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Bridging the Community

This October, the Corbin Covered Bridge Festival celebrates 25 years of the rebuilt Newport, N.H., bridge. By Natasha Osborne Howe

16 Kearsarge from Afar The 2,936-foot Mount Kearsarge stands like a tall warrior guardian over our area. Perhaps when you are exploring this fall, you might find some unique viewpoints of your own. Text and photography by Jim Block With the lively lake action, continuous festivities and rich history, Sunapee is adored by natives and visitors alike. Compiled by Leigh Ann Root

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The "corbin Covered Bridge" was originally built in 1845 and was destroyed by fire in 1993. It was rebuilt and now stands proudly over the Sugar River in Newport. There is a small park and an airport nearby. This is how the bridge looked on May 16, 2019, not far from the Polyculture Brewing Company featured in this issue of Kearsarge Magazine. By Jim Block We love the Lake Sunap

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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. He has taught digital photography courses to small groups since 2000. Please explore Jim’s web site at www.jimblockphoto.com

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34 Meet the Andover Service Club An all-volunteer group has strengthened and enriched the Andover, N.H., community for 61 years. By Laura Jean Whitcomb

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46 A New Venue The Bank of New Hampshire Stage is bringing ultra-cool live music to Concord, N.H. By Barbra Alan

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Polyculture Brewing Company — located in a 150-year-old Croydon, N.H., farmhouse — may be one of the state’s smallest commercial breweries. By Allison E. Rogers Furbish

54 Moving Wall Museum The Moving Wall Museum in the Wilmot (N.H.) Public Library facilitates connections within the community — and connects the community to the world. By Susan Morse

62 Homegrown Hikes

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With cooler temperatures and turning leaves, the autumn season is the ideal time to hit the hills. Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root

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fall foliage hikes to a new covered bridge festival. Inside options, if you prefer, include a new live music venue in Concord, N.H., a monthly museum in Wilmot, N.H. library, and a craft brewer in Croydon, N.H. There was so much more to include — it’s been a busy summer for the Lake Sunapee/ Kearsarge area! — but we’ll save some editorial surprises for the winter issue.

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It’s almost fall, and this issue of Kearsarge Magazine will encourage you to get out and enjoy this wonderful place we call home. Outside options abound from

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BRIDGI NG the COMMUNITY By Natasha Osborne Howe Photography by Jim Block

This October, the Corbin Covered Bridge Festival celebrates 25 years of the rebuilt Newport, N.H., bridge.

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he Town of Newport, N.H., has a special celebration this fall: the Corbin Covered Bridge Festival on Columbus Day weekend to recognize the 25th anniversary of the replication of the original bridge. The significance of the festival, though, is about more than the rebuilding of the bridge, the connecting passage between Newport and North Newport over the Sugar River. It is also a celebration of many levels of community connections. “It is about sharing the spirit and showing a new generation,” says Dean Stetson, coordinator of the event. “It’s important to remain mindful of what the Corbin Bridge means to each one of us as individuals and what it represents about the townspeople of Newport as well as the many visitors who spend time at the bridge.” Funds generated from the event will support the Newport Historical Society’s home, the Nettleton House Museum on Central Street. “I think the festival will be a fun event and have something for everyone,” says Larry Cote, director of the museum.

disheartened as to why this happened.” Estabrook used the bridge daily and didn’t like seeing that empty space. “There was town-wide shock and it had a big impact for those people using it on a daily basis.” Stetson’s grandfather, Claude Stetson, was the caretaker of the Austin Corbin Estate at the time of the fire. He saw the flames from his room and called it in. A bridge committee was eventually formed, but the situation became complicated. A group of determined residents wanted to replace the bridge with a replicate, not a modern concrete one. They were committed to the cause. A tug-of-war of sorts ensued with town and state government that went on for nearly a year. “I am so happy we persevered to get it done and didn’t give up,” says Estabrook, who had been on the

From the ashes

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A fire caused by an arsonist on May 25, 1993, destroyed the 1843 Corbin Covered Bridge, named for the local Corbin family. It was an incident residents in the neighborhood remember very clearly. “It was devastating to see,” recalls Margot Estabrook, who lives near the bridge. “I was confused and kearsargemagazine.com • Fall 2019 • Kearsarge Magazine

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Firefighters battling the blaze.

committee. “It was really a community builder, too.” Arnold Graton and Associates of Ashland, N.H., won the bridge job bid. He has worked on similar structures since 1954 and travels to different areas of the country to work. “Each structure is different,” says Graton. “Every time one is completed, history starts all over again.” Newport resident Ray Reid was a member of the bridge committee. “I had known the Graton family and noticed his projects around the state,” says Reid. “Arnold was easy to work with and it just came together.”

