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

Summer 2017

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FEATURES Want to see nature up close? Here are eight great kayaking spots in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area. Text and photography by Jim Block

22 Scuba in Sunapee

Scuba diving is a sport that many enjoy — not just on tropical vacations, but right here in Sunapee, N.H. By Leigh Ann Root


31 Stand Up and Paddle!

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Kayaking for Nature

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• Scuba in Sunapee •• Paddle boarding, canoe racing and classic boats

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Kayaking for Nature


Jim Block, who lives in Sunapee in the summer and Hanover in the winter, is one of Kearsarge Magazine's favorite photographers. This shot was part of his stock photography archive and considered for use in the kayaking feature, but the smiling kayakers said "cover" to us. Learn more at


For 36 years, the Lake Sunapee Protective Association (LSPA) has held an antique and classic boat show and parade. Photography by Nate Carey

Kayaking for Nature By Jim Block

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68 Lake Sunapee's Boat Parade


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Paddle boarding is the fastest growing paddle sport in the country — and if you have spent any time on New Hampshire lakes recently, no doubt you’ve seen people, young and old, enjoying the sport. By Laurie D. Morrissey

Jim Block

10 Kayaking for Nature

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Can you guess where the NH gnome is hanging out this summer? Try your luck and you might win a gift certificate to Allioops! in New London! Photography by Mary-Anne Murdough

42 Local: Beautiful Boats

Sunapee resident Paul Gallup Jr. restores classic wooden boats, most built between 1920 and 1965. By Patrick O’Grady



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Let’s Go Calendar

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

61 People Profile: Out of the Mainstream Paddler Priscilla Reinertsen of Contoocook, N.H., is dedicated to the sport of canoe racing. By Laurie D. Morrissey


66 Outside: Pollard's Mills

Pollards Mills Falls in Newport, N.H., is a popular place for swimming, fishing and photography. Photography by Jim Block

76 This Season: Rosepath Gardens

80 Eat: Good Eats and Great Spirits at Bubba’s Bar & Grille


Laura Jean Whitcomb

A South Sutton, N.H., nursery offers distinctive perennials for sun and shade in a unique setting. Text and photography by Laura Jean Whitcomb

This lakeside eatery adds an abundance of great energy and delicious food choices to its beloved harbor home. By Leigh Ann Root

86 On the Road


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Kearsarge Magazine loves to visit local businesses, attend local events and take photos. See what we’ve been up to lately. Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root • Summer 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine




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editor’s letter Hello friends,

the water. There are folks out there like me, and many more taking advantage of all the great recreational opportunities the water has to offer. We cover quite a few of them in the summer issue of Kearsarge Magazine: scuba diving, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing and swimming. Oh, and boat restoration and boat parades. But you guys — the readers — are the experts. If there’s a lake activity we’ve missed, please let us know at I bet we can fill another issue with water and lake articles.

I learned to swim at the community center in Claremont. I took lessons for seven consecutive summers, without graduating, because I did not learn how to dive. You’d think I’d be scarred for life — terrified of going near or in the water — but I actually love pools, ponds, lakes and oceans. It’s a good thing, too. I live in Eastman in Grantham, N.H., where we can access the lake via several beaches. In the summer, my family often travels to nearby Newbury and the Sunapee State Beach, where my son takes kayaking lessons with NEHSA (and then we stay a bit to enjoy Lake Sunapee). Every other summer, we take a trip to Rye or Hampton to get our fill of ocean waves, salt air and seafood.

Enjoy the season!

Laura Jean Whitcomb Publisher and Editor

Do I swim? Sure. But I certainly don’t dive or jump in or test my deep water swimming skills in any way. You’re more apt to find me along the water’s edge, reading a book, taking photos, or watching the kids — who are great swimmers — enjoy

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Eight Jewels on a Necklace around New London Text and photography by Jim Block


loating in a kayak at dawn on a mirror-calm pond or lake is a great way to see birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual plants. In a kayak you can often approach many shy species closer then you can on land. Here are eight great paddling spots in the Kearsarge region, arranged in a counterclockwise circle around New London, N.H. 10

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Grafton Pond, Grafton, N.H.

Grafton Pond is the shining gem of this area. It is fairly large, but you are never far from shore. It has many islands and numerous nooks and crannies. You can spend hours exploring it. Come early in the morning — launching as the sun rises is a good plan. Although there are very interesting places to explore to the far right of the launch area, head straight across the pond and then take a left. See if you can find a secret water route into “back,” the northern most reaches of the pond. If you do, you’ll be rewarded by numerous islands and sites that most visitors never see. Keep looping to the left to get back to the main pond. Grafton Pond is famous for its loons, but please keep your distance. If you just float in your kayak and do nothing, loons will often swim close to you as they are accustomed to boats. But don’t abuse this treasure by paddling too close to them. DIRECTIONS: Take Grafton Pond Road from Route 4A and turn right at Potato Road

McDaniels Marsh, Springfield, N.H.

McDaniels Marsh can be a real delight. It is fairly large but shallow, especially in its northern parts. Early in the season is perhaps the best time to explore the whole marsh. Look for moose, otters, herons and many different kinds of waterfowl. To the southeast of the dam is a nice hiking trail. This is also a great spot to photograph colorful fall foliage across the marsh. DIRECTIONS: Take George Hill Road 114 in Springfield

Lake Coniston, Croydon, N.H.

Lake Coniston is a long, narrow, spring-fed pond. You will have it all to yourself — except perhaps for some 300 kids at YMCA Camp Coniston. But once you get out a bit from the small public boat launch, the lake is quiet. Most years there is a pair of loons raising a pair of chicks hatched from a small island at the far end of the pond. All the land surrounding Coniston is private property, which makes the lake feel quite remote. You are asked to not fish or hike along the shore. • Summer 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine


DIRECTIONS: Take Stoney Brook Road from 114 in Grantham or from Exit 12A and turn onto Pine Hill Road at the sign for Camp Coniston. The public launch is just beyond the camp. Park along the road after launching.

Pillsbury State Park, Washington, N.H.

The relatively undiscovered Pillsbury State Park is only about a half an hour from Sunapee. It features camping, hiking, mountain biking and paddling. They even rent canoes and kayaks. There is a $4 admission fee if you’re under 65 and a $2 fee for children age 6 to 11. There are four ponds you can explore — Butterfield, May, Mill and North — but two of them (Mill and North) are harder to reach. Begin your paddling near the park office on Butterfield Pond. You can explore the arm to the south or head east across Butterfield Pond through the Narrows to the larger May Pond. This pond has loons — sometimes nesting pairs — as well as at least two species of turtles, many birds and moose. To get to the far two ponds, drive to the end of Park Road and carry your kayak a short distance to Mill Pond. Work your way to the back corner while exploring this pond and take a small stream to beaver dams and short portages. Yes, you will have to carry your kayak a bit, but it is well worth it to get to North Pond, which has many interesting features to explore. DIRECTIONS: From Route 10 in Goshen take Route 31 to the park entrance

Clockwise: Some of the wildlife you can see — a Yellow Warbler at May Pond, a bullfrog in Lake Sunapee, a loon carrying chicks on Grafton Pond, a mink in Red Water Creek, and a sandpiper at McDaniels Marsh. 12

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Loons on Lake Sunapee 14

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Great Blue Heron flying over Hopkinton Lake

Hopkinton Lake, Hopkinton, N.H.

