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Planning, not tariffs


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In early 2018 the Trump administration imposed high tariffs on Canadian newsprint. The result was immediate. Newsprint prices in the U.S. skyrocketed. Newspapers large and small laid off staff as they coped with increasing newsprint costs. The benefit? One mill in the Pacific Northwest said they would be able to hire 40 new people. In reality, the tariff was a boon to newsprint producers everywhere, including those overseas. They could raise their prices because one of their largest competitors, the Canadians, was now more expensive. After a few months, the U.S. International Trade Commission nullified the tariffs and prices came back down. The newsprint market was again competitive. The same thing is happening to the beer industry right now. The Trump administration imposed tariffs on all aluminum imports. The Beer Institute estimates that it’ll cost beer makers $218 million more each year for aluminum cans. Those costs are passed on to us beer drinkers who are now paying $218 million more for beer each year. The Trump administration says that these tariffs are needed to help American industry. The idea is that it’ll make imports more expensive and that means American companies can finally compete and sell more aluminum. In reality, the American companies just raise their prices. Adding capacity — that is, building more plants and hiring more people — is a long-term commitment. American aluminum producers aren’t going to do that based on the whims of politicians. Another problem with tariffs is that American companies (many manufacturers themselves) — in a quest to be globally competitive — buy their goods and raw materials from companies in the U.S. and all over the world. These American companies need to be competitive to sell goods here and overseas. Tariffs make their goods more expensive, which means they are less competitive. On top of all that, one of the key reasons for enacting tariffs is to encourage more robust hiring of American workers. But who is going to be able to do those jobs? Do we have the right skills? Do we have enough people to fill those jobs? It takes a plan — years of investment, building new plants, years of skills building — to bring home even a sliver of those jobs. The Trump administration is doing none of those things, encouraging none of those things. Tariffs seem to be enacted in a helter-skelter way with little regard for their effects. President Donald Trump’s tariffs are hurting the economy and could push us and the rest of the world into recession. We need a sustainable plan for our economy and our country, and I see none of that now.

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ON THE COVER 12 BAKLAVA! It’s a staple at Greek restaurants and food festivals, but its many variations represent other cultures as well. Find out what the tasty pastry is all about: where it came from and all the ways you can make it, plus where you can get some around here. Baklava from JajaBelle’s in Nashua with walnuts, butter and homemade syrup. Photo by Matt Ingersoll.

ALSO ON THE COVER, flex your creative muscles at the Art Olympics in Nashua, p. 20. Get Greek eats — yes, including baklava! — at Glendi, p. 32. And celebrate the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Granite State Comic Con, p. 39.

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NEWS & NOTES 4 Manchester police move forward with surveillance plans; PLUS News in Brief. 8 Q&A 9 QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX 10 SPORTS THIS WEEK 18 THE ARTS: 20 ART Art Olympics in Nashua. 22 THEATER Curtain Call; listings for events around town. 23 CLASSICAL Listings for events around town. INSIDE/OUTSIDE: 25 KIDDIE POOL Family fun events this weekend. 26 GARDENING GUY Henry Homeyer offers advice on your outdoors. 27 TREASURE HUNT There’s gold in your attic. 28 CAR TALK Automotive advice. CAREERS: 30 ON THE JOB What it’s like to be a... FOOD: 32 GLENDI Frosting Frenzy; In the Kitchen; Weekly Dish; Beer; Try This At Home. POP CULTURE: 40 REVIEWS CDs, books, TV and more. Amy Diaz thinks the clown is the least scary scary thing in It Chapter Two. NITE: 46 BANDS, CLUBS, NIGHTLIFE Boyd Tinsley; Nightlife, music & comedy listings and more. 49 ROCK AND ROLL CROSSWORD A puzzle for the music-lover. 50 MUSIC THIS WEEK Live music at your favorite bars and restaurants.




City vs. state

Tensions flared between state and Manchester officials over the ongoing opioid crisis affecting the Queen City, according to an Aug. 29 report from the Union Leader. The controversy stemmed from an Aug. 29 pre-arranged meeting between Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig and New Hampshire Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeff Meyers. The meeting was set to deal with how the state could support Manchester’s opioid response efforts, which city officials say have been overwhelmed by people from other towns seeking to access treatment through Manchester access points in state’s Doorway program, which aims to provide local entry points for those in search of treatment, the story said. Sununu made a surprise appearance at the meeting, according to the Union Leader, and followed up the meeting with a press release announcing a new partnership with Manchester as a result of “learning from Mayor Craig that the City of Manchester does not currently have an opioid response plan.” The release prompted an Aug. 30 press confer-

ence from city officials who accused Sununu of politicizing the drug crisis, including Manchester Fire Chief Dan Goonan. “We went up to ask the governor for some help, now it’s a political thing,” Goonan said, according to WMUR.

Opioid response grant

New Hampshire’s efforts to combat the ongoing opioid crisis will receive a multimillion-dollar injection of support thanks to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a department news release. New Hampshire is set to receive nearly $58 million in grant funding as part of a three-year cooperative agreement between the federal government and states, territories and municipalities that aims to “advance the understanding of the opioid overdose epidemic and to scale-up prevention and response activities,” according to the release. The grants will help work toward real-time overdose data tracking, as well as help to support prevention, evidence-based treatment and recovery services, the release said.

Environmental activists are planning to descend on Bow’s Merrimack Station coal-fired power plant on Sept. 28 for a direct action aimed at removing all of the plant’s coal “bucket-by-bucket” from the fuel pile. In a video shared on Facebook by the Climate Disobedience Center, activists from No Coal, No Gas say they hope to shut the plant down as a way to combat the threat of global climate change. On Aug. 17, the Climate Disobedience Center dumped several buckets of coal stolen from the Merrimack Station onto the Statehouse grounds as an act of protest against the plant.

Absentee voting

Voting practices will remain unchanged in the Granite State following a Sept. 3 veto from Gov. Chris Sununu of a bill that would have allowed for the expansion of absentee voting. According to NHPR, the bill would have amended the state’s current voting laws to allow Granite Staters to request an absentee ballot for any reason, also known as “no excuse absentee voting.” Currently, absentee voting is only permitted to those with a work or caregiving obligation, or to voters who will be out of the state on Election Day. In his veto message, Sununu said expanded absentee voting would “erode an aspect” of the state’s practice of in-person voter participation, adding that it would stack municipalities and the Secretary of State with “significant logistical duties.” According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 28 states and the District of Columbia have no-excuse absentee voting. The veto represents 55th piece of legislation Sununu has vetoed in 2019.


Seven members of Nashua’s Police Department were honored last week, according to the Union Leader, for exceptional service. Officers Kevin Delaney, Scott Ciszek, Hooksett Shaun Mailloux, Greg Miller, Michael Kekejian, Detective Michael Lang and communications technician Dawn Goffstown Ariel were recognized for varying acts of service that included leading undercover drug investigations, successMANCHESTER fully intervening in a suicide attempt and making an arrest The Goffstown Fire Departafter sustaining injury in an Bedford ment will be on the receiving altercation. end of $656,935 in grant funding from the Federal EmergenDerry Merrimack AmherstAgency, as cy Management per a news release from the Londonderry town. TheMilford funds come in the form of a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, which will allow NASHUA the Goffstown Fire Department to hire four additional full-time firefighters.

Politics This Week

• Tim Ryan: Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan (D) will attend a forum on Civil Liberties and the Presidency hosted by the New Hampshire ACLU on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Service at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, according to NHPR’s 2020 candidate tracker. Visit timryanforamerica.com. • Joe Sestak: Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak (D) will attend a Thursday, Sept. 12, house party at the Salem home of James B. Smith, the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, at 10 a.m., according to the

campaign’s website. Visit joesestak. com. • Looking ahead: On Thursday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m., the 10 Democratic presidential candidates who met the Democratic National Committee’s polling and fundraising requirements will square off in the third presidential debate, hosted by ABC in partnership with Univision. According to ABC, the debate will air live on ABC and Univision and will livestream on the network’s streaming channel ABC News Live (available on Roku, Hulu, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube, Apple News, Facebook, Twitter, and the

ABC News site and mobile phone apps). Additionally, Univision News will livestream the debate on all digital platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, etc). Check your favorite candidate’s website or Facebook page for information on watch parties near you. Find out where to see the 2020 presidential primary candidates — as well as maybe-candidates, former candidates and people who want to talk about candidates — each week in Politics This Week. If you know of a candidate meet-up or other event, let us know at politics@hippopress. com.


Electric vehicles will get their chance to shine in the Charge Forward Electric Vehicle Relay planned for Sept. 16, according to a press release from DriveElectric.org. The relay feature Granite State celebrities traversing the state from Colebrook to Portsmouth in electric vehicles as a way to spotlight the state’s diversity of electric charging infrastructure at some of the state’s most popular destinations.



New Hampshire will join 48 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia in a sweeping antitrust investigation of Google led by Texas, according to a Sept. 9 press release from state Attorney General Gordon MacDonald. Driven by concerns that the multinational tech giant is exhibiting “potential monopolistic behavior,” the coalition of attorneys general plan to probe Google’s “overarching control of online advertising markets and search traffic that may have led to anticompetitive behavior that harms consumers.”

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Queen City cameras

Police surveillance raises privacy concerns “The simple act of a government employee recognizing a vehicle or its occupants, without taking additional steps such as running a license The Manchester Police are moving ahead plate through dispatch, constitutes a violation with plans to install surveillance cameras that of the statute as written,” wrote Nadeau in her will monitor the north and south of Elm Street nine-page ruling. 24 hours a day, despite a judge’s warning that the move could violate citizens’ privacy rights. More questions than answers As New Hampshire’s biggest city moves forNadeau’s opinion has since been seized upon ward with the initiative, questions loom about by ACLU-NH legal director Gilles Bissonnette. local and statewide implications. “That’s a really powerful statement from the

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court,” Bissonnette said of Nadeau’s ruling. “It basically says that, if implemented, the camerIn early June police received approval from as will inevitably expose the city — and police the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to spend officers who are monitoring the the feed — to $14,424 to install three cameras in the area of criminal liability. That’s a big deal.” City Hall that will transmit a live feed to the Deputy City Solicitor Peter Chiesa, whose Manchester Police Department’s dispatch office is fielding all press inquiries on the camoffice. eras for Manchester, said only that Nadeau’s In a video recordruling “speaks for ing of the April Board itself.” of Aldermen meeting, While Bissonnette Manchester Police did not specify the Chief Carlo Capano That’s a really powernext steps the ACLU said the cameras repwill take against the resented an attempt ful statement from the cameras, he said the to “think outside the organization would box” of providing court. ... The camera will do “something” to increased police presfurther the case in the inevitably expose the city ence on Elm Street in next few weeks. order to help combat ... to criminal liability. criminal activity like Uncharted lewdness and drug GILLES BISSONNETTE territory use. Capano claimed Police in Exeter the cameras would be and Milford con“concentrated towards businesses,” noting that firmed that municipal cameras are operated in the cameras would not be monitoring traffic their towns, but clarified that the feeds are not and that he “had no interest in looking at vehiactively monitored by officers. Instead, both cles on Elm Street.” feeds are publicly available on the respective Capano added that the cameras would not municipal websites and can be viewed by anyemploy license plate readers or facial recognione at any time. tion software and that recordings would be held When asked about the discrepancy between for no more than 14 days. the intended purpose of the cameras planned for On June 11, the American Civil LiberManchester and those in Exeter and Milford, ties Union of New Hampshire filed suit with Chisea said the towns were merely “examples Hillsborough County Superior Court North of other public cameras” and said other municagainst the city on behalf of four petitionipalities do install cameras that they monitor, ers who argued that the cameras constituted though he did not say which ones. a violation of RSA: 236:130, a 2006 state law Bissonnette said the inherent legal risk of that bars the state and municipalities from police-monitored cameras was probably a reasurveillance on public ways that would allow son why “most cities and towns” don’t have for “the act of determining the ownership them, adding that the conclusion of this case of a motor vehicle or the occupants of” and will influence whether or not other Granite requested an injunction that would have haltState municipalities take similar steps in their ed the installation. communities. The City, according to court documents, “I can tell you that I think a lot of what’s sought to dismiss the suit on the grounds the going on is that cities and towns haven’t really plaintiffs had no standing to sue, given that known that the statute even exists,” Bissoncameras had yet to be installed. nette said. “And so we think it’s important to On Aug. 13, Chief Justice Tina Nadeau bring this case, not only in order to make sure rejected the call for an injunction. But her rulthat there’s accountability in Manchester, but ing lent credence to petitioners’ case, with to inform other cities and towns about this statNadeau stating point blank the court’s agreeute and the importance of why it needs to be ment with the ACLU’s privacy concerns. complied with.”

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Summer challenge


Granite State teens pursue fitness and scholarships


For the second year, Hampton-based fitness franchise Planet Fitness held a Teen Fitness Challenge. Between May 15 and Sept. 1, more than 5,500 New Hampshire teens logged over 29,000 workouts at the state’s 18 Planet Fitness locations. The 2019 workout totals surpassed both the numbers set last year (2,500 teens and 12,000 workouts) and the challenge issued earlier in the summer by Gov. Chris Sununu, NASCAR driver Joey Lagano and Planet Fitness CEO Chris Rondeau, the latter of whom pledged $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester if New Hampshire teens made 20,000 visits during the 2019 challenge. Becky Zirlen, senior PR manager at Planet Fitness, explains. How did Planet Fitness come up with the idea for the Teen Summer Challenge? The teen summer challenge was something that started in the summer of 2018 in the state of New Hampshire. We had some research showing us that 91 percent of teenagers want to be working out during the summer, they just don’t know how. So in the summer of 2018, we opened all 18 of our New Hampshire clubs for teenagers 15 to 18 to work out for free. We saw tremendous success in the pilot in New Hampshire, so this summer we opened our doors nationwide and in Canada ... to teens 15 to 18 to work out for free because we knew there was a need. We knew the tremendous benefits of working out, far beyond physical benefits, that these teens could start health and wellness habits early and those would lead to lifelong habits.

Were participants limited to just those fitness classes? They did not have to participate in those free fitness classes at all. If they knew exactly what they wanted to do, they could come in anytime Could you tell us more about that research? they wanted, they could come in as many times Where did that come from? a day and as many times a week as they wanted. We performed a national study of teens throughout the county and really wanted to find Why did you decide to make a contribution out what their habits were like. We know they’re to the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester a part on their smartphones, we know that they have of this challenge? access to watching TV or streaming services and The Boys & Girls Club of America is our we know that 91 percent of students want a place national philanthropic partner. So when Gov. to be working out in the summer when organized Sununu and Chris Rondeau, our CEO, chalsports are ending. That 91 percent stat was very lenged New Hampshire teens to workout 20,000 alarming to us ― they knew they wanted to be times this summer, we knew we wanted to fit and work out during the summer, but they just donate to a nonprofit. The Boys & Girls Club didn’t quite know how or have the access. We of Manchester made natural sense … [with its] provided them that opportunity. anti-bullying, pro-kindness initiative.

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weren’t the student athlete, to have the opportunity to get help. So all of our clubs offered a full 30-minute workout using weights and bodyweight like jumping jacks, planks, light weight workouts and things like Becky Zerlin that. Every location had that class offered once during the day Monday through Friday so teens that weren’t quite sure what to do in the gym could have a sense of what to do in how to get into a routine.

How did you go about recruiting participants? It wasn’t necessarily recruitment. … A lot of it was through social media and word of mouth. These teens saw that their friends were coming in, they too wanted to come in and there was a great incentive in that any teen who signed up would be entered to win a scholarship.

Have you seen any noteworthy success stories in the two years you’ve held this challenge? Yes. Actually, there was a teenager in Manchester that I met last summer and he ended up joining the program and checking in something like 100 times or more. He found that working out had built his self-esteem and … it was great to see his feedback about seeing tremenWhat sort of scholarship? dous benefits like losing weight and gaining Through the Teen Summer Challenge, one confidence. teen in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., as Do you see yourselves holding this program well as the five provinces where we have locations in Canada, will be randomly selected to win again? $500. There will also be a single $5,000 prize in Yeah, we really exceeded our expectations and both the U.S. and Canada. were thrilled to see so many teens get active and fit. We heard from parents and teens throughout [There was] a special program just for the the country who were just thrilled with the proTeen Summer Challenge participants. What gram, so without a doubt we’re looking forward was that like? to next summer. We wanted these teens who, while maybe they ― Travis R. Morin


QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX Historic Penacook home demolished

Penacook’s historic Beede House was demolished on Aug. 3, according to a report from the Concord Monitor. The circa-1860 home has been owned by American Legion Post 31 since 2008, who intend to construct a new function hall on the space. While the structure has been the subject of multiple preservation efforts, the American Legion said it lacked the $2 million needed to rehabilitate the structure. QOL Score: -1 Comment: According to Patch, the home was first owned by the Beede family, who operated the Beede Electrical Instruments company on Village Street for more than a century.