Fire consumed the bridge in 1993. It was a total loss.

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Graton had to sketch a plan for the bridge, copying the features and structure. In addition to his own crew, he hired a few men from Newport to work on the project and enlisted Newport volunteers. The project began in the spring of 1994 and finished around Thanksgiving of that year. The weather held and there weren’t any major challenges. “It is an amazing feat, engineering a covered bridge, and it is aesthetically beautiful,” Estabrook says. Onlookers were present — and welcomed — through the duration of the project. Many people asked questions, some offering a hand at times. The bridge was built on land and, when completed, moved slowly and steadily by an oxen team owned by Brian and Kim Patten of Springfield, N.H., in the old-fashioned tradition. “Everything was well executed,” says Reid.

A compelling story The story of the rebuilding of the bridge was documented by Patrick O’Grady in a book, REPLICATE: The Rebuilding of the Corbin Covered Bridge in Newport, New Hampshire. He is a former reporter and editor for the Eagle Times newspaper in Claremont, N.H. “I never planned to write a book and only began thinking about it during the summer of 1994, more


than a year after the bridge burned,” O’Grady says. “I found the story compelling.” O’Grady approached Graton to ask if he could help and also chronicle the rebuilding. Graton readily agreed. “I think I was inspired by the spirit of the dedicated group who refused to back down and eventually were victorious,” O’Grady says. “Working with others and Arnold was an enjoyable experience.” O’Grady recalls that once the building actually started, the town became excited and enthusiastic. “People began to show their support in many ways, financial and otherwise,” he says. “While in the 10 months after the fire was a political battle fought by a small group, Newport became unified in its support as the bridge came together.”

Take a Trek The Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area is fortunate to have five bridges still used in commuting today, eight listed on the National Register of Historical Places, and the majority of surviving wooden railroad bridges in the United States (two of eight are in Newport). You can take a trek to see all eight. Start with your location, plug in these GPS coordinates into a mapping app, and end with your location. Hopefully (it all depends on the technology!) you’ll get round trip directions with the best routes possible. • Dalton Bridge: 43°16’37.28” N 71°48’41.28” W • Waterloo Bridge: 43°17’17.28” N 71°51’21.29” W • Bement Bridge: 43°15’50.51” N 71°57’11.40” W

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• Keniston Bridge: 43°26’05.27” N 71°50’10.29” W

The picturesque spot by the bridge is popular for weddings, graduation parties, formal photographs, family gatherings and the like. Simple moments, too, become memorable in the proximity of the covered bridge. Many stop for a picnic or to absorb the environmental mood. The gentle rhythm of the river is soothing to the senses. A heron may settle on the

• Cilleyville Bridge: 43°25’49.27” N 71°52’07.29” W • Corbin Bridge: 43°23’28.52” N 72°11’44.19” W • Pier Bridge: 43°21’42.91” N 72°14’27.61” W • Wright’s Bridge: 43°21’31.99” N 72°15’32.69” W

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Historical photographs of the original Corbin Bridge

NEWPORT’S BRIDGES Corbin Bridge Style: Town lattice truss Built: 1835 Rebuilt: 1994

Pier Bridge

edge of the river, patiently waiting for a meal. With a rumble of tires, cars pass through the one-lane solid wooden canopy. One could almost imagine the clop-clop of horses from bygone days. Quite appropriately, a horse-drawn wagon brought a group of residents through the bridge for the first ride in January 1995, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration. The arsonist was never caught, but, ironically, the tragedy served to bring Newport residents together in unexpected ways and bridge the community. “It was a big accomplishment for a small town and it’s an honor to know the work is still appreciated,” says Estabrook. The festival will be held on Parlin Field at the Corbin Covered Bridge on Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. “This is an opportunity to share through exhibits, activities and demonstrations Newport’s cultural and historical heritage,” Stetson says.

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Style: Double town lattice truss Built: 1872 Rebuilt: 1907 At 216 feet, Pier Bridge is the longest covered railroad bridge in the world.

Wright’s Railroad Bridge Style: Double town lattice truss Built: 1872 In 1895, there were 1,561 bridges on the rail system operated by the Boston and Maine. Of these, 70 percent (1,085) were wooden bridges. Two are still in existence in our area today: Pier Bridge and Wright’s Railroad Bridge.

Natasha Osborne-Howe has previously written for the Argus-Champion and has been a contributing writer for the Eagle Times, and at present a contributing writer/columnist for the Intertown Record. She currently lives in Goshen, N.H., with her husband, Paul, and their two dogs and cats. She enjoys crafts, local culture and nature.


