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If you haven’t been to the Manchester School of Technology, you need to take a visit. While many people criticize what they believe to be the quality of educational services in the Manchester school district, any criticisms are not completely valid if they do not include some of the great things going on in the Queen City’s schools. At the top of the list, in my view, is Manchester School of Technology high school. MST is not your uncle’s vocational education program. What was formally called vocational education is now referred to as career and technical education. And by the way, college is career education. CTE is very computer-based, specifically toward career pathways that give students the skills that enable them to pursue their specific passions. Many students who go through the MST program will end up with a career-related credential while in high school or find themselves on a career path of their choice in the workplace or in college. Led by Principal Karen Machado, MST has grown to a point where it serves over 1,000 students during its day and night classes. While student populations at most schools in the state have been steadily declining, including most of Manchester’s schools, the demand for MST is growing by leaps and bounds. MST is flying! And I do mean flying. In a joint effort with Jeff Rapsis, director of the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire (and also a Hippo associate publisher), and a nonprofit called Tango Flight, MST students will be building an airplane! A real one, a single-engine two-seater! Tango Flight, based in Texas, is an organization dedicated to bringing future employees to the aviation industry. It performs its function by delivering unassembled airplane kits to schools for students to build. Tango’s assumption is that many of these students will be bitten by the aviation bug and want to pursue it as a career. Upon completion, and after the MST students get a chance to fly in the plane that they built, the plane will be given back to Tango to sell to raise money for the next kit to be sent to MST. How exciting! However, this amazing concept is going to exacerbate the primary challenge of MST on how best to address the burgeoning need for its educational services. What a great problem to have! Congratulations to the district, to board member Arthur Beaudry for his vision on what MST could be, to Principal Machado for her exemplary leadership, and to the great staff at the Manchester School of Technology. 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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ON THE COVER 12 BEST OF 2019 We hand counted all of your votes for more than 100 categories in this year’s Best of readers’ poll, and now, the results! You told us all about your favorite foods, the places you love to go and the things you love to do in southern New Hampshire. Find out if your favorites won, and see what your fellow readers think is the best so you can plan your next meal, your next family outing or even your next trip to the dentist! ALSO ON THE COVER, find everything you need for your next camping trip at the annual NH Camping & RV Show, p.38. Sample all kinds of brews at NH Craft Beer Week, p. 44. And watch a movie or two at the annual Jewish Film Fest, p.53.


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Minimum wage

The state legislature passed a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10 per hour in 2020, up from $7.25 per hour, with another increase in 2021, but Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has indicated he doesn’t support an increase, the Associated Press reported. The bill would raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2020 and $11 or $12 an hour in 2021, depending on additional benefits provided by employers, such as paid sick days, according to the AP. The bill also would set the “tipped” minimum wage at $4 an hour, with workers such as waiters making below the new minimum wage but earning tips to compensate for the difference. The state has based its minimum wage on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, the lowest in New England. Proponents argue that $7.25 isn’t a living wage, while opponents say an increase would cost jobs due to increased personnel costs, the AP reported.

Election misconduct

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald has opened four cases in response to alleged illegal campaign activities and one case alleging electional official misconduct in connection with Election Day on March 12, according to the Attorney General’s Offices Election Day Operations report. The Attorney General’s Election Hotline received 32 inquiries on Election Day and 29 additional calls before and after Election Day, bringing the weekly total hotline inquiries to 61. Routine issues and concerns were remedied with support from investigators in the field or attorneys on the Election Hotline, according to the report.

Gun sales

The House of Representatives voted 199-147 to pass a bill that establishes a mandatory seven-day waiting period on gun sales in New Hampshire with few exceptions, House Majority Leader Doug Ley (D-Jaffrey) announced in a press release. Waiting periods save lives by preventing impulsive acts of violence and suicide, Ley said in the release, which also noted that suicide rates in New Hampshire have risen by 48.3 percent between the years of 1999 and 2016, while firearm-related suicides have been reduced in states that have waiting period legislation.

Bicentennial Week

June 2 through June 8 will be New Hampshire State House Bicentennial Week — a designation made official on March 22 when Gov. Chris Sununu signed a into law a House bill that also makes June 6, 2019, Legislative Old Home Day, according to a press release from Sununu’s office. Plans for the celebration include music, fireworks, a panel discussion of former governors and former legislators, according to Sununu’s office. The Statehouse opened on June 2, 1819. The building is the oldest state capital in which both houses of the legislature meet in their original chambers.

Opioid grant

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services has announced the second installment of funding for State Opioid Response grants. New Hampshire is scheduled to receive an additional $11.9 million, according to the office of Gov. Chris Sununu. The grant will fund innovative approaches to coping with the opioid crisis, the release said.

Family leave act

The New Hampshire House passed a paid family and medical leave bill that will now be sent to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who has said he will veto the bill, the Concord Monitor reported. The House bill, which the Senate approved last month, calls for up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption or fostering of a child, a serious illness not related to employment or the serious illness of a spouse or certain other relatives, according to multiple media outlets. Under the bill, businesses would be required to provide insurance or send less than 1 percent of employees’ weekly wages to the state. Meanwhile, Sununu and co-sponsor Vermont Gov. Philip Scott have teamed up to propose a voluntary program in which New Hampshire and Vermont would cover up to six week of leave, according to the Monitor. Nationally, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan released an announcement that they are cosponsoring the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act to create a gender-neutral paid family and medical leave program to help support caregivers in the workforce.

The New Hampshire Lottery is offering youth baseball and softball players a chance to meet retired Boston Red Sox legend and World Series Champion David Ortiz and Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster on Wednesday, April 10, at 3 p.m. at the New Hampshire Statehouse in Concord. Coaches throughout New Hampshire are invited to nominate the most deserving players from last year’s teams at


The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 230-98 to pass HB 494 addressing the removal of contaminants from the Coakley Landfill, a Superfund site in North Hampton, according to a press release from State Rep. Renny Cushing (D-Hampton), prime sponsor of Hooksett the legislation. Cushing said decades of contamination caused by the Coakley Landfill has negatively impacted families living in the area. Goffstown


The New Hampshire Fisher Cats will kick off the new seaBedford son of Double-A baseball at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on ThursAmherst day, April 4, with a 6:35 p.m. game against the Binghamton Rumble Milford Ponies. The team will get a new 1,850-square-foot video board, replacing the 384-square foot screen.








Two programs run by the Community College System of New Hampshire and funded by the New Hampshire Department of Education have seen significant growth in participation this year when compared to last year, according to state data. Student participation in both Running Start and Early College increased last fall to 6,274; in the fall of 2017, 4,779 students took classes. The programs allow high school students to take classes for college credits that can be transferred to many colleges in New Hampshire and across the United States.


The Department of Defense has included projects at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on a list of military construction projects that could lose funding, according to a statement from U.S Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH). A press release from Sen. Majority Leader Dan Feltes lists four critical projects that could lose funding including $62 million for a consolidated paint, blast and rubber facility; $12 million warehouse; $110 million dry dock #1 superflood basin; and $40 million for an extended portal crane rail.

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Program offers house calls for opioid abuse support By Scott Murphy

A new federally funded program will allow first responders to perform non-emergency house calls to help individuals struggling with opioid use disorder. In late February, fire departments in Concord, Dunbarton, Epping, Hooksett and Laconia were the first in the state to receive grants to launch the program. Short for “First responders Initiating Recovery, Support and Treatment,” Project FIRST is being coordinated by the state’s Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is fully funding the initial rollout with a four-year, $3.1 million grant. Program manager Paula Holigan said the communication starts after first responders answer an overdose call. Once they’re able, victims can sign a release consenting to follow-up visits. During these house calls, first responders will educate individuals and their families about CPR, rescue breathing and naloxone administration, as well as provide information about treatment and recovery options in their community. First responders will be trained through the division on how to conduct these house calls. They’ll also provide emergency opioid overdose kits containing naloxone to individuals they meet with. “Since 2014, New Hampshire has remained in the top three [among all states] for opioid overdoses and deaths,” Holigan said. “First responders have a great opportunity to intervene. They’re in people’s homes during emergencies and see [the victim’s] living conditions.”

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In many ways, Project FIRST is similar to the Safe Station programs in Manchester and Nashua. Launched in 2016, Safe Station allows anyone struggling with addiction to seek assistance at any fire station in the cities. Emergency personnel will provide whatever medical attention they can before referring them to local treatment services. Holigan said Safe Station has been a “fantastic” program, particularly because people “generally don’t know where to access treatment.” However, she said many cities and towns can’t manage that type of system given their volume of calls for other emergencies. Aaron McIntire, deputy chief of the Concord Fire Department, said questions about the city’s lack of a Safe Station system were common after the program proved successful. However, he said, Concord would have struggled with staffing the city’s four stations specifically for Safe Station drop-ins. By comparison, there are seven stations in Nashua and 11 in Manchester. “We have to cover a very large geographical area, and out of those four firehouses, we’re running over 9,000 runs a year,” said McIntire.

“What that equals is an empty firehouse most of the time. … We can’t guarantee someone is going to be at a firehouse to bring someone in.” McIntire described Project FIRST as a “long overdue program for us,” which is why Concord joined Dunbarton, Epping, Hooksett and Laconia in applying for grants to implement the program. Joseph Stalker, captain of EMS at the Hooksett Fire Rescue Department, said a key feature of the program is its proactive approach. “Much like fire prevention, we wanted to look at something we could do proactively,” said Stalker. “Why shouldn’t we take that same initiative and use it toward trying to prevent overdoses.” According to McIntire, another key benefit is providing resources to at-risk individuals right after an emergency call. He said that when someone reaches their “vulnerable point” is always different, and making that connection with Project FIRST shows victims they have community resources whenever they’re ready to seek treatment.

Beyond the call

Holigan said departments have flexibility on how they implement the program. Stalker said Hooksett has a smaller department with tight scheduling, so they have seven EMS personnel who volunteered to work overtime as needed. In Concord, McIntire said they’re looking to hire a program director to serve as the department’s main contact and coordinator. “They didn’t come in and say, ‘This is the program, this is how you have to do it,’” said Stalker. “They’ve been very flexible for each individual department. … We all operate differently, we all have different requirements.” Holigan said departments are also encouraged to host community events to educate the public about opioid use disorder and the Project FIRST program. On top of that, Stalker said Hooksett is looking to invest in advertising and social media promotion. For first responders, Holigan said, another key aspect of the program is addressing “compassion fatigue.” With the high volume of opioid cases in New Hampshire over the last several years, Stalker said, answering overdose calls can become taxing for EMS personnel. “That has in time started to wear on our providers,” said Stalker. “It can be frustrating to go to overdose after overdose and not see anything get better.” While Project FIRST is still a new program for these communities, McIntire said he thinks it’s “going to be huge.” While he “wishes [Concord] had this program three years ago,” he said everything is starting to come together in terms of stakeholders working to address the opioid crisis in more effective ways. “There’s a lot of people that need help, and it’s going to take a multifaceted approach,” said Holigan. “A community approach is the only way to solve this opioid epidemic.”


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Nashua director releases director’s cut of 2015 horror film Five years ago, Nashua filmmaker Douglas Guarino won a film contest, the prize of which was the opportunity to direct a feature-length horror film called The Writer’s Ghost. Guarino recently revisited the film and released a new director’s cut on Amazon Prime.

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challenge because we all had paranormal experiences there that affected the shoot. There was one scene where [the lead actress] had to sit in the basement in the dark, and while she was down there, she saw Douglas Guarino someone’s legs move across the bottom of the cellar doorway, but no one was there. She refused to go down in the basement by herself after that. Then, there were times when we were all downstairs, shooting a scene, and we would hear someone walking around upstairs. That was actually caught on the audio.

How did you come to direct The Writer’s Ghost? A [film production] company was running a contest for people to take their finished feature film script — actually, it was written by Michael Hitchcock, a relative of Alfred Hitchcock — and shoot a trailer for it. I ... thought it Why did you decide to revisit the film? would be fun, so I put the best parts of the script We had a premiere for it four years ago, and together and grabbed some actors and shot it in six hours at a friend’s lakehouse. [The compa- it didn’t really go anywhere after that, and the ny] contacted me six weeks later and said I had producers lost interest in it. Recently, I started thinking about it again and watched it, and I won. Then I went out to Montana to shoot it. found that the pacing was a little off and there were too many repetitive scenes. At the time, What is the film about? The official logline is “a dark saga of a vio- those scenes are your babies, and it’s hard to let lent, mad spirit that takes his rage out on an them go, but I had all the original files backed innocent girl, forcing her to survive the hor- up, so I just started fooling around with it and ror of pure evil.” Basically, a girl moves into re-editing it, and it actually came out much beta new house and is haunted by the spirit of the ter. I asked the producers if we could re-release guy who built it. He possesses her boyfriend it, kind of as a director’s cut, and they said yes. and causes him to do some terrible things. It’s What’s next for you? a horror movie, for sure. I’m doing some location scouting right now around Nashua and in Massachusetts for a What is it like shooting a horror film? It’s kind of funny, because when you’re script I’ve written called Following Bliss. It’s shooting a scary scene, it isn’t scary. There’s a drama about a man in his 30s who discovers a bunch of people standing around and camer- he has a terminal disease, so he sells his stuff as. ... It’s funny to go back and watch the scene and hits the road to find himself. On the road, he meets Bliss, a woman who is also dying of ... and remember how silly it was shooting it. a terminal disease, and an intense love develWhat was the most challenging thing about ops between them. Then he moves back to his hometown and learns that he has been misdidirecting The Writer’s Ghost? The house that we were shooting in we were agnosed. It’s a movie of self-discovery. — Angie Sykeny also living in during the shoot, and that was a 603.778.6994 MQX Sponsors: Gammill Quilting Systems ABM / Innova Superior Threads • Bittersweet Fabric Shop Handi Quilter • IntelliQuilter • Janome America 125894

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QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX Arsenic and bladder cancer

New Hampshire has the highest rate of bladder cancer cases in the nation, a rate that is 37 percent higher than the national rate, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of the leading causes of bladder cancer in the state is exposure to arsenic in private drinking water wells. In recognition of Bladder Cancer Awareness Month in May and Drinking Water Week (May 6 through May 12), the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Environmental Services encourage people with a private well to reduce their risk of bladder cancer and other health risks associated with arsenic exposure by testing their well water for arsenic every three years and treating the water if needed. QOL Score: - 1 Comment: Children who are growing and developing may be especially vulnerable to health risks, including impaired brain development, growth problems and unhealthy immune systems. Research at Dartmouth has observed drinking water concentrations of arsenic in New Hampshire to be associated with blood pressure changes, gestational diabetes in pregnant women, and effects on fetal growth and infant infections.

SleepOut success

More than $332,000 was raised during Waypoint’s 5th annual SleepOut, an event which invites people to sleep outside for a night in downtown Manchester to raise funds and awareness for New Hampshire’s homeless youth, according to a press release. Around 130 people participated; among them were Governor Chris Sununu, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig and Congressman Chris Pappas. Waypoint works to prevent youth homelessness, address the needs of youth who become homeless and empower homeless youth to become self-sufficient. QOL Score: +1 Comment: Waypoint is still accepting donations to reach its goal of $350,000. Visit

Falcons on cam

Peregrine falcon activity has been spotted at the New Hampshire Audubon’s peregrine nest box, located atop the Brady Sullivan Tower in Manchester, via three high-definition cameras that provide a 24/7 public live stream of the nest box, according to a press release. Peregrines typically lay their eggs in March, hatch chicks before early May and fledge their young by early June. See if you can spot the birds at conservation-2/peregrine-web-cam. QOL Score: +1 Comment: Last year was the best breeding season for peregrine falcons in New Hampshire in four decades, with a total of 43 young peregrine fledged.

A battle for good

This year’s CHaD Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship raised $278,000 to benefit the programs and kids at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, according to a press release. The game, held Saturday, March 16, at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, plays up the friendly rivalry between firefighters and police officers from across New Hampshire. Team Fire broke its three-game losing streak, scoring the game-winning goal with 5.6 seconds left on the clock. QOL Score: +1 Comment: Players raise funds by selling sponsorships and tickets to the game and collecting donations. This year’s top fundraiser was Team Police’s Kyle Daly, who raised $33,405. QOL Score: 52 Net change: +2 QOL this week: 54 What’s affecting your Quality of Life here in New Hampshire? Let us know at


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In a week with a Bob Kraft apology, the sadness around the retirement of Gronk, and another couple of bricks in the wall of the catastrophic Celtics season, the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament had only the Mueller report for competition for news space. It had my attention and here’s some of what I found most interesting. CBS will never mention this, but the NCAA scandal rap sheet last week had ex-Auburn assistant Chuck Person pleading guilty for taking bribes to steer players to an agent and LSU beating Maryland on a last-second shot by all-name teamer Tremont Waters with head coach Will Wade suspended after being heard on a wiretap discussing getting players in less than legal ways. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 101: Name the only player since 1966 named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Final Four who did not play for the championship team. The Pheeew! Award: Goes to losing-bysix-at-the-half Virginia, because being the only second top seed ever to lose to a 16 seed would have been 10 times more embarrassing than being the first to do that last year. But they turned on the jets after that and blew away Gardner Webb with a 41-20 second half. The Family Revenge Game: Since Minnesota Coach Richard Pitino is the banished-from-Louisville Rick’s son, that would be the Gophers eliminating the Cardinals in Round 1. Guessing they liked that in the Pitino clan. I liked it better when Gonzaga was a little engine that could and my brackets go to team for an early upset. I just can’t get used to them regularly being in the pool to pick from as a top seed. After Alabama’s opening-round loss to Norfolk St. in the we’re-number-65 NIT, ex-Mavs, ex-Nets coach Avery Johnson became the latest NBA first coach to flunk out

of college after going 75-52 in Tuscaloosa. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 101 Answer: The only MOP of the Final Four from a team winning the title since 1966 was Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon in 1983. NCAA Tournament 102: Duke has had six Final Four Most Outstanding Players. How many can you name? Hint: The first was in 1963; the others are from 1990 on. CBS had a camera exclusively isolated on Zion Williamson to track his every move last weekend. They never did that for Michael Jordan at his NBA zenith or LeBron today. However, some think teammate R.J. Barrett could be the better pro than Zion. They wonder if his 6’7” power game can work over NBA bigs like Joel Embiid, Rudy Gobert and the like as it did in college, where he shot an outlandish 70 percent from the field. A preview may have been the issues he had facing monstrous Tacko (bell) Fall in Duke’s nail-biting win vs. UCF. Others point to what Charles Barkley did in the NBA with a similar but shorter body. I haven’t seen him that much, but what’s clear is he has Chuck’s same quickness on the inside, in space and getting into the air, where he has hard-to-match hop. Who didn’t get a kick out of the pictures of 5’2” sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson standing next to the 7’6” Tacko? He’s the biggest college basketball player I’ve seen since Manute Bol came to play us that surreal night at NHC in 1984. An inch shorter, but he’s more than twice as wide. I do like stand-up guys. So thumbs up to wo, wo, Wofford star Fletcher Magee for saying he “let his team down” in a nightmare 0-12 night from downtown and 4-17 overall, helped along by a stifling Wildcat D. As Kentucky was battling wo, wo, Wofford I wondered whether Wenyen Gabriel might regret leaving school early and then going undrafted. And whether another year to gain more experience and get stronger at U.K. would have helped his 2019 draft stock. The good news is he’s averaging 10 points and seven rebounds per with G-League Stockton on a two-way contract for the Sacramento Kings.

Wondering if the mom of Day 1 star Ja Morant was actually going to name him Jay and just got distracted when she was filling out the birth certificate. Be that as it may, I liked what I saw from the likely lottery pick putting up a Rondo-esque 16-11-17 triple double on Marquette in Murray State’s opening round. It was only the ninth triple D since that became a stat in 1988. How Times Have Changed Award: If you go back 20 years the Tom Izzo flip-out on freshman Aaron Henry would have gotten a “what’s the big deal?” shrug. While Bobby Knight’s conduct was rarely right, nor was Izzo taping Henry in the stomach, it wasn’t close to a Top 50 Knight tirade. But, as they can tell you in Bedford, in a world of micromanaging parents and scared stiff administrators, being tough on pampered/ fragile kids to draw out their toughness and fight doesn’t make it these days. What was once an admired coaching quality is the opposite today. NCAA Tournament 102 Answer: The Duke MOPs are Art Heyman (1963), Christian Laettner (1991), Bobby Hurley (1992), Shane Battier (2001), Kyle Singler (2010) and Tyus Jones (2015). Duke’s escape vs. UCF gave the blueprint for how to beat Coach K’s team – take away the inside and they’re very beatable because they can’t make threes. That’s backed up by the amazing stat that Duke isn’t in the Top THREE HUNDRED Division I teams in shooting threes. Teams today don’t usually survive that. Finally, that final-seconds swing tip by UCF’s Aubrey Dawkins that hung on the rim before rolling off is the kind of near miss that doesn’t let you sleep for three or four days. Even when you had a spectacular 32-point game filled with big shots as Dawkins had against his head coach dad’s (Johnny) mentor’s team. One last reason to like Dawkins: He prepped at New Hampton School in Bristol.