This area is not so much a lake as a flood control project, but it is beautiful and provides excellent paddling. The Stumpfield Marsh heron rookery is nearby so that provides plenty of Great Blue Herons to see when you kayak here. You will be more alone here than at many spots. Some of the area has stumps so you need to be careful about not getting “hung up” on them. Watch for painted turtles, snapping turtles and eagles. DIRECTIONS: Enter through Elm Brook Park on Route 127 in West Hopkinton, or take Exit 5 off I-89, turn west on 202/9 and take the second right onto Stumpfield Road. There are several spots to launch near the end of this road. The one to the left gives you more paddling distance.

Painted Turtles bask in the sun on Hopkinton Lake 16

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Burkehaven Harbor, Sunapee, N.H.

Most people don’t consider Lake Sunapee an ideal kayaking location, but there are some spots along the shore that are well suited. One is Burkehaven Harbor, which has a small public boat launch. If you head left from the launch under the wooden bridge you will get to Burkehaven Cove. This area is shallow so it gets virtually no motor boat traffic. Burkehaven Harbor is fairly busy, but you can head south to Fishers Bay and explore this quiet, fairly shallow bay. Working your way around Fishers Bay you will find the outlet of Red Water Creek. Once you’re past the Fishers Bay boat slips, the stream is quiet. You can kayak up this creek for some distance before you reach beaver dams.

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DIRECTIONS: From Sunapee Harbor take Burkehaven Hill Road until you see the boat launch just short of Burkehaven Boatworks

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If you like damselflies and waterlilies, Danbury Bog is the place for you. Launch by the dam and slowly work your way through this small, uncrowded water body. This is the place to see Great Blue Heron fishing and enumerable damselflies. You can kayak the bog until you reach Ragged Mountain Road and then, if debris hasn’t blocked the culvert, you can kayak under the road and explore the far reaches of Danbury Bog. (Or it is an easy portage across the road.) Nearby Waukeena Lake is a perfect spot to combine with a kayak trip on Danbury Bog. Do the bog early in the morning and then stop on one of the islands of Waukeena Lake for lunch.


Danbury Bog, Danbury, N.H.


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Water lily, Waukeena Lake in Danbury, N.H.

Waukeena Lake, Danbury, N.H.

Another little known treasure is Waukeena Lake. It’s in Danbury not too far from Danbury Bog. It has a nice public launch area. There are some islands to explore and often loons on the lake. Over a half mile of the northwest shoreline is part of the LeBaron/Brewer Conservation Easement of the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust. In the spring there is a spectacular waterfall north of the lake, but it is hard to get to. The lake looks small but there is far more than initially meets the eye. It has little coves to explore and the birds along the shore are amazing. Waukeena has some unusual brilliant pink waterlilies. It is worth a trip just to see them. DIRECTIONS: From Danbury take High Street to Waukeena Lake Road

Boat launch at Butterfield Pond 18

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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 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. Jim lives in Sunapee, N.H., in the summer and Hanover, N.H., in the winter. Explore his website at

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Scuba diving isn’t just for tropical vacations. You can dive deep, with the LaPortes, right here in Sunapee. Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root

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he idea of scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) diving sounds fun, but maybe a bit scary, too. Just one conversation with Dale Sandy, a certified scuba instructor, sets the feeling of fear aside and has the spirit wanting to try. Scuba diving is more than the “finds” at the bottom of the lake, according to Sandy, a resident of Sutton, N.H. “Scuba diving is calming; a feeling that’s similar to a feeling one might get from a walk in the park. It’s an experience of relaxation and weightlessness.” Sandy has been teaching for more than 27 years — while in the Navy in 1989, off the coast of Virginia for 20 years, in Wolfeboro for a couple of years, and for the past three years at his aunt and uncle’s shop, LaPorte’s in Newbury, N.H. Wayne and Judy LaPorte have owned and operated the shop for 57 years and counting. They still dive, too.

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Judy and Wayne LaPorte opened their scuba shop in Newbury, N.H., 57 years ago.

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The LaPorte’s deep passion for scuba diving began when they were in their early 20s. They purchased one tank and one regulator, and taught themselves how to do it. (This cannot be done today; a certification is necessary.) They’ve been diving together ever since, even ringing in the New Year with an ice dive. “We’ve missed the last two years because of Wayne’s knee replacement but maybe next year. Our grandchildren would like to do it,” Judy says. “It’s universal — whether it’s an ice dive or a summer dive, you return on a high. There’s nothing like it. It’s relaxing, beautiful and there are no phones down there.” Sunapee has been a tourist spot for scuba diving for years. Judy describes the lake as being extremely clean and very clear, with so many things to find. When asked what her most interesting find was, she said an 8-foot chain with links 14 — inch links. The LaPortes are the first to be called for the retrieval of lost items, everything from false teeth and a toupee to eyeglasses, wallets and beyond.

The Weetamoo, a steamboat used in the late 1800s to the early 1900s, was purposely sunk almost 100 years ago. This ship is almost fully intact, which is unusual, as most steamboats that were sunk didn’t stay in one piece once they hit the bottom. It’s 50 feet in length and 70 feet deep. In its working days, the Weetamoo would shuttle 100 passengers and their luggage to locations around the lake. This lake-bottom gem is a diver destination, located off the shore from Davis Cabins in Newbury. Judy notes that an area of the lake has unlikely rock formations. They look like coral, seemingly out of place, making a diver feel as though they’re in an ocean not a lake. These unusual rocks are located off Split Rock. Both depth maps and navigational maps can be found at LaPorte’s, along with anything and everything you’d ever want to know about scuba diving in Sunapee.

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at LaPorte’s for over half a century. The education is thorough and complete. The certification includes three lessons (three hours each) and use of the equipment. When the training is done, a person is certified. Certification costs $500.

In other words, a person would have to ignore many signs before being in danger. Basically you have to work at getting hurt. It’s far easier to prevent it from happening.”


