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APRIL 11 - 17, 2019
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My Seattle hotel dining room looked out onto a street on the other side of which was a multiplex cinema. A new film was premiering that evening, so the crowds began queuing up several hours before show time. As they did, so came others for a different purpose, those preparing for a different kind of night, setting up their little tents, unrolling a sleeping bag, and settling in. The moviegoers stood in line, earbuds in place and smartphones in hand, passing the time seemingly oblivious to those camped out just a few feet away. The moviegoers were on the sidewalk, while the homeless were of the sidewalk. For the former the sidewalk was merely a bit of public space they occupied while passing the time for another purpose. For the latter, the sidewalk was their way of life. The two sectors were inches apart but worlds away from one another: a case of complete social bypass. That experience was snapped into sharp relief as recently I watched the documentary Seattle Is Dying, a gut-wrenching portrait of garbage-strewn tent encampments, people living out of beat-up RVs, mentally ill people floundering on street corners, open drug use and public disorder. Predictably, the video has prompted extreme reactions across the political and ideological spectrum. However extreme may be its situation, Seattle is not alone. Cities large and small face similar challenges and argue how best to address the related set of problems. Hippo publisher and fellow Granite Views columnist Jody Reese noted last week that as the state’s largest city, Manchester “…bears a larger burden for caring for New Hampshire’s most in-need residents” and “Poverty and addiction aren’t just Manchester problems. They are statewide issues that tend to, understandably, flow to Manchester.” His column was titled “Help Manchester help out” and he proposed a fairer revenue-sharing model between state and city. Laudable as his proposal is, it does not relieve the rest of us of our responsibility to support comprehensive efforts that include Safe Stations, shelters, mental health care, affordable housing, along with fair enforcement of laws that protect all parties. Social bypass will not address the problems; it will only insulate us from the reality they represent. Seattle Times columnist Tyrone Beason wrote: “History will judge us by our willingness to view our own most fragile neighbors as equals and not just a blight on our glory, a problem that needs fixing or a population that needs removing so we never come face-to-face with the struggles of those who do not have the same options that we enjoy.” Seattle has its challenges; we as a state have ours. All of us. Stephen Reno is the executive director of Leadership New Hampshire and former chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire. His email is stepreno@gmail. com.
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ON THE COVER 12 SPRING FISHING It’s the perfect time of year to share the joys of fishing with kids, whether they’re learning the basics or have been angling for years. Trout ponds open April 27, but even before that there are plenty of shallow-water fish in the sea (or, to be more exact, in lakes and rivers) that are accessible to young anglers. Find out everything you need to know about how to get started. ALSO ON THE COVER, take the kids hunting for Easter eggs, p. 28, and plan your Easter eats — whether you want to head to a restaurant or bring home some goodies, p. 28. Vinyl-lovers, rejoice — local music stores are celebrating Record Store Day, p. 37
INSIDE THIS WEEK
NEWS & NOTES 4 Tick season; PLUS News in Brief. 8 Q&A 9 QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX 10 SPORTS THIS WEEK 16 THE ARTS: 18 ART Mandala workshops. 20 THEATER Curtain Call; listings for events around town. 20 CLASSICAL Listings for events around town. INSIDE/OUTSIDE: 22 GARDENING GUY Henry Homeyer offers advice on your outdoors. 23 TREASURE HUNT There’s gold in your attic. 24 CAR TALK Automotive advice. 25 KIDDIE POOL Family fun events this weekend. CAREERS: 26 ON THE JOB What it’s like to be a... FOOD: 28 EASTER EATS Greenleaf; In the Kitchen; Weekly Dish; Beer; Perishables. POP CULTURE: 36 REVIEWS CDs, books, TV and more. Amy Diaz had so much fun at Shazam! it made up for Pet Sematary and The Best of Enemies. NITE: 42 BANDS, CLUBS, NIGHTLIFE Tandy’s Comedy; Nightlife, music & comedy listings and more. 44 ROCK AND ROLL CROSSWORD A puzzle for the music-lover. 46 MUSIC THIS WEEK Live music at your favorite bars and restaurants.
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Days after Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig announced she will seek a second term as mayor, former Republican State Rep. Victoria Sullivan announced this week that she will challenge Craig in the Nov. 5 city election, according to a Sullivan press release. Craig, a former alderman and school board member, became the first female mayor of Manchester and the city’s 48th mayor when she was elected in 2017. This will be Craig’s third mayoral election. Sullivan, of Manchester, is no stranger to political campaigns as a two-term state representative from 2014 to 2018.
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The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has reached a consent agreement with Brady Sullivan (Brady Sullivan Millworks and Brady Sullivan Corp.) for the company to pay a $500,000 administrative fine, according to a NHDES press release. Brady Sullivan was accused by the NHDES of improperly removing contaminated soil from 195 McGregor St. in Manchester. Of the total amount, $450,000 will be used to implement Supplemental Environmental Projects in Bartlett, Manchester and Londonderry. The remaining $50,000 will go into the state’s Hazardous Waste Cleanup Fund. (Ed. note: the Hippo’s office is located at 195 McGregor St.)
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has received a three-year $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of a performance partnership grant given to states to help implement environmental projects to protect human health and the environment, according to a NHDES press release. The
money targets environmental programs for waste, air and water quality issues, and other public health priorities. NHDES states it will spend a portion of the funding on public drinking water maintenance and supervision, as well as public beach protection.
• Gov. Chris Sununu blasted New Hampshire’s Democratic members on the House Finance Committee for stripping his proposal for a $26 million, 60-bed secure forensic psychiatric hospital from his proposed FY20 budget, according to a Sununu press release. Sununu’s bipartisan plan called for moving those who are civilly committed — those people who have not been convicted of a crime but are a threat to themselves and others — out of the Secure Psychiatric Unit in the state prison by building a secure facility at the state hospital, according to the press release. The Democratic leadership, citing limited financial resources, opted for more study of the issue, Sununu stated. • The New Hampshire Senate is scheduled to vote on Thursday, April 11, on House Bill 455, which calls for the repeal of the state’s death penalty, according to press release from the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-1 to pass bill, according to Senate voting records. A repeal of the death penalty would mean a conviction for capital murder, such as killing a police officer, would trigger a sentence of Correction In the Feb 21 issue, the summer camps cover story should have said that Our Adventure Days at SkyVenture New Hampshire in Nashua cost $165 per day. Visit skyventurenh.com for details.
4 life in prison without the possibility of parole. The bill was passed the House last month. Depending on the Senate’s vote, Gov. Chris Sununu then has the option to sign the bill into law or veto the bill. His veto can be overridden by a two-thirds vote by the Legislature. • A bill to declare school properties across the state as “gun-free zones’’ is headed to the Senate after the House last week passed the measure, 231-159, according to House voting records. The bill (HB564) prohibits firearms on school property, including buildings, grounds, school buses and vans. This would not apply to a police officer, such as the school resource officer, or anyone who remains in their car while picking up or dropping off a student, the bill states.
Nutfield 300th will celebrate its Founders Weekend from Friday, April 12, at 1 p.m. to Sunday April 14, at 5 p.m. at the First Parish Church, 47 East Derry Road, Derry. The weekend will celebrate the April 1719 Scots-Irish settlement initially known as Nutfield, which became Londonderry in 1723. Visit nutfieldhistory.org.
The Robertson Family of Bohanan Farm and Contoocook Creamery in Hopkinton will be part of a docu-series The American Farm, which premiered on the History Channel on April 4 and tells the stories of farming families across the country. A clip from the show can be seen on the farm’s Facebook page @contoocookcreamery. The episode will be shown again at 3 a.m. on April 11 or check your cable provider’s schedule of programs. Hooksett
Rivier University in Nashua broke ground last week on a 35,000-square-foot Science and MANCHESTER Innovation Center, part of the university’s Vision 2020 strategic plan. The center is scheduled to open for the fall 2020 semester to expand the school’s science curriculum.
The Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley received a $10,000 donation from Alene Candles of Milford to bolster the organization’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) program, including purchasing new equipment and providing hands-on experiences for program participants.
Mark DeAngelis, of Londonderry, celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary by showing up at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in a bunny costume similar to the one he used when he first proposed to his wife, the Associated Press reported. DeAngelis asked his wife Jolene to marry him on Easter 1998, surprising her in a bunny suit. WMUR reported that DeAngelis went to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in a bunny suit to meet his wife and daughters, who were returning from a vacation. DeAngelis brought a new ring and presented it in a large silver egg. His wife said “yes,’’ again.
This was no April Fool’s joke. Marlborough police stopped a woman for using a cell phone while driving and discovered she had no driver’s license but did have a baby goat sitting on her lap, according to the Marlborough Police Department’s Facebook page. “One of our officers just stopped a woman on Main Street who was using her phone and had a baby goat on her lap while driving without a valid license. I wish this was another April Fool’s joke baaaht it’s not. Please don’t drive distracted. #CantMakeThisUp #NewHampshireProblems,” Marlborough police posted.
Politics this week • Nineteen and counting: As of Monday, April 8, the New York Times count has 19 high-profile (and high-ish-profile) hopefuls who have officially announced their 2020 campaigns for president. Find out where to see these candidates — as well as maybe-candidates, former candidates and people who want to talk about candidates — each week in this, our new Politics This Week listing. When we can, we will also include public meetings and events for candidates for New Hampshire office, political party and advocacy group meetings and events and happenings for the political junkie. If you know of a candidate meet-up or other event, let HIPPO | APRIL 11 - 17, 2019 | PAGE 4
us know at email@example.com. • Friend of the pod? Speaking of events for the political junkie, there were, as of Monday, still a few tickets left to the podcast Pod Save America’s “Pod Tours America” show on Sunday, April 14, at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St. in Concord; ccanh.com, 225-1111). Tickets start at $39.50 (with student tickets for sale for $25 at the box office). • Gate City GOP: The Nashua Republican City Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Nashua (2200 Southwood Drive; nashuagop.org).
• Elizabeth Warren: Massachusetts Senator Warren (D) will be in the state Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, according to the NH Democratic Party website calendar. Events on Friday include a meet and greet with students at UNH in Durham and an event in Portsmouth. On Saturday, she’ll be in Lebanon, Dartmouth and at a Londonderry house party at 7 p.m. She will also be at the Christa McAuliffe School (17 N. Spring St. in Concord) at 5 p.m. for what is billed as an organizing event, which is free and open to the public and admission will be first come, first served, according to a campaign email. See elizabethwarren.com to RSVP for
the event. • John Delaney: Former Maryland congressman Delaney (D) will be in New Hampshire Sunday, April 14, through Tuesday, April 16, including a stop at Concord High School, where he will discuss his plan for a national service program, according to a press release. Stops during the visit include, on Sunday: a Bedford pancake breakfast at 11 a.m., a meet and greet at the Flight Center in Nashua at 2 p.m. and a meet and greet in Laconia at 6 p.m. He will also make stops in Meredith, Conway, North Conway, Plymouth and Deerfield during his visit. See johndelaney.com.
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Does a milder New Hampshire winter mean a spring surge in ticks? Gary Sudak, owner of Bordeaux Pest Control in Nashua, says “yes.” “It’s going to be a bad tick season,’’ Sudak said. “As the days warm up, the ticks become more active.’’ Sudak, who earns his living by killing pests in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, predicts the tick problem this year is “going to get a lot worse.’’ At Beaver Brook conservation area in Hollis there has been an uptick in the number of tick reports, said Celeste Philbrook Barr, Beaver Brook’s director of Education and Community Relations. But the increase in reports may be explained by more people heading outside to do some spring cleaning, Barr said. “There is no such thing as tick season,’’ Barr said. Ticks in the Northeast are alive all winter, but they bury themselves under leaves and remain there until the ice and snow melt with the warmer weather. Ticks enjoy warm, moist areas, but people can find them during the winter, if for example, someone is cleaning up leaves and the tick is able to climb onboard, Barr said. “If your dog is a low rider [body is low to the ground] and digs in the dirt you can find a tick’’ in February, she said. A tick feeds by using its head to burrow into the skin. Mating takes place on the host, and when fully fed, the females drop off and lay eggs. The longer the tick is attached to its host, the more likely it is to transmit a disease. In anticipation of the onslaught of bugs, Beaver Book’s 30 teachers and eight staffers have had their work clothes treated with permethrin, an insect repellent for clothes, Barr said. The staff and hundreds of summer campers also use DEET on their skin to repel ticks and mosquitoes, she said. Both products can be found in most garden shops and Walmart.
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Despite the precautions, some of the Beaver Brook staff have been bitten by ticks carrying Lyme disease, Barr said. She describes Lyme disease as “the scourge’’ of New Hampshire. In New Hampshire, Lyme disease is the most prevalent disease often carried by the blacklegged [deer] tick, according to the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Service. “People are afraid of black bears [in New Hampshire] but when was the last person killed by a bear was what, 1784? But ticks
are a thousand times worse,” Barr said. Each year approximately 300,000 people in the U.S. catch Lyme disease [borreliosis] from an infected tick, according to the CDC. The most common symptom of Lyme disease is a “bull’s-eye’’ rash in which the skin infection spreads graduation from the site of the tick bite in a widening circle, the CDC states. The rash typically forms within seven days after the bite and can persist for more than a month, according to the CDC. “I call it the malaria of our region,’’ Barr said. “I’ve seen it destroy so many lives and debilitate so many people. People need to take Lyme disease seriously.” A CDC info sheet on Lyme says that patients who receive the proper treatment for Lyme disease typically recover quickly and completely and for the most part antibiotics are effective if administered as soon as possible.
Ticks are also food
Ecologically, ticks do serve a purpose, mainly as food for reptiles, birds and amphibians. Ticks are the main source of food for guinea fowl in the wild, said Beth Yeaton at Osborne’s Agway in Concord, where customers can order guinea fowl specifically to eat ticks. “They are great at getting rid of ticks,’’ Yeaton said. “They will peck at them all day.” Agway places orders for guinea fowl chicks, as they do for chickens, each March for delivery in April, she said. The store usually orders about 25 guinea fowl chicks per year for customers who specifically want them for tick control, Yeaton said. But these fowl come with a caution. “You have to be prepared to take care of them,’’ she said, noting that customers must order at least six chicks.
While ticks have an average life cycle of about three months, Barr said, the greatest natural enemy for ticks is drought. “A drought will knock out a lot of ticks,’’ Barr said. But barring a lawn-killing drought or a flock of guinea fowl, Sudak will spray an area with a diluted mixture of chemicals that is not harmful to pets, children or the environment but disrupts the tick’s life cycle by killing the adults and forcing the eggs to hatch prematurely. Sudak tells his customers that regardless of the chemical, pets and children should stay away from the sprayed area for about an hour out of an abundance of caution. The safest and easiest way to reduce the risk of being bitten by a tick in your yard is to keep the grass short, Sudak said.
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QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX Easterseals receives $15,000 grant
Easterseals Military & Veterans Services has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, to support care coordination and emergency assistance to veterans of all eras in New Hampshire, according to a Foundation press release. EMVS works to meet the emergency needs of veterans who are facing hardships, often a direct result of their military service, by pairing emergency financial assistance to resolve immediate crises with longer-term, individualized care coordination services. QOL Score: +1 Comment: Easterseals has served more than 13,000 individuals through MVS since the program’s inception in 2005.
Mobile Farmers Market
Harvard Pilgrim Foundation awarded $180,000 to launch three new mobile farmers markets, including one in Manchester. A mobile farmers market uses refrigerated trucks that are filled with locally sourced produce and fresh foods that are sold in neighborhoods that have limited access to locally produced, healthy foods, according to a Harvard Pilgrim Foundation press release. QOL Score: +1 Comment: The Manchester-based Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success will use $60,000 to launch new mobile markets to complement existing programs by bringing fresh, local and affordable produce to local residents.