Gas prices continue to plummet

By multiple metrics, Granite Staters continue to enjoy some of the most economical gas prices in a year, reports the analysts at GasBuddy. In a Sept. 9 news release, the Boston-based tech company specializing in gas prices stated that New Hampshire gas prices have fallen by 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week, making them 10.6 cents lower than a month ago and a whopping 29.7 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. According to the release, gas at the cheapest station in New Hampshire on Sept. 9 was priced at $2.23 per gallon, while the most expensive was $3 per gallon. QOL: +1 Comment: According to the release, the cheapest price in the country on Sept. 9 was $1.84 per gallon while the most expensive was $5.09 per gallon.

Mixed results for opioid crisis

The latest statistics from American Medical Response paint a mixed picture for the efforts of state and municipal officials to curb the opioid crisis. In Sept. 6 month-end summary results from AMR, the group reports that opioid overdoses over the last 365 days are down significantly in Manchester (-20 percent) and Nashua (-8 percent ), while opioid overdose deaths are up in Manchester (+19 percent) and slightly down in Nashua (-6 percent). QOL Score: -1 Comment: For the first time ever, Narcan was administered in Manchester by members of the public more times than it was by first responders during a one-month period, according to the AMR report.

Help with diapers for local families

Amoskeag Health and the Makeover Ministry have come together to kick off a community-based diaper drive to supply the first ever Manchester Diaper Pantry, according to a news release from Amoskeag Health. Set to open on Sept. 14 and continue through Sept. 30, the pantry will be located at the Makeover Ministry on 40 Ronald Road in Manchester and will be available to families who have been referred by a community agency. Information on how to make donations can be found online at amoskeaghealth.org. QOL Score: +1 Comment: According to Amoskeag Health, New Hampshire families can spend more than $80 per month to buy diapers for a single child. QOL score: 82 Net change: 0 QOL this week: 82 What’s affecting your Quality of Life here in New Hampshire? Let us know at news@hippopress.com.




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NFL turns 100 The NFL’s landmark 100th season is underway and for those who love the history of it all it should be an exciting season with all kinds of remembrances of days gone by. Things like the all-time All-Pro team, as well as its greatest teams, games, coaches and seasons. Since all of that is right in my wheelhouse, I’m looking forward to researching and writing about such things once a month as the year unfolds. Of course taking the attention away from that locally was the Patriots’ swooping in to sign deceitful Antonio Brown after he shot his way out of Oakland with adolescent and abhorrent histrionics. While we all ponder what the over-under is in games before he acts out next, and how much of that Coach B will swallow before acting, here’s a look at some of the big stories to follow as Year 100 gets going. That laughter you’re hearing is coming from Pittsburgh at all the “experts” who declared Oakland got a “steal” for only giving Pittsburgh a third- and a fifth-round pick for Brown. How’s that steal look now? It could also be me, since my desire to see the Cleveland Browns get stomped is off to a nice start after they got pummeled amid a deluge of 18 penalties at home 43-13 by Tennessee when petulant Baker Mayfield threw three picks. Football 101: Name the five guys who ran for 1,000 yards in their rookie season after being undrafted. Hint: Three happened this century, one was the AFL’s answer to Jimmy Brown and the last played for George Halas and had one of the greatest sports names ever. Shaky return for Jimmy G in the 49ers’ 31-17 win over Tampa Bay when the D scored two TDs and he has a 56.1 QB rating. After going down in Week 3 for good and a game and a half into 2016’s four-game audition/replacement stint for the suspended Tom Brady all eyes are on him. He’s got to show he can stay on the field for 16 games or

it likely will end badly in SF. Incidentally, amazingly the Niners had only two interceptions all last year – which they already topped by getting three on Jameis Winston in that win over TB. Getting bombed in the opener by Dallas won’t help this. But if the Pats are to get one final shot at Eli Manning, the G-Men will have to hold out until they meet in prime time on Oct. 10 before giving in to media pressure in the Apple to install Daniel Jones at QB. Every team has had bad guys on their roster through the years (see Hernandez, Aaron). But after concealing the Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill issues until they got caught, I don’t know how anyone can root for the Chiefs. Which they followed up by giving Hill a new deal worth $54 million, with $35 million guaranteed. Cutting a guy less than a week after trading for him as the Patriots did with center Russ (Jethro) Bodine doesn’t seem like an effective use of the sixth-round pick they gave to get him from Buffalo. Let’s see if I got this straight. Houston got just a third-round pick from Seattle for Jadeveon Clowning, but gave up two first-round picks for gas mask tackle Laremy Tunsil and OK wideout Kenny Stills from Miami? I’d say Bill O’Brien is in a damn the future, Super Bowl-or-bust mode, because he thinks he’s getting fired if the Texans don’t do it this year. The biggest off-season trend was to hire teenagers who worked under 30-year-old Sean McVay in L.A. to be head coaches. Time will tell, but count me as a skeptic for how it will work out for Matt LaFleur in Green Bay and Zac Taylor with Cincinnati. After winning the power struggle with Mike McCarthy and already having early issues with LaFleur, Aaron Rodgers had better deliver for the always overrated Packers, or the Teflon that protects him with the national media may start to flake off. For those thinking an L.A.-L.A. Super Bowl: Before their first game the talent-rich Chargers have already lost All-Pro safety Derwin James till November, left tackle

Russell Okung indefinitely and the Melvin Gordon holdout has stretched into the regular season. Not rooting for this, but I’ve got a feeling the Belichick coaching tree will take another hit when Matt Patricia doesn’t make it in Detroit. Guessing he’s out no later than 2020, but it could come this year. Football 101 Answer: Phillip Lindsay 1,037 with Denver in 2018; LeGarrette Blount 1,007 with Tampa Bay in 2010; Dominic Rhodes 1,104 with Indy in 2001; Cookie Gilchrist 1,096 with Buffalo in 1962, and Beattie Feathers 1,004 with the Bears in 1934 in 11 games and just 119 carries for an 8.4 yards per carry average and then never had more than 350 in his six other NFL seasons. Beattie Feathers is a cool name, with the best name now in the NFL being Ju-Ju Smith-Shuester. From a pure talent standpoint it’s a worthwhile game as Antonio Brown no doubt makes the Patriots even better. So rationalize all you want but signing that clown is an embarrassment because it rewards abject dishonesty and selfishness. And for those thinking being in Foxborough will make AB more humble: When the bad time came, how humble did being dumped by the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills and Bengals make Terrell Owens? Same “me first” guy. NFC Division Winners: East – Eagles (and not just because I hate Dallas). Central – Minnesota. South – New Orleans. West – L.A. Wild Cards – Seattle and Dallas. AFC Division Winners: East – New England. Central – Baltimore (otherwise, curtains for John Harbaugh). South – Tennessee. West – KC. Wild Cards – San Diego, er, L.A. Chargers and Pittsburgh. Finally, for those of us keeping an eye out for the sign of a tick down, 42-year-old Tom Brady looked a lot like 30-year-old Tom Brady in Sunday’s 33-3 beatdown of the Steelers. A good sign. Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress. com.


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Memorial ends losing streak The Big Story: Nice to see the Memorial football team end its 36-game losing streak over four years with a 14-7 win over Timberlane. They did it behind a stingy defense that caused a pair of turnovers and kept the Owls at bay until late in the fourth quarter. The scores came from QB Jeffrey Josefik and Rob Fuller on a oneyard sneak and an early fourth quarter game-winning 13-yard run respectively to leave the Crusaders undefeated and untied at 1-0. Sports 101: At 17-5 Eduardo Rodriguez is trying to become the first left-handed pitcher to win 20 games for the Red Sox since 1953. Name who did it last. The Ancient History Award: We’re 10 days behind on this due to holiday printing deadlines, but the City Golf Championship was a doozy. It took Intervale’s Jake Nutter six sudden-death holes before he closed out Ryan Brown of Manchester CC with a birdie three on the ninth hole at MCC. The pair finished at 215 over the threeday event at MCC, Derryfield CC and Intervale CC, followed by 12-time champ Danny Arvanitis at 217 and defending champ Matt Paradis at 219. Picked Up Where They Left Off Award: Defending champion Bedford opened its defense of the Division I football title

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4 – goals scored by Victor Rodriguez to lead defending Division I soccer champion Bedford to a pair of wins to start the year over Winnacunnet (3-2) and Merrimack (3-0). 5 – saves by MacKenzie Brisson as the Londonderry defense shut down Memo-

with a 41-7 thumping of Windham. A ground game that produced five TD runs by Michael Akstin (8 and 19 yards), Jack Grogan (2 yards), Sonny Elie (53 yards) and Aaron Skaling (80 yards) was too much for the Jaguars to handle. Efficient Game of the Week: Londonderry QB Jake McEachern completed just five of six passes but three went for touchdown and 86 yards overall to go along with running for 69 more on seven carries as Londonderry rolled over Concord 48-6. Nick of Tyme Award: Colby Guinta’s second goal won it in OT No. 2 for Trinity 2-1 over Laconia in NHIAA soccer action. Sports 101 Answer: Mel Parnell was the last Red Sox lefty to win 20 games by going 21-8 in 1953. He also was 25-7 in 1949. On This Day in Sports – Sept. 12: 1911 – 511-game winner Cy Young is bested by 378-game winner Christy Mathewson as the New York Giants rout the Boston Braves 9-0. 1970 – Australian Margaret Court completes tennis Grand Slam by beating Rosemary Casals in the U.S. Open final. 1979 – Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3,000th career hit off Yankee righty and former Dartmouth hurler Jim Beattie.

rial 3-0 when Ashley (lord of the) Manor and Darby Dupuis had a goal and an assist each. 11 – goals scored by the Derryfield field hockey team when Lindsey Stagg and Charlotte Rohlfs led a parade of six different goal scorers with hat tricks. 92 – yard TD run by Xavier Provost with the


second-half kickoff to top of Curtis Harris’ 66-yard TD run as Nashua North’s top play in a 35-8 win over Winnacunnet. 214 – total yards by Merrimack’s James Dowling, who ran for 81 yards and threw for 133 more and a TD in leading the team to a 33-28 win over Spaulding.

Sports Glossary

Eli Manning: Patriot killer who wrecked the undefeated season with a miraculous escape right before the heave on the Velcro catch in the 2007 SB and by throwing the greatest pass ever from his end zone with bodies surrounding him for the 50-yard bomb to Mario Manningham that broke their back in the final minutes of the 2011 SB. Cookie Gilchrist: Great AFL running back with the Buffalo Bills. Had two 1,000-yard seasons as he inspired the great Buffalo War Memorial Stadium chant, “Looky, looky here comes Cookie.” Terrell Owens: Ego-ridden nitwit who made Dennis Rodman seem sane while being a top five all-time NFL receiver with a litany of teams. George Halas: Yankees right fielder right before the Babe arrived in NYC, who later founded the NFL and won six NFL titles as founding owner/coach of the Bears. For good measure he once held the league record for longest fumble recovery for a TD at 102 yards while playing for da Bears in his spare time. Tom Brady at 30: The year he threw a record 50 TD passes, 23 to Randy Moss, as the Pats ran through the regular season at 16-0, starting with a 38-14 win over the Jets when he threw a same-as-the-2019-opener three TD passes. JuJu Smith-Schuster: Endearing Pittsburgh wideout who first caught public attention for riding his bike to Steelers training camp because he had yet to get his driver’s license. Real name is John Smith.


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Turkish baklava from Matbah Mediterranean Cuisine in Manchester. Photo by Matt Ingersoll.

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For Barbara George of Bedford, it was always a special treat when her mother Florence would make her hand-rolled baklava ― what she called her “nut rolls.” She didn’t make them all that often, and when she did, they would be in small batches. “She hand-dipped every single piece … and she was very particular about every piece being exact so that it wouldn’t be too sweet and laden with syrup,” said George, who is part of the baking team at the annual lamb barbecue and food festival at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Manchester in June. “That’s what kind of made hers different, but it otherwise had all the same ingredients as baklava. That was how I learned to make baklava.” Baklava is a pastry enjoyed by many cultures all around the world, and everyone likes to prepare it differently, from the type of nut to the ingredients of the syrup. George’s mother’s nut rolls ― which garHIPPO | SEPTEMBER 12 - 18, 2019 | PAGE 12

nered a reputation among the St. Nicholas and St. George Greek church communities ― feature a syrup mixed with water, sugar and honey, and a filling of ground walnuts and cinnamon in the dough. But that’s just one of the many variations you will find of the popular sweet dish. “We all make it our way and we all like our own,” said Jessica dePontbriand, owner of JajaBelle’s in Nashua, who doesn’t use honey in hers. “That’s the beauty of baklava.” Baklava can often be synonymous with Greek cuisine ― more than a half-dozen versions of the sweet treat will be served between two long-running Greek food festivals in the state this month alone ― but is the dish actually of Greek origin? Beyond Greek baklava, what are the other differences you’ll find in New Hampshire that are traditional in other parts of the Mediterranean? Local restaurateurs, wholesale bakers and festival volunteers whose hands have been in the dough explain what it is, where it came from and how to make it.

What is baklava?

At its core, baklava consists of layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and soaked in a syrup. The nuts could be wal-

nuts, pistachios or hazelnuts, and the syrup could be pure honey, honey mixed with water, or no honey at all, but rather a combination of lemon juice, water and sugar

Turkish-style baklava Recipe provided by Medine Onan, a member of the Turkish Cultural Center of New Hampshire Dough 1 egg ½ cup vegetable oil 1 cup milk 4 cups all-purpose flour 2½ teaspoons baking powder Pinch of salt Filling 2 cups coarsely ground walnuts ⅔ cup butter 2 cups cornstarch mixed with 3 tablespoons flour Syrup 5 cups granulated sugar 3 cups water 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Combine the egg, vegetable oil, milk, flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Knead dough with hands and allow to rest for a few minutes. Roll pieces of dough into balls, then stretch out until thin. Add the cornstarch and flour mixture to each piece of dough before you layer. Stack each layer of dough with walnuts in between as desired. Melt butter and spread over the top. Refrigerate. Boil a pot of water and add sugar and lemon juice. Remove dough from refrigerator and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and pour syrup at room temperature.

Coconut Baklava from Aissa Sweets in Concord. Photo by Matt Ingersoll.

― these variations will all be different depending on where you go. The word “baklava” has roots in the Turkish language, according to Youla Winarta of Youlove Bakery in Nashua, but the word “phyllo” comes from the Greek word meaning “leaf” and is characterized by the dough’s paper-thin, leaf-like texture. George said it is part of Greek tradition for baklava to be prepared and consumed during special occasions like holidays and name day celebrations, or celebrating a day of the year associated with one’s name of a Saint (her name day is St. Barbara’s Day, on Dec. 4). When it comes to Greek baklava, dePontbriand said you’ll typically find it

made with a honey-based syrup, unlike in the country’s Middle Eastern neighbor, Turkey. “The biggest difference I can say between Turkish baklava and Greek is that for Turkish … we use cane sugar that we boil, and then add some lemon juice,” said Medine Onan of Bedford, a member of the Turkish Cultural Center of New Hampshire who has prepared baklava and other Turkish meals for its fundraising events. Onan said that among the seven regions of Turkey, the nuts used for traditional Turkish baklava will vary. The city of Gaziantep in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of the country, for example, is famous for its pistachios, she said, while in other regions you

Greek baklava in a “tapsi,” from a bakery in Palaia Fokaia, Greece. Photo by Barbara George.

might find walnuts or hazelnuts. When it’s not used as filling, pistachio can also be applied to the baklava as a garnish after it is baked. Similarly, Onan said, baklava is a popular dessert for families to eat together during the two major Islamic holidays: Ramadan and Eid al-Adha. If you go a little bit farther south to Syria, the baklava looks even more different, according to Ahmad Aissa, owner of Aissa Sweets in Concord and a Syrian native. “Traditional Syrian baklava is actually more pistachio than dough. It looks like a bar more than it looks like baklava,” Aissa said. “The pistachio in Turkish [baklava] is more ground, but in the Syrian way, you see big pieces, like whole pieces.”

Despite this, Aissa said, he ended up switching to walnut for his baklava, due to the large batches he makes. Aissa Sweets is a wholesale bakery that supplies to grocery stores and markets, but also accepts custom orders of baklava, cookies and other sweets for weddings and other special occasions. “Usually when people buy pistachio and make baklava with it, they mostly make it with an already made phyllo dough that’s on the market. That’s partially cooked phyllo dough, so it takes less time to cook in the oven,” he said. “Since we make our own fresh phyllo, it’s more moist and takes longer [to cook], so by then, the pistachio is already burned.” CONTINUED ON PG 14


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Turkish baklava prepared by Medine Onan, of the Turkish Cultural Center of New Hampshire. Photo by Matt Ingersoll.