Once outfitted with their gear, the lesson begins with an initial first step of snorkeling as a way to assess a person’s swimming level and comfortability in the water. As a beginner, 35 feet is where they start and can be reached right from the shop. LaPorte’s has an underwater training set up, not too far from shore. Every certification ends at the rock pile (an area between the shop and Newbury Harbor), where they feed fresh water clams to the fish. It’s quite a sight to see. Sandy’s best experiences as a teacher happen when “the anxiety stricken student’s eyes say, ‘I can do this.’ Because we cannot communicate, verbally, underwater I watch their eyes. They go from wide and round to relaxed and ready,” he says. “This is why I do it and what makes it worthwhile.” “Most people are fearful, initially,” he says. “However, once they’re diving Dale Sandy, a certified scuba instru ctor at Lapo they realize that it’s easier not to get hurt. rte’s. 24

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Scuba diving isn’t an inexpensive sport, but, Sandy says, once the initial equipment has been purchased, all you need is five dollars to fill your tank. “If people take care of their equipment it can last for 30 years,” he says. A full scuba setup can range from $1,500 to $4,000, depending on whether or not a computer accessory (which ranges from $100 to $1,000) is included. “Adding a computer is not a necessity or a luxury, it’s a safety feature. It’ll display dive start time, how deep they are, how long they’ve stayed (and can stay), air pressure amount, and how much air they’ve consumed,” Sandy explains. Judy also talks about the need for a computer. “It’s not necessary in Sunapee, as the lake is only 100 feet deep and deepest diving is at 70 feet. You can use common sense. For deeper diving, one is needed,” she says. Renting equipment is another way people can begin to dabble in the sport. A complete scuba rental with suit costs $75.

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When Judy is asked about the best part of scuba diving, she simply says, “tranquility.” Whether it’s about peace, pleasure or treasure, scuba diving in Lake Sunapee has it all.

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he first thing I felt when I climbed onto a paddle board was tall. I wasn’t really any closer to the clouds than I was in a kayak, but I felt like I could reach out and touch them. Not used to standing up on a lake, I was fascinated by the underwater view from such a steep angle. The other thing I felt was just a bit shaky. But 10 minutes of cautious paddling took care of that. Paddle boarding, like kayaking, is easy to do. It is the fastest growing paddle sport in the country — and if you have spent any time on New Hampshire lakes recently, no doubt you’ve seen fleets of people, young and old, enjoying the sport. SUP, or standup paddle boarding, appeared on the scene about 10 years ago. An outgrowth of surfing, it moved inland and took over flat water. SUP’s versatility is one of the appeals: like kayaks, paddle boards are ideal for exploring any body of water and can be enjoyed at whatever intensity the paddler chooses. While it may look like the effort is all in your arms, the muscles in your back, neck, legs, shoulders and toes are all engaged. It is a lowimpact outdoor exercise that requires balance as well as strength and endurance.

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John Kiernan, owner of Village Sports in New London, N.H., added paddle boards to his rental offerings in 2008, and saw the demand take off in 2012. “We have about 20 paddle board rentals, and they are out almost every day during peak season,” Kiernan says. “Everyone comes back enthusiastic, saying they had a great time and want to do it again.” Besides selling paddle boards, he rents a variety of sizes and models (with paddle and personal flotation devices) by the day, weekend or week. You can strap the board on top of your car or pay for delivery and pickup.

Sizes and types

Paddle boards are larger, more buoyant versions of surfboards. There are two basic types: recreational and performance (also called touring or racing) boards. A recreational board is wider and flatter, with a rounded “planing hull” that rides on top of the water. Its side-to-side stability makes it ideal for beginners. Performance models are for those who want to travel longer distances more quickly. They are longer and narrower and

Additional incentive needed? At a moderate pace, standup paddle boarding burns 300 to 500 calories per hour — about twice as much as a casual walk.

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have a more pointed “displacement hull” that cuts through the water. They accelerate and track more quickly — but because they are narrower, they are tippier and take a bit more time to get used to. In general, paddle boards are 10 to 14 feet long and weigh between 25 and 40 pounds. Each board has a cushioned deck pad, fin (or fins) and handle. Wherever you go to buy or rent one, the staff should be able to advise on the proper size and type for your needs. At Village Sports, Kiernan offers tips and lessons, as well as a three-minute video to help you get started. He advises on what type of board to use, how to hold the paddle correctly, where to stand for optimal stability, and how to paddle efficiently. For beginners, he recommends picking a calm day and a shoreline that’s interesting to explore. At Wilmot-based Kayak Country, John and Nancy Schlosser rent equipment and run clinics and tours, often instructing Colby-Sawyer College and Proctor Academy students, as well as scientists attending the Gordon Research Conferences at Colby-Sawyer. They deliver kayaks and paddle boards free to local lakes. “People are usually surprised how easy it is,” John Schlosser says. “Within 10 minutes they’re comfortable standing on the board and have figured out the basic mechanics of paddling.” Among the tips he gives beginners are: position your feet squarely in the middle of the board hip-width apart and look into the horizon, not at your feet. He instructs paddlers on getting “a good, clean, efficient stroke” and demonstrates turning using the sidestroke, backpaddle and sweep stroke. ››››› • Summer 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine


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aul Gallup Jr., a restorer of classic wooden boats, is standing in a 1938 Hacker powerboat. With the seats, engine, floor and sideboards pulled, the exposed interior wood looks every bit its age, a striking contrast to the refurbished exterior. Sanded, stained and varnished several times, the Hacker’s mahogany deck and sides have a mirror-like luster and durable appearance. Thin caulk lines between the deck boards are flawless; hundreds of threeeighths-inch wooden plugs, called bungs, cover recessed screws. “We had to sand it by machine, then hand sand,” Gallup explains. “We stained it dark walnut and mahogany then sealed it with a sealer, and then two coats of varnish. We will build it up to 9 to 11 coats.” While he describes the restoration, the sporadic whine of a screw gun from the other side of the shop cuts through the air as Roger Miller, who has helped Gallup for about a dozen years, screws in a new deck on a 1957 Chris Craft. “It has Honduran mahogany, which is top-of-the-line mahogany,” Gallup continues, running a hand across the smooth deck of the Hacker. “And it has beautiful lines. This is a very unique boat.” 42

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A view of Gallup’s Sunapee workshop — Hacker powerboat on the left, Chris Craft on the right

He notes that the cedar bottom is original. “We were just totally amazed at how well this boat has held up,” says Gallup. “We flipped it over and reconditioned the bottom and replaced two planks and refastened everything.”

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says. “You have to be meticulous and turn out your best work.” They are all “beautiful boats” to Gallup, each with its own unique history and needs. “We will soon be bringing in a real pretty 1940 Chris Craft, with a barrel back that curves and rolls back toward the transom,” he says. “It has a bullet shape to it.” The process demands a methodical approach and an eye for detail. Some boats may only get a sanding and varnish; others have planks that need replacing or a new deck. “That is what is so fun about it. We get them in all kinds of conditions. It is kind of like restoring an old cottage,” Gallup says.

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Gallup got interested in boat restoration “as something to do during the summers” when he was teaching in Sunapee. For the last four years he has taught technical education in Claremont, N.H. Gallup’s family owned several wooden boats while he was growing up on the lake and he has gleaned skills from people who know boats and from the places he worked on them, including four years in the Coast Guard in the early 1980s. “What I learned in the Coast Guard was from being a bosun’s mate,” Gallup says. “We took care of the exterior of ships so we did metal, painting and woodwork. My dad was a painter and finish carpenter so I learned a little from him.”

