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Neighborhood Profile

On Main Street, one artist’s ‘face’ is looming everywhere


Creamery is aging well

How Canterbury cheese operation is building a following


Dessert gets an early start

Behind-the-scenes photo tour at Crust and Crumb


These bridges span history

We take you to five of the region’s iconic covered bridges

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The N.H. slopes: Old meets new The lost ski areas of New Hampshire, and what’s new this season at the state’s top ski resorts.

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GENERAL MANAGER Ernesto Burden EDITOR Steve Leone ASSISTANT EDITORS Sarah Pearson Jonathan Van Fleet COPY EDITORS Hannah Sampadian Dana Wormald PHOTO EDITOR Geoff Forester CONTRIBUTORS David Brooks, Ernesto Burden, Glenn Currie, Alyssa Dandrea, Ray Duckler, Geoff Forester, Tim O’Sullivan, Ann Sanok and Dana Wormald. ADVERTISING Maria Adolphson, Nicole Barnes, Reynold Chase, Justin Graybill, Laura Guyette, John Mattes, Thomas Miller, Michael Officer, Barbara Schmelzer and Deb Spaulding.

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Fast faves Rebecca Kinhan is a painter of urban and rural landscapes and a volunteer for the Friendly Kitchen and the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. She’s the communications director at New Hampshire Humanities, and the mother of two grown daughters. She’s also someone with a deep appreciation for all things Concord, and naturally someone we’d turn to for some tips on what to try and where to go when in the city. Her indoor/outdoor tour takes us from the hilltops of Concord to the sidewalks on Main Street.

Winant, Swope trails Beautiful trails and views are found in two of Concord’s favorite parks, and only minutes from downtown.

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Angie Lane is the executive director of Red River Theatres, a nonprofit independent cinema in downtown Concord. She’s active in city and regional organizations, including having chaired the Concord Young Professionals Network throughout October 2019. Around Concord general manager Ernesto Burden caught up with her upstairs from Red River in the lobby of the new Hotel Concord. Ernesto Burden: What do you think makes Concord

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unique for organizations like Red River? Angie Lane: In some communities, arts organizations are siloed. It’s very different here in Concord. All the organizations truly support one another. We show up for each other; work together to promote each other’s events. EB: How do you see Red River’s role in the community? AL: In the beginning when I worked here [as events and marketing manager], people called us the “snobby theatre.” (laughs) But we don’t just rep-

“We did this survey and had a thousand respondents. Twenty percent said they became more involved in a cause after attending an event at Red River. . . . I think Red River is part of the reason the community is the way it is today. It’s so much bigger than just showing movies.” resent a movie theater, we represent a community. I love that. We did this survey and had a thousand respondents. Twenty percent said they became more involved in a cause after attending an event at Red River. . . . I think Red River is part of the reason the community is the way it is today. It’s so much bigger than just showing movies. EB: You seem so deeply connected to downtown Concord… AL: I don’t think if I hadn’t had that job at the Monitor… EB: The Monitor? AL: I once worked at the Monitor. I was very bad at selling ads (laughs). But what I loved about it was meeting all the people downtown. EB: What’s your goal for the theater? AL: My biggest goal for Red River is financial stability. Sustainability. EB: How about the vision, from a programming perspective? AL: I really want to look at our programming and pivot toward a real emphasis on inclusion and representation. That’s partly personal, but it’s not just because I was that kid. EB: That kid? AL: I was adopted from South Korea as a baby. Now I understand – I am who I am through that experience of being “other,” and I wouldn’t want to change it. But it was also hard. When I watched Moonlight at Red River [directed by Barry Jenkins, 2016], that resonated with me. I felt like if I’d seen that as a young person, it would have changed the way I felt about being “other.” I feel like I’m still a kid because I watch our movies and they change my outlook. Movies help you understand the world better, and your place in it. They help you understand yourself. EB: How do you like the executive director role?


Above, panelist Brenda Lott speaks during a forum following a presentation of “I Am Not Your Negro” at Red River Theatres. Left, Concord filmmaker Dan Habib introduces his film “Mr. Connolly Has ALS.”

AL: Who ever gets to go back to an organization they love, lead an organization they were a fan of ? I have a team that’s passionate and works far beyond what anyone would expect – and we wouldn’t do it unless we loved it. EB: You seem optimistic about the future – of the theater and of Concord in general. AL: I remember coming to the city in 2008, and working at the Monitor, and at the time, the death knell of Main Street was being heralded. In a short time, the reverse happened. The people spoke with their dollars. Red River was an indicator of something larger happening in Concord. If you were coming here and knew the city had an independent theater, a live theater, a community music school, you knew we were a thriving city. People think, “Oh, you have an indie cinema; I know what that city’s like.” Red River tells you something about the city and what it stands for.

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Pack a lunch and pick a warm winter weekday as you head out for a tour of seven central New Hampshire libraries spanning six towns. In this piece, writer Ann Sanok gives you the background, the oddities and everything in between found at select libraries from Gilmanton to Hillsborough.

Gilmanton is home to Grace Metalious, the famed author of Peyton Place. Her controversial book, which was made into a movie in the 1950s, is replete with affairs, incest and murder – all rumored to be based on the lives of Gilmanton town folks. You can find more about this community’s history and current happenings when you visit either the unique Gilmanton Year-Round Library (1396 N.H. Route 140) or the intriguing Corner Library (509 Province Road) in the town center.

1 Cobbler’s Delight: Gilmanton’s Corner Library Don’t let this tiny building’s rather unremarkable façade deter you from stepping inside. Open the six-paneled curved wooden door and you can sense the presence of its prior occupants – a hatter’s shop, printing office and most notably it was the workplace of cobbler Ira Pennock. Opened in 1912, the library is much as it was over 100 years ago. Just two small rooms lined with bookshelves under a wood-beamed ceiling, this cheerful, cozy library is a true find! 2

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Gilmanton is a small town with two district libraries – the Gilmanton Year Round Library, above, and Corner Library, left.

Masterpiece Barn: Gilmanton Year-Round Library Set in a picturesque, open field, the preservation of this antique, weathered barn is tribute to libraries everywhere and to New England’s rural, architectural history. Inside the Gilmanton’s YearRound Library you will find a soaring ceiling crisscrossed by thick, hand-hewn timber beams, rows of paned windows and a loft surrounded by wrought-iron railings. You can view the full span of this light-filled library, with a pleasing geometry of wood and books intersecting a tall vista of space.

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Best Wife Inspires a Library: Josiah Carpenter Library The Josiah Carpenter Library (41 Main St.) is just 15 breezy miles northeast of Concord. This compact, red brick Neoclassic building was donated to the town by Josiah and Georgiana Carpenter. Built in 1901, this library was designed by architect William M. Butterfield, a prominent New Hampshire architect during the mid-1880s until about 1910. Located on Pittsfield’s Main Street, the Josiah Carpenter Library is a key stop on Pittsfield’s Historic Trail, a walking route that highlights this former mill town’s significant 19th-century architectural and community history. You can pick up a trail guide inside the library and enjoy the 1½mile walk through this intriguing old mill town. This small, welcoming library has many unique and historic fea-

tures, including quartered oak paneling, brass doorknobs and a fireproof room to protect the books – now used as a children’s room. The stately granite steps out front were hauled up from Concord, and the ornamental pilaster columns on the exterior were crafted from Indiana sandstone. The library’s dedication in 1901 was part of the town’s Home Day Celebration that included many decorations throughout the community, a snazzy parade and lofty speeches by many town officials. On that day, Josiah Carpenter took the podium before a crowd of town folk and offered a simple sweet reason for his generous donation to the town of Pittsfield: “I passed 20 wonderful years here and above all found the best wife a man could ever wish for.” So certainly Georgina Carpenter is deserving of equal gratitude for this lovely gift of knowledge and architecture.

