’s a musical that inspired a less worthy film. Be that as it may, it’s an updated version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set amid a gang divide between Jets and Sharks in a modern-day New York City ghetto starring the late Natalie Wood and some guy named Richard Beymer as ill-fated lovers Maria and Tony. Spoiler alert: T&M get it in the end, just like R&J in the original. Sam Presti: Oak City GM after starting as an intern with San Antonio after a D-III playing career with Emerson in Boston.

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18 0 2 F O T ES B O P P I H

And finally, the results! In February, you voted for your favorite things about southern New Hampshire — your favorite barista, family restaurant, spa, farm and so much more. After hand-counting your votes (and after a bit of a delay due to all of those nor’easters that showed up in early March to remind us that winter wasn’t over yet), we now present you with the results. As always, the votes include first-time winners and brand new categories along with returning champions and classic categories.

ARTS Best Performing Arts Venue

Best of the best: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org. The 890-seat theater opened in 1915 and is home to its own professional, youth and teen performing companies and hosts visiting theater, music, dance and comedy acts. Its current mainstage production, Mamma Mia!, continues through May 6. Best of Concord: Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com. The 1,304-seat theater opened in 1927 and hosts traveling theater shows, dance performances, musical and comedy acts, film HIPPO | APRIL 12 - 17, 2018 | PAGE 12

screenings and more. Its next event is comedian Demetri Martin on Friday, April 13. Best of Manchester: Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry, 437-5100, tupelohall.com. The 700-seat venue moved from Londonderry to Derry in the spring of 2017. It hosts primarily music and comedy events, including its monthly Tupelo Night of Comedy Series, which returns on Friday, April 13. Best of Nashua: The Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, 672-1002, svbgc.org. The 460-seat theater built in 2005 is home to the Riverbend Youth Company and productions by the Milford Area Players. The next show is 42nd Street by RYC May 3 through May 6.

Looking for places to go and things to do now that winter is finally (hopefully) behind us? Here are some suggestions for food, shopping, arts events, nightlife, community happenings, outdoor spots and more along with some short stories about some of the “Best Things We Forgot to Ask About.” Keep an eye out for our annual magazine, coming out later this spring with even more on places to go and things to do that make life in southern New Hampshire great — yes, even in winter. And now, the winners are... Best Art Gallery

Best of the best: McGowan Fine Art, 2 Phenix Ave., Concord, 225-2515, mcgowanfineart.com. The contemporary gallery features art in a variety of media, styles and price ranges by New England artists. Its next exhibition, “Impressed,” runs April 17 through May 25 and highlights contemporary printmaking. Best of Concord: Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, 226-2046, themillbrookgallery.com. The indoor and outdoor gallery has seasonal exhibitions May through December featuring paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and more by New England artists. Its spring and

summer exhibit runs May 3 through Sept. 2. Best of Manchester: Kelley Stelling Contemporary, 221 Hanover St., Manchester, 345-1779, kelleystellingcontemporary.com. The contemporary art gallery opened in October 2017 and features a variety of 2-D and 3-D art by emerging artists from New England and beyond. Its current exhibit, “Minute Particulars,” is on view through April 29 and highlights realist and surrealist art. Best of Nashua: ArtHub, 30 Temple St., Nashua, 401-698-1951, naaa-arthub.org. The gallery and workspace is a collaboration between the Nashua Area Artists Association and artists of all backgrounds and interests in the greater Nashua area.


Best Art in a Public Space

Best of the best: Downtown Concord. Notable art pieces include a sculpture of a boy with a turtle on the corner of Pleasant and South Main streets, a modern granite gate sculpture near the Works Bakery Cafe on North Main Street and a colorful mural on the side of the CVS building on North Main Street. The city will install five new art pieces in downtown in May. Best of Concord: Dos Amigos Burritos, 26 N. Main St., Concord, 410-4161, dosamigosburritos.com. An art display featuring a different local artist each month hangs on the bar side of the restaurant. Best of Manchester: Outside the Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org. There are four sculptures on the museum grounds: “Origins,” a red and black steel piece by Mark di Suvero; “Fusion II,” a stainless steel piece by George Sherwood; and two granite pieces, “Thank You Silence” and “Bench #XIII,” by Gary Haven Smith. Best of Nashua: Downtown Nashua. Positive Street Art and City Arts Nashua have installed a number of murals, such as “Nostalgia” on Main Street, which pays tribute to classic films, and “Vivian’s Dream” behind TD Bank on West Pearl and Main streets, which depicts West Pearl Street in 1909. There are also a number of sculptures installed through the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium, an annual event in which artists from around the world spend three weeks in Nashua creating sculptures for the city. This year’s symposium starts on May 10, and the public is invited to watch the sculptors work at MakeIt Labs (25 Crown St.) May 14 through May 30.

Best Arts Markets

Best: Concord Arts Market, 1 Bicentennial Square, Concord, concordartsmarket.net. The juried outdoor artisan and fine art market runs weekly on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June through September. Runner-up: Craftsmen’s Fair, nhcrafts. org. The nine-day craft fair is hosted by the League of NH Craftsmen at Mount Sunapee Resort (1398 Route 103, Newbury) every summer. This year it will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 12. Honorable mention: The Craftworkers’ Guild, 5 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, 4728109, thecraftworkersguild.org. The next fair is May 4 through May 12.

The Fine Print The vote

The results of Hippos’ readers’ poll are based on readers’ answers to a poll conducted online in February. Readers typed in the names of people and locations they voted for. In situations where the vote is unclear, Hippo editorial staff makes an effort to determine the will of the greatest number of voters. Hippo reserves the right to disqualify individual votes, ballots and/or entries when they are incomplete or unclear, do not meet the letter or the spirit of the question asked or otherwise do not meet the requirements to make them a usable vote. Hippo’s editorial staff make the ultimate determination of the winners in the categories. Hippo’s advertising staff and its advertisers play no role in the determination of the winners. All results are final. This survey is for entertainment purposes only and is meant to serve as a snapshot of the people and places in southern New Hampshire at the moment the survey is conducted. Details about business, events and people listed may change between the time of the vote and publication.

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Bests

The Best of 2018 is a celebration of all things local. Large national and international chains are, for the most part, not included in the count. Smaller chains with at least two-thirds of their locations in New Hampshire are eligible, as are businesses with two locations with one in New Hampshire. The “Best of the Best” designation goes to the person, place or thing that receives the most votes in the category. “Best of Manchester,” “Best of Nashua” and “Best of Concord” are awarded to the next top entries located in those areas. In categories with a “Best,” “Runner-up” and “Honorable Mention,” those are the top vote-getters in that category.

Geography

Here, roughly, is the designation of “Manchester,” “Concord” and “Nashua” areas: • Manchester area includes Manchester, Goffstown, Auburn, Candia, Bedford, Hooksett, Raymond, Litchfield, Derry, Londonderry, Windham, Salem, New Boston, Francestown and towns to the east along Route 101 to include towns on Route 125. • Concord area includes Concord as well as Bow, Pembroke, Contoocook, Dunbarton, Hopkinton, Loudon, Boscawen, Chichester, Weare, Henniker, Suncook and some towns in the Lakes Region. • Nashua area includes Nashua as well as Merrimack, Amherst, Milford, Hollis, Brookline, Hudson, Mason and Wilton.

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Did we get an address or phone number wrong? Do you have an idea for a new category? Let us know. Contact editor Amy Diaz at adiaz@hippopress.com. Corrections will appear on page 4 in future issues. Is your favorite category missing? Categories change regularly with some categories taking a sabbatical and new categories introduced, so please send your suggestions along. And, again, all results are final.

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Best Visual Arts Event

Best: Greeley Park Art Show, nashuaareaartistsassoc.org. The art show is hosted by the Nashua Area Artists Association in Greeley Park (100 Concord St., Nashua) every summer. This year it will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19. Runner-up: Craftsmen’s Fair, nhcrafts. org. The nine-day craft fair is hosted by the League of NH Craftsmen at Mount Sunapee Resort (1398 Route 103, Newbury) every summer. This year it will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 12. Honorable mention: ArtFront, artfrontnh. com. The pop-up multimedia arts show celebrates Manchester’s culturally diverse community through visual art, music and dance.

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Best of the best: Rock of Ages, Palace Theatre professional production, palacetheatre.org. The show ran at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) Jan. 12 through Feb. 3, 2018. Best of Concord: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Community Players of Concord, communityplayersofconcord.org. The show ran at the Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord) Nov. 17 through Nov. 19, 2017. Best of Manchester: A Christmas Carol, Palace Theatre professional production, palacetheatre.org. The show ran at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) Dec. 1 through Dec. 23, 2017. Best of Nashua: Annie, Peacock Players, peacockplayers.org. The show ran at the Janice B. Streeter Theater (14 Court St., Nashua) Dec. 8 through Dec. 17, 2017.

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Best of the best: Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-0099, salonkconcord.com Best of Concord: Creative Color & Cuts, 259 S. Main St., Concord, 228-1158, creativecolorandcuts.com Best of Manchester: 5 Diamond Salon, 915 Holt Ave., Suite 4, Manchester, 4593367, 5diamondsalon.com Best of Nashua: Fancy Nancy’s Elite Hair Designers, 295 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 891-0202, fancynancyssalon.com

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Best of the best: The Polished Man, 707 Milford Road, Unit 3A, Merrimack, 7188427, thepolishedmannh.com Best of Concord: Lucky’s Barbershop & Shave Parlor, 50 S. State St., Concord, 7155470, luckysbarbershop.biz (second location at 801 Islington St., Suite 28, Portsmouth) Best of Manchester: Dude’s Barber Shop, 1311 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 626-0533, dudesbarbershop.us

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Best Wig Shop

Best: AJ’s Wigs, 1100 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 666-4555, ajswigs.com Runner-up: Amanda Thomas Women’s Boutique, Harris Pond Plaza, 30 Daniel Webster Highway, Suite 1, Merrimack, 595-9447, amandathomasboutiquenh.com Honorable mention: A Wig Center & Hair Replacement, 83 S. Main St., Concord, 225-4620, awigcenter.com

Best Tattoo Shop

Best of the best: Spider Bite Body Piercing/Tattoo Angus, 179 Elm St., Manchester, 935-9398, tattooangus.com. (As of November 2017, Spider Bite does piercings only and has transferred its tattoo business to Tattoo Angus, which is located in the same building.) Best of Concord: Arrows & Embers Tattoo, 117 Manchester St., Suite 3, Concord, 9886067, arrowsandemberstattoo.com Best of Manchester: Bulletproof Tiger Tattoo, 28 Amherst St., Manchester, 232-2115, bulletprooftigertattoo.com Best of Nashua: Precision Body Arts, 3 Elm St., Nashua, 889-5788, precisionbodyarts. com

Best Spa

Best of the best: Renew MediSpa, 29 Indian Rock Road, Windham, 894-0070, renewmedispa.com Best of Concord: Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-0099, salonkconcord.com Best of Manchester: Chill Spa, 1224 Hanover St., Manchester, 622-3722, chillspa.com Best of Nashua: The Skin & Body Spa, 385 E. Dunstable Road, Nashua, 888-7900, theskinandbodyspa.com

Best Gym

Best of the best: Dynamic Strength and Conditioning, 115 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua, 882-2348, dynamicsc.com Best of Concord: Get Fit NH, 287 S. Main St., Concord, 344-2651, getfitnh.com (second location at 167 New Orchard Road, Epsom) Best of Manchester: Executive Health & Sports Center, 1 Highlander Way, Manchester, 668-4753, ehsc.com (second location at 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett)


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Best Massage Therapist

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Bethany Chabot always knew she had the magic touch. Growing up, she became famous in her family for giving the best massages. Massage therapy is her calling, she said, and not a day goes by that she doesn’t love her work at her private practice in Merrimack, connected to Family Chiropractic of Merrimack & Wellness Center. Chabot started her career in graphic design, but upon being offered a voluntary layoff she decided to pursue her first passion, massage therapy. After a year of massage therapy training by day and bartending by night, she received her certification and started working out of a chiropractic office on the Seacoast, where she stayed for a couple of years before relocating to her current job. She’s been there for the last 11 years. “It’s something innate inside me, something I was meant to do,” she said. “Once I was able to take the opportunity to do it, there was no looking back. Every year since then has been a new journey.” Chabot’s clientele includes runners Best of Nashua: Hampshire Hills Athletic Club, 50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, hampshirehills.com

Best Workout Class

Best of the best: “Smart Group Training” at Get Fit NH, 287 S. Main St., Concord, 3442651, getfitnh.com. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 5, 6:15, 7:25 and 8:30 a.m., and 4:15, 5:30 and 6:45 p.m.) Best of Concord: “All Level Barre” at Studio 603, 48 S. Main St., Concord, 9986753, pilatesstudio603.com. Classes are held on Monday at 7, 8 and 9:15 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Tuesday at 8 and 9:15 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday at 7, 8 and 9:15 a.m.; Thursday at 8 and 9:15 a.m., and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Best of Manchester: “Barre” with Maryjean Kimball at YMCA of Downtown Manchester, 30 Mechanic St., Manchester, 232-8670, graniteymca.org. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:05 to 1 p.m. Best of Nashua: “Adult Group Training” at Dynamic Strength and Conditioning, 115 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua, 882-2348, dynamicsc.com. Classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 a.m., noon, and 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 p.m. (no 6:30 p.m. on Friday); Tuesday and Thursday at 5, 6 and 9 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m., and Saturday at 7, 8 and 9 a.m. HIPPO | APRIL 12 - 17, 2018 | PAGE 16

with running-related injuries, office workers with shoulder and neck pain and tightness and people interested in health and wellness. “I love helping people achieve their optimal wellness through the power of massage therapy,” Chabot said. “I want people to see that massage isn’t just a luxury or something in a spa setting … or a kind of reactive care. It’s beneficial to incorporate it into regular, everyday health care so that you can be proactive and keep yourself from getting injured in the first place.” Chabot sees 15 to 20 clients a week but is in the process of expanding her hours to accommodate more clients. There’s currently an eight- to 12-week waitlist to get an appointment with her. “It’s a problem, but a good problem to have,” she said. “I’ve been told it’s worth the wait.” When Chabot meets with a new client, she talks with them about their concerns to determine what kind of massage will benefit them. She does a variety, including musculoskeletal release, neuromuscular, deep tissue, myofascial release, reiki, cupping, trigger point and acupuncture, and

massage incorporating essential oils. Before beginning the massage, Chabot closes her eyes and performs a scan of the body with her hands. “I have to learn each person’s body, because every body is different,” she said. “Closing my eyes allows me to really immerse myself in the body’s energy and the way it feels, and to let the body talk to me through my hands.” Clients can opt for a 60-, 75- or 90-minute session and typically return once a month. At the end of each session, Chabot will share personalized tips with the client about how they can continue the care on their own with things like epsom salt soaks, essential oils, proper hydration and stretches. As for winning the “Best” title as Best Massage Therapist in the Hippo Best of’s Best Thing We Forgot to Ask About category, Chabot said she feels blessed to have such a loyal clientele. “There’s a level of trust when someone puts their body on my table. It’s a relationship and a partnership,” she said. “I’m honored that my clients have that kind of trust in me, and that they felt like I deserved their vote.”

Best Yoga Studio

er, runs Smart Group Training for adults), Get Fit NH, 287 S. Main St., Concord, and 167 New Orchard Road, Epsom, 344-2651, getfitnh.com Best of Concord: Adam Gray (coaches Athlete Academy), Get Fit NH, 287 S. Main St., Concord, and 167 New Orchard Road, Epsom, 344-2651, getfitnh.com Best of Manchester: Kate White (studio manager), Yoga Balance, 135 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 625-4000, yogabalance.info Best of Nashua: Matt Skeffington (owner), Dynamic Strength and Conditioning, 115 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua, 882-2348, dynamicsc.com

Best of the best: New Hampshire Power Yoga, 704 Milford Road, Merrimack, 5942494, nhpoweryoga.com Best of Concord: Sharing Yoga, 64 N. Main St., Concord, 630-5576, sharingyoga.com Best of Manchester: YogaBalance, 135 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 625-4000, yogabalance.info Best of Nashua: Hampshire Hills Athletic Club, 50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, hampshirehills.com

Best Dance Studio

Best of the best: Dimensions in Dance, 84 Myrtle St., Manchester, 668-4196, dimensionsindance.com Best of Concord: Concord Dance Academy, 26 Commercial St., Concord, 226-0200, concorddanceacademy.com Best of Manchester: Bedford Dance Center, 172 Route 101, Bedford, 472-5141, bedforddancecenter.com Best of Nashua: The Dance Company, 141 Route 101A, Amherst, 864-8374, thedancecompanyonline.com

BEAUTY/ WELLNESS EXPERTS Best Fitness Instructor

Best of the best: Nancy Carlson (co-own-

Best Barber

Best of the best: Jason Drapeau, 5 Diamond Salon, 915 Holt Ave., Manchester, 459-3367, 5diamondsalon.com Best of Concord: Josh Craggy (owner), Lucky’s Barbershop & Shave Parlor, 50 S. State St., Concord, 715-5470, luckysbarbershop.biz Best of Manchester: Joshua Smith, Handsome Devils Barbershop and Shave, 1100 Hooksett Road., Hooksett, 232-7024, find them on Facebook. Best of Nashua: Hannah Coleman, The Polished Man, 707 Milford Road, Merrimack, 718-8427, thepolishedman.com

Best Hair Stylist

Best of the best: Erin Crowley, Fancy

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Bethany Chabot Massage Therapy Address: Family Chiropractic of Merrimack and Wellness Center, 36 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack Hours: By appointment only Contact: 834-2758, bgblmt@yahoo. com

Nancy’s Elite Hair Designers, 295 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 891-0202, fancynancyssalon.com Best of Concord: Kae Mason (owner), Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 2250099, salonkconcord.com Best of Manchester: Samatha Courtois, 5 Diamond Salon, 915 Holt Ave., Manchester, 459-3367, 5diamondsalon.com Best of Nashua: Corrie Thayer (owner), Color Trends Hair Salon, 25 Merrit Parkway, Nashua, 880-7504, colortrendshairsalon.com

Friendliest Dentist

Best of the best: Elizabeth Spindel (owner), Spindel General & Cosmetic Dentistry, 862 Union St., Manchester, 669-9049, elizabethspindel.com Best of Concord: Ray Orzechowski Jr., 280 Pleasant St., Concord, 228-4456, rayorzechowski.com Best of Manchester: John J. Ahern, Ahern, Nichols, Ahern, Hersey & Butterfield Family Dentistry, 30 Pinkerton St., Derry, 432-5039, ahern-nichols.com Best of Nashua: Charles Pipilas, 280 Main St., Suite 311, Nashua, 881-8280

