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FEATURES

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Give Us Your Best Shot Here are the winners of the Third Annual Kearsarge Magazine Photo Contest. The photos will make you laugh, smile, remember and dream. By Laura Jean Whitcomb

38 On the Road

Each town — Salisbury, Webster, Warner, Contoocook, Hopkinton and Henniker — on the Currier & Ives Scenic Byway has its own unique personality. By Barbra Alan

46 Love, Loss and Inspiration

Every 67 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. In New Hampshire, where Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death, Gail Matthews is on a mission to help find a cure by getting people to talk about the disease. By Barbra Alan

66 Holiday Craft Fairs

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With all of the local art & craft fairs, it is easy — and fun — for New Hampshire residents to skip the mall and shop the (town) hall. By Laura Jean Whitcomb

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ON THE COV ER

photo courtesy Gail Matthews

Timmie Poh’s Sheep Painting by Loa Winter

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Loa Winter moved to New Hampshire with her family in 1979. She was inspired by the natural landscape of lakes and mountains and started to paint and write poetry. She has exhibited her paintings in local shows and galleries and her poetry has been published in The Poet’s Touchstone by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire and The 2010 Poet’s Guide to New Hampshire.


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18 Nature: Batting 1,000

You may not think so, but the sight of a bat overhead is a good sign. And local homeowners can help protect this important, but declining, species this fall. By Laurie D. Morrissey Greg Morneau, owner of Daisy Hill Farm in Grantham, N.H., grows prize-winning Atlantic Giant pumpkins. By Barbra Alan

28 Let’s Go Calendar

Get out and enjoy the foliage: 26 wonderful things to do this fall (and 9 craft fairs in November and December). Compiled by Laura Jean Whitcomb

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photo courtesy Greg Morneau

23 People Profile: Let It Grow

56 Art: Art & Business

New London, N.H., businesses showcase local artists, thanks to the support of the Center for the Arts. By Laura Halkenhauser

60 Eat: Tucker’s Comes to New London

62 Good Eats

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Spurred by desperate pleas for a fresh face in New London’s restaurant mix, Hale and Erica Cole-Tucker expanded their successful Tucker’s restaurant brand into the Lake Sunapee area. By Merry Armentrout What we are eating and drinking this fall

64 History: Mount Kearsarge

A new book, published by the Warner Historical Society, tells you all you need to know about the iconic New Hampshire mountain. By Laura Jean Whitcomb

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editor’s letter Hello, friends, Here’s my daughter, Lucy, posing next to a giant pumpkin in front of West Lebanon Feed & Supply. When the article on Greg Morneau and his giant pumpkins came in from writer Barbra Alan, I noticed that one year, a smallish pumpkin, oh, say, 999 pounds, didn’t win at the Hopkinton Fair. It ended up at…West Lebanon Feed & Supply. So I check my cell phone and there it is: the photo that I took two years ago. Who knew it was grown right here in my hometown of Grantham, N.H.? That’s just one of the things I learned reading the articles in this issue. I learned that Gail Matthews is an amazing woman (see the article on Alzheimer’s on page 46). I learned that bats eat bugs, and we want to help them as much as we can — so the bugs don’t eat us! (See Laurie D. Morrissey’s article on page 18.) I learned that there is a scenic byway in the Warner/Hopkinton area (page 38), and that Kearsarge Magazine readers love their hometowns as much as I do (see the photo contest winners on page 6). Yep, after 10 years, still rediscovering my hometown. Be on the lookout for Kearsarge Magazine’s 10-year anniversary book on stands this winter. It will be a great holiday gift for you, and your friends and family.

Laura Jean Whitcomb Publisher and Editor

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2015 Photo Contest Winners The first Kearsarge Magazine photo contest was relatively quiet. Fifty entries, and a few hundred votes. The second year was utter madness: hundreds of entries and thousands of votes. I questioned my sanity, then decided to run the photo contest again for a third time. You guys

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were much easier on me this year with 50 entries and hundreds of votes. With the help of readers and Facebook friends, here are the winners of the Third Annual Kearsarge Magazine Photo Contest. They’ll make you laugh, smile, remember and dream. — Laura Jean Whitcomb

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Regina Almond-Albro of Newbury, N.H., photographed her two cats enjoying a snowy February day from the comfort of the butler pantry of her 1918 home.