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Farmland Beauty: Hopkinton Town Library Like the rising phoenix, this impressive modern library has come back to life after incurring substantial damage when struck by lightning in 2018. This unique, shingled, 10,000square-foot structure, designed by SMP Architects in Concord, was inspired in part by Shelburne Farms in Vermont. Built in 1998, the Hopkinton Town Library (61 Houston Dr., Contoocook) is beautifully situated in a bucolic open space with a broad view of former farmland, now a mixed use of lawns and sports fields. Adjacent to a stunning Victorian barn, the library is graced by tiered levels of stone walls and gardens. Be sure to check out the unique weather vane atop the library featuring a quill pen and a book! Inside, the cupola allows in streams of light to naturally illuminate the interior. There is an inviting granite fireplace, study rooms and even a small café. Bonus features of this building are dual porches in the rear overlooking the sports fields. You won’t be able to resist taking a seat in one of many wooden Adirondack chairs and admiring the view!

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A $10,000 donation in 1890 helped fund the Pillsbury Free Library, a highly stylized building that matches the funky vibe in Warner.


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From Baking to Books: Pillsbury Free Public Library This charming slate-roofed, brick and granite library at 18E Main St. in the funky little town of Warner, less than 30 minutes from Concord, has a surprising connection to the famed Pillsbury Flour Company in Minnesota. George A. Pillsbury, the father of Charles, who started the company, lived in Henniker for many years. In 1890, he donated $10,000 to the town of Warner to build a library. Pillsbury was insistent that the building be as fire-proof as possible, utilizing iron floor beams to support the stone and brick structure. Unique stained-glass transoms illuminate the small reading room. The library opened in February 1892 with about 4,500 volumes and was quite the event of the winter season. People rode in horsedrawn sleighs and stood in line on opening day. The process for checking out a book was much different from today, as patrons had to consult a master list of books and then indicate their selection to the librarian who was the sole person allowed to retrieve books from the stacks. At the dedication ceremonies on Oct. 2, 1891, George Pillsbury said in his speech it was his wish that, “All the people of Warner, young and old, rich and poor alike, may realize therefrom all the benefits that a free public library can give.” A nicely done addition was added in 1994. The library now contains more than 25,000 books, music CDs, videos, newspapers and magazines. There is a very active children’s room, a meeting room, computer-assisted book search service, and computers (and wi-fi) for public use. This cool New England town boasts two covered bridges, a river and even a mountain.

The stately Tucker Free Library in Henniker is an architectural gem set in a small college town.



A ‘Temple Reared by Human Hands’: Tucker Free Library Such were the words presented at the dedication of Henniker’s Tucker Free Library in 1904. Located at 31 Western Ave., along at the southern end of the scenic Currier and Ives Byway (Route 202), the Tucker Free Library, was one of the most impressive buildings at the time it was built, and it retains that distinction today in this appealing college town. The initial funds for the building were provided by the will of George Tucker, who was born in Henniker in 1836. Never married and having no living relatives upon his death, he left money for the creation of a library. Another resident, Henry M. Emerson, donated the land. Architect Henry M. Francis was commissioned for the job. Francis’s design closely reflects the Romanesque style of Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson, who designed the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, Mass. Francis designed 15 libraries in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, all notable for their deeply recessed doorways and ornate stone arches. The building rests on a granite foundation and faced with red brick walls, both edged with rusticated stone juxtaposed against horizontal blocks of smooth stone, all under a tidy hip roof. The original globe-topped lampposts were reinstalled a few years ago after being discovered in the library attic. The architectural elements are subtle: a Greek key motif in the tiled floor at the entrance area matches the design embedded in the exterior, 11-foot-high ornate ionic columns grace the main hall and above, an intricate, detailed ceiling. Many original chairs and tables remain in use in the spacious reading room, which is filled with historic photographs and artifacts documenting Henniker’s rich history.

In 1926, Gov. John B. Smith’s family donated the building that now houses the Hillsborough library.



Deal of a Lifetime: Fuller Public Library From Henniker, you can wind your way to the quiet town of Hillsborough, known as the birth place of President Franklin Pierce, and home to a much lesser-known, but indisputably hidden gem, the Fuller Public Library. Located at 29 School Street, this amazing library occupies a remarkable public space that was once the grand home of New Hampshire Gov. John B. Smith. The Smith family donated the building to the town in 1926 for the cost of one dollar. The original building was constructed in 1866 with Smith taking ownership of the property in about 1880. Smith embarked on a massive renovation of the residence, at the cost of $100,000 – an extremely hefty sum in those days – to create a highly elegant and artistically influenced home. The stunning interior is remarkably preserved and ideally re-purposed as a community space for learning and contemplation. The floor near the main entrance is a unique mosaic of tiles. Once covered in red leather, the interior walls are now painted a soft white, beautifully emphasizing the ornate quartered oak arched moldings and the many artistic touches. Look up and one is reminded of the churches of Europe; intricate paintings decorate the upper walls and ceilings. Child angels watch from above, surrounded by a swirl of garden flowers and bounties of fruit. An original tapestry of George Washington hangs above the impressive oak staircase, as does an ornate chandelier. The Fuller Library has preserved the openness and grand nature of the first floor, wisely utilizing the walls in the main rooms for shelving other discreetly situated bookcases in order to showcase each room’s impressive features. ◆ W i n t e r 2 0 1 9 - 2 0 | A ro u n d C o n c o rd 2 1


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The work of Concord artist Tom Devaney continues to loom over downtown By RAY DUCKLER The visual exhibit on the top floor, glowing with life each night at the corner of Pleasant and Main streets, says a lot about artist Tom Devaney. “The Face of Concord” – Devaney’s replacement last year for that giant eye we all got to know so well – opens a door into what makes this 55year-old artist from Bow tick, what’s important to him, how he thinks, always wrapped around his sculptures and paintings. In this case, look up at the windows of Devaney’s studio, high above Pitchfork Records, and you’ll see his friends and real models projected on a massive white background, a homemade stage made of plaster and gauze and steal and burlap. The faces appear on what looks like – once you get up close – the inside of a bowl, carved smooth by Devaney into a concave shape. This is how Devaney expresses

Artist Tom Devaney’s work, shown from inside his studio at the corner of Main and Pleasant streets, is seen as a reflection of the city’s thriving arts scene. Geoff Forester

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Tom Devaney’s ’Face’ stands front and center in the hub of Concord, greeting drivers and pedestrians alike.

himself. His desire to bring a community together through art, of promoting diversity and communal feelings, of waking up and smelling the coffee. Or looking up and seeing the faces. With eyes that follow your every move. “The idea was this was kind of like a mirror that was reflecting back positive values,” Devaney explained. “My intention was to send out a positive, optimistic view, and the idea was that we are all part of this together, so I tried to get different kinds of people to be part of the modeling.” Devaney’s studio has become a city landmark, strategically located for maximum visibility, that many Concord residents probably never inquire about or visit. He’s been up there above what is perhaps the busiest portion of the city, the unofficial heartbeat, and his work is gripping and emotional. His forte is sculpting, and his work portraying a woman – naked and skinny – questions popular opinions and images of what sex appeal ought to look like.

He’s got sculpting degrees from the University of Michigan and Boston University. He’s taught art in Boston and New York State, and his work has been displayed there as well. And he speaks in a gentle, soothing manner, saying just enough to help you understand, yet never rambling on. He lets his work speak for him, boldly, with important subtexts. Nothing he’s done carries the magic of “The Eyeball,” a projection of a curious eye, looking around, searching, that spoke to Big Brother and the issue of surveillance, a hot topic since Sept. 11. The Eyeball, in different sizes, remained awake for six years. Now, he shows full faces, smiling, talking, mouthing words to songs, giving you the opportunity to play a guessing game while standing on a street corner. The most intriguing aspect of Devaney’s new creation locks you in, because the faces and eyes on display follow you, no matter where you move in that downtown area. Devaney said this has nothing to do

“The idea was this was kind of like a mirror that was reflecting back positive values. My intention was to send out a positive, optimistic view, and the idea was that we are all part of this together, so I tried to get different kinds of people to be part of the modeling.” 2 4 a ro u n d c o n c o rd . c o m

Yes, he is always watching. Devaney’s work can do an about-face.

