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Yet another Manchester superintendent of schools has decided to leave the position after a few short years. New Hampshire’s largest, and most needy school district can’t seem to find a way to secure continuity in leadership in order to put the district in a position to provide a quality learning experience for virtually all of its students. Dr. Bolgen Vargas has informed the district that he will leave his position in April, leaving the district without an ordained education leader for the remainder of the school year and the foreseeable future. This is a sad situation. Contrast Manchester’s school leadership history with the recent announcement of the retirement of Easter Seals CEO Larry Gammon. Larry served Easter Seals as its CEO and president for over 30 years and was in their system for 47 years. Under Larry’s leadership, Easter Seals has grown from “a small organization to a large and well respected nonprofit,” according to Pamela Dube. Consistent, quality leadership pays dividends in mission and vision, team building, relationships, programs and more. Inconsistency is a problem. Mayor Joyce Craig has announced that the district will conduct a national search for a new superintendent, intimating that they will be pulling out all of the stops to find a great leader. Well, isn’t that what they did last time? Dr. Vargas came from Rochester, New York. Where is the hint of evidence that this process will work out any better than it has with Dr. Brennan, Dr. Livingston or Dr. Vargas? As the old clichés go, “if you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you’ve always got” and “the definition of insanity is doing what you’ve always done and expecting a different result.” Here are some of my concerns about a national search. 1. New Hampshire is the national leader in moving to a competency-based education system, which, by its nature, is designed to engage the entire community in the process and giving students ownership of their learning. While most states are trying to follow New Hampshire’s lead, their school leaders are, quite likely, less experienced than ours in moving in a true 21st century direction. A quality 20th century education leader is not what Manchester needs. 2. Manchester will look for someone with a doctorate degree in education. Sounds reasonable. The problem is that, what has become patently clear that Manchester needs is, unfortunately, someone skilled in politics, because, after the honeymoon, the ugliness of Manchester politics will become evident. It’s going to take someone with uncommon political and relationship skills to succeed. Fred Bramante is the past chairman and member of the NH State Board of Education. He speaks and consults on education redesign to regional, state, and national organizations.


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Mental health plan

After a two-year drafting process, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services released its latest 10-Year Mental Health Plan. The plan was developed with input from “hundreds of interested parties,” including state agencies, mental health organizations and the public. Unlike the previous plan, released in 2008, the department reported that this plan also covers children’s mental health issues as well as behavioral health challenges facing adults. The new 10-year plan recommends several additions and expansions to the state’s mental health system, including more mobile crisis services, incentives to increase psychiatric bed capacity, increasing peer support networks, better integrating mental health care and primary care services, higher Medicaid rates for mental health services and greater support for patients transitioning to and from higher levels of mental health care. The department will conduct quarterly reporting on the progress of recommendations outlined in the plan. Gov. Chris Sununu wrote in a statement that he will be “acting on several of the action items contained in this plan in the next state budget.” To read the plan, visit dhhs.nh.gov/ dcbcs/bbh/10-year-mh-plan.htm.

Hospital systems

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and GraniteOne Health announced they will move toward combining their two organizations. Members of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s system include New London Hospital, Cheshire Medical Center in Keene and Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, while GraniteOne Health is composed of Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, Hug-

gins Hospital in Wolfeboro and Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough. According to the organizations’ announcement, the combined nonprofit health care system would focus on integrating primary, specialty, ambulatory and inpatient care while lowering costs. Patients would continue to be treated in existing health care facilities, and all involved organizations within the combined system would retain their names, identities and local leadership. Joseph Pepe, CEO of GraniteOne Health and president and CEO of Catholic Medical Center, wrote in a statement that the combined network would “[expand] access to primary and specialty care for all New Hampshire residents, including vulnerable patients and communities.”

Transportation grants

Nine cities and towns received a total of $5.7 million through the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program, according to a news release. The program is federally funded and provides grants for “alternative transportation projects,” such as pedestrian and bicycle paths, rail trail improvements and safe routes to schools. Cities and towns must provide at least a 20 percent match in funding. These latest projects include $800,000 for a one-mile multi-use path along Harvey Road, Webster Road and Grenier Field Road in Londonderry; $800,000 for a pedestrian bicycle trail along Perimeter Road, South Willow Street and Harvey Road in Manchester; and $799,179 to upgrade sidewalks and create bicycle lanes on Lock Street and Whitney Street in Nashua. Projects in Franklin, Jaffrey, Keene, New Castle, Northumberland and Swanzey also received funding. For

this round of grants, the department received 38 applications from New Hampshire cities and towns requesting a total of $22.6 million. CONCORD

Female legislators

The New Hampshire Women’s Foundation in Concord reported that both chambers of the state legislature have more female lawmakers this session. There are now 10 female senators in the 24-seat chamber, compared to seven last session. In the House, the number of female representatives increased from 115 to 135 out of a total of 400 seats. Women now hold 34.2 percent of available seats in the state legislature. Grafton County was the only county to elect a female-majority at 54 percent, while Strafford County has a 50-50 gender split. Female representation is lowest in Belknap (11 percent) and Cheshire (17 percent) counties. Among the two major parties, Republicans dropped from 41 to 29 female lawmakers across both chambers, while Democrats jumped from 81 to 116 total female legislators in Concord. Since 2001, Democrats have had more female legislators than Republicans except for the 2011-2012 session, according to the foundation’s report.



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Last week, Southern New Hampshire University and the Boston Celtics opened the new STEAM Lab at Fairgrounds Elementary in Nashua, according to a news release. The lab includes Chromebook laptop computers, iPads, a 3D printer and 3D pens. This is the 12th teaching lab opened in the state by SNHU and the Celtics.


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The office’s 58-page report was compiled after the office conducted a mix of interviews, listening sessions, site tours and field observations across the state with staff and administrators from the Division for Children Youth and Families. The final report is divided into nine major areas of concern, beginning with intake and assessment of potentially abused children. According to the report, there is a backlog of 2,000 cases of suspected abuse and neglect overdue for assessment by department staff. Additionally, the office reported an “interruption of the state’s reviews of child deaths,” claiming that DCYF was aware of several child deaths in the past year but didn’t “undertake child death reviews for learning and system improvements.” The Office of the Child Advocate was formed by legislation in 2017 to provide independent oversight of DCYF, part of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Director Moira O’Neill said that at the core of the issues laid out by the report is the need to adjust the language of the state’s statute on child abuse and neglect to accurately “represent and protect the interests of children.” She said the state isn’t fully assessing the needs of children in New Hampshire, which may improperly inform what contracts and services DCYF pursues. “That conversion feeds everything else we do, in terms of how the agency functions on behalf of children and how we purchase services for children,” said O’Neill. “We’re not really purchasing services that match what children need.”

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How the report classified “overdue assessments” is an “inaccurate portrayal,” according to a response issued by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and signed by commissioner Jeffrey Meyers. He wrote that an assessment is considered “overdue” if it remains open after 60 days, which may be caused by pending litigation, ongoing law enforcement investigations or DCYF staff lacking “sufficient information to make a finding.” Once children are admitted to state care, the office claimed, “There are no assurances that children’s needs are being met in residential care,” and “DCYF is not monitoring

children in residential care for safety.” Additionally, the report claimed that an “array of clinical supports available at the facility” for mental and behavioral treatment “are not integrated and therefore reinforced.” In the department’s response, Meyers wrote that the state has a “comprehensive plan to continue to manage and address the level of risk to children in open assessments and to close cases within specified time frames.” However, he acknowledged that a lack of adequate staffing presents a pervasive challenge. “While overall, the number of assessments per year seems to have plateaued after years of steady increases, it still outpaces system capacity,” Meyers wrote. “Until the volume of new assessments declines or additional staffing and resources are available to keep pace with the volume of referrals, it is unlikely that this number will further decrease significantly.”

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O’Neill also cited an “unmanageable workload” as one of the office’s primary concerns. She said the national standard is for each caseworker to oversee 12 cases at a time. However, she said that ratio in New Hampshire is currently at 40 cases for every caseworker, and over the last couple years the number has been as high as 90 cases. That’s why O’Neill supports SB 6, which had a hearing scheduled with the Senate Finance Committee for this past Tuesday. She said the bill would create 57 positions for caseworkers, which would bring the department’s case load up to the national standard. Additionally, she highlighted the 20 supervisor positions that would be created by the bill. Since most caseworkers are new, she said they need a lot of extra help and training to support them as they enter the field. “There is a worry that people have the impression that you’ll solve the problem with more staff,” said O’Neill. “While we do advocate for more staff … there is a caveat that they’re also trained and well-supported by supervisors who mentor and guide them.” O’Neill said the office envisions DCYF having a more preventive role in addressing child abuse and neglect. But right now, she said, the focus remains achieving a “manageable workload” in the system and making sure caseworkers are well-supported. “While we do not agree with every aspect of the report, we recognize that it is largely informed by the lived experiences of individuals who have experienced different aspects of the system,” Meyers wrote in the department’s response. “We look forward to the opportunity to review and discuss the information and recommendations presented with the OCA.”


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Cases of influenza are on the rise in the Granite State as the season approaches its peak. The New Hampshire Bureau of Infectious Disease Control updated the state’s flu activity to “widespread” and identified the first influenza-related death of the season in Cheshire County. “We’ve been seeing increases in influenza illness over the last several weeks … across the whole state,” said Elizabeth Daly, chief of the bureau. “We can really expect it anywhere in our communities.” New Hampshire fared better than other states during the first half of the flu season. Starting in early October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes a weekly report on the influenza activity in each state. From the week of Oct. 6, 2018, until the week of Jan. 5, 2019, New Hampshire had a minimal activity level, the lowest ranking. Half the country had either moderate or high flu activity listed on the Jan. 5 report, including Connecticut and Massachusetts. However, New Hampshire’s flu activity has spiked over the last few weeks. According to the state’s Bureau of Infectious Disease Control, Cheshire and Coos counties are the only counties without an elevated, high or very high acute respiratory illness activity, which includes influenza. “We consider the influenza season to run from October to May, and we do typically see two to three months of high activity,” said Daly. “Mid-December to mid-March is usually the highest point of activity, but we haven’t quite peaked yet.”

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“AH1N1 does not tend to result in as severe an illness,” said Nicole Losier, public health nurse supervisor at the Manchester Health Department. “It can still be very serious, especially to those who are elderly or immunocompromised.” A deadlier flu strain was widespread in New Hampshire just last year. Daly said New Hampshire experienced a broader circulation of Influenza A (H3) in the 2017-2018 season, a more severe strain that caused 64 deaths in the state. She said an average of 30 to 40 people die from the flu in New Hampshire each year. “A lot of people just think it’s part of life, and everyone will get the flu in the winter and NICOLE LOSIER they’ll recover,” said Daly. “But for the elderly and young children and people with lung conditions or pregnant women, you’re really at an increased risk.”

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To prevent catching or spreading the flu, Losier recommended conventional practices like handwashing and covering up when you cough. She advised fluids, rest and seeing a primary care provider for those who’ve already caught the flu. But before that point, Losier said, getting the flu shot is one of the easiest and most effective things you can do. She said the shot is an inactivated vaccine that takes about two weeks to kick in before you’re fully protected. Daly said the shot is about 60 percent effective. If you do get influenza, you’re less likely to develop other respiratory illnesses like pneumonia that requires hospitalization. “Our key recommendation is it’s not too late for your flu shot,” said Losier. “Just about every insurance will cover an annual flu shot.” If you have a fever, Losier added, “you should really stay home.” Given how contagious the flu can be, she said staying home is the safest option, especially when you don’t know how seriously it might affect other people. “If you or your kids do get sick, it’s important to stay home or keep your kids at home,” said Daly. “While you may not view it as very severe, you don’t know what condition your colleagues or a child in you child’s classroom might have.”




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different types, though. There’s sport accuracy, which is a larger target … then there’s also classic accuracy. I’m the only one from UConn that did that; that’s the one that I won [gold]. Rhianna Sullivan. Photo by … The actual tarDavid Wybenga get that you have How do you break into something like is dime-sized, and you have to hit your heel on it. That one’s a little bit harder to do, but I like skydiving? I think for most people, they end up doing that one more. a tandem, which is when you’re attached to What was it like to win? an instructor that knows what they’re doing, It was really awesome, because at colleso you don’t really have to do much. You just experience the skydive. That’s a pretty good giates, pretty much the only competitive teams transition because then you realize you like the are ours and the military teams. They just have aspects of skydiving and you want to do it on so much more funding than civilian teams do. your own. But for me, I just knew that I want- … It’s just nice to know that we can still be ed to just go all the way and get my license, competitive with them, especially with someso I did that first. … To get your license, it’s thing like accuracy. … With free fall events, a 25-jump course. Each jump has a different you can have a ton of tunnel time and jump thing that you need to work on, and it gets a lit- and get really good at that. But with accuracy, tle more complicated as it progresses [beyond] sometimes it just comes down to skill. … For me personally, the winning was nice, because just being able to survive in the sky. I think this is the only sport that I’ve ever done that I’ve actually been kind of good at. How do you practice? We have a four-way team that we always Are there are other competitions you plan send to the collegiate competition. We each have a position, and there’s specified forma- on doing? I’m actually going to try to go to the nationtions that we have to make. … We just choose when we want to come out on the weekends als this year for classic accuracy. It’s over and train and just make up our own jumps. … collegiate nationals; it’s all skydivers nationals. We also go to the wind tunnel [at SkyVenture] If I can train enough to be confident in doing in Nashua. We drive up from UConn … and that — because there’s some really good peobasically do training without jumping out of a ple that have tens of thousands of jumps just doing this one event … I would like to go to plane. nationals. How are competitions structured? What would you say to someone who’s For the free fall events, we jump with a videographer. They take a video of our jump … afraid of heights or on the fence about and [the judges] watch to make sure we did skydiving? Definitely do a tandem, because that’s the everything right, and if we do, we get a point for each formation that we make. Basically who- best way to figure out if you like it or not. ever makes the most overall [formations] wins It’s a one-time thing. If you hate it, you did it, for whatever group that is. We won [gold] for and if you love it, you know that getting your our four-way. … Then there’s accuracy. That license is an opportunity you can go through one’s pretty self-explanatory; it’s just a giant with. For people who are afraid of heights, it’s target on the ground that you hit. There’s two just so much different when you’re 13,000 feet above the ground. There’s really no judging the ground distance. It’s kind of hard to relate it to What are you into right now? a fear of heights, in my opinion. There’s plenty of people that I jump with who are afraid of Skydiving is pretty much my biggest interheights that still love skydiving. est, just because there’s so many things you can do. … I just want to learn to do all of it. — Scott Murphy



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Taxpayers in New Hampshire shoulder a larger burden than those in most other U.S. states, but fare better than the rest of New England. A new report from the Tax Foundation, which is a think tank in D.C. that analyzes and publishes data on taxes at the state and federal level, found that Granite Staters pay $4,818 per capita in state and local taxes annually, the 19th-highest total in the country. However, every other New England state ranked in the top 15 or higher. Connecticut had the highest total in the region with a $7,220 local tax bill, second nationally to New York ($8,957). QOL Score: 0 Comment: The Northeast overall dominated the top half of the list, with the remainder of the top five including New Jersey (third; $6,709) and Massachusetts (fifth; $6,469). The rest of the New England states were led by Vermont (10th; $5,904), Rhode Island (12th; $5,562) and Maine (14th; $5,206).




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New Hampshire’s streets are some of the safest in the country for pedestrians. Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition released a new report analyzing pedestrian deaths between 2008 and 2017. The Granite State had 97 fatalities in this time frame, the sixth-lowest total in the nation and eighth-lowest rate per capita. This made up roughly 0.2 percent percent of the 49,340 pedestrian deaths nationally during this period. QOL Score: +1 Comment: Vermont is the safest state for pedestrians in New England, with just 50 deaths between 2008 and 2017. Massachusetts led the region with 725 deaths, followed by Connecticut (425), Maine (130) and Rhode Island (127).

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Shaky landing

For the 13th straight year, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport reported a decline in total passengers. The airport publishes monthly ridership figures for all its major airlines in its website. The December report showed a yearly total of roughly 1.8 million passengers in 2018, down 6.2 percent from about 1.9 million passengers in 2017. Since 2005, ridership at the airport has dropped 57.3 percent. QOL Score: -1 Comment: According to the airport’s ridership reports, the 4.3 million passengers it saw in 2005 was the highest total of the last 18 years. Ridership dropped the very next year, and the airport hasn’t had 3 million or more passengers since 2009.