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“Snow Art” Regina Almond-Albro’s back porch window is a work of art, thanks to Mother Nature.

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CATEGORY: People

“Dog Tired” Who hasn’t felt this tired after a long day? Tina Walker of Sunapee, N.H., captured this shot with her phone camera.

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Reader’s Choice Winners Photo Contest Sponsors Winners of the photo contest received a variety of gift certificates to local businesses. Special thanks to: Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza, Claremont, N.H. ■ Blackwater Junction Restaurant, Andover, N.H. ■ The Local, Warner, N.H. ■ MainStreet BookEnds, Warner, N.H. ■ Bubba’s Bar & Grille, Newbury, N.H. ■ King of Cupcakes, Newport, N.H. ■ Tip Top Pottery, White River Junction, Vt. ■ Oodles, White River Junction, Vt. ■ The Garden Spa, New London, N.H. ■ Foothills, Warner, N.H. ■

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“Sunset over Lake Sunapee” Readers went wild for James Brady’s photo of Blodgett Landing in Newbury, N.H.

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Judge’s Choice Winners Okay, so I was running behind schedule and I didn’t have a chance to find judges for this year’s contest. Then I thought, “I’ve been doing this for 10 years so why don’t I pick the photos?” So I did, double checking with the Kearsarge Magazine team. Here are the selections.

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“Turtles” Three turtles sunning themselves, or six? Faye Burgin took this photo on Eastman Lake in Grantham, N.H. The turtles’ look of contentment, the texture of the rock, and the reflection in the lake all combine to make a stunning photograph.

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“One Village at a Time” Mike Heffernan was driving out of town when he saw this rider on Main Street in Sutton Mills. He found out later that the rider’s name is Bernice Ende, and she goes by the name Lady Long Rider (endeofthetrail.com/blog). The photo reminds me of a scene I loved as a kid, and I still love as an adult. (I frequently see riders and their horses on route 10 in Grantham. It’s all I can do not to yell out the window: “Horses!!!”)

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“ Lake Sunapee Bobhouses” I wanted to use this photo as the cover of the winter issue, but then I remembered there wouldn’t be a winter issue this year (the 10th anniversary book will be published instead). Jay Fitzpatrick of East Andover, N.H., took this photo of three bobhouses on Lake Sunapee. It almost looks like a painting, don’t you think? kearsargemagazine.com • Fall 2015 • Kearsarge Magazine

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Judge’s Choice Winners

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“ Windblown Flag” Perhaps the flag should be retired, but this photo by Rod Keller of Springfield, N.H., captures the pride and perseverance of Old Glory, standing true by Lake Kolelemook in Springfield. 14

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“ Falls at Elkins, N.H.” Every year, I say to myself, “Self, make sure you assign Jay Fitzpatrick some freelance photography assignments.” And every year, when I see the photo contest entries, I say, “Darn! I forgot again!” But it is probably a good thing, or we wouldn’t have this winning shot of the falls at the outflow of Pleasant Lake in Elkins. kearsargemagazine.com • Fall 2015 • Kearsarge Magazine

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Batting 1,000

You may not think so, but the sight of a bat overhead is a good sign. Local homeowners can help protect this important, but declining, species this fall. by Laurie D. Morrissey illustration by J. Moria Stephens

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f you’ve ever sat on a dock or paddled along a lakeshore at dusk, you’ve probably seen them: tiny silhouettes zig-zagging through the air, turning and twisting and dipping at lightning speed. They’re little brown bats. And although most of us humans aren’t overly fond of the creatures (some find them downright creepy), they are a vital part of the ecosystem. They are voracious insect eaters, scooping tons of mosquitoes, gnats and flies into their tiny jaws — often by sweeping them into their wingtips and rapidly transferring them to their mouths. A bat may consume half its body weight in insects in one night.

