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contents FEATURES Building A Dream

Who can bring your dream home to life? There are many options to choose from in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area. Kearsarge Magazine asked two firms — Bonin Architects & Associates and Northcape Design-Build — about their philosophy and process.

17 Home Improvement Helpers Nothing says spring more than a home improvement project. Here are some local businesses ready to help. By Leigh Ann Root

24 YoPo Concord, N.H.-based group, Yogurt Poets, celebrates 25 years of wordsmithery — and shares four poems with Kearsarge Magazine.


32 10 Reasons Why We Love Bradford


Why do we love our New Hampshire hometowns? Residents share their thoughts on why they love the places they call home. Featured this issue: Bradford. Compiled by Laura Jean Whitcomb


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East Branch of Great Brook By Jim Block This photo was taken in early June of a small side stream that enters Great Brook in New London near a bridge along the SunapeeRagged-Kearsarge Greenway Trail 5. The spot is along the Great Brook Trail just above the Lower Cascades and about ½ mile from the trail head on the corner of Lake Shore Road and Pleasant Street. This half mile is also called Coco’s Path and is a wonderful, easy hike past some beautiful waterfalls and cascades.

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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 jimblockphoto.com

37 Art: Fine Art Printmaking At Summit House Press in Warner, N.H., artists — with the help of expert Mary Mead — can use metal, wood and other materials to create images and make prints. By Brianna Marino


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42 Local: Community Gardening

48 Eat: The Breakfast Bunch The Kearsarge Magazine foodie field trip continues…this time with breakfast! By Laura Jean Whitcomb


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Sure, you can get all the information you need online, but there’s nothing better than learning from your neighbors. The Grantham (N.H.) Garden Club is a great example. Text and photography by Laura Jean Whitcomb

58 Outside: Come Run with Us Ready for a race? There’s something for everyone — every age and every ability — here in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area. By Brianna Marino

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editor’s letter Hello friends, I wish I could write poetry, but it’s just not in my wheelhouse. I think I’ll stickto admiring the work of others, like the Yogurt Poets, on page 26. Happy spring (yes, it’s coming, I promise)!

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You have a dream of building your own home. But who can bring your dream to life? There are many options to choose from in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area. The key is to pick the firm that is right for you, your family, and for your dream. Kearsarge Magazine asked two firms — Bonin Architects & Associates and Northcape Design-Build — about their design-build philosophy and process.

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Bonin Architects & Associates is a multi-disciplinary design firm focusing on custom residential, commercial and landscape design. Jeremy Bonin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal Partner of Bonin Architects & Associates, was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island. Both living and working on Aquidneck Island, much of New England’s finest architecture was at his doorstep, including timeless examples from McKim, Mead and White, John Russel Pope, and H.H. Richardson to recent interpretations of the classic styles and contemporary innovators. Receiving his Bachelor of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Mass., Bonin worked on projects ranging from residences in Jamestown, Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod to large-scale commercial and institutional projects nationally. Bonin is a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards certified architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is the firm’s principal architect, leading and overseeing all projects and teams. ›››››

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Q. What is your firm’s design philosophy? A. We believe the best projects are the result of a solid team formed early in the process. The clients lead the design, they have a vision, and it is our responsibility to gather the proper organizations and resources to bring that vision to fruition. Open communication and input from all team members place the best resources at everyone’s disposal.

Q. What style architecture do you love the most? A. While we design homes in many styles based on our client’s desires, site and a myriad of other factors, we draw inspiration from shingle style homes quite often. The intentional asymmetry of the shingle style lends itself well to homes with unique site conditions and constraints such as a lakefront property.

Q. What management services do you provide? A. We are a full-service firm inclusive of landscape architecture; we work with the client from the inception of the project and throughout the process of construction of the home and landscape. Our Construction Administration services include monitoring the construction process, field reports, review of pay applications and requests for information as well as the selection of colors, materials, appliances and all other finishes. Just a few of Bonin Architects’ homes. All photos courtesy of Bonin Architects


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Q. How do you involve the client? A. As many of our clients will attest to, we ask many questions throughout the process. Designing a home is very personal. Addressing how they live on a daily basis, such as do they rise early or when entertaining what the typical amount of people is, are just a few of the questions we ask as they help guide the design.

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Northcape Design/Build Sunapee, N.H.

With more than 40 years of crafting beautiful custom homes in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area of New Hampshire, Northcape Design-Build has a reputation for an astute attention to detail, superb craftsmanship and for creating homes with enduring value and classic New England charm. From new construction to historic preservation, room additions and major renovations, the firm understands and appreciates the value of your investment. Our team of professional designers, builders and craftsmen is committed to creating homes with exceptional quality which reflects that understanding. Brett Cusick, principal partner, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Roger Williams University in historic Bristol, Rhode Island. He joined the construction industry after spending several years in the Boston area working with world class engineering firms. His technical background includes major GIS and topography mapping, AutoCAD manipulation and residential design using Chief Architect. He now primarily uses the Chief Architect platform to illustrate and visualize upcoming projects. Geoff Martin, also a principal partner, began his career in building as a self-employed carpenter back in 1987. He soon became partner and president of Morse & Martin, Inc. and helped to build and grow that company, working there until 2007. Martin then went out on his own and started Cedar Mill Group, Inc. creating a full service, design/build, residential building and remodeling company, specializing in exceptional levels of quality and service. Martin oversees the sales and operations at Northcape.

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Q. What is your firm’s design philosophy? A. Our team utilizes the most advanced 3D technology to allow our customer to understand exactly what they are getting by exploring it in a virtual model. We have found this tool to be tremendously effective when narrowing in on design elements. For example, how roof lines will interact with the structure and even for selections such as choosing cabinetry

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Q. What management services do you provide? A. As a design-build firm, we manage every aspect of your project from the conceptual phase to move-in day and are able to keep your project free of disruptions as it moves from phase to phase. We listen to your ideas, offer suggestions, and ultimately deliver a completed project that is uniquely you.

Q. How do you involve the client? A. From the very beginning — whether it is shopping days to pick out plumbing fixtures, windows/ doors and more — we involve the customer at an intimate level. What has made the process so streamlined is our online customer relation portal. It allows the customer to log in daily to see what is going on that exact day. Daily photos are uploaded, upcoming selection due dates are visible, and the weekly calendar is updated based on communication from trade partners. It is a fantastic tool whether you live down the street or in a different state. It creates a high level of communication so at any given moment the customer can log in and feel confident in what is happening day to day.

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color, countertop material, etc. It allows the customer to have a full understanding of what the final product will look and feel like.

Q. What style architecture do you love the most? A. Well that depends on the customer! The beauty is that Northcape has been doing this for more than 40 years and has seen it all. Whatever your dream may be, we can build it!


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A. As a Certified Green Professional (CGP), Northcape Design incorporates green and sustainable building principles into every project we work on. We recognize the value in building a home with green techniques that not only reduce the environmental impacts of construction, but also the long-term financial benefits for our clients.

Q. What sets your firm apart? A. The biggest thing that sets Northcape apart is our team. We are excited each and every day to work on amazing projects in the Lake Sunapee region. The team is comprised of professionals each bringing a different skill to the design and build process.