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NCAA hockey on tap The Big Story: The NCAA Hockey Northeast Regional is back this week at the SNHU Arena. It kicks off Friday at 3 p.m. when one-seed UMass takes on four-seed Harvard followed by two-seed Clarkson facing three-seed Notre Dame at 6:30 p.m. The championship game will be Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with the victor heading to the Frozen Four in Buffalo on April 11 and April 13. The up side of the down years continuing this season at host UNH being tickets are still available by calling the box office at the Arena or at Sports 101: Name the only NBA player to win back-to-back MVPs and not do it with the same team. Big Story II: For the second straight week we go to press just before the results are in about the rampaging men’s and women’s basketball teams at St. Anselm. Thus the results of the opening-round games at the Elite 8 will be known by the time you read this. The women faced 33-1 Southwestern Oklahoma State on Tuesday and the five-seed men followed on Wednesday vs. the never-heard-of-before Nova S’eastern. Deja Vu All Over Again Award: It goes to those seeing the SNHU softball team go

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5 – goals scored by Londonderry’s Breda Holland to go along with an assist as the St. Anselm women downed AIC 18-6 in lacrosse action. 6 – straight years the vaunted L.A. Lakers have missed the playoffs with this time happening despite LeBron James’ joining the team in free agency. 10 & 6 – combined points and goals from Kristen

for a 3-0 win in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader with AIC, followed by another 3-0 win in Game 2. They were led by the shutout pitching of Maddy Barron and Olivia Strasser, who allowed just five hits between them. Vote of the Week: Legalized sports betting got a step closer to becoming a reality when the New Hampshire House voted 269-82 in favor of making it law last week. Now it’s on to Gov. Sununu for signing which he’ll do enthusiastically. Sports 101 Answer: The only player to win back-to-back MVP awards in the NBA while playing for two different teams was Moses Malone in 1982 with Houston and 1983 with the 76ers. On This Day – March 28: 1942 – Stanford beats national power Dartmouth 53-38 in the fourth NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game. 1963 – The New York Jets are born as the New York Titans are bought from bankruptcy by entertainment impresario Sonny Werblin. 1990 – Michael Jordan scores a career-high 69 while again torturing the Cavaliers when he goes 23-47 on FGs and 21-23 in FTs to go along with six assists and four steals in a 117-113 OT win.

Wilder and (very) Merry Harrington as SNHU lacrosse crowned Queens 16-3. 25 – goals scored by the St. Anselm men in a 25-9 NE-10 lacrosse win over Post when Matt Ward led the way with a career-high seven goals. 7,500 – dollars donated to Elliot Health System by the Monarchs Care Foundation to benefit the construction of the new Elliot Region-

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Chuck Person: One-time Celtic assassin and major 1990s Indiana Pacers trash talker not doing much talking these days after being ensnared in the latest college basketball recruiting scandal. The Rifleman pleaded guilty to taking $91,500 in bribes for steering players to an agent, which will likely, ah, net him two years in the can. Coach K: Moniker I always refer to when Mike Krzyzewski comes up because even 30 years after his arrival at Duke I still can’t spell his name correctly without looking it up. Art Heyman: National Player of the Year and Final Four MOP in 1963 during a twotime All-American career at Duke. Basically flamed out in the NBA after being taken first overall by the Knicks; he later surfaced in the fledgling ABA, where he averaged 20 points per and teamed with fellow New York legend Connie Hawkins to lead the Pittsburgh Pipers to the first league title. Manute Bol Come to Manchester: A surreal night when the game strangely seemed more like the circus had arrived in town where the packed house at then NHC came to see its star 7’7” attraction. It was so packed that people ringed the floor to the point where the players literally could not go out of bounds. It turned out to be a boring game won by BU, which we avenged down there in a game where NHC leaper Darryl Walker threw down a put back dunk over Bol that remains one of the top five dunks I’ve ever seen.



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Results are in


New winners, new categories, returning favorites — it’s time for the winners of Hippo’s Best of 2019 readers’ poll! As we do every year, we asked you about the tastiest eats, the best entertainment options and your favorite outdoor spots. We also asked you new questions — including for your picks for the best indoor playground for kids, the best off-leash outing for dogs and the funnest local celebrity.

ARTS Best Performing Arts Venue

Best of the best: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, The 890-seat theater opened in 1915 and is home to its own professional, youth and teen performing companies and hosts visiting theater, music, dance and comedy acts. Its next mainstage production, A Chorus Line, opens Friday, April 19. Best of Concord: Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh. com. The 1,304-seat theater opened in 1927 and hosts traveling theater shows, dance performances, musical and comedy acts, film screenings and more. Its next event is Celtic Woman on Friday, March 29. Best of Manchester: Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry, 437-5100, The 700-seat venue hosts music and comedy events and occasionally theatrical shows. Its next show is Blind Melon on Saturday, March 30, at 8 p.m. Best of Nashua: Riverwalk Cafe & Music HIPPO | MARCH 28 - APRIL 3, 2019 | PAGE 12

Bar, 35 Railroad Square, Nashua, 578-0200, In addition to craft cocktails and coffee, the venue has live music Thursday through Sunday and other days as scheduled. The next show is Barika and Meridian 71 on Friday, March 29, at 8 p.m.

Best Art Gallery

Best of the best: Kelly Stelling Contemporary, 221 Hanover St., Manchester, 345-1779, The contemporary art gallery features a variety of 2D and 3D art by emerging artists from New England and beyond. The next exhibition, “Neon Wilderness,” runs March 28 through April 26, with an opening reception on Thursday, March 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Best of Concord: League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Concord Gallery, 36 N. Main St., Concord, 228-8171, The gallery and shop features a variety of traditional and contemporary fine crafts created by New Hampshire craftspeople. Best of Manchester: Jupiter Hall, 89

And, after hand-counting your votes, here are the results. Looking for things to do as the weather warms up? Check out these suggestions for food, arts, shopping, hiking, biking and more. Get even more suggestions for fun outings in our annual magazine, coming out later this spring. And now, the winners are... Hanover St., Manchester, 289-4661, The multi-purpose arts venue features visual art exhibitions, performance art, art classes and other events. The next event is a performance by Stranger Than Fiction Improv and Comedy on Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m. Best of Nashua: ArtHub, 30 Temple St., Nashua, 966-4429, The collaborative gallery and workspace features art by Nashua Area Artists Association members and other artists in the greater Nashua area. The current exhibition, “50 Shades of Green,” is on view now through April 27.

Best Live Theatrical Production

Best of the best: A Christmas Carol, Palace Theatre professional production. The show ran at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, Nov. 30 through Dec. 23. Best of Concord: The Sound of Music. The show came to the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh. com) on Feb. 20, 2019.

Best of Manchester: Mamma Mia!, Palace Theatre professional production. The show ran at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, April 6 through May 6. Best of Nashua: Hairspray, Peacock Players ( The show ran May 11 through May 20 at the Court Street Theater (14 Court St., Nashua).

Best Arts Market

Best of the best: Concord Arts Market, 1 Bicentennial Square, Concord, The juried outdoor artisan and fine art market runs weekly on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June through September. Best of Concord: Craftsmen’s Fair, The nine-day craft fair is hosted by the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen at Mount Sunapee Resort (1398 Route 103, Newbury) every summer. This year it will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 11. Best of Manchester: The Craftworkers’ Guild, 5 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford,

472-8109, The craft organization holds seasonal shops featuring a variety of crafts created by local craftspeople. The next shop will run Thursday, May 2, through Saturday, May 11. Best of Nashua: Greeley Park Art Show, The outdoor art show, hosted by the Nashua Area Artists Association, is held every summer in Greeley Park (100 Concord St., Nashua). This year’s show is on Saturday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 18.


Best of the best: 5 Diamond Salon, 915 Holt Ave., Suite 4, Manchester, 459-3367, Best of Concord: Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-0099, Best of Manchester: Blank Canvas Salon, 1F Commons Drive, #38, Londonderry, 8184294, Best of Nashua: Fancy Nancy’s Elite Hair Designers, 295 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 891-0202,

Best Barbershop

Best of the best: Lucky’s Barbershop and Shave Parlor, 50 S. State St., Concord, 7155470, (second location at 801 Islington St., Suite 28, Portsmouth) Best of Concord: American Barber Studios, 4 Park St., No. 2, Concord, 225-3052, Best of Manchester: Dude’s Barber Shop, 1311 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 626-0533, Best of Nashua: The Polished Man, 108 Spit Brook Road, Nashua, 718-1468, (second location at 707 Milford Road, Unit 3A, Merrimack)

Best Spa

Best of the best: Renew MediSpa, 29 Indian Rock Road, Windham, 894-0070, Best of Concord: Serendipity Day Spa & Float Studio, 23 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 229-0400, Best of Manchester: Chill Spa, 1224 Hanover St., Manchester, 622-3722, chillspa. com Best of Nashua: Innovations The Salon & Spa, 228 Naticook Road, Merrimack, 8807499,

Best Tattoo Shop

Best of the best: Tattoo Angus, 179 Elm St., Manchester, 935-9398, Best of Concord: Arrows and Embers Tattoo, 117 Manchester St., Suite 3, Concord, 988-6067, Best of Manchester: Underworld Tattoo Co., 282 Main St., Salem, 458-7739, facebook. com/underworldtattoocompany Best of Nashua: Mayhem Ink Tattoo, 89 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 595-8282, mayhemink. tattoo

The Fine Print The vote

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


The Best of 2019 is a celebration of all things local. Large national and international chains are, for the most part, not included in the count. Smaller chains with at least two-thirds of their locations in New Hampshire are eligible, as are businesses with two locations one of which is in New Hampshire. The “Best of the Best” designation goes to the person, place or thing that receives the most votes in the category. “Best of Manchester,” “Best of Nashua” and “Best of Concord” are awarded to the next top entries located in those areas. In categories with a “Best,” “Runner-up” and “Honorable Mention,” those there are the top vote-getters in that category.

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

Questions, Comments, Concerns

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

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Best of the best: “Adult Group Training” at Dynamic Strength and Conditioning, 115 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 882-2348, The one-hour sessions occur Monday through Friday in the early morning, mid-day and evening, plus Saturday mornings, and focus on all aspects of fitness, from mobility to strength training. Best of Concord: “Smart Group Training” at Get Fit NH, 287 S. Main St., Concord, 344-2651, One-hour classes are held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the morning and evening and consist of strength and metabolic training. Best of Manchester: “Aerial Fitness” at Kama Fitness, 55 S. Commercial St., Manchester, 702-3737, The class comes in Intro, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and open levels and focuses on aerial skills like climbs, basic movements, body wraps, conditioning and strengthening and more. Best of Nashua: “Women’s Group Training” at Dynamic Strength and Conditioning, 115 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 882-2348, The women’s one-hour class focuses on building strength, mobility and cardio and is held Monday through Thursday in the morning and evening and Friday and Saturday in the morning. Best of the best: Sol Power Yoga, 25 S. River Road, No. 106, Bedford, 732-6185, Best of Concord: Ohana Yoga, 44 Cedar St., Contoocook, 748-1539, ohanayoganh. com Best of Manchester: YogaBalance, 135 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 625-4000, Best of Nashua: Banyan Tree Yoga, 5 Pine St., Unit 2A, Nashua, 889-1121,

Best of the best: Dimensions in Dance, 84 Myrtle St., Manchester, 668-4196, Best of Concord: Concord Dance Academy, 26 Commercial St., Concord, 226-0200, Best of Manchester: Bedford Dance Center, 172 Route 101, Bedford, 472-5141, Best of Nashua: Showcase Performing Arts Center, 5 Executive Drive, Hudson, 883-0055,


Best of the best: Adam Gray, Get Fit NH, 287 S. Main St., Concord, 344-2651, getfitnh. com Best of Concord: Katie Behner, Pointe Barre Studio, 10 Hills Ave., Concord, 9429288, Best of Manchester: Karlene Linxweiler, Kama Fitness, 55 S. Commercial St., Manchester, 702-3737, Best of Nashua: Matt Skeffington, Dynamic Strength and Conditioning, 115 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 882-2348,

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Best of the best: Jason Drapeau, 5 Diamond Salon, 915 Holt Ave., Suite 4, Manchester, 4593367, Best of Concord: Josh Craggy, Lucky’s Barbershop and Shave Parlor, 50 S. State St., Concord, 715-5470, Best of Manchester: Jonathan Buckley, Classy Edge Barbershop, 122 Bridge St., Pelham, 508-6074, Best of Nashua: Rick Lindof, The Polished Man, 108 Spit Brook Road, Nashua, 718-1468,

Best Hair Stylist

Best of the best: Erin Crowley, Fancy Nancy’s Elite Hair Designers, 295 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 891-0202, Best of Concord: Kae Mason, Salon K, 18 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-0099, Best of Manchester: Samantha Courtois, 5 Diamond Salon, 915 Holt Ave., Suite 4, Manchester, 459-3367, Best of Nashua: Edward Hayes, Terra Salon, 137 Main St., Nashua, 889-8738,

Friendliest Dentist

Best of the best: Dr. Elizabeth Spindel & Victoria Spindel Rubin, Spindel General and Cosmetic Dentistry, 862 Union St., Manchester, 669-9049, In many cases, votes for this mother (Dr. Elizabeth Spindel) and daughter (Dr. Victoria Spindel Rubin) dentist duo were either for both or were unclear about which Spindel voters were picking so this year they share the Friendliest Dentist title.







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Catherine Hilscher, Cats Kingdom, Manchester By Lisa Redmond

For years Catherine Hilscher owned and operated the Hot Spot cafe in Bedford — until her beloved Pierre got sick. Pierre was her purebred Persian cat who developed kidney disease. Although she understood Pierre’s eventual fate, Hilscher was on a mission to keep him comfortable. What she needed was a store that sold cat food that was highly digestible and had bio-appropriate protein content that Pierre would eat. “There was not a lot out there,’’ Hilscher said. So she had an idea. After taking out a small loan, she opened Cats Kingdom at 757 Mast Road in Manchester. Although Pierre died six months after her cat-centered store opened in 2015, Hilscher has helped many other pet owners keep their cats healthy and happy

Best of Concord: Dr. Ray Orzechowski, 280 Pleasant St., Concord, 228-4456, Best of Manchester: Dr. Nicholas C. Rizos, 103 Riverway Place, Bedford, 669-4384, Best of Nashua: Charles Pipilas, 280 Main St., Suite 311, Nashua, 881-8280

WHAT TO WEAR Best Independent Clothing Store

Best of the best: Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co., 13 N. Main St., Concord, 228-1101, Best of Concord: Indigo Blues & Co., 902 Main St., Contoocook, 660-9290, Best of Manchester: Alapage, 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 622-0550, Best of Nashua: Camaraderie Boutique, 175 Main St., Nashua, 402-1908, camaraderiestyle. com

Best Independent Local Jeweler

Best of the best: Bellman Jewelers, 1650 Elm St., Manchester, 625-4653, Best of Concord: Capitol Craftsman & Romance Jewelers, 16 & 18 N. Main St., Concord, 224-6166, Best of Manchester: Jonathan’s Jewelers, 460 Route 101, Bedford, 471-2828, Best of Nashua: Scontsas Fine Jewelry & Home Decor, 169-173 Main St., Nashua, 8823281,

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with holistic, protein-rich food without fillers. She also sells CBD oil, the extract from marijuana, to help more sickly cats improve their quality of life. “I am so passionate about feeding cats right,’’ she said. “Cats have a lot of sensitivities and their intestinal tracts are different.’’ While she is the sole proprietor, Hilscher relies on the help of two volunteers — Nancy Letizia and Denise Dolinsky. Her 700-squarefoot store is stocked top to bottom with healthy foods, toys and treats to be enjoyed by even the most fussy of cats. Her customers come from far and wide to shop for their feline friends, she said. What she offers is healthy, affordable food that cats will eat, she said. “I want to sell to everyone, whether you have $1 or $5,000,’’ she said. If a customer needs help choosing a food to fit a cat’s digestive issues, Hilscher will

Best Independent Shoe Store

Best of the best: Alec’s Shoes, 1617 Southwood Drive, Nashua, 882-6811, alecs-shoes. com Best of Concord: Joe King’s Shoe Shop, 45 N. Main St., Concord, 225-6012, Best of Manchester: Benton Shoe Co., 814 Elm St., Manchester, 644-2550, bentonshoeco. com Best of Nashua: The Shoebox, 17 Route 101A, Amherst, 672-6570,

Best Secondhand Store

Best of the best: Mother & Child Clothing and Gifts, 135 Route 101A, Amherst, 886-6727, Best of Concord: Hilltop Consignment Gallery, 56 N. Main St., Concord, 856-0110, Best of Manchester: OutFITters Thrift Store, 394 Second St., Manchester, 641-6691, (second location at 20 S. Main St., Concord) Best of Nashua: Lucky Dog Thrift Shop, 23 Elm St., Nashua, 882-3647, luckydogthriftshop. com

HOME & SHOPPING Best Car Repair Shop

Best of the best: Duncan’s European Automotive, 3 Liberty Drive, Londonderry, 4345796, Best of Concord: Weed Family Automotive, 124 Storrs St., Concord, 225-7988, Best of Manchester: Pro-Image Automotive, 254 Sheffield Road, Manchester, 968-5159,

search the internet for the answer. Although she calls herself a “crazy cat lady,’’ Hilscher admits that she loves all animals. And despite her focus on felines, Hilscher does stock some dog food for customers who have both dogs and cats. But in the world of the big box stores, cats get the short end of the stick. “There are no cat stores,’’ she said. “There is no such thing.’’ Most big box stores cater to canines, she said. “It is a 90-10 split,’’ she said. After several years of trying to meet the demands of running both the Hot Spot and Cats Kingdom, Hilscher finally made the decision to sell the Hot Spot to concentrate on her first love, cats. “I have found my niche,” she said. In her spare time she fosters cats and tries to find them “forever’’ homes.

Best of Nashua: Merrimack Auto Center, 9 Webb Drive, Merrimack, 216-9596; 150 Amherst St., Nashua, 546-0157,

Best Garden Center or Nursery

Best of the best: Cole Gardens, 430 Loudon Road, Concord, 229-0655, Best of Concord: Black Forest Nursery and Garden Center, 209 King St., Boscawen, 7962756, Best of Manchester: Demers Garden Center, 656 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 625-8298, Best of Nashua: House by the Side of the Road, 370 Gibbons Highway, Wilton, 654-9888,

Best Florist

Best of the best: Cobblestone Design Co., 81 N. Main St., One Capital Plaza, Concord, 2285980, Best of Concord: D. McLeod Florist, 49 S. State St., Concord, 225-3721, Best of Manchester: Chalifour’s Flowers, 46 Elm St., Manchester, 623-8844, Best of Nashua: Fortin Gage Flowers & Gifts, 86 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 882-3371,

Best Place to Buy a Unique Gift

Best of the best: Pop of Color, 816 Elm St., Manchester, 624-5999, (home decor and gifts) Best of Concord: Capitol Craftsman & Romance Jewelers, 16 & 18 N. Main St., Concord, 224-6166,

Cats Kingdom owner Cathy Hilscher and her cat Rockey. Courtesy photo.

Best of Manchester: Manchester Craft Market, 1500 S. Willow St., Manchester, 716-5520, Best of Nashua: Casual Cat Picture Framing & Unique Gifts, 141 Route 101A, Amherst, 8821443,

BEST RESTAURANTS Best Restaurant Overall

Best of the best: The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, Best of Concord: Revival Kitchen & Bar, 11 Depot St., Concord, 715-5723, revivalkitchennh. com Best of Manchester: Copper Door Restaurant, 15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677, (The Copper Door also has a location in Salem.) Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Great Steaks, 438 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 4240995,

Best New Eatery

Best of the best: Noodz, 968 Elm St., Manchester, 836-5878, find them on Facebook. Noodz opened in December 2018 in the former space of Finesse Pastries in downtown Manchester, brought to you by co-owners Joel Soucy and Nick Provencher, who opened The Birch on Elm just across the street and down a block a couple of years earlier. While The Birch on Elm touts a rotating dinner menu of globally inspired tapas, the platform at Noodz is more of a quick-service concept. Culinarily, Soucy describes the menu as a familiar and accessible take on Japanese- and Korean-inspired dishes, like ramen, dumplings, rice bowls and bao buns, all made from scratch.