Students design Epi-Patch
Four Nashua Academy for Science and Design students have come up with a breakthrough idea that has worldwide implications in helping people with severe allergic reactions. Amelia Delsesto, Kristina Baglio, Ava Suarez and Irene Rubesh are regional finalists in the world’s largest K-12 science competition, the Toshiba-National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision competition, according to the ExploraVision website. Because people can easily lose or forget their EpiPens, the students came up with the idea for an Epi-Patch that would be secured to the thigh. For the Epi-Patch to become a reality, many breakthroughs would have to take place, according to the website. A critical step is to create a device that monitors blood pressure, heart rate, and adrenaline levels, then activates when a person is having anaphylaxis. QOL Score: +1 Comment: While creation of an Epi-Patch may be years away, if it comes to fruition it would save many lives by reducing the risk of anaphylaxis.
Taking a cue from Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, New Hampshire Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut has launched a video series of school cafeterias called “School Days, Lunch Trays & Gourmets,’’ according to a NHDOE press release. Edleblut’s goal is to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at school cafeterias in the Granite State. In the videos, starting with Exeter High School, Edleblut discusses food preparation with staff and what it’s like to serve students. At EHS, Edleblut wears a pink “Live Free and Healthy’’ SAU 16 meal program shirt and blue apron, then he rolls up his sleeves to help the staff make butternut squash vegan lasagna before doing meal service, handing out chicken sandwiches and pizza. QOL Score: +1 Comment: The first video is available to watch on YouTube under “School Days, Lunch trays & Gourmets: Exeter High School.’’ To see more videos on this topic, subscribe to the NH DOE’s YouTube channel. QOL Score: 55 Net change: +4 QOL this week: 59 What’s affecting your Quality of Life here in New Hampshire? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. HIPPO | APRIL 11 - 17, 2019 | PAGE 9
10 SPORTS DAVE LONG’S LONGSHOTS
Celtics regular season done, playoffs ahead
The NBA playoffs get underway this weekend for the Boston Celtics after the most disappointing season David J. Long the fan has witnessed in his sports-watching career. Which, for the mathematically challenged, is a lot of teams and a very long time. Some of it has to do with me and what I just didn’t see in a team with something missing that’s hard to put your finger on besides not having a clue what good and bad shots are. Teams with the talent they have just don’t keep blowing big leads with in-game swings like they had again Sunday vs. Orlando. This time it was up 14 points with two minutes left in the second quarter to down 14 with two left in the third quarter — a 28-point swing in 12 minutes. Then they tied it with two left in the fourth period before losing by eight. I mean, who does that? Oh, and did I mention it was Daniel Theis taking three huge threes in the final 90 seconds? Yes he was open, and great defensively in their comeback. But do you want him taking big threes with the game on the line? Thus the prospects of a run like last year are not exactly high. But, as they say, the playoffs are a new season and everyone starts out 0-0. The dates won’t be known until after press time. But we do know the plucky Pacers are the opponent and the C’s have home court advantage. A few more reflections on the disappointing season and playoffs league-wide: Orlando’s win incidentally clinched the top spot in the Southeast Division with a paltry 41-40 record. It looked all year like its winner wouldn’t finish over .500 or make the playoffs. Not sure if that has ever happened in sports. NBA Playoffs 101: Since George Mikan entered the NBA in 1950 the championship has been won just twice without a player on
the winner who was not a legit Top 5 player in the league. Name those teams. It also didn’t go according to the plan in L.A. After bringing in LeBron, self-entitled Lakers fans saw Title 17 coming to tie the Celtics’ all-time record. Instead they finished 19 games behind Golden State. It all went downhill after LBJ tried to trade the whole team for Anthony Davis in February. They hit the finish line in complete disarray with Magic Johnson not reminding anyone of Jerry West as a GM. Especially rough year for Lonzo Ball. Missed the last 2½ months with a sprained ankle, was dead center in the AD trade debacle, and $2 million of his money is missing from Baller Brand shoe company. He’s suing the guy his doofus father picked as his BB partner and just dumped his agent with his NBA future up in the air as he heads to the off-season. Not the future LaVar spent two years bragging about. That he’s instead killing the kid’s career and financial future is hardly a surprise, is it? A New York Post headline said last week Kevin Durant signing with the Knicks this summer is a done deal. If true, sounds a lot like tampering to me. But with the Knicks finishing 40 games behind Toronto in the East, why would he? I’d think Lebron’s L.A. fiasco would be a cautionary tale. NBA Playoffs 101 Answer: The championship teams without a Top 5 player are the 1979 Seattle Supersonics, whose best player was Dennis Johnson, and the 2003 Detroit Pistons, led by Chauncey Billups. The Greek Freak leans illegally into every pick he sets and complains on every foul called about him. But I love watching him because he plays so hard, wants to win so bad while doing things a guy his size has no business doing. The beard’s had a great year, but he’s MVP. Good riddance to the retiring Dwyane Wade. He never got credit for being the cheap-shot artist he was. His worst was dislocating Rajon Rondo’s elbow during the 2011 playoffs (to change the course of that
series) with a pull-down yank after Rondo won a rebound battle and he got angry. Too bad he never faced Bill Laimbeer and Rick Mahorn. Can someone explain why home court advantage matters so much in the NBA playoffs and not at all in the Stanley Cup playoffs? Ponder that as I make a few predictions for likely but not certain first-round series. Western Conference – 3-seed Houston vs. 6-seed Clippers: I’m betting there’s at least one fight, as they really don’t like each other. If they can hold James Harden to under 40 per, I’ll go upset because the surprising Clips play D and the Rockets don’t. WC – 2-seed Denver and 7-seed Oak City: Denver’s really good, but another upset possibility if Oak City’s stars Paul George and Russell Westbrook play as big they can. Still, Denver in seven with Isaiah Thomas MVP. Eastern Conference – 4-seed Boston vs. 5-seed Indy: The best news is it’s clear Gordon Hayward is finally over the mental hurdle of his injury. In 25- and 21-point nights last week vs. Miami and Indiana he went to the basket with abandon for 13 free throws in Miami and eight of nine baskets vs. Indy were on drives or post-ups. No small development since they’re 23-7 when he scores 12 or more points, making him the key to postseason successes. However, since I have the same hope level/feel now as I did for the struggling Patriots entering the NFL playoffs it won’t surprise me if they lose badly or sweep Indy. The rest of the Eastern series are still a jumble as I write this. But Brooklyn and Orlando will be tougher outs than most think. And if Philly draws Orlando we might see unexpected magic. In any event, I’ll take Milwaukee and the points to win it all as everyone freaks out about how good the Freak has become — which is the NBA’s best player. Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress. com.
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F-Cats are back to work The Big Story: It was a big weekend in town as the Fisher Cats opened their season while the Monarchs closed theirs. For the F-Cats it was a 2-2 spilt of a weekend series with the Binghamton Rumble. Meanwhile the M’s closed with three straight wins, clinching their playoff spot with a 3-2 OT shootout win over the Newfoundland Growlers on Friday. Next up is a Kelly Cup playoff series vs. the Adirondack Thunder beginning with two on the road this weekend followed by three back home starting next Wednesday, April 17. Sports 101: Name the only three pitchers since 1980 to pitch for the winning team in three World Series. Relatively Speaking Note of the Week: The latest son of a big-league alum to play for the F-Cats is 24-year-old first baseman Kacy Clemens, whose dad, Roger Clemens, is kinda sorta wellknown in these parts. Kacy comes off a solid 12-homer season in 2018 split between rookie ball and single A. Nick of Tyme Award: To Daniil Miromanov for his game-winner 2:25 into OT to give the Monarchs an important 4-3 win over the Worcester Railers on Wednesday.
NH Sports Betting Note of the Week: With legal sports betting likely ahead in New Hampshire it was interesting to see that the legal sports book operation in Rhode Island lost $2.35 million on Super Bowl betting in February. It’s an aberration, though, as New England unsparingly going all in on the Patriots to tilt the scale is no surprise. But with TB-12 and Coach B around it’s more like a trend. In any event, February’s financial drubbing does put a dent to the million-dollar-a-month profit advocates projected for RI. Sports 101 Answer: Since 1980 only Jack Morris (Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays), Dave Stewart (Dodgers, A’s and Blue Jays) and John Lackey (Angels, Red Sox and Cubs) have pitched for three different World Series winning teams. On This Day – April 11: 1917 – Young Boston hurler George Herman Ruth three-hits the Yanks in a 10-1 Red Sox win. 1962 – joyous National League fans celebrate the return of NL baseball to New York City as the expansion Mets lose Game 1, 11-4, to St. Louis. 1966 – Jack Nicklaus becomes the first back-to-back Masters champion when he beats Tommy Jacobs and Gay Brewer in an 18-hole playoff to claim his third of six green jackets. 125658
5 & 8 – points scored and seconds left as Virginia rallied from down four to beat Auburn 63-62, climaxed by Kyle Guy calmly making three straight free throws on Saturday with less than a second left like he was shooting hoops in the backyard to reach the NCAA Basketball Final. 20-20-21 – “Now that’s what I call a triple double”
triple double recorded by Oak City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook last week to join Wilt Chamberlain (22-25-21) in 1968 as the only other all-20s triple D in NBA history. 63 – ridiculous number of seconds into the game with Denver it took Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to pick up two technical fouls to be automatically ejected.
3,770 – opening-day crowd on hand at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium when the F-Cats opened the season with a 5-2 loss to Binghamton. 100,000 – dollar level reached by the fundraising effort of the annual Safe Sports Network Social over the last two weeks, climbing above the original $90,000 figure reported.
George Herman Ruth: Little-used full name of the pitcher otherwise known as the Babe, who was on his way to becoming a 300-game winner by terrorizing AL batters as he won 89 games in Boston, before switching to outfield at 23, where he terrorized AL pitching as he hit a record 714 homers. The little-known fact is that he was 5-0 as a Yankees hurler, which included complete-game wins when he was 30 and 53, a full 12 years after he stopped pitching, to make him 94-46 overall with a 2.28 ERA. 1962 New York Mets: Lost their first nine on the way to a record 120 losses in the expansion season of 1962. The inimitable cast of characters included Marvelous Marv Throneberry, Hot Rod Kanehl, Choo Choo Coleman, “Vinegar Bend” Mizell and Don Zimmer, one of 15 ex-Dodgers or Giants to excite their jilted fans pining for NL baseball in NYC since they split for the coast. And Casey Stengel, whose “Can’t anybody here play this game?” lament during a typically inept moment epitomized the hilarious state of affairs, was the perfectly cast ringmaster/manager. D-Wade’s Cheap Shot Inventory: (1) blatant take-down tackle from behind on Darren Collison in playoffs with Indy, (2) racking face smash to Indy’s Tyler Hansbrough across the face under the basket in the same playoff series, and (3) warding off Kevin Garnett with an extended foot to the groin on a key basket in the playoff game Rajon Rondo scored 42.
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The early season is the perfect season to introduce kids to the joy of fishing
By Jeff Mucciarone “I think I got one!” my son, Jaden, exclaimed as he reeled ferociously, the tip of his brand-new fishing rod snapping back and forth in exaggerated sweeps as his body shook with anticipation. While his excitement was downright palpable, there was, in fact, no fish at the end of the line. “Get it back out there,” I said. Jaden, 10, dutifully pulled back the bail, arched the rod sideways, and did his best to cast the worm back into the pond. Was it off target? Was there a target? I don’t know. But the hook and worm, in tandem, were back in the water, hopefully far enough from shore to entice a fish into biting. On this beautiful early spring day, the fish weren’t interested in what we were offerHIPPO | APRIL 11 - 17, 2019 | PAGE 12
ing. For two hours, Jaden casted the bobber and worm, then stared out into the breeze and ripples in hopes the bobber would suddenly submerge, signaling a bite. I don’t know if Jaden cared that he didn’t catch a fish. He was just happy being outside in the fresh air, and in the sun, and, I think, getting to spend some time with dad. “Can we do this again soon?” Jaden asked as we packed up our gear. Success.
When I was probably Jaden’s age, my friend’s father took the two of us and my brother fishing on the lake at their family summer camp with a bucket of shiners. I could not sleep the night before — I was bothering my friend’s parents well past midnight with my insomnia. I’m sure I finally fell asleep but I
was up with the sunrise without complaint as we boarded a rowboat. After rowing a ways from shore, we baited our hooks and casted. Almost immediately, the small shiner at the end of my line elicited a bite and I frantically reeled against the frenetic, wild energy of a fish. After a short fight, I was proudly holding my first largemouth bass.
The adrenaline was sprinting through me. I was hooked. “It’s euphoric,” said Hope Eagleson, a New Hampshire fishing guide from Campton, describing the moment a fish bites. “You’re there to catch a fish and you succeed. It’s euphoric, and that doesn’t change from [when you’re] 5 years old to 55 years old.”
Fishing with kids Don’t expect to fish: That was the No. 1 message anglers urged when discussing fishing with children. Don’t even bring a rod for yourself, anglers said. Mike Crouthamel, floor manager at Wildlife Sport Outfitters in Manchester, said it’s important to pre-teach kids. Explain the components: hook, bobber, bait, and weights. Talk about safety concerns. Talk about different scenarios.
• Be patient with tangled line — it’s going to happen. • Make sure you have your tools handy, such as clippers and pliers. You never know when a fish is going to bite. • Pay attention. • Anglers also said don’t expect to fish for a day with small children; plan on an hour or so.
13 Mark Beauchesne, advertising and promotions coordinator for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, said it can be difficult to put into words how it feels when a fish strikes. “It’s this electrical connection between you and the fish,” Beauchesne said. “It’s different for everybody. It turns old men into young boys and young boys into experienced anglers.”
The next generation of anglers
Mike Crouthamel, floor manager at Wildlife Sport Outfitters in Manchester, said he was about 2 years old when his father took him fishing at a Pennsylvania hatchery pond, a small pond stocked with hungry hatchery fish. “You’d catch a fish with every cast,” Crouthamel said. That point is crucial for a lot of children just starting out. “You’ve got to catch fish,” Crouthamel said. “If there’s no action, kids are going to lose interest in about five minutes.” That means putting away the fancy spinner bait and instead grabbing a bobber, hook and worms. Take advantage of the abundant fishing opportunities in the early season here in the Granite State, anglers say. “If a parent doesn’t know how to fish, come see Mike at Wildlife Sport Outfitters,” Crouthamel quipped. “This is what I do all day and I love it. This is what we’re here for.” Fishing is big business. Nationally in 2016, 35.8 million anglers spent an average of 13 days fishing, spending more than $46 billion. And yet, some officials are concerned the industry may stand on less than solid footing, as enticing the next generation to commit to the sport has proven challenging. Still, a 2017 report by the U.S. Department of the Interior indicates fishing participation increased by about 8 percent from 2011 to 2016. In New Hampshire, fishing is on the rise. According to statistics from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the number of fishing licenses purchased has jumped by nearly 20 percent over the last 10 years, with New Hampshire Fish and Game issuing 282,496 licenses in
2008, compared to the 337,953 licenses it issued last year. Along with its array of tremendous fishing opportunities, officials say there is no shortage of resources for aspiring anglers, including retailers that offer informational workshops and clinics, fishing groups, such as Trout Unlimited, that provide mentoring programs and workshops, and New Hampshire Fish and Game itself, which features its “Let’s Go Fishing” angler education program. New Hampshire Fish and Game also offers two free fishing days each year, in which state residents and nonresidents can fish without a license. All other rules and regulations apply. Free fishing days take place on the first Saturday in June and the third Saturday in January. The next free fishing day will be Saturday, June 1.