WHAT TO WEAR Best Independent Clothing Store

Best of the best: Gondwana & Divine


Clothing Co., 13 N. Main St., Concord, 2281101, clothingnh.com Best of Concord: Indigo Blues & Co., 902 Main St., Contoocook, 660-9290, indigobluesandco.com Best of Manchester: Alapage Boutique, 25 S. River Road, Suite 301, Bedford, 6220550, alapageboutique.com Best of Nashua: Camaraderie Boutique, 175 Main St., Nashua, 402-1908, camaraderiestyle.com

of Warner, 16 E. Main St., Warner, 456-2700, mainstreetbookends.com Best of Manchester: Double Midnight Comics, 245 Maple St., Manchester, 6699636, dmcomics.com (second location at 67 S. Main St., Concord) Best of Nashua: The Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua St., Lorden Plaza, Milford, 6731734, toadbooks.com (Toadstool has two other locations, in Peterborough and Keene)

Best Independent Jewelry Store

Best of the best: Black Widow Customs, 51 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 624-0400, blackwidowcustoms.com (automotive products) Best of Concord: Viking House, 19 N. Main St., Concord, 228-1198, vikinghouse. com (Scandinavian and European gifts) Best of Manchester: Pop of Color, 816 Elm St., Manchester, 624-5999, popofcolornh.com (home decor and gifts) Best of Nashua: Casual Cat Picture Framing & Unique Gifts, 141 Route 101A, Amherst, 882-1443, casualcat.com

Best of the best: Bellman’s Jewelers, 1650 Elm St., Manchester, 625-4653, bellmans.com Best of Concord: Capitol Craftsman & Romance Jewelers, 16 & 18 N. Main St., Concord, 224-6166, capitolcraftsman.com Best of Manchester: Jonathan’s Jewelers, 460 Route 101, Bedford, 471-2828, jonathansjewelers.com Best of Nashua: Scontsas Fine Jewelry & Home Decor, 169-173 Main St., Nashua, 882-3281, scontsas.com

Best Independent Shoe Store

Best of the best: Alec’s Shoes, 1617 Southwood Drive, Nashua, 882-6811, alecsshoes.com Best of Concord: Joe King’s Shoe Shop, 45 N. Main St., Concord, 225-6012, joekings.com Best of Manchester: Benton Shoe Co., 814 Elm St., Manchester, 6442550, bentonshoeco. com Best of Nashua: The Shoebox, 17 Route 101A, Amherst, 672-6570, shoeboxnh.com

Best Second Hand Store

Best of the best: Mother & Child Clothing and Gifts, 135 Route 101A, Amherst, 886-6727, m-c-clothing-and-goods.myshopify.com Best of Concord: OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique, 20 S. Main St., Concord, 6416691, outfittersnh.org Best of Manchester: OutFITters Thrift Store, 394 Second St., Manchester, 6416691, outfittersnh.org Best of Nashua: Dress 2 Impress Consignment Boutique, 650 Amherst St., Nashua, 589-9536, dress2impressconsignment.com

MORE SHOPPING Best Bookstore/Comic Book Store

Best of the best: Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord, 224-0562, gibsonsbookstore.com Best of Concord: Main Street BookEnds

Best Retail Shop

Best Place to Buy a Unique Gift

Best of the best: League of NH Craftsmen Concord Gallery, 36 N. Main St., Concord, 228-8171, nhcrafts.org Best of Concord: Capitol Craftsman & Romance Jewelers, 16 & 18 N. Main St., Concord, 224-6166, capitolcraftsman.com Best of Manchester: The Craftworkers’ Guild, 5 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, 472-8109, thecraftworkersguild.org. The next fair is May 4 through May 12. Best of Nashua: J.M. Princewell, 127 Union Square, Milford, 673-0611, jmprincewell.com

HOME & CAR Best Car Repair Shop

Best of the best: Pro-Image Automotive, 254 Sheffield Road, Manchester, 644-8480, autorepaircentermanchester.com Best of Concord: Weed Family Automotive, 124 Storrs St., Concord, 225-7988, weedfamilyautomotive.com Best of Manchester: Brutus Auto Repair & Service, 148 Merrimack St., Manchester, 624-8881, brutusauto.com Best of Nashua: Gurney’s Automotive Repair, 83 Broad St., Nashua, 886-5800, gurneysautomotive.com (second location at 419 Elm St., Milford)

Best Garden Center or Nursery

Best of the best: Demers Garden Center, 656 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 6258298, demersgardencenter.com

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Best Shampoo

BEST THING WE FORGOT TO ASK RUNNER-UP

Amanda Skiff of 5 Diamond Salon By Matt Ingersoll

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Clients who walk through the door of 5 Diamond Salon in Manchester to see master stylist Amanda Skiff sometimes seem to be more excited for the shampoo massage part of their visit, she said. “I think everybody could start their day off with a shampoo [massage] and have a better day,” she said. “We’re all known here for being really good at that.” There was no doubt that pursuing a career as a hair stylist was exactly what she wanted to do; the Londonderry native is a graduate of Empire Beauty School’s Hooksett campus, attending right out of high school, and has been in the industry for about 10 years. She worked at a few other salons in the area before being brought Best of Concord: Cole Gardens, 430 Loudon Road, Concord, 229-0655, colegardens.com Best of Manchester: Lake Street Garden Center, 37 Lake St., Salem, 893-5858, lakestreet.com Best of Nashua: House by the Side of the Road, 370 Gibbons Highway, Wilton, 6549888, housebythesideoftheroad.com

Best Florist

Best of the best: Cobblestone Design Co., 81 N. Main St., One Capital Plaza, Concord, 228-5980, cobblestoneflorist.com Best of Concord: D. McLeod Florist, 49 S. State St., Concord, 225-3721, dmflowers. com Best of Manchester: Chalifour’s Flowers, 46 Elm St., Manchester, 623-8844, chalifours.com Best of Nashua: Fortin Gage Flowers & Gifts, 86 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 882-3371, fortingage.com

NOTABLE LOCALS Best Mechanic

Best of the best: Mike Alton (owner), Pro Image Automotive, 254 Sheffield Road, Manchester, 644-8480, proimageautomotive.com Best of Concord: Chuck Nelson (owner), P&N Automotive Services, 140 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-4313. Best of Manchester: Ralph Brutus (owner), Brutus Auto Repair and Service, 148 Merrimack St., Manchester, 624-8881, brutusauto.com Best of Nashua: Craig Pettus (co-owner), Amherst Autoworks, 86 Merrimack Road, Amherst, 673-9900, amherstautoworks.com HIPPO | APRIL 12 - 17, 2018 | PAGE 18

onto the staff of 5 Diamond Salon through owner Samantha Courtois, a close friend of hers. Whether it’s women’s or men’s cuts, colors, extensions, or brow waxing, Skiff does it all – along with a five-minute shampoo massage to go with her services. “A lot of my clients like to get an eye mask with their shampoo or a warm chest pillow,” she said. “Over the years, people have said to me they like how much pressure I do, and that I should be a massage therapist.” Skiff and her colleagues at 5 Diamond Salon have myriad shampoo scents to choose from that are tailored for different purposes like thinning or thickening hair. But she said the overall environment where you will get your shampoo massage is definitely one factor that makes the salon stand out from others.

Best Teacher

Best of the best: Brianne Biastoff (music), Nashua High School North, 8 Titan Way, Nashua, nashua.edu Best of Concord: Leah Murphy (art), Chichester Central School, 219 Main St., Chichester, ccs.sau53.org Best of Manchester: Selma NaccachHoff (English), Manchester Central High School, 207 Lowell St., Manchester, central. mansd.org Best of Nashua: Michael Vetack (sixth grade), Hollis Upper Elementary School, 12 Drury Lane, Hollis, hollisnh.org/schools/ schools.htm

BEST RESTAURANTS Best Restaurant Overall

Best of the best: The Puritan Backroom Restaurant, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com Best of Concord: The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com (The Barley House also has a location at 43 Lafayette Road in North Hampton) Best of Manchester: Copper Door Restaurant, 15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677, copperdoorrestaurant.com (The Copper Door also has a location at 41 S. Broadway in Salem) Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Great Steaks, 438 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com

Best New Eatery

Best of the best: The Crown Tavern, 99 Hanover St., Manchester, 218-3132, thecrownonhanover.com (The Crown Tavern opened in August 2017 under the direction of

“I think the setting is a big deal for people,” she said. “Instead of being in a bright, loud part of the salon, it’s in a nice, dim room and people get to actually relax and try to just shut off for a minute in there.” She said people tend to hold a lot of tension in their neck and around their temples, and the key to a good massage is learning where the right spots are to get. Upon learning that she had been recognized as “Runner Up” for Best Shampoo in the Hippo Best of’s Best Thing We Forgot to Ask About category, Skiff said she was “psyched,” especially because 5 Diamond Salon won Best of Manchester for Best Salon in both 2016 and 2017. “I’ve actually been asking my clients to make sure to write in ‘Best Shamp’ if they loved my massages, so everybody’s been so good about it,” she said. the same ownership as the Hanover Street Chophouse. This new restaurant is just about a block away and offers a menu of woodfired oven pizzas, burgers, seafood, craft cocktails and more.) Best of Concord: Gale Motor Co. Whiskey & Wine, 148 N. Main St., Concord, 715-8575, find them on Facebook (Whiskey & Wine opened in November 2017 by the same people who brought you the former Gale Motor Co. Eatery in Manchester, now known as Noodle Bar. Whiskey & Wine features a tapas-style menu of options like pulled pork tacos, ramen noodles and steak and cheese egg rolls, as well as more than 30 different whiskeys and bourbons from around the world.) Best of Manchester: Mel’s Diner, 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, 4246357, find them on Facebook (Mel’s Diner opened in February 2018 adjacent to Mel’s Funway Park. The diner features a menu inspired by the original diners of the New Jersey and Philadelphia areas, with rib-eye Philly cheesesteaks, loaded flat-top omelets, double cheeseburgers, and “breakfast as dessert” options like deep-fried cinnamon buns, and mini waffles with ice cream.) Best of Nashua: Mangia Sano, 321 Nashua St., Milford, 554-8534, mangia-sano. business.site (This Italian restaurant opened in July 2017 and features a little bit of everything, from appetizers and salads to flatbread pizzas, sandwiches and pasta dishes.)

Best Fine Dining Restaurant

Best of the best: Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com Best of Concord: Granite Restaurant & Bar, The Centennial Hotel, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9005, graniterestaurant.com

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Best of Manchester: Copper Door Restaurant, 15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677, copperdoorrestaurant.com (The Copper Door also has a location at 41 S. Broadway in Salem) Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Great Steaks, 438 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com

Best Family Restaurant

Best of the best: The Puritan Backroom Restaurant, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com Best of Concord: Dos Amigos Burritos, 26 N. Main St., Concord, 410-4161, dosamigosburritos.com (Dos Amigos Burritos also has locations at 107 State St. in Portsmouth, 286 Central Ave. in Dover and 24 Pleasant St. in Newburyport, Mass.) Best of Manchester: T-Bones Great American Eatery, 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 641-6100, t-bones.com (T-Bones also has locations at 39 Crystal Ave. in Derry, 77 Lowell Road in Hudson, 1182 Union Ave. in Laconia and 311 S. Broadway in Salem) Best of Nashua: T-Bones Great American Eatery, 77 Lowell Road, Hudson, 882-6677, t-bones.com (T-Bones also has locations at 25 S. River Road in Bedford, 39 Crystal Ave. in Derry, 1182 Union Ave. in Laconia and 311 S. Broadway in Salem)

Best Diner

Best of the best: Red Arrow Diner, 61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118, redarrowdiner.com (The Red Arrow Diner also has locations at 112 Loudon Road in Concord, 137 Rockingham Road in Londonderry and 63 Union Square in Milford) Best of Concord: Red Arrow Diner, 112 Loudon Road, Concord, 415-0444, redarrowdiner.com (The Red Arrow Diner also


has locations at 61 Lowell St. in Manchester, 137 Rockingham Road in Londonderry and 63 Union Square in Milford) Best of Manchester: Airport Diner, 2280 Brown Ave., Manchester, 623-5040, thecman.com Best of Nashua: Joey’s Diner, 1 Craftsman Lane, Amherst, 577-8955, joeysdiner.com

Best Seafood Restaurant

Best of the best: Surf Restaurant, 207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, surfseafood. com/nashua (Surf also has a location at 99 Bow St. in Portsmouth) Best of Concord: Makris Lobster & Steak House, 354 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 225-7665, eatalobster.com Best of Manchester: Hooked Seafood Restaurant, 110 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-1189, hookedonignite.com Best of Nashua: The Lobster Boat Restaurant, 453 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-5221, lobsterboatrestaurant. com (The Lobster Boat also has locations at 273 Derry Road in Litchfield and 75 Portsmouth Ave. in Exeter)

Best Steakhouse

Best of the best: Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com Best of Concord: O Steaks & Seafood, 11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/osteaks (O Steaks & Seafood also has a location at 62 Doris Ray Court in Laconia) Best of Manchester: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Great Steaks, 438 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com

FOOD SHOPPING Best Bakery

Best of the best: Bread & Chocolate, 29 S. Main St., Concord, 228-3330 Best of Concord: The Crust and Crumb Baking Co., 126 N. Main St., Concord, 2190763, thecrustandcrumb.com Best of Manchester: Michelle’s Gourmet Pastries & Deli, 819 Union St., Manchester, 647-7150, michellespastries.com Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Bakery & Cafe, 436 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 262-5929, buckleysbakerycafe.com

Best Butcher Shop

Best of the best: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com Best of Concord: Concord Beef & Seafood, 79 S. Main St., Concord, 226-3474, concordbeefandseafood.com Best of Manchester: Mr. Steer Meats & More, 27 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 4341444, mrsteermeats.com

Best of Nashua: The Flying Butcher, 124 Route 101A, Amherst, 598-6328, theflyingbutcher.com

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Best: Laurel Hill Jams and Jellies, 47 Birchwood Circle, Bedford, 472-5388, laurellhilljams.com (This business offers handmade jams and jellies using locally grown fruits and wines; popular flavors include strawberry rhubarb jam, Concord grape jelly, pomegranate jelly, apple-cranberry wine jelly and more. Visit the website for a list of local stores where the products are available for purchase.) Runner-up: Ben’s Sugar Shack, 83 Webster Highway, Temple, 924-3111, bensmaplesyrup. com (Ben’s Sugar Shack offers a wide variety of homemade pure maple products like syrups, creams, candies, coffees, jams, jellies, relishes and more. Visit the website for a full list of products and for special recipes.) Honorable mention: Blackwater Mustard Co., 120 Tyler Road, Contoocook, 746-2349, blackwatermustardco.com (Blackwater Mustard Co. owner Steve Cybulski produces more than 15 different flavors of gourmet mustards, including several in conjunction with local breweries. There’s the chocolate stout mustard with Kettlehead Brewery in Tilton, a porter mustard with Henniker Brewing Co., and a smoked salt and double seed mustard at Lithermans Limited Brewery in Concord.)

DELICIOUS DISHES Best Barbecue

Best of the best: KC’s Rib Shack, 837 Second St., Manchester, 627-7427, ribshack.net Best of Concord: Smokeshow Barbeque, 89 Fort Eddy Road, Concord, 227-6399, smokeshowbbq.com Best of Manchester: Goody Cole’s Smokehouse and Catering Co., 374 Route 125, Brentwood, 679-8898, goodycoles.com Best of Nashua: Riverside Barbeque Co., 53 Main St., Nashua, 204-5110, riversidebarbeque.com

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Best Cigar Lounge/Best Cigar Shop

BEST THING WE FORGOT TO ASK HONORABLE MENTION

Twins Smoke Shop By Ryan Lessard

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Kurt Kendall was running a struggling excavation business in the mid-1990s when his twin brother Kevin turned him on to premium cigars. He would smoke them while running the machinery and noticed how fast the time flew by. Pretty soon Kurt was hooked. Originally he wanted to open a shop with his brother in Connecticut. Kevin is a successful restaurateur there, he said. But those early attempts fell through and eventually Kendall decided to start the business on his own here in New Hampshire. Over the years, they opened about eight different shops, which helped them build their two locations, the main one in Londonderry, which is 9,000 square feet, and a second one in Hooksett. Kendall is also a lifetime antique collector. He had amassed a collection of antique signs that he was able to hang up in his

Best Burgers

Best of the best: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com Best of Concord: The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com (The Barley House also has a location in 43 Lafayette Road in North Hampton) Best of Manchester: New England’s Tap House Grille, 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137, taphousenh.com Best of Nashua: Papa Joe’s Humble Kitchen, 237 South St., Milford, 672-9130, papajoeshumblekitchen.com

Best French Fries

Best of the best: Caesario’s, 1057 Elm St., Manchester, 669-8383, caesariospizza.com Best of Concord: The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com (The Barley House also has a location in 43 Lafayette Road in North Hampton) Best of Manchester: Republic Cafe, 1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com Best of Nashua: Bar One, 40 Nashua St., Milford, 249-5327, find them on Facebook

Best Place for Gluten-Free Eats

Best of the best: Bite Me Kupcakez, 4 Mound Court, Merrimack, 674-4459, HIPPO | APRIL 12 - 17, 2018 | PAGE 20

shops. That hobby helped him to stumble upon an idea. “As I was collecting, I started seeing these items from the 7-20-4 cigar company,” Kendall said. The old Manchester-based R.G. Sullivan Cigar Factory on Canal Street used to produce the 7-20-4 branded cigars with filler from Cuba and leaves from Sumatra. Kendall and his attorney did some research and figured out how to obtain the rights to the trademark. “I thought it would be a great idea to bring the brand back,” Kendall said. He was able to visit several factories and picked one in Danli, Honduras, to partner with. “We created a whole new blend that we thought was good enough and unique enough for today’s market,” Kendall said. So far it’s doing well. In the January/ February issue of Cigar Aficionado, the 7-20-4 Lancero cigar is the top-rated cigar, with a score of 93, according to Kendall.