Gallup would later work seasonally in Florida for five years on “fancy yachts” where he learned how to varnish. Gallup credits Bo and Kathy Muller of Muller Boatworks in Sunapee for getting him started. “I asked Bo if there was room enough to have a second person, and he said, ‘Sure, I can’t do it all.’ Basically I was self-taught. A lot of the things I already knew, but applied it to the wooden boats.

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Though not a boat builder, Gallup’s skill set includes bending, cutting and shaping planks — sometimes with the use of a steamer — so they fit tight and follow the lines of the hull. With the Mullers’ support and encouragement, Gallup waded into the restoration craft. Initially, Gallup says he “did everything and anything that would come through the door,” but, around 1990, he had a boatyard moment that made him realize that wood was his passion. “One year I was working on fiberglass. So I’m underneath a boat, it is summer, like 80 or 90 degrees, wearing a Tyvek suit so you don’t smell the stuff,” Gallup recalls. “I’m grinding away, my dad’s helping me then, and he is over working on the wooden boat. I thought, I don’t see myself asking dad to do what I’m doing so the only way to get to do what he is doing, the wood work, is to say I don’t do glasswork. So I took a chance. I could have run out of work because I didn’t know how much wood work was out there.”

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But that chance has worked out. “Since 1987 I have always had a boat to work on. It is a hobby and we’ve been lucky to make a little money,” he says, grateful for the continued support from his wife, Brenda, and sons Daniel and Scott. Gallup rented space in a couple of boatyards until 2004 when he moved into the 40-by40 foot barn he built. He says 80 percent of his work is on boats on Lake Sunapee but he has done restorations for owners in Massachusetts and Long Island. “When people talk about whether to own one, I tell them to ride in one,” Gallup says. “They sell themselves; the feel of them, the sound of them, the smell of them.” He nods toward the Hacker. “When they come out like that one did, it is just beautiful. You take a ride in them and, wow, it is like going back in time.” Patrick O’Grady is an editor and reporter for the Valley News. Previously he was managing editor for the Eagle Times. He is the author of Replicate: The Rebuilding of the Corbin Covered Bridge in Newport, N.H. Paul Howe is a freelance photographer based in Sunapee, N.H. Paul has been photographing for local publications in the area for more than 40 years. His work has also been in many shows, including photographs in juried shows at the Library Arts Center in Newport and New London Hospital art shows. See more of his work online at A 1938 Hacker powerboat with beautiful lines is under Paul Gallup Jr.’s care. 46

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Summer Let’s Go


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

Village Opens for the Season

Sunday, May 28 1 to 4 p.m.

Thanks to the New London Historical Society, you can visit the Old New London Village. There are 16 buildings hosting exhibits that depict aspects of 19th-century life in the New London area. Most of the structures date from the early or mid-1800s; the Meeting House, Hearse House and Violin Shop are modern reproductions and the Transportation Building is a climate-controlled museum that opened in 2001.

>> New London Historical Society,

179 Little Sunapee Road, New London, N.H.

>> NLHS members, $4; nonmembers, $6 >>

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Vaudeville Show Saturday, June 3 7 p.m.

Join the Bradford Historical Society for a dazzling display of vaudeville performances designed to educate, amaze and uplift. Directed by Wally Borgen; sponsored by the Bradford Historical Society and the Union Congregational Society.

>> Bradford Center Meetinghouse,

20 Rowe Mountain Road, Bradford, N.H.


Get Outside: Be Aware, Be Safe! Saturday, June 10 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

It is true that there are many dangers associated with the outdoors, but that shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying the beauty that nature has to offer. Learn how to protect yourself from hazards like mosquitoes, ticks, wasps, lightning, poison ivy and bears as well as how to avoid getting lost in the woods. Preregistration is required.

>> The Little Nature Museum,

18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H.

>> Cost: $15, LNM or MKIM members; $20, nonmembers


Outdoor Recreation: Then & Now

Saturday, June 3: Paddling & Hiking with Paul Berry Saturday, June 10: Fishing with Jack Noon Saturday, June 17: Water Skiing with Katheryn Holmes Saturday, June 24: Skiing with Jeff Leich 9 a.m.

The Center Meeting House will be hosting a speaker series throughout the month of June to celebrate New Hampshire’s rich history and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. Refreshments will follow each event.

>> Center Meeting House, intersection of Route 103 and 103A, Newbury, N.H.

>> Free and open to the public >>

CarNutz Car Club Cruise Nights Monday, June 12 6 to 8 p.m.

Like antique cars and trucks? The CarNutz Car Club hosts a monthly cruise night in Newport. Come see all types of special interest vehicles, antique cars and vintage trucks — and ask questions of the owners. Other dates include June 12, July 10 and Aug. 14.

>> Sugar River Bank parking lot, North Main Street, Newport, N.H.



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Water Issues: Quality and Conservation

Find a Farmers’ Market

Tuesday, June 13 7 p.m.

Join the New London Garden Club as they host a panel discussion about water quality concerns, efforts and some solutions to current problems.

>> Whipple Town Hall, New London, N.H. >> Free and open to the public >>

June Jam

Saturday, June 17

THURSDAYS Claremont Farmers’ Market 4 to 7 p.m.

Gate opens 3:30 p.m.

May to October

Music 4 p.m.

Broad Street Park

Muster Field Farm Museum’s 14th annual musical fundraiser features an exciting line up of local folk, blues, jazz and rock musicians. This year: Putnam Pirozzoli Duo, Click Horning Band, Gary Robinson, The Dobros, Sferes and White, and Night Kitchen. Burgers, hot dogs, snacks and beverages will be on sale, or pack your own picnic and beverages to enjoy.

>> Musterfield Farm, Harvey Road, North Sutton, N.H. >> $15 per person; children 14 and under, free >>

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Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show

Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25 Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 65 dealers, swappers, distributors, wholesalers and collectors can buy, sell, or swap beryl, quartz crystals, semi-precious stones, and rocks and minerals of all sorts at this annual event. And if you’re hungry, there’s a pancake brunch, a traditional Saturday night New England ham and bean supper, and a Sunday chicken barbeque dinner.

>> Gilsum Elementary School grounds, 640 Route 10, Gilsum, N.H.

>> Free, although donations are accepted.

Proceeds support youth recreation and community programs.

Strawberry Festival Saturday, June 24 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This event includes strawberry themed desserts, crafts and children’s activities, outstanding regional music, and fine arts and crafts from juried regional artists. Each location offers something different; for example, at the historical society you’ll find fresh, hand-cranked ice cream, a children’s scavenger hunt and games.

>> New London, N.H.: Town Green, Main Street;

New London Historical Society, Little Sunapee Road; and Spring Ledge Farm, Main Street

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Arts on the Green Saturday, June 24 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is an opportunity for art collectors to purchase art directly from regional juried artists and craftsmen. Arts on the Green offers more than 30 exceptional juried artists with a variety of artwork and fine crafts for sale. Artists will be on hand to answer questions and explain their techniques.