Early and easy
The fourth Saturday of April — April 27 this year — is when the fishing season gets cranking in earnest as designated trout ponds open up for the season. But you need not wait as plenty of water bodies are open right now. In fact, particularly for dads and moms teaching their children to fish, right now can be a perfect time to target panfish, such as bluegill and crappies, anglers say. “They tend to be in very shallow water. They move up to the sunny shorelines just to warm up,” Beauchesne said. “It makes them very accessible. ... You’re only fishing the first 25 to 30 feet of shoreline where the water depths range from six inches to eight feet.” At this time of year, panfish are snacking on egg spawns and tiny aquatic insects. “It’s very easy fishing. It’s user-friendly,” Beauchesne said, suggesting anglers use a non-lead jig head, a plastic trailer and a float, which can act as a strike indicator. “You can adjust it up and down... You just have to give it a little shake and motion to get the jig fluttering.” The “trailer” is a curly, plastic tail or a squid-style bait, something to give the setup a little wiggle and wriggle. These rigs are small
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— think an inch or so long at most. Even easier, though, is a simple hook, worm and bobber setup that will entice most everything to bite. “It’s good to just get back to the basics and just do the bobber and worm thing,” Eagleson said. Aside from digging them up yourself, most gas stations and convenience stores carry worms. Typically, choices include nightcrawlers, which can be eight inches or more; trout worms, which are a couple inches long; and dillies, which are right in between the two sizes. At this time of year, Eagleson suggested using half a dilly, or enough worm to barely cover the hook. Also, Eagleson noted, particularly for a child’s first fishing trip, a full-size nightcrawler can be a bit unsettling.
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Named for their distinctly saucer-like shape that seems to fit perfectly in a frying pan, panfish are abundant throughout New Hampshire. White perch, yellow perch, black crappie and bluegill are the most plentiful species of panfish in New Hampshire, sportsmen say. Panfish are perfect to target when teaching children to fish. They aren’t difficult to catch and they aren’t likely to be so large that they’re difficult to handle — that’s not to say they won’t flop around on you, anglers say. Bluegills can be voracious and powerful fighters. “They have that very rounded shape and they turn their whole body against the angler,” Beauchesne said. “It’s definitely surprising the amount of strength they have.” Crappies can be a bit unpredictable, Beauchesne said, noting sometimes they are quite subtle in how they approach a bait, while If you go Fishing licenses cost $45 for residents and are required for anyone 16 or older. Anglers can buy licenses at wildlife.state.nh.us. The website also has information on fishing seasons, specific water bodies, tips, reports, species and techniques. For complete details on fishing in New Hampshire, check out the New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Digest: eregulations.com/ newhampshire/fishing/freshwater. The Granite State has no shortage of fishing opportunities, but here are a few local water bodies to consider for the early season, according to New Hampshire anglers: • Massabesic Lake, Manchester/Auburn • Turkey Pond, Concord • Turtle Pond, Concord • Contoocook River, Concord • Pawtuckaway Lake, Nottingham • Tower Hill Pond, Auburn/Candia
other times they can be extremely aggressive. “Their real value is in the frying pan,” Beauchesne quipped. At this time of year, the worm and bobber setup is ideal for panfish, but be aware that larger fish, such as largemouth bass, pickerel and trout, won’t hesitate to grab a worm, too. Especially when you’re just learning or teaching youngsters to fish by catching panfish, Beauchesne said, a standard five-and-a-half-foot, medium action spin-casting combo — with whatever line it comes with — will get the job done; there’s no need to spring for high-end equipment. “Fish don’t judge,” Beauchesne said. If it isn’t working and you’re not getting any bites, change it up; shorten or lengthen the line between the hook and bobber, change spots, try more or less worm, remove the bobber altogether. Depending on any number of factors, it might take some time to figure out where the fish are feeding and where they are in the water column, Eagleson said. “If the fish are eating bugs on the bottom of the pond, where are you going to put your worm?” Eagleson said.
Prime time for trout
Trout can take on an almost mythical status for anglers, for their beauty, size, power and fickle nature when it comes to taking a bait. But from April to early June, it’s stocked trout season in New Hampshire and that’s good news for novice anglers, Crouthamel said. “These fish are kind of dumb,” Crouthamel said. “It doesn’t take a lot to catch them.” That’s perfect, because if your goal is to have your children enjoy fishing, you’re going to need to catch fish to make that happen, Crouthamel said. During the early season, New Hampshire Fish and Game stocks lakes, ponds and rivers throughout the state with rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout. Stocked fish grew up in a hatchery, where they relied on people to feed them in crowded enclosures, in which fish are essentially stacked on top of each other with limited wiggle room. For the first week or so after they’re dumped into water bodies, they tend to stick close to the dump zone and they tend to stay more or less stacked. On top of that, they haven’t learned people are actually predators, Crouthamel said. Crouthamel suggested finding a nice slow pool on a creek — no fast water — and just dropping a worm into the pool. “You will catch fish,” Crouthamel said. Across the street from Wildlife Sport Outfitters, Massabesic Lake offers tremendous opportunities to catch trout, along with a myriad of other species. Crouthamel said trout cling to the shore in the early season, making them accessible to shore fisherman. The setup for targeting early-season stocked
15 trout is similar to that for panfish: a four-and-ahalf-foot to six-foot rod with two- to six-pound test line with a size 8 hook, Crouthamel said, adding anglers may need to play with the size of a split shot weight, depending on conditions. He also said a rod with a sensitive tip will allow anglers to feel delicate bites.
Making the time
When I was a child, my mother brought me to a pond down the street from our home and read in the car while I casted chunks of bologna into the water. Not surprisingly, I was not successful at first. But we kept at it, peppering other anglers and the owner at the local bait shop with questions until we had a better idea of the basic techniques. Knowingly or not, by taking the time to take me fishing, my mother had introduced me to a lifelong passion. Beyond the excitement of actually feeling
a fish at the end of the line, anglers all stress the importance of parents finding time to take their kids outside with a rod and reel in hand. That’s the crux of the industry moving forward, they say. “I say to parents, don’t even bring your own fishing rod with you,” Eagleson said. “There is so much going on. Just try to focus on your little person. That’s enough responsibility.” And remember, as Beauchesne said, “There is the possibility on any given day that you will catch a big fish or possibly many big fish.” Jeff Mucciarone is a former Hippo reporter and is currently an account manager with Montagne Communications, where he provides communications support to New Hampshire businesses and organizations, including the NH Division of Travel & Tourism Development.
BEST FISHING DAY Hope Eagleson, New Hampshire Fishing Guide from Campton “Every time I accomplish something new, it’s huge. A couple years ago, I did my first kayak fishing tournament … in Fairhaven, Mass. There were 65 entries and I was the only female. So a few hours later, I come in with a striper slung over my shoulder to weigh it in. I didn’t think anything of it, but everyone was saying it was a winner. Sure enough, I ended up winning that tournament. That was monumental for me.”
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Do some shopping this weekend. A spring fair at 2 Clocktower Place in Nashua will feature crafts, jewelry, vintage items and more and run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the United Church of Penacook (21 Merrimack St. in Penacook; ucpnh.org) will host a spring fair and bake sale featuring crafts, attic treasures, baked goods, hot dogs and snacks with proceeds benefiting the church’s food pantry. At St. Patrick’s School (16 Main St. in Pelham) the St. Patrick’s Women’s Guild will hold a penny sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also on Sunday, head to 3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St. in Portsmouth; 3sarts.org, 766-3330) for the Yart Sale, featuring painting, ceramics, photography, mixed media, silk screened tees, papercutting, printmaking, wood carvings and more pieces by local artists from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival continues through Sunday, April 14, with screenings at Red River Theatres in Concord today (the New Hampshire premiere of Working Woman at 7 p.m.), Saturday (Shoelaces at 8 p.m.; event includes a wine and cheese reception) and multiple screenings Sunday, when films will also screen at The Hotel Concord. See nhjewishfilmfestival. org for a schedule of the festival, which runs through Sunday, April 14, and find our story about the festival in last week’s paper. Go to hippopress.com and click on “Read the Entire Paper: See Our Flip Book on Issuu,” where you’ll find complete issues that can be read on any device. The story starts on page 53.
Saturday, April 13 Friday, April 12
Catch a quote-along screening of 1987 film Spaceballs today at 7 p.m. at Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St. in Concord; redrivertheatres.org, 224-4600). Tickets cost $12.
EAT: Like it’s 1910 The Monadnock Center for History & Culture (19 Grove St. in Peterborough; monadnockcenter.org, 924-3235) will hold a 1910 Historic Dinner Benefit featuring a meal made from 1910 recipes and a discussion of cooking at the early part of the last century, according to the website. The dinner will feature graham bread, a relish tray, roasted stuffed pork tenderloin with cranberry gravy, haddock a la creme with baked butternut squash and apples and black pepper pound cake for dessert. The meal will be followed by a recital of Edward MacDowell compositions. The event is Saturday, April 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $55.
Friday, April 12
The Nashua Theatre Guild presents The Count of Monte Cristo today at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 13, at 1 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 14, at 1 p.m. The show runs at the Janice B. Streeter Theatre, 14 Court St. , Nashua. Tickets cost $15 ($13 for seniors, students and children and military). Visit nashuatheatreguild.org.
DRINK: Rosé WineNot Boutique (221 Main St. in Nashua; winenotboutique.com, 204-5569) will hold its second annual Grand Tasting of Rosé Wines on Thursday, May 30, with sessions from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20. The event will feature 20 rosés plus five other summer wines served with cheeses, dips, charcuterie, breads, fruits and light appetizers, according to the website, where tickets can be purchased.
Spend an evening of Scottish culture with the Halfway to the Highland Games show, featuring Syr, The Rebel Collective, Elias Alexander and the Bywater Band and the Pipes & Drums of NHScot today at 7:30 p.m. at the Tupelo Music Hall (10 A St. in Derry; tupelomusichall.com). Tickets cost $30 to $45. See nhscot.org. For more live music, see the Music This Week listing, which starts on page 46.
BE MERRY: With paint night at the museum The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St. in Dover; childrens-museum.org, 742-2002) will hold “Throwback Thursday: Grown-up Play Date Paint Night” on Thursday, April 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. This 21+ event will feature live animals from the Center for Wildlife who will serve as models for paintings and other animal crafts, according to the website. The event features a cash bar and is for adults only. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
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unique and is a personal reflection of the person who created it.” All materials are provided, though participants can bring their own if they wish. Currently, materials include cardstock, markers and colored pencils, but Costa said she may introduce additional media to the class in the future. Each class is stand-alone and appropriate for beginners, but many participants return after their first class and start attending regularly, Costa said. “Once people learn how to create mandalas, they get what I call ‘mandala fever,’” she said. “There is a lot of joy in creating these, and so many possibilities for how to create them, and people get hungry for more. It can turn into a lifelong practice for them.”
By Angie Sykeny
If you can’t get enough of mandala art or are looking to try it for the first time, there are now weekly opportunities to create and relax during the new Mindfulness Mandala Art Classes. They’re being offered every Tuesday afternoon and evening at Studio 550 Art Center in Manchester, taught by Kathryn Costa, Manchester artist and fulltime mandala art instructor, and author of The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art. A mandala — the Sanskrit word loosely translating to “circle” or “center” — is a geometric figure, usually a circle, filled with rows of smaller repeating shapes, patterns and colors circling around the centerpoint. The art of drawing or painting mandalas has become popular for its relaxing and meditative qualities. Mandalas originated from Hindu and Buddhist traditions but can derive motifs from many different cultures. Costa has more than 100 mandala designs in her lesson plans, including Celtic knot, labyrinth and sacred geometry designs as well as designs based on mindfulness themes and emotions. “It’s more than just making a pretty picture,” Costa said. “It’s an object for insight and healing, and for reflecting on our intentions. It becomes a beautiful self-expression
Kathryn Costa (left) with student Mary Tanzer (right) at a mandala class at Studio 550. Courtesy photo.
of where we are at that moment in our lives and what we’re working towards.” At the beginning of each three-hour class, Costa provides background information about herself and mandalas. Then, she leads a meditation to help participants “release any fear about being creative,” she said. “When we’re stressed, creativity doesn’t flow,” she said. “The meditation helps you to leave everything from your work and life at the door so that you can bring your attention to the present moment and open up that creative flow.” After the meditation, Costa demonstrates
step-by-step how to create the base shape of the mandala, also known as the “bone.” The majority of the class is open studio time, where participants can “take the project and run with it,” Costa said, while receiving individual attention and guidance from Costa, who creates her own mandala alongside them for them to observe. Finally, participants have a chance to share and discuss their completed mandalas. “Everyone starts with the same bone of the mandala, but they make different choices about how they build on it and bring their favorite colors and patterns to it,” she said. “It’s fun to see how each one comes out
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tion, plus a $40 materials fee. Visit nhcrafts.org or call 595-8233. • ARTIST PRESENTATION David Hallmark, founder of NH Paper, will be discussing the paper making process and how upcycling used books creates a unique and interesting paper product suitable for use with a
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• Japanese art: The Art Gallery in Memorial Hall at Rivier University (435 S. Main St., Nashua) presents an exhibition, “Subtle Harmonies: Art and Fine Craft from Japan,” now through April 29. It features traditional and contemporary art from the private collection of Nashua residents Eric and Antoinette Drouart, who acquired the art during their trips to Japan and while living and working in Japan in the 1980s and 1990s. There is a Japanese tea room installation; art by 20th-century printmaker Mori Yoshitoshi; art by Sarah Brayer, an American printmaker living in Japan; 19th-century woodblock prints by Chikanobu Yoshu; ceramic ware; bamboo basketry; Japanese calligraphy and more. “The arts and crafts of Japan are attractive on many levels, but of particular interest, and certainly demonstrated by the Drouart Collection, is an intensely close relationship between Japanese culture and nature, to the point where the two are synonymous,” gallery director Sr. Theresa Couture said in a press release. “Geographic isolation of the island nation over centuries enabled cultural traditions to guide diverse and fascinating art forms rooted in a spirituality of reverence for the natural world.” Gallery hours are Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 897-8280 or visit rivier.edu. • Landscapes through the years: The New Hampshire Antique Co-op (323 Elm St., Milford) opens “The New England Landscape: Works from the 19th-21st Centuries,” with a wine and cheese reception on Saturday, April 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the upstairs gallery. The exhibition and sale features paintings spanning more than 200
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years, depicting artists’ interpretations of the views of New England. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will remain on display through Sept. 10. Visit nhantiquecoop.com. • Thinking patterns: The League of NH Craftsmen (49 S. Main St., Concord) has a gallery exhibition, “Patterns,” on view now through June 14, featuring new works by juried members in a variety of media, including baskets, fiber (wearable and decorative), wood, printmaking, metal, pottery, photography and glass. “The theme of this exhibition struck a chord with the juried members,” Catherine Green, standards and gallery manager, said in a press release. “Each piece conveys clearly a deliberate and personal interpretation of what ‘patterns’ mean, and the results are thoughtful and compelling.” Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 224-3375 or visit nhcrafts.org. — Angie Sykeny
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variety of mediums and creative project ideas. Sun., April 14, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Seacoast Artists Association, 130 Water St., Exeter. Visit seacoastartist.org. 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 seacoastrep.org. • SHUSH Generic Theater presents. March 29 through April 14, with showtimes on Friday and 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 playersring.org. • OUR TOWN Manchester Community Theatre Players present. April 5 through April 14. North End Montessori School, 698 Beech St., Manchester. Visit manchestercommunitytheatre. com. • PUTTING IT TOGETHER: NEW WORKS New World Theatre presents. Sun., June 9 and Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for students. Visit hatboxnh. com. • LITTLE BITS OF LIGHT April 11 through April 20, with showtimes on Thursday at 10 a.m., Friday at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.,
and Sunday at 2 p.m. Rochester Performance and Arts Center, 32 N. Main St., Rochester. Tickets cost $15. Visit rochesteroperahouse.com. • THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO The Nashua Theatre Guild presents. Fri., April 12, 8 p.m., Sat., April 13, 2 and 8 p.m., and Sun., April 14, 8 p.m. Janice B. Streeter Theatre, 14 Court St. , Nashua. Visit nashuatheatreguild.org. • A CHORUS LINE April 19 through May 12, with showtimes on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., and an additional show on Thursday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets cost $39 to $46 for adults and $25 for children ages 6 through 12. Visit palacetheatre.org.