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Home Improvement Helpers By Leigh Ann Root Photography by Jennifer Stark

Nothing says spring more than a home improvement project. Here are some local businesses ready to help.

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s winter turns into spring, our minds shift toward renewal. If you’re a homeowner, ideas to bring new life to old spaces may be taking shape. Nothing says spring more than a new project brewing in or around a dwelling. As a wife of a contractor, our home conversation often turns to the local hardware stores: their extensive offerings, outstanding service and my husband’s experience as both a contractor and homeowner. In the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region, we’re fortunate to have a home improvement helper in every direction that we drive. Each one is known for something slightly different, but all believe in epic customer service. I was surprised to learn that many of our local stores offer delivery, some for a small fee and some for free. What a service to have products delivered, especially if you’re a non-truck owner. For example, Belletetes in Andover, N.H., has well-trained truck drivers with a fleet of more than 50 delivery vehicles to deliver orders. This is just one of the many services that local hardware businesses offer in their home improvement domain.


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Home improvement headquarters According to Sue Johnson, advertising and marketing manager of Belletetes, what really matters to them is that they have the right products at the right prices, and they employ the most highly trained people to maximize their service and customer satisfaction. “Whether it’s a homeowner or a contractor, our outside and inside sales and support people have years of experience working with them. One of our goals is to be a trusted partner, providing advice and adding value in an effort to help make their businesses and home projects successful. We provide fast, accurate material take-offs and quotes. We have the brands that people recognize and trust to perform,” says Johnson. The most common projects for their homeowner customers are roofing, siding, decking, painting, insulation, and lawn and garden. “We work hard every day to earn our customers business in the hopes that they come back again and again,” says Johnson. Left to right: a variety of products for your home improvement projects available at Belletette’s in Sunapee, N.H. 20

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Locals love local Chris Whitehouse of Sunapee, N.H., is “torn between two stores.” It all depends on the project he’s working on. “I often go to Belletetes since it’s a mile from my house. It has excellent service, and I’m amazed at what they have in that little store. If they don’t have it, they’ll get it for you. Matt Gross, the manager of the Sunapee store, has turned into a good friend and is overly helpful. Clarke’s Hardware is also a great place. There’s nothing you need that they don’t have in that store,” says Whitehouse. Read Clarke, owner of Clarke’s Hardware in New London, N.H., feels that their customer service is the difference maker for them. “Our staff is knowledgeable and friendly with lots of hometown attention. Our customers are our priority and the reason we do all the things that we do; we offer exclusive product lines, give pinnacle service, we’re involved in our community, the cleanliness of our store is paramount, and we give great attention to detail,” says Clarke. ›››››

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Echoing this is New London resident Malaika Sidmore. “Clarke’s Hardware is my favorite. They have amazing customer service and the owner, Read Clarke, is always there. They sell great quality products at fair prices and they stand behind it all,” says Sidmore. Clarke says, “Our customers bring us challenges all day long, and we do our best to come up with the ‘remedies.’ We’ve earned our customers’ confidence along the way and this has given us their loyalty. Common projects for our homeowning customers are wallpapering, furniture stripping and refinishing, mounting and maintaining bird feeders, rodent and insect wars, landscaping and gardening, boat cleaning and repairing, and dock work.” New London resident Jennifer Tockman is a proud and satisfied Clarke’s Hardware customer. “Clarke’s is the best. They have wonderful and happy help there. Everyone is extremely pleasant and Read gives a ton back to the community,” says Tockman.

Left to right: paint center, tools and a wide variety of products for your home improvement needs at Lumber Barn in Goshen and Bradford, N.H. 22

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You’ll find cabinets, tile, fixtures and knowledgeable professionals at LaValley’s in Newport, N.H., and a wide variety of home improvement products for your next project.

Newport, N.H., resident Adam Castor believes in supporting local. “As far as hardware stores go I really like Clarke’s in New London and Belletetes in Sunapee. The prices are a little bit higher, but if you want advice from people who know what they are talking about, you want to go local,” says Castor.

Hardware Havens Supporting the local businesses is a theme among, well, the locals. Micaiah Cormier of Claremont, N.H., is no exception. “Marro Home Center, LaValley Building Supply, and Lambert Supply Company are my favorite home improvement stores. I love the locals, the stores are smaller and easier to navigate, and the people selling the products care that you are satisfied. I also find their expertise to be superior to the box stores. For example, if I’m doing a plumbing project, Chris, the manager at Marro’s, is my go-to. He knows what he is talking about and always knows exactly what I need,” says Cormier. LaValley Building Supply (10 locations including Newport and Claremont) and The Lumber Barn (Bradford and Goshen) support customers in a variety of ways: convenient locations, lumber yards, large home improvement departments and services galore for the builder, contractor and the do-it-yourselfer. LaValley’s has Project Mentors who help customers with home improvements and building projects. They identify the best materials for projects and provide a selection of products that are both high quality and of the best value. A favorite service of the Lumber

Barn is that you can place an order by Friday (online or at the store) and they’ll make the delivery (free freight) by the following Tuesday. If a revitalization, a restoration or a rebuild is your spring thing, our region has the stores, service, and customer satisfaction in spades. Bring your ideas and plans to one (or more) of these helpful hardware stores and spring into home improvement action.

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Concord, N.H.-based group, Yogurt Poets, celebrates 25 years of wordsmithery. Introduction by Laura Jean Whitcomb

Catherine O’Brian, Sarah Willingham, Hope Jordan and I are the last of first of the Yogurt Poets,” says Mary Spofford French of Epsom, N.H. “Yogurt Poets started as an outgrowth of a semester of poetry writing class with Charles Simic, in 1990 or 1991, which Catherine and I were in. Then Wes McNair gave a week-long workshop at St. Anselm College which Catherine and I both took.” [It sounds like an inauspicious beginning — until you start doing a bit of research on New England poets. Wesley McNair, a New Hampshire native, is a professor emeritus and writer in residence at the University of Maine at Farmington. He has written 10 volumes of poetry and served as the Poet Laureate of Maine between 2011 and 2016. He taught at New London High School early in his career. Charles Simic received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 for “The World Doesn’t End”, was a finalist of the Pulitzer Prize in 1986, and was appointed the 15th U.S. Poet Laureate in 2007. He taught English and creative writing for more than 30 years at the University of New Hampshire.]


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After the class ended, the poets decided to keep working together. They found meeting space — and a name for their group — at the Concord Frozen Yogurt Shop on Pleasant Street. When the shop started closing early, they met at the Shakespeare Room in the Concord Library for a few years, and later the poets found a forever home at the inspirational Kimball Jenkins Estate. “I was looking for a community of writers who were serious about craft, but who were also otherwise busy with the non-writing world. The Yogurt Poets were the perfect fit for me,” says Jordan, who joined in 1995. “Everyone had families and busy day jobs, but we made time to gather once a month to share our poems and give each other feedback.” Laurie Morrissey of Hopkinton, N.H., became a member in May 2018. “The best thing about this group is that it is serious about poetry. Each of us wants our poem to be the best it can be, so we are honest with each other. We don’t give praise where it is not due. Our comments are substantive and often quite critical; and they concern anything and everything about the poem. That said, it’s a friendly and truly supportive group. We celebrate each other’s achievements, and provide motivation for each other.” The Yogurts currently have 12 active members and regularly have six to eight poets at the monthly meetings. “We pass out copies of a new poem, or a revised one, read the poems aloud, and wait for the criticism, constructive, preferably,” says Nancy Stewart of Pembroke.