Devaney ’s career was built with degrees from Michigan and Boston University, and he has taught art in Boston and New York State.

And an artist. with black magic or voodoo. “A bunch of them were drunk and they didn’t Instead, he said it has to do with the convex shoulders below the concave face. That, somehow, creates know what was going on,” Devaney said. “They tried an illusion. to get into the building. I could see them running “Your brain perceives it as real,” Devaney said. around, yelling at the eye, but that’s part of the connection, the play back and forth.” Plus, it gives you a wider view of Devaney, pointAnd speaking of The Eyeball, Devaney admitted ing to an element of his makeup – his humor – that’s that that was more popular than his current project. easily lost, hidden by his relaxed persona. “There was some sort of conHe’s got cameras at his studio, meaning he and his wife can use nection to the eye; people enjoyed their laptop to see what’s happenit,” Devaney said. “Yes, I miss the ing outside, when the stars come eye a little bit. It might make a out. comeback one of these days.” “People roll out of the bars and Not anytime soon, however. Devaney said his “Face of Concord” can get pretty animated, and if there is something really funny will last until at least the holiday going on we’ll watch,” Devaney season, and he’s in the planning said. “You have people running stages of another project with a back and forth and kids saying, ‘The Eyeball’ is his best-known work, fellow local merchant called “We ‘It’s looking at me,’ and another the People.” and even Devaney misses it a bit. And you’re invited. saying, ‘No, it’s looking at me.’ ” The faster you move, the faster the head turns, “There will be all sorts of people from the commuprompting Devaney to say, “People like to drive by in nity again, but they will be up here in the studio all their car and watch the head go Vroom.” together,” Devaney said. “So if anyone wants to be Devaney relayed a story from a few years ago, part of that next project, feel free to contact me and when “The Eyeball” was center stage. A story about a you can be part of it.” Then, Devaney summed up his building block for bunch of late-night partiers who were intrigued that all of his work. they were being watched. “If it doesn’t engage,” he said, “it doesn’t work.” ◆ By an eye.

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At Brookford Farm in Canterbury, a big idea has grown into a thriving cheesemaking operation

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Brookford Farm owner and creamery manager Catarina Mahoney shows the cheese storage area at their Canterbury facility.

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CHEESE By ALYSSA DANDREA This semi-hard cheese teases the palate with the sweet taste of gouda but its smooth and creamy texture takes it up a notch. Just when it feels familiar, recognizable even, this favorite Brookford Farm cheese surprises with a balanced yet sharp finish. “Dudley’s Dance,” as it’s called, is in many ways an ode to the town of Canterbury and its residents, who years ago supported husband and wife, Luke and Catarina Mahoney, as they set out to find a permanent home for their first-generation farm in the Merrimack River valley. More specifically, the one-of-a-kind cheese is named after Dudley Laufman, a Canterbury resident, dance caller and musician who will forever be linked to the tradition of contra and barn dances in New England, appropriately coined “Dudley Dances.” For the Mahoneys’ family-owned farm, the coveted seasonal Dudley cheese and the new varieties crafted since help tell the story of sustainable and wholesome food practices that aim to enrich the land so it can continue to provide for generations to come.

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“There is a lot of nervousness in the beginning. You think, ‘Is it going to work out?’ and ‘What is going to come of this?’ It’s important not to give up. It can be a rewarding process, especially having your hands in the milk and knowing what it could turn into.” Catarina Mahoney 2 8 a ro u n d c o n c o rd . c o m

The cheese aging room at Brookford Farm and Creamery in Canterbury is where the magic happens. Using a variety of organic and sustainable farming practices, the creamery now produces about 25,000 pounds of cheese each year. Varieties include cheddar, feta, blue cheese and cottage cheese, and they can be purchased in stores and restaurants in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts.

“Our products are unique to this place, to the grass we grow, the cows we raise and to the people who work here,” said Catarina Mahoney, farm owner and creamery manager. “No one else can copy exactly what we do. Maybe they can make another cheddar but it’s going to have a different taste and texture.” Brookford Farm uses organic farming practices that provide for a variety of 100% grass-fed dairy products, which includes cheeses made from both raw and pasteurized milk. The farm’s on-site creamery, built from the ground up under the Mahoneys’ direction, turns out approximately 25,000 pounds of cheese each year from cheddar to feta to blue cheese and cottage cheese. The Mahoneys first experimented and educated themselves about the art of cheesemaking after realizing they needed to preserve excess milk produced by their large herd, composed mainly of Jersey and Normande cattle. Catarina Mahoney wasn’t a cheesemaker when her family moved to New Hampshire from Germany in the mid-2000s so she set out to learn everything she could about the process, including by attending an artisanal cheesemakers’ program at the University of Vermont. She also studied up on making blue cheese – her husband’s favorite – and networked with others in the small farms and cheesemaking communities. “There is a lot of nervousness in the beginning,” she said. “You think, ‘Is it going to work out?’ and ‘What is going to come of this?’ It’s important not to give up.” “It can be a rewarding process, especially having your hands in the milk and knowing what it could turn into,” she added. The heart of the cheese is the milk,

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Cow milk is heated up in the cheese vat at Brookford Farm and Creamery in Canterbury. Below is a holding tank.

which on the Brookford Farm can change with the season. Because the cows are 100% grass-fed, there are more variables to contend with but sometimes that spontaneity can be fun and leads to unexpected results like “Dudley’s Dance” cheese. “It was a mistake, and a good mistake at that,” Catarina Mahoney said. “Then we tried to recreate it. Well, that took a little while to figure out.” For the artisan cheesemaker, the craft is about working close to nature and playing with what she provides at that moment or in that season. “For farms that have corn-fed cattle or bring the same rations or type of food to their cows each day, there is a greater sense of consistency and predictability,” Catarina Mahoney explained. “Our process is harder but 3 0 a ro u n d c o n c o rd . c o m

Giving credit where credit is due – it all starts with the dairy cows, shown grazing in the fields surrounding Brookford Farm and Creamery in Canterbury. The cows are 100% grass-fed.

farmers markets and at the Brookford Farm’s own store on site. With the continued support of the Merrimack County community, the Mahoneys hope that their business will continue to grow and that their boys will one day take the helm. “The more people we can encourage to learn about the local environment and the need to support our local farmers, the more prosperous we’ll be together,” Catarina Mahoney said. “That is the only future for our dairy farms.” ◆

more rewarding.” Soft cheeses like mozzarella have a higher moisture content and therefore a shorter shelf life; whereas harder cheeses like cheddar are not as creamy and can store for much longer. On a recent day at the farm, a cheese vat began to mix 260 gallons of milk with cultures and protein particles, which together formed the basis of gouda. Within hours, the cheese took its shape, allowing an on-staff artisan to section it off for future storage in a nearby aging room. When ready, the cheese is sold at

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Three-berry muffins sit in metal containers waiting for glazing at Crust and Crumb on Main Street in Concord. Soon, customers will line up to get a taste of the still warm treats.

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Photos by GEOFF FORESTER Long before the sun rises in Concord, Alison Ladman pops in a 1980s mix tape and heads to the custom coffee maker. The work is about to get started at Crust and Crumb, her popular North Main Street bakery. Greg Rebelo and Sam Jiran, meanwhile, move in silence and begin working with flour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; lots and lots of flour. With the sun finally up, employees Kaitlyn Rohde and Amanda Madray arrive to handle loose ends, and they begin to prepare for the influx of bleary-eyed customers. Come on in behind the scenes on this October weekday as Crust and Crumb gets ready for business.

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Greg Rebelo mixes flour with giant cubes of butter to make pastry crusts for the upcoming holiday season. The giant pile will eventually be mixed, packaged and placed in the large refrigerator for the crew to make crust for all types of pies.