>> New London Town Green, Main Street,

19th Antique & Collectible Motor Vehicle Show Saturday, June 24 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Every year, the Sunapee Lions host this car show with hundreds of antique cars, trucks and motorcycles. Admission includes a free lift ticket! Rain date: Sunday, June 25.

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Bradford Fireworks and Parade Saturday, July 1

7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

>> $5 per person, children under 12 free

Visit Bradford for a fun-filled day including Mason breakfast, church and book fair, petting zoo and cow flop bingo, parade (at 1 p.m.), magic show, live music and, of course, fireworks at dusk.


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>> Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury, N.H.

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Sunapee Harbor Fireworks

27th Annual Hillsborough Balloon Fest & Fair

9 p.m.

11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Come enjoy a spectacular fireworks display in the beautiful setting of Sunapee Harbor. By land or boat, it is a wonderful show. (And it is funded entirely by donations.)

Come for the weekend and enjoy Hillsborough’s four-day event chock full of activities: parades, carnival rides, a road race, music, a car show and plenty of food and festivities. Balloon flights over New Hampshire’s beautiful Monadnock Region are available to the general public along with tethered flights for the more cautious.

>> Sunapee Harbor,

>> 29 Preston Street, Hillsborough, N.H.

Sunday, July 2

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Thursday to Sunday, July 6 to 9

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Andover Independence Day Celebration Tuesday, July 4 All day

Start the festivities with a pancake breakfast and the Firecracker 5k. The annual parade starts at 12 p.m. on the Andover Town Green. At dusk the fireworks are set off from the Proctor Ski Area.

>> Andover Town Green, Andover, N.H.

The Prouty Hopkinton July 4th Family Fun Day Tuesday, July 4 All day

Join the Hopkinton Recreation Department in their Fourth of July Celebration. Activities include a pancake breakfast and 5k road race at 8 a.m., kid’s parade at 11:30 a.m. at the gazebo, the main Independence Day parade at 12 p.m. starting at the Hopkinton High School, and family games starting at 12:30 at Houston Park.


Saturday, July 8 All day event

An annual Upper Valley event where cyclists, walkers, rowers, golfers, volunteers and sponsors come together as a community to fight cancer. This event raises money for research and patient and family services at Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

>> Richmond Middle School,

63 Lyme Road, Hanover, N.H.

>> Cost: participants have a fundraising minimum of $150

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Springfield Old Home Day Saturday, July 8 All day event

From family fishing on Lake Kolelemook to a chicken barbeque presented by the Springfield Fire Department, it’s a celebration of all things Springfield, N.H.

Seventh Annual Tory Hill Authors Series Saturday, July 8 and 22 Saturday, Aug. 5 and 19 7 p.m.

>> Springfield, N.H.

This annual summer program featuring regional writers begins with readings by the authors followed by a book signing, dessert social and jazz music.


>> Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main Street, Warner, N.H.

18th Annual Powwow Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9

>> Cost: $10 per ticket or four tickets for $32 >>

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (some evening activities, too)

Come spend the weekend and take advantage of the museum and its beautiful grounds: walk the Medicine Woods trails, explore all of the exhibits and displays the museum has to offer, shop at the Dream Catcher gift shop, and enjoy the powwow! Singing, dancing, storytelling and more!

>> Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum,

18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H.

>> Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children and $30 for a family.


Flower Power Garden Tour Saturday, July 15 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Newbury Old Home Day Saturday, July 8 All day event

Family fun includes vendors, live music, boat rides, craft fair, entertainment and fireworks. Keep up to date with the activities on Facebook: Newbury Old Home Day.

>> Newbury Town Office,

Center Meeting House, Velie Play ground, veteran’s hall and harbor



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Join the Library Arts Center for a tour of gardens in the area done with a creative flair. Artists and musicians create and play in the gardens to add even more inspiration. This is a self-guided tour — participants receive a map, with descriptions of gardens and directions to them, and choose their own order. Tickets will be on sale in advance at the Library Arts Center Gallery and online at

>> Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H.

>> $15 pre-event, $20 event day >>

Artists Weekend at The Fells

Bookstock 2017

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All day event

Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16

Talented New England “plein air” artists capture the color, shape, feel and light of the natural beauty that surrounds them at The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens. With 20 artists scattered amidst the breathtaking gardens, it is amazing to see their works come to life in varied and different ways. Each creation is available for sale either off the easel or at the Wet Paint Sale and Artists Reception on Sunday at 3 p.m.

>> The Fells, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, N.H. >> Members free; nonmembers pay admission >>

Friday to Sunday, July 28 to 30 The 9th annual Bookstock Literary Festival offers a diverse and intriguing lineup of poets, authors, literary workshop presenters, a huge used book sale and the Bookstock Marketplace. This three-day event is worth a drive from the Kearsarge area. Food, music, receptions and special events; see schedule online.

>> Various locations throughout Woodstock, Vt. >>

93rd Annual Hospital Days Thursday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Aug. 6


Day and evening

The Hospital Days event schedule features time-honored favorites as well as new events for the community to enjoy. The weekend celebration includes bracelet night at the Midway; a band night filled with live music, food and fun; the Hospital Days Parade; and the annual Triathlon. This year’s theme: Dancing through the Decades.

Saturday, July 22 6 p.m.

Take a Magical Mystery Tour to a Sunapee hilltop as we step back to the 1960s for a reunion with the Fab Four! Come together for Great Food, Spirits and Music by Studio Two, Boston’s own Beatles Tribute Band. This is Project Sunapee’s third fundraiser to help continue the nonprofit’s community and school endeavors.

>> New London Town Green, Main Street, New London, N.H.

>> Please see website for different costs

>> Burkehaven Hill, Sunapee, N.H.

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Lettvin Chamber Music Series Friday, July 28 Saturday, July 29 7:30 p.m.

Annual Fine Artists Exhibition SAturday to Monday, Aug. 5 to 7 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Bradford Area Community Center and the Union Congregational Society are proud to sponsor the annual Lettvin Chamber Music Series at the historic Bradford Center Meetinghouse. Enjoy two classical performances in a historical setting.

Now in its 6th year, Sunapee Landing Trading Company’s annual Fine Artists Exhibition offers a great way to see the work of some of the finest artists in the area. Stroll through the tents to see their work and chat with them!

>> Bradford Center Meetinghouse,

>> 356 Route 103, Sunapee, N.H.

18 Rowe Mountain Road, Bradford, N.H.

>> Cost: $15 ticket, $25 for two tickets >> (603) 938-2739

>> Free >> • Summer 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine


Old Time Fair in Potter Place

Ride for the Fallen

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

8 a.m. registration and breakfast

Sunday, Aug. 6

The annual Andover Old Time Fair, organized by the Andover Historical Society, is a town-wide Old Home Day event with activities and fun for all ages. Included are a country auction, an extensive flea market, a craft market, farmers’ market, railroad handcar rides, children’s games, antique vehicle exhibits and musical entertainment.