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Hand-rolled Greek baklava (“Florence George’s nut rolls”) Recipe provided by Florence’s daughter Barbara George (makes about 4 rolls) 1 box phyllo dough Syrup 3 cups water 3 cups sugar Honey to taste Filling 1 pound walnuts 1½ teaspoon cinnamon Scant ¼ cup sugar

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Some restaurants and bakeries in New Hampshire that carry baklava will make their own, while others will wholesale it from local companies. One such wholesaler, Fournos Bakery out of Manchester, provides baklava to clients like The Gyro Spot on Elm Street, the Harvest Market of Bedford and Derry Restaurant & Pizza. “We do actually have bakers from Greece who make all kinds of variations of baklava, cookies and breads,” Fournos owner and manager Alexander Athanas said. Among those who make their own baklava, some will make their own phyllo dough and some will buy their own pre-made at the supermarket. On a recent trip to Greece for a wedding this summer, George visited a bakery in Palaia Fokaia, where she spotted homemade baklava baked in a circular pan known as a “tapsi” ― similar to the one her moth-

er used to make baklava before switching to the hand-dipped nut rolls. “The word ‘tapsi’ in Greek means a large baking pan. They’d use it to roll the baklava and also pita,” she said. “They would cut the baklava into diamond shapes and top each diamond with a clove.” But in preparation for the church’s annual festival, she said, the bakers will use a larger square pan, about the size of a chafing dish, because it’s easier to roll out the phyllo in larger quantities. Every year, she said, about eight pans of 48 pieces of baklava for each are baked. Some baklava recipes call for whole packages of phyllo in between the nut mixture. If you are using a pre-bought phyllo dough, dePontbriand said that how you handle it is important. “When you buy phyllo, there’s a process,” she said. “[It goes from the] freezer to the refrigerator to the counter. You refrigerate

For the syrup: Mix water and sugar in a pan and place on stove top to heat. The water and sugar mixture needs to come to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, lower the heat so that it becomes a rolling boil and the syrup becomes thicker. Take it off the stove to let it cool. Once it stops steaming, add the honey. Start with two to three tablespoons of honey. Place syrup in the refrigerator, as the syrup needs to be cold so that when the nut roll is dipped it sizzles.

For the filling: Grind the walnuts, not too much that they form a paste, but just enough to keep them a little chunky. Mix walnuts, cinnamon and sugar and set aside. Thaw out phyllo per instructions on box. Melt two sticks of butter. Lay out the phyllo on the wax paper provided and keep a towel over the phyllo sheets while assembling so the dough doesn’t dry out. Make sure the butter is hot before the dough is layered. Layer and butter the first three phyllo sheets. On the third layer, sprinkle the nut mixture. Repeat these steps with the fourth and fifth layers. Make sure the last layer gets buttered well. Roll in the edges by about a half inch and butter. Place roll on a baking pan in the refrigerator for a minimum of a half hour so that the butter hardens. Take out and cut into desired shape. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes, or until they turn golden brown. As soon as the rolled baklava comes out of the oven, use a pair of tongs to dip into the syrup and place on a wire rack with wax paper underneath. The wax paper catches the syrup as it drips off from the wire rack. Place in baking cups and enjoy.

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Town Common ~ Route 1 Hampton Falls, NH This list includes restaurants, bakeries and homestead businesses in southern New Hampshire that either make their own baklava, carry it premade from a wholesaler, or wholesale it themselves. • Aissa Sweets (128 Hall St., Unit H, Concord, 856-8735, aissasweets.com) offers three types of baklava, including walnut, chocolate walnut and coconut chocolate. While they don’t have an open storefront, they do take special orders for weddings, parties and other events, as well as wholesale their baklava to local stores, like the Concord Food Co-op (24 S. Main St., Concord) and Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop (815 Chestnut St., Manchester). • Amphora Restaurant (55 Crystal Ave., Derry, 537-0111, amphoranh.com) offers both baklava trays and baklava cheesecakes in its grocery case. • Athens Restaurant (31 Central St., Manchester, 623-9317, athensnh.com) offers baklava on its dessert menu. • Cafe Nostimo (72 Mirona Road, Portsmouth, 436-3100, cafenostimo.com) offers baklava on its dessert menu. • Cedars Cafe (379 Amherst St., Nashua, 578-0700, cedars-cafe.com) offers baklava on its dessert menu. • Charlie’s (566 Mast Road, Goffstown, 6214288, charliesgoffstown.com) offers baklava on its dessert menu. • Chrysanthi’s Restaurant (204 Route 103, Brookline, 672-0303, chrysanthisrestaurant. com) offers homemade Greek baklava sweetened with syrup and honey on its dessert menu. • Derry Restaurant & Pizza (111 W. Broadway, Derry, 432-2107, derryrestaurantandpizza. com) carries baklava courtesy of a wholesaler, Fournos Bakery of Manchester. • Giorgio’s Ristorante & Bar (270 Granite St., Manchester, 232-3323; 707 Milford Road, Merrimack, 883-7333; 524 Nashua St., Milford, 673-3939; giorgios.com) offers fried baklava Nutella ice cream, featuring phyllo-wrapped vanilla ice cream with hazelnut chocolate bark and whipped cream. • The Gyro Spot (1073 Elm St., Manchester, 218-3869, thegyrospot.com) carries baklava courtesy of a wholesaler, Fournos Bakery of Manchester.

• JajaBelle’s (182 Main St., Nashua, 7691873, jajabelles.com) offers homemade baklava with walnuts, butter and a house syrup, available in 18 pieces, 36 pieces, a half sheet pan (72 pieces) or a full sheet pan (144 pieces). • Jocelyn’s Mediterranean Restaurant (355 S. Broadway, Salem, 870-0045, jocelynsrestaurant.com) offers baklava on its dessert menu. • Main Street Gyro (215 Main St., Nashua, 579-0666, mainstreetgyro.com) carries baklava courtesy of a wholesaler, Kontos Foods, Inc. • Matbah Mediterranean Cuisine (866 Elm St., Manchester, 232-4066, matbahcuisine.com) offers a homemade baklava on its dessert menu, with fig confit, pistachios and vanilla ice cream. • Mediterrano Turkish & Mediterranean Cuisine (24 Henniker St., No. 5528, Hillsborough, 680-4337, mediterranoo.com) offers baklava on its dessert menu with either pistachios or walnuts. • Michelle’s Gourmet Pastries & Deli (819 Union St., Manchester, 647-7150, michellespastries.com) offers baklava and chocolate-dipped baklava in its case. • Nashua House of Pizza (40 E. Hollis St., Nashua, 883-6177, nashuahouseofpizza.com) offers homemade baklava and has also done baklava cheesecake. • The Puritan Backroom Restaurant (245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com) offers baklava on its dessert menu, as well as baklava ice cream (vanilla and cinnamon-flavored ice cream with honey, walnuts and baklava pieces). • Salona Bar & Grill (128 Maple St., Manchester, 624-4020, find them on Facebook) offers baklava with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on its dessert menu. • Washington Street Catering & Cafe (88 Washington St., Concord, 226-2699, washingtonstreetcatering.com) offers baklava on both its cafe and catering menus. • Youlove Bakery (Nashua, 930-8638, youlovebakery.com) accepts special orders for baklava with chopped almonds and walnuts, as well as for chocolate hazelnut baklava. • Zem Zem Mediterranean Restaurant (2075 S. Willow St., Manchester, 932-2881, zemzemrestaurant.com) offers baklava on its dessert menu.

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it to thaw it. If I know I’m making baklava tomorrow, I’ll pull it out today.” She also has a special rule: Don’t fight with the phyllo dough. “If it’s sticking together, let it be,” she said. “Just like with everything, you may get some bad batches, [but] phyllo dough will always win if you try to fight with it.” The more butter you add, the better it tastes, according to dePontbriand, who said she advises against using egg wash, margarine or cooking oil as substitutes. If you are making your own phyllo dough, Onan said, it’s important to feel the thinness with your hands as you are mixing and rolling it. The dough itself is usually made with eggs, vegetable oil, milk, all-purpose flour and baking powder. Allowing the dough to rest lets it retain its elasticity, while adding cornstarch prevents the dough from sticking together. The process involves rolling pieces of the dough into balls, kneading them and adding the cornstarch as you stack them. “It shouldn’t be very soft or very hard, and it shouldn’t be sticky,” Onan said. “I let the syrup get to room temperature … and then I start to shape the baklava.” After you layer your baklava with whichever nut mixture you choose and spread the top with butter, it’s baked in the oven at about 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour, or until it’s golden brown. To achieve the crispiness of the phyllo dough, the syrup

is poured on top at room temperature or cold as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Ancient origins

Where and when exactly baklava was made for the first time is almost impossible to know for certain. According to the Oxford Companion to Food, an encyclopedia edited by Alan Davidson and published by Oxford University Press, phyllo dough is “clearly of Turkish origin,” despite being known today by a Greek name. Davidson writes that there is evidence as early as the 11th century of Turkish people layering thin sheets of dough. One of the earliest forms of baklava could have also been in Azerbaijan, he added, where people layered eight pieces of dough with ground nuts. But another source, The Horizon Cookbook and Illustrated History of Eating and Drinking through the Ages, by William Harlan Hale, states that an early version of baklava was introduced in the sixth century to the Byzantine Empire, under the rule of Justinian I in what was then Constantinople (now Istanbul). The earliest version of the baklava we know today, using phyllo dough with nuts and syrup, was likely perfected in the kitchens of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, sometime in the 15th century during the rule of the Ottoman Empire, according to Davidson. “The Turks and Greeks, they will go back and forth to say who invented it,” George

Traditional Walnut Baklava from Aissa Sweets in Concord. Photo by Matt Ingersoll.

said, “and I mean, every version that you see is just a little bit different. I myself always thought it was a Greek delicacy until I found out they did it in the Middle East as well.”

sa said. “We offer the coconut baklava as an alternative for people that don’t want to eat walnuts.” At Matbah Mediterranean Cuisine in downtown Manchester, co-owner Cigdem Yasan prepares a Turkish baklava with pistachio and fig confit, finishing the pastry off with a strawberry and a scoop of vanilla ice cream sandwiched in between. “It [makes] a good presentation,” she said. Some local restaurants, like The Puritan Backroom in Manchester, take the popular flavor of traditional Greek baklava a step further with innovative creations. Their baklava ice cream features vanilla and cinnamon-flavored ice cream with honey, walnuts and baklava pieces.

Modern variations

You’ll see all kinds of unique deviations from the traditional baklava across New Hampshire today. Aissa, for example, produces both chocolate walnut and coconut chocolate baklava, in addition to a regular version with walnuts. “The chocolate that we buy is all organic. You can taste the chocolate, but it’s not super chocolatey or drizzly, where all you taste is chocolate. It’s a nice balance,” Ais-

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It’s fall theater season! The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester; palacetheatre.org, 668-5588) kicks off its season with The Wizard of Oz, which starts tonight and runs through Oct. 6 with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. At the Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St. in Concord; concordcityauditorium.org, 228-2793) the venue will preview its season’s offerings with the annual Gala Variety Show on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m., which is free.

EAT: Festival foods The Stone Church Oyster Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at The Stone Church Music Club (5 Granite St. in Newmarket; stonechurchrocks.com) will feature local oyster specials, live music and more. The New London Food Truck Festival on Sunday, Sept. 15, from noon to 4 p.m. at the New London Recreation Department (375 Main St., New London) will feature several food trucks, live music and more. The cost to attend is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 9 and under. Visit nlrec.recdesk.com.

Fun for dog-lovers: The Humane Society for Greater Nashua’s Wags to Whiskers Festival today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Anheuser-Busch Brewery (221 DW Highway in Merrimack; hsfn.org) features games, prizes, dog-vendors and more (dogs who are up to date on vaccines and on-leash are welcome). Tickets cost $10 per person (children 17 and under get in free). The Miles for Mutts 5K Run/Walk benefiting Animal Rescue Network of New England on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 9:30 a.m. at Mine Falls Park (24 Stadium Drive, Nashua)is is pet- and stroller-friendly. The cost is $30 per person. Registration starts at 8 a.m. in the park. See facebook. com/ARNNEpets.

DRINK: Chards WineNot Boutique (221 Main St. in Nashua; winenotboutique.com) will hold a blind tasting of chardonnay wines on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees will be given nine unique examples of chardonnay (divided into three flights — exotic, high elevation and old world versus new world), each hidden in brown bags and served with a variety of fine cheeses, fruits and small appetizers. Tickets cost $40.

Sunday, Sept. 15

The Halfway to St. Patrick’s 5K & 10K starts at 10:15 a.m. at the Wild Rover Irish Pub (21 Kosciuszko St. in Manchester). Online registration for the 5K costs $30 for adults, $25 for youth (ages 12 to 20) and $10 for kids ages 11 and younger; the cost for the 10K is $35. See millenniumrunning.com. After the race, a Celtic Festival at the Wild Rover will feature music, dancing, food and crafts from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, according to the website.

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ARTS Race to create

Arts-based obstacle course race returns to Nashua place inside The Flight Center directly after the race. Additionally, the visual artwork created during the race will be on display at The Flight Center during the awards ceremony, which is open to everyone. Chouinard said dressing up, coordinating outfits and designing team T-shirts is encouraged, and there will be face painting available an hour before the event begins. Beauty Beyond Borders is a New Hampshire-based nonprofit organization that brings arts-related educational and social events to struggling communities, local and abroad, and encourages people to capture and share moments of beauty, especially nontraditional beauty, through artistic expression. “We feel like [Art Olympics] is a creative way for people to get involved in our organization and our whole mission, and to help people see that beauty is everywhere,” Chouinard said.

By Angie Sykeny


When Alicia Chouinard created the Art Olympics in 2017, she had noticed the popularity of physical obstacle course challenges like the Spartan Race and Tough Mudder and thought, why not have an obstacle course for people who want to do creative challenges? This year’s Art Olympics, presented by Beauty Beyond Borders, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, in downtown Nashua. “It’s such a great experience for people to have fun doing art and showing their creativity outside,” Chouinard said. The race is open to individuals and teams of up to six people of all ages. Teams can have one person or multiple people participate in each challenge. The outdoor obstacle course will comprise six artistic challenges: singing (perform a karaoke song of your choice), dancing (select a song and perform an interpretive dance), painting or drawing (submit a single work of art on canvas using provided materials), sculpting (create a unique sculpture using provided materials), improv performance (select a subject from a provided collection and perform an improv act), and photography (use provided materials, the environment and fashion pieces to create a photo shoot and submit a final image for print).

Photo by Kelly Anne Photography.

Contestants will be timed at each challenge and judged by experts from local arts and community organizations. The judges will look at the quality, execution and artistic style of the artwork and performances as well as how they relate to this year’s theme, “Beauty in Nature.” “We felt like nature was something that would [resonate] across the board,” Chouinard said. “Regardless of who you are or where you’re from, there’s always a piece

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of nature around you, even if that’s just the feeling of the wind or the smell of the rain.” Overall scoring is based on the judges’ scores and the amount of time taken to complete each challenge. The three individuals or teams with the highest scores will be awarded bronze, silver and gold medals, respectively, and will each receive a bucket filled with swag and gift cards donated by local organizations and businesses. An awards ceremony will take

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Includes listings for gallery events, ongoing exhibits and classes. To Includes listings, shows, auditions, workshops and more. get listed, e-mail arts@hippopress.com. To get listed, e-mail arts@hippopress.com. Art Fairs • CONCORD ARTS MARKET Outdoor artisan and fine art market. Runs weekly on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June through September. 1 Bicentennial Square, Concord. Visit concordartsmarket.net. • CANTERBURY ARTISAN FESTIVAL Features a diverse collection of local crafters at the fair, a farmers market, food, farm animals, historic demonstrations, family craft activities and more. Canterbury Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road, Canterbury). Sat., Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12 for adults and $6 for kids ages 6 to 17. Visit shakers.org. • CONCORD MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL Features local craft vendors, live music and dancing, games and a flag parade. General admission is free. Sun., Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit concordnhmulticulturalfestival.org.

