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Well before Thanksgiving, we see the trucks loaded with Christmas trees making their way south from Maine, Vermont and Canada, and soon the signs advertising “Trees” go up and the annual ritual begins. Some buy their Christmas tree from a Scouts’ lot, others from a supermarket, and still others trek through the woods to cut their own. Whatever their shape, species, cost or venue, trees will be brought into houses around the country at this season. While most will immediately associate them with Christmas, trees themselves have symbolic meanings far older than Christianity. Across world religions, the tree represents the mystery of life itself. With its leaves, blossoms and fruit, either shedding its verdure in autumn, only to bring forth new shoots and buds in the spring or, in the case of evergreens, all year, the tree symbolizes life everlasting. In ancient Egypt, many of the gods took their origin from trees — Nut and Hathor from the sycamore, Re from the persea and Osiris from the cedar. In the Indian Rig Veda, the gods arose like branches around the trunk of a great tree, and in the Upanishads Brahman is equated with the Asvattha, the ancient fig tree, sometimes portrayed as an inverted tree, with its roots in the heavens and its branches in the world here below (perhaps giving rise to the practice sometimes found today when a Christmas tree is suspended upside down from the ceiling?). Among the Ainu of northern Japan, the tree was believed to be the origin of the community itself, its tribal ancestor, and in Scandinavian mythology Yggdrasil is the source of life. That the tree was seen as the embodiment of the life principle has given rise to a number of interesting customs such as touching a newborn to a tree in recognition of its true origin, or that of planting a tree on the occasion of an infant’s birth — the tree would then, at the end of the person’s life, provide the material for their coffin. For centuries, evergreen branches were brought into the house during the depth of winter as a symbol of hope for the new life to come in the spring. Christians likely adopted the practice, though the custom of bringing a Christmas tree into the house is said to have originated with Martin Luther, who saw the tree as a representation of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas. The claimants to the origin of our Christmas tree are many — St. Boniface among them — but in the end, our houses will carry the fragrance of the fir, the lights reminders of the stars, and the green a harbinger of the new life to come, whether in this spring or in the spring hereafter. Stephen Reno is the executive director of Leadership New Hampshire and former chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire. His email is stepreno@gmail.com.

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ON THE COVER 14 IN PRAISE OF PORK PIE The savory dish that hails from Canada is especially popular during the holidays. Find out what it is and why it’s a thing here in New Hampshire, plus how to make it or where to find it if you want someone else to do the cooking for you. ALSO ON THE COVER, Whether you’re looking for a gift for the wine-lover in your life or you want some suggestions for what to serve with your holiday feast, we have some ideas, pages 40 and 42. Find New Year’s Eve eats starting on p. 32. And Harry Potter fans, head to Fantastic Magic of Potter in Manchester or Newmarket for a fun parody of the wizardly tales, p. 45.

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NEWS & NOTES 4 Medicaid work requirement; affordable housing update; PLUS News in Brief. 8 Q&A 10 QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX 12 SPORTS THIS WEEK 18 THE ARTS: 20 THEATER The Nutcracker. 21 CLASSICAL Curtain Call; listings for events around town. 22 ART Local Color; listings for events around town. INSIDE/OUTSIDE: 25 KIDDIE POOL Family fun events this weekend. 26 GARDENING GUY Henry Homeyer offers advice on your outdoors. 27 TREASURE HUNT There’s gold in your attic. 28 CAR TALK Automotive advice. CAREERS: 30 ON THE JOB What it’s like to be a... FOOD: 32 NEW YEAR’S EATS Revelstoke Coffee; In the Kitchen; Weekly Dish; Wine; From the Pantry. POP CULTURE: 44 REVIEWS CDs, books, TV and more. Amy Diaz gets the big fun gifts of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Favourite and the industrially produced fruitcake and scratchy wool socks of The Mule and Vox Lux. NITE: 52 BANDS, CLUBS, NIGHTLIFE New Year’s Eve comedy; Nightlife, music & comedy listings and more. 53 ROCK AND ROLL CROSSWORD A puzzle for the music-lover. 54 MUSIC THIS WEEK Live music at your favorite bars and restaurants.

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Trade expansion

Pease Development Authority announced that the U.S. Foreign Trade Zones Board approved the state’s application to expand the Foreign Trade Zone in Portsmouth to include more areas of the state. According to the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, these zones are approved by the federal government and allow companies in the area to “defer, reduce or eliminate duties on imported merchandise.” The state’s previous zoning included sites at Pease International Tradeport, the Port Authority marine terminal and Portsmouth Industrial Park in Portsmouth, as well as Manchester–Boston Regional Airport and UPS Supply Chain Solutions in Londonderry. These zones have now been reorganized under the state’s new Alternative Site Framework. Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs, wrote in a statement, “This is another step toward our aggressive goal of enabling businesses in New Hampshire to find profit and success in the international marketplace.”

Superfund sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency completed five-year reviews of site cleanups at six of the 22 National Priorities List sites in New Hampshire, according to a news release. Typically called “Superfund Sites,” these projects involve cleaning up hazardous waste sites left behind by defunct businesses. The EPA reported varying levels of progress have been made at the sites in southern New Hampshire. According to the agency, Fletcher’s Paint Works and Storage in Milford “contaminated soil, groundwater and nearby sediments in the Souhegan River” with its storage and disposal of paint material. The

required cleanup has now been completed. Keefe Environmental Services in Epping left behind hundreds of thousands of gallons of contaminants. While the EPA reported that efforts at the site have “met groundwater cleanup goals,” environmental monitoring is ongoing. Finally, Mottolo Pig Farm in Raymond left behind thousands of “drums and pails of wastes.” The EPA reported that it continues to work with the Town of Raymond and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to perform groundwater sampling and well monitoring onsite and in nearby residential areas. For updates on the other sites, visit epa.gov/superfund.

New Year’s hikes

New Hampshire State Parks announced the sites participating in its annual First Day Hikes program. In southern New Hampshire, Bear Brook will offer an easy, self-guided 1.25mile hike along Catamount Pond. At Silver Lake, hikers will find a pet-friendly, self-guided one-mile hike along Woodmont Orchard, followed by a campfire near the beach with snacks and warm beverages. Head to Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion for an easy 1.5-mile hike on the Little Harbor Loop Trail and look for wildlife and plants at Creek Farm Reservation. Weather permitting, Stoneboat Farm in Loudon will offer free horse-drawn wagon rides. Registration at each location begins at noon on Jan. 1. Visit nhstateparks.org.

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Starting next spring, race fans can enjoy events on the new Flat Track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, according to a news release. The quarter-mile track will host its first event next June with the 96th Loudon Classic, the longest-running motorcycle race in America. CONCORD

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The Manchester Police Department reported that two businesses in downtown Manchester received bomb threats via email last week. These threats were sent in the afternoon on Thursday, Dec. 13, to businesses on North Commercial Street and Elm Street. Neither business was identified by name in the department’s report. Though no bomb was discovered at these businesses, an investigation is ongoing. According to the department, similar emailed bomb threats were “reported at locations statewide, as well as throughout the country.”

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The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announced on Facebook that it installed “beaver deceivers” along Route 28 in Londonderry. The department wrote that beavers previously lodged their dams inside nearby culverts, causing chronic flooding. A combination of fencing and pipe systems was put in place to trick beavers into building their dams elsewhere.

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Medicaid work requirement approved amid legal questions By Scott Murphy smurphy@hippopress.com

In late November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the state’s waiver for the Granite Advantage Health Care Program, which will manage health care coverage for over 51,000 residents starting next year. Though this was celebrated by Gov. Chris Sununu and his administration, questions still remain about the program’s new work requirement as similar provisions in other states face legal challenges. Sununu signed SB 313 in June to approve New Hampshire’s five-year Medicaid expansion plan, which was set to expire after this year. According to the governor’s office, the new Granite Advantage program adopts a managed care model and uses 5 percent of revenues from the state’s liquor and wine outlets to compensate for diminished federal funding. The program will replace the state’s current system on Jan. 1. Among the most notable additions to the state’s Medicaid system is a new work and community engagement requirement. According to the state’s waiver, “able bodied” enrollees between the ages of 19 and 64 must “work or engage in other specified activities … for at least 100 hours per month to maintain eligibility for coverage.” These activities can include vocational educational training, job training or job searching. In the coming months, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services will start “building the infrastructure” to implement the program and work requirement, according to a statement from Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers. The department will also launch the Granite Workforce Pilot Program with funds from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. SB 313 established the program to “provide subsidies to employers in high need areas … and create a network of assistance to remove barriers to work for low-income families.” Individuals are eligible to apply for work through the program if they meet federal poverty level requirements. “Granite Advantage members [will] continue to receive health insurance while also building long-term job training skills and pursuing work and educational opportunities,” Sununu wrote in a statement. “The community engagement and work requirement will help bring more people into the workforce, empowering individuals with the dignity of work, self-reliability and access to high quality health care.”

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Sen. Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), the primary sponsor of SB 313, said the bill was the “subject of bipartisan negotiations.” While he has supported Medicaid expansion “since its inception,” he said the work requirement is a fair condition to ask of recipients. “The general public as a whole wants to make sure people who are receiving services are able to work if they can,” added Rep. Frank Kotowski (R-Hooksett), a co-sponsor of SB 313. “There shouldn’t be free rides.”

The time commitment of 100 hours per month, or roughly 25 hours per week, is not something Bradley considers an “undue burden.” He said that what enrollees can do to fulfill the requirement is flexible, and there are built-in protections for people with extenuating circumstances. According to SB 313, individuals may be exempt from the work requirement due to an “illness, incapacity, or treatment, including inpatient treatment” certified by a health care provider. Additionally, the requirement may be waived if an individual is pregnant, disabled or acting as an approved parent or caretaker, among other conditions. “We want to make sure we’re helping people that need help, but at the same time, we want to make sure people who are able-bodied and can work are doing so,” Bradley said. “We came to a place that is reasonable and rational and that protects people [in need].”

Legal concerns

However, attorneys like Benjamin Siracusa Hillman have “serious concerns” about whether the new work requirements will hold up in court. He is a shareholder and director at Shaheen & Gordon in Concord and president for the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. According to Siracusa Hillman, the federal Medicaid Act allows states to propose “experimental, pilot, or demonstration project[s]” if they are “likely to assist in promoting the objectives” of the Medicaid Act. However, he said a federal court in Washington, D.C., “vacated” the approval of Kentucky’s plan to implement work requirements, ruling that the Secretary of Health and Human Services never “adequately considered” whether the plan would help Kentucky promote coverage and whether it would cause recipients to lose coverage. Compared to Kentucky and other states, New Hampshire’s program requires more monthly hours and has a higher age cap for enrollees. Dawn McKinney, policy director for NHLA, said a key concern for New Hampshire’s program will be enforcing the work requirement. Along with administrative costs for educating and assisting enrollees, McKinney said the “red tape” will present difficulties for people trying to comply with the work requirement. “In New Hampshire, 77 percent of people on Medicaid are in working families … but they’re often working low-wage jobs or jobs with unpredictable hours,” said McKinney. “Having to document [hours] … is just an added hurdle for them to manage.” Siracusa Hillman said the Kentucky case was brought against the federal government, and a case challenging New Hampshire’s work requirement would not necessarily be heard by the same judge, and a different judge could reach a different result. However, he said, a “similar rationale could apply to invalidate the administration’s approval of the New Hampshire project.”


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Housing crunch

Affordability issues abound in the Granite State By Scott Murphy smurphy@hippopress.com

Over the last several years, a combination of high market prices, low vacancy rates and limited housing stock has contributed to a shortage of places for the average Granite Stater to call home. “It’s not the fault of any one market trend or particular outcome of a recession or policy,” said Elissa Margolin, director of New Hampshire Housing Action in Concord. “It’s just a perfect storm of a number of influences that have left us with an extremely tight market with options that don’t match people’s housing needs.”

Slim pickings

New Hampshire’s main housing challenge is supply, according to Phil Sletten, policy analyst at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute in Concord. He said New Hampshire’s vacancy rate, or percentage of available units, is about 2 percent, significantly lower than the national rate of 7 percent. The lack of units is a key cause of rising prices. “It’s economics 101 — as supply shrinks, demand increases, and that puts upward pressure on pricing,” said Bob Quinn, vice president of government affairs for the New Hampshire Association of Realtors in Concord. “A house that just a few years ago may have sold for $210,000 is going for $280,000 [today].” In its latest quarterly market update, the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authorty in Manchester reported that listings for homes less than $300,000 have dropped over 59 percent since 2010. By comparison, there was just a 13-percent drop in homes listed above $300,000 in that time. “There’s not a lot of modestly priced single-family homes for sale,” said Dean Christon, executive director of the Housing Finance Authority. “If you’re a first-time buyer or someone of other limited means, finding a home to purchase is a challenge in this market.”

Rough renting

Renting has its own challenges as well. The Housing Finance Authority reported that the median gross rent for a two-bedroom unit in New Hampshire is $1,296 a month, nearly 3 percent higher than last year. The highest rent rates are $1,456 and $1,368 a month in Rockingham and Hillsborough counties, respectively. According to Sletten, high rent costs take up a significant part of the budget in low- and moderate-income households. He said a standard benchmark for affordability is renters spending no more than 30 percent of their income on housing. However, he said, in New Hampshire housing costs exceeds this threshold for about 47 percent of renters. Michael Reinke, executive director of Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, said the issue is “pretty straightforward” when you crunch the numbers. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, fair market rent (which excludes utilities) for a two-bedroom apartment

in Nashua is $1,437 a month, or $17,244 a year. A renter would need an annual salary just under $52,000 to only spend a third of their income. “I don’t know of a starting teacher, police officer, firefighter or postal worker in Nashua who starts off making anything close to that [salary] a year,” said Reinke. “If you’re a young person, you can’t afford to live here.” Christon of the Housing Finance Authority said these housing expenses complicate New Hampshire’s efforts to grow its economy. He said housing demand is higher in the southern part of the state, where the state has its highest economic activity. As a result, the younger workers the state is trying to attract don’t have housing support. “Having a tight [housing] market … affects [people’s] economic and personal growth,” said Christon. “The most impactful thing [for the economy] … is having enough housing to support job growth and retention.”

Squashing stigma

Organizations like the Housing Finance Authority are trying to combat the issue by developing affordable housing units across the state. Over the last 40 years, the organization has supported the creation of 15,000 affordable rental units in the state, including 633 new units during FY 2018. Over 500 of those units were senior housing units, another need in New Hampshire. “It can be difficult [for seniors], particularly if they’re on fixed incomes, to find an affordable, quality place to live,” said Christon. He added that affordable senior housing properties often have specific “services and amenities that are focused on making [seniors’] quality of life better.” Christon and other housing officials highlighted the challenge of convincing municipalities to approve affordable housing units in their communities. Patte-Anne Ardizzoni, communication director for Southern New Hampshire Services, said the organization reaches out to residents and landlords to combat the stigma of low-income tenants. She said the housing and social services they offer help support low-income individuals and landlords if the tenant has trouble affording rent payments. “There’s a very palpable need to better educate landlords about … the ways low-income people are helped,” Ardizzoni said. “We can help educate [landlords] on what kind of programs are available … so they can help their tenants.” Ardizzoni said another key challenge is overcoming a “not in my backyard” mentality among municipalities that think affordable housing units will disrupt their communities. However, Christon said, there is growing public recognition of the importance of “adequate and balanced supply of housing.” “That new housing development that goes in down the street might disrupt traffic for a while and might change the look of a neighborhood for a little bit,” said Christon. “But in the end, it’s important we think about the connection between housing and a stronger economy.”

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NEWS & NOTES Q&A

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Young entrepreneurs introduce TheHive

With their mobile Wi-Fi network TheHive (thehivenet.org), Devon Crawford and Jack Nichols of Milford won first prize and $10,000 in UNH’s Social Venture Innovation Challenge. Nichols teaches math at ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough, while Crawford focuses on TheHive full time. What is TheHive, and why did you create it? Crawford: TheHive essentially is a quick deploy independent network for communications when cell towers go offline. It allows emergency crews to drop these nodes … that act almost like mini cell towers in an area. The nodes are light enough so they can be dropped by drones, and anyone with a Wi-Fi-enabled device can connect through their device’s Wi-Fi settings. Then they’ll be able to make calls to emergency crews who are connected to the network. Nichols: We tried to create this network that was completely independent of everything else so that we could be that last line of communication when you need it most. … Our prototype is … this nice, small, rectangular prism. It weighs less than a pound. It functions off of a small battery. What are some specific applications TheHive will have? Nichols: We hope to start in the local setting, working with police and fire departments to see if we can use it in town during one of the blizzards or ice storms that hit us every so often. That way, town residents still have a way to contact the ambulances, fire department, police and [to access] postings about what’s happening in town. Crawford: We’re also thinking locally it could be used in the event that a hiker gets lost on a mountain and they don’t have cell phone communications. The emergency crews or rescue crews could deploy these and hopefully get in contact with that hiker. What was it like to win the Innovation Challenge? Nichols: It was just really an honor to even be there. There were so many great ideas that were being presented. We were talking the whole time how we thought each team that presented [was] going to [win]. It was really inspiring to hear other people’s ideas in the arena, and we were just really excited to share ours. Crawford: [When] they announced third place and then second place, we were kind of bummed a little bit, because we thought one of our peers won, because we really liked their idea. ... But at the end of the day, we were fortunate enough to win. We couldn’t be ... more What are you into right now?

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Crawford: Basically what I do is [work on TheHive], I work out and I’ve been practicing some app development. Nichols: I like learning new coding languages, and I like a good book.

Alan Brown, vice president, community relations & CRA manager, Kennebunk Savings; and UNH alumnus Devon Crawford ’18 and Jack Nichols, both of Milford. Photo courtesy of Perry Smith Photography.

grateful of the network we have surrounding us that helped us get here. ... The [Entrepreneurship Center at UNH] has been awesome to us in helping us develop our device.

What is your plan for TheHive moving forward? Crawford: We’re still kind of in the prototyping phase and developing something that’s really going to be effective. In a disaster scenario, you don’t want something that has bugs and stuff; you need to work out every single little detail. Because if it fails once, that’s going to be a huge, huge problem. … One feature we are going to add is rescuers are going to be able to see where users are connected. That way they can plan their rescue strategy more efficiently ... [and] users who have the device pulled up [on their phones] can actually see where the rescue crews are ... so they can get an estimated time of arrival. Nichols: We’re also looking at increasing our customer validation, seeing who would be interested in this and kind of going more into depth on what we need in our product.