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Cross Hill Road is a beautiful drive from Route 4A in Wilmot, N.H. There are charming stone walls, huge oak and maple trees, and this exceptional view of Mount Kearsarge.

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Kearsarge from Afar Text and photography by Jim Block

The name “Kearsarge” for the mountain evolved from a rendering of the native Pennacook tribal name “Carasarga”, which is believed to mean “notch-pointed-mountain of pines.”

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tanding like a tall warrior guardian over our area, the 2,936-foot Mount Kearsarge is visible from many locations. Most of the viewpoints are accessible by car. Some are reachable only by hiking. The wonderful 75-mile hiking trail that circles parts of this region — the SunapeeRagged-Kearsarge Greenway (SRKG) — offers a number of unique views of Mount Kearsarge. Interestingly, of the three namesake mountains of the greenway, only Kearsarge is devoid of ski slopes. It stands the tallest of the three, and the summit of Kearsarge is the most accessible by car. Simply drive into Rollins State Park from Warner, N.H., and follow a short easy hike to the summit. If you are a more serious hiker, you can summit Kearsarge from Winslow State Park or by way of the Lincoln Trail over Black Mountain which starts in Sutton, N.H.

The elevation of Kearsarge is moderate compared with the White Mountains to the north, but its isolation gives it a prominence that ranks it in the top dozen New Hampshire mountains. So it is not surprising that there are many great viewpoints. Perhaps when you are exploring the area, you might find some unique viewpoints that you can consider your own. Here are a few from my travels through the area. 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. He has taught digital photography courses to small groups since 2000. Please explore Jim’s website at jimblockphoto.com

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This image is a three-photo panorama taken from a helicopter over Georges Mills. Otter Pond is on the left, Lake Sunapee is on the right, and Mount Kearsarge is in the background with Black Mountain lying on its right shoulder.

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Mount Cardigan in Orange, N.H., has an extensive bare summit. Views from here can be spectacular, but hike it on a day when the wind is calm. This view of Mount Kearsarge was taken from the West Ridge Trail.

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Remote Wilder Pond is located in Salisbury, N.H., near Andover’s Bradley Lake. An SRKG-sponsored hike led a group of 18 from Bradley Lake south along trails and a partial bushwhack to this wonderful viewpoint of Mount Kearsarge to the west. Photos of Mount Kearsarge are often best when the clouds are dramatic.

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Sunapee, N.H., is what summer memories are made of. Visit the harbor to shop and eat, spend a day at the state beach, or take a trip to Mount Sunapee for some thrills on the adventure course. With the lively lake action, continuous festivities and rich history, Sunapee is adored by natives and visitors alike. Just one visit and you’ll create your own Sunapee story — and a memory to last a lifetime. Compiled by Leigh Ann Root

Reasons We Love Sunapee 30 years and will be for life. It’s given me a safe, enriching, supportive place to raise my four children; a place to pursue my beloved career; an opportunity to give back; great friends and beautiful land to hike, ski, snowmobile, snowshoe, ice fish, ice skate, bike, boat, swim and so much more. I also love the Livery; it’s one of those well-loved buildings in Sunapee that holds so much history, community spirit and promise for the future. — Sharon Parsons, Sunapee resident

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I love Sunapee for so many reasons but mostly because of the people. As a Sunapee high school teacher, I’ve had the pleasure of teaching there throughout the last 15 years. I also own the Wild Goose Country Store, where I have the pleasure of meeting the many visitors who come to our region to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures. I’m constantly reminded how lucky I am as I talk with them about how much they love Sunapee. It’s been my home for

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You can enjoy a tasty treat from Sanctuary Dairy Farm or Stacy’s Smoothies on a hot summer night. There’s nothing better than Fourth of July fireworks in Sunapee Harbor. Of course, catching a glimpse of the legendary Steven Tyler is always another reason to love Sunapee! — Scott Blewitt, Sunapee resident and the recreation director of Sunapee and New London Recreation I love the harbor, miles of conservation land for walking and biking, the proximity to the mountain for hiking and skiing, access to the beach on Lake Sunapee and the wonderful community. — Brett R. Cusick, owner of Northcape Design/Build in Sunapee

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What’s not to love? My kids live in this wonderful place, where you can use the lake or hike all year long. Any day, they get to do things that so many people send their kids to summer camp to do. Love where you live! — Erica Monckton Belisle, Sunapee resident

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I love the sense of community, safety, scenery, people, family-owned businesses — and no traffic. — Jeff Claus, employee at Northcape Design/Build in Sunapee

