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Get to know the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area of New Hampshire.

Fall 2017

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Find the Photography by Mary-Anne Murdough

Can you guess where the NH gnome is raking leaves this fall? Try your luck and you might win a gift certificate to Country Spirit Restaraunt in Henniker, N.H.! Email your name, address and phone number — with your answer — to info@kearsargemagazine.com. Please write FALL GNOME in the subject line. Follow us on Facebook for more opportunities to guess the gnome’s location…he travels all over! Mary-Anne Murdough has loved taking photos since she got her first camera as a freshman in high school. She went on to study graphic arts and graphic design. Her favorite thing to photograph is old historic cemeteries. The New Hampshire Gnome was inspired by Mary-Anne’s love of photography and creating art, especially working with clay. She lives in Hillsborough, N.H. Congratulations to Andrea Drake of Concord. She correctly guessed that the gnome was visiting Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton, N.H., in the Fall 2017 issue and received a $25 gift certificate to Allioops! in New London, N.H.!

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The Road Less Travelled

If you like to discover places that few visitors, photographers or even locals see, then NH Route 4A is the place for you. Text and photography by Jim Block

20 Field of Treasures

You never know what you’ll find at the Davisville Flea Market in Warner, N.H. Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root

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44A Local Food System The team behind Bradford, N.H.’s Kearsarge Food Hub — and Sweet Beet Market — work hard year round to feed an increasing demand for local ingredients. By Katie Bushueff

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Lake Sunapee/Kea rsarge area of New

ville Flea Marke t Benjamin Arthur Tolosa is a movie Newport, N.H.’s Steam-Powered actor, portrait and high dynamic Peanut Roaster Discover NH Ro range photographer, independent ute 4A (bring your cam era!) film maker, renaissance creative author and accomplished IT professional. He is the author of three books, including a manual for a chess variant called Princely Chess. Ben is better known for his portrayal of Manny Di Stefano, a lead role in the feature film "Plaga Zombie American Invasion", part of the Plaga Zombie Film Series™. He speaks three languages, runs his photography and film making company Ben Tolosa Studios, produces videos for his YouTube channel, and hosts his interview show "The Red Interview." Ben is also an avid Harley Davidson aficionado. He lives in New London, N.H.

The Hopkinton State Fair is one of the most well-known events in New England, and the largest fair in New Hampshire. Photography by Leigh Ann Root


Get to know the

Fall 2017

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Can you guess where the NH gnome is raking leaves this fall? Try your luck and you might win a gift certificate to Country Spirit Restaurant in Henniker, N.H.! Photography by Mary-Anne Murdough

29 Let’s Go Calendar

KM’s calendar with 30-plus wonderful local activities and events to check out this fall. Compiled by Laura Jean Whitcomb


Leigh Ann Root


36 Business: In a Nutshell

39 Outside: Walk the Labyrinth

Looking for a respite from your busy day? There’s a labyrinth in New London that offers a place for a few moments of contemplation. By Laura Jean Whitcomb


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Newport, N.H., resident Dean Stetson’s Steam-Powered Peanut Roaster encourages locals to “savor the memories as the years pass by.” By Laura Jean Whitcomb

54 Pets: Out and About with Fido

60 History: Talking to the Dead

S.B. Craddock of Concord and Sunapee, N.H., was a famed spiritualist, medium and clairvoyant. By Janice Brown


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One of the wonderful advantages of living in New Hampshire: there are enough dogfriendly options in the towns of Newbury, Sunapee and New London for several days’ worth of adventures. By Brianna Marino

86 On the Road

Kearsarge Magazine loves to visit local businesses, attend local events and take photos. Join us this fall on our real estate tour. Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root

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editor’s letter Hello friends, It has been a busy summer. A wonderfully busy summer. It started with Chamber Day in Newport in June. What a great group of businesses we live and work with; everyone is so generous and friendly. The next weekend was the New London Strawberry Festival on the town green in New London. I didn’t bring magazines to that event — I need to remember that folks need bags to carry their free reading material home with them! — but I sold some of my afterwork projects: necklaces with shrinky dink pendants, cards made out of recycled materials, and funny magnets. And, oh, the strawberries! Yum. July brought a class at Newport’s Library Arts Center (teaching my “shrink art,” as Sue Anne Bottomley calls it, to others) and my 3D collages an art show at Newbury old Home Days (thank you Patricia Sweet-McDonald!). August: Hospital Days in New London, where we provided a fun craft and fun items to purchase. Now we’re gearing up for our own Kid Stuff event — Family FunFest on Sept. 9. It is held in Enfield, N.H., at Whaleback, right off exit 16. It’s

free to attend (just please bring a food or toiletry donation) and, we promise, there are free activities and giveaways and projects and events for all ages. We are excited to have Simon Brooks telling his stories, VINS with their raptors and magician Andrew Pinard. We are also excited to see YOU!

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If you like to discover places that few visitors, photographers or even locals see, then NH Route 4A is the place for you. Text and photography by Jim Block

If you like to photograph New England’s scenic icons, don’t bother with NH Route 4A. But if you like to discover places that few visitors, photographers or even locals see, then this is the place for you.

Get started

You can reach Route 4A from I-89 Exit 11 (head east on Route 11) or Exit 17 (head east on Route 4). This description assumes travel SE to NW from Route 11 in Andover to Route 4 in Lebanon touching pieces of Wilmot, Springfield, Grafton and Enfield in between. If you start from the Kearsarge area, Route 4A starts just west of the Cilleyville Bridge, a pedestrian-only covered bridge, in Andover. But even before you turn off Route 11 onto 4A, you might want to venture along the nearby roads to explore Potter Place and its old train station (2/3 mile northeast up Route 11), also in Andover. There is a small sunken garden near the preserved station. From here take Cilleyville Road to a bridge with an overlook of the Blackwater River and some nice rapids.

North Wilmot

Heading northwest on 4A you reach the village of North Wilmot on your right with its white buildings and a few interesting houses. You

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can park here and walk back on 4A a short distance, with perhaps a bit of scrambling through brush, to a view of some rapids along Kimpton Brook. A nice short loop from North Wilmot is south up Bunker Hill Road to Cross Hill Road to Campground Road and back to Route 4A. One of the two trailheads for the SunapeeRagged-Kearsarge Greenway Trail 7 over Bog Mountain is in North Wilmot. The other trailhead for SRKG 7 is a bit farther along 4A near School House Road. This is one of the best hikes on the Greenway. If you want to shorten this hike you can turn up Stearns Road and park near where the trail crosses. Along this road are some nice views of Bog Mountain and the bog.

Kimpton Brook Falls in North Wilmot, N.H.