“The cast of characters has changed over time, but the intent survives — mentoring each other, striving to improve, love of the word,” says French. The Yogurt Poets shared six poems with Kearsarge Magazine this spring. No matter where you live, or vacation, in New Hampshire, one is sure to resonate with you. “Our voices are all different but I consider us all “poets of place,” and that place is New Hampshire,” says Jordan.

YoPo Current Members Mary Jo Alibrio, Manchester David Coursin, Northwood Gail DiMaggio, Concord Mary Spofford French, Pittsfield Rob Hirschfeld, Hopkinton Anny Jones, Concord Hope Jordan, Canterbury Grace Mattern, Northwood Kay Morgan, Durham Laurie Morrissey, Hopkinton Catherine O’Brian, South Sutton Nancy Stewart, Pembroke Jody Wells, South Sutton Sara Willingham, Concord


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Murder of Crows

The Piano Tuner

By Mary Spofford French

By Catherine O’Brian

A distant fog horn breaks our sleep but we are not at Rye and no ocean creeps across the grass. Mourning doves have gathered in the dust by our mail box.

The sun’s blind fingers are quiet in the piano trees.

Now with hoarse crackle black feathered nest robbers loudly announce they have come. In low swift flight they enter the woods, search trees, tumble nestlings out.

He opens the garden gate with his silver fork the faintest scent of liquor on his breath. His ears are clouds, his ears soft as goatskin.

Mary Spofford French was born Thanksgiving Day 1932. She has been married for 67 years, has eight grown children, 17 grandchildren and 12 greatgrandchildren. After the last of her children went off to college in 1990, she studied poetry writing with Charles Simic and Wes McNair. French tends to write in the narrative form, “ordinary stories around us,” she says. She is also an artist.


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The piano tuner roams like a doe from piano to piano.

Catherine O’Brian grew up in the Philippines, but now lives in one of the oldest homes in the village of South Sutton, N.H. She holds a master’s of arts in writing and poetry from the University of New Hampshire where she studied with McKeel McBride and Charles Simic. She has been teaching poetry at the Grafton County Senior Center in Lebanon and the Twiggs Art Gallery in Boscawen. Her first full length collection, Lucky to be Born in a House of Milk, with poems from The White Nightgown was published by Oyster River Press as part of the Walking to Windward Series. She serves on the Literary Arts Guild of the Center for the Arts.

Rock Collection for Leah at 15 By Sara Willingham For years you collected them wherever we went, lining up rows of stones

with a lopsided edge that you found at the top of Mt. Kearsarge, and mine

along every shelf and windowsill, but this year you tell me you’ve outgrown them

deep gray with a rusty streak through its center. The brook, unconcerned with our difficulty

so now we’re choosing which ones to toss into our backyard brook, gathering in our arms

letting go, rushes along on its way to a destination unknown to us, the stones tumble

rocks of all sizes and shapes and scrambling down the hill to the stream. This one,

then drop to the bottom, no longer distinguishable from one another.

a bottle-nosed dolphin from a pebbled beach on Cliff Island, is the first we release then the others one by one, turning each over and cradling them in our palms one last time. In the end, we’re left with just two – yours, a rough white stone

Sara Willingham lives and writes in Concord, N.H. Her poems have been published in a variety of literary journals and magazines, including Poetry East, Spoon River Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Lullwater Review, and Nimrod. Sara is a member of the NH Writers Project and a former poetry editor for The Granite Review. She is a longstanding member of the Yogurt Poets and, through that group, has performed in readings and has had the opportunity to study in master workshops with many of our fine New England poets.


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After Market Basket By Hope Jordan Hard stop on the on-ramp. A beaver, comical on land as it isn’t in the river, humping across concrete from one side to another. Striking out for new territory as they have forever but for the past half-century the new territory’s been four lanes of I-93. In our cars we freeze. Go back to your pond, I shout in my head. Paddle-tailed dark-fingered creature, no place for you beyond that road, so even if it’s crowded, go back to your pond. And the beaver stops, turns around, goes back the way it came. The car in front slowly gears up, we get on our 70-mile-per-hour way to wherever we’re going, my evening of pasta salad, my night of visitations.

Hope Jordan’s poem “Confluence” won the 2018 Harold Taylor Prize (the Academy of American Poets University and College Poetry Prize) at UMass Boston, where she’s in the Creative Writing MFA Program. Her first chapbook, The Day She Decided to Feed Crows, was published in 2018 by Cervena Barva Press. Her poems have appeared in Nine Mile, Comstock Review, Naugatuck River Review, and Red Headed Stepchild. She was the first official poetry slam master in New Hampshire.


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The General Vicinity Of By Nancy Stewart Around here, it never matters, which way I’m headed. Directions to and back are easy to come by, “At the big red barn, bear right.” You all know where I mean when I say, “Just over the Contoocook,” which has few enough bridges, so the general vicinity is at least hinted at. It’s my excuse, I hold to, for having no idea where I am headed, in relation to where maps say north is. Besides, every road in this tiny state eventually ends up connecting with a smooth, center-yellow-lined road, and every one of them quickly leads to a town I’ll have heard of. You’ll know it when I say it, even if it’s nowhere near the big red barn.

Nancy Stewart’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is a 20-year member of the Yogurt Poets and has presented poetry generating workshops at the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Poetry Festivals, with a writing group she is a founding member of. She grew up in Concord, but lives in Pembroke with her husband, Gary, who she met in San Francisco, where she’d migrated to after spending some time at UNH.

Re Gifting By Jody Wells The L.L. Bean reindeer sweater with matching smart wool socks that Aunt Helen gave me last year will go to my brother in-law Buzzy to wear over his Hawaiian shirts and with his Birkenstocks for those cool January nights under the cabana in Boca Raton. This year I will also be passing along the gourmet chicken liver pate From Henry-David’s of New York that Uncle Charlie sent to me. One bite of that tasty organ meat and my gout will flare up And I will be crawling around in pain. The red flannel pj’s I received from my ex who you’d think after twenty-five years would know that I never wear pajamas. I sleep commando. Maybe she remembers that we put down the thermostat to fifty degrees before going to bed. Now my ex mother in-law, whom I truly love dearly, and I know it’s the thought that counts, but what the hell am I going to do with one of those hammers (as seen on TV) that allows you to break the car window from the inside in case you’re in a roll over or a crash. It just seems like another thing to jam the glove compartment with like the car registration, and extra pair of sunglasses, the inevitable flashlight that doesn’t work, the Kodak Instamatic that I carry in case I happen upon a bear or a bull moose when I’m driving the back roads. You see I really don’t think I have room for the hammer so I was wondering if you might like it this year?

Jody Wells a native of South Sutton, N.H., has been writing poems since high school. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and literary journals. One of his recent poems, “Submarine Races,” was published in the literary journal Concrete Wolf.