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I love the vistas and the air of relaxation. Growing up in a big city outside Boston, I still marvel at rivers and streams, since I rarely saw them as a child. — Anna Miner, Sunapee resident and vice president for admissions and f inancial aid at Colby-Sawyer College

I love that Sunapee is close by and scenically beautiful from sunrise to sunset! You can grab a bite at a local foodie establishment or bring a picnic meal, alone or with your bestie; stake out a park bench, a patch of lawn,

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sand at the beach or just watch from your car; and the wildlife teams around thee. A bonus: people watching, fishing galore, boating, water skiing, and the boat launching comedies. You can’t ask for more! You can drift on the lake in a tube, kayak, board or canoe...it’s Sunapee for sure. — Sharon Callum, Unity, N.H., resident


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I love Sunapee because of the community. We have people from all walks of life that are here because they love the area. For the most part, everyone seems to be a little nicer here. — Captain Tim Fenton, Sunapee Cruises Sunapee is nestled in a gorgeous, picturesque tourist destination within New Hampshire. You can yoga, hike, bike, swim, fish, boat, canoe, water ski, ice fish, ski, snowboard, snowmobile and take in breathtaking sunset and sunrise views. You can enjoy the fabulous cuisine of locally grown fruits, vegetables and farm fresh goods. Shop for handmade and homemade exclusive products from local chefs, artists, craftsmen and much more. — Dawn-Marie Jackson Weymouth, Claremont, N.H., resident

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Meet the Andover Service Club An all-volunteer group has strengthened and enriched the Andover, N.H., community for 61 years. Text and photography by Laura Jean Whitcomb

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he gym of the Andover Elementary/Middle School is a flurry of activity on an October Saturday morning. Andover Service Club members and local crafters are setting up their tables in preparation for the annual "Christmas in Ocotber" Art & Craft Show. It’s just one of the many events the Andover Service Club (ASC) hosts to broaden and strengthen the social fabric of the Andover, N.H., community. “Everything they do for our community is wonderful,” says Sandra Waine, Andover resident, author and Reiki practitioner. The ASC was formed in 1958, when a group of 22 women met at the home of Sue Camp to form a club to replace the disbanded Unitarian Church’s Women’s Alliance. With Josephine Crisp at the helm as president and $125 budget, the club wanted to be of service to the community. In 1959, ASC members decided to offer a scholarship to an Andover High School graduate. A Scholarship Ball was held and raised $203.50. Local student Richard Vaters received $200. This was the ASC’s first and only ball but, since then, hundreds of Andover high school and college students have benefited financially

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Baked goods made by dedicated volunteers.

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One pie at a time The scholarship money comes from a variety of ASC fundraisers throughout the year. One ongoing fundraiser is the Proctor Birthday Cake Project. “We get a list of birthdays from the school, and

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we bake cakes for out-of-town or foreign students who might not have families here with them,” says Mary Ofenloch, past president. Proctor pays $12 a cake, which goes into the scholarship fund. “Believe me, the students look forward to it!” They also make pies for the annual Thanksgiving pie sale,


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CONTACT Donations are always appreciated. ASC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so all donations are tax deductible. “Without your support, we could not succeed in our mission to be of service to the community. We sincerely appreciate your kindness and your generosity,” Ofenloch says. Checks can be mailed to: Andover Service Club, PO Box 22, Andover, NH 02316.

usually held the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. “It’s our number one fundraiser. We usually sell over 100 pies,” Ofenloch says. You’ll find all types: pecan, mince, raspberry, apple, apple cranberry, pumpkin and various combinations. If you miss the pie sale in November, there’s also a fundraiser on the Fourth of July. At the Slices for Scholarships event, you can donate any amount of money for a slice of pie. Now, take note that the members are baking all these things — and donating it for the good of the town. You’ll find their creations at bake sales on election and town meeting days and at the Jingle Bell Fair. If you ever see the ASC with a table of homemade treats at a community event, stop. The ladies are excellent cooks.

Get thrifty Thrift shop sales also add to the bottom line. The Andover Service Club Thrift Shop, with the support of Past President Grace Stetson (1932-2018), was located first above Stetson’s Store in the Proctor Block, and then in the space vacated by the closing of the store. In 1998, the ASC leased land from the Andover Elementary/Middle School for the thrift shop. The building, formerly a garage, was purchased by the ASC and renovated into a store. Run entirely by ASC member volunteers, the shop offers almost new and gently used clothing, accessories and jewelry. “Everything is donated,” says Ofenloch. “You’ll find women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and everything to go with it.” “Not only does it serve a purpose in providing gently used clothing to very happy

customers, it also keeps said clothing out of the transfer station,” says Sandra Graves, president and 46-year Andover resident. It is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Over the years, the ASC has contributed funds to the Andover After School Program, the Andover Beacon, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Andover Elementary/Middle School, the Andover Food Pantry (no longer in service), the East Andover Village Preschool, the Kearsarge Council on Aging, the Highland Lake Grange Hall restoration, the Danbury School, Child and Family Services, the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail and the Andover Children’s Christmas. The ASC donated $8,450 in 2017-2018 and $9,650 in 2018-2019.