How well does New Hampshire support entrepreneurship? Crawford: The UNH E-Center has been unbelievable for us. They’ve been incredibly supportive in terms of entrepreneurship. … Because of winning this competition … we get free memberships to … these different groups … [including] New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility … the New Hampshire Tech Alliance … [and] the New Hampshire Clean Tech Council. Just from that list alone, it’s very clear that in the future, we’re going to be very supported. ... I’m really excited to work with all these groups. Nichols: My background lies more in the tech sector. When Devon came to me with his original idea, I was more than happy to join in and offer my ability. Seeing his inspiration on the entrepreneurial side kind of drove me as well to keep working in this tech field. It’s been really interesting, and I’m excited to keep building more. — Scott Murphy


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The New Hampshire Division of Public of Health and Spark New Hampshire released new data on residents’ exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences. Commonly referred to as “ACEs,” these are traumatic experiences faced by individuals before turning 18. The organizations found that 49.5 percent of respondents have at least one ACE, and 28 percent reported having two or more. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 17 percent of adults with ACEs claim to be in “fair or poor health,” compared to 10 percent of the general adult population. QOL Score: -1 Comment: According to a study from Crimes Against Children Research Center at UNH, ACEs can include parental depression, stress, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, food insecurity and harsh punishment. Research indicates there’s a connection between ACEs and “serious and costly chronic physical conditions, like heart disease.”

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New Hampshire teens are part of a concerning national trend of increased vaping among young people. According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, 20.8 percent of U.S. high schoolers reported using e-cigarettes this year. The 2017 New Hampshire Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 23.8 percent of high schoolers in the state used an e-cigarette within the last 30 days, and vaping among New Hampshire youth is double that of cigarette smoking. Overall, 1.5 million more students in the U.S. admitted to vaping than did last year. QOL Score: -1 Comment: Despite the nickname “vaping,” the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services reported that e-cigarettes release an aerosol, not water vapor. E-cigarettes can contain ingredients like nicotine, volatile organic compounds and heavy metals. The department also reported that nicotine can stunt brain development through teens’ early to mid-20s, affecting attention and learning. QOL Score: 95 Net change: 0 QOL this week: 95 What’s affecting your Quality of Life here in New Hampshire? Let us know at news@hippopress.com.


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SPORTS DAVE LONG’S LONGSHOTS

Holiday gifts under the tree With Christmas coming this week and the new year on the horizon, it’s time to hand out holiday presents to deserving folks in the world of sports. Gordon Hayward: An MP3 of the 1975 disco classic “Fly, Robin, Fly” to listen to as you shake off the rust and get over the hump to fearlessly fly high in the key again. Mookie Betts: When the time comes, the wisdom to know getting every single last nickel may not be as great as your agent is telling you, and what Nomar Garciaparra didn’t get — if making the Hall of Fame is important to you, Fenway Park is the perfect place to play. Alex Cora: A plaque from the baseball gods for the office wall that says, “Son, that was the best job of managing in a single season in the history of baseball.” Stan Spirou: Double frequent flyer miles for the retired SNHU coach to go see daughter Nina and her hubby/his son-in-law Ryan in Columbus, Ohio, in his first season as head man at The Ohio State University. Ryan Day: Minimum 10-win season to keep the turn-on-you-in-a-second dogs at bay. Chip Kelly: The major recruiting season you need to get UCLA in gear, because it would be nice if the 2020 Rose Bowl featured you and your protégé from Ohio State. Brady Stevens: The patience of Job and wisdom of Red to deal with dividing the playing time among a team with too many worthy candidates. Bill Belichick: Game films of the Chicago Bears defense, because with Tom Brady turning 42 next summer and cracks showing in his game, the team needs a makeover and those films may remind you that a team with pass rush and excellent defense is where the dynasty started. The New England Patriots: Start that makeover with a solid 2019 draft because

with the last three producing zero playmakers and not much to the roster the dynasty will crumble if they don’t come up big. Dave Dombrowski: High praise for a terrific season and a photo of your 2013 Detroit Tigers to remind a great rotation alone won’t get it done, like when those Tigers got undone in the playoffs by blowing big leads to Boston in the seventh, eighth and ninth. Toronto Raptors: The formula needed to convince Kawhi Leonard Toronto is for him because that guy is good, and re-signing him this summer could lead to a nice fourway NBA rivalry between Boston, Philly, the Bucks and Raps. Baker Mayfield: A massive dose of maturity for the rookie Cleveland Browns QB, because as Dean Wormer once said, “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.” Baseball Hall of Fame Voters Holding Out on Steroids: The sense to get that if the commissioner who looked the other way to keep the turnstiles clicking waltzed into the Hall then steroid-era players like Bonds, Clemens, etc., should get in too because Bud Selig is even more guilty than they are. Craig Kimbrel: Health to your newborn daughter after her struggles last year, a rendition of thanks for the memories from Red Sox Nation and a bulletproof vest in case a descendent of either the Hatfields or the McCoys mistakes you for someone from the opposite side due to that mangy beard. Joe Kelly: The consistency that eluded you here, to avoid the highs reached in the playoffs countered by long stretches of “what the heck is he doing?” valleys you regularly resided in with the Sox. New York Knicks Nation and Media: Knowledge that the Knickerbockers haven’t been relevant since the mid-’90s or won anything since 1973 and the Melo era was a disaster, to help you know your delusional assumption every NBA star wants New York as its destination of choice is ridiculous. Or, said another way, Kyrie Irving ain’t walking through that door.

Retired NBA Coach Phil Jackson: A clue for the second most delusional person currently residing in the U.S. that his downfall in NYC, the triangle offense, had nothing to do with those 11 NBA titles, as the 100 percent behind them were only Michael Jordan, Shaq and Kobe Bryant with some help from Scottie Pippen as well. Adam Silver: Recognition as the best commissioner in sports through equal parts being a good guy, getting the discipline thing right, not being a pandering slave to phony PR as the NFL is, and giving more than lip service to the notion that the players and owners are partners in the business of basketball. Pat Mahomes: The understanding that if you don’t stay in the pocket more your spectacular start may come crashing down, because QBs eventually get killed running in open spaces. Jimmy G: A return to health in 2019 and 50 hours of free Tom Brady film study to see how he managed to avoid injury in all but one of 18 seasons, while you’ve already gone down twice with just 10 starts on the NFL resume. LeBron James: Got nothing against you, buddy, so good health to the young family, but a few turnovers and missed shots at just the wrong time because I do not want the Lakers to tie the Celtics for most NBA championships won at 17 and they are just one behind. Tom Brady: A photo album of the entire 18 years of sublime memories you’ve given football fans in these parts and a sports “get out of jail” card for when the noise from the unappreciative folks in Patriots Nation grows louder as Father Time leaves his inevitable mark. Allie Long: An injury-free winter and 2019 season because it will be cool to see my niece playing in the World Cup next summer. Happy holidays to all and to all a good night. Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress. com.

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SPORTS DAVE LONG’S PEOPLE, PLACES & OTHER STUFF

G-town of too great D-I start The Big Story and the George Jefferson ‘Moving on Up’ Award: Nice start to their time in a new division for the Goffstown and Windham girls as they began competing in Division I this week. Both started with a pair of wins, Goffstown downing Londonderry 42-28 and Merrimack 51-41 while for the Jaguars it was a 41-20 win over Winnacunnet in their opener followed by a 48-38 win on Friday against Keene. Sports 101: Name the Hall of Fame defenseman who on this day in 1985 broke the great Bobby Orr’s record 916 for most points scored by a defenseman. Player of the Week: Derryfield’s Max Byron for his 40-point, seven-rebound game in a 69-64 overtime win over Wilton-Lyndeborough that pushed D-Field to 2-0 on the year. Biblical Performance of the Week: Eleven straight points by Brooke Kane enabled Pinkerton to break away from the Central girls in the fourth quarter for a going-away 56-40 win. She had a gamehigh 22 points overall with Madison Mahoney adding 15 more for the Astros, while Emily Greenwood had a team-high

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2 – win vs. no losses for Goffstown in its time as a member of Division I basketball after Kelly Walsh led the way with a game-high 16 points when G-town was a 42-28 winner over Londonderry in their Division I debut and followed it with 28 more in a 51-41 win over Merrimack. 25 – game-high points scored by Lyric Grumblatt as Manchester Memorial jumped out of

11 for the Green. Kane added 19 more in a 60-19 win over Concord on Friday. Knick of Tyme Award: To Bow’s Madison Speckman for drilling the game-winning three-point shot in overtime with a second left on the clock to make the Falcons 50-47 winners over Pelham. Sports 101 Answer: Four-time Stanley Cup winning defenseman Denis Potvin scored his 917th point 33 years ago today to pass Bobby Orr as the all-time scorer among defenseman. On This Day – Dec. 20: 1980 – if you complain about announcers, dial up the NBC broadcast from this day in 1980 of the Jets’ 24-17 win over Miami with just crowd noise and no announcers – simply awful. 1983 – Guy Lafleur of the hated Montreal Canadiens becomes the 10th player in NHL history to score 500 goals. 1985 – The man who once finished first and last in the same poll for sportscaster of the year, the ever-controversial Howard Cosell, retires after 20 years on TV with ABC. He then writes a book that throws just about everyone he ever met under the bus.

the gate with a nice start to the basketball season with a 71-53 win over defeat Nashua South 71-53 in the season opener. 25 – points for Trinity leading scorer Foster Stacey as the Pioneers were 63-47 winners over Manchester Memorial in the season opener for both when Ethan Frenette and Athiei Bol combined for 27 more for Trinity while Jack Fitzpatrick was high man for the Crusaders with 17.

27 – combined points for Alli Morgan (15) and Amanda Jonas (12) to help Bedford get by Manchester Memorial on Friday 58-47 in their season opener on Friday night when Jennessa Brunette was high scorer for the Crusaders with 20. 28 – most points scored by any hoopster in the season’s first week by Kelly Walsh in leading Goffstown to its aforementioned 51-41 win over Merrimack.

Sports Glossary

Biblical Performance of the Week: In case you didn’t get it, it was a bad play on words with “Eleven straight points by Brooke Kane enabled Pinkerton” translating to the story of brothers Cain and Abel in the Bible. If you got it, never mind. Jimmy G’s Injuries: Filling in for suspended Tom Brady, he lasts a game and a half before landing on his shoulder to miss the remaining games of Brady’s suspension. Next was an allworld five-game showing with the 49ers in 2017 to earn a zillion-dollar contract, but he goes down mid-way through Game 2 in 2018 with an ACL tear. Total: eight games started, 16 missed with injury. George Jefferson: Character in spinoff of the late great All in the Family TV show featuring upwardly mobile black entrepreneur George Jefferson sparring with Archie Bunker’s blue-collar factory worker. It had Jefferson moving away from working-class Queens to a “deluxe apartment” on the east side of Manhattan as his growing chain of dry cleaning stores provides the financial clout to do it. The battles with Archie, and later his neighbors who had the same bias, led to a hilarious satire on the dynamics of race from either side, especially when son Lionel was involved because he comically showed they were both relics of days gone by. Dean Wormer: Beleaguered Dean run ragged by Delta house in the great 1978 Hollywood romp Animal House depicting fraternity life at fictitious Faber College.

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A savory dish of ground meat, vegetables and spices, Canadian pork pie — or “tourtière” — is a classic staple around Christmas and New Year’s, and with endless variations that come down to personal preferences, almost no two pork pie recipes will be the same. “There are as many recipes of pork pie out there as there are [people] that make it,

and everybody will tell you that theirs is the best or their mother’s or grandmother’s is the best,” said Muriel Normand, president of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society in Manchester. In fact, tourtière, which originated in the province of Québec, even has dozens of different versions depending on which city you visit, many of which eventually made their way to New Hampshire. It remains a popular dinner entree but is also served as a snack with pickles, or even eaten cold or

Pork pie recipe #1 (with potatoes) Courtesy of Muriel Normand of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society in Manchester 3 pounds lean pork butt 3 to 4 medium potatoes, cooked 1 medium onion, chopped 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning Salt and pepper to taste In a large pot, cook pork, onions and ½ cup of water until all the fat has cooked off. Remove pot from stove and add seasoning and potatoes, one at a time, until HIPPO | DECEMBER 20 - 26, 2018 | PAGE 14

the filling is a pasty consistency (this varies depending on the amount of fat in the pork. You may need to pat the filling with paper towels to remove any excess fat). Place a pie crust on the bottom of a large pie plate and add filling. Place pie crust on the top and flute the edges. Brush pie with egg wash and cut slits in the crust. Bake at 375 degrees until the pie crust is browned (approximately 60 minutes).

warm for breakfast, according to Normand. Here are some examples of variations, plus recipes and how to make pork pie’s cousin, a fatty pork-based spread known as gorton.

Making pork pie

Pork pie can quickly become a dish with vast differences in results, Normand said, when it comes to additional meats, the inclusion or exclusion of vegetables and spices, and even the type of crust you use.

“It can be a store-bought crust, a butter and Crisco kind of crust, or it can be French, which is a pure lard crust,” she said. “Then for filler, there’s all pork butt, there’s pork with ground hamburg … then there’s either potato or Ritz or saltine crackers, or both, and usually either poultry seasoning or allspice. … These can vary in a million different directions, depending on your family.” Normand said while pork only or a mixture of pork and beef are the two most common meat combinations, areas like the

Gorton Gorton — pronounced “gah-ton” — is an alternative to baking a full pie. A mixture of pork butt (a more fat-containing cut), onions and spices is simmered and then refrigerated overnight, which causes it to congeal. The result is a popular spread for toast or crackers. Gorton, sometimes called “cretons,” is always served cold, sometimes with onions and spices, or just the pork itself, but not usually with potatoes, according to Amber Enright of Roots Cafe & Catering at Robie’s Country Store in Hooksett.

“Gorton is pure pork, with a gigantic layer of fat on the top, and it’s much spicier than pork pie. The ratio of spices is usually always much greater,” Normand said. Gorton can contain a blend of various ingredients like allspice, salt and pepper, onions and milk. Connie Hebert, a board member and researcher for the American-Canadian Genealogical Society in Manchester, said a typical Québécois style of the dish will contain rolled oats or dried oatmeal.


northern Québécois region of Saguenay– Lac-Saint-Jean may use even more meats like partridge, hare, veal, chicken or caribou as well as pork, or any combination of several of these meats. That dish is called cipaille (pronounced “sea-pie”). “The farther north you go, the more [meats] you will see,” she said. Amber Enright, co-owner of Roots Cafe & Catering at Robie’s Country Store in Hooksett, said pork pies made with potatoes should be prepared by boiling them separately from the meat before they are mashed together for the filling. For her 9-inch pies,

she uses about two pounds of pork and two full-sized peeled russet potatoes, plus diced onions and fresh herbs. “You can use things like thyme or sage and just a little bit of clove, and then cinnamon or nutmeg if you want that sweeter touch,” she said. “My grandparents made it all the time when I was growing up.” Over at The Crust & Crumb Baking Co. in Concord, owner and baker Alison Ladman said she takes her pork pie a step further by adding chopped apples and seasoned rosemary to the ground pork and mashed sweet potatoes. 16

Pork pie recipe #2 (without potatoes) Courtesy of Muriel Normand of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society in Manchester 2 pounds lean ground pork butt 2 large ribs of celery, diced 1 medium onion, chopped 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 2 cups Ritz or saltine cracker crumbs 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning Pinch of ground clove Pie crust for a 9-inch pie, top and bottom In a large stock pot, place the meat, celery, onion, salt and pepper and cover with water. Simmer for about one hour, stirring often to ensure that there are no lumps of meat. Drain pork and reserve the broth for later use. Place pork in a large bowl. Add one cup of the reserved broth, the cracker crumbs, the poul-

try seasoning and the clove. Mix well until you have a smooth but not too dry consistency. Slowly add more broth, if needed (mixture should be thick, not soupy; taste and adjust spices to your liking). Place mixture in a 9-inch pie and cover with top crust. Brust top crust with egg wash and make a couple of vents to let the steam escape. Place pie into preheated oven and cook for 30 to 40 minutes at 450 degrees, making sure that the bottom crust is browned and the top crust doesn’t burn. If serving hot, allow it to rest for 15 to 30 minutes before serving. If serving cold, allow to set at room temperature for at least one hour before serving. Spices are more pronounced if served hot. You can also reheat for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

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“It’s a little outside the realm of what people might expect from a meat pie,” she said. Even how long you cook the pork can vary from recipe to recipe. Normand said simmering the meat for at least an hour and stirring periodically in a pot of water can allow the flavors of the other ingredients to be absorbed. Other recipes may call for simmering the pork for as long as two hours. Retaining at least a cup of reserve broth after draining can also help the pie hold together, which should result in a thick mixture. “You can’t make it out of the leanest meat on Earth, or you’ll have a dry, crumbly pie. It has to have some fat in it,” she said. She added that if you are making your own pie crust, it should be thin so that it can crisp up, and topped with either milk, butter or an egg on top so that it doesn’t burn.

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In the 1990 French-Canadian recipe cookbook A Taste of Québec, author Julian Armstrong writes that there is debate among historians on the origin of the word “tourtière.” Some say it derives from the word “tourte,” a white passenger pigeon whose meat was once a staple of pies and stews, while others believe it comes from a French cooking utensil of the same word. It’s a meal that goes back several generations in Canada, all the way to its days as a French settlement in the 1600s. But while its exact origin may be unclear, Normand said, its prevalence among several Québecois regions may have been due to the widespread population and raising of pigs, as well as the production of potatoes. “A lot of farmers up there had pigs, and they kept well. Pigs survived in the winter and were easy animals [to raise], so pork was always a staple for people,” she said, “and then potatoes were always part of every meal, too.”

She also noted the pie’s longtime association with réveillon — a centuries-old holiday tradition in France, Belgium and other French-speaking regions of Europe. Réveillon, which means “waking up,” is typically held on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve nights, and involves staying up late to attend a midnight Mass and enjoy a hearty meal. Usually in Québec, that meant some variation of pork pie, she said, while in France it might include a different heavy meat or seafood dish, plus assorted wines and pastries for dessert. In the United States, the tradition is widely observed in New Orleans due to its French heritage, with many restaurants even offering special réveillon menus or dinners. “Réveillon was a lot of fun,” Normand said. “You’d go to bed at like 5 in the morning [on Christmas] and then get up at noontime to open your gifts. Santa had a late arrival.” As with other French-Canadian dishes like split pea soup, crêpes and poutine, tourtière came to New Hampshire and other areas of the United States along with the people who brought it here. Normand pointed to areas of the state like Manchester, Nashua and Laconia as having large French-speaking populations during the peak period of the textile industry. She was born and raised in Manchester and said she could remember there being several French newspapers printed in the city. “The bulk of immigration to New England from around the vicinity of Quebec City … was maybe around 1880 to 1900, during full-blown industrialization,” she said. Unlike a more Americanized dish like poutine, however, tourtière is a dish that has largely remained traditional even since its arrival to New Hampshire. “It’s all in how you were individually taught,” she said.