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The year’s biggest football game comes your way Sunday at 6:37 p.m. It pits the Pats against the team the dynasty started against, the Rams. Although home now is 1,500 miles west from where the greatest show on turf called played. Being a back-in-the-day-er, I never cottoned to L.A.’s Rams playing in St. Louis just for the bucks, and I love that they’re back home where they belong. So, sorry, no hate here. Meanwhile as we wait for the big game to arrive while listening to Marshall Faulk’s greatest hits of excuses for why his hugely favored Rams chucked away SB 36 to a team that won five games in 2000, here are a few thoughts on the haters and key elements the real America’s Team will face in its latest intriguing SB battle. Last Game With Pats Maybe: A beaten down Gronk hanging it up at the end of the season has been a storyline all year. We’ll see on that. But this could also be it for Trey Flowers. He’s a free agent in March, and as we know, all but a select few have to go elsewhere to get their big money. Super Bowl 101: Name the five players who won a Super Bowl with one team and then beat that team playing for different team the next year. Separated at Birth: La La Land actor Ryan Gosling and the QB Jared Goff who plays there. Rams Need This Win More: Even with the age issues many say the Patriots have, the clock is ticking on the much younger Rams’ salary cap after they gave out gigantic off-season deals to Brandin Cook, Ndamukong Suh, Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley. Especially with surfer dude QB coming up for the major deal in two years when it will all blow up. Ominous Sign for Superstitious Types: If you’re the type who believes in signs, could that they’re coming full circle to play the team the dynasty started with be a sign this is it for


the dynasty? Super Bowl 101 Answer: Three of the five back-to-back winners in two locales played for the Patriots: Chris Long (Eagles), LeGarrette Blount (Eagles) and likely on his way to the big house Brandon Browner (Seattle) along with Deion Sanders (SF and Dallas) and Ken Norton (Dallas and SF). Super Bowl 102: Who are the SB record holders in sacks, fumbles, rushing yards, fewest completions by a QB who won the game, longest completed TD pass and lowest QB rating in one game? Age is Just a Number: Sean McVay was 14 and Goff 5 when the Patriots beat the Rams in SB 36. Stay in Your Lane: With the Eagles gagging it after just squeaking into the playoffs during their hangover year, what do you suppose Lane Johnson will be doing for fun come Sunday while the Patriots are working in Atlanta? Ditto for Cassius Marsh after having a barrel of laughs playing for the 4-12 49ers this year. Patriots Game Plan – Offense: The key player to neutralize is Aaron Donald because the NFL’s best pass rusher does his work up the middle, which is what gives Brady by far his most trouble. They go the exact opposite of the last two weeks by spreading the field to attack with the pass right out of the box. Especially to James White and Rex Burkhead as the Rams don’t defend backs out of the backfield well. Patriot Game Plan – Defense: They’ll go big upfront to stop the run to prevent L.A. from controlling the ball and clock. Plus, if the Rams do that well, play action becomes bigger to offer big plays down the field with the secondary likely playing the man-to-man coverage to let them be bigger up front on early downs. Controlling the line of scrimmage will have Goff face more third- and-long situations, which Coach B will take. Trends L.A.: After starting 8-0, they were 5-3 after that, 3-2 in their last five. And as everyone knows except for the refereeing crew in the NFC title, they’re here on the total

luck of a tremendously bad call. But the last one doesn’t mean anything on Sunday. How Jared Goff has played down the stretch may, where his QB rating was over 100 twice in his final seven games with the other five below 83.0 when he threw for seven picks and seven TD passes, five coming against lowly Arizona and San Francisco. Trends Patriots: As the 2007 G-Men can tell you, it’s not how you play all season, it’s who’s hottest at playoff time. They’ve played their two best games the last two weeks vs. the Chargers and Chiefs, though they gave up 31 second-half points in KC. It says maybe they are healthy and fully represented for the first time of the year and that’s probably why they scored 38, 41 and 37 the last three games. And the recent running assault isn’t really new, as they were fifth overall in rushing yards at 2,037 to the Rams’ third at 2,237. Super Bowl 102 Answer: Sacks: 5 – L.C. Greenwood, Steelers should-be-in-the-Hall DE. Fumbles: 5 – Dallas QB Roger Staubach. Rushing yards: 345 – Franco Harris. Fewest completions: 6 – Bob Griese when Miami beat Minnesota 24-7 in SB 8. Longest completions: 85 yards – Jake Delhomme to Muhsin Muhammad for Carolina vs. NE in SB 38. Worst Rating: 22.9 in a stellar game by Ben Roethlisberger when Pittsburgh beat Seattle with no help from him in SB 40. Prediction: They don’t stop Donald they lose. They don’t shut down Gurley and C.J. Anderson they have a hard time winning, while giving up a few big passing plays can be overcome. As usual, the turnover edge is big. So it comes down to whether Coach B can confuse Goff and the O-line is able to keep Donald somewhat at bay to let Brady deal to the running backs and Gronk down field. Pats 31-23. Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress. com. Super Bowl predictions Dave Long gets locals to share their Super Bowl predictions on page 51.



Astros blast off Bragging Rights Game of the Week: It went to 9-1-1 Pinkerton in a 3-2 defensive battle to drop Bedford from the ranks of the undefeated. The Astros jumped out 2-0 in the first four minutes on goals from Hunter Drouin and Brendon Banks with Bedford’s starters mysteriously on the bench. Second-period Bulldogs goals by Jon Giroux and William Scott made it 2-2 before Ethan Burgess potted the game-winner mid-way through the period, leading to a tense, scoreless final period. Adding to the intrigue was Bedford following the recent turmoil of its girls basketball program with coach Marty Myers refusing to explain why his starters were benched to start the big game and ordering his players not to talk as well. Sports 101: There has only been one player from a losing team in a Super Bowl to be named game MVP. Who is it? Visitor of the Week: Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck was in town last week for an entertaining talk to a crowd of 100 folks at the Manchester Boys & Girls Club. It’s part of the club’s new lunchtime speaker series where the classy C’s owner sprayed out free tickets to lucky folks on hand. Player of the Week: Lyric Grumblatt, who was on fire in Manchester Memorial’s 79-40 win over Keene as she poured

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3 – straight goals by Trinity to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 win over Nashua South. 19 – team high points scored by Daniel Infante as Central ended a threegame losing streak with a 55-50 win over Concord.

in an astonishing 41 points, yes, 41. It included hitting eight shots from international waters. Milestone of the Week: A 1,000-point career is nice, but the major college basketball milestone is 2,000. Saint Anselm senior Tim Guers reached that mark on Wednesday in a 21-point night as the Hawks downed Pace 73-42. Congrats. Hockey Hat Tricks: Jordan Wasiejko in Pinkerton’s 7-3 win over Bedford. Souhegan’s Shannon Paquette and Ryleigh Tobin in an 11-1 thumping of Bedford. Griffin Cook in Goffstown’s 5-1 win over Spaulding. Sports 101 Answer: Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley is the lone losing player to be named Super Bowl MVP. It happened in SB 5 in 1971 when Dallas lost to the Baltimore Colts in what easily was the most boring SB game ever played. On This Day – Jan. 31 in 2000: The Ray Lewis incident happens after a Super Bowl party when he and two companions are charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of two people his entourage got into a fight with. Lewis eventually cops a plea deal for obstruction of justice and testifies against his friends. He gets probation and since talent trumps all the Ravens welcome him back with open arms. As for the case, his friends beat the rap and it remains unsolved.

14 – points scored and rebounds grabbed by Shannon Ryan as Saint Anselm blasted Pace 72-46 when the Hawks’ Peyton Steinman led all scorers. 25 & 21 – points scored by respectively by Sarah Dempsey and Kelly Walsh as Dempsey led

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Sports Glossary Cassius Marsh: Total disaster who lasted nine games before being released after Coach B gave up two draft picks to get him in 2017 training camp. His lone memorable Foxboro A.C. playing was getting toasted on a long TD catch and run that cemented the Week 1 loss to K.C. Lane Johnson: Winner of the Rex Ryan award for being the Mouthy Boob after one win over the Pats – who later finds out that it takes more than talk to do again and again. Sean McVay: Became youngest coach in NFL history after being offensive coordinator with Washington between 2014-2016. The lineage is pretty good as he played in the crucible of coaches for Miami of Ohio and grandfather John McVay spent 20 years working in the NFL. John McVay: The 88-year-old grandad of aforementioned L.A. Rams coach who was key personnel executive for the 49ers during the Montana-Walsh-Young dynasty. Was also head coach of the New York Football Giants where on the resume was a 14-23 record and the Miracle in the Meadowlands that helped him get fired after the 1978 season. Miracle in the Meadowlands: Nov. 19, 1978, natural disaster that had the NY football Giants go for a hand-off to the once great Larry Csonka on the game’s final play over a kneel down that QB Joe Pisarcik botched into the fumble future Jets head coach Herman Edwards scooped up and returned 26 yards for a TD to turn a 17-12 loss into a 19-17 Eagles win.

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In 2015, New Hampshire got its first escape room — Granite State Escape. Less than five years later, there are more than 15 escape rooms in the state where, for the price of admission, you can crack codes, solve riddles and puzzles and otherwise take part in a little adventure. “It’s pretty phenomenal to see how much the industry has grown since we opened,” Granite State Escape owner Pamela Provencher said. “I think people have been looking for something different to do that’s fun and creative and more intellectually stimulating than [going to] the movies.” But escape rooms are more than just a nightlife alternative; they’re also popular among families, businesses, schools and other groups as a team-building exercise or simply a fun activity that everyone can do together. “There aren’t many other activities like that where you can work together as a team, and work your brain a little, too.” said Lara Lyman, manager and room creator at Key to Escape in Nashua. “That’s the awesome thing about escape rooms — everyone can participate and help and share ideas.”

More than escaping

The escape room concept originated as a subgenre of point-and-click video games in which the player is locked in a room and must find his way out using only the objects within the room. The first wave of real-life escape rooms followed the same model, but now, most escape rooms have other types of objectives based on a theme or backstory. “The name ‘escape room’ is more of a misnomer at this point, because you aren’t necessarily escaping,” Lyman said. “It’s more about stepping into another world and following puzzles, riddles and tactile clues to complete a task, whether that be to escape the room or to upload a computer software before Y2K hits.” Lyman is referring to one of Key to Escape’s rooms, “The Incident.” It’s Dec. 31, 1999, and you receive a message from an old friend, also a known conspiracy theorist, who claims there will

be an alien attack on technology. She has developed special software to prevent the attack, but it has gone missing. It’s your job to help her find and implement the software before midnight. Key to Escape currently has three rooms, with a fourth set to open next week. In the “Cuckoo’s Nest” room, players must escape a padded cell at a 1940s hospital for the criminally insane. The “House in the Woods” room is a fairy tale theme; players find themselves trapped in a witch’s house with one hour before she returns and has them for dinner. The newest room will be set in a 1980s Western saloon. “With each new game we design, we try to make it more immersive,” Lyman said, adding that she and her father, who owns the business, build the rooms themselves from scratch. “The wallpaper, the flooring, even some of the furniture — we do it all, because we want these imaginary worlds to become real life and to be exactly the way we saw them in our brains.” Escape Room Concord also has three rooms, with a fourth set to open in February. Each room has a detailed backstory. In “The Library,” for example, your great uncle with whom you shared a passion for puzzles has died. He left you a special gift, but his villainous widow claims to have sold it. Then, you receive a mysterious letter, telling you that the gift is still in your great uncle’s library, and you’ll have to solve his many layers of puzzles and riddles to find it. The newest room, “The Library Part 2 — The Lion’s Den,” will be a continuation of the story from “The Library.” After finding your Great Uncle’s gift in the library, you come across a padlocked and chained door leading to a secret room. “I think we really kick it up a notch when it comes to set design and music and building the pressure and tension,” owner Greg Slossar said. “Our customers are paying us for an experience, and they get that here. We really try to get you in the mood and make you feel like you’re in another place.”

How it works

Most escape rooms cost $25 to $30 per person and operate year-round, typically on weekday evenings and all day on weekends. They often require customers to book a game in advance,


The Cabin in the Woods room at Key to Escape. Courtesy Photo.

usually on their website, so they can meet all of the customers’ needs. The minimum and maximum number of players allowed depends on the escape room and the game chosen (it can range from two to 12 players). At some escape rooms, if you don’t meet the minimum number of players, you may be paired with strangers. “Escape rooms are a group activity. Honestly, if you come with a group of two, it is advantageous for you if we pair you with another group,” Provencher said. “Sometimes, it goes really well. We’ve even had people come back with the same group we paired them with.” Other escape rooms, like Key to Escape, ensure that you will only have to play with the people you choose to bring. “We started out making the games available to everyone, but now we do private rooms only,” Lyman said. “It’s not that we had issues with people fighting or anything, but we did see people’s responses when we told them, ‘You’re going to make some new friends today.’ Their demeanor would change. It just seemed like it deterred people’s enjoyment.” Be sure to do your research before choosing a game as the games often have varying levels of difficulty. Some escape rooms provide different versions of their games that are more or less challenging based on the customer’s preference and experience. The consensus among most escape rooms is

that the games are too challenging for young children or groups comprised only of children, but are feasible for older children with help from adults. “What’s really fun is when you have a bunch of adults who are stuck on something, and the kid figures it out,” said Keith Wentworth, owner of Break Free 603 in Amherst. “Adults tend to overthink it. The answer is usually much simpler than they think, and the kid sees that because he’s not trying to overcomplicate things. He sees it from a different perspective.” Upon arrival, the “gamemaster,” a term used to describe the person who oversees all aspects of the game, will go over the safety rules and likely have you sign a waiver of liability. Escape rooms cannot, by law, actually lock players in the rooms, and they must provide emergency exits. The gamemaster will also monitor the room for the entire duration of the game to ensure safety. “People come to us with a lot of questions about safety and are very concerned about being locked in the room, but we tell them [that] the door is always unlocked,” Slossar said. “Once they hear that, they’re more willing to give us a try.” Next, the gamemaster will bring the players to the room and explain the backstory, objective and rules of the game. He will then usher the start of the game and leave the room. He will continue to watch the room remotely and will


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maintain audio communication with the players. Games are typically timed; an hour is standard. If the players appear to be struggling or spend a lot of time focused on the wrong things, the gamemaster may provide a hint. “Sometimes there will be a key piece of information that is so obvious that it’s nonobvious, if that makes sense, and oftentimes people, especially people who have never done an escape room before, will overlook it,” Wentworth said. “So we give them a little nudge in the right direction, just enough so that they realize, ‘Oh, this object is actually important, and we need to start thinking about it this way.”

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In the escape room world, the term “generation” is used to indicate the style and technological level of a room’s puzzles. A “gen 1” room relies heavily on written and visual riddles and clues, codes and primitive mechanisms such as traditional locks-and-keys and combination locks. “For example, there may be a hidden notebook with a written riddle that gives instructions about where to go or what to do next,” Lyman said, “or the riddle may reveal a number or letter code which you use to unlock something in the room that will lead you to the next puzzle.”

A “gen 2” room utilizes slightly more advanced technology such as magnets, spring-loaded and release-triggered mechanisms, basic electronic controllers and sensors, and sound and light systems. For the player, that means placing an object in the right location may trigger a door to open or a light to shine on another clue. Escape Room Concord’s room “The Sanctuary” is a gen 2 room with RFID, or radio-frequency identification, technology which uses radio waves as sensors which then trigger some kind of action. “You know when you walk out of a store and something you have makes the security buzzer to go off? It’s similar to that,” Slossar said. “We have radios hidden away in certain places so that, when you take an object and put it at that exact location, it allows something else to happen.” “Gen 3” rooms feature automated, computerized electronics. Not many escape rooms have implemented gen 3 rooms yet, but Slossar said Escape Room Concord’s room “The Enigma” makes the cut. “There are no padlocks. Everything is electronic,” he said. “You’re turning dials, flipping switches, pressing buttons. There’s even a telephone puzzle where if you call the right number, something happens.” “Gen 4” rooms are still in development but are

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New to escape rooms? Check out these tips have a good time solving.” • Don’t overthink it. “Most puzzles are from local escape room owners on how to make a successful escape. designed to be reasonably simple and enjoyable,” Wentworth said. “If it takes more than a sentence • Share your ideas. “The biggest mistake I see or two to explain the thought process behind your beginners make is, they have an idea, but they idea, you’re probably overthinking it.” don’t think it’s right, so they don’t share it with • If your idea falls flat, move on and come the group,” Lara Lyman of Key to Escape said. back to it later. “Sometimes, you’ll have some“Always share your ideas out loud, because even thing that didn’t make sense before, but once you if it’s wrong, it might help someone else in the get more information, you see it differently, and group think of something in a different way that then it makes sense,” Lyman said. gets you to the right answer.” • Challenge your assumptions. “It’s easy • Think out loud. “It’s important not only to get stuck in one way of thinking about somefor communicating with your team, but also for thing,” Wentworth said. “Sometimes, you need the gamemaster to hear what you’re thinking so to step back and look at something with a fresh he knows what kind of hints to give you,” Keith perspective.” Wentworth of Break Free 603 said. • Ask for help as soon as you need it. “A lot of • Play to your strengths. “The most important times, a group will know they’re stuck but don’t thing is to have fun, so if there’s a math puzzle and want to admit it, and they let 10 minutes go by math is not your thing, pass it off to someone else before they ask for help,” Lyman said. “Most of and look for something else to do,” Lyman said. “I the time, if the thought of asking for a hint crosses guarantee there is a puzzle in there that you will your mind, you’re probably ready for one.”








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While escape rooms are especially popular amongst millennials, Slossar said, they appeal to people of all ages. “I think we live in an age where it’s hard to find something to do that’s fun for everyone,” he said. “You can go to a bar or you can take the kids to a bouncy house, but an escape room is something interactive and exciting that grandparents and parents and children can all do together.” Escape rooms require a lot of communication and teamwork, making them a popular destination for birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, school groups and corporate team-builders. The variety of puzzles ensures that all players in the group can participate and contribute something to the game. “There is at least one puzzle for everyone, because everyone has a different brain and a different perspective and looks at things and interprets things differently,” Lyman said. “Some people are good at observing. Some people are good at piecing together the big picture. Some people are good at the riddles and identifying patterns. Everyone can lend a hand.” As escape rooms became more popular, a community of enthusiasts emerged, Lyman said.

“The first week we open a new room, they’re in the door,” she said. “Sometimes, they come from hours away because they’re traveling around playing every escape room they can get their hands on. It’s their hobby.” “We recently had someone come in who had done 200-something rooms and was trying to do a room in every state,” Wentworth added. “People claim it’s very addicting.” Because escape room facilities have a limited number of rooms and keep the same themes for at least a year, it doesn’t take long before a new player who wants to keep playing plays all of the rooms at their first escape room and has to go elsewhere to play new rooms. Thus, most escape rooms don’t feel the need to compete with each other. In fact, many of them share ideas, applaud each other’s creativity and refer their customers to other escape rooms. “We want [customers] to keep going to escape rooms and stay engaged in the market while we work on creating new rooms so that when our new rooms are finished, they’ll come back to us,” Slossar said. “At the end of the day, having a good relationship [with other escape rooms] helps the customer, and our customers are always the first priority.” Provencher added. “That’s why I think it’s wonderful when other escape rooms open, because it gives the customers additional options.”

