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Listening to national media after every Fromshooting, Manchester’s Original school it’s easy to conclude that our Glassplaces. Company schoolsAuto are dangerous This is not entirely accurate. In America, violence, especially homicides, including at schools, is drastically down. While this may be comforting to hear, parents who lost their children at Columbine, Sandy Hook or Parkland, Florida, will not be assuaged by statistics. We are not implying that there is no real issue around guns and schools. While there are relatively few homicides, when looking at the data, there are approximately 750,000 incidents of violence in our schools annually. Since the early 1990s the murder and negligent manslaughter rate in the United States has dropped from 24,700 (1991) to 17,250 (2016), a drop of about 30 percent while the U.S. population increased by 28 percent. This means the murder rate has decreased by over 45 percent. Is this drastic reduction reflective of other locations, like schools and the workplace? Here’s some perspective. In 1993 there were 1,074 homicides in America’s workplaces. In 2016 that number dropped to 500, a reduction of a whopping 53.5 percent while the number of American workers increased by nearly 28 percent. Factoring in population, that is a reduction of 63 percent! While the killing of even one child is tragic, schools also saw a reduction. From 1992 to 1996, there was an annual average of 51.5 homicides in K-12 schools. From 2011 to 2015, the numbers averaged 48.25, a reduction of less than 6 percent. During the same period, the K-12 school population increased by about 12 percent, therefore decreasing the school homicide rate by 18 percent. In 2016, with a total population of 323,000,000, America had 17,250 homicides while the workplace had 500 homicides with a workforce of 151,500,000. Schools had an average of 48.2 murders in the last few years with the school population (students and staff) of about 60,000,000. That means that approximately 1 out of every 18,750 Americans will be murdered this year, compared to 1 of every 303,000 workers, and 1 of every 1,260,000 students and school staff. In other words, Americans are 16 times less likely to be murdered at work than outside of work and 67 times less likely to be murdered at school. If there is solace to be gained from these statistics, it is in the fact that homicides in schools are rare occurrences. Our job is to eliminate them entirely. Fred Bramante is a past chairman and member of the N.H. State Board of Education. He speaks and consults on education redesign to regional, state and national organizations. Janet C. Wilson, M.Ed., ATR, is the owner of Inspired Learning Coaching in Amherst, where she provides education advocacy for differently-abled learners. She can be reached at

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Senate leader arrest

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office announced that Senate Minority Leader Jeffrey Woodburn (D-Whitefield) was arrested on several charges of simple assault, domestic violence, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. The office reported that Woodburn was taken into custody due to alleged incidents that occurred last year and this year, during which he allegedly slapped, punched and bit an unidentified woman and forced himself into her locked home. In a statement, the senator said he will “fully address and defend against these charges in court.” In another statement issued Tuesday by his attorney’s office, Sen. Woodburn announced he would step down as Senate Minority Leader but would not fully resign as a senator. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle condemned Woodburn’s actions. In a statement, New Hampshire GOP Chair Wayne MacDonald said Woodburn “has betrayed the public trust and inflicted serious and lasting harm. He should resign immediately.” According to the Nashua Telegraph, Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley said the party believes the alleged behavior “is completely unacceptable ... for anyone let alone our public officials who should all be held to a higher standard.”

Union fees

Due to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, non-union New Hampshire state employees will be exempt from paying a little over $1 million in “agency fees,” according to a study from the Josiah Bartlett Center For Public Policy in Concord. Agency fees were established by collective bargaining agreements with the state and required non-union employees

to contribute to public-sector unions if union membership reached 50 percent of eligible employees. However, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME in June ruled that these types of public sector fees violate the First Amendment. The Josiah Bartlett Center compiled data for its report from a state right-to-know request, finding that the state previously collected agency fees from 2,161 non-union employees for a total of $37,913.60 per paycheck period. If all these employees choose to remain non-union members, the State Employees Association and the Teamsters Union could lose about $1.01 million annually.

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Democratic leaders called for the resignation of Anthony Schinella, director of communications for the New Hampshire Department of Education, over comments he made about a New York Times article on diversity in New Hampshire. The article covered efforts being made in New Hampshire to diversify the state’s population, which the Times said is 94 percent white. The Facebook post Schinella made July 28 has since been taken down, but screenshots circulated last week show he commented that “Northern New England is the way it is because we’re the only people who want to be here.” WMUR reported that Schinella went on to comment “We don’t want or need New Hampshire to become any kind of cesspool.” In a statement, New Hampshire Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut said he and the department “condemn this statement, and any racist statement. The department is taking all appropriate and available disciplinary actions.” Schinella told


WMUR that the post represented his own personal opinion and it “wasn’t about race at all,” but rather, “it’s about people who want to be in New Hampshire, regardless of their race or gender or anything else.”


Fishery lawsuit

The Conservation Law Foundation in Boston, along with local New Hampshire residents, will file a lawsuit against the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department over pollution at the Powder Mill State Fish Hatchery in New Durham. Powder Mill is the state’s largest hatchery and discharges wastewater into the Merrymeeting River, which flows downstream into Lake Winnipesaukee’s Alton Bay. The foundation said that pollution from the hatchery is causing cyanobacteria outbreaks in the Merrymeeting River, which it claimed violates the Clean Water Act. In 2015 and 2016, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services closed areas of the Merrymeeting River to swimming due to the presence of cyanobacteria blooms.



Police in Franklin are cracking down on a newGoffstown parkour trend in the city, according to the Concord Monitor. Residents have reported young people using local rooftops to practice the sport, which involves using urban landBedford scapes as obstacle courses for various tricks and stunts. Amherst

Sen. Maggie Hassan announced that the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes $12 million in funding to develop a National Guard Readiness Center in MANCHESTER Pembroke. The bill also authorized a $71 million dry dock construction project at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Merrimack

The family of Rep. Robert Walsh, Milford a Democrat from Manchester, announced that he died last week. Rep. Walsh was serving his fourth term as a representative for Ward 4 and sat on the House Finance Committee.

Gov. Chris Sununu signed HB 1697 to expand the state’s charity license plate program, according to a news release. New Hampshire drivers can now purchase customized license plate decals to benefit a larger list of approved nonprofits, including the Daniel Webster Council of Scouts BSA, New Hampshire Food Bank and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. The special plates have a 3-inch blank square on the left side to place the decals. Along with regular registration fees, the decal plates cost $8 initially plus $15 per year.





For the second time in less than five years, Brookstone filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the AP reported. The Merrimack-based company opened its first store in Peterborough in 1973 and has since grown into a national chain of stores selling a variety of technology and hobby-related products. Brookstone first filed for bankruptcy in 2014 and was subsequently sold at auction in June of the same year. In its bankruptcy filing made last week, the company claimed to have between $50 and $100 million in assets compared to between $100 and $500 million in liabilities. According to New Hampshire Business Review, the company will also be closing its remaining 101 mall store locations, though 35 airport stores will remain open.

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The nitty gritty

Back in June, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair in favor of South Dakota. The Supreme Court’s majority vote agreed with South Dakota’s argument that out-of-state companies—like Boston-based home goods company Wayfair—must collect and remit sales taxes on purchases made by consumers in South Dakota. New Hampshire is one of five states without a statewide sales tax, along with Alaska, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. Alaska and Montana allow localities to charge local sales taxes. The Tax Foundation reported that statewide sales taxes in the U.S. range from 2.9 percent in Colorado to 7.25 percent in California. In addition to these statewide rates, 38 states allow local municipalities to establish their own local sales tax rates on top of what the state collects. That adds up to roughly 10,000 sales tax jurisdictions in the U.S., according to the Tax Foundation. “This is ridiculous administrative overkill that’s going to put a lot of strain on small businesses,” said Alice Pearce, executive director of NH Made in Epping, an organization that provides support services for local business owners, artisans and farmers. “There are thousands upon thousands of tax rates that local businesses are going to have to calculate if they sell online.”

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generate at least $100,00 in online revenue from sales made in South Dakota, or record 200 separate online transactions made from South Dakota, to remit sales taxes to its Department of Revenue. Local business owners are concerned about the precedent the case will establish. “The places I’m more concerned with are all the New England states, which is where we do most of our shipping,” said Jeff Bart, owner of Granite State Candy Shoppe in Concord and Manchester. “It’s going to be very difficult for us to comply and integrate this into our existing website, and since we don’t have a sales tax in New Hampshire, it’s going to be that much more difficult because we’re starting from scratch.” South Dakota’s Department of Revenue does offer online JEFF BART resources to help taxpayers. This includes an online EPath program for paying sales taxes and a Tax Match tool for looking up all state and municipal rates. But Bart still has questions. “Will other states provide that kind of free software, and more importantly, how will it integrate with our website? Or will it integrate at all?” said Bart. “Will this be an administrative nightmare every time we make an online sale?”


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Fighting back (or trying to)

Initially, an effort to create legislation to help New Hampshire businesses received bipartisan support. After the U.S. Supreme Court issued its verdict, Gov. Chris Sununu called for a joint legislative task force to meet and draft a response to the decision. State legislators and officials met on July 17, July 18 and July 19, ultimately drafting SSSB 1 for consideration during a special legislative session held on July 25. The bill would have forced out-of-state taxing entities to go through a vetting process with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office. “We want to make sure we protect New Hampshire businesses,” said Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem). “If a state wants to audit our companies, they have to make sure they’re following our laws.” But despite unanimous support from the New Hampshire Senate, the bill ran into challenges in the New Hampshire House of

Representatives, which wanted to instead create a study commission to explore the issue further. That revised bill passed the House with a narrow 164-151 bipartisan vote, but the Senate unanimously rejected it, which ended the special session. “While the House wastes time, they left our state’s small businesses vulnerable to being forced to collect other states’ sales taxes,” Sununu said in a statement. The right approach?

Members of the House have released statements expressing their concerns about the bill, including what many perceive to be a rushed process. In a statement, House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook) said the timeline for the special session was “unreasonably condensed” and suggested the proposed study commission would have allowed for a more thorough review of the issue. “The bill was fundamentally flawed, and the expedited process was unacceptable to a lot of House members,” said Rep. J.R. Hoell (R-Dunbarton). “Legislation rushed is always bad.” Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky (D-Concord) was the only councilor to vote against convening the special session when Sununu first proposed it. Volinsky argued that the process was moving too quickly and questioned how much the legislature could feasibly achieve.

“This all isn’t happening in a vacuum, and we don’t know what other states are going to do yet,” said Volinsky. “I don’t think New Hampshire should start a trade war over this. If we make it unnecessarily difficult for other states to collect their taxes from our businesses, those other states might have New Hampshire businesses pay up front or impose additional fees.” As South Dakota and other states start enforcing online sales taxes, there may be legal challenges from states like New Hampshire. But in the meantime, Volinsky said, the Supreme Court’s ruling is the law of the land. “Legislation [like SSSB 1] will invite litigation against our state, and whether we win or lose, that’s going to cost money and will introduce uncertainty for a lengthy period of time,” said Volinsky. “Let’s say New Hampshire is challenged in court and loses. The process could take several years, and by then, businesses that held out remitting sales taxes are going to get slammed with fines and penalties.” As the dust settles, Morse announced he would aim to convene another special session later this summer to debate a new bill. “I know the Senate will continue fighting for greater fairness for our small businesses and to ensure that the New Hampshire Advantage remains for years to come,” Sen. Morse said in a statement.

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How did you two meet, and four kids, so we how did Billy propose? try to spend our money wiseSara: We met at work. We ly. Having the were both at McKelvie Intermeopportunity to diate School in Bedford at the time, and one of our co-workers introduced us. … When have a wedhe proposed, Billy set up a scavenger hunt ding like this around the house with bottles and mesis incredible, sages. I found the first one that led me to and it’s even more meaningfinding another one and then on to the next. ful knowing that When I finally found the last one, it was a Billy Chapman and Sara McClintick we can actually heart-shaped glass bottle with the ring in it. Billy: I thought it was simple and fun have the wedding we wanted. Billy: We had thought about keeping the way to propose, but also kind of special. I thought it had more meaning behind it to wedding small and keeping it to just our direct family. I’m glad Sara put the work in have the messages written out. and wrote a nice email telling our story, and Why did you apply for this wedding we just got lucky. giveaway? Sara: A friend of mine had shared it on What drew you both to teaching, and Facebook. It basically said to write up our how did you both end up at schools in love story and tell them why we thought Bedford? we’d be a good choice for the giveaway. Sara: It was always what I planned to They also asked us to send some pictures do, and it was a no-brainer for me when I of us together. Eventually they emailed me was deciding what to do when going into back and said we were selected as finalists, college. I went to Southern New Hampand they called us in for an interview. I think shire University and did a lot of field work the judges liked that we’re involved in com- and student teaching in Merrimack. … munity and that we’re both teachers. It’s also After graduating from college, I actually nice that our story is about coming together. had a family friend who let me know there I have two children and Billy has two chil- was an opening for a paraprofessional posidren, so it’s really going to be the six of us tion in Bedford. … Now, for this upcoming coming together when we get married. school year, I’ll be starting my first year as a teacher. I’ll be teaching fourth grade at How does it feel to have your whole Riddle Brook School in Bedford. wedding planned and paid for? Billy: I teach gym at McKelvie IntermeSara: It’s really just a dream come true. diate School in Bedford, and I’m also the Originally, we weren’t going to have a varsity baseball coach at Bedford High. full out wedding. We’re two teachers with Gym was my favorite class growing up, which I guess was true for a lot of boys my age back then. … I think it’s the best job in What are you into right now? the world. Me and my students get to have Sara: We’re both really big Patriots fans. fun in a lot of different ways. Right before the [AFC] Championship Game last January, we drove down to Gillette Stadium [in Foxborough, Mass.] just so we could be there at the game. We didn’t have tickets, but there was a contest to win tickets before the game started. There was a couple who won a pair of tickets but ended up winning better seats, so they sold us the first pair they won. Billy: We paid about $150 for each ticket, and they would have easily gone for thousands of dollars online. It was crazy — 90 minutes before the game started we had no tickets, and then by kickoff, we were sitting in the stadium.

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QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX Rising overdoses

The regional office for American Medical Response reported that medics treated 72 opioid overdose victims in Manchester during July. This is the highest one-month total this year, and the highest total since October 2017. The report also noted 23 opioid overdoses in Nashua in this time frame. The 95 overdose total in the state’s largest cities resulted in five deaths, with one additional fatality pending toxicology confirmation. QOL Score: -1 Comment: Despite the increase in overdoses, the report indicated that fatalities have experienced a moderate decrease over the last year. While overdoses are up 1 percent year-over-year in both cities, overdose deaths are down over 20 percent from this time last year in both Manchester (26 percent) and Nashua (24 percent).

Lottery record

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission announced it set sales records during Fiscal Year 2018, with total sales exceeding $331.8 million. This marked an increase of more than $33.9 million from Fiscal Year 2017, according to preliminary sales figures. The lottery also generated a nearly 20-percent increase in net profits to a record $86.5 million, which supports education in New Hampshire. QOL Score: +1 Comment: According to the commision, the New Hampshire Lottery was launched in 1964 to raise funds for the state and to make contributions to public education. The lottery has since generated more than $1.9 billion in revenue to support local education.

Mostly flops

HGTV won’t be launching a spinoff of Flip or Flop in New Hampshire anytime soon. According to a WalletHub study of 172 U.S. cities, Manchester and Nashua are among the worst places to flip houses in the country. Nashua ranked 151st, with Manchester close behind at 154th. QOL Score: -1 Comment: The study ranked cities based on across 27 indicators in three categories, including market potential, renovation and remodeling cost and quality of life. Manchester and Nashua ranked in the bottom half of the list for nearly every category. Both cities earned particularly poor marks for market potential, with Manchester 163rd and Nashua 166th.