Gorton recipe #1 (with rolled oats) Courtesy of Connie Hebert of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society in Manchester 2 pounds ground pork butt 2 finely chopped onions 1 cup water 2 cloves garlic ½ cup oatmeal (non-instant) 1 cup milk 2 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon coarse pepper ½ teaspoon allspice

In a stock pot, combine pork, onion, water and garlic. Simmer uncovered for one hour. Add the salt, pepper, allspice, oatmeal and milk and continue to simmer. Mix with electric mixer and refrigerate until congealed.

Gorton recipe #2 (without rolled oats) Courtesy of Connie Hebert of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society in Manchester 3 to 4 pounds ground pork butt 1 to 2 chopped onions 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons allspice 1 clove garlic

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Thursday, Dec. 20

Add a little pirate to your holiday. The Jonee Earthquake Band will play the Bookery (844 Elm St. in Manchester; bookerymht.com) tonight at 7 p.m. (including Christmas songs, according to the Bookery press release).

EAT: A festive meal you don’t make Get some help from area restaurants and bakeries with bread, dessert or pie or have someone else make your whole Christmas Eve or Christmas Day meal. Find our rundown of area eateries offering holiday food to go in the Dec. 13 issue on page 37. On page 39, you can find a listing of special Christmas meals and some area restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Go to hippopress.com and click on “Read the Entire Paper: See Our Flip Book on Issuu,” where you’ll find complete issues that can be read on any device.

Have an operatic Christmas with the Manchester Community Theatre Players’ presentation of Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road Concord) tonight, Dec. 21, and Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $17. See manchestercommunitytheatre.com. Find our story about this holiday production on page 22 in our Dec. 6 issue. Go to hippopress.com and click on “Read the Entire Paper: See Our Flip Book on Issuu,” where you’ll find complete issues that can be read on any device.

DRINK: Beer with lights The Brewery Lights celebration continues at the Anheuser-Busch Merrimack Brewery (221 DW Highway in Merrimack; budweisertours.com) Thursdays through Sundays from 4 to 9 p.m., through Dec. 30. The event includes a family-friendly Gingerbread House, an opportunity to take photos with a Clydesdale and more. The Biergarten is open and selling a rotating selection of 14 beers on tap. Special packages include short tours of the brewery and samples of beer or a private fire pit at the Biergarten patio, with Bavarian pretzels and s’mores kits.

Sunday, Dec. 23

The Capital Jazz Orchestra performs the holiday pops with guest vocalists C.J. Poole and Laura Daigle at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St. in Concord; ccanh.com, 225-1111) today at 4 p.m. The production will also feature Laura Knoy, host of NHPR’s The Exchange, reciting “The Night Before Christmas,” according to the website. Tickets cost $27.50 through $47.50.

BE MERRY: With more fun for the restofus Area 23 (254 N. State St. in Concord; 5520137) will hold a Festivus celebration on Friday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. The Eric Lindberg Trio will provide music for the evening, which will, of course, include the Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength. For more nighttime entertainment at area bars and restaurants, check out the Music This Week listing of live musical performances, which starts on page 54.

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New Hampshire School of Ballet presents The Nutcracker By Angie Sykeny

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If you haven’t made it to a local production of The Nutcracker yet this year, there are still a couple of opportunities to do so. The New Hampshire School of Ballet closes out The Nutcracker season with shows at the Concord City Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 21, and the Palace Theatre in Manchester on Thursday, Dec. 27. This is the 26th year that the Hooksett-based dance school has performed the classic holiday ballet. More than 60 dancers will participate. Owner and director Jennifer Rienert said it’s the school’s most anticipated performance of the year, for both the audience and the dancers. “Everyone gets excited about it,” she said. “Everywhere across the country, ballet dancers participate in it. It’s a holiday tradition in the dance world.” The Nutcracker premiered as a two-act ballet scored by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1892. In the first act, a young girl named Clara is given a wooden nutcracker doll by her godfather at a Christmas Eve party. Later that night, the nutcracker comes alive and leads his army of gingerbread soldiers into battle against an army of mice. When Clara saves the nutcracker from the advancing Mouse King, the nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince. In the second act, Clara and the prince retire to the Land of Sweets, where

everyone together and gets everyone in the Christmas spirit.” Spencer has been working one-on-one with Rienert to learn the part, which entails not only dancing, but some acting, as well. “You really have to immerse yourself in the role and put yourself in Clara’s shoes and pretend like you’re experiencing everything she is,” Spencer said. “Showing the different emotions that Clara is feeling is equally as important as the dance technique.” The most rewarding thing about directing The Nutcracker, Rienert said, is watching the students grow and improve their craft through the production over the years. “A lot of students start dancing in The NutNH School of Ballet presents The Nutcracker. Courtesy photo. cracker when they’re little. They worked hard a series of dances are performed by different “Being in The Nutcracker is a big deal,” for their whole dance-life, and now they’re sweets to honor Clara for her heroic act. Rienert said. “It’s a great experience for [the graduating or dancing lead roles,” she said. The students rehearse for The Nutcracker in students] who may never get another opportu- “It’s a beautiful thing to see.” their dance classes beginning in October. The nity to dance a lead role.” choreography, developed by Rienert and her Emily Spencer, a senior at Bedford High The Nutcracker staff, changes every year but remains classical School, will play the lead role of Clara. SpenShows: Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Conin style. For most students, Rienert said, The cer has been dancing since she was 4 years old. cord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord), Nutcracker dances are the most challenging She has been a student at the New Hampshire and Thursday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Palace dances they learn all year. School of Ballet for five years and has been in Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) While some dance schools hire professional the school’s production of The Nutcracker for Cost: $18; tickets for the Dec. 21 show dancers to take on the lead roles in The Nut- four years, playing various roles, including the are available through the studio, at Gibcracker, the New Hampshire School of Ballet Snow Queen, the Dewdrop Fairy and the Sugson’s Bookstore in Concord or at the door. always casts students, usually students in their ar Plum Fairy. Tickets for the Dec. 27 show are available late teens who have performed in The Nut“I’ve always loved being a part of it,” she through the Palace Theatre. cracker for a number of years and worked their said. “It’s a great opportunity to share my love Visit: nhschoolofballet.com, palacetheatre.org way up the ranks. of dance with everyone, and it really brings

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Looking for more art, theater and classical music? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store or Google Play. Theater Productions • A CHRISTMAS CAROL Nov. 30 through Dec. 23. Showtimes are Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m. Players’ Ring Theatre, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth. Tickets cost $18 for

adults, $14 for students and seniors and $12 for children age 12 and under. Visit playersring.org. • A CHRISTMAS CAROL Nov. 30 through Dec. 23. Showtimes are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at noon and 5 p.m., with additional shows on Thur., Dec. 13, and Thur., Dec.

20, at 7:30 p.m. The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets cost $43 to $49 for adults, $35 for seniors and veterans on matinees and $25 for kids. Visit palacetheatre.org. • ANNIE The Seacoast Repertory Theatre presents. Nov. 30 through Dec. 23. 125 Bow St. , Portsmouth.

Tickets cost $16 to $38. Visit seacoastrep.org or call 433-4472. • IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY The New Hampshire Theatre Project presents. Dec. 14 through Dec. 30, with showtimes on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. West End Studio Theatre, 959

Islington St., Portsmouth. Tickets cost $30 for adults and $26 for students, seniors and veterans. Visit nhtheatreproject.org. • CHRISTMAS ON BROADWAY The Peacock Players present a holiday music revue. Thurs., Dec. 20, and Fri., Dec. 21, at 7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 22, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sun.,

Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. Court Street Theater, 14 Court St., Nashua. Tickets cost $12 to $19. Visit peacockplayers.org. • THE LITTLE MERMAID In the traditional English Panto style. Thurs., Dec. 20, at 10 a.m.; Fri., Dec. 21 and Dec. 28, at 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 22 and Dec. 29, at 2 and

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•​ The Little Mermaid, Panto-style: The Winnipesaukee Playhouse (33 Footlight Circle, Meredith) presents a traditional English Panto version of The Little Mermaid now through Dec. 31. A Panto is an interactive show that combines showtunes and pop music with dancing and humor. Written by the Playhouse’s Artistic Director Neil Pankhurst, the show features jokes that will appeal to young children as well as double entendres and humor directed at adults. This is the Playhouse’s fifth Panto performance; past shows have included Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin and Snow White. Showtimes are Thursday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m.; Fridays, Dec. 21 and Dec. 28, at 7 p.m.; Saturdays, Dec. 22 and Dec. 29, at 2 and 7 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m.; Sunday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 31, at 11 a.m. Tickets cost $10 to $18. Visit winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or call 279-0333. • A Broadway holiday: The Peacock Players present Christmas On Broadway, a holiday musical revue, at the Court Street Theater (14 Court St., Nashua) on Thursday, Dec. 20, and Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. The show features seasonal music from Broadway favorites like Annie, A Christmas Story the Musical, Elf the Musical, Disney’s

7 p.m.; Thurs., Dec. 27, at 11 a.m.; Sun., Dec. 30, at 2 p.m.; and Mon., Dec. 31, at 11 a.m. Winnipesaukee Playhouse, 33 Footlight Circle, Meredith. Tickets cost $10 to $18. Visit winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or call 279-0333. • THE NUTCRACKER New Hampshire School of Ballet presents. Fri., Dec. 21, 7 p.m. Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St. , Concord. Tickets cost $18. Visit concordcityauditorium.org. • AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS The Manchester Community Theatre Players present. Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., and Sat., Dec. 8, 2 and 7:30 p.m. in Manchester, and Fri., Dec. 21, and Sat., Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 23, 2 p.m., in Concord. Brookside Congregational Church, 2013 Elm St., Manchester. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets cost $10 to $17. Visit manchestercommunitytheatre.com. • THE NUTCRACKER New Hampshire School of Ballet. Thurs., Dec. 27, 7 p.m. Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets $18. Visit palacetheatre.org.

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Frozen, Rent, White Christmas and more, performed by Peacock Players students, alumni, family and friends. Santa Claus will also make an appearance. Tickets cost $12 to $19. Visit peacockplayers.org. • Classical Christmas: There’s still time to catch a classical holiday concert. The First Music Concert Series presents its Christmas concert featuring Antonio Vivaldi’s “Magnificat” at The First Church (1 Concord St., Nashua) on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 9 and 11 a.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Visit first-music.org. Piccola Opera’s The Dickens Carolers performs a “A Dickens Christmas,” a Victorian caroling concert, at the Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord) on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Visit piccolaopera.net. If jazz is more your style, the Capital Jazz Orchestra performs its annual holiday pops featuring guest vocalists C.J. Poole and Laura Daigle at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $27.50 to $47.50. Visit ccanh.com. — Angie Sykeny

• PLAZA SUITE The Majestic Theatre presents. Jan. 4 through Jan. 6. Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester. $42 Friday/Saturday and $40 Sunday. Visit majestictheatre.net.

Openings • “NEW HAMPSHIRE LANDSCAPES IN MOTION” ARTIST RECEPTION Oil landscapes by Daryl D. Johnson. Fri., Jan. 11, 5 to 7 p.m. Concord Chamber of Commerce, 49 S. Main St., Concord.

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In the Galleries • NH PRINTMAKERS EXHIBIT The Manchester Arts Commission presents. On view through Jan. 30. Manchester City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza, Manchester. Visit facebook.com/ manchesterarts. • “HERE AND THERE: CONTOURS REAL AND IMAGINED” Exhibition featuring the work of abstract painter Janet Tamulevich and realism painter Peggy Murray. On view through Dec. 28. 2 Pillsbury St., Concord. Visit nhartassociation.org. • “CELEBRATION OF COLOR” Exhibit features work by abstract artist Debbie Auclair. On view during December. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. Visit nashualibrary.org.

Events • SPECIAL EXHIBITION SPOTLIGHT TALKS Brief talks related to the museum’s current special exhibition, “Myth and Faith in Renaissance Florence.” Learn about techniques used in Florentine sculpture and how that style of art helped shape the Renaissance, and hear stories behind the discoveries of the featured works. Fri., Dec. 21, Sat., Dec. 22, and Fri., Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester. Visit currier. org or call 669-6144. • CRAFTWORKERS’ GUILD HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOP More than 70 juried artisans and craftspeople. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Dec. 22. Kendall House, 5 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford. Visit thecraftworkersguild.org.

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• Renaissance talks: Get a closer look at the Currier Museum of Art’s (150 Ash St., Manchester) special exhibition “Myth and Faith in Renaissance Florence” during a series of short spotlight talks on Friday, Dec. 21, Saturday, Dec. 22, and Friday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. The exhibition examines the sculpture of Montorsoli, a key member of Michelangelo’s circle, and is based on a newly acquired sculpture, “John the Baptist.” Learn about the techniques used in Florentine sculpture and how that style of art helped shape the Renaissance, and hear some of the stories behind the discoveries of the featured works. The talks are led by students from Saint Anselm College. Visit currier.org or call 669-6144. • In contrast: The work of two painters with very different styles is on display in an exhibition, “Here and There: Contours Real and Imagined,” at 2 Pillsbury St. in Concord, now through Dec. 28. Janet Tamulevich is an abstract painter. “As an artist, I look at the world in a different and more intimate way,” she said in a press release. “I see trees that … come in every shape, size and color. The sky is constantly changing, creating endless combinations of shapes and colors.” Peggy Murray is a realist painter who uses color to create light and dark planes. “I think of the colors on my palette as the actors in a play,” she said in the press release. “Each color has a role to play, and every role … is important for creating a reality on the canvas.” Both artists are members of the New Hampshire

• “JOYFUL GIVING: BIG AND SMALL” Works of art in various media, priced for holiday gift giving. On view now through Dec. 28. ArtHub , 30 Temple St., Nashua. Call 405-698-1951 or visit naaa-arthub.org. • HOLIDAY SMALL WORKS SHOW Exhibit features small works in a variety of styles and mediums created by local artists and artisans and priced for holiday gift shopping. On view Nov. 30 through Jan. 1. Main Street Art, 75 Main St., Newfields. Visit mainstreetart.org. • “ART: SALON-STYLE” New Hampshire Antique Co-op presents exhibit that showcases original paintings from the 1800s to the present, hung in the style of traditional 19th-century French salon exhibitions. On view Nov. 10 through Jan. 30. Tower Gallery, 323 Elm St., Milford. Visit nhantiquecoop.com. • FALL ART EXHIBITION On view through Dec. 24. Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 236

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Art Association. Visit nhartassociation.org. • Last-minute gifts: If you’re still looking for the perfect artsy gift, stop by one of these holiday art shows featuring small, affordable and gift-worthy pieces of art created by local artists. You’ll find all kinds of small works at “Good Things Come in Small Packages” at Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center (30 Ash St., Hollis, 465-9453, wildsalamander.com), open through Dec. 23; “Small Works - Big Impact” at Creative Ventures Gallery (411 Nashua St., Milford, 672-2500, creativeventuresfineart.com), open through Dec. 26; the Seacoast Artist Association’s (130 Water St., Exeter, seacoastartist.org) show “Big Gifts Come in Small Packages,” open through Dec. 31; and the “Holiday Small Works Show,” at Main Street Art (75 Main St., Newfields, mainstreetart.org), open through Jan. 1. Browse pieces in various sizes and price ranges at ARGH Gallery’s (416 Chestnut St., Manchester, 682-0797, arghgallery.com) “Holiday Show,” open through Dec. 29, and ArtHub’s (30 Temple St., Nashua, 405-698-1951, naaa-arthub. org) show “Joyful Giving: Big and Small,” open now through Dec. 28. — Angie Sykeny

Hopkinton Road, Concord. Visit themillbrookgallery.com. • “MYTH AND FAITH IN RENAISSANCE FLORENCE” Exhibition examines the sculpture of Montorsoli, a key member of Michelangelo’s circle, and is based around a newly acquired sculpture, John the Baptist. On view Oct. 13 through Jan. 21. Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester. Museum 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 currier.org or call 6696144. • “GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES” Holiday gift-giving art show featuring original small works of all media and all subjects. The show will run Nov. 9 through Dec. 23. Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center, 30 Ash St., Hollis. Visit wildsalamander.com. • “LANDSCAPES NEAR AND FAR” New Hampshire Art Association member Claudia Michael will be exhibiting her work. On view

during November and December. Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, 49 S. Main St., Suite 104, Concord. Visit nhartassociation.org. • “DISTRACTIONS” Art 3 Gallery presents the work of over 75 local and regional artists who welcome the opportunity to distract viewers with art. On view Oct. 31 through Jan. 31. Art 3, 44 W. Brook St. , Manchester. Visit art3gallery. com. • “THE CAPE ANN SCHOOL & ROCKPORT ART TRADITION” New Hampshire Antique Co-op presents exhibit that showcases fine art by Cape Ann School artists from the late 1800s. On view through Jan. 31. Tower Gallery, 323 Elm St., Milford. Visit nhantiquecoop.com. • “TOYLAND REVISITED” Featuring the oil paintings of Milford artist William Turner. Turner paints vintage toys, like M&M figurines and robots from the ’40s and ’50s, in surreal settings. His artistic style is nar-


HONEST LANDSCAPES New Hampshire Art Association member Claudia Michael has an exhibition, “Landscapes Near and Far,” on view at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce (49 S. Main St., Suite 104, Concord) now through Dec. 31. Michael’s landscapes, often done en plein air, are informed by the contrast in color, light and form found in nature. “My goal as a painter is to capture an essence and mood within the natural world that is personal yet universal,” she said in a press release. “While I strive for honesty, I allow an emotional response to influence what I know about painting the natural world.” Michael is a senior lecturer with Granite State College, on the faculty of the New Hampshire Institute of Art and a consultant in Advanced Placement Studio Art for the College Board. She has painted in several countries and was recently selected as an Artist in Residence at Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Italy where her work was shown in Assisi and Florence. Viewing hours at the Chamber are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 224-2508 or visit nhartassociation.org.

rative realism influenced by art from the Renaissance period. On view through Jan. 15. Amherst Public Library, 14 Main St., Amherst. Call 673-2288 or visit amherstlibrary.org. • HOLIDAY SHOW Featuring work by five local artists, including triptychs, portraits and abstract pieces in various media. On view Dec. 13 through Dec. 29. ARGH Gallery, 416 Chestnut St., Manchester. Visit arghgallery.com or call 682-0797.