Help your neighborhood bat So the sight of a bat overhead is a very good sign. But this furry little acrobat is in trouble. Once the most common bat in New Hampshire, the little brown bat is down in numbers by 99 percent. To protect the species, wildlife officials are conducting bat counts and educating homeowners.

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“We encourage people who have bats around to help them rather than exclude them,” says Laura Deming, a senior biologist for the Audubon Society of New Hampshire. The Salisbury, N.H., resident can occasionally be found driving through the neighboring towns of Boscawen, Warner, Webster and Andover with a microphone strapped to the top of her Subaru, recording the echolocation calls bats emit to locate their prey. Deming knows about bat biology and the disease that currently threatens them, and has advice for people who care about bats but don’t want to rent them attic space. If bats are in residence, these experts want you to learn to live with them. If you decide to exclude them,

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they advise, don’t do it in the summer when pups are inside. “If they roost in your barn in the summer and droppings are an issue, you can hang a tarp under them, which makes it easy to clean up. In the fall, carefully slide the guano onto your garden,” Deming says. “It’s great fertilizer.” The most common habitat for little brown bats is forested areas near water, a habitat found in abundance in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area. In the summer, they roost wherever there is shelter, darkness and a constant temperature, whether that is a tree, attic, barn or (of course) belfry. Mothers roost in colonies, and a nice hot attic provides the right conditions for growing pups. The only mammal that truly flies, bats feed on the wing. They feed from dusk to dawn and conserve energy by sleeping during the day.


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How You Can Help Dozens of volunteers are helping biologists at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and Audubon Society of New Hampshire keep track of the little brown bat population. Some conduct emergence counts, standing outside a barn or other roosting site when the bats launch out at dusk to feed. Surveys are conducted in June and again later in the summer, after the pups begin flying, to see how the colony has grown. Other volunteers use sensitive recording equipment provided by state biologists to do acoustic surveys. They drive along quiet roads at dusk in June or July, recording bat vocalizations along the route. The data is analyzed to identify the species and map locations. Information about volunteering on bat surveys can be found at wildnh.com, or by calling the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department at (603) 271-2461.

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What to do this fall When bats leave their summer roosts, homeowners have a chance to take preventive measures, according to Kym Car, a former education coordinator at The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens in Newbury, N.H. With a body 2½ to 4 inches in size, a little brown bat can squeeze through an opening as small as a half inch. Besides fixing cracks, replacing rotting trim boards, and screening vents, your best bet is to put up bat houses so when they return in spring, they have a better option than moving in ››››› with you.

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Greg Morneau grows prize-winning pumpkins at Daisy Hill Farm. by Barbra Alan photography by Alicia Bergeron

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an you imagine packing on 20 to 30 pounds a day? For us humans, the very thought is the stuff of nightmares. But for an Atlantic Giant pumpkin, that’s the goal if you’re going to be a prizewinner. Greg Morneau knows how to cultivate Atlantic Giant pumpkins so they not only pack on some major pounds each day, but also win awards at country fairs like the Hopkinton Fair and Deerfield Fair.

A Farming Family Farming is a way of life for Morneau. Growing up in northern New Hampshire, he worked sideby-side with his dad on their land, caring for 50 apple trees, a vegetable garden and pumpkins of all sizes. “We always grew pumpkins,” Morneau says. “They were the fun crop we did every year.” Back then, the largest pumpkins he and his dad grew were Atlantic Giants that weighed in at a relatively diminutive 200 pounds. More squash than pumpkin, the Atlantic Giant variety was introduced by the late Howard Dill, a Canadian farmer who crossed giant squash with pumpkins and started a craze in the 1980s. While the current world record-holding pumpkin weighed in at more than 2,300 pounds, young Morneau was impressed with his family’s 200-pound pumpkins. “That was pretty exciting, considering my dad didn’t do any research on how to cultivate them,” Greg Morneau tends to young pumpkin plants at Daisy Hill Farm in Grantham, N.H. Morneau says. “He’d started in 2009. “It wasn’t a farm when we moved here in just throw a seed in the 2005,” he says. “It was a house and a field with 3.5 acres ground, put some black plastic of land. We’ve transformed it over time.” over it, and let it grow.” At Daisy Hill Farm you can find organically grown Magic seeds apples, real maple syrup of various grades made and Today, Morneau has his sold right on the premises, and fresh organic vegetables. own farm, Daisy Hill Farm Come fall, Daisy Hill Farm’s the place to go for › › › › › in Grantham, N.H., which he kearsargemagazine.com • Fall 2015 • Kearsarge Magazine