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Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month from September to June at 10 a.m. in the Highland Lake Grange Hall. You don’t have to be a baker, however; the ASC will find a job for you which could be making phone calls from home or working on the annual membership book. “My husband’s mother, Cordelia Graves, a wonderful lady, introduced me to and encouraged me to join the Andover Service Club, shortly after my husband and I moved to Andover from Connecticut. I am so glad that I

followed her encouraging suggestion,” says Graves. “We are a friendly group of women. Our club meets in the Grange Hall on Chase Hill Road (next to the church) in East Andover, starting at 10 a.m. with a social gathering, on the second Wednesday of each month, except in December and June. Please feel free to join us and meet our members.” Laura Jean Whitcomb is the publisher and editor of Kearsarge Magazine.

Christmas at The Fells: Holiday Decorator Showhouse There are about 68 current members, some more active than others. Most hail from Andover, but there are also members from Wilmot, New London, Danbury, Franklin, Springfield and Hill. And as ASC members help the community, they’ve formed some lifelong friendships. “I like the ladies. They are wonderful women and great friends,” says Ofenloch. “We work well together — with no arguing — and do everything to help the community. We really get to know the people who live here, make new friends and get new members. It’s a good social group and a working service organization.” Any woman who is interested may become a member of the club. Annual dues are $10.

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brewery in Croydon, N.H.? Why, yes — and it’s worth the drive from wherever you happen to be. The Polyculture Brewing Company is a throwback to the early days of New England, when every little town has its own brewery and public house, says Co-owner and Brewer Chris Prost. Both in their mid-30s, Prost and his wife Michelle Oeser — a molecular biologist whose research with yeast may give the couple a unique advantage when it comes to brewing beer — began selling their farmhouse beers at the Lebanon, N.H., and Newport, N.H., farmers’ markets last May, getting their name out and gathering customer feedback to strengthen their approach. In August 2018, the couple opened a small tasting room — it only accommodates 24 people — at their 150-year-old farmhouse on Croydon’s Camel Hump Road, just off NH Route 10 about 15 minutes from I-89’s Exit 13 in Grantham, N.H. It has already become a regular spot for some local residents, and people traveling from the Lebanon area and even other states like Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island — many following


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New Hampshire’s Beer Trail map produced by the Granite State Brewers’ Association, Prost says. “We had been looking for a house that could accommodate a brewery, and Croydon has been very supportive,” he says. A small room adjacent to both the house and Polyculture’s tasting room serves as the brewing area. With just one 31-gallon barrel and four fermenters, “we’re probably one of the smallest commercial breweries in New Hampshire,” Prost says.

Direct from the tasting room That means the best place to get Polyculture beers is direct from the tasting room, which is open most Saturdays from 12 to 5 p.m. There you can purchase a limited number of samples or pints to consume on site, plus pick up crowlers (two-pint cans) of one of about 18 seasonal beers to take home. (You can find their current list of seasonal beers on their website.) If you’re lucky, you may also find Polyculture on tap at

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a weekly destination to check out what’s new. “It’s neat to have a little brewery here in Croydon,” Nick says. Other than the little local store, there no place to meet and chat with people in the community, he says. “It’s the first time in Croydon that we’ve had anything like this. It’s kind of neat to watch it grow and see where it’s going to go.” Events like their “Polyculture 101” class and beer dinners with local restaurants help spread the word, bring in new customers, and expand what Polyculture can offer beyond their Saturday tasting schedule. You’ll also find them at the Lebanon Farmers’ Market on Thursdays throughout the season. As the tasting room approaches its first anniversary, Prost and Oeser are hoping to add

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a biergarten to take advantage of their beautiful rural location and wealth of outdoor space. They don’t serve food, but customers are always welcome to bring their own and enjoy a relaxing meal accompanied by delicious, local brews. Though their current location limits their capacity, “we’re committed to this as long as we can be,” Prost says. Allison Rogers Furbish is a freelance writer and nonprofit communications professional with a passion for sharing stories of the people and places that make our communities vibrant. An Upper Valley native, Allison is always excited to try new food and drink around the region. She lives with her husband and kids in Canaan, N.H.