Classical Music Events • “A DICKENS CHRISTMAS” Piccola Opera’s The Dickens Carolers performs a Victorian caroling concert. Sat., Dec. 22, 7 p.m. Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. Admission is free. Visit piccolaopera.net. • HOLIDAY POPS The Capital Jazz Orchestra performs, featuring guest vocalists C.J. Poole and Laura Daigle. Sun., Dec. 23, 4 p.m. Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord. Tickets cost

$27.50 to $47.50. Visit ccanh.com. • ANTONIO VIVALDI’S “MAGNIFICAT” The First Music Concert Series presents. Sun., Dec. 23, 9 and 11 a.m. The First Church, 1 Concord St., Nashua. The concert is free and open to the public. Visit first-music.org. • CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES Symphony NH presents. Sat., Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m. Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm St., Nashua. $25 to $60. Visit symphonynh.org.

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history about frogs native to the Merrimack River and its surrounding areas, and how fish and frogs adapt to the cold and survive during the winter months. “Just because the wildlife disappears from our view doesn’t mean they are gone from our habitats and backyards,” Dalbeck said. “It just means they are tucked away for the winter, waiting for spring.”

from the audience will be chosen to receive a nature-related door prize. Visitors can also take part in a number of frog- and fish-related crafts, such as frog masks and fish mobiles. Refreshments including cookies and fish crackers will be served. In addition to the special activities, the Fishways will have its regular attractions for visitors to see and interact with, including an augmented reality sandbox that teaches about watershed topography and landscapes; live animals like snakes, turtles, fish and frogs; and a children’s corner with puppets, books, games, coloring pages and other activities. “We love what we do here, and it’s fun to be able to share that with the people in this community and end the year on a positive The presentations will include teach- note,” Dalbeck said. ing from the naturalists followed by group discussion and exploration of physical mateAmoskeag Fishways Open House rials, like a frog skeleton. “It’s very interactive, with different ways Where: Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitors Center, 4 Fletcher St., Manchester for people to learn,” Dalbeck said. “It allows When: Thursday, Dec. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. people to take a peek at these animals and Cost: Free see them in a new way.” More info: 626-3474, amoskeagfishways.org After each presentation, one lucky winner

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Spend the day learning about winter wildlife and doing nature-related activities at The Amoskeag Fishways’ annual Open House on Thursday, Dec. 27. The Amoskeag Fishways is a year-round environmental education center in Manchester that focuses on the wildlife and natural history of the Merrimack River, with programs that are primarily geared toward families. This is the 18th year that the center has hosted a free Open House event during the holiday school vacation week. “We do it as an annual thank you to the community,” Executive Director Helen Dalbeck said. “It’s a way to show our appreciation to our regular people who come down for our programs all the time, and a way to invite new people to come try us out.” The Open House has a different theme every year; this year, it’s fish and frogs. Fishways naturalists will give a 30-minute presentation on “Frigid Fish, ‘Frog Cycles’ and other Amazing Winter Wildlife Tricks” at various times throughout the day. The presentation will cover some natural 25 Kiddie pool Family activities this week. Children & Teens Art classes & programs • FREE ORNAMENT MAKING FOR KIDS Sat., Dec. 22, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ArtHub, 30 Temple St., Nashua. Free. Visit naaa-arthub.org or call 401698-1951. Children events • PIZZA PARTY WITH THE PAINTED TURTLES Watch the painted turtles enjoy their lunch while eating pizza. Sat., Jan. 12, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Amoskeag Fishways Learning

Crafts at The Amoskeag Fishways. Courtesy photo.

& Visitors Center, 4 Fletcher St., Manchester. $15 per family (includes pizza lunch). Visit amoskeagfishways.org or call 626-3474. • DISNEY ON ICE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF MAGIC See more than 50 beloved Disney characters on the ice, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and an ensemble of princesses like Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. Thurs., Jan. 17, and Fri., Jan. 18, 7 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m., 2:30

p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 20, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; and Mon., Jan. 21, 1 p.m. SNHU Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester. Tickets start at $15. Visit disneyonice. com or call 644-5000 x6008. Nature • SATURDAY NATURE SEEKERS: ALL ABOUT EAGLES! Learn about Manchester’s Merrimack River wildlife in this short and sweet mini program for all ages. A donation of $5 per family is encouraged; no registration required. Amoskeag Fishways

Learning & Visitors Center, 4 Fletcher St., Manchester. Saturdays, Jan. 5, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26, 11 a.m. to noon. • MAMMALS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD Learn all about local mammals through fun, hands-on activities at the Fishways. Fri., Jan. 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Amoskeag Fishways Learning & Visitors Center, 4 Fletcher St., Manchester. $5 per student, ages 6 and up; registration is required. Visit amoskeagfishways.org or call 626-3474. • NATURE CLUB This after

28 Car Talk Ray gives you car advice. school nature club will be offered for students in grades 4 through 6 and will meet once a week after school. Club activities will include exploring the NH Audubon trails, meeting and learning about the resident animals, learning about nature, playing games and working together on environmental projects. Thursdays, 3 to 5 p.m., Jan. 17 through June 6. McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord. $60 per child for six months. Scholarships are also available. Visit nhaudubon.org/learn.

• EAGLES ALONG THE MERRIMACK Join the Fishways to search for bald eagles along the Merrimack River, beginning with an orientation at the center and followed by a quest to spot the first eagle of the day. Sat., Jan. 19, 8 to 11 a.m. Amoskeag Fishways Learning & Visitors Center, 4 Fletcher St., Manchester. $3 per person, or $6 per family; registration with payment is required. Visit amoskeagfishways.org or call 626-3474.

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Catch The Polar Express

Red River Theaters (11 S. Main St. in Concord; redrivertheatres.org) will present the 2004, G-rated adaptation of the Chris Van Allsburg book on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $5 and include a “believer’s bell,” according to the website. On Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, area Cinemagic Theaters (including in Hooksett at 1226 Hooksett Road, in Merrimack at 11 Executive Park Drive and in Portsmouth at 2454 Lafayette Road) will present The Polar Express at 10 a.m.

Lights and sights

This is the final weekend this season for Charmingfare Farm’s (774 High St., Candia) Santa’s Big Party, which runs Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23. Take a 30-minute horse-drawn ride through the Christmas trail, where Santa Claus himself will be waiting for holiday music, sugar cookies, hot cocoa and an assortment of holiday performers and costumed characters. Tickets are $22 per person. Children under 23 months old receive free admission. Go to visitthefarm.com to check available times. Also continuing through this Sunday, Charmingfare’s Lighted Winter Wonderland, which runs Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, includes a horse-drawn ride, Christmas lights, a nativity, a petting zoo and more. Tickets cost $29 per person. On Thursday, Dec. 20, tickets to the event cost $19. See the website for time and availability. See the Gift of Lights display at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1122 Route 106 North in Loudon; nhms.com), which runs many nights from 4:30 to 9 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 31. (See the website for a schedule and to buy tickets, which cost $25 per car). The 2.5mile drive-through light show includes a Tunnel of Lights, 400 displays and 60 different scenes (and pictures with Santa Claus through Dec. 23), according to the website.

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Need some calm before the holiday storm? The Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St. in Manchester; currier.org, 669-6144) is open regular hours Friday, Dec. 21 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.); Saturday, Dec. 22 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Sunday, Dec. 23 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and is open on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission costs $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for youth (ages 13 to 17) and free for children under 13. After Christmas, send cabin-fever teens, visiting relatives, family et al. to the Currier, which is open regular hours for the rest of the week: Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also open is the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (2 Institute Drive in Concord; starhop. com), which will be open every day from Friday, Dec. 21, through Monday, Dec. 31, (except for Christmas Day, when the center is closed) from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $11.50 for adults, $8.50 for children ages 3 to 12, $10.50 for seniors and students and $8.50 for people in groups of 15 or more (children 2 and under get in free). Planetarium show tickets cost an additional $5 per person; children 2 and under are free. The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St. in Dover; childrens-museum. org, 742-2002) will be open regular hours Thursday, Dec. 20, through Sunday, Dec. 23 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday) and Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 10 a.m. for Dino Day, with special dinosaur related events and activities, including making a model of a dino skeleton in the STEAM Lab from 10 a.m. to noon. On Thursday, Dec. 27, the museum will celebrate Robot Day, with robot crafts, activities and stories and a demo of the museum’s 3-D printer. Admission $10 for everyone age 1 year and over (seniors $9; children under 1 free). In Manchester, SEE Science Center (200 Bedford St.; see-sciencecenter.org, 669-0400), which recently opened the new permanent exhibit BiologYou, is open Thursday, Dec. 20, and Friday, Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 22, and Sunday, Dec. 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is open Wednesday, Dec. 26, and for the rest of school vacation regular hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends) except for New Year’s Day, when it will be closed.

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This is not the time for planting trees in New England. But it is a good time for looking at them and deciding what to plant, come spring and summer. Since we have five months or so without flowers growing in our gardens, look at the silhouettes of trees, decide what pleases you, and read up on them. Most gardeners plant some flowers, a few veggies and perhaps some nice decorative shrubs. Fine. But what about maples, oaks and beeches? Should we allow the squirrels to decide where these majestic trees grow on our property? No, we should plant them if we like them — and have space for them. My property is relatively small, just a couple of acres, so I have been judicious in selecting trees to add to the landscape. My property came with a few big sugar maples and oaks, two American elms, one huge wild cherry and too many poplars for my liking. The elms died and had to be cut down, but the rest of the big trees continue to get even bigger, cooling the house in summer and providing food and homes for birds and small mammals. One of my favorite big trees is a hybrid magnolia, the Merrill. I planted it about 20 years ago, and it is near mature size now — at least 30 feet tall and wide. It blooms with big white fragrant blossoms every year in late April. It has glossy green leaves all summer, and fabulous fuzzy buds similar to pussy willows all winter. It was just 4 feet tall when I planted it. I planted it in the middle of a lawn where it would get full sun. It is near my little stream and I worried that the high water table would lead to root rot, but it has thrived with plenty of water. Unfortunately it does spill some shade onto a vegetable plot in late afternoon. But I love it, and am glad I can see it from my windows. I have planted several fruit trees, both apples and pears, and have several wild apples that blossom nicely but do not produce edible fruit. I think every gardener should have at least one apple tree. Books will tell you that you need two or more apples to get good pollination, but there are always wild apples, or apples at your neighbor’s house to provide good pollination if you have room for only one. There are many disease-resistant apple varieties to choose from if you don’t want to spray chemicals. Liberty, Freedom, MacFree and others are less likely to get apple scab, powdery mildew, cedar apple rust and fire blight. That said, be sure to pick an apple you have tasted and like. You can prune any apple tree to look good. Sugar maples mature more quickly than you might think. A tree with a 2-inch-diameter stem can become a handsome shade tree in 20 years — they can average a foot a year or so. They don’t tolerate road salt or compacted soils, but

otherwise are easy to grow. They can benefit from occasional doses of limestone for their roots, as acid rain washes calcium out of the soil, and they need it to stay healthy. Maples are, to me, the quintessential New England tree with the classic red, orange and yellows of our fall. If you want a big oak in your yard, consider playing squirrel. A friend of mine did this, gathering acorns locally and planting a dozen or more. Some germinated, others did not, and some he had to thin out. Remember that a mature oak can reach 60 feet tall or more. Width can vary from 25 to 60 feet wide, depending on the species. One of the fastest growing oaks is the pin oak, which can reach 12 to 15 feet in five to seven years. In 1972 I planted a row of hemlocks to create a privacy screen for the backyard. I dug them up from a field when they were 3 to 6 feet tall and planted them 10 to 20 feet apart. Now, nearly 50 years later, those hemlocks are 50 feet tall and do, indeed, create a nice living hedge. I have to admit I did no research before planting the hemlocks. I didn’t know how tall they would get, nor how far apart I should plant them. But hemlocks are very adaptable and will grow in sun or shade, and in almost any kind of soil. They have done just fine. Today I might not choose hemlocks for a screen because the woolly adelgid, a pest that thrives in southern New England, is moving north and may eventually decimate the hemlocks. White pine might be suitable for a hedge, but it, too, is facing diseases and is intolerant of air pollution and road salt. It is not a good tree near the road. White birch is also a nice, easy tree to grow, and very handsome. The young stems are reddish brown when young, but turning chalky white after age 7 or so. I think the nicest way to plant them is in groups of three, planted a couple of feet apart, or even in one big planting hole. White birches will grow anywhere, but do especially well in sandy or rocky soils. I planted two near my stream in moist soil, and one died, the other thrived. Go figure. Winter is the time to dream. Ask Santa for a good book on trees with lots of pictures. Anything by Michael Dirr would be good. Dream, read and plan! Henry is the author of four gardening books. His website is Gardening-Guy.com


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Dear Car Talk: My wife and I are at odds over what vehicle to get our 16-year-old daughter. I am currently driving a 10-year-old Mercedes-Benz E350 with 81,000 miles and am By Ray Magliozzi interested in moving up to possibly Tesla’s model S. I love the E350 and have maintained it faithfully, and think it would be a good, safe car for a teen girl. Yes, I know I spoil her terribly, but from a practical point of view, what’s wrong with this idea? My wife has made it VERY clear that under no circumstances will our daughter be getting a Mercedes. I think she is relating back to her own days in high school where she got a beater VW. Should I just sell it and buy our daughter something else, or let her drive my old ride? — Michael Well, if she goes to Beverly Hills High School, then you can give her the Mercedes, Michael. In fact, you might have to trade it in and get her an S-Class. You’re right that it’s certainly a safe vehicle, and that’s the top priority for teen drivers. And the fact that you know the car, and have kept it well-maintained increases the chances she won’t get stranded in it. But I fear that everyone at her high school will hate her. Especially the teachers, who are all driving 16-year-old

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Kenneth Clinton is a land surveyor and president of Meridian Land Services in Amherst. The firm offers civil engineering, land surveying and environmental services in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Can you explain what your current job is? We collect data that is then used for engineering designs. When the design is done, we’re frequently involved with the construction. … [Our work] really runs the gamut from simple, small lot surveying for a landowner to [large] development projects. … Diversity for us is key. When the economy is sometimes uncertain, it’s key not to have all your eggs in one basket. … There is no one typical job, and that’s really one of the unique things about the profession. … Sometimes we’re on the coast, sometimes we’re up in the mountains, sometimes we’re on a lake, sometimes we’re in the woods swatting mosquitoes and black flies.

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How long have you worked there? I’ve been with Meridian for 24 years and have been in land surveying since 1988. How did you get interested in this field? When I entered college, I thought I wanted to be a civil engineer. It turns out some of the aspects I liked about engineering were more so utilized in surveying. … I quickly realized land surveying was my calling after being hired by a small mom and pop company where I learned to do it all. I simply couldn’t believe I got paid to hike in the woods. What kind of education or training did you need for this job? Entry-level [positions] require no education.

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• Neighborhood brews: After months of renovation in the space of a former electronics manufacturing business, To Share Brewing Co. held its grand opening on Dec. 15 at 720 Union St. in Manchester, co-owner Aaron Share confirmed. He and his wife Jenni moved to the Granite State from the Washington, D.C., area about five years ago and broke ground on the 4,200-square-foot space earlier this year. The new seven-barrel brewery is starting with 10 lines, five of which are expected to be year-round selections, including a Russian imperial stout, a New England style IPA, a West Coast IPA, a German Hefeweizen and an American cream ale. The other five lines will be rotating experimental and seasonal craft beers, Share said. The brewery also features a small menu of food offerings such as pretzels, cheese boards and other bagged snacks, plus a game room and a vinyl record listening selection. To Share Brewing Co. is open on Thursday and Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Visit tosharebrewing. com or find them on Facebook and Instagram @tosharebrewing. • Gauchos gets new owners: Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse (62 Lowell St., Manchester) is now under new ownership for its original location. According to a press release, founder Jose Nieves recently sold the restaurant to father and son duo Clark and Ben Graves, who are looking to add new elements to an already unique dining experience. For example, a new bar menu with appetizers such as chicken wings and fingers, calamari and fish and chips has been added. Ben Graves also noted the return of a chocolate fountain during its Sunday brunch hours. Since 2003, the restaurant’s Manchester location has offered the authentic Brazilian Steakhouse experience, featuring main course items like chicken, beef and salmon brought right to your table by cooks known as “gauchos,” in addition to offering a full salad bar. A second Gauchos restaurant that opened at 6 Elm St. in Nashua earlier this year is still owned by Nieves, according to Graves. Visit gauchosbraziliansteakhouse.com or find them on Facebook @gauchoschurrascariabraziliansteakhouse for further updates. • Ordering made easy: Nashua’s Pressed Cafe recently announced the opening of a drive-thru-only location at 3 Cotton Road in the space of a former McDonald’s. 38 Looking for more food and drink fun? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store, Google Play and hipposcout.com. HIPPO | DECEMBER 20 - 26, 2018 | PAGE 32