Best of Concord: Chuck’s BARbershop, 90 Low Ave., Concord, 856-7520, This 1920s-inspired bar opened in a tucked away corner of Concord’s Eagle Square in February 2018. Like two other speakeasy-style establishments in the Granite State that came before it — 815 Cocktails and Provisions in Manchester, and CodeX Books. Antiques. Rarities. in Nashua — the entrance to Chuck’s BARbershop is hidden by a facade, and its interior is filled with period furniture and décor from the Prohibition era. The menu features a variety of appetizers, flatbreads, salads and desserts, in addition to barrel-aged cocktails and house-made liquors. Owner Liu Vaine said the bar’s name is a tribute to his late bartender friend Chuck Frederick Nutting. Best of Manchester: 1750 Taphouse, 170 Route 101, Bedford, 488-2573, 1750taphouse. com. The 1750 Taphouse opened in the former space of Restaurant Tek-Nique on Route 101 in Bedford in July 2018. Its name a reference to the year Bedford was established as a town, the eatery celebrates the historical landmarks and figures of Bedford through its rustic atmosphere and menu offerings, which include wood-fired brick-oven pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, appetizers and an extensive lineup of craft brews. Owner Louis Rylant, himself a Bedford resident, also owns the Sea Basket seafood restaurant in Wiscasset, Maine. Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Bakery & Café, 9 Market Place, Hollis, 465-5522, Buckley’s Bakery & Café opened

House, 354 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 2257665, Best of Manchester: Hooked Seafood Restaurant, 110 Hanover St., Manchester, 6061189, Best of Nashua: The Lobster Boat Restaurant, 453 DW Highway, Merrimack, 424-5221, (The Lobster Boat also has locations in Litchfield and Exeter.)

its second location in the former space of the Bank of America building near the Hollis town center in December 2018. The bakery features the same menu concept as its Merrimack counterpart, with homemade baked goods like breads, muffins, scones, croissants, pies and cakes, plus breakfast sandwiches, salads, paninis and more.

Best Fine Dining Restaurant

Best of the best: Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, Best of Concord: Revival Kitchen & Bar, 11 Depot St., Concord, 715-5723, revivalkitchennh. com Best of Manchester: Copper Door Restaurant, 15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677, (The Copper Door also has a location in Salem.) Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Great Steaks, 438 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 4240995,

Best Family Restaurant

Best of the best: The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, Best of Concord: Tucker’s, 80 South St., Concord, 413-5884, (Tucker’s also has locations in Hooksett, New London and Dover, and two on the way in Manchester and Merrimack.) Best of Manchester: T-Bones Great American Eatery, 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 641-6100, (T-Bones also has locations in Derry, Hudson, Laconia and Salem.) Best of Nashua: T-Bones Great American Eatery, 77 Lowell Road, Hudson, 882-6677, (T-Bones also has locations in Bedford, Derry, Laconia and Salem.)

Best Diner

Best of the best: The Red Arrow Diner, 61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118, (The Red Arrow Diner also has locations in Concord, Londonderry and Milford.) Best of Concord: Tilt’n Diner, 61 Laconia Road, Tilton, 286-2204, Best of Manchester: Airport Diner, 2280 Brown Ave., Manchester, 623-5040, thecman. com Best of Nashua: Joey’s Diner, 1 Craftsman Lane, Amherst, 577-8955,

Best Seafood Restaurant

Best of the best: Surf Restaurant, 207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, (Surf also has a location in Portsmouth.) Best of Concord: Makris Lobster & Steak


Best of the best: Buckley’s Bakery & Café, 436 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 2625929, (Buckley’s Bakery & Café also has a second location in Hollis that opened in December 2018.) Best of Concord: Bread & Chocolate, 29 S. Main St., Concord, 228-3330 Best of Manchester: Frederick’s Pastries, 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 647-2253, pastry. net (Frederick’s Pastries also has locations in Amherst and in North Andover, Mass.) Best of Nashua: Crosby Bakery, 51 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 882-1851, Crosby Bakery will hold a grand reopening ceremony on Saturday, April 6, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrating the new fourth-generation ownership of Ryan Morse, who is also a Nashua firefighter. The event will include free doughnut giveaways from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., while supplies last, plus a chance to win a gift card for a custom special occasion cake.


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Best Meal Delivery Kit



Beth Richards, Local Baskit, Concord By Matt Ingersoll

As a child growing up on her family’s vegetable garden in Des Moines, Iowa, Beth Richards of Concord was introduced to fresh, locally grown food at an early age. Later in life, when her nonprofit job required a lot of regular travel, she became an early adopter of the meal kit concept around the year 2013. She enjoyed the convenience of having readily available home-cooked meals but wondered how New Hampshire farms and other businesses could become a part of it. “I would try out these services, and they would talk about how local ingredients would be used, but there [wasn’t] anything actually local [to New England] that I saw anywhere in the packaging,” Richards said. “So I kept jotting down notes and beginning a business plan as early as 2014. I started to get serious about looking into running my own business, because it was really important to

Best Butcher Shop

Best of the best: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, Best of Concord: Concord Beef & Seafood, 79 S. Main St., Unit 8, Concord, 226-3474, find them on Facebook Best of Manchester: Mr. Steer Meats & More, 27 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 4341444, Best of Nashua: The Flying Butcher, 124 Route 101A, Amherst, 598-6328,

Best NH-Made Food Product

Best: Ben’s Sugar Shack, 83 Webster Highway, Temple, 924-3111, (Ben’s Sugar Shack features several homemade maple syrups and maple-infused products, like creams, candies, sauces and relishes.) Runner-up: Laurel Hill Jams & Jellies, 47 Birchwood Circle, Bedford, 472-5388, Laurel Hill Jams & Jellies produces a variety of handmade jams and jellies using fresh local fruits and wines. Honorable mention: Blackwater Mustard Co., 120 Tyler Road, Contoocook, 746-2349, Owner Steve Cybulski produces more than a dozen flavors of gourmet mustards, like an apple cider mustard, a cranberry mustard, a hot and sweet chocolate stout mustard, a maple mustard and a dill pickle mustard.

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me to see if this could work … at a local level.” That was how Local Baskit (10 Ferry St., Suite 120A, Concord, 219-0882, was born. Richards began forming relationships with farms like the Vegetable Ranch of Warner, Moulton Farm of Meredith and lēf Farms of Loudon to offer their fresh produce as part of her meal kits. In late 2016, she started working out of Genuine Local, a shared commercial kitchen in Meredith, and appeared at local farmers markets to gauge public feedback. She opened a storefront in Concord early the following year. “I met a lot of people with the same feelings and experiences that I had,” she said. “People love the idea to know that they were actually getting their meals locally. You might get cherry tomatoes or something from the Vegetable Ranch, for example, and those are tomatoes that they’ve just picked, so they are nice and fresh.” Since opening the shop, Richards has expanded Local Baskit to feature a

Best Takeout

Best of the best: The Puritan Backroom Restaurant, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, The Puritan Backroom’s takeout menu features chicken tenders plates, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza, ice cream and more. Best of Concord: Man Yee Chinese & Japanese Restaurant & Bar, 79 South St., Concord, 226-0001, Man Yee has takeout options like chicken, beef, pork, seafood or vegetarian lo mein; plus appetizers like spring rolls, beef and chicken teriyaki and fried or steamed dumplings; and dinner specials like udon and pad Thai. Best of Manchester: Sub Station, 1292 Hooksett Road, Suite H, Hooksett, 625-1800, The menu features a variety of hot and cold subs, plus salads. Best of Nashua: Sweet Ginger Thai Cuisine, 6 Dobson Way, Suite E, Merrimack, 424-8035, The menu includes curry dishes, noodles, fried rice, and specialty dishes like sweet ginger salmon.

DELICIOUS DISHES Best Dish or Drink You Had in the Last Year

Best of the best: Chicken tenders at The Puritan Backroom Restaurant, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, Options include regular, Buffalo, coconut, spicy or broiled, and all chicken tenders plates are served with french fries and coleslaw.

selection of local craft beers and small food purveyors like Port City Pretzels of Portsmouth and Jack’s Crackers of Keene. The business also now occupies a small cafe adjacent to the storefront in the Concord Center office complex, and offers a regular schedule of tastings, classes, demonstrations and other events. The meal kit delivery service has taken off in a big way too; even if you don’t live in Concord, Local Baskit has drivers that offer drop-offs to locations all over the state, from communities like Amherst and Nashua, all the way up to Gilford and Gilmanton and in several towns on the Seacoast. Weekly plans of two, three or four meals are available, and Richards said Local Baskit is also in the process of working with independent living facilities in the area to create a special “longevity basket” plan of at least two meals per week. “Not only do meal kits have the convenience of having fresh ideas of what to have for dinner, but they help keep peoBest of Concord: Figalicious cocktail at Revival Kitchen & Bar, 11 Depot St., Concord, 715-5723, The drink is made with Irish whiskey, black vodka, lemon juice and maple syrup, and garnished with dried fig and blue cheese skewers. Best of Manchester: Mudslides at The Puritan Backroom Restaurant, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, The restaurant’s original mudslide features Baileys Irish cream Kahlua coffee liqueur and vodka. Other options include an Almond Joy mudslide, a churro mudslide, a maple mudslide and a Milky Way mudslide. Best of Nashua: Lobster Kristina at Surf Restaurant, 207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, The dish is a steamed and shucked 1¼-pound lobster flambéed with cognac, lobster stock, chives, cream and butter. It’s served with jasmine rice and grilled asparagus. Surf Restaurant also has a location in Portsmouth.

Best Barbecue

Best of the best: KC’s Rib Shack, 837 Second St., Manchester, 627-7427, ribshack. net Best of Concord: Smokeshow Barbeque, 89 Fort Eddy Road, Concord, 227-6399, (Smokeshow Barbeque also has a location in Portsmouth.) Best of Manchester: Goody Cole’s Smokehouse and Catering Co., 374 Route 125, Brentwood, 679-8898, Best of Nashua: Smokehaus Barbecue,

Beth Richards of Local Baskit in Concord. Photo by Carrie Turner.

ple on a budget when they are weekly subscribers,” she said. “We want to introduce people to new foods … and create that joy around food by being loyal to local.”

278 Route 101, Amherst, 249-5734,

Best Breakfast

Best of the best: Tucker’s, 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 206-5757, tuckersnh. com (Tucker’s also has locations in Concord, Dover and New London, and two more on the way in Manchester and Merrimack.) Best of Concord: Tucker’s, 80 South St., Concord, 413-5884, (Tucker’s also has locations in Dover, Hooksett and New London, and two more on the way in Manchester and Merrimack.) Best of Manchester: Purple Finch Cafe, 124 S. River Road, Bedford, 232-1958, Best of Nashua: Parker’s Maple Barn, 1316 Brookline Road, Mason, 878-2308,

Best Burgers

Best of the best: The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, (The Barley House also has a location in North Hampton.) Best of Concord: Vibes Gourmet Burgers, 25 S. Main St., Concord, 856-8671, Best of Manchester: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, Best of Nashua: Papa Joe’s Humble Kitchen, 237 South St., Milford, 672-9130,

Best of Nashua: Main Street Gyro, 215 Main St., Nashua, 579-0666, mainstreetgyro. com

Best International Cuisine

Best French Fries

Best of the best: Sub Station, 1292 Hooksett Road, Suite H, Hooksett, 625-1800, Best of Concord: The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, (The Barley House also has a location in North Hampton.) Best of Manchester: Caesario’s, 1057 Elm St., Manchester, 669-8383, Best of Nashua: The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, (The Peddler’s Daughter also has a location in Haverhill, Mass.)

Best Greek Cuisine

Best of the best: Athens Restaurant, 31 Central St., Manchester, 623-9317, Best of Concord: The Gas Lighter Restaurant, 204 N. Main St., Concord, 228-8854, find them on Facebook Best of Manchester: Amphora Restaurant, 55 Crystal Ave., Derry, 537-0111, amphoranh. com

Best of the best: Matbah Mediterranean Cuisine, 866 Elm St., Manchester, 232-4066, This Ottoman-Turkish restaurant features kebabs, sandwiches, wraps, salads, cold and hot appetizers, Turkish coffee, baklava and more. Best of Concord: Siam Orchid Thai Bistro, 12 N. Main St., Concord, 228-1529, This Thai restaurant offers stir-fried noodle dishes, soups, salads, appetizers, fried rice, curry dishes and more. Best of Manchester: Taj India, 967 Elm St., Manchester, 606-2677, This eatery specializes in a variety of authentic Indian dishes, like tandoori chicken, coconut shrimp, variations of biryani, several naan breads and more. Taj India also has a location in Nashua. Best of Nashua: Sweet Ginger Thai Cuisine, 6 Dobson Way, Suite E, Merrimack, 424-8035, The menu includes curry dishes, noodles, fried rice, and specialty dishes like sweet ginger salmon.

Best Mac & Cheese

Best of the best: Mr. Mac’s Macaroni & Cheese, 497 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 606-1760, (Mr. Mac’s also has locations in Portsmouth and in Tyngsborough, Mass.)

Best of Concord: O Steaks & Seafood, 11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, (O Steaks & Seafood also has a location in Laconia.) Best of Manchester: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery, 58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, Best of Nashua: Mr. Mac’s Macaroni & Cheese, 440 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro, Mass., 978-939-6227 (Mr. Mac’s also has locations in Manchester and Portsmouth.)

Best Noodle Bowl

Best of the best: Noodz, 968 Elm St., Manchester, 836-5878, find them on Facebook Best of Concord: Siam Orchid Thai Bistro, 12 N. Main St., Concord, 228-1529, Best of Manchester: Pho Golden Bowl, 12 Lake Ave., Manchester, 622-2000, Best of Nashua: Pho Street, 427 Amherst St., Suite 11, Nashua, 718-8678,

Best Pizza

Best of the best: Alley Cat Pizzeria, 486 Chestnut St., Manchester, 669-4533, Best of Concord: Constantly Pizza, 39 S. Main St., Concord, 224-9366, (Constantly Pizza also has a location in Penacook.) Best of Manchester: 900 Degrees Nea-

politan Pizzeria, 50 Dow St., Manchester, 641-0900, Best of Nashua: Nashua House of Pizza, 40 E. Hollis St., Nashua, 883-6177,

Best Sandwich

Best of the best: Steak & Cheese sub at Sub Station, 1292 Hooksett Road, Suite H, Hooksett, 625-1800, A shaved steak sandwich with your choice of American or provolone cheese. Subs can also be customized with teriyaki or barbecue sauce. Best of Concord: Super Junior at Beefside Restaurant, 106 Manchester St., Concord, 228-0208, A roast beef sandwich with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on a seeded roll. Best of Manchester: Bánh mì at The Local Moose Cafe, 124 Queen City Ave., Manchester, 232-2669, The sandwich features local pork, pickled carrots and radishes, cilantro, cucumbers, Sriracha mayonnaise and honey ginger mayonnaise on a house-made baguette. Best of Nashua: Roast beef sandwich at Bentley’s Roast Beef, 134 Route 101A, Amherst, 883-2020, Four sizes are available, including a Junior, a Regular, a Giant and a 12-inch sub roll.

Best Subs

Best of the best: Nadeau’s, 776 Mast Road, Manchester, 623-9315,


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Best Makeup Artist

Jaci Lee, 5 Diamond Salon, Manchester By Lisa Redmond

Jaci Lee has been fascinated by makeup since she was a child, but it wasn’t until she went to a salon before her high school prom and got rave reviews from a stylist about her makeup that her future was set. “The stylist complimented me and asked me who did my makeup,’’ Lee said. “She was surprised when I said I did it myself.’’ After graduating from high school Lee began a hair and makeup internship with the same salon. When her colleague and friend, Samantha Courtois, opened 5 Diamond Salon in Manchester about four years ago, Lee took the leap with her. It was the best move she ever made, she said. Lee, 26, of Derry, has developed a much-sought after style of applying makeup that uses a person’s natural beauty and (Nadeau’s also has three other locations in Manchester, plus one in Concord and one in Exeter.) Best of Concord: Cimo’s South End Deli, 250 South St., Concord, 856-8020, find them on Facebook Best of Manchester: Sub Station, 1292 Hooksett Road, Suite H, Hooksett, 625-1800, Best of Nashua: Bill Cahill’s Super Subs, 8 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson, 882-7710, find them on Facebook

Best Tacos

Best of the best: Dos Amigos Burritos, 26 N. Main St., Concord, 410-4161, (Dos Amigos Burritos also has locations in Dover, Portsmouth and Newburyport, Mass.) Best of Concord: Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, 11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669, Best of Manchester: El Rincón Zacatecano Taquería, 10 Lake Ave., Manchester, 232-4530, Best of Nashua: California Burritos Mexican Grill, 35 Lowell Road, Hudson, 402-2130, (California Burritos Mexican Grill also has two locations in Nashua.)

SWEET TREATS Best Candy/Chocolate Shop

Best of the best: Granite State Candy Shoppe, 13 Warren St., Concord, 225-2591, (Granite State Candy Shoppe also has a location in Manchester.) Best of Concord: Kellerhaus, 259 Endicott St. N, Laconia, 366-4466, HIPPO | MARCH 28 - APRIL 3, 2019 | PAGE 20

enhances it — just ask U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. While on the 2016 presidential campaign trail, Sanders needed help with his hair and makeup before an appearance on Face the Nation, which was being filmed in New Hampshire. “They called our salon for help,’’ Lee said. “Sam did his hair and I did his makeup — just a little foundation to even out his skin color.” Lee said her earliest memory of makeup was as a young child she sat in rapt attention watching her grandmother apply her makeup. “I’ll never forget how she smiled when she put on the blush,’’ Lee said. By the eighth grade, Lee, enthralled by art, was using her own face as her canvas. She began experimenting with different looks, such as rainbow makeup, she said. “I can only imagine how I looked,’’ she said. Today she spends her weekdays doing hair and makeup in the salon and her Best of Manchester: Van Otis Chocolates, 341 Elm St., Manchester, 627-1611, Best of Nashua: Nelson’s Candy and Music, 65 Main St., Wilton, 654-5030, (Nelson’s Candies assumed new ownership in January and was renamed Nelson’s Candy and Music.)


HONORABLE MENTION weekends at weddings doing the hair and makeup for the bride, bridesmaids and some groomsmen who need a touch up. “I just love it when the bride looks in the mirror after I’m done and she smiles,’’ Lee said. “I just want them to feel their best on their wedding day.” People misunderstand the complexities of hair and makeup, she said. “You need to know color, facial shapes and sizes, and skin tones,’’ she said. As she continues to expand her skills, Lee is learning about eyelash extensions and airbrush makeup. “I’m always changing it up,’’ she said. While happy at the salon, Lee would like to work on a movie set, do the makeup for models during a runway show and travel to a foreign country to learn other styles of hair and makeup. “I just want to continue learning,’’ she said. Route 101A, Amherst, 882-7725, (Frederick’s Pastries also has locations in Bedford and in North Andover, Mass.)

Best Locally Made Donuts

Makeup Artist Jaci Lee. Courtesy Photo.

Best of Nashua: The Big 1, 185 Concord St., Nashua,

DRINKS Best Beer Selection (at bar/ restaurant)

Best of the best: The Black Forest Café & Bakery, 212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, Best of Concord: The Crust and Crumb Baking Co., 126 N. Main St., Concord, 2190763, Best of Manchester: Dulces Bakery, 424 Chestnut St., Manchester, 606-2613, find them on Facebook Best of Nashua: Buckley’s Bakery & Café, 436 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 262-5929, (Buckley’s Bakery & Café also has a second location in Hollis that opened in December 2018.)

Best of the best: Klemm’s Bakery, 29 Indian Rock Road, Windham, 437-8810, find them on Facebook Best of Concord: Brothers Donuts, 426 Central St., Franklin, 934-6678, find them on Facebook Best of Manchester: The Local Moose Café, 124 Queen City Ave., Manchester, 2322669, Best of Nashua: Crosby Bakery, 51 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 882-1851, (Crosby Bakery will hold a grand reopening ceremony on Saturday, April 6, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrating the new fourth-generation ownership of Ryan Morse, who is also a Nashua firefighter. The event will include free donut giveaways from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., while supplies last, plus a chance to win a gift card for a custom special-occasion cake.)