Snowmaking woes

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pitching a one-hitter and not getting a shutout on Friday because the lone hit was a Miguel Andujar homer was reminiscent of Pedro Martinez’s one-hit, 17-strikeout gem vs. the Yanks in 1999, when the only hit he surrendered was also a homer. Who hit that homer? Thanks to Porcello’s olden-days-style 84-pitch complete game, Friday’s game took just two hours and 15 minutes, to make it the quickest Red Sox-Yankees game in 24 years, since a 3-1 New York win in 1994. On the other side of the moon, Exhibit A in the “baseball needs to be put on a clock debate” would be Sunday night, with well-pitched games by David Price and Masahiro Tanaka that still took over four hours to play the first nine innings. Speaking of Price, yack all you want but after Sunday’s solid effort the Sox are now 16-6 in games he’s started. Seeing three guys — Rafi Devers, Blake Swihart and Ian Kinsler — go to the DL with hamstring strains in three straight games is a first for me. The real shame is that after finally getting an opportunity with the injury to Christian Vazquez the hard-luck Swihart was one of them. Sports 101 Answer: The homer hit off Pedro in his 1999 one-hit shutout was by Chili Davis, whose “patience” approach as Red Sox hitting coach was blamed by owner John Henry for last year’s lackluster hitting performance up and down the line-up and was why Alex Cora’s attack from the first pitch philosophy resonated with the brass during his interviews last winter. Speaking of last year’s staff, how many games does this group win with John Farrell managing? Really liked NESN’s Eck, Rem Dawg and Dave O’Brien three-man booth. Great chemistry, great fun, well-timed insight and a great play-by-play guy. Quite a contrast to the talk-just-to-talk, cliché-ridden masters-of-the-obvious group ESPN sent over on Sunday. The top cliché amid a flurry from A-Rod

was Jessica Mendoza saying, “No one’s harder on themselves than Xander” after Bogaerts’ Nomar-like choke on a ground ball that let in the lead runs during the Yanks’ seventh-inning rally on Sunday. Really? Who’s in second place on the list of players being hard on themselves after making mistakes? Then, of course, A-Rod made the ridiculous excuse he was distracted by the runner, which wasn’t true. He just missed it. Nice to see Bogie get a little redemption by forcing Andujar to hurry on his throwing error as the Sox tied it in the ninth with hustle down the line. Disease of the Week goes to new Yankee and F-Cat alum J.A. Happ, who missed Saturday’s start with hand, foot and mouth disease, which I thought only horses got. Despite the incredible numbers, I still wonder about Kimbrel in huge moments. Though Saturday’s near meltdown showed the down side of winning big, as he wasn’t sharp after being idle for six days. There’s something about white guys who shave their head that makes them easier for me not to like. It’s irrational, I know, but first on that list is pesky Yankees leadoff guy Brett Gardner. And if the director saw the look he gave Heath Hembree after those high and tight pitches as he was trying to sacrifice in the seventh inning on Sunday, tell me that Shane Robinson is not going to get called in to read for the part in any movie they make going forward about a deranged serial killer. Finally, if I were Cora I’d remind the boys about a few recent and distant baseball collapses like the 2011 Red Sox, the 1969 Cubs and most notably and painfully the 1978 Red Sox. Yes, that’s a long time ago, but there’s a lesson in them. Especially since the ’78 Sox entered August on a similar 111-win pace only to see their entire 14½-game lead fade away. That lesson is that big August leads are blowable, so feel good for one night, then keep the pedal to the metal. Email Dave Long at

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Not sure I buy that the race in the AL East is now over as some in these parts were saying on Monday. But sweeping four from the Yanks at Fenway was what I call a productive weekend. It left the locals 9½ up with 49 to play, and if you are a card-carrying member of Red Sox Nation you have to like that. However, given the tendency of some to go overboard, there’s the danger of runaway overconfidence seeping into the region, a realistic concern considering some in the media were already bringing up the famed Boston Massacre of 1978 in reverse after taking just the first three. At that point my thought was it might actually be weirdly better to lose Game 4 to pump the brakes on that hysteria. But that was before Aroldis Chapman did what Craig Kimbrel almost did Saturday, as the Sox rallied for a backbreaking extrainning win. A demoralizing loss for the Yanks to be sure, which, as Tommy Boy would say, is going to leave a mark, making last weekend at Fenway the high point so far in what has been a very enjoyable season to date. Here are a few more thoughts on the series as these two teams separate until the season’s final 10 days. Before I get all misty-eyed over the Yanks losing Aaron Judge for three weeks, I’ll remind New Yawkas Mookie Betts missed 18 games with a strained lat muscle in June. With his tightly compact swing Giancarlo Stanton reminds me of Jim Rice. But the line drives over fly balls that come off his bat are more reminiscent of the vicious shots Dave Winfield hit with his more herky-jerky swing. I don’t know about you, and this is based solely on my Leroy Jethro Gibbs gut, but I think Aaron Boone is over his head. Yankees-Red Sox 101: Rick Porcello


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The Big Story: Getting a promotion when your mentor is put on administrative leave is not the ideal way to get one, but that’s how Ryan Day became acting head coach of the Ohio State football program last week. The former Central/UNH quarterback steps into that role while the OSU investigates whether and/or how much Urban Meyer knew about alleged domestic abuse by now fired assistant Zach Smith. Smith’s ex-wife says she told Meyers’ wife about it in 2015, and according to his contract he’s to inform OSU of any such improprieties by his staff or else. Meanwhile, Day takes over in Columbus as practice starts tomorrow for the thirdranked Buckeyes. Sports 101: On this day in 1945, perhaps the most forgotten great player in baseball history became the first in National League and just the third player ever to reach 500 career homers. Name that player. Hot Ticket: Goffstown Little League went down in a tough 4-2 Game 1 loss to Pittsfield, Mass., in the LL East Regional at Bristol, Connecticut, on Sunday. Game 2 came up after deadline on Tuesday night. Alumni News: Bedford’s Kevin Lavigne is off to a fast start to his professional career. He’s already been Pioneer League

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.218 – batting average at Pawtucket for 35-year-old F-Cat alum Adam (gone with the) Lind when he was given his release last week by the Red Sox after hitting eight homers and knocking in 32 in 46 games in AAA. 7 and 5 – combined hits

Player of the Week and been named to its All-Star Game. All for hitting a second best in the league .366 with five homers, 31 runs batted in and seven steals in his first 35 games in Rookie-level A-Ball with the Colorado Rockies affiliate in Grant Junction, Colorado. Deja Vu All Over Again Award: After saying three weeks ago he was shuffling off to Buffalo, and two weeks after pulling back on that after returning to the F-Cats, Vlad Guerrero Jr. was shuffled off to AAA Buffalo for real last week, where he had three walks and a sac fly in Game 1. Sports 101 Answer: New York Giants star Mel Ott became the first National Leaguer to hit 500 homers after being the youngest ever to reach 100 career homers, which he did at 22. He finished with 511 and 1,860 RBI, 21 more than Ted Williams. On This Day in Sports – Aug. 9 in 1936: Adolf Hitler opens the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, amid bluster about the superiority of the Aryan race. African-American U.S. sprinter Jesse Owens put that to rest by winning four gold medals in a performance that led the Fuhrer to stomp out as Owens was getting one of his gold medals.

and runs batted in from Justin Grassini (4 and 2) and Eric Stack (3 and 3) in leading Merrimack Post 98 into the American Legion state final with a 14-5 win over Lebanon when Alex Thornton also had a two-hit, three-RBI day. 8 – birdies in Round 2 as Pat Pelletier was on his

way to claiming the New Hampshire Golf Association Stroke Play Championship in carding a bogie-free 64 at Canterbury Woods with the birdies coming on 2, 5, 8, 10, 14, 16, 17 and 18. 41 – age in years reached by “playing till I’m 45” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady last week.

Sports Glossary Grant Junction: Town renamed by this reporter to reflect Bedford slugger Grant Lavigne’s impact on the minor-league team playing in the Colorado city formerly known as Grand Junction. 1969 Cubs: With a nine-game lead over New York on Aug. 16, they somehow lost 17 games in the standings in the final six weeks to finish a staggering eight back of the Miracle Mets. 1978 Red Sox: When the Yanks fired Billy Martin on July 28 they led the AL East by 14½. Seven days later the lead was just 7½ and it was completely gone by the second weekend in September when the Yanks swept four during the famed Boston Massacre. But they regrouped to win their last nine to tie it after 162, before losing the (gulp) Bucky Bleeping Dent playoff game. The Boston Massacre: Humiliating four-game September sweep catapulting the Yankees into first after erasing a 14½-game Red Sox lead via a 15-3, 13-2, 7-0 and 7-4 wipeout made even worse because it came at Fenway Park. 2011 Red Sox: First team to enter September with a nine-game lead and not make the playoffs. It vanished amid the “chicken and beer” controversy during a 7-20 September. The final indignity came when Carl Crawford fumbled the ball as the winning run scored in a walk-off loss to last-place Baltimore and then watching Tampa Bay rally from way back vs. the Yanks to claim their playoff spot on Evan Longoria’s walk-off homer.

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It’s How magicians wow the crowds in NH By Angie Sykeny

Whether they’re making a kid float midair or pulling a rabbit out of a hat, New Hampshire magicians know how to entertain an audience. Many of them started doing magic when they were kids and have been performing professionally for all of their adult lives. Others, like Fred Carter of Dover, didn’t take up magic until later in life. For him, it all started about 10 years ago when he dressed up as a magician for a Halloween party. He learned a couple of tricks to make the costume more convincing and made such an impression that he started getting requests from people HIPPO | AUGUST 9 - 15, 2018 | PAGE 12

to perform at their kids’ parties. “I feel like I finally found something I was meant to do,” Carter said. “If you can make money doing what you love, it’s a great thing.”

Learning tricks

Magicians learn new tricks and illusions through a variety of means, including magic conventions and lectures, magic shops and books on magic. For New Hampshire magicians, that often means traveling, as there are limited resources for magicians in the state: no conventions, and the closest magic shop is in Peabody, Mass. New Hampshire does, however, have a magic

club. The Granite State Magicians encompasses the New Hampshire chapters of The International Brotherhood of Magicians and The Society of American Magicians. It has about 15 members, both amateur and professional magicians, who meet once a month to socialize, perform for and learn from each other, and plan charitable and community performances. “You join for the same reason you join any club: for fellowship, support and networking with people who share a common interest,” Lyndeborough magician and president of the group Joseph Caulfield said. “Our members are from all walks of life and have various skill sets. Some are

very accomplished in magic, and some are just starting out, so we all help each other.” Most magicians are, as they put it, “general practitioners,” meaning they don’t discriminate when it comes to performance opportunities. Those opportunities may include kids’ birthday parties, corporate events, fundraisers, schools, libraries, senior centers, fairs and festivals, “There’s work if you’re willing to work,” Dover magician BJ Hickman said. “Living in New Hampshire, it’s tough to specialize in one target without doing a lot of travel, which is why I do a mixed bag of different magic shows for different situations. You almost have to.”

Mixed bag of magic

New Hampshire magicians represent a wide variety of magic styles. Manchester magician Dana Holleran, who goes by the stage name Houdana, performs weekly table-side magic at a local restaurant, which includes close-up, oneon-one sleight-of-hand tricks with diners, like disappearing-reappearing cards and sponge balls and the transforming of a 5-dollar bill into a 20-dollar bill. In his stage shows, he tries to keep the classics alive. “I always produce a live rabbit from a top hat at the end, and that is really unique,” he said. “Magicians just don’t do that anymore.” Bradford magician Andrew Pinard offers several signature shows, including a Vaudeville period show, a show in which he performs as 19th-century magician Jonathan Harrington, and a contemporary sleight-ofhand show done with common objects. “I take things that people are familiar with — coins, ribbons, rubber bands, rope, things you would find at any store — and give them new properties and make them do impossible and unexpected things,” he said. Caulfield, who performs with his wife Kathy Caulfield as the magic duo Lord and Lady BlackSword, describes their brand of magic as “theatrical magic.” In one of their acts, they have their mind-reading dog puppet Baxter make contact with Lizzy Borden’s dogs.

“We do a lot of that spooky storytelling and seances and things like that,” Caulfield said. A magician’s assistant adds another element to a show and expands the magician’s options to include two-person tricks and illusions, and tricks made easier by having a second set of hands. Keene-area magician Jason Purdy said his assistant Vanessa Wenzel is essential to his act. “People always ask, ‘Do you cut your assistant in half?’ and the answer is, ‘Yes, we do.’ We cut her in half, but with a different twist on it. We do an illusion where we mysteriously switch places. We do it all,” Purdy said. “It simply makes it a bigger show, with a bigger feel.” Kids magic is a genre of its own and requires an approach much different from that of adult magic shows. The shorter attention span of a younger audience can pose a challenge for magicians. Carter meets that challenge with a largerthan-average stage show, featuring a big backdrop, musical accompaniment played on a big sound system, and dramatic illusions, like making a child volunteer from the audience float in the air. “I don’t pack light; I bring a lot of stuff to a show,” he said. “Kids get bored with a card trick. They like to see the bigger stuff, and it has to be fast-paced; you have to keep moving on to the next thing. That’s how I’m able to keep them entertained for 14 a whole hour.”

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New Hampshire’s first magician New Hampshire has a long history of magicians, the first of whom was Richard Potter, America’s first black magician and ventriloquist. Potter lived from 1783 to 1835 and made his home in Andover. At the peak of his career, he was the most famous and popular traveling entertainer in the country. “Magic and ventriloquism were very popular during that time and very difficult to learn, and Richard Potter was very skilled,” said John Hodgson, author of the recently published Richard Potter biography, Richard Potter: America’s First Black Celebrity. “He became a big name in American culture and an icon of respectable, family-friendly entertainment.” Potter performed extensively in New Hampshire and New England and took his act all around the country, from as far north as Quebec to as far south as New Orleans. He worked primarily in close-up sleight-ofhand magic but did some larger illusions as well. He could make objects disappear, then reappear in bags and boxes; smash people’s watches, then return them fully restored; and make eggs roll across furniture. He could put his hands in molten lead and not be harmed, and he could sit inside a baking oven and emerge with a fully cooked chicken while he himself was unscathed. “He advertised hundreds of tricks. He had a huge repertoire,” Hodgson said. “He could introduce new themes week to week and continued to draw a repeat audience.”

A flyer promoting NH’s first magician. Courtesy of Historic Northampton in Northampton, Massachusetts.

The Andover village where Potter resided has been named Potter Place in his honor. His gravesite is open to the public and managed by the Andover Historical Society. “He still has a presence here in New Hampshire and is celebrated by New Hampshire magicians,” Hodgson said, “but he’s more than just a local. He was really important to American life and culture.” Hodgson will discuss Richard Potter: America’s First Black Celebrity at MainStreet Bookends (16 E. Main St., Warner) on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m., and at Bookery Manchester (844 Elm St., Manchester) on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m.


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Magicians also have to know how to handle audiences’ unpredictable temperaments. With kids especially, there’s always that one “know-it-all,” Carter said, who has the trick figured out and tries to spoil the mystery for the other kids. “When that happens, I just talk louder or turn the music up louder, or I tell the kid, ‘If you want to talk about how [the trick] is done, come talk to me after the show,’” he said. The other kind of kid to be prepared for, Carter said, is the kid who doesn’t appreciate the mystery and becomes defensive, feeling as though the magician is making them look like a fool. “They don’t like that I’m not being honest with them, and it’s a hard thing, because I’m lying, yes, but only for their entertainment,” he said. Kids aren’t the only ones who get offended by magic; it happens with adults, too, so magicians have to be careful about the way they present the magic. “When you perform [as if to say], ‘Look how clever I am,’ you immediately set up an antagonism with the audience. They resent being tricked and want to find out how you do [the trick],” Caulfield said. “That’s why, when we perform the magic, we don’t claim responsibility for it. We act as surprised as the audience is when the magic occurs.” Hickman takes a similar approach to keeping his audience in good spirits during the show. “I try to have a playfulness with the audience, and I don’t take myself too seriously,” he said. “I prefer the angle of saying, ‘Look what fun we just had with this trick,’ as opposed to, ‘Look what I can do that you can’t.’”