In the Galleries • ROGER CRAMER Artist of the month during September. Exeter Fine Crafts (61 Water St., Exeter). Visit exeterfinecrafts.com. • JAMES M. O’BRIEN Exhibits his romantic landscape paintings. Creative Ventures Gallery (411 Nashua St., Milford). Through September. Visit creativeventuresfineart.com. • “WATER’S EDGE” New Hampshire Art Association painter Barbara Albert shows her abstract paintings of skyscapes, seascapes and landscapes that explore how people and urban industries have changed New England’s natural setting with habitats, harbors and bridges. Through Sept. 19. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce (49 S. Main St., Suite 104, Concord). Call 224-2508 or visit nhartassociation.org. • LISA MCMANUS AND ETHAN LIMA The work of New

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Hampshire Art Association artists will be featured. June 25 through Sept. 19. 2 Pillsbury St. , Concord. Visit nhartassociation.org. • “MEDIEVAL TO METAL: THE ART AND EVOLUTION OF THE GUITAR” The exhibition explores the history, evolution and design of the guitar through photographs and illustrations. June 29 through Sept. 22. Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St., Manchester). Visit currier.org or call 669-6144. • COMMUNITY ARTS EXHIBIT The Seacoast Artists Association features a variety of area artists doing 2D and 3D art. Exeter Town Hall (10 Front St., Exeter). Now through Sept. 22. Visit seacoastartist.org. • MICHAEL W. LEMIRE Artist shows portrait drawings. NHTI (30 College Drive, Concord). Now through Sept. 27. • “FINDING FORM IN STONE AND PAINT” New Hampshire Art Association artists Ellen Sidor and Lisa McMa-

nus team up for an exhibit. Now through Sept. 29. Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery (136 State St., Portsmouth). Visit nhartassociation.org. • “NEW HAMPSHIRE FOLK ART: BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE” Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery (10 Middle St., Portsmouth). Now through Sept. 29. Visit portsmouthhistory.org. • “CONTEMPORARY NH FOLK ART Featuring the work of members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery (10 Middle St., Portsmouth). Now through Sept. 29. Visit nhcrafts.org • “POETRY OF MOVEMENT” New Hampshire Art Association member Mary Carolyn Webber will showcase her Japanese woodblocks, mezzotints, drypoints, etchings, monoprints and collographs. Now through Sept. 29. Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery (136 State St., Portsmouth). Visit

Art Olypmics Where: The Flight Center, 97 Main St., Nashua When: Saturday, Sept. 14, from noon to 3 p.m. Cost: You can pre-register online or register at the event. The cost to enter is $20 per person, $10 for kids under age 12 and $18 per person in a team of six. Visit: beautybeyond.org

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Includes symphony and orchestral performances. To get listed, e-mail arts@hippopress.com. nhartassociation.org. • “BODY OF WORK: SERIES III” The New Hampshire Art Association hosts exhibition featuring the works of nine artist members. Now through Sept. 29. Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery (136 State St., Portsmouth). Visit nhartassociation.org. • “LOVING LACONIA” Laconia artist Stephen Hall has solo exhibit. Inspired by the Lakes Region’s lakes, mountains and historical buildings, Hall paints water-powered mills, farms, neighborhoods and city streets in Laconia. He has also painted the Colonial Theater on Main Street. Annie’s Cafe and Catering (138 Gilford Ave., Laconia). Now through Sept. 30. Visit stevehallart.com. • “UNCAGED ART” Exhibit featuring work created in the Tornillo Art Project, a four-day social studies project in which students created art about their homelands, architecture and culture. Kimball Jenkins Estate (266

N. Main St., Concord). Now through Sept. 30. Call 225-3932 or visit kimballjenkins.com. • “NEW ENGLAND SKIES” Daryl D. Johnson will show her oils on canvas in her exhibition. Through September. Amherst Town Library (14 Main St., Amherst). Visit daryldjohnsonartist.com. • “NEW WORKS EXHIBITION” The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association presents. French Hall at the Institute of Art and Design at New England College (148 Concord St., Manchester). Now through Oct. 3. Visit furnituremasters.org. • “ORLY COGAN: CHILDREN OF EDEN” Cogan uses embroidery to transform vintage printed textiles that explore sexuality, feminism, domesticity and the evolving role of women in society. Now through Oct. 12. Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire (30 Academic Way, Durham). Visit unh.edu/ moa.


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• Sculpture symposium: The Andres Institute of Art’s 21st Annual International Sculpture Symposium is Sept. 14 through Oct. 5 at 106 Route 13, Brookline. For three weeks international artists stay in Brookline to create art for the sculpture trails at the Institute, and the public is welcome to watch the artists at work. This year’s theme is “Renewal.” The artists are Ana Maria Negara from Romania, Evrim Kilic from Turkey and Miguel Angel Merino from Chile. There’s an opening ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 3 to 6 p.m., to meet the artists. The public can see the finished sculptures at closing ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m., where there will be an unveiling and dedication of the sculptures and a farewell reception and chance to talk with the artists. Visit andresinstitute.org. • Student-created art: The Kimball Jenkins Estate (266 N. Main St., Concord) presents “Uncaged Art,” an exhibit featuring work created in the Tornillo Art Project, a four-day social studies project in which students created art about their homelands, architecture and culture using basic arts and crafts supplies like construction paper, popsicle sticks, glue, paint, boxes, yarn and pipe cleaners. More than 400 pieces of art were created. The exhibit runs now through Sept. 30, with a reception on Friday, Sept. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call 225-3932 or visit kimballjenkins.com. • Don’t miss the market: There are still

• “AMERICAN MORTAL” Features works by two artists who use common domestic items to explore themes of patriotism, war and commemoration in American culture. Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter Academy (20 Main St., Exeter). Now through Oct. 19. Visit exeter.edu/ lamontgallery. • “THE FOUNTAIN OF TRABAZON: ORIGINAL PAINTINGS BY JULIE PEPPER” Mariposa Museum (26 Main St., Peterborough). Now through Oct. 31. Visit mariposamuseum.org or call 924-4555. • “LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER Father-and-daughter artist duo Douglas Richards and Laura Aldridge have an exhibit of their paintings. Now through Oct. 31. Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (54 Portsmouth St., Concord). Call 225-9062. • BRUCE MCCOLL: NEW PAINTINGS Labelle Winery in Portsmouth (104 Congress St.).

Captain on the Bridge. Photo by Barbara Albert.

three weeks left of the Concord Arts Market, which runs on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Bicentennial Square, through September. The juried, outdoor market features a variety of art and crafts by local artists and craftspeople. Visit concordartsmarket.net. • Land and sea: New Hampshire Art Association painter Barbara Albert shows her work at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce (49 S. Main St., Suite 104, Concord) now through Sept. 19. The exhibition, “Water’s Edge,” features abstract paintings of skyscapes, seascapes and landscapes that explore how people and urban industries have changed New England’s natural setting with habitats, harbors and bridges. “I believe there is beauty in both the natural and the man-made,” she said in a press release. “By painting abstractly, I create visual ‘puzzles’ that engage viewers to discover the unintended images that speak to them. I find familiar ‘places’ in the colors, textures and shapes my palette knives create and let them tell their own stories.” Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 224-2508 or visit nhartassociation.org. — Angie Sykeny

Now through Jan. 6, 2020. Visit sullivanframing.com. • “HELLO, DEAR ENEMY! PICTURE BOOKS FOR PEACE AND HUMANITY” The collection of 65 picture books and more than 40 posters with illustrations and quotes explores children’s books from around the world that deal with the trauma of war, displacement, prejudice and other forms of oppression. Now through Oct. 31. Mariposa Museum, 26 Main St., Peterborough. Visit mariposamuseum.org or call 924-4555. Events • ANDRES INSTITUTE OF ART’S 21ST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM For three weeks international artists stay in Brookline to create art for the sculpture trails at the Institute, and the public is welcome to watch the artists at work. This year’s theme is “Renewal.” 106 Route 13, Brookline. Sept. 14

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•​ Theater kickoffs: The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) kicks off its 2019-2020 season with The Wizard of Oz on Friday, Sept.13. Based on the iconic 1939 film, the musical features beloved songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, such as “If I Only Had a Brain,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” and “Over the Rainbow.” It runs through Oct. 6, 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, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $46. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588. As it does every year, the Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord) will launch its upcoming season with its annual Gala Variety Show on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. The show is a 90-minute preview of some of the music, plays, films, lectures, comedy and dance that will be featured at the venue throughout the season. It’s free to attend, and no tickets are required. Visit concordcityauditorium.org or call 228-2793. •​ True tales: ACT ONE presents True Tales Live at West End Studio Theatre (959 Islington St., Portsmouth) on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. The show, hosted by the Portsmouth Public Media TV series True Tales Live, features six storytellers who will each tell a 10-minute story related to the theme “Rising to the Challenge.” Tickets cost $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors. Visit actonenh.org. •​ A woman’s story: The Peterborough

Heritage, Individual Arts Champion and Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure, a lifetime achievement award. Mon. Oct. 21, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Bank of New Hampshire Stage, Concord. Visit nh.gov. Call for artists • NEW HAMPSHIRE ART ASSOCIATION 20TH ANNUAL JOAN L. DUNFEY EXHIBITION Accepting submissions for the 20th annual Joan L. Dunfey Exhibition. The juried show is open to NHAA members and non-members. Work in all media will be considered and should be related to this year’s theme, “More or Less.” Artists can submit up to two pieces that no larger than 48 inches in any direction. An entry from is available on the NHAA website. The deadline is Sept. 15. The exhibition will run Oct. 30 through Dec. 1 at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth. Visit nhartassociation.org. • 3S ARTSPACE Call to artists

Carolyn Michel as Rose.

Players (55 Hadley Road, Peterborough) present Rose Thursday, Sept. 12, and Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. In the one-woman play written by Martin Sherman and starring Carolyn Michel, Rose, a feisty 80-year-old Jewish woman, tells the story of her life, from a tiny Russian village to Warsaw’s ghettos, to a ship called The Exodus and, finally, to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the canyons of Arizona and the beaches of Miami. The play premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play, and was eventually produced on Broadway. Tickets cost $43. Call 924-7585 or visit peterboroughplayers.org. — Angie Sykeny

for solo and group art exhibitions for its 2020/2021 gallery season. Artists selected for an exhibition will have their artwork on display for six to eight weeks. The gallery will give preference to art that is well-suited for its physical space; cohesive bodies of work that lend themselves to artist talks, workshops and performances related to the art; and exhibition ideas that would allow for some element of public participation. All media, including video and installation art, will be considered. An electronic submission from is on the gallery website. The deadline is Sept. 30, and there is a $25 submission fee. Artists will be notified of their status on Oct. 30. 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. Visit 3sarts.org or call 766-3330. Openings • MICHAEL W. LEMIRE RECEPTION Artist shows portrait drawings. NHTI (30 College Drive, Concord). Thurs., Sept.

12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. • “UNCAGED ART” OPENING RECEPTION Exhibit featuring work created in the Tornillo Art Project, a four-day social studies project in which students created art about their homelands, architecture and culture. Kimball Jenkins Estate (266 N. Main St., Concord). Fri., Sept. 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call 225-3932 or visit kimballjenkins.com. • ANDRES INSTITUTE OF ART’S 21ST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM OPENING & CLOSING For three weeks international artists stay in Brookline to create art for the sculpture trails at the Institute, and the public is welcome to watch the artists at work. This year’s theme is “Renewal.” 106 Route 13, Brookline. Opening is Sat., Sept. 14, 2 p.m. Closing ceremonies are Sat., Oct. 5, 3 p.m. Visit andresinstitute.org. • “NEW ENGLAND SKIES” OPENING RECEPTION Daryl


JOIN THE CHORALE The Suncook Valley Chorale is having its Open Sing on Monday, Sept. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Concord High School Band Room (170 Warren St., Concord; enter through the Fruit Street entrance). The open sing is not an audition, but a chance for Chorale prospects to sing and become acquainted with the music that will be featured in the coming season, to learn more about the Chorale and to meet fellow singers. The Chorale season runs September through May and includes a winter and spring program with two performances each. Additionally, the Chorale will join the NH Master Chorale and the NH Gay Men’s Chorus for a program in February, and Chorale members may perform at special events, like Midnight Merriment in Concord, throughout the season. Rehearsals are weekly on Monday evenings. Chorale dues are $50 per semester. Visit svcnh.org.

D. Johnson will show her oils on canvas in her exhibition. Sun., Sept. 15, 2 to 4 p.m. Amherst Town Library (14 Main St., Amherst). Visit daryldjohnsonartist.com. • “AMERICAN MORTAL” OPENING RECEPTION Features works by two artists who use common domestic items to explore themes of patriotism, war and commemoration in American culture. Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter Academy (20 Main St., Exeter). Thurs., Sept. 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit exeter.edu/ lamontgallery. Workshops/classes/ demonstrations • SMARTPHONES, SMART PHOTOS Instructor Debi Rapson will cover the basics of using your smartphone for photos, including how to hold the phone and how to use the elements around you to capture special images. Sat., Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, 749 E. Industrial Park Drive, Manchester. Registration is $60 and includes lunch. Visit loebschool. org or call 627-0005. • GARDEN THEME ART QUILT Participants will use a die cutter to create shapes and text and learn easy ways to add quilting stitches or embellish their art quilt with hand stitching. A sewing machine is required (a limited number of machines are available for use upon request). All supplies are included. Students should bring scissors, thread and bobbins. Sat., Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. $75 tuition due upon registration, with a $40 materials fee payable to the instructor. Visit nhcrafts.org or call 595-8233. • “AMERICAN MORTAL” ARTIST TALK Features works by two artists who use common domestic items to explore themes of patriotism, war and commemoration in American culture. Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter

Academy (20 Main St., Exeter). Sat., Sept. 28, 10 a.m. Visit exeter.edu/lamontgallery. Theater Productions • THE CALDWELL SISTERS Aug. 30 through Sept. 15, with showtimes on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $16 for seniors and students. Visit playersring.org. • FIRST NIGHT Sept. 5 through Sept. 15, with showtimes on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road, Concord). Tickets cost $17 for adults and $14 for seniors and students. Visit hatboxnh.com or call 715-2315. • GALA VARIETY SHOW The Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord) presents. Free. Sun., Sept. 15, 7 p.m. Visit concordcityauditorium.org or call 228-2793. • THE WIZARD OF OZ The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) presents. Sept. 13 through Oct. 6, 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, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $46. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588. •​ LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE You’ll Grow Into It Productions presents. Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road, Concord). Thurs., Sept. 19, through Sat., Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Sept. 22, 2 p.m. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Visit hatboxnh.com or call 715-2315. • DOGFIGHT Sept. 20 through Oct. 6, , with showtimes on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $16 for seniors and students. Visit playersring.org. •​ IMPROVOLYMPICS The Winnipesaukee Playhouse (33 Footlight Circle, Meredith) presents. Sat., Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Call 279-0333

or visit winnipesaukeeplayhouse. org. • QUEEN CITY IMPROV Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road, Concord). Fri., Sept. 27, and Fri., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Visit hatboxnh.com or call 715-2315. • HAMLET The Milford Area Players present. Amato Center for the Performing Arts (56 Mont Vernon St., Milford). Sept. 27 through Oct. 6, with showtimes on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $15. Visit milfordareaplayers.org or call 654-5678. • PENELOPIAD Theatre KAPOW presents. Stockbridge Theatre (5 Pinkerton St., Derry) Sept. 28 through Oct. 6, with showtimes Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for students and seniors and $20 for adults. Visit tkapow.com. • BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Capitol Center for the Arts ​(44 S. Main St., Concord) presents. Tues., Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45 to $110. Visit ccanh.com or call 225-1111. • BACKGROUND CHECK Brownwater Productions presents. Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road, Concord) Oct. 4 through Oct. 20, with showtimes on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Visit hatboxnh.com or call 715-2315. Classical Music Events • OPEN SING The Suncook Valley Chorale. Mon., Sept. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Concord High School Band Room (170 Warren St., Concord). Visit svcnh.org. • THE BOREALIS WIND QUINTET The Concord Community Concert Association presents. Sat., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. $20. Visit concordcommunityconcerts.org.

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“I think it’s important that people see how things are made and where things come from,” Laurin said. “It isn’t always an easy process. Things take a lot of time [to make], and I think in the fast-paced world we live in, it’s important for people to see that.” Additionally, there will be family-friendly hands-on activities, including horse-drawn carriage rides; experimenting with woodworking tools; self-guided tours of the exhibits in the buildings throughout the village; and butter churning, ice cream making

ing local artisans,” Laurin said. There will also be a small farmers market with locally handmade products like soaps, candles, maple products, jellies and jams and more. Grab some food from local food vendors like Somerset Grille or Brookford Farm or the Village’s own Creamery Cafe, and check out live folk music by the local bands, the Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio (noon to 2 p.m.) and Penhallow (2:30 to 4:30 p.m.). The Village’s mini tours — a new program rolled out this season — will also be offered during the festival. Unlike the full tours, which are 90 minutes and cover an overall history of the Village, the 30-minute mini tours each focus on one aspect of Shaker life. “If someone is interested in textiles, we have a textile tour, or architecture, we have a tour just for that,” Laurin said. “It’s a fun way to interact with the village, so when you’re and apple cider pressing (noon to 3 p.m.). walking around and seeing all the [artisans], In the juried craft fair, around 50 crafters you can also go inside [the buildings] and will be selling their work, including pottery learn about the village a bit, too.” and ceramics; handknits, fiber art, felted items, textiles and hand-dyed yarn; paintCanterbury Artisan Festival ings and drawings; jewelry; woodworking, leatherworking and metalsmithing; lacemakWhen: Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ing; chip and spoon carving; rug braiding and Where: Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury more. Cost: $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 “The Shakers were very entrepreneurial to 17, free for children ages 5 and under and made things they sold to the public, and Visit: shakers.org we want to continue that tradition by support-

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Beekeeping, rug hooking and butter churning are just a few of the traditional crafts you’ll see in action at the Canterbury Artisan Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Canterbury Shaker Village. In addition to a variety of demonstrations, there will be craft vendors, a farmers market, activities for kids and families, food and tours of the village. Not to be confused with the Village’s Traditional Craft Days event held in June, which focuses on educating people about traditional crafts, the Artisan Festival does that and more, while holding to its origins as a harvest festival. “It started as a harvest festival in 2012 and has morphed into this craft show, but we’re keeping the elements of a fun fall day and having a little more variety of crafts and artisans and more family activities,” said Nicole Laurin, special events and adult programs manager. Demonstrations will include blacksmithing by The Workman Forge; organic gardening with produce in the Shaker Village gardens by Andy Messenger of the Concord Food Co-op; beekeeping by Hive & Home; finding and using medicinal plants and herbs by Sara Woods Kender; spoon carving by Mark Kneeland; oval box making by Barbara Beeler and Jim O’Rourke; sewing by Willa O’Rourke; and rug hooking by Pat Peck. 25 Kiddie pool Family activities this week. Children events • TEDDY BEAR PICNIC Children will create teddy bear crafts, enjoy a story presentation with Ballet Misha, visit and pet the farm animals, enjoy a wagon ride or pony ride and more. Bring your favorite teddy bear or stuffed friend. Sun., Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Different Drummer Farm,

Canterbury Artisan Festival. Courtesy photo.