Best of the best: New England’s Tap House Grille, 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 7825137, Best of Concord: The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, (The Barley House also has a location in North Hampton.) Best of Manchester: The Thirsty Moose Taphouse, 795 Elm St., Manchester, 7922337, (The Thirsty Moose also has locations in Dover, Exeter and Portsmouth, and a fifth location just opened in Merrimack.) Bests of Nashua: The Flight Center Beer Café, 97 Main St., Nashua, 417-6184,

Best Desserts

Best Ice Cream

Best NH Winery

Best Cookies

Best of the best: Buckley’s Bakery & Café, 436 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 262-5929, (Buckley’s Bakery & Cafe also has a second location in Hollis that opened in December 2018.) Best of Concord: Bread & Chocolate, 29 S. Main St., Concord, 228-3330 Best of Manchester: Frederick’s Pastries, 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 647-2253, pastry. net (Frederick’s Pastries also has locations in Amherst and in North Andover, Mass.) Best of Nashua: Frederick’s Pastries, 109

Best of the best: Hayward’s Homemade Ice Cream, 7 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 888-4663, (Hayward’s also has a location in Merrimack that held its grand opening on March 16. A third location is in Milford, but managed by different family members.) Best of Concord: Arnie’s Place, 164 Loudon Road, Concord, 228-3225, Best of Manchester: The Puritan Backroom Restaurant, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890,

Best: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, (LaBelle Winery also has a location in Portsmouth.) Runner-up: Zorvino Vineyards, 226 Main St., Sandown, 887-8463, Honorable mention: Flag Hill Distillery & Winery, 297 N. River Road, Lee, 659-2949,

Best NH Tasting Room

Best of the best: LaBelle Winery, 345

Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, (LaBelle Winery also has a location in Portsmouth.) Best of Concord: Lithermans Limited Brewery, 126 Hall St., Unit B, Concord, 2190784, Best of Manchester: Ancient Fire Mead & Cider, 8030 S. Willow St., Building 1, Unit 7-2, Manchester, 204-4223, Best of Nashua: Able Ebenezer Brewing Co., 31 Columbia Circle, Merrimack, 844223-2253,

Best NH Distillery

Best: Flag Hill Distillery & Winery, 297 N. River Road, Lee, 659-2949, Runner-up: Tamworth Distilling, 15 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth, 323-7196, Honorable mention: Smoky Quartz Distillery, 894 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 474-4229,

Best NH Cider or Mead

Best: Ancient Fire Mead & Cider, 8030 S. Willow St., Building 1, Unit 7-2, Manchester, 204-4223, Runner-up: Moonlight Meadery, 23 Londonderry Road, No. 17, Londonderry, 216-2162, Honorable mention: North Country Hard Cider, 3 Front St., No. 160, Rollinsford, 8349915,

Best of Nashua: Pressed Café, 108 Spit Brook Road, Nashua, 718-1250; 3 Cotton Road, Nashua, 402-1003; (The Cotton Road location is drive-thru service only; Pressed Café also has a location in Burlington, Mass.)

Best NH Made Beer

Best: Burn the Ships Smoked IPA (Able Ebenezer Brewing Co., 31 Columbia Circle, Merrimack, 844-223-2253, ableebenezer. com; this IPA is brewed with cherry-wood smoked malt and three varieties of hops.) Runner-up: Misguided Angel New England IPA (Lithermans Limited Brewery, 126 Hall St., Unit B, Concord, 219-0784,; this IPA is brewed with Golden Promise, Oats, White Wheat and Vienna malts and Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops.) Honorable mention: Safe Space New England IPA (Concord Craft Brewing Co., 117 Storrs St., Concord, 856-7625,; this IPA has a citrusy aroma from late-addition hops and a taste bursting with tropical fruits.)

Best NH Brewery

Best of the best: Able Ebenezer Brewing Co., 31 Columbia Circle, Merrimack, 844223-2253, Best of Concord: Lithermans Limited Brewery, 126 Hall St., Unit B, Concord, 2190784, Best of Manchester: Backyard Brewery & Kitchen, 1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-3545, Best of Nashua: Spyglass Brewing Co., 2 Townsend West, Unit 8, Nashua, 546-2965,

Best Beer Shop

Best of the best: Bert’s Better Beers, 1100 Hooksett Road, Suite 105, Hooksett, 413-5992, Best of Concord: Concord Craft Brewing Co., 117 Storrs St., Concord, 856-7625, Best of Manchester: Lazy Dog Beer Shoppe, 27 Buttrick Road, Suite B4, Londonderry, 434-2500, Best of Nashua: The Beer Store, 433 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-2242,

Where They Make Your Coffee Perfect Every Time

Best of the best: The Inside Scoop, 260 Wallace Road, Bedford, 471-7009, Best of Concord: True Brew Barista & Café, 3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 2252776; 45 S. Main St., Concord, 715-5833; Best of Manchester: Café la Reine, 915 Elm St., Manchester, 232-0332, cafelareine. com

OUTDOOR FOOD FUN Best Farm for Pick-Your-Own

Best of the best: Lull Farm, 65 Broad St., Hollis, 465-7079, livefreeandfarm. com (Pick-your-own apples, pumpkins and strawberries are available when in season. Lull Farm also has a seasonal farm stand in Milford.) Best of Concord: Carter Hill Orchard, 73 Carter Hill Road, Concord, 225-2625, Pick-your-own blueberries, peaches, apples and raspberries are available when in season. Best of Manchester: Mack’s Apples, 230 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 4347619, Known for being New Hampshire’s oldest family-run farm, Mack’s Apples was founded back in 1732. Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins are available from mid-August through October. Best of Nashua: Brookdale Fruit Farm, 41 Broad St., Hollis, 465-2240, Pick-your-own apples, pumpkins, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are available when in season.


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Best of the best: Glendi, stgeorge.nh.goarch. org. For more than three decades, this Greek food festival has been a staple of Manchester, featuring traditionally made dishes by members and volunteers of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, like pastichio, barbecue chicken, lamb shanks, gyros and more. The festival will return for its 40th year on Friday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 15, at the church, at 650 Hanover St. in Manchester. Best of Concord: Market Days Festival, This three-day summer street festival features family-friendly games and activities all up and down Main Street in Concord, plus miniature golf, outdoor movies and more than 200 local vendors. The festival will return for its 45th year Thursday, June 20, through Saturday, June 22. Best of Manchester: Hippo de Mayo Taco Challenge. Attendees of this annual street festival can enjoy $2 tacos from more than 50 local restaurants and vote on their favorite. The event has been rebranded as the Intown Taco Tour, and will return to downtown Elm Street in Manchester on Thursday, May 2, from 4 to 9 p.m. Visit Best of Nashua: St. Philip Greek Food Festival, Enjoy homemade Greek food options, live Greek music and dancing and more at this annual festival. This year’s festival is scheduled for Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at the church, at 500 W. Hollis St. in Nashua.


Best of the best: Cremeland Drive In, 250 Valley St., Manchester, 669-4430, find them on Facebook. Cremeland Drive In opened for the season on March 11. The menu includes homemade ice cream, fried clams, burgers, hot dogs, seafood plates and more. Best of Concord: Arnie’s Place, 164 Loudon Road, Concord, 228-3225, Arnie’s Place opened for the season on Feb. 21. The menu features homemade ice cream, burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, barbecue plates and more. Best of Manchester: Clam Haven, 94 Rockingham Road, Derry, 434-4679, clamhaven. com. Clam Haven opened for the season on March 20. The menu includes fried seafood

plates like clams, haddock, shrimp, scallops, lobster tails, calamari and more, as well as salads, sandwiches and burgers. Best of Nashua: King Kone, 336 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 420-8312, find them on Facebook. King Kone opened for the season on March 16. The menu features dozens of flavors of soft-serve ice cream that are rotated out consistently every week, as well as “razzle” mix-ins, sundaes, frappes, hot dogs and chili.

Best Farmers Market

Best: Concord Farmers Market,; dates are usually from the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in October, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, on Capitol Street in downtown Concord. The 2019 market is tentatively scheduled for May 4. Runner-up: Nashua Farmers Market,; this year’s market will kick off on June 16, and will be held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street, between Temple and Pearl streets. The end date for the season is dependent on first frost, but the market usually runs through mid-October. Honorable mention: Bedford Farmers Market, Bedford,; the market is usually held on Tuesdays, from early June through early October, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church (190 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford).


Best of the best: Neal Brown, The Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, Best of Concord: Corey Garland, The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, (The Barley House also has a location in North Hampton.) Best of Manchester: Liam Fitzpatrick, The Puritan Backroom Restaurant, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, Best of Nashua: Sara Howard, Rivermill Tavern, 11 Wilton Road, Milford, 213-5163, find them on Facebook

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Best Chef

Best of the best: Corey Fletcher, Revival Kitchen & Bar, 11 Depot St., Concord, 7155723, Best of Concord: Daniel Dionne, The Centennial Hotel and The Granite Restaurant & Bar, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9000, Best of Manchester: Nicole Leavitt, Purple Finch Cafe, 124 S. River Road, Bedford, 2321958, Best of Nashua: Michael Buckley, Michael Timothy’s Dining Group (Buckley’s Great Steaks in Merrimack; Buckley’s Bakery & Café in Merrimack and Hollis; MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar in Nashua; and Surf Restaurant in Nashua and Portsmouth.)

Best Waiter or Waitress

Best of the best: Crystal Cyr, The Pizza Man of Hooksett, 254 W. River Road, Hooksett, 626-7499, Best of Concord: Bill Wishart, Revival Kitchen & Bar, 11 Depot St., Concord, 7155723, Best of Manchester: Tiffany Plagenza, The Puritan Backroom Restaurant, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, Best of Nashua: Sara Howard, Rivermill Tavern, 11 Wilton Road, Milford, 213-5163, find them on Facebook

ENTERTAINMENT Best Bookstore or Comic Book Store

Best of the best: Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord, 224-0562, Best of Concord: MainStreet BookEnds of Warner, 16 E. Main St., Warner, 456-2700, Best of Manchester: The Bookery, 844 Elm St., Manchester, 836-6600, bookerymht. com Best of Nashua: The Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua St., Lorden Plaza, Milford, 673-1734, (The Toadstool Bookshop also has locations in Peterborough and Keene.)

Best Escape Room

Best of the best: Escape Room Concord, 240 Airport Road, Concord, 225-2271, Best of Concord: Escape Hour House, 401 Gilford Ave., Gilford, 707-1254, Best of Manchester: Granite State Escape, 245 Maple St., Manchester, 935-7455, Best of Nashua: Key to Escape, 3 Bud Way, Unit 21, Nashua, 809-4018,

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W e ’ re closing ! Park, 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, 424-7999, (Attractions include haunted houses, haunted hayrides, zombie paintball and more. 2019 dates TBA but typically run Thursdays through Sundays, from late September through the weekend following Halloween.) Best of Concord: Haunted Overload, DeMeritt Hill Farm, 20 Orchard Way, Lee, 855-504-2868, (Features both daytime and nighttime scares attendees encounter while following a heavily wooded trail. 2019 dates TBA but typically run Thursday, Friday and Saturday for two weeks leading up to Halloween night.) Best of Manchester: Screeemfest, Canobie Lake Park, 85 N. Policy St., Salem, 893-3506, (Known as one of the largest Halloween events in New England, with usually five haunted attractions available at night, plus games, live music, a “monster parade” and more. 2019 dates TBA but typically run the weekend of or around Halloween.) Best of Nashua: Fright Kingdom, 12 Simon St., Nashua, 809-1173, (Features a variety of haunted attractions, plus games, photo opportunities, trick-or-treating and a children’s costume parade. 2019 dates TBA but typically run each weekend in October leading up to Halloween. Fright Kingdom also hosts a “Dinner and a Haunt” event in February around Valentine’s Day.)


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Best: Donaher, power pop, donaher. The band is currently recording the follow-up to its debut album and will announce live show dates later this spring. Runner-Up: Shelf Life, top 40 covers of all genres from the past 50 years, facebook. com/shelflifenh. The band’s next show is at Molly’s Tavern (35 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston) on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. Honorable mention: Miketon and The Night Blinders, folk/alt-country, The band’s next show is Saturday, March 30, at 8 p.m. at Central Ale House (23 Central St., Manchester).

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Best: Brad Bosse, acoustic/rock, facebook. com/bradbossemusic. His next show is Friday, March 29, at 6 p.m. at Hampshire Hills (50 Emerson Road, Milford). Runner-up: Ryan Williamson, acoustic singer-songwriter,

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His next show is Friday, April 5, at 6 p.m. at Backyard Brewery (1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester). Honorable mention: Tristan Omand, Americana, He will play an album release show for his sixth album, So Low, at The Word Barn (66 Newfields Road, Exeter) on Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m.

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Best of the best: Market Days Festival, This three-day summer street festival features family-friendly games and activities all up and down Main Street in Concord, plus miniature golf, outdoor movies and more than 200 local vendors. The festival will return for its 45th year Thursday, June 20, through Saturday, June 22. Best of Concord: Midnight Merriment, A downtown holiday event for all ages that comes to Main Street in Concord each year, with carolers, a s’mores station, food samples and more. This year’s date TBA but Midnight Merriment typically takes place in early December. Best of Manchester: Litchfield Christmas Festival and Tree Lighting Celebration, The event features wreaths, crafts, holiday music, s’mores over a fire pit and more. This year’s date TBA but it typically takes place in early December. Best of Nashua: Nashua Winter Holiday Stroll, This annual downtown event is always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day and features live music, food, holiday shopping, a candlelight stroll down Main Street and a tree-lighting ceremony.

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Best of the best: Memorial Day Parade, Litchfield, The parade is typically held on Memorial Day itself and includes a service of remembrance led by community members. Best of Concord: Concord Christmas Parade, The parade is typically held in mid- to late November. Best of Manchester: Manchester Christmas Parade, The parade, which is typically held in early December, also features the Santa Claus Shuffle, in which runners and walkers travel down Elm Street in Santa suits. Best of Nashua: Fourth of July Parade, Amherst, The parade is always scheduled on the Fourth of July itself.

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Best of the best: Manchester Independence Day Celebration, The annual event features fireworks at Arms Park, in addition to live music and entertainment. Best of Concord: Concord Fourth of July Celebration, The annual event features fireworks at Memorial Field, in addition to live music and entertainment. Best of Manchester: Fourth of July Fire-

works, Derry, The suggested viewing areas, according to the town, include Hood Commons, Folsom Road, Crystal Avenue and along Tsienneto Road. Best of Nashua: Fourth of July Celebrations, Nashua, The annual event features fireworks at Holman Stadium, plus field day activities and live music.

Best Local Holiday Tradition

Best of the best: Nashua Winter Holiday Stroll, This annual downtown event is always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day and features music, food, holiday shopping, a candlelight stroll down Main Street and a tree-lighting ceremony. Best of Concord: Midnight Merriment, A downtown holiday event for all ages that comes to Main Street in Concord each year, with carolers, a s’mores station, food samples and more. This year’s date TBA but Midnight Merriment typically takes place in early December. Best of Manchester: Litchfield Christmas Festival and Tree Lighting Celebration, The event features wreaths, crafts, holiday music, s’mores over a fire pit and more. This year’s date TBA but it typically takes place in early December. Best of Nashua: Milford Pumpkin Festival, This three-day event has become a beloved fall tradition for the town of Milford for three decades, with local vendors, live entertainment, carved pumpkin lightings, scavenger hunts and more. Most festivities take place along the Milford Oval and the surrounding streets. The festival will return for its 30th year from Friday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 13.

CELEBRATIONS Best Place to Hold a Kid’s Birthday Party

Best of the best: Nuthin’ But Good Times!, 746 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 4292200, An indoor playground and party venue. Best of Concord: Krazy Kids, 60 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 228-7529, An indoor playground and party venue.

Best of Manchester: Cowabunga’s, 725 Huse Road, Manchester, 935-9659, (second location at 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett). An indoor inflatable playground. Best of Nashua: Showcase Performing Arts Center, 5 Executive Drive, Hudson, 883-0055, A dance education center.

Best Place to Hold a GrownUp’s Birthday Party

Best of the best: Manchester Firing Line, 2540 Brown Ave., Manchester, 668-9015, An indoor firing range. Best of Concord: Escape Room Concord NH, 240 Airport Road, Concord, 225-2271, Best of Manchester: Boards and Brews, 941 Elm St., Manchester, 232-5184, A board game cafe. Best of Nashua: Boston Billiard Club & Casino, 5 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 9435630, A casino gaming and billiards center that serves food and drink.

Best After-Work Hang-Out Spot

Best of the best: Strange Brew, 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, strangebrewtavern. net Best of Concord: The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, (second location at 43 Lafayette Road, North Hampton) Best of Manchester: Backyard Brewery, 1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 6233545, Best of Nashua: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 5951202,

Best First Date Spot

Best of the best: Mint Bistro, 1105 Elm St., Manchester, 625-6468, Best of Concord: Concord Craft Brewing Co., 117 Storrs St., Concord, 856-7625, Best of Manchester: Firefly American Bistro & Bar, 22 Concord St., Manchester, 9359740,

Best of Nashua: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh. com (second location at 104 Congress St., Portsmouth)

Best Spot for a Romantic Night Out

Best of the Best: Bedford Village Inn, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, Best of Concord: Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano, 11 Depot St., Concord, 228-3313, Best of Manchester: Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, Best of Nashua: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh. com (second location at 104 Congress St., Portsmouth)

Best Wedding Venue

Best of the best: Bedford Village Inn, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, Best of Concord: Dell-Lea Weddings & Events, 81 Pleasant St., Chichester, 435-8479, Best of Manchester: Castleton Banquet & Conference Center, 58 Enterprise Drive, Windham, 685-4483, Best of Nashua: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898,

KIDS & FAMILY Best Place to Take Your Kids

Best of the best: Krazy Kids, 60 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 228-7529, An indoor playground and party venue. Best of Concord: McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, 2 Institute Drive, Concord, 271-7827, Museum focused on astronomy and aviation with interactive exhibits, simulations, an observatory, planetarium and more. Best of Manchester: Canobie Lake Park, 85 N. Policy St., Salem, 893-3506, Opening day for the amusement park is Saturday, May 4. Best of Nashua: Benson Park, 19 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson. The 166-acre municipal park features forest trails, a playground and a small animal farm.

Best Indoor Play Area

Best of the best: Krazy Kids, 60 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 228-7529, An indoor playground and party venue. Best of Concord: Jump N Joy, 477 Province Road, Laconia, 527-8020, An indoor inflatable playground. Best of Manchester: Cowabunga’s, 725

Huse Road, Manchester, 935-9659, (second location at 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett). An indoor inflatable playground. Best of Nashua: Nuthin’ But Good Times!, 746 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 4292200, An indoor playground and party venue.