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My love for Bradford goes back to 1824 when my great, great grandfather Jason Ames came to Bradford as a physician. He married in 1826 and built his house on Main Street. It has been a home for five generations and is an anchor to three more. The railroad yard and station were built on Jason’s land. It was a fun place to grow up. It was like a big family. We walked to the post office, bought gas, had our cars repaired locally in three garages, and bought our groceries in a choice of three stores. The biggest loss of today is the camaraderie and people meeting people on a daily basis. We can’t turn back the clock, but Bradford is still a beautiful rural community, and a great place to raise a family. — George A. Cilley

I love the location of Bradford. Bradford is a very rural/agricultural community, yet still close to a lot of the state’s main attractions. — Jason Allen, owner of Merrimack County Customs LLC Volunteers: fire and rescue who keep us safe; historical society, keeper of our history; Lake Massasecum Improvement Association scuba divers who protect our lake; Center Meetinghouse directors; writers and editors of The Bradford Bridge; in earlier years the Women’s Club, more recently, the Community Gardeners; and individual volunteers who step forward to serve on the boards and committees that keep town government running. Without these volunteers, Bradford would not be the town I have loved all my life. — Marcia Keller, summer resident of the town since 1934 or before, full-time resident for 40 years with her husband in the house he built, first as a vacation home and expanded to year round

I love Bradford for its natural beauty and sense of community. I’ve lived in Bradford Center for 60 years and am surrounded by a beloved landscape, family and friends. Neighborhood enthusiasm for events at the Bradford Center Meetinghouse, Brown Memorial Library and Village Café give me hope and the conviction that our town is thriving in the most essential way. It’s easy to appreciate the good things in life here. — Laurie Buchar, Children’s Librarian ›››››

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Fine Art Printmaking At Summit House Press, artisits - with the help of expert Mary Mead - can use metal, wood and other materials to create images and make prints. By Brianna Marino Photography by Laura Jean Whitcomb


ttached to a warm and welcoming farmhouse, there is an artist studio dominated by a large table dotted with ink and tools. An etching press — a large iron machine with a shiny glass surface and a huge metal roller operated by a large handle — stands purposefully nearby. Images of all sizes and colors hang along the walls. This is the printmaking studio of Mary Mead. But, what exactly is printmaking anyway? Although prints are in our lives every day — from the art on our walls to the magazines in our hands — many people are unaware of the technical and artistic processes behind this centuries old practice. Defined by the dictionary as “the activity or occupation of making pictures or designs by printing them from specially prepared plates or blocks,” printmaking is one of the most versatile and functional forms of art. According to Mead, local artist and printmaker, “during the Renaissance, art reproduced in print were widely circulated allowing artists working in other regions to see developments and changes in painting. This also expanded the audience, as most art at that

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A print from Mary Mead’s series titled “Ocean Thunder,” inspired by her experience surfing waves in the North Atlantic. It is 22-by-30 inches, and a woodcut reduction mono print.

time was being created by patrons for private use.” Today, printmaking can be an art form as well as a technique to reproduce existing artwork.

Teaching the trade Mead has dedicated much of her life to not only the creation of fine art via printmaking, but also educating fellow artists and lay people about it. Although originally drawn to painting, she changed course at the University of Wisconsin and took up sculpture. Returning to her home state of New Hampshire after graduate school, she was introduced to printmaking at Two Rivers 42

Printmaking Studio in White River Junction, Vt., in 2001. According to Mead, “it just clicked.” As a charter member at Two Rivers she tried to learn every technique, while serving as board chair from 2002-06. Mead went on to teach printmaking full time as a professor at Colby-Sawyer College for eight years, as well as the NH Institute of Art, the Kimball-Jenkins School of Art in Concord, Chases Garage in York, Maine, and occasionally at Two Rivers. She is also a member of the prestigious Boston Printmakers Society.

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In a pursuit to share her enthusiasm and passion for printmaking, Mead established Summit House Press, a fully equipped studio in Warner, N.H., in 2017. Perched atop Pumpkin Hill Road, Summit House Press is both Mead’s personal studio and a setting for collaboration and instruction with fellow artists. The studio is capable of producing a variety of print types, all of which Mead is able to demonstrate and teach.

Types and techniques Print making is attractive to a wide range of artists because of the diversity of techniques available. Hand tools and power tools can be used in wood cut reduction, which is achieved by carving a thin sheet of wood in multiple phases to produce the desired result. Each phase involves carving, inking, and running the plate through the press. The paper and the wood are rolled beneath a heavy wheel roller and the pressure transfers the ink to the paper revealing the carved design. Multiple iterations

with different carvings result in a layered print. Mead used this technique for her series of prints and drawings, entitled “Forces of Land and Sea.” Prints may also be etched by an artist in copper or zinc. This process involves the use of a resistant ground on the surface of the plate in which an image is drawn, exposing the plate beneath, and then etched in either of two non-toxic substances. Once the plates have been etched, they are cleaned, inked and run through the printing press. These plates can be used repeatedly. Lithography is another printmaking variation that involves drawing on a stone, aluminum plate or a so-called polyester plate to create a printing template. Lithography is based on the antipathy between grease and water and is often thought of as a draftsman medium because lithographic prints often look like drawings. Using simple materials like ball point pens, permanent markers and crayons, this is a great technique for beginners and experts alike. Other printmaking methods include a variety of approaches to screen printing and monotypes. In monotype, often called the painterly print, an image is drawn directly onto a plate and then printed. With ink combinations limited only by the imagination and a wide array of mediums with which to work, printmaking can suit artists with varied tastes, goals and needs. ›››››

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“Each technique individually is very unique. I tend to work on a series doing variations on one image. There are also endless possibilities when you combine techniques,” says Mead. “There is no end to the learning. As primarily a sculptor for many years I love machines and getting my hands dirty.”

Classes and more For those unfamiliar with the process, printmaking may seem overwhelming. This is where Mead’s expertise and instruction transforms timid students into printmakers. “So many don’t know how it’s done,” says Mead. Then they see a print being created. “People wake up, saying ‘Wow!’” Mead’s vision for Summit House Press is flexible, much like the art itself. It can be a space where interested students can come to learn the process either solo or with a friend. It is also well suited for a collaborative project. Mead, a seasoned printmaker with 16 years of experience, can work with other artists who may want to disseminate their art using print. “An artist may bring in a drawing,” Mead says, “and we would work together and discuss the best way to translate it into printing.” Brianna Marino and her patient husband live with their three littles, cat, dog and assortment of livestock on their homestead near Mount Kearsarge.


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Community Gardening Sure, you can get all the information you need online, but there's nothing better than learning from your neighbors. The Grantham Garden Club is a great example. Text and photography by Laura Jean Whitcomb


he bottom floor of the Grantham Town Hall looks — and feels — like a tropical garden. Every inch is covered with plants: flowering perennials and annuals, trees, ornamental grasses, herbs and vegetables. It’s a lovely sight, and it means that it is time for the Grantham Garden Club’s annual plant sale.