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the state’s largest and most successful performing arts centers, the BNHS has been years in the making. In 2005, a decade after the CCA opened, the board of trustees did an assessment to help plan the venue’s future. “We conducted a strategic planning session with an outside consultant and one of the goals we set was to establish a satellite venue,” recalls CCA Board Member Byron Champlin, who

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is also a Concord City councilman. “At the time, we didn’t have a firm idea of what kind of programming would be in it, but we wanted the flexibility to have more than one thing going on at the CCA at a time.” CCA Executive Director Nicolette Clarke, who joined the CCA in 2007, explains, “If you present a show for 200 people on a Saturday afternoon, you can’t have a big show on Saturday night. A show like Million Dollar Quartet [the national tour of the Tony-Award winning musical which came to the CCA in January 2019] takes a full day to set up before the curtain rises at 7:30.” Thanks to the recession, the CCA had to get creative in order to expand its programming. Their short-term solution was to create a smaller venue within

Historical photo of the theatre

the space they already had. The Governor’s Hall — a large, open space that is an extension of the Chubb Theatre lobby during major performances — doubles as a banquet hall that the CCA rents out for community events, business meetings and a variety of private functions when the main stage isn’t in use. “We took that space and created the Spotlight

Café, where we could bring in singer-songwriters, slam poets and one-person theatrical shows,” says Clarke. While the Spotlight Café allowed the CCA to broaden its offerings and present more intimate shows, the effort involved in setting it up and tearing it down to transform the space back into a lobby for larger shows was

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arduous. It became clear to all that a new space was needed, and that became the key priority of the CCA’s capital campaign. In July 2016, Clarke’s phone rang. It was Concord-based developer Steve Duprey, with a lead on an available space just up the street from the CCA: the Concord Theatre, an old movie house that had been in operation from 1933 until its closing in 1994. Fueled by nearly $2 million in tax credits under a New Hampshire law supporting community redevelopment, money raised through CCA fundraising, and a significant donation from the Bank of New Hampshire, the renovation got underway in August 2018.

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venue with a hip vibe. Its retractable telescopic seating allows the space to quickly convert from a 176-seat auditorium to a wide-open area that accommodates about 400 people, and is perfect for dancing, mingling and more intimate shows. “It can be whatever we need it to be on any given night,” says Clarke. Upstairs features a balcony with additional seating, and a full bar offering drinks and light snacks, and some tables for pre- and after-show socializing. “I love that the venue is staying true to Prerenovation photo of lobby its history of being a hub for entertainment in Concord but, at the same time, is so chic and modern,” says Champlin.

A new demographic The BNHS not only addresses the Capital Center’s need to expand and shift its smaller shows out of the 1,300-seat Chubb Theatre, it also meets the needs of a growing demographic in the Concord area: young professionals. “We heard a great deal from employers and the young professional community in the area that there’s no place in the area to enjoy a club setting,” Clarke recalls. The CCA’s Young Professionals Advisory Committee (YPAC) was created to help uncover what younger

Artifacts from a bygone era

audiences would want from the new venue. Clarke tapped Blake Wayman, a young CCA board member, to head YPAC. “I’ve been involved in Concord my whole life, I grew up here, and I have a passion for the arts, and for music in particular, so I took the opportunity and ran with it,” says Wayman. “I sent an email out to the young professionals I knew — people who worked at Red River Theatre, NHPR, the Chamber of Commerce — and within 10 minutes, I had six or seven enthusiastic responses.” The committee is comprised of 20- and 30-somethings who work in Concord — in the arts, law, finance and in the nonprofit space. They discussed everything — the venue’s design, kearsargemagazine.com • Fall 2019 • Kearsarge Magazine

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marketing, fundraising, the type of musical acts that it would feature, right down to the kinds of beer that would be served — to help ensure the BNHS’ success. The curtain rose for the Bank of New Hampshire Stage on June 22 with Ed Balloon, a Boston-based performer with Nigerian roots whose music is a unique blend of R&B, electronic, pop and hip-hop. Over the summer, the BNHS featured other eclectic acts such as Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Rodrigo Amarante, Australian singer-songwriter Jordie Lane and, more recently, Southern Gothic, singer/ songwriter Amythyst Kiah. Wayman is delighted that he no longer has to travel an hour or more to see new and emerging musicians perform. “So many people constantly travel to see great shows — I know I did,” he says. “Higher Ground in Burlington, the State Theatre in Portland, numerous places in Boston — they were always pulling us out of Concord. Now we can

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see those kinds of acts right in our own backyard for $10 to $15 a ticket.” Wayman’s also pleased to be helping a city so close to his heart. “Being part of this project seemed destined for me,” he says. “To help reinvigorate a new space in what was a staple of Concord history has been so much fun.” Champlin is hopeful that the BNHS will be a boon to the greater Concord area in a multitude of ways. “I believe that economic growth and culture go hand in hand,” he says. “I hope that the BNHS will encourage young professionals to make a commitment to stay in the area and contribute to its economic growth.”