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Route 4A is less than 24 miles long, but it has a lot to offer for those who look deeply and explore a few of the side roads. All of the photos in this article were taken within two miles of 4A. Two miles northwest of North Wilmot along 4A is the entrance to the Gardner Memorial Wayside Park, part of the Gile State Forest. You can walk downstream along Kimpton Brook and explore old mill ruins or take an easy halfmile hike to rarely visited Butterfield Pond. This is also a great area for cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Just beyond the Gardner Wayside entrance (and still in the state forest) are a wonderful series of ponds along 4A. These make great photo subjects, especially in the fall. You can park and follow a logging road to the back side of the larger one. Definitely watch for moose here, and as you continue along 4A.


A loop off 4A takes you through Springfield. Turn left at Four Corners Road and follow it to the right at a three-way intersection with Bowman Road. Take a quick right onto Lorent Drive (it is easy to miss as it looks like a driveway) to loop past a beautiful old cemetery along Cemetery Road, which soon returns to Four Corners Road. If you backtrack a short distance here you will get a nice view of Kolelemook Lake. Four Corners Road merges with Main Street (Route 114) just past some classic white New England buildings. In a half mile take George Hill Road on your right to the beautiful McDaniels Marsh. There are hiking options and nice photo spots along the road across the falls from the parking lot. If you brought a kayak, this is the place to use it. From the marsh parking area you can take George Hill or Bog Road back to 4A. A few hundred feet southeast of where George Hill Road meets 4A is Boys Camp Road heading north. Park in a wide area on the left just past the ››››› 12

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A bald eagle sits in a tree above Route 4A just southwest of the new Shaker Bridge

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Mount Kearsarge looms behind Moonrise Farm along Cross Hill Road in North Wilmot


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The bog — and Bog Mountain — at sunset

new one-lane bridge and explore the Colette Trail in either direction along the spectacular Bicknell Brook. The most dramatic falls are downstream, but upstream is also beautiful. About a half mile northwest of Boys Camp Road along 4A is Bog Road. It meanders past George Pond, some beautiful wetlands in the Enfield Wildlife Management Area, and eventually reaches McDaniels Marsh, a 300-acre wetland that maintains the conditions for waterfowl nesting and feeding. Along the way there is a trailhead for a one-mile hike to beautiful and remote Cole Pond, known for its fly-fishing waters.


About a mile from 4A is Crystal Lake. You can visit it on foot by walking downstream along Bicknell Brook about a quarter mile along the Colette Trail, by car from Boys Camp Road with a left at Lockhaven, or by taking a right off 4A onto Shaker Hill Road just past Bog Road and Enfield Center. Go straight onto Crystal Lake Road. Eventually 4A skirts the shore of Mascoma Lake and passes the historic Enfield Shaker community. Take time to explore the massive stone

buildings here. A hike uphill south of 4A yields beautiful views of the Shaker village, the lake, Mount Cardigan and beyond. This area has an old Shaker Cemetery and an impressive old canal the Shakers built to bring water down from Smith Pond. Route 4A ends at Route 4 in Lebanon. Near this junction is Mill Road, which can be driven a short distance and then hiked in a loop with the Northern Rail Trail along a beautiful stretch of the Mascoma River and past an old mill site. Jim Block enjoys photographing almost anything: children, adults, families and celebrations; nature and wildlife; sports and action; buildings and businesses. His clients range from publishers to businesses to individuals. Jim lives in Sunapee in the fall and Hanover in the winter where he has taught four to six digital photography courses each year to small groups since 2000. Helping others discover the joy of photography and increase their technical and creative abilities gives Jim great joy. Explore his website at jimblockphoto.com

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You never know what you’ll find at the Davisville Flea Market. Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root


t is flea market fun day in Davisville, one of the two villages in Warner, N.H. The sellers and the seekers anxiously await the end of the weekend for this fantastic flea market frenzy. It’s only open on Sundays. This vintage venture officially began in 1988. It quickly took on a shape of its own, ebbing and flowing through the years as it reflected and responded to the economy. This flea market has grown steady, finding itself in a field of its own, both figuratively and literally. “The Davisville Flea Market is much more voluntary, it’s less controlling, we have fewer regulations, and our admission is free,” says Owner and Founder Toby Nickerson.

Toby Nickerson, owner and host of the Davisville Flea Market


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More than finds

This booth-filled field is like no other; from the finds to flavors, shoppers leave feeling fulfilled. Table after table and row after row of “must-have” items take over a field on Route 103. Live music echoes throughout the grounds. A mixed scent of kettle corn and grilled fare fills the nostrils, making you feel like one of those cartoon characters who wants to float through the air, by their nose, toward the temptations. Flea market-goers are wonderfully overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and smells of the Davisville Flea Market. As you move from table to table, you quickly realize that a visit to each vendor is a necessity, for the sheer fear of missing out on the next fabulous find. And a trip down memory lane is sure to happen while shopping at the flea market. There are nostalgic pieces — from vintage Barbie dolls and old household items to tons of tools — to take you back to your past. You’ll find things you didn’t even know existed or things you didn’t even know you needed, but you now can’t live without.


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The early days

Nickerson moved to the Kearsarge area from Stamford, Conn., in 1981. He purchased this large piece of land with some rental properties. One of his tenants had an old bus and began selling items out of it. This was intriguing to Nickerson. Soon, the market grew from a bus to hundreds of vendors, with only a slight slowdown in the 1990s. The Davisville Flea Market has become a favorite destination for those who live near and far. Nickerson says, “It’s my job to keep the dealers happy.” It’s apparent that he does just that. The jovial camaraderie within the group is evident. All different walks of life are happily selling their wares and helping each other out. They’re like jimmies on top of an ice cream cone — they’re all unique and different, but sprinkled nicely together.

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The number of dealers can range from 80 to 150 on any given Sunday. Nickerson has kept the price of his booth rental reasonable — at only $20 for a 15-by-25 foot table. Placement is on a firstcome, first-serve basis, with vendors arriving before the sun comes up. The deal making begins at 4 a.m. and the last of the day’s dealings wrap up at 4 p.m. The market operates from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, rain or shine. “The prime time hours are from 4 until 6:30 a.m.,” says Nickerson. “This is when the serious antique shoppers show up.” Over the years Nickerson has added a few extras that have proven to make the Davisville Flea Market extraordinary. A variety of musicians play each week from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and the concession stand has grown, serving breakfast and lunch items.