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Whether you want to enjoy a special multi-course menu or a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight, check out this list of local restaurants, bars and function centers in the state offering ways for you to ring in the year 2019. All dates are New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, unless otherwise specified. • Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631, alansofboscawen.com) will host its annual New Year’s Eve gala buffet from 4 to 10 p.m., which will include assorted domestic and imported cheeses, crackers, fresh fruit, vegetable crudites, garden and pasta salad, roasted red bliss potatoes, roasted turkey with stuffing, spinach and roasted red pepper fettuccine alfredo, baked ham with raisin sauce, prime rib, assorted desserts and more. Call or visit the website to make reservations. • Area 23 (254 N. State St., Unit H, Concord, 552-0137, thearea23.com) will be open until about 1 a.m., serving its regular menu. Live music from Catfish Howl will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight. • Ashworth by the Sea (295 Ocean Blvd., Hampton, 926-6762, ashworthhotel.com) will be hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration package that includes hors d’oeuvres, a dinner and gala for two, a fireworks display, a live band and a champagne breakfast for two on New Year’s Day. Packages start at $455 all inclusive per couple. • Auburn Pitts (167 Rockingham Road, Auburn, 622-6564, auburnpitts.com) will host a New Year’s Eve party at 7 p.m., featuring a buffet, live music and a Champagne toast at midnight. • Backyard Brewery & Kitchen (1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-3545, backyardbrewerynh.com) will be open during its regular Monday hours, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. • Bad Lab Beer Co. (460 High St., Somersworth, 842-5822, badlabbeer.com) will serve a special New Year’s Day brunch menu from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, alongside beer releases, live music, games and more. • The Bar (2B Burnham Road, Hudson, 943-5250, find them on Facebook) will be open until 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will reopen on New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. • Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn. com) will serve a four-course prix fixe dinner with seatings from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Choose an appetizer (lobster bisque, Cape Cod oysters, a selection of local cheeses, black pep-

per crispy calamari, stuffed delicata squash or veal meatballs), a salad (watercress and radicchio salad or mesclun salad), an entree (grilled filet mignon, chicken breast, mussel and shrimp pasta, an Australian grass-fed lamb rack, pan roasted Icelandic cod, king oyster mushroom or maple glazed Duroc pork chops) and a dessert (chai tea sponge cake, vanilla creme brulee, hibiscus and berry sorbet, espresso toffee cheesecake or strawberry chiffon cake). The cost is $75 per person. • The Birch on Elm (931 Elm St., Manchester, 782-5365, thebirch.restaurant) will hold its second annual New Year’s Eve Birch Bash at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55 and will include access to all the food for the evening, plus cocktails and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. • The Bistro at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com) will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on New Year’s Day, offering brunch specials on both days until 3 p.m. like classic eggs Benedict, gingerbread pancakes, Monte Cristo, steak and eggs, and smoked salmon frittata with champagne cream and salmon roe, plus a children’s menu with items like French toast sticks, fruit cups, snowman pancakes and scrambled eggs and bacon. Dinner specials like lobster nage and surf and turf (cut tenderloin of beef topped with a crab cake) will also be available on New Year’s Eve. • Boards & Brews (941 Elm St., Manchester, 785-9721, boardsandbrewsnh.com) will host its first New Year’s Eve party at 8 p.m. The cost to attend is $40 per person and gets you two drink tickets, circulating apps and a glass of champagne to usher in the year, in addition to access to hundreds of board games and some prizes and game raffles. • Buckley’s Great Steaks (438 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com) is taking din-

ner reservations from 4 to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. • Canoe Restaurant and Tavern (216 S. River Road, Bedford, 935-8070; 232 Whittier Highway, Center Harbor, 253-4762; magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com) will be accepting dinner reservations through 10:30 p.m. at both locations and serving a limited menu. • Cask & Vine (1½ E. Broadway, 9653454, caskandvine.com) will celebrate its sixth anniversary at 5 p.m. with a special New Year’s Eve menu and draft lineup. The cost is $50 per person and reservations are recommended. • Chez Vachon (136 Kelley St., Manchester, 625-9660, chez-vachon.mycloveronline. com) will be open during its regular hours, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Club Manchvegas Bar & Grill (50 Old Granite St., Manchester, 222-1677, clubmvbarandgrill.com) will serve a special dinner menu from 6 to 11 p.m. and a free Champagne toast at midnight with live music. No reservations will be taken; the party will be first come, first served. • Colby Hill Inn (33 The Oaks, Henniker, 428-3281, colbyhillinn.com) will serve a multi-course dinner with seatings from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Choose an appetizer like winter greens or lobster and scallop bisque, an entree like pan-seared filet, pan roast goose breast, or scallops, and a dessert like flourless chocolate cake or peppermint creme brulee. The cost is $85 for adults and $35 for kids under 12. • The Common Man (304 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-3463; 25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463; 88 Range Road, Windham, 898-0088; thecman.com) will be serving its regular dinner menu, with specials, until 9 p.m. at its Concord, Merrimack and Windham locations. • Copper Door Restaurant (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677; 41 S. Broadway, Salem, 458-2033; copperdoorrestaurant.


com) will serve a special prix fixe dinner menu beginning at 4 p.m. Options include a two-course meal for $69, a three-course meal for $79 or a four-course meal for $89. The menu features options for appetizers such as a truffled mushroom tart, beef katsu, herb-crusted scallops or a shrimp cocktail; various soups and salads; entrees such as cedar-roasted haddock, short rib manicotti, sesame crusted tuna, duck confit risotto or roasted vegetable ravioli alfredo; and desserts such as gingerbread cupcakes or salted caramel cheesecake. • Cotton (75 Arms St., Manchester, 6225488, cottonfood.com) will serve a special three-course New Year’s Eve menu that will include your choice of one of four starters, six entrees and three desserts. Prices range from $36 to $56 per person. • Country Tavern (452 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-5871, countrytavern.org) will be serving its regular menu, with specials, from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Live music will also be held from 7 to 10 p.m. The restaurant will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1. • The Crown Tavern (99 Hanover St., Manchester, 218-3132, thecrownonhanover. com) will be serving its regular lunch menu from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. • CR’s The Restaurant (287 Exeter Road, Hampton, 929-7972, crstherestaurant.com) will be serving a four-course prix fixe menu from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Choose an appetizer (lobster wontons, duck and andouille egg roll, vol-au-vent, shrimp cocktail or escargot); a soup or salad (lobster bisque, winter squash soup, Caesar salad or pear and celeriac salad); an entree (herb- and mustard-crusted prime rib, scallops, sole papillote, lamb ragu, chicken piccata roulade, lobster-encrusted Atlantic halibut, aged New York strip steak, butternut squash ravioli or filet and lobster) and a dessert (eggnog creme brulee, chocolate chess pie, apple tart tatin, fresh cinnamon sugar-coated donuts or peppermint semifreddo). The cost is $95 per person. • The Derryfield Restaurant (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, derryfieldrestaurant.com) will hold a New Year’s Eve celebration with live music, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $10. • Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar (17 Depot St., No. 1, Concord, 228-0180, cheersnh.com) will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., serving its regular menu. • Epoch Restaurant & Bar (The Exeter Inn, 90 Front St., Exeter, 778-3762, epochrestaurant.com) will be serving a special dinner on New Year’s Eve from 5 to 9 p.m. The prix fixe menu will feature appetizers like lobster tortellini or duck confit salad; entrees like pan-seared beef tenderloin, baked scallops, pan-roasted duck, roasted spaghetti squash or salmon barigoule; and desserts like semolina cake or coupe danemark. Reservations are required. • Firefly American Bistro & Bar (22

Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, fireflynh.com) will be serving its regular menu, with specials, until 11 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended. Firefly is open on New Year’s Day for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. • The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille (40 Andover Road, New London, 5266899, flyinggoose.com) will be open during its regular hours on New Year’s Eve, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. • Fratello’s Italian Grille (155 Dow St., Manchester, 624-2022, fratellos.com) will host its annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve event at 7 p.m., which will feature a buffet dinner, a sweets and treats station, Dueling Pianos, a DJ and a Champagne toast at midnight. Semi-formal attire is recommended. The cost is $70 per person and reservations are required. • Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House (62 Lowell St., Manchester, 669-9460, gauchosbraziliansteakhouse.com) will host a New Year’s Eve dinner and party at 8 p.m., featuring a full rodizio dinner, complimentary soft drinks, tea, coffee and desserts, plus a chocolate fountain, party favors, a Champagne toast, live music and more. Tickets are $49.95 before Dec. 26 and $59.95 after Dec. 26. • Giorgio’s Ristorante (524 Nashua St., Milford, 673-3939; 707 Milford Road, Merrimack, 883-7333; 270 Granite St., Manchester, 232-3323; giorgios.com) will serve its regular menu, with specials, until 10 p.m. at all three locations. The bar will likely stay open later. • Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante (312 Daniel Webster Highway, No. 3, Meredith, 279-3313, giuseppesnh.com) will be taking reservations on New Year’s Eve between 5 and 10 p.m. for a night of live music, a DJ, dancing, party favors and a Champagne toast. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. • Granite Restaurant & Bar (The Centennial Hotel, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9005, graniterestaurant.com) will host a New Year’s Eve dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. The four-course prix fixe menu will feature your choice of an appetizer (cheese and charcuterie board, truffled deviled egg, an oyster flight or seared foie gras), a salad or soup (roasted apple, brie and walnut salad, Caesar salad or lobster bisque), an entree (grilled tenderloin, panko-crusted roasted cod loin, pan-seared chicken Statler or mushroom risotto) and a dessert (pumpkin tart, Champagne layer cake, flourless chocolate cake or Tahitian vanilla bean creme brulee). The cost is $70 per person and reservations are required. • Grappone Conference Center (70 Constitution Ave., Concord, 225-0303, grapponeconferencecenter.com) will host its first annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at 7 p.m., which will feature a farm-to-table dinner and dessert, a cash bar, assorted hors d’oeuvres, live music and more. Tickets are $75. • The Homestead Restaurant & Tavern (641 Daniel Webster Highway, 34

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Merrimack, 429-2022, homesteadnh.com) will be serving its regular dinner menu on New Year’s Eve. • Hooked Seafood Restaurant & Ignite Bar & Grille (110/100 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-1189, 644-0064, hookedonignite.com) will be serving its regular menu, with specials and a complimentary champagne toast at both locations. Kisaki Japanese Cuisine (641 Elm St., Manchester, 668-8001, kisakimanchester. com) will be open during its regular Monday hours on New Year’s Eve, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. • La Carreta Mexican Restaurant (139 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 891-0055; 35 Manchester Road, Derry, 421-0091; 44 Nashua Road, Londonderry, 965-3477; 545 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 628-6999; 1875 S. Willow St., Manchester, 623-7705; lacarretamex.com) will be open during its regular hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. • The Lobster Boat Restaurant (453 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 4245221; 273 Derry Road, Litchfield, 882-4988; 75 Portsmouth Ave., Exeter, 583-5183; lobsterboatrestaurant.com) will be open during its regular Monday hours on New Year’s Eve, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., at all locations. • Mama McDonough’s Irish Pub (5 Depot St., Hillsborough, 680-4148, find them on Facebook) will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party at 5 p.m., which will feature its full menu available until 9 p.m. and select appetizers until 11 p.m., plus live music by the Dan Morgan Band at 8 p.m. • Martingale Wharf (99 Bow St., Portsmouth, 431-0901, martingalewharf.com) will be serving a special five-course tasting menu, from 5 to 10:30 p.m., plus live music beginning at 10 p.m. and a Champagne toast at midnight. The cost is $75 per person and reservations are strongly encouraged. • Mile Away Restaurant (52 Federal Hill Road, Milford, 673-3904, mileawayrestaurant.com) will serve a special menu for New Year’s Eve that will include your choice of an appetizer (New England clam chowder, Swedish meatballs, country pate or a fresh fruit plate with sorbet); a salad (Cae-

sar or garden); an entree (choice prime rib, rack of lamb, baked stuffed haddock, maple glazed salmon, nut crusted chicken, roasted vegetable lasagna and more) and a dessert (cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake, flourless chocolate cake, bourbon bread pudding, lemon mascarpone cake, sorbet, ice cream puff or tiramisu cake). • Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535, murphystaproom.com) will be serving its regular menu until 1 a.m. • Murphy’s Taproom & Carriage House (393 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5975, murphystaproom.com) will serve a special menu beginning at 7:30 p.m., which will include a chef-hosted carving station with cracked peppercorn slow-roasted beef tenderloin, plus herb-roasted salmon, lobster macaroni and cheese, garlic roasted fingerling potatoes, bacon braised Brussels sprouts, assorted salads, a coffee selection, a dessert buffet and a Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $75 per person, $150 per couple or $700 for a table of 10. • New England’s Tap House Grille (1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137, taphousenh.com) will serve a special end of the year brunch buffet on Sunday, Dec. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring a meat carving station, crêpes a la carte, smoked salmon, a fresh fruit and cheese platter and more. The cost is $24 for adults and $12 for kids. Additionally, access to a Bloody Mary or mimosa bar costs $10 per person.

favors and a Champagne toast. Tickets are $50 per person. • Sea Dog Brewing Co. (5 Water St., Exeter, 793-5116, seadogbrewing.com) will host a New Year’s Eve celebration with its full food menu available until 10 p.m., plus drink specials, live music, complimentary late-night appetizers and a Champagne toast. • The Shaskeen Pub & Restaurant (909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, theshaskeenpub.com) will host its annual New Year’s Eve Bash, which features a food buffet from 8 to 10 p.m., live music, giveaways and a Champagne toast at midnight. General admission is $65 per person, but the first 100 tickets sold are $50 each. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. • Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse (1050 Bicentennial Drive, Manchester, 625-1730; 48 Gusabel Ave., Nashua, 882-4070; shortysmex.com) will be open until 10 p.m. at its Manchester location and until 9 p.m. at its Nashua location on New Year’s Eve. • Surf (207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, surfseafood.com/menu/nashua) will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. and taking reservations for any size party. • The Village Trestle (25 Main St., Goffstown, 497-8230, villagetrestle.com) will host its annual New Year’s Bash, featuring a special menu beginning at 6 p.m., plus party favors, live music and a Champagne toast. • Wentworth by the Sea (588 Wentworth Road, New Castle, 422-7322, wentworth. com) will host A Royal New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m. The celebration will feature a threecourse plated dinner, a pastry buffet, hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar until midnight. The cost is $189.95 per person. • Whiskey’s 20 (20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 836-5251, whiskeys20.com) will hold a New Year’s Eve party with a buffet from 8 to 10 p.m. • Wild Rover Pub (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722, wildroverpub.com) will host a New Year’s Eve party beginning at 7 p.m., which will feature specials, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. • XO on Elm (827 Elm St., Manchester, 560-7998, xoonelm.com) will be serving its regular menu, with specials, from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

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Cole said there are also plans to feature a “Guest Roast” on a rotating basis, or a roast from a coffee shop in the state or out of state that they would bring in for their customers to discover. The first Guest Roast will be Union Coffee Co.’s Mixtape. A small rotating menu of food is expected soon with an emphasis on breakfast pastries and possibly parfaits, according to Stoyle, but for now the shop’s coffees and teas are its staples. With the help of family and friends, the couple has built the decorum, from the wood tables and countertops to the inclusion of three “phone booths” in the back of the shop, or enclosed standing-room-only areas where people can work quietly. Additional outdoor seating is expected during the summer months. Reactions to Concord’s newest downtown coffee shop have been very positive so far, Stoyle said. Revelstoke Coffee’s first real public exposure was way back during the the city’s Market Days Festival in June, where Stoyle and Cole poured their nitro cold brew coffee. “I was honestly blown away by the reception we got, and that people were so excited to give us a try,” he said. “You know, I think coffee [shops] are in a lot of ways like what has happened here with craft breweries. You can get a cup of coffee in almost every single store on Main Street, just like there are a lot of places to get a beer, but there’s still room for people to make great beer, just like there is for us to make great coffee.”

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Matt Ingham of Newton joined the staff of Zorvino Vineyards (226 Main St., Sandown, 887-8463, zorvino.com) as the sous chef in April, working to create unique menus for all kinds of beer and wine dinners and other special events like weddings and holiday buffets. He previously worked at the Atkinson Resort & Country Club and at the Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge in Salisbury, Mass.

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What is your must-have kitchen item? My Robot Coupe food processor. What would you have for your last meal? I’d probably get breakfast. I especially love those big lumberjack platters with everything like ham, bacon, sausage, French toast and eggs.

What is your favorite thing you have ever prepared at the vineyard? I love making different cheeses and breads with wine pairings. I like making the pub cheese and different versions of that. I’ll do like a cabernet sauvignon cheese … or a goat cheese with pinot noir.

What is the biggest food trend in New What is your favorite local restaurant? Hampshire right now? I love the Black Water Grill in Salem, There’s definitely a decent amount of especially their Captain Crunch chicken farm-to-table going on lately. fingers. What is your favorite thing to cook at What celebrity would you like to cook home? In the summertime I love to make some for? Mike Tyson. barbecue ribs or chicken on the grill. — Matt Ingersoll 124373

Italian wedding soup Courtesy of Matt Ingham of Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown (makes 1 gallon) 5 ounces canola oil 2 cups carrots, peeled 1 cup Spanish onions, peeled 2 cups celery, peeled 1 small head escarole lettuce, washed and cut into 1-inch-wide strips 1 pound meatballs, ½ ounce in size, cooked 1¼ pounds chicken meat, cooked and diced 3 quarts chicken stock Salt and pepper to taste ½ cup chopped Italian parsley

In a two-gallon stock pot, heat oil. Add diced onions and saute until they start to lightly brown. Add carrots and celery for 4 to 5 minutes. Add stock, bring to boil and reduce to a slow rolling boil. Add cooked chicken and cooked meatballs. Reduce heat to low. Add seasonings and cut escarole and let simmer for an hour. Remove from heat and let stand for a few minutes. Serve hot.

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It’s open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is designed for either drive-thru orders or online ordering, with a separate lane for online pickups. Simply visit pressedcafe. com and click the “order online” tab to place an order, then choose your date and time for when you will pick it up. The menu includes signature paninis, salads, soups, protein bowls, breakfast burritos and sandwiches, smoothies, acai bowls, specialty juices, hot and iced coffees and more. Pressed Cafe also has locations at 108 Spit Brook Road in Nashua and at 200 District Ave. in Burlington, Mass. Call 402-1003 for more details on the new drive-thru cafe. • Genuine Local welcomes new director: Meredith shared community kitchen Genuine Local (5 Winona Road) recent-

ly announced Clarissa Macdonald as its new director of opportunities, a role that will focus on expanding community outreach, according to a press release. Macdonald, who has been in the specialty food business since 2009, will be responsible for developing new business relationships and promoting fundraising projects, among the first of which will be “The Great Cookie Bake,” for which time slots are still available. “I am looking forward to helping small food businesses and local organizations identify new ways that Genuine Local can help grow their businesses or support their mission,” Macdonald said in a statement. “[The Great Cookie Bake] is a perfect opportunity for home cooks to gather friends and bake delicious holiday treats.” Visit genuinelocal.org or call 279-8600.