Best Kids’ Summer Day Camp

Best of the best: Melody Pines Day Camp, 510 Corning Road, Manchester, 669-9414, Best of Concord: New Hampshire Audubon Nature Day Camp, held at Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn, and McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, 224-9909, Best of Manchester: Granite YMCA, Allard Center of Goffstown, 116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown, 497-4663, locations/allard-center-of-goffstown Best of Nashua: YMCA Camp Sargent, 141 Camp Sargent Road, Merrimack, 880-4845,

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Best of the best: Market Days Festival, held in downtown Concord every summer, features food, shopping and free entertainment. This year’s festival is Thursday, June 20, through Saturday, June 22. Hosted by Intown Concord, Best of Concord: Deerfield Fair, one of the largest and most well-attended agricultural fairs in New Hampshire, with carnival rides, live entertainment, food and more. This year’s fair is Thursday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road, Deerfield, Best of Manchester: Giant Pumpkin Weighoff and Regatta, held in Goffstown in October, features all kinds of pumpkin-related fun in the downtown area, including the main event, the regatta, during which teams from local groups and businesses race in boats made from giant pumpkins in the Piscatacuog River. 2019 dates TBA. Hosted by Goffstown Main Street Program, Best of Nashua: Milford Pumpkin Fest, held in downtown Milford on Columbus Day weekend, features giant pumpkins, craft fairs, talent shows, fireworks and a haunted trail. Hosted by the Granite Town Festivities Committee,

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Best of the best: American K9 Country, 336 Route 101, Amherst, 672-8448, Best of Concord: Paws on Pine, 913 Pine St., Contoocook, 568-4022, Best of Manchester: All Dogs Gym & Inn, 505 Sheffield Road, Manchester, 669-4644, Best of Nashua: Cloud K9, 29 Columbia Circle, Merrimack, 424-6166,

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Best Dog Groomers

Best of the best: Sarah’s Paw Spa, 16 Manning St., No. 104, Derry, 512-4539, Best of Concord: Bark Now! Dog & Cat Grooming, 237 S. Main St., Concord, 2293700, (Bark Now! also has a location at Birch Hill Pet Resort in Northfield.) Best of Manchester: Jess’ Groom Room, 330 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, 341-8879, find them on Facebook Best of Nashua: Cloud K9, 29 Columbia Circle, Merrimack, 424-6166,

Best Place to Let Your Dog Go Off-Leash

Best of the best: Hooksett Dog Park, 101 Merrimack St., Hooksett, 668-8019, hooksett. org Best of Concord: Terrill Park Dog Park, Terrill Park, 7 Manchester St., Concord, 2258690, Best of Manchester: Derry Dog Park, Fordway and Transfer Lane, Derry, 432-6136, Best of Nashua: Merrimack Dog Park, Wasserman Park, 116 Naticook Road, Merrimack, 882-1046,

Best On-Leash Dog Outing

Best of the best: Benson Park, 19 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson, Benson Park opened in 2010. The former property of Benson’s Wild Animal Farm, a private zoo and amusement park open for much of the early half of the 20th century, the park is now a popular area for hiking, dog walking, fishing and picnicking. Best of Concord: White Park, 1 White St., Concord, This 20-acre park has several amenities, including the largest playground in the city, a seasonal pool, baseball fields, basketball courts and walking trails. During the wintertime the middle of the park transforms into an outdoor ice skating rink. Best of Manchester: Goffstown Rail Trail, The Goffstown Rail Trail runs about 5½ miles from the western end of Goffstown to the Manchester city line, serving as a walking and biking path that connects Pinardville, Grasmere and Goffstown Village.

Best of Nashua: Mine Falls Park, Whipple Street, Nashua, This 325-acre park is bordered on the north side by the Nashua River, and includes forest, wetlands and open fields as well as paved areas for walking and biking.

NIGHTLIFE Best Bar for Live Music

Best of the best: The Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 6250246, Live music is featured every Tuesday at 9 p.m., and Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Upcoming shows include Manchester death metal band Conforza on Thursday, March 28, and Jamaican-American rapper and actor Canibus on Friday, March 29. Best of Concord: Area 23, 254 N. State St., Concord, 552-0137, Live music is featured every Friday and Saturday at various times in the afternoons and evenings. Upcoming shows include rock group Off the List on Saturday, March 30. Best of Manchester: Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, Live music is featured several nights each week. Upcoming shows include Peter Parcek on Friday, March 29, and Mr. Nick & the Dirty Tricks on Saturday, March 30. Best of Nashua: Riverwalk Café and Music Bar, 35 Railroad Square, Nashua, 578-0200, Live music is featured every Thursday through Sunday. Upcoming shows include Grammy Award-winning folk singer Dom Flemons on Thursday, March 28, and six-piece psychedelic funk band Barika on Friday, March 29.

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Best of Nashua: Boston Billiard Club & Casino, 55 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 9435630,

Best Pub

Best Regular Event at a Bar

Best of the best: The Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 6250246, Best of Concord: The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern, 132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, (The Barley House also has a location in North Hampton.) Best of Manchester: Wild Rover Pub, 21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722, Best of Nashua: The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, (The Peddler’s Daughter also has a location in Haverhill, Mass.)

Best Sports Bar

Best of the best: Billy’s Sports Bar & Grill, 34 Tarrytown Road, Manchester, 622-3644, Best of Concord: The Draft Sports Bar and Grill, 67 S. Main St., Concord, 227-1175, Best of Manchester: The Thirsty Moose Taphouse, 795 Elm St., Manchester, 7922337, (The Thirsty Moose also has locations in Dover, Exeter and Portsmouth, and a fifth location just opened in Merrimack.)

Best of the best: Comedy Night (The Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246,; held Wednesday nights, from 8 p.m. to midnight. The next comedian to appear will be Tommy McNamara, on Wednesday, April 3.) Best of Concord: Open Mic Night (Area 23, 254 N. State St., Concord, 552-0137,; held Wednesday nights, from 6 p.m. to midnight.) Best of Manchester: Trivia Night (Backyard Brewery & Kitchen, 1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-3545, backyardbrewerynh. com; held Wednesday nights, from 7 to 9 p.m.) Best of Nashua: Trivia Night (The Pasta Loft Restaurant, 241 Union Square, Milford, 672-2270,; held Tuesday nights, at 6:30 p.m.)

OUTDOORS Best City Park

Best of the best: White Park, 1 White St., Concord. The 20-acre park offers a sledding hill, skating rink, baseball field, basketball court, picnic shelter, playground, pool, soccer field and walking trails. Best of Concord: Rollins Park, 116 Broadway St., Concord, 225-8690,

Best Bar with an Outdoor Deck

Best of the best: The Derryfield Restaurant, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, Best of Concord: Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar, 17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0181, Best of Manchester: Murphy’s Taproom, 494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535, Best of Nashua: The Pasta Loft Restau-

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Best State Park

Best: Pawtuckaway State Park, 128 Mammoth Road, Nottingham, 895-3031, It features more than 5,000 acres of land and hiking trails. Runner-up: Bear Brook State Park, 61 Deerfield Road, Allenstown, 485-9869, The largest developed state park in New Hampshire, with more than 10,000 acres of land and 40 miles of trails. Honorable mention: Wellington State Park, 614 West Shore Road, Bristol, 7442197, Features volleyball and horseshoe courts, and a peninsula nature trail with picnic areas, fishing areas and more.

Best Picnic Spot

Best of the best: Benson Park, 19 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson, 880-1600, hudsonnh. gov. Features more than 150 acres of land and includes ponds, walking trails in the woods, a playground and a dog park. Best of Concord: Bear Brook State Park, 61 Deerfield Road, Allenstown, 485-9869, The largest developed state park in New Hampshire, with more than 10,000 acres of land and 40 miles of trails. Best of Manchester: Lake Massabesic, Route 101, Exit 2, Bypass 28, Manchester, 624-6444, Features several marked trails that range in length from a half mile to more than three miles. Best of Nashua: Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua, 589-3370, The 125-acre park features hills for sledding, sports fields for baseball and softball, a tennis court and more.

Best Sledding Hill

Best of the Best: Deerfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 669-0235, Best of Concord: White Park, 1 White St., Concord. Best of Manchester: Mack’s Apples, 230

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Best Bike Trail/Place for a Bike Ride

Best of the best: Nashua River Rail Trail, in Nashua. It connects Nashua to Ayer, Massachusetts, with more than 12 miles of paved rail trail. Best of Concord: Bear Brook State Park, 61 Deerfield Road, Allenstown, 485-9869, The largest developed state park in New Hampshire, with more than 10,000 acres of land and 40 miles of trails. Best of Manchester: Windham Rail Trail, accessed at the Windham Depot in Windham. This 4.1-mile trail is the anchor section of the Granite State Rail Trail. Best of Nashua: Mine Falls Park, Whipple Street, Nashua. The 325-acre park includes forest, wetlands and open fields. It’s bordered on the north side by the Nashua River. There are about eight miles of trails in the forest.

Best Easy Hike in Southern New Hampshire

Best: Mount Major, off Route 11, Alton. The main trail is 1.5 miles to the 1,785-foot peak, which offers panoramic views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Runner-up: Pack Monadnock, 13 Miller Park Road, Peterborough. Three hiking trails and a 1.3-mile paved, driveable road lead to the 2,290-foot summit. Honorable mention: Uncanoonuc Mountains, Goffstown. The north peak is 1,325 feet and the south peak is 1,320 feet.

Best Tough Hike in Southern New Hampshire

Best: Mt. Monadnock, Jaffrey and Dublin, 532-8862, monadnock-state-park. At 3,165 feet, Mt. Monadnock is one of the prominent peaks in southern New Hampshire and a popular yearround destination for hikers since the 19th century. There are more than 35 hiking trails of varying difficulties that lead to the mountain’s summit. The daily fee to Monadnock State Park is $5 per person, $2 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children ages 5 and under and for New Hampshire residents over 65. A season pass is also available for $60. Runner-up: Mt. Major, Alton, blog. Mt. Major stands at about 1,785 feet and provides great views of Lake Winnipesaukee on clear days. The hike consists of the Mt. Major trail, about 1.5 miles long, and the Boulder Loop trail, about 1.6 miles long. Honorable mention: The Uncanoonuc Mountains, Goffstown, These twin summits are the highest points in Goffstown, North Uncanoonuc at about 1,324 feet, and South Uncanoonuc at about 1,321 feet. 125800

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Best of the best: Mike Alton, Pro-Image Automotive, 254 Sheffield Road, Manchester, 968-5159, Best of Concord: Chuck Nelson, P&N Automotive Services, 140 Pleasant St., Concord, 225-4313 Best of Manchester: Justin Lemay, Black Widow Customs, 51 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 624-0400, Best of Nashua: Chad Tanguay, Merrimack Auto Center, 9 Webb Drive, Merrimack, 2169596; 150 Amherst St., Nashua, 546-0157,

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Best: New Hampshire Fisher Cats, AA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball team, The 2019 season home opener is on Thursday, April 4, against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. Home field is Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, 1 Line Drive, Manchester. Runner-up: Manchester Monarchs, East Coast Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, The next home game is on Friday, April 5. Home ice is at the SNHU Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester, Honorable mention: Nashua Silver Knights, Nashua-based Futures Collegiate Baseball League team, The 2019 season home opener is on Wednesday, May 29, against Brockton Rox. Home field is Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St., Nashua.

Funnest NH-Based Personality

Best: Dianne Plansky, news correspondent and weatherperson for the weekly “Litchfield What’s Up?” news broadcast on Facebook, Runner-up: Juston McKinney, comedian, His next local show is at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, on Saturday, May 4.



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Honorable mention: Nick Lavallee, comedian, His next local show is on Saturday, April 13, at the Rockingham Ballroom, 22 Ash Swamp Road, Newmarket.

LIFE IN NH Best Cultural Site

Best: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, The art museum features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculptures, including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe and other notable artists. Runner-up: Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, 433-1100, The 10-acre outdoor history museum is situated on what was once Puddle Dock, New Hampshire’s oldest waterfront neighborhood, inhabited from the 1630s to the 1950s. Honorable mention: America’s Stonehenge, 105 Haverhill Road, Salem, 893-8300, The 4,000-year-old stone construction, likely the oldest man-made construction in the United States, was built by an ancient people as an astronomical calendar to determine solar and lunar events of the year.

Favorite Hidden Gem

Best of the best: Manchester Firing Line, 2540 Brown Ave., Manchester, 668-9015, An indoor firing range. Best of Concord: The Gas Lighter Restaurant, 204 N. Main St., Concord, 228-8854, find them on Facebook. A Greek cuisine restaurant. Best of Manchester: The Craftworkers’ Guild, 5 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, 4728109, The craft organization holds seasonal shops featuring a variety of crafts created by local craftspeople. The next shop will run Thursday, May 2, through Saturday, May 11. Best of Nashua: Andres Institute of Art, 98 Route 13, Brookline, 673-8441, andresinstitute. org. It features New England’s largest outdoor public sculpture park.

Best Place to Take Someone to Convince Them to Live in Southern New Hampshire

Best: White Mountains (particularly in the fall) Runner-up: Portsmouth Honorable mention: Lake Winnipesaukee

Best Thing About Living in New Hampshire

Best: The seasons. Readers love New Hampshire’s seasons, whether they’re fans of all four seasons or have their favorites (fall appears to be the winner, with summer, spring and even winter having their fans). Runner-up: The people. “Wonderful, friendly people,” as one reader said. Honorable mention: The geography. The lakes, oceans, scenic beauty and especially the mountains earned a lot of praise. “Beautiful place with beautiful people!” one reader said.

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The Manchester Historic Association will open its “Hats Off to Manchester” exhibit today with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Millyard Museum (200 Bedford St. in Manchester; The exhibit will feature hats made, worn or bought in Manchester including hats and photos “from some of Elm Street’s most beloved stores,” according to the website, such as Pariseau’s, J.W. Hills and M.A. Barton’s. Admission is free for the event. The exhibit is on display through Aug. 1.


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Shop for artisan jewelry, art, handcrafted chocolate, homemade chili, Girl Scout cookies and more at the New Hampshire Small Business Fair, a non-partisan event sponsored by the Auburn & Chester Democrats, according to the event’s Facebook page, today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chester Municipal Building (84 Chester St.). The event is free and open to the public and will also include Boy Scouts collecting non-perishable food donations for the Chester/Auburn Food Pantry, the page said.

Saturday, March 30

The N.H. Women’s Caucus for Art will collaborate with Twiggs Gallery for “Busting Out — Powerful Women,” an exhibit featuring works incorporating bras, corsets or bustiers to address feminist history, heroines and role models, according to the website. The exhibit runs today through May 5 and a reception for the exhibit will run from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Twiggs Gallery (254 King St. in Boscawen;

EAT: Mediterranean in the morning The Turkish Cultural Center of New Hampshire (540 Chestnut St. in Manchester; tccnh. org, 621-0620) will hold a Neighborhood Mediterranean Breakfast, a fundraiser for Turkish immigrant refugees in Greece, on Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $5 for children.

Sunday, March 31

Music-lovers of all ages are welcome to the “Peter and the Wolf” Family Concert by the Nashua Chamber Orchestra today at 3 p.m. at the Nashua Public Library (2 Court St. in Nashua). The orchestra will also introduce the various instruments. See

DRINK: Moscato LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101 in Amherst; will celebrate the release of their Moscato (a semi-sweet wine) on Wednesday, April 3, from 6 to 7 p.m. The event is free but registration is required (see the website) and the event will include light hors d’oeuvres.

Tuesday, April 2

NHTI will hold its 9th Annual Multicultural Day today from noon to 2 p.m. featuring displays of food, clothing, art, photos and more from a variety of countries’ cultures. The event is free and open to the public at NHTI (31 College Drive in Concord;

BE MERRY: By making art The League of NH Craft Gallery presents “Discover Your Creative Mind,” a workshop for all levels (and no level) of artist, on Saturday, March 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St. in Nashua. The cost is $38 plus a $20 materials fee and the class is for adults and teens age 12 and up. See or call 595-8233.

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ARTS A family issue

Original play highlights the consequences of opioid addiction By Angie Sykeny

A local teacher and playwright is bringing awareness to issues surrounding the opioid epidemic with her original play, The Wider Circle, currently on tour as part of the New Hampshire Theatre Project’s Elephant-in-the-Room Series, with upcoming stops in Rochester, Concord, Gorham and Brentwood. Mary-Ellen Hedrick of Raymond teaches social studies at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School in Derry. She has always loved writing and, a few years ago, entered a playwriting challenge organized by the Prescott Park Arts Festival and the New Hampshire Humanities Council called “30 Pages in 30 Days.” Her submission, Throw Away People, dealt with the consequences of opioid addiction for individuals and communities “through the mind of an addict,” she said. “I had taken the time to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings and speak to addicts so that the language would really reflect the reality,” she said. “I wanted it to be gritty and real, not cheesy and unrealistic like it was coming from someone who only thinks they know about drugs.” Though Hedrick did not win the challenge, her play got some attention in the local theater community and was featured at the New Hampshire Theatre Project’s 2017 Intelligent Theatre Festival. After the reading, there was an open discussion about opioid addiction,

The Wider Circle reading. Courtesy photo.

which received a powerful response. “I asked the audience if anyone knew someone or of someone who was impacted by the opioid crisis or had overdosed or passed away, and almost everyone raised their hands,” Hedrick said. “That’s when we realized how many people are impacted by this issue and that there was a need to pursue this topic and keep the discussion going.” The New Hampshire Theatre Project asked Hedrick to write another play on the topic to feature in the company’s Elephant in the Room Series. Now in its second year, the series presents play readings followed by open discussions about subjects that are difficult to talk

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Includes listings, shows, auditions, workshops and more. To get listed, e-mail Theater Productions • THE WEDDING SINGER The Seacoast Repertory Theatre presents. March 21 through April 13, with showtimes on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and

Sunday at 2 p.m. 125 Bow St., Portsmouth. Tickets cost $16 to $44. Visit • CHARM The New Hampshire Theatre Project presents. March 15 through March 31, with showtimes on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

“It really shows the devastation of the disease of addiction and how it impacts the wider circle — not just the addicts, but also their children, parents, grandparents,” Hedrick said. “The message is that the whole family is involved, and recovery requires an all-handson-deck approach.” Following the reading, there will be a panel discussion about questions like, “Is it possible for people to consume opioids without abusing them?” and an open discussion during which the audience can share their own stories about opioid addiction and talk about how the play resonated with them. “My hope is that it helps people who are impacted [by the opioid crisis] to feel like they aren’t alone and that there’s no shame in talking about it,” Hedrick said, “and helps people who are judgmental to understand about. Past readings have dealt with human addiction better and have sympathy for the trafficking and sexual abuse, mental illness, people affected by it.” death and dying and more. The Wider Circle Readings: The Wider Circle focuses on opioid addiction as a family disease. It opens on a family • Tuesday, April 2, 7 p.m., at Rochester in the aftermath of the opioid overdose death Performance & Arts Center, 32 N. Main St., Rochester of their mother and daughter. In the second • Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m., at NHTI, 31 act, which is “like the reverse of It’s a WonderCollege Drive, Concord ful Life,” Hedrick said, the deceased woman is • Wednesday, April 10, 7 p.m., at Medallion there to see her family in the aftermath of her Opera House, 20 Park St., Gorham death and becomes burdened with guilt and • Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m., at Austinshame. The final act shows the woman apol17House, 263 Route 125, Brentwood ogizing to each of her family members for the Cost: Free admission pain that her addiction and death have caused Visit: them.