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You may have passed by the lovely gardens at Dunbar Library, or admired the plant containers at the Grantham Historical Society. This is just some of the Grantham Garden Club (GGC) volunteer work you’ll see around town — they design and maintain 14 plant containers and three garden plots for all to enjoy. It’s just part of what the club, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization started in 1999, does to promote the love of gardening and the study of horticulture. “My husband and I relocated from Connecticut to Grantham three years ago. Interested in meeting people in our town, I went to a GGC meeting as a visitor,” says Pam McGraw. “I was surprised the membership was comprised of both men and women who care about the environment and are eager to share their knowledge and love of gardening. This was not my ‘mother’s garden club.’ At the end of the meeting, I became a member.”


Grantham Garden Club members prep for the annual plant sale.

It’s $25 for an annual membership. You don’t have to live in Grantham to become a member; the club welcomes all locals. The club’s membership ranges from 60 to 100 folks, but is currently around 72 people. “The garden club is a group of men and women that values education, our environment and cares about giving back to the community,” says Elise Kendall, GGC publicity chair and webmaster. “I particularly enjoy the continual learning that occurs with the diverse programs.” Programs include six or seven educational talks on a variety of gardening and environmental issues. They are open to the public, free of charge. Last year, attendees

learned how to grow, harvest and use herbs in teas; start indoor plants from seed; and the art of growing orchids with Kim DeLong, greenhouse manager at Dartmouth College. “Each program has offered a unique experience. I have learned about orchids, pollination, bees, butterflies, and how to plant a meadow,” says McGraw. “If I must choose one that resonated the most, it was the presentation by a local resident who shared the evolution of his apple orchard as well as himself as a farmer.”

Amazing transformation The plant sale is where the members really come together. “It is a three-day affair. We start

setting up on Thursday, accepting local perennials from our members. On Friday morning, the truck rolls in from Jolly Farmer with all of the annuals, vegetables and herbs,” says Kendall. “The plant sale is a real team effort with our members and truly shines with community spirit.” The town hall may look like a tropical greenhouse at 9 a.m., but by 1 p.m. there’s not much left. And that’s a good thing; t he proceeds provide funds for scholarships and grants. “Scholarship applicants must plan to, or are currently, majoring in horticulture, botany, landscape design, environmental sciences, conservation, forestry and related ›››››

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR 17th annual Grantham Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday, May 18 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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fields,” says Kendall. “The number of applicants we receive each year has ranged between one and nine.” Since the first plant sale in 2002, the Grantham Garden Club has awarded $25,000 in scholarships to 20 different students in Grafton, Merrimack or Sullivan County. Caroline Wren, a major in environmental science at Colby College, interned at the Lake Sunapee Protective Association last summer in the limnology lab. And, thanks to a GGC grant, Grantham Village School was able to offer a Kindergarten Flower Garden Project to incoming Kindergarten students and their families. It created a community experience with a picking event, and taught gardening skills to a new generation. Interested in joining? “The group is relaxed and welcoming,” says McGraw. “Its members ‘chip in’ by taking turns sharing in the efforts by attending meetings, the interesting programs provided, and working at the annual plant sale — the club’s biggest fundraiser. What teamwork!” “The garden club is a great way to become more active and involved in one’s community, and meet some of its nicest people,” says Kathy Pilchman, a five-year resident of Eastman. “Growing gardening skills is a fringe benefit. There is a wide span of knowledge and expertise within the membership, and those with more experience are happy to share wisdom and experiences with newer gardeners.” This year, the 17th annual Grantham Garden Club plant sale will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. kearsargemagazine.com • Spring 2019 • Kearsarge Magazine


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The Breakfast Bunch The Kearsarge Magazine foodie field trip continues...this time with breakfast. Text and photography by Laura Jean Whitcomb


s breakfast the most important meal of the day? I say: yes. It’s nice to start off your day with something yummy — sometimes healthy and sometimes a treat — to give your body the energy it needs. I was surprised at how many places you can pick up a breakfast sandwich or muffin. (And I am sure I missed a few.) Then I was surprised to find so many restaurants offering a brunch or breakfast buffet. (I know I missed a few here.) Options abound in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region, and you’re sure to find one that matches your hunger level, sweet tooth or desire to dine with friends and family.

The School House Café

787 Route 103 East Warner 746-3850 Everything on the menu at the School House Café is homemade and two of the breakfast best sellers, according to Owner Colleen Fisher, are the corn beef hash and deep-fried stuffed French toast. Made with Texas toast and a hint of cinnamon in the egg mix, the French toast is folded around a sweet cream cheese filling, deep fried, and served with either jam or maple syrup. Do not plan on eating lunch…but you could pick up one of the 7-year-old café’s newer menu items — like the southwest chicken chipotle salad — to bring home for an early dinner.


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Uptown Bakery

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10 Glidden Street Claremont 542-8606 Looking for a homemade donut? Look no further than the Uptown Bakery. Owner Tami Joslin makes cake and raised donuts from scratch every morning. She starts by making and proofing the yeast dough the night before, and arrives at 3:30 a.m. to roll, cut, proof, cook and decorate the donuts. The bakery opens at 5 a.m., and “some days we are out of donuts completely by 9 a.m.,” says bakery assistant Shawna Bell. But if you can’t get there in time, don’t worry: Joslin also makes cinnamon rolls, muffins, coffee cakes and you can order a breakfast sandwich on an English muffin, bagel or croissant. Our suggestion: the raised yeast donuts, specifically the jelly, are superior. “I love what I do and I’m always willing to try new things to please my continually expanding customer base. We are always up for a challenge!” says Joslin. “We make all of our baked goods from scratch to order. We make all kinds of items from cookies and brownies up to custom cakes and wedding cakes. We also do catering for personal or business breakfasts, luncheons and special events.”


Country Kitchen

339 Sunapee Street Newport 863-7881 Wake up too late for breakfast? Never! At Country Kitchen, you can order breakfast all day. So, at 11 a.m., I wasn’t too late for my Greek omelet (with feta cheese, tomatoes and spinach) and my daughter wasn’t too early for her bacon cheeseburger with fries. Country Kitchen has been a Newport staple and family favorite since 1985. It has a new owner, Tonya Gibbs, and she’s tweaked a few of the recipes, like adding “cinnamon and a splash of nutmeg to the French Toast recipe,” she says. “We’re also one of the few places that make pancake and waffle batter from scratch, and we now offer hand pattied burgers and hand cut fries, which are a bit thinner to cook faster.” Customer favorites include sausage gravy and biscuits, country fried steak and Eggs Benedict.

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RumBrook Market

249 Route 10 North Grantham 863-5471 Need a breakfast sandwich? Don’t look any further than RumBrook Market. They have several yummy options, like bacon, egg and cheese on an English muffin or sausage, egg and cheese on a croissant. The bacon is crisp, the cheese is evenly melted, the egg is centered, the muffin (or bagel) is toasted and buttered; no detail has been overlooked. Combinations abound (jalapeno cheddar bagel) and special orders (extra bacon or add a tomato) or larger orders can be requested if you call ahead. They start serving up sandwiches at 5:30 a.m., but, if you’re lucky, you’ll still find some there by 10 a.m. “You can fuel up and fill up at RumBrook,” says Mike Clavin, who owns RumBrook Market with his wife, Maia. ›››››

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374 Main Street New London 526-6010 Dietary restrictions? Check out Grounds. They bake glutenfree, dairy-free and vegan baked goods in house. “For glutenfree, there’s Lemon Poppy, with real lemon juice, lemon extract, and lemon peel; White Chocolate Cinnamon with the perfect balance of spice and sweet; Cranberry Coconut that has a tropical tartness, and the crowd-favorite Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip, pumpkin-y spice with mini chocolate chip sweetness. It’s always a hit,” says Teddi Durand of Grounds. There are also non-gluten-free options: scones, Danishes, strudels and quiche. If you’re able to find (they sell quickly) a white chocolate cinnamon muffin, pick one up. It’s a great treat whether you need gluten free or not.