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First things first Above: Crust and Crumb owner Alison Ladman makes an early cappuccino as she begins to prepare for the busy day ahead. Right: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still dark, but the glass display is already starting to fill up with muffins, cookies and other pastries, long before the first customers arrive at 8.

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Almost open

The sun is up and the world outside has awoken. Kaitlyn Rohde sets up chairs outside Crust and Crumb Bakery on North Main Street. Soon, she’ll flip the sign to display “open.”

Second helping

Above: Sam Jiran started early, and he’s still going strong, preparing for the seemingly never-ending process of mixing and baking.

The final touches

Right: With coffee brewed, Ladman pipes and drizzles glaze on desserts that will soon head out the door.

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Around here, downhill wasn’t always a big-ticket sport “You know, it only happened when there was a good snowstorm. It wasn’t like you could just go whenever. But if we had a snow, everybody would be excited and they’d say, ‘Let’s go to Snow Pond!’ And everybody would pile into the car and we’d all show up.” Rep. Annie Kuster

By DAVID BROOKS As snow starts to fall, alpine skiers are happy that there are plenty of places to do downhill runs within an hour or two of Concord. But some might add, with a sigh, that there used to be a lot more. That wistful group includes one of the state’s members of Congress. “We’d all arrive in these wooden station wagons with all the kids just piled in there, no seatbelts. ... You’d see all your friends, all the same families would be there,” said Rep. Annie Kuster, whose parents were not only prominent state politicians but were skiers and ski coaches, involved in the creation of Wildcat ski area as well as many local ski events. “You only took a few runs then you hung out, almost like tailgating.” She was talking during an interview last year about Snow Pond in East Concord, a small, private area that offered downhill skiing and even ski jumping for about two decades near Concord Country Club. Although it is overgrown today and forgotten by most people, Snow Pond – like scores of similar long-gone New Hampshire ski areas – lives on in the memories of those who knew it as children. “You know, it only happened when there was a good snowstorm,” she added of Snow Pond, which never had any snowmaking equipment. “It wasn’t like you could just go whenever. But if we had a snow, everybody would be excited and they’d say, ‘Let’s go to Snow Pond!’ And everybody would pile into the car and we’d all show up.” Indeed they would. “When it snowed, they’d make us all side-step up the hill to pack it down; A listing of old we couldn’t ski until we’d done that. ski areas. Page 39 There would be a line of kids In Franklin, a community ski area is still going strong Page 42

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and adults all across the hill, on each slope, going up,” said Dwight Conant, 75, who grew up in Concord and is a member of the New England Ski Museum and contributor to the New England Lost Ski Areas Project. “That, to me, was real skiing.” Snow Pond, also known as Kibby’s Hill after the landowner Elgin Kibby, was one of at least two downhill ski areas open to the public in Concord, along with Russell’s Pond on the south side of Lake View Drive near Penacook Lake. “As a young kid, probably around 1950, we parked the car out by the pond and hiked up a trail,” said Conant. “I remember a jump with a wooden trestle. My mother won a downhill race out there around that time.”

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Russell’s Pond was founded about 1938 for the private Concord Ski Club. It had a 500-foot tow rope and the 30-meter ski jump. It survived World War II, when many areas were lost, but by 1947, the area was no longer listed in a unofficial guidebook for New Hampshire skiing, and probably had shut. Snow Pond started later, opening in the 1950s, and lasted longer. As well as having a 30-meter ski jump, it had at least two runs and was used by Concord High School’s ski team to train, and it sometimes hosted ski meets and races. Kuster says that by the mid-1960s, Snow Pond had become sort of the graduate school for Concord children learning to ski. “It was primarily for the older kids,” recalled Kuster. “You had to be

Snow Pond ski area in Concord, circa 1964. The popular site was also known as Kibby’s Hill, named after landowner Elgin Kibby. The property was one of two downhill ski areas open to the public in Concord. Many similar sites thrived across the state.

able to ride all the way up that rope tow by yourself and ski down.” She said she first skied at White Park in Concord, with lessons organized in part by her mother. “As a young girl at Dewey School, we used to wear our wool ski pants and laced ski boots to school. Then we’d walk across the street, and she would teach ski lessons at White Park. A lot of people learned to ski there,” Kuster said, reminiscing about one area known as “threebump hill.” After that came “Foogee,” named in joking reference to Mt. Fuji in Japan. “It was out on Mountain Road, the backyard of Dr. Horace Blood’s farmhouse. They had a rope tow; it would grab you and you felt that it would pull your arm out of your socket. When you were adept at Mount Fuji, then you got to go to Snow Pond,” she said. Downhill skiing has existed for centuries, but it took off only after the invention of the mechanized tow rope to haul people back up to the top of the run. Developed in Europe, the mechanized surface lift came to North America in 1933 in Quebec and the U.S. in 1934, when one was installed in Woodstock, Vt. The Dartmouth Outing Club followed suit the next year and soon commercial ski areas were being developed all around New England. The ease of creating a tow rope system – basically, you took an engine out of a car and put it at the top of the hill, then looped a very long rope around the flywheel and set up some posts to guide it – appealed to anybody with a hill and sense of adventure. Landowners and farmers set them up on sloped fields to make a little winter income, communities created them in parks and woodlands, while inns made them to lure tourists. Some lasted a couple of years, some ran for decades. It’s impossible to know how many existed, but

Remember When New England Lost Ski Areas Project lists 172 ski areas that used to operate in New Hampshire, most of them tiny one-hill operations featuring tow-ropes. Many of these ski areas of old were killed off by the high costs for insurance and snowmaking. Here’s the NELSAP list of areas that existed in central New Hampshire: Adams Farm: N. Charlestown

Four Seasons Lodge: Sunapee

Arlberg Inn: Gilford

Fox Chase Inn: Bradford

Aukee Ski Area: Canterbury

Freedom Tow: Freedom

Bent Family Tow: Etna

Frontenac: Plymouth

Brickyard Mountain: Weirs Beach

Gilford Outing Club Tow: Gilford

Candy Mountain: Wakefield

Glidden’s Tow: Ashland Hanover Country Club: Hanover

Catamount Mountain Slopes: Pittsfield

Heidelburg Tow: New London

Claremont Country Club: Claremont Contoocook Ski Tow: Contoocook

Dexter ’s Ski Lodge: Sunapee

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Cardigan Pastures: Alexandria

Copple Crown: New Durham


Highlands: Northfield Holderness: Plymouth Huckin’s Hill: Plymouth Johnson Farm: Claremont

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Remember When Keene’s/Lord’s Hill: Etna Kimball Union Academy Slope/French’s Ledges: Meriden

Ossipee Ski Slopes/ Mountainview Slopes: Ossipee Page Hill Slope: Tamworth

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Russell’s Pond: Concord

Mayhew Turnpike: Bristol

Sanbornton Tow: Sanbornton

Mount Moosilauke: Warren

Shaker Village: Enfield

Mount Gunstock Ski Hoist: Gilford

Steele Hill Resort: Sanbornton

Mount Pero Trails: Plymouth Mount Rowe / Alpine Ridge: Gilford Moose Mountain: Brookfield Moose Mountain Slopes: Etna Mount Whittier: West Ossipee New Hampton School: New Hampton Newport Beginner Slope: Newport Northeast Slopes / New London Slopes: New London Whale’s Hump: N. Grantham Northwood Ski Tow: Northwood Oak Hill: Hanover Orford Slopes: Orford Ossipee Mountain: Moultonborough

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Shugah Valley Tow: Claremont Snow Pond/Kibby Slopes: East Concord Suissevale: Moultonborough Sunapee Ski Tows: Sunapee Village Sunny Slopes: Andover Sunset Hill: Meriden Tilton School: Tilton Twin Town Inn: Tilton Walpole: Walpole Warner: Warner Wendy ’s/Frontenac / Lynx Creek: Plymouth White Birch: Weare Whittier Ski Slope: West Ossipee Woody Glen: Salisbury

there were hundreds. The New England Lost Ski Area Project has been compiling information about these closed areas for two decades at As of October, its website listed 172 closed New Hampshire ski areas, plus one ski jump (Nansen, in Berlin) and eight areas that closed but later reopened, including Tenney Mountain in Plymouth and Crotched Mountain in Francestown. The closed areas existed all over the place, from Contoocook Ski Tow to the optimistically named Franklin Mountain, from the Warner Ski Tow – which moved when Interstate 89 was built – to Aukee Ski Area in Canterbury.