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• Break Free 603, 141 Route 101A, Amherst, 424-1758, breakfree603.com • Clue, 1485 Route 103, Newbury, 873-4763, cluenh.com • Crack the Code, 8 Maple St., Meredith, 833843-2633, crackthecodenh.com • Escape Factory, 101 Mulberry St., Claremont, 504-4058, escapefactorynh.com • Escape Hour House, 401 Gilford Ave., Gilford, 707-1254, escapehourhouse.com • Escape Room Concord, 240 Airport Road, Concord, 225-2271, escaperoomconcordnh.com • The Escape Room Derry, 2 Chester Road, Derry, theescaperoomderry@gmail.com, theescaperoomderrynh.com • The Escape Room Experience, 555 Main St., Suite A, Laconia, 366-6296, theescaperoomexperience.live

• Granite State Escape, 245 Maple St., Manchester, 935-7455, escapenh.com • Key To Escape, 3 Bud Way, Unit 21, Nashua, 809-4018, keytoescape.com • LOK’d! Room Escape, 750 E. Industrial Park Drive. Suite B, Manchester; 31 Village Road, Waterville Valley, 782-7920, lokdrocks.com • Monkey Mind Escape Rooms, 10 Vaughan Mall, Portsmouth, 498-8997, monkeymindescape.com • Mystery NH, Mountain Valley Mall, 32 Mountain Valley Blvd., North Conway, 730-5009, mysterynh.com • Portsmouth Escape Room, 95 Brewery Lane, No. 13, Portsmouth, 380-9160, portsmouthescaperoom.com • Time Quest NH, 16 Mill St., Littleton, 6316009, timequestnh.com

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Wedding Section I n this year’s annual Hippo Wedding Issue, we’re looking at what it takes to plan a wedding in any amount of time, whether you have weeks or months

No time like the present How to plan a quick wedding

should be aware of, the biggest being venue and vendor availability. asykeny@hippopress.com “Depending on the time of year, it can be hard to find vendors and venues even When ​​Leslie Cregg​-Hyder ​’s friend if you’re booking a year ahead,” she said. came to her last year for help with planHaving a wedding planner is key to ning a summer wedding, Cregg​ -Hyder​ pulling off a wedding in a short amount of assumed she meant the summer of 2019. time because a planner has industry con“Then I realized, no, she means this nections and can lay out your options for summer ... two months from now,” said you. Cregg​-Hyder​, owner of Planned Perfectly “Vendors and venues reach out to us Wedding & Event Planning, based in Pel- at the beginning of the season and let ham. “She asked, ‘Do you think I can do us know what dates they are still trying it?’ I laughed and said, ‘Anything can be to fill, and many times they offer a disdone.’” counted rate that you couldn’t get if you The bride and groom had a private were [booking them] without a planner,” wedding ceremony followed by a tent- said Portsmouth-based wedding planner ed backyard barbecue reception at their Nicole Mower, who recently planned a home with food vendors and about 180 tented wedding at the Seacoast Science guests. Center in three months. “With a planner, “It was a nice, upscale barbecue, but you don’t have to waste time trying to find comfortable and casual, too,” Cregg​ out who is available in that short amount -Hyder said. of time.” A wedding planner can also help you stay within your budget, which is a comIf you work with a mon struggle for couples planning in wedding planner under a few months. That wasn’t the first time Cregg​-Hyder “Think about when you go to the store planned a wedding in under two months; and you’re in a rush. You just grab whatevas part of her services, she offers expediter because you’re under pressure. Couples ed wedding planning for military couples tend to do the same thing. Their budget who are home together for a limited time gets eaten up really quickly because they — sometimes for as little as a few weeks have to make quick decisions, and they — before having to report for duty. Then, end up spending a lot more money than there are couples who simply don’t want they normally would if they had more to wait or want to keep their wedding simtime to plan,” Cregg​-Hyder said. “Having ple and don’t want to take a lot of time a planner can take some of that pressure to plan. off so that you don’t spend as much.” Whatever the reason for planning a It’s helpful for the planner, Cregg​ wedding in a short amount of time, it is -Hyder said, if you already have an idea feasible to do, Cregg​ -Hyder said, but of what you want for the wedding so that there are some limitations that the couple

or years. Local experts share advice on how to pull together the wedding of your dreams no matter how much time you want to devote to planning your big day.

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they can narrow down their research and present you with just a few options to choose from. If you aren’t sure what kind of wedding you want, and you want to explore the full scope of options, a short planning period may not be right for you. “At the very least, you should know the things that you don’t want, so we can start to eliminate things and speed up the process,” Cregg​-Hyder said. That being said, it’s also important to be flexible with your decisions, since planning in a few months or less does significantly limit your options. “If you have something too specific in mind, you’re going to be disappointed

when there’s a lack of availability,” Mower said.

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Planning a wedding quickly without a planner is challenging, but possible if you know what your limits are and what to look for. A backyard or private residence is the easiest kind of venue to acquire, Mower said. “I love backyard weddings because they’re fun, and you can customize them from the ground up,” she said. “However, they can be more work since you have to bring in all the vendors separately.”

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Other venues that typically have availability are venues that aren’t typically used for weddings, such as a restaurant or a historic property, like the Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth. “Historic properties will sometimes rent out the backyards for events if you ask,” Mower said. “They may already have gardens and can be really gorgeous.” If you’re set on booking a larger, all-inclusive event venue on short notice, Cregg​ -Hyder said your best bet is to have the wedding on a Thursday, Friday or non-holiday weekend Sunday as there is typically more availability on those days. Most often, couples give their guests a couple of plated meal options in the invitation, and the guests will make their selection on their RSVP card, but that method may be difficult to coordinate with the caterer if you aren’t giving the caterer a lot of time to prepare. Samantha Limoges, catering director at Great Events Catering, suggests opting for a buffet instead, which requires less planning. “Typically you just pick two or three entree options, like beef, fish and chicken, plus a vegetarian option,” she said. “Add some salads and side dishes, and some hors d’oeuvres before, and that’s a nice four course meal, which we can plan up to the week prior.” The time needed to prepare a wedding cake depends on the bakery. A large bakery like Frederick’s Pastries in Amherst and Bedford, is often more accommodating for quickly planned weddings than a smaller bakery. “We have more resources than a smaller bakery, so we may be able to do it as little as two weeks in advance,” Danielle Mattiello, manager and lead cake designer at Frederick’s Bedford location said. An alternative to a wedding cake which is easier for most bakeries to prepare in a shorter amount of time is a dessert bar, Mattiello said, with miniature pastries like cannolis and eclairs. Finding a wedding dress can be especially challenging to accomplish in under

a few months. Ordering a custom-made dress is usually not an option. Instead, find a shop that sells dresses directly from the floor so that you can take one home that same day. When you have limited time to make a decision, it’s important to keep your expectations in check, Ashley Pilotte, manager and marketing director at Modern Bride and Formal Shop in Bedford said. “Some girls can NICOLE MOWER come into one shop and try on three dresses and pick one. For others, they need to go to multiple shops before they find something they like,” she said. “When it comes to finding one in a short amount of time, your options are always going to be limited based on what the shops have available at that time, so at some point, you’re just going to have to make a decision.” Even if you find one that you like that’s in your relative size, chances are that it will need some alterations, which is why it’s imperative that you start looking for a dress as early in the planning stage as possible, to allow time for the alterations to be made. Larger tailoring businesses usually require at least two months, Pilotte said, so you’re better off finding an independent seamstress. In some ways, accelerating the planning process can be less stressful than if you were to take half a year or longer. The wedding itself doesn’t necessarily have to be simpler, Mower said — it can still be as elaborate as you want — but the decision-making is simpler because there isn’t enough time to explore every option or change your mind multiple times. “All the ideas that are out there for planning a wedding can be overwhelming. You may start out saying you want a simple wedding, but then you see all these new trends and what your friends are doing, and all the going back and forth can cause a lot of stress and sometimes a waste of money,” Mower said. “It’s less stressful if you just make a decision one time, then let it go and move forward and don’t ponder it anymore.”

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Be a decision-maker

According to Tracy Dapp of Inked Events in Salem, a willingness for you to be flexible with a date change to meet all of your logistical needs is a plus. “They don’t have their first pick of anything, and if they have a specific date in mind, then it’s definitely harder to find something that hits all of their wish list points,” she said. “Just having everything lined up, from the places to the date to the people that are available … is a challenge.” Dan and Caitlin Silver, recent clients of Dapp’s who became engaged on Christmas Day 2017 and were married on July 13, 2018, held their reception at Searles Castle in Windham. The entire wedding was planned in about six months, she said, and included a special surprise to the groom, who grew up

with muscle cars, with a 1970s-era Dodge Charger to bring them to the reception. “They had originally wanted to get married on a Saturday but ended up changing the day to a Friday night to make everything happen the way it did and to fit it in with their budget,” she said. “For the amount of details involved, the planning was quick, but they were decision makers so it made it seamless and easy.” Angela Desrochers of Angela Marie Weddings in Deerfield said you will definitely save money by booking your big day during the winter months and through the early part of the spring, but you should also keep in mind that not all venues are open year-round. “Many rustic barn venues, for example, are not heated and are closed during the winter months, so if TRACY DAPP the venue is important to you, then you may have to be flexible on the date or plan further out,” she said.

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Desrochers said one important thing to remember is any vendor who is a small business owner and can only do one wedding a day could be booked out a year in advance during the peak wedding season. “This definitely includes photographers, videographers, hair and makeup stylists, bands and DJs,” she said. Dapp said getting the bigger things squared away first — and worrying about the smaller decisions you will make later — has proven to be a successful strategy with the clients she has worked with who have had to plan weddings in six to 12 months. “If you get the big things done fairly quickly, like the DJ, the cakes and the photographer, and

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Desrochers said one of the most common misconceptions of planning a wedding in a short amount of time is how much everything ends up costing in the end. “It’s kind of a reality check for a lot of people, because it’s not like you’re paying for things over a prolonged period of time,” she said. “So you almost have to rein it in and make sacrifices. That doesn’t mean you can’t still have the wedding of your dreams, but you just have to be able to look at the big picture.” Creating a budget is always a smart idea when planning your big day, but if you have less than a year between your engagement and the wedding to sort everything out, prioritization of the most important things to you can take on a

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A year or more is ample time for most couples to plan their wedding. But with more time to work with, procrastination and an excess of options can stall the planning process. Here’s how to stay focused while mapping out a dream wedding.

Prevent procrastination

Lyndsey Cole of Lyndsey Cole Events in Concord said the average couple spends between 12 and 18 months planning their big day. Having a year gives couples ample time to think about what they want, according to Rebecca Baker, owner of Two Hearts Connect Wedding/Event Planner in Concord. “The time frame helps so that your planning can be stress-free and you don’t have to hurry around and get everything done,” said Baker. “They don’t have to go with the first venue they go and see or the first caterer they go meet with.” More time doesn’t always equal better results, though. Melanie Voros, owner of Blissful Beginnings Wedding & Event Design in Bedford, said planning loses its

urgency if couples have 18 months or longer to plan. “The number one downside of having too much time to plan is there’s less push to make decisions,” said Voros. That’s why Voros puts together an “order of operations” plan for her clients, which establishes a sequence things should be accomplished in to keep things moving forward. Before anything else, she said the first step should be establishing a budget. “If you start to spend money before you know how much you have, you’re almost always going to overspend in any category,” said Voros.

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Finding a venue and ceremony site should be couples’ next priority, as Voros said “that’s what’s going to get you a wedding date.” She added that planning a year or more in advance makes it more likely couples will find a venue that has the location, amenities and availability they’re looking for. Since New England’s weather creates a “six-month wedding season,” Voros said having more time to pick a date and venue is

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especially helpful. Along with popular summer weekends starting around June, Voros said most couples look for a “prime date” in September or early October to have the backdrop of fall foliage New Hampshire is famous for. “Those best case scenario weeks and month with ideal weather will fill up more quickly,” said Voros. “If you’re looking for those kinds of dates, booking inside of 12 months is difficult, unless they want to do non-traditional days like Friday or Sunday.” Ashley Clay, owner of Eventfully Yours in Hooksett, said couples should spend between one and three months on picking a venue. She cautioned that checking out “each and every venue” can leave couples “looking for something that doesn’t exist or having too many options to pick from.” Once the venue is booked and the date is set, Cole said, couples should draft the guest list and send out save-the-dates. Then come all the major vendors, like catering, photography and videography, entertainment, flowers and the cake. In terms of planning, Voros again stressed that couples should give themselves a reasonable timetable. “There are things that impact the 100 or 200 people at your event, and then there are things that only impact you,” said Voros. “The color of your tablecloths isn’t going to impact your guests as much as what food you serve.” Voros added that couples should take into account what different vendors require. For example, she said a baker or a florist can

Cole said having details figured out sooner allows more time for “customization, editing and alterations.” That’s especially true when brides look for their dress, something Clay said can take three to 12 months depending on who you’re ordering from. “Bridal kind of has its own sizing, and with a lot of places, you can’t just buy [a dress] off the rack,” said Clay. “Seven out of 10 brides do some kind of alterations. … Maybe not a total overhaul, but just to make sure it fits comfortably.” Having time for adjustment also applies to “all the extras,” according to Voros. That includes everything from decorations to hair and makeup to transportation on wedding day. During the final months of planning, Clay said, it’s also important to make sure all the small details are covered. She recalled a client having a tented wedding who wanted to meet and coordinate with vendors herself. She forgot to add trash cans to the rental list, and come wedding day, the client’s 328 guests and catering staff had nowhere to throw out their trash. “It’s very important to have somebody on your team in the long run to make sure you ask all the nitty gritty, nuts and bolts questions sometimes people don’t know to ask,” said Clay. Most importantly, Cole said couples should always prioritize each other throughout the process. “It’s important to not lose sight of the reason for the momentous occasion and for the couple to focus on their love as much as they focus on the celebration of it,” she said.

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Meet Rob Holland, world aerobatics champion, tonight at 7 p.m. at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire (27 Navigator Road in Londonderry; aviationmuseumofnh.org, 669-4820), during the grand opening of the new virtual reality exhibit. Tickets to the event (which includes appetizers, a cash bar and raffles) cost $10.

Dream of the growing season at the New Hampshire Farm & Forest Expo, which starts today and runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (as well as 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 2). The expo features a trade show with more than 100 exhibitors, free educational workshops, demonstrations and farm animals at DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown, 700 Elm St., Manchester. $7 per person; free for ages 16 and under. Attendees may save $1 off the admission price by bringing at least one non-perishable food item to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank. Admission is reduced to $5 on Friday, Feb. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit nhfarmandforestexpo. org or call 397-0505.

EAT: Chocolate! Sample chocolate pastries, candies and more at the Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy event to benefit the Goffstown Mothers Club scholarship fund on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Stonebridge Country Club (161 Gorham Pond Road in Goffstown). The cost is $20 per person. Find the Goffstown Mothers Club on Facebook to purchase tickets.

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William Cheever Turner is the featured artist of the month at ArtHub (30 Temple St., Nashua) during February. The exhibit will feature his paintings of birds. Turner is a realist narrative oil painter, retired from a 30-year career in auto body restoration. He has earned a BFA and MFA in Visual Arts Painting and several regional and national awards for his art. The gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit naaa-arthub.org.

DRINK: Pipe Dream beer on Valentine’s Day Black Water Grill of Salem and Pipe Dream Brewing will hold a Sweetheart Dinner for Valentine’s Day (Thursday, Feb. 14) at the brewery (49 Harvey Road in Londonderry) from 5 to 8 p.m. For $40, get four courses plus one 16-ounce beer. Visit pipedreambrewingnh.com. Call 404-0751 to reserve a spot. Find more ideas for Valentine’s Day (yes, already! Make reservations now!) starting on page 42.

Saturday, Feb. 2

Get the basics of birding at the Winter Bird Walk today at 10 a.m. at the Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Audubon Way in Auburn; 668-2045, nhaudubon.org). Bring binoculars and come dressed for the weather, according to the website. The program costs $15 per person, $30 for families (and is open to ages 10 plus). Registration is required.

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Multimedia exhibition features contemporary landscapes By Angie Sykeny


A new art exhibition at Kelley Stelling Contemporary in Manchester is pushing the boundaries of traditional landscapes. “Contemporary Landscapes: Seen and Lost” opens on Thursday, Feb. 7, with an artist reception and will feature landscapes and landscape-inspired art in a variety of media ranging from videos to small-scale ceramics. One of the six artists is Rachelle Beaudoin of Peterborough, who uses video, wearables and performance to explore themes like feminism and internet culture. In the exhibition, she will present a series of four videos ranging from 30 seconds to 4 minutes, which will be screened on a loop on a television screen in the gallery. The self-shot videos show Beaudoin performing silent actions in various landscapes, such as building a nest and laying an egg in the forest, pole dancing on a tree, doing a sun salutation on the beach, and rolling down a river, which she shot using a green screen. “I think [the video series] is a different way of approaching and interpreting landscapes,” she said. “Instead of a painting or a photograph, I’m actually inserting myself into the landscape as a commentary or a cri-

Art by Daniel Espinoza, featured in Contemporary Landscapes. Courtesy photo.

tique of something.” If the viewer interprets the videos in a literal sense and only focuses on the action that is occuring, the videos may come across as humorous, Beaudoin said, but the actions are intended as metaphors with a deeper message. “The things I’m doing look strange, but I’m hoping people will spend more time with [the videos] and see the true meaning and the broader applications,” she said. Manchester artist and recent New Hampshire Institute of Art graduate Daniel Espinoza creates abstract works using vari-

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ous paint media and canvas materials, such as latex on board, oil on board, and latex on glass. For the exhibition, he will present at least five paintings that he said are “loosely inspired by actual landscapes.” “They’re more about the relationships between light and shadow and hues and color than they are about an actual place,” he said. “The color and patterns that develop are inspired by my experiences with being outdoors and looking up at the sky and being surrounded by light.” Other painters in the exhibit include New York-based artist Mark Elliott Johnson and former Interim President of the New Hampshire Institute of Art Daniel Lyman. Johnson’s paintings are abstract but inspired by “the vast open vistas and atmospheric conditions of coastal Maine,” he said in a press release. “The transient states of the sea and sky provide endless opportunities to explore my ongoing interest in combining opposites.” Lyman’s landscapes transcend the traditional and are invigorated with intense color and movement. Nepal-born artist Youdhi Maharjan’s interpretation of the landscape theme will involve cut-paper works created from books from thrift shops using an X-Acto knife and archival glue stick.

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Lastly, ceramic artist Lynn Duryea will exhibit her small-scale ceramic works. “The visual points of departure for my work are structures that range in size from small to monumental, everyday objects that include letters of the alphabet, tools and implements, and architecture of various kinds,” she said in a press release. Espinoza said his work and the work of his fellow featured artists, though created in different media and artistic styles, “share a certain quality,” and are “more personally driven” than traditional landscapes. “I think the best choice of word is ‘symbolic,’” he said. “[The art] is symbolic in the way that it responds not necessarily to landscapes, but to all kinds of spaces in the world today, whether that be outdoor spaces, cultural spaces or subconscious spaces.” “Contemporary Landscapes: Seen and Lost” Where: Kelley Stelling Contemporary, 221 Hanover St., Manchester When: On view Feb. 7 through March 22, with an artist reception on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m., and by appointment. Visit: kelleystellingcontemporary.com

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Looking for more art, theater and classical music? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store or Google Play. Art Openings • “WAYFARING STRANGER, ON THE WAY TO LOST AND FOUND” RECEPTION Exhibit provides work in multiple mediums by UNH students and alumni. All work is informed by Rebecca Solnit’s collection of autobiographical essays entitled A Field Guide

to Getting Lost. Fri., Feb. 1, 5 to 8 p.m. 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. Visit 3sarts.org. • “LOVE, LUST & DESIRE XI” RECEPTION Group exhibition featuring more than 50 artists. Sat., Feb. 2, 3 to 6 p.m. Sullivan Framing & Fine Art Gallery, 15 N. Amherst Road, Bedford. Visit sullivanframing.com.