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tep into Wilmot, N.H.’s award-winning library and be prepared to delight in so much more than books. The Moving Wall Museum is the newest addition to this eclectic library that is small in size and big in spirit. In existence since 1898 and located in Wilmot Center’s old one-room schoolhouse since 1972, the Wilmot Public Library achieved recognition as NH Library of the Year in 2016. The library’s patrons, proud of this recognition, feel blessed to have such a robust library in such a small town. Library Director Michelle Travis lives just around the corner from the building, making a short commute to work. When she took over the helm in 2017, her goal was to maintain and grow the spirit of the library into much more than a place to find a book. “Our library helps people in the community to connect with

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Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity. Travis reached out to Field about displaying her works on a wall in the Wilmot library and the Moving Wall Museum was born. Field’s photos of immigrants from her book graced the wall for the month of February 2018 and the library’s program for the public was a presentation by Field. Located in the back of the library — a section added onto the old schoolhouse in 1972 — the Moving Wall Museum is easily accessible. The back section boasts a comfortable open area with living room furniture positioned in front of floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the Kimpton Brook Marsh. Patrons enjoy the quiet space to gaze out on nature and bird watch the

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from local patrons and residents from Wilmot, Sutton, New London and Andover. Programming at the library in April included poetry readings and workshops. Guests enjoyed a poetry reading and workshop given by Colby-Sawyer College professor and bilingual published poet Ewa Chruciel. In mid-April, more than 100 guests enjoyed an evening with Wesley McNair, former poet laureate of Maine. McNair read from his own collection as well as sharing reflections

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Past Themes and Programs January 2018 Elkins Fish and Game Club’s wildlife displays

“Seasons of Wilmot” exhibit along with photos of Wilmot by local residents

February 2018 Different Roots, Common Dreams photography and program with Becky Field

November to December 2018 Jared Beerman’s Action Figure Photography exhibit and a presentation about his craft

March 2018 Marc Beerman’s Old Man Photography display

January 2019 Margaret Doody’s collection of souvenir dish towels from around the world

May 2018 Handmade rugs by Mary Jane Peabody June 2018 Suzanne Leblanc’s quilts from the Maple Leaf Quilt Shop at Autumn Harvest Farm

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July and August 2018 Carol MacDonald’s rock concert t-shirt collection September 2018 Anne Moodey’s display of her trip to Africa

The inside and the outside of the library

on his long-time friendships with notable Wilmot residents and poets Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon. Local patron Nancy Bates taught a blackout poetry workshop. Participants made their own blackout poetry and their pieces were displayed on the wall. Travis plans to continue building the multidimensionality with upcoming themes and programs. It’s an example of how today’s libraries are changing with the times. Procuring, storing and providing information is the eternal mission of the library, public 58

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or private. But public libraries all over the country have realized that people are also sources of information, and re-envisioned their physical space to promote people connecting with one another to share information. The Moving Wall Museum, in conjunction with dynamic programming, is a way to do just that. “I’m excited for future installments and the gathering of

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February 2019 Kathy Van Weelden’s collection of pillows handmade from vintage sweaters March 2019 Susan Bruce’s art collection of Story People prints and sculptures by famous artist Brian Andreas April and May 2019 Poetry by local residents for National Poetry Month along with three special programs/workshops with Ewa Chruciel, Wesley McNair and Nancy Bates

community members to celebrate and connect,” says Travis. Susan Morse lives in Wilmot, just down the road from Wilmot Public Library. She loves to stop in to say hello to neighbors, find a good book, or attend a program. Currently, Susan organizes an Artist’s Way creativity peer group that meets at the library on Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. Any one is welcome at any time.


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Homegrown Hikes With cooler temperatures and turning leaves, fall is the ideal time to hit the hills. Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root

The mountains are calling, and these highlighted hikes are all under an hour — from five minutes to the top of one to another that will take and hour from top to bottom. There’s one that resembles a dog park, where furry friends abound. The sweet seasonal tints and crisp autumn air make a stroll in nature even more glorious. So slip on those sneakers (or tie up your hiking boots) and hit Mother Nature’s playground.