For your entertainment

A successful magic show does not depend on tricks and illusions alone; it’s also about

entertaining, and to be a good entertainer the magician must establish a rapport with the audience. Many magicians engage the audience by inviting participation in their act. Some also incorporate comedy into their act as a way to connect with the audience on another level. “Magic requires an audience. Without someone to experience it, you’re just moving stuff around. It’s nothing more than a series of tricks,” Pinard said. “If you do magic well, it will tell a story, and the audience will feel like they are a part of that story.” Purdy said it’s not the tricks that win over the audience, but the magician’s personality. “Personality is a huge part of it. You have to have that likeability,” he said. “You have to be a good person and love what you do, and let that shine through.” When the audience becomes part of the show, anything can happen, which is why magicians must also master the art of improvisation. It comes with experience, Hickman said; he has had his share of mishaps over the years and has learned how to be quick on his feet. “You never know when an audience member will react a certain way or when a child will shout something out, but that’s what makes a show fun,” he said. “The audience participation makes every show different, so I try to play off that and come up with things that will make the show enjoyable, even when something goes wrong.” While it’s natural to want to know the secrets behind the magician’s tricks, Pinard said, you will get more enjoyment out of a show if you accept the mystery and keep an open mind. “It’s fine to be skeptical, but don’t let that attitude spoil the experience for yourself. Go into it realizing that you will be fooled, and don’t be bothered by it,” he said. “Magic is a strange and unique and wonderful thing. Allow yourself to become immersed in it.”

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Lord and Lady BlackSword (Joseph and BJ Hickman, Dover, Kathy Caulfield), Lyndeborough, facebook. • Available for private events com/lordandladyblacksword • Performs at community events and venues • Performs at community events and venues regularly occasionally • Upcoming performances: • Upcoming performances: - Hampton Beach Children’s Festival, Mon- Lyndeborough Community Day, Saturday, day, Aug. 13, 10 a.m., at the Sea Shell Stage Aug. 11, 1 p.m., with Granite State Magicians (180 Ocean Blvd.) - Milford Pumpkin Festival, Saturday, Oct. 6, - Seabrook Old Home Day, Saturday, Aug. 18, with Granite State Magicians 3 p.m., at Seabrook Elementary School (256 Walton Road) Magic Fred (Fred Carter), Dover, magic- Gilford Old Home Day, Saturday, Aug. 25, 11:30 a.m., and 2:15 p.m., at Gilford Commu- • Available for private children’s events nity Church (19 Potter Hill Road) • Performs close-up family magic at Steele - Before outdoor movie, Saturday, Aug. 25, 7 Hill Resort restaurant (516 Steele Hill Road, p.m., at The Ridge shopping center (92 Farm- Sanbornton) every Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 ington Road, Rochester) p.m., during the summer and school vacation - Hooksett Old Home Day, Saturday, Sept. 15, weeks. noon and 3 p.m., at Donati Park (51 Main St.) Tricky Dick (Richard J. Perreault III), David Anderson, Plaistow, southern New Hampshire, trickydicksmagic• Available for private events • Performs at community events and venues • Available for private events occasionally • Performs at community events and venues regularly Dave Chandler, Hudson, davechandlerma• Upcoming performances: - Somersworth Kids’ Koncert series, • Available for private events Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6 p.m., at the Festival Pavilion at the Somersworth High School Houdana (Dana Holleran), Manchester, football field (11 Memorial Drive). - Dunbarton Old Home Day, Saturday, Aug. • Available for private events 18, at 2 p.m., at Dunbarton Center • Performs table-side magic at Harold Square - Lee Fair, Saturday, Sept. 8, time TBA, restaurant (226 Rockingham Road, Lonat Little River Park & Fields (39 N. Rivdonderry) every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. er Road)


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Do you know all of the secrets behind Jason’s tricks? I know a lot of them, and, of course, if I’m in the trick, I need to know how it works. But there are still a few that I don’t know. I’ve asked him how they work, but he refuses to tell me. He wants me to still be excited about magic.

What kinds of skills or training did you need? I’ve been a dancer my whole life … and I was a professional model for some time, so I had experience with being on stage and had a good stage presence. Once I got the job, it was just a matWhat is the biggest misconception ter of learning how to do the tricks and people have about your job? illusions. They think it’s easier than it is. They What is your relationship with Jason see an assistant on stage looking beautiful, and it looks like a piece of cake. like? We have a very good relationship off They don’t realize that it isn’t always as stage and very good chemistry on stage. glamorous as it looks. My job is to assist I usually know what he needs without [Jason], and a lot of that is unloading him even having to ask. If something the car, hauling equipment and getting goes wrong, we can handle the situation everything ready on stage. I don’t just without panicking because we know we show up and go on stage.

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How did you land the job? I started out with another magician about three years ago — I had responded to an ad on Craigslist — and worked with him for a few months. It wasn’t working out, but I loved the job, so I started researching other magicians in Jason Purdy and Vanessa Wenzel. Courtesy photo. the New Hampshire area, and I contacted Jason and asked if he was looking for And, of course, as [Jason’s] “lovean assistant. He had a show coming up ly assistant,” I have to do my hair and and needed an assistant, and I had some makeup and make sure I look nice. experience with the illusion that he needWhat is your favorite trick to assist ed one for, so it was perfect. with? My favorite is being cut in half. It’s What are your responsibilities on funny — when people find out that I’m stage? I’m part of the larger illusions, so I get a magician’s assistant, the first thing cut in half, I get handcuffed and locked they ask is, “Does the magician cut you in trunks. When I’m not doing those, I in half?” When people think of magic, help the rest of the show run smoothly by that’s what they want to see, and they get handing Jason props and clearing them so excited. I love doing that trick. out of the way when he’s done so that he has no distractions while performing.

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How do you prepare for a show? It’s quite a process. If we’re doing a big illusion, we have to get [to the venue] in plenty of time, because there is a lot of set-up involved. Some illusions require a lot of physical activity or flexibility, so I like to stretch out beforehand.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Talking to people after the show, seeing how excited they are, hearing their theories about how the tricks work. I love to see people using their imagination. I love that they are so enthralled with it. I couldn’t have found a more amazing job, and I am so blessed that I get to do this for a living.

Try a trick Impress your friends with these fun magic straw and thread a string through the straw tricks, explained by local magicians. so the string can be seen dangling from each end of the straw. With a pair of scissors, you Coin vanish cut the straw (and string) in half. The surprise Shared by BJ Hickman comes when you line the two sections of The trick: It appears that you fold the coin straw back together and withdraw the string. within a piece of paper, but then you tear up The string is apparently unharmed. the paper and the coin is gone. The secret: Carefully unwrap the straw The secret: You start with a five-inch square and prepare it by cutting a two-inch razorpiece of paper folded into nine sections. You thin slot in the center of the straw. Rewrap begin folding the paper around a quarter. Give the straw so it looks as if it was nevthe paper a squeeze so your spectator can see the er touched. That extra preparation is what shape of the coin “proving” it to be within the makes this seem impossible. Unwrap the folded paper. Hold the paper and coin in your straw in front of your spectator and thread hands (instead of resting it on a table), enabling the string through the straw. Fold the straw you to shift angles “apparently” so the specta- in half where you are going to cut it. Under tor can see from all angles. When the paper is cover of your left hand, the string takes a almost fully folded around the coin, you have shortcut outside of the folded straw when the advantage of letting the coin slide out of you tug on the ends of the string. When the paper and into your hand without it being you cut the straw in half, it appears that the noticed. Continue the folding as if the coin is string gets cut also. Line up the cut ends of still there. After all, the image of the coin is still the straw and whisk the string out from one on the paper. At one point, the folded square of end of the straw. paper can rest over the coin in your hand so it looks like you have nothing to hide. Keep the Coin vanish and reappearance coin concealed in your hand as you use a bit of Shared by Dana Holleran showmanship and tear the folded paper to bits. The trick: A quarter is dropped from Use your imagination to make the coin seem- a baseball cap into your hand. The cap is ingly “re-appear” elsewhere. placed on your head. The hand is shown empty and the cap is removed to show the Indestructible string coin in the cap. Shared by BJ Hickman The secret: When tossing the coin into The trick: You unwrap a plastic drinking your left hand from the cap, you rotate the

BJ Hickman. Courtesy photo.

cap with the right hand and the coin rolls into the inside brim of the cap. You pretend to catch the coin with the left hand, which closes. The cap is placed on your head. The left hand is shown empty. The cap is removed and rotated to show the coin is back in the cap.

take the bottom card of the face-down deck and reverse it so it is face up on the bottom. Spread the cards for a selection not exposing the face-up bottom card. When spectator is looking at their card, square the deck and turn over the entire deck. All the cards are face up with the top card face Find selected card down. Spectator’s card is returned to the Shared by Dana Holleran middle, but is face down in a face-up deck. The trick: A card is selected and returned The deck is turned over again and spread to the deck. The cards are spread on the table to show the selection is face up, but don’t and the selected card is the only one face up. spread too far to expose the bottom card, The secret: Before starting the trick, which is also face up.


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EVENTS TO CHECK OUT AUGUST 9 - 15, 2018, AND BEYOND Thursday, Aug. 9


The 61st Annual New Hampshire Antiques Show runs today through Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Manchester Downtown Hotel (700 Elm St. in Manchester). The show is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Friday, Aug. 10, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets cost $15 on Thursday, $10 per day on Friday and Saturday. Admission is free to anyone under 30 with proper ID and for return visits. The show will feature 67 antiques dealers with country and formal furniture and accessories, according to the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association website ( Find a map of the exhibition space as well as past years’ programs featuring ads from the dealers on the website.

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Catch Dwight & Nicole, a three-piece blues-soul-rock band, tonight at Riverwalk Cafe (35 Railroad Square in Nashua; riverwalknashua. com) with singer-songwriter Katie Matzell opening. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $18 ($25 at the door). Find more live musical performances at area bars and restaurants in our Music This Week listing, which starts on page 46.

Get donuts, lobster rolls, Caribbean eats, cupcakes, egg rolls, poutine, kebabs and more at the New Hampshire Food Truck Festival Saturday, Aug. 11, and Sunday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at the Hampshire Dome (34 Emerson Road in Milford). In addition to food trucks from around New England, the event will have a vendor selling beer, wine and cider and a bounce house and other kids’ activities, according to the Facebook page for the event. The event is hosted by the Northeast Balloon Festival, whose eponymous event is held Labor Day weekend.

EAT: a farm-to-table feast Get your tickets now for the next Farmers Dinner, being held at Fulchino Vineyard (187 Pine Hill Road, Hollis) on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Chefs Keith Sarasin and Chris Viaud will be creating a multi-course dinner with each item paired alongside a complimentary flight courtesy of Fulchino Vineyard. This event is 21+ only. The cost is $99. Visit to buy tickets.

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Enjoy some Italian cars at the home of Italian food at the annual Concorso Italiano car show at Tuscan Village Piazza (67 Main St. in Salem; today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The car show will feature cars and motorcycles from brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren and Maserati. That day will also include food and live music. For more area car culture, check out Hippo’s recent story on car shows and cruise nights. Go to and click on past issues; the story starts on page 12 of the July 19 issue.

DRINK: Brews to support Bell The third annual Brews for Bell fundraiser for the New Hampshire Telephone Museum (1 Depot St. in Warner; will feature craft beer from area breweries. The event will be outside the museum but you can also check out the gallery and exhibits, according to the website. Admission, which includes five taste tickets, costs $20 per person with additional taste tickets for sale for $1 each. There will also be eats for sale: hamburgers for $2 and hot dogs for $1.

Monday, Aug. 13

By the time you read this, a new school year will be less than three weeks away for many New Hampshire kids. Enjoy a beachy send-off to the summer with the Hampton Beach Children’s Festival, which starts today and runs through Friday, Aug. 17, and features a week of activities, live performances and free events on Hampton Beach. Find more details on this and other family-friendly events each week in our Kiddie Pool, which starts this week on page 26.

BE MERRY: With pretty boats Take a road trip to the Alton Town Docks in Alton Bay for the Alton Bay Boat Show of classic wooden boats and early fiberglass boats on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. The event is held by the New Hampshire Boat Museum, which will have a museum store tent at the show. See

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ARTS Information overload

Exhibition looks at impact of technology, social media By Angie Sykeny

How do we keep from getting overwhelmed in a world dominated by screens, inundating us with a continuous stream of words, images and ideas? That’s the question artists responded to in “Everything Happens So Much,” a new multi-media group art exhibition opening Thursday, Aug. 9, at Kelley Stelling Contemporary in Manchester. “We wanted to focus on this idea of being in a 24-hour news cycle. Whether you realize it or not, all of that information can cause a certain level of anxiety, so we encouraged artists to use that as a jumping-off point,” gallery co-owner Bill Stelling said. “What we got back was an interesting mix of work, some of it extremely cutting-edge, which is going to be very beautiful to look at.” The artwork featured in the exhibition was submitted in the gallery’s first-ever open call for entries, announced in March. Stelling and gallery co-owner Karina Kelley assembled the collection with help from Kurt Sundstrom, curator at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. More than 35 artists were chosen to participate, representing a wide variety of traditional media like acrylic, oil, prints, pencil and pen and ink, as well as more experimental pieces created with a variety of mixed media, needlepoint, teabags, found fabric and metal, manipulated photo imagery and video. “We wanted to feature artists who are breaking out of the mold,” Stelling said. “We were looking for art that is fresh, not derivative, and that approaches this ordinary subject in a different or unique way.”

“Gjallarhorn” by Chip Allen. Courtesy photo.

Manchester painter Chip Allen submitted an abstract acrylic on paper piece called “Gjallarhorn.” It’s part of a series of paintings he’s done that feature multi-colored squared lines and are inspired by the color palette of various images and objects, such as photographs of Larry Bird and the Challenger space shuttle, magazine covers of Richard Nixon and old Transformer toys. The colors used in “Gjallarhorn” were inspired by a rocket launcher featured in the video game Destiny. “The paintings are a format for me to explore color. That is their primary function,” Allen said, “but I’m also really interested in the diagonal [lines] that occur when the [straight] lines are togeth-

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er. It’s sort of a light optical effect, which I really like.” Another featured artist is Chelsea Gawlik of Nashua, who creates under the artist name Boy Nirvana. Gawlick will exhibit a video piece titled “Performing the Feed,” which will be screened on a digital picture frame on a loop. The five-minute video is a series of Instagram video “stories” Gawlik has shot on an iPhone over the last two years. The seconds-long clips are mostly video “still lifes” of inanimate objects and scenes, Gawlik said, such as a lamp, a public sink, a window, a cemetery and a plastic grocery bag. “It’s a nice observation of small, intimate moments,” Gawlik said. “My hope is that

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it will encourage people to take the time to look at small moments around them and document them.” The title “Performing the Feed” is taken from the title of a lecture by artist and professor Paul Soulellis about obsession with live internet feeds. Text from the lecture streams across the bottom of the video frame at various points during the video. “The internet is a hot topic all the time, but I thought it was really interesting that this exhibit is specifically about how our eyes are always looking at screens,” Gawlik said. “It’s not just about the internet; it’s about how we participate in it, and I think [the video] relates to that theme.” Stelling said the art featured in the exhibition represents a wide variety of viewpoints, some of which people may find “confrontational and provocative.” “When you’re showing [work by] 35 different artists, you have to expect that there are going to be things people like and things people don’t like, things people get and things people have questions about,” he said, “but I think it’s good to have that kind of reaction to art. Art isn’t always about what is in your comfort zone or what will look pretty hanging next to your couch.” “Everything Happens So Much” Where: Kelley Stelling Contemporary, 221 Hanover St., Manchester When: On view Aug. 9 through Sept. 15, with an artist reception on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment. Visit:

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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. Art Events • “BEYOND WORDS: BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS BY DAVID M. CARROLL, TOMIE DEPAOLA AND BETH KROMMES” FOCUS TOUR Thurs., Aug. 9, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester. Free with regular museum admission. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65+, $10 for students, $5 for youth ages 13 through 17, free for children under age 13. Visit or call 669-6144. • MANCHESTER TROLLEY

NIGHTS Trolleys will circulate to many of Manchester’s art studios, galleries and cultural attractions. Thurs., Sept. 20, 5 to 8 p.m. Trolley pickup at entrance of the Millyard Museum, Commercial Street, Manchester. Free. Visit • FALL STUDIO GALLERY OPEN HOUSE Sat., Sept. 22, and Sun., Sept. 23, noon to 4 p.m. JoAnne Lussier Fine Art, 40 Merrill Road, Weare. Visit Fairs • CRAFTSMEN’S FAIR Nine-

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day craft fair features work by juried League of NH Craftsmen members. Sat., Aug. 4, through Sun., Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103, Newbury. Visit • GREELEY PARK ART SHOW Outdoor show hosted by Nashua Area Artists Association featuring a variety of artwork for sale. Sat., Aug. 18, and Sun., Aug. 19. Greeley Park Art Show, 100 Concord St., Nashua. Free. Visit • CONCORD ARTS MARKET Handmade arts, crafts

and goods by local craftspeople and artists. Saturdays, June 2 through Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bicentennial Square, Concord. Visit concordartsmarket. net.