Death, and some rebirth If all these ski areas were so much fun, why did they all die? Two reasons, mostly – insurance and snowmaking. The freewheeling early decades of skiing ended in 1974 when the Vermont Supreme Court upheld a $1.5 million injury lawsuit against Stratton Mountain. That sent ski area insurance rates soaring, killing off not just small private areas but a lot of smaller commercial ski areas, too. Just as important was skier expectations caused by improvements of snowmaking, which costs far too much for small hills to install. As people began to expect downhill skiing to be available all winter, not just when there was good natural snow cover, the limitations of the local hill became harder to bear. A series of poor snow seasons proved the death knell for many local hills, almost all of which had closed by 1980. In recent years, however, something surprising has happened: Skiers are returning, although in a different form. Backcountry skiing, in which skiers walk uphill looking for places to ski down through the woods


ski runs on Bartlett and Baldrather than sticking to face mountains. And the Apgroomed trails, has taken off palachian Mountain Club is in popularity, due in part to mowing one former area, improving technology that Duke’s Ski Trail, a few hunmakes the uphill slog easier. And backcountry aficionadred feet above Cardigan dos looking for suitable hills Lodge in Alexandria, for have found that long-closed backcountry fans. ski areas are a good place to Even if nobody’s hauling look, and many used the up old Ford engines to rebuild NELSAP website as a place ski tows, it’s a reminder that to hunt. the pleasures which drew As Appalachian Mounskiers to all these little hills in tain Club ski writer Tim the past are still there. Jones put it: “The hills that Last winter, Kuster said, drew skiers in the first she and family members place are still very much Bob Prescott “were out on Blye Farm, went there, still covered in snow Russell Pond Ski Area closed in the cross-country skiing out early 1950s. most winters, and many across the golf course. We are still ski-able.” came out at Snow Pond and Things have even gotten organized. A few all my brothers and sisters, we were just recallclosed ski areas, like Hogback Mountain in Vering all the memories. They remember everymont, are being maintained by volunteers for thing,” she said. backcountry skiing. The White Mountain Na“I think there’s a whole new generation of tional Forest has given permission for volunfamilies who would really enjoy doing it this teers to cut trees and brush on some long-gone way,” she added. ◆

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Skiers enjoy an evening run at the Veterans Memorial Ski Area in Franklin last February.

Anyone who thinks Veterans Memorial Recreation Ski Area in Franklin doesn’t have a lot to offer, with only 220 vertical feet of elevation, is missing the point. This little ski area offers free skiing thanks to sponsorships from local businesses that pay for the lift attendants and the gas to run the rope tow and t-bar. That’s not a misprint: It’s FREE. “It’s a real throwback to the 1960s when families like mine didn’t have the money to go to bigger ski areas,” said Kathy Fuller, whose father was one of the founding members of the ski area. “It’s going back to an age when you en-

couraged families to play together and spend time together.” The ski area hosts a lot of beginners, young children and families who want to get out for a few hours, or don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on a single day of skiing. Even equipment isn’t an issue if you can’t afford it. Franklin Outing Club members can use any of the ski area’s equipment at no charge. “It’s just a happy place with a lot of families,” Fuller said. “You feel welcome.” Since it isn’t able to make snow, its season depends on the weather. It’s open for skiing on Thursday nights, Saturdays and Sundays.

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Ragged Mountain

In Danbury, skiers can expect new gladed trails, a live streaming camera and a new Rossignol rental fleet.


Pats Peak

In Henniker, you’ll see a new post-and-beam lodge.

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Winter is about to set in, and when it does, you’ll either head for the lodge or get in line for the lift. No matter which direction you take, there’s lots to see By DAVID BROOKS The state’s alpine ski areas are ramping up for the season, many with additions that are worth checking out. Here are some changes that have been announced. Pats Peak in Henniker has built a new post-and-beam lodge featuring enlarged bathrooms – which is a big deal when you’re bundled up in ski gear – plus skiboot-friendly stairs. They have also added more energy-efficient snowmaking fan guns and towers to their 100 percent snowmaking coverage. At Crotched Mountain in Francestown the big news remains its purchase this summer by Vail Resorts, which had the immediate effect of including the mountain in some of Vail’s nationwide ski passes.

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Crotched Mountain will honor the existing “Peak Pass” for ski mountains previously owned by Peak Resorts – which includes Wildcat and Attitash in New Hampshire. Mount Sunapee Resort has upgraded snowmaking in its South Peak area, and added rental equipment for Ski School. Ragged Mountain Resort in Danbury remodeled the Elmwood and Meetinghouse Lodges and renovated the New Hampshire Mountain Inn. It also has new gladed trails, a live-streaming camera and a new Rossignol rental fleet. Gunstock Mountain Resort invested in high-efficiency snowmaking equipment including 47 new HKD Impulse snow guns and one TechnoAlpinTR8 Fan Gun. Gunstock Ski & Sport, formerly Mountainside

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In Gilford, check out an enhanced freestyle park with snow made by new high-efficiency equipment, including 47 new HKD Impulse snow guns.

Outfitters, has been remodeled and enlarged. Other improvements include an enhanced Terrain and Freestyle Park, trail signage and new base lodge furnishings. Resort enhancements underway at Bretton Woods include New Hampshireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first eightpassenger Gondola that travels at 1,200 feet per minute, which will debut for the 2019-20 ski season along with a 16,000-square-foot onmountain dining-and-event venue, anticipated to open during the summer of 2020. Cannon Mountain says it has spent $2.5 million on upgrades to the Mountain Station Tram building at the summit. Cannon also has new grooming equipment and 20 new snowguns and hydrants and pipe for the Tossup Terrain Park. At Cranmore Mountain Resort, Phase II of Kearsarge Brook Condominiums broke

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ground on Aug. 20. This is the second phase of a $50 million development designed to create residences and expanded base facilities. Loon Mountain Resort has expanded and remodeled its lodge facilities with the Summit Café remodel and the addition of the new Pemigewasset Base Camp. It is also introducing RFID ticketing to its resort this winter. Lift tickets, fly cards and season pass products will now be loaded onto reusable cards, which will be scanned remotely by electronic gates. Down the road, the White Mountain National Forest Schedule of Proposed Actions shows that Loon is proposing to replace the 20-year-old Kancamagus Quad at the Governor Adams base area with a high-speed, detachable, eight-person chairlift. At Waterville Valley Resort, the Freestyle Lounge has an anticipated winter opening. Other base lodge improvements include a private event space and a family area. The resort is also looking at the future addition of a highspeed, detachable, six-person chairlift to replace the White Peaks Quad. ◆

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Contoocook Railroad Bridge in downtown Contoocook.

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Bement Bridge

Town: Bradford Built: 1854 Length: 61 feet Style: Long truss

We start with the shortest bridge on your drive. The Long truss design used in Bradford’s Bement Bridge is named for Hopkinton native Stephen H. Long, a member of the U.S. Army Topographical Engineers.