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Includes listings for gallery events, ongoing exhibits and classes. To Includes symphony and orchestral performances. get listed, e-mail To get listed, e-mail West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth. Tickets cost $30 for adults and $26 for seniors, students and veterans. Visit • STONES IN HIS POCKETS March 22 through March 31, with showtimes on Friday, Sat-

urday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Rochester Performance and Arts Center, 32 N. Main St., Rochester. Tickets cost $15. Visit • MADELINE AND THE BAT HAT Thurs., March 28, 10 a.m. Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton

St., Derry. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $7 for students. Visit • URINETOWN THE MUSICAL The Anselmian Abbey Players present. March 29 through April 6, with showtimes on Friday and Saturday at 7:30

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•​ Taking back the city: The Anselmian Abbey Players present Urinetown the Musical at The Dana Center (100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester) March 29 through April 6, with showtimes on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. The Tony-winning musical is set in a city where, after 20 years of drought, water is controlled by corporations that employ police to enforce their rules. A hero arises and plans a revolution to free the city. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $15 for students. Visit •​ Dinner theater: The Majestic Theatre presents a dinner theater show, Anybody Out There?, at the Executive Court Banquet Facility (1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester) on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 7, at 1:30 p.m. The farcical comedy by John Patrick follows an unlucky man who, upon being diagnosed with a terminal disease, starts living life completely without fear. Tickets cost $42 on Friday and Saturday and $40 on Sunday and include dinner. Visit •​ Original choreography: Ballet Misha, with guest dance company NSquared Dance, will present a concert of new choreographic works on Saturday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord). The works were choreographed by six New Hampshire choreographers, including Ballet Misha director Amy Fortier, who said her background in art history inspires her choreography. “My work often

Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Players’ Ring Theatre, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $14 for seniors and students. Visit • LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL JR. Gilbert Hood Middle School presents. Fri., March 29, 7 p.m., and Sat., March 30, 1 and 7 p.m. Gilbert H. Hood Middle School, 5 Hood Road, Derry. $10. Email • THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA AND THE UGLY DUCKLING Southern NH Dance Theater presents. Sun., March 31, 1 and 4 p.m. Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $20 for children age 12 and under. Visit • LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION Thurs., April 4, and Fri., April 5, 7 p.m. Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets cost $14 for adults and $11 for children. Visit

The Anselmian Abbey Players present Urinetown the Musical. Courtesy photo.

evokes a memory of another artwork, period, or place. One of my ballets resembles a Degas painting, and another reminds me of Magritte’s work because the dancers have umbrellas and bowler hats,” she said in a press release. “In our time when things change so quickly, I like to look back to what came before us.” Tickets cost $25 and are available online or at the door. Call 6684196 or visit •​ Body issues: The Firelight Theatre Workshop presents Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker’s first play Body Awareness at the Guernsey Building (70 Main St., Suite 204, Peterborough) March 29 through April 20, with showtimes on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Set in the fictional college town of Shirley, the play follows a photographer, Frank, whose nude photographs cause strife for a middle-aged academic lesbian couple: Phyllis, a psychology professor leading the local college’s Body Awareness Week, and her more open-minded partner, Joyce, who considers posing nude for Frank’s photography. Tickets cost $25. Visit — Angie Sykeny

Art Fairs •SPRING CRAFT FAIR More than 85 artisans will display a wide variety of fine arts and crafts, including spring wreaths and decor, Easter chocolate and fudge, ceramics, bird houses, handcrafted olive oil, jewelry, wood, paper crafts and much more. Sat., April 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Road, Windham. Free. Visit Open calls •CONCORD’S SECOND ANNUAL OUTDOOR SCULPTURE EXHIBITION - “ART ON MAIN” Inviting professional sculptors age 18 and up to submit up to two original works for consideration. The exhibition will be installed May 20 through June 7 and on display year-round for one year. The deadline for entries is March 31, and artists will be notified of their acceptance by April 30. Concord, NH, 03301

Concord., Selected artists will receive a $500 stipend, and all works will be for sale to the public. Visit ConcordNHChamber. com/CreativeConcord. •SEEKING NEW HAMPSHIRE ART ASSOCIATION MEMBERS New England artists working in all media are invited to submit four works completed in the last three years that “should indicate a consistency of quality, style and expression,” according to a press release. Artists are strongly encouraged to submit works that would be viewed as a series or a cohesive body of work. New members will be juried by a jury of established NHAA artist members. NHAA is the oldest statewide artist association in the state and consists of around 300 members. Submissions will be accepted on Sunday, April 7, from 4 to 5 p.m., and Monday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery (136 State St., Portsmouth). Visit 125878

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• Spring in New England: “New England Potpourri,” an exhibition of watercolor paintings by New Hampshire Art Association member Susan Peterson, is on display now through June 20 at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce (49 S. Main St., Suite 104, Concord). The paintings depict realistic landscapes, florals and common sightings celebrating New England. “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s play,’” Peterson said in a press release. “This show gives insight into the special, sometimes rugged or uncommon sightings of this wonderful area.” Viewing hours at the Chamber are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 224-2508 or visit • Mandala creations: The Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center (30 Ash St., Hollis) will have a beginner dot mandala design workshop on Thursday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn step by step how to make a painted dot mandala on a 6x6 canvas using acrylic paint and basic tools. No experience is necessary. All materials will be provided. The cost is $35, and registration is required. Call 465-9453 or visit • Show your art: Kelley Stelling Contemporary (221 Hanover St., Manchester) has an open call out for its upcoming exhibition “Tangible Assets.” According to the press release, artists should submit work that explores the questions, “How do you consider your work to be important or beneficial, and to have a connection with the viewer? How does their interaction with your art become a tangible asset in their consciousness — something

Openings •”NEON WILDERNESS” OPENING RECEPTION Group show features work by Megan Bogonovich, Michael Andrew Phillips and Preta Wolzak. Thurs., March 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kelley Stelling Contemporary, 221 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit or call 345-1779. •”BUSTING OUT - POWERFUL WOMEN” OPENING RECEPTION The N.H. Women’s Caucus for Art is collaborating with Twiggs Gallery to feature an exhibition of art bra pieces that are thought-provoking and visually challenging. Each piece is guaranteed to feature a bra, corset or bustier as their canvas and will address such themes as feminist history, heroines, role models among others. Sat., March 30, 1 to 3 p.m. Twiggs Gallery , 254 King St., Boscawen. Visit

Susan Peterson art from “New England Potpourri.” Courtesy photo.

they can take away and ‘own,’ either physically through purchase, or by the impression it imprints on their minds?” The exhibition is open to artists from New England working in all media. Send image submissions to with the subject line “Artist Submission: [your name]” and include the dimensions, media, title, price and year. Up to two submissions will be accepted; send each submission in a separate email. There is a $25 fee per submission, which must be paid online. The submission deadline is Saturday, March 30. The exhibition will run May 2 through May 31. Visit or call 345-1779. • Painting place: Catch “Fieldwork,” an exhibition of new oil paintings by Strafford artist Molly Doe Wensberg, at Sullivan Framing & Fine Art Gallery (15 N. Amherst Road, Bedford) now through Saturday, April 6. Wensberg’s work is inspired by rural New Hampshire and focuses on the emotion of a place and the patchwork quality of distance and space. She creates color, texture and atmosphere with a signature style of soft brushwork and rough blocks of color applied with a palette knife. 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 — Angie Sykeny •”UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL” OPENING RECEPTION Theme show of the month. Fri., April 5, 4 to 7 p.m. Seacoast Artists Association, 130 Water St., Exeter. Visit •JOHN BAUMANN OPENING RECEPTION Artist of the month exhibits. Fri., April 5, 4 to 7 p.m. Seacoast Artists Association, 130 Water St., Exeter. Visit •COMMUNITY ARTS EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION The exhibit will feature a variety of area artists in a range of 2D and 3D mediums and styles. Sat., April 13, noon to 4 p.m. Exeter Town Hall Gallery, 10 Front St., Exeter. Visit Classical Music Events • “PETER AND THE WOLF” Nashua Chamber Orchestra

presents. Sun., March 31, 3 p.m. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. Free and open to the public. Visit • HARIMAYA ADHIKARI, SAGAR KHATIWADA AND FRIENDS Indian and Nepali classic music. Fri., April 12. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Visit • SPRING CONCERT SERIES: “WE’RE 21! WE’RE LEGAL NOW!” Sat., May 4, in Nashua; Sun., May 5, in Manchester; Sat., May 18, in Concord; and Sun., May 19, in Portsmouth. First Baptist Church of Nashua, 121 Manchester St., Nashua. Derryfield School, 2108 River Road, Manchester. Wesley United Methodist Church, 79 Clinton St., Concord. South Church, 292 State St., Portsmouth. Visit


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Camping show features tents, RVs and more Law will be available on Saturday to sign autographs and talk about camping and fishing. Laura Boyce from Rock 101’s Greg and the Morning Buzz will be on hand on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., playing tunes and talking to the crowd. Sunday is Kids Day, where children can jump in the bounce house, participate in a scavenger hunt or clown around with the colorful Bektask Shriner Clowns. Many families attend the show, Strince said, because camping is “an affordable way for a family to take a vacation.”

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The 47th Annual NH Camping & RV Show, the Granite State’s largest camping exhibition, will put down stakes from Friday, March 29, to Sunday, March 31, at the New Hampshire Sportsplex in Bedford. The three-day event, hosted by the New Hampshire Campground Owners’ Association, is for anyone interested in camping, either in a tent or a recreational vehicle. The show is one-stop shopping, featuring dealers with the latest RVS, trailers, pop-ups, tents and camping equipment and accessories. “People look forward to this all year,’’ said Jeremy Strince, executive director of the NHCOA. Participants include campgrounds from New Hampshire and other New England states, state campground associations, activity and adventure businesses. Many campgrounds offer a variety of amenities including pools, playgrounds, cable, Wi-Fi, laundry, boat launches, hiking and bike trails, water sports and dog parks. “This is an opportunity to talk directly to the owners of campgrounds and in some cases sign up for sites that fill up quickly,’’ he said. 39 Kiddie pool Family activities this week. Clubs Garden • HOW TO SUCCEED AT CONTAINER GARDENING David Murray of Murray Farm Greenhouse will discuss the old and new varieties of container plants and what one should look out for when buying. Mon., April 1, 6:30 p.m. Sandown Recreation Building, 25 Pheasant Run Drive, Sandown. Free. Visit • NASHUA GARDEN CLUB APRIL PROGRAM: FLOWER-

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The show draws more than 10,000 spectators over the three days, from the beginning camper who wants to give the family a taste of the great outdoors to the retired couple who want to pull up stakes and hit the road in a new RV. The show promises wall-to-wall tents where camping vendors will showcase some of the latest tents that are great for a two-person snuggle or with enough room to accommodate the entire family. The tents on exhibit at the camping show come in all

shapes, sizes and colors. For those campers who prefer RVing, RV dealers will showcase vehicles of all sizes. Visitors can look inside and get behind the wheel of this home away from home. RV rental dealers will be available as well for those who want to learn more but are not ready to purchase. This year’s show will also feature a special guest who knows all about the great outdoors. Conservation Officer Geoff Pushee from Animal Planet’s TV show NorthWoods

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ING HOUSEPLANTS Master gardener, tree steward and author Joan Bonnette will discuss flowering houseplants and growing tips. Light refreshments will be served. Wed., April 3, 7 p.m. First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St., Nashua. Free for members and $5 for non-members. Visit • AMHERST GARDEN CLUB APRIL PROGRAM: BOOT CAMP FOR YOUR SENSES Gardening expert and horticulturalist Tovah Martin will explore the garden on all lev-

els by attuning your nose to its scents and training your ears to listen. Garden advice and ideas will be shared. Thurs., April 4, 10:30 a.m. Messiah Lutheran Church, 303 Route 101, Amherst. Free. Visit Continuing Education Computer & tech classes • FREE COMPUTER CLINIC Volunteer technicians will be available to sit down with guests one-on-one to answer any technology questions,

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Family fun for the weekend

One more maple weekend

Maple Weekend may have passed but some New Hampshire sugarhouses are continuing to celebrate Maple Month through this weekend (Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31). Beaver Brook Maple in Bow will show off their hobby-sized maple production with samples and tours from noon to 5 p.m. Ben’s Sugar Shack in Temple will continuing offering free tours and free samples (as well as items such as maple doughnuts, maple roasted nuts and maple cotton candy for sale) on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 14. Connolly’s Sugar House in Temple will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with free syrup samples and visits to the sugar house. Kearsarge Gore Farm in Warner boasts samples of maple syrup and maple sugar (and the farm is home to many newborn calves and lambs). These listings are on, where you can find more area sugar houses offering samples and tours all the sugar houses in New Hampshire open this coming weekend and beyond. And Charmingfare Farm (774 High St. in Candia,, 483-5623) holds the final weekend of its maple experience, Maple Express. Tickets cost $22 to $25. See the website for times and to register. INSIDE/OUTSIDE TREASURE HUNT

Dear Donna, This is an antique Donald Duck night light that my father used in the early 1940s when he was a baby and that I used as a child in the 1960s. It is also the original Donald Duck dressed in his original outfit. It has been stored in a family hope chest for 50 years and still works. I would appreciate any information you could share with us. Scott from Andover, Mass. Dear Scott, What a great conversation piece from your family. I love it. Your Donald Duck light bulb is a treasure and not easily found, and the fact that it is working really makes it a find. Your lamp is all-original and was manufactured by the Aerolux Company during the 1930s-ish, so that fits in to your timeline. The lamps are hard enough to find but with one of the rarer bulbs such as Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse it makes them much more desirable to a collector. I think in the right place (an auction house would be my choice) your childhood lamp

Expo excitement

The New Hampshire Family Fun Expo will run Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Douglas N. Everett Arena (15 Loudon Road in Concord) and feature vendors, summer camp presentations, cooking demonstrations and activities such as a rock climbing wall, a putting green, face painting and more, according to the website. Find information on vendors and purchase tickets (which cost $10 general admission or $25 per family of two adults and two kids older than 10; kids under 10 get in free) at Check out the thousands of reptiles on display (and, parents be warned, for sale as pets) at the New England Reptile Expo on Sunday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown (700 Elm St. in Manchester). Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 7 to 12 and free for kids under 7. See

Stories on stage

Southern NH Dance Theater will present The Princess and the Pea and The Ugly Duckling on Sunday, March 31, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester; The show is about 90 minutes long, according to, where you can find out more about the production. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 12 and under and can be purchased through the Palace website. For an extra $20 per person, have tea with the princess before the show, the website said. Gilbert Hood Middle School presents Legally Blonde the Musical Jr. on Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, at 1 and 7 p.m. at the school, 5 Hood Road in Derry. Tickets cost $10. Email for information.


could bring over $1,000. So my advice is to take care that it remains working. If it didn’t work it would be much less. Your story makes me smile to know how you have such fond Courtesy photo. memories of the lamp and now you know that it’s valuable as well. No matter what you choose to do with it, it’s a great piece! Donna Welch has spent more than 30 years in the antiques and collectibles field, appraising and instructing, and recently closed the physical location of From Out Of The Woods Antique Center ( but is still doing some buying and selling. She is a member of The New Hampshire Antiques Dealer Association. If you have questions about an antique or collectible send a clear photo and information to Donna at, or call her at 391-6550 or 624-8668.


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The edible landscape Five perennial fruits and vegetables By Henry Homeyer

When I make a new friend I always ask, “Are you a gardener?” Often younger people with kids say, “I want to, but I’m too busy.” If you have limited time and space, you may wish to consider growing a few perennial plants that produce lots of food — whether you do much for them or not. If you are considering adding landscape plants to your yard, try thinking outside the box: instead of choosing traditional shrubs like hydrangeas or rhododendrons, what about blueberries and dwarf apples? What about strawberries to border the front walk instead of flowers? Perennial fruits and vegetables generally require at least six hours of sunshine a day to succeed. Remember when planning that the arc the sun makes on July 4 is different than the arc in winter. And trees that are bare of leaves now may produce lots of shade in August when your berries are ripening. Good soil is important for success. A soil test performed by your state Extension Service is a good investment. You need to know if you have adequate organic matter and minerals, and if the pH (a measure of acidity) is appropriate for what you want to grow. If you have crummy soil — heavy clay, or very sandy — you may wish to grow your plants in raised beds so that you can build the soil needed. A 50-50 mix of compost and top soil is, in general, a good mix. Perennial plants tend to have deeper root systems than annuals like lettuce or tomatoes, so go with the deepest boxes possible. Eight-inch-deep beds are good for almost anything. Your perennial fruits and vegetables need about an inch of water per week, either from Mother Nature or from your hose. Traveling a lot? Forgetful? Think about an automatic timer and a drip system. Watering wands are great if you have to limit water use — you can direct the water directly to the plants, not to the walkways — or weeds! The soil should be well-drained but retain moisture after watering. One of the easiest ways to keep down weeds and hold in moisture is with mulch. My favorite mulch is one I make myself: in the fall I mow the lawn, chopping up leaves and grass. I collect it and apply right on garden beds. After the first rain it is not likely to blow around. Or you can bag it in contractor trash bags, and store to use in the spring. You can also buy bark mulch in bulk or by the bag. Avoid any that are colored, as they may have chemicals you don’t want on your fruits or veggies. Here are some of my favorite perennial food plants: 1. Asparagus: Modern cultivars in the HIPPO | MARCH 28 - APRIL 3, 2019 | PAGE 40

Rhubarb likes rich, moist soil in full sun. Photo by Henry Homeyer.

“Jersey” series produce all-male plants, which produce much higher yields than older varieties (Washington series). Weeds are terrible enemies of asparagus, so mulch and weed carefully to keep weeds at bay. I use newspapers covered with bark mulch to keep down the weeds. 2. Blueberries: The keys to success are (a) to have the proper pH or level of acidity, and (b) to keep the weeds down. Blueberries need very acidic soil, so test yours, and then add garden sulfur to bring the soil to a pH of 4.0-5.5. Top dress with sulfur or a fertilizer for acid– loving plants yearly right after blooming. 3. Rhubarb: This can be grown with less sunshine than the berry plants — four hours of sunshine is sufficient, although more is better. Add a bucket of compost and a cup of organic fertilizer with each plant. Plant it where the soil stays lightly moist for best results. 4. Raspberries and blackberries: If you like these berries, they are a must for your landscape: they don’t travel well and are expensive to buy. Because the plants tend to multiply and spread by root, this is a good plant to grow in a raised bed that will contain it. Plant in full sun in rich soil amended with compost and organic fertilizer. 5. Strawberries: All-season strawberries produce a few white blossoms and red berries all summer long, with a nice big crop in the fall when standard strawberries come from far away. Plant in full sun in rich, well-drained soil. Amend the soil with compost and organic fertilizer at planting time. You don’t have to be a garden wizard to grow these things. Nor do you have to dedicate your life to them. So plan on doing some planting, come spring, and you’ll enjoy the benefits for years to come. Henry started gardening with his Grampy some 70 years ago and still has the gardening bug. Email him at henry.homeyer@

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Dear Car Talk: For two years, my husband (a retired mechanic) had been driving my old 2003 Blazer two days a week. It has 135,000-ish miles on it. It has a coolant leak, so he only drove By Ray Magliozzi it around town — no more than a 20-mile round trip. He says he smells antifreeze when he drives it, but he doesn’t see any puddles or leaks, and he doesn’t think it’s the heater core. Cut to a month ago. My son (almost 40, so not a dumb kid) was visiting from out of state and drove the car about 5 miles to a friend’s house. Hubby warned him to keep an eye on the gauges and explained the situation. Needless to say, a loud banging started in the engine while my son was driving. He immediately pulled over and called home. Hubby told him to cautiously drive home so he could look at it. Hubby then announced that it’s my kid’s fault that the engine threw a rod. Then a week ago, Hubby tries to start the truck and ... no banging, no puddles, oil level is good. Your best guess as to a diagnosis? Thank you. — Angie My diagnosis is that Hubby’s mechanical skills need refreshing. In retirement, they’ve clearly fallen behind his Mahjong skills. If the truck started up and ran quietly last

week, it never threw a rod. More likely, it severely overheated. If Hubby didn’t keep the coolant topped up, or if the leak got suddenly worse while your son was driving (perhaps at 85 miles an hour), there may have been so little coolant in there that the engine overheated violently. And the steam that’s created when the coolant boils is what makes that hammering sound. It’s like the knocking sound that steam radiators make when there’s air in your home heating system. The question now is: How much damage was done to the engine when it overheated? To find out, the first thing to do is to top up the cooling system. It’s probably empty or near empty. Once the cooling system is full, run the engine until it gets up to operating temperature. Then do an oil pressure test. Hubby probably still has an oil pressure gauge somewhere. Often, when an engine overheats severely, it damages the engine bearings. And an engine with damaged bearings won’t be able to hold oil pressure. That’s the kiss of death. Or, as they call it in the junkyard business, “new inventory.” So if the engine flunks its oil pressure test, then throw a jug of coolant onto the passenger seat, and hope the Blazer can make it to the nearest junkyard. If the oil pressure is OK, then you dodged a bullet, and you can probably salvage this heap, Angie. And the next step would be to figure out where the coolant is leaking and fix it. It could be

the water pump, a hose or even the heater core, despite Hubby’s earlier dismissal. But whatever it is, he should fix it now. There’s a good reason you’re not supposed to drive around with a serious coolant leak. And you guys have just had a front row seat to it. If it’s something expensive, like a head gasket, a cracked head or a cracked block, Hubby might decide it’s not worth fixing. And we’d probably agree with him. But if it’s something relatively simple, he should fix it instead of risking the engine and jeopardizing the family peace at Christmas dinner. Dear Car Talk: I have a 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, which runs great. But after driving approximately 15 miles or so, it starts making a roaring sound. Sometimes the open-ended wrench symbol on the dashboard comes on. But as soon as I stop and restart the car, the symbol goes away. I had the transmission rebuilt a little over two years ago for $3,500 at AutoNation where I bought the car. Any ideas? — Willie Yeah. I’d go back and reintroduce yourself to your friends at AutoNation. The open-ended wrench symbol is Ford’s “drivetrain malfunction indicator.” The drivetrain is pretty much the engine and transmission. So that doesn’t narrow it down very much. But by scanning your car’s computer, a mechanic can narrow it down a lot more.