• “CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPES: SEEN AND LOST” RECEPTION Features works by five artists. Thurs., Feb. 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kelley Stelling Contemporary, 221 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit kelleystellingcontemporary.com or call 345-1779. • ARTIST OF THE MONTH: TOM BURNS - RECEPTION


Having designed pendants, bracelets, rings and earrings for 40 years, Tom’s signature style focuses on creating settings that enhance the individual beauty of each stone. Sat., Feb. 9, noon to 3 p.m. Exeter Fine Crafts , 61 Water St., Exeter. Call 778-8282. • “SHINE” RECEPTION Exhibit showcases Bow High School

artists’ work, including a vibrant arrangement of ink drawings, fabric art, canvas painting, beautiful fashion and watercolor. Sat., Feb. 9, 1 to 3 p.m. Twiggs Gallery, 254 King St., Boscawen. Visit twiggsgallery.wordpress.com. • “THREE CENTURIES OF MIRRORS: REFLECTIONS THROUGH THE AGES”

RECEPTION New Hampshire Antique Co-op presents exhibit that showcases a curated collection of period and vintage mirrors from the late 1700s Rococo styles to the 1950s mid-century modern era. Sun., Feb. 10, 1 to 3 p.m. Tower Gallery, 323 Elm St., Milford. Visit nhantiquecoop.com.



NH art world news

•​ Acrylic pours demonstration: Creative Ventures Gallery (411 Nashua St., Milford) will feature Wilton artist Joan Tierney at its monthly First Friday Art Talk series on Friday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Tierney, art teacher and member of the New Hampshire Art Association, will present a demonstration on acrylic pours and will discuss the materials and media used, the characteristics of various substrates and the technique itself. The event is free and open to all, and light refreshments will be served. Tierney’s work will hang in the gallery during the month of February. Much of her work includes New Hampshire landscapes, seascapes and barns, though recently she has been experimenting with more abstract styles. Visit creativeventuresfineart.com or call 672-2500. •​ Love and art: Art teacher and curator Jane Oneail will give an art talk, “Love, Lust and Betrayal,” at the Amherst Town Library (14 Main St., Amherst) on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The talk will explore depictions of love, desire and heartache throughout the history of art. Oneail will also show artwork by well-known artists like Botticelli, Fragonard, Renoir and Chagall that captures the joy and excitement of new romances, from first flirtations to sensual seductions, and analyze scenes of break-ups and betrayal. The program is free, but registration is required. Call 673-2288 or visit amherstlibrary.org.

Workshops/classes/ demonstrations • “LOVE, LUST AND BETRAYAL” Art teacher and curator Jane Oneail will give an art talk exploring depictions of love, desire and heartache throughout the history of art. Oneail will also show artwork by well-known artists like Botticelli, Fragonard, Renoir and Chagall that captures the joy and excitement of new romances, from first flirtations to sensual seductions, and analyze scenes of break-ups and betrayal. Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St., Amherst. Thurs., Feb. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program is free, but registration is required. Call 673-2288 or visit amherstlibrary.org. • ACRYLIC POUR DEMO Wilton artist, art teacher and member of the New Hampshire Art Association Joan Tierney, will present a demonstration on acrylic pours and will discuss the materials and media used, the characteristics of various substrates and the technique itself

Acrylic pour by Joan Tierney. Courtesy photo.

Sullivan Framing & Fine Art Gallery (15 N. Amherst Road, Bedford) presents an exhibition, “Love Lust & Desire,” now through Feb. 23, with an opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 3 to 6 p.m. Paintings, etchings, mixed media and more by 50 New England artists will be shown, all priced under $300. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 471-1888 or visit sullivanframing.com. •​ Featured February artists: The Lakes Region Artists Association Gallery (120 Laconia Road, Suite 132, Tanger Outlets, Tilton) will feature Loudon artist Ruth C. Webb during the month of February. Webb does whimsical acrylic paintings on canvas and white-line prints, drawings and etchings of people and animals that reflect her love of fun and happiness. The exhibition is concurrent with an exhibition featuring work by the artist of the month, Marlene Witham. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 998-0029 or visit lraanh.org. — Angie Sykeny

at the gallery’s monthly First Friday Art Talk series. Creative Ventures Gallery, 411 Nashua St., Milford. Fri., Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Visit creativeventuresfineart.com or call 672-2500. • INTRODUCTION TO METAL CLAY This introductory class is good for people who are not familiar with clay. Metal clay consists of microscopic particles of silver, gold, copper and base metals combined with an organic binder, and can be worked with carving tools, molds, shapes and textures. Sat., Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. $50 tuition, plus a $35 materials fee payable to the instructor. Visit nhcrafts. org or call 595-8233. Theater Productions • THE SECRET GARDEN Palace Theatre presents. Jan. 11 through Feb. 3. 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets are $25 to $46. Visit palacetheatre.org.

• OPENING NIGHT MUTINY Players’ Ring Theatre presents. Jan. 25 through Feb. 10. 105 Marcy St. , Portsmouth . $18. Visit playersring.org. • VICTORIA VALENTINE: PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR Ghost Ship Radio presents. Sun., March 24 and May 26, 2 p.m. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for students. Visit hatboxnh.com or call 7152315. • LOVE IS MANY A SPLINTERED THING Majestic Theatre presents. Feb 1 through Feb. 3. Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 South Mammoth Road, Manchester. Tickets cost $40 to $42. Visit majestictheatre.net. • TWELFTH NIGHT Three Witches Productions presents. Feb. 1 through Feb. 17, with performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for students. Visit hatboxnh.com or call 715-2315.





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• A Shakespeare classic: Three Witches Productions presents William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road, Concord) Feb. 1 through Feb. 17, with performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Twelfth Night tells the story of twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Presuming her brother dead, Viola comes ashore to Illyria disguised as a man named Cesario and begins working for Duke Orsino, with whom she falls in love. An absurd love triangle ensues when the object of Orsino’s affection, Countess Olivia, falls in love with Viola disguised as Cesario. “While the play opens with losses experienced by multiple characters, the play is really about love and the celebration of life, although there are characters who definitely take their celebrations too far,” director Jill Pinard said in a press release. “The play is full of both mirrors and contrasts. Our Victorian setting on first glance may look formal but actually helps to highlight the raucous behavior that ensues.” Tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Visit hatboxnh.com or call 715-2315. • Last chance for The Secret Garden: Don’t miss The Secret Garden at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester), with its final performances Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. The musical, based on the 1911 nov-

• PUTTING IT TOGETHER: NEW WORKS New World Theatre presents. Sun., Feb. 10, April 7, June 9 and Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for students. Visit hatboxnh.com. • THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION Community Players of Concord present. Feb. 15 through Feb. 17. Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. Tickets are $16 to $18. Visit communityplayersofconcord.org. • ON THE COUCH Feb. 15 through March 3. West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth. $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, students and military. Call 978-683-7745. • THE SOUND OF MUSIC Wed., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. Capitol Center for the Arts , 44 S. Main St., Concord. $45 to $110. Visit ccanh.com/events. • PROOF The New England College Theatre Department presents. Feb. 21 through Feb.

Palace Theatre presents The Secret Garden. Courtesy photo.

el by Frances Hodgson Burnett and written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon, is set at the turn of the 20th century and follows a spoiled 10-year-old orphan named Mary who is sent to live with her elusive uncle in Yorkshire, England, after her parents die in a cholera epidemic. There, she makes new friends and discovers a secret garden that has been closed and locked since her uncle’s wife’s death 10 years earlier. Tickets cost $39 to $46 for adults and $25 for children ages 6 through 12. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588. • Hear chamber music: The Amherst Town Library (14 Main St., Amherst) presents “The Craft Ensemble: Chamber Music Among Friends” on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m., as part of its winter concert series. The Craft Ensemble comprises a core string quartet of Colleen Brannen and Amy Sims on violin, violist Amelia Hollander Ames, and Velleda Miragias on cello. The concert is free, but registration is required. The next concert in the series will be “Rantin’ Pipe and Tremblin’ String: Early Music of Scotland” on Sunday, March 24. Call 673-2288 or visit amherstlibrary.org. — Angie Sykeny

24. Mainstage Theatre, 58 Depot Hill Road, Henniker. $7 for adults, $5 for seniors. Visit nectheatre.com/box-office.html. • SHIPWRECKED: AN ENTERTAINMENT - THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF LOUIS DE ROUGEMONT (as Told by Himself) Theatre KAPOW presents. Feb. 22 through March 2. Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry. Visit tkapow.com. • SEUSSICAL Peacock Players present. March 8 through March 17. Janice B. Streeter Theatre, 14 Court St., Nashua. Tickets are $12 to $19. Visit peacockplayers.org. • JAKE’S WOMEN Milford Area Players present. March 8 through March 17. Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford. Visit milfordareaplayers.weebly.com. Classical Music Events • “CHAMBER MUSIC AMONG FRIENDS” The Craft

Ensemble presents. Sun., Feb. 3, 4 to 5 p.m. Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St., Amherst. Visit amherstlibrary.org. • “THE BARBER OF SEVILLE” Opera NH presents. Sun., Feb. 10. Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit operanh.org. • “THE GREAT UNKNOWN” Nashua Chamber Orchestra presents. Sat., Feb. 23, in Nashua, and Sun., Feb. 24, in Milford. Milford Town Hall , 1 Union Square, Milford. Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St., Nashua. Visit nco-music.org. • DRAWN TO THE MUSIC: THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH NH Philharmonic presents music by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Britten, Smetana and Cohen. Sat., March 2, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., March 3, 2 p.m. Seifert Performing Arts Center, 44 Geremonty Drive, Salem. $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $8 for students. Visit nhphil.org.


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Listen to stories that were told by New Hampshire’s native people when the Dawnland StoryFest returns on Saturday, Feb. 2. Now in its fifth year, the Native American storytelling festival previously held at the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center in Peterborough will move to the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner this year. The festival will include stories from various Native American traditions but will focus on the traditions of the Abenaki, the native people who lived in New England, Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes. The Abenaki referred to the region as Wabanahkik, meaning “Dawn Land,” and the word “Abenaki,” translates to “People of the Dawn Land.” “These stories are important to us because they reveal truth about this land and how the indigenous people lived here,” said Anne Jennison, co-producer and featured storyteller. “They have information about the lay of the land, the animals, the plants, the lakes and the rivers that support all of us who live here today.” Jennison, who is of Abenaki descent, has 30 years of experience as a performing storyteller. She first heard Abenaki stories from her mother and great-grandfather when she was growing up. After having daughters of her own, she went back to school and earned 37 Kiddie pool Family activities this week. Children & Teens Children events • 22ND ANNUAL KIDS’ CARNIVAL The event is presented by Community Crossroads and will feature face-painting, sand art, beading, raffles, demonstrations and more. Sat., Feb. 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Woodbury Middle School, 106 Main St., Salem. Free. Visit communitycrossroadsnh.org. • WINTERFEST BREAKFAST & FUNFEST WITH FROSTY The event will feature photo opportunities with Frosty the Snowman, children’s activities, a magic show and more. Sat., Feb. 2, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Somersworth High School, 8 Memorial Drive, Somersworth. $3 for the breakfast, 25 cents per each game played. Visit nhfestivals.org. Nature • SATURDAY NATURE SEEKERS: RIVER OTTER FUN! Learn about Manchester’s Merrimack River wildlife through these fun nature programs for all ages. Saturdays, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to noon.

perform, followed by another open mike and another storytelling performance by Jennison. While the stories are often fictional and include personification of plants, animals and other entities in nature, they represent archetypes and lessons about respecting family, community and the earth. “They don’t feel like fiction to us because they carry truth,” Jennison said. “They reflect the cultural understandings of the indigenous people and what they thought was important to teach.” Jennison said that, as of now, she hasn’t decided which stories she will tell, and she may not decide until the day of the festival. “Storytelling is an improvisational art,” Anne Jennison will perform at the Dawnland StoryFest. Courtesy photo. she said. “The stories I tell and the way that a master’s degree in storytelling and history. son said. I tell them depends on the day, the group of “It became important to me to tell [my The festival will begin with an introduc- people and what’s happening in the world daughters] the stories that are part of their tion followed by a storytelling performance around us.” heritage,” Jennison said. “I knew they would by Jennison and performances by a few of hear the Grimms’ Fairy Tales and all of the the other storytellers. Then there will be an Dawnland StoryFest European stories, but I wanted them to hear open-mike session, during which members When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Abenaki tales, because they’re wonderful of the audience will be invited to tell traWhere: Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 ditional Native American stories they have stories that aren’t told enough.” Highlawn Road, Warner Six other storytellers will be featured, prepared in advance. Admission: General admission costs $5.50, “We wanted to give people the opporincluding the festival’s founder and co-profree for Native Americans. Self-guided tours ducer Papa Joe Gaudet, and storytellers with tunity to try storytelling in a receptive and of the museum are available for an additionNarragansett, Schaghticoke and Cherokee supportive environment,” Jennison said. al $4. The event is geared toward adults and Native American heritage. After the open mike, Jennison will delivis not suitable for children as there will be “They will not only share stories, but also er a keynote address about the process of no children’s activities or child care. talk about their process and traditions and recovering and sharing Abenaki stories More info: indianmuseum.org, 456-2600. what brought them to storytelling,” Jenni- and culture. The remaining storytellers will 37 Treasure Hunt There’s gold in your attic.

Amoskeag Fishways Learning & Visitors Center, 4 Fletcher St., Manchester. Donation of $5 per family is encouraged; no registration required. Visit amoskeagfishways.org or call 626-3474. • SLITHERY, SLIMY & SCALY: LOCAL REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS Learn the difference between these two fascinating groups of creatures. Hands-on activities and observation of live animals help students explore the life cycles, adaptations and fascinating behaviors of our local snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders. Fri., Feb. 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Amoskeag Fishways Learning & Visitors Center, 4 Fletcher St., Manchester. $5 per student, ages 6 and up; registration with payment is required. Visit amoskeagfishways.org or call 626-3474. Clubs • NASHUA GARDEN CLUB FEBRUARY PROGRAM: FLAVORS OF HAWAII Presenter Tina Rufo will share her knowledge and photographs of Hawaii’s trop-


ical plants and flowers and other unique discoveries encountered during her multiple excursions to the islands. Wed., Feb. 6, 7 p.m. First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St., Nashua. Free for club members and $5 for non-members. Visit nashuagardenclub.com.

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good for people who are not familiar with clay. Metal clay consists of microscopic particles of silver, gold, copper and base metals combined with an organic binder, and can be worked with carving tools, molds, shapes and textures. Sat., Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Continuing Education Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. $50 Adult education tuition, plus a $35 materials fee pay• DIFFERENT ROOTS, COM- able to the instructor. Visit nhcrafts. MON DREAMS: NEW HAMP- org or call 595-8233. SHIRE’S CULTURAL DIVERSITY Author and photographer Dance Becky Field will show photographs Special folk dances and tell stories illustrating New • FIRST SATURDAY CONTRA Hampshire’s cultural diversity. The DANCE Featuring Dugan Murphy program is part of Etz Hayim Syna- calling with the band Rip Tide. Sat., gogue’s continuing education series Feb. 2, 8 p.m. Peterborough Town Hot Topics, Cool Stuff. Thurs., Feb. House, 1 Grove St., Peterborough. 7, 7 p.m. Etz Hayim Synagogue, 1 $10 for adults and $7 for students 1/2 Hood Road, Derry. Free and and seniors. Visit monadnockfolk. open to the public. Visit etzhayim. org or call 762-0235. org or call 432-0004. Festivals & Fairs Crafts Events One-time metal workshops • WHITE PARK WINTER • INTRODUCTION TO METAL CARNIVAL The event features CLAY This introductory class is face-painting, skate races, a bonfire

39 Car Talk Ray gives you car advice. and the sledding hill is open all day. Sat., Feb. 2, noon to 4 p.m. White Park, 1 White St., Concord. Free. Visit concordparksandrec.com. Expos • NEW HAMPSHIRE FARM & FOREST EXPO The expo features a tradeshow with more than 100 exhibitors, plus free educational workshops, demonstrations and farm animals. Fri., Feb. 1, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sat., Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown, 700 Elm St., Manchester. $7 per person; free for ages 16 and under. Attendees may save $1 off the admission price by bringing at least one non-perishable food item to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank. Admission is reduced to $5 on Fri., Feb. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit nhfarmandforestexpo.org or call 397-0505.

ing series is held the first Tuesday of each month from October to June. During this next event, discover what is going on in the brain when a disorder from mild depression to schizophrenia is occurring and how to explore the chemical causes for these conditions. Tues., Feb. 5. Stark Brewing Co., 500 Commercial St., Manchester. Free. Visit see-sciencecenter.org or call 669-0400.

Museums & Tours • THE ROB HOLLAND EXPERIENCE (GRAND OPENING) This new virtual reality-based flight simulation exhibit will showcase the cutting edge aerial maneuvers of internationally acclaimed aerobatics champion Rob Holland, who is based in Nashua. Holland will be on hand to greet fans and answer questions. The exhibit will be on the floor likely through the spring. Thurs., Jan. 31, 7 p.m. Aviation Health & Wellness Museum of New Hampshire, 27 • SCIENCE ON TAP: BIOLOGY Navigator Road, Londonderry. $10 OF MENTAL HEALTH Science per person. Visit nhahs.org or call on Tap events are informal discus- 669-4820. sions with local scientists. The ongo-

Birthday celebrations

Have a Dr. Seuss Pajama Party Friday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St. in Dover; childrens-museum.org, 742-2002). The museum will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday all weekend with crafts, activities, a scavenger hunt and stories, according to the website. Admission costs $10 for everyone age 1 year and over (seniors get in for $9; children under 1 year old get in free). After 3 p.m. get in for $3 per person as part of a “first Friday” program (the museum is open until 7 p.m. on First Fridays). From 5 to 7 p.m., the museum’s Gallery 6 will hold an art exhibition reception for “Terrestrial Portals,” featuring panoramas by Cassandra Klos, Justin Levesque and Michael James Murry, according to the website. The reception and First Friday correspond with the monthly Dover Art Walk event (see doverartwalk.com). Celebrate the birthday of Elmo (the fuzzy red monster from Sesame Street) with a storytime featuring the book Elmo’s Super-Duper Birthday by Naomi Kleinberg on Saturday, Feb. 2, at area Barnes & Noble stores. The event will feature the story, crafts and activities, according to the website. The storytime starts at 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble stores in Manchester (1741 S. Willow St., 668-5557), Salem (125 S. Broadway, 898-1930), Nashua (235 Daniel Webster Highway, 888-0533) and Newington (45 Gosling Road, 422-7733).