• ALAN WOOD RECEPTION Photographer exhibits. Thurs., Sept. 6, 5 to 7 p.m. Gateway Gallery at Great Bay Community College, 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth. Visit

Openings • “EVERYTHING HAPPENS SO MUCH” RECEPTION Exhibition featuring works by contemporary artists reflecting on living in the Age of Everything. Thurs., Aug. 9, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kelley Stelling Contemporary, 221 Hanover St. , Manchester. Visit

Workshops/classes/ demonstrations • CREATIVE STUDIO: TOMIE DEPAOLA Participants will use watercolor pencils to create illustrations inspired by the work of featured artist Tomie dePaola. All ages are welcome. Sat., Aug. 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester. Free admission

for New Hampshire residents from 10 a.m. to noon. Visit or call 669-6144. • REALISTIC WATERCOLOR VIA TRANSPARENT WASHES Learn how to take preliminary drawing and light washes and develop them into realistic images; the meaning and uses of color theory to enhance the depth of field painting; and how to incorporate images of subject matter of interest. Sat., Aug. 25, and Sun., Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ArtHub, 30 Temple St., Nashua. $250. Email


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• Crafts galore: The League of NH Craftsmen’s 85th annual Craftsmen’s Fair is going on now through Sunday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, at Mount Sunapee Resort (1398 Route 103, Newbury). It features 350 craftspeople presenting a variety of contemporary and traditional crafts, including baskets, calligraphy, glassware, ceramics and pottery, printmaking, folk art, furniture, quilts, fiber arts, metal, leather, mixed media, musical instruments, photography, jewelry and more. There are 200 vendors booths, plus a “Next Generation” tent with the work of young craftspeople ages 12 through 19 who are mentored by the League’s juried members; three fine craft exhibitions with a wide selection of wearable art and handcrafted items for home and garden; and craft demonstrations including traditional blacksmithing, spoon carving, rug braiding and hooking, stained glass, needle felting, broom making and more. Attendees can participate in a variety of hands-on workshops, including leatherworking, stone chip carving, printmaking, tea bag book making and more. New this year, there is live music every day, a New Hampshire craft beer and wine garden and a tasting tent with specialty food vendors. The cost is $15 for general admission and $13 for seniors and military. Visit To read the full story about the Craftsmen’s Fair, visit and click on “past issues,” then click on the Aug. 2 issue and look for the story on p. 24. • Illustrations of your own: The Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St., Manchester) will host a Creative Studio event on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will use watercolor pencils to create illustra-

Theater Productions • MAMMA MIA! The Winnipesaukee Playhouse presents. July 26 through Aug. 11. 33 Footlight Circle, Meredith. Tickets cost $20 to $34. Visit • THE DROWSY CHAPERONE The Peterborough Players present. Aug. 1 through Aug. 12. 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough. Tickets cost $45. Call 924-7585 or visit • LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Interlakes Summer Theatre presents. Aug. 1 through Aug. 12. 1 Laker Lane , Meredith. $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $25 for children. Visit

Hethre Larivee’s glass work, featured at the Craftsmen’s Fair. Photo by Lizzy Bates.

tions inspired by the work of Tomie dePaola, an illustrator currently featured in the Currier’s special exhibition “Beyond Words,” on view through Sept. 9. DePaola has written and illustrated more than 260 books for children of all ages. His distinctive style consists of strong outlines and bold figures and forms that propel the story’s narrative. DePaola’s books will be available for purchase in the Currier shop, including his newest book, Quiet, pre-released exclusively at the Currier. All ages are welcome. Admission is free for New Hampshire residents from 10 a.m. to noon. Visit or call 669-6144. • Art students exhibit: Don’t miss the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s biannual Master of Fine Arts Summer Thesis Exhibition, on view now through Aug. 12 at the Sharon Arts Center Exhibition Gallery (30 Grove St., Peterborough). The exhibition features thesis work from students in photography and visual arts. Thesis scripts and book projects from graduates in the MFA Writing for Stage and Screen and MFA Writing programs will also be on display. Call 623-0313 or visit — Angie Sykeny

• XANADU The Seacoast Repertory Theatre. Aug. 2 through Aug. 26. 125 Bow St. , Portsmouth. Tickets $16 to $38. Visit or call 433-4472. • UNDER THE AGUACATE TREE Crone Theatricals presents. Aug. 3 through Aug. 12. Players’ Ring Theatre, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth. Tickets cost $14 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Visit • CABARET One Light Theatre presents. Aug. 3 through Aug. 11. Rome Theater at Hamilton Hall, Tilton School, 30 School St., Tilton. Tickets cost $18 to $20. Visit • THE IMMIGRANT GARDEN ACT ONE presents. Aug.

3 through Aug. 11. West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth. Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $18 for students and seniors. Visit or call 300-2986. • I MARRIED AN ALIEN ACT ONE presents. Aug. 3 through Aug. 11. West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth. Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $18 for students and seniors. Visit or call 300-2986. • THE WIZARD OF OZ The 2018 Bank of New Hampshire Children’s Summer Series presents. Thurs., Aug. 9, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets cost $9. Visit



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• Life is a cabaret: One Light Theatre presents Cabaret at the Rome Theater at Hamilton Hall (Tilton School, 30 School St., Tilton) on Friday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The Broadway hit musical is set in 1931 Berlin as Nazis are riding to power and centers on the nightlife at the Kit Kat Klub and the relationship between a young American writer, Cliff Bradshaw, and cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $18 for students. Visit • Behind Gone with the Wind: The Majestic Theatre presents Moonlight and Magnolias at The Majestic Studios (880 Page St., Manchester) Friday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. Upon the realization that his current screenplay for Gone with the Wind just doesn’t work, legendary producer David O. Selznick shuts down production and calls for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and The Wizard of Oz director Victor Fleming to help him refashion the screenplay for what would become one of the most successful films of all time. Tickets cost $12 to $15. Visit • Never grow up: The 2018 Bank of New Hampshire Children’s Summer Series presents Peter Pan at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) Tuesday, Aug. 14, through Thursday, Aug. 16, at 10

• MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS The Majestic Theatre presents. Fri., Aug. 10, and Sat., Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Aug. 12, 2 p.m. The Majestic Studios, 880 Page St., Manchester. Tickets cost $12 to $15. Visit • GRANITE STATE THEATRE SPORTS Competitive improv theatre show. Sat., 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 • PETER PAN The 2018 Bank of New Hampshire Children’s Summer Series presents. Tues., Aug. 14, through Thurs., Aug. 16, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets cost $9. Visit • NEWSIES Interlakes Summer Theatre presents. Aug. 15 through Aug. 19. 1 Laker Lane , Meredith. $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $25 for children. Visit • THE MAN OF DESTINY

Susan Poulin stars in I Married an Alien! Courtesy photo.

a.m. and 6:30 p.m. While in search of his missing shadow, Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinker Bell visit the nursery of the Darling children and take them on the adventure of a lifetime. Tickets cost $9. Additionally, the Palace Youth Theatre Summer Camps will perform Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. on Friday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. Tickets for that show cost $14 for adults and $11 for children age 12 and under. Visit or call 668-5588. • Ups and downs of marriage: The Artists’ Collaborative Theatre of New England presents I Married an Alien! at the West End Studio Theatre (959 Islington St., Portsmouth) on Friday Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 11, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Writer and performer Susan Poulin performs as her alter ego Ida LeClair and offers her take on love and marriage. Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $18 for students and seniors. Visit or call 300-2986. — Angie Sykeny

The Peterborough Players present. Aug. 15 through Aug. 26. 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough. Tickets cost $42. Call 924-7585 or visit • GHOST THE MUSICAL The Winnipesaukee Playhouse presents. Aug. 16 through Sept. 1. 33 Footlight Circle, Meredith. Tickets cost $20 to $34. Visit • JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL The Riverbend Youth Company presents. Aug. 17 through Aug. 19. Amato Center for the Performing Arts , 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford. Visit • BEST ENEMIES Aug. 17 through Aug. 26. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for students. Visit • PRIVATE PROPERTY An original play. Aug. 17 through Aug. 26. Players’ Ring Theatre, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth. Tickets cost $14 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Visit

Classical Music Events • NEW HAMPSHIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL Five-week classical music series featuring chamber and orchestra concerts performed by world-class musicians. Through Sat., Aug. 11, statewide. Tickets range from $12 to $75. Series passes range from $49.50 to $300. Visit • ALTIUS STRING QUARTET Summer Music Associates presents. Thurs., Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, 461 Main St., New London. $25 for adults and $5 for students. Visit • AMADI AND DEBBY AZIKIWE Strings and piano concert. Wed., Aug. 15, noon. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. Free. Visit • UPTOWN JAZZ TENTET A Juilliard Alumni Jazz Orchestra. Summer Music Associates presents. Fri., Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main St., New London. $25 for adults and $5 for students. Visit

INSIDE/OUTSIDE Homecoming fun Towns celebrate old home days By Angie Sykeny

During August and September many towns host their old home days, community celebrations where people from town can catch up with old friends and make new ones while enjoying all kinds of fair-like activities. “It’s great for a town like Lyndeborough, a large town with a small population, where neighbors are far apart,” said Karen Grybko, who organizes Lyndeborough Community Day’s steak barbecue. “You know your neighbors are there, but you don’t usually see them, but Community Day connects us all together. It’s a reason for us to come together outside of a town meeting.” Many have food, vendors, games and contests, live entertainment, road races, parades and fireworks. Some are even as big as the county fairs, taking place over several days and featuring a midway, rides and other large attractions. “It’s a very Norman Rockwell moment,” Grybko said. “It’s old-fashioned kind of a fun and a nice time for everyone.” Check out this list of upcoming old home day events to see how your town is celebrating. • Amherst Old Home Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Amherst Village Historic District on the town common. There will be walking tours of the village, family activities and games, historical reenactors, craft booths, a family picnic and more. Visit • Auburn Day is on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Auburn Village on Hooksett Road. Event highlights include the annual duck race, an apple pie contest, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, food and more. Visit 24 The Gardening Guy Advice on your outdoors.

Hudson Old Home Day. Courtesy photo.

• Bedford Olde Towne Day takes place on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Riley Field (corner of Nashua and County Roads). Beginning at 11 a.m., there will be live entertainment, artists and crafters, a bounce house and other kids’ activities, food vendors and more, ending with the famous Bull Frog Bounce at 3 p.m. Visit • Boscawen Old Home Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, beginning with a parade at 11 a.m., which will stop off from Jackson Street. Other festivities will follow at Jamie Welch Field (Depot Street), ending with fireworks at dusk. Visit • Candia Old Home Day is on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Moore Park (High Street). It features a parade, live entertainment, food, live animals, a watermelon-eating contest, a road race, fireworks and more. Visit • Chester Town Fair will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Chester Town Fields (Murphy Drive) with festivities starting at noon, including a parade, midway games,

demonstrations, vendors and live entertainment, ending with fireworks at dusk. Visit • Chichester Old Home Day is on Friday, Aug. 17, and Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Carpenter Memorial Park (Carpenter Road), and will include food and special activities. Visit TownofChichesterNH. • Deerfield Old Home Day will take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, with activities at various locations around town, starting with a firemen’s breakfast at the fire station at 7 a.m. There will be a road race, sports games and tournaments, a parade, live music, food and more, ending with fireworks at the Deerfield Fairground (34 Stage Road) at 8:30 p.m. Visit • Derryfest is on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MacGregor Park (64 E. Broadway). It features food, live entertainment, crafts, games and more. Visit • Dunbarton Old Home Day is Saturday, Aug. 18. More info TBA. Visit

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• Epsom Old Home Day will take place Saturday, Aug. 11, with festivities at Webster Park (27 Black Hall Road) beginning at 10 a.m., including an antique car show, a bounce house and climbing wall, a ham and bean supper, a woodsman competition, vendors and music, with fireworks at 8:30 p.m. An Old Home Day road race will be held on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 8:30 a.m. Visit • Hollis Old Home Days takes place on Friday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Nichols Field (40 Depot Road). It includes an artisan market, a parade, Cow Pattie Bingo, an apple pie contest, a midway with rides, fireworks, a silent auction and more. Visit • Hooksett Old Home Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning with a parade at 10:30 a.m. starting at Lamberts Park on Merrimack Street and ending at Donati Park, where the festivities will begin at 11 a.m. There will be live entertainment, eating contests, craft vendors and more. Visit • Hudson Old Home Days will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 10, from 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 11, from noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 12, from noon to 5 p.m, at Hills House Field (211 Derry Road). It features vendors, live music, food, a petting zoo, demonstrations, contests, games and exhibits. There will be fireworks Saturday night. Visit hudsonoldhomedays. • Londonderry Old Home Day Celebration runs from Wednesday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 19, with festivities at various locations around town, including concerts, hot air balloon rides, fireworks, a road race, a parade, a carnival, an animal show, a singing contest and more. Visit 26 27 Car Talk Ray gives you car advice.


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Getting ready for guests in the garden By Henry Homeyer



Summer is the time for spending time in the garden — and for sharing your love of the garden with others. If you want to invite friends — your mother-in-law or perhaps the entire bowling team — to see you garden, here are a few tips. First, cut the lawn. I know that doesn’t sound like a gardening tip, but your outdoor space looks neater and tidier if the lawn is kempt. I like to cut the lawn on the day of the visit, or the night before. Lawn is the background of the garden, and helps flowers stand out. And if there are lumps of grass because the lawn was long when you cut it, rake them up. It really only takes a few minutes. You wouldn’t leave towels on the bathroom floor when company was coming, so do the equivalent for your lawn. If you have as much garden as I do, you can’t make every bed totally weed-free. So here’s what I do: first, I get the tall weeds. Anything taller than the flowers or veggies is going to stand out. And by late summer, tall weeds are present. Next, get weeds at the front of beds. Try to establish sharp lines for your beds. This can be done with a weeding tool, or even better, with an edging tool. Edging is tedious for me, so I only edge beds at prominent places, such as those in front of the house. An edging tool is a steel half-moon on a 5-foot handle. You step on it to slice through the lawn, then tip it back, away from the bed. That lifts up a little soil (and weeds, if they are present) and creates a little moat once you lift out the soil that you just loosened with your edger. This moat or trench prevents grass roots from extending into your bed. The weeds sense a precipice, which could be the Grand Canyon, and the roots stop growing in that direction. After weeding there may be some big holes in the flower beds. You have a few options. You could put in a piece of garden art or whimsy, or a pot of annual flowers. Most garden centers and nurseries are sold out of annual flowers by now, so you may have to move something from your deck or steps to the garden. I’ve been growing impatiens in pots on my deck ever since the scientists told us in 2012 that impatiens was subject to impatiens downy mildew, and we could never grow it again. I fear that warning was a “Chicken Little” warning. I did see impatiens devastated by the fungal disease that summer, but I’ve been growing it without trouble since. I can move a pot or two into a shady place that needs color. Brightly colored geraniums are wonderful for a punch of color for sunny locations. A friend recently gave me three pots of geraniums when she moved, and I love them. I set one in my

An edging tool helps create clean lines.

front walkway garden, right in the pot. It picks up a temporarily tepid bed. Staking flowers that flop is another tough task, but one that makes a big difference in the garden. Bamboo garden stakes and string help, but for tall heavy plants I end up using hardwood grade stakes. I run green plastic tie-up tape around the perimeter of a big plant to contain it. I put the tape about two-thirds of the way up the plant. It is good to tie up plants a week or more before a garden party, as floppy things need time to look good after straightening up. Mulch. There will always be spaces in the flower and vegetable beds, and mulch will fill in and prevent weeds from coming along. And it looks good, so long as you don’t have bare oceans of it. For flower beds I buy finely ground hemlock mulch by the pick-up truck load. An inch or two of this will keep many seeds from germinating, though it will not exclude grass shoots coming up from roots that escaped my weeding tool. If you adhere to organic techniques in the garden, be advised that some bagged mulches have been chemically altered. Look for the words “Color Enhanced” on the bag, and avoid those bags. Who knows what they used to color the mulch, and I have seen some leach color in the rain. Clean up walkways. Sweep them, and if needed, weed them. I have a 10-foot brick walkway to my front door. The bricks are set in sand, and ambitious weeds try to sneak in. Some gardeners take the easy route, and spray the weeds with herbicide. But then the brown weeds look awful, and they have to pull them anyway. I don’t use chemicals, so instead of spraying I use a “patio weeder” to get between bricks. It is an L-shaped tool, thin and flat. It’s great for getting between bricks and generally very inexpensive. Trimming around rocks and posts with a string trimmer really tidies things up. I now have a battery-powered one. It is so much easier to use than a gas-powered one, so I use it more. It’s a nice way to finish off cleaning up a garden. Then it’s just get out the snacks and drinks — which always improve your guests’ opinion of your garden! Reach Henry at henry.homeyer@comcast. net.