Whenever the drivetrain malfunction light comes on, the car’s computer will store a code that tells your mechanic why the light was triggered. From your description, my first guess is that your transmission is not upshifting for some reason. That could explain the “roar” you’re hearing. Let’s say your truck normally shifts from second to third gear around 25 miles an hour. If it got stuck in second gear, by the time you reached 35 or 40 mph, the engine could be running at over 4,000 rpm. That would make it sound more like an Airbus A320 than a Ford Sport Trac. If you’re lucky, Willie, and you’ve led a good, clean life, it might be something simple like a sensor or a solenoid in the transmission. And if it consistently corrects itself when you restart the car, that does suggest something electronic rather than something mechanical. That would be good. It could also be a sticky valve in the transmission, which would not be the end of the world — or the end of the Sport Trac. And if you’re really lucky, those guys at AutoNation who charged you $3,500 to rebuild your transmission will feel a bit guilty, take pity on you and fix it for you for nothing. I wouldn’t count on that. But it’s worth going back and asking them what set the light off, and if it could be related to the work they did two years ago. Visit

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What kind of all else the higheducation or trainest-quality product. ing did you need for this job? What do you wish My first master you had known at chocolatier certithe beginning of fication in 2009 ... your career? was from France, I would tell aspirthe second was in ing chocolatiers to Italy. These days I learn about cash teach chocolatier flow. I learned the recipe development hard way. … Some with students from Rich Tango-Lowy. Courtesy photo. days can be really all over the world. busy, some not so Rich Tango-Lowy is a master chocolatier and owner of Dancing Lion chocolate shop They learn how to taste chocolate and busy. I think a lot [about] shelf life. … in Manchester (Tango is a dance and Lowy is Romanian for lion). His shop makes where the flavor comes from. And I never stop tweaking my product. CAREERS


hand-made chocolate treats using high-quality cacao directly from artisan chocolate makers across the world. Can you explain what your current job is? A traditional chocolatier makes chocolate and then has equipment that makes thousands of products. I’m not your traditional chocolatier. I absolutely love chocolate. I love making small batches with rare chocolate. We do it all by hand. We do art here. … Part of my job is sourcing cacao from Puerto Rico, which means knowing the politics and economy of the country. I also travel a fair amount to source chocolate. I will go to Guatemala and return … with 300 pounds of chocolate in my luggage that will last us a year.

How long have you worked there? I have been making chocolate for 25 years. I started my own shop in 2007 and opened this shop [at 917 Elm St.] in Manchester in 2011. How did you become interested in this field? Twenty-five or 30 years ago I was trying to make chocolate truffles from chocolate chips. It didn’t work. I figured out I needed real chocolate, so I had to find some. A friend sold me a kilo [about two pounds] of real chocolate and it changed my life.

How did you find your current job? What is your typical uniform? I never in my life would have imagChocolate. A chocolate brown chef’s ined I’d be doing this. [My friend Carlos coat with chocolate all over it. and I] had just finished touring chocolate shops in Paris and we were sitting in What was the first job you ever had? a restaurant. Carlos suggested we should In high school I helped prep cars at an get serious about chocolate. I was a auto body shop. I spent hours removing physicist. I wasn’t sure what a chocolati- rust. I was bored out of my brain. er was — but I was going to do it. — Lisa Redmond What was the best piece of work-related advice anyone gave you? So many different people have given me advice. My advice is to have a mission. Our mission drives everything: To surprise and delight every customer with perfect customer service and above

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FOOD Celebrations are brewing New Hampshire Craft Beer Week returns By Matt Ingersoll

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By Matt Ingersoll

New Hampshire has nearly quadrupled its craft breweries in the past decade, and there will be dozens of opportunities to get a taste of that strong beer culture during the fifth annual Craft Beer Week, from Friday, March 29, through Sunday, April 7. The week features 10 days of special events, like beer dinners, new beer releases, anniversary celebrations at breweries, brewing workshops and more. In its short history, Craft Beer Week has consistently grown larger each year, now including more than 150 events statewide. “It’s all about raising awareness of and celebrating the industry here as a whole,” said CJ White, executive director of the New Hampshire Brewers Association, which oversees the events of Craft Beer Week. Almost every brewery in the state is involved in Craft Beer Week in some way, and most have anywhere between one and five events they take on for its duration, depending on their availability and the sizes of their tasting rooms. According to White, there are close to 80 craft breweries in the state and another dozen or so are due to open soon — that’s up from just 19 breweries in 2012. “When you talk about people understanding and gravitating toward New Hampshire as a destination for craft beer, we’re somewhat behind the trend compared to other New England states,” White said. “So people are surprised when we tell them that the economic impact of brewing in New Hampshire is $454 million.” Among this year’s events is the third annual Bockfest at Liars Bench Brewing Co. in Portsmouth on Saturday, March 30, which features variations of the popular German lager from more than 10 area breweries. Other events include a special trivia night with beer specials at Rockingham Brewing Co. in Derry on Friday, March 29; and a free kimchi and beer pairing event at Local Baskit in Concord on Tuesday, April 2, with brews from Henniker Brewing Co., Concord Craft Brewing Co., Lithermans Limited Brewery in Concord and more. White said while many of Craft Beer Week’s events are great for the beer consumer, a number are tailored to the brewer as well. On Sunday, March 31, there will be a Craft Beer Job Fair at Portsmouth Book and Bar, which will include a panel discussion by industry experts on the different job roles available in the industry. Then on Tuesday, April 2, and Wednesday, April 3, the UNH Brewing Science Laboratory in Durham will host open houses for people interested in taking brewing courses.

• Bacon & beer: Tickets to this year’s New Hampshire Bacon & Beer Festival go on sale on Saturday, March 30, at 8 a.m. The fourth annual festival, which is happening on Saturday, May 18, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours (221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack), is a 21+-only event that brings together dozens of local restaurants serving dishes made with juicy bacon from North Country Smokehouse. Local brewers also join in the fun, serving up beers and ciders to pair with the bacon-infused foods. General admission is $55 and grants you access to both the food and drink samples. VIP admission costs $90 and includes early admission, at 12:30 p.m., as well as an event T-shirt and other swag. All proceeds from the festival benefit the High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire. Visit • Soup’s on: Get your fix of locally made soups at the 10th annual SouperFest, happening on Saturday, March 30, at Rundlett Middle School (144 South St., Concord). The event is a fundraiser for the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness and includes “Fun Fest,” which begins at 2 p.m. and features activities like miniature golf, bounce houses and an obstacle course; and “SoupFest,” which will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. A number of specialty international soups will be featured this year for attendees to taste, like a Lebanese lentil soup, a Thai carrot soup and an African chicken peanut soup. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be served as well. Along with the soups, people can sample artisan breads and a selection of desserts prepared by several local bakery chefs. The suggestion donation for SouperFest is $10 for teens and adults, and $5 for children under 12. Visit • Gyro House closes: Downtown Concord Greek eatery Gyro House closed its doors on March 16, according to a notice on the front door signed by owner Theodora Hinxhia. “I want to thank all of my loyal customers for your support, kindness and friendship during these past 5 years,” the notice reads. “This has been a wonderful and successful chapter in my life. I am retiring and venturing on to a new and exciting time.” Gyro House was at 58 N. Main St. in Concord and was a popular spot for authentic Greek items like gyros, salads, savory pies and desserts like baklava and kataifi. • Chili & chowder: Join St. Peter’s 46 Looking for more food and drink fun? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store, Google Play and HIPPO | MARCH 28 - APRIL 3, 2019 | PAGE 44

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“We strive to further the education of brewers and people looking for jobs in the industry … just as much as we educate from a consumer’s standpoint,” she said. “So the events aren’t just basic tastings, but often have charitable or educational elements to them.” You can refer to Craft Beer Week’s Facebook event page as the official list, which is organized chronologically. White said new events will likely continue to be added all the way up to the start of the week. Downloading the New Hampshire Brewers Association mobile app will also grant you access to the NH Beer Trail — a map directory of all of the breweries in the state — plus a passport program in which you can collect “stamps” from each brewery you visit to gain reward points.

Indie films and brews

Another popular event synonymous with New Hampshire Craft Beer Week, the Derry Regional Ales & Films Together Festival — or DRAFT Festival for short — will return for its third year. The event will kick off with an opening night at the new lounge at Cask & Vine in Derry on Sunday, March 31, which will include meet-and-greets with local independent filmmakers. Then every night from Monday, April 1, through Saturday, April 6, a different brewery in Derry, Londonderry or Manchester will host screenings of six short indie films of a variety of genres, each to be paired with beer samples you can enjoy as you watch. “It’s a true multi-sensory experience,” said DRAFT Festival co-founder Jay Doherty, who has also served as executive director of the SNOB Film Festival in the fall. “The majority of beers the breweries will offer are what they already have on tap, but many are doing special beers for the event too.” Doherty, along with fellow film enthusiasts Andy Day of Cask & Vine and Ali Leleszi of Rockingham Brewing Co. in Derry, said the first festival was held two years

ago. The idea stemmed from a unique way to marry locally produced beer with independent filmmaking, and to get people interested in both. All of the films are under 20 minutes — most run about 10 to 15 minutes, he said — and depending on the brewery, attendees will get to sample between six and eight beers during the evening. “I think with other film festivals or events you might go to, you’ll typically see a block of comedies or dramas or something geared to a certain topic or genre,” Doherty said. “With this, however, we try to have … a mixture of different types of films each night, to kind of go with each beer you are tasting. So for example, you might have a fruity IPA with a lighthearted comedy, or with a drama, maybe you’ll have a dark stout, or something more intense in flavor.” Tickets can be purchased either individually for each event, depending on which brewery you want to visit, or as part of a VIP package that includes a pint glass. An awards ceremony will close out the festival on the final night at Great North Aleworks in Manchester.

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Visit the Facebook event page for the most up-to-date list as information for additional events will become available. • Blasty Bough Brewing Co. (3 Griffin Road, Epsom, 724-3636, will host a beer and civility event on Sunday, April 7, from 3 to 5 p.m., featuring New Hampshire town moderators. New Hampshire Craft Beer Week When: Friday, March 29, through Sunday, April 7 Where: Various locations statewide throughout the week Cost: Tickets and admission vary depending on the event and location Visit:


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There are so many amazing craft beers and breweries today across all styles, it gets overwhelming. How are any of us supposed to make a decision? I recently stared longingly into the beer cooler at Bunny’s Convenience in downtown Manchester, just walking back and forth aimlessly going over each shelf of beer — over and over. I was just looking for a single six-pack. I grabbed three different choices from the shelves, each time ultimately changing my mind and putting it back, until I eventually settled on my original selection: Guayabera Citra Pale Ale by Cigar City Brewing I think I bothered at least a couple other customers with my awkward lingering and unconscious mumbling to myself. Did the woman working the register give me the stink eye? No, she didn’t, but who could have blamed her if she had? The point is there are a lot of beer choices these days and that’s a good thing. Sometimes, though, I just admire the guy who strolls in, grabs a 12-pack of Budweiser and leaves, like he was picking up the milk. That guy knows what he wants. Well, today, I’m going to make things easy on you and I’m going to tell you what you want. I’m not trying to tell you what to do as much as I’m just trying to make your life easier. Here goes. Here are three beers you should drink right now: Guayabera Citra Pale Ale by Cigar City Brewing (Florida) Four or five years ago when I first tried Cigar City’s flagship Jai Alai IPA, it wasn’t exactly mind-blowing, but it was pretty close. Jai Alai has this interesting combination of citrusy hops but also with subtle notes of complex caramel. Weird, I know, but in a really good way. I love pairing the Jai Alai with spicy food and pizza. I want all of those things right now actually. I bring up the Jai Alai because I liked that beer so much that I made it a point to try Cigar City beers whenever I see them. When I saw the Guayabera at Bunny’s, I had to try it, and I’m glad I did. Bursting with citrusy goodness and a very light body, this has just enough hoppy bitterness to balance it out. You can drink this any time but this would be a perfect choice on a hot day when you don’t want a burly double IPA but you still want some hops. That said, this was perfect on a freezing cold night in early March. Doesn’t matter, drink it now.

There are almost too many beer choices today. Pictured here, Morning Glory Espresso Stout by Old Dominion Brewing Co.

The Roast Coffee Stout by Henniker Brewing Co. (Henniker) At least once per year I feel the need to remind beer drinkers in New Hampshire that this glorious brew exists and should be enjoyed, savored and cherished. Too strong? I don’t think so. This is like a cup of the best, smoothest and most flavorful coffee you’ve ever had — but in a beer. It’s rich, creamy and delicious, and at 6.5-percent ABV, the alcohol warms you up on a cool night. Simply put, this is one of the best stouts you can find. Period. Really Old Brown Dog by Smuttynose Brewing Co. (Hampton) This is embarrassing. Smuttynose’s Old Brown Dog has been a nostalgic staple brew for me for years. I love its dry, malty, nutty character. But I have never tried its big brother, the Really Old Brown Dog. While the name and the dog on the label are the same (and endearing), this is a completely different animal. (No. Pun. Intended.) This brew is big, rich and fruity. The Really Old Brown Dog is complex and awfully hefty at 11-percent ABV. This is a wonderful slow sipper to enjoy by the fire over the course of a long evening. Jeff Mucciarone is an account manager with Montagne Communications, where he provides communications support to the New Hampshire wine and spirits industry. What’s in My Fridge Morning Glory Espresso Stout by Old Dominion Brewing Co. (Delaware): The espresso gives this a different character than your typical coffee stout. It’s big and rich but the espresso adds complex bitter notes. Cheers!

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MUSIC, BOOKS, GAMES, COMICS, MOVIES, DVDS, TV AND MORE Alice Phoebe Lou, Paper Castles (Manta Ray Music)

This wispy, early 20something waif is Consequence of Sound’s Artist of the Month for March. That and five bucks will get you an almost-decent latté someplace, but she is possessed of a vibe that deserves respect, at least from people who haven’t heard of Portishead, which is probably a good percentage of the people under 25 reading this. She fits the mold, having grown up doing street performance art with fire poi (those laser-ropes you whip around to make designs in the air and stuff) and busking in general; she’s since settled on this ghostly, boozy, moonbatty trip that doesn’t have the heft of Portishead only because it’s so freaking sparse. The record ranges from nicely layered, nicely sampled pleasantries (“Galaxies”) to maudlin, whiskey-drenched bum-outs (“Little Spark”) to Patsy Cline-ish utterances (the title track, easily the most interesting thing on tap here). There’s always the slight chance I’m missing something, but this seems a bit generic by half. C — Eric W. Saeger Offset, Father of 4 (Manta Ray Music)

With Takeoff and Quavo having already released their solo records, Kiari Kendrell Cephus completes the three-pronged Migos invasion with this one, which, as just about everything from the corporate-approved-rap sphere these days, rode in on a wave of hype, most interminably the “documentary” clip of Offset’s wife Cardi B giving birth to their daughter. The batter here is thick with Atlanta; according to an Offset tweet, the producers were relegated to Metro Boomin and Southside alone, and the whole thing jumps off with enough trap and gloomy Auto-Tune to make you run for the hills if that’s not your thing. The selling point — or at least some critics have seen it as such — is Offset’s “candor,” such as when he “talks” to his children in the aforementioned titletrack opener. The J Cole-guested “How Did I Get Here” is pretty slick, though, with some athletic flows, and the similarly non-Auto-Tuned “Tats on My Face” is mildly ambitious. B — Eric W. Saeger

PLAYLIST A seriously abridged compendium of recent and future CD releases • I suppose the biggest news to cover in the March 29 new-CD-release cycle is that there was once a lost Marvin Gaye album, but now it’s found, and it’s titled You’re The Man! That release date would have also been Gaye’s 80th birthday, for you trivia-fetishists, but so what, hey man, it’s a long lost Marvin Gaye album, specifically a record that was originally intended to be the 1972 follow-up to 1971’s What’s Going On, which included the famous title track in addition to “Mercy Mercy Me” and “Inner City Blues.” One song from this new old album is “My Last Chance,” a dreamy, Smokey Robinson-esque soul track which has already been remixed by Nas/Fugees/ millions-of-others producer Salaam Remi. Luckily Remi didn’t remix it into some horrible Auto-Tune train-wreck; the track is very bright, retro and brings out the essence of what would have probably been a very big single. It’ll be interesting to see if the record produces something that’ll get play on the bubblegum radio stations and such, which would of course depend on whether or not tweens’ heads explode after three bars. • Oh barf, as if you weren’t disgusted enough by egocentric celebrities like Felicity Huffman and the Full House lady, look there, it’s a new album from the Queen of Soccer Moms, Rita Wilson — you know, Tom Hanks’ wife — titled Halfway to Home! This kind of thing always ticks off Serious Music Critics, because we can’t take seriously any record that should just be titled Neener I Made An Album Because I’m Rich, like even critics know that somewhere out there is some soccer mom with a voice that blows away everyone from Amy Winehouse to Susan Boyle, but she’s too busy cleaning up baby barf to book some studio time, and yeah, it’s really aggravating. That said, I’ll try to listen to this with an open mind, I promise, for all three of the Singing Rita Wilson fans who live in the rich section of Los Angeles. The single is called “Throw Me a Party,” a country-pop-chill song, like Sheryl Crow, and she’s singing about how she wants a party after she dies, not a funeral, you know, like it’s probably inspired by the scene in The Kominsky Method when Alan Arkin’s wife’s funeral is turned into an open mike improv deal that’s almost funny. Bet you anything she had Forrest Gump try to get the showrunner to use this bland dollop of musical oatmeal on that episode and the dude avoided Forrest’s calls until it was safe. (Sorry, but come on.) • Devin Townsend is an old metal dude who sang for Steve Vai’s band and then decided to do extreme metal, because annoying. Get this, he’s “put aside” his main band, the Devin Townsend Project, to do this project, which is called Devin Townsend, and whatever, I’m already grumpy, so let’s check out this new album, Empath, before I supernova. The single, “Genesis,” has an angel choir for two minutes, then it becomes Black Veil Brides. That covers that. • During the 1990s, if someone called their band “Lion Babe,” you’d expect them to have a girl singer dressed in latex and that they’d play synth-pop with raunchy guitars. But now we’re in the Apocalypse, so this Lion Babe is a duo that mixes trip-hop, Sade and circuit-bending. The new album is Cosmic Wind, out March 29. — Eric W. Saeger


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The Far Field, by Madhuri Vijay (Grove Press, 432 pages) I am always intrigued by authors’ first books — what is it that they are so compelled to write about? And how will they go about telling their story? Firsttime authors usually (but not always) represent such potential, such pristine new talent. It can be rough, but it’s usually glorious. As we all know, not all first-timers can hit a home run. Some attempts fall flat. But then there are the first-time books that absolutely blow me away — where did this voice come from? And how on earth did this author come out of the gate already ahead of everyone else? Such is the case with The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay. Somehow, Madhuri intertwines several complex themes and events with such clarity and skill that you will find yourself putting the book down just to pause and digest various passages. This book is breathtaking. The Far Field is an epic tale about a young woman, Shalini, who is left without any sense of balance after her mother’s death. She had a love/hate relationship with her mother, who appears to have suffered with mental illness. One minute she is doting on her daughter, the next she is calling her daughter a little beast and being abusive. Shalini learned to walk around her mother on eggshells and she also learned to pull away in order to live her own life. But a mother’s death changes everything. Shalini returns to her home to confront her mother’s ghost and to seek closure on some confusing events that had happened during her childhood. Now privileged and from Bangalore, Shalini decides to visit a remote Himalayan village to try and figure out how her mother’s life was connected to that of a traveling Kashmari salesman. This salesman had not only charmed her mother but had also been able to tame her eccentric and sometimes manic tendencies. He was a calming force in the life of a child whose mother was anything but calm. The man had disappeared from their lives a decade earlier, and Shalini sets out to find him. When she gets to the village where he lives, she is confronted with the man’s political beliefs and dark secrets. From here we are set on a journey of learning about Indian politics and class prejudice. In alternating timelines from Shalini’s childhood and her current situation, a mystery slowly unfolds and we learn as she learns about events that shaped her life. The Far Field is fiction but it reads like real life. The characters are so

well-constructed that they move off the page and become a picture show in your mind. When not in front of the book, you will be thinking about this lost woman who is trying to find balance in her life. You’ll wonder about the class structure and how it might feel if you lived in such a way. And you’ll learn about the politics of a place that many Americans are not familiar with. The Far Field is an exploration of a woman’s quest to embrace her mother while at the same time separating herself from all that was her larger-thanlife mother. It’s a sweeping story about personal identity, rage, forgiveness, love and of course betrayal. In short, it’s about the meaning of life in a world that is incredibly messy with conflicting views and beliefs. This book is a story about making sense from chaos. The Far Field is also a story about coming to the realization that you are who you are because of what you have been through — which includes the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s all part of the package. The trick is learning how to embrace it all without hating the parts that helped forge the steel in your spine. At times poetic, always masterful, Madhuri leads us through interior and exterior landscapes with absolute precision. This is not a quick read, nor should it be. The story meanders as it explores. The pace is constant and always forward-moving while taking its time to explore all that surrounds the characters. I’ve said this before about some books (although rarely about debut author’s books) but you’ll want to read this book with a spoon in order to make sure you get every drop. In a word: profound. Highly, highly recommended. A — Wendy E.N. Thomas


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• Gods and romance: Julie Berry will be at Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord) on Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m., presenting her new book Lovely War. The young adult novel is a multi-layered romance set during World War I and World War II, while the Greek gods control the fates of mortals. Visit or call 224-0562. • Last call for literary award nominations: There is still time now through March 31 to nominate your favorite literary work for the New Hampshire Writers’ Project’s 13th annual New Hampshire Literary Awards. To be eligible, a work must be written by a New Hampshire native or resident and published between April 1 and Dec. 31 of 2018. Nominations will be accepted for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s picture books and middle grade/ young adult. The entries will be read and evaluated by a panel of judges assembled by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. Nominations must include three print copies of the work, $50 for the nomination fee and a completed nomination form, mailed to the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. Additionally, the Readers’ Choice Awards begin in August and invite readers to vote for their favorite nominees in each category. Winners will be announced at a reception at the New Hampshire Institute of Art on Oct. 5. Visit • Poems in Warner: During April, Warner will celebrate National Poetry Month by inviting businesses to post their favorite poems on their storefront windows, inside or on their social media pages. David Elliott’s book of children’s poems In the Wild will be displayed on Warner’s Rail Trail from Depot Street to West Joppa Road. At Pillsbury Free Library (18 E. Main St., Warner) there will be a “PoetTree” where people can read and add their own poems. Visit — Angie Sykeny

Books Author Events • DANA BISCOTTI MYSKOWSKI Author presents I Cannot Play With You. Thurs., March 28, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.

com. • DAVID ELLIOTT Author presents Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc. Fri., March 29, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore. com.