Story by DANA WORMALD Photos by GEOFF FORESTER Nature, without any help at all from people, does a pretty thorough job of selling New Hampshire to visitors and reminding residents why they’re here. The mountains, lakes, forests, rivers, fields and coastline are a marketer’s dream. It’s all much more than enough, but the seasons leave nothing to chance. They open the sales pitch with Technicolor greens of springinto-summer, dazzle with explosions of autumn gold and seal the deal around a bonfire in a field of winter white. Again, it’s all much more than enough – but long-ago craftsmen weren’t satisfied. They didn’t merely want you to be thrilled by the sight of perfection being further perfected in the

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natural world; they wanted you to fall in love. And so with a seductive sweep they built barns at the edge of meadows, classic Colonials framed by picket fences and white church spires that pierce the unbound blue. Individually these scenes are postcards; together they form the collective nostalgia of rural America. Time feels a little less linear on these back roads, as if days, decades, centuries might fall away around the next bend. And sometimes they do, if only for a few seconds, as rubber wheels leave the pavement for the wooden timbers of another time. To be clear, crossing a 19th-century covered bridge while driving a 21st-century automobile isn’t exactly a transformational experience. One minute you’re gliding along on the open road and the next you’re rumbling through some-

thing that looks like a narrow, long, door-less barn that’s been haphazardly placed over a river. And then, like so much of life, it’s all in the rearview mirror. Also, most of New Hampshire’s 54 covered bridges (36 of which still carry vehicle traffic) aren’t exactly celebrated as tourist attractions in and of themselves. You might find a nearby spot to pull over and stretch your legs, but odds are you’re not going to find a gift shop or tour guide. And if you do get out to take a look around, you’ll quickly realize a couple of things that will drop the curtain on fantasyland: first, unless you’re fascinated by old-timey trusses, there’s not much to look at up close; second, if you’re visiting one of the 36 bridges still in use, you might want to avoid walking inside to stare up at the bones unless you like getting honked at, or worse. Much, much worse. All that aside, there’s a reason artists like to paint covered bridges

Waterloo Station Bridge

Town: Warner Built: 1857 Length: 76 feet Style: Town truss

After a scenic drive along the river toward Warner, you’ll arrive at the Waterloo Station Bridge, named for its location near the old Concord and Claremont Railroad.

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Dalton Bridge

Town: Warner Built: 1853 Length: 77 feet Style: Long/Queen truss

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and photographers like to shoot them. They stir something in the American heart. Many of them were built in the mid-1800s, when this country was just beginning to glimpse where technology might take it. The structures weren’t made to last forever, but engineers figured out that adding the roof would extend the life of the timbers below. And that was that. It’s unlikely they predicted that future Americans would fall in love with that utilitarian look, sometimes without understanding why exactly, and go to such great lengths to protect covered bridges from the relentless two-headed monster of progress and exposure. While we would never try to dissuade you from tackling a 54-bridge bucket list in the form of an epic New Hampshire road trip, why not start off with something a little more manageable to get your feet wet? After all, when was the last time you drove across four different covered




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bridges all before lunchtime, and then visited a fifth that is one of the last remaining covered railroad bridges in the nation? Your journey begins in Bradford. The Bement Covered Bridge, built for $500 in 1854, is right off Route 103 and carries Center Road over the west branch of the Warner River. The bridge was the brainchild of Hopkinton native and member of the U.S. Army Topographical Engineers Stephen H. Long – or so the story goes. In fact, the structural design is named for him – the Long truss – which was patented in 1830. At just 61 feet, it’s the shortest bridge you’ll visit on your mini-tour, but it more than makes up for that knock by being exceedingly photogenic. After capturing the perfect selfie, follow the river east on 103 toward Warner. Waterloo Station Bridge, which was built in the Town truss style, carries Newmarket Road over the Warner River. Built in 1857 by Concord’s Dutton Woods, the bridge is 76 feet long and is located near the old Waterloo Station along the Concord and Claremont Railroad. Got that selfie? Okay, time to move on a few miles east to Warner’s Rockwell-esque Main Street village. Just after the post office, turn right onto Joppa Road, and you’ll quickly spot the Dalton Bridge (named for the Widow Dalton), which is more intuitively but less romantically known as the Joppa Road Bridge. If bridges care at all about bragging rights, Dalton has the claim to fame of being one foot longer than Waterloo and four years older. It was built in a combination of styles – Long truss and Queen truss – and cost a whopping $630 (well, compared to Bradford’s Bement). You’ll want to spend a little time in downtown Warner, so do that, and then head east again toward the heart of Contoocook Village. If you’ve been itching to feel some old wood and get a closer look at those trusses, now’s your chance. Welcome to the oldest

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Contoocook Railroad Bridge

Town: Contoocook Built: 1889 Length: 157 feet Style: Double Town truss

You’ll be driving across all the other bridges on your tour, but here’s where you get to step out and stretch your legs and your engineering muscles. Step inside the Contoocook Railroad Bridge and take in the Double Town truss style.

covered railroad bridge in the United States. The Contoocook Railroad Bridge, which spans the Contoocook River, was first built in 1850 but the one you’ll see was erected 39 years later. It’s 157 feet long and was crafted in the Double Town truss style, which made it better able to handle heavier loads than its predecessor. What is a Double Town truss? While we could certainly flex our engineering muscles and take a deep dive on that (no, we couldn’t), why not get out of the car and check it out for yourself ? Feel free to spend as much time inside the bridge as you want, because there is absolutely no chance you will be struck by a train. Unless ghost trains are a thing, which really is not for us to say.

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Rowell Bridge

Town: Hopkinton Built: 1853 Length: 167 feet Style: Long/Arch truss

You won’t want to leave Contoocook right away, and you don’t have to. There’s only one bridge left and it’s just a little ways down Route 127. Relax. Take your time. Back in 1853, the Childs boys of Henniker – Horace, Enoch and Warren – got together to build Rowell Bridge across the Contoocook River in West Hopkinton. At 167 feet, it’s the longest bridge on this shortlist and sports a combination Long/Arch truss style. If you’re looking for a spot for that perfect seasonal family photo, this might be the one. So that’s it. Five covered bridges, all different, all on the National Register of Historic Places and all just a short detour off the main road. Best of all, time is precious and you still have half the day to play around with. But however you choose to spend those remaining hours, there’s a good chance the same thought will stick with you as night comes to claim another day: There’s just something about covered bridges. ◆

You’ve arrived at the Rowell Bridge, the longest span on your itinerary. And this may be the best spot for that family selfie. Congrats, you made it, hopefully with enough time to sneak in that afternoon nap.




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NOV. 29-30

A Christmas Carol: The Musical Ghost Story Charles Dickens wrote his story as a mystery, and this true-toDickens production by Jena’s Playhouse is a celebration of ghosts, with a sugar dusting of original music, all your favorite characters and carols, and some unexpected twists and turns. Created and directed by Joel Mercier, the show stars a cast of top actors and singers. Concord City Auditorium, Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

DEC. 6-15

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol In this original adaption of the holiday classic by Jill Pinard, Hatbox Theatre focuses on how the dream-like qualities of the ghost story aspect of Dickens’ work can bring about redemption. Hatbox Theatre, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

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[title of show] A new musical theater festival deadline is just three weeks away. Jeff and Hunter dive into the task of writing a musical. With the help of a few friends, the group works tirelessly to create a musical about creating a musical. Hatbox Theatre, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. JAN. 17-19

Crippled Inside

The Nutcracker (You’ve got options) DEC. 7-8

DEC. 14

Follow young Clara and her Nutcracker on their journey through the snow as Tchaikovsky ’s cherished score is played by a live orchestra and choreography beautifully danced by students and alumni of Eastern Ballet Institute of Concord.

Turning Pointe Center of Dance will present their take on the family-friendly ballet directed by Lisa Drouin Goff.

Capitol Center for the Arts, Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Concord City Auditorium, Saturday at 2 p.m.

Hatbox Theatre, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. JAN. 22

DEC. 20

The Simon and Garfunkel Story

The New Hampshire School of Ballet will delight audiences with a traditional performance of the Christmas classic. Concord City Auditorium, Friday at 7 p.m.

DEC. 19-22

Santaland Diaries /Season’s Greetings

DEC. 13

Jersey Boys Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tonyand Grammy award-winning true-life musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true. Recommended for age 12 and older due to profane language. Capitol Center for the Arts, Friday at 8 p.m.