Dear Donna, I find items in my daily travels. This one is an unusual thing. I am wondering if you can help identify it. Paul Dear Paul, Well, you got me! Paul, I am not sure what that is. I’m thinking that it’s not too old, but it looks like it could be useful for something. I first thought some kind of portable bed, but no; whatever it is would it be made to move when set up? A chair? basket? So many questions. This is the part of my job I enjoy. Even if something isn’t old enough to be considered an antique, I still like knowing what it could be. I’ve decided to see again if any readers could help. In the photo, the item is completely opened. But it does collapse (fold),

Learn more about Pluto and the New Horizons Mission that flew by Pluto and other distant objects in the solar system at the Super Stellar Friday at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (2 Institute Drive in Concord; starhop.com, 271-7827), this Friday, Feb. 1. The program begins at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) and is followed by a planetarium show. The cost for the evening is $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for students and seniors and $8.50 for children 12 and under. If skies are clear, the observatory will be open and members of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society will be outside the center with telescopes for a free skywatch (which begins at dusk during daylight savings time), according to the website.

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The musical The Secret Garden ends its run at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester; palacetheatre.org, 668-5588) with showtimes on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 3, at noon. Tickets cost $39 to $46 for adults and $25 for children ages 6 to 12.

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The 22nd annual Kids’ Carnival is presented by Community Crossroads and will feature face-painting, sand art, beading, raffles, demonstrations and more on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Woodbury Middle School (106 Main St. in Salem). The event is free. Visit communitycrossroadsnh.org. The White Park Winter Carnival will feature face-painting, skate races and a bonfire and the sledding hill is open all day this Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. at White Park (1 White St. in Concord). The event is free. Visit concordparksandrec.com.


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I’m planning to go pick some flowers today. Yes, we got a foot of snow recently and the temperature as I write this is well below zero with the wind chill. And no, I am not crazy. I’m going to go pick them out at my local florist, food coop and grocery stores. I will cruise the flowers, picking out things that will brighten the house — and my spirits. Buying flowers does not have to cost a fortune. Cut flowers are among modern America’s true bargains. For the price of a bottle of wine — or a couple of cups of fancy coffee — you can buy a bouquet of flowers that will grace your table for up to three weeks. But there are some things you should know about getting good table-life for your investment. There are advantages to buying flowers from a florist. Cut flowers need to take up water to stay fresh and healthy. Stems tend to scab over after a day or two, which means they cannot take up replacement water, or not much, so they suffer. A floral shop has trained personnel who trim each stem in the store every other day. And someone who regularly changes the water to keep to keep it fresh. Chain grocery stores probably count on you buying their flowers before the flowers need to be trimmed or their water changed, but that depends on the store. And keep your arrangement cool if you can. Putting it near a radiator or woodstove will shorten its life. If you have invested in roses or tulips, you may wish to move the vase to the entryway or mudroom at bedtime to keep the flowers extra cool during the night. Some flowers are better picks than others if you’re on a budget and can’t afford to buy new flowers every week. Here are my recommendations for pleasing, long-lasting cut flowers: 1. Miniature carnations: Each stem has two to four blossoms. They come in a variety of colors. Mix dark red “minis” with red roses to make a bouquet of roses look fuller. And even after the roses go to Valhalla, the carnations will still be good! 2. Chrysanthemums: These come in a variety of sizes and colors, from the huge spider mums to little guys. I love the scent of the flowers — it’s not overpowering, but it’s there if you sniff them. 3. Statice: I grow these for use as dry flowers, which tells you that they really do last forever — even out of water. They come in blue, purple, pink and white. 4. Ginestra: Less commonly known, this fragrant flower has tiny blossoms in white, yellow or light pink that are a little like forsythia blossoms. Good as filler. 5. Spray roses: Instead of a single blossom per stem, these have two to five blossoms, giving you more bang for your

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buck. Will last about a week with proper care 6. Alstromeria: Each long stem has clusters of 2-inch lily-like blossoms in pinks and reds, with yellow throats. Very longlived. Great value. 7. Orchids: While not cheap, orchids can last up to a month. I love dendrobiums, though they are not common, even in floral shops. Cymbidiums have bigger blossoms but also last extremely well. And you can buy a Phalaenopsis orchid in a pot that will keep blooming for a couple of months if you pick one with lots of buds. 8. Kangaroo paws: These Australian natives are fuzzy and cute. They come in pinks, reds and browns, and last very well. Not every florist will have them. 9. Sea holly or Eryngium: Light purple or green, these look a bit like thistles. They can be dried or used fresh. 10. Baby’s breath: A single stem can have up to a hundred tiny white pom poms. Great for contrast with other flowers. So what else do you need to know? Get the store to wrap up your flowers in paper or cellophane. Some are quite fragile when it comes to cold temperatures, so don’t shock them if you can avoid it. And if you have lots of errands to run, buy your flowers last so they spend less time in a cold car. What about those little packets of powder they give away with flowers? Are they worth the bother? Absolutely, especially if you lead a busy life and don’t change the water every few days. The powder kills mold or fungus that can grow in the water and clog up the stems. A teaspoon of bleach in a quart of water will do the same thing. Cut off three quarters of an inch of stem before placing your flowers in a clean, washed vase, and cut back the stems a little every couple of days. Also important is this: pick leaves off the lower stems. Leaves will rot in the water, clogging up the stems. So yes, cut flowers are an extravagance but can last well if handled properly. And you’re worth it. It’s still a long time till flowers bloom in our gardens, so treat yourself.

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Dear Car Talk: I removed the gas tank from my 1995 Ford Ranger extended cab so I could replace the fuel pump. The old fuel pump inside the tank has two hoses running from it that are not By Ray Magliozzi connected to anything. When I install the new fuel pump, what do I do with those hoses? I’ve looked at repair manuals and on YouTube, and no one mentions these hoses. — Robert Fortunately, I haven’t seen the inside of a ‘95 Ford Ranger gas tank in many years, Robert. So, if nothing else, your letter has served to remind me of my good fortune. There are only two hoses running from the pump. One is the high pressure line, which sends fuel to the injectors. The other is the return line, which dumps fuel that the injectors don’t use back into the tank. If you’re seeing any additional hoses in there, you’ve either been breathing too many gasoline fumes, or you’re looking at an emissions hose that someone may have attached to the fuel pump by mistake. Fuel tanks are designed to allow gasoline vapors to escape the tank and be stored in a nearby charcoal canister. The vapors are stored

there until the next time you start the car, when they’re sucked into the fresh air charge and burned in the cylinders. So maybe one of those hoses goes to the fuel vapor line, where vapors exit the tank on their way to the canister. Or maybe, when you bought your previous fuel pump, they were having a buy-one-get-one-free sale on hoses that go nowhere. I really don’t know. My advice would be to get hypnotized and forget you ever saw two hoses hanging off the old pump. As long as you follow the instructions for the new pump, and hook up the lines that are provided properly, I suspect everything will work correctly, Robert. Dear Car Talk: I was driving my 2008 Toyota Highlander recently when the car began to have a burning smell and a clicking sound coming from the engine. Turns out the oil coolant line had ruptured while I was driving, and all the oil drained out, causing damage to the engine. This happened without warning. My dealer said Toyota is aware of this issue and is fixing it for free if the car is less than 10 years old. So the dealer rebuilt my engine at no cost. However, upon testing the car after the repair work was done, the dealer said that my transmission was damaged and needed to be repaired at a cost of $5,000.

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The dealer says there’s no relation between the engine seizing and the transmission problem. But I never had any transmission issues before this happened, and took my car in for regular service. The car is now 10 years old with 102,000 miles. Is this a coincidence, or did the dealer lie to me? Thanks. — Michelle Well, if you really DO have a transmission problem, Michelle, it wasn’t caused by the oil cooler line rupture. The transmission in this car has its own cooling system, and that would have been unaffected by your other disaster. And while it’d be unusual for a Toyota with 102,000 miles to have transmission failure, it’s not impossible. So I think there are two possibilities. One is that it’s a coincidence, and you didn’t notice the transmission slipping a little bit before this whole incident. In that scenario, the dealer is being 100 percent honest. The second possibility is that the dealer is not being honest. Dealerships get reimbursed for doing warranty work at a much lower rate than they charge their paying customers like you. So if they were dissatisfied with the profit they made rebuilding your engine under warranty, they might try to prey on your gratitude for the free repair, and churn up some better paying business by rebuilding your transmission. I hope not. That would be skullduggery. And

not nice, too. Without examining the car, I have no idea whether the dealer is being honest or not. So I’m going to strongly recommend you get a second opinion. Tell the dealership that $5,000 is a lot of money, and you’re going to have to think about it. Then either go to mechanicsfiles.com and search for a recommended mechanic near you, or ask your friends and neighbors for names of mechanics they really trust. Then ask that mechanic to check your transmission. If it turns out there really is something wrong with it, then your dealer was telling the truth. And next time you go to confession, you can say a Hail Mary for thinking ill of him. But even if the dealer is being honest, you’ll still want to shop around and compare prices, and think about whether you want to repair your transmission, have it rebuilt or buy a factory rebuilt one. On the other hand, the second mechanic may tell you that there’s nothing wrong with your transmission. Or that it just needs a fluid change. For the sake our industry’s reputation, I hope the dealer was being 100 percent honest. And to balance that out, for the sake of your financial health, I hope you win a $5,000 lottery ticket on the way home from your second opinion. Good luck, Michelle. Let us know what you learn. Visit Cartalk.com.




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How long have you worked there? How did you find your current job? I’ve been doing this for just over three Setting up was really just one step at a time. years. … Before I started doing this, I was There’s a lot to it. Really it is getting out there a single mom of three that worked mother’s and practicing networking. A lot of people aren’t hours with a cleaning business. familiar with what coaching does for their life, so [I introduce] that in a way that they can expeHow did you get interested in this field? rience it. Once clients really understand what It was my sister that [got me] interested. I value it does for their quality of life, it really didn’t know what a life coach was, and she had just spreads through word of mouth. And then gone through ... a coaching program herself. So just really creating an online presence. then I did, and it was life-changing. I really just became passionate about helping transform othWhat’s the best piece of work-related advice er people’s lives to reduce that stress and really anyone’s ever given you? be able to experience the freedom on the othThere’s been a lot of trial and error and learner side of those painful relationships. … A lot ing on my own. … The best piece of advice is of different therapists and counselors are findreally just that we have the answers within. We ing that talk therapy is not working in getting know ourselves best. That’s what I love about results. They’re staying focused on the past, but



What is your typical at-work uniform? When I’m meeting clients in person, I’m just wearing a jacket, a blouse and slacks with heels, or a dress, if weather allows.

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FOOD Love bites

Dinners, special orders and more for Valentine’s Day By Matt Ingersoll

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• All about salt: Join the Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway) for Salt, Your Diet and You, a nutrition program scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. Representatives of Southern New Hampshire Services will discuss the benefits and downsides of having salt in your diet, how much we need daily and how much is too much. Snacks will also be provided. Admission is free and registration is encouraged. Visit derrypl.org or call 432-6140. • Chili and ice cream: The fourth annual Amherst Fire & Ice event is happening on Friday, Feb. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Amherst Middle School (14 Cross Road). There is no cost of admission to try more than a dozen locally made chilis and vote on your favorite, with the winner receiving a trophy and bragging rights. The event will also feature a self-serving make-your-own ice cream sundae station, plus live entertainment planned throughout the evening that will include a clown, a robotics demonstration, and an outdoor ice rink. Monetary donations will be accepted at the door, with proceeds benefiting local charities. Visit e-clubhouse.org/ sites/amherstnh for more details, or read the story about the event in the Jan. 24 edition of the Hippo, on p. 32. • All souped up: Taste from more than a dozen soups at the 14th annual Potter’s Bowl fundraiser, happening on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pinkerton Academy (5 Pinkerton St., Derry). Attendees will have the opportunity to pick a handcrafted pottery bowl donated by local professional and student artists, and then taste a variety of soups provided by Derry area restaurants, as well as breads and desserts. The event will include a 50/50 raffle, musical entertainment, a silent auction and more. The cost is $40 per person and includes a bowl to take home, plus access to all the soups. Proceeds benefit the Community Caregivers of Greater Derry. Visit comcaregivers.org or call 437-0877. • 900 Degrees closes in Epping: Just three months after closing its Portsmouth location, 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria has announced the closure of its Epping restaurant, with the final day of operations on Jan. 19. “We will fondly remember our times in Epping and continue to bestow the very best wishes for our incredible … employees and regular customers,” a Jan. 16 Facebook post read. “Our Manchester location will welcome you with 46 Looking for more food and drink fun? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store, Google Play and hipposcout.com.

Whether you’re looking to dine out with your special someone this Valentine’s Day, or you want to give the gift of gourmet chocolates, dozens of restaurants, bakeries and other businesses across the Granite State will help you mark the occasion. Meals and specials are held on Thursday, Feb. 14, unless otherwise specified. • 603 Brewery (12 Liberty Drive, No. 7, Londonderry, 630-7745, 603brewery.com) will host its annual Love at First Flight dessert and beer pairing on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 9 p.m. Desserts will be provided by Benson’s Bakery & Cafe in Hudson and will be paired with the brewery’s one-time-only release of its Russian imperial stout with salted caramel. Tickets are $30. • 815 Cocktails and Provisions (815 Elm St., Manchester, 782-8086, ivotewet.com) will host a six-course food and cocktail pairing from 6 to 10 p.m., which will include entertainment from magician Ben Hughes. Tickets are $120. • Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631, alansofboscawen.com) will serve its regular menu with Valentine’s Day dinner specials available from 4 to 9 p.m. that will include six pound Maine lobster, filet mignon Oscar style, grilled center cut swordfish, homemade Maryland crab cakes and more. • Alnoba (24 Cottage Road, Kensington, 855-428-1985, eastmanscorner.com) will host a Valentine’s Day mixer from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will include sparkling wines and food pairing, a dessert station, live music, giveaway bags and more. The cost is $100 per person. • Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop (815 Chestnut St., Manchester, 625-9544, angelaspastaandcheese.com) is offering a Valentine’s Day pick-up dinner for two, which features a heat-and-serve menu. Options include boneless braised short ribs with a roasted vegetable demi glace; roasted Atlantic salmon with a scallop mousse and scampi butter sauce; or capicola, Gruyere and basil stuffed chicken breast with a chardonnay whole-grain mustard sauce. All entrees are served with truffle and Parmesan risotto, heirloom tomato stuffed zucchini, a ciabatta roll, and limoncello raspberry cake and Belgian chocolate mousse cake, plus your choice of Sea Ridge chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon. The cost is $59.95, or $54.95 without the wine. Order by Saturday, Feb. 9. Pickups are on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Atkinson Resort & Country Club (85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson, 362-8700, atkinsonresort.com) will host a Valentine Comedy Night on Saturday, Feb. 16, which will feature a three-course dinner plus live entertainment from four local comedians, including Rob Steen of Headliners Comedy Club in Manchester. Dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m., followed by the com-


edy show at 8 p.m. The cost is $65 per person for the dinner and show, $170 per couple to include VIP seats and a bottle of wine or Champagne, or an overnight package of $270 per couple. • Auburn Pitts (167 Rockingham Road, Auburn, 622-6564, auburnpitts.com) will be offering a four-course meal for two for $39.95. Diners have the option of any appetizer from the regular menu, plus a choice of salad (garden or Caesar), an entree (chicken marsala, steak tips or baked/fried haddock) and a dessert (a slice of cheesecake or chocolate cake). • Averill House Vineyard (21 Averill Road, Brookline, 371-2296, averillhousevineyard. com) will host a five-course dinner, with a wine and chocolate tasting, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $79. An Early Bird special is also available for a couple’s rate of $199. • The Bakeshop on Kelley Street (171 Kelley St., Manchester, 624-3500, thebakeshoponkelleystreet.com) is taking orders for several Valentine’s Day specials, like chocolate raspberry, strawberry or vanilla heart-shaped cream tarts (starting at $25), plus chocolate-dipped strawberries ($1.95 each, available either in dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate), red velvet or Champagne cupcakes, and chocolate Valentine babka. Place orders as soon as possible. Pickups will be available through Valentine’s Day, but ordering ahead is recommended. • Bar One (40 Nashua St., Milford, 249-5327, find them on Facebook) will serve a four-course meal for Valentine’s Day, which will include your choice of an appetizer (smoked cashew ricotta crostini, maple soy tuna tartare, creamy burrata or red miso chicken satay), a soup or salad (Maryland blue crab bisque, brown sugar beet salad, and shaved kale and sunchoke salad), an entree (lobster ravioli, bacon jam scallops, lamb lollipops, grilled polenta cakes, prosciutto wrapped sage chicken or a surf and turf with grilled sirloin and bacon wrapped shrimp) and a dessert (bourbon brown sugar creme brulee, flourless chocolate torte or blackberry almond financier). The cost is $50 per person. • Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com) will serve a four-course prix fixe menu, with seating times from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The menu will include your choice of an appetizer (sweet potato bisque, Cape Cod oysters, Prince Edward Island mussels, sun-dried tomato and herb arancini or pork dumplings in a mushroom broth); a salad (frisee and red watercress or Boston bibb); an entree (long bone pork chop, herb-marinated swordfish loin, grilled filet mignon, pan-roasted Scottish salmon or house-made ricotta and chevre ravioli); and a dessert (vanilla bean creme brulee, red velvet crumb cheesecake, strawberry roulade or lemon drop sorbet). The cost is $75 per person. • Birch Wood Vineyards (199 Rockingham Road, Derry, 965-4359, birchwoodvineyards. com) will host a five-course Valentine’s Day

dinner from 7 to 10:30 p.m. The dinner will feature poached red pear and burrata with arugula, beet and ricotta agnolotti, herb-crusted cod loin, petite filet mignon, and hazelnut creme brulee with shaved chocolate and espresso whipped cream. The cost is $58.99 per person, or $78.99 with wine pairings included. Full bar options will also be available. • The Bistro at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh. com) will serve Valentine’s Day specials from Wednesday, Feb. 13, through Saturday, Feb. 16, which will include a filet oscar steak, a lobster stroganoff, and a chocolate fondue with fresh raspberries, pineapple, Oreo cookies, pretzel rod and angel food cake. A Valentine’s gathering will also be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 10 p.m., which will include a dinner, music, dancing and more. The cost is $75 per person. • The Black Forest Cafe & Bakery (212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, theblackforestcafe.com) will be accepting reservations and serving its regular menu with specials until 8 p.m. Specials will include creamy florentine tomato soup, small curried pork pies with apple and raisin chutney, five-hour Merlot braised lamb shanks and Thai curry rice bowls with a coconut cream sauce. • Buckley’s Great Steaks (438 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com) is working on a Valentine’s Day special; visit the website or call for updates. • Candy Kingdom (235 Harvard St., Manchester, 641-8470, find them on Facebook) is offering specialty Valentine’s Day sweets, like traditional chocolate heart boxes, miniature red hearts, chocolate roses, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped Champagne bottles. • Canoe Restaurant and Tavern (216 S. River Road, Bedford, 935-8070, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/canoe-restaurant-and-tavern) will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 10 p.m., serving its regular menus with Valentine’s Day specials. Reservations are recommended. • Carriage Shack Farm (5 Dan Hill Road, Londonderry, 716-0629, carriageshackfarm.