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• Shakespeare reading: Cue Zero Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the The Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant (909 Elm St., Manchester). The staged reading is the third in the company’s Guerilla Shakespeare Series, a series of staged readings of Shakespeare plays done in unconventional venues. Donations are welcome. Visit cztheatre.com. • A tale of revenge: The Nashua Theatre Guild presents The Count of Monte Cristo at the Janice B. Streeter Theatre (14 Court St., Nashua) on Friday, April 12, at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 13, at 1 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 14, at 1 p.m. Based on the 1844 adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas, the play follows Edmond Dantes, an unjustly imprisoned man who escapes from prison and returns to society as the Count of Monte Cristo to get his revenge on the people who betrayed him. Tickets $12 to $15. Visit nashuatheatreguild.org. • If they met…: The Winnipesaukee Playhouse (33 Footlight Circle, Meredith) presents Insignificance Thursday, April 11, and Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 14, at 5 p.m. Written by The Graduate author Terry John-
• A DOLL’S HOUSE Fearon Productions presents. April 19 through May 5, with showtimes on Friday and 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 playersring.org. • GUYS AND DOLLS The Windham Actors Guild presents. Fri., April 26, and Sat., April 27, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., April 28, 2 p.m. Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Road, Windham. Visit windhamactorsguild.com. • ANNE OF GREEN GABLES Tues., April 30, 10 a.m. Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $7 for students. Visit stockbridgetheatre.com. • MAMMA MIA The Actorsingers present. May 3 through May 5. Keefe Center For The Arts, 117 Elm St., Nashua. Tickets are $18 to $20. Visit actorsingers.org. • SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! The Riverbend Youth Company presents. Fri., May 3, through Sun., May 5. Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford. Visit amatocenter.org. • NEWSIES The Peacock Players present. May 10 through May 19, with showtimes on Friday at
The Nashua Theatre Guild presents The Count of Monte Cristo. Courtesy photo.
son, the play imagines a meeting between four American icons: baseball player Joe DiMaggio, theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, actress Marilyn Monroe and Senator Joe McCarthy. Tickets cost $16 to $30. Visit winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org. • Wedding comedy: The Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth) presents The Wedding Singer on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 12, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 13, at 2 and 8 p.m. Based on the hit 1998 film starring Adam Sandler, the musical is set in 1985 and follows rock star wannabe and New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer Robbie Hart. After his bride-to-be leaves him at the altar Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own, until an engaged-to-bemarried waitress wins his affection and drives him to put on the performance of the decade. Tickets cost $16 to $44. Visit seacoastrep.org. — Angie Sykeny
7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Janice B. Streeter Theatre, 14 Court St. , Nashua. Tickets cost $12 to $19. Visit peacockplayers.org. Workshops/other • PLAYWRIGHT’S CIRCLE Cue Zero Theatre Company hosts a monthly Playwright’s Circle for local playwrights looking to improve their craft. Playwrights of all ages and experience levels are invited to bring 10 pages of an original work, which the circle will read aloud and offer feedback on while discussing the process and philosophy of playwriting. Bring at least one copy of your scene for every character. Every third Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jupiter Hall, 89 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit facebook.com/ CZTheatre. Classical Music Events • 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 hatboxnh.com. • JAZZ TRIO CONCERT Featuring pianist Frederick Moyer. Sat., April 13, 7:30 p.m. Concord
City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. Visit concordcommunityconcerts.org. • RONAN TYNAN Ronan Tynan is a vocalist and member of the Irish Tenors known for the versatile range of his repertoire, which includes selections from the operatic, and pop music genres. Mon., April 15. Nashua High School North, 8 Titan Way, Nashua. $25. Visit nasnuacommunityconcerts.org. • “POP! GO THE CLASSICS” Showcases celebrated concert pianist and arranger Mac Frampton, accompanied by the ThreePenny Symphony, bringing to the stage fresh and original interpretations of revered classical works. Tues., April 23. Nashua High School North, 8 Titan Way, Nashua. $25. Visit nasnuacommunityconcerts.org. • 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 nhgmc.com.
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Where to go for Easter egg hunts and festivities By Angie Sykeny
Plan your Easter fun at one of these family-friendly Easter events, happening this weekend and next, where kids can hunt for eggs, get photos with the Easter bunny, play games and more. • Bow has a breakfast buffet and egg hunt on Saturday, April 13, at Bow Elementary School (22 Bow Center Road). The buffet runs 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., and costs $4 for kids age 12 and under and $8 for adults. The egg hunt, for kids in grade 4 and under, starts at 10 a.m. There will also be a visit from the Easter bunny, face painting and coloring. Visit bownh.gov. • Charmingfare Farm (774 High St., Candia) presents its Egg-Citing Egg Hunt on Saturdays, April 13 and April 20, and Sunday, April 14, with check-in times from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., open to kids ages 2 to 10. There will be visits with the Easter Bunny and live animals, horse-drawn wagon and tractor train rides and more. BYO empty dozen egg carton. Tickets cost $22 to $25 per person, depending on the time slot chosen, and are free for children under age 2. Visit visitthefarm.com. • Dunbarton Elementary School (20 Robert Rogers Road) has an Easter Bunny brunch and egg hunt on Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $5. Visit dunbartonpto.com. • Hooksett Public Library (31 Mount St. Mary’s Way) has an egg hunt on Saturday, April 13, at 9:30 a.m. for babies and toddlers, 10 a.m. for kids ages 3 to 5 and 10:30 a.m. for kids ages 6 and up. There will be crafts, games and photos with the Easter Bunny (printed onsite for $1) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Visit hooksettlibrary.org. • Hopkinton has a town egg hunt at Harold Martin School (271 Main St.) on Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m., for kids in grade 3 and under. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos from 9:15 to 10 a.m. Visit hopkintonrec.com. 22 The Gardening Guy Advice on your outdoors. Children & Teens Children events • LICE EGG HUNT Nit’s End (23 Atkinson Depot Road in Plaistow and 108 W. Hollis St. in Nashua; liceclinicsplaistow.com, 782-9677) is participating in the Lice Clinics of America “Great Lice Egg Hunt” on Sat., April 13, at both locations. Call to reserve an appointment for a free lice check. The event will also feature giveaways of lice education packets and detection combs as well as Easter goodies and there
Our Promise to Nicholas Egg Hunt Festival. Courtesy photo.
• Kimball Jenkins Estate (266 N. Main St., Concord) throws its Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 20, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., with an egg hunt at 10:15 a.m. There will be pictures with the Easter Bunny, bouncy houses and more for kids ages 1 through 11. It’s free to the public. Visit kimballjenkins.com. • Manchester City Library (405 Pine St.) has its Spring Celebration on Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to noon. There will be an egg hunt, stories and a simple craft for kids ages 2 to 7. Registration is recommended. Visit manchester.lib.nh.us. • Merrimack has a town egg hunt at Wasserman Park (116 Naticook Road) on Saturday, April 13, at 10:10 a.m. for special needs kids, 10:30 a.m. for kids ages 0 to 3, 10:50 a.m. for kids ages 4 to 5, 11:10 a.m. for kids ages 6 to 7, and 11:30 a.m. for kids ages 8 to 10. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos from 10 to 11:30 a.m. It’s open to Merrimack residents only. Visit merrimackparksandrec.org. • Milford has a town egg hunt at Keyes Memorial Field (45 Elm St.) on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., open to Milford kids in grades 4 and under. There will be games, prizes, raffles and photos with the Easter Bunny ($3 per photo, includes a raffle ticket). Visit milford.nh.gov.
• Movement Christian Church has an egg hunt at Merrimack High School (38 McElwain St., Merrimack) on Saturday, April 13, at 1:30 p.m. for special needs kids, 2 p.m. for kids ages 2 through pre-K, 2:15 p.m. for kids in kindergarten through grade 2, and 2:30 p.m. for kids in grades 3 through 5. There will be carnival games and other activities all afternoon. It’s free to the public. Visit move603.com. • Next Level Church hosts its Helicopter Egg Drop on Sunday, April 21, open to children ages 12 and under whose families attend an experience at a Next Level Church. Experiences will take place at the Greater Concord church (79 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke) at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.; the Epping church (24 Calef Highway) at 9 and 10:30 a.m.; the Peterborough church (700 Dublin Road) at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.; and the Somersworth church (436 Route 108) at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. The egg drops will happen 30 minutes after the last experience ends. The exact locations will be revealed at the experiences. Visit nlc.tv. • New Boston has its town Easter Bonnet Parade and Egg Hunt at the town common (7 Meetinghouse Hill Road) on Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m. Following an egg hunt,
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will be kids activities. • HEALTHY KIDS DAY The Granite YMCA is holding Healthy Kids Day on Sunday, April 14, at the YMCA Allard Center (116 Goffstown Back Road; 497-4663) from 1 to 3 p.m. Clubs Events • NASHUA REPUBLICAN CITY COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING Thurs., April 11, 7 p.m. Courtyard by Marriott, 2200
Southwood Drive, Nashua. Free. Continuing Education Visit nashuagop.org. Open houses • SPRING OPEN HOUSE Sat., Garden April 13, 9 a.m. to noon (check• SANDOWN GARDEN CLUB in starts at 8 a.m.) Lakes Region EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Community College, 379 Belmont There will be a special free planting Road, Laconia. Free. Visit lrcc.edu. project for children to plant a flower in a pot and then take home to plant Crafts in their own gardens. Sat., April 20, Fairs 10 a.m. to noon. Sandown Public • SPRING FAIR The fair will Library, 305 Main St., Sandown. feature a variety of crafts, jewelry, Free. Visit sandowngardenclub.org. cosmetics, vintage items and more. Sat., April 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2
the Easter Bunny will lead kids in an Easter bonnet parade. Visit newbostonnh.gov. • Our Promise to Nicholas Foundation has its Easter Egg Hunt Festival at the NH Sportsplex (68 Technology Drive, Bedford) on Saturday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It features ongoing egg hunts, live entertainment, visits with the Easter Bunny and other special guests, games, raffles, a silent auction and more. Tickets cost $8 per person or $28 per family. Visit ourpromisetonicholas.com. • Rockingham Christian Church has an egg hunt at Soule Elementary School (173 S. Policy St., Salem) on Saturday, April 13, for kids ages 5 and under at 11:30 a.m., and kids ages 6 to 10 at 1 p.m. There will be a giant slide, jump houses, games, face painting and popcorn. It’s free to the public. Visit rccsalem.com. • St. Anselm College (100 St. Anselm Drive, Manchester) will have its Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More details TBA. Visit anselm.edu/ events/easter-egg-hunt. • Tuscan Village (67 Main St., Salem) hosts its Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be candy-filled Easter eggs, plus special golden eggs, the finders of which will receive a complimentary gelato, face painting and visits with the Easter Bunny. Visit tuscanbrands.com. • The Well Church hosts an egg hunt at Lyons Field (50 Allds St., Nashua) on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to noon, for kids ages 2 and up. There will be a bounce house, face painting and other activities. It’s free to the public. Register online. Visit thewellnh. org. • Windham has a town egg hunt outside the town hall (4 N. Lowell Road, Windham) on Saturday, April 13. Hunt times are 9:15 a.m. for kids ages 3 to 5, 9:45 a.m. for kids ages 0 to 2, and 10:15 a.m. for kids ages 6 to 9. Get a photo with the Easter Bunny from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Visit windhamnh.gov. 25 Kiddie pool Family activities this week.
Clocktower Place, Nashua. Free. Visit clocktowerplacenh.com. • SPRING FAIR & BAKE SALE The fair will feature crafts, product vendors, attic treasures and a baked goods table. Coffee, drinks, hot dogs and snacks will also be available for sale. Proceeds benefit the United Church of Penacook’s food pantry. Sat., April 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. United Church of Penacook, 21 Merrimack St., Penacook. Visit ucpnh. org.
• 2ND ANNUAL SPRING CRAFT FAIR The event will feature personalized glassware, abstract art, baby clothes, rustic home decor and more. Sat., April 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. James United Methodist Church, 646 DW Highway, Merrimack. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Workshops • WAX-DYED EGG WORKSHOP Melt beeswax over a candle, draw lines of wax on a raw
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I was out in my garden recently and noticed that my tall decorative grasses are looking quite bedraggled. I have a clump of fountain grass, a variety called Morning Light. It’s time to cut back all the stems and flowers that stood up, largely, to the winter winds. Looking at it made me think of Piet (pronounced Pete) Oudolf, a Dutch garden designer who works all over the world. Oudolf loves decorative grasses and uses them often, including in the High Line Gardens that he designed in New York. I had a chance to meet him and tour his personal gardens outside of Amsterdam in 2007, and I recently re-visited my notes from that time. Piet Oudolf primarily designs gardens on a grand scale. The High Line project in New York City transformed a mile and a half of abandoned elevated railway into a garden. He is the designer of the memorial gardens just blocks away from the former site of the World Trade Center in Battery Park at the tip of New York, at The Gardens of Remembrance. He has done gardens in Chicago and Stockholm and elsewhere. He is the author of several books, including Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space. I visited him at his home in Humelo, Holland, and we talked about gardening. Asked about his philosophy of gardening, Oudolf told me that he doesn’t have one, but, he said, “I know what I like.” Early on, he said had felt trapped by English gardening — “I’m not a color gardener” — and he tried to find a way to escape. Tall decorative grasses and prairie plants appealed to him. We walked through his personal gardens, and his love of plants that provide winter interest was obvious. Oudolf has a couple of acres of gardens surrounding his house. I visited in January, a time when only a few early hellebores were blooming. I noticed that he used sharply clipped evergreen hedges as counterpoints to the tall grasses that waved in the wind, and to the array of summer plants that had been left to show off their seedpods during the winter. I wondered aloud what he would do in an urban setting, say in 100 square feet. First, he said you need to plan a space that is comfortable year-round, someplace where you’d like to spend time. Start by taking up most of the sod, and getting a soil test done before doing any planting. Amend the soil with compost and minerals as needed. Select easyto-care-for plants, things that are tolerant of a variety of conditions. It’s important, he noted, that you choose plants that need the same basic conditions if they are to grow together and do well. So, for example, don’t try to plant heather (which needs acidic soil) right next to lavender (which needs slightly sweet soil). Oudolf believes in mass plantings, not a
High Line in NYC. Courtesy of garden designer Gordon Hayward of Vermont.
hodge-podge of individual plants of many different species. He pointed out that you also need to have an array of plants that bloom in different seasons. He suggests 30 percent spring plants, 40 to 45 percent summer bloomers, and 25 percent plants that are best in autumn. And he believes in cleaning the garden in late winter or early spring so that those tall grasses and perennials will be interesting all winter long. It is important to separate your garden space from that of your neighbors, according to Oudolf, either by planting a woody hedge or by building a fence. He likes iron fences that can be used as support for climbing plants like clematis, or be used to train woody plants into shaded tunnels. In his own gardens he created raised beds to change the level of the flat garden, building 30-inch-tall brick circles filled with soil and planted with tall decorative grasses. Pathways are important for gardens, Oudolf explained, as they lead the viewer through the garden. He believes that you shouldn’t be able to see the entire garden at once. You can create tension by placing tall plants and hedges in the front of a garden, he said. He likes hard surfaces for walkways in small gardens, either stone or brick, but grass as the path in larger gardens. Obviously in public gardens he uses concrete or stone to keep the foot traffic from wearing down the grass. Places to sit should be included whether in a public or private garden, Oudolf said. His own gardens have benches for relaxing, though I suspect he has little time to use them. One of my favorite features in his garden was the sheep. No, not live sheep. He has a sense of humor, and has nice carved marble sheep resting on the lawn. Unfortunately my photos have all disappeared. I have been to the High Line Gardens a couple of times, and they are definitely worth a visit. I understand they are now one of the most-visited tourist attractions in New York City. Meander along the path and you will see how Piet Oudolf incorporates all the design principles mentioned above. Go see the High Line, and then incorporate some of his ideas in your own gardens. Henry Homeyer can be reached at henry. email@example.com or P.O. Box 364, Cornish Flat, NH 03746. Please include a SASE if requesting a mailed response.