Decades of friendship

There is no doubt that Nickerson is the glue that holds this market together; he’s personally greets every vendor on each market day. He explains that there’s a social sense that gives the market its outstanding feel. “I enjoy the people,”

Nickerson says. “We have a bond that has been created and has grown strong after 25 to 30 years of friendship.” Nickerson has an affinity for metal and welding pieces together. He has to try not to buy everything himself. His biggest concern is where to expand to next, but luckily his land spans 27 acres. “We’ll be growing the market into the field to the east,” he says. The Davisville Flea Market is different week to week, so put on those sneakers and give yourself the time to explore. It’s not surprising that it’s become a real New England attraction — there’s an exchange of energy that is palpable and enjoyable for all. You’ll come for the finds and you’ll leave feeling found. Leigh Ann Root is a freelance writer, photographer and yoga instructor. She teaches yoga throughout the Lake Sunapee Region. Her traveling yoga business is Sunapee Yoga Company. Leigh Ann lives in Newbury, NH with her husband, Jonathan and two children, Parker and Joleigh. www.sunapeeyogacompany.com kearsargemagazine.com • Fall 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine


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Fall Let’s Go


A seasonal listing of performances, events, outdoor gatherings, festivals, fundraisers and other fun activities

Apple Pie Crafts Fair Find more events and activities by liking Kearsarge Magazine on Facebook! Please note: Schedules may change; call to verify event information.

Saturday, Aug. 26 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Apple Pie Crafts Fair, combined with the Richards Free Library Book Festival, attracts thousands of people to Newport from a wide range of surrounding communities. The fair features an apple pie contest and sale, live music throughout the day, and food vendors. Artists and craftspeople are also on hand to exhibit, market and demonstrate their handcrafted works.

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Family FunFest

Apple Harvest Festival

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Get ready for a day of families and fun, education and entertainment, local businesses and nonprofits, games and goodies! This event, hosted by Kid Stuff magazine, has activities for every age range. Planned activities include storytelling, face painting, arts and crafts projects, and more! Parents can learn about camp opportunities, meet Upper Valley tutors and educators, find deals on clothing, learn about birthday party places, and get information from local nonprofit organizations. Food vendors on site; plan to stay all day!

Join the Bradford Historical Society for a talk by John Porter on the “Interesting Features of Old Barns.” Barns are admired for their structural beauty, but there are a lot of fascinating features that tell the story of how barns were used.

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Saturday, Sept. 16

>> Bradford Historical Society Village,

160 East Main Street, Bradford, N.H.

>> Free and open to the public >> bradfordnhhistorical.org

>> Whaleback, 160 Whaleback Mountain Road, Enfield, N.H.

>> Donation of canned goods or toiletries appreciated

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Windmill 5K Saturday, Sept. 12 Race Start: 4 p.m.

Time to run (or walk) like the wind! Sponsored by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, this event promotes wellness and tourism in the Lake Sunapee region. The 5K is held at the top of Bean Mountain on the first windmill farm in New Hampshire. Put on your trail shoes to see the views!

Claremont Brewfest & 5K Saturday, Sept. 16

5K: 12:30 p.m. General admission: 1 to 4 p.m.

Hosted by the Claremont Kiwanis Club, this is a fun and competitive event for New England Brewers, runners and beer lovers. Come taste a variety of microbrews, craft brews, shandies and ciders (vote for your favorite), and enjoy a wide range of food that pairs well with beer. All proceeds go to benefit children in the Claremont area.

>> 14 North Street, Claremont, N.H.

>> Parking on Earl Lane in Lempster, N.H.

>> $30 at gate (21 and over only)

>> Pre-registration online, $20; same day registration, $30; 12 and under, $5

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Television: The Art & Ethics of Manipulation Friday, Sept. 22 Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7 p.m.

John Gfroerer explores the power of television as a communication medium and examines the artistic techniques used to persuade, induce and entice us. Are ethical boundaries crossed by the use of these techniques, and to what extent as media consumers should we care? This program is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities.

>> The New Hampshire Telephone Museum, Cloues Meeting Room, 1 Depot Street, Warner, N.H.

>> Free >> nhtelephonemuseum.org

Antique Tractor Day

Schnitzelfest Saturday, Sept. 23 12 to 5 p.m.

The Greater Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce presents their annual Schnitzelfest at Butler Park in the heart of downtown Hillsborough. Authentically prepared schnitzel, sauerkraut, potato salad, breads and incredible cakes and pastries are served under the tent. Beer and wine bar, souvenirs and craft vendors. Enjoy tasty German cuisine, oom-pah music and shopping in beautiful historic Hillsborough.

>> 5 Central Street, Hillsborough, N.H. >> $15 per ticket >> schnitzelfestnh.org

Saturday, Sept. 23 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers at The Ice House will be pulling out some of the museum’s one-lunger engines to get them running. They’ll also have some antique tractors running around The Ice House, and will definitely need some additional expertise to address some of the issues of these wonderful old engines.

>> The Ice House, 91 Pleasant Street, New London, N.H.

>> Donations accepted >> wfkicehouse.org

Harvest Moon & NatureFest Sunday, Sept. 24 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the season with Native American craft and cooking demonstrations, nature walks, Audubon raptors at 10:30 a.m., Wildlife Encounters at 2 p.m., storytelling, Native foods for sale, games, crafts and nature activities with prizes.

>> Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum,

18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H.

>> $10 adults; $5 seniors and children ages 6 to 12; members and Native Americans free >> indianmuseum.org


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Northern Stage Presents Friday, Oct. 6 5 to 7 p.m.

Join the Center for the Arts for a preview of Northern Stage’s 2017-18 season. Artistic Director Carol Dunne will review the productions headed for the stage in the new Barrette Center for the Arts. It’s always a treat to learn the behind-the-scenes machinations of how it all comes together.

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Lake Sunapee Chowder/Chili Challenge Sunday, Sept. 24 12 to 3 p.m.

Who has the best chowder, or chili? You be the judge! The Lake Sunapee Chowder/Chili Challenge is a community event sponsored by the Sunapee Parent Teacher Association. Attendees sample the many delicious chowder and chili creations and then cast a vote for the best. Fun for the whole family with local artisans, children’s events, music and much more.

>> Sunapee Harbor, N.H. >> $10 for adults, children are free >> chowderchallenge.org

Harvest Day Sunday, Oct. 1 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come celebrate the fall’s harvest at Muster Field Farm Museum. Homemade soups can be purchased in the Pillsbury Barn, and fresh produce will be on sale in the farm stand. The Homestead will be open for tours for a portion of the day and hayrides will be available for all to enjoy. Artists will be on site demonstrating and exhibiting their skills and crafts. >> Muster Field Farm, Harvey Road, North Sutton, N.H. >> Free >> musterfieldfarm.com


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Warner Fall Foliage Festival Oct. 6 to 8

Friday, 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

9th Annual Fall Festival & Pig Roast Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Since 1947 the people of Warner have come together at the height of autumn color to host the Warner Fall Foliage Festival. This tradition — with roots that reach back to the 1870s with Warner’s first street fair — has evolved to the present-day festival of crafts, parades, country bazaar, entertainment, oxen pull, woodsmen’s contest, farmers’ market and midway. It’s a great day for all ages.