shortcake. Reservations are recommended. • Cork N Keg Grill (4 Essex St., Raymond, 244-1573, corknkeggrill.com) will be serving its regular menu, with specials, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. • Cotton (75 Arms St., Manchester, 6225488, cottonfood.com) will be serving several Valentine’s Day-themed specials from Thursday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 17. Visit the website or call for updated details. • The Cozy Tea Cart (104 Route 13, Brookline, 249-9111, thecozyteacart.com) is hosting a Valentine’s Day afternoon tea on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $34.95 per person and reservations are required. • The Crown Tavern (99 Hanover St., Manchester, 218-3132, thecrownonhanover.com) will be serving its regular dinner menu, plus a three-course Valentine’s Day menu. Reservations are recommended. • CR’s the Restaurant (287 Exeter Road, Hampton, 929-7972, crstherestaurant.com) will serve its regular menu, with Valentine’s Day specials, from Thursday, Feb. 14, through Saturday, Feb. 16. Diners on Feb. 14 will receive a complimentary Champagne toast. Reservations are recommended. • Dancing Lion Chocolate (917 Elm St., Manchester, 625-4043, dancinglion.us) will host a special nine-course Valentine’s dinner incorporate several chocolate and cacao recipes on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. There is a spot left for one more couple as of press time, but you can call or visit the website to get on a waiting list in the event of another spot’s cancellation. The cost is $175 per person. • Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar (17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0180, cheersnh.com) will be open its regular hours serving its regular menu with specials TBA. • Epoch Restaurant & Bar (The Exeter Inn, 90 Front St., Exeter, 778-3762, epochrestaurant. com) will serve a three-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. The menu includes starters like shellfish trio, asparagus salad and bone marrow croquettes; main entrees such as roasted quarter lamb rack and house-cut angel hair pasta, and desserts such as pomegranate sorbet, cappuccino souffle and Bailey’s Irish cream cheesecake. The cost is $65. • Firefly American Bistro & Bar (22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, fireflynh.com) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lunch and 4 to 10 p.m. for dinner, serving its regular menus in addition to several distinctive dinner specials. Visit the website or call for updates. • Flag Hill Distillery & Winery (297 N. River Road, Lee, 659-2949, flaghill.com) will host a Valentine’s Day dinner from 7 to 10 p.m. The menu will include items like spinach salad, grilled mahi mahi, pork tenderloin and chocolate raspberry crumble. The cost is $80. • The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille (40 Andover Road, New London, 526-6899, flyinggoose.com) will be serving its regular menu, plus a Valentine’s Day-themed specials menu, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. • Frederick’s Pastries (109 Route 101A, Amherst, 882-7725; 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 647-2253; pastry.net) is taking orders for

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com) will serve a Valentine’s Day breakfast and brunch on Sunday, Feb. 10, with booking on the hour from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The menu will include fresh fruit, heart-shaped biscuits and pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, a coffee station and more. The cost is $12 for attendees ages 16 and over and $10 for ages 15 and under, seniors and active military service members. Admission is free for children under a year old. • Chuck’s BARbershop (90 Low Ave., Concord, 856-7520, chucks-barbershop-bar. business.site) will serve a special five-course meal for Valentine’s Day with seatings available at 5:30 or 8:30 p.m. The menu will include a charcuterie board with assorted local meats and cheeses; your choice of an appetizer (Oysters Rockefeller or pastry wrapped asparagus); a salad with arugula and Arcadian greens); your choice of an entree (pan seared tenderloin filet or stuffed and grilled avocados with vegetable ceviche); and passion fruit panna cotta for dessert. The cost is $70 if you go with the filet or $60 if you go with the vegetarian option. • City Moose Cafe & Catering (30 Temple St., Nashua, 943-5078, citymoosenh.com) is taking orders for milk or dark chocolate-covered strawberries, which cost $20 by the dozen. They will be available for pickup from Wednesday, Feb. 13, through Saturday, Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. • CodeX Books. Antiques. Rarities. (B.A.R.) (1 Elm St., Nashua, 864-0115, codexbar.com) will serve a special Valentine’s Day dinner. The menu is still being finalized, but will include an option of one appetizer, two entrees and one dessert. Reservations will be accepted through Tuesday, Feb. 12, or until fully booked. The bar will also be open to walk-ins that night, but only the regular menu will be available. • Colby Hill Inn (33 The Oaks, Henniker, 428-3281, colbyhillinn.com) will host a threecourse prix fixe dinner on Thursday, Feb. 14, with seatings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $55 per person. The Inn will also host a fivecourse Romance of Italy wine dinner party on Friday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. ($100), and a fivecourse bourbon, whiskey and wine dinner party on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. ($120). • The Common Man (25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463; 304 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-3463; 88 Range Road, Windham, 898-0088; thecman.com) will be serving its regular dinner menus, plus complimentary flowers and white chocolate to guests. • Copper Door Restaurant (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677; 41 S. Broadway, Salem, 458-2033; copperdoorrestaurant.com) will be offering a prix fixe menu on Thursday, Feb. 14, and Friday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. Choose from two courses for $59 per person, three courses for $69 or four courses for $79. The menu includes entrees like New York sirloin, cedar roasted haddock, lobster ravioli and honey drizzled crispy chicken; appetizers like crab dip, rare seared tuna, barbecue pork tartlet and chicken rangoon; soups like spring vegetable quinoa minestrone and crab bisque; salads like spring berry and kale and apple; and desserts like chocolate raspberry cheesecake and wild berry




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several Valentine’s Day-inspired sweets, like heart-shaped cakes and cookies, chocolate caramel brownie tarts, reverse chocolate chip cookies with hearts and strawberry mousse cheesecake cups. Place orders as soon as possible. • Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse (62 Lowell St., Manchester, 669-9460, gauchosbraziliansteakhouse.com) is taking reservations from 4 to 9 p.m. and will offer a special dinner-for-two rate of $99.95 on Valentine’s Day, which will include a rose, Champagne and one dessert per couple. • Giorgio’s Ristorante & Bar (270 Granite St., Manchester, 232-3323; 707 Milford Road, Merrimack, 883-7333; 524 Nashua St., Milford, 673-3939; giorgios.com) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at all three locations, serving its regular menu with appetizer, entree and dessert specials. • Granite Restaurant & Bar (The Centennial Hotel, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9005, graniterestaurant.com) will host a Valentine’s Day-inspired prix fixe menu from 5 to 9 p.m. The cost is $70 per person and reservations are required. • Granite State Candy Shoppe (13 Warren St., Concord, 225-2591; 832 Elm St., Manchester, 218-3885; granitestatecandyshoppe.com) is offering several specialty Valentine’s Day candies, including milk, dark or white chocolate hearts, plus assorted chocolate boxes that come in four-, six-, seven- or 10-ounce sizes, and other seasonal candies like “Cupid” corn, petite sour hearts, Valentine malt balls and more. • Hanover Street Chophouse (149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com) is offering a four-course Valentine’s Day package on Thursday, Feb. 14, that includes an appetizer, a soup and salad, an entree and a dessert. The cost is $205 per couple. Valentine’s Day specials will also be available, in addition to the regular dinner menu, from Friday, Feb. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 17. • Hermit Woods Winery (72 Main St., Meredith, 253-7968, hermitwoods.com) will host a special pre-Valentine’s Day wine and chocolate pairing event on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. The menu will be made up of two of the winery’s sparkling wines and four dessert wines, plus chocolates from several Granite State vendors such as Winnipesaukee Chocolates, Vicuna Chocolates and 143 Chocolate. The cost is $16 per person. • Hooked Seafood Restaurant & Ignite Bar & Grille (110/100 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-1189, 644-0064; hookedonignite.com)

will be serving its regular menus, with specials, at both locations, plus balloons, roses and complimentary Champagne toasts. • Incredibrew (112 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 891-2477, incredibrew.com) will be holding a Valentine’s Day wine tasting event from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $90 per couple and each participant will get a chance to taste, make and bottle their own selection of ports and dessert wines. Small chocolate-type snacks will also be provided. No prior winemaking experience is necessary and all bottles and labels are included. Each couple will take home 10 bottles. • The Inside Scoop (260 Wallace Road, Bedford, 471-7009, theinsidescoopnh.com) will host Sundaes With Your Sweetie from 4 to 6 p.m., during which couples are invited for make-your-own sundaes and a hot chocolate bar (in the case of inclement weather, this event will not be held). • Jamison’s (472 Route 111, Hampstead, 489-1565, jamisonsrestaurant.com) will serve a three-course meal for two on Valentine’s Day. The menu will include your choice of an appetizer (Oysters Rockefeller or stuffed portabella mushrooms); an entree (filet mignon, seafood-stuffed lobster tail or smoked mozzarella and red pepper ravioli) and a dessert (tiramisu, creme brulee or berry sorbet). The cost is $75 per person. • La Carreta Mexican Restaurant (139 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 891-0055; 545 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 628-6899; 35 Manchester Road, Derry, 421-0091; 1875 S. Willow St., Manchester, 623-7705; 44 Nashua Road, Londonderry, 965-3477; lacarretamex. com) will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at all locations, serving its regular menus. • The Lobster Boat Restaurant (453 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-5221; 273 Derry Road, Litchfield, 882-4988; 75 Portsmouth Ave., Exeter, 583-5183; lobsterboatrestaurant.com) will be serving its regular menus at all three locations. • Madear’s (175 Hanover St., Manchester, 206-5827, madears603.com) will host Valentines in the Bayou from 5 to 11 p.m., a three-course Cajun-inspired dinner with a bottle of wine or two craft cocktails each. The cost is $50 per person. • Michelle’s Gourmet Pastries & Deli (819 Union St., Manchester, 647-7150, michellespastries.com) is taking orders for various specialty desserts, like heart-shaped cakes, decorated cookies, cupcakes and chocolate-covered strawberries. Orders placed ahead are encouraged, but walk-in purchases will be available. • Mile Away Restaurant (52 Federal Hill Road, Milford, 673-3904, mileawayrestaurant. com) is accepting reservations now for a special Valentine’s Day menu. Entrees include your choice of an appetizer, a salad or a dessert, as well as a choice of potato (Swiss, baked or rice pilaf) and vegetable (green bean Provencal, honey glazed carrots, pickled beets or applesauce). Featured entrees include prime rib, grilled rack of lamb, grilled duck breast, maple salmon, chicken marsala, baked eggplant Parmesan and more.


• Mr. Mac’s Macaroni & Cheese (497 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 606-1760; 2600 Lafayette Road, 360-7916; 440 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro, Mass., 978-939-6227; mr-macs.com) will be serving its regular menus at all locations on Valentine’s Day. The Manchester and Tyngsboro locations will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., while the Portsmouth location will be open until 8 p.m. • MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar (212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334, mtslocal.com) is working on a Valentine’s Day specials; visit the website or call for updates • New England’s Tap House Grille (1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137, taphousenh.com) will serve a special Sunday brunch on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunch will include a “sweetheart” breakfast, a meat carving station, crepes a la carte, an omelet bar, a bloody mary and mimosa bar, a fresh fruit and cheese platter and more. The cost is $24 for adults ($10 for the bloody mary bar) and $12 for kids. • O Steaks and Seafood (11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/osteaks) will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m., serving its regular menus with Valentine’s Day specials. Reservations are recommended. • Pearls Candy & Nuts (356 S. Broadway, Salem, 893-9100, pearlscandynh.com) has specialty Valentine’s Day candies available, like cherry or cinnamon jelly hearts, dark chocolate Valentine nonpareils, red foiled heart-shaped milk chocolates and Valentine cupid candy corn. • The Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, thepeddlersdaughter.com) will be serving a Valentine’s Day menu from Thursday, Feb. 14, through Saturday, Feb. 16, which will include special appetizers like yakitori chicken skewers with a teriyaki glaze and hoisin ribs with a hoisin sauce; entrees like steak tips with a bordelaise sauce, Cashel blue cheese and mashed potato, baked fresh haddock with a vegetable-infused rice and roasted half chicken with lemon and thyme chicken pan jus; and desserts like a chocolate molten cake with vanilla ice cream, and coconut cake with Chantilly cream and salted caramel. • Piccola Italia Ristorante (815 Elm St., Manchester, 606-5100, piccolaitalianh.com) will be accepting reservations and serving its regular menus, with specials, for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for dinner from 3 to 10 p.m. • Pipe Dream Brewing (49 Harvey Road, Londonderry, 404-0751, pipedreambrewingnh. com) will host a four-course Sweetheart Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. To be prepared by the Black Water Grill in Salem, the meal will include a Caesar salad, tomato and mozzarella bruschetta, your choice of Greek seafood saute or chicken Parmesan, and an assorted dessert cart. The cost is $40 per person. • Presidential Oaks (200 Pleasant St., Concord, 724-6111, presidentialoaks.org) will host its annual Sweetheart Dinner at noon in its dining room. The menu will feature chicken cordon bleu with supreme sauce, au gratin

potato, buttered peas and a red velvet cupcake for dessert. The cost is $12 per person or $20 per couple. Call to make reservations. • Roots Cafe at Robie’s Country Store (9 Riverside St., Hooksett, 485-7761, rootsatrobies.com) is taking reservations for a Valentine’s four-course dinner on Thursday, Feb. 14, and Friday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m., featuring menu items like lobster bisque with fresh corn garnish, local oysters with yuzu mignonette, local greens, espresso-seared beef tenderloin, grilled dates stuffed with local cheese, quinoa with pesto, local pea shoots and vegetables, chocolate pot de crème and more. The cost is $75 per person. • Surf Restaurant (207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, surfseafood.com) is planning a Valentine’s Day special; visit the website or call for updates. • Triolo’s Bakery (21 Kilton Road, Bedford, 232-3256, triolosbakery.com) will be open during regular hours on Valentine’s Day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and offers specialty options like cake pops and cupcakes with pink frosting. • Tuscan Kitchen (67 Main St., Salem, 9524875, tuscanbrands.com) will host a special four-course prix fixe dinner in its downstairs wine cellar, with seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. The menu includes Duxbury oysters on the half shell with rose gelée and finger lime; shaved artichoke insalata with crispy risotto, black truffle vinaigrette and Parmigiano Reggiano crema; braised short rib with a carrot duet, colossal shrimp and horseradish; and espresso cardamom crème brûlée for dessert. The cost is $85 per person. • Van Otis Chocolates (341 Elm St., Manchester, 627-1611, vanotischocolates.com) is offering several specialty Valentine’s Day items, including milk, white and dark chocolate tuxedo hearts, Cupids and more. • The Village Cafe (11 W. Main St., Bradford, 938-2223, thevillagecafenh.com) will serve a Valentine’s Day dinner at 6:30 p.m. with limited seating. The menu will include a mixed salad with Abbot Hill Creamery Caerphilly cheese, followed by your choice of an entree (chicken breast stuffing with cherries and wrapped in prosciutto or mushroom Wellington with celery root mash and roasted seasonal vegetables), and a raspberry chocolate cake for two. The cost is $25 and reservations are required. • XO on Elm (827 Elm St., Manchester, 560-7998, xoonelm.com) will serve its regular menu with specials on Thursday, Feb. 14. Then on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., the restaurant will host a Valentine’s Day weekend party, which will include a full bar, music, dancing and more. There is a $15 cover charge and tickets can be purchased at the restaurant or by visiting tonymartelli.com/events.html. • Zorvino Vineyards (226 Main St., Sandown, 887-8463, zorvino.com) will serve a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. The meal will include a cocktail hour, sunchoke gratin, panzanella salad, an entree (carved truffled tenderloin or herb-roasted chicken breast and shrimp), and mascarpone cheesecake. The cost is $75 per person.


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Cousins Renee Conner of Londonderry and Brian Jacobs of Dracut, Mass., will appear on an episode of the competitive baking show Bake It Like Buddy on Discovery Family Channel on Feb. 2.