23 INSIDE/OUTSIDE TREASURE HUNT
Dear Donna, I am hoping you might be able to help me. Could you assist me in finding out about some Depression glass I have? It’s hard to try to figure all the colors and designs. Is there a place you could suggest to me where I could find more information on it? Any help would be appreciated. Cecilia from Bow Dear Cecilia, You’re right when you say it’s tough to figure out. This is true with any glassware from the Depression era all the way through to now. There were so many manufactures and still are. Depression glass is glassware manufactured during the Depression, so this would have been in the 1930s. You can find research books at local bookstores and can get a lot of information online now as well. Depression glass is tough unless you know the pattern name; luckily most books have pictures so you can compare the pictures to what you have and get a name. It’s more difficult to get that information online. Above all, when you go through the glass make sure none of it is chipped or cracked. Also run a cotton ball along the edges and if it gets stuck anywhere check the spot to see if there is chipping along the rims. Any damaged glass you can safely put aside and not bother to do research
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nutrition, will cover foods, supplements, herbs, eating habits, emotional habits and stress when it comes to weight loss. Tues., April 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m. A Market Educational Center, 379 S. Willow St., Manchester. Free and open to the public. Visit myamarket.com. • SEASONAL ALLERGIES Dr. Tina Beaudoin, a licensed naturopathic doctor and the medical doctor of HealthStrong Integrative Medicine in Manchester, will talk about how you can safely and effectively address your allergies. Thurs., April 18, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A Market Educational Center, 379 S. Willow St., Manchester. Free and open to the public. Visit myamarket.com. Support groups • ORIENTATION: BECOME A YOUTH MENTOR Sat., April 20, 9 to 11:30 a.m. The Friends Program, 202 N. State St., Concord. Visit friendsprogram.org. Misc Fundraisers/Auctions • PLAY IT FORWARD ROCK CONCERT FUNDRAISER The fundraiser will feature live music from local artists, raffles, dancing and more. All proceeds will support the Nashua Community Music School. Sat., April 13, 7 p.m. Alpine Grove Banquet Facility, 19 S. Depot Road, Hollis. $20 advance tickets or $250 for a reserved VIP table of 10. Visit nashuacms.org/play-it-forward.
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24 INSIDE/OUTSIDE CAR TALK
A blizzard of complaints for Toyota’s Blizzard Pearl paint
Dear Car Talk: I purchased a new, 2012 Toyota RAV4 with the V6 engine and the premium Blizzard Pearl white paint. It now has 53,000 miles on it and runs well. By Ray Magliozzi The problem is that the paint is literally blowing off. About a month ago, I looked out the window of my house and noticed something fluttering on the roof of the vehicle. It was a sheet of the paint, which by the end of the day had blown off completely. A week later I noticed a small paint bubble on the driver’s rear quarter panel. Apparently, wind and water worked their way under it, and last week a sheet of paint about 12 inches square blew off, too. I think they call this “paint delamination.” I call it a major defect. Looking around on the internet, it seems this is a frequent problem, and contacting Toyota has been fruitless. Is this something I can spotfix or must the entire car be stripped and repainted? It is difficult to justify a $2,000 paint job on a car worth $10,000. Any advice would be appreciated. — Gordon There’s been a veritable blizzard of complaints about this Blizzard Pearl white paint,
Gordon. In my opinion, this is, without question, a manufacturing defect. For some technical reason, the paint didn’t adhere properly to the primer or the base metal. And we’ve heard the same stories you have; that Toyota is giving lots of Blizzard Pearl customers the “mechanic’s shrug.” That’s disappointing. I suggest you contact Toyota anyway, and give them a chance to do the right thing and fix your car, even though it’s no longer under warranty. The paint on a seven-year-old car shouldn’t be blowing off in the breeze. If they stonewall you, then you can do what most of the other Blizzard Pearl owners are doing: Swear you’ll never buy another Toyota. Or you can put signs on your car that say “Another quality Toyota paint job that they refuse to fix,” and park it outside the dealership on Saturdays. Most people give up in the face of corporate stonewalling. We can’t really blame them. It’s exhausting and frustrating to fight with a company that has more than enough resources to wear you down and outlast you. So if they don’t help you, and you’re not up for a fight, then you have only two choices: Leave the car as is, or repaint it. You can’t “touch it up.” The paint job itself has failed, and the car has to be
stripped all the way down, primed, and completely repainted and clear-coated. If you plan to keep the car for another three to five years (and with only 53,000 miles on it, it should go a lot longer than that), I’d say it’s worth a couple of thousand bucks to repaint the car, and stop hating it every time you look at it. It’ll also make it easier to sell when the time comes. But before you do that, give Toyota a try. Don’t be belligerent — at least not at first — but be firm. Tell them you’re really disappointed, you’ve taken good care of the car, and you’re aware that this is a defect. Let them know that they haven’t lost you as a customer — yet. Maybe they’ll meet you halfway, and agree to pay for half your paint job. And then double the price. Good luck, Gordon. Dear Car Talk: All my life I’ve noticed that some people veer abruptly to the right onto the shoulder when braking suddenly. I’ve always wondered if these people are doing this consciously for some reason, or if it’s unconscious, or maybe their brakes are pulling to the right. If they are doing this intentionally, why? — James I think it’s to avoid bashing into the car
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In addition to the egg hunts listed on page 21, here are some more places to meet the Easter Bunny. The Lions Club of Pinardville will hold its Easter Bunny breakfast, with an egg hunt and photo opportunities with the bunny, on Saturday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to noon at Bartlett Elementary School (689 Mast Road in Pinardville). Admission costs $6; free for children ages 3 and under. The breakfast will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and a beverage. See e-clubhouse. org/sites/pinardville. Get an Easter Bunny breakfast and egg hunt at the Greenland Church Parish House (44 Post Road in Greenland; communitychurchofgreenland. org, 436-8336) on Saturday, April 13. The breakfast will run from 8 to 10 a.m. with the egg hunt starting at 10 a.m. The breakfast menu includes buttermilk and blueberry pancakes, bacon, sausage, juice and coffee. The pancake breakfast costs $5 per person, free for children under age 4. Carriage Shack Farm (5 Dan Hill Road, Londonderry, 716-0629, carriageshackfarm.com) will host two Easter Bunny breakfasts on Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, with spots at 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. Visit with the Easter Bunny and check out the breakfast menu, which will include items like fresh fruit, pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries and a coffee station and hot cocoa bar. Admission is $12 for teens and adults over age 16, $10 for seniors, active military service members and children and teens under 15, and free for children under one year old.
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26 president of the club and on vacation I visited the school of one of my friends to talk about kites and then started writing books [about kites] as well.
Glenn Davison Professional kite maker
After retiring from his career as a software trainer, Glenn Davison, a former Nashua resident, has turned his hobby of building kites into a career as a master kite maker and teacher. Throughout April, which is National Kite Flying Month, the Nashua Public Library at 2 Court St., Nashua, will have on display 100 of Davison’s hand-crafted kites for the exhibit “Artwork in Flight.’’ Davison will give a demonstration about kites on Thursday, April 18, from 6:30 to 830 p.m. at the library. The exhibit ends April 26. Can you explain your current occupation? I am a kite artist. I design and build a wide variety of kites. And as part of that I deliver demonstrations, workshops and presentations about kites pretty much all over the world. I have nine festivals I am going to attend this year and I’m going to teach sixth-grade math using kites and do workshops in Canada, for example, so it’s a wide variety of things that are often a lot of fun.
I started building kites almost 20 years ago. About five years ago I was full-time as a technical trainer. So I would travel around the world teaching people about technical software. … My weekends were free so I would go to festivals and do workshops in a variety of places.
What kind of education or training did you need for this job? There is a lot of information online and even a database of Glenn Davison. Courtesy photo. plans. So if you wanted to build even obscure kites, there are plans in the What do you wish you had known at the database about how to build them with all the demensions, materials and all the fittings you beginning of your career? I wish I had known how to sew already need. But the one thing that most people have to learn in order to build kites is how to sew. A because sewing was a skill I had to develop... lot of people are not learning to sew because One of the good spins is that I have my vacaclothes are so inexpensive today … [but] for tions paid for by doing kites. I visit schools making larger kites sewing becomes import- and do workshops and they pay for my gas ant. You can do a lot with paper and bamboo and materials...my hotels and food are paid and other materials with tape, but if you want for when I go to a festival. It’s like someone to make some large fancy types you need the paying you to sit in a hot tub. strength of the fabrics and that involves sewing. What is your typical at-work uniform? I do wear a wide-brimmed hat and a longHow did you find your current job? It’s partly because I enjoy teaching and it’s sleeved cotton shirt that says “kite’’ on it. … partly because I enjoy writing … [so] those Long-sleeved shirts are essential. … The num[were] the two main avenues. I also enjoyed ber one injury from flying kites is sunburn. — Lisa Redmond building things.
How did you get interested in this field? I was always interested in things that fly. So I built 21 model rockets when I was a kid, then What was the best piece of work-related I built model airplanes. … And then I got inter- advice anyone has ever given you? How long have you been doing this? ested in kites. ... I met people in a kite club and The idea about building kites as an artisI started flying kites when I was a kid and it kind of blossomed from there. I became the
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FOOD Eats for Easter
Where to go for Easter brunch, breakfast or dinner By Matt Ingersoll
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By Matt Ingersoll
From reservations for brunches, breakfasts and dinners to special menu items and take-home options, now is the time to start thinking of how you want to spend Easter Sunday. Check out this list below of local restaurants, diners, bakeries, function halls and more offering specialty eats for Easter. Unless otherwise specified in the listing, all brunches, dinners and specials will be served on Easter Sunday, April 21. • 110 Grill (875 Elm St., Manchester, 8361150; 27 Trafalgar Square, Nashua, 943-7443; 136 Marketplace Blvd., Rochester, 948-1270; 19 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham, 777-5110; 110grill. com) will offer several Easter brunch specials, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at all its New Hampshire locations, in addition to its regular menu. Options will include crab and egg flatbread, yogurt parfait, huevos rancheros, chicken and waffles, steak and eggs Benedict, and banana bread French toast with maple syrup and caramel sauce. • Airport Diner (2280 Brown Ave., Manchester, 623-5040, thecman.com) will serve its regular menu with specials from 5 a.m. to midnight. • Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753, 6631, alansofboscawen.com) will serve its annual “Easter Extravaganza” brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., which includes fresh fruit, cheese and assorted crackers, Danishes, muffins, an omelet station, carving stations with prime rib, roast leg of lamb or Virginia baked ham, fresh vegetable medley and gourmet desserts. From noon to 9 p.m., a special menu featuring traditional baked ham, lamb dinner, prime rib and more will also be available. The restaurant’s menu will also be served until 3 p.m. • Alpine Grove Banquet Facility (19 S. Depot Road, Hollis, 882-9051, alpinegrove.com) will serve an Easter brunch with seatings at 11 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. The menu will feature sliced fruit, assorted pastries, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast, baked Virginia ham with rum raisin sauce, lemon pepper chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, croissant-encrusted haddock with maple cinnamon butter and more. The cost is $27 for adults, $10 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children ages 4 and under. • Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com) will serve an Easter brunch buffet in its Great Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., and a four-course prix fixe Easter dinner in its dining room from 2 to 7 p.m. The brunch buffet menu will include omelets and Belgian waffle stations; breakfast items like New Hampshire maple pork sausage, Greek yogurt with granola, fresh berries and local honey, and assorted pastries; and lunch items like campanelle pasta, whipped Yukon gold potatoes, shoyu glazed salmon and organic free-range chicken breast. The dinner menu will include appetizers like New England clam chowder, salmon tar-
• Calls for chili makers: The Henniker Rotary Club is currently looking for interested amateur chili makers and restaurants to participate in the 17th annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Pats Peak (686 Flanders Road, Henniker). Dozens of local home and professional chefs compete for the title of best chili, with amateur winners receiving first-, second- and third-place cash prizes totaling $1,000, and plaques, banners and bragging rights awarded to winners in the professional division. In addition to the chilis, the festival features live music, a vendor fair and children’s activities, with proceeds benefiting local and regional charities. Interested participants should contact Mary Krotzer at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit chilinewhampshire.org to download an application. • Wake up with pancakes: Join the Amherst Lions Club for its 47th annual pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to noon at Wilkins Elementary School (80 Boston Post Road, Amherst). This year’s menu will feature pancakes with optional fruit toppings, as well as sausage, pastries, New Hampshire maple syrup and drinks such as orange juice, tea, coffee and milk. The Lions Club will also be offering free vision screenings, and Amherst Fire Rescue will be on hand with a variety of demonstrations and information tables. The cost to attend the all-you-can-eat breakfast is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 7 to 12 and free for children ages 6 and under. Visit e-clubhouse.org/sites/amherstnh for more details. • Thirsty Moose opens in Merrimack: The Thirsty Moose Taphouse held the grand opening of its newest location in the Granite State on March 26, in the new Merrimack 360 Shopping Center at 360 Daniel Webster Highway, according to a post on its Facebook page. This is the fifth Thirsty Moose Taphouse; the restaurant, which also has locations in Manchester, Dover, Portsmouth and Exeter, features a menu of gourmet appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads and more, including specialties like prime rib, fish and chips, and a create-yourown cavatappi pasta macaroni and cheese with a variety of meat options. More than 100 beers on tap are featured. Visit thirstymoosetaphouse.com/merrimack. Looking for more food and drink fun? Check out Hippo Scout, available at hipposcout. com. HIPPO | APRIL 11 - 17, 2019 | PAGE 28
tare, and olive and ricotta agnolotti; salads like baby kale and lola rosa salad and spring bean and arugula salad; entrees like grilled filet mignon, herb-crusted leg of lamb, cardamom-marinated Scottish salmon and house-made casarecce; and desserts like carrot cake doughnuts, lemon chiffon cake, peanut butter cheesecake and vanilla bean creme brulee. The cost for the brunch buffet is $59 for adults and $29.95 for children ages 10 and under. The cost for the dinner is $65 for adults and $34.95 for children ages 10 and under. • Belmont Hall & Restaurant (718 Grove St., Manchester, 625-8540, belmonthall.net) will serve an all-you-can-eat Easter brunch buffet with seatings at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The cost is $16.49 per person, including gratuity. • Birch Wood Vineyards (199 Rockingham Road, Derry, 965-4359, birchwoodvineyards. com) will serve an Easter brunch with seatings at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The menu will include breakfast stations, a made-to-order egg station, salad stations, carving stations with pit ham and pineapple-raisin rum sauce, and beef eye round with horseradish crema and salsa verde. Featured entrees will be brown butter salmon with fennel, brined whole roasted chicken, vegetarian baked stuffed shells with Parmesan cream, and hand breaded chicken tenders and fries. The cost is $42 for adults, $18 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children under 3. • Brookstone Park (14 Route 111, Derry, 3289255, brookstone-park.com) will serve an Easter brunch with reservations available from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The menu will feature assorted breakfast pastries, local cheeses, salads, and a fresh fruit and vegetable display, plus entrees like smoked salmon, chicken marsala, prime rib, Cuban pork tenderloin, sweet ricotta crepes and more. The cost is $39 for adults, $19 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children under 3. • Buckley’s Great Steaks (438 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995, buckleysgreatsteaks.com) will be open from noon to 5 p.m., serving its full regular menu in addition to a menu of chef specials. Reservations are accepted. • Cask & Vine (1 E. Broadway, Derry, 9653454, caskandvine.com) will serve an Easter