Marzelli Deli

889 Route 103 Newbury 763-2222 marzellideli.com Eggs Marzelli is a breakfast sandwich for the seriously hungry. The folks who believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and lunch is negotiable. With two eggs, prosciutto di parma, provolone melted to perfection on a rustic roll, the sandwich is too big and gooey to eat while driving. You’ll have to pull over to enjoy, or wait until you get to work.

The Barn Café

39 Main Street Claremont 287-8098 friendsofthebarn.com From the décor to pastries made from scratch to the attentive wait staff, The Barn Café is a delight from start to finish. We tried a breakfast sandwich called The Vermonter, which included egg, cheddar cheese, candied bacon and green apple on cinnamon raisin bread. If raisin bread isn’t to your liking, they’ll gladly swap it out for a bagel or Portuguese muffin. Any way you slice it, you’ll enjoy this sweet and savory sandwich.


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BRUNCH BUNCH What a treat! Going out for a leisurely breakfast, perhaps with family and friends. But don’t wait for a special holiday, like Mother’s Day or Easter, to enjoy a brunch at a local restaurant. Many of your favorites offer brunches year round.

granola. Then there are the special touches, like the cook-to-order omelet station, made-to-order French toast and Belgian Waffles with berries and cream. Don’t forget to carve yourself a slice of North Country Smokehouse applewoodsmoked ham.

Peter Christian’s Tavern 195 Main Street, New London Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. peterchristiansnh.com Two poached eggs, ham and hollandaise sauce. Sounds so simple, but Eggs Benedict is surprisingly difficult to do well! Peter Christian’s Tavern does it well, and offers it to diners four different ways: traditional, fried green tomato, California (tomato, bacon, arugula, avocado) and smoked salmon. Other brunch items include Brioche French Toast, a breakfast Reuben, daily quiche and a threeegg omelet. Old Courthouse 30 Main Street, Newport Sunday, 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. eatatthecourthouse.com It’s quite the spread at The Old Courthouse Restaurant. There’s traditional breakfast buffet items like fruit salad, quiche, scones and


Country Spirit Restaurant & Tavern 262 Maple Street, Henniker Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. hennikercountryspirit.com There’s only one Henniker on earth, and it is the home to Country Spirit Restaurant & Tavern. On Sunday, Country Spirit serves up an excellent brunch. The restaurant is known for its fresh steaks and seafood, so treat yourself to the prime rib and eggs: a half pound cut of slow roasted prime rib, finished on the grill, is served with two eggs, home fries, toast and a side of au jus. “We have been serving Sunday brunch since the opening of the restaurant in 1984,” says Owner Sarah Baas. “Our most popular brunch item would probably be any variety of our Eggs Benedict (crab and spinach, lobster, Irish corned beef hash or ham). My personal favorite is our homemade sausage gravy with buttermilk biscuits and a side of our homemade corned beef hash.”

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Appleseed Restaurant 63 High Street, Bradford Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. appleseedrestaurant.com The Fenton Family has been cooking for 41 years. They are good at it and, yes, you’ll want to try their Sunday breakfast buffet, which has taken place at Appleseed Restaurant for the last 15 years. The buffet offers some standard options — like eggs, bacon, sausage and potatoes — as well as some specialties: homemade pulled barbecue pork, a cheese-y vegetable lasagna, French toast made out of croissants (which alternates weekly with pancakes) and Big Pete’s cinnamon rolls. There’s also a gorgeous fruit tray, mini muffins and several juice options (coffee comes directly to your table). My teenage son ate (and enjoyed) a pound of bacon and I loved the croissant French toast, soaked through with a cinnamon egg mixture and topped with warm syrup. “We serve from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Sunday with a variety of delicious offerings,” says Sarah Wilcox, who recommends the corned beef hash. “We would love to see everyone there!”


Bubba’s Bar & Grille 976 Route 103, Newbury Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. bubbasbarandgrille.com I’m a weekday regular at Bubba’s, so that explains how I’ve missed the brunch menu. “We’ve been serving brunch type items on Sundays for a couple of years,” says Bob (Bubba) Williams, owner with his wife, Robin. “Only recently we added Saturdays and more items to the menu.” The menu varies slightly each week, but you’ll most likely find Eggs Benedict, Eggs Crabbie (two poached eggs on handmade sautéed crab cakes with hollandaise), omelettes, French toast and homemade corned beef hash with poached eggs. I start with the Huervos Rancheros, delicious Mexican breakfast dish with eggs, salsa and loads of veggies. Then I try a warm, gooey, iced cinnamon bun. O.M.G. “These are made fresh each day,” says Williams. “Buttery, cinnamon, homemade vanilla icing... very decadent.” It’s big enough to share (I did, although I didn’t want to). Pair it with a mimosa and you’ll never want to leave. And Lake Sunapee Country Club in New London has a lovely restaurant called Henry’s. Watch for the brunch buffet on Mother’s Day. lakesunapeecc.com

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The Village Café

11 West Main Street Bradford 938-2223 feastofnewhampshire.com If you order the Veggie Scramble sandwich with a side of breakfast potatoes, guess what? The veggies and the potatoes have been grown locally. The bread of the French toast breakfast? Made right there in Bradford. The Village Café has paired up with Sweet Beet Market so breakfasts (and lunches) are made from locally sourced, farm fresh, organic ingredients whenever possible. We tried an egg and avocado sandwich as well as the French toast, which was topped with a delightful fruit compote and real maple syrup. Then we bought some local goods at the market to bring home. Win-win!

From our Facebook Friends Nancy Desmarais: Tucker’s Bill Lynch: Foothills Michael Eastland: Country Kitchen Newport. Also Marzelli’s in Newbury makes a killer breakfast sandwich Gret Wms: Foothills Pam Bruss: The Village Café at Sweet Beet in Bradford! AMAZING! Joy Altschul Gobin: Tucker’s and Foothills Jenny Blaschik: Foothills! Jessica Kristie Snider: Tucker’s Shandi Elliott: Schoolhouse cafe Kylie Russell: The Barn Café in Claremont Catherine Lamont: Tucker’s Becky Unruh MacDonald: How can I decide between Schoolhouse Café and Everyday Café?! Devora Tabenkin Gronauer: Lou’s, and the Fort Gina R. Grace: TUCKER’S Louise DiFrumolo Elkaliouby: Tucker’s and Foothills Jocelyn Colena: Country Kitchen ML Borger: Lou’s if you can get a table!!!