Renee Conner of Londonderry will be featured on an upcoming episode of the competitive baking series Bake It Like Buddy, which airs on the Discovery Family channel on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 9 p.m. The show stars celebrity chef Buddy Valastro of the hit TLC show Cake Boss and pits two pairs of family members against each other competing to design, bake and decorate a special themed cake in four hours. The theme of the episode is sports cakes and features Conner and her cousin, Brian Jacobs of Dracut, Mass., working head-to-head against another pair of cousins from New York. Like Cake Boss, filming of the show takes place at Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, N.J. The winning pair receives a $1,000 cash prize, plus bragging rights and professional baking supplies. Conner is the owner of Renee Conner Cake Design (reneeconnercake.com), a private cake studio out of her home specializing in cakes for weddings and other occasions, and is an instructor for the SugarEd Productions online cake school. She also produces instructional videos on her YouTube channel (youtube.com/ reneeconner). What kind of cake did you bake on the show? We did a skiing-themed cake that was meant to look like a mountain slope. It was a dark chocolate cake with white chocolate buttercream frosting, and chocolate ganache and marshmallows inside. How did you decide on the skiing slope design? We didn’t actually know what the theme of the episode would be until the day before we flew down to New Jersey to film, so we had to plan the cake pretty quickly. Being up in New Hampshire and during this time of year, obviously skiing is a common sport, plus Brian had been on a skiing team in high school, and my husband and I love the mountains and hike all the time.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while baking the cake on the show? For me, it was the time that we had, because I’m really meticulous about everything and I like to take my time to make everything perfect, rather than having the pressure of people watching me. I film and edit myself on my YouTube channel, but for the most part, I don’t appear on camera. So being in the spotlight and in that short time frame that we had was definitely out of my wheelhouse. What was your favorite part about being on the show? The whole process was just really fun, as was being able to push myself to do new things. The people we met were especially awesome, even the two contestants we were up against. We met them just before we started filming and formed a friendship with them. They were so nice and down to earth. We all kind of realized that we were in this together, and that they had learned the theme and what cake they were going to make at around the same time we did. What was it like meeting Buddy Valastro? He is the nicest man. I had watched Cake Boss back when I had first started cake decorating, and so I was kind of nervous meeting him, but he was so warm and welcoming. What do you love most about baking and cake decorating? I really love the creative outlet that it gives me. I love art and I take art classes all the time, and just being able to bake for people while combining my love for art and creativity is amazing. Bake it Like Buddy: “Sports Cakes” The episode will air on the Discovery Family channel and feature Londonderry resident Renee Conner When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 p.m. How to tune in: Download the Discovery Family GO app by visiting discoveryfamilychannel.com/discoveryfamilygo, or check your television service provider’s listings for the channel number

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One I missed from last year. You may remember the last album, Body Talk, from this girl, Sweden’s answer to — I dunno, Taylor Swift and Berlin simultaneously, but more likely you don’t, as it was released in 2010, which got her an odd bit of semifame guesting on the HBO series Girls. Most of it was powered by the same buzzy 1980s synth sound as “Funkytown,” in an attempt to make that the It Sound of the early 2010s (she could have just Sharpied “I’m totally echo’80s, come and get it”). But hatin’ aside, she did at least add some melodic depth to that shtick, which both made it bearable and prevented people from squealing inaccurate things about ABBA. It was OK, is what I mean, but that was then, Honey is now, and it’s an improvement, not that we can’t do a quick influence match, which is simple: half of it nicks Madonna, the other half bums hormone-busting hip-hop-diva-chill off Taylor Swift. The title track is quite good if you haven’t heard velvet-rope euro-house since it was relevant. B- — Eric W. Saeger

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Through this, one of the projects run by Seattle artist David Bazar, local bands and cluebies can learn a lesson: Build one brand, don’t put out a bunch of records under different band names. Stick with just one, or repent. “It was a dumb idea,” he said in a Tiny Desk talk. “Don’t do that if you’re trying to make songs over your life.” Man, I couldn’t agree more, and this is as good a time as any to make new bands aware of it. Being that this project is steeped in random lo-fi stabs at slowcore and emo/indie, it’s just a stretch of his solo sadcore junk anyway, its worst foot forward the ten-times-worse-than-Figurine tosspot intro “Sunrise” making you want to abandon music forever. But then comes “Yellow Bike,” a mid-tempo attempt with ever-increasing layers of grungy niceness building under Bazar’s adenoidal Pete Townshend-ish tenor. “Clean Up” is cool, a Pixies-like garage rocker with a decent hook; “Powerful Tattoo” is rote slowcore; “Model Homes” exposes Bazar’s talent for ’80s psychedelic-pop. A- — Eric W. Saeger

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PLAYLIST A seriously abridged compendium of recent and future CD releases • Don’t Get No Respect Dept.: The other week I was informed of something that may sound odd to people who are aware of jazz, but not actual fans of jazz: sometime in 2018, two albums by saxophone great John Coltrane, Giant Steps and My Favorite Things, attained Gold record status, meaning 500,000 units sold. It only took 60 years for that to happen, which is something of a jaw-dropper, you have to admit, being that Coltrane was to many minds the greatest jazz sax player ever. Some info: The Library of Congress inducted Giant Steps to its National Registry in 2004, while Rolling Stone considers it one of the Top 500 albums of all time. The title track of My Favorite Things (a rub of the song from The Sound of Music) was chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts for its “360 Songs of the Century,” while the album itself is in the Grammy Hall of Fame. It’s a lonely trip trying to help advance the jazz cause in these days of shrinkwrapped diva-snap hormone-boosters written by a couple of overfed, overpaid guys with teams of staff, but I really didn’t know how small that community is. I’d’ve thought every Coltrane LP was bazillion-tuple Platinum by now. Man oh man. • Dang it all, February is basically here, if you can even stand it, the month in which I start losing the battle to prevent becoming the dude from The Shining, counting down the days until there’s every excuse to blow off a day of work to see a beach, or the mountains, or people for that matter. Yuck, I hate this, but we do have a few albums dropping on Feb. 1, starting with Girlpool’s What Chaos Is Imaginary. The band is a twosome from L.A., and their Facebook is heavily spammed by people inviting fans to “become millionaires by joining the Illuminati.” Have they deleted these posts? No, they have not, which tells you how much they monitor their social media feeds and how devoutly you should believe that they have 30K Facebook friends. But who’s counting, let’s go listen to the single, “Where You Sink.” Meh, the video shows one of the girls, dressed in Mummenschanz clown-face, smooching a white stone statue of some guy, while their dreadful music plays, a no-fi exercise that sounds like your little sister’s first time playing a Flying V and singing about Barbie. It rules, if you’re from Jupiter, and I am. • For our next brain-damaging exhibit, we have Broods, a New Zealand brother-and-sister act that’s sort of trip-hop and sort of whatever. Don’t Feed The Pop Monster is their new LP, due Feb. 1, led off by the single, “Peach.” This song is actually awesome, switching back and forth between Nintendo-driven Dido and P!nk-ish diva dance-pop, but don’t worry, they’re from New Zealand, so you won’t have to hear about this again. • Wait, Mexican garage punk and barefoot girls make up half the band? No male music critic can resist that, so let’s have at Le Butcherettes, and their new LP, bi/MENTAL! If you like Siouxsie and Bjork, you’ll love the single “struggle/STRUGGLE,” since it’s weird but foggy and cool and understandable. — Eric W. Saeger


Patriots Nation weighs in

In an extra helping of Longshots, Dave Long makes Super Bowl predictions

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Jim Galettly, Director of Marketing at Sky Meadow CC: Pats 24-21. Rams O line and runners Todd Gurley and CJ Anderson along with game-managing QB Jared Goff let L.A. eat clock and keep the old “GOAT” pacing the sidelines. But Pats D stiffens in red zone, so bet the under (now 57). In the end, Brady scores enough to become the NFL’s only six-ring player.

TV Types

Frank Mallicoat, former WMUR-TV sports anchor now at Oakland’s WTVU Fox 2: Pats 36-31. Everyone out west is sick of the Pats. Too bad! The Rams have two terrific running backs and (his fellow Cal alum) Jared Goff has really matured, so they’ll keep it close. But Brady’s answer to the haters is lighting up L.A. to show he’s got two or three

more years left! Jamie Staton, current WMUR sports anchor: Patriots 28-17. The offense turned the corner against the Jets and will be tough to stop. As good as L.A.’s D is on the interior, the Pats will have a big game running on the edges.

Business Moguls

Tommy Bullock, Beverage Division: Pats 36-33. Chris Hogan has three TD catches and Tom Brady is MVP after throwing for 500 yards again, making everything right in universe, as the world still talks about deflate-gate and everyone’s Boston sports teams hate continues, which is the best part. Tommy Dickson, Commercial Real Estate Division: Pats 33-27. Brady leads Pats back from 14 behind in the fourth quarter to win their sixth Super Bowl. Larry Bedell, Audi of Nashua Division: Pats 31-17. This Super Bowl is comfortable for the Patriots as Brady with a sixth ring. If you give Brady-McDaniels-Belichick two weeks to prepare, there’s no chance Goff-McVay counter that. Experience, wisdom and execution go a long way when it truly matters.

Playing It Both Ways

Dick Lombardi, Insurance Mogul/GMan Fan: Rams 34-31 if Gurley gets normal snaps. Pats 34-31 if he doesn’t. He has always had a heavy load. Then he was hurt. Then he came back and was good against Dallas. Then he hardly played against the Saints. They say he’s not hurt. Something is wrong. John Terravecchia, Financial Division, retired: Pats 31-24. Brady is best under pressure, the line is healthy and playing very well and they have a better coaching staff. But if L.A. can pressure Brady, it could be just the other way. Depends on whose game plan works better.

Chiefs Nation

they’re peaking at the right time! Another win for Gronk would be great as his career winds down. Cheers to a great and less stressful game. Janet Horvath, City of Manchester: Pats 24-21. But I am not watching on Sunday. The only two times I watched them this season, they lost both times. So I’m not taking any chances for Patriots Nation!

Boldest Prediction

Joe Gula, professor of something at NHTI: Pats 35-28. (1) If the Pats win the coin toss, they kick away. (2) After three weeks of running up the middle, Air Brady reappears (3) This is Tom Brady’s last game.

From Politics Nation

Tom Rath, Concord attorney and uber consultant to GOP political stars. Pats 31-14. With them now playing their best of the year on both sides of the ball they’re just better than the Rams. Also Gronk catches a big TD pass. Of course, I thought Herbert Hoover was going to beat FDR. Barry Goddard, famed Derryfield golfer and revered crackpot constitutionalist: Pats 42-0. Entire La La Rams team joined by Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez take a knee during the anthem, Pats wear military-themed uniforms while executing their shock-and-awe offense. While accepting the Lombardi Trophy, Bob Kraft announces he’s renaming Gillette Stadium to Trump Field. Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for Roger Stone’s prediction beyond “I’ll beat the rap.”

Mark Ferdinando, President, East of Mississippi Chiefs Fan Club: K.C. Long-retired Hoopsters 28-24. Oh, that was supposed to be the John Kacavas, legal giant (as opposed score if the dummy didn’t line up offto a NY Giant): Pats 28-21. They win sides. The Chiefs are jinxed. Pats 28-24. No. 6 because with the O-line playing great in pass protection and run game Nonprofit Sector and the defense playing at a high level John Clayton, Manchester Historthe late-season mo is with the Pats. ic Association and Millyard Museum: Joe LaRocca, beverage baron and Patriots 31-30. Never in your wildman of few words: Pats 34-27. est dreams would you think Tom Brady Jimmy Powers, Real Estate Mogul would run a naked bootleg from the twoDivision: Pats 31-24. Pats win because yard line on the game’s deciding play, Belichick has two weeks to prepare would you? Neither will the Rams. schemes tailored to L.A.’s weak areas. Tracey Adams, Manchester Boys & They strike early and often to control the Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress. Girls Club: Pats 34-17. After a season clock, keeping the L.A. offense off the com. with more losses than we’re used to, field. Bam, ring No. 6.

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Did Elizabeth McCracken sit down, inspired, and let her muse type the opening to Bowlaway, McCracken’s first novel in 18 years? Or did she play with it over a decade, arranging words like musical flowers? Either way, it would be hard to find a better opening on any book released so far this year: “They found a body in the Salford Cemetery, but aboveground and alive. An ice storm the day before had beheaded the daffodils, and the cemetery was draped in frost: midspring, Massachusetts, the turn of the century before last. The body lay face-up near the obelisk that marked several generations of Pickersgills.” The body, as it turned out, belonged to one Bertha Truitt, or so she said when revived by perplexed strangers. One of the men who attended to her later inspected the tombstones in the cemetery, believing that she’d stolen an identity. But Truitt — later shortened to “Troot” — by the townspeople who came to adore her, was apparently Bertha by birth — after a while, no one looked for evidence to the contrary. After being discharged from the hospital, Bertha stayed in Salford, building a bowling alley and amassing a devoted following. She claimed to be the inventor of candlepin bowling even when someone challenged her, mentioning Worcester, where credit usually goes to Justin “Pop” White. “Maybe someone else had invented the game first. That doesn’t matter. We have all of us invented things that others have beat us to: walking upright, a certain sort of sandwich involving avocado and an onion roll, a minty sweet cocktail, ourselves, romantic love, human life,” McCracken writes. Candlepin bowling, the sport with which Bertha Truitt was obsessed (in the cemetery, she was found with a bag containing a corset, a bowling ball, a candlepin and 15 pounds of gold), is all about unrequited love, McCracken contends: the headstrong ball hurtling down an alley, looking for the pin it loves most. It’s possible to bowl away trouble, Truitt believes, and she recruits apostles of candlepin: a manager, the former watchman at the cemetery who has “a knack for pointless devotion”; a once suicidal man who’d slept under her bed at the hospital; a bevy of women who, before Troot arrived, would have had to bowl behind a curtain. (This being the turn of the 20th century, men needed protection from “the spectacle

of feminine sport.”) Troot also picks herself up a husband along the way — more scandal — a black man, a doctor from the Canadian Maritimes, who composed poetry on walks and conveniently happened by the Salford Cemetery while Bertha was stretched out there. These characters alone, paired with McCracken’s magical voice, could carry a reader as long as Moby-Dick did. They enchant in the hands of a writer who selects words as if pulling them out of a bingo spinner. Here is a writer who describes a woman as “alfalfa scented,” a man as possessing a “face that altogether seemed something caught in aspic.” Forget plot; you can blissfully read McCracken for simply the pleasure of seeing what descriptives she comes with next. But there is a plot, a meandering one that takes us through three generations of bowlers, and it’s as New Englandy a story as New England stories get, absent a whale or a scarlet letter. “This is New England, and even the violence is cunning and subtle. It still could kill you,” McCracken quips, or possibly warns. The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 figures tragically into this story, and this horrible piece of Boston history excepting, it’s hard at times to tell what towns and places are real or invented. But, fun fact, the bizarrely named characters did once exist — Boston-born McCracken said she lifted many of the characters’ names, to include Jeptha Arrison, LuEtta Mood, Leviticus Sprague, from her grandfather’s genealogical work. McCracken has told Publishers Weekly that she is interested in how “family history shapes everything” and “you can’t go back very far in anyone’s family without hitting significant and telling loss.” She’s written about one of her own losses — a stillborn child — in her 2008 memoir An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination. That experience haunts Bowlaway’s pages in the person of LuEtta Mood, who, too, loses a child and keeps a snippet of the baby’s hair in a locket. There is plenty of sorrow to go around in Salford, even, as it turns out, for the perpetually chipper Truitt, whose “merriment was trained on a trellis of sorrow.” Satisfyingly complex, Bowlaway is both comical and poignant. Knowledge of, or affection for, bowling is not a prerequisite for loving this book, or Bertha Truitt, the best thing to emerge from a cemetery, ever. A — Jennifer Graham


Book Report

• Hedrick Smith visits: Stop by Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord) on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and author Hedrick Smith. Smith will be available to answer questions, shake hands and sign copies of his book Who Stole the American Dream. The book explores how the American Dream has been dismantled and the country divided over the past four decades. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com or call 224-0562. Smith will also make an appearance at the Toadstool Bookshop (12 Depot Square, Peterborough) on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon. Visit toadbooks.com or call 924-3543. • Calling all poets: The Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway, Derry) is looking for poets to compete in its second annual MacGregor Poetry Contest. Submissions will be accepted now through March 15, with contest results announced in April. All poems will be judged anonymously by Derry Poet Laureate Robert Crawford and staff members of the library. The first-place winner will receive $250 in cash. Poets can submit up to two poems, no more than two pages each. There are no restrictions on form or subject matter. Submissions can be emailed to macgregorpoetrycontest@derrypl.org, mailed to the library (address to “Derry Public Library Poetry Contest”) or dropped off at the library. Do not include anything in your poem that indicates your identity. Winners will be contacted by phone or email. Call 432-6140 or visit derrypl.org. • Fantasy short fiction: New Hampshire author Kat Howard will be at the Toadstool Bookshop (614 Nashua St., Milford) discussing and signing her new book A Cathedral of Myth and Bone on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. The collection of fantasy short stories explores ferocious bonds of girls and women as the focus of myths for the modern age. Howard is also author of Roses and Rot and An Unkindness of Magicians and is a former World Fantasy Award nominee for her short fiction. Call 673-1734 or visit toadbooks.com. — Angie Sykeny Books Author Events • KAT HOWARD Author presents A Cathedral of Myth and Bone. Sat., Feb. 2, 2 p.m. Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua St., Milford. Visit toadbooks.com. • HEDRICK SMITH Author presents Who Stole the American Dream. Wed., Feb. 6, noon. Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Depot Square, Peterborough. Visit toadbooks. com or call 924-3543. • HEDRICK SMITH Author presents Who Stole the American Dream. Thurs., Feb. 7, 4 to 5 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. Fri., Feb. 8, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • ROMANCE AUTHOR PANEL Authors Ashlyn Chase, Marianne Rice, and Peggy Jaeger will read selections from their books, discuss how the romance genre has changed over the years, and sign copies of their recent books. Sat., Feb. 9, 2 p.m. The Bookery, 844 Elm St., Manchester. Visit bookerymht.com or call 836-6600. • TIM DORSEY Author presents No Sunscreen for the Dead. Mon., Feb. 18, 6 p.m. Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua St., Milford. Visit toadbooks.com. • PAM HOUSTON Author presents Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country. Tues., Feb. 26, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S.

Main St. , Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. Other • “WINTER HODGEPODGE: IMAGINATIVE WORKS IN MANY GENRES” Exhibit featuring works by Berwick, Maine, author, artist, and musician Ross Alan Bachelder. On view Feb. 1 through March 1. A Freethinker’s Corner, 652 Central Ave., Suite A, Dover. Visit freethinkerscorner.com. Poetry events • HANNAH DOW Poet presents debut poetry collection, Rosarium. Fri., Feb. 15, 7 p.m. The Bookery, 844 Elm St., Manchester. Visit bookerymht.com or call 836-6600. • SLAM FREE OR DIE Weekly poetry open mike and slam. Thursday, 8 p.m. Stark Brewing Co., 500 N. Commercial St., Manchester. $3. Visit facebook.com/slamfreeordie. Writers groups • WRITERS HANGOUT Bring your work to share and meet other writers who can lend their support and help you improve your craft. Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. Call 589-4611 or visit nashualibrary.org. • WRITERS GROUP All levels and abilities welcome. Second and fourth Friday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Candia Smith Public Library, 55 High St., Candia. Call 483-8245. Visit smythpl.org. Book discussion groups • ANIME & MANGA CLUB A new club seeks members to join. Will involve book discussions, anime viewings, and workshops. No set date. Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson. Free. Visit rodgerslibrary.org. Call 886-6030. • BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Second Thurs., 7 p.m. Manchester City Library , 405 Pine St. , Manchester. Visit manchester.lib.nh.us. • BOOKENDS BOOK GROUP Monthly discussion group. First Sun., 4 to 5 p.m. MainStreet BookEnds, 16 E. Main St. , Warner. Visit mainstreetbookends.com. • BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB Book discussion group. Last Tuesday, 12:15 p.m. Manchester City Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester. Visit manchester.lib.nh.us. • GIBSON’S BOOK CLUB Monthly book discussion group. First Monday, 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com.