Fall is coming to a close and what’s a better way to enjoy the changing of the seasons than with family, friends and food! Come for the pulled pork, grilled half chicken, cornbread and sides, and stay for the aerial sky rides, pumpkin carving contest and hay wagon rides.

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Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off

Harvest Sunday

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Join Claremont for its 20th annual Fall Festival! A 5K run kicks off a day full of live entertainment, a chili cook-off contest, and more than 40 vendor booths including yummy treats, lunch options and more!

The village at the New London Historical Society comes to life with hands-on harvest activities including cider making, corn shucking and butter churning, plus music, crafts and “olde tyme” kids’ games.

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Saturday, Oct. 7

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Christmas in October Jingle Bell Fair Saturday, Oct. 28 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It’s never too early to pick up a few (locally made) gifts for the holidays. Gifts of fine art and handmade crafts in a variety of 2D and 3D mediums, assorted knit, crochet, sewn and fabric items will be for sale. Homemade baked goodies, coffee and tea will be sold. This fair is sponsored by the Andover Service Club and benefits the ASC Merit Scholarship Program.

>> Andover Elementary/Middle School, 20 School Street, Andover, N.H.

>> Free admission

Concord Farmers Market

>> For information, e-mail maryo.asclub@live.com or call (603) 735-4101 after 10 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Concord Farmers Market, located on Capitol Street next to the State House, is one of the oldest in the state. With about 50 vendors, you’ll find a terrific selection of bakery products, meat, eggs, dairy, fruit, vegetables, fish, honey and maple products. They also feature potted plants, cut flowers, dog treats and body care products.

>> Capitol Street, Concord, N.H. >> concordfarmersmarket.com

Wicked Fit Run Saturday, Oct. 28

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Grab your running shoes and favorite costume and come run (or walk) with Families in Transition at the 6th annual Wicked FIT Run! Join us for this family friendly 5K complete with a pre-race kids’ course and awards for the most creative costume after the race. The first 400 runners get a free shirt!

>> Rollins Park, 33 Bow Street, Concord, N.H. >> $25; $15 for individuals 11-19; free for kids 10 and under

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Haunted Walk and Haunted Woods Saturday, Oct. 28

5 to 6 p.m. (under age 12) 7 to 9 p.m. (12 and up)

With the help of Spring Ledge Farm and ColbySawyer College, the New London Recreation Department is hosting its annual Haunted Woods trail walk. Young children will love the trick or treat on Haunted Walk (not scary!). Colby-Sawyer College Players will be in costume handing out candy during a walk on the trail system behind Spring Ledge Farm. Later that night, kids ages 12 and up will enjoy the Haunted Woods behind Old Kearsarge Middle School.

>> Spring Ledge Farm, 37 Main Street, New London, N.H.

>> Old Kearsarge Middle School, New London, N.H. >> Free (donations accepted) >> nlrec.com


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Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 and 5 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Select a region (Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee should do it) and plan a trip to visit local artists at their home studios to watch them at work. You’ll see everything from painting and fiber sculpture to wood turning and metal smithing. Some offer food samples while others might have special activities.

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In a Nutshell Dean Stetson’s Steam-Powered Peanut Roaster encourages locals to “savor the memories.” By Laura Jean Whitcomb Photography by Paul Howe

Stetson’s original design

“The cart originally had the name ‘Chappy’s’ on the front,” Stetson says. “I made extensive modifications to revitalize the cart for the peanut roasting equipment. The additional equipment — the boiler, roasting kettle and the works — are all of original design. Steam is generated and plumbed to the steam engine from a small vertical-tube, fire-flue boiler constructed of stainless steel.” The steam engine drives a series of gears, sprockets, shafts and chains. This mechanism sweeps the in-shell peanuts over the hot surfaces of the peanut


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ou may remember seeing Dean Stetson’s SteamPowered Peanut Roaster at events in New London, Sunapee and Newport, N.H., in the 1990s. Stetson had acquired an antique steam engine built by the C. Cretors & Company that was part of a “showcase” model of a popcorn and peanut-roasting unit sold to a store in Athol, Mass., in 1912. Some months later, he purchased an arched-top, glassencased popcorn wagon mounted on a 1926 Ford Model “T” running gear — and combined the two turn-of-the-century inventions into one of his own designs.

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kettle (which Stetson constructed from cold rolled steel) to lightly toast them. Warm and crisped peanuts spill down the chute into a small brown sack. Providing additional entertainment is a whimsical clown attached to the mechanism that turns the crank. “His name is Bob….he bobs up and down,” Stetson explains to customers of all ages. “He’s really slow, but what do you expect? He works for peanuts.” When the steam whistle blows, the hot roasted peanuts are ready. A bag is only $2.50.

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Back after 15 years

Due to career commitments, Stetson put the roaster away in 2001. But in 2016 he was back in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area, making memories for a new generation. “The nostalgic image I present to the passerby with the Steam-Powered Peanut Roaster is important, but my product goes far beyond peanuts,” says Stetson. He also offers AdverNuts: freshly roasted in-shell peanuts personalized with your name, logo or


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message branded on the outer shell. “They are ideal for a variety of applications targeted for Internet, personal and commercial sales. Packaging is available in a one-pound pack, and gift packages and bulk packaged orders are available. The peanut roaster is a great crowd draw and point-of-sale device to generate excitement and showcase AdverNuts.” As customers line up for peanuts and photos, the roaster is a chance for Stetson to rekindle an image of a past time, an attempt to suspend reality, and an opportunity to “savor the memories as the years pass by” — a saying that is on Stetson’s Peanut Man Coin. “It is to remind us that our memories are our most intimate and precious gift…and the really good memories transcend time,” the Newport, N.H., resident says. Laura Jean Whitcomb is the editor of Kearsarge Magazine, and a fellow entrepreneur. She lives in Grantham, N.H. Paul Howe is a freelance photographer based in Sunapee, N.H. His work has been in many shows, including photographs in juried shows at the Library Arts Center in Newport and New London Hospital art shows. Paul also takes portraits photographs weddings and has an extensive stock photo library of the Sunapee region and New Hampshire. Learn more at paulhowephotography.com

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A Local Food System The Kearsarge Food Hub — and Sweet Beet Market — work hard year round to feed an increasing demand for local ingredients.

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It is fall in New Hampshire and now is the time for leaf peeping, apple cider doughnuts and fresh harvest salads. Yes, you read that right — salads. Did you know that the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region alone boasts well beyond 30 farms, each busily harvesting, processing and selling their local produce from early spring all the way into midwinter, and beyond? And, thanks to the Kearsarge Food Hub (KFH), buying local is becoming easily accessible year round. Sprouted in 2014, the Kearsarge Food Hub is a community-based organization that was started by six local friends with a common vision: to create a sustainable, local food system in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region. KFH works to bring local produce to the pantry — they run their own farm, run the Sweet Beet Market in Bradford, host educational initiatives about farming, and more.