Kendall attributes the success of his business to passion for premium cigars, firstly, and hard work. “We built it up over the years… through blood, sweat and tears and building it brick by brick,” Kendall said. His three main pillars are service, quality and selection. He boasts over 1,000 selections of premium cigars all within a clean, homey environment. “We also have a phenomenal staff,” he said. All staff are trained and certified through Tobacconist University, he said. The company has also been active in the state legislative arena. It fought to keep the premium cigar tax at zero, and it worked with lawmakers to pass a new liquor license for cigar shops. Now, Twins has hundreds of fine liquors to choose from, including a wide array of whiskeys, Kendall said. “My goal was to have the best selection of whiskey in New Hampshire,” he said.

bitemekupcakez.com (Bite Me Kupcakez is a gluten-free bakery and cafe offering items like cupcakes, sweet breads, donuts, muffins, scones, breakfast sandwiches and more.) Best of Concord: Patrick’s Pub & Eatery, 18 Weirs Road, Gilford, 293-0841, patrickspub.com (This Irish pub has several gluten-free appetizers and entrees to choose from; options include spinach and artichoke dip, chicken fingers baked with rice breading, gluten-free pizzas and the new Southwestern quinoa bowl.) Best of Manchester: Tucker’s, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 206-5757, tuckersnh.com (The menu at Tucker’s includes several omelets, skillet and scrambled egg dishes served with gluten-free toast, and any sandwich available on the lunch menu can be made with gluten-free bread; Tucker’s also has locations at 207 Main St. in New London, 80 South St. in Concord and 238 Indian Brook Road in Dover.) Best of Nashua: Bar One, 40 Nashua St., Milford, 249-5327, find them on Facebook (Bar One offers a wide variety of gluten-free options, like soups, salads, sandwiches with gluten-free buns and more.)

Best of Manchester: Athens Restaurant, 31 Central St., Manchester, 623-9317, athensnh.com Best of Nashua: Main Street Gyro, 215 Main St., Nashua, 579-0666, mainstreetgyro.com

Best Greek Cuisine

Best of the best: Amphora Restaurant, 55 Crystal Ave., Derry, 537-0111, amphoranh.com Best of Concord: Gyro House, 58 N. Main St., Concord, 219-0559, find them on Facebook

Best International Cuisine

Best of the best: Siam Orchid Thai Bistro, 12 N. Main St., Concord, 2281529, siamorchid.net (This Thai restaurant offers stir-fried noodle dishes, soups, salads, appetizers, fried rice, curry dishes and more.) Best of Concord: Mediterrano Turkish & Mediterranean Cuisine, 24 Henniker St., Hillsborough, 680-4337, mediterranoo.com (Options at Mediterrano include appetizers like stuffed grape leaves, baba ganoush and falafel; soups and salads; skewered kebab dishes like chicken and lamb doner, shrimp and eggplant; and desserts like baklava and sutlac.) Best of Manchester: Matbah Mediterranean Cuisine, 866 Elm St., Manchester, 232-4066, matbahcuisine.com (This Ottoman-Turkish restaurant offers kebabs, sandwiches, wraps, salads, cold and hot appetizers, Turkish coffee, baklava and more.) Best of Nashua: Lilac Blossom Restaurant, 385 E. Dunstable Road, Nashua, 888-9588; 650 Amherst St., Nashua, 8868420; lilacblossom.us (The Lilac Blossom Chinese restaurants offer appetizers like steamed dumplings, crab rangoons and

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Best Macaroni & Cheese

Best of the best: Mr. Mac’s Macaroni & Cheese, 497 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 606-1760, mr-macs.com (Mr. Mac’s also has locations at 2600 Lafayette Road in Portsmouth and 440 Middlesex Road in Tyngsboro, Mass.) Best of Concord: O Steaks & Seafood, 11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/osteaks (O Steaks & Seafood also has a location at 62 Doris Ray Court in Laconia) Best of Manchester: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com Best of Nashua: Bar One, 40 Nashua St., Milford, 249-5327, find them on Facebook

Best Noodle Bowl

Best of the best: Pho Golden Bowl, 12 Lake Ave., Manchester, 622-2000, phogoldenbowlnh.com Best of Concord: Gale Motor Co. Whiskey & Wine, 148 N. Main St., Concord, 715-8575, find them on Facebook Best of Manchester: Crazy Noodle House, 44 Nashua Road, Unit 6, Londonderry, 965-3291, crazynoodlehouse.wordpress. com


Best Pizza

Best of the best: 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, 50 Dow St., Manchester, 641-0900, 900degrees.com (900 Degrees also has a location at 24 Brickyard Square in Epping and a third location due to open at 2454 Lafayette Road in Portsmouth later this spring) Best of Concord: Constantly Pizza, 39 S. Main St., Concord, 224-9366, constantlypizza.net (Constantly Pizza also has a location at 108 Fisherville Road in Penacook) Best of Manchester: Alley Cat Pizzeria, 486 Chestnut St., Manchester, 669-4533, alleycatpizzerianh.com Best of Nashua: Pig Tale Restaurant, 449 Amherst St., Nashua, 864-8740, pigtalerestaurant.com

Best Sandwich

Best of the best: Steak & Cheese sub at Sub Station, 1292 Hooksett Road, Suite H, Hooksett, 625-1800, substationhooksett. com (Shaved steak with your choice of melted American or provolone cheese; subs can also be customized with teriyaki or barbecue sauce) Best of Concord: Roast Beef sandwiches at Beefside Restaurant, 106 Manchester St., Concord, 228-0208, beefsiderestaurant. net Best of Manchester: Nitro Chicken sandwich at Harold Square, 226 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 432-7144, haroldsquarenh.com (Fried chicken tenders, sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, homemade ranch and the restaurant’s famous nitro sauce on a grilled roll) Best of Nashua: Cubano sandwich at Bar One, 40 Nashua St., Milford, 249-5327, find them on Facebook

Best Subs

Best of the best: Nadeau’s, 776 Mast Road, Manchester, 623-9315, nadeaussubs. com (original location; Nadeau’s also has locations at 100 Cahill Ave., 805 Canal St. and 1095 Hanover St., all in Manchester; 48 Portsmouth Ave. in Exeter, and 81 S. Main St. in Concord) Best of Concord: Cimo’s South End Deli, 250 South St., Concord, 856-8020, find them on Facebook Best of Manchester: Sub Station, 1292 Hooksett Road, Suite H, Hooksett, 625-1800, substationhooksett.com Best of Nashua: Bill Cahill’s Super Subs, 8 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson, 882-7710

Best Tacos

Best of the best: Dos Amigos Burritos, 26 N. Main St., Concord, 410-4161, dosamigosburritos.com (Dos Amigos Burritos also has locations at 107 State St. in Portsmouth, 286 Central Ave. in Dover and 24 Pleasant St. in Newburyport, Mass.) Best of Concord: Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican.com Best of Manchester: La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, 545 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 628-6899; 1875 S. Willow St., Manchester, 623-7705; lacarettamex.com (La Carreta also has locations at 139 Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua, 35 Manchester Road, Suite 5A in Derry, 44 Nashua Road in Londonderry, and a sixth location opening at 172 Hanover St. in Portsmouth later this year.) Best of Nashua: California Burritos Mexican Grill, 101 Factory St., Nashua, 718-8745, californiaburritosnh.com (California Burritos Mexican Grill also has a location at 35 Lowell Road in Hudson that opened last fall.)

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SWEET TREATS Best Candy/Chocolate Shop

Best of the best: Granite State Candy Shoppe, 13 Warren St., Concord, 225-2591, granitestatecandyshoppe.com (Granite State Candy Shoppe also has a location at 832 Elm St. in Manchester) Best of Concord: Kellerhaus, 259 Endicott St. N, Laconia, 366-4466, kellerhaus.com Best of Manchester: Van Otis Chocolates, 341 Elm St., Manchester, 627-1611, vanotischocolates.com Best of Nashua: Nelson’s Candies, 65 Main St., Wilton, 654-5030, nelsonscandieswilton.com

Best Desserts

Best of the best: Frederick’s Pastries, 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 647-2253, pastry. net (Frederick’s Pastries also has locations at 109 Route 101A, Suite 4, in Amherst and 119 Main St. in North Andover, Mass.) Best of Concord: Bread & Chocolate, 29 S. Main St., Concord, 228-3330 Best of Manchester: Queen City Cupcakes, 790 Elm St., Manchester, 624-4999, qccupcakes.com Best of Nashua: The Black Forest Cafe & Bakery, 212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, theblackforestcafe.com

Best Locally Made Donuts

Best of the best: Klemm’s Bakery, 29 Indian Rock Road, Windham, 437-8810, klemmsbakery.com Best of Concord: Brothers Donuts, 426 Central St., Franklin, 934-6678, find them on Facebook HIPPO | APRIL 12 - 17, 2018 | PAGE 22

Best of Manchester: The Local Moose Cafe, 124 Queen City Ave., Manchester, 232-2669, thelocalmoosecafe.com Best of Nashua: Crosby Bakery, 51 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 882-1851, crosbybakerynh.com

Best Ice Cream

Best of the best: Hayward’s Homemade Ice Cream, 7 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 888-4663, haywardsicecream.com (Hayward’s also has a location at 383 Elm St. in Milford) Best of Concord: Arnie’s Place, 164 Loudon Road, Concord, 228-3225, arniesplace.com Best of Manchester: The Puritan Backroom Restaurant, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom. com Best of Nashua: The Big 1, 185 Concord St., Nashua, thebig1icecream.com

DRINK LIST Best Beer Selection (at bar/ restaurant)

Best of the best: New England’s Tap House Grille, 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137, taphousenh.com Best of Concord: The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com (The Barley House also has a location in 43 Lafayette Road in North Hampton) Best of Manchester: The Thirsty Moose Taphouse, 795 Elm St., Manchester, 7922337, thirstymoosetaphouse.com (The Thirsty Moose also has locations at 21 Congress St. in Portsmouth, 83 Washington St. in Dover and 72 Portsmouth Ave. in Exeter.) Best of Nashua: The Flight Center Beer Cafe, 97 Main St., Nashua, 417-6184, flightcenterbc.com

Best Beer Shop

Best of the best: Bert’s Better Beers, 1100 Hooksett Road, Suite 105, Hooksett, 4135992, bertsbetterbeers.com Best of Concord: Capital Beverages, 75 S. Main St., Concord, 856-8138, capitalbeverages.comcastbiz.net Best of Manchester: Lazy Dog Beer Shoppe, 27 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 434-2500, lazydogbeer.com Best of Nashua: The Beer Store, 433 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-2242, thebeerstorenh.com

Best NH Brewery

Best: Able Ebenezer Brewing Co., 31 Columbia Circle, Merrimack, 844-2232253, ableebenezer.com Runner-up: 603 Brewery, 12 Liberty Drive, Londonderry, 630-7745, 603brewery.com Honorable mention: Pipe Dream Brewing, 49 Harvey Road, Londonderry, 404-0751, pipedreambrewingnh.com

Best Cup of Coffee

Best of the best: True Brew Barista & Cafe, 3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 2252776; 45 S. Main St., Concord, 715-5833; truebrewbarista.com Best of Concord: White Mountain Gourmet Coffee, 15 Pleasant St., Concord, 228-3317, whitemountaingourmetcoffee. com Best of Manchester: Cafe la Reine, 915 Elm St., Manchester, 232-0332, cafelareine. com Best of Nashua: Union Coffee Co., 42 South St., Milford, unioncoffee.co

Best NH Distillery

Best: Flag Hill Distillery & Winery, 297 N. River Road, Lee, 659-2949, flaghill.com Runner-up: Tamworth Distilling, 15 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth, 323-7196, tamworthdistilling.com Honorable mention: Djinn Spirits, 2 Townsend West, Suite 9, Nashua, 262-1812, djinnspirits.com

Best NH Tasting Room

Best: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com (LaBelle Winery also has a location at 104 Congress St. in Portsmouth) Runner-up: Lithermans Limited Brewery, 126 Hall St., Unit B, Concord, 818-9102, lithermans.beer Honorable mention: Great North Aleworks, 1050 Holt Ave., No. 14, Manchester, 858-5789, greatnorthaleworks.com

Best NH Winery

Best: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com (LaBelle Winery also has a location at 104 Congress St. in Portsmouth) Runner-up: Zorvino Vineyards, 226 Main St., Sandown, 887-8463, zorvino.com Honorable mention: Flag Hill Distillery & Winery, 297 N. River Road, Lee, 6592949, flaghill.com

FOOD EVENTS & HAPPENINGS Best Farmers Market

Best: Concord Farmers Market, concordfarmersmarket.com; dates are usually from the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in October, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, on Capitol Street in downtown Concord. 2018 market dates TBA. Runner-up: Bedford Farmers Market, bedfordfarmersmarket.org; 2018 market dates will be Tuesdays, 3 to 6 p.m., from

June 12 through Oct. 9, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church (190 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford). Honorable mention: Nashua Farmers Market, downtownnashua.org/farmers-market; 2018 market dates will be Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from June 17 through Oct. 14, at 65 Main St. in Nashua.

Best Summer-Only Eats

Best of the best: Cremeland Drive In, 250 Valley St., Manchester, 669-4430, find them on Facebook (Cremeland Drive In opened for the season on March 10. The menu includes homemade ice creams, fried clam, haddock and scallop plates, burgers, hot dogs, coffees, teas and more.) Best of Concord: Town Docks Restaurant, 289 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, 279-3445, find them on Facebook (This restaurant is a member of The Common Man family and offers outdoor seating overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. The menu features lobster dinners, homemade ice cream, fried seafood plates, hamburgers, hot dogs and more. They hope to start the 2018 season on April 14 with just ice cream on weekends, weather permitting, before expanding their hours during the summer months.) Best of Manchester: Clam Haven, 94 Rockingham Road, Derry, 434-4679, clamhaven.com (Clam Haven opened for the season on March 15. The menu includes fried seafood plates like clams, haddock, shrimp, scallops, lobster tails, calamari and more, as well as salads, sandwiches and burgers.) Best of Nashua: Hayward’s Homemade Ice Cream, 7 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 888-4663, haywardsicecream.com (Hayward’s Homemade Ice Cream opened for the season on Feb. 24 and has more than 60 flavors of hard and soft ice creams and frozen yogurts available to order. Hayward’s also has a location at 383 Elm St. in Milford.)

Best Food Festival or Event

Best of the best: Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, hamptonbeachseafoodfestival. com; 2018 festival is Friday, Sept. 7, through Sunday, Sept. 9, along Ocean Boulevard at Hampton Beach Best of Concord: Market Days Festival, intownconcord.org; 2018 festival is Thursday, June 21, through Saturday, June 23, on Main Street in downtown Concord Best of Manchester: Glendi, stgeorgeglendi.com; 2018 festival is Friday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 16, at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral (650 Hanover St., Manchester) Best of Nashua: Rock’n Ribfest, ribfestnh.com; 2018 festival is Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17, at Anheuser-Busch


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Best Wine-Related Event

Best: Easterseals Winter Wine Spectacular, held during New Hampshire Wine Week in January. This year’s event was Jan. 25 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. Runner-up: Barrel tastings at Zorvino Vineyards, 226 Main St., Sandown, 8878463, zorvino.com; Zorvino is open for tastings every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for some holidays, for $5 per person. Honorable mention: National Drink Wine Weekend; 2018 event was held Feb. 17 and Feb. 18 and featured free wine tastings, door prizes and more. This year’s participating wineries were Winnipesaukee Winery (458 Center St., Wolfeboro), Copper Beech Winery (146 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett), Fulchino Vineyard (187 Pine Hill Road, Hollis), Moonlight Meadery (23 Londonderry Road, Londonderry), Appolo Vineyards (49 Lawrence Road, Derry) and Averill House Vineyard (21 Averill Road, Brookline).

Best Beer-Related Event

Best: Derry After Dark, derryafterdark. com; 2018 event is Saturday, Sept. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Derry Runner-up: Rock’n Ribfest, ribfestnh. com; 2018 festival is Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17, at Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours (221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack) Honorable mention: Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition, gatecitybrewfestnh. com; 2018 festival is Saturday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Holman Stadium (67 Amherst St., Nashua)

FOOD PERSONALITIES Best Bartender

Best of the best: Jim Gilbert, Wild Rover Pub, 21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722, wildroverpub.com (an Irish pub offering lunch and dinner options like burgers, sandwiches, soups, wraps, pub entrees and more, as well as dozens of beers and wines on tap)

Best of Concord: Corey Garland, The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com (a downtown restaurant that focuses on tavern-style eats, craft beer, whiskey and cocktails) Best of Manchester: Patrick Graham, Romano’s Pizza of Litchfield, 27 Colby Road, Litchfield, 424-0500, romanosnh.com (Romano’s has been a staple of Litchfield for more than 20 years, offering a menu of Italian and American dinners, appetizers, salad and its renowned thin-crust pizzas, as well as a rotating seasonal menu) Best of Nashua: Dave Bourgault, Tiebreakers Family Grille (at Hampshire Hills Athletic Club), 50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, ext. 232, hampshirehills.com (open at the Hampshire Hills Athletic Club in Milford every Wednesday through Saturday, with a menu featuring salads, pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and more)

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Best of the best: Nicole Leavitt, Purple Finch Cafe, 124 S. River Road, Bedford, 232-1958, purplefinchcafe.com (features a menu of salads, soups, chilis, chowders, sandwiches and more, as well as shareable plates like Bavarian pretzel sticks, vegetable hummus and fiesta nachos) Best of Concord: Corey Fletcher, Revival Kitchen & Bar, 11 Depot St., Concord, 7155723, revivalkitchennh.com (a farm-to-table fine dining restaurant with menu options like cheese plates, small and large plates, and desserts) Best of Manchester: Stuart Cameron, Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com (a steakhouse offering fine dining options like steaks, chops, fish, shellfish and a selection of more than 200 bottled wines) Best of Nashua: Michael Buckley, Michael Timothy’s Dining Group (Buckley’s Bakery & Cafe, 436 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 262-5929, buckleysbakerycafe.com; Buckley’s Great Steaks, 438 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com; MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, 212 Main

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Friendliest Barista

Best of the best: Caleb Parsons, Schoodac’s Coffee & Tea, 1 E. Main St., Warner, facebook.com/schoodacs (serves coffees and breakfast and lunch options). Best of Concord: Natalie Witmer, Schoodac’s Coffee & Tea, 1 E. Main St., Warner, facebook.com/schoodacs Best of Manchester: Jordan Tillery, The Local Moose Cafe, 124 Queen City Ave., Manchester, 232-2669, thelocalmoosecafe.com (offers coffees, espresso drinks and lattes, as well as a menu of sandwiches with locally sourced ingredients) Best of Nashua: Lauren Morrow, Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar, Nashua, 578-0200, riverwalknashua.com (offers live music, craft cocktails, coffees, sandwiches and more)

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Best of the best: Crystal Cyr, The Pizza Man of Hooksett, 254 W. River Road, Hooksett, 626-7499, thepizzamandelivers.com (features a menu of pizzas, calzones, hot and cold subs, pasta dinners and more; also has locations in Manchester and Litchfield) Best of Concord: Jonna Gaskell, Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, hermanosmexican. com (a Mexican restaurant offering a menu of appetizers, nachos, soups and a la carte options like burritos, chimichangas, tacos, enchiladas and more) Best of Manchester: Tiffany Plagenza, The Puritan Backroom Restaurant, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com (offers a menu of fried plates, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, pizzas and more) Best of Nashua: Camden Kallfelz, Bar One, 40 Nashua St., Milford, 249-5327, facebook.com/baronenh (a women-run restaurant and bar with signature comfort food creations like truffle fries, duck confit poutine, chicken and waffles and flatbread pizzas)

EVENTS Best Pop Culture Event

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records. The last event was on April 8 at Pipe Dream. Find them on Facebook. Honorable mention: ArtFront, at various locations in Manchester. There were two events in 2017 that lasted two or three days each. More events are being planned for 2018, dates TBD. They combine 2-D and 3-D works of art with modern dance. Find them on Facebook or at artfrontnh.com.