Dear Donna, I have this cast iron cat. I’m not sure what it was for so I am asking you. Hope you can help. Debbie from Bedford Dear Debbie, I believe that I can help you with your cat. What you have is an antique cast iron cat boot scraper. Imagine a time (late 1800s to 1900s) when you would scrape off your shoes or boots before entering a home. Boot scrapers were very common in that time frame. Most were very plain or with a simple design. They were embedded into the stone outside the door, so they could easily be used before someone entered the house. Besides the simpler ones there were some that were figural and later some even had a more industrial form. I have seen dogs, cats, rabbits and a few more designs. Your cat form is one I haven’t seen before. I would say that the value is in the $400+ range if it’s in good condition, and yours looks to be. This is a treasure, Debbie, and I hope it finds a place in your home. Note: Beware they have made lots of reproductions of all figural boot scrapers. So it’s always a good idea to have

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Family fun for the weekend

Beach week

The Hampton Beach Children’s Festival starts Monday, Aug. 13, and runs through Friday, Aug. 17. Look for daily activities on Hampton Beach ( with free live performances, contests and more. Highlights include: • Monday — a magic show at 10 a.m.; a movie on the beach at dusk. • Tuesday — face-painting starting at 10:30 a.m.; a talent show at 2 p.m. • Wednesday — a magician at 11 a.m.; balloon twisting at noon; the Extreme Air Jump Rope team at 3:30 p.m.; fireworks at 9:30. • Thursday — Bounce house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; “Party with Pam!” music at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. • Friday — Children’s costume parade at 11 a.m. (meet at 10:15 a.m.); an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus at 12:30. The week also features prizes and chances to win prizes. See the website for a printable schedule.

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It’s Honor the Children Day at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (18 Highlawn Road in Warner;, 4562600) on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will feature special gallery displays, storytelling, crafts including rattlemaking, games and more.



• Loudon Old Home Day is on Friday, Aug. 10, at the Loudon Recreation Field (South Village Road), with festivities beginning at 9 a.m., and ending at 9 p.m., with fireworks. There will be vendors, a parade, a baking contest and chili cook-off, a tractor pull, a horseshoe tournament, live music, a kids’ corner and a chicken barbecue dinner. See “Loudon Old Home Day” on Facebook. • Lyndeborough Community Day is on Saturday, Aug. 11, starting at 9 a.m., with activities held at various locations around town, including a touch-a-truck, an obstacle course, a marketplace, food, crafts, a silent auction, demonstrations and a magic show, ending with a skywatch at 8 p.m. Visit town. • Mason Old Home Days and 250th Anniversary Celebration will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around the town center. It will feature vendors, food, games, live entertainment, horse rides and more. Visit • Pelham Old Home Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, at First Congregational Church of Pelham (3 Main St.) beginning

Up in the sky

The New Hampshire Astronomical Society will hold a skywatch Thursday, Aug. 9, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Hosted by Derry Public Library (64 E Broadway in Derry; derrypl. org), the skywatch will take place at Broadview Farm on Young Road in Derry. Visit The Kearsarge Area Rocket Society will hold a model rocket launch on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Warner Farm Field (Schoodac Road in Warner). It’s free to come and watch rocket builders launch their creations and learn more about building model rockets. See

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Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, Edward James Olmos and Cheech Marin are among the many actors lending their voices to Coco, the 2017 Pixar animated movie about a boy whose desire to play music leads him to travel to the Land of the Dead. Red River Theatres will present this family-friendly PG-rated movie on Friday, Aug. 10, at 8:30 p.m. at Eagle Square in Concord, part of their Sunset Cinema Series. The event is free. See Wonder (PG, 2017), the gentle movie about a boy with facial differences starting school and starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, will finish up the Summer Kids Series film at O’Neil Cinemas (24 Calef Highway, Epping, 679-3529, on Monday, Aug. 13, and Wednesday, Aug. 15, both screening at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $1 for kids ages 11 and under and $2 for adults. Kids popcorn and drinks will also be on sale for $2.50 each.

with a community breakfast at 7 a.m. There will be food, raffles, a penny sale, a white elephant sale, a pie contest, a parade, kids’ games, live entertainment, a craft fair and more. Visit • Pembroke & Allenstown Old Home Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, beginning with a parade that steps off from Main Street in Allenstown at 10 a.m. and ends at Memorial Field in Pembroke (8 Exchange St.), where there will be live entertainment, vendors, food, inflatables for kids, a petting zoo and more, ending with fireworks at 8:40 p.m. See “Pembroke & Allenstown Old Home Day” on Facebook. • Sandown Old Home Day Fall Festival will be held on Friday, Sept. 7, from 7 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Sandown Rec Fields (25 Pheasant Run Drive). On Friday, there will be live music, a chili and chowder cook-off and a beer and wine tent. On Saturday, there will be a kids’ bicycle parade, vendors, a bounce house, a rock wall, a magician, a pie eating contest and more. Visit


Money miser wonders how long to wait between oil changes Dear Car Talk: I change the oil in our cars, mainly because I’m too cheap to pay what oil-change shops charge. Is there any way to test to see when the oil in a vehicle is almost worn out? By Ray Magliozzi Our cars vary widely in their use. One does a daily 15-mile commute; another goes 60,000 highway miles a year; and a van goes 3,000 miles or so a year, at times pulling a small camper. Sometimes the oil I drain looks like new. With oils and filters being so good these days, I’m wondering if I’m wasting time and money. If there were some litmus test for oil, it would be helpful, rather than simply going by miles. Thanks from a fan for decades. — Pat There’s not really a good litmus test, Pat. For ages, we’ve always estimated with miles and months. For a long time, our recommendation was to change the oil and filter every three months or 3,000 miles. But that recommendation is completely outdated now. With conventional oil, you can go six months or 7,500 miles. And with synthetic oil, you can go 10,000-12,000 miles, or a year. Some say more. But now a lot of cars have their own, built-in oil life indicators. They work in different ways,

depending on the manufacturer. Some use a direct measurement of some kind, testing the conductivity of the oil, the soot concentration or the presence of water. Other systems keep track of your mileage, the number of times you start the car and the temperature conditions under which you drive. They feed all of that data into an algorithm, and then tell you when it’s time to hit Pokey Lube. Those systems seem to work well, and can help you cut down significantly on the frequency of your oil changes, based on real evidence rather than guesswork. So you might want to make sure that your next vehicles have those systems, Pat. As for an aftermarket “litmus test,” where you wipe some magic test strip on the dipstick and find out how much oil life remains and whether you soon will meet the girl of your dreams, I haven’t found anything I’d be willing to really rely on yet, given that the downside is a ruined engine. It’s just not a risk I’d feel comfortable taking with my own car. If I were you, I’d switch to synthetic, just to reduce the amount of time you spend lying under those three cars with hot oil running down into your armpit. And keep changing the oil based on your best estimates. After all, even several extra oil changes over the life of a car are cheaper than an engine rebuild.

Dear Car Talk: I have a 2004 Hyundai Accent two-door. This is a winter question that I’d like to get fixed now, before it starts happening again. When the temperature drops below freezing for more than a week, I cannot open my doors from the outside. I have to crawl through my trunk and open the doors from the inside, or leave a window open so I can reach in and use the inside door handle. I cannot afford to get it fixed right now, but I am tired of crawling through my trunk. What is wrong, and is it an expensive fix? Thank you. — Kathy That must be quite a show you’re putting on for the neighbors every morning, Kathy. We’ll look for you on YouTube. There are lots of problems that can crop up inside old car doors. One possibility is that the latch mechanism itself is freezing. That’s the easiest thing for you to fix yourself, Kathy. You just open the door, and at the edge of the door (the edge that faces toward the back of the car when the door is closed), you’ll see the latch mechanism. Start by spraying that with some WD-40 to clean it up and remove any dirt and moisture that you can. And then spray it with some lightweight lithium grease to lubricate it and repel moisture. You can get both of those things at any auto-parts store or department.


If that doesn’t fix it, then the problem is inside the door. There are a bunch of rods and levers that connect the outside door handle to that latch mechanism. On old cars, they can get sloppy, rusty, bent or broken, so that the motion of your hand on the door handle is no longer getting transmitted to the latch. And if there’s water in there, all that stuff can freeze, too. The solution for that is to remove the inside door panel and expose the inner workings of the door. Once the inside of the door is exposed, you can have someone operate the handle, and you’ll see what’s moving easily and what’s not. Then clean up everything you can, spray it with WD-40 (I would not use lithium grease on that stuff) and hope that keeps it from freezing. The hardest part of that job is getting the inside door panel back on. It attaches with a bunch of clips, and you never end up with the same number you started with. And if you do leave the door panel off — which you can — you have to be careful not to get grease or WD-40 all over the left side of your clothes when you’re driving. But if it’s a choice between elbowing in through the trunk and driving with a poorly attached inner-door panel for a while, I think I know which one I’d choose. Good luck, Kathy. Visit

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What kind of education or training did you need for this job? I ended up with a communication major and business minor. I definitely learned a lot from the curriculum, but I also took on a lot of my own projects and video gigs on campus to get some hands-on expe- Josh Hardy. rience. … Over the years, I’ve learned that just when you think you know everything, either the tech evolves Josh Hardy is station manager of Concord TV. The station was created in 1998 or something else comes up to teach you to manage Concord’s community television center and its three TV channels for something new. CAREERS

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education, government and public access programs. Can you explain what your current job is? Concord TV is Concord’s nonprofit community media center. It’s a public access TV station, but we also try to focus on being a resource for whatever people’s multimedia needs are. As station manager, I oversee everything about our productions, including what we cover, how we cover it and making sure we’re meeting technical standards. I also teach our monthly video production classes and lead media production camps we do over the summer.

How long have you worked there? I’ve only been station manager for about a year, but I’ve been involved here since 2013. My titles have changed a few times as I’ve been with the organization.

What do you wish you’d known at the beginning of your career? I wish I’d known that when you love what you do, time goes by really fast. Leading up to the start of my full-time career, I always dreaded the 9-to-5 life. But I learned there was really nothing to be concerned about. The time How did you find your current job? between 2013 to us talking today has Concord TV was my college internship, gone by very quickly. and at least initially, it seemed like one stop I was making along the way. I grew What is your typical at-work uniform? up in Pembroke, but I thought I’d need to We dress pretty casual, so I’m usually go out of state to find a viable career path. in jeans and a polo. Over time, it became obvious that this was a good fit in terms of what I brought to What was the first job you ever had? the table and what Concord TV could offer I worked at a concession stand at a me. I came on board part-time and then hockey rink. worked my way up to full-time and even— Scott Murphy tually grew into the role I’m in now.

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FOOD It’s getting chili

Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest returns By Matt Ingersoll

News from the local food scene

By Matt Ingersoll

If you have a chili recipe you’re proud of, you’ll have the chance to show it off at the Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest at Pats Peak Ski Area in Henniker. The event, which returns for the 16th year on Sunday, Aug. 19, is also open to all chili lovers, who are invited to taste and vote on their favorite chilis from more than 30 amateur and professional-level cooks. “Once you pay the admission fee, you can taste as many chilis as you want,” said Ruth Zax, public relations coordinator of the Henniker Rotary Club, which organizes the event. “We take over the entire base of the mountain itself.” Chili chefs are divided into amateur categories that are open to individuals and professionals from local restaurants and catering companies. Because there are no restrictions on what types of chilis can be prepared for the festival, Zax said that each year there’s a wide variety of flavors to taste. “We’ve had green chilis, vegetarian chilis, moose meat chilis, chocolate chilis, pork-based or chicken-based chilis, some that have beans and some that don’t,” she said. “We tell people to be creative and that whatever their favorite ingredients are is what they should use.” A panel of three judges will taste each chili and vote on them based on appearance, aroma, creativity with ingredients or presentation, texture, flavor and aftertaste. People’s Choice winners will be announced at the end of the day, with cash prizes awarded for the first-, second- and third-place winners in both the professional and amateur divisions, as well as plaques and banners. This year’s judges include Chef Nicole Barreira of T-Bones, Cactus Jack’s and the Copper Door restaurants; Rick Broussard, editor of New Hampshire magazine; and Adam Parker, corporate chef of Fratello’s Italian Grille. Zax said chili vendors are also encouraged to decorate their booths and have different themes or names for their chili. Prizes will be awarded for best booth display in both categories. In addition to the chili tasting, there will be other food vendors selling items like burgers, ice cream, barbecue foods, cupcakes and more, plus a beer tent courtesy of Pats Peak, a craft vendor midway,

• Craft beer tasting: The Brews for Bell fundraiser, a craft beer tasting featuring local brews and foods, returns to the New Hampshire Telephone Museum (1 Depot St., Warner) for the third year on Sunday, Aug. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door; your ticket includes a “Brews for Bell” pint glass and five tasting tickets for a variety of light and dark beers that will be available courtesy of local breweries. Additional taste tickets will be available for sale on site for $1 each and hamburgers for $2 and hot dogs for $1 will be featured as well. All proceeds benefit the New Hampshire Telephone Museum. Visit or call 456-2234. • Brews, food trucks and more: Enjoy food trucks, live music performances, beer education, visits with Clydesdales and more at Anheuser Busch (221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack) for Budweiser’s Backyard on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will also include opportunities to tour the brewery and will feature a ceremonial toast with the brewmasters at 3 p.m. as well as the newly released Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager. Admission is free and open to all ages. Visit or call the Biergarten at 595-1282. • Smoke & Cream opens in Somersworth: Smoke & Cream, a slow-cooked barbecue restaurant featuring small selections of homemade ice cream and a full bar with local beers and bourbons, held its grand opening at 44 Market St. in Somersworth on July 21. The menu features meats such as brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, chopped beef and smoked sausage that can all be ordered as sandwiches or full-pound, halfpound or quarter-pound plates, with side orders that include macaroni and cheese, creamed corn, collard greens, coleslaw, pinto beans or potato salad. Other menu options include plates of one, two or three meats that all come with pickles, onions and bread. The dessert menu has about a half-dozen ice cream flavors (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, pecan pie, banana pudding and blueberry white chocolate chip), plus fruit cobbler a la mode and Mexican fruit popsicles that 34

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Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest in Henniker. Courtesy photos.

and a classic car show with nearly 100 vehicles that will be on display. This year’s Chili Fest will also feature appearances by Steve Friedman of 92.5 The River as the emcee, and the Dave Chaisson Band, who will be performing a mix of rock and blues music throughout the afternoon. A kids’ zone will be offering face-painting, games, arts and crafts and other activities. New to the event this year is a 5K run up the mountain that will kick off at 9 a.m. Proceeds from Chili Fest benefit local organizations supported by the Henniker Rotary Club. 16th annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest When: Sunday, Aug. 19; gates open at 11, chili tasting is from noon to 3:30 p.m., award ceremony begins around 4 p.m. Where: Pats Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker Cost: Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 10 and under, and free for infants and toddlers. Visit: No pets are allowed unless they are service animals

How to enter your chili On Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m., a mandatory meeting at Pats Peak will be held for all participating chili makers. Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to sign up. Entry forms are available at The cost to register your chili is $15 per individual entry and $25 per professional entry (restaurants or catering companies). Amateurs must produce a minimum of four gallons of their chili and professionals must produce a minimum of six gallons. Two servers per chili entry are required to attend (the entry fee includes admittance for two people, though additional tickets can be purchased if you have more than two servers). All chili must be prepared offsite and delivered in containers that will be provided during the mandatory pre-chili meeting. This will also be when your space number will be provided by lottery and when your access passes will be distributed. Servers should provide chili to tasters in steam trays heated with sterno, as no electricity will be available for slow cookers. Tasting cups, spoons, a tablecloth and napkins will all be provided. For questions, contact Mary Krotzer at or at 560-6279.