55 South Road, Candia. $10 per person, or $30 for the family. Visit differentdrummerfarm.com or call 483-2234. • “SPREAD YOUR WINGS” DAYS AT PETALS IN THE PINES Spend a day of discovery time and unstructured day at Petals in the Pines. Dress for the weather and wear sunscreen or bug spray as

needed. Thursdays, now through Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Petals in the Pines, 126 Baptist Road, Canterbury. $10 per adult and one child, $5 for each additional child, or $20 maximum per family (infants are free). Visit petalsinthepines.com or call 783-0220. • PIRATE & PRINCESS FESTIVAL Returning for its fourth


year, this annual family-friendly event is organized by the High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire and features games, food, music and more. Costumes are encouraged. Sat., Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date is Sept. 29). Milford Community House, 5 Union St., Milford. Free. Visit highhopesfoundation.org.

28 Car Talk Ray gives you car advice. Clubs • AMOSKEAG QUILTERS GUILD MEETING See what the Amoskeag Quilters Guild has to offer, while enjoying light refreshments. Thurs., Sept. 19, 7 p.m. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 14 Mammoth Road, Hooksett. Free. Visit amoskeagqg.org.

Crafts Fairs • HAMPTON FALLS CRAFT FESTIVAL More than 75 juried artists and artisans selling their goods. Sat., Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hampton Falls Town Common, 4 Lincoln Ave., Hampton Falls. Free admission. Visit castleberryfairs.com.

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The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St. in Dover; childrens-museum.org, 742-2002) reopens Saturday, Sept. 14, (after being closed for two weeks for annual maintenance) and will kick off two weeks of Toddlerfest. Daily events (except Mondays, when the museum is closed during the school year) will feature crafts, activities, storytimes, special visits and more geared toward toddlers. Saturday’s lineup includes colors storytime, Velcro block cars and, in the afternoon, make a rotocopter, according to the website (where you can find a complete schedule of Toddlerfest happenings). On Sunday, Sept. 15, the Usborne Books Book Fair runs from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission costs $11 for everyone 1 year old and older, $9 for seniors 65 and older.

Fun running

Parents and kids can participate in Erica’s 5K Run/Walk & Kids 1K Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Merrimack High School (36 McElwain St., Merrimack) at 9 a.m. Parents are welcome to run along with their young children. Race packets may be picked up from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, at Strikeback Dynamic Defense Systems (458 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack) or starting at 7:30 a.m. on race day at Merrimack High School. Raffle prizes will be awarded following the race, with local vendors, music and refreshments throughout the morning. The cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for kids 10 and under participating in the Fun Run. Visit ericasrun.com.

Art for all

The Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St. in Manchester; currier.org, 669-6144) will hold its monthly free NH Second Saturday, with free admission to New Hampshire residents from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 14. The day coincides with a presentation in the museum’s Creative Studio of the book A Walk With Marisol, the museum’s first children’s book, which will be read with author Ann Bible and illustrator Melissa Richard, who will also discuss the writing of the book and do a signing, according to the website. The event will also feature an interactive tour of the Teddy bear picnic permanent collection and participation in a colDifferent Drummer Farm (55 South Road lage-based art project related to the story, the in Candia; differentdrummerfarm.com, 483- website said. 2234) will hold a Teddy Bear Picnic on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Young poets Bring your bear for a story, a visit with farm New Hampshire’s Youth Poet Laureates animals, a wagon ride, pony rides (for $5), a will read and discuss their poetry at Toadstool picnic lunch and more. The cost is $10 per Bookshop (12 Depot Square in Peterborperson or $30 per family; add on a picnic ough; toadbooks.com) on Saturday, Sept. 14, basket for $6. See the website for tickets. at 11 a.m. Poets scheduled to attend include incoming New Hampshire youth poets laureGame time! ate Rachel Sturges (a senior at Conval High Southern New Hampshire University’s School) and Falcon Smith (a senior at Littleton Penmen Field Hockey take the field against High School) and outgoing laureate Cate DixMercy College of New York at Larkin Field son (a senior at Exeter High School), according (SNHU’s campus at 2500 N. River Road in to the website. Sponsored by the Peterborough Manchester) on Friday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. Poetry Project (peterboroughpoetryproject. Admission is free (though fans can make a org), the event highlights the group’s current donation to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire). poetry contest featuring poems “with the theme See snhupenmen.com. of New Hampshire (past, present, future or fantasy),” according to the website.



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Big yellow buses are growling as they lumber down country roads, delivering their children to school. Soft serve stands are warning of imminent closure. Favorite flowers are finishing their blooms. Sigh. Fall is here. But don’t despair: there are plenty of colorful plants to fill vases and warm our hearts. Let’s look at a few I like. Most of us have black-eyed Susans of some sort blooming now, either wild or planted. Goldsturm is one of the most common, a nice one that has branched stems loaded with blossoms. But do you know one called Henry Eiler? It is much taller and has narrow petals spaced out around the blossom, giving it an airy look. For me it blooms well into October. I have a big clump several years old, and need to tie it to keep the 5- or 6-foot stems from flopping. Prairie Sun is a wonderful one with a green eye that blooms consistently from July to after Halloween. Turtlehead is one of my favorite fall bloomers. Each stem has numerous pink helmet-shaped blossoms an inch long that resemble, well, a turtle head. I love it in part because it attracts bumblebees that force their way into the blossoms and disappear. I can hear them buzzing inside the blooms. It does best in rich soil that is consistently moist to wet, but will grow in less desirable soil. I recently saw it on the Maine coast growing in hot, dry sandy soil, though it was much shorter than the 4- to 5-foot stems I have. I grow it in full sun and also light shade, and each year the clumps get bigger. I never have trouble with it flopping, but have read that can be a problem in shady locations. Joe Pye weed is a native wildflower that appears alongside streams and in wet places. It can be grown in average garden soil, but if it is a dry location, some shade will help it. The small flowers are a pinky purple arranged in panicles that are about 6 inches across. The stems, a dark purple to almost black, contrast nicely with the deep green leaves. Joe Pye weed is a big plant that requires lots of space. I have one clump that is now more than 8 feet tall, though 6 feet in average garden soil is more the norm. Gateway is the best of the named cultivars, I think, but I have heard that a smaller variety called Baby Joe is only 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. I’m looking for one to try, as Gateway is too big for most beds. Moving a mature clump is almost impossible without a backhoe — or dynamite. I did it once, and won’t again. When I find a flower I like, I collect other species of the same genus. So it is with the burnets. First I planted Canadian burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis), our native species that grows by streams and wet places. It has white bottle-brush flowers on stems 4 to 6 feet tall in a wet area near my stream. It will bloom well into November.

Turtlehead. Photo by Henry Homeyer.

Other burnets that I grow vary from a 6-inch tight cluster of variegated leaves and tiny burgundy blossoms to 6-foot-tall plants with deep burgundy bottle-brush blossoms. Sanguisorba obtusa and S. stipulata are two of the species I grow, though the plant tags are long gone, so I’m not sure which is which. The foliage for most of the summer is very nice. I grow burnets in sun and rich garden soil. Blooming now, obedient plant is one of the least obedient plants I have grown. I have banished it to the edge of the woods in areas that would otherwise be just weeds. The pink or white flower spikes are great cut flowers, but the plant just won’t sit still. Its roots move fast, colonizing and pushing out well-behaved plants. And it is tall: 3 to 8 feet! The variegated form, however, is not a thug. It grows just to 3 feet tall; it does tend to flop, but it blooms later and doesn’t attempt to take over the world. It too, has pink flowers. Worth trying. Mine is yet to bloom this season. Although I am a little far north to make my Arkansas amsonia as big and bodacious as it is in places like Pennsylvania, it is still a great plant. Its steely blue flowers in June and July are nice, and the finely cut foliage is good all summer. But in the fall it excels: its leaves turn a lovely yellow that would make the plant worth growing, even without any flowers. Mine now stands nearly 3 feet tall and wide, and it gets even bigger in warmer locations. Lastly I have to tip my hat to all those wonderful hydrangeas. Hybridizers have developed so many different named cultivars that I can’t keep track of them all. I’m not talking about the blue one, mysteriously called Endless Summer, which should be Endless Disappointment. It often fails to perform well after Year 1. The classic PeeGee hydrangea has big white clumps of flowers that, if cut now, will look good in a dry vase all winter. And I love the pink ones like Pinky Winky and Pink Diamond (my personal favorite). Limelight is a white blossom with green overtones, another great one. So go to your local, family-run garden center and ask what they have that blooms now, and until late fall. Your garden doesn’t have to be dull. Next June I hope to help lead a Viking River trip down the Seine from Paris to Normandy. Interested? Email me at henry.homeyer@comcast.net. I’ll be giving garden talks in the evenings, and we’ll see Monet’s garden along the way.


Dear Donna, Can you tell me anything about this shoe box? We have two, and I have always wondered if they were mine and my brother’s, but I’m not even sure of the age. There are no shoes in them, unfortunately, but interesting labels, right? Sarah from Manchester Dear Sarah, You are so right when you say interesting label. I have to say I spent some time doing research for you and came up empty. As far as children’s shoe boxes go they usually run from $20 and even more with the right graphics. Age, rareness and condition are all part of evaluation. But it gives you an approximate value. To try to find the manufacturer and age is going to be tougher, so I am going to see what a friend of mine who was in the shoe business can find out for you. Then we will revisit this again. I don’t think the value will change but to know the information will be priceless.

Festivals & Fairs Events • HOLLIS OLD HOME DAYS Activities will include a parade, fireworks, an artisan market, a hot air balloon launch, amusement rides, an apple pie baking contest, live music and more. Fri., Sept. 13, and Sat., Sept. 14. Nicholas Field, 40 Depot Road, Hollis. A free shuttle bus running from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday will be available to transport patrons from Hollis Brookline High School (24 Cavalier Court, Hollis) to Nicholas Field. Visit hollisoldhomedays.org. • PELHAM OLD HOME DAY The day will begin with a hearty breakfast of pancakes and sausage in the Church Fellowship Hall from 7 to 10 a.m., for a cost of $5 per plate. After that, you can enjoy the craft fair, the Victor Spaulding Memorial Auction, the Old Home Day 5K Race and Walk, kids’ games, a white elephant and penny sale raffles, the food tent and town’s grand parade. Sat., Sept. 14. First Congregational Church of Pelham, 3 Main St., Pelham. Free. Visit pelhamoldhomeday.org. Expos • NEW HAMPSHIRE QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION FALL ALL BREED & OPEN HORSE SHOW Open to all ages, breeds and disciplines. Sat., Sept. 15, 8 a.m. Townsend’s Training Farm, 536 4th Range Road, Pembroke. Visit townsendtrainingfarm.com or call 224-9141.

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Donna Welch has spent more than 30 years in the antiques and collectibles field, appraising and instructing, and recently closed the physical location of From Out Of The Woods Antique Center (fromoutofthewoodsantiques. com) but is still doing some buying and selling. She is a member of The New Hampshire Antiques Dealer Association. If you have questions about an antique or collectible send a clear photo and information to Donna at footwdw@aol.com, or call her at 391-6550 or 624-8668.

Misc Pet events • WAGS TO WHISKERS FESTIVAL The event features carnival-style games and prizes, a raffle, dog-friendly vendors, free caricatures and more. Sat., Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours, 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack. $10 per person. Visit hsfn.org/shelter-events/wags-whiskers-festival. Museums & Tours History & museum events • NEW HAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROGRAM: DANA MEETING HOUSE, THE HISTORY AND THE NEXT CHAPTER Presenter Tom Smith will cover the history of the historic Dana Meeting House and stories connected with its founders and participants. The house was built in 1800 by a Free Will Baptist congregation and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Light refreshments will be served. Tues., Sept. 17, 7 p.m. Gordon-Nash Library, 69 Main St., New Hampton. Free. Visit gordonnashlibrary.org. • PEEK AT THE PAST Judy Buswell, a writer, historian and member of Gilford Community Church, will present a PowerPoint program on the history of Gilford; the program will include her talking about a huge meetinghouse that was once atop Gunstock Hill, dating back to the 1790s, when George Washington was present. Dinner will also be part of the evening, catered by local chef Ellie

Murphy. Fri., Sept. 20, 5:30 p.m. Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford. $12 per person; tickets must be purchased in advance, and can be picked up at the church. Call 524-6057. Tours • 11TH ANNUAL UPSTAIRS/ DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR Attendees will get to view historic downtown Concord, including the Attic at City Hall, the Sheraton building, the Kearsarge building and others. Thurs., Sept. 12, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tour will start at the Atrium in Eagle Square, 7 Eagle Square, Concord. $40 per person. Visit intownconcord.org. Sports & Recreation Bike events & races • PEDALING FOR PAYSON This cycling fundraiser raises money for Concord Hospital’s Payson Center for Cancer Care. There is a variety of rides to choose from, ranging from 16 to 77 miles long, plus an adventurous mountain bike ride that will include a rest stop at Henniker Brewing Co. All routes will take cyclists through picturesque parts of New Hampshire. Upon completion of the ride, participants are invited to enjoy a barbecue lunch, refreshments and live entertainment. Sat., Sept. 14, registration begins at 7 a.m. Elm Brook Park, Maple Street, Hopkinton. Registration rates vary; visit pedalingforpayson. org. 128293

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One small sweat for mankind

Dear Car Talk: In our hot, summer climate, my back gets uncomfortably hot and moist when driving distances. I’d like our next car to have cooled seats, By Ray Magliozzi but I have heard that some of these don’t work very well and aren’t worth the money. What do you think? Would I do better to buy an after-market ventilated cushion? Thanks! — Paul Have you considered switching to 100% Pima cotton undergarments, Paul? We’ve actually come a long way in seat comfort. If you’re old enough, you may remember the vinyl seats of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. In the summer, if you were wearing shorts, and your car was parked in the sun, you’d sear the backs of your thighs like a tuna steak when you sat down. Then came cloth and velour, which were improvements. Finally, heated and cooled seat bottoms, curing us of the terrible scourge of butt sweat. From there, the ventilation moved to seat backs, to try to keep backs dry.

drove home and Googled the code: “Blah blah oil level, blah blah solenoid ...” I barely know how to do self-service gas, but I do know how to check the oil. There was not a drop on the dipstick. Shocked (because I am faithful about oil changes and other maintenance), I was also puzzled because I was only 8 miles over the suggested mileage for getting an oil change. The mechanic said I was not leaking oil so I must be burning it. But I’ve never seen any smoke or noticed a burning smell. The car has always functioned perfectly. My mechanic said to check the oil frequently and carry a quart of oil in my car for those times when my oil is low. I’ve driven 860 miles since then and my dipstick registers “full.” Could the mechanic have been wrong about it burning oil? — Mary I don’t think he was wrong, Mary. I think you probably are burning some oil. If the oil had leaked out (and you would have to lose at least two quarts for the dipDear Car Talk: stick to register no oil), it would have made I have a 2009 Subaru Outback with a mess somewhere on the engine, and your 143,000 miles. mechanic would have noticed it. My check-engine light came on while Imagine if you spilled two quarts of cookdriving. I have a device in the car that told ing oil somewhere in your kitchen. You’d T:9.75 in me the engine triggered “Code P0028.” I find it. Even though your dipstick still We’ve found that many of the ventilated seats work pretty well — some better than others. You certainly want one that ventilates the seat back as well as the seat cushion. You can always try an after-market cushion first with your current car. If it does the trick, then you’ve not only made yourself more comfortable now, but you don’t have to worry about what car you buy next. Just take the cushion with you. If the after-market cushion doesn’t cut it, then you need to embark on some summer test-drives. Make a list of the cars you’re considering. Then, on a nice, sweltering 95-degree day, go do some testing. Get a friend to help you. Wear a blue dress shirt. And when you get back to the dealership after your 20-minute loop, have him use a Sharpie and mark how far out from your spine the sweat stains spread. After a few test-drives, the marks on that shirt will tell you which car to buy next. You’ll lose a shirt, but gain invaluable knowledge for mankind, Paul.

reads full after 860 miles, that doesn’t mean you’re not burning oil. The oil change interval for this car is about 7,500 miles. If you lost two quarts in 7,500, that’s only a quart every 3,750 miles. So, it doesn’t surprise me that you haven’t seen any drop in oil in only 860 miles. Plus, oil burning accelerates as you lose oil. If you start with four quarts, and let’s say you burn a quart over 5,000 miles, now you have three quarts of oil trying to do the job of four quarts. It’s working harder and running hotter. That means it may burn the next quart in 2,500 miles. Your mechanic is right that you should check your oil regularly and top it up when necessary between changes. It would also make sense to decrease your oil change interval to every 3,750 miles from now on. Keeping newer, cleaner oil in there may help reduce the burn rate too. But the bottom line is you have now entered the stage of car ownership we call “Heapdom.” You are officially driving an old car, Mary. And at 10 years and 150,000 miles, it’s right on schedule. With a little luck, you’ll be able to nurse this Subaru for tens of thousands of more miles. It will require some vigilance. And some more oil. Visit Cartalk.com.