Best of Nashua: Nashua Holiday Stroll, held in downtown Nashua, features music, food, shopping and live entertainment. It kicks off with a candlelight stroll down Main Street to a tree-lighting ceremony. This year’s 25th annual event is on Saturday, Nov. 24. The stroll begins at 5 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. but there will also be daytime activities from noon to 4 p.m.

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Best: SNOB Film Festival, Thursday, Nov. 8, through Sunday, Nov. 11, at Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St., Concord. SNOB stands for Somewhat North of Boston. It’s one of the largest film festivals in the state with a long list of short narrative films, documentaries and independent feature-length films screened at the event. Visit snobfilmfestival.com. Runner-up: Red Carpet Oscar Party at Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St., Concord. This annual event is one of Red River’s biggest fundraisers. Attendees are given the red carpet treatment as they view the Academy Awards live at the cinema with catering provided by O Steaks & Seafood. The next event is scheduled to take place on Feb. 24, 2019. Tickets range between $55 and $65. Honorable mention: New Hampshire Film Festival, Thursday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 14, at various locations in downtown Portsmouth. Tickets for individual screening are $15, day passes range from $25 ro $40, weekend passes are $100 and VIP tickets are $225. Visit nhfilmfestival.com.

Best Community Event

Best of the best: Market Days Festival, held in downtown Concord every summer. This year will be the 44th annual festival on Thursday, June 21, through Saturday, June 23. Most of Main Street is closed off from vehicle traffic, and tents and booths are set up with food, shopping and free entertainment. It’s organized by Intown Concord and free to attend. Visit intownconcord.org. Best of Concord: Fall Foliage Festival, held in downtown Warner every fall. The 71st annual festival will be held Friday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 7. It features a 5K, vendors, carnival rides and food. Visit wfff.org. Best of Manchester: Hippo de Mayo Taco Challenge (Taco Tour), held in downtown Manchester, is the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in New England. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, May 3, from 4 to 9 p.m. Dozens of downtown restaurants will serve their own taco creations available for $2 each. It’s hosted by the Hippo. Visit hippodemayo.com.

Best: Fourth of July Parade in Amherst. Scheduled every July 4 at 10 a.m., it’s a festive and well-attended display of patriotism and civic engagement set in the picturesque center of Amherst. It’s a particularly big event during election years, when candidates for public office and their supporters make an appearance in the parade. Visit amherstnh.gov. Runner-up: Christmas Parade in downtown Manchester. Usually scheduled for the first Saturday of every December, the Queen City’s Christmas Parade is the only parade in the state that takes place in the evening. It starts at 4 p.m. after the Santa Claus Shuffle kicks off, with various floats heading south along Elm Street. Visit intownmanchester.com. Honorable mention: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held in downtown Manchester. The largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the state, the parade runs along Elm Street every year. The next parade, which will be the 24th annual event, is scheduled for Sunday, March 24, 2019 at noon. The last event boasted pipe bands, gymnasts, clowns and monster trucks. Visit saintpatsnh.com.

Best Family/Kids Event

Best: Milford Pumpkin Fest, on Columbus Day Weekend in downtown Milford. See the giant pumpkins and enjoy craft fairs, talent shows, fireworks and a haunted trail. Contact the Granite Town Festivities Committee for more info at 508-954-2786. Runner-up: Deerfield Fair, on Thursday, Sept. 27, through Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road, Deerfield. It’s one of the largest and most well-attended agricultural fairs in New Hampshire, with carnival rides, live entertainment, food and more. Visit deerfieldfair.com. Honorable mention: Market Days Festival, held in downtown Concord every summer. This year will be the 44th annual festival, Thursday, June 21, through Saturday, June 23. Most of Main Street is closed off from vehicle traffic, and tents and booths are set up with food, shopping and free entertainment. It’s organized by Intown Concord and free to attend. Visit intownconcord.org.

ENTERTAINMENT & OUTINGS Best Self-Guided Tour

Best: Andres Institute of Art, 98 Route 13, Brookline, 673-8441, andresinstitute.org Runner-up: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org Honorable mention: Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, 4331100, strawberybanke.org Name a politician and say something genuinely nice about them Most mentions: Gov. Chris Sununu (R) Elected to his first term in the 2016 election, he was an Executive Councilor from 2011 through 2016. Comments include: “Cares about people and their issues.” “He seems capable of bipartisanship.” “He sincerely cares about N.H.” “Seems like a nice family man.” “Very approachable and friendly demeanor.” Runner up: Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig (D) Elected in the 2017 municipal elections, she assumed office in January as the first female mayor of Manchester. This is her first term. Previously, she served as city alderman. Comments include: “She is smart, capable and listens to all views.” “Is just incredibly down to earth and such a great person to be the first female Mayor of Manchester.” “She really seems to care about all aspects of Manchester, the community, and education!” “Honestly concerned and involved.” Honorable mention: US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D) Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008 as the first female senator from New Hampshire and the first woman elected to serve as both governor and senator in American history, she was reelected in 2014 and is serving her second term. She previously served as governor from 1997 through 2002. Comments include: “Seems to genuinely care about the constituents and our home state of NH.” “Civil and intelligent.” “Is honest and has dedicated her life’s work to the state of New Hampshire.”


Best of the best: Canobie Lake Park, a permanent amusement park, 85 N. Policy St., Salem, 893-3506, canobie.com Best of Concord: Krazy Kids, an indoor play center and party venue, 60 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 288-7529, krazykids.com Best of Manchester: Cowabungas, an indoor inflatable playground, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 625-8008, 725 Huse Road, Manchester, 935-9659, mycowabungas.com Bests of Nashua: Launch Trampoline Park, 17 Tanguay Ave., Nashua, 318-7600, launchnashua.com

Best Place to Take Visiting Relatives

Best: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org. An art museum founded in 1929 that features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculptures, including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe and other notable artists. Runner-up: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 595-1202, budweisertours.com. The center of Northeast operations for beer production and distribution for brands like Budweiser and the home of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Tours are available Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Honorable mention: Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, 7839511, shakers.org. A museum preserving an original Shaker village built in 1792 that includes 25 restored and four reconstructed buildings where visitors can learn about Shaker life. It opens to the public on May 5, open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Sept. 3 to Oct. 28 it’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Best Place to Kill an Hour

Best: Downtown Concord, settled in 1725 and named Concord 40 years later, the current state capital has a quaint New England-style Main Street with many shops and restaurants and the home of the country’s largest state legislature, the New Hampshire Statehouse. The downtown area was recently redesigned with wider sidewalks, lamp posts and several outdoor sculptures. Runner-up: Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord, 224-0562, gibsonsbookstore.com. Founded in 1898, Gibson’s is the oldest continuously running retailer in Concord. In 2013 it moved to its current location and increased in size. It partners with True Brew Barista to provide café services. Honorable mention: Downtown Portsmouth, an historic seaport and a popular summer tourist destination. The downtown area is characterized by its old brick buildings and sidewalks. It also has a vibrant restaurant and brewery scene.

THE ENTERTAINERS Best Local Band

Best: Hunter, alternative rock, huntertheband.com. The band has a new album release concert on Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at The Bounty in Nashua. Runner-up: Miketon and The Night Blinders, folk rock, miketon.net. The band’s next show is on Tuesday, April 17, at 8:30 p.m. at Great Scott in Allston, Mass. Honorable mention: Brooks Young Band, blues rock, brooksyoungband.com. The band’s next local show is on Friday, June 8, at 8 p.m. at The Colonial Theatre in Keene, opening for Three Dog Night.

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Best Local Solo Performer

Best: Brad Bosse of Hooksett, acoustic/ rock, facebook.com/BradBosseMusic. His next local show is on Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m. at Stumble Inn in Londonderry. Runner-up: Ryan Williamson of Concord, acoustic singer-songwriter, rwilliamsonmusic.com. His next local show is on Tuesday, April 17, at 5 p.m. at Gould Hill Farm in Contoocook. Honorable mention: Tristan Omand of Manchester, Americana, tristanomand.com. His next local show is on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the Common Man in Windham.

Best Local Comedian

Best: Nick Lavallee, theotherdude.com. His next local show is on Saturday, April 21, at 9 p.m. at Chunky’s Cinema Pub in Nashua. Runner-up: Juston McKinney, justonmckinney.com. His next local show is on Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. Honorable mention: Paul Landwehr, paullandwehr.com. His next local show is on Wednesday, April 25, at 9 p.m., at The Shaskeen in Manchester.

Media Personality Who Gets You Through Your Morning

Best: Greg Kretschmar, host of Greg and the Morning Buzz, Rock 101 WGIRFM/100.3 WHEB-FM, morningbuzz.com. Show airs weekdays from 5:30 to 10 a.m. Runner-up: Erin Fehlau, weekday morning and afternoon news anchor for WMUR Channel 9 news, wmur.com. Newscasts are live at 5 a.m., 6 a.m. and noon. Honorable mention: Nazzy, host of The Morning Wake Up, 98.3 WLNH-FM, wlnh. nh1media.com. Show airs weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m.

Best Local Sports Team

Best: New Hampshire Fisher Cats, AA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball team, nhfishercats.com. The 2018 season home opener is on Friday, April 13, at 6:35 p.m. against the Hartford Yard Goats. Home field is at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester.

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Runner-up: Manchester Monarchs, East Coast Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, manchestermonarchs.com. The next season begins in the fall. Home ice is at the SNHU Arena in Manchester. Honorable mention: University of New Hampshire Wildcats men’s hockey team, NCAA Division I, nhwildcats.com. Home ice is at the Whittemore Center Arena at UNH in Durham.

ball diamond, playground, pool, soccer field, running track, picnic shelter and Dorrs Pond, which you can fish during the summer and skate during the winter. Best of Nashua: Mine Falls Park, Whipple Street, Nashua. The 325-acre park includes forest, wetlands and open fields. It’s bordered on the north side by the Nashua River.

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Best Bar for Live Music

Best: Fritz Wetherbee, author and television personality, best known for his segment Fritz Wetherbee’s New Hampshire on WMUR’s N.H. Chronicle Runner-up: Chris Sununu, Governor of New Hampshire Honorable mention: Dean Kamen, inventor and entrepreneur best known for inventing the Segway

PETS Best Doggie Day Care

Best of the best: American K9 Country, 336 Route 101, Amherst, 672-8448, americank9country.com Best of Concord: Pembroke Animal Hospital, 13 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 228-0019, pembroke-animal-hospital.com Best of Manchester: All Dogs Gym & Inn, 505 Sheffield Road, Manchester, 6694644, alldogsgym.com Best of Nashua: Superdogs Daycare, 637 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 4241515, superdogsdaycare.com

Best Dog Groomers

Best of the best: Sarah’s Paw Spa, 8 Birch St., Derry, 512-4539, sarahspawspa.com Best of Concord: Bark Now! Dog & Cat Grooming, 237 S. Main St., Concord, 2293700, barknow.com Best of Manchester: Ruff to Fluff Dog Grrrooming, 1238 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 669-1955, rufftofluff.com Best of Nashua: Cloud K9, 385 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-6166, cloudk9.net

Best Place to Walk Your Dog

Best of the best: Benson Park, 19 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson. Formerly the site of Benson’s Wild Animal Farm, it’s a 166-acre municipal park in Hudson with trails, a 9/11 memorial, dog park and Little Free Library. Best of Concord: White Park, 1 White St., Concord. In the winter, the 20-acre park offers a sledding hill and skating rink. In the summer, visitors come for its baseball field, basketball court, picnic shelter, playground, pool, soccer field and walking trails. Best of Manchester: Livingston Park, Hooksett Road, Manchester. It offers a baseHIPPO | APRIL 12 - 17, 2018 | PAGE 26

NIGHTLIFE Best of the best: The Shaskeen, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, theshaskeenpub.com. They offer live music on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m., and Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 9:30. The Not Fade Away Band is playing on Friday, April 13. Best of Concord: Area 23, 254 N. State St., Concord, 552-0137, thearea23.com. They have live music every Friday and Saturday night at about 8:20 p.m. with no cover charge. Good Lord the Liftin’ is playing on Friday, April 13 and three bands are playing 60 minute sets at Night of the Hooligans on Saturday, April 14. Best of Manchester: The Derryfield Restaurant, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, derryfieldrestaurant.com. Live music is offered every Friday and Saturday night. Last Kid Picked is playing Friday, April 13 and Chad LaMarsh Band is on Saturday, April 14. Best of Nashua: Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar, 35 Railroad Square, Nashua, 578-0200, riverwalknashua.com. They offer live music every Thursday through Sunday. On Thursday, April 12, the Ali McGuirk Band is playing at 8 p.m., on Friday, April 13, The A-Beez is performing at 8 p.m., on Saturday, April 14, Mr. Nick & the Dirty Tricks are playing at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, April 15, the Squeezebox Stompers are performing at 7 p.m. Cover charges vary.

Best Bar with an Outdoor Deck

Best of the best: The Derryfield Restaurant, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, derryfieldrestaurant.com (the deck opens when the golf course opens, usually around April, when the ground is dry). Best of Concord: Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar, 17 Depot St., Concord, 2280181, cheersnh.com (the deck opens when the weather warms up). Best of Manchester: Murphy’s Taproom, 494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535, murphystaproom.com (the deck opens when the weather is consistently warm). Best of Nashua: The Pasta Loft, 241

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Best Pub

Best of the best: The Shaskeen, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, theshaskeenpub. com Best of Concord: The Barley House, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com Best of Manchester: Wild Rover Pub, 21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722, wildroverpub.com Best of Nashua: The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, thepeddlersdaughter.com

Best Sports Bar

Best of the best: Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill, 34 Tarrytown Road, Manchester, 6223644, billyssportsbar.com Best of Concord: The Draft Sports Bar and Grill, 67 S. Main St., Concord, 2271175, draftsportsbar.com Best of Manchester: Thirsty Moose Taphouse, 795 Elm St., Manchester, 792-2337, thirstymoosetaphouse.com (Thirsty Moose Taphouse also has locations in Portsmouth at 21 Congress St., in Dover at 83 Washington St. and in Exeter at 72 Portsmouth Ave.). Best of Nashua: O’Brien’s Sports Bar, 118 Main St., Nashua, 718-8604, obrienssportsbar.com

Best Pub Trivia Night

Best of the best: Every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. with Steve Erdody at The Pasta Loft, 241 Union Square, Milford, 672-2270, pastaloft.com Best of Concord: Every Friday at 9 p.m. at Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar, 17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0181, cheersnh.com Best of Manchester: Every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. The Farm Bar & Grille, 1181 Elm St., Manchester, 641-3276, farmbargrille. com Best of Nashua: Every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. (arrive at 8 to get a spot) at The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, thepeddlersdaughter.com

Best Karaoke Night

Best of the best: Yee Dynasty Chinese Restaurant, 830 S. Willow St., Manchester, 625-5500, yeedynasty.com (karaoke is seven nights a week at 9:30 p.m.) Best of Concord: Beijing & Tokyo, 61 S. Main St., Concord, 228-0888, beijingtokyoconcordnh.com (karaoke is Friday and Saturday night at 9 p.m.)

Best of Manchester: McGarvey’s Saloon, 1097 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2721, mcgarveysnh.com (karaoke is every night at 9:30 p.m.) Best of Nashua: Fody’s Great American Tavern, 9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015, fodystavern.com (karaoke is on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 p.m.)

Best Comedy Night

Best: Wednesday nights at The Shaskeen, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, theshaskeenpub.com Runner-up: Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry, 437-5100, tupelomusichall. com. National acts, booked by comic Mike Smith, appear on the second Friday of the month. The next one’s April 13, starring Christine Hurley, Mitch Stinson and Brian Higginbottom. Honorable mention: Thursday nights at 8:45 p.m. at Strange Brew, 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, strangebrewtavern. net

Best Date Place

Best of the best: Mint Bistro, 1105 Elm St., Manchester, 625-6468, mintbistronh. com Best of Concord: Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano, 11 Depot St., Concord, 228-3313, angelinasrestaurant.com Best of Manchester: Bedford Village Inn & Restaurant, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com Best of Nashua: Bar One, 40 Nashua St., Milford, 249-5327, find them on Facebook.

Best Place to Go Dancing

Best: The Derryfield Restaurant, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, derryfieldrestaurant.com Runner-up: Club Manchvegas Bar and Grill, 50 Old Granite St., Manchester, 2221677, clubmanchvegas.com Honorable mention: Whiskey’s 20, 20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 836-5251, whiskeys20.com

OUTDOORS Best Local Hiking Trail

Best of the best: Mine Falls Park, Whipple Street, Nashua. The 325-acre park includes forest, wetlands and open fields. It’s bordered on the north side by the Nashua River. There are about eight miles of walking trails in the forest. Best of Concord: Oak Hill Trails of Shaker Road, Concord. There are approximately seven miles of trails north of Turtle Pond. Best of Manchester: Lake Massabesic, Route 101, Exit 2, Bypass 28, Manchester, 624-6444, manchesternh.gov. There are several marked trails that range in length from half a mile to over three miles. Best of Nashua: Beaver Brook, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis, 465-7787, beaverbrook.org. It


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Best Farm for Pick-Your-Own

Best of the best: Lull Farm, 65 Broad St., Hollis, 465-7079, livefreeandfarm.com. They have apples and pumpkins available for picking, as well as strawberries. Best of Concord: Carter Hill Orchard, 73 Carter Hill Road, Concord, 225-2625, carterhillapples.com. Visitors can pick apples, peaches, blueberries and raspberries. Best of Manchester: Mack’s Apples, 230 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 800479-6225, macksapples.com. They have pumpkins and apples available for picking. Best of Nashua: Brookdale Fruit Farm, 41 Broad St., Hollis, 465-2240, brookdalefruitfarm.com. Visitors can pick apples, pumpkins, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries and strawberries.