>> Potter Place, Andover, N.H. >> Free >>

Living History Event

Saturday, Aug. 26 10:30 a.m. ride

The annual Ride for the Fallen benefits local high school students in memory of SPC Justin Rollins, who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. The day includes breakfast, raffles, music and a motorcycle ride with 200 motorcyclists. All bikes that register will get one free shirt per bike, while supplies last.

>> Newport Middle High School, Newport, N.H. >> $30 for single rider and $40 for double rider >>

Apple Pie Crafts Fair & Richards Library Festival Saturday, Aug. 26 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Every year, more than 2,000 New Englanders make their way to Newport to enjoy 80+ booths of handmade crafts, including pottery, woodworking, glass, fiber arts and more. The fair also features live music, an apple pie contest and sale, and the Firemen’s’ Famous Chicken Barbecue.

Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

>> Newport Town Common, North Main Street,

Witness historic battles with mounted cavalry and cannons roaring! Pan for real gold. Meet Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Webster, Louisa May Alcott and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Make apple cider; see how a stone wall or maple syrup is made.

>> Free

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Farm Days

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26 and 27 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine

>> Muster Field Farm, Harvey Road, North Sutton, N.H. >> Free for members and children 6 and under; $5 for nonmembers

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Kearsarge Klassic Bike Randonnee Saturday, Sept 9 All day

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>> New London Historical Society, Little Sunapee Road, New London, N.H.

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Out of the Mainstream Paddler Priscilla Reinertsen of Contoocook, N.H., is dedicated to the sport of canoe racing. By Laurie D. Morrissey Photography by Jim Block


riscilla Reinertsen spends New Year’s Day hiking up Mount Moosilauke in Benton, N.H. Above tree line last Jan. 1, the wind picked up to 60 mph, making it a challenge for the microspike-shod, 113-pound hiker to stay upright. But, she says, “The views were just spectacular. It’s a great way to start the New Year.”

Perfecting the sport

This year, 2017, sees the 74-year-old Reinertsen paddling her 35th General Clinton canoe marathon and her 26th Kenduskeag Stream whitewater race, as well as other flat and whitewater courses; continuing as president of the New England Canoe and Kayak Racing Association; organizing weekly training sessions that finish with pizza at Dimitri’s Pizza in Contoocook, N.H., and ending the season with another tradition, the winter solstice paddle on the Merrimack River. She is as dedicated to the sport of canoe racing as anyone, earning a reputation as one of the most technical paddlers around, and even “the mother of all canoeing.” You might also hear “first lady of,” “queen of,” “machine” and “legend.” Reinertsen, who lives next to the Contoocook River with her husband, Terje, took up the

paddle after years as a long-distance and triathlon runner. Having summers off from teaching sociology at the University of New Hampshire allowed her time to perfect the sport. “I don’t tootle around enjoying the scenery. What I like is competing,” she says. And compete she does. She enters 30 to 35 races each year, including the 70mile General Clinton, an endurance race on the Susquehanna River near Cooperstown, N.Y. She has more finishes than any other female participant. She has won eight times in four different categories, earning a place in the race’s Hall of Fame. Although she generally races with a partner, she has soloed three times

— her fastest solo time being 10½ hours. Long distance is one thing. Rapids are another. Asked why she is not terrified as she heads through the waves into a chute between boulders, she says, “I’m nervous before a big race, but when you’re in the moment you’re just intent on doing what ››››› • Summer 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine


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has to be done.” She relies on not only strength and endurance, but finely honed skills and a massive amount of experience. An experienced (and successful) canoe racer understands wave dynamics and knows how to “trim” the boat, a term that means managing how the hull rides in the water. Slight changes in positioning the weight of both paddlers can make a critical difference in performance. “I like technical rivers,” she says. “I may have been stronger 25 years ago, but the older you get, the smarter and better racer you are. There’s so much knowledge involved in knowing how and when to use each technique to your greatest advantage.” Not that she always stays dry. On an S-curve in Vermont’s West River, whitewater rushes past a pair of SUV-sized boulders called the Dumplings. The Class III and IV rapids are a true test of a paddler’s skills. One year, Reinertsen recalls, she and her partner “took one hell of a swim. Oh, it was bad. About a mile. If you’re going to compete seriously, you have to expect to take a few swims.” It is a winning attitude. “You could go the chicken route, which is slower, or you could go the hardest, fastest route. That is the one Priscilla takes,” says Peter Heed, president of the United States Canoe Association (USCA) and a champion racer. (Reinertsen credits him with getting her started on flatwater canoe racing.) They co-chaired the committee that organized last year’s USCA national marathon championship races.

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In a 30-year paddling career, Reinertsen has raced solo and as stern person, on dozens of rivers, and with partners aged 9 to 90. “It’s about more than competition,” she says. “It’s about the community and camaraderie of racing, sharing your knowledge and experience and enthusiasm with other people.” According to Heed, “no one’s had a greater impact on paddling, certainly in New England, and the waves of her efforts are spread all over. If you go to Michigan, Wisconsin, or Maine, they know Priscilla. She has that incredible combination of being not only a good athlete and racer, but also a helper, teacher and organizer. The picnic she and Terje host after the Fourth of July race on the Contoocook River is one of the highlights of the season. All the paddlers are invited.” Reinertsen especially enjoys sharing her enthusiasm with young girls. One of the high points for her was the Atholto-Orange River Rat Race (Rat Race for short), a packed, mass-start event she refers to as “flip city.” An 11-year-old friend wanted badly to win it and, after much training together, the pair succeeded. Like many in the sport, the Contoocook canoeist puts stock in the maxim, “there are two kinds of days: paddle-able and un-paddle-able.” She keeps an exercise log and trains year round. In winter, the power plant on the Merrimack River in Bow, N.H., generally keeps a stretch of about two and a half miles free of ice, which she and her canoeing buddies use several times a week when the plant is

generating. They are exercising “muscle memory.” “As with any endurance sport, you build up tolerance in the muscles and tendons for repetitive action. It’s cumulative,” Reinertsen says. Her favorite races include two whitewater races in Maine: the 16-mile Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race (which she paddles with Alan Paradis of Pittsfield, N.H.) and the Passagassawakeag, held so early that it sometimes is postponed due to ice. But while most of her paddling takes place in New England, Reinertsen’s favorite river is far to the south: central Florida’s Weeki Wachee, where she trains for a week or so every March. Besides technical paddling and scenic beauty, part of the attraction is the manatees swimming up the crystalclear stream from the Gulf of Mexico. They are up for some serious competition from the Contoocook Canoeist.