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How the idea grew

After much conversation and idea sharing over “family dinners,” founders Lauren Howard, Garrett Bauer, France Hahn, Pierre Hahn, Bea Ross and Hanna Flanders decided to bring their idea to life. The project started on just a few acres of farmland in Bradford, N.H., where the team began growing vegetables to get their idea off the ground. Since then, it has grown into much more — from projects like educating local youth on how food is grown to acting as a networking tool between farmers and consumers to bringing local food to those most in need. Kearsarge Food Hub President Kathleen Bigford, who watched several of the founders grow up here, says, “It’s a pleasure to see these kids return

to our community.” With five of the six founders being from the Kearsarge area, and all six putting down roots, the Kearsarge Food Hub has been a way for these pioneers to give back to the community they call home. “The main impetus for starting this project was the state of the planet,” says Hanna Flanders. Flanders studied philosophy as an undergrad and spent time at the Kearsarge Gore farm, both of which have helped her find deeper meaning in the Hub’s work. She describes that after witnessing the destructive nature of the industrial food system, and the disconnect between people and their food, mobilizing around a more sustainable, local solution was “something that none of the team could turn away from.”

In just one visit to the Sweet Beet Market, you’ll get to experience many of the hub’s goals in action: access to fresh local food, community building, a chance to get educated on food systems, and the opportunity to meet some of the founders.


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The founders bring a lot of love for this community, as well as their own experiences to the project. Lauren Howard grew up cooking and spent many years working in the food industry where she saw the need for more sustainable, local food sourcing in restaurant culture. France Hahn returned to Bradford after studying international development and traveling abroad, where she realized just how interconnected agricultural challenges were worldwide, and wanted to make a difference here at home. Bea Ross found her way to the KFH after serving two terms with AmeriCorps doing zero-waste and composting initiatives, and working in landscaping. And for Pierre Hahn, it was a return to nature and “some of the most life-changing months” spent on the Kearsarge Gore Farm that convinced him he couldn’t live without local vegetables. “I wanted to find a way to share this blessing with the community,” he says. These experiences and revelations helped shape the Kearsarge Food Hub’s mission. At the core, the Hub believes that everyone in the community should have access to fresh, nutritious food for generations to come — and so much of that food is grown by farmers here in our own neighborhood. Creating a “local food system” means bringing together that “farmer” and that “neighborhood.” It involves assisting farmers with their businesses, streamlining their distribution process, creating widespread accessibility to local food, and creating a culture of dedication to local food viability. It calls for community collaboration, infrastructure building, and networking to support and sustain the system for generations.

Creating a “local food system” is a way to bridge the gap between that “ farmer” and that “neighborhood.” It involves assisting local farmers with their businesses, streamlining their distribution process, establishing widespread accessibility to local food, and creating a culture of dedication to local food viability. This local food movement follows a nationwide paradigm shift that is bringing the phrase “shop local” to the grocery list. It’s making local food a more affordable, accessible and appealing option for consumers. The movement can be seen in full swing throughout many communities in our neighboring states of Vermont and Maine, but here in New Hampshire, it is still putting down roots so to speak, and the Kearsarge Food Hub is leading the effort here in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region.

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A tangible example

The Kearsarge Food Hub is creating access to more than just local vegetables and produce here in the Granite State. At the hub’s Sweet Beet Market, one can find a wide range of products from vegetables, ice cream, meat, bread and honey to locally crafted goods, like soaps, hand-turned wooden bowls, hand-drawn artwork and examples of local metal smithing. If you’re hoping to get a taste of all the work that the KFH has been doing, and learn firsthand how you can be part of the process, the Sweet Beet Market is a great place to start. Located at the old Bradford Inn on 11 West Main Street, the Sweet Beet Market supports entirely locally sourced products, year round. The Sweet Beet Market started as the Kearsarge Food Hub’s original farm stand when the organization was first coming to life. It was an open air market, adjacent to the hub’s seedling farm operation, built by Bauer and Pierre Hahn with the help of local builders and architects. It was a way for the food hub to create something tangible to manifest their goals. As opportunities opened up and the hub expanded, the market moved to its new location in 2016. It’s a much bigger space, and the food hub team hopes to continue to expand the organization with the help of the ››››› new building. kearsargemagazine.com • Fall 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine


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The Kearsarge Food Hub’s mission statement says: “[We seek] to reinvigorate our community around a restorative local food system through collaboration, educational outreach, building infrastructure, and increasing food access for all.” The hub breaks down this mission into three goals: community, access and viability. When asked about each of these goals and how they tie together, a bigger picture emerges about the importance of the organization and the work they’re doing. The “community” piece is about “bringing people back


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many great things can happen.” Flanders points out the health of a community can benefit from the local food system just as much as a food system relies on an involved community. “Access” addresses the reality that in order for a community to come together around local food, it needs to be easy enough to access that food. Bauer, who attended UNH to study ecogastronomy, community and environmental planning, points out that access is much more than creating sources of food. “Often the logical approach to solving local food issues is to encourage more farming and agricultural endeavors…this is only one piece of the problem,” he says. “If there are no systems in place to aggregate, store, market, distribute, or add value to local produce, then creating more farms will only add unnecessary and unintentional competition.” Pierre Hahn works in the garden. 50

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Access is about helping the 30+ farms that already exist become more easily available to the community. Efforts like the Sweet Beet Market and networking with area restaurants are just two ways the Kearsarge Food Hub is making this happen. But access doesn’t stop there. The goal is for “access” to mean the same thing for all citizens. Despite the volume of farming operations in the area, it’s a sobering fact that right here in New Hampshire, one out of every nine individuals is food insecure, according to New Hampshire Food Bank. Often, this translates into the purchase of inexpensive and unhealthy foods, and leads people to choose between food and other life essentials. To tackle this challenge, excess food from the hub’s farm and Sweet Beet Market is donated to food pantries around the area, and given to projects like the Free Farmer’s Market for Veterans held annually in Manchester, N.H.

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The last piece of the equation is “viability.” Viability for the food hub means that a local food system can become a practical, desirable and sustainable approach of life. “We live in a rapidly changing world. However, as the world changes one thing will always stay the same: the need to feed ourselves and our community,” says Bauer. “Focusing on the development of our local food system helps create ecological sustainability, social capital and economic stability.” France Hahn adds that “a local food system empowers its constituents. By regaining the knowledge of how to grow food sustainably within our own community, we can learn to trust our abilities to take care of ourselves.” ›››››

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The Kearsarge Food Hub team hopes their project will help younger generations understand the importance of a local food system. Along with its other initiatives, the hub creates many educational opportunities to teach youngsters about farming and gardening; train established farmers in new sustainable methods; and educate the community on how to be a part of the process. The Kearsarge Food Hub is a force to be reckoned with, pursuing a big vision with a lot of passion. At the end of the day, the Kearsarge Food Hub seeks to make a local food system in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge region not only possible, but indispensable. “Local food isn’t a fad or a trend, but a sensible approach to life!” says France Hahn. Katelyn Bushueff is a writer, photographer and editorial assistant for Kearsarge Magazine. She earned her degree in environmental education and ecological design from the University of Vermont, and has a keen interest in conservation and the sustainability movement.