Best City Park

Best of the best: White Park, 1 White St., Concord. In the winter, the 20-acre park offers a sledding hill and skating rink. In the summer, visitors come for its baseball field, basketball court, picnic shelter, playground, pool, soccer field and walking trails. Best of Concord: Rollins Park, 116 Broadway St., Concord, 225-8690, concordnh.gov (parking is at 33 Bow St., Concord). It features walking trails, a full-sized playground, baseball, softball and field hockey fields, and the city’s largest public pool, which is open during the summer. Best of Manchester: Livingston Park, Hooksett Road, Manchester. It offers a baseball diamond, playground, pool, soccer field, running track, picnic shelter and Dorrs Pond, where you can fish during the summer and skate during the winter. There’s also a 1-mile trail around the pond. Best of Nashua: Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua, 589-3370, nashuanh.gov. A 125-acre park that extends from the Merrimack River to Manchester Street. Aside from hills for sledding, there are also sports fields for playing baseball, softball, as well as a tennis court and other features.

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Best State Park

Best: Bear Brook State Park, 61 Deerfield Road, Allenstown, 485-9869, nhstateparks. org. The largest developed state park in New Hampshire, with more than 10,000 acres of land and 40 miles of trails. Runner-up: Pawtuckaway State Park, 128 Mammoth Road, Nottingham, 8953031, nhstateparks.org. It features more than 5,000 acres of land and hiking trails. Honorable mention: Wellington State Park, 614 W. Shore Road, Bristol, 744-2197, nhstateparks.org. It features volleyball and horseshoe courts, and a peninsula nature trail with picnic areas, fishing areas and more.

Best Sledding Hill

Best of the best: Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road in Manchester, (derryfieldgolf.com, 669-0235). A hill at the course off Mammoth Road is a popular sledding destination. (Note: Derryfield Park, not far away on Bridge Street in Manchester, also has a large hill with sledding potential.) Best of Concord: White Park, 1 White St., Concord. In the winter, the 20-acre park offers a sledding hill and skating rink. In the summer, visitors come for its baseball field, basketball court, picnic shelter, playground, pool, soccer field and walking trails. A sledding hill is located in the park. Best of Manchester: Mack’s Apples, 230 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 800479-6225, macksapples.com. Multiple hills around the property are available for sledding. Best of Nashua: Roby Park, Spit Brook Road, Nashua, 589-3370, nashuanh.gov. A large hill behind the park is often used for sledding.

Best Bike Trail/Spot for a Bike Ride

Best of the best: Mine Falls Park, Whipple Street, Nashua. The 325-acre park includes forest, wetlands and open fields. It’s bordered on the north side by the Nashua River. There are about eight miles of trails in the forest. Best of Concord: WOW Trail, can be accessed behind the train station in downtown

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LIFE IN NH Best Community Service Non-Profit

Best: Families In Transition, 122 Market St., Manchester, 641-9441, fitnh.org. It provides safe, affordable housing and social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them on a path of self-sufficiency. Runner-up: SHARE Outreach, 1 Columbus Ave., Milford, 673-9898, sharenh.org. It provides emergency and ongoing support in the form of food, clothing, financial assistance and local resources to individuals and families in need in Milford, Amherst, Brookline and Mont Vernon. Honorable mention: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire, 138 Coolidge Ave., Manchester, 626-4600, casanh.org. It recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in the state court system, helping the children find safe and permanent homes.

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Best of the best: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org. The internationally renowned art museum was founded in 1929 and features American and European paintings, sculptures, photographs and more by notable artists. Best of Manchester: Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford St., Manchester, 622-7531, manchesterhistoric.org/millyard-museum. This museum, operated by the Manchester Historic Association, features permanent and rotating exhibits pertaining to Manchester history. Best of Concord: New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park St., Concord, 228-6688, nhhistory.org. The museum features an extensive collection of archives and objects related to New Hampshire history. Best of Nashua: Monson Center, Federal Hill Road, Milford, 224-9945, forestsociety. org/property/monson-center. The historical site features preserved remnants of a colonial settlement that existed from 1737 to 1770.

Coolest-looking Building

Best of the best: New Hampshire Statehouse, 107 N. Main St., Concord, nh.gov. The building is distinguished by its iconic golden dome. Best of Concord: Gasholder House, South Main Street, Concord, concordnh. gov. The round brick building used from 1888 to 1952 to store gas is one of the last structures of its kind in the country. Best of Manchester: Black Widow Customs, 51 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 624-0400, blackwidowcustoms.com. The brick building which houses the automotive shop features the back of a car jutting out from above the garage door entry. Best of Nashua: Hunt Memorial Building, 6 Main St., Nashua, nashuanh.gov. The Gothic style building, formerly used as a library, was built in 1903 by New Hampshire architect Ralph Adams Cram.

Best thing about living in NH

Best: Our seasons! All of them, even winter (though winter by itself did not get so many votes; perhaps winter was what the person was thinking of when they voted “seasons, even if the worst is the longest.”) Fall got the most votes of any individual season. Runner-up: The state’s landscape and natural beauty. Readers sang the praises of our beaches, mountains, forests, hiking trails and lakes. “The most beautiful sites in the world,” is how one voter put it. Honorable mention: The people and community. As one voter said “They are passionate about sports and politics, love the outdoors, and they will always lend a hand to their neighbor. Live free or die!”


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Friday, April 13

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats have their home opener today at 6:35 p.m. against the Hartford Yard Goats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Commercial Street in Manchester. Tickets start at $12 in advance (see nhfishercats.com). The Fisher Cats will play daily games at home through Thursday, April 19 (against the Yard Goats through Sunday and then against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies Monday, April 16, through Thursday, April 19).

Saturday, April 14

“Bee Empowered” is the theme of this year’s Earth Day Festival at the Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Audubon Way in Auburn), which runs today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission costs $7 per person or $20 per family. Check out the future fliers in the Caterpillar Lab, go on naturalist-led nature walks, learn about bees and beekeeping, see live raptors and do some crafts. The day will also feature food and crafts for sale, live music, face painting and more. See nhaudubon.org or call 668-2045.

EAT: Tapas! The Puritan Backroom (245 Hooksett Road, Manchester) will host a Casino Night fundraiser for Northeast Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services on Saturday, April 14, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The $50 admission gets you tapas-style meals throughout the night, a Champagne greeting, “$100” in casino game chips and one raffle ticket. Registration is online only at ndhhs.org/casinonight.

DRINK: Tea The Cozy Tea Cart (104 Route 13 in Brookline; thecozyteacart.com, 249-9111) will hold a Springtime Afternoon Tea Sunday, April 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. Pick from a selection of teas and enjoy treats such as almond scones with clotted cream, cucumber mint tea sandwiches and daffodil cake with lemon sauce. The cost is $34.95 per person; call for reservations.

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Saturday, April 14

Tupelo Music Hall (10 A St. in Derry, tupelomusichall.com) is already looking forward to September with its “Halfway to the Highland Games” show tonight at 7 p.m. featuring Enter the Haggis, Prydein, The Rebel Collective and The Catamount Pipe Band. Tickets start at $25. Find more listings of live music in our Music This Week listing, which starts on page 54.

The Kid Cult Cosmology, a play about three middle-schoolers who start a UFO-based religion, finishes its run this weekend at the Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road, Concord; hatboxnh. com,715-2315) Tickets cost $17 for adults, $14 for members, seniors and students. The final show is at 2 p.m. today or catch it on Friday, April 13, or Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. Find out more about the production in the March 29 issue of the Hippo. Go to hippopress.com and click on past issues; the story is on page 18.

Wednesday, April 18

Learn all about the little brown bats and the big brown bats that live in New Hampshire at a talk tonight at 7 p.m. by biologist Cynthia Nichols at the Nashua Public Library (2 Court St., Nashua; nashualibrary.org, 589-4610). Learn about the role bats play in the natural world and how to help preserve them at this talk presented in partnership with Nashaway Chapter of the New Hampshire Audubon. The event is free and open to the public.

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Palace Theatre takes on jukebox classic Mamma Mia! By Angie Sykeny

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The Palace Theatre professional company pays homage to the music of 1970s Swedish pop group ABBA in its debut production of Mamma Mia!, running now through May 6 at the Manchester theater. The jukebox musical, written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, opened on Broadway in 2001 and made its regional debut in 2016. It features 28 ABBA songs, including hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and, of course, “Mamma Mia.” The story, set on a Greek island, follows a young woman named Sophie, who is engaged to be married. She dreams of the perfect wedding at which her father walks her down the aisle — but first, she has to discover who her father is. Poring through her mother Donna’s old diaries, Sophie narrows her possible fathers down to three men. She invites them all to the wedding, without her mother’s knowledge, expecting to recognize her real father right away, but the answer is not as clear as she thought it would be. Though Mamma Mia! is new to the Palace Theatre, lead actors Andrew Tebo and Lauren Wright are no strangers to the musical; they both performed in the National Tour production for several years.

Palace Theatre presents Mamma Mia! Courtesy photo.

Tebo has returned to his role as Harry Brunt, the English banker with a secret, and one of Sophie’s possible fathers. “I’m excited to be playing him again, because I think he has one of the best arcs in the show,” Tebo said. “He comes to the island stuck in this certain way — uptight and conservative and everything you would imagine a staunch English banker to be — but being on the island lets him relive his glory days and reminds him of a time when he was able to be free.” Wright is playing Sophie for the first time,

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a “dream role,” she said, that she hoped she would have the opportunity to play since she first saw a production of Mamma Mia! while in middle school. “Sophie is a really interesting and challenging character because there’s so much going on with her, and so many different relationships and secrets with different people,” Wright said. “She’s determined to figure out this big secret of who her father is, and I think she finds out that it’s a lot bigger than herself.” The music in Mamma Mia! consists of complex harmonies, the same as they are in the original ABBA songs, performed by a live orchestra and vocal ensemble, on and off stage. As far as musicals go, the score is exceptionally challenging, Tebo said, but pays due respect to the music of ABBA that many people know and love. “ABBA wrote some amazing melodies and harmonies, and I don’t think people realize how intricate and layered they are.” he said. “The importance of the show is to honor ABBA’s music, and having the orchestra and whole ensemble behind us really keeps with that classic ABBA sound.” While the Palace production is staying largely true to the original Broadway production, the director did add his own spin on the choreography, which Wright said was a big

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change for her, but a welcome one. “The choreography for the songs is way different from any previous tour I’ve done, so that’s really exciting,” she said. “It’s very high energy and more pedestrian. It gets the audience on their feet and makes them feel like they could jump up on stage with us.” Whether you appreciate ABBA’s music or not, Wright said, the story in Mamma Mia! is “a beautiful story of heart and love” that appeals to a wide audience. “It has something for everyone. You can bring your mom, your dad, your grandma, and everyone will find a character that they relate to,” she said. “It’s an amazing time, and an amazing experience to be a part of.” Mamma Mia! Where: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester When: Now through May 6, with showtimes on Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., with an additional show on Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Shows through April 22 are $39 to $46 for adults and $25 for children ages 6 through 12; shows April 26 through May 6 are $44 to $51 for adults and $30 for children. More info: palacetheatre.org, 668-5588

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Looking for more art, theater and classical music? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store or Google Play. Theater Productions • IN THE HEIGHTS The Seacoast Repertory Theatre presents. March 23 through April 22. 125 Bow St. , Portsmouth. Tickets cost $16 to $38. Visit seacoastrep.org or call 433-4472.

• SKYLIGHT Firelight Theatre Workshop presents. Through April 22. Guernsey Building, second floor, 70 Main St., Peterborough. $20 for adults, $15 for students. Visit firelighttheatreworkshop.com or call 646-2639301.

• BREWSTER’S RAMBLES ABOUT PORTSMOUTH Pontine Theatre presents. April 6 through April 15. Strawbery Banke, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth. $24. Visit pontine.org. • THE KID CULT COSMOLOGY Community Players of

Concord presents. March 30 through April 15. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets are $17 dollars for adults, $14 for members, seniors and students. Visit hatboxnh. com or call 715-2315. • NOISES OFF! Manchester

Community Theatre Players present. April 6 through April 15. MCTP Theatre, North End Montessori School, 698 Beech St., Manchester. $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 65+, $10 for students age 18 and under. Visit mctp.info. • THE LITTLE MERMAID

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• Unified in song: The Songweavers Women’s Chorus of Concord Community Music School presents its annual spring concerts on Sunday, April 15, at 4 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (102 N. Main St., Manchester) and Saturday, April 21, at 5 p.m. at South Congregational Church (27 Pleasant St., Concord). This year’s theme is “We Are the World,” inspired by the final lines of Maya Angelou’s poem “Human Family,” which reads, “But we are more alike, my friends / than we are unalike.” The concert will feature the song “We Are the World” by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and other songs that explore diversity and unity. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Call 228-1196 or visit ccmusicschool.org. • Kids musical auditions: The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) will hold auditions for its upcoming Palace Youth Theatre production of The Sound of Music (Getting to Know Version) on Saturday, April 14, at 10 and 11 a.m. and noon, and Sunday, April 15, at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. The show is open to performers in grades 2 through 12, and auditions must be scheduled in advance. Plan to stay for one hour, learn a dance, and sing a prepared short section of a song of your choice, a cappella (musi-

April 13 through April 29. Players’ Ring Theatre, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth. $18 for adults, $14 for students and seniors. Visit playersring.org. • THE STORY OF RUTH READING A new play by Manchester playwright David Preece that explores the life of legendary actress Ruth Gordon. Sat., April 14, at 3 p.m. Jupiter Hall, 89 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit mollybegood.com. • GRANITE STATE THEATRE SPORTS Competitive improv theatre show. Sat., Dec. 30, Feb. 24, April 21, and Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets are $17 dollars for adults, $14 for members, seniors and students, Visit hatboxnh.com. • THE PRODUCERS The Seacoast Repertory Theatre presents. May 11 through June 10. 125 Bow St. , Portsmouth. Tickets cost $16 to $38. Visit seacoastrep.org or call 433-4472. 120449

The Songweavers Women’s Chorus. Courtesy photo.

cal theater or Disney numbers preferred). The musical opens May 16. If cast, there is a $125 production fee. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588. • Ruth Gordon comes alive: There will be a reading of The Story of Ruth, a new play by Manchester playwright David Preece, on Saturday, April 14, at 3 p.m., at Jupiter Hall (89 Hanover St., Manchester). The play explores the life of legendary actress Ruth Gordon, who starred in films such as Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Rosemary’s Baby and Harold and Maude. “Ruth exemplified true grit, a person who despite all odds … being short, unattractive, coming from a poor family, and with no talent made a career and name for herself,” Preece said in a press release. “She inspired me, and many other actors and writers, and imparted valuable life lessons.” The reading will be directed by Matt Cahoon, artistic director of Theatre Kapow, and will star Barbara Webb as Gordon. Visit mollybegood.com. — Angie Sykeny

Auditions/open calls • THE SOUND OF MUSIC KIDS AUDITIONS Auditions for upcoming Palace Youth Theatre production of The Sound of Music (Getting to Know Version). The show is open to performers in grades 2 through 12. Plan to stay for one hour, learn a dance, and sing a prepared short section of a song of your choice, a cappella (musical theater or Disney numbers preferred). The musical opens May 16. If cast, there is a $125 production fee. Sat., April 14, at 10 and 11 a.m. and noon, and Sun., April 15, at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Must be scheduled in advance. The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 6685588. Classical Music Events • “THE RAVEN: THE LIGHTER SIDE OF WHITE” The Keiser Concert Series presents. Fri., April 13, 7:30 p.m. St. Paul’s

School, 325 Pleasant St., Concord. Free. Visit sps.edu/keiser. • NATALIYA TRULL Pianist performs. Sat., April 14, 7:30 p.m. Concord Community Music School , 23 Wall St. , Concord. $10 to $20. Visit nepianomasterclass.com. • “WE ARE THE WORLD” The Songweavers Women’s Chorus of Concord Community Music School presents its annual spring concerts. The concert will feature the song “We Are the World” by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and other songs that explore diversity and unity. Sun., April 15, 4 p.m., in Manchester, and Sat., April 21, 5 p.m., in Concord. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 102 N. Main St., Manchester. South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant St., Concord. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Call 228-1196 or visit ccmusicschool.org. • BEETHOVEN’S MASS IN C MAJOR Nashua Choral Society


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• Fractals and graphic design: The McIninch Art Gallery (Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester) presents two new art exhibitions on view now through May 5. “Fractals as a Mathematically Aided Art Form,” curated by SNHU Graphic Design student Mary Shakshober, is located in the main gallery in Robert Frost Hall. It explores the unique intersection between mathematics and art that can be seen in fractals. It consists of primarily original 2-D works and 3-D printing sculpture works of fractal and generative art, as well as representations of other fractal art pieces used to inspire the original artwork. The 12th Annual Graphic Design Exhibition is located in the satellite exhibition space in the Learning Commons of the ACC Building. It features the best work from the SNHU Graphic Design and Game Design departments, including logo design, magazine layouts, illustrations, web design, package design, character design and animation. An opening reception for this exhibition will be held on Thursday, April 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with additional hours on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 629-4622 or visit snhu.edu. • Call for artwork: The Nashua Area Artists Association is calling for art for its juried spring exhibition, “Community,” which will be on display at ArtHub (30 Temple St., Nashua) May 3 through June 23, with an opening

and Symphony NH present. Sat., April 28, 7:30 p.m. Immaculate Conception Church, 216 East Dunstable Road, Nashua. Call 998-0443. Open calls/workshops • HOPKINTON TOWN BAND Volunteer community band seeks musicians of all ability levels and ages from teens and up. There are no auditions; simply attend a rehearsal if you’re interested. Rehearsals begin Wed., March 14, 7 to 9 p.m., and continue weekly through spring. Maple Street School, 194 Maple St., Contoocook. Email pertice_c@comcast.net. Art Events • ARTIST TALK: BEHIND THE CURTAIN OF GRAPHIC DESIGN WITH KAREN MAYEU a brief exploration of the history of design where

Mary Shakshober digital fractal art. Courtesy photo.

reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All New England artists age 18 and over are welcome to submit up to three pieces of two-dimensional artwork or photography. Work must be able to be wired and hung. There is a $10 submission fee per piece ($5 for NAAA members). Entrants must pre-register by April 18 and submit their artwork in person at ArtHub on Saturday, April 21, between 1 and 2:30 p.m., or Monday, April 30, between 4:30 and 6 p.m. Pre-registration documents are available online. Visit naaa-arthub.org. • Quilts for Mandela: The Mariposa Museum (26 Main St., Peterborough) presents an exhibition, “Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela,” April 14 through July 1. It displays 51 quilts created by members of the Women of Color Quilters’ Network that pay tribute to Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy. There is an opening celebration on Friday, April 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring special guest speaker Carolyn L. Mazloomi, the exhibition’s co-curator and the founder of the Women of Color Quilters’ Network. Tickets cost $50. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit mariposamuseum.org or call 924-4555. — Angie Sykeny

art, consumerism and technology intertwine and how we got all the way to the user experience. Sun., April 22, 3 p.m. LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst. $5. Visit labellewineryevents.com. • GALLERY STROLL Stroll the Center for The Arts New London MicroGalleries, The New London Inn, Lake Sunapee Bank, Whipple Hall and New London Hospital Galleries. Meet the artists, listen to local music and and enjoy some refreshments. Fri., May 4, 5:30 to 7 p.m. New London, Visit centerfortheartsnh.org. • SEEDS OF HOPE FASHION SHOW Show highlights outfits and designs from unique Southern New Hampshire clothiers. Fri., May 4, 7 p.m. Manchester Downtown Hotel, 700 Elm St. , Manchester. $50. Visit seedsofhopefashion.org.