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The Sounds (and Sights) of the Sugar River Pollards Mills Falls in Newport, N.H., is a popular place for swimming, fishing and photography. Text by Laura Jean Whitcomb Photography by Jim Block


t was once the site of a saw mill, a shingle mill, a fulling mill and a woodworking shop. Today, it’s a popular spot for swimming, picnics, fishing and photography. Welcome to Pollards Mills Falls, located on the Sugar River in Newport, N.H. Pollards Mills is a lovely place to spend a summer day. There’s a waterfall with an 18-foot cascade ending into a large pool. If swimming in deep water isn’t your thing, there are shallow pools up and down the river. Bring a picnic lunch and plan a short nature walk, where you’ll see remnants of the mills’ foundations.

DIRECTIONS: From the middle of Newport, head south on Route 10 for a bit over a mile. Take a hard right at the Little Red Schoolhouse, then bear left at Falls Road off Pollards Mills Falls Road. There is a small parking lot. The land is privately owned, so visitors need to be respectful.


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Lake Sunapee’s Boat Parade Introduction by Laura Jean Whitcomb Photography by Nate Carey


verybody loves a parade. But what do Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area residents love more? A boat parade! For 36 years, the Lake Sunapee Protective Association (LSPA) has held an antique and classic boat show and parade in conjunction with its annual Love Your Lakes event. There are usually 25 to 30 boats, mostly woodies, participating in the parade. “The boats are beautiful and most are rare. Many are local boats from Lake Sunapee, with long histories of being on the lake,” says June Fichter, executive director of the LSPA. “A few are on display in the harbor on the morning of the parade, and people are always interested in looking at them close up, and talking to the owners.” Bo Muller — who owns and operates Muller Boatworks with his wife, Kathy — estimates there are 70 antique and classic boats that call Lake Sunapee home. Bo feels that last summer’s parade of 30 boats was good participation, but he hopes for a better turn-out for the 37th annual Love Your Lake Day. The parade begins in Gardner Bay, where the boat owners line up according to their parade number given to them by the LSPA. The boats then proceed from Gardner Bay, by the yacht club, to Sunapee Harbor. They parade close to the docks, and then most of them continue on to Newbury Harbor. Programs are available online at

Whirl-A-Way — a 1940 Chris Craft owned by Harry and Sue Rohrer of Sunapee, N.H. — came in first in the 33rd Boston Antique & Classic Boat Festival in 2015. • Summer 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine


Quiet Ride II, owned by Mark and Diane Goldman of Sunapee, is a 2000 24-foot Elco. It is a replica of a 1890s electric Elco launch.

Owned by Walt and Ellie Goddard, Pinocchio has spent its entire 97 years on Lake Sunapee. It is a 1918 30-foot Fay & Bowen. 70

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This photo shows the helm of Dorothy, owned by Dean Seibert of Norwich, Vt. Dorothy, a 25-foot George Lawley, has a long history on Lake Sunapee. Originally owned by a Sunapee cottage owner in 1898, it was later given to Mr. Morgan who ran a general store in Sunapee Harbor. He used it to deliver groceries to cottages at the lake. It was passed down to Dorothy and Leon Gould, then Seibert purchased her 25 years ago. • Summer 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine


Lil Dipper, owned by David Calhoun of New Canaan, Conn., is based on the runabout introduced to Garwood in 1938. It is a 2010 25-foot Garwood Streamliner.

“Miss” Align is a 1969 Lyman built in Sandusky, Ohio. She was found in Idaho, restored at Androscoggin Boat Works in Maine, and now resides with Bill Mehan at Tilson Point in Sunapee. 72

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Rosepath Gardens South Sutton nursery offers distinctive perennials for sun and shade in a unique setting Text and photography by Laura Jean Whitcomb


t’s not unusual to drive by a gorgeous garden in the Kearsarge area. Take a ride on any route, and you’ll see the green thumb results of area residents in the landscapes around their homes, gardening club displays brightening town commons, and colorful window boxes or planters adorning local businesses. What is unusual: an “open” sign and a “pay here” table near a particularly lovely residential garden. Welcome to Rosepath Gardens, a home and a business on Route 114 in South Sutton. Every day is an open house at this nursery. Owners Rob and Jessi Joynt invite gardeners, landscapers and plant lovers to stroll through their shade gardens and lawns with sun-loving flowers. The idea started in 2001. “We began by attending four farmers’ markets weekly. This continued for four years,” says Jessi. “With the arrival of our baby in April 2015, we decided to keep everything home and opened our farm stand at the house.” All of the plants at Rosepath Gardens are perennials with an emphasis on long-lived, easy care plants. “We have collections of Astilbe (23 cultivars), Echinacea (12 cultivars), Fern (9 cultivars),


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Heuchera (17 cultivars), Hosta (10 cultivars), Phlox (13 cultivars), and Sedum (10 cultivars) — more than 4,000 plants of 210 cultivars,” says Jessi. And the types/species tend toward fragrant flowers whose scents fill the garden: Phlox, Dianthus, Astilbe and David Austin Roses. “We choose our plants with an eye for the unusual, such as Lychnis ‘Lipstick’ and Knautia ‘Thunder & Lightning’, and for the recent cultivars bred to make gardening more rewarding, such as mildewfree Monarda ‘Purple Rooster’ and ‘Candy Store Phlox’.” On a stroll in July, you might see Eupatorium Pink Frost, which Rob describes as “an elegant, diminutive, variegated Joe-Pye weed from Japan.” The distinctive claw-edged dark green leaves are boldly edged in creamy yellow, and the dark pink blooms are loved by butterflies. In August, be on the lookout for the Aralia Sun King, a shade-loving plant with compound leaves measuring up to three feet long. But what you won’t see: a greenhouse. “We are perhaps the only nursery that grows perennials without a greenhouse. We obtain the plants from nurseries as liners, usually 16-week-old plants in 1.5-inch cells,” says Jessi. “The plants remain outside, on the ground, all winter, covered by an insulating blanket of snow. Plants are originally chosen for their winter hardiness; we have quite a successful rate of survival.” Rob is the landscape designer, paying attention to flower and leaf color, foliage texture and plant height. “The two of us care for the flowers like they were our own garden, with the luxury

of moving pots around whenever we want,” says Jessi. Well-rooted plants in large pots — large true gallon pots and extra large twogallon pots — are available for purchase.

Laura Jean Whitcomb is the editor of Kearsarge Magazine and Kid Stuff magazine. She does not have a green thumb, and is in awe of those who do.