The Biggest Bang for the Smallest Effort: Clark Lookout When I first discovered this gem, I called my 80-somethingyear-old mother to let her know that her and her friends could do this hike. I’ve been talking it up ever since. I’m surprised at how many are unaware of this road rarely taken. It’s hiding in plain sight, beside the Park and Ride in New London, N.H. Most park here to go somewhere further away, not realizing that a quick trek through the woods can bring them somewhere quite special.

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Clark Lookout’s understated entrance is directly across the parking lot. The trail is more like a roadway, taking only five minutes to get to the tip top. It packs a powerful eye-punch, and it’s one of my favorite views of Lake Sunapee. There’s a heap of space to spread out, explore, and picnic. Kids can run freely without the concern of a drop off. It’s quite level and has a nice slope descending toward the lake. This is an ideal place to enjoy a cup of morning coffee or sneak in a “breather” in after work.

Illuminated canopy on the trail at Clark Lookout in New London, N.H.

A stone bench along the path

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Short, Steep and Satisfying: The Newbury Trail My footsteps have traveled this trail consistently since we moved to Newbury, N.H. Park at the caboose lot in Newbury Harbor, cross the street, and take a right on Lakeside Road. The trailhead is a few footsteps away. This is nature’s version of step aerobics. The beginning can feel a bit steep and challenging. Slow and steady is the key. This trail leads to the top of Mount Sunapee. After about 15 minutes of climbing, you’ll come to a cairn. Eagle’s Nest is to the right. The hardest part is over. It’s about a five-minute meander through the woods to a quaint snapshot of Newbury Harbor and its corner of Lake Sunapee. The rest is downhill.

A variety of views from the Newbury Trail

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The Grand View: Mount Kearsarge Mount Kearsarge is in Warner and Wilmot, N.H., and offers the grandest overviews of our region. A family-friendly version to the top is in Rollins State Park, which offers a 3.5-mile picturesque auto road that leads almost to the top. Although there are many ways to get to the peak, this is the quickest option, and it is only $4 for adults, $2 for children, kids 5 and under and those over 65 are free. From the parking area (which offers a peek of the valleys), it’s only a half mile to the summit. It’s a bit rocky but well worth the trouble. There are sensational sights in every direction and on a clear day (from the fire tower) you can see all the way to Boston, Mass. In closer view, you’ll see panoramic views of all our local nooks and crannies. It can be windy and cold on any given day in the fall, so dress and pack accordingly.

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Dog Friendly Hike: Moody Park Taking a trip to Claremont’s Moody Park with a pup is a fun way to spend a fall day. Wellknown for their running and biking trails, Moody Park also has an easy access road through the tall pines, where friendly people and even friendlier dogs gather. This wide-open park is a 10-minute walk, unless your dog finds a friend. It gets slightly steeper toward the top but is still doable for most. A pavilion sits at the top among an even wider open space. It’s a thing of beauty: green grass, plush trees and mountain views. When the structure was built, it’s obvious that the purpose was to showcase Mount Ascutney. The mountain looks like a painting. It’s simply stunning. Hello, dog lovers! Welcome to Moody Park in Claremont, N.H.

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Flat, Fun and Educational: Philbrick-Cricenti Bog Just down the road from the post office in New London, on the same side of the street, is an enchanting treasure: PhilbrickCricenti Bog. The most challenging part of this walk/hike is the boardwalks that you’ll be navigating. No worries, as they’re doubled-up planks; wide, sturdy and well thought out (however, unsafe for dogs). At the entrance, grab a trail guide — it’s full of fascinating facts about each loop. All loops equal one mile. Don’t miss the Peek Hole Loop where you can pull out the pole to learn the official depth (20 feet). The varying depths of each area bring different vegetation. It’s a terrific trek for any age, and a peaceful experience whether you go for the scenery or the learning.

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A few views from the Sunset Hill Trail in Newbury, N.H.

The Longest of the Shortest: Sunset Hill Trail This trailhead is across the road from the fabulous Fells in Newbury. It’s a 2.4-mile hike, full of voluminous trees, easy terrain and great for all skill levels. It’s not a steep trail but has a steady incline. The trail is wide and well kept. In the interest of transparency, I had to hustle (not run, but close) to get from bottom to top to bottom in an hour. I would recommend carving out more time to fully enjoy the trails and vista of Lake Sunapee. Even better, go with dinner in tow and watch the sunset. kearsargemagazine.com • Fall 2019 • Kearsarge Magazine

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Get outdoors and enjoy the fall in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area of New Hampshire! Features include hiking, a covered bridge festival, a m...

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Get outdoors and enjoy the fall in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area of New Hampshire! Features include hiking, a covered bridge festival, a m...

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