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Out and About with Fido Take a journey through the Kearsarge region with your canine companion. By Brianna Marino Photography by Jim Block and Paul Howe


enerally speaking, pet owners are more than just pet people — they’re pet parents. While cat-friendly businesses are expanding (cat café anyone?), dogs are more likely to be included in a day out. And why shouldn’t they be? They are, after all, part of the family. Luckily, one of the wonderful advantages of living in rural New Hampshire is the welcome many businesses extend toward dogs. In fact, there are enough dog-friendly options in the towns of Newbury, Sunapee and New London for several days’ worth


of adventures. Beyond businesses, there’s hiking, canoeing, biking and a host of other outdoor activities. Grab a leash, some water and load Fido into the car — it’s time to explore the canine side of the Kearsarge area.

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New London is home to one of the area’s pet stores: Unleashed. Owned by Penny Murano, Unleashed boasts a large selection of food, toys and necessities for cats and dogs. Clarke’s Hardware, further down the plaza, is dog friendly,

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so feel free to bring Fido inside while checking off items on the home-renovations to-do list. Plenty of hiking and walking is available in the New London area. Winslow State Park is a popular base for summiting Mount Kearsarge. It’s also a moderate hike for Fido; a round trip on the Winslow Trail (red blazes) will take approximately three hours and 2.9 miles of hiking. On a clear day, the view from the summit of Mount Kearsarge is surpassed by none. When hiking with your dog, Murano reminds owners, “Bring

treats to focus the dog and pay them to come back. Leash at entrance and exit of trail systems.” What else should you bring? “Water,” says Murano. “There are lots of products now to share your water. One product has a collapsible bowl and separates your drinking area from your dog’s in the bottle. Or one water bottle where the bowl comes right off.” Although dogs aren’t able to join the fun at town beaches, they have been seen taking a dip at other local boat ramps (such as on Little Lake Sunapee). Local dog trainer and behavioral consultant Fiona Petersen of Andover, N.H., says, “Don’t overdo swimming your dog. Swimming is hard exercise, and dogs can overheat while swimming, even in cold water.” Need accommodations? New London Inn on Main Street has five pet-friendly rooms for cats and dogs, and is located in town near restaurants and shopping.


If home improvement projects are in the works, there’s no need to leave Fido guarding the house. Belletetes (21 Sargent Road in Sunapee) welcomes well-behaved dogs inside and completes their experience with a jar of biscuits at the front counter. Just a few hundred feet away, Lake Sunapee Bank’s drive-through also treats dogs to a biscuit. However, if fitness is on the menu, it’s hard to beat Sunapee Harbor for exercise and fun! Doggie bags are even provided to clean up after your pet.

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Stretch your legs around the scenic, lakeside three-mile Lake Avenue “loop”, but beware of Burkehaven Hill, which can be tough on inexperienced pets and their owners. You may want to time your walk with the live music playing throughout the summer on Wednesday nights and Saturday nights at the gazebo at the base of Burkehaven. Complete the experience with water for canine customers via a bowl on the porch of the Wild Goose Country Store and refuel your own energy with some ice cream from the Quack Shack. Of course, fun abounds on Lake Sunapee for the waterloving pooch. Put in at the harbor boat launch for a day of canoeing. “If you take your dog on your boat, have the dog wear a doggie life jacket that has a handle on the back,” Petersen advises. “Even strong swimmers can get into trouble, and being

able to easily lift your dog out of the water can save his life.” Looking for solitude? Check out Webb’s Forest on Harding Hill Road. There’s limited parking across from the forest entrance (marked by a Webb’s Forest Sign and gate). It boasts miles of hiking and biking trails and is completely dog friendly. In the winter, there’s snowshoeing and skiing for two- and four-legged animals. Need accommodations? Try Dexter’s Inn on Stagecoach Road in Sunapee; the inn allows pets in the cottage and its seven bedrooms in the annex building. “We accept any kind of well-behaved pet. No one has ever brought anything other than a cat or dog, but if someone brought a bird, guinea pig, reptile, monkey, etc., it would be okay as long as we had advance notice, as long as the owner cleans up after the pet, and

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A furry friend visits Clarke's Hardware in New London.

as long as the owner accepted responsibility for any damage that occurred,” says Owner and Innkeeper John Augustine. He notes that it is best to mention the possibility of pet guests at the time of reservation to ensure a pet-friendly room is available.


A day out in Newbury offers some great hiking for dogs and their owners! The Lake Solitude Trail up Mount Sunapee rewards hikers with a spectacular view and the chance to explore Lake Solitude, a high altitude pond. Taking roughly three hours with a round trip of 4.8 miles, this is a moderate trail. The trailhead is located 1.2 miles up Mountain Road (just before a small bridge)


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off Route 103 in Newbury. Looking for a post-climb watering hole? Hikers and their dogs are welcome to dine on the deck at Salt hill Pub, located just a few miles west at the Mount Sunapee Traffic Circle. Need petfriendly accommodations? The Blue Goose Inn, Mountain Edge Resort and Sunapee Lake Lodge all offer select dog-friendly rooms, are located within minutes of the trailhead, and are within walking distance to the pub.

Further afield

The Sugar River Trail — a 10-mile, multiuse trail that starts in Newport, and ends at Washington Street (Route 11/103) in Claremont — offers hiking and biking for pets and owners. Also in Newport, The Fabulous 50’s Car Hop Drive-In located at 308 Sunapee Street is happy to serve Fido his own special ice cream treat. Looking for retail therapy with your pooch? LaValleys of Newport offers a wide array of home improvement and livestock/pet items. Claremont Pet and Aquarium, located on Washington Street in Claremont, is always happy to welcome fourlegged shoppers as well.

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There’s also a nice flat 3.1mile loop around Kezar Lake. Located in the heart of North Sutton (follow the signs to Wadleigh State Park), there is a free parking area right across from the beach/boat launch as you turn onto Wadleigh Hill Road. Continue by foot on Wadleigh Hill Road, taking a slight right onto Penacook Road to stay by the shore line. When Penacook Road meets Kind Hill Road, take a right. Your next right, onto Keyser Street, will be nearly in view at this point. Follow Keyser Street back into North Sutton and along the lake front. And if you’re in the Contoocook area, there’s an inn in Hopkinton that welcomes pets. “We are pet friendly because we love animals! We feel that animals are bringing this old farm back to life, so we not only want to fill the barn, we want to have animals in the house, too,” says Jennifer Balkus, owner of Old Story Farm Bed & Breakfast Inn. “We have many guests with dogs, and all of the dogs have been well behaved and a pleasure to have.”