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The Foothills of Warner

15 East Main Street Warner 456-2140 The Foothills has been a Warner staple for 30 years. And it’s no wonder: “Everything here is made from scratch, made to order, with large portions,” says Deb Moore, who has co-owned The Foothills with her husband Ron since 2006. “You won’t leave here hungry.” The Mink Hills Mash, named by one of the customers, is an omelet filled with homemade hash and cheese. It’s one of The Foothills most popular breakfasts, as is the egg benedicts (select from five different options) and buttermilk pancakes. Deb’s favorite is the Pappy Joneses’ Breakfast — homemade biscuits and gravy, eggs, choice of meat and some spectacular homemade home fries. You won’t leave The Foothills hungry, but you will leave wanting to come back — and soon — to enjoy some old favorites or a new indulgence, like the gi-normous cinnamon rolls.

Here’s What I Missed Tucker’s in New London: It’s a Facebook favorite, so it’s a good thing KM wrote a feature on Tucker’s in 2015. See it online at kearsargemagazine.com/spring Fenton’s Landing in Sunapee: I love it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and take out. The Fenton family serves up a great breakfast — including freshly made pastries — but it is only open summer and fall, so I missed it for this article.

Dexter’s Inn,Trails & Restaurant is a country estate near Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee that combines the charm and hospitality of a bed & breakfast with the services and on-site activities of a small resort. Dexter’s offers groomed trails for x-c skiing & snowshoeing, equipment rental, lessons, and a cozy warming room with fireplace. 258 Stagecoach Road, Sunapee, NH 03782 603-763-5571 www.dextersnh.com

Claremont Country Café in Claremont: I ate at two places in town, but didn’t have time for the third. This new restaurant is located on Washington Street.

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Blue Loon Bakery in New London: They had a small write up in fall 2018, and we hope for a larger article later this year. Stay tuned! Everyday Café in Contoocook: We wrote about this great little café in fall 2014. You can see the article online at kearsargemagazine.com

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Come Run with Us Ready for a race? There’s something for everyone — every age and every ability — here in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area. By Brianna Marino


ith scenery galore, it’s not surprising that New Hampshire boasts a thriving racing culture. However, it goes way beyond seasoned athletes. The region’s events have evolved beyond running, biking and multi-sport race into outdoor celebrations welcoming participants of all ages, abilities and inclinations. Although incentives of camaraderie, fun and fitness alone are reason enough to lace up and join the

party, something more profound is happening at these events. From the casual participant to the elite competitor, each “racer” is helping to support a worthy mission ranging from supporting cancer research to community investment and more. Why not lace up your shoes, take in the view and support your favorite cause — one mile at a time! Here’s the math 5K = 3.1 miles 10K = 6.2 miles Marathon = 26.2 miles

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13TH ANNUAL STEPPIN’ UP TO END VIOLENCE 5K WALK AND FUN RUN Type: 5K Walk/Run Start: Claremont Middle School, Claremont, N.H. Cause: Turning Points Network Date: Saturday, May 4 Level: All abilities Web: firstgiving.com/ event/turningpointsnetwork/ steppin_up2019 The fun: Every year this amazing event grows due to the incredible individuals and teams “Steppin’ Up” to walk, stroll, jog or run to end violence in their communities. Last year, Steppin’ Up raised over $71,000 for survivors and programs! Individuals and teams fundraise through pledge forms and/or our online fundraising site, First Giving, or any number of other creative ideas. Past ideas have included bake sales, auctions, raffle baskets, and bingo nights.



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5K Walk/Run Dewey Beach, Sunapee, N.H. Cause: Sunapee High School Class of 202 Date: Saturday, May 11 Level: All abilities Cost: Free for 12 and under, ages 13-19 $15 and 20+ $20 (race day is $25) Web: https://sites.google.com/a/ sunapeeschools.org/sau85/ home/livefreeordye?pli=1 The fun: Dress in your best whites to show off your colors as you run past colored powder cannons and colored squirt guns. Get messy and have fun!

5K Walk/Run Corbin Covered Bridge, Newport, N.H. Cause: Newport Recreation Scholarship Program Date: Saturday, May 11 Level: All abilities Cost: $15 ($20 race day) Web: newportrec.com/index. php?n=sunshine_5k The fun: A 5K road race through the beautiful historic Corbin Covered Bridge on Corbin Road in Newport, N.H. There’s also a 1K kids race before the main event; all kids receive medals! ›››››

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5K Walk/Run South Newbury Union Friendship House Cause: Norris Cotton Cancer Center and Newbury Recreation Department Date: Saturday, May 18 Level: Ages 8 and up Cost: $25 (family discounts available) Web: facebook.com/ chickenfarmer5K The fun: A fast and flat course looping through historic South Newbury Village. This family friendly event is just a stone’s throw away from the legendary Chicken Farmer rock, which is a local landmark located just south of town center on Route 103. It has become an enduring symbol of Newbury’s romantic charm and wicked sense of humor.


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5K Walk/Run 101 Village Road, Wilmot, N.H. Cause: Wilmot Community Association & Kearsarge Regional School District’s Track/X-Country Teams Date: Monday, May 27 Level: All abilities Cost: Register online until May 24. Youths ages 9-17, $20; adults 18 and older, $25; free for 8 and under. Race day registration increases by $5. Web: wilmotwca.org


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The fun: The 3.1 mile scenic course ends with awards presented at the bandstand on the Wilmot Town Green. Post race runner refreshments, music, games and temporary tattoos for the young and young at heart!


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6-mile Trail Run Newport High School football field, 250 North Main Street, Newport, N.H. Cause: Richard’s School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Date: Saturday, June 8 Level: Intermediate trail runners Cost: Ages 20+, $20; ages 15-19, $15; under 15, free Web: wnhtrs.com ›››››

The fun: Part of the Western NH Trail Running Series, the Six in the Stix is known for its initial tough climb up to the pinnacle, then a winding, single track downhill of fun. Also a free kids run after the adult race!


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5K Walk/Run Blackwater Park, Lawrence Street, Andover, N.H. Cause: Andover Middle School Athletics and Andover Boy Scout Troop 489 Date: Thursday, July 4 Level: All abilities Cost: adults $20 ($25 race day); 13 and under $5 ($10 race day) Web: andoverfirecracker5k. blogspot.com The fun: Part of the annual Andover Fourth of July celebration, the race is a flat, fast, outand-back event on the rail trail. The Boy Scouts and their families provide baked goods for snacks and organizers use salvaged spikes from the rail trail for awards. It’s a friendly small race atmosphere and there’s usually music!

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Cycling (20, 35, 50, 77, 100 miles road and 64 mile gravel) Walking (3K, 6K, 9K, 12K residential, 5K and 10K wooded) Rowing (scull/sweep 5, 10 or 15 miles) Golf (18 Holes) Start: Richmond Middle School, 63 Lyme Road, Hanover, N.H. Cause: Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) research and patient support services (from nutrition and massage to art therapy and more.) Prouty Pilot grants are given to researchers with novel ideas. Date: Saturday and Sunday, July 12 to 13 Level: All abilities. Strollers are good on residential and the 3K is specifically for people undergoing treatment or unable to walk further. Cost: Minimums: $50/$100/$150. The Ultimate requires a $2,500 or $1,850 minimum. Golf and the Ultimate have an additional registration fee. Web: TheProuty.org

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The fun: Jean Brown, executive director for the Friends of NCCC says, “What people love about The Prouty is the camaraderie. People from all over the country come together to fight cancer at The Prouty. The event site is at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover, N.H. Once you’ve done your athletic event, you come back to the school for an all-day Prouty party — live music, food, kids’ tent, and more. It’s a time to share your stories and find hope and inspiration in the people around you.”