Crippled Inside takes place between the years 1967 to 1973, and traces the relationship between father and son trying each in their own way, to navigate the turbulent waters of that era as they both cope with the issues of drugs, Vietnam, social change and mental illness.

The Santaland Diaries is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker ’s Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. It’s paired with Season’s Greetings, a funny, touching and twisted monologue about the season. Hatbox Theatre, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey of folk-rock duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, from their humble beginnings as Tom & Jerry to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups of the 1960s to their dramatic split in 1970. Capitol Center for the Arts, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. JAN. 31-FEB. 16

How It Works Daniel MacIvor’s How it Works introduces us to four unforgettable people: Al, his ex-wife Donna, his new partner Christine, and his troubled daughter Brooke. Brilliantly weaving past and present, this play illuminates these four lives as they come to terms with their own stories. Hatbox Theatre, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

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FEB. 18

Romeo & Juliet This full-scale production, set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev and based on William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of tragic love. The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine, will bring 55 of Ukraine’s most talented and brightest ballet stars to present the most passionate romantic tragedy. Capitol Center for the Arts, Tuesday at 7 p.m. FEB. 21-23

Pride and Prejudice Theatre Kapow presents Jane Austen’s romantic classic novel Pride and Prejudice with a hilarious twist in this new adaptation from acclaimed writer and actress Kate Hamill. The outspoken and independent Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. Bank of N.H. Stage, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. FEB. 28-MARCH 15

Lend Me a Tenor Set in 1934, the world’s greatest tenor, Tito Merelli, has come to Cleveland, Ohio, to save its struggling Grand Opera Company by singing Pagliacci. When he is unexpectedly incapacitated, Max, the opera director ’s meek assistant, is given the daunting task of finding a last-minute replacement. Hatbox Theatre, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

FEB. 5

Charlotte’s Web Charlotte’s Web is based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Capitol Center for the Arts, Wednesday at 10 a.m. and noon

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The Odd Couple: Female Version The Community Players of Concord will remember playwright Neil Simon with performances of the gender-reversed comedy of mismatched roommates. Concord City Auditorium, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.

MARCH 27-29

The 39 Steps With more than 150 zany characters (played by a cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, bawdy limericks, inexplicable accents, and some good old-fashioned romance, The 39 Steps will have you laughing out of your seat. Hatbox Theatre, Fridays and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.


NOV. 23

Concord Christmas Parade Loudon Road, 9:30 a.m. NOV. 23-DEC. 1

Feztival of Trees A display of Christmas trees and wreaths decorated with a theme that will be judged and given away. Bektash Shrine Center, Nov. 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving.

NOV. 29

Concord Tree Lighting The 34th annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting will begin with horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo on the State House lawn, face painting, and refreshments. The Concord Fire Department will bring Santa Claus to the plaza to meet the boys and girls. The Brian Waldron Band will entertain with holiday music from 4 to 6 p.m. The lighting itself will be at 6 p.m. City Plaza, Friday with activities beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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DEC. 1

Holiday Arts Market

National Theatre: Hansard

Find unique handmade gifts for everyone on your list while supporting your favorite local artists and artisans! Eagle Square, Sundays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. Bank of N.H. Stage, Sunday at 12:55 p.m. DEC. 5 NOV. 30

Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime

Dueling Pianos

If you have yet to check out downtown Concord’s newest music venue, this could be your chance. Bank of N.H. Stage, Thursday at 8 p.m.

A high-energy, interactive, and all-request rock and roll event. From Bon Jovi to Billy Joel, you make the requests and you sing along – lots of music, and lots of laughs in one of the most interactive shows to hit the stage. Capitol Center for the Arts, Satuday at 8 p.m.


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DEC. 6

Midnight Merriment Stay out late with shops and businesses as they kick off the holiday season with lots of merriment in downtown Concord. Don’t miss the Winter Giftopolis starting at 6 p.m. at the Eagle Square atrium.

DEC. 8

DEC. 12

Chris Pureka and Kris Delmhorst

Buzz Ball

Bank of N.H. Stage, Sunday at 8 p.m.

Greg and the Morning Buzz host the ultimate holiday rock and roll variety show, featuring special guest musicians, comedians and actors. Capitol Center for the Arts, Thursday at 7 p.m.

Downtown Concord, Friday at 3 p.m.


DEC. 7

A Holiday Spectacular Concord Dance Academy, led by Cindy Flanagan, will start off the holiday season with a show that includes a kickline, Santa and sweets. Concord City Auditorium, Saturday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.


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Tandy ’s Holiday of Song Add some early joy to your holiday season as Tandy’s Idols entertain you with Christmas classics. While you listen, enjoy cakes, pies, cookies, and chocolates from our sweets buffet at the matinee or family-style pasta dinner during the evening show.

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Eagle Square Atrium, Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m.

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DEC. 14

Laurie Berkner Holiday Concert Laurie Berkner and her band celebrate the season with such traditional, secular songs as “Jingle Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman,” plus originals from Laurie’s well-loved album A Laurie Berkner Christmas like “Santa’s Coming to My House Tonight.” Capitol Center for the Arts, Saturday at 11 a.m. DEC. 14

MET: The Magic Flute Bank of N.H. Stage, Saturday at 12:55 p.m.

DEC. 22

DEC. 14

Capital Jazz Orchestra’s Holiday Pops

Purging Sin

Ring in the holiday season with a special yuletide program featuring the Capital Jazz Orchestra and vocalists CJ Poole and Laura Daigle, along with narrator Laura Knoy of NHPR who will be reciting her traditional version of “The Night Before Christmas.”

Bank of N.H. Stage, Saturday at 8 p.m. DEC. 14

Capitol Center for the Arts, Sunday at 4 p.m.

Comedian Lewis Black Lewis Black has always aligned the names of his tours with what is going on in the world around him. By naming this tour “The Joke’s On Us,” Black says it’s his way of realizing we’ve sort of reached the end of the line.

DEC. 21

Start Making Sense The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads’ entire career, including songs Talking Heads never performed live!

Capitol Center for the Arts, Saturday at 8 p.m.

Bank of N.H. Stage, Saturday at 8 p.m. DEC. 15

National Theatre: Present Laughter Bank of N.H. Stage, Sunday at 12:55 p.m. DEC. 19

DEC. 27

DEC. 21

Ted Vigil: Rocky Mountain Christmas

Concert features Matt Flinner and Low Lily.

Seattle-born singer, songwriter and tribute artist Ted Vigil will perform the songs of John Denver. Vigil performs internationally for all kinds of venues and events.

Bank of N.H. Stage, Thursday at 8 p.m.

Capitol Center for the Arts, Saturday at 8 p.m.

Winter Solstice Mini-Fest

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The Ghost of Paul Revere Bank of N.H. Stage, Friday at 8 p.m. DEC. 29

Kinky Boots Broadcast Bank of N.H. Stage, Sunday at 12:55 p.m.

JAN. 18

The Rhythm of the Night The 29th Annual Dance Extravaganza kicks off the winter entertainment season with a showcase starring 150 dancers from 10 area schools. Concord City Auditorium, Saturday at 7 p.m. JAN. 18

Capitol City Rewind ‘90s Night Bank of N.H. Stage, Saturday at 8 p.m.

DEC. 29

Celtic Night with Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki and Liz Faiella

Bank of N.H. Stage, Sunday at 5 p.m.

JAN. 19

National Theatre: All My Sons

DEC. 31

JAN. 11

New Years Noon

MET: Wozzeck

An early start to 2020! Celebrate at noon with food and a sparkling toast!

Bank of N.H. Stage, Saturday at 12:55 p.m.

Presidential Oaks, Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m.

JAN. 11

JAN. 11

Get the Led Out

Bank of N.H. Stage, Sunday at 12:55 p.m. FEB. 1

MET: Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

Eggy Bank of N.H. Stage, Saturday at 8 p.m.

Bank of N.H. Stage, Saturday at 12:55 p.m.

From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out capture the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin.