Notes from the trainer

“It’s wonderful that dogs and their people are getting out and enjoying the activities that our area has to offer,” Petersen says. “I do have some safety concerns. We want outdoor activities to be fun for the dog and ourselves, so it makes sense to be aware of the basics.” Never assume that all dogs like other dogs, or people. Especially when on a leash, your dog may feel threatened by the approach of a stranger or an


insist that your child loves dogs and will be fine. Don’t overdo playing fetch or Frisbee with your dog. Learn the signs of overheating — ask your vet. Many dogs will quit when they’re hot and tired, but many will not, so use common sense and don’t let your dog play for too long when it’s hot. Heat stroke is a serious and potentially life threatening medical problem. On very hot days, be aware that dogs can burn their pads on hot pavement. Petersen stresses the importance of cleaning up after your pet and remembering to bring plastic bags for such occasions. As Petersen says, “We live in a beautiful area, and we all want to enjoy it.” So pack the essentials and jump in the car — it’s time to explore Kearsarge country the canine way!

unleashed dog. If this should occur, don’t force the issue — turn around and leave. If you have a small- to medium-sized dog, pick him up to keep him safe. Keep in mind that most towns have a leash law. Keep your dog on a leash unless you are in an area where it’s safe to do otherwise.

Teach your dog a solid recall. Getting lost is a terrible experience for both the dog and owner, so if your dog doesn’t come reliably when called, keep him on a leash. Teach your kids to always ask the owner if it’s OK to approach or pet a dog. If the answer is no, respect that — don’t

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Talking to the Dead Famed spiritualist, medium and clairvoyant, S.B. Craddock of Concord and Sunapee, N.H., possessed a power that “puzzle[d] thoughtful people.” By Janice Brown


his story about Mrs. Sophia (Bradley) Craddock (1837-1909) started with the purchase of a photograph. I can’t be 100 percent certain that this unmarked photograph is Mrs. Craddock. However, Sophia Craddock was the most famous spiritualist, “trance speaker” and “test medium” in the Concord

area where she resided between the years of 1880 and 1906. Spiritualism — which was the belief that the dead communicated with the living (usually through an individual called a “medium”) — was most popular between the 1840s and 1920s. As early as 1876, New Hampshire Spiritualists were numerous enough to hold a state convention. Reportedly, spiritualism was said to have more than eight million followers in the United States and Europe by 1897. The photograph was taken in Maurice S. Lamprey’s Washington Square studio in Fisherville, N.H. It pictures a somewhat oddly dressed woman. She is seated, with a crystal ball on the table beside her, and a booklet open in her hands. She appears to have bits of cut-out paper or cloth applied to her clothing, and her beaded necklace and headdress seem to be in an American-Indian style. In addition to psychic-type services Mrs. Craddock also sold patent medicines and lecture services. She would have wanted to include the accoutrements of her profession and business in her photo. We know that Maurice S. Lamprey was a photographer in the Concord area from about 1870 to 1912, which overlaps in time with Sophia’s residence

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there. Sophia was born in 1837 and so would have been between the ages of 43 and 69 when she lived in Concord, which seem to correspond to the mature woman in the photo.

Annual meetings in Sunapee Born Sophia Bradley, she was a daughter of Calvin and Sally (Temple) Bradley of Dummerston and Dover, Vt. She was born in 1837 in Vermont, the middle child of 10, and she died in 1909 in Vermont. She married twice during her life, first in 1861 to William H. Woods and secondly in 1881 to Ebenezer B. Craddock.


It is unknown exactly how early or when Sophia began her practice as a spiritualist. What is known, based on published records, as early as 1872 she was a “trance speaker,” and by 1873 deemed a “Reverend” who was authorized to solemnize marriages. In 1874 she performed a funeral service for a controversial Valcour Island “free-love” family member. By 1880 she was able to gather a crowd to listen to her lectures. After her second marriage in 1881 she was known in newspapers as “S.B. Craddock.” She continued to lecture and offer a variety of spiritualist services, including locating dead bodies and healing.

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According to the Sunapee Historical Society, “on 30 March 1881 Sophia Woods purchased from Lucy Hezeltime of Stoneham MA, an island in Lake Sunapee for $400. They purchased a steam boat built by the Boston Life Boat Company, 20 feet long that was said to carry 20 people. By July 1881, they had changed the island name (from Birch Island) to Liberty Island and were putting up cabins and tent for religious services on Sundays. They planned the island as a spiritualist community. In 1888 they began to build the bridge to the island, which (a local landowner) Col. Dana fought in court. The bridge was completed Apr 1892. In 1895


their home took in 10 boarders. The island has also been known as Craddock’s Island, Burkehaven Island, Tuxbury’s, Shepard’s Island and is today officially Isle of Pines.” For years spiritualists gathered at Lake Sunapee for annual camp meetings. “These meetings begin usually about the first of August and last four or five weeks. Crowds of visitors are attracted by the exercises, which are held either in the grand open-air auditorium in the adjoining grove or in Association Hall,” according to a Lake Sunapee booklet published in 1897.

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Within the same year as the island purchase, Sophia married Ebenezer Craddock, an immigrant from England, who was a real estate investor and “collector,” who acquired an eclectic physician degree (somehow) in 1896, and “dabbled in astrology.” During this time Sophia was active in the Spiritualist organizations of New Hampshire and Vermont, and she was often noted in the newspapers as a “test medium” lecturer and camp meeting speaker. In June 1888, the New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette ran a story with the headline: Location of Drowned Body at Franklin says Medium. “There having been some controversy over the finding of the body of Mr. James Bailey, who was drowned in the river at Franklin recently, the following facts were solicited and obtained: A lady called upon Mrs. Craddock of Concord, in

behalf of Mr. Bailey’s family to see if she could find what had become of the missing man; she did not tell Mrs. C. what her errand was. It was decoration day. Mrs. C., having been out, was very tired and tried to excuse herself from a sitting…However, she gave a sitting in the home, describing the body, what he had on, etc., the position of the body show one foot or limb was caught, that it had not gone over the Big Dam; that it looked like an eddy where it was, etc. Early next morning Mrs. C., accompanied only by her husband, walked the shores of the river and at a certain locality

she sensed a strong influence; on returning to the friends she told them that if the body was in the river it was within that space where she felt the influence; this she freely told several. A committee solicited her aid. Getting a boat they took her about the river that she might if possible tell them if she passed over or near the body. When a short distance below where the body was found (the water ran too rapid above the place to admit of taking a boat there) she felt a strong signal, although she didn’t get the telegraphic signal or touch she wished.” ›››››