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Morneau uses small tarps to protect the pumpkins (left) which grow quite large (right).

beautiful, garden-variety pumpkins, which are also grown organically. “I grow about 600 to 700 pumpkins each year,” Morneau says. “I’d say pumpkins are an easier crop to grow than most.” But growing sizeable Atlantic Giants was a goal that eluded Morneau until a chance meeting with a champion grower at the Hopkinton Fair. “I met Bruce Whittier, who has run the pumpkin exhibit there for years,” he recalls. “I told him I hadn’t had much success in growing them, so he gave me some of his seeds to try.”

Those seeds were like magic: By the end of August the following year, Morneau had 400-pound pumpkins in his garden. But there was a dilemma, Morneau recalls. “I called Bruce and said, ‘What do I do with them?’” Whittier urged Morneau to enter his biggest and best pumpkin in the Hopkinton Fair. Weighing in at a hefty 499 pounds, the pumpkin took fifth place at the fair. For Morneau, it was the start of something, well, big. Over the years, he has earned numerous awards for his pumpkins at the Hopkinton and Deerfield Fairs. In 2012, he set a record at the Hopkinton Fair with a 1,211-pound pumpkin (that’s right, a pumpkin that weighs as much as your average cow). That record has yet to be broken. “They’re a lot of fun to grow,” says Morneau, who usually grows two Atlantic Giants a year. He has come to appreciate both the Atlantic Giant and the people who are passionate about growing them. Choosing the right seed can make all the difference. “Some growers will enter the genetics of their pumpkins on the Web,” he says. Not only can you see the pumpkin’s mother and father, in some cases you can even trace the pumpkin’s lineage back 10 to 15 generations. “People will look for patterns; they’ll see that this seed, crossed with another seed, grows into a bigger pumpkin, and they try to look for matches of two seeds that have the same qualities,” he says.

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Morneau hasn’t gotten that serious about his seeds yet; for now, he’s happy to acquire them from a friend or from his own pumpkins. Around April 20 of each year, he plants his seeds, getting them started in a simple pop-up 4-by-8 foot greenhouse, where it’s 75 to 80 degrees and humid. Under such ideal conditions, Morneau says, “they take off Visit like a rocket.” Daisy Hill Farm is located on 191 Dunbar Hill Road in Grantham, N.H. Germination typically occurs


year, Morneau’s forward. “After a while of growing 999-pound pumpthese pumpkins, you start increasing kin placed sixth. It fungus and disease in your soil, and was a disappointcertain pests that attack pumpkins,” ment on many he explains. levels. “I thought, He could use pesticides to kill ‘What the heck am them and start growing Atlantic Giants I going to do with again, but in keeping with Daisy Hill this thing now?’” Farm’s organic farming practices, he’s handling it the natural way. “I don’t Fortunately, want to introduce chemicals into the West Lebanon Feed soil,” he says, “so I’ll grow green beans & Supply was more and peas, crops that will return nitrothan happy to take his behemoth pumpgen to the soil and deprive the pests of It takes a tractor to lift the fully grown pumpkins and load them on a food so they die off.” kin off his hands truck for the fair. and display it. While he’ll miss competing this year in fairs, he appreciates what he It’s not often that Morneau’s within three or four days, and within has achieved. “It’s been a fun run thus pumpkins lose a contest, though, two weeks, he has plants that are far,” he says. as the many ribbons on his wall already about 3 feet long and ready And rest assured, he — and his can attest. However, this year he’s to transplant — very carefully — into pumpkins — will be back. KM KM KM decided to take a break from growhis garden, with each plant given ing Atlantic Giants. For him, it’s a a 30-by-30 foot space to grow. As Barbra Alan is a freelance writer necessary step back in order to move they grow, he carefully prunes the SRB-Leslee-KSMag-0415.qxp_SRB-Leslee-KSMag-0415 4/6/15 12:27N.H. PM Page 1 from Alexandria, vines. When the pumpkins get to about 50 pounds, Morneau will slip a piece of felt under them to protect it from stones that can cut the skin. With a lot of care, he can cultivate a 1,000-pound pumpkin — from flower to contender — in about 60 days. With over 20 years of