Sample eats from more than a dozen food trucks at the New Hampshire Food Truck Festival, happening on Saturday, Aug. 11, and Sunday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Hampshire Dome (34 Emerson Road, Milford). Trucks will be coming from the Granite State as well as other surrounding regions of New England. This year’s lineup will feature Fish Tale Express (lobster rolls, fried shrimp, fried clam strips and fish sandwiches), Flavors (Caribbean style platters and fried desserts), the Hot Ballz food truck (featuring a variety of ball-shaped fried foods), Little Zoe’s Take & Bake Pizza (pizzas, salads and hummus plates), The Poutine Co. (variations of poutine), the Pomaire Chilean food truck (sandwiches, empanadas, sausages) and more. In addition to the drinks, beer, cider and wine tastings will be offered courtesy of Bumski’s, plus children’s activities, handmade artisan vendors, bounce houses and more. Admission is free (no dogs allowed). Email for more details. five taste tickets; $2 for hamburgers and $1 for hot dogs. Additional taste tickets will be available for sale onsite for $1 each. Visit Chef events/special meals • BACKYARD PIG ROAST The menu will include roasted pig, barbecue baked beans, red skin potato salad, coleslaw, corn bread, soda and bottled water. Sat., Aug. 11, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Remick Coun-

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Craft beer and chicken wings are the stars of the annual Gate City Brewfest, which returns to Holman Stadium in Nashua on Saturday, Aug. 18, and also features all-ages activities like cornhole, a dunk tank, a Positive Street Art battle and live music. “We like to stress that it’s family-friendly while most brew fests are only 21 and up,” said Chelsea Dennis, marketing manager for Bellavance Beverage Co., which hosts the event with Nashua’s Parks & Recreation Department. “That’s always been a huge draw for us.” The first festival was held in 2013, and more features have been added each year, Dennis said. This year, for example, there will be food trucks for the first time, including Chez Rafiki’s and the Pomaire Chilean truck. Upon their entry through the gate, visitors will receive a souvenir tasting glass and a wing nut they will use to cast their vote on the restaurant with the best chicken wings. The Budweiser Clydesdales will be attending as usual but will be down on the field this time around. “In the past we had them at the gate, but this year they are going to be more included,” Dennis said. Nearly a dozen local restaurants are participating in this year’s wing competition, including last year’s Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice winners, Pig Tale Restaurant in Nashua and AJ’s Sports Bar & Grill in Hudson. Festival-goers will visit each wing vendor at its pop-up tent and vote by placing their wing nut in the bucket on each corresponding restaurant’s table. 6th annual Gate City Brewfest

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When: Saturday, Aug. 18, 1 to 5 p.m. Where: Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St., Nashua Cost: $25 in advance (through Aug. 17), $30 at the door, $10 for designated drivers and visitors under 21, and free for kids 12 and under Visit: This year’s wing competitors AJ’s Sports Bar & Grill (Hudson) British Beer Co. (Manchester) Burtons Grill of Nashua The Flight Center Beer Cafe (Nashua) Margaritas of Nashua New England’s Tap House Grille (Hooksett) Outback Steakhouse (Tyngsboro, Mass.) Pig Tale Restaurant (Nashua) The Prime Butcher (Hampstead) River Road Tavern (Bedford)

“We encourage creativity [with the wings], which goes a long way,” Dennis said, noting that previous wing makers have incorporated all kinds of specialty sauces, some even using craft beer as an ingredient. More than two dozen breweries will be offering beer samples during the festival, in addition to ciders and non-alcoholic beverages. Many hail from the Granite State, like 603 Brewery of Londonderry, Able Ebenezer Brewing Co. of Merrimack and Kelsen Brewing Co. of Derry. Representatives from most of the breweries will also be there to speak with and answer questions of craft beer lovers, according to Dennis. She added that Cisco Brewers, a new brew vendor to the event, will be providing an inflatable bounce house. The live music schedule will feature David Corson at 1:05 p.m., Mostly Young at 2:10 p.m. and Over the Bridge at 3:30 p.m. Other activities include face-painting, a balloon artist, cornhole games, a Positive Street Art battle, and a dunk tank courtesy of 3 Dudes and a Dunk Tank out of Milford. Participating drink vendors 21st Amendment Brewery, 603 Brewery, Able Ebenezer Brewing Co., Anheuser-Busch, Backyard Brewery & Kitchen, Bantam Cider, BareWolf Brewing, Belhaven Brewery, Berkshire Brewing Co., Blue Point Brewing Co., Bornem, Branch and Blade Brewing, Champlain Orchards, Cisco Brewers, Citizen Cider, Concord Craft Brewing Co., Devil’s Bit, Dos Equis, Elysian Brewing Co., Foolproof Brewing, Founders Brewing Co., Global Beer Network, Goose Island Beer Co., Granite Roots Brewing, Heineken, Henniker Brewing Co., Hobbs Tavern, Jack’s Abbey, Kelsen Brewing Co., Kona Brewing Co., Liquid Therapy, Lolailo Sangria, Long Trail Brewing, Lord Hobo Brewing Co., Martha’s Exchange & Brewery, Merchant du Vin, Millyard Brewery, Moosehead Breweries, New Belgium Brewing, Newburyport Brewing Co., Newcastle, North Coast Brewing Co., Old Speckled Hen, Otter Creek Brewing, Peak Organic Brewing Co., Pup’s Cider, Redhook Brewery, Rising Tide Brewing, ‘Ritas, Saintly Cider, Schofferhofer, Sea Dog Brewing Co., The Shed Brewery, Shipyard Brewing Co., SoMe Brewing Co., Spencer Brewery, Spiked Seltzer, Springdale Beer, St. Peter’s Brewery, Stark Brewing Co., Stella Artois, Stoneface Brewing Co., Strongbow Apple Cider, Throwback Brewing Co., Uinta Brewing, von Trapp Brewery, Warsteiner Brewery, Weihenstephaner, Wells & Young’s Brewery, Woodchuck Cider, Wormtown Brewery, Wyder’s

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What is the biggest food trend in New Hampshire right now? As much as I thought they were going away, cake pops are super popular right now. Another thing is push pops. You can use this push pop vehicle that comes with caps and a plunger … to be able to layer and present these things in a super cool way.



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What is your favorite thing that you have ever baked for someone? My favorite order that I ever did was a Disney cake made to look like a castle. I think it was the third cake I ever took on.

What is your favorite local restaurant? Buckley’s [Great Steaks in Merrimack]. What is your favorite thing to cook at Everything they do is a home run. home? I do a lot of cobbler because it’s easy What celebrity would you like to bake and it’s quick. I’ll get some local berries for? and make some ice cream with it. David Ortiz would be fun to bake for. — Matt Ingersoll He seems like a cool guy.

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Recipe adapted from Delish US Extra-virgin olive oil, for greasing baking dish 4 medium zucchini 2 cups ricotta ½ cup finely grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish 1 cup shredded mozzarella 1 large egg Garlic salt to taste Italian seasonings to taste 1½ cups marinara Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease baking dish with olive oil. To make the noodles, slice the zucchini lengthwise to create two flat sides.

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sonings — and decided to try my hand at making zucchini ravioli. Let me tell you, this is my new favorite dinner. I could not believe how well the ravioli turned out. The zucchini was just the right texture. It was soft enough to remind me of biting into a traditional pasta ravioli but still had a bite to it. I was worried that the filling would ooze out the sides and I’d be left with a giant cheese and zucchini soup, but the vegetable slices held together well. Though the casserole dish had a bit more liquid in it than I would like when I pulled it out of the oven, I let it rest for a few minutes before serving, and the liquid seemed to be absorbed into the ravioli. I told my husband I could just imagine the ravioli breaded and deep fried, but I suppose that takes away the health-conscious element of the recipe. Either way, this ravioli-alternative recipe is one I’ll be sharing with my friends and my parents, so hopefully they can turn their giant zucchini harvest into a few delicious dinners. — Lauren Mifsud Using a vegetable peeler, slice the zucchini into thin, flat strips to use for the “noodles.” Set the sliced zucchini aside, and make the filling, combining the cheeses, egg and salt and spices, but reserving some Parmesan cheese for garnish. To assemble the ravioli, lay two zucchini strips vertically and two horizontally, intersecting in the middle to make a lowercase T shape. Spoon about a tablespoon of filling into the middle of the zucchini, and then fold the ends of the zucchini to the center, working one side at a time. Place the ravioli seam-side-down in the baking dish. Repeat with remaining zucchini and filling. Spoon marinara on top of ravioli, and garnish with additional Parmesan cheese. Bake until the zucchini noodles are “al dente” and the cheese is melted, about 30 minutes.

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Don’t take the last brew By Jeff Mucciarone

I was at a cookout earlier this summer and as I peered inside the cooler I spotted a couple very hard-to-find brews. These were brews that someone waited in line for, perhaps for several hours. I wanted them immediately. But I chickened out. I had too many questions. Were those beers for me? While I’d like to think so, I feared they weren’t. Did the giver of this special beer want to share with others? Did he or she want to offer samples to multiple people? Did this person even understand the significance of the beer in question? Am I overthinking this? Yes, I am. But the craft beer boom has made grabbing a beer from the cooler a bit more complicated. If I open a cooler and see it’s full of Harpoon IPA, Budweiser or really any other brew you don’t have to wait in line for, I dive in without hesitation. But if the cooler is full of a variety of craft beers in growlers, single bottles or canned four-packs, some of which may be quite coveted, well, it’s not as simple. To be clear, I’m a firm believer that if it’s in the cooler it’s up for grabs, but no one wants to be the guy who grabs that one Heady Topper someone had given to the host while you were using the bathroom. That’s what I’m afraid of. I know, it’s a heavy burden. Do I need to get over it? Yes. Maybe, together, we can get through this. Here are some guiding principles to help you through these types of stressful situations life throws at you. What are other people drinking? Seems basic, right? If you’re worried about taking that last can of Bissell Brothers, take a peek around the deck or the yard. If you see several people with a Bissell Brothers brew in hand, it’s time to dive in. But if you don’t see others drinking it, that might be a clue. It’s just beer In the age of craft beer, that can be difficult to remember. No matter how good a beer is, it’s still just a beer. This is not a rare Bordeaux that has been aged for two decades. It’s beer. What beer you choose will not make or break the party. And taking a coveted beer from the cooler will not or at least should not impact others’ impression of you. Despite the craft beer boom, most people still just don’t care that much. Someone else will take it Rest assured, if you don’t grab that Heady Topper,

When I open a cooler and see a bottle of Feather Edge IPA by Cold Harbor Brewing, I’ll need to open it.

someone else will. You can’t expect others to overthink this scenario as much as I am. Ask the host Use your judgment here, as party hosts can be busy, but it’s not a bad idea to have a quick chat with the host. “Hey, I saw there’s some great stuff from Trillium Brewing in the cooler. I’d love to try it but I wanted to make sure that wasn’t a present.” Look, a cookout isn’t a job interview, but taking a moment to ask shows you’re a considerate person who thinks of others. So really, I’m not just offering you beer, I’m offering you life skills. Bring some beer You don’t have to show up with a rare craft brew, but if you were planning on drinking a few beers at a party, it’s a solid idea to show up with a four-pack or a six-pack. I know, this is basic, but it’s a lot easier to justify taking that “special” craft beer if you’ve made your own contribution to the cooler. Chill out Take the beer and enjoy. Jeff Mucciarone is a senior account executive with Montagne Communications, where he provides communications support to the New Hampshire wine and spirits industry. What’s in My Fridge Ballast Point Brewing Co. Grapefruit Sculpin IPA: I’m not a huge fan of flavored IPAs, but this brew is the exception for me. The grapefruit flavor is subtle but adds just enough sweetness and acidity to balance out the hoppiness of this brew. I enjoy this brew all year round but it’s a perfect summer IPA.




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I’m honestly happy for this Costa Mesa trio’s luck and impressed with their entrepreneurial tenacity; having Strokes leader Julian Casablancas in your corner is quite the lottery win, and their self-run annual Beach Goth Festival, held at the Observatory in Santa Ana, California, allows other genres (yes, yes, hip-hop’s repped there). Their actual stuff, though, is another matter. This is their sixth LP, which usually spells a look-back on my part, and I sure would if I were the slightest bit into it. Oh, it’s edgy compared to the stuff that was around when indie bands sucked on purpose (it’s true); if your dream band is a cross between Dead Boys, Bauhaus and basically every band that tried to be the Pixies, that’s this, and you should be happy. Me, not so much. There’s not really a lot of range here; “Pavement” sounds like it got left off the original Terminator soundtrack (it would have served nicely as fluff during the mohawked-kids scene). But this kind of thing will always have fans, so there’s that. B- — Eric W. Saeger John Coltrane, Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Verve Records)

OK, there’s only one question anyone will be asking me about my giving this a non-A-plus: “Was your helmet broken?” No man, I try to be fair to everything that wanders in here, even when it’s undeniably awesome. The only forgivable reason for giving this two-disker a 99 out of 100 rating would be because the CDs don’t jump into the drive themselves. I know that. The back story isn’t epic, but who cares — some mono audition tapes of prime Coltrane bop quartet were found in his first wife’s possession, having sat there for 50 years, and no one knows how they got there (Sonny Rollins said it was like someone found a hidden room in the Great Pyramid) (oh, and as usual, Coltrane once again totally owns Sonny with this scattered but pro-sounding set). So throw rocks, but here’s my problem: Whoever arranged the release got it wrong. Were I them, I would have put all the multi-take tunes (some of these are untitled, it’s that important) on one disk and left the main side as one-and-dones. The third take of “Impressions” should have been put on Side One. There, hate away. A — Eric W. Saeger

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Manchester native Tyler Spindel has made it big with his new movie Father of the Year, which he directed, and co-wrote with his high school friend Brandon Cournoyer. The movie, a comedy starring David Spade, premiered on Netflix on July 20. While in Italy, working as a second unit director on a new film by the same production company, Spindel took some time to talk with the Hippo about his filmmaking success. How does one get a movie on Netflix? While growing up in Manchester, I started out shooting YouTube sketches, and after high school I started doing stand-up and writing and acting, a lot for TV and commercials. Then I kind of fell into directing. … My uncle [Adam Sandler] is in the business, and I sent him the script [for Father of the Year]. He thought it would be good for Netflix and sent it to them. They liked it, and the next thing you know we were shooting. It was crazy.