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Despite her local fame, Sophia was not easy to research. Newspaper stories often provided the best source of history on her spiritualist work. An 1886 article — with the headline: Mrs. S.B. CRADDOCK-The Well Known Test Medium and Clairvoyant of this City — in the New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette offers a good biography: “Mrs. S.B. Craddock is a lady resident of Concord who is known the length and breadth of this state and Vermont. Born in Vermont, she was educated and brought up as a Universalist, and has held a license to preach as a minister. She came to Concord about seven years ago, being first invited by one of the officers of the Concord Spiritualist association to speak at the society rooms, Eagle block. After this she opened circles and gave sittings in this city, since which time she has been in the field as a lecturer and public medium. She is a powerful speaker, and prefers that the audience choose the subject. In


herbs. Formulas are given, as she explains, by her guides, and from these the medicines are compounded…. Her home in this city is No. 9 Prince Street, [today the location of Concord’s city hall and auditorium] and many are the visitors which Spiritualism — she receives, either in search of health which was the belief or knowledge. Many that the dead of these are willing to testify to relief communicated afforded, and of satisfaction received. with the Mrs. Craddock has an immense number living — was most of testimonials to popular between the the power which she possesses, and which 1840s and 1920s. puzzles thoughtful people. As early as 1876, Notable instances of her trance powNew Hampshire ers were strikingly shown in the discovSpiritualists were ery, while in this numerous enough state, of the body of Emma Lizzart, who to hold a state was drowned at Lake Village in 1884, and convention. the body of Dennis O’Leary [actually it was James] of Laconia, drowned in the same year. She is frequently visited by various disorders. As a trance detectives and others seeking for medium, Mrs. Craddock has information pertaining to every a wide reputation. Her medivariety of public and private cal examinations while in this interests.” state, have been attended by a Around 1900 Dr. Craddock large number of patients. She and Sophia began to lead sepamanufactures her own medirate lives. Ebenezer Craddock cine, which is purely vegetable, in the 1900 census was living prepared from gums, roots and towns and villages which she visits, she gives lectures for the benefit of needy individuals and institutions. She is the proprietor of a number of medicines which she recommends for

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at 2 Oak Street in Concord, and Sophia was spending her time among relatives in Dummerston, Vt. According to the Sunapee Historical Society, “in January 1902, a Concord court heard their divorce lawsuit and Dr. Craddock was given $750 in alimony.” The island on Lake Sunapee was sold (auctioned) that same year. The Vermont Phoenix newspaper of Brattleboro, Vt., on Nov. 24, 1905, announced: “DUMMERSTON. Mrs. S.B. Craddock is very ill, having uffered from a hemorrhage of the stomach.” Sophia died in 1909, her will showing gifts to her living siblings and some of their children. Janice Webster Brown is a native of Manchester and has resided in New Hampshire most of her life. She confesses to being a storyteller, genealogy wrangler, history hacker, New Hampshire evangelist and cousin to everyone. A genealogist with 45 years experience, she edits a New Hampshirespecific history blog, Cow Hampshire (cowhampshireblog. com). She also provides a free history-genealogy help website for those researching in the state (nh.searchroots.com).

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On the Road The Real Estate Tour Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root As a way of making our pages come to life, we visit our advertisers and witness first-hand what they do. As media strategists, we turn this information into “On the Road” pieces for our Facebook page. We showcase what these businesses bring to their communities, and give our advertisers another avenue to share different aspects of what they do. In this issue, real estate advertisers are brought into

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the spotlight. These agents are outstanding ambassadors when it comes to connecting people (and families) to their homes, dreams and community. They are local, and loyal. Karen Hoglund is the epitome of this. She has been working out of the same building and office (with a Main Street view) for more than 23 years. Kearsarge Magazine can speak to her loyalty, as well. She’s been an advertiser since we published our first issue 12 years ago. Thank you, Karen, for your endless support of our pages. We met Karen at one of her listings and had the opportunity to see her in action. It’s evident that she’s in this line of work because she is passionate about the area and devoted to the people who make it, or who are about to make it, their home. “I genuinely care about my clients and want them to have a pleasant experience without stress,” she says. “I give much of my time to the extras that make this happen.” She connects ideal properties with and the right people. This

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her driving force. She enjoys getting new buyers acquainted with the beauty and uniqueness that is the area. She’s rolled and flowed through the changes in the real estate market over her years, noticing that the buyers have changed slightly. Once, many of her clients were retirees. Now she sees more and more families moving in, as they have the ability to work remotely. Right down the hallway of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, on a different day, we met with Pam Perkins. Perkins also shares a deep loyalty to this office, along with a great deal of family history. Pam began her career in this very office in the summer of 1980. Purchased by her grandparents in 1940 (It was New London Agency then), it was a family business. Her parents joined and ran the firm until 1995, when Pam and her sister, Stephanie Wheeler, took over as owners. The name and affiliations have changed and merged over the years (2009 an affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty and in 2014 a merge with Lang McLaughry). This has brought them to the present day, where they offer real estate services in 23 locations ranging from Southern New Hampshire to the mountains of Vermont. Perkins’ primary focus remains the New London/Lake Sunapee region. Perkins explained how real


estate has evolved over the years. “In the early days, we’d share information with other brokers by driving to their offices and handing out typed information on listings. We had an office bulletin board, where we would thumbtack Polaroid shots of homes,” she recalls. “Contracts were typed up on electric typewriters with carbon paper to make triplicate cop-

with one and other. “We support each other personally and professionally. We provide input, feedback, stand in where needed, and keep in touch with what the others are doing, constantly,” says Donna Forest. “This support is Marilyn Kidder and Judy Merrill

Ashley Perkins with her mom Pam Perkins

ies.” What hasn’t changed is the blessed feeling Pam has to be in a career that brings her into contact with so many different people during an exciting time of their lives. Another stop in our travels brought us to the ladies of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/The Milestone Team. A team they are. From piling into a car for a “Go See” to their office interaction, it obvious that they work, beautifully, in sync

passed onto our clients. They can be assured that someone is always available to help them and they’ll receive the very best from our team.” Owner Marilyn Kidder has also seen many changes over the years. From the early years with one partner and one secretary to an affiliation with Coldwell Banker (lasting about 20 years) to a strategic partnership with Better Homes & Gardens/ Masiello Group (with a 33-plus office network), these changes have strengthened this wellrespected agency of eight

energetic sales associates and four support personnel. “As I drive with folks to familiarize them with the area, my appreciation for this piece of New Hampshire is refreshed. I’m grateful for my surroundings and for the people within the community. I get to see it, over and over, through the buyers’ eyes,” Kidder says. “I simply enjoy people and like helping them find their special place here in our community.” It’s clear that real estate in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region is in capable and hardworking hands. It’s thriving and filled with individuals who are doing work they love, in their beloved region of New Hampshire.

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