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Good Eats and Great Spirits at Bubba’s Bar & Grille This lakeside eatery adds an abundance of great energy and delicious food choices to its beloved Newbury Harbor home. By Leigh Ann Root Photography by Katie Bushueff


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miling faces and hearty hellos greet you at Bubba’s Bar & Grille in Newbury, N.H. You instantly feel at home. It’s a warm feeling, and it’s not because of their busy brick oven. As you enter the delightfully decorated dining area, a glance to the left has your eyes taking in a great deal. It’s a combination of loyal regulars at a bustling bar and an unforgettable view of spectacular Lake Sunapee. It’s an undeniably lovely place to dine. There’s no bad seat in this house; from cozy corner tables to the window seats that overlook Newbury Harbor, you’re fulfilled before you even take your first bite. After being away from the restaurant business for 17 years, Bob (Bubba) Williams and his wife, Robin, decided to jump back into the foodie world in May 2008. They were the former owners of the Gray House (now The Flying Goose Brew Pub) from 1975 to 1991. Locals and visitors alike were overjoyed when they plunged back into the restaurant business. “We’re a family style restaurant with a full and eclectic menu that covers all bases,” says Williams. “We’re known for our great service, extensive and reasonably priced menu.”


Families love Bubba’s

Bubba’s is a favorite of families. It’s no surprise, with their Bubba Junior meals priced at $5.99, which includes a drink and a scoop of ice cream. Families also enjoy their scoop shop, Jolly Molly’s. This is a frequent summertime stop for most. This snack bar and take out portion of the business, on the outside of Bubba’s, is hard

to miss. The crosswalk from the Newbury Harbor to Bubba’s could use a crossing guard on the busy summer days. There’s a constant flow of people, back and forth, carrying big ice cream cones, sandwiches, pizza, and a variety of other quick snacks and meals to take back to their boats on the lake, chairs on the dock or blankets on the town beach. Williams describes what makes Bubba’s menu so varied and special: “We have a woodfired brick oven for homemade thin crust pizza, a sauté line for pasta dishes, and a char broiler for burgers, steak and fish.”

Their fried foods are a popular choice, too. They fry fish, clams, scallops, fresh cut French fries and onion rings. Philly steak hoagies, Rueben sandwiches and quesadillas are just a few of the items that are made on the flat top griddle. But Bubba’s menu description is not complete without a mention of their award-winning seafood chowder. The recipe — with shrimp, scallops, haddock, surimi, lobster base, butter and heavy cream — was developed back in the mid-1980s at the Gray House, and nothing has changed in this tasty combination

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in more than 30 years. Back when King Ridge Ski Resort in New London, N.H., sponsored the chowder fest the Williams were champions three times, and they also won the Sunapee Chowder Challenge in 2008. Bubba’s hot fudge sauce recipe has never been altered and dates back to the 1960s at Gray House. “I’m most proud of the consistency and quality of our food,” says Williams. It’s safe to say that they make something for everyone. If you don’t see it on the menu, you can build your own pizza, burger, salad or wrap. They accommodate special requests regularly. When asked about what she serves most, Castillo says, “One of our best sellers is the seafood pie. It’s a delicious casserole, home style and hearty.”

Meals to go

Catering is another huge facet of Bubba’s business.

“We’re available 12 months of the year, and we cater anything a person can imagine. We tailor precisely to special days, and we travel pretty much anywhere,” says Williams. Bubba’s will work with any size party and a variety of budgets. They’ll cater any day of the week, for any occasion. Their professional staff is experienced at catering a broad range of events, where the food is always plentiful and beautifully presented. Bubba’s has a vast catering menu of items to choose from, and they’re also happy to create a unique menu for those wanting one. Bubba’s offers daily specials, complimenting their already huge menu options. These can be found daily on their website, along with any other current events happening at the establishment. Their Sunday brunch (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) is another “must try” meal with a

host of yummy items to choose from. The Bloody Mary Bar is a big hit. Guests can build their own special beverage by customizing it with their choice of everything that goes in. They provide all sorts of add ins, like shrimp, olives and pickles. If you’re not sure what to drink, Bubba’s bar always has a suggestion. Their adult drink menu is filled with seasonal flavors and combination cocktails. They also run a daily drink special. They mix a variety of martinis made with their homemade simple syrups like cranberry, blueberry and watermelon. They’re constantly experimenting to craft up something new. Just like their kitchen, the bar is open to your creativity. You’ll find a mug-worthy beer on tap or by the bottle at the bar, too. They also have nonalcoholic choices, like homemade blueberry lemonade. Their customers say it best. Dennis Murphy of Bradford, N.H., who is known locally as Irish Dennis, says, “Bubba’s rocks.” John Callen of Newbury, who eats there almost every day, jokes, “I wouldn’t live in Newbury if Bubba’s wasn’t here.” • Summer 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine




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On the Road Summer Fun with Kearsarge Magazine Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root


he last-minute snow storms and icy weather didn’t stop us from getting out last spring. We embraced the serene scenery and visited the beloved businesses that are sprinkled throughout our region. Der Markt at Marklin produced a “wow moment” during a spring visit. Expected: the famous Marklin candles

and their wonderful wood products, both made onsite. Unexpected: the multiple showrooms, filled with exquisite and extensive product from skilled artisans. These masterpieces are American made, locally sourced, environmentally responsible and fair traded. They’ve recently added floral bouquets by Sorella Flower Company to this retail location. Der Markt at Marklin is tucked behind the Hopkinton Fire Station. It worth seeking out! New London delivered a triple threat of new development. All three of the following stops required just one-time parking. Laura Pillsbury is the new owner of Lady P’s Boutique, formally the Lemon Twist. She’s put her own twist on this contemporary boutique by adding a variety of new merchandise. You’ll now find maternity

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clothing, yoga wear, a new skincare line and many other new lines of clothing jewelry and accessories. It’s a stunning shop. Next door is Allioops! Flowers and Gifts. They’ve had a huge renovation, doubling their store. It’s gorgeously decorated and uniquely filled with sweet smelling creations, eye


catching arrangements and distinctive gifts. With this expansion comes the opportunity for artistic experiences — an array of floral design and planting classes are now offered. Two doors down from Allioops!, is the latest New London transformation. C.B. Coburn is the new home of a charming coffee shop, Grounds. This coffee and gift shop serves an extensive selection of coffees, smoothies, pastries, chocolates and candy. This space is filled with cozy nooks with free wifi. This is a superb addition to Main Street.

Sunapee welcomed a new restaurant, Suna (formally 1 Mile West), this past year and we’re thrilled to have them as an advertiser. Our On the Road stop included a Happy Hour, which is daily from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (they’re closed on Mondays). We enjoyed

complimentary olives and bread while waiting for our delicious appetizers to arrive. There’s a reason why their parking lot is always packed; the food is exceptional. On the way home from Kearsarge Magazine headquarters, we stopped at Rum Brook Market in Grantham. It was nice to be able to grab a yummy sandwich from the deli, pick up fresh produce, and select a bottle of wine from their Wine Silo. This is one-stop shopping with a wholesome feel. At Kearsarge Magazine we enjoy showcasing the people, places and things that make our local communities so remarkable and memorable. We’re grateful for your support of our publication, our online avenues and our local events. We love delivering the local to you. Clockwise: The wine silo and deli at Rumbrook Market, Suna Restaurant and some happy hour treats; The friendly faces at Grounds coffee shop at C.B. Coburn • Summer 2017 • Kearsarge Magazine


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