brunch buffet menu, with items like biscuits and gravy, baked artisan French toast, cheeseburger shepherd’s pie, fresh chicken tenders, maple sausage links, assorted fruits and more. The cost is $24.50 for teens and adults ages 13 and over, $17.50 for children ages 5 to 13 and $5.50 for children ages 5 and under. The brunch is firstcome, first-serve. • Cello’s Farmhouse Italian (143 Raymond Road, No. 1, Candia, 483-2000, cellosfarmhouseitalian.com) is accepting reservations for an Easter Sunday brunch, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Chez Vachon (136 Kelley St., Manchester, 625-9660, chez-vachon.mycloveronline.com) will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Easter Sunday, serving its regular menus in addition to a special ham dinner with all the fixings for $11.99 per person. • CJ’s Great West Grill (782 S. Willow St., Manchester, 627-8600, cjsgreatwestgrill.com) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature a ham dinner special for Easter Sunday. • The Coach Stop Restaurant & Tavern (176 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 437-2022, coachstopnh.com) is taking reservations for Easter with seatings at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. A special menu will be served, featuring appetizers like spinach and artichoke dip, bacon-wrapped scallops, French onion soup and homemade crab cakes in a spicy remoulade sauce; and entrees like seafood linguine alfredo, roast prime rib, chicken Marsala and lobster macaroni and cheese. • Colby Hill Inn (33 The Oaks St., Henniker, 428-3281, colbyhillinn.com) will serve a three-course prix fixe Easter supper with seatings available from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Choose an appetizer (like lemon chicken noodle soup, spring greens with a Champagne vinaigrette, asparagus, pierogi or red beet deviled eggs); an entree (Greek-style roasted leg of lamb, maple and cider mustard glazed ham, prime rib smoked with pink peppercorns and rosemary, day boat scallops with sweet pea risotto, rabbit pot pie, or carrot spaetzle); and a dessert (like maple walnut carrot cake, creme brulee or strawberry rhubarb pie). The cost is $49.95 for adults and $19.95 for children. • The Common Man (25 Water St., Concord,
29 assorted pastries and fruits and salads; breakfast options like made-to-order omelets, French toast with strawberries and cream, bananas Foster pancakes and roasted red potato home fries; an ice cream sundae bar, assorted fresh juices, coffee, tea and more. The cost is $32.95 for adults, $27.95 for seniors and $17.95 for children. • The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille (40 Andover Road, New London, 526-6899, flyinggoose.com) will be serving Easter brunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner specials from 3 to 8 p.m. • Fratello’s Italian Grille (155 Dow St., Manchester, 641-6776, fratellos.com) will serve an Easter brunch buffet at its Manchester location only, with seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The menu will include fresh fruits and pastries, omelet and waffle stations, meat carving stations with slow-roasted prime rib of beef and Virginia baked ham, and a pasta station during its 2 p.m. seating only. The cost is $31.95 for adults, $19.95 for children ages 4 to 11 and free for children ages 3 and under. Reservations are required. You can also make reservations for an Easter dinner at the Manchester location, with seatings that begin at noon. That menu will have appetizers like calamari, bruschetta and Sicilian sausage soup; salads like Caesar, garden and Caprese; and entrees like seafood fettuccine, chicken Parmesan, filet mignon and stuffed shells. • Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse (62 Lowell St., Manchester, 669-9460, gauchosbraziliansteakhouse.com) will serve an Easter brunch with the first seating at 9 a.m. and the last seating at 1:30 p.m. The brunch will feature a full breakfast buffet, waffles and omelet stations, a fresh salad bar, seven meats served tableside, shrimp cocktails and more. The cost is $25 for adults, $12 for children ages 6 to 10 and free for children ages 5 and under. • Giorgio’s Ristorante & Bar (270 Granite St., Manchester, 232-3323; 524 Nashua St., Milford, 673-3939; giorgios.com) will be serving an Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Manchester and Milford locations only, which will feature classic Italian items, traditional breakfast foods, a carving station, salads, a dessert station and more. The cost is $32.99 for adults and $12.99 for children under 12 years old, and reservations are required. • Granite Restaurant & Bar (The Centennial Hotel, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9000, graniterestaurant.com) will serve an Easter brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu will include breakfast options like coffee cakes and fruit Danishes, bacon and sausage, smoked Scottish salmon, and brioche French toast; a carving station with rosemary and garlic roasted lamb and North Country Smokehouse ham; dinner options like butter cracker crumbed baked haddock, cheese tortellini primavera and herbed spring vegetable medley; and a table of housemade desserts. The cost is $45 for adults, $38 for seniors and $20 for children ages 12 and under. Call or book your reservation online. • Grappone Conference Center (70 Constitution Ave., Concord, 225-0303, grapponeconferencecenter.com) will serve an Easter brunch with seatings at 10 a.m. and noon, featur30
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744-2022; homesteadnh.com) is accepting reservations now for an Easter Sunday lunch and dinner, with seatings from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Merrimack, and at noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m. in Bristol. The menu will feature appetizers like bacon-wrapped scallops, baked onion soup and seafood chowder; and entrees like chicken Marsala, New York sirloin, and a roasted eggplant quinoa bowl. • LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com) will serve its annual Grand Brunch Buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will feature a fruit and bread display, a made-to-order omelet station, a carving station with ham or prime rib.
Other breakfast options will include bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, home fries, bananas Foster crepes and French toast casserole with maple syrup, while lunch options will include seared chicken, baked haddock, spinach tortellini and roasted Brussels sprouts. For dessert, there will be assorted cookies and macarons, chocolate-covered strawberries, cheesecake, carrot cake, chocolate cake and make-yourown strawberry shortcake. The cost is $49 for adults and $19 for children. • Lakehouse Grille (281 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, 279-5221, thecman.com) will serve a Grand Easter Buffet in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
• The Cake Fairy (114 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 518-8733, cakefairynh.com) is taking orders for chocolate Easter bunny cakes and Easter bunny cookies, as well as banana cream or chocolate cream pies, four-inch cheesecakes (plain, strawberry, fudge, cinnamon sugar or lemon), plain or chocolate chip cannolis, coffee cakes, eclairs, cream puffs and lemon or banana breads. Order by April 17. Pickups will be on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Crosby Bakery (51 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 8821851, crosbybakerynh.com) is taking orders for specialty items, including an eight-inch Easter bonnet cake, sugar cookies, gingerbread bunnies and Easter angel cakes. Other options include cinnamon rolls, oatmeal rolls and hot cross buns; pies like apple, banana cream, coconut cream and lemon meringue; a breakfast platter with assorted muffins, doughnuts and Danishes; a mini pastry platter with eclairs, cream puffs and whoopie pies; salad rolls with tuna, chicken, egg and ham salads; and savory specialties, like salmon pie, meat pie and gorton. Order by April 18. Pickups are available on Friday, April 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, April 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. • The Crust & Crumb Baking Co. (126 N. Main St., Concord, 219-0763, thecrustandcrumb. com) is taking orders for specialty breads and buns, like vanilla-glazed cinnamon buns, pecan sticky buns and cinnamon streusel coffee cake; as well as assorted pies, like apple streusel, Key lime, forest berry crumb and maple-bourbon pecan; and cakes, like flourless chocolate torte and carrot. Quiches — bacon cheddar, asparagus leek feta and zucchini tomato goat cheese — are also available. Orders are requested to have been placed by the weekend
before Easter. Pickups are on Saturday, April 20. • Frederick’s Pastries (109 Route 101A, Amherst, 882-7725; 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 647-2253; pastry.net) is offering several new Easter-inspired desserts and pastries for this season, including an “Egg-mazing” Easter cake, Easter bunny carrot cupcakes and an assortment of mini Easter pies like Key lime and white chocolate raspberry. • Granite State Candy Shoppe (832 Elm St., Manchester, 218-3335; 13 Warren St., Concord, 225-2591; granitestatecandyshoppe.com) is offering several Easter-inspired treats, like milk, white or dark chocolate sitting bunny pops, caramel robin eggs, bunny candy corn, gummy rabbits and Easter cream chicks. Premade Easter baskets of assorted chocolates are also available in a variety of sizes. • Just Like Mom’s Pastries (353 Riverdale Road, Weare, 529-6667, justlikemomspastries. com) is taking orders for goodies like white chocolate peanut butter cheesecake topped with peanut butter eggs; Bunny’s favorite carrot cake sided with toasted coconut; and an Easter cookie platter, with shortbread, chocolate shortbread, snowballs and more. Breakfast pastries, quiche, coffee and Bundt cakes and fruit pies can also be ordered. Order by April 17. Pickups are on Saturday, April 20. • McNulty & Foley Caterers (124 E. Hollis St., Nashua, 882-1921, mcnultycatering.com) is offering a special Easter menu that will include items like a baked ham dinner, Delmonico potatoes, chicken piccata, homemade carrot cake cupcakes and more. Pre-order for pickup on Saturday, April 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The cost is $31.95 for adults and $14.95 for children ages 12 and under. There will also be selections from the restaurant’s regular dinner menu and Easter specials from 4 to 9 p.m. • Lakehouse Tavern (157 Main St., Hopkinton, 746-1800, lakehousetavern.com) will serve its first annual Easter brunch from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., exclusively offering a limited menu in both the dining room and the tavern. Options will include a charcuterie board of local meats and cheeses; a made-from-scratch Belgian waffle, topped with a wildberry sauce and maple whipped cream; crab and asparagus Benedict with home fries; and prime rib and egg béarnaise. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Bring home your Easter goodies • Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop (815 Chestnut St., Manchester, 625-9544, angelaspastaandcheese. com) is offering an Easter pickup menu with various options like breads, savory and sweet pies, quiches, cakes and a couple of dinner side dishes. Order by April 16. Pickups are on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • The Bakeshop on Kelley Street (171 Kelley St., Manchester, 624-3500, thebakeshoponkelleystreet.com) is taking orders for several Easter specials, including Easter egg breads (soft breakfast bread with colorful Easter eggs in the center); carrot cake with cheese frosting; coconut lemon meringue pie; and Easter cream tarts. Order by April 18. • The Black Forest Cafe & Bakery (212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, theblackforestcafe.com) is taking orders for a variety of flavors of pies, like Dutch apple, strawberry rhubarb and grasshopper; cakes like lemon daisy, chocolate mousse and Baileys white chocolate mousse; and other pastries, like hummingbird cupcakes, lemon curd tarts and an assortment of cookies in the shape of eggs, chicks or bunnies. Order by April 17. Pickups are on Friday, April 19, or Saturday, April 20, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Buckley’s Bakery & Cafe (436 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 262-5929; 9 Market Place, Hollis, 465-5522; buckleysbakerycafe.com) is taking orders for specialty baked goods, including pies (chocolate cream or lemon meringue), cakes (carrot cake, vanilla bean cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake or lemon blueberry cake), and assorted rolls, breads, scones, croissants, muffins, cinnamon rolls and chocolate mousse-filled Easter bunnies. Macaroons and chocolate chip cookies are also available by the dozen. Order by April 17. Pickups are available throughout Easter weekend.
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• Mr. Baker Cheesecake Co. (443 Lake Ave., Manchester, 263-4743, mrbakercheesecakeco.com) is taking special orders for customizable cheesecake flavors, available for pickup or delivery all the way through Easter Sunday. The shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, and on Sunday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Place orders online as soon as possible. Specialty cheesecake flavors include crème brulee, bananas foster, cherry creamsicle, Kit Kat, white chocolate turtle and more. • Mr. Mac’s Macaroni & Cheese (497 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 606-1760, mr-macs.com) is taking orders for party trays (feeds about 8 to 12 people) or banquet trays (feeds about 30 to 35 people) of macaroni and cheese. Prices vary depending on flavors; get 10 percent off if you order by April 19 and pick up by April 20.
• Queen City Cupcakes (790 Elm St., Manchester, 624-4999, qccupcakes.com) is taking orders for specialty cupcakes, like Cadbury Creme, cookie dough, raspberry zinger, carrot cake, blueberry lemonade and more. Order by April 17. Pickups are on Saturday, April 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Van Otis Chocolates (341 Elm St., Manchester, 627-1611, vanotischocolates.com) is offering Easter-inspired treats like white, dark or milk chocolate bunny head pops, chocolate-dipped Peeps, • Michelle’s Gourmet Pastries & Deli (819 dark chocolate coconut cream eggs, gummy eggs, Union St., Manchester, 647-7150, michellespasmalted milk eggs and more.
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was when they came across the site of an old 19th-century bank in Milford that they realized a unique opportunity — to create a space that would preserve and honor the history of the building while utilizing products directly sourced from farms both right in town and beyond. Greenleaf, the name of their restaurant that is on track to open in the coming weeks, sounds like a nod to what Sarasin and Viaud are all about — creating a rotating menu of farm-fresh ingredients with a particular focus on items in their growing seasons. But according to Sarasin, the restaurant is actually named after an individual. “The history of this building dates back to 1865, when it was the Souhegan Valley National Bank. They were actually printing money here at the time for the United States, which is an incredible thing to walk into,” Sarasin said. “A gentleman by the name of Luther Greenleaf was the primary architect who did the first renovation of this building in 1907. We have the original blueprints from him that were handdrawn that we’ll be displaying.” The two found the building last September and have spent the last several months on renovations. Greenleaf will seat about 70, including six in a private area in the fully restored vault from the original bank, as well as 12 at the bar and six at a chef’s table, offering an up-close and personal experience with the chefs in an open kitchen. An additional 16 seats will be available in a private function room at the back of the building. Viaud said they have continued relationships with several farms that have participated in The Farmers Dinner over the years, and have also formed new ones with purveyors right in town. “We’re working closely with the farms to be able to help them promote the product that is coming out, and also be able to refresh and revamp our menus as much as possible,” Viaud said. He and Sarasin have already started experimenting with some opening menu items, like a cast iron roasted New York strip with potato gratin, Swiss chard and King Trumpet mushrooms sourced from Dunk’s Mushrooms in Danville; and a chicken dish with a creamy parsnip puree and caramelized spring onion bulbs. Fresh baked artisan-style bread will be made in house too. Even some items grown micro-seasonally will make their way onto Greenleaf’s menu through some kind of dish for short periods of time, Sarasin said.
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“You obviously have your four seasons, but when we talk about microseasons, it’s this small window of time for something we want to work with, that we’ll have for maybe a week or two and then can’t have again for another 51 weeks,” he said. “Black locust flowers, for example, are up for one week in an entire year. Ramps are another; they are only in season for about two weeks. They are just like wild leeks, they have a nice garlic and onion flavor.” Viaud said proteins such as beef, pork, chicken and duck (sourced from Élevage de Volailles in Loudon) will likely stay around the same on the menu. For example, while items like a burger may stay, he said he may change up what the added sauce will be. Greenleaf’s cocktails will also not only use ingredients from local farms, but some will pay tribute to some of the original owners of the building. Sarasin shared one example of a drink being named after Frederick W. Sawyer, the son of the original bank’s branch manager who rescued his whole family after they were robbed, kidnapped and locked in their own vault in 1867. Even a non-alcoholic cocktail program of drinks made with juices pressed fresh daily is in the works. “We always feel like the bar is an extension of the kitchen,” Sarasin said. “Not only are we going to use fresh flavors, but we’re going to be building raised beds for heirloom edible flowers that we’ll use for garnishes across the board.” 33
Greenleaf An opening date is expected in the coming weeks. Visit the website or follow them on social media for updates. Where: 54 Nashua St., Milford Anticipated hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Visit: greenleafmilford.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram @ greenleafmilford
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but still have several dates already planned throughout the upcoming summer, with both returning and new chefs. A catering branch will also be available soon. “[Greenleaf is] not an extension of The Farmers Dinner; it’s an evolution of The Farmers Dinner,” Sarasin said. “A lot of this can sound really fancy, but at the end of the day, it’s all about making these really homestyle kind of flavors that are approachable and that we all recognize.”