• 2018 SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM Annual community event designed to elevate appreciation and involvement in public art in Nashua. Sculptors are invited from around the world to spend three weeks in Nashua creating public art. May 10 through June 3. MakeIt Labs, 25 Crown St., Nashua. Visit nashuasculpturesymposium.org. Open calls • “BARE: THE NUDE NOW” Seeking submissions of art representing nudity. Deadline is April 18. Exeter, NH Exeter., A nonrefundable application fee of $20 is required. Visit teamexeter.com. Openings • MADELEINE LAROSE RECEPTION Featured artist of the month. Sat., April 14, noon to 2 p.m. ArtHub Gallery, 30 Temple St., Nashua. Visit marilenesawaf. com.

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INSIDE/OUTSIDE Bring on vacation

April camps have something for everyone By Angie Sykeny

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Don’t miss out on spring vacation week fun. Get the kids signed up now for one of these day camps, where they can play sports, create works of art, explore the outdoors and more.

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Concord Family YMCA (15 N. State St., Concord, 228-9622, concordymca.org) offers a traditional camp for kids in grades K through 6. It runs Monday, April 23, to Friday, April 27, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day; drop-off hours are 7 to 9 a.m. Campers will participate in fun 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 nonmembers, it’s $188 for the week or $60 per day. Register with payment by April 20.

Concord TV (Heights Community Center, 14 Canterbury Road, Concord, 225-8690, yourconcordtv.org) offers a camp for kids ages 9 to 14. It runs Monday, April 23, to Friday, April 27, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. each day. Campers will learn the basics of video production and create their own New Hampshire SPCA (NHSPvideos and short films. The cost is CA Learning Center, 104 Portsmouth $100 for Concord residents and $110 Ave., Stratham, 772-2921, nhspca. for non-residents. org) offers a camp for kids ages 6 to 12. It runs Monday, April 23, to Creative Ventures Gallery (411 Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 Nashua St., Milford, 672-2500, cre- p.m. each day. There will be games ativeventuresfineart.com) offers an and activities, crafts and time to visart camp for kids ages 8 and up. It runs it the animals. The cost is $295 for Monday, April 23, to Friday, April 27, the week. from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Campers will do a variety of projects using YMCA Allard Center of Goffcolored pencils, charcoal, acrylic stown (116 Goffstown Back Road, paints, watercolor and markets. The Goffstown, 497-4663, ext. 2103, cost is $150 for the week or $30 per graniteymca.org) offers several day, and $125/$25 for siblings. camps for kids in grades K through 8. They run Monday, April 23, to Currier Museum Art Center Friday, April 27, from 7 a.m. to 6 (180 Pearl St., Manchester, 669-6144, p.m. each day. The traditional camp ext. 122, currier.org/art-center) offers (grades K through 8) features games, an art camp for kids ages 5 to 14. It crafts and other activities. The art runs Monday, April 23, to Friday, and cooking camp (grades 2 through April 27, with a morning session from 8) has campers doing arts and crafts 9 a.m. to noon, and an afternoon ses- in the morning and cooking in the sion from 1 to 4 p.m. In the morning afternoon. The trip camp (grades 3 session, campers will study and cre- through 8) includes field trips to Fenate small works of art and art with way Park, FunSpot and more. The small details. In the afternoon ses- cost for Y members is $40 to $55 per sion, campers will create works of day or $180 to $247 for the week, art inspired by large art pieces in the depending on the camp; for nonmuseum and beyond. The cost for the members it’s $49 to $64 per day or week is $170 for one session or $285 $220 to $287 for the week. Register for both sessions. by April 16. Studio 550 (550 Elm St., Manchester, 232-5597, 550arts.com) offers a pottery camp for kids ages 9 and up. It runs Monday, April 23, to Friday, April 27, from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. each day. The camp will cover the basics of making pottery on a wheel as well as hand-building pottery projects. The cost is $165 for the week or $45 per day. HIPPO | APRIL 12 - 17, 2018 | PAGE 34

YMCA of Downtown Manchester (30 Mechanic St., Manchester, 232-8670, graniteymca.org) offers two camps for kids in grades K through 8. They run Monday, April 23, to Friday, April 27, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. In the traditional camp (grades K through 5), campers will participate in creative arts, sensory exploration, STEM activities,

NH Audubon nature day camp. Courtesy photo.

gym games and swimming. In the sport-a-day camp (grades 1 through 8) campers will 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 April 18. YMCA of Greater Londonderry (206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 437-9622, graniteymca.org) offers several camps for kids in grades K through 8. They run Monday, April 23, to Friday, April 27, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The traditional camp (grades K through 8) features games, crafts, movies and more. The STEM camp (grades 1 through 8) has campers doing a variety of science and engineering projects. The trip camp (grades 3 through 8) includes field trips to Fenway Park, FunSpot and more. The cost is $45 to $59 per day (no single-day option for STEM camp) or $199 to $247 for the week, depending on the camp. Register by April 17. YMCA of the Seacoast (Camp Gundalow, 176 Tuttle Lane, Greenland, 431-2334, ext. 2556, graniteymca.org) offers camp for kids in grades K through 8. It runs Monday, April 23, to Friday, April 27, 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 cost is $47 per day or $235 for the $70 per day or $315 for the week. week. Register by April 18. Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye, 436-8043, YMCA of Strafford County seacoastsciencecenter.org) offers (Horne Street School, 78 Horne St., Seaside Safari camp for kids in Dover; 35 Industrial Way, Rochester; grades K through 5. They run Mon994-4117, graniteymca.org) offers day, April 16, through Friday, April camp for kids in grades K through 20, and Monday, April 23, through 8. It runs Monday, April 23, to Fri- Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 day, April 27, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., p.m. each day. Campers will explore each day. It includes fitness fun, bak- Odiorne Point State Park and the ing, hiking and more. The cost is $50 center’s hands-on exhibits and parper day or $235 for the week. Regis- ticipate in lessons, activities, art ter by April 18. projects, games, stories and more. The cost is $65 per day or $325 for the week. Nature and science NH Audubon (McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord; Sports Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Concord Parks & Recreation Audubon Way, Auburn; 224-9909, (Beaver Meadow Golf Course, 1 nhaudubon.org) offers camp for kids Beaver Meadow Road, Concord, age 6 to 12. It runs Monday, April 225-8690, concordnh.gov) offers 23, to Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. a junior golf camp for kids ages 12 to 4 p.m. each day. Activities include through 16. It runs Tuesday, April outdoor excursions, games, crafts, 24, through Friday, April 27, from stories, live animal visits, songs and noon to 5 p.m. each day. Campers conservation projects. The cost is will learn how to take their skills $43 per day. from the range and practice area and apply them on a golf course. The cost Prescott Farm Environmental is $275. Education Center (928 White Oaks Road, Laconia, 366-5695, prescottNew Hampshire Fisher Cats farm.org) offers Wildquest Spring (Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, 1 Camp for kids ages 5 to 12. It runs Line Drive, Manchester, 641-2005, Monday, April 23, to Friday, April nhfishercats.com) offers baseball 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. and softball camps for kids ages 6 Activities may include ponding, through 15. It runs Monday, April 23, bird-watching, nature walks, nature to Friday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to arts and crafts, games and more. The noon each day. Campers will learn


the fundamentals of the game, including proper stretching and warm-up routines, throwing and catching, infield and outfield drills, swing mechanics, pitching and base-running. The cost is $125 for the week. NH SportsZone (7 A St., Derry, 537-9663, nhsportszone.com) offers an all-sports camp for kids ages 7 to 13. It runs Monday, April 23, to Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with half-day options from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Campers will learn the foundational rules and hone their skills in various sports. 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. Play Ball (9 Congress St., Nashua, 8832323; 16 Industrial Way, Salem, 898-0332, goplayball.com) offers a baseball and softball camp for kids ages 6 through 12. It runs Monday, April 23, to Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Campers will develop their game skills. The cost is $115 for the week. Tri-Star Gymnastics & Dance (66 Third St., Dover, 749-5678, tristargymnh.com) offers camp for kids in grade 1 through age 13. It runs Monday, April 23, to Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Campers will participate in gymnastics, crafts, games and open gym playtime. The cost is $35 per day or $135 for the week.

University of New Hampshire (105 Main St., Durham, 862-3266, unh.edu) offers Kool 2B Fit camp and Youth Tennis Clinic for kids in grades 1 through 6. They run Monday, April 23, to Friday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to noon for the fitness camp and 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. for the tennis camp. In Kool 2B Fit, campers will participate in activities such as swimming, adaptive sports, games, team-building, fitness classes and scavenger hunts. In Youth Tennis Clinic, campers will receive an introduction to competitive tennis. The cost is $75 for the fitness camp and $25 for the tennis camp.

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Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org) offers camp for kids in grades 2 through 12. It runs Monday, April 23, to Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Campers will learn the basics of music, dance and acting as they prepare for a production of Sleeping Beauty Kids to be held on Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. The cost is $250 for the week.

Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth, seacoastrep.org) offers camp for kids ages 7 to 15. It runs Monday, April 23, to Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Campers will learn theater terminology and history, improve their singing and acting skills and present a showcase for their families on the final day of camp. The cost is $350 for the week.

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As we lurch toward spring, I spend time thinking about my garden: What will come through this hard winter? What needs to be replaced? What new plants do I want to try? One thing is certain. My grandmother’s peony will survive, and I will feel blessed by its beauty and fragrance in June. My grandmother died in 1953, when I was 7. That fall my mom dug up grandmother’s favorite peony, one called Festiva Maxima, and brought it to my childhood home in Connecticut. Years later Mom suggested I dig up and divide my grandmother’s peony and bring a piece to Cornish Flat. I did that around 1984 and the peony is still going strong, nearly 35 years later. I love the connection it has to my mom, and to my grandmother and her gardens. Plant breeders are constantly making efforts to introduce new varieties to the garden trade. Gardeners have long been traveling to far corners of the world to find new species that will make a hit. But there is something to be said about the old varieties and plants that have proven their worth over a hundred years or more. Here are some of my favorites. Lilacs, the New Hampshire state flower, are an old favorite of mine. They’re not native here: they originated in Eastern Europe and temperate Asia. But they’ve been in America for hundreds of years. Skiing past cellar holes of abandoned farm houses I have seen lilacs that have survived with no care for decades. Do your lilacs a favor later this spring by sprinkling a couple of quarts of wood ashes or limestone in a 5-foot radius around each. This will make the soil less acidic, which will increase the number of blossoms you get next year. This year’s buds are already in place, so blooming will not be affected. I collect gardening books, and was recently perusing one called The Practical Flower Garden by Helena Rutherford Ely, which was published in 1911. Ms. Ely said about her garden, “A long hedge of hydrangeas still remain, although I now exclude them from my vision, and regard them as if they did not exist.” You may wonder why, pray tell, she shunned these plants? She explained, “These brave plants are so hardy and free-blooming that they have found a place from one end of the country to the other, and are grown everywhere, yet, because of their very merits which made them so universally grown, they have become distasteful to many.” Not me. I love hydrangeas. The common orange daylily falls into the same category, I suppose. It’s indestructible, spreads by root and everyone has some — unless some ambitious gardener ripped them all out. I admit that I have dug out plenty of them in my day and replaced them with other peren-

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you might be able to swap out the battery. Ask a good Samaritan to loan you the battery from his or her key fob for a minute. That’ll get you into your car and let you start the engine. Once the engine is running, it won’t shut off when you give back the battery. That’ll get you home, or to a place where you can buy a replacement. If you can get into the car, and you don’t have a backup key, there are ways you can start the car with a dead key fob. Try using the key fob itself to push the start button (touch them together). A bunch of manufacturers have a backup system built into the start button to allow a car with a dead key fob to start that way (I believe your Toyota is one of them, Rich). Other cars have another spot where you can touch the dead key fob that allows the car to recognize it. We saw one that had you put the key fob at the bottom of the cup holder. So check your owner’s manual. If none of those ideas works, call your favorite roadside assistance company, and see if they’ll bring you a key fob battery. You also can consider prevention. A key fob that works only at a closer and closer distance is one that’s got a weakening battery. So is a key fob that requires multiple tries to get the door to open. If you notice these symptoms, change the battery. You also can make it an annual habit. For less than 10 bucks, you can get a two-pack.

Then every year on your wedding anniversary, change your battery and your spouse’s battery. Nothing says “I love you” like chocolates and “I changed your key fob battery, darling.” Dear Car Talk: I got into a discussion about engine life. I said, all things being equal, an eight-cylinder engine will last longer than a four-cylinder engine. My logic is that the more cylinders you have, the less often each cylinder will fire. Does this make sense? — Mike Uh, how best to put this? No. No matter how many cylinders you have, every cylinder fires once for every two rotations of the engine’s crankshaft. So if a four-cylinder engine and an eight-cylinder engine both are idling at 800 rpm, in one minute, every cylinder will fire 400 times. Think about walking your dog: The dog’s got twice as many legs as you have, but even if his legs were as long as yours, he’d still move four legs for every time you moved two, assuming you both were going the same speed. That said, there are some ways in which you could be right. Larger engines will generate more torque. That allows the use of a transmission that lets the engine run slower for the same given car speed. So while a four-cylinder engine might turn at 2,500 rpm at 65 mph, an

eight-cylinder engine might turn at 1,800. That could contribute to longer life. Also, if a four-cylinder engine is too small for a given car (if you had a 115-horsepower four-cylinder engine in a three-ton Chevy Suburban), the engine would have to work harder and run hotter to move the vehicle around. And that certainly could shorten its life, compared with a more appropriately sized larger engine. But assuming an engine’s power is appropriate to its car’s weight (which is true in almost all cases these days), there’s little to no advantage to having an engine with more cylinders. In fact, there are some disadvantages. First, you’re adding the extra weight of the bigger engine itself, so some of the power of the engine now has to go to simply moving that bigger engine around with you. And you could argue that an eight-cylinder engine has more parts that can break: more spark plugs to change, more valves to burn out, more valve guide seals to fail, more rings to wear out. And we’re big fans of getting the right-size engine for the car. With the enormous improvements in power per cylinder in the past decade, eight-cylinder cars are increasingly going the way of the dodo, and the vast majority of gasoline-powered cars will be running on four or even three cylinders soon. Visit Cartalk.com.

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lege, and I knew I wanted to get into law enforcement somehow. And I had a professor who was a former probation and parole officer. And that really piqued my interest. So one thing led to another and he kind of hooked me up to an internship with the probation and parole department, which is part of the Department of Corrections. … And I just kind of got the bug from there.

as I thought I did. After doing this for 10 years … I’ve worked with male and female and transgender inmates of all different custody levels coming in. I didn’t know how to treat How did you find your people. I think over the job? years, I’ve learned the right I was doing the internship way to treat people. That with probation and parole includes the inmate popuand a lot of the people I was lation. … I thought I knew Mike Farrell. Courtesy photo. working with told me the it all but I didn’t know anybest first steps for a good career path would thing when I first started. be to start at the prison. So I went through the application process. … Nowadays … What is your typical at-work uniform? you can go to nhdocjobs.com and they lead It’s pretty standard. We wear black boots, you right through the hiring process. we all wear the standard pants, we have the standard blue uniform tops. … Besides What’s the best piece of work-related that, we’re always carrying with us a radio, advice anyone’s ever given you? handcuffs and a handcuff key. I make it a If I could pick one it would be to be your point to carry gloves with me at all times. own officer. … Establish your own personality and your own narrative with the What was the first job you ever had? people you’re working with. You don’t The very first job I ever had was answerhave to be like everybody else. You can ing phones and cleaning dishes at a pizza find what works for you and be your own place when I was 15. person. — Ryan Lessard

What kind of education or training did you need for this? How long have you worked there? Right now, you need to have at least a Ten-plus years. high school diploma and then they put us What do you wish you’d known at the through an academy training program. I beginning of your career? How did you get interested in this field? have my bachelor’s degree and, increasI wish I had known at the beginning I was going to school, I was in col- ingly, a lot of younger kids are going to of my career that I didn’t know as much

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• Potatoes galore: Join the Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua for the fourth annual Baked Potatofest, happening on Thursday, April 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Nashua Senior Activity Center (70 Temple St., Nashua). Create your own baked potato entree using a variety of toppings that will be available, and enjoy them with salads, desserts and beverages. Potatoes can be packaged to take home too. The festival will also include a raffle for new and gently used household and gift items. Each attendee gets one baked potato to load with toppings of their choosing; the cost is $6 in advance or $8 at the door for adults, and $6 for kids under 12. Visit nashuaseniorcenter.org or call 889-6155. • Mexican flavors: LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst) is hosting its next “Around the World” Cooking with Wine Class on Friday, April 13, at 11 a.m. and will feature several recipes from Mexico. Participants will learn how to make their own sangria, guacamole, enchiladas, Mexican rice, churros and more, along with a wine to be paired with each item. The cost is $25 per person. Visit labellewineryevents.com or call 672-9898. • Feast your eyes: For the first time, the Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford) is hosting its own Restaurant Week, featuring a special prix fixe menu beginning Sunday, April 15, and available through Saturday, April 21. 44 Looking for more food and drink fun? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store, Google Play and hipposcout.com.