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Ham or turkey sliders It’s the time of year when you’re going to parties or hosting parties (or trying to avoid parties!). The point is, we have to be prepared. While I could go on and on about party etiquette, party clothes, party music and just plain partying, I’m here for the food. It is imperative to have certain go-to dishes that work well in any situation. My top requirements are that they’re delicious and they’re easy to prepare. If I am putting on my holiday best, I don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen (but I want people to think I spent a lot of time in the kitchen). The recipe I am sharing is king because of its versatility. When using turkey or ham for this dish, you can either visit the deli counter or use leftovers from your holiday feast. Pretty easy, right? It’s perfect for hosting or for bringing with you to a party. You can King’s Hawaiian Sliders Makes 24 sliders Pick your meat: • Deli turkey (try honey or black pepper) • Deli ham (honey ham is my favorite) • Leftover roast turkey (white meat) • Leftover holiday ham (brown sugar or honey works) Pick your cheese: • Swiss (great with ham) • Mild cheddar (great with turkey) The Sauce: • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds • 1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard • ½ cup butter melted • 1 tablespoon onion powder • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

EVENTS Beer, wine & liquor dinners • BIRTH OF NEW HAMPSHIRE COCKTAIL PAIRING DINNER A colonial-era fourcourse dinner paired with 18th century cocktails to celebrate New Hampshire history. Sat., Jan. 12, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wolfeboro Inn, 90 N. Main St., Wolfeboro. $55 per person. Visit wolfeboroinn.com or call 569-3016. • CRAFT BEER & WINE DINNER WITH LABELLE WINERY & 603 BREWERY A four-course meal prepared and paired with wines from LaBelle Winery in Amherst and craft

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bring it already warmed and ready to serve or you can pop it in the oven when you get to where you’re going. Plus, people will rave. It can be an appetizer or, when served with a salad and some roasted potatoes, a perfect meal. These sliders will please even the pickiest of eaters, in my opinion. See my recipe below and use it only as a loose guide. While the sauce is perfect, in my humble opinion, there are ways to tweak it so it suits you. I adapted this recipe from King Hawaiian’s site and absolutely recommend you use their rolls. — Allison Willson Dudas

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Extra Options • Cooked bacon (throw it on the turkey ones!) • Add mayo (spread on one side of each bun) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In medium-sized bowl, mix up sauce ingredients and set aside. Remove rolls from packaging, keeping them connected, and slice in half so you have a section of bottoms and a section of tops. Place the bottoms into bottom of baking dish and top with meat of choice and cheese. Decide the ratios for yourself — maybe you’re all about the meat or maybe cheese is everything. Put the tops of the rolls onto the sliders and pour the sauce over the top of everything. Cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes so sauce is absorbed. Keep foil on and put in oven for 10 minutes, uncovering for an additional 2 minutes so tops get a little crispy. Remove (you may need to slice them depending on your meat) and serve warm.

beers from 603 Brewery in Londonderry. Thurs., Jan. 24, 6 to 9 p.m. LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst. $95 per person. Visit labellewinerynh.com or call 672-9898. Chef events/special meals • MEALS MATTER FUNDRAISING EVENT The fundraiser will help to bring an end to food insecurity in the Greater Nashua school district. It will include a three-course plated meal, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and silent auction items for bidding. Sat., Jan. 5, 7 to 9:30 p.m. LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101,

Amherst. $90 per person, or $85 for a table of 10. Visit labellewinerynh.com. Classes/workshops • BARTENDING CLASSES AT MADEAR’S A four-part beginning level course to mixology and bartending, geared toward someone interested in learning more about standard mixology and how to come up with their own signature cocktail. Saturdays, Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26, noon to 2 p.m. Madear’s, 175 Hanover St., Manchester. $30 per class, or $100 for all four. Visit madears603.com.

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It’s the holiday gift-giving season, and for many of us that is very exciting. For others, it can feel overwhelming and like we have to find the perfect present. If you have some wine lovers on your list, here are some suggestions other than the typical bottle of wine. Wine glasses are nice, even though a lot of wine enthusiasts tend to have a good number of glasses in their collection. But maybe they would appreciate a really nice set that they can use for formal gatherings. Or, maybe they would like a set of stemless glasses; these come in a variety of options, from plastic for outdoor dining, stemless for red, stemless for white, and even insulated stemless tumblers that are great for occasions like the beach. A decanter is another option for the more serious red wine drinker, and they come in a variety of styles and prices. You could pair one of these with a nice set of glasses as a nice gift. Personalized glasses are a fun option, too. Many local wineries, craft stores and Etsy shops sell wine glasses with personalized phrases, names, etc. and this is one way you could make a gift special without spending a lot of money. Speaking of wineries, many here in New Hampshire offer fun and unique wine gifts in their tasting rooms. If you’re making a stop during the holiday season, see what they have. Many times, you will be supporting not only a local winery but a local artisan as well. In addition to decanters and glasses, there are so many wine accessory options, large and small, that can be paired with a bottle of wine. They range from wine glass charms (lots of options here) to wine chillers, wine openers, coasters, pourers, and more. The options are really endless and can enhance the wine-drinking experience. One of my favorite accessories is my automatic wine opener. I mention it every year because it makes opening wine such a breeze compared with the standard, manual wine openers. There are several brands that offer these, and they can be purchased at a variety of stores or online. Another nice gift I received this year is a cheese tray with a built-in cutter made by a local artisan. The person who gave it to us knows that my husband and I enjoy wine, and this goes perfectly with a bottle and some snacks. So while it isn’t directly a wine gift, it showed thoughtfulness. If you are looking to spend a little bit more money on someone like a significant

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other or family member, wine furniture makes a nice gift. A white wine drinker would appreciate a wine fridge that keeps wine at precisely the right temperature (and there are many sizes of these available from a few bottles to a full-sized version). Any wine-lover with some bottles of wine, glasses and other accessories would appreciate a nice wine cabinet where he or she can store and display everything. Wine racks are another option and range from decorative to plainer, yet functional. If you know the space where the person would be storing wine, you can find something that works within their space. And let’s be honest — just because he or she may have one wine rack in the house doesn’t mean that he or she can’t use another one. I have multiples in my house because I have the wine I am going to drink at some point soon and wine I want to keep for later. Even with all of these wine gifts out there, the wine-lovers in your life will still appreciate a bottle of wine, especially if you take the time to pick it out for them based on their tastes. Vinoshipper is one option, as you can order wines from around the country. Did you visit a winery in New York during a special occasion? You may be able to get a bottle mailed to you. Etched wine bottles are another option and a way to personalize a bottle of wine. There are several companies that offer this service. Wine clubs are gifts that last more than just one month, and are available at local wineries and through the mail. I just joined one and I really enjoyed my first shipment. Some have no commitments, while others require two shipments at a minimum. If you have a wine-lover in your life, and his or her favorite winery has a wine club, this could be a really special gift.


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Cabernet sauvignon is well-regarded as a standard-bearer among red wines. Its origins can be as diverse as Canada to Lebanon, from Napa to South America, from France to Australia. This diverse spectrum of climates and soils, which greatly influence the body, nose and taste of a wine, makes cabernet sauvignon a go-to for our many different palates, and it pairs well with beef and venison. Several of my “vintner friends” and growers of cabernet sauvignon have given me some background on the varietal. Cabernet sauvignon is a natural hybridization of cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc. It emerged as a varietal during the 17th century in France, as wines were becoming increasingly rarefied and, simply put, better! The vines are of a hardy stock and bloom later to (mostly) avoid frost. The grapes have thick skins and stand up well to insects and the potential of rot. The wine has a consistent structure and flavor, which tends to allow the taster to immediately identify what varietal it is. Its popularity has led some accusers to call the grape a “colonizer,” taking over wine-growing regions at the expense of other varieties. So, with worldwide sourcing, it only seems appropriate to select three “cabs” to compare. The first cab is the Sullivan Vineyard 2014 Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Its regular price is $89.99, but it is on sale at the New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlets at $44.99. As noted, there are many, many Napa Valley cabernet sauvignons to pick from, but this label appeared attractive, as it comes from Rutherford, California. Rutherford sits at the Napa Valley floor, about halfway between the town of Napa, at the south end of the valley, and St. Helena, at the north end of the valley. Rutherford is blessed with long, hot, dry summer days. This weather, combined with the well-draining alluvial loam and sand of the valley, causes the root systems of the vines to penetrate over 50 feet into the earth. This combination of soils and climate, or as the French say “terroir,” gives the wine a pronounced individuality from cabernet sauvignon sourced elsewhere. The Sullivan Rutherford Estate was founded in 1972 by James O’Neil Sullivan, recognized as a visionary and pioneer of Rutherford, according to their website. The color is plum or deep purple and there is a strong nose of tobacco and leather. Black currant fruit or ripe cherries is dominant, and the taste lingers long on the tongue. It is a blend of 89 percent cabernet sauvignon and 11 percent petit verdot. This can be called a “Cadillac Cab”! The second cab is the 2015 Wild Horse Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. Its regular price is $19.99, but it is on sale at the New Hampshire Outlets at $16.99. As the label states, this wine comes from the Central Coast

of California, which includes a fair amount of territory, starting from the north in Monterey Bay and running all the way to Santa Barbara. Curiosity led me to their website to search out the source of their name. Wild Horse Vineyards is in Templeton, near Paso Robles. It was founded in 1981, on land formerly roamed by wild stallions. The winery feels the stallions’ free and noble spirit is carried through in their spirited winemaking. The soils in this valley can be considered “lean,” which induce the vines to search for water. The valley is buttressed by a good ground water supply, owed to its proximity to Estero Bay. The vineyard is at the midpoint in the Central Coast, allowing it to source from other vineyards both north and south of it, to blend and create signature wines. The color of this cab is a deep burgundy; the nose is of currants and dark dry cherries, vanilla and some spice. The taste is of a fair amount of fruit, without being “jammy”: again cherries, along with some leather from its subtle tannins. The finish is long and full. This will pair well with steak. The third cab is the 2014 Xanadu Fusion Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River. Its regular price is $23.99, but it is on sale at the New Hampshire Outlets at $13.99. While this wine may be the lowest in price of the three, it holds its own. This wine hails from Margaret River, Western Australia. Western Australia covers the entire western third of the country and is made up of mostly the arid Outback. Margaret River lies in the Southwest corner, also home to Perth. I have always been intrigued by Australian wines. This interest led me to Xanadu Wines, which was founded in 1977, with 65 hectares, or 161 acres, under cultivation. It is comprised of three vineyards, planted with different varietals. The color is maroon, or purple, with a nose of ripe black currants, dark fruits (plums and cherries). The taste is cassis and mocha. It exhibits strong tannins, which subside with exposure. It has a long, lingering finish. This is an excellent wine to have with that “well-structured burger” you treat yourself to during this wonderful season. Fred Matuszewski is a local architect, foodie and wine geek, interested in the cultivation of the multiple strains and varieties of grapes, and the industry of wine production and sales. Chief among his travels is the annual trip to the wine-producing areas of California.


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I won’t guess where the cutoff age for (most) Wilco fans would be, but I’d assume it’s 40something by now. Since I assume that the majority of this column’s readers land somewhere within 20 years of that in either direction, I’ll ignore the usual adjectives hipster-critics use to describe Wilco’s music, viz: “jagged,” “angular” et al., which, to me, stamps their occasionally brilliant stuff as a cheap knockoff of Gang of Four, anyway, to be real with you. (Before anyone jumps on me for dissing “hipsters,” I got into it recently on Twitter with a 20something comedienne, who said that “calling people hipsters and emos” is a pretty tired meme, to which I replied that no one has invented better insults yet.) Regardless, this one is the first from Wilco’s “brain,” rendering a barely plugged set of dusty, dingy, croaky, country-veneered sleeping pills for hipsters who can’t handle Hank Williams. It will certainly appeal to our 40somethings and whoever else worships Wilco over Zeppelin, Bruno Mars and whatever else, but it’s basically Wilco without Nels (or did they sneak him in on “From Far Away?”). Pitchfork swooned, of course, so feel free to enjoy, hipsters. A- — Eric W. Saeger

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• There isn’t a lot of information on the web about Providence, Rhode Island, hipster-garage band Ravi Shavi, so I basically just gave up looking, but not before I got the general gist of what they’re doing, specifically a part-ska/part-dub/part-Pavement trip that might sort of remind you of Mungo Jerry rewriting “Don’t Worry Be Happy” for the Eels, the sort of thing you’d want in your earbuds while sitting on a curb in Dorchester in summer, while a line of bums ask you for money for “food.” Will I be buying their new record, Blackout, when it comes out on Dec. 21? No, I will not, as my last few pence saved for the coming stock crash is earmarked for a collection of Paul Whiteman swing from his 1925 period, but that shouldn’t stop you from buying this album, because it looks like they could use the help. I mean, not only is this album coming out at the last possible second for the Christmas rush, there’s no Wikipedia about them, just videos of girls showing up backstage, dressed in (spoiler alert) $5 K-Mart skirts and boots designed for fishermen. When did fashion die? How many more hundreds of bands will put out an album with the title Blackout? Is singer Rafay Rashid getting enough to eat? Tune in never again, as I’ve hereby done my part to spread the word to hipsters about the 23,956,228th band to be doomed to obscurity in 2018. • Ah, it’s Reel Big Fish, with a new album, appropriately titled Life Sucks…Let’s Dance! I think this is a joke Mighty Might Bosstones jam band, if I recall correctly, but nothing about them ever made it into my long-term memory banks, because I regard such bands as comedians, not bands. Yes, here we go, thanks YouTube, they had hits with “Sell Out” and something else, and they just babbled something on Instagram about being voted Best Band behind the Bosstones in some stupid poll of joke bands or whatever. Their new song is called “You Can’t Have All of Me,” and guess what, it’s a happy joke-band take on what Rancid was famous for, namely spazzy ska entertainment for people who just love life and want to dance spazzily and forget their day jobs. Don’t you just detest happy people? • OK, so there’s this tech-metal band from Greece called Cerebrum, but that doesn’t automatically mean they’re a Greek version of Meshuggah, because, as you know, Meshuggah is too awesome to imitate, like, bands that try to out-awesome Meshuggah always end up losing their record contracts and winding up living back with their parents. I did indeed listen to the song “A Face Unknown” for this band’s new album, Iridium, and the first few bars were actually Meshuggah-like, but then it all turned into a Misfits/Cannibal Corpse shepherd’s pie, at which point I barfed and went to go find out who the heck Gregory Porter is. • I see, Gregory Porter is a jazz singer who has been a big deal since 2010. He’s pretty good, a cool-breeze baritone. He offers a last-minute gift-buying idea on the 21st, his One Night Only: Live at Royal Albert Hall LP. — Eric W. Saeger

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I must have missed this one when it first surfaced in October; it may help explain why interest in this Vegas fixture has been on the rise (to whatever extent). Engelbert’s been a nightclub crooner for 50 years now, with nowhere near the swagger of Tom Jones; he was sort of the gentle, sensible Hutch to Jones’ swivel-hip Starsky back in the day (an old TV reference, but you’d have to be old to have any idea what I’m talking about here in the first place, so I’m just going with it, with your kind indulgence). Anyway, that’s the deal — Engelbert Humperdinck on a somewhat hip indie imprint, rep rebooted, and a bunch of Christmas songs. I’m amazed that “Baby It’s Cold Outside” isn’t on here and causing him problems, but lots of standards are: a Django Reinhardt-inspired “White Christmas,” a lounge-lizard version of “Silent Night” — in fact, most of this is lounge-lizard stuff, of course, Engelbert’s trademark vocal cross between Lou Rawls and Bill Murray leading the way in neon. It’s fun, I guess. B+ — Eric W. Saeger

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A magician for work and cosplayer for fun, Mark Pinksten of Nashua once found himself staring at his Star Wars cosplay Stormtrooper helmet, imagining how it would look with a straightjacket in one of his escape routines. That’s how the idea for Magic and Pop Culture was born. Pinksten’s Magic and Pop Culture shows are a unique blend of theater, comedy, magic and fandom. His most popular shows are The Magic of Who, inspired by Doctor Who, and The Fantastic Magic of Potter, inspired by Harry Potter, but he has also done shows inspired by Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Jaws and Star Wars. “I seem to have invented a new concept, here,” he said. “I have no competition. I haven’t seen anyone else doing this at comic cons or anywhere else, but it seems to be working, because I’ve been very busy.” Pinksten performs at comic conventions and fandom festivals, and he will make a rare appearance outside of those settings at two upcoming Fantastic Magic of Potter shows: one at Jupiter Hall in Manchester on Saturday, Dec. 22, and one at Newmarket Mills in Newmarket on Saturday, Dec. 29. With an original storyline created by Pinksten, Fantastic Magic of Potter is set during orientation day at the wizard academy, where the headmaster, played by Pinksten, has invited guest speakers from the past, present and future to talk to the first-year students. Things go awry when a rogue wizard from the past crashes the event and tries to change history. The show is marketed as a parody so that it adheres to copyright laws, but it alludes to things in the Harry Potter universe, like wand ceremonies, golden snitches and butterbeer. “Potter fans will get all the references,” Pinksten said. “There is a lot of stuff in the show that they will recognize from the books or movies.”

Magic and Pop Culture shows are not “magic shows,” Pinksten said, but rather, theatrical performances with dramatic and comedic elements and magic tricks that “make logical sense” within the story. “I’m not a regular magician who just says, ‘Look at this cool thing I can do that you can’t,’” he said. “I hate that. My shows are about much more than that. The magic is just one part of it and helps tell the story.” Pinksten has a few regular cast members for his shows but relies largely on volunteers from the audience to play smaller roles and help with individual magic tricks. Much of the comedy in the shows, Pinksten said, stems from the improvisational nature of inviting audience participation. “I have a script, but you never know where it’s going to go when you have people come up,” he said. “People do some really weird and unexpected things, especially when they don’t know what’s happening or don’t know what to do, and that ends up making the show even funnier.” Pinksten said people attend Magic and Pop Culture shows for the same reason they attend comic conventions; the shows provide a venue for people to express and revel in their fandom and meet other fans. “People love the material, and they want to consume more, but you can only read the books and see the movies so many times,” he said. “[The shows] are just another way to enjoy like-minded content with like-minded individuals.” Fantastic Magic of Potter The show at Jupiter Hall (89 Hanover St., Manchester) is on Saturday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15. The show at Newmarket Mills (55 Main St., Newmarket) is on Saturday, Dec. 29, 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $14 at the door. Shows are appropriate for adults and kids age 10 and up. Visit magicpopculture.com.