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family is getting the best. Plus, the sweetest family owns Vernon Family Farm, which is kind of a step up from the mass-produced chicken from companies like Purdue. Neither one of these farms is certified USDA Organic, but I am completely fine with it. For one thing, becoming certified is pricey and therefore prohibitive for a lot of small food suppliers. For another, I would rather actually be able to visit the farm from which my food comes and inspect it for myself rather than have someone else do the work for me (particularly if that’s a big agency that doesn’t always operate in an efficient manner). It’s not easy to pick what’s best as there are so many things to consider, from prices to pesticides. So it’s wonderful to see and hear about local farmers doing good work so that we can eat the best of the best. —Allison Willson Dudas Homemade Ranch Dressing Courtesy of That Low Carb Life Makes 10 servings 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar 2 cloves garlic minced 2 tablespoons dill 1 tablespoon parsley 1 teaspoon chives 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon salt Toss all ingredients together and enjoy!
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eggs, French toast, sausages, pastries, juice and coffee. Sun., April 14, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Atkinson Community Center, 4 Main St., Atkinson. $7 for adults and $4 for children 8 and under. Visit e-clubhouse.org/sites/atkinsonnh. Church & charity bake sales • EASTER BAKE SALE The sale will feature Greek cookies and pastries, Easter bread, spinach peta and more. Sat., April 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 111 Island Pond Road, Manchester. Visit assumptionnh.org or call 623-2045.
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Breweries continue to innovate with IPAs By Jeff Mucciarone email@example.com
In today’s craft beer movement, brewers can’t really accept the status quo. Well, that’s actually a half-truth. If you develop a brew that is a game winner, a brew that brings in beer lovers from far and wide, you can absolutely roll with that unaltered recipe in perpetuity — but it certainly seems like you had better be doing some experimenting or innovating with other brews along the way. Take the infamous Heady Topper, often referred to as the best beer on the planet. The brewers at the Alchemist in Vermont have rolled with the Heady Topper as their flagship brew for years, but they didn’t stop innovating. The Heady Topper remains unchanged, as far as I know, but the Alchemist offers a tremendous range of brews. With so many coveted brews, particularly IPAs, it seems like brewers are very nearly required to constantly explore new things. And that’s the point of my long-winded analogy: variety is the spice of life, or well, variety is a big part of what makes the craft beer movement special. Craft beer enthusiasts like to shake things up — at least I do. In fact, I’m so crazy, I rarely drink the same brew twice in a row. I know. Try to keep up. Good news for me and for you, breweries in New Hampshire and beyond are relentless innovators, especially when it comes to IPAs. Many breweries now feature rotating series, small batches of particular styles where brewers are constantly tweaking and experimenting. Great North Aleworks in Manchester recently released its latest IPA iteration from its rotating New England IPA series called Hazy Rotation. The latest batch was brewed by the women of Great North Aleworks for the Pink Boots Society, which was “created to assist, inspire and encourage women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education,” according to the website. “This batch is very tropical fruit forward, pineapple and papaya,” said Brian Parda of Great North Aleworks. “Smooth, with little bitterness.” Parda suggested pairing this brew with something Mexican, something “cheesy and rich with maybe a little spice,” or maybe some barbecue. What’s in My Fridge Smoke & Dagger Black Lager by Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers (Framingham, Mass.): The pour is black as night but just chill, this brew isn’t nearly as robust and heavy as it appears. It’s smooth, complex and flavorful with big notes of smoky coffee and chocolate. But again, this isn’t super heavy. One of my favorites—cheers!
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Over at Able Ebenezer Brewing Co. in Merrimack, where brewers are “hungry for complex challenges,” says the website, the team recently introduced its own experimental line: “Ingenuity.” “It’s an experimental line we do solely in-house, one batch at a time,” said Carl Soderberg, co-founder, Able Ebenezer Brewing Co. Able Ebenezer recently released the second batch of Ingenuity, though you may already be too late to try it. Able Ebenezer will have its next batch ready for summer. Stay tuned. At Stoneface Brewing Co. in Newington, beer drinkers can enjoy Imaginary Cartwheel, an experimental IPA with big notes of pineapple and citrus. And, at Throwback Brewery in North Hampton, look for Enjoy the Day, an experimental “brut” IPA. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Now it’s up to you to be bold and to see where your taste buds take you. Jeff Mucciarone is an account manager with Montagne Communications, where he provides communications support to the New Hampshire wine and spirits industry.
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Well my stars, we haven’t done one of these in a while, eh? By “one of these,” I mean, of course, an avant-jazz album that sounds half-improv, and probably is; this time from a Cal quartet comprised of a sax guy and a trumpeter with bass and drums. In this case, however, the second, long-past-due (eight-count’-em years) full-length from these exuberant doodlers is a freeze-flash of them flaunting their most recent influences; they’ve been hanging with world masters in places like Africa, Indonesia, Eastern Europe and elsewhere, not with the intention of doing some obscure sort of fusion but instead adding elements to what they come up with as a unit. They’re from California, like I said, so there’s some puffy, fluffy chill here, like the tentative, stop-and-start steez of “That Vague Lonesome,” which could at times pass for something old and Blue Note. All the instruments get a spotlighted tune on respective titles (“Drums,” “Saxaphone,” etc.), and that part’s cool. No outright grooves, just talented guys doing, well, roughly practiced avant. B+ — Eric W. Saeger ASHRR, Oscillator (self-released)
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Outer Order, Inner Calm, by Gretchen Rubin (Harmony Books, 215 pages)
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Gretchen Rubin is a happiness expert, a real one, not someone who cast about for a way to become famous, self-published a book and began billing herself as an expert without any convincing credentials. Rubin became a happiness expert circuitously, after having earned a law degree from Yale and deciding she didn’t really want to be a lawyer. She embarked on a year-long effort to be happier, resulting in the 2009 book The Happiness Project, which sold well and was a solid addition to the “I spent a year doing this and look how great my life is now” genre. The book was pleasantly conversational and reasonably footnoted. It gave rise to more books, including Happier at Home and Better than Before, and gave Rubin an impressive social media following. She also has a podcast (“Happier with Gretchen Rubin”) that has been downloaded more than 70 million times. There is a troubling sign, however, that Rubin, who once clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, is running out of things to say. Ger latest, Outer Order, Inner Calm, is a shocking waste of natural resources, especially in the month in which we’re supposed to honor the Earth. Devoid of research and personality, the book is the sort that usually arrives in bookstores in November, hastily assembled for exasperated shoppers and infested with platitudes. Maybe the purpose was similar; Mother’s Day looms. Do not inflict this book on your mother. The best thing that can be said about it is that it is better than Margareta Magnusson’s atrocious The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning of 2018, but it is worse than Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which started the clean-till-you’re-happy craze in 2014. And while clearly borrowing the idea, much like Robin Hood borrowed from the rich, Rubin waits until the waning pages of her book to acknowledge Kondo, and then insults her by sniffing at Kondo’s now-famous question (to ask when we’re deciding whether to keep something), “Does this spark joy?” Rubin does not find this question “particularly helpful.” “For me, focusing on ‘energy’ rather than ‘joy’ provides more clarity,” she says, suggesting that people should ask themselves, “Does this energize me?” That’s the sort of knock-off found on the side streets of New York. But the book’s main problem is not that it echoes Kondo so blandly, but that it does so without adding anything new to the conversation. Rubin, with her two Yale degrees, could do so much better. She does hit the occasional single with phrases like “visual noise” (one of her descriptions for clutter) and “deep clutter,” which she describes as clutter that is “well organized and
put away neatly” but still qualifies as clutter because it’s not “used, needed, or loved.” I also liked her line, “If you need to buy things to store things, perhaps you have too many things.” Also, on what may be the most important page of the book, she gives us all permission to get finally let go of the woolen guilt in our lives. “Get rid of that single mitten,” she says. (You’ll find its mate the day after the trash is collected, but that’s another story.) But you’ll have to sift through a pile of platitudes to find any specks of gold here, and there are paragraphs, even pages, that are actually insulting, as when she suggests we can improve our lives by changing the kitty litter and using a coat rack or closet to hang our coats. We should also toss unnecessary papers, clear clutter when we can’t sleep at night and not buy souvenirs. And so forth. There’s also some advice here that simply bewilders. “Keep pens, a notepad, Scotch tape, and a pair of scissors in every room. Life is much easier when you have the tools you need right within reach.” Scissors, I get. Pens and a notepad, too. But I’m still scratching my head over what I would do with Scotch tape in a bathroom. Most frustrating of all is Rubin’s repeated assurances that her advice is not one-size-fitsall. Rather than boldly stating the promise of her title — outer order produces inner calm — she qualifies it meekly throughout the book. “For most of us, outer order contributes to inner calm.” (Italics are mine.) For most of us, these suggestions will work. And midway through the book that is supposed to convince us clutter is making us crazy, she says, in effect, “or not.” Some people are unaffected by clutter, she says. “If you don’t care, don’t bother.” (Italics are hers.) A fresh, smart manifesto that motivates the nation to clean, a literal call to order, would be great to read in the first few weeks of spring. Disappointingly, this is not it. Don’t bother. D — Jennifer Graham
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• Afterlife signs: Manchester author Gail Durant has released a new book, Soul Signs from the Other Side: A Spiritual Memoir and Love Story, available now on Amazon. It’s a memoir about the spiritual signs that Durant has seen from her late husband Robert, who died of brain cancer in 2013, and others in her life who have died. “It’s how I interpret a sign for myself and share with my readers how they can find comfort after losing a loved one in finding their own signs,” she told the Hippo. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the adoption department of the New Hampshire branch of Catholic Charities. • Celebrating Walt Whitman: Amherst Town Library (14 Main St., Amherst) presents “An Evening with Walt Whitman” on Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m., celebrating the 200th anniversary of the poet’s birth. Actor and educator Stephen Collins will play Whitman in a one-man play that explores the different phases of Whitman’s life. The program is free, but registration is required. Call 673-2288 or visit amherstlibrary.org. • Students read poetry: The Poetry Society of New Hampshire will host a student poetry night on Wednesday, April 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord). Middle school and high school poets are invited to recite poems they have memorized or read poems that they like or have written. It’s free and open to the public. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com or call 224-0562. • Passover picture book: Children’s picture book author Vivian Kirkfield and children’s book illustrator Jill Weber will be at the Toadstool Bookshop (614 Nashua St., Milford) on Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m., reading and signing copies of their new book Pippa’s Passover Plate. The children’s picture book follows Pippa the Mouse as she investigates the disappearance of her special Passover plate with the help of her friends, a cat, a snake, an owl and a goldfish. Call 6731734 or visit toadbooks.com. — Angie Sykeny Books Author Events • THOMAS FARMEN Author presents Bessie’s Story: Watching the Lights Go Out. Thurs., April 11, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • MARY ANN ESPOSITO Esposito will be signing copies of her newest book, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy. Sat., April 13, 11 a.m. Tuscan Market, 63 Main St., Salem. Visit ciaoitalia.com. • VIVIAN KIRKFIELD Author presents Pippa’s Passover Plate. Sun., April 14, 2 p.m. Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua St., Milford. Visit toadbooks.com. • GUNTIS GONCAROVS Author presents Convergence of Valor. Sat., April 20, 2 p.m. Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua St., Milford. Visit toadbooks.com. • MATT OSGOOD Author presents Write Now: The Guide to Making It in Freelance Writing.
Tues., April 23, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • JULIE DOBROW Author presents Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet. Thurs., April 25, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. Poetry events • POETRY SOCIETY OF NH: MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL POETS Students read poems they have memorized or written. Wed., April 17, 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore , 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • AN EVENING WITH WALT WHITMAN Critically acclaimed actor and educator Stephen Collins will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Walt Whitman with a performance about the poet. Wed., April 17, 7 p.m. Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St., Amherst. Free and open to the public; registration
required. Visit amherstlibrary.org or call 673-2288. • POETRY SOCIETY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE MEETING Headliners are Mark DeCarteret and Anders Carlson-Wee. Wed., May 22, 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • SLAM FREE OR DIE Weekly poetry open mike and slam. Thursday, 8 p.m. Stark Brewing Co., 500 N. Commercial St., Manchester. $3. Visit facebook.com/ slamfreeordie.
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Writers groups • PLAYWRIGHT’S CIRCLE Cue Zero Theatre Company hosts a monthly Playwright’s Circle for local playwrights looking to improve their craft. Playwrights of all ages and experience levels are invited to bring 10 pages of an original work, which the circle will read aloud and offer feedback on while discussing the process and philosophy of playwriting. Bring at least one copy of your scene for every character. Every third Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jupiter Hall, 89 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit facebook.com/CZTheatre. Book discussion groups • ANIME & MANGA CLUB A new club seeks members to join. Will involve book discussions, anime viewings, and workshops. No set date. Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson. Free. Visit rodgerslibrary.org. Call 886-6030. • BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Second Thurs., 7 p.m. Manchester City Library , 405 Pine St., Manchester. Visit manchester.lib.nh.us. • BOOKENDS BOOK GROUP Monthly discussion group. First Sun., 4 to 5 p.m. MainStreet BookEnds, 16 E. Main St., Warner. Visit mainstreetbookends.com. • BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB Book discussion group. Last Tuesday, 12:15 p.m. Manchester City Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester. Visit manchester.lib.nh.us. • GIBSON’S BOOK CLUB Monthly book discussion group. First Monday, 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • MORNING BOOK GROUP Book discussion group. Second Thursday, 11 a.m. to noon. Smyth Public Library, 55 High St., Candia. Visit smythpl.org. • MORNING BOOK GROUP Monthly discussion. Fourth Wed., 10 a.m. to noon. Kimball Library, 5 Academy Ave., Atkinson. Visit kimballlibrary.com.
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40 POP CULTURE FILM REVIEWS BY AMY DIAZ
Another teen becomes another friendly neighborhood superhero in the light, fun DC Comics movie Shazam!.
Billy Batson (Asher Angel) tends to run away from his foster homes. His most recent escape included distracting police officers so he could borrow the computer in their cruiser. Even though his goal is finding the mother he lost years ago, Billy is told by his case worker that his last shot may well be with Rosa (Marta Milans) and Victor (Cooper Andrews), a couple who are foster-care veterans themselves and run a group home. The kids at the home seem happy and Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer), who is roughly Billy’s age and uses a crutch to walk (and is thus a bullying target at school), seems very happy to have a new roommate. So happy he’s not even that upset when Billy steals his genuine Superman-smooshed bullet, part of his superhero memorabilia collection. Perhaps Freddy’s affability is why Billy decides to stick up for him when a couple of bullies start to push him around. And perhaps Billy’s act of selflessness is why a wizard (Djimon Hounsou) summons Billy to his secret cave to bestow all of his wizard-y powers on Billy, who will act as a champion for good to defeat the seven sin demons who have recently escaped. Also, perhaps the wizard is seriously running out of time and Billy is the best it’s going to get, champion-wise, in that he is there. Previously, the wizard was choosier about potential champions, rejecting kids who gave in to the whisperings of a glowy demon orb. One such kid could not get over his non-champion status and grew up to be Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong), a guy who searched for the wizard and who now has some childhood issues to work out eeee-villy. Billy can turn his new powers on and off — and slip in and out of the accompanying muscled-up, grown-up physique — by yelling the name of the wizard: Shazam (Zachary Levi). Shazam! reminds me a lot of Spider-Man in both his most recent incarnations — the “anyone can wear the mask” philosophy of Into the Spider-Verse and the high school goofball
of Homecoming. While it’s not as good as either of those movies, Shazam! is truly entertaining, even occasionally joyful. Both the “super” and the “hero” seem to be things that DC movies have been shaky at during their attempt to construct their own MCU-style DC cinematic universe. Here, Billy is having fun with his superpowers and superficially with the idea that he can save the day. Then, when actual heroism is required of him we see him grow into that role too. I’m not starting the movie’s Oscar campaign or anything, but it works; the movie has moments of levity and good core superhero values. B Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action, language and suggestive material, according to the MPAA. Directed by David F. Sandberg with a screenplay by Henry Gayden, Shazam! is two hours and five minutes long and distributed by New Line Cinema.