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Find out how vegan food products are made and where to find them locally at the annual NH Veg Fest, happening in Manchester on Saturday, April 14. Now in its sixth year, NH Veg Fest features more than two dozen vegan food vendors, live music and a full schedule of professional speakers throughout the day who will cover topics related to veganism and living a vegan lifestyle. Festival co-founder and coordinator Kathy DesRoches said she started the event with Norma Koski, owner of Susty’s Cafe in Northwood, one of the first vegan restaurants to open in the state. They wanted to bring an event celebrating veganism to New Hampshire but also wanted it to be accessible to everyone regardless of their diet and lifestyle. “You don’t have to be vegan to come check it out,” she said. “We wanted it to be a nice low-key and mellow day for people 4.69”wide x 2.6” high to enjoy some fun HIPPO stuff and learn as1/8 well.” Horizontal page For the first time this year, the event will feature three vegan food trucks that will be parked outside the entrance of Manchester Community College, including one of

the Boston-based Oath Pizza trucks, the Rhode Island-based Like No Udder vegan ice cream truck, and the Farm Concessions food truck out of Keene. Other food vendors will be featuring their products inside the building, like HippieCakes Vegan Bakery in Raymond; Willow’s Plant-based Eatery in Concord; Jennifer Lee’s Gourmet Bakery in Boston and Vicuna Chocolate in Peterborough. Some non-food vendors will appear at NH Veg Fest as well, like the Connecticutbased Basic Bars Soap, which produces vegan soaps made with organic products, and Jewel of the Seed, which makes handcrafted jewelry out of dried fruit. “[The vendors] come from all over the place,” DesRoches said. “The only criteria they have to meet is that they must make vegan-only products.” Beginning at 9:30 a.m. and held every hour until the end of the event, multiple speakers will give lectures in several classrooms of the college, covering topics like updates in vegan nutrition, the benefits of living a plant-based diet, the myths about veganism, how to grow microgreens, vegan travel tips and several others. Lecturers

include several doctors, dietitians, vegan food bloggers, chefs and farmers. “We try to include new information each year so that the lectures change,” DesRoches said. “We do have some completely new speakers who are coming, and we’ll have a yoga demonstration for the first time, so people can bring their own mats for that.” Other features of NH Veg Fest include drum circles and a book swap featuring vegan and vegetarian cookbooks. DesRoches said the goal of the festival is for it to be a family-friendly atmosphere that offers something for everyone. “Every year, we are growing in size and more and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of veganism, even if they are not vegans themselves,” she said. 6th annual NH Veg Fest When: Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Manchester Community College, 1066 Front St., Manchester Cost: Free admission and admittance to lectures; foods and other products will be priced per item Visit: nhvegfest.com

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As the slogan on the side of her food truck suggests, JJ Hall of Concord is indeed “not your average lunch lady.” The Louisville, Kentucky, native left her IT job of more than 18 years to launch the Lunch Lady Food Truck (731-4957, facebook.com/lunchladynh) last November. She parks the truck outside the Douglas N. Everett Arena (15 Loudon Road, Concord) every Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and features a school-themed menu, with “grades” that go from first to tenth and other items like “The Principal” (a barbecue pork sandwich served with or without coleslaw) and “Detention” (a fried chicken sandwich with three spinach mozzarella sticks and marinara sauce). Popular options like the Reuben egg rolls and the “skirted” cheeseburgers have returned to the menu for 2018, in addition to new specials that Hall said will be featured sporadically. Her food truck will also appear at Intown Concord’s Market Days Festival from Thursday, June 21, through Saturday, June 23.

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Avocado In my humble opinion, avocados are the most perfect food. They are wonderfully versatile as you can use them to make everything from starters to dessert. When I was growing up on the East Coast, I only ever saw avocados when we’d visit family in California. Now, they are everywhere. The secret’s out: They’re amazing! Avocados are actually a fruit even though they’re unlike any other fruit out there. For one thing, they contain good fat. For another, their texture and taste is unlike anything else. While they are high in calories compared to other fruits (again, they’re so unique), avocados are worth working into your diet because of their dense nutrition profile. From folate to omega 3 fatty acids to magnesium to potassium, avocados have it all. Seriously. Look it up. I’m in love. I wanted to share some ideas about how to incorporate avocado into your daily diet. It’s so easy, so delicious and so very good for you. Here’s a list to motivate you: Make guacamole. Mix together chopped tomatoes, onions and smashed avocado. Add salt and pepper and dip whatever you can get your hands on into it. Putting this one first because it’s obvious but can often be overlooked. Use it instead of mayo. Smear it on your sandwiches, mix it into your chicken salad. Trust me, you won’t miss mayonMy everyday smoothie, elevated Makes 1 big smoothie 4 ounces unsweetened almond milk 4 ounces cold brew coffee (or cold coffee) 1/2 avocado 1 giant handful spinach (fresh or frozen) 1 cup blueberries (I use frozen but use what you have!)

naise with avocado around! Throw it in your smoothies (see my recipe). It’ll add a great creaminess to your smoothie in addition to elevating its nutrition. Make ice cream. Tom Brady does it, so why shouldn’t you? Be like Tom Brady. Make ice cream from avocados. Bake with them! If you visit the California Avocado Commission’s website, you’ll see several recipes that substitute avocados for other fats like butter or oil. Give it a try! Cut them open, stick an egg in them and bake them! About 15 minutes. Add your own toppings like pico de gallo, cheese or even ground beef. Bake about 15-20 minutes at 425 and enjoy! Throw them in salads. Throw it on soup instead of sour cream! Seriously, this is the topping you’ve been missing. Mix it with banana, honey and an egg and you’ve got yourself a facial (I’m not even kidding). If you’ve been neglecting avocados in your daily life, it’s time to start giving them your full attention. You’ll never go back. — Allison Willson Dudas 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (you could always use chocolate protein powder instead) 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1 tablespoon peanut butter 2 dates, pitted Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

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I am getting married this summer at Gilmanton Winery & Vineyard. That probably isn’t a big surprise to anyone since I write this column and am a big wine enthusiast. Ever since I can remember, it has been the setting I have always wanted and imagined, should the occasion ever happen. I am just lucky that my fiancé is on board with the idea, too. Among the list of wedding decisions to make, we are picking out some wines for our wedding. Gilmanton will be serving its wines, but it has a pretty extensive list available. We will be narrowing it down to a few whites, reds and fruit wines so there is some variety but not so much that the bartender has to pour too many wines that night. Plus, it will be summertime, and while I like red wine, it isn’t always my choice in the summer. I would rather sip something crisp, chilled and refreshing. We conducted an informal poll during the holidays with my mother’s side of my family. We brought some wine from the winery with us to a gathering and asked everyone to vote on their favorites. We are going to use their feedback when we narrow down the list of choices. As a side note, their Jack the Ripper wine was an overall crowd favorite. If you are trying to decide on some wines for a wedding, here are some things to consider. Keep it simple. When in doubt, go with some common wines that everyone knows. Think pinot grigio, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and even white zinfandel or chardonnay. Guests will choose something from a basic list (especially if it is open bar and you’re picking up the tab!). And remember that fancy Champagne is not needed during the toast. It is OK to get the cheaper option or even another sparkling wine. The majority of your guests probably will not notice the difference. Consider the season. Like I mentioned, I really like red wine, but it can be a bit too heavy and warming during the summer months. Choose a lighter red like pinot noir or even a sweet red to offer guests. Another great choice is red or white sangria, which is served chilled. Table or bar service? I have been to weddings where wine was self-served right on the tables, but it seemed to yield a lot of leftover wine. Plus, this can limit your choices to one red and one white per table. More than that is overload. Speaking of

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• Yee-ha, it’s not a fiscal quarter without a new album from Aussie psychedelic-rawk chuckleheads King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. Where would I be without these guys, I ask you? When last we left them, they were — oh, who cares, they put out albums every five weeks or whatever, like they’re trapped in some horror movie where they have to put out an album every full moon or they’ll have to move to Alaska and become rodeo clowns for penguin roundups. I mean, I personally have never seen such brisk output from a band, have you? Of course not, and like me, you’re just glad that you get to see these guys’ goofy band name in print, so that you’ll remember your little brother is due to transform into a werewolf and wreck your video game room. Should I even bother checking out what “single” will be on this new Gumboot Soup album, or do we just assume it’s awesome and call this section of the column a finished bit? Nah, let’s go see, I actually want to! OK, place your bets, the song is called — wait, WAIT, never mind! Look! That super-annoying bald hipster YouTuber, “Needledrop” (I know, I know) is literally slapping his head over it, in his review, so let’s see if this music critic has figured out music yet. There he goes, babbling about “elevator music” and “jazz” and “psychedelic” and wait, he just made up a genre, because he’s a professional “music nerd” who loves confusing all you uncool normies: “postAudiobook!” I gotta tell ya folks, I love this guy, so bald and “post-intelligible.” Seeing for myself, I’ll translate for this spazzing imbecile: The first song sounds like a cross between Grizzly Bear and Pink Floyd, like always, and it’s awesome. Was that confusing enough, or should I mention the title of a random Big Star song? • Corporate-country icon Jason Aldean’s eighth album, Rearview Town, is due April 13. The title track is one of those crybaby twang things, examining the idea of leaving behind things, people and places that kind of suck. Nobel Prize-winning scientists have debated this idea for years, and will at last have the empirical evidence they’ve so long sought. • Hopefully you remember Boston rock lady Juliana Hatfield, from her days hangin’ with Lemonheads and all those guys during the early Pleistocene Age. Her contribution to man’s relentless pursuit of art this year will be an album called Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John, which involves covers of “A Little More Love” (which I heard and found unprofessional-sounding, except for the guitar parts, which were cool) and “Physical” (ditto, actually). • Harry Shearer was the joke bass player in Spinal Tap before he was on The Simpsons all the time, playing Marge or whatever he does. He has teamed up with octogenarian stoner David Crosby and an obviously lost Peter Frampton, who may have just shown up at the studio to sell universal life insurance or something, but whatever, there he is, on a new album called Smalls Change: Meditations Upon Ageing. The video for the title track is mildly amusing, sort of, because he sounds like Tom Waits. Ha ha, what a kidder. — Eric W. Saeger

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I seriously doubt that most readers will be aware of sounddesigners like Oneohtrix Point Never and Arcabut, but one never knows, so I’ll prop those up as artists similar to Seoul-born, Boston-based producer Sae Heum Han, a 24-year-old who started at Berklee as a cello student but turned to electronic music, which is actually fortunate in this case. This isn’t your standard electronic stuff, more like early Aughts experimental soundscaping, a la Daedalus and whatnot, but even more out-there (and much cleaner). “Façade” sounds freestyle-rendered, heavy on glitch and (barely) syncopated bonk-bonkbonking riding atop mountainous orchestral ringouts, nothing I’d expect to hear backgrounding any movie less edgy than Her or something like that. It’s quite self-indulgent, and I may be missing something, but it was written during a time of personal hardship, and as artist albums go it does have its selling points including Han’s producer credits on David Byrne’s latest record. Headphone bait certainly. B — Eric W. Saeger

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With bands like this around, who needs Serj Tankian, is what I say, but I suppose people have figured that out by now. This is the latest band to try the Gogol Bordello/Korpiklaani sound on for size, but these guys, who are from Hungary, have a Dropkick Murphys fetish, or at least that’s what the pitch is here. It’s definitely Eastern-European-scented, what with the accordion, bursts of oi and the veneer of drunken beer-hall boisterousness that’s cemented viability onto the genre. This is, however, a bit lighter than what I would have expected, which isn’t to say it’s slow. It is, but this crew seems to be thinking commercial appeal a bit, some of the songs working in not just emo similar to The Used but a bit of arena-pop as well, meaning Killers. Would that they had the songwriting for that, but it’s still a fun time overall. A — Eric W. Saeger

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603: The Writers’ Conference, formerly known as Writers’ Day, has a new name this year, but its mission is still the same: to give writers a day to network, learn and grow in their craft. The 30th annual conference takes place on Saturday, April 14, at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester and will feature dozens of classes and workshops, panels and book signings with notable and local authors. “This is a day just for writers, a celebratory day where they can come and be pampered intellectually,” said Masheri Chappelle, chair of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, which hosts the event. “We want them to have access to this high level of quality [education] and expertise, and to feel like they are deserving of it.” This year’s theme, “Writing from the Heart,” was inspired, Chappelle said, by the keynote speaker, Richard Russo. Russo is the author of eight novels, two short story collections and a memoir. His novel Empire Falls won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2002 and was made into an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning miniseries by the same name that aired on HBO in 2005. His new novel, The Destiny Thief, comes out in May, but attendees at the writers’ conference will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book before its official release. “I started thinking about his work, and all his characters and storylines are very down-to-earth and from-the-heart,” Chappelle said, “so I thought ‘Writing from the Heart’ would be an appropriate theme to honor him and his work.” Russo will be joined by special guest Ann Hood, an essayist, short story writer and author of 15 books including bestsellers The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, The Obituary Writer, The Italian Wife and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine. Eighteen other writers, ranging from romance and horror writers to graphic novelists and playwrights, will be leading seminars. The day kicks off with Russo’s keynote speech. Then, the seminar sessions will begin. There will be three sessions, each with 12 different programs to choose from. A series of “Master Craft Classes” will focus on six literary elements: characterization, dialogue, point of view, world building, scene building and vision.

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Other classes and workshops will cover a variety of topics, such as feminist poetry, writing about parents, storyboards, descriptive language and more. “It doesn’t matter what genre you write in … or what level of writing you’re at,” Chappelle said. “No matter what, you’ll walk away with an abundance of knowledge and tools to hone your craft and become a stronger and more confident writer.” Between the first and second seminar sessions, there will be a book signing and meet-and-greet with the presenting authors, lunch and a panel in which authors will discuss what it means to write from the heart. The day will close with a reception, where attendees can socialize, eat and enter raffles to win prizes like theater tickets, writing software and artwork. Chappelle’s advice to attendees is to come in with a plan and “take in as much as you can.” “Really think about what you want to focus on. If you really want to beef up your character development, for example, look at the characterization classes and pick ones that you think will help you,” she said. “If you aren’t sure what you want, try something new. You never know when you’re going to need those tools.” 603: The Writers’ Conference When: Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Where: Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 N. River Road, Hooksett Cost: $135 for New Hampshire Writers’ Project members, $170 for non-members, $85 for students More info: nhwritersproject. org/603-writers-conference


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• A horseback ride through history: Hancock author Francelia Clark will be at Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord) on Tuesday, April 17, at 5:30 p.m. to present her new book, Circle Around Monadnock: Time Travel with Horses. The book centers on Clark’s three-day, 30-mile horseback journey around Mount Monadnock along its oldest trails, where cellar holes and rock foundations, wells and walled cow paths built by the settlers remain. Clark reflects on some of the findings from her preliminary research, including accounts from settlers’ journals, old photographs, sketches and maps; details her planning process; and shares the story of her journey through anecdotes and personal photos of the trails and mountain. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com or call 224-0562. • Improve your poetry writing: The Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway, Derry) is offering a two-part poetry workshop, with the first session on Saturday, April 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., and the second session on Monday, April 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. Derry’s Poet Laureate Robert Crawford will give tips on writing poetry for beginner and experienced poets. Register online. Call 432-6140 or visit derrypl.org. • A poetry celebration: The Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program celebrates its 20th anniversary with a poetry gala on Friday, April 13, from 6 to 10 p.m. at 3S ArtSpace (319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth). The event will be emceed by current Portsmouth Poet Laureate Mike Nelson and will feature poetry readings by many past laureates and New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice Fogel, poetry activities, raffle drawings, silent auctions for rare signed poetry books, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a live music dance party. The cost is a $10 donation, and all ages are welcome. Visit pplp. org. — Angie Sykeny

Books Author Events • DAVID ELLIOTT Author presents In the Past. Fri., April 13, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com or call 224-0562.

• VIRGINIA MACGREGOR Author presents Before I was Yours. Sun., April 15, 3 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore. com or call 224-0562. • FRANCELIA CLARK Author presents Circle Around Monad-

nock: Time Travel with Horses. Tues., April 17, 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com or call 224-0562. • ELISABETH HYDE Author presents Go Ask Fannie. Fri., April 20, 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com or call 224-0562. • JULIE BOARDMAN Author presents Death in the White Mountains: Hiker Fatalities and How to Avoid Being One. Sun., April 22, 2 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com or call 224-0562. • DAN ALLEN Author presents Don’t Die on the Mountain. Sun., April 22, 2 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com or call 224-0562. Poetry events • YOUTH POETRY CONTEST Open to kids in grades K through 12. Submission deadline is April 17. Dover Public Library, 73 Locust St. , Dover. Visit library. dover.nh.gov. • POETRY GALA The Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program celebrates its 20th anniversary. The event will be emceed by current Portsmouth Poet Laureate Mike Nelson and will feature poetry readings by many past laureates and New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice Fogel, poetry activities, raffle drawings, silent auctions for rare signed poetry books, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a live music dance party. Fri., April 13, from 6 to 10 p.m. 3S ArtSpace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. The cost is a $10 donation, and all ages are welcome. Visit pplp.org. • POETRY WORKSHOP Derry’s Poet Laureate Robert Crawford will give tips on writing poetry for beginner and experienced poets. First session on Sat., April 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., and second session on Mon., April 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry. Register online. Call 432-6140 or visit derrypl.org.