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• Lithuanian tastes: The next Lithuanian cooking demonstration with local chef Oonagh Williams is happening on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Rodgers Memorial Library (194 Derry Road, Hudson). During each event, usually held monthly at the library, Williams presents different dishes and provides samples for tasting. This month she’ll be preparing a rich pastry roll with bacon and cooked onions, and a farmer’s cheese sweet custard baked with eggs and sugar and topped with sour cream and jam. Admission is free but pre-registration is required so that Williams knows how much food to bring. Cooking demonstrations are also set for Saturday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library. Visit rodgerslibrary. org or call 886-6030. • Cider dinner: Join the Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford) for its first ever gluten-free Citizen Cider dinner on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. The event will include an hour of hors d’oeuvres, followed by a four-course dinner, all of which will be paired with Citizen ciders. Courses will include Chinese five-spice shrimp with butternut squash noodles (paired with Citizen’s Dirty Mayor); fennel and frisée salad (paired with Citizen’s Northern Spy); local pork tenderloin with rice, mushroom, sausage-stuffed cabbage and brown butter squash (paired with Citizen’s Unified Press); and cranberry crab apple sorbet (paired with Citizen’s Rosé). Tickets are $65 per person and must be purchased in advance. Visit bedfordvillageinn.com. • Chocolate “pizzas”: The next children’s chocolate pizza making class at Van Otis Chocolates (341 Elm St., Manchester) is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 5 p.m. Attendees will get to create their very own personal “pizzas” out of chocolates and other candies. The cost is $25 per child (accompanied by one adult) and will include a short tour of the candy factory at Van Otis, plus your fully decorated pizzas to take home. This class is best suited for children ages 6 to 12. Visit vanotis.com or call 627-1611. • Tea time: Enjoy afternoon tea at The Cozy Tea Cart (104 Route 13, Brookline) on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m., ahead of the anticipated release of the movie Downton Abbey on Sept. 20. Admission is $34.95 per person. Visit thecozyteacart.com. 36 HIPPO | SEPTEMBER 12 - 18, 2019 | PAGE 32

Foods served at past Glendis. Courtesy photos.

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A three-day event celebrating Greek culture through food, music, dancing and crafts, Glendi has been a staple for generations. The festival will return to St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester for its 40th year from Friday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 15, offering a menu of authentic Greek items from lamb shanks and barbecue chicken to stuffed grape leaves, stuffed peppers, pastichio and more, plus dozens of homemade cookies and pastries. “A lot of what we do … is all about carrying the torch from our parents and grandparents, who started Glendi back in 1980, by continuing to showcase our community and culture through great food,” said George Copadis, president of the board of directors and event co-chair. Glendi, which means “good times” in Greek, features traditionally made dishes by hundreds of the church’s members and volunteers, who spend most of the summer preparing for the festival. “There are not a lot of festivals in the area that you can point to that have lasted 40 years,” Copadis said. “Glendi has clearly stood the test of time, thanks to our volunteers pulling it off year after year.” Dozens of tents on the church’s grounds house the food servings and outdoor dining tables. Several returning favorites

will be served this year, including seasoned and marinated lamb barbecued over charcoal; baked lamb shanks with a tomato sauce; marinated chicken with Grecian herbs; Greek meatballs; pastichio, a Greek lasagna dish with a creamy cheese sauce; stuffed green peppers with rice and meat; and dolmathes, or grape leaves stuffed with rice and meat that are covered in a lemon sauce. All of those can be ordered as dinners, which come with rice pilaf, a salad and a roll, or you can order them a la carte. Other foods that will be available include loukanikos (Greek sausages); spanakopita (layers of filo dough with spinach and cheese fillings); chicken souvlaki topped with lettuce, red onion and tzatziki sauce wrapped in pita bread; and gyros served with a blend of beef and lamb. A small menu of hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and other GEORGE COPADIS items will also be available. Most of the desserts are available inside the church’s community center. They’ll include up to a half dozen variations of baklava, from traditional Greek baklava with walnuts and honey, to baklava with chocolate chips and cherry halves on top, baklava with pecans, and hand-rolled tube-shaped baklava with chocolate, walnuts and sliced almonds. Other authentic pastries for sale will be loukoumades (fried dough balls soaked and syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar) available in quantities of six, 12 or 20; kourambiethes (buttered cookies topped

[Glendi] is all about carrying the torch from our parents and grandparents, who started [it] back in 1980.

with powdered sugar); kataifi (shredded phyllo dough with walnuts and syrup) and galaktoboureko (a layer of phyllo dough with Greek custard). Also in the community center is an Aegean Market with items like jewelry, T-shirts, imported Greek olive oil and coffee for sale. Live music will be featured on Friday and Saturday nights, and Saturday will also feature a performance by the Greek costumed dance group Boston Lykeion Ellinidon, Copadis said. “The Daniel Webster Council will have games, balloon making with a clown, face painting and other things set up out back for the younger generation to do,” he said, “so we definitely encourage [a] family-friendly atmosphere.” According to Copadis, a portion of the proceeds from Glendi each year is usually donated to a local nonprofit. This year, the families of the seven victims of the fatal June 21 motorcycle crash in Randolph, known as the “Fallen 7,” will receive part of the proceeds, he said. The first 1,000 people who come to the festival will also receive a free 40th anniversary commemorative tote bag. Glendi When: Friday, Sept. 13, and Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (food services end at about 9:30 p.m.), and Sunday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover St., Manchester Cost: Free admission; food is priced per item Visit: stgeorge.nh.goarch.org Free parking is available at Derryfield Park (Bridge Street) and at the McDonough Elementary School (550 Lowell St.), with shuttle services to the church that will be available throughout the day on Friday and Saturday.



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Six local bakers and chefs will face off during the fourth annual Frosting Frenzy, a timed cake decorating competition to benefit Easterseals New Hampshire that will also feature hors d’oeuvres, appetizers and raffles. The event, which returns on Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Banquet Hall at Fratello’s in Manchester, will give you the chance to not only vote on your favorite cake, but bid on the top three winners during a live auction at the end of the night. According to Sue Reynolds, adult day program director for Easterseals New Hampshire, the Frosting Frenzy was originally inspired by the annual Fire & Fusion executive chef competition organized by the Nashua Senior Activity Center. During that event, held each year in the spring, local chefs compete for the title of “Top Chef” by creating dishes from several ingredients given to them. “We had heard about the Fire & Fusion event, and it prompted us to try our own,” she said, “but then we spun it to do desserts.” Each year since the event’s inception, a different theme has been implemented for the cakes — this year’s theme is Disney. Each contestant knows what the theme is ahead of time and must bring their cakes baked and ready to be decorated. This year’s contestants are Elizabeth Jones of Cakes by Elizabeth in Exeter; Allison Rheaume of Nashua Community College’s culinary arts program; Taryn Merrill of Small Town Sweet Shop in Danville; Ashley Ahlstedt, a culinary arts graduate of Southern New Hampshire University; Laura Haddad of All-American Assisted Living; and David Soha of The Courvilles in Manchester, who has participated in all three of the previous competitions and won two of them, according to Reynolds.

The night will begin with a social hour from 6 to 7 p.m., when hors d’oeuvres will be served. Then, after a short introduction, contestants are given a half hour from about 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. to decorate their cakes with whatever utensils or ingredients they bring. Reynolds said each contestant is allowed to bring one assistant. While you decide on your favorite cake, a panel of three judges — WMUR meteorologist Josh Judge, WZID radio personality Neal White and New Hampshire Union Leader columnist Katie McQuaid — will rate each cake on different aspects such as design and how well each adheres to the theme. During the cake decorating, a variety of items are drawn from a raffle, such as gift certificates and gift baskets from local vendors like Hannaford and Stonewall Kitchen, ski passes, tickets to see the Blue Man Group, autographed sports memorabilia and more. Winners are announced at the conclusion of the event. At the end of the half hour, Reynolds said, a live auction will be held, with the top three cakes going to the highest bidder. All proceeds from the event benefit senior services at Easterseals New Hampshire. “What’s really cool is that you have no idea what to expect, from the designs the bakers come up with to who ends up winning the highest bid for the cakes,” Reynolds said. “It’s an exciting night that is a lot of fun.” 4th annual Frosting Frenzy When: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6 to 8:15 p.m. Where: Fratello’s Italian Grille, 155 Dow St., Manchester Cost: $25 for adults (includes a souvenir box of cupcakes created by the competing chefs), $15 for children ages 12 and under, or $200 for 10 tickets Visit: easterseals.com/nh or see “2019 Frosting Frenzy” on Facebook


TRY THIS AT HOME Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites Could I make the name of my first recipe for this column any longer? I promise you, that wasn’t really my goal. It just was a bit tricky figuring out what to call these sweet treats. My first thought was a shorter name, such as Utterly Addictive Treats, as that sums them up pretty well. For both my recipe testers and me, it was hard to eat just one. There’s something about the combinations in these bites that make you want more than one. You’ve got the sweet and salty pairing, and the creamy and crunchy duo, both of which make you think you need to eat another. Never mind that they are handheld and fairly small, so it feels like one is not enough. While it’s an accurate name for this recipe, it does not explain what the food is at all. My second thought was to call them Peanut Butter & Pretzel Truffles, but they aren’t truly truffles. They aren’t made with ganache. They don’t have that firm filling one would expect. Although I sometimes take liberty with titles, I figured I should write my first Hippo column using correct terminology. My third thought was to name them Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Balls, but these are not orb-like. Nope, not at all. The addition of crushed pretzels made roundness a difficult outcome. Add to it that you will have peanut butter all over your hands and molding these treats becomes even trickier. With an inaccurate description of its shape and a name just as long, Option 3 didn’t pass the test.

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I won’t insult the intelligence of any reasonably mature person over the age of 21 by pretending that a new Taylor Swift album is something that deserves an actual critical review, especially when everyone knows that most of the tunes were written by either one of the two guys who’ve written nearly all the bubblegum hits of the last 10 years or so (look it up), then run by a team of count-em five producers to give it the right sort of tween-pandering sheen to belay any unnecessary creativity. What we have here is a collection that starts off with the snap-dance chillout “I Forgot that You Existed,” yet another one of those “my girl posse and I are all pointing at you and laughing” tracks apparently meant to bum out the incels who worship her on 4chan (if they’re not bots). Oh, what else … we have a pick-n-pout Genuine Taylor moment with a Dixie Chicks team-up (“Soon You’ll Get Better”), and of course the boyband/rawk-tinged “ME,” guested by Brandon Urie. The title track is girl-group-torchy. A Target exclusive edition is also out. We done? B — Eric W. Saeger Sunn O))), Life Pedal (Southern Lord Records)

Speaking of albums that don’t warrant an actual critical review, I decided to catch up on Seattle’s preeminent drone band to see if they’ve started playing actual songs rather than plugging their guitars into Sunn amps, strumming one chord, then going off for a sandwich. I mean it, that’s the whole legend of these guys; it’s about bliss-drone, and the songs are long enough for them to drive to Subway for a pickup if it’s been called ahead. The utter, utter nerds who pretend to care about this stuff are usually more concerned with the sound and equipment than they are with the music; to me it’s like back when I was in metal bands and the guitarist would crank the distortion, hold one annoying note and just stare at us, as a (massively predictable) joke. The dilly here is that they’re using a new effects pedal that they invented, which makes your doomy-sounding Marshall or Orange or Sunn amp sound like the Apocalypse is upon us, in the form of a tectonic plate shift or just slow-moving lava everywhere. No, shut up, I’m serious, there are people who buy this band’s records and listen to them. C — Eric W. Saeger

PLAYLIST A seriously abridged compendium of recent and future CD releases • The next new-release day of September falls on a Friday the 13th, so pardon me if I rein in my enthusiasm, even if the slate is rather promising, starting with unfairly maligned nu-metal attack dogs Korn, with their — get this — 13th full-length, The Nothing. Not saying that this band is hammered relentlessly by haters, but I’ve seen one or five too many disses against them by critics who would, I assume, prefer that their metal be, you know, nicer or something. What I’m saying is that these guys destroy, and if you’d rather hear Godsmack or Papa Roach than Korn, I don’t know how to help you. Let’s look for an advance someplace on the internet, and I’ll prove you wrong. I hope. OK, there it is, a single called “You’ll Never Find Me.” It starts out with some dissonant noise, and a Trent Reznor imitation on the vocals, then it becomes — spoiler — awesome, with doomy riffing and a kindof-catchy chorus. These guys rule, what is people’s problem with that? • Now this is what Alanis Morissette would call “ironic”: I was racking my brain a week ago, trying to remember the name of a cool indie dude from Boston who I wanted to mention in an article — like it took literally over an hour before I finally remembered his name — and wouldn’t you know it, here he is with a new album, called Both-And, and there’s his name right in front of me: Luke Temple! I dunno, you had to be there, but whatever, he has this new album, and I’m pretty psyched, even if I haven’t totally gushed over his more recent stuff. It was either melodic or trippy and weird, instead of the combination of melodic and trippy and weird, like his older stuff. So I suppose we’ll see where his head is at now, as I sally forth to listen to the single “Wounded Brightness,” the first from this album. I’m a little surprised that it’s so mellow, but it’s cool with me, some bossa-nova-tinged Americana, a little slide guitar, some cheesy Casio keyboard in there just to make sure people know it’s Luke Temple and not someone who’s trying to make money. • What can you say about the Pixies, right, like you either love ’em (meaning you’re cool) or you couldn’t care less about ’em (meaning you’re even cooler, and at least you have a life beyond being a posturing music nerd). Their new LP is called Beneath the Eyrie, and it’s on the way, so hopefully whatever single is one of Frank Black’s songs, at least one of his legitimately decent ones. The single is “Witching Hour,” and it starts with an unnecessary (aren’t they all?) skit thingamajig. The video sort of wants to be like that Nos4atu TV show, which is dumb, but the song is OK, starting off like Flaming Lips before thankfully stopping that and going in a more no-wave direction. It’s OK. • Many people like Venezuelan-American singer-songwriter and visual artist Devendra Banhart, who’s at it again, with a new album, Ma. The single, “Kantori Ongaku,” has a ton of mellow ’70s elements, and he sings with his trademark Ray-Davies-on-Valium steez. I don’t see any melodic point to it, but like I said, many people like Devendra Banhart, so whatever. — Eric W. Saeger Note: Local (NH) bands seeking album or EP reviews can message me on Twitter (@esaeger) or Facebook (eric.saeger.9).