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The New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival returns for its 11th year April 4 through April 14, with 17 films showing in Manchester, Merrimack, Concord, Portsmouth and Peterborough. The festival features independent films that have Jewish characters or deal with Jewish history and films that were created by Jewish filmmakers from around the world. “Our goal is to bring new and different and thought-provoking films with some Jewish or Israeli connection to New Hampshire that wouldn’t ordinarily come to New Hampshire,” festival chairperson Pat Kalik said. This year’s lineup will feature a number of short and feature-length documentaries on topics such as Israel’s national baseball team (Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel), Jewish female EMTs (93 Queen), a Babi Yar commemoration in Australia (Babi Yar), Jewish Montreal food and history (Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal), a group of Jewish seniors who celebrate Shabbat at their local Wendy’s fast food restaurant (Wendy’s Shabbat) and more. Local filmmaker and long-time volunteer for the festival Darren Garnick will present his own 4-minute documentary, Righting a

Wrong: The Bialystok Cemetery Restoration Project, at Red River Theatres in Concord on Sunday, April 14. The film follows a group of volunteers from the UnitCourtesy photo. ed States, Germany, Poland and Israel, who gather every summer to restore the last surviving Jewish cemetery in Bialystok, Poland, which was desecrated by the Nazis during World War II and later looted by residents who used the gravestones as building materials. “It’s a very sobering film, to see these people staring the horrors of history in the face,” Garnick said, “but it’s also very uplifting, to see these volunteers trying to right the wrong and honor the lives of strangers.” Other films in the festival include a thriller about a cynical crime reporter investigating the murder of a mysterious woman in Buda-


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New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival When: April 4 through April 14 Where: Various locations in Manchester, Merrimack, Concord, Portsmouth and Peterborough Cost: Festival pass $145, regular screenings $12 unless otherwise noted More info: Schedule (by location) Southern New Hampshire University (2500 N. River Road, Manchester): • Chewdaism, Double Date and Wendy’s Shabbat - Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m. • Golda’s Balcony, with post-film discussion with producer David Fishelson - Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m.

• The Samuel Project - Sunday, April 7, 3:30 p.m. The Music Hall Loft (131 Congress St., Portsmouth) • The Last Suit - Sunday, April 7, 1 p.m. • Satan and Adam with post-film discussion with film subject Adam Gussow - Sunday, April 7, 3:30 p.m.

Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St., Concord) • Working Woman - Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m. • Shoelaces, with social event - Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m. • Budapest Noir - Sunday, April 14, 1 p.m. • Who Will Write Our History and Righting a Wrong: The Bialystok Cemetery Restoration Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St., Project, with post-film discussion with director Manchester) • Carl Laemmle, with gala food and wine cele- Roberta Grossman via Skype - Sunday, April bration and Q&A with special guest Bob Treitel 14, 3 p.m. - Saturday, April 6, 8 p.m. • Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel, with festival wrap-up party and guest speakers TBA Cinemagic (11 Executive Park Drive, Sunday, April 14, 5:30 p.m. • Babi Yar, with special film event TBA - SunMerrimack) • 93 Queen - Sunday, April 7, 1 p.m. day, June 23, 3:30 p.m. • The Samuel Project - Sunday, April 7, 3:30 p.m. The Hotel Concord (11 S. Main St., Concord) • Inside Out, with PJ Library event (free) - SunPeterborough Community Theatre (6 School day, April 14, 1 p.m. St., Peterborough) • Full-Court Miracle, with PJ Our Way event • 93 Queen - Sunday, April 7, 1 p.m. (free) - Sunday, April 14, 3:30 p.m.


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Us (R)

A trip to the beach leads to a night of horror in Us, the latest movie from writer/director Jordan Peele.

I went in to Us knowing very little about it beyond what you see in the trailers and that the movie comes from Peele of Get Out fame. This is probably the best way to go see it and so if you definitely want to go, unspoiled, let me advise to continue with your news blackout about the plot and know that I am not sorry I went and probably would see this movie again if given the opportunity. It is above average for suspense-horror and even though it often leans on “children in peril” for its suspense, those scenes in particular gave me that edge-of-the-seat thrill, even if my feelings about the movie overall are less straightforwardly ecstatic. Now, if you’re less of a purist... Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) and her husband Gabe (Winston) are taking their children, teen-ish daughter Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and younger son Jason (Evan Alex), on a trip to a house near Santa Cruz, California. Adelaide’s childhood home belonging to her recently deceased mother, their vacation house is near but not on the beach so it requires some convincing by Gabe to get Addy to take the kids to the beach for the day to meet up with friends Kitty (Elisabeth Moss) and Josh (Tim Heidecker) and their twin daughters Becca (Cali Sheldon) and Lindsay (Noelle Sheldon). Why is hinted at in an early sequence that shows a young Adelaide (Madison Curry) wandering into a fun house at the beach only to be found several minutes later traumatized by something.



Addy is On Edge during the beach visit, turning down Kitty’s offer of rosé and swatting away attempts at small talk. And yet Jason manages to wander away, walking up to the same, only-slightly-renovated fun house Addy saw in her youth. Addy does a heightened version of the standard mom-panic when she realizes Jason is out of her sight line and scrambles to find him, which she does, safe but having spotted a strange man standing outside the fun house. Later that evening Addy spirals into an anxiety vortex while a clueless Gabe attempts to throw her a suggestive “hey.” Addy attempts to convince Gabe that they should leave but then a strange-looking family shows up at the top of the driveway. The best parts of Us mix smartly drawn, frequently funny slices of normal subur-

Beach Bum (R) Matthew McCo* Indicates a movie to seek out. naughey plays a (based on the trailFind reviews for most films on ers) Hunter-S.-Thompson-ish wastrel writer in this movie written and directed by Harmony Korine, writer Opening this week: Dumbo (PG) of 1995’s Kids. The live-action remake nobody needed of the 1941 animated movie In theaters now: comes alive with director Tim Bur- *Captain Marvel (PG-13) ton (as far as I can tell, Johnny Depp Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson. is not in this, so there’s that). The Larson’s Vers is a space warrior


hero who is deeply unimpressed by 1995 Earth in this origin story for Marvel’s newest hero. With its showy 1990s soundtrack and its shades of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this movie might actually have been crafted in a Stark lab for me to love it but, well, success because I had a cracking good time despite some unsubtleness and some MCU-iness. B+

ban life — Gabe’s extremely lazy attempt to get Addy in the mood — with the weirdo behavior of the red-jumpsuit-clad family that shows up. Their appearance and everything that happens after plays by its own set of horror movie rules but then elements of normal life — Gabe is excited when the mayhem may give him a chance to borrow Josh’s new car — slip in which provide nice moments of both levity and juxtaposition. The movie can also be note perfect when it comes to details from the construction, such as its use of music and scoring or the way certain shots are framed, or little elements like the furnishings in Addy’s mother’s house or the moments of benign horribleness of Kitty and Josh. There is something fun about Us, not “weeee! rollercoaster!” fun but definitely “I am glad to Five Feet Apart (PG-13) Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse. Teens with cystic fibrosis attempt to have a romance despite medical prohibitions against physical contact with each other in this very shmoopy romance. I C+-ed, nearly entirely for the work done by Richardson, who is solid even with smooshy material here. See

be watching this” fun, both in its observational moments and in its more horror-ish moments. And fun without being glib or jokey, which isn’t always easy in a horror movie. Here’s the part where I should say “It’s great! I loved it!” and yet I can’t. I also can’t say it was awful and I hated it or it was blah and I’m meh about it. Us was a very enjoyable watch but not, exactly, great. It has great elements but also story points that don’t completely snap together with the kind of satisfying tightness of Get Out (and I know it’s jerky to compare this movie to that one but Get Out was great so it’s hard not to). The big “why” at the center of this movie is interesting but also feels a little underdone, not that more explanation is needed (though I’d love to hear Peele’s extended commentary on what is happening in this world he’s created) but rounder explanation, something that gives me a slightly better sense of what the ultimate stakes are. The movie also plays with an idea throughout that feels like it needed an “and also” element to make the final punch more powerful. (This is not me complain-bragging that I saw the ending coming, more that I suspected what the ending was, and that’s fine, but I wanted something more to explain why it matters.) Us gives you a lot to think about, moments of genuine creepiness and even occasionally real terror. Is it fair to ask for even more than that? B Rated R for violence/terror and language, according to the MPAA. Written and directed by Jordan Peele, Us is an hour and 56 minutes long and distributed by Universal Studios.

her do an even better job in the Fury, who are trying to lead the comedy-dramady Support the village to the dragon ancestral Girls. home known as the Hidden World before dragon trappers and huntHow to Train Your Dragon: The ers catch the many dragons who Hidden World (PG) make their home with Hiccup’s Voices of Jay Baruchel, America Viking village. The story and Ferrera. characters are, as these have all The series comes, probably, to a been for me, “meh” but the visuals close with the story of now-chief are beautiful. BHiccup and his dragon Night

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pest (Budapest Noir), a short comedy about a blind date that takes a turn (Double Date), a family drama based on the true story of Lamont Carr, an African-American college basketball star who becomes the head coach of a yeshiva’s struggling basketball team in Philadelphia (Full Court Miracle), a drama about a woman whose career and marriage are put on the line after she begins to experience sexual harassment from her boss (Working Woman) and more. Some of the screenings will also feature special events and post-film discussions with the filmmakers or people involved in the film. One of those events will be a Q&A with local man Bob Treitel after the screening of Carl Laemmle at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester on Saturday, April 6. The documentary follows the life of Carl Laemmle, founder of Universal Studios,

who saved more than 300 Jewish families during the Holocaust, including Treitel’s grandparents. “[The festival] wanted me to talk about my connection to Carl and say a few words as a local person who was directly impacted by [the events] in the movie,” Treitel said. “I’ve been in New Hampshire for 51 years now and am a grandfather to six [grandchildren], and that’s all because of a good deed from this one person that the movie is about.” Kalik said the festival appeals not only to people with a Jewish connection, but to all independent film-lovers. “Films are a great vehicle for building community, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” she said, “We’re building a community where film-lovers of all different demographics can get together and experience film and communicate and discuss different topics.”

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Opera) Sat., March 30, noon (Theater) • If Beale Street Could Talk (R, 2018) Sat., March 30, and Tues., April 2, through Thurs., April 4, 7 p.m. (Theater) • Genesis 2.0 (2018) Tues., April 2, and Wed., April 3, 7 p.m. PETERBOROUGH COMMUNITY THEATRE 6 School St., Peterborough, • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG, 2019) Thurs., March 28, 7 p.m. • They Shall Not Grow Old (R, 2018) Fri., March 29, 7 p.m.; Sat., March 30, Sun., March 31, and Wed., April 3, 2:30 and 7 p.m.; and Thurs., April 4, 7 p.m.

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NITE The secret history

Former Carolina Chocolate Drop performs in Nashua

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• Indoor festival: An event modestly called The Super-Nuche brings together six local bands for two nights of music in a Capital City basement club. Kicking off the double triple bill are Amulus, Up Chuck Kreek and The Tumbletoads, followed by The Van Burens, People Like You and The Humans Being. Go Friday, March 29, or Saturday, March 30, 8 p.m., Penuche’s Ale House, 16 Bicentennial Square, Concord. Tickets are $8 at the door – no presale. See • Floyd flight: Relive the heady days of prog-rock dominance with Space Force, a Pink Floyd tribute act playing everything from “Have a Cigar” to “Comfortably Numb” in their first set before closing the evening with Dark Side of the Moon from start to finish. Relatively new on the scene, the Peterborough-based band is earning kudos like this one: “makes you forget about the horrors of life.” Friday, March 29, 9 p.m., Pasta Loft Restaurant, 241 Union St., Milford. See • Real man: On his latest album, New Lore, Sean Rowe offers a wonderful ode to parenthood, “I’ll Follow Your Trail,” a song that should be required listening for every new mother or father. The gravelly voiced singer finds his sweet spot throughout the 2017 disc, raw and revelatory, brimming with honesty and hard-earned wisdom. “My music isn’t glossy or shiny,” Rowe says. “But it’s true.” Sunday, March 31, 7:30 p.m., Capitol Center for the Arts (Spotlight Cafe), 44 S. Main St., Concord. Tickets $20 at • Rolling back: Though he relocated to Nashville a few years ago, Tom Dixon returns to New Hampshire for his hometown fans every now and then. A short tour begins at the weekly Country Night in Goffstown and wraps up at The Shaskeen in downtown Manchester at week’s end. J.D. Roberts opens; it’s Dixon’s only time back until next August. Go Tuesday, April 2, 7 p.m., The Village Trestle, 25 Main St., Goffstown. More at

When it comes to the cultural elements contained in a trove of American music, Dom Flemons remembers the words of his friend and fellow performer Taj Mahal. “You can dig and dig and dig for a hundred years, and find that you only broke the surface,” he said while driving from Nashville to a gig in Indianapolis. “I found that’s definitely the truth of the matter.” Beginning with the groundbreaking band Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons has long shone a light on the often shrouded roots of old-time standards, like the African influence on Maybelle Carter’s scratch picking style, or the black guitarist who gave Hank Williams some key riffs, as well as the cowboy roots of blues icons like Leadbelly and Lightnin’ Hopkins. Flemons describes it as a story in constant need of retelling and reexamination to be fully understood. “For me to be able to delve into African-American Western culture, I don’t necessarily have to disprove the narrative that’s out there,” he said. “I just have to illuminate parts ... that are familiar, and show there are these diverse elements.” This was the genesis of Black Cowboys, an ambitious effort to tell a story that few knew as well as Flemons, but one that managed to surprise him at several turns. The 2018 album received a Grammy nomination and led to surreal moments like a recent night at the Country Music Hall of Fame. “I was in an exhibit that criss-crossed my work with Tex Ritter’s work as a folklorist cowboy singer,” Flemons said, noting that he mingled with luminaries like Jeannie Seely and Reba McIntire. “It was quite a big event, and it also placed me in the context of country music in a way that I hadn’t necessarily framed my career around.”

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Released on Smithsonian Folkways as part of the African American Legacy Recordings series, Black Cowboys is also a history book. “I knew the liner notes would have to be something comprehensive, so if anybody picked up this album they’d be able to at least get a basic notion of what black western culture is,” Flemons said, adding that he brought “an educational bent” and 10 years of study on the topic. Flemons recounts the heretofore unknown history of people like Bass Reeves, who came up through slavery to become a U.S. marshal, and Nat Lowe, a former slave who worked on cattle drives in the mid-19th century and was later a Pullman porter, and Native Americans and African slaves picking cotton together following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. “That’s the sort of stuff that I was tasked to try and put into only a 40-page booklet, but there are hundreds of stories that I couldn’t even place into the liner notes,” Flemons said. “I wanted to be as comprehensive as I could [so] when someone looks up black cowboys or black Western culture, they might be surprised at some of the different stories out there.” The quick acclaim for the record surprised Flemons. “I expected a five- to 10-year gestation period before people would come back and see this as something that we should be working with, but I’ve been getting a lot of wonderful response,” he said. “It gives me a much brighter sense of where my career can go from here. I’m just glad to do traditional music and original music, as it’s needed.” With the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons shared a Grammy in 2010 for Genuine Negro Jig, but when the group moved away from traditional music he lost interest. “I felt like going into the more pop-based world was just making us like every other act, compared to us doing African-American string band music and traditional music, which made us different,” he said.

Dom Flemons. Courtesy photo.

Still, he’s pleased that the group provided a template for others in the wake of its 2014 breakup. “We set a place marker so people can study, develop and do new things,” he said. “Kind of like being OK with being Dave Van Ronk, when you hope the Bob Dylans will come around.” Flemons’ upcoming show at Nashua’s Riverwalk Cafe will include selections from Black Cowboys, a record that blends traditional songs dating back to the 19th century with a handful of originals that are idiomatic doppelgangers — and more. “I’m gonna be doing an overview of my whole career,” Flemons said. “Whether they’re fans of the Chocolate Drops or my work, there will be a little something for everybody.” Dom Flemons w/ Evan Murphy When: Thursday, March 28, 8 p.m. Where: Riverwalk Cafe, 35 Railroad Square, Nashua Tickets: $16 at


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A 43-year-old man in Nimbin, Australia, has the proliferation of modern technology to thank for his life. Reuters reported that on March 13, the unnamed man arrived home only to find a 39-year-old man “who was known to him,” waiting outside with a bow and arrow. As Man A raised his mobile phone to take a picture of Man B, Man B “engaged the bow and was ready to fire,” according to a police report. Man B “fired the arrow at the resident, which pierced through the man’s mobile phone, causing the phone to hit (Man A) in the chin. It left a small laceration that didn’t require medical treatment.” Man B was arrested at the scene, police reported.

The litigious society

Joanne Cullen, 64, of North Bellmore, Long Island, wants to make administrators of St. Charles Resurrection Cemetery in Farmingdale pay for the horror she experienced in December 2016 as she visited her parents’ graves. On that day, Cullen was reaching down to straighten a bow on a wreath when the ground opened up beneath her and a sinkhole “caused her to fall forward and smash her head on the tombstone,” cracking a tooth, her attorney, Joseph Perrini, told the New York Post. As Cullen sank, she grabbed the sides of the tombstone and yelled for help, but no one heard her. Cullen filed suit in March in Queens Supreme Court, asking for $5 million to overcome the nightmares and headaches she experiences, along with the fear of walking in open fields. “I will never go back there again,” Cullen said. “Getting sucked into your parents’ grave ... it’s terrifying and traumatizing,” Perrini added.

Criminal ingenuity

Outside the North Fork Correctional Unit in Sayre, Oklahoma, Kerri Jo Hickman was arrested on March 10 for delivering contraband to prison inmates, reported the Associated Press. Hickman’s clever delivery method was a T-shirt gun, used by sports team mascots to shoot promotional shirts at fans. Hickman, however, launched methamphetamines, cellphones, ear buds, phone chargers, digital scales, marijuana and tobacco to some lucky con on the other side, but police discovered the gun and another package in her car, and she was booked on charges of introducing contraband into a penal institution, conspiracy and drug trafficking in Beckham County.

Oh, the drama

Dog walker Michele Bilsland has become accustomed to strangers’ alarm when her charge, Begbie, throws himself to the ground as they start out on their constitutional. Begbie, who lives with Roz Niblock and Matt Kennedy in Muthill, Perthshire, Scotland, stages his protest when Bilsland leads him on what he knows is the shorter route around the block, rather than his usual hourlong jaunt through fields. On March 15, two workmen stopped to see if Bilsland needed help: “I told them he was fine and just having a tantrum and sulking,” she told Metro News. Begbie, a 4-year-old Old English bulldog, continued his charade for at least a minute before getting up and getting on with his walk. “Begbie just has a very strong personality,” Bilsland noted. Visit




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