Pet Sematary (R)
A Boston family makes bad real estate choices in Pet Sematary.
“Swampland adjacent to an informal pet burial ground” feels like a more accurate description of the land where the central action takes place but I get that it’s not as catchy a title. That the acreage newly purchased by Louis (Jason Clarke) and Rachel
(Amy Seimetz) contains both said burial ground and fog-covered spooky swampland and they were apparently unaware of this suggests that they did not spend enough time on their rural Maine house hunt. Also? Large tanker trucks zoom down the road very close to their house. All three of these factors — pet burial, swampland and speeding tankers — come together in an unfortunate accident and even more unfortunate aftermath for Church, the family cat primarily belonging to elementary-school-aged daughter Ellie (Jeté Laurence). Neighbor Jud (John Lithgow) gives Louis some local legend backstory and soon Church isn’t quite the same beloved cat. Only after it threatens toddler Gage (Hugo Lavoie and Lucas Lavoie), however, does the family truly get a taste of the trouble coming for them. I had no Pet Sematary experience prior to this movie — I haven’t seen the previous adaptation and I don’t know to what degree things have been added to or taken away from the Stephen King book. This movie has nice atmospherics and, while kids-in-peril feels like easy pickings, horror-wise, it works to create constant tension and a sense of dread. But the movie has some vagueness that kept from fully pulling together for me. I could never tell if the pre-existing anxieties
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that plague both Louis and Rachel (his from his work at a city ER, hers related to a gruesome accident in childhood that lead to her sister’s death) were internal struggle that brought them to the country or amped up by the evil something of their new home. Either could be interesting but not really understanding what the movie wanted me to believe kept that plot point dangling and helped to muddy the overall nature of the Big Bad. I’m OK with vagueness in horror (the unknown can be scarier) but somehow here the vagueness prevented the movie from thoroughly engaging me. I found myself spending increasingly less time being scared and more time nitpicking the characters’ decisions and having my own little anxiety over why they don’t just buy a fence already to put along that road. C+ Rated R for horror violence, bloody images and some language. Directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer with a screenplay by Jeff Buhler and a screenstory by Matt Greenberg, Pet Sematary is an hour and 41 minutes long and distributed by Paramount Pictures.
The Best of Enemies (PG-13)
A civil rights activist and a local KKK member are forced to work together on the integration of local schools in 1970s North Carolina in The Best of Enemies.
Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson, doing good work despite the material, which gets slimmer for her character as the movie goes on) is an activist whom we meet as she is attempting to get the city council to tackle the many code violations at apartments owned by a sleazy landlord. C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell) is the head of the local KKK chapter whom we meet when he and some buddies go shoot up a woman’s home. When a court case will likely require the town to integrate its schools, the judge throws the decision back to the town, bringing in Bill Riddick (Babou Ceesay) to run a charette to get the town to choose to support integration. Because a charette is a “representatives of all voices” type of deal, Riddick picks Atwater
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and Ellis as co-chairs. Ellis accepts the job after persuasion by the local segregation-supporting politicians (wealthier and politer, but equally racist; Ellis’ relationship with them is probably one of the movie’s few spots of “huh, that’s something,” story-wise). As they work together, Atwater learns more about Ellis, including the difficulties Ellis and his wife (Anne Heche) face caring for their disabled son. The movie leaves Atwater and her life, challenges and motivations on the sidelines as we spend more time with the struggles of Ellis, a situation that revives the most unfortunate tropes of mainstream movies about
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• Inventive: The instrument played by Senie Hunt is many things, including a guitar. He loops it through a sound machine to produce a mini symphony and uses it for percussion in amazing ways, drawing from rhythms of his native Sierra Leone (he was adopted at age 5 during the Diamond Wars, and his Stateside family owned an instrument import business). Go Thursday, April 11, 8 p.m., Barley House, 132 N. Main St., Concord. Listen at facebook.com/seniehuntmusic. • Ebullient: Americana godfather David Bromberg released Only Slightly Mad in 2015, another gem in a string dating back to his 1972 solo debut, which featured a George Harrison co-write. Bromberg moves from traditional folk blues to wry originals and covers; his storytelling take of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles” is the best of many. Livingston Taylor opens. Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets $40.50 and up at palacetheatre.org. • Bullseye: Enjoy “100 proof originals” along with Americana, blues and psychedelia as Calamity Jane returns to a favorite Concord music spot. This is a supergroup of sorts, featuring ex-Congressman Paul Hodes and Mary Fagan, a singer-songwriter with a tasty catalog and membership in a few other bands, Jon Bresler, Ed Raczka and Jon Gabay. Go Saturday, April 13, 9 p.m., Area 23, 254 N. State St., Unit H (Smokestack Center), Concord. See facebook.com/100ProofRock. • Virtuosos: It’s time for shredding, as Joe Stump & Ethan Brosh team up for a night of guitar pyrotechnics. Stump played lead guitar for symphonic metal band Holy Hell and has taught at Berklee College of Music for several years. Brosh is known for his time in Boston’s Lynch Mob and for supporting Yngwie Malmsteen on tour a few years back. Go Wednesday, April 17, 8 p.m, Jewel Music Venue, 61 Canal St. Manchester. Tickets for the 21+ show are $10 at ticketfly.com.
Comic launches monthly standup show By Michael Witthaus
The state’s burgeoning comedy scene is growing organically, as a Concord school for standup is the catalyst for a recently launched monthly series at Tandy’s Pub in Eagle Square. Dubbed Laughta in New Hampsha, its first event on Valentine’s Day was a rousing success, as was a St. Patrick’s edition the following month. Next up is a six-comic bill set for April 11, topped by on-the-rise comedian Drew Dunn and hosted by the woman who created the event. Doris Ballard thought about doing comedy for much of her life, but didn’t start until she hit her sixties and took a class in Maine with her daughter. She got more serious a few years later, taking veteran comic Dave Rattigan’s public speaking class at a North Shore community college. The experience gave Ballard ideas of her own. “I graduated, and then I wanted to do something like that in Concord,” she said by telephone recently. A businesswoman who’s served on the City Council and is currently ConcordTV’s executive director, Ballard is always looking to boost her hometown. She approached comic entrepreneur Greg Boggis, whose ventures include comedy nights at Hatbox Theatre, about starting a school in Concord. “I want it to be for people who have always wanted to learn, like me,” she told him. “To see what it’s like to write comedy, try some standup.” The first class graduated in 2016. Ballard’s had onstage success its wake, winning a 40-comic competition at the now-closed Latchkey in Portsmouth. “I really liked the venue, and I thought, ‘I would really like to do something like
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that in Concord,” she said. She and her husband Norman pitched the idea to management at Tandy’s. “We’ve been going there for years and really like it. We like the people, and the back room is perfect.” The first show had to be moved into the larger atrium when it sold over 150 tickets. “People loved it,” Ballard said. “We need to keep working on branding this because I’m bringing in some really great, funny people that are making a name for themselves in New England and we’re paying them a little bit. I’m not making money on this but the idea is to bring comedy here. We’re really hoping Concord will be known as the Comedy Central of New Hampshire.” Ballard has wanted to book Dunn, last year’s winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition and co-winner of the Boston Comedy Festival in 2017, since seeing him perform early in his career at Fody’s in Nashua. “I looked at my husband and said, ‘This kid is going to be a star,’” she said. “He’s
not only talented, but generous, willing to perform in venues where he’s not making a lot of money. I’m so happy he is here in Concord.” For Ballard, comedy is now a family affair. Her husband tagged along to the second class at The Hatbox, and ended up graduating. It’s also an antidote to politics, which, despite her days on the City Council, she can’t stand. “He went up there and he was so funny,” she said. “So the two of us are now doing that, but instead of the politics thing, which would divide my husband and I, the comedy is bringing us together. We will be married 48 years. I wake up in the middle of the night sometimes thinking what the heck have I done? If I break even, I’m happy, but I’m bringing laughter at a time when we need it.” Comedy Night starring Drew Dunn When: Thursday, April 11, 8 p.m. Where: Tandy’s Pub, 1 Eagle Square, Concord Tickets: $10 at eventbrite.com
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NITE CONCERTS Capitol Center for the Performing Arts & Spotlight Cafe 44 S. Main St., Concord 225-1111, ccanh.com The Colonial Theatre 95 Main St., Keene 352-2033, thecolonial.org Dana Humanities Center 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester 641-7700, anselm.edu/dana The Flying Monkey 39 S. Main St., Plymouth Million Dollar Quartet Thursday, April 11, 8 p.m. Cap Center David Bromberg/Livingston Taylor Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre LA Guns Thursday, April 11, 8 p.m. Tupelo One Night of Queen Friday, April 12, 8 p.m. Colonial Theatre Phil Vassar Friday, April 12, 8 p.m. Tupelo Marc Cohn Friday, April 12, 8 p.m. Dana Center Eddie Money Friday, April 12, 8 p.m. Casino Ballroom Dancing Dream (Abba Tribute)
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52 JONESIN’ CROSSWORDS BY MATT JONES
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15 2004 Queen Latifah/Jimmy Fallon movie 16 He wears the horizontal stripes 17 Airline with only kosher in-flight meals 18 Former Israeli politician Abba 19 Word in a 1997 Will Smith title
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53 SIGNS OF LIFE
All quotes are from Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court, by Kareem Abdul Jabbar, born April 16, 1947.
Aries (March 21 – April 19) I realized that, despite both of us liking strict structure in our lives, throughout our fifty-year friendship, Coach and I had been playing a jazz duet of friendship. You can improvise. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) I wanted Coach to appreciate the fact that I had continued academics and writing, which as a former English teacher he had encouraged me to pursue. It’s nice to be appreciated. Gemini (May 21 – June 20) People always ask me about disputes or disagreements I might have had with the coach. But the truth is that we were a winning team, and when you’re winning, even if that’s not the goal, you don’t mess with success. If he’d told us to sleep with our underwear under our pillows, we probably would have. Don’t mess with success. Cancer (June 21 – July 22) After retiring from basketball, I began writing full time. Books, articles, movies, novels, and even comic books. Each was a challenge because I knew that there would be people out there criticizing, ‘Stick to basketball, Kareem.’ But I just wrote and rewrote and polished and then rewrote again, putting everything I had into every page. That process of trying my hardest was joyful. What happened afterward to the work, whether triumph or disaster, didn’t matter as much. Creativity is a reward in itself. Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) Most other coaches would simply have pulled out their familiar list of drills that they used every year with every team. But Coach’s philosophy was that teams were much more fluid. They are. Stay flexible. Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) Sometimes my teammates and I would laugh a little about NITE SUDOKU
how focused he always seemed to be. Secretly, we also felt relief that he took our playing that seriously and wasn’t willing to settle for anything less than our best. If you want to be taken seriously, take yourself seriously. Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) Ball handling, shooting, setting picks, moving without the ball, teamwork. Check, check, and check. But there was something more that I wanted, something I couldn’t articulate. I wanted the game to make sense in my life beyond just having a skill set. You may have mastered some skills, but there’s still more you can work on. Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) The difference between practicing with the freshman squad and practicing with the varsity team was the difference between driving a Volkswagen and a Ferrari. And they both have their good points. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) After practice I was so exhausted that I would have to go back to my room, collapse onto the bed, and take a nap until nine p.m. Then I’d wake up, do my homework until midnight, and go back to sleep. Not exactly the glamorous lifestyle that people imagined. You can forget about glamour. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) He may have started with the freshman team as the removed coach who was all about basketball, but his innate compassion kicked in, and soon enough he was less drill instructor and more Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid. Wax on, wax off. Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) Practices were highly structured, scheduled to the minute, to the second, to the nanosecond. We knew that he spent two hours every morning just working out the schedule for that day’s twohour practice. Prepare to be prepared. Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) He saw his job as helping us find out how far we had to go to reach our best. Turned out it was farther away than any of us imagined. And a lot harder to get to. It’s far.
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Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, tried a new venue for staging an opera on March 30 and 31: underwater. “Breathe: A Multidisciplinary Water Opera” featured dancers, percussionists, singers, a flute and other orchestra instruments — some above water, some below. Composer and musical director Loren Kiyoshi Dempster told WLUK TV he was skeptical at first. “It’s been kind of one of the great surprises of my life that you could play cello underwater,” he said. A device used by marine biologists to record underwater sounds delivered the music above the surface for audience members.
On March 29, in a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden, an off-duty police officer was enjoying a nice sauna when he noticed that another man in the sauna was a fugitive wanted for aggravated assault, among other offenses. They recognized each other, police spokesperson Carina Skagerlind
told the Associated Press, and “the naked police officer calmly told the man that he should consider himself arrested.” The officer called for backup, and “the arrest was undramatic,” she added.
• Harris County (Texas) Civil Court Judge Bill McLeod, who was sworn in last November, accidentally resigned on April 1, but it wasn’t an April Fools’ joke. Reuters reported that McLeod shared his plan online to run for the state supreme court without realizing that such an announcement amounts to a resignation, according to the state’s constitution. McLeod himself did not comment on the gaffe, but county commissioners may be able to keep him in office until a special election can be held. • Detroit police say they can’t confirm what made an unnamed 50-year-old man shoot himself in the foot on March 19, but rumor has it that he was aiming for something entirely different. WDIV TV reported that the man, who uses a wheelchair, was trying to kill a cockroach by throwing his shoe at it; the shoe contained his handgun, and it fell out of the shoe and discharged, striking his foot. Police said the man was in stable condition after the incident.
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• Who has time to bother with long lines and bureaucracy at the driver’s license office? Not Mr. Tang of Liuzhou, China, who was pulled over for a routine check as he rode his silver motorcycle on March 31. Tang was happy to produce his license, carried in the customary cover, reported
Oddity Central. But when officers examined it, they realized it was homemade. “He behaved very calmly as he took out the license,” a traffic police officer said. “But I was shocked when I saw what was inside.” Tang had simply written all the pertinent information found on a standard driver’s license on a piece of lined notebook paper, then glued a photo of himself to the paper. When pressed for an explanation, Tang said he was too lazy to study for the license exam and didn’t want to spend the money on driving classes. He thought a handwritten license would be better than nothing at all. “I didn’t expect the traffic police to be so serious,” Tang said. • Where others see innocent little girls raising money for educational programs, some see an opportunity to pad their bank account. So it went for Brian Couture, 40, of Forest Grove, Oregon, who is accused of going to elaborate lengths to skim more than $700 of Girl Scout cookie money from his daughter. Forest Grove police responded to a 911 call at Couture’s home on March 6, where the man said an intruder had entered his home and struggled with him. When police arrived, according to KPTV, Couture was “unresponsive” and was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries, while K9 units set out to look for the thief around the neighborhood, alarming residents. Police said Couture later admitted to investigators that he had staged the whole thing, but at his hearing on March 29, he pleaded not guilty to initiating a false report. The money, according to a Girl Scouts spokeswoman, is still unaccounted for. Visit newsoftheweird.com.
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