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The Founding Fathers of the United States have been celebrated as much as Christmas, but the men who succeeded them, not so much unless they became president. But in their day, Henry Clay, John Calhoun and New Hampshire’s Daniel Webster were as famous as Washington, Jefferson and Adams. Admiringly dubbed “the immortal trio” and “the Great Triumvirate,” the men were alternately colleagues and rivals, and although each failed in multiple quests to become president, they were 19th-century power brokers whose influence lingers today. Their story is newly told by historian H.W. Brands, a Pulitzer finalist who teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, in Heirs of the Founders, the Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants. It’s a great holiday gift for anyone who has ever forlornly mused, “Man, I miss AP history.” For anyone who’s not a history geek, it would likely be a tortuous read, epic rivalry or not. Brands knows his stuff and doesn’t aim to stultify; this is a man who is currently writing the history of the U.S. in haiku on Twitter (@hwbrands). But in Heirs, Brand is writing of men for whom normal discourse was quite different from what it is today, a generation for whom it was not unusual to describe another person like this: “Time had not thinned nor bleached his hair; it was as dark as the raven’s plumage, surmounting his massive brow in ample folds.” To be fair, that’s a description of Webster by contemporary Charles Marsh, not by Brands, whose narrative is not so well plumed. But he writes of history with the sort of eye-glazing detail you would get if the NFL’s play-by-play announcers were paid by the word. For the general public, there are more than a few “Bueller? Bueller?” moments here. Lin-Manuel Miranda would have done a better job with the material. That said, there are far worse uses of a couple of hours than to refresh your knowledge of early American history in the company of Clay, Calhoun and especially Webster, who, it should be noted, is not the same man celebrated in the short story and film “The Devil and Daniel Webster” although his skills at oration were just as legendary. Sent to Phillips Academy in Exeter at age 14 (the year was 1796), young Webster was overwhelmed and felt diminished in the presence of 90 other boys who seemed much more worldly and accomplished. Worse, he was a terrible speaker, memo-

rizing his assignments but crumbling when it was time to declaim. Once, he wrote of going home to weep “bitter tears of mortification” after a particularly embarrassing performance. That boy went on to Dartmouth and produced more addresses of which he said, “I trust they are forgotten. They were in very bad taste,” all the while grappling with a humbling and persistent poverty. But he became one of the most celebrated orators of Congress, and one speech on tariffs, known as “Reply to Hayne,” is considered by some to be the most eloquent speech given in the U.S. Senate. The evolution of Webster is told masterfully in Heirs, as is the story of that famous speech. At its conclusion, Brands writes, the room was hushed. “Not a word was uttered; hardly a soul stirred. John Calhoun, in the chair, became disconcerted by the silence and the approbation it implied. He swung the gavel and demanded ‘Order,’ though no more orderly place existed within fifty miles. Nearly all present, even those disagreeing with Webster, were mesmerized.” Of the trio, Brands seems to favor Webster and disdain Calhoun, the South Carolinian who defended slavery (yet amazingly still has a building named for him in Columbia, S.C.) But Heirs is about not just the three men’s history but the history of their age, as Brands shows how the second generation of leaders of the young democracy struggled with a newly minted constitution that was vague about what power belonged to the states and what belonged to the federal government. War, Brands writes, “is an exercise of government power beyond almost any other, and the power exercised is that of the central government, not the states.” Even the most passionate advocates of states’ rights, for example, would be hard-pressed to justify half the states waging war against another nation while the other half watched passively. Such a rift did occur internally, of course, despite the triumvirate’s desperate efforts to avert it. And Webster, the silver-tongued Yankee, lived to perform one of the most astonishing pivots in congressional history, saying in the Senate chamber, “It is my judgment that the South is right. And the North is wrong,” an offense for which angry New Englanders gathered to protest in Faneuil Hall. If there is a moral to the story, it is that politicians of old were better-spoken, better-read and largely more educated than politicians today, even though they did engage in the occasional ill-advised duel. They were also no less colorful than the ones populating Washington today. B+ — Jennifer Graham


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• Forget Elf on the Shelf: Gnome on the Ground, a new children’s book by Portsmouth author Jennifer Lake, offers families a different approach to the holidays. Born out of Lake’s disdain for the Elf on the Shelf culture, the book encourages parents to let go of the societal pressures to create a picture-perfect holiday for their children and instead teach their children to focus on what’s important. “Gnome promotes love, compassion and the power of choice all throughout the year,” Lake said in a press release. “[It’s] the perfect solution to help you celebrate your holiday however you choose.” The book is available on Amazon. • Record-breaking book: Don’t miss the world’s largest book about peace, on display in an exhibition, “The Big Book: Pages for Peace,” at the Mariposa Museum (26 Main St., Peterborough) now through Dec. 31. The book was created by middle school students from Groton, Massachusetts, who asked veterans, religious leaders, dignitaries, teachers, artists, writers, grandparents and youth around the world, “What have you done to help create a more peaceful world?” and “What can kids do to help create a more peaceful world?” They received more than 3,000 responses, including responses from notable people such as the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Maya Angelou and others. The book itself measures 10 feet by 20 feet, when open, and has more than 1,000 pages. Visitors can turn the physical pages or use a digital kiosk to view the contents of the book. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children ages 3 through 16. Visit mariposamuseum.org or call 924-4555. • Correction: In a previous issue of the Hippo, an author event with Jeff Deck scheduled for Dec. 12 at the Bookery in Manchester appeared in the listings. That event was postponed and replaced by an author event with Robert Jauron. Jeff Deck will visit the Bookery on Wednesday, Jan. 23. — Angie Sykeny

Books Author Events • THERESA FERSCH Author presents Sunrise in Spain: Finding the Good Life Hiking the Cami-

no de Santiago. Thurs., Jan. 10, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • KATHERINE ARDEN Author

presents The Winter of the Witch. Sat., Jan. 12, 4 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • JENNIFER SKIFF Author presents Rescuing Ladybugs: Inspirational Encounters with Animals That Changed the World. Tues., Jan. 22, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • JEFF DECK Author presents City of Games. Wed., Jan. 23, 7 p.m. The Bookery, 844 Elm St., Manchester. Visit bookerymht. com or call 836-6600. • DOROTHY PRIVE Author presents Stanley Big Thumbs. Wed., Jan. 23, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • JACK NOON Author presents The Tornado of 1821. Thurs., Jan. 24, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • MARY ANN ESPOSITO Author presents Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy. Sat., Jan. 26, noon to 2 p.m. Tuscan Market, 63 Main St., Salem. Visit tuscanbrands.com. • TIM DORSEY Author presents No Sunscreen for the Dead. Mon., Feb. 18, 6 p.m. Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua St., Milford. Visit toadbooks.com. Other • “THE BIG BOOK: PAGES FOR PEACE” Exhibition features the world’s largest book about peace. On view through Dec. 31. Mariposa Museum, 26 Main St., Peterborough. Museum admission costs $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children ages 3 through 16. Visit mariposamuseum.org or call 924-4555.

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POP CULTURE FILM REVIEWS BY AMY DIAZ

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)

The friendly neighborhood web-slinger gets help fighting villains in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, an animated movie with a new angle on the Spider-Man story.

And maybe the best of all the Spider-Man movies? I really liked Spider-Man: Homecoming. I generally liked the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies too. The field of good Spider-Man movies is strong field. Still, this might be tops. Once again, we hear the origin story of Peter Parker: bitten by a radioactive spider, the powers, with which come great responsibility, Mary Jane, etc. Spider-Man (voice of Chris Pine) is a Big Deal in New York City, not only regularly saving the city but also everywhere — with comic books and frozen pops and a Christmas album. Kids look up to him, kids like Miles Morales (voice of Shameik Moore), a teenager struggling at the magnet high school he’s recently transferred to. He wants to return to the high school in his Brooklyn neighborhood but his dad, police officer Jefferson Davis (voice of Brian Tyree Henry), insists that he give the school and the opportunities it will afford him his best effort. The school is just one thing Miles and his father disagree on; other areas of conflict include Spider-Man (this by-the-books officer is no fan of vigilantes), Miles’ graffiti art and Jefferson’s brother Aaron (voice of Mahershala Ali), whom Miles looks up to but from whom Jefferson is estranged. After a frustrating day at the school — getting embarrassed by his dad, nearly missing a documentary on physics and the theory of alternate universes — Miles sneaks out of his dorm (where he lives weekdays) and visits his uncle Aaron, who takes him to an empty subway corridor to do a little graffiti. When Miles is bitten by a spider, he doesn’t think much of it nor does he pay attention to the signs in the corridor for the same science lab mentioned in the physics documentary. The next morning, however, Miles finds he has grown taller, is suddenly hearing and seeing the world in a weird new way (why is the voice in my head so loud, he thinks —

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with the thoughts appearing above his head in comic sans) and sweats a lot. When he tries to give new girl Gw, er, no, “Wanda” (voice of Hailee Steinfeld) his uncle’s supposedly-suave, hand-on-the-shoulder “hey” move, Miles’ hand sticks to Wanda’s hair and he spazzily attempts to get it out. Later, trying to figure out what kind of spider bit him, Miles stumbles onto the lab run by Kingpin (voice of Liev Schreiber), who is building a device he hopes will help him access alternate universes. Spider-Man is trying to destroy the device but he is outnumbered and, seeing Miles (and sensing his Spidey-ness), Spider-Man gives Miles the thumb drive that will allow him to control and destroy Kingpin’s space-time-ripping machine (which, if operational, could blow up New York). Things take a turn and Miles is left unsure what to do with the responsibility he’s been handed. Luckily, he quickly learns he’s not the only person confused and in possession of extraordinary climbing abilities in New York. An older, somewhat doughier Peter Parker (voice of Jake Johnson) finds Miles. We learn the real reason “Wanda” laughed at a joke Peter made about alternate universes. We meet a black and white fedora-wearing person called Spider-Man Noir (voice of Nicholas Cage). And Peni Parker (voice of Kimiko Glenn), whose story involves a robot. And a talking pig called Spider-Ham

(voice of John Mulaney). Each has strange origins but they all have an interest in keeping the multiverse from blowing apart. While not as overtly jokey, Into the Spider-Verse reminded me tonally of The Lego Batman Movie in the way it acknowledged and riffed on the pre-existing Spider-Man stories, particularly the film ones (not surprising since Phil Lord and Chris Miller are involved in both projects). It is a just-right balance — occasionally quippy, occasionally serious, plenty of stakes, not too grim but not substance-free. And maybe that sounds easy but I offer as evidence that not just any old superhero movie can strike this balance most of the recent DC movies and even a few of the MCU movies. What makes Spider-Verse great? In addition to the tone and the way it plays with Spider-Mans past and present and the way it is accessible even to people at varying levels of fandom — in addition to all that, there’s the story. Which is twisty and fastpaced and fun. There are the voice performances, which are well-done — Moore makes Miles a believable teenager, Johnson and Pine help sell their different flavors of Peter Parker, Mahershala Ali brings an element of gravitas to Aaron’s character. There is the soundtrack, which is delightful and delightfully used throughout. There are the visuals, which are equally

delightful — there are many places where I wished I could just pause the movie to take in the frame for a moment. We get these fun nods to comics — vintage comics, more modern flourishes, the use of words as part of an illustration — as well as the styles and colors of graffiti art and images that evoke the last four decades of music-connected artwork. The movie blends these things together in a way that is arresting and makes for great visual art. Here’s where I caveat all of this by saying that I am a movie Spider-Man person; I don’t have a history with the comics or with all the Spider-Man offshoots. But for me, this movie, right down to its Stan Lee cameo, is perfect. A Rated PG for frenetic sequences of animated action violence, thematic elements and language, according to the MPAA. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman with a screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an hour and 57 minutes long and distributed by Columbia Pictures.

The Favourite (R)

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her under. Colman also makes Anne not unaware of her queenliness — she may be frequently at the mercy of her handlers but she also knows how to throw her weight around. B+ Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language, according to the MPAA. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos with a screenplay by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite is an hour and 59 minutes long and distributed by 20th Century Fox Film.

The Mule (R)

Clint Eastwood old-mans through The Mule, a comedy (or something) about casual racism and the drug trade. Actually, is The Mule a comedy? A dark comedy? The trailers make it look like ... not a comedy. IMDb classifies it as “crime, drama, mystery” — sure, “crime,” maybe “drama” but I don’t know what the “mystery” is. Maybe it’s a dramady, heavy on the “-dy”? I feel like it wants to be the kind of comedy that’s serious enough to gain awards attention but not so serious it can’t let Eastwood’s character crack some offensive jokes. Or the kind of drama that’s funny enough to win over audiences and get some word-ofmouth business. And is it funny? Maybe, at times, but the movie also has some problematic bits. For every chuckle, there’s a lot of “yikes, grandpa, it’s not 1952.” Earl Stone (Eastwood) is a fun-loving horticulturist and lousy father who buys a round for everybody at the hotel bar after winning the big daylily award while he’s missing his daughter Iris’s (Alison Eastwood) wedding. Nearly 10 years later, the internet has crushed the brick-and-mortars daylily business and soon his farm is in foreclosure. (You have questions about all that but just accept that “champion daylilies” and “casually racist insults thrown at his farm workers” is where we are here.) Though broke, Earl is not a man who knows his own limitations and he has promised to fund some part of granddaughter Ginny’s (Taissa Farmiga) wedding. After a family fight at Ginny’s engagement party, a friend of a friend of hers approaches him — so, mister, you say you need money? Though he gives off an air of confused old-timer seeking an early-bird special, Earl must have an idea of what’s up when he learns that there is big money in driving. Specifically, he drives from El Paso, Texas, with a mystery bag in his truck (hey, is that the “mystery”?) to wherever he’s told (usually Illinois) and then walks away from his truck for an hour. When he comes back, there’s money in the glove compartment. His first time out, he gets enough money to pay for the open bar at Ginny’s wedding — to the shock of his ex-wife Mary (Dianne Wiest) — as well as a big new truck. After future outings, he gets his farm back. Then he helps

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out the local VFW. Along the way, he also treats himself to prostitutes. Earl’s got layers! The ability of this old man to drive a car and never get pulled over impresses not just the local handlers of the drug cartel but the big boss in Mexico, Mr. Laton (Andy Garcia). Using Earl to move ever more weight, Laton sends one of his lieutenants, Julio (Ignacio Serricchio), to keep an eye on Earl. Julio is annoyed by Earl’s tendency to move at his own pace and stop for pulled pork sandwiches but eventually has some fondness for him. And Earl’s whole shtick isn’t bad for business. Even though DEA agents Bates (Bradley Cooper) and Trevino (Michael Peña) know what kind of car this super successful new mule drives, Earl moves through road blocks unhindered. While Earl is a moderately interesting character, he isn’t quite as interesting as the movie seems to think he is and he’s not quite as interesting as other characters with smaller parts. Ultimately, the movie seems to forget about everybody who isn’t Earl and not give any conclusion to their stories, even when it would help fill in the details of what happens to Earl. And sure, the movie is called The Mule, not The Mule’s Put-Upon Adviser and His Boss’s Intra-Cartel Difficulties, but still. Why get us invested in characters if you’re not going to do much of anything with them? As with the comedy/drama question, I fall on the line with this movie over whether it is any good or whether I even liked it. I didn’t hate it. I don’t want to see it again. I rolled my eyes a few times and also, yes, I laughed. But it also seems oddly clueless at times and, while it makes a joke of people’s prejudices and assumptions, it also uses these same prejudices as the punchline of its jokes. Perhaps this is not entirely damning but is it fun to sit through? C+ Rated R for language throughout and brief sexuality/nudity, according to the MPAA. Directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay by Sam Dolnick (inspired by a New York Times Magazine article by Nick Schenk), The Mule is an hour and 56 minutes long and distributed by Warner Bros.

Vox Lux (R)

From post-tragedy vigil to comeback arena tour, we see the arc of a pop star in Vox Lux, a weird little grab bag of movie things.

Elaborate Lady Gaga-like costumes, a school shooting, so much glitter, drug abuse, accents, narration, a terrorist attack — it’s like somebody just started grabbing movie elements off the shelf and threw them in the cart. We’ll worry about how this “conflict between sisters” and “Auto-Tuned pop music” and “allusions to an eating disorder” fit together later. On the day after Christmas vacation in 1999, Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) heads in to what looks like music class at her high school. A student comes in, shoots the teacher and orders the rest of the class to the back of the room. Celeste offers to stay with him if he lets the other students go but he opens fire. First responders find the room full of casualties but Celeste is still alive. Sometime later, we see her in a neck brace and working on physical therapy to recover from a spinal injury. At a vigil for the victims, she performs a song that she and older sister Eleanor (Stacy Martin) have written together. The song gets nationwide notice and gains Celeste a manager in the form of Jude Law (whose character doesn’t appear to have a name and who I just thought of as “sleazy Jude Law”). Sleazy Jude Law takes Celeste and Eleanor to Stockholm to work on recording a pop album to follow up her vigil single. Celeste also works with a choreographer and, eventually, the manager gets Celeste a record contract and a video shoot. After spending at least half the movie in these early stages of her career, we jump forward some 15 years later, when adult Celeste (Natalie Portman) is about to launch a new tour. This latest endeavor comes after years of bad behavior — problems with drugs and alcohol, failed relationships, public scandals. Celeste has a teenage daughter, Albertine (also Cassidy), possibly the result of a relationship we saw Celeste begin with another musician while she was still a teen. Their relationship seems to be strained and Albertine appears to live with Eleanor. But both Albertine and Eleanor, with whom


also tells elements of the story with exquisite tension-causing detail. But then it just drops seemingly important subplots and characters. This seems to be a movie that is principally concerned with its characters’ inner lives but it also keeps us at arm’s length from Celeste and Eleanor. In fact, the more we see of these characters, the less invested I felt in them. By the end, I really didn’t care what happens to Celeste — I feel like the movie went from having stakes to no stakes. Portman gives a highly watchable performance. I’m not sure I ever cared much about or believed in “Celeste” but I very much enjoyed watching Portman build this person. Did you like Jackie? Vox Lux is an interesting addendum for Portman superfans and an occasionally amusing bit of strangeness during Important Film season but otherwise I’m not sure who it’s for or what it’s doing. C+ Rated R for language, some strong violence and drug content, according to the MPAA. Directed by Brady Corbet, Vox Lux is an hour and 50 minutes long and distributed by Neon.

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Celeste is no longer as close, come to see Celeste’s show at an arena in the sisters’ suburban New York home town. What are we meant to make of the sortof Long Island-ish (maybe?) accents of Portman and Cassidy? Or the whole school shooter subplot (which is so unpleasant to watch, especially at this time of year with its grim anniversary)? Or that the shooter’s name is “Cullen Active”? Or the beachside terror attack that serves as the context of the second half of the movie? Or the fact that, asked to respond to the attack (because the shooters wore masks reminiscent of costumes in Celeste’s early videos), Celeste John-Lennons it and seems to compare herself to God? What do we make of the Jude Law character? “Hey, was Jude Law playing the Devil in that movie?” I wondered a few hours after seeing this movie. Was he? Beats me — either yes or no would fit with his character. Or maybe neither answer fits. Or whatever! It’s that kind of movie. Vox Lux is a mess, yes, but a fascinating mess. It’s slow and lingers on ultimately meaningless moments that go nowhere. But it

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• Pirate holiday: Next year marks the 40th anniversary of Jonee Earthquake Band, fronted by a breeches-clad singer; their first gig was opening for punk demigod GG Allin back when The Rat was still happening in Boston. They play a range of musical styles, from surf rock to alt country. A show at a downtown indie bookstore is a Christmas affair, with a garage-punk touch. Thursday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m., Bookery, 844 Elm St., Manchester. See bookerymht.com. • That voice: Funny man Gilbert Gottfried is busy these days, with his film buff Amazing Colossal Podcast and a relentless standup schedule, which includes a weekend stop in Manchester. Last year Gottfried was the subject of the tender documentary Gilbert, now streaming on many services. His comedy is wild and often raunchy; check him out in The Aristocrats for a sample. Friday, Dec. 21, 9 p.m., Headliners, 700 Elm St., Manchester. Tickets $30 at headinerscomedyclub.com. • Sneak peek: Closing in on completing an album of original songs, Rose Kula plays with her group The Brave Volunteers at a reveal show. Kula’s a longtime part of the New Hampshire music scene, going back to her 2000 CD Faint Glimpse, and she’s the regular host of the Village Trestle’s monthly “acoustic-ish” open session; it will be a treat to see her perform with a full band. Saturday, Dec. 22, 8 p.m., Village Trestle, 25 Main St., Goffstown. See facebook.com/rosekulamusic. • Eve afternoon: Before heading home on Christmas Eve, enjoy Nate Comp playing covers while sipping a craft cocktail and nibbling on delectable small plate offerings. Comp is a ubiquitous performer with a classy touch on acoustic guitar, from rock to jazz to pop. The fruitcake and eggnog can come later, but the seasonal cupcake at this Bedford bar is not to be missed. Monday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m., Copper Door, 15 Leavy Drive, Bedford. See copperdoorrestaurant.com.