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The Kid Who Would Be King (PG)

The Arthurian legend gets a modern tween setting in The Kid Who Would Be King, which introduces the next generation of big screen Serkises.

That would be Louis Ashbourne Serkis, son of the Andy Serkis, who shows himself here to be a believable and promising young actor. Serkis the Younger is Alex, a middleschool-ish-aged boy living near London with his single mom Mary (Denise Gough), and who, along with his best friend Bedders (Dean Chaumoo), is a frequent target of school bullies Kaye (Rhianna Dorris) and Lance (Tom Taylor). When a weird kid calling himself Merton (Angus Imrie) shows up, Alex is relieved that, as he explains to Bedders, there is finally a more appealing bullying target than them. Merton isn’t concerned with tween social status, though; he’s too busy watching Alex, who he somehow knows pulled a strange, old-looking sword from a stone (well, concrete pillar) at a local construction site. And when Merton later shows up to save Alex from an attack by a glowy-skeleton soldier demon, he explains that he is in fact Merlin, the great wizard of legend (who can, when needed, sneeze himself into an owl or a Patrick Stewart, who plays the old-guy version of the aging-backward sorcerer). Alex learns that Merlin isn’t the only magical being in the mix. The world having fallen into fear, darkness and discord (which, without saying it directly, feels like the movie’s allusion to Brexit and a general increase in jerkish-ness in politics and public discourse), Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson), the evil-magic-wielding half-sister of the King Arthur of old, seeks to escape her underground prison and enslave humanity. The sword, which Merlin explains is indeed The Sword, Excalibur, has appeared for use by the new king to rally the people and beat back Morgana. Alex tries to argue that he’s 11 and that’s kind of a lot to expect of him, but Merton/Merlin says that nevertheless in four days’ time a solar eclipse will give Morgana the opening she needs to attempt a takeover and it’s on Alex

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to stop her. Alex, Bedders and Merlin convince Kaye and Lance to join them in a quest to learn more about Arthur, defeat Morgana before she rises and, Alex hopes, learn more about his absent father. “Anyone can wear the mask” is how I would boil down the message of this movie, which perhaps skews a little younger than Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (from which that quote comes) but which would make a nice double feature for, probably, 10- or 11-year-olds and up. There is a general “reaching within to pull out your best qualities” that happens with all the kid characters that makes for a nice bit of whole grain underneath the frosting of Arthurian legend and geek-culture references. For a movie with sword fights and skeleton soldiers, there is an underlying gentleness I really appreciate (its handling of the subplot involving Alex’s father feels very true and straightforward without being too bleak) and I hope its occasional moments of earnestness don’t turn off the kid half of its intended audience. As a part of the mom-half of that audience, I like that it blends adventure and battle scenes with ideas of what it means to be brave and noble. The Kid Who Would Be King never quite breaks through to become more than just solid family fare but it feels like it does what it came to do and provides kids of the right age — maybe 10 or even as young as 9, depending on your kid’s tolerance for CGI monsters

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The comedy duo of early Hollywood fame hit the road for their final tour in Stan & Ollie.

In the 1950s, Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) and Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) head to the U.K. and Ireland for a tour of live performances meant to raise their profile and help pull together a Robin Hood movie that Laurel has been writing. These movie stars of the 1930s still have fans but they aren’t playing the biggest theaters — or even selling out the small ones until their promoter, Bernard Delfont (Rufus Jones) convinces them to do publicity. And though they’re still hitting their comedy marks, age and health difficulties are making it harder for the pair, especially Hardy, to keep up with the demands of live performance. Though both had their financial woes — expensive marriages, more expensive divorces, Hardy’s gambling — Laurel seems to blame their current need for con-

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tinuing performance on Hardy’s decision to do a film without him back during their heyday. As the movie tells it, Laurel and Hardy — under separate contracts with Hal Roach (Danny Huston) — didn’t have financial control over their work like similar stars of the time and this irked Laurel. But Hardy wasn’t willing to stick together with Laurel to get a better deal and this has left a rift in their relationship and in the relationship between their wives, Lucille Hardy (Shirley Henderson) and Ida Kitaeva Laurel (Nina Arianda). (Points to this movie for Henderson and Arianda and the entertaining tolerance-plus-annoyance relationship we get in small moments between these women. I would enjoy a DVD extra short film about their ocean voyage to meet the men midtour, Arianda’s Ida constantly talking about her brief career in movies and Henderson’s Lucille’s snarky responses.) It occurs to me that while I’m familiar with Laurel & Hardy’s general comedy style, I have no idea what I’m familiar with them from — shorts seen on TV, is my guess. The blend of balletic physical comedy, reaction-shot facial expressions and silly word play that I would associate with them on-screen is how I would also describe the actions of the characters in this movie. This isn’t a sad-clown Behind-the-Music biopic. It feels more like a riff on the style, telling the story of men who have been their personas so long that they “do” Laurel & Hardy, consciously and even to each other, as their way of interacting with the world. Even the sets have a very “Laurel & Hardy movie” look to them, which feels deliberate and is skillful enough that I can go with it. It’s good-hearted and kind, even if it feels like the movie runs out of story to tell about 30 minutes before we run out of screen time. Though lightweight, this movie is at its best when it give us the chemistry-rich sincere-fans cover-band performances of Coogan and Reilly. BRated PG for some language and for smoking, according to the MPAA. Directed by John S. Baird with a screenplay by Jeff Pope, Stan & Ollie is an hour and 37 minutes long and is distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.


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Harsh Armadillo brings the funk to Nashua By Michael Witthaus

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• A happening: Fostering creative expressionism is the goal at MAP Volume 4, a gathering of artists, poets and musicians like Hsiu Chang, a young Londonderry multi-instrumentalist, and Joey Peavey of Merrimack rockers Crescendo’s Gate, playing an acoustic set with friends and bandmates. The series is “a continuing conversation, telling stories through music, poetry and visual art,” organizers say. Thursday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., Jupiter Hall, 89 Hanover St., Manchester. More at tinyurl.com/ybt3dqkr. • Let it rock: Keene-based indie quintet Afterimage is influenced by classic rockers, along with the sweet spot of the ’90s. “Paradise,” from an EP posted to Soundcloud a few months ago, has a great Nirvana vibe that switches gears into a heavy jam that echoes early Black Sabbath. They’re joined for a local show by Safejoy, a new band that describes its sound a “basically alt rock drowning in reverb.” Friday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m., R’evolution Sports Bar, 8 Temple St., Nashua. More at afterimagenh.wixsite.com. • Good noise: Explore the boundaries of music with Shipwreck Charlie, the ambient, guitar-driven solo project of Wax On’s Luke Pelletier, and Zero Front, another oneman band with moody lyrics laid atop swirling chords and stabbing notes, looped percussion and bits of fuzz-toned freakiness. It’s the kind of soundscape that can go anywhere on any given night, and usually does. Saturday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m., Union Coffee Co., 42 South St., Milford. More at tinyurl.com/y9xxz3u5. • Alternative: Sportsball detractors can cut loose at a multi-band show presented by Just Plain Filthy, a Nashua lifestyle apparel company celebrating its second anniversary. So far, the hard and heavy bill includes Trading Heroes For Ghosts, Nooseneck, Deranged Youth, Hallowell and Inconvenience Store. The event kicks off right around the start of the big game – a deliberately un-Patriotic move? Sunday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m., Bungalow Bar & Grill, 333 Valley St, Manchester.

2018 was quite a year for Harsh Armadillo, and the Seacoast rhythm machine shows no signs of slowing down. Capping the action is a dream gig next month in Boston at the House of Blues, opening for groove powerhouse Ripe; locally, they’ll play Riverwalk Cafe in Nashua the day before, on Feb. 8. Fresh from a shower, sandy blond curls still damp, lead singer Andrea Belaidi sat down for a FaceTime chat to talk about the story so far, and the road ahead for her band. “House of Blues, that’s one of those gigs where I’m like, OK, whoa,” she said. “That’s a place that’s top of list locally in the New England region. I’ve seen some of the biggest people I look up to musically there. It’s getting to a point where we can really feel an upward motion that’s really special, because none of us thought it would get even this far.” What began as a basement jam antidote to a tepid UNH party scene blossomed into a funky force of nature, with a reach well beyond its hometown. A week before the interview, the band — Belaidi, keyboard player Dimitry Harris, Max Harris on sax, guitarist Camden Riley, Thomas Forbes on bass and vocals, dummer Dan Tauriello and Aiden Earley on guitar — played a new venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, then doubled back to Rhode Island for another club date and a video shoot for a new song called called “Pull Your Weight.” That clip should be out by the end of February. In the spring, the band starts work on a follow-up to last year’s EP, Bite. “We built a little studio in my house, and we’re getting better at recording and mixing ourselves,” Belaidi said. “Hopefully, we’ll have a self-released record out by summertime.” They hope to buttress the new music with more festival shows like Disc Jam, where they played last summer.


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“That one was the highlight,” Belaidi said. “It had all the bands that we love and look up to. We got to meet some of them and it was like the most ridiculous weekend ever.” Harsh Armadillo ended last year with backto-back sold-out shows at Portsmouth’s Press Room. A home base for the band in their early days, the venerable music club reopened in early November with more space, including a loft viewing room, along with a new sound and lighting system. As snow flew outside on a frigid night, New Year’s Eve was all sweaty bliss and good vibes inside, an energetic celebration. They return to Riverwalk Cafe to perform on Feb. 8. “That place surprised me,” Belaidi said of the Nashua listening room. “At first I was ‘uh-oh ... is this a pumping loud show or is this a viewing experience; do they watch or dance?’ But it felt like a location that a lot of people in Nashua love to go to; everyone knew each other and were up and [dancing]. Even the ones that didn’t dance looked like they were having a good time and really enjoyed it. I’m excited to play there again.” The flurry of activity ends in Boston on Feb. 9 with the HoB show. “We’re going to take a little time off for physical and mental health,” Belaidi said. “Everyone’s doing their own thing for a lit-

tle bit, then summertime we’ll hit it hard. It’s good for the band to chill out, spend time with fam. ... The rest of the year it’s cranking, and it can catch up with you.” Looking for new musical challenges, songs on Bite found them branching into jazz fusion territory on songs like “Animal” and “Gravy,” always anchored by HA’s trademark funk/hop sound. “We don’t want to fall into the same formula,” Belaidi said. “Songs have gotten more collaborative. ... People have been more willing to speak up and share ideas. Sometimes that means it takes us a lot longer to finish a song, but it’s really cool because once it’s done we can all feel it, we all know it. So we’re patient about it.” The building success continues to motivate the band. “It still feels like we’re climbing, which is cool,” Belaidi said. “We like writing music specifically that people can move to — the audience is such a huge part of it. So yeah, we’re excited.” Harsh Armadillo When: Friday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Where: Riverwalk Cafe, 35 Railroad Square, Nashua Tickets: $12 at riverwalknashua.org

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All quotes are from Hindsight, by Justin Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) If I had an issue, Timberlake, born Jan. 31, 1981. I said something right away. That’s what I thought, anyway. But as I get older, I realAquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) We would ize that I have to be more honest with myself go write a verse in one room and then leave about what is really going on. Even though it. Then we’d go into the other room and write I was always good at a very moment-by-mosomething else. And then we’d go back to the ment, visceral way of telling someone when I first room and see what was there, to see what was uncomfortable, there were other things, we could connect to the other thoughts that deeper-seated things, that I’d never talked were flowing. Connections will be made. about. Just talk. Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) At that point, Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) This little I was president of the student council, point beat comes from my human hand beating on guard on the basketball team, and running a surface, just like when I used to beat on the Beta Club. My teachers thought I should the lunch table at school. What I was doing quit some of those things. My mom said, ‘I may have sounded like noise to other peodon’t think he’s doing too much. I think he’s ple, but when it is applied in the right way bored.’ She knew that I needed more. More and and it feels good, it’s music. Less noise, more different. music. Aries (March 21 – April 19) I can tell you Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) You connect who I am or what I am, but not if you want with people when you’re authentic — when me to be one thing. Because the only thing I’m you do things the way that comes naturally. sure of is that I’m not just one thing, nor will I But you can still be civilized about it. ever be. Amazing AND wonderful, that’s what Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) What you you are. hear in my music may not be what you would Taurus (April 20 – May 20) I started with expect from me, and it may not even be what golf because I wanted to get outside, and then I ever expected to create myself. But when I realized that it can be a social and fun time you hear it, you’ll get it; just like when I felt with your friends…. It can also be very medita- it, I got it. You’ll get it. tive and personal…. It’s also the hardest sport Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) ConnecI’ve ever played. Like, impossible. One activi- tions are all around us, and they are inside ty is many things. of us. They inspire and they illuminate. They Gemini (May 21 – June 20) Instead of show us who we are and who we want to be. waiting for an invitation, something happened That’s why we make art and that’s why we go inside of me where I said, ‘Well, you know see it. When we watch, when we listen, we’re what? I’m going to throw my own party. You’re not getting away from the world. We’re actuall more than welcome to join.’ Don’t forget ally digging in. Dig in. party hats. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) The axle Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Everybody in a car makes a rhythm. The hustle and busbrings what they bring into the room, and I tle of footsteps on the pavement makes a bring what I bring, and what you get out of shuffle. There are sounds in the background the mix isn’t always what anyone expects. It as much as in the foreground. Your footsteps doesn’t have to be a room. It could be outdoors. are someone else’s background.



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Fashion foibles

• Because white shoes are so distracting when you’re lining up your putt? According to Time magazine, Nike will be mowing over the competition with its new Air Max 1 golf shoes, which feature uppers covered with a green material that resembles grass. Matching green laces will further disguise your dogs as you play a round, but lest you think you’ll disappear altogether, fear not: The trademark Nike swoosh on the sides is bright white. The sneakers, yet to be released, are expected to retail for $140. • Just when you thought there was nothing new under the blue jeans sun: A Ukrainian designer is asking $377 for a pair of jeans that have one fitted leg and one flared leg. Ksenia Schnaider, who calls her design the Asymmetric Jean, told DazedDigital.com: “It’s good to get people talking, and they’re definitely going to make people turn their heads as you walk by!”


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• Employees of John J. Murphy Elementary School in Round Lake Park, Illinois, were surprised on Jan. 9 when a car drove into the drop-off lane and an 11-year-old student exited the driver’s seat. Witnesses alerted police, who issued an arrest warrant for the front-seat passenger, 31-year-old Khafilu M. Oshodi of Round Lake, for two counts of child endangerment; a 9-year-old was riding in the back seat. Police Chief George Filenko told the Lake County NewsSun the situation could have “resulted in any number of tragic scenarios.” The children have been placed with other relatives, and police are still looking for Oshodi. • Alijah Hernandez of Houston is a skilled barber in her father’s shop, reported KTRKTV on Jan. 17 — which wouldn’t ordinarily be newsworthy. But Alijah is only 7 years old. Her dad, Franky, says she’s been watching him since she was a toddler and started perfecting her skills three years ago. For her part, Alijah says cutting hair comes naturally to her; she practices on friends and family (with her dad supervising) and has already faced off in barber competitions across Texas.

What’s that up in the sky?

• The rare super blood wolf moon of Jan. 20 was so captivating to some skywatchers on Florida’s Ponte Vedra Beach, that they didn’t notice when the tide rolled in and waterlogged their Honda CRV. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office told News4Jax the occupants were able to get out of the car and move to safety, although the vehicle itself wasn’t recovered until the next day. A photo showed water up to the windshield on the front end. • Meanwhile, in West Palm Beach, Florida, two unnamed 24-year-olds chose to view the Jan. 20 eclipse by lying prone in the middle of a dark road near the Apox-


ee Wilderness Trail. Which would have worked out fine, except around 11:30 p.m. a West Palm Beach police officer patrolling the area ran over the pair. Fortunately, reported the South Florida Sun Sentinel, he was cruising at just 5 mph, and the human speed bumps sustained only non-life-threatening injuries. The officer was put on paid administrative leave while the incident was investigated.

Terrifying technology

Laura Lyons of Orinda, California, was in her kitchen on the afternoon of Jan. 20 when a loud alert noise blared in the living room, followed by a detailed warning from “Civil Defense” that intercontinental ballistic missiles were on their way from North Korea to Los Angeles, Chicago and Ohio. Lyons told the San Jose Mercury News the message warned residents they had three hours to evacuate. As she and her husband absorbed the news, they realized it had come from their Nest security camera — not from the TV, where the Rams-Saints game was proceeding as normal, and news channels were not reporting anything unusual. “It was five minutes of sheer terror,” she said. The Lyonses called 911 and then Nest, where a supervisor told them they had been victims of a “third-party hack” on their camera and speakers.

Litigious society

When Stephen Keys boarded a SkyWest flight in Reno, Nevada, on Sept. 9, he settled into his first-class seat and reached to buckle his seat belt. But when he raised the right armrest for better access, his right pin-

ky finger became lodged in a small hole under the armrest, according to the lawsuit he filed against American Airlines and SkyWest on Dec. 5. Keys tried repeatedly to remove his finger but could not, and it remained stuck for nearly an hour until the flight landed and airline mechanics disassembled the armrest, reported City News Service. “The spring mechanism ... applied intense pressure to the plaintiff’s finger, immediately inflicting injury, swelling and pain,” the lawsuit read. “Dozens of passengers became aware of Mr. Keys’ perilous condition, causing his dire situation to become a humiliating public spectacle.” What’s more, the injury left Mr. Keys unable to drive and play with his children, causing severe emotional distress, according to the lawsuit. SkyWest, citing ongoing litigation, would not comment on the suit.

Latest religious messages

British retailer Marks & Spencer is in hot water with Muslims who claim the store’s brand of toilet paper is embossed with the Arabic symbol for the word “God.” An unnamed man posted a video to social media displaying a roll of M&S Aloe Vera 3-ply tissue and urging his Muslim brothers and sisters to avoid buying it or boycott the store altogether. Metro News reports that in response, Marks & Spencer says the symbol is of an aloe vera leaf: “The motif on the aloe vera toilet tissue, which we have been selling for over five years, is categorically of an aloe vera leaf, and we have investigated and confirmed this with our suppliers.” Visit newsoftheweird.com.




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