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HORROR AT HARDING HILL Type: 5-mile Mountain Bike Start: Harding Hill Road, Sunapee, N.H. Cause: Sunapee Recreation Department facility renovations and programming Date: Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14 Level: Beginner/Intermediate Cost: Varies by level Web: efta.com The fun: Thirty years strong and with 150 bikers of all ages, this race takes place in beautiful Webb’s Forest and is part of the Eastern Fat Tire Association Race Series. According to Scott Blewitt, race director, “The challenging course through Webb’s forest has all that New Hampshire terrain has to offer: rock, mud, hills and single track.” There’s also a free 1-mile kids ride!

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4-mile Trail Run Harding Hill Road, Sunapee, N.H. Cause: Athletic Leadership Council at Sunapee Middle High School Date: Saturday, July 13 Level: Beginner/Intermediate Cost: $20 Web: wnhtrs.com/index.php?n= frenzy_in_the_forest The fun: Race Director Jon Reed says the Frenzy (also part of the Western NH Trail Running Series) is “a great beginner and intermediate trail race. The cloverleaf course shape makes you feel like you’re lost in the wilderness, but you may pass by 15 feet from where you ran a half mile ago.” Completely in the forest, you get to enjoy prime conservation land. Plus, there’s a free kids run.




Sprint Triathlon (.25-mile swim, 5.7-mile bike, 5K run) Start: Bucklin Beach, 91 Little Sunapee Road, New London, N.H. Cause: New London Hospital Date: Sunday, Aug. 4 Level: All experience levels triathletes Cost: $75 individual, $100 team and a $5 kids run Web: newlondonhospital.org/ triathlon

Type: 8-mile Hill Bike Start: 139 Kearsarge Mountain Road, Warner, N.H. Cause: Charitable projects by the Hopkinton Rotary Club, such as winter fuel assistance, scholarships, school lunch assistance and senior citizen meals Date: Aug. 24 to 25 Level: Intermediate Cost: $50 ($75 on race day); $25 under 18 Web: mtkearsargehillclimb.com The fun: It annually attracts more than 100 “hill climb” cyclists ages 8 to 80 from New England and beyond. In addition to the prizes awarded to the first competitors to reach the summit and the prizes awarded to age category winners, $150 bonuses are awarded to the first male and female competitors to reach the race’s mid-point ranger station.


The fun: Unofficially the longest running triathlon in New Hampshire and one of the oldest in New England, this annual event is in its 36th year. Sarah Humphreys, special events coordinator for New London Hospital, says “It’s a great race for all levels. A really great community event.” With a local resident playing music along the course, the race starts in the waters of Little Lake Sunapee. Returning to Bucklin Beach to transition, the bike ride goes around the lake, then is followed by the running leg, which ends at New London Historical Society. There is also an option to complete as two- or three-person teams. kearsargemagazine.com • Spring 2019 • Kearsarge Magazine



STRUT IN SUTTON 5K Type: Start: Cause: Date: Level: Cost: Web:

5K Walk/Run Sutton Athletic Field, North Sutton, N.H. Sutton Central Elementary School PTO Sunday, Sept. 22 All ages and abilities $10 student, $20 adult, $40 max per family facebook.com/strutinsutton

The fun: It is an amazing community event that gets people of all ages out to enjoy a stunning venue. Incredible local sponsorship means 100 percent of entry fees go directly to school programs.


Half Marathon Run, 5K Run, 5K Walk , 5- and 7-mile Hikes, 25- or 5 0-mile Bikes, 1-mile Cam’s Course FunRun Start: Hopkins Center for the Arts (HOP), Alumni Hall, Hanover, N.H. Cause: Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (ChaD) Date: Sunday, Oct. 20 Level: All abilities Cost: Varies by event Web: CHaDHero.org

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The fun: CHaD Heroes is the premier fundraiser and athletic event and the largest fundraiser for CHaD. It’s a family fundraiser where participants dress as their personal superheroes. You may see Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, but you may also see kids (many former patients) dressed as doctors, police officers and fire fighters. The half marathon is USA Track & Field certified, there are roughly 2,800 participants, and the setting is peak foliage season.


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Type: 5K Walk/Run Start: West Main Street/Kearsarge Mountain Road intersection Cause: Enrichment of local culture, music, art, sports, town and school programs, parks and facilities in Warner Date: Saturday, Oct. 12 Level: All abilities Cost: $25 ($30 on race day) Web: wfff.org/5-mile-road-race-registration

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The fun: New for 2019: a shorter, flatter, more family friendly 5K course. After the race, the whole family can enjoy the Warner Fall Foliage Festival.

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5K Run or 2-mile Walk South Cove Activity Center, Eastman, Grantham, N.H. Fight hunger in our communities Saturday, Nov. 2 All abilities $15/individual, $32/family (race day: $18/individual, $38/family) runreg.com/run-for-pie-5k

The fun: Leslie Moses, chief community living officer for Eastman, says, “I think the best part of the race is the families that run the race together (a great memory made as they finishtogether or maybe when the winners come up to choose their award (a homemade pie by a volunteer).” Plus, the registration fee covers the award luncheon.

5K Walk/Run Ben Mere Gazebo, Sunapee Harbor, N.H. Cause: Sunapee Recreation Department supporting facility renovations and programming Date: Thursday, Nov. 28 Level: All Abilities Cost: $20 ($25 race day) Web: sunapeeturkeytrot.com The fun: This race around the Sunapee Harbor area and shores of scenic Lake Sunapee draws 800 to1,000 racers. Race Director Scott Blewitt says, “The best thing about the race is community. A lot of people want to get out as they’ll be spending the afternoon cooking or watching football.” The race is for all abilities and may take 30 minutes to an hour. Although there are some swift competitors, it’s intended for those that want to jog or walk. And, because costumes are welcome, it’s not unheard of to see life-size turkeys jogging down the road either!

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CHARL ESTOWN—A stunning 2 -level multi-use building featuring 1 1 + offices and conference rooms, kitchen, and a great location right off Main Street. Once a single family house, it now boasts a huge addition and most recently was used as corporate offices. L ive in the former house area and run your business in the addition or possibly convert to a multi-family building. It requires a subdivision and comes with many parking spaces. $ 1 9 9 ,0 0 0

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“We’ve made so many new friends.” You will, too, as part of a vibrant senior community meticulously designed for independent residents. The Woodlands is just the right size to foster the sense of community you value, combined with the amenities you want—all under one roof.

Call or email Peggy Cooper to schedule your visit, (603) 443-9575 or cooperm@apdmh.org. Lebanon, New Hampshire | www.TheWoodlandsNH.org

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Family is the difference. At Woodcrest Village, the fact that we are family-owned makes a world of difference. The Brenner family started this one-of-a-kind community to take care of our own. Then we were drawn to provide the same level of care to our neighbors. That’s why you can trust your family to ours. Find out why so many area families chose the finest assisted living and memory care available.

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