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At the 17th annual Granite State Comic Con, happening Saturday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 15, in Manchester, you’ll find all the usual pop culture fun — guest celebrities and comic artists, educational panels and workshops, costume contests, gaming, vendors and more — but this year’s comic con is extra special, because it’s also the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 35th Anniversary “Shellebration.” “The Turtles made their debut at a comic book show in Portsmouth, so it’s really exciting that we’re having this [celebration] here,” said Chris Proulx, owner of Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, which produces the event. “It’s one of the biggest Turtle celebrations happening in the country.” The Shellebration kicks off the night before the comic con on Friday, Sept. 13, with a Meet & Greet and Pizza Party featuring special guests TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, Steve Levigne and Ben Bishop, who have also worked on the series, and several members of the cast of the original TMNT animated series. Additionally, there will be a silent and live auction and raffle for TMNT items. Other special events, all held in Manchester, will include a kick-off party on Friday night at Electric Avenue arcade, where there will be gaming, drinks and karaoke; an after party on Saturday night at Stark Brewing Co.; and an after party concert on Saturday night featuring Jim’s

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Panels and highlights Saturday Competing in Cosplay - noon Calmer Conversation with Rob Paulsen - noon Cowabunga! A Sit-down with TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman - 1 p.m. Custom Action Figure Building and Painting - 1 p.m. From Aliens to The Terminator: A Q&A with Michael Biehn - 2 p.m. Cosplaying as a Family - 2 p.m Spotlight on Collegiate Esports presented by SNHU - 3 p.m. How to Make Your First Comic - 3 p.m. Ultimate Sketch-off - 4 p.m. Dress to Excess - 4 p.m. Costume Contest - 5:30 p.m. Who RPG is it Anyway? Show - 7 p.m. Sunday Heroes in a Half Shell: A Q&A with the Original TMNT Voice Cast - noon Galactic Adventures - noon 35th Anniversary TMNT Panel - 1 p.m. Cosplay and Photography Shootout - 1 p.m. Kids Sketch-off - 2 p.m. Press Your Luck: Granitecon Edition - 2 p.m. Kids Costume Contest - 3:30 p.m.

Special events Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 35th Anniversary Shellabration Meet & Greet & Pizza Party When: Friday, Sept. 13, 6 to 8 p.m. Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester Cost: $75, includes all-you-can-eat pizza and soft drinks (adult beverages can be purchased separately). A VIP package that includes admission to both the Meet & Greet and both days of the comic con costs $200. Kick-off Party

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There will also be a “Calmer Space,” hosted by Calm Passion, a sensory-friendly area for kids and families featuring bean bags, a Lego station and quiet activities. This year’s entertainment guests will include actors and voice-actors Cam Clarke, Townsend Coleman, Barry Gordon, Rob Paulesen, Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc and Exeter’s own Matty Caradople, most recently cast in the second season of the Netflix series Stranger Things. Paulsen, who has voiced Pinky from Pinky and the Brain, Yakko from Animaniacs, Raphael from the original 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and many other cartoon roles, will make his second appearance at Granite State Comic Con. “I’m so grateful that the folks in New Hampshire have invited us, and I’m really looking forward to coming back, especially as one of the original Ninja Turtles for this [TMNT anniversary] celebration,” he said. “I think that franchise is so powerful, and the numbers of people [who are TMNT fans] is nothing short of exciting.” Paulsen said that he expects he’ll be signing a lot of autographs and action figures and, of course, doing the voices of the characters that people love. “The characters are famous, not me. There’s no point in coming to see me; people want to talk to Yakko,” he said, “and I’m totally fine with that.” Other special guests will include notable comic book creators and artists and cosplay and fandom groups. Many will be participating in panels and workshops, including a 35th anniversary TMNT Panel on Saturday. 100 artists will be in Artists Alley, promoting and selling their comics and artwork and doing commissioned art for attendees. There will also be an array of pop culture exhibitors and vendors selling popular comics, original artwork, vintage action figures, games, anime and other collectibles. Victory Condition Gaming will present a Gaming Lounge with free tabletop and board gaming for all ages. There will be game designers, publishers and volunteers offering demonstrations and tutorials for some of the hottest new tabletop games, as well as organized role playing games. Attendees will also be able to play games that they own or games from the onsite lending library. For video gamers, there’s the Gamers Sanc-

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She got the house; she also got the jumbo mortgage. As it turned out, this wasn’t really a win for Beverly Willett. A New York attorney who had quit a lucrative job to be a stay-at-home mom, Willett was living in a four-level brownstone when her husband abruptly announced that he was leaving, six months after their 20th anniversary. “I’m leaving you, I’m not leaving the children,” he said in an illuminating moment of hubris, because there’s no way to do thing one without doing thing two, unless you are granted full custody. Willett, who has written extensively about her pain in newspapers and magazines, brings her story full circle in Disassembly Required, A Memoir of Midlife Resurrection. In doing so, she treads on dangerous ground. Men and women who write critically about divorce, after having experienced one, are typically derided as bitter troglodytes who commit that most grievous of American sins: failure to move on in a country that moves at light speed. This makes the compendium of honest writing about the aftermath of divorce somewhat thin and slanted toward hysterics. Willett stepped courageously into the void and now delivers a scathing look at a judicial system that, in the era of no-fault divorce, has come to treat the dissolution of families as a business transaction, not the tribulation that it often is, particularly for parents of young children. If you like a good villain in your books, you’ll find no better one here than the woman Willett identifies only as Judge #7. Or, for that matter, Willett’s former husband, who, as he was leaving, left her a voice message that said, “No man in your lifetime is ever going to love you.” At one point in the book, Willett is sitting with a friend, also divorced, as they rue how they have morphed from happily marrieds to single moms on the verge of losing their homes. They married jerks, the friend concludes. It’s hard to disagree with that verdict from some of the anecdotes Willett tells, even knowing we’re only privy to one side of the story. But Disassembly Required is not the revenge of a bitter divorcee since Willett has already shared some of these stories in essays in The New York Times and multiple magazines. It’s Willett, dare we say, moving on and letting go, in a lengthy process that is part Buddhist monk, part Catholic priest, part Marie Kondo. And she smartly wraps the story around her dream house, the 3,500-square-foot brownstone that Willett initially believes will provide comfort and safety for herself and their daughters as they

navigate the new life into which they’d been unhappily cast. Instead, the house turns out to be yet another problem that Willett has to conquer on her path to recovery, as she discovers that she can’t qualify for the jumbo mortgage that the damnable Judge #7 ordered that she obtain within two months, and a series of unfortunate maintenance events soon transpire, because that’s how life works. Willett, who has since moved to Savannah, Georgia, the birthplace of Flannery O’Connor, opens the book with a quote from O’Connor: “It’s just about as poignant to be torn from a house as it is from a person.” That’s a reality of divorce that is often overlooked, given its greater casualties, but it’s one that affects a significant number of Americans every year. Willett winds up selling her home just like nearly five million other Americans did that year. According to census data, she said, about half of people separated from their spouses were moving because of a change in marital status. That makes sense, but it also makes for pain. As part of her efforts to keep the house, at one point, Willett hires a contractor to turn part of it into an apartment, and as part of the renovations, workmen paint over the lines on the wall where she and her former husband had marked their daughters’ growth. Of course, even people who stay married forever sometimes leave the home where their children were little, and there are far worse tragedies that can befall a couple than the loss of a few pencil marks on a wall. And at times, Willett pushes hard up against the boundaries of sympathy; hers was the sort of life that relatively few Americans will attain, both before and after the divorce, her legitimate suffering over the loss of her marriage notwithstanding. Moreover, the book would have benefited from an editor paid a dollar for every word cut. The memoir didn’t have to be this long; it didn’t want to be this long. Readers can appreciate the extent of a home’s renovation without reading the actual Lowe’s shopping list (to include “five brushed metal silver-plate doorknobs (three sets with locks and keys).” Credit Willett, however, for her candor in addressing the many agonizing quandaries presented by divorce, from what to do with 20 years of cards she’d given to her husband, to what to do with her wedding dress. (Hint: the latter involves scissors.) Sometimes, she decides, the wisest choice is the toughest to choose. Not everyone agrees with that, just like not everyone will agree with her choices. (Personally, I’d have bought a billboard with the name of Judge #7.) For anyone struggling with the aftermath of a divorce, Willett waits in these pages to be your friend. B — Jennifer Graham


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• Poetry conference and youth poets: The fifth annual New Hampshire Poetry Festival takes place on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the New England College campus (98 Bridge St., Henniker). The conference, hosted by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire and the New England College MFA in Creative Writing program, features readings, panels and workshops by some of the country’s best-known poets. “We are thrilled to celebrate the fifth year of the New Hampshire Poetry Festival,” festival director Jennifer Militello said in a press release. “For one inspiring day each September here in the Granite State, we bring together poets, arts supporters, and others to celebrate a shared love of poetry. We are grateful that this event continues to grow.” Highlights will include a headliner reading by Deaf Republic author Ilya Kaminsky; workshops by award-winning poets Chen Chen, Patrick Donnelly, Maudelle Driskell and Joan Houlihan; and panel discussions on topics like “Poets for the Planet: An Ecopoetry Panel Discussion,” “The Strangeness in Ourselves; Challenging the Quintessential Motherhood Poem,” “The 100 (Rejections) Club: Nuts and Bolts of Sending Submissions,” and more. The cost is $50 for general admission and $25 for students. Visit nhpoetryfest.org. • New Hampshire poet laureate Alice Fogel presents the incoming New Hampshire youth poets laureate at Toadstool Bookshop (12 Depot Square, Peterborough) on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. Rachel Sturges of Peterborough, Falon Smith of Littleton and the exiting Youth Poet Laureate Cate Dixson of Exeter will read and discuss their poetry. Visit toadbooks.com. • Debut middle-grade: Kelsey Gallant will read from her first middle-grade novel, I Didn’t Plan This at the Book Cellar (34 Northwest Blvd., Nashua) on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. It’s about a seventh-grader, Alanna, who learns that life doesn’t always go according to plan. Visit bookcellaronline. com. — Angie Sykeny

Books Author Events • LEAH PLUNKETT Author presents Sharenthood: Why We should Think Before We Talk about Our Kids Online. Thurs., Sept. 12, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord). Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • SARAH C. TOWNSEND Author presents Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis. Tues., Sept. 17, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord). Tues., Sept. 24, 6 p.m. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • EMMA DONOGHUE Author presents Akin. Thurs., Sept. 19, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord). Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • KELSEY GALLANT Author presents I Didn’t Plan This. Book Cellar (34 Northwest Blvd., Nashua). Thurs., Sept. 19, 6 p.m. Visit bookcellaronline.com. • JENNIFER MILITELLO Author presents Knock Wood. Thurs., Sept. 19, at 7 p.m Water Street Bookstore (125 Water St.,

Exeter). Visit waterstreetbooks. com. • PATRICIAN ELLIS HERR author of Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure visits. Nashua Public Library (2 Court St., Nashua). Thurs., Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. Visit nashualibrary.org. • JAMES W. DEAN & DEBORAH Y. CLARKE Authors present The Insider’s Guide to Working with Universities. Fri., Sept. 20, 6 p.m. Bookery Manchester (844 Elm St., Manchester)Visit bookerymht.com. • MARTY KELLEY Author presents Experiment #256. Sat., Sept. 21, 11 a.m. Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord). Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • KAT HOWARD & DORA GOSS Authors visit. Bookery Manchester (844 Elm St., Manchester). Sat., Sept. 21, 2 p.m. Visit bookerymht.com. • KELLY KILCREASE & YVETTE LAZDOWSKI Authors present Manchester’s Shoe Industry. Gibson’s Bookstore

(45 S. Main St., Concord). Tues., Sept. 24, 6 p.m. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. Other • GRANITE STATE COMICON Cosplay as your favorite film, TV, video game or comic book hero and take part in a weekend complete with networking, crafting, gaming, discussion panels, food, various vendors and much more. Sat., Sept. 14, and Sun., Sept. 15. $25 per adult on Saturday or Sunday, or $40 for a weekend pass. Kids 10 years and younger get in free as long as they enter with an adult. Visit granitecon.com. Poetry events • POETRY READING Featuring Robert Crawford & Midge Goldberg. Wed., Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord). Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • POETRY CONTEST The Peterborough Poetry Project presents the “Poems of New Hampshire” poetry contest, open for submissions now through Sept. 30. The theme is New Hampshire past, present, future, fantasy or a combination of those. It’s open to anyone living in, visiting or interested in New Hampshire. Contestants can submit up to three original, unpublished poems. Visit peterboroughpoetryproject.org for more information. • 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. Book discussion groups • 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 Second Thursday, 11 a.m. to noon. Candia Smith Public Library, 55 High St., Candia. Call 483-8245. Visit smythpl.org. • MORNING BOOK GROUP Monthly discussion. Fourth Wed., 10 a.m. to noon. Kimball Library, 5 Academy Ave., Atkinson. Visit kimballlibrary.com. • NASHUA NOVEL READERS Monthly book discussion. Second Thursday, 7 p.m. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. Visit nashualibrary.org.

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It Chapter Two (R)

The kids of the Losers Club have grown into unhappy adults who are summoned back to Derry, Maine, in It Chapter Two, a sequel to the 2017 adaptation of part of the Stephen King novel.

This movie covers what I hope is the rest of it. I mean, I haven’t read the book but I’m really hoping there isn’t some kind of epilogue or unexplored side-plot that could be spun into three additional movies. The movie spends time in both the present day and 27 years earlier, the time frame of the first movie. Thus do we see both nervous kid Stanley (Wyatt Oleff) and soft-spoken adult Stanley (Andy Bean). Jokey kid Richie (Finn Wolfhard) becomes comedian Richie (Bill Hader). Allergic and anxious Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) becomes risk analyst Eddie (James Ransone). Kind-hearted Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), who was bullied for his weight, is now fit architect Ben (Jay Ryan). Grief-stricken Bill (Jaeden Martell) becomes grief-stricken author Bill (James McAvoy). Sad Mike (Chosen Jacobs) is now obsessed Mike (Isaiah Mustafa). And Beverly (Sophia Lillis), a girl with a lousy creep of a dad, is now Beverly (Jessica Chastain), a woman with a lousy creep of a husband. When a mutilated body is found, Mike — who spends his days living above the Derry library and listening to the police scanner? — calls up the other Loser Club members. It’s time to come home, he says, time to do what we vowed to do and put an end to the evil. Mike who?, they ask. Apparently, as the other “Losers” left town and started lives elsewhere, their memories faded — of Derry, each other and even the terrifying evil-in-clownform Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), who appears around town every generation to kill people and be creepy. They have a general sense of the importance of going back and also of dread and, as they meet up for a meal at a Derry restaurant, they remember each other and can even joke about how they have and haven’t changed. Slowly, they also remember Pennywise and Mike reminds them of their childhood vow, after they fought him last time, to come back to face him again if he reappeared.

It Chapter Two

Delightfully, these adults react the way most normal adults would react to childhood vows to face a soul-shaking evil, which is to say “no flipping way.” Eventually, though, they are drawn back in, particularly Bill, who is still not over Pennywise’s murder of his little brother Georgie all those years ago. Also summoned by Pennywise’s reappearance is Henry Bowers (Teach Grant), in prison for murders committed during the first movie. He is once again ensorcerlled by It, the other name for the Pennywise evil, to serve as a totally unnecessary lurking bit of menace and movie story padding. In between the emotional turmoil of our leads, we see vignettes of Pennywise’s attacks on current victims, just in case you were worried that you might miss some creepy clown behavior and some children-in-peril scenes. (The movie also features an early adults-in-serious-peril scene that is disturbing and hard to watch and that’s before the supernatural element shows up. An evil clown that eats people isn’t as awful as standard issue human evil.) Oh, good, I thought as we watch Pennywise use every “stranger with candy in a van” line to entice a victim, I was afraid this movie wouldn’t play on my real-world parenting fears. (I do not need movies to mess with my real-world parenting fears. The news does that just fine, thanks.)

Weirdly, the best parts of the movie mix campy horror with humor, frequently connected to the adult response to what I thought of as the “too much evil clown” problem of the first movie. The scary evil clown is still scary and evil but it’s also sort of daffy. (And still scattered, conceptually, as a Big Bad.) The “absurdity of the still-terrifying situation” turns out to be an entertaining flavor of horror. But. It Chapter Two does not need to be nearly three hours. It is at least an hour too long, possibly more, especially considering how much time it spends not accomplishing things. The movie seems to want to give that time over to making its characters more layered, adding more emotional weight built in part with flashbacks to the 1980s setting. Instead of enriching the characters, though, this feels repetitive. We don’t get more sides to Ben and how the boy became the man who clearly enjoyed enormous professional and personal success but still harbored deep feelings for Beverly. Instead, we get more “fat kid” stuff. I feel like, in 27 years, there’s probably more to him than that. And speaking of Beverly, fairly or unfairly, I hate everything about how this “she’s the girl one and she has girl problems” character is developed. I say “unfairly” because maybe that’s how she’s written — thin and one-note like the others but with an irritating-to-me

blend of damsel and Wendy from Peter Pan — and maybe a version that I would have liked would have been just as one-note. But still, this movie made choices about what to show us, about re-enforcing the sketch we already had of young Beverly and giving us an equally scant read on now-Beverly, and I did not like those choices. I feel like there was probably a more interesting way to make the character flawed or insecure or whatever the movie was going for. It’s not just Ben and Beverly; nearly everybody gets the short shrift character-wise. Bill Hader does all of the heavy lifting when it comes to the character development given to Richie. Eddie is mostly played for laughs. Mike seems like his story is potentially the most interesting; he stayed in Derry, he remembers and he has become obsessed (“a mad man,” Pennywise not inaccurately calls him). It’s a nice character beat that is restated a couple of times but not developed. McAvoy’s Bill gets the most meat and I feel like the movie sort of lucked out that McAvoy — like Hader — can bring twice as much to a part as is on the page. Thus we can see how not just the Pennywise stuff but the loss of Georgie and the associated guilt has impacted his life. Because of McAvoy, it’s relatively well-done stuff. Just, not worth three hours. I liked It Chapter Two more than the first movie but I’m not sure it was “better” and I have no idea how fans (of either the book or the initial outing) will feel. For me, the movie’s more self-conscious stance in relation to its central villain worked. (At least, it worked specifically when the Losers were facing off with Pennywise. “Humans versus inhumanity of other humans” scenes were not successful.) While the serving was entirely too large, the meal wasn’t bad. C+ Rated R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material, according to the MPAA. Directed by Andy Muschietti with a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (based on the novel by Stephen King, who clearly took a page from the Stan Lee book and decided to get in on the fun in a scene that is tonally weird but I didn’t hate it), It Chapter Two is an unnecessary two hours and 49 minutes, not counting a second of trailers, and distributed by New Line Cinema.