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No One Tells You This, by Glynnis Macnicol (Simon & Schuster, 293 pages) When it comes to living alone, Glynnis Macnicol has plenty of company. Four in 10 Americans live alone — that is, without a romantic partner or spouse. Even among the youngest adults, that number is climbing; more than 60 percent of people under 35 live alone, Pew Research Center reported last year. So Macnicol’s new memoir about her 41st year of life, unmarried and childless, ought to resonate with a lot of people. It’s an often poignant, mostly cheerful account that begins with her checking into a motel in Queens, New York, to be near the ocean on her 40th birthday: “Was I really going to go home? Sad, sad Glynnis retreating to her studio apartment, defeated by her age. This could not be the story of my birthday.” Symbolically, it’s perfect: unmarried women of any age used to be seen as spinsters; now they ride the Freedom Express, able to duck out of their real lives on a moment’s notice to snag a $70 deal near the beach. Macnicol muses about her milestone birthday while riding the subway, comically envisioning the headlines that would be published if she were to meet with tragedy: “FOREVER YOUNG: On the eve of her 40th birthday, woman pushed into oncoming train by madman.” And, “at least she didn’t have any children.” Her wry observations about being a single, childless woman are refreshingly delivered without a shred of self-pity, Macnicol having decided early on that she didn’t want the life of her mother, who’d earned two master’s degrees but became a stay-at-home mother who never traveled anywhere by herself. But the flag that Macnicol bravely plants in her opening pages seems less a call to solidarity as her story unfolds, and more of a haughty marker of a small sovereign nation comprised of affluent, educated, well-connected women of New York City. Hers is not the story of everywoman, but of a woman whose most recent relationship was with an unnamed celebrity with whom she communicates primarily by text. She has an enviable web of friendships with other city dwellers who find her plum apartments and freelance assignments that allow her to travel to exotic locations for free. And even as she writes movingly about her mother’s deterioration from Parkinson’s disease and a friend whose baby is born dead, there is a once-removed aspect about her life. She experiences loss on the periphery of others’ lives; hers is a second-hand suffering that occasionally pops up as she travels hither and yon in second-hand fur coats, seeing everything through the glittery hard shell of a veteran New Yorker.

At one point, while visiting a dude ranch in Wyoming, part of a cross-country trip with a friend, Macnicol rides a horse to the top of a hill and is mesmerized by the scenery. When she tries to explain what she is feeling to her guide, she comes up with this: “It feels like the first time I came up from the subway in New York.” Moreover, while she has no qualms sleeping with a much younger man, she is quick to diss a 59-yearold suitor, who lied about his age on Tinder. Ironically, Macnicol is not a native New Yorker but a Canadian who succumbed to the city’s allure. And to be fair, by the memoir’s end she becomes less Carrie Bradshaw, more Laura Ingalls Wilder (one of her idols, along with Princess Leia), even returning to the dude ranch — again, on whim — for a month to write a book and sleep with a cowboy. But again, her experiences have an otherworldliness to them, fly-fishing in the Bighorn Mountains even as the unnamed celebrity continues to ping her. It is, indeed, wonderful to have the freedom and resources to live as Macnicol lives, to be both gorgeous and a “great conversationalist” as the Vonnegut-loving cowboy tells her, and to have a best friend who provides her with the greatest apartment in New York City. But there is a limited audience that can relate, the success of Sex and the City notwithstanding. Macnicol has far less sex and fewer shoes than that crew. The sex she does have seems antiquated, a leftover from the free-lovin’ ’60s, even though she presents it as proof that a mature, accomplished woman can enjoy sex for sex’s sake, without the weepy attachment of the desperate. “Slow down,” she tells her 28-year-old cowboy. “Here’s what I want you to do.” The next day they part as friends, and she realizes later she never got his last name. She finds this all exhilarating. At times this seems less reality, more law-ofattraction affirmation. And despite the promise of the title No One Tells You This, it’s never clear what Macnicol is telling us. Best I can figure, it’s “yes, you can be single and childless and happy, so long as you have an apartment so great that all your married-mom friends will tell you they’re jealous of your life.” That said, she keeps us reading, even when the narrative drifts dangerously into the realm of a tedious journal. She’s going to tell us something — she promised! Any page now! Great conversationalist though she is, Macnicol ultimately fails to deliver except for those already conversant with her glamorous, citified life. And she never tells us what the rest of us really want to know — who, exactly, is the unnamed celebrity and where we, too, can find a $70 motel room close to Manhattan. B—Jennifer Graham


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• From stories to film: The Tory Hill Authors Series continues with filmmaker Jay Craven on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. at Warner Town Hall (5 E. Main St., Warner). Craven will pay tribute to Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher, who participated in the Tory Hill Author Series in 2012 and died in January 2017. His last book, Points North: Stories, published in January, is a collection of stories revolving around the fictional Kinneson family of the Northeast Kingdom, Vermont, made famous in many of his books over the years. Craven worked closely with Mosher and produced five films based on his stories. At the event, he will reflect on their 28-year collaboration and show his first Mosher feature film, Where the Rivers Flow North. Visit • New book of poetry: Canterbury poet Hope Jordan will be at Bookery Manchester (844 Elm St., Manchester) on Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. to present her new chapbook, T ​ he Day She Decided to Feed Crows. Released in April, it is her first published poetry collection and consists of 20 poems she wrote between the ’90s and recent years. Jordan explores themes of grief and loss and of rural living, and many of her poems allude to places and things in New Hampshire, such as the Merrimack River, Lake Winnipesaukee, Mount Kearsarge, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and Bridge Cafe in Manchester. Jordan also co-founded Slam Free or Die, a poetry open mike and slam series held every Thursday in Manchester, in 2005 and coached the first New Hampshire slam team to compete in the National Poetry Slam in 2007. Visit ​ hopejordanwriter. To read the full story about Hope Jordan and her new book, visit and click on “past issues,” then click on the Aug. 2 issue and look for the story on p. 45. — Angie Sykeny

Books Author Events • NH TRIBUTE TO HOWARD FRANK MOSHER With director Jay Craven and screening of Where the Rivers Flow North. Part of The Tory Hill Authors Series. Sat., Aug. 11, 7 p.m. Warner Town Hall, 5 E. Main St. , Warner. Tickets are $10 each or four for $32. Visit • SUE COLETTA Author presents Scathed. Sat., Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to noon. Annie’s Book Stop, 1330 Union Ave., Laconia. Visit • STEPHEN P. KIERNAN Part of The Tory Hill Authors Series. Sat., Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Warner Town Hall, 5 E. Main St. , Warner. Tickets are $10 each or four for $32. Visit • KEITH O’BRIEN Author presents Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History.

Thurs., Sept. 6, 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore , 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore. com. or call 9244555. Poetry events • MARILYN NELSON Part of the 2018 Hyla Brook Reading Series. Thurs., Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m. Robert Frost Farm , 122 Rockingham Road, Derry. Visit • DUDLEY LAUFMAN Part of the 2018 Hyla Brook Reading Series. Thurs., Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m. Robert Frost Farm , 122 Rockingham Road, Derry. Visit Book discussion groups • BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB Monthly discussion. Last Tues., 12:15 p.m. Manchester City Library , 405 Pine St. , Manchester. Visit • EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Monthly discussion. First Thurs., 7 p.m. Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson. Visit Call 886-6030. • BOOKENDS BOOK GROUP Monthly discussion group. First Sun., 4 to 5 p.m. MainStreet BookEnds, 16 E. Main St., Warner. Visit mainstreetbookends. com. • GIBSON’S BOOK CLUB Monthly discussion group. First Mon., 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore , 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit • AFTERTHOUGHTS Monthly book discussion group. First Tues., 7 p.m. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. Visit • NASHUA NOVEL READERS Monthly book discussion group. Second Thurs., 7 p.m. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. Visit • MORNING BOOK GROUP Monthly discussion. Fourth Wed., 10:15 to 11:30 p.m. Kimball Library, 5 Academy Ave., Atkinson. Visit • NORSE MYTH & FOLKLORE GROUP Fourth Sun., 2 to 4 p.m. Toadstool Bookshop, Lorden Plaza, 614 Nashua St., Milford. Visit


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The Spy Who Dumped Me (R)

can see might actually be all about Kennedy’s mom’s attempting to stage a “chance meeting” with Mark. In addition to making me so grateful for the decades separating me and middle school, Eighth Grade is a smart, genuine and surprisingly gentle look at the heightened reality of this strange period of life with a truly standout performance by its young lead. A Rated R for language and some sexual material, according to the MPAA. Written and directed by Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade is an hour and 33 minutes and distributed by A24.

Lady buddies work to keep top secret info from shadowy bad guys in The Spy Who Dumped Me, a dopey but enjoyable comedy.

Best friends Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon) decide that the best response to the break-up message texted to Audrey by her ex, Drew (Justin Theroux), is to burn the stuff he left at her apartment, to include a second-place fantasy football trophy. When she texts him to inform him of this exorcism, he quickly calls to ask her to please not burn his items. What he doesn’t say is that if he sounds out of breath while talking it’s because he is, at that moment, running from, fighting and killing henchmen-types in Eastern Europe. Drew is not, as he told Audrey, an NPR podcaster (a show about jazz and economics!), but a CIA agent. Audrey is shown Drew’s real work file by Sebastian (Sam Heughan), a British secret agent working on a joint task force with CIA agent Duffer (Hasan Minhaj) to track Drew. They contact her the day after her conversation with Drew but then Drew sneaks into her apartment to tell her that they have to take the trophy, which is actually hiding some top secret information, to a meeting in Vienna or else innocent people will die. As hitmen and government agents converge on Aubrey’s and Morgan’s apartment, the girls aren’t sure who the real good guys are so they head to Vienna to make the handoff themselves. Plot is secondary to what this movie is, which is a collection of easy, enjoyable elements that come together to create a lowpressure but pleasant two hours, kind of like how pizza plus supermarket veggie-and-dip plate plus a few bottles of $8 wine equals a party with minimal wow but broad appeal. While watching this movie I found myself thinking that, yes, this movie is fine now, but in, like, March when I flip past it on TV and wind up watching the last hour from the comfort of the couch, I’m really going to enjoy it. It is exactly that speed of movie. Though it is not as funny or as well-crafted, I feel like it lives in the same space as The Heat, the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy buddy movie that I have enjoyed more each time I’ve happened on it. Kunis and McKinnon have solid chemistry here. Kunis doesn’t disappear next to the bigness of McKinnon and McKinnon isn’t just a collection of loud skits. We believe in the emotional connection between these friends. There is a romantic subplot — I mean, with Sam Heughan, the swoony lead of Outlander, in the mix there really has to be — but the real love story is these two friends, who are ride-or-die whether the situation is a lackluster post-break-up birthday party or the threat of torture by a sadistic gymnast/hitwoman (Ivanna Sakhno). HIPPO | AUGUST 9 - 15, 2018 | PAGE 42

Christopher Robin (PG)

The Spy Who Dumped Me

The Spy Who Dumped Me isn’t breaking new ground or even standing out in the (still rather limited) field of lady-buddy action comedies but it holds its own. BRated R for violence, language throughout, some crude sexual material and graphic nudity. Directed by Susanna Fogel and written by Susanna Fogel and David Iserson, The Spy Who Dumped Me is an hour and 57 minutes long and distributed by Lionsgate

Eighth Grade (R)

A girl navigates the complex social web of middle school while dreaming of the possibilities of high school in Eighth Grade, which is either a smart comedy about the last days during that most difficult year or a total horror story you watch through your fingers.

OK, technically, this is a comedy, or dramady maybe. But for me it was equal parts the former and the latter, as I really did watch many scenes fighting an urge to cover my eyes completely. Kayla (Elsie Fisher) is clearly eager to say goodbye to eighth grade. She doesn’t have a lot of close friends and in school she tends to be quiet, though as she explains in one of her many lively YouTube videos about such topics as “confidence,” she’s not “quiet,” she just chooses not to talk. Trying to make herself the person she wants to be — or at least the person she seems to want to appear to be on her various social media accounts — she fights her shyness and her sense of awkwardness to go to the pool party held by popular girl Kennedy (Catherine Oliviere) and to attempt to talk to Aiden (Luke Prael), her crush. The movie does an excellent job showing us what Kayla sees when she looks at Aiden — the music goes full-on catwalk soundtrack and he seems to appear in slow-mo. She sees an unattainable dreamboat while we’re seeing the goofy kid who is enough of a little boy that he passes the time in class making fart noises. Actually, the movie does an excellent job showing some very real-world-looking eighth-graders, not the usual showbiz version

The boy who led the animals of the Hundred Acre Wood grows up and has a midlife crisis in Christopher Robin, a downbeat movie about the suffocating of early teens who are played by actors who nature of corporate office work.

are airbrushed and often old enough to vote. Everybody has that look, conveyed through how they walk and how they hold themselves, like they don’t fit into their own skin and wish they could just curl up and disappear. And, of course, in classic teenage fashion, we can see how everybody feels that only they feel that way — only Kayla doesn’t know how to be in the world — when of course they’re all in the same place. Witnessing all of this from the outside is Mark (Josh Hamilton), Kayla’s dad, who is raising her alone. He seems forever perplexed, aware that things are going on with his daughter but not entirely certain what to do. There is quite possibly no perfect way to parent the ball of anxiety, confusion and hope that is a 13- or 14-year-old, but Mark seems like he might be the best version of the parent we all either wish we had or wish we could be. He tries to give Kayla space, he tries to give her support and he seems good at spotting the moment where just being quiet and listening will give him a window into Kayla’s life. Indeed, for those parents who grew up preFacebook (which itself is so old that, Kayla says, nobody uses it anymore) there’s lots about Kayla’s life to marvel in horror at, from the careful curation of an online persona (and the ability to wistfully page through the equally nonsense personas created by others) to the active shooter drills that the bored students use as a chance to check their phones. The movie is agood argument for a robust sex-ed class, one that explains why the internet isn’t always the best place to go for romantic advice. For all that I found myself wincing throughout this movie, Eighth Grade is very funny — laugh-embarrassingly-loud-in-thetheater funny. (Only I’m not in the eighth grade so I wasn’t actually embarrassed. See, kids, life does get better.) There’s also a lot of great comedy happening at the margins. The pool party, for example, which Kayla agonizes over, is an event Kayla is invited to by Kennedy’s mother, which we in the audience

Because kids love stories about midlife crises and career difficulties, yes? As a boy, young Christopher Robin (Orton O’Brien) had adventures with his animal friends, some of them “real” animals, some of them stuffed animals, all rendered in CGI, including Eeyore (voice of Brad Garrett), Piglet (voice of Nick Mohammed), Rabbit (voice of Peter Capaldi), Owl (voice of Tobey Jones), Kanga (voice of Sophie Okonedo), her joey Roo (voice of Sara Sheen), Tigger (voice of Jim Cummings) and, of course, his best buddy Winnie the Pooh (also Cummings). The kind-hearted Pooh loves Christopher Robin nearly as much as he loves honey and is very sad when Christopher heads off to boarding school. As the years go by, Christopher grows up: He meets his wife Evelyn (Hayley Atwell), goes to war, comes home to meet the daughter born while he was away and starts work for the Winslow luggage company. Now, in a grumpy middle-aged rut, he spends all of his time working and is planning to send daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael) away to boarding school so she can find her own soulcrushing career someday. Though he promised his family a weekend at his family’s old country home, Christopher instead must hurriedly put together a proposal for drastic cost-cutting measures at Winslow. A disappointed Evelyn and Madeline head out to the country by themselves, leaving sad gray Christopher all alone to contemplate a drawing Madeline found that Christopher drew of himself and Pooh long ago. Leaving the house, Christopher accidentally knocks honey onto the drawing, which somehow awakens Pooh and transports him to London. Pooh finds Christopher, who, confronted with a walking talking version of his childhood stuffed playmate, fears he’s gone crackers. Ewan McGregor is very compelling. It’s been a while since I’ve seen him in this kind of role that blends deep feelings, pastoral romance, romantic romance and kindness.