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ting rid of even one would seem like a victory.) I heard a critic on the Little Gold Men podcast describe the movie as being one that really digs into the emotions of parental anxiety and I heartily agree. This movie gives the extreme version of parents’ efforts to prepare for all forms of danger and to safeguard their kids by “doing everything right.” If you do everything right, so the magical thinking goes, always apply the sunscreen and make sure your plastic items have no BPA, your kids will be safe. Here, it’s noiseless pathways and soft toys but the impulse (and the occasional sense of futility) is the same. Not surprisingly, Krasinski and Blunt have excellent chemistry and do a good job at creating characters who can communicate these emotions, frequently with just a look. Simmonds, who is deaf in real life according to media reports, is equally well cast and is good at conveying her complex emotions with the way she signs, not just the translations we’re reading in subtitles. And I agree with the praise this movie has received for its use of “silence” as part of its story. Smart decisions were made with sound in this movie as well — when to use it, how to use it, when to use silence, when to use a musical score, when to let us hear the world from a specific character’s perspective. Sound could have been gimmicky here but it always feels natural to what the movie is conveying in each scene. A Quiet Place is the kind of horror movie that you don’t have to be really into horror to enjoy, one that scares you with situations and emotions rather than gore and one that wisely has us in a constant state of fear but only sprinkles in a few

shots of the monsters. ARated PG-13 for terror and some bloody images, according to the MPAA. Directed by John Krasinski with a screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, A Quiet Place is an hour and 30 minutes long and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

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There’s also a look at a coming out experience, some rather thoughtful commentary about parenting, a nice bit about friendship and the idea that there are different ways to be a girl ― but also seven people in a limo puke all over each other. So, it’s a mix. Parents Hunter (Ike Barinholtz), Lisa (Leslie Mann) and Mitchell (John Cena) met when their respective daughters ― Sam (Gideon Adlon), Julie (Kathryn Newton) and Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) ― first met on their first day of kindergarten. The three girls became besties, together for all the big moments of their lives. As prom night approaches, the girls discuss their plans. Julie, giddily in love with her boyfriend Austin (Graham Phillips), decides that prom night should be their first time having sex ― all candles, rose petals on their bed and slow dancing to their song. Kayla, clearly delighted at the end-of-senior-year break from her intense sports and academic sched-

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ule, decides to have an unspecial cut-loose first time with her prom date Connor (Miles Robbins), her man-bun-sporting lab partner with a talent for making pot-laced baked goods. Sam decides to go for her first time too, though not out of any particular love for her date Chad (Jimmy Bellinger), a rando in a fedora, but more as a means of figuring out her feelings about boys in general. If she could bring herself to discuss the situation, including how the world goes sparkly for her every time she sees Angelica (Ramona Young), perhaps her friends would tell her that sex with Chad is not required for her to believe in her feelings for Angelica. When the parents find out about “#sexpact2018” they go into full-on freaked-out squirrel mode, vowing to find the girls and, er, stop them. Somehow. (That second part of the plan is never all that fleshed out.) Though Sam’s never come out to her dad, Hunter is pretty sure that Sam is gay and preventing her from doing something he’s pretty sure she doesn’t actually want to do is his justification for joining the other parents. Lisa’s claim is that she wants to prevent her daughter from becoming so attached to Austin that she puts her life on hold for him but in reality it’s probably more that an attachment to Austin might take Julie to a college far away from Lisa. Mitchell’s justification is the most retrograde, namely to “rescue” her. He apparently doesn’t realize that as a driven bad-ass (and probably thanks to an equally bad-ass mother, played by Sarayu Blue) she can say what she wants and doesn’t want just fine. Actually all of these girls, each in their own way, are assertive and confident and able to make smart decisions for themselves. The girls are in some ways a parent’s most optimistic hope for how their teen will navigate the world, even as they make some bad choices (see above re: limo puking) and spend some moments doubting themselves. It’s the parents, of course, who are truly at sea, mostly because of variations on a fear about what will become of them when they aren’t day-to-day parenting their daughters anymore. That parents must let their children stand more and more on their own as they age, let them do things you might not agree with and eventual-

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Three years ago, Hunter was a young, hungry band looking to conquer the world. They’re older now, but still determined. They’re also wiser. The precociousness of their eponymous debut has morphed into maturity on Listen to Hunter, a new album to be released April 13. Sheeny three part harmonies and complex rhythm structures served on a pop platter mark the album. “Anchor (I Refuse to Sink)” opens the 10-track collection, and reflects the resolve of band members Hunter Stamas, Connor Coburn and Cameron Gilhooly. It dares any force, be it a harsh music business or natural disaster, to deter their quest. “I think we’re pushing even harder now,” Stamas said in a recent group interview. “We definitely still have spunk.” Despite the slog of sleeping in vans and driving for hours between clubs, a planned summer tour will be Hunter’s most ambitious yet. “Coast to coast, 30 dates, all along the Midwest into California, even the West Coast of Canada, then down into the South and back to New England,” Coburn said. “It will be a big, juicy loop.” The Listen To Hunter release party will happen at Nashua’s Bounty Room. “It’s like a wedding for pretty much all of us,” Stamas said. “We’ve put so much work into writing it, and the artwork itself took so long, along with the videos that are going to be released. … This one will be celebrated.” The trio will be rounded out by the latest in a series of itinerant bassists; he joined earlier this year. The group goes through bass players like Spinal Tap drummers, though fortunately not for the same reason. “We knew that from day one it was the three of us,” Stamas said. “Every bassist was a hired gun after the first two; they were friends, and that didn’t work out — we needed someone to

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and it grew from there. Collectively driven by a mutual infatuation with the first King Crimson album, the three shaped it into a six-minute epic. Coburn introduced them to the 1960s progrock masters. “He brought the album around and I was like, ‘We suck — how can we do that?’” Stamas said. “They jammed on it after a while, and they’re geniuses. They created the instrumental section.” As Stamas sings, “I always knew that I’d be different, be different,” before wrapping the record back around to the start with a line from track one, Gilhooly does double duty on guitar and bass (as he did on the entire album). It’s Coburn’s drumming, however, that takes “Enigma” into the far reaches, to a place they could not have gone as teenagers. “I never stop flying,” Coburn said. “It’s just an endless fill.”

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• One woman: “Band in a body” performer ZOË Lewis returns to the Nashua venue that in 2014 marveled at her mixture of gypsy jazz, jump jive and world beat. The English expat now lives on the Cape, after winning honors at festivals like Kerrville and Falcon Ridge. She was even named Woman of the Year in her adopted home of Provincetown. Go Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m., Simple Gifts Coffee House, 58 Lowell St. (UU Church), Nashua. $16 at brownpapertickets.com. • Reunion: These days, when local legends Aces & Eights get together for a show, it’s with charity in mind. At the Play It Forward gala, they’re joined by The Jivekats and students from Nashua Community Music School, the event’s beneficiary. The Nashua band, named after the fabled “dead man’s hand,” got together in the year of the Summer of Love. Go Saturday, April 14, 7 p.m., Alpine Grove Ballroom, 19 S. Depot Road, Hollis. Tickets are $18 at nashuacms.org. • Anniversary: Jay Grove launched the Punchlines at Penuche’s open mike to have a room to hone his nascent comedy act. Eight years later the event is still going strong, with its Best Bar Comic competition happening every summer. The crowd can be flinty, and that’s part of the fun. For the birthday show, any comic who’s stopped by over the years is encouraged to come — except for two guys who managed to get banned. Go Monday, April 16, 9 p.m., Penuche’s Ale House, 6 Pleasant St., Concord; see bit.ly/2qfzGWI. • Guitar man: Famed for his “nuevo flamenco” style, Jesse Cook performs in Concord. The Juno-winning guitarist, composer and producer blends elements of flamenco, rumba, jazz and world rhythms into his act. His latest, Beyond Borders, is described as “music without any cultural or geographical boundaries.” Go Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. Tickets $39 and up at spectacleshows.com.

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Case Name: In the Matter of Caitlin LaBrie and Gavin Perez Case Number: 659-2018-DM-00052 On January 24, 2018, Caitlin LaBrie of Hudson, NH filed in this Court a Parenting Petition with requests concerning: Parenting Plan which describes the parties parental rights and responsibilities relating to minor The original pleading is available for inspection at the office of the Clerk at the above Family Division Location. UNTIL FURTHER ORDER OF THE COURT, EACH PARTY IS RESTRAINED FORM SELLING, TRANSFERRING, ENCUMBERING, HYPOTHECATING, CONCEALING OR IN ANY MANNER WATSOEVER DISPOSING OF ANY PROPERTY, REAL OR PERSONAL, BELONGING TO EITHER OR BOTH PARTIES EXCEPT (1) BY WRITTEN AGREEMENT OF BOTH PARTIES, OR (2) FOR REASONABLE AND NECESSARY LIVING EXPENSES OR (3) IN THE ORDINARY AND USUAL CAUSE OF BUSINESS. The Court has entered the following Order(s): Gavin Perez shall file a written Appearance Form with the Clerk of the Family Division at the above location on or before May 12, 2018 or be found in DEFAULT. Gavin Perez shall also file by June 12, 2018 a Response to the Petition and by June 12, 2018 deliver a copy to the Petitioner’s Attorney or the Petitioner, if unrepresented. Failure to do so will result in issuance of Orders in this matter, which may affect you without your input.

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THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

9th Circuit - Family Division 30 Spring St, Suite 102, Nashua, NH 03060 CITATION BY PUBLICATION - TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS

TO: MICHAEL LAMBERT Case Number: 659-2018-TR-00003 659-2016-JV00205; 659-2017-TR-00063; 659-2017-TR-00064; 659- 2018-TR-00002

TO: WILLIAM MACKEY Case Number: 659-2017-TR-00064 659-2016-JV-00205; 6592016-JV-00206; 659-2017-TR-00063; 659- 2018-TR-00002; 659-2018-TR-00003

Final Hrg on Pet to Terminate Parental Rights Petition for Termination of Parental Rights - A petition to terminate parental rights over your minor child(ren) has been filed in this Court. You are hereby cited to appear at a Court to show cause why the same should not be granted.

Final Hrg on Pet to Terminate Parental Rights Petition for Termination of Parental Rights - A petition to terminate parental rights over your minor child(ren) has been filed in this Court. You are hereby cited to appear at a Court to show cause why the same should not be granted.

A written appearance must be filed with this Court on or before the date of the hearing, or the respondent may personally appear on the date of hearing or be defaulted. CAUTION: You should respond immediately to this notice to prepare for trial and because important hearings will take place prior to trial. If you fail to appear personally or in writing, you will waive your right to a hearing and your parental rights may be terminated at the above hearing.

A written appearance must be filed with this Court on or before the date of the hearing, or the respondent may personally appear on the date of hearing or be defaulted. CAUTION: You should respond immediately to this notice to prepare for trial and because important hearings will take place prior to trial. If you fail to appear personally or in writing, you will waive your right to a hearing and your parental rights may be terminated at the above hearing.

IMPORTANT RIGHTS OF PARENTS: THIS PETITION IS TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS OVER YOUR CHILD(REN) SHALL BE TERMINATED. TERMINATION OF THE PARENT/CHILD RELATIONSHIP MEANS THE TERMINATION SHALL DIVEST YOU OF ALL LEGAL RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES, DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE LOSS OF ALL RIGHTS TO CUSTODY, VISITATION AND COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR CHILD(REN). IF TERMINATION IS GRANTED, YOU WILL RECEIVE NO NOTICE OF FUTURE LEGAL PROCEEDINGS CONCERNING YOUR CHILD(REN).

IMPORTANT RIGHTS OF PARENTS: THIS PETITION IS TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS OVER YOUR CHILD(REN) SHALL BE TERMINATED. TERMINATION OF THE PARENT/CHILD RELATIONSHIP MEANS THE TERMINATION SHALL DIVEST YOU OF ALL LEGAL RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES, DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE LOSS OF ALL RIGHTS TO CUSTODY, VISITATION AND COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR CHILD(REN). IF TERMINATION IS GRANTED, YOU WILL RECEIVE NO NOTICE OF FUTURE LEGAL PROCEEDINGS CONCERNING YOUR CHILD(REN).

You are hereby notified that you have a right to be represented by an attorney. You also have the right to oppose the proceedings, to attend the hearing and to present evidence. If you desire an attorney, you may notify this Court within ten (10) days of receiving this notice and upon a finding of indigency, the Court will appoint an attorney without cost to you. If you enter an appearance, notice of any future hearings regarding this child(ren) will be by first class mail to you, your attorney and all other interested parties not less than ten (1 0) days prior to any scheduled hearing. Additional information may be obtained from the Family Division Court identified in the heading of this Order of Notice. If you will need an interpreter or other accommodations for this hearing, please contact the court immediately. Please be advised (and/or advise clients, witnesses, and others) that it is a Class B felony to carry a firearm or other deadly weapon as defined in RSA 625.11, V in a courtroom or area used by a court.

You are hereby notified that you have a right to be represented by an attorney. You also have the right to oppose the proceedings, to attend the hearing and to present evidence. If you desire an attorney, you may notify this Court within ten (10) days of receiving this notice and upon a finding of indigency, the Court will appoint an attorney without cost to you. If you enter an appearance, notice of any future hearings regarding this child(ren) will be by first class mail to you, your attorney and all other interested parties not less than ten (1 0) days prior to any scheduled hearing. Additional information may be obtained from the Family Division Court identified in the heading of this Order of Notice. If you will need an interpreter or other accommodations for this hearing, please contact the court immediately. Please be advised (and/or advise clients, witnesses, and others) that it is a Class B felony to carry a firearm or other deadly weapon as defined in RSA 625.11, V in a courtroom or area used by a court.

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27 “Master of None” star Ansari 28 Puerto ___ 29 Board game of world conquest 30 90 degrees from norte 31 Stub ___ 33 Chris Hemsworth superhero role 34 Schlep 35 DIY crafter’s site 36 Dennis’s sister, on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” 37 Place for filing and polishing 38 Wrestler John with an “unexpected” internet meme 39 Rowing machines, casually 44 “Chariots of Fire” actor Sir Ian Down 45 Take care of the bill 1 Mixed-breed dog 2 About 30% of the world’s land mass 48 Auction bid 49 Like 2 or 3, but not 1 or 4 3 Stuck together 50 The body’s largest artery 4 17th-century philosopher John 51 Poacher’s need? 5 “Git ___, little dogie” 52 Tennis star Monica 6 “The Jungle Book” bear 53 Main character of Minecraft 7 Leave 54 Coyolxauhqui worshiper 8 Swearing-in formality 56 Serving platter 9 Author Eggers 57 Keep from view 10 Lowest point 58 Loaf heels, really 11 Triatomic oxygen molecule 12 “The Muppet Show” daredevil 60 Brain segment 61 Way out 19 Have a title to ©2018 Jonesin’ Crosswords (edi23 1970 hit for the Kinks tor@jonesincrosswords.com) 25 Makeshift windshield cleaner

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SIGNS OF LIFE All quotes are from Born to Trot, by Mar- visitors gone. A whole hour before lights guerite Henry, born April 13, 1902. would go out. And now, at last! You have plenty of time for reading. Aries (March 21 – April 19) Yes, everyLibra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) Interruptions! thing the same. Questions the same. And out Gnat-like interruptions. Little but timeon the track the same harrow scratching the suckers. Always, it seemed to Gibson, when clay and the same float smoothing it and the story was most exciting … always then the horses pulling out around them with the the book had to be laid aside. Mosquito netsame unconcern. Yes, everything the same. ting might help. And yet it was not the same at all! Things Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) Why not! are the same and yet not, but all you have Why not! The words changed the room, filled the room, spilled out the window. Sang themto do is trot. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Pony Boy! selves to the whole world. Why not? … The name rankled. He was tired of forevSagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) Giber jogging his pony up the stretch instead of son occupied a white bed in a sunny room, down the stretch, tired of getting nowhere. but waking or sleeping he was back at the Even the pony must be bored with the monot- stable, his brown dog at his heels. He had onous, treadmill sort of work. Even he might only to close his eyes to make the whole get to thinking less of himself for it. It’s a good scene come alive — horses flying around time to spread your wings. Hooves. Whatever. the track, the high shrill whinnies of the Gemini (May 21 – June 20) The silence ones left behind. He felt left behind too. … that followed had a nice sound. Mr. White’s Everywhere, in everything, were reminders slow, even breathing. The whisper of footsteps of the place where he belonged. Your sense in the hall. And outside the window a wren of belonging may be shifting. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) It was sputtering. It’s not really silent, then, is it. Cancer (June 21 – July 22) He sudden- strange to be in the busyness but not of it. To ly remembered you couldn’t name a colt sit on the outer rim again, watching. For a just any name that occurred to you. ... So he moment he thought of the days when he had wrote to the American Trotting Association, jogged Tony, and a kind of longing passed special delivery air mail, asking for the rules over him. At least then he had had something and regulations. … But in his own mind he to do. Find something to do. would always call her Rosalind. There was Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) It turned no changing a name once it fitted. Don’t let out that the bookmobile lady had indeed names confuse you. gone off with the book. She came hurryLeo (July 23 – Aug. 22) The sun was ing in one day, holding it out to him, slim more than a promise now. It was up and fingers fluttering her apologies. A lost about its business — gilding the knobs of the object is found. quarter poles, firing fence rails.... You, too, Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) It was one will be up and about your business. thing, Gibson told himself, to know with a Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) It was night piercing sureness that you were hard-musbefore he found time to read. ... He sighed cled and ready to do a man’s work, but it was in anticipation. His supper tray had been another thing to convince your father. Show picked up. The room straightened. Evening them, don’t tell them. NITE SUDOKU

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Koerselman recalled. “We’re reusing (the) • John Silva and Derrick Irving thought old engagement ring. He’s different this they had a foolproof plan to cover their time,” she told (herself). tracks after breaking into a mutual acquaintance’s apartment on March 13 in DeLand, Florida. The Volusia CounBright idea A traditional March wedding at Peck- ty Sheriff’s Office told News 6 the men forton Castle in Tarporley, Cheshire, stole appliances and a flat-screen TV England, was briefly interrupted when an from the home, then stopped before leavowl trained to deliver the rings to a waiting ing to set a pot of spaghetti sauce on a hot best man changed its mind about where to burner and place a washcloth nearby so land. The betrothed Jeni Arrowsmith and it would catch fire and destroy evidence. Mark Wood of Wrexham watched as the The victim had been alerted to the breakbarn owl flew down the aisle toward the in by security cameras and called police, best man, but a seated groomsman then who stopped the two and found among pointed at the bird, which it took as a sig- the stolen goods in their car an empty jar nal to fly to his hand. “The owl just dived of Ragu spaghetti sauce. Both men were in and hit the guy -- who is terrified of charged with unarmed burglary, grand birds!” said wedding photographer Stacey theft and arson. Oliver. “He fell off his chair.” “Everyone was absolutely hysterical,” the bride Feuds • In Toronto, a group of animal rights later told the BBC. “It made the wedding because we were talking about it all advocates started protesting outside a restaurant called Antler in early December. night.” By March, the protests had grown, and Antler’s co-owner, Michael Hunter, had Least competent criminals • When an intoxicated man arrived at had enough of the “murder” signs and the Delaware State Police Troop 1 station “You’ve got blood on your hands” chants. in Wilmington on March 20, looking for So on March 23, he told the Globe and a ride home, officers thought he seemed Mail, he figured, “I’m going to have my familiar. Turns out he was Christopher own protest. ... This is who we are and McDowell, 34, a suspect in a Feb. 22 what we do. So I went and got a deer leg.” shoplifting incident at a local Kohl’s store, Hunter brought a cutting board, knife and according to the News Journal. McDow- the hindquarter of a deer into the front ell was charged with shoplifting and window and butchered the meat while the arraigned, then released on $1,000 bail. protesters looked on. As a result, Hunter After he made a phone call to a friend for and the protesters are now trying to open a ride home, his Kohl’s accomplice, April a dialogue, and reservation requests at Wright, 48, showed up — and she too was Antler have increased. Visit newsoftheweird.com. arrested and charged.


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