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NITE Boyd Tinsley’s way back? Local music news & events

By Michael Witthaus

Life and music after DMB By Michael Witthaus



• Let it flow: Part of a weekly tap takeover event, Chad Verbeck plays a mix of covers and originals in the downstairs lounge of Barley House. The Granite State-by-way-of-Colorado singer-songwriter came from a musical family and is a force behind folk-rock-grass band Rockspring. His solo material draws inspiration from troubadours like James Taylor and John Denver, along with Grateful Dead and classic rock bands. Go Thursday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m., Barley House, 132 Main St., Concord. See chadverbeck.com. • Jam on: Seacoast-based quartet Boom Lava kicks off the weekend with a unique hybrid of reggae, funk and soul. The band formed when bassist Jon Cross and guitarist and saxophone player Nils Crusberg decided to make music together and has moved through a few lineup changes while keeping true to its groove-based beginnings. Along with originals, they cover everything from Sublime to ’70s Jamaican dancehall. Friday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m., Area 23, 254 N. State St., Concord. $3 at the door. • Old-school: Celebrating 40 years of playing, Jonee Earthquake Band brings back eight original lineups dating back to when the pirateled group was opening for legendary madman GG Allin at places like The Rat, CBGB and Channel Club, performing a mix of punk, rockabilly, surf and early country music. Opening are Time Out Timmy, Kermit’s Finger and Radiator Rattlers, fresh from an appearance at the Punk Rock Bowling Festival in Las Vegas. Saturday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m., Shaskeen Pub, 909 Elm St., Manchester. See joneeearthquake.com. • Spin off: Begun as a time filler for Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule became a standard bearer in its own right, recently marking 25 years as a band with the Danny Clinch-directed concert film Bring on the Music. The group’s Concord appearance caps a quick New England run in a room more intimate than the big festival stages they’ve played all summer long. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m., Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord. Tickets $45 to $65 at ccanh.com.

On Friday, Sept. 20, a downstairs bar better known for hosting jam bands and local acts will present a performer who, until a year ago, played amphitheaters, arenas and an occasional football stadium. Boyd Tinsley, a major component of the Dave Matthews Band from its earliest days, will bring the singular sound of his electric violin to Penuche’s Ale House in Concord. Tinsley parted ways with DMB in February 2018, tweeting that he was focusing “on my family & my health 4 a while.” In May 2018, a musician who formerly played with Tinsley’s side project band, Crystal Garden, filed a lawsuit alleging that Tinsley had repeatedly sexually harassed him, according to NPR.org and other media reports. In June 2019, lawyers for Tinsley and the musician announced a settlement had been reached, the terms of which are undisclosed, according to a story on the Richmond Times-Dispatch website and in other media reports. Tinsley tweeted in late 2018, “I will be back on stage again sooner than later” and “I may have some recordings to share as well.” This summer, a few months after the settlement was announced, “End of the Void,” a song recorded with Buffalo musician Clinton Canning, appeared on a SoundCloud page titled The Way Back Featuring Boyd Tinsley. On Aug. 17, the violinist made his first public appearance since the story broke, playing with Canning in a Toronto nightclub. Recently, Tinsley spoke by phone about the new project, and shaking loose from the past. Tinsley found Canning on a Canadian website that connects musicians. Though he liked Canning’s music, Tinsley worried the two wouldn’t mesh.

“Right away I thought, ‘I love this kid — the way he sings, his songs,’” he said. “The only thing was his music was so different than the kind I was used to playing.” So Tinsley checked out other players, but Canning never came unstuck from his mind. “It just got back to the point where I liked this guy’s music immediately, I really did. So I wanted to go back to him,” he said. The two would go on to record 14 songs over several months, while only once meeting face to face — though Tinsley said he’s now in the process of moving north of the border. “We really knew each other, and communicated through the music,” Tinsley said. The first release has elements that DMB fans will recognize, even as Canning moves Tinsley in newer directions. “We have different approaches, but we’ve found a middle ground where our styles meet,” he said. “It’s sort of taken me outside of my box. I realized I’ve played differently because I’m playing with someone who plays different music.” Tinsley admits the name he chose for his new effort is a comment on his travails of the past 18 months. “It’s almost like going back to the beginning and recreating my career,” he said. “It’s also about rediscovering … a style of music that I have lost over the years, which I seem to be regaining through this project. It’s the way back to bigger crowds, bigger audiences, playing in front of more people. This is the way back. I believe that, and that’s why I came up with the name.” Asked about the controversy, public scrutiny and abrupt departure from his longtime band, Tinsley offered a simple answer. “Life is not fair,” he said. All that’s left, he said, is to rise above the fray and make music. “It’s about what you do, not what has been done to you; that’s the only thing,” he

Boyd Tinsley. Courtesy photo.

said. “This whole episode has not deterred or brought me down one bit. If anything, it’s made me stronger. It certainly has identified my best friends in the world. Fairness went out the window a long time ago. Life is not fair, so, you know, there’s no reason to cry a bucket of tears about that.” He’s bound to silence on the case’s specifics. “There is a lot that I would love to say, but there is a lot that I am not privy to say,” Tinsley continued. “But I’ll just say that fans believed in me and loved me at one time. … There is no reason not to love me and believe in me now. So that’s what I can say about myself and on my behalf.” Boyd Tinsley & The Way Back w/ Brooks Young Bang When: Friday, Sept. 20, 9 p.m. Where: Penuche’s Ale House, 16 Bicentennial Square, Concord Tickets: $20 eventbrite.com


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• DAVID TONKIN at Hotel Concord (11 S. Main St., Concord 228-1196) on Thursday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m. Summer on the Sidewalk performance - if weather demands, musicians will play inside the hotel lobby. Featured performers are current and former Concord Community Music School faculty and students. Open Mics • AREA 23 (254 N. State St. Unit H, Concord 552-0137) Blues Jam with Hank Osborne Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. • AUBURN PITTS (167 Rockingham Road, Auburn 622-6564) Open Mic & Blues Jam w/ Tom Ballerini Thursdays at 7 • BACK ROOM AT THE MILL (2 Central St., Bristol 7440405) Fridays - Music Open Mic • BLACK SWAN INN (354 West Main St., Tilton 286-4524) Sundays • CARA IRISH PUB (11 Fourth St., Dover 343-4390) Irish Sunday, Bluegrass Tuesday • COVERED BRIDGE (Cedar St., Contoocook 746-5191) Wednesdays - Open mic with Derek Astles • DOLLY SHAKERS (38 E Hollis Street, Nashua) Saturday afternoon Blues Jam

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Cisco Brewers: Kenny Brothers Band/The Suitcase Junket/The Reconstructed/The Mallett Brothers Band/Abrielle Schaarf/Sam Robbins Dolphin Striker: Sharon Jones and the Downtown Express Portsmouth Book & Bar: PORT to PORT: A Pop-up Festival w/ Highroller Lobster Co. ft: Acoustic Music Portsmouth Gaslight: Mark Lapointe/Tom Emerson/Brad Manchester Derryfield: Chad Lamarsh Bosse/Jim Devlin Band Press Room: The Silks

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55 Nashua Fratello’s Italian Grille: Ryan Williamson Portsmouth Dolphin Striker: Old School Portsmouth Gaslight: Alex Roy Ri Ra: Oran Mor Tuesday, Sept. 17 Bedford Murphy’s: Brett Wilson Concord Hermanos: Kid Pinky Tandy’s: Open w/ Mikey G Dover Fury’s Publick House: Tim Theriault and Friends Sonny’s: Soggy Po’ Boys Gilford Patrick’s: Paul Luff hosts Manchester Derryfield: Gabby Martin Fratello’s: Amanda McCarthy Strange Brew: Jon Ross & the All-Stars Whiskey’s 20: Sammy Smoove & DJ Gera Meredith Giuseppe’s: Michael Bourgeois Merrimack Homestead: Phil Jacques Nashua Fratello’s Italian Grille: Kim Riley

Newmarket Stone Church: Rootin’ Tootin’ Acoustic Hoot hosted by Eli Elkus North Hampton Barley House Seacoast: Traditional Irish Session Peterborough Harlow’s: Celtic Music Jam Portsmouth Clipper Tavern: Dana & Barry Brearley Dolphin Striker: Don Severance Portsmouth Gaslight: Jodee Frawlee Press Room: Hoot Night w/ Carol Coronis + Larry Garland Jazz Jam w/Terry Macdonald & Dry Martini The Goat: Isaiah Bennett Wednesday, Sept. 18 Bedford Murphy’s: Triana Wilson Candia Town Cabin Pub: Scott Plante Concord Concord Craft Brewing: Justin Cohn Courtyard Marriott: Ryan Williamson Hermanos: Dave Gerard Dover 603 Bar & Lounge: Rock the Mic w/ DJ Coach

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All quotes are from A Dream About Light- ting big prizes like I’d always wanted, but I ning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons, was more and more miserable. How cliched, by Ben Folds, born Sept. 12, 1966. I thought. And I’ve always hated whiners. Especially successful rock whiners. I figured Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) The result of cliched solutions for cliched problems. Isn’t letting us run wild was an album that wasn’t there a bathroom you could be cleaning? exactly stylistically cohesive. That may or may Taurus (April 20 – May 20) But my jazznot have been a strength…. Get some glue. band teacher … collected all the information Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) One of the many I would need to audition to be a jazz perchallenges of a rock pianist is being tethered formance major at U of M. The audition to the instrument while everyone else is free to requirements were a few solo percussion piecroam the stage. You can sit or you can roam; es, like snare-drum etudes. Yes, there is such either way you’re making music. a thing as a snare-drum etude, and I crushed Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) The title Rock- those. Some orchestral mallet percussion. in’ the Suburbs struck many as silly and uncool. Easy. But one that left me scratching my head Especially the ‘suburbs’ part and that’s exact- was performing three jazz standards of difly why I was attracted to it. … I was interested ferent grooves at the drums, with a rhythm in life in the suburbs, so why wasn’t it okay to section. Eh, you can do it. write about it? It is. Gemini (May 21 – June 20) If freestyling Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) I just don’t onstage teaches us that you can always turn know about these time-saving audio plug-ins. on the faucet and that some kind of music will I’m not convinced they save time. Has anyone always flow, then songwriting in solitude congot a stopwatch? firms that the water can sometimes flow muddy Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) I was sup- brown. Non-potable melody. You have to let it posed to be the adult on the John Mayer tour. run for a while, until it begins to run clear. It’s Don’t make promises you can’t keep. fine if your first few drafts are messy. Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) After perCancer (June 21 – July 22) There’s a time forming a ploddingly unlistenable version of to collect data, a time to run on the fuel of ‘Brick’ on SNL, I kicked myself all the way inspiration, and then there’s the heavy lifting at through the cast after-party. Not even being the end — the craft. Keep your strength up for seated next to Samuel L. Jackson was sufficient that heavy lifting. consolation for having performed so badly on Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) It was an excitsuch an important show. Snap out of it. ing day when Alan called to tell me we had Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Maybe I could our first national review…. It was a glowing study music and be a percussionist in a fine review, in Entertainment Weekly…. They ratsymphony orchestra. I just needed to convince ed the album an A-minus…. It soon occurred my high school to let me graduate. First things to me to ask the obvious: ‘Was there anothfirst. er review this week with a higher grade?’ He Aries (March 21 – April 19) Once I got to flipped around the reviews section a bit. ‘Yes,’ Australia I rented a car to drive all the way he said. ‘A band called Garbage.’ ‘Garbage, around the perimeter and face some of that huh? So, what’s their grade?’ I asked. ‘A-plus.’ quiet time I’d been avoiding. … I was get- Innocence lost. It’s not a competition.


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maid of honor, Christina Meador, they could wear “anything” they’d be comfortable in. So after carefully considering several options, Meador chose her outfit: an inflatable T. rex costume. As the bride and her groom took their vows, Meador towered over them, delicately clutching her bouquet of sunflowers and, no doubt, shedding a few dinosaur tears. Meador, 38, told Adams ahead of time that she would wear the costume, according to the Omaha World-Herald, giving Adams a chance to shut the idea down, but her sister didn’t balk. In fact, Adams defended the choice on Facebook: “It’s a giant middle finger at spending thousands of dollars and putting ungodly amounts of pressure on ourselves ... The point was to get married to the man who treats me like I hung the moon, and Mysterious Police in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, we did that part.” say an unnamed 80-year-old woman snoozed right through an apparent carjacking on Aug. Crime report Izaebela Kolano, 49, of Nutley, New Jer28 — even though she was in the car. The victim told police she had fallen asleep in her sey, pulled a fast one on Costco employees car, parked in her driveway, around 9 p.m. in two stores on Sept. 1, police said. Kolano that evening. She called police around 4 a.m. first visited a Costco in Wayne, New Jersey, to say she woke up on the driveway and her where she allegedly stole a $2,000 diamond car was gone, but she had no recollection of ring. Then, authorities say, she went to a store how she got there, the New York Daily News in nearby Clifton, where she asked to see a reported. Police observed a fresh abrasion $28,000 diamond ring — and handed back and bruise on her face. The car was recov- the $2,000 ring, which was similar. Costco ered later that day in Trenton, but the search employees didn’t notice the switcharoo until Kolano was out of the building, the Assois still on for suspects. ciated Press reported. Police found Kolano at home, and eventually recovered the ring. Bright ideas • In the Mexican state of Tlaxcala, high Kolano was charged with theft.


A Whataburger location in Bastrop, Texas, was the scene of a gruesome plunge to an oily demise on Aug. 31. As customers waited in line at the counter, the Austin American-Statesman reported, kitchen workers tried to catch a mouse scampering across the food prep counter. A customer captured the scene on video as the mouse, fleeing a person trying to trap it, leapt into a fryer full of hot grease. On the video, an employee can be heard asking, “Who else needs a refund?” The video was posted to Facebook, prompting Whataburger to comment that the location had been closed and “the entire restaurant has since been cleaned and sanitized.”

school instructor Luis Juarez Texis inflamed the ire of parents when he made students wear cardboard boxes (with cut-out eye holes) on their heads as they took an exam in order to deter cheating. Parents are calling for Texis’ removal, OddityCentral reported, saying the boxes amounted to “acts of humiliation, physical, emotional and psychological violence.” Others, however, applauded Texis’ idea, with one saying the boxes “teach them a great lesson.” Texis told reporters the students consented to the anti-cheating method. • A graffiti artist in Frankston, Australia, has been painting the Melbourne suburb purple with a message to someone named Chris, saying “u need 2 talk 2 me B4 baby is born, or don’t bother after,” according to a July 30 report from the Australian Broadcasting Corp. The messages have appeared on several public spaces, such as sidewalks and the sides of buildings. Frankston Mayor Michael O’Reilly said the city council “would encourage those involved to consider more constructive, and less illegal ways of communicating in the future. ... I hope Chris and this mystery person can work through their issues.”

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In Jacksonville, Florida, as Hurricane Dorian approached on Sept. 3, Patrick Eldridge became concerned that his Smart car would “blow away.” So he proposed to his wife, Jessica, that he park it in their kitchen. (Her car was already in the garage.) She doubted he could do it, but “he opened the double doors and had it in. I was amazed that it could fit,” Jessica told the Associated Press. She said there was still room to move around and cook, but “my dogs are confused by it.” Dorian narrowly missed Jacksonville as it moved up the East Coast.

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If you’re going to commit a crime, go all in, we always say. But two unidentified crooks in the Bronx, New York, went to great lengths Sept. 2 to rob a Little Caesar’s pizza shop and took ... a pizza, police said. Video shows one thief holding open the drive-through window, the New York Post reported, as the other crawled in on his belly, but workers rushed to push him back out. Changing tactics, the two then entered through the front door, threatened workers with a knife, and made off with a $23 pizAwesome! For her Aug. 10 wedding in Oma- za order. “They did all that just for pizza?” a ha, Nebraska, Deanna Adams, 40, told police source told the paper. Visit newsoftheweird.com. her bridesmaids, including her sister and





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