Oh, right, I found myself thinking, he is a handsome and appealing actor to watch. And he’s good at making you feel the feelings of the exhausted, rejuvenation-needing Christopher Robin. The relationship between both young and old Christophers and his animal buddies, especially Pooh, is also very sweet. Old Christopher has moments of almost parental tenderness toward Pooh, as though he is caring for his own childhood self. The scenes of Madeline interacting with Pooh and friends are also quite sweet. They are the closest the movie gets to the kind of Paddington-like capers that I suspect are some part of what this movie wanted to do. But there isn’t nearly enough of this — Madeline only meets the animals in the movie’s final quarter or so. A very long chunk of this movie is just Christopher Robin in a funk, which, again, who is this for? It feels like a concept that got away from the creators, something that was meant to blend Pooh CGI and a recognizable star in Disney’s continuing parade

of live-action remakes of their library of classics. If you’re going to do a Pooh liveaction movie, why not make McGregor the dad and center the action on an actual child? I feel like this would make for a much more enjoyable family movie, one that would engage kid viewers. Or, if the central human is an adult, why not make Pooh more the focus, as Paddington is the focus in his movies even when surrounded by adults, instead of asking kids to follow a grown man on through his life hardships and disappointments? As a piece of story-telling, Christopher Robin isn’t bad, isn’t unpleasant and isn’t so painful to sit through (though it is slow), but it is baffling and dark instead of the airy and charming kind of story you might expect from this character family. C+ Rated PG for some action, according to the MPAA. Directed by Marc Forster with a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Tom McCarthy and Allison Schroeder, Christopher Robin is an hour and 44 minutes long and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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NITE Still shining

Collective Soul part of Rock & Roll Express tour

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• Rock deal: Enjoy five bands for $8, led by hard rock vets Eve to Adam, backed by NEMA winners Sygnal to Noise, Slateface, Renegade Cartel and Exhale. Eve to Adam has shared stages with Aerosmith, Saliva and Cheap Trick over the years. Go Thursday, Aug. 9, 8 p.m., Jewel Music Venue, 61 Canal St., Manchester. Tickets $8 at • Blues blood: The press materials for Two Dogs, the latest from Poppa Chubby, describe the guitarist and singer as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motorhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson” — but he’s a bit more soulful than all that. Go Friday, Aug. 10, 8 p.m., Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry. Tickets $25 & $30 at • Giving back: Basketball brothers Luke and Matt Bonner launched the first Rock On Festival in 2013 as a way to spur athletic and artistic opportunities in their native state; it’s been held in their hometown for the past few years, with a kickoff night of outdoor hoops followed by a day of music. This year’s lineup includes Overcoast, Damn Tall Buildings and a cool after-show set from L.A.’s quirky Elle Belle. Friday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Aug. 11, at noon in downtown Concord. See • Boots route: Now in its fourth year, the New England Country Music Festival has a lineup of national and local acts including Chase Rice, Drake White, Mitchell Tenpenny, Michael Tyler, Timmy Brown, Annie Brobst and April Cushman, with DJ Mikey Fletch playing between sets. Go Sunday, Aug. 12, 1 p.m., Cisco Brewers, 35 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth. Tickets $40 at Want more ideas for a fun night out? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store, Google Play and online at

Ed Roland of Collective Soul has a lot of love for Boston. It doesn’t hurt that it’s the original home of his beloved Atlanta Braves. Mostly, though, it’s about the city’s music. After finishing high school in the late ’70s, Roland went to Berklee College of Music, chiefly because it was the choice of his favorite performers. “I was a huge Cars fan,” he said in a recent phone interview. “Elliott Easton and Greg Hawkes had gone there, and then a couple cats from Steely Dan. I thought, man, that seems like the place to go.” Roland’s first attempts at songwriting were “bad Cars songs Ric Ocasek would have never taken,” but his derivative efforts were the seeds of his band’s iconic, wall-ofguitars sound. “Greg Hawkes had some of the best riffs, but they were played on a keyboard,” he said. “It came from moving it from the new wave to electric guitar.” His experience at Berklee was more ephemeral than formative, though. “When I look back on my time in Boston, it was more of a life learning experience, coming from a small town and very protective family, moving up there and just getting into a different culture, just being on my own,” he said. For most of the decade following college, Roland worked as an engineer, played in a few bands and made demos. In 1993, he assembled them into an album and released it independently. Though the phrase “going viral” didn’t exist at the time, a song called “Shine” did just that. It was the first in a string of alternative rock hits that launched Collective Soul to stardom. Though his band has a deep enough catalog to fill multiple set lists, Roland and his band mates — brother Dean Roland, Will Turpin,

Jesse Triplett and Johnny Rabb — aren’t done making new music. In fact, they’ve been creating at such a pace that a new album’s release date keeps getting pushed out. “It started last year,” Roland said, adding the plan was to put the disc out in time for the current Rock & Roll Express Tour that stops in Gilford on Aug. 10, but his muse intervened. “I came up with these other songs that I showed the guys, and they were like, ‘Dude, we gotta record these, too.’ … Now we have 22 songs that we’re very excited about.” Selections from the forthcoming double album have trickled out at shows. “We call that pre-production,” Roland said. “We kind of throw ourselves out there to our fans and to see what reaction you get from the song. If your fans like it … it’s kind of fun to do it that way.” Release is now set for 2019; fortuitously, that’s the year Collective Soul celebrates its 25th anniversary. “You hate to say the word, but let’s mark it,” Roland said. In a music world filled with stories of battling brother bands — Oasis, The Kinks — Ed and Dean Roland have kept going without a meltdown. “Personally I think it comes from parenting, honestly,” Roland said about his relationship with his younger sibling. “Our parents were awesome and they allowed us to grow. Don’t think Dean and I don’t go at each other — we’re still brothers. But we learned to respect each other early on.” When the band went on hiatus in 2010, Dean formed Magnets & Ghosts with Ryan Podesta; the duo just released its third album, Space Time Gender. Turpin has also made solo albums, and the time off was a net plus for the band. “We came back together and we were just fired up. There was just a confidence level that we haven’t had ever,” Roland said. “We love and support each other, and then when

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we come together as Collective Soul, it’s like, ‘Man, we feel good now!’” The band has no Grammy of its own, but “Shine” won in the bluegrass category for Dolly Parton in 2001. “I watched her perform it on Letterman and immediately sent her notes and flowers,” Roland said. “To have an iconic songwriter cover your song is just bizarre. … She won a Grammy, but her doing my song is my Grammy. So I got the better award I think.” Another high note for the band came when Elton John sang co-lead on “Perfect Day” in 2000. “There are a couple of other people I’d like to meet but I’ve heard I shouldn’t meet them because it could ruin my perception of them,” Roland said. “Elton is the perfect gentleman. He just makes you feel comfortable and he’s so in tune with music — yesterday, decades past. He’s just an encyclopedia of knowledge. It’s fun to be around him.” 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul, Soul Asylum When: Friday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. Where: Bank of NH Pavilion, 72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford Tickets: $35.75 and up at

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Contoocook Covered Bridge Cedar St. 746-5191 Farmer’s Market Town Center 369-1790

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Atkinson Merrill’s Tavern 85 Country Club Drive 382-8700 Auburn Auburn Pitts 167 Rockingham Rd 622-6564 Auburn Tavern 346 Hooksett Rd 587-2057 Barrington Dante’s 567 Route 125 664-4000 Bedford Bedford Village Inn 2 Olde Bedford Way 472-2001 Copper Door 15 Leavy Drive 488-2677 Shorty’s 206 Route 101 488-5706 T-Bones 169 South River Road 623-7699 Belmont Lakes Region Casino 1265 Laconia Road 267-7778 Shooters Tavern Rt. 3, 528-2444 Boscawen Alan’s 133 N. Main St. 753-6631 Thursday, Aug. 9 Amherst LaBelle Winery: Kim Riley

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Derry Coffee Factory 55 Crystal Ave 432-6006 Francestown Drae Toll Booth Tavern 14 E Broadway 216-2713 740 2nd NH Tpke N 588-1800 Dover Claremont Cara Irish Pub Common Man Gilford 11 Fourth St. 343-4390 Patrick’s 21 Water Street Dover Brick House 542-6171 18 Weirs Road 293-0841 Taverne on the Square 2 Orchard St. 749-3838 Schuster’s Tavern Falls Grill & Tavern 2 Pleasant St. 680 Cherry Valley Road 421 Central Ave. 287-4416 293-2600 749-0995 Fury’s Publick House Goffstown Concord 1 Washington St. Area 23 Village Trestle 617-3633 State Street 881-9060 25 Main St. 497-8230 Sonny’s Tavern Barley House 132 N. Main 228-6363 83 Washington St. Greenfield 742-4226 Cheers Riverhouse Cafe 17 Depot St. 228-0180 Top of the Chop 4 Slip Road 547-8710 1 Orchard St. 740-0006 Common Man 1 Gulf Street 228-3463 Hampton Dublin Granite Ashworth By The Sea 96 Pleasant St. 227-9000 DelRossi’s Trattoria 295 Ocean Blvd. 73 Brush Brook Rd Hermanos 926-6762 11 Hills Ave. 224-5669 563-7195 Bernie’s Beach Bar Makris 73 Ocean Blvd 926-5050 East Hampstead 354 Sheep Davis Rd Boardwalk Inn & Cafe Pasta Loft 225-7665 139 Ocean Blvd. 220 E. Main St. Penuche’s Ale House 929-7400 378-0092 6 Pleasant St. Breakers at Ashworth 228-9833 295 Ocean Blvd. 926-6762 Epping Pit Road Lounge Cloud 9 Holy Grail 388 Loudon Rd 225 Ocean Blvd. 64 Main St. 679-9559 226-0533 601-6102 Popovers Red Blazer Community Oven 11 Brickyard Square 72 Manchester St. 845 Lafayette Road 734-4724 224-4101 601-6311 Telly’s Tandy’s Top Shelf CR’s Restaurant 235 Calef Hwy 1 Eagle Square 287 Exeter Road 679-8225 856-7614 929-7972 Boscawen Alan’s: John Pratte

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

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Sunapee Anchorage 77 Main St. 763-3334 Sunapee Coffee House Rte. 11 & Lower Main St. 229-1859

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Suncook Olympus Pizza 42 Allenstown Rd. 485-5288 Tilton Rio Burrito 276 Main St. 729-0081 Winni Grille 650 Laconia Road 527-8217 Warner Schoodacs Cafe 1 East Main St. 456-3400 Weare Stark House Tavern 487 S. Stark Highway 529-0901

Salem Jocelyn’s Lounge 355 S. Broadway 870-0045 Sayde’s Restaurant 136 Cluff Crossing 890-1032

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

Seabrook Castaways 209 Ocean Blvd 760-7500

Wolfeboro Wolfeboro Inn 90 N Main St. 569-3016

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Hampton Bernie’s: Adam Robinson/MB Padfield Boardwalk Cafe: Craig LaGrassa Sea Ketch: Ray Zerkle/Triana Wilson The Goat: Houston Bernard Wally’s Pub: Tom Dimitri Hudson River’s Pub: Acoustic Jam Laconia Patio Garden: Boardwalk Jazz

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Dolphin Striker: Old School Ri Ra: Oran Mor

Northwood Umami: Bluegrass

Tuesday, Aug. 14 Bedford Murphy’s: Sam Robbins

Portsmouth Ri Ra: Irish Sessions The Goat: Maddi Ryan Rochester 110: Dan Walker/Max Sullivan Salem Copper Door: Mark Lapointe Stratham 110 Grill: Brian Walker Windham Old School: Mystical Magic Monday, Aug. 13 Bedford Murphy’s: Ryan Williamson

Concord Hermanos: Lester Hirsh Dover Fury’s: Tim Theriault and Friends Sonny’s: Soggy Po’ Boys Gilford Patrick’s: Paul Luff hosts Goffstown Village Trestle: Alligator Lizards Hampton Sea Ketch: Mike Mazzola/Ross McGinnes The Goat: American Ride Duo

Hampton Bernie’s: Brett Wilson Boardwalk: Craig LaGrassa Millie’s Tavern: DJ Ames Sea Ketch: Ray Zerkle/Tim Theriault The Goat: Alec MacGillivray

Manchester Backyard Brewery: Acoustic Derryfield: Jonny Friday Fratello’s: Justin Cohn Murphy’s: Brett Wilson Penuche’s Music Hall: Battle in the Basement Shaskeen: Brett Wilson Strange Brew: Brad Bosse Whiskey’s 20: Sammy Smoove & DJ Gera

Hanover Salt hill Pub: Hootenanny

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Manchester Central Ale: Jonny Friday Duo Derryfield: Brad Bosse Fratello’s: Rob Wolfe or Phil Jacques Murphy’s: Amanda Cote

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Meredith Giuseppe’s: Lou Porrazzo

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Newmarket Stone Church: Acoustic Jam

Concord Hermanos: State Street Combo

Moultonborough Castle in the Clouds: CJ Poole Nashua Fratello’s: Kim Riley Portsmouth 3S Artspace: Mitski w/ Sidney Gish

Moultonborough Castle in the Clouds: Tim & Dave Show

North Hampton Barley House: Irish Session Peterborough Harlow’s: Celtic Music Jam

Wednesday, Aug. 15 Bedford Murphy’s: Justin Cohn T-Bones: Triana Wilson Concord Hermanos: Paul Heckel Dover 603 : Rock the Mic w/ DJ Coach Falls Grill: Rick Watson Fury’s: Slack Tide Dublin DelRossi’s: Celtic Old Timey Jam Exeter Exeter Inn: Barry Brearley Gilford Patrick’s: Cody James Hampton Cloud 9: DJ Sha-boo 90s Dance Millie’s Tavern: DJ Ames Sea Ketch: Leo & Co./JD Ingalls The Goat: Chris Ruediger Hillsborough Turismo: Blues Jam Londonderry Coach Stop: Kim Riley Harold Square: Houdana the Magician (Tableside Magic) Stumble Inn: Daniel Wray Manchester Cabonnay: Piano Wednesday Derryfield: Chris Gardner Fratello’s: Ted Solovicos Murphy’s: Paul Rainone Penuche’s: Music Bingo


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Portsmouth The Goat: Rob Pagnano

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Suspicions confirmed

Among the gazillion other products and services available from Amazon is the behemoth’s facial recognition software, Rekognition, marketed as providing extremely accurate facial analysis. But when the American Civil Liberties Union gave it a go, the results were startling. Using Rekognition, the ACLU scanned photos of every current member of the U.S. House and Senate and came up with 28 matches to a mug shot database of people who had been arrested for crimes. The ACLU announced its findings July 26 and admitted it used Amazon’s default settings, to which Amazon responded, “While 80 percent confidence is an acceptable threshold for photos of hot dogs, chairs, animals or other social media use cases,” Amazon would advise customers to set the threshold at 95 percent or higher for law enforcement. The ACLU told NPR that the legislators who were falsely matched were men, women, Republicans and Democrats of all ages. However, the software did misidentify people of color at a higher rate.

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You thought you were old? You’re just a twinkle in a nematode’s eye. Russian scientists have revived two ancient, frozen roundworms, or nematodes, from samples collected in Siberian permafrost, The Siberian Times reported on July 26. The worms, which were found in cores taken from 30 meters and 3.5 meters deep, are believed to be female and 41,700 and 32,000 years old, respectively. After collecting the samples, scientists slowly thawed out the worms, which eventually started eating and moving. Scientists from the Institute of Physico-Chemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science in Moscow believe the nematodes have some adaptive mechanisms that may be of scientific importance.

Florida. Need we say more?

During a July 23 debate among mayoral candidates in Key West, Florida, Sloan Bashinsky, a perennial contender, took a minute to answer a call from God. “Hello? What? God?” Bashinsky said, speaking into his cellphone. According to FLKeys News, it wasn’t the first time he’s heard from a higher power: “I have said every time I ran, I ran because God told me to run,” Bashinsky explained. “I think anyone who wants this job is insane.” Bashinsky has a law degree from Vanderbilt University and was once among the island’s homeless. He joins six other candidates on the ticket.

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Just after midnight on July 22, a couple in Palo Alto, California, were awakened

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• Jeffrey Jacobs, 37, thought he had a great thing going. Last year, when a tree fell on his White Plains, New York, home, he told the owner of a tree service (and big hockey fan) that he was the owner of the NHL’s Boston Bruins, reported The Hour. Impressed, the tree service owner sent a crew in the midst of a storm, then billed the actual club owner, 78-year-old Jeremy Jacobs, $5,100 for the service. Police in nearby Wilton, Connecticut, heard about the deception when they received a call in May from security officials at a company chaired by the Bruins’ owner. The story sounded familiar: In November, Jacobs had been pulled over in Wilton, and he told officers he owned the Bruins in an effort to get out of the ticket. On July 20, Jacobs

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Hippo 8-9-18  

Hippo 8-9-18