For the 18th year in a row, a downtown hotel will ring in the new year with dinner, comedy and dancing — but it will be an end and beginning for the tradition. For many years, Headliners Comedy Club has moved among available spaces in the former Radisson Hotel — now Doubletree — to accommodate various events, but no more. By early next year, comedy shows will have a permanent home in the former JD’s Tavern. For 2018, New Year’s Eve Gala standup comedy happens in two of the hotel’s ballrooms, with a dueling pianos show and midnight celebration set for the larger Armory Ballroom. Packages with dinner and entertainment are available at up to $90 per person, and there’s a deluxe option for couples that includes a room for the night. Performing this year are youthful comics Will Noonan, Nick Lavallee and Drew Dunn. Rob Steen, who booked the show and also hosts, hopes to woo a demographic that often skips the event. “It’s a pretty millennial lineup,” Steen said recently, adding that a $30 comedy only package and a twentysomething DJ should also attract a younger crowd. “There’s a lack of community involvement at something like this for millennials. … Here, they can go see a comedy show with comedians they can actually relate to, and then go dance after if they want, and the DJ is actually the same generation as well.” The youngest of the bunch is Dunn, a fresh-faced Nashua comic who likes to joke that he’ll never be taken seriously as a parent because he still looks 15 in his mid-20s. He’s doing great as a standup, however. Last year, he was a co-winner at the Boston Comedy Festival, and in November, he won the 39th Seattle International Comedy Competition.

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Drew Dunn. Courtesy photo.

Dunn lived just outside of Seattle for the first six years, adding to the excitement of coming out on top. The event lasted most of the month — 32 comics doing 22 shows in 26 days, at 18 venues across Washington state. “It was great and it was challenging,” Dunn said before a recent appearance at Headliners. “There are a lot of different crowds that you have to play to, so you have to make sure your material is going to work. One night it’s down on the southern border of Washington and then the next night up north — totally different groups of people.” Steen admires Dunn’s precocity on stage. “He acts like he’s been doing it his whole life,” he said. They met at a contest in Nashua where Steen was a celebrity judge, about four months after Dunn began doing standup. “He blew the roof off the place, and from that show, he got to go with Eddie Brill, who used to be on Letterman, and he got into the Johnny Carson Comedy Festival in the Midwest. That’s his trajectory,” Steen said.

Winning like that is a natural thing for Dunn. Before he got into comedy, he was on a path to play professional baseball. A shoulder injury in his senior year derailed the dream, but his tenacity carried over into his new career. On the day of the interview, he told jokes at a company party on one end of Manchester, and after doing 15 minutes at the Doubletree, he’d drive to Somerville for a late set at The Comedy Studio, a regular haunt. “Anytime I can do multiple shows in a night, it’s something I try and do,” he said. “I’m out; let’s do everything we can. It’s such a vital scene. ... There are more shows now than when I started doing standup, and for me it’s like I just want to keep doing that — and have a happy home life.” For the latter, he gets plenty of support from his wife. “She loves comedy,” he said. “I could not ask for a better partner, as far as making sure I’m in a good mental space all the time. Because comedy can be pretty taxing. ... She used to come to almost every show. For the first two years, she would be out there supporting me, giving me notes, saying, ‘Oh you did this with your hand’ and stuff you don’t really pick up on as a performer. She’s been vital to my success.” Dunn hopes to parlay his achievements of the past two years into bigger things. “Keep doing what I’m doing, getting on stage as much as possible and keep writing; an album is in the future for me for sure,” he said. “My next big goal is either getting on TV, or the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal — that’s still on my list.” New Year’s Eve Gala When: Monday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. Where: Doubletreee Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester Tickets: $30 and up at newyearseveevents. com

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Shaka’s Bar & Grill 11 Wilton Road 554-1224 Tiebreakers at Hampshire Hills 50 Emerson Road 673-7123 Union Coffee Co. 42 South St. 554-8879

Merrimack Homestead: Kim Riley Milford J’s Tavern: Brad Bosse Nashua Agave Azul: DJ K-Wil Ladies Night Country Tavern: TC & Wendy Fody’s: Girls Night Out Fratello’s: Corey Brackett O’Shea’s: Mando & The Goat Riverwalk Cafe: Cold Engines w. Hunter Shorty’s: Kieran McNally

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Portsmouth Beara Irish Brewing: Weekly Irish Music Clipper Tavern: Pete Peterson Fat Belly’s: DJ Flex Portsmouth Book & Bar: Beat Night Profile Coffee Bar: Mike Maurice


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Portsmouth British Beer Co. 103 Hanover St. 501-0515 Cafe Nostimo 72 Mirona Road 436-3100 Demeters Steakhouse 3612 Lafayette Rd. 766-0001 Dolphin Striker 15 Bow St. 432-5222 Fat Belly’s 2 Bow St. 610-4227 Grill 28 200 Grafton Road (Pease Golf Course) 433-1331 Hilton Garden Inn 100 High St. 431-1499 Latchkey 41 Vaughan Mall 766-3333 Martingale Wharf 99 Bow St. 431-0901 Oar House 55 Ceres St. 436-4025 Portsmouth Book & Bar 40 Pleasant St. 427-9197 Portsmouth Gas Light 64 Market St. 430-9122 Press Room 77 Daniel St. 431-5186 Redhook Brewery 1 Redhook Way 430-8600

Rochester Revolution: Scott Severance Salem Copper Door: Tim Theriault Seabrook Chop Shop: Spent Fuel Weare Stark House: Brad Myrick & Joey Pierog Holiday Show Windham Common Man: Jenni Lynn Duo Friday, Dec. 21 Auburn Auburn Pitts: Nicole Knox Murphy Auburn Auburn Tavern: Barry Brearley Bedford Murphy’s: Triana Wilson Belmont Lakes Region Casino: DJ Mark Boscawen Alan’s: Justin Jordan Concord Area 23: Festivus w/ Eric Lindberg Trio Makris: Up Band Pit Road Lounge: Whatsername Tandy’s: DJ Iceman Streetz

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INDIE FOLK Indie-folk group Darlingside will perform at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) on Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m. The performance also features the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra. A special Q&A with the artists will follow the performance. Darlingside (Don Mitchell, Auyon Mukharji, Harris Paseltiner, and David Senft) are a Massachusetts-based ensemble whose sound is an eclectic blend of 60s folk, clever wry wit, classical arrangements, soaring harmonies, and a modern indie-rock sensibility. Tickets $29.50 & up ($20 students w/ ID) at ccanh.com.

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Saving Abel & Tantric Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m. Tupelo Derry Winter Blues Festival Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m. Tupelo Derry Get The Led Out Saturday, Jan. 12, 8 p.m. Capitol Center Imagination Movers Saturday, Jan. 12, 8 p.m. Tupelo Derry 1964 Sunday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre Panic! At The Disco Sunday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m. SNHU Arena Liz Longley Sunday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m. Tupelo Derry Eaglemania (also 2/2) Friday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m. Tupelo Derry Mnozil Brass Thursday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m. Capitol Center

Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti Thursday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre Ronan Tynan Friday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre International Guitar Night Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. Colonial Theatre Who’s Bad (Michael Jackson Tribute) Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre Ana Popovic Sunday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Tupelo Derry Moondance - Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Friday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre Kane Brown Thursday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m. SNHU Arena

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JONESIN’ CROSSWORDS BY MATT JONES

“Ask Me How I’m Doing” — the circles will tell you Across 1 Advanced degrees 5 Thesaurus innovator Peter Mark ___ 10 Hit all the buttons at once, in arcade games 14 Temptation 15 Saint Teresa’s home

16 “The Joy of Cooking” co-author Rombauer 17 Regular “QI” panelist Davies 18 Back-country 19 Phone feature, once 20 Side-to-side movement 21 Judge on two versions of “The X Factor”

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23 Any miniature golf shot 25 ___ seat (air passenger’s request) 26 Went on sabbatical, perhaps 32 One who keeps their buns moving? 33 Hunk of dirt 34 Cheese with a red rind 38 Preferred pronoun, perhaps 39 Bullwinkle, for one 40 Hoppy drink 41 “99 and 44/100% ___” (old slogan) 43 1980 “Dukes of Hazzard” spin-off 44 Big name in kitchen wrap 46 Newton’s first, alternately 49 Pine tree substance 52 Listed thing 53 Historical peak

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58 Have debts to pay 61 Shipmate of Picard, Riker, Worf, et al. 62 Notre Dame’s Fighting ___ 63 Diamonds, for one 64 “It slipped!” 65 Animal whose droppings are used for kopi luwak coffee 66 “___ Wonderful Life” 67 Russian refusal 68 Reflex test sites 69 “The Giving Tree” author Silverstein Down 1 Tony candidate 2 Island dance 3 Texas hold ‘em, e.g. 4 JFK, once 5 Once-in-a-blue-moon event 6 Egg, to biologists 7 ___ d’Italia (cycling event) 8 Brio 9 Absorbent powder 10 Delivery assistant 11 First sign of the zodiac 12 Fries size 13 Berry scheduled to be in “John Wick 3” 21 Headliner 22 Bumbler 24 “Aloha Oe” instrument, for short

26 Shortening used in recipes? 27 Island of Hawaii 28 ___ Lodge (motel chain) 29 Cool and distant 30 “Arrested Development” actress Portia de ___ 31 It takes dedication to write 35 Only Ivy League school called a college (not a university) 36 Jai ___ (fast-paced game) 37 “American Pie” actress Suvari 39 Kitten’s sound 42 Supporter of the 1%, say 44 “Family Guy” creator MacFarlane 45 “Scooby-Doo, Where ___ You?” 47 “32 Flavors” singer DiFranco 48 Work shift for some 49 Sell out, in a way 50 George Jetson’s son 51 Ski area 54 Head Stone? 55 “___ Brockovich” (Julia Roberts film) 56 Apiary feature 57 “Oh, OK” 59 Informed 60 “And others,” briefly 63 “Pretty sneaky, ___” (Connect Four ad line) ©2018 Jonesin’ Crosswords

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All quotes are from poems by Harriet Mon- der, / That her feathers should tremble / And roe, born Dec. 23, 1860. the soft fur of her coat should slip down over her shoulders? / Has her string of pearls been Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) The abys- stolen, / Or maybe her husband? — “On the mal fires, grated and chained and bound, / Train” You can learn a lot just by listening. Burn white and still, in swift obedience cowGemini (May 21 – June 20) Your voice, er; / While far and wide the myriad lamps, beloved, on the living wire, / Borne to me by aflower, / Glow like star-gardens and the night the spirit powerful / Who binds the atoms and confound. — “A Power-Plant” And all you leaps out to pull / Great suns together! Ah, have to do is flick a light switch. what magic lyre, / Strung for God’s fingers, Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) / What house sounds to my desire / The little words immorof dreams do we inhabit—yea, / What brave tal, wonderful, / That all the separating miles enchanted palace is our home, / Green-cur- annul / And touch my spirit with your kiss of tained, lit with cresset stars aglow, / If thus it fire! — “The Telephone” Answer the phone. windows gardens far away, / Groves inaccesCancer (June 21 – July 22) The invisible sible whence voices come / That soft in the ear wheels go softly round and round— / Light is call where we may not go! — “The Telephone” the tread of brazen-footed Power. / Spirits of It’s called the internet. air, caged in the iron tower, / Sing as they labor Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Hiding under with a purring sound. — “A Power-Plant” the hill, / Heavy with trailing robes and tangled You’ll want to conserve energy. veils of green, / Till only its little haggard face Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) “Softly! the world was visible, / The garden lay shy and wistful, / is still — / Hush your errant will! / No longer Lovelorn for summer departing, / Blowing its the dream pursue! / Rest — rest, till the dream little trickling fountain tune into the air. / And come true! / Wait! hope! be still!” — “Dance over all, hushing, soothing, / Lay the clematis of the Seasons” It’s important to take breaks. / Like early snow. — “The Garden” The outVirgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) The ox-team and doors could do you some good. the automobile / Stood face to face on the long Aries (March 21 – April 19) While I walk red road, / The long red road was narrow / At the pavement sooty / In the town, / Tread the the turn of the hill. — “The Meeting” Spoiler stony path of duty / Up and down, / Oh, the alert: The ox wins. Kern, all clad in beauty— / Silver sheen / Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) Sweet IdleOn blue and green— / Down his canon goes ness, you linger at the door / To lead me down cascading, / Cavalcading, / Cannonading, / through meadows cool with shade — / Down Seizing all the brooks and fountains / How they to the brook, over whose pebbly floor / The beat / Their crystal feet!— / Shouting to the fishes, unafraid, / Swim softly, careless of our haughty mountains, / Giant peaks that frown! airy world. — “To Idleness” Like a fish out of — “The River Kern” The river is right there. water. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) The lady in Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) I am off to meet front of me in the car, / With little red coils the mountain — / Where are you? — “The close over her ears, / Is talking with her friend; Humming-Bird” Note your surroundings. / And the circle of ostrich foam around her hat, Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) Sometimes / Curving over like a wave, / Trembles with her I laugh — what else can a man do / Who does little windy words. / What she is saying, I won- not know? — “The Mockery” Not much. NITE SUDOKU

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In January, Amanda Sparrow Large, 46, of Belfast, Ireland, stretched the May-December union to new lengths when she wed a 300-year-old ghost of a Haitian pirate. “I wanted the big traditional wedding with the white dress. It was very important to me,” she told the Irish Mirror. Large said that “Jack,” who was executed for thieving on the high seas, became known to her one night in 2014, when she felt the energy of a spirit next to her while lying in bed. Large has worked as a Jack Sparrow (of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) impersonator, and she believes her job opened the door for her spirit-husband to reach out to her. Alas, the Mirror reported on Dec. 8, things didn’t work out for the odd couple: “I will explain all in due course,” Large wrote on social media, “but for now all I want to say is be VERY careful when dabbling in spirituality. It’s not something to mess with.”

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• Dominick Breedlove of Spring Hill, Florida, doomed his chances of landing a job at Kohl’s on Dec. 5, reported Fox 13 News, by getting arrested for shoplifting after his interview. Breedlove arrived for his appointment with Human Resources around 3:20 that afternoon, Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies said, and afterward stopped to browse in the shoe department. A loss prevention officer watching Breedlove told police the suspect went outside to his car, retrieved a Kohl’s shopping bag and returned to the store, where he stashed two pairs of Nike athletic shoes worth $150 in the bag. Breedlove was charged with shoplifting, and the sheriff’s office confirmed he was not hired. • A Michigan bank robber failed to appear at his sentencing hearing on Dec. 6 in Macomb County Circuit Court because he was cooling his heels in Toledo, Ohio, after being arrested in connection with another bank robbery. Paul Carta, 45, pleaded guilty in October to robbing a bank in May in Utica, Michigan, and was due in court on the 6th, Newsweek reported. But on the 5th,

the Toledo Police Department said, Carta entered a Toledo bank and handed a clerk a note demanding money and warning that he was armed. The bank employee gave Carta an undisclosed amount of money, and he fled the bank. Toledo police took him into custody 11 minutes later at a Taco Bell drive-thru nearby. He was held in Toledo on $50,000 bond.

Weird science

Scientists are likening the strange occurrence of eels getting stuck in monk seals’ nostrils to “one of those teenage trends,” according to The Washington Post. Charles Littnan, lead scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program, posited, “One juvenile seal did this very stupid thing, and now the others are trying to mimic it,” but he and other scientists are stumped about the phenomenon. Hypotheses suggest that the eels jet up the nostrils as seals poke their faces into eels’ hiding spots, or seals regurgitate the eels and they exit through the nose. Over the last two years, three or four incidences have been reported, all with good outcomes — for the seals. No eels have survived.

Sweet revenge

Ted Pelkey of Westford, Vermont, has been battling the Westford Development Review Board for months over his proposal to erect a building on his property for his truck repair and monofilament recycling business. But he told WCAX News that the city keeps putting up barriers to the development, so Pelkey has instead installed

a message to the board and the people of Westford: a giant sculpture of a fist with the middle finger raised. “It’s very big. Everybody got the message,” said Fairfax resident Carol Jordan. Pelkey, who spent $4,000 on the public rebuke, said he hopes the citizens of Westford will take a “really long look at the people who are running their town.” In the meantime, the select board told WCAX that because the sculpture is considered public art, they can take no action against it.

Bromance

Anthony Akers, 38, and the Richland (Washington) Police Department embarked on an amusing meet-cute of law and fugitive on Nov. 28 when the department posted a wanted photo of Akers on its Facebook page. Five hours after the posting, National Public Radio reported, Akers responded with: “Calm down, i’m going to turn myself in.” When Akers was a no-show, the department messaged him the next day: “Hey Anthony! We haven’t seen you yet.” Officers even offered him a ride. But Akers couldn’t be bothered: “Thank you, tying up a couple loose ends since i will probably be in there for a month.” He promised to surrender within 48 hours. When the weekend passed without any sign of Akers, officers wrote: “Is it us? We waited but you didn’t show.” To which Akers replied: “Dear RPD, it’s not you, it’s me. I obviously have commitment issues. ... P.S. You’re beautiful.” Finally, on Dec. 4, Akers arrived at the Richland police station, posting a selfie with the caption: “Thank you RPD for letting me do this on my own.” Aww, ain’t love grand? Visit newsoftheweird.com.


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