JAN. 12

Capitol Center for the Arts, Saturday at 8 p.m.

Bank of N.H. Stage, Sunday at 12:55 p.m.

FEB. 1

Tragedy: Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond

42nd Street Broadcast

Bank of N.H. Stage, Saturday at 8 p.m. FEB. 7 – 8

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Burnt-Out Wife Burnt-Out Wife explores the decay and detritus of marriage. Separation, sex deprivation, and lack of communication add up to wanting to run from the popular, yet impossible binding contract. Using her comedic text-driven dance style, Sara Juli, blows up marriage for a total reimagining. Bank of N.H. Stage, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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Concord City Auditorium, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Since its debut, Celtic Woman’s concerts continue to capture the hearts of an audience that spans the globe. Both an accomplished recording ensemble and a world-class performing collective, Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage, while introducing some of Ireland’s most talented singers and musicians onto the world stage. FEB. 12

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Piano Battle: Andreas vs. Paul Two pianists, six rounds. Chopin vs. Liszt, Debussy vs. Schubert, Black vs. White. Who will be the first to cross the finish line? The audience will decide! Capitol Center for the Arts, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. FEB. 29

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Bela Fleck & The Flecktones Groundbreaking banjoist/composer/ bandleader Béla Fleck has reconvened the original Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, the initial line-up of his incredible combo. Capitol Center for the Arts, Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

New Hampshire’s own Juston McKinney returns with lots of new material! He’s been using the state as his comic muse since he was humoring perps as a deputy sheriff on the New Hampshire / Maine border in the 1990s. Capitol Center for the Arts, Saturday at 8 p.m.

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With stick in hand, Pete Mellen takes a break outside the rink during the first day of the 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship. That year marked the second tournament held at White Park in Concord.

Decade on ice 2018

Mary Anne Connolly of Weare gets ready to play for her team, the Galoots.

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White Park will once again be turned into a pond hockey paradise on Jan. 23-26 for the 10th annual 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championships. The event celebrates the rich hockey history in Concord, which began in 1883 when St. Paul’s School hosted the first organized game of hockey ever played in the United States. Nearly 100 teams and 700 players will play on multiple rinks created for the event. The teams are separated into 10 divisions that include men’s, women’s, elite, recreational and 50-plus teams. By the end of the weekend, each division will crown a champion. Finding parking close to the action can be tricky, but there will be a complimentary shuttle bus to and from White Park on Friday and Saturday. Once you’re there, there’s no charge to watch the hockey, and there are other activities to enjoy – bonfires, live entertainment, interactive games, a rock wall, fireworks, food trucks, and ice and snow sculptures.


Concord native Tara Mounsey is well-known around these parts for having led Team USA to a gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.



Mike Farrelly (left) and Tom Harrison work on putting together one of the rinks. The two have been with the tournament since the start.

The ‘Moose Myth’ sculpture that had been on display downtown fuels the afternoon bonfire. “A fun but poetic end,” said the artist.


Tournament organizer Chris Brown walks out of the players’ tent with a jersey tucked under one arm and his hockey equipment under the other.

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The Boston and Maine Railroad crew in Concord is shown in 1924. B&M was the largest employer in the city.

Derailed For the 120 years after the railroad reached Concord in 1842, Concord was a true railroad town. The grand brick depot symbolized the center of commerce, travel, and political power for the entire state, well into the first half of the twentieth century. The Boston & Maine Railroad often dominated the capital city’s affairs, whether as its largest employer or carrying a loved one off to war. In the latter half of the century, however, the railroad in Concord came to represent both the decline of a company, and a way of life for many residents. When the B&M fell on hard times, significant parts of Concord

A steam locomotive pulls out of the Concord Depot in this 1934 photo. The depot was torn down in the 1950s. The area is now the site of Marshall’s.

followed, until, by the end of the century, there was almost nothing left at all. At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the railroad in Concord was a pale shadow of its former self, and while there were those who worked to keep the rails from rusting completely away, Concord found itself relegated to the end of a little-used branch line, no longer an important place in America’s rail network. This story can be told of a num-

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ber of American places, but in Concord, these reminders of the past, now crumbling away, remain especially poignant, recalling a time when Concord was a railroad town. This excerpt written by Andrew Wilson appears in the chapter titled “Railroad Town” in the Concord Historical Society’s “Crosscurrents of Change: Concord, N.H., in the 20th Century.”

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Snow A canvas for angels, Clay for the sculptor, Body to explore. Ammunition for schoolboys.

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Glenn K. Currie is a humorist, essayist, and poet. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1965 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1965–1969. He worked in corporate America from 1970– 1986, during which time he traveled extensively, primarily in the Middle East. He and his family returned to New Hampshire and settled in Concord in 1986, where he maintained a private consulting business and became a freelance writer. He was a regular contributor to the Concord Monitor for two decades and has also been an occasional contributor to New Hampshire magazine, and has written for other magazines and newspapers over the last thirty years. Ball of String is Mr. Currie’s sixth published volume of poetry.

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Spring’s arrival Marks a messy breakup. And then ex-lover regrets. That’s the thing about snow. – Glenn K. Currie BALL OF STRING

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Alan’s of Boscawen 133 N. Main Street, Rte. 3, Boscawen, NH (603) 753-6631 Alan’s of Boscawen, a family-owned restaurant, has been a local favorite in the Concord area for over 35 years providing great food, catering, and dining experiences. Featuring live entertainment Fri & Sat 8:30pm-12am. Open daily, including breakfast Sat & Sun.


11 Depot Street, Concord, NH (603) 715-5723 @revivalkitchennh Casual upscale dining with farm to table influence. Reviving Old World classic dishes using local meats, produce and dairy. Unique and classic cocktails and every wine available by the glass.


Constantly Pizza

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Main Street Grill & Bar 32 Main Street, Pittsfield, NH (603) 435-0005 Open Daily at 11am for Lunch 4pm for Dinner

Our Fresh Local Approach With a clear focus on providing unique cuisine while refusing to compromise on quality, all of our dishes are made fresh and with as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. Our ethos of local sourcing even carries over to our bar. All of our draft selections are locally brewed craft beers and our wine list is made up exclusively of New Hampshire wines. So visit us at Main Street to experience big city quality with a small town feel.





Concord High student Ella Diers waves while holding her “Hallo Emelie” sign as she greets German American Partnership Program students from Maximilian Kolbe High School in Wegberg, Germany, at the Concord Bus Terminal on Stickney Avenue on Sept. 26. The students stayed with families in Concord as part of an exchange program.

Celebrating community

Everly Langley, 1, enjoys a snack at the Taste of Greece Festival at the Greek Orthodox Church on N. State Street on Sept. 21.

Members of the crowd join a Bostonarea dancer during the Multicultural Festival at the State House on Sept. 22.

John Bradstreet heads out with the rest of the mountain bike group at Elm Brook Park in Hopkinton for a 30-mile ride during the annual Pedaling for Payson fundraiser on Sept. 14. Bradstreet recently celebrated his fifth anniversary after battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Morgan Hallee, 5, left, and her cousin Aubree Cate, 3, of Manchester make their way down Main Street in Concord at the Halloween Howl on Oct. 25.

Concord Police Detective Dana Dexter leaves the podium after addressing the crowd before the annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event at City Plaza in front of the State House on Oct. 2.

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Reflections of a different time Bill Bagwill (left) and Dick Hage are reflected in Squam Lake during the annual ice harvest at Rockywold Deephaven Camps in Holderness. In a century-long tradition, volunteers carve out three winter days to, in turn, carve through the frozen pond with giant saws. Their haul – about 3,600 blocks of ice, each weighing about 125 pounds – is pulled out with pikes and pulleys, slid onto the back of a truck. and then packed into one of two icehouses and covered in sawdust. Come summer, that hard work and those 200 tons of ice will be put to good use in the camp’s 60 cottages. There, they’ll be slid into antique oak ice boxes that will provide refridgeration for food and plenty of ice for drinks.



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