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Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Let’s Go A seasonal listing of performances, events, outdoor gatherings, fundraisers and other fun activities

Want to see some beautiful fall foliage? Take a ride on the Sunapee Express Chair to the 2,743-foot summit for a spectacular view. Be sure to spend some time at the top. Eat your bagged lunch, read a book, or simply relax at the peak. When you are ready to head back down, jump on the lift and enjoy the view all the way to the bottom. Weather permitting. >> Mount Sunapee, Route 103, Newbury, N.H. >> Adults, $7; children age 6 to 18, $6

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The Fabric of Our Lives

New London Farmers’ Market

Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.

3 to 6 p.m.

Aug. 15 to Oct. 31

The Contemporary Art Gallery offers a new exhibit of Abenaki clothing through the centuries and the processes used to make them. The guest curator is Vera Longtoe Sheehan (Abenaki). >> Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H. >> Admission to the art gallery is free >> IndianMuseum.org

Wednesday, Sept. 2

This is the last farmers’ market of the season in New London. Don’t miss your chance to stock up on fresh veggies, baked goods and other locally made delights. >> New London Town Common, Main Street, New London, N.H. >> NewLondonFarmersMarket.org

Scotch, Steak & Cigars Friday, Sept. 11

East Bay Jazz Saturday, Aug. 29 5 to 7 p.m.

Come enjoy a musical evening in Sunapee Harbor. This free concert, featuring East Bay Jazz, will be performed on the Flanders Stage (adjacent to the Wild Goose Country Store). Sponsored by the Colby Insurance Group. >> Flanders Stage, Sunapee Harbor, N.H. >> Free >> sunapeeharborriverway.com

5 to 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening that includes a sampling of single and blended malts plus a hearty steak dinner. Cocktails at 5 p.m. on the Summit Lodge Patio; dinner at 6:15 p.m. at the Sunapee Lodge. After dinner, savor fine cigars and relax. Dinner includes roundtrip transportation to the summit on the Sunapee Express Quad chairlift. Reservations required. >> Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury, N.H. >> $49.95 (includes samples, hand-rolled cigars and steak dinner) >> mountsunapee.com

Antique Tractor Day Saturday, Sept. 12 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Forever Plaid Sept. 1 to 6

Tuesday to Saturday, 7 p.m. Wednesday matinee, 2 p.m. Sunday, 5 p.m.

Forever Plaid is a deliciously goofy homage to the pitchperfect harmonies of the 1950s. >> New London Barn Playhouse, 84 Main Street, New London, N.H. >> Adults, $34; youth under 16, $24.50 >> nlbarn.org

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Volunteers at The Ice House will be pulling out some of the museum’s one-lunger engines to get them running. They’ll also have some antique tractors running around the Ice House, and will definitely need some additional expertise to address some of the issues of these wonderful old engines. If you have one, bring it on by! >> The Ice House, 91 Pleasant Street, New London, N.H. >> Donations accepted >> wfkicehouse.org

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Helicopter Bingo Saturday, Sept. 12

Buy a ticket (or several!) for a chance to win one of three generous cash prizes, as we attempt “Bingo from the Skies” on a massive bingo board on the air field for the Library Arts Center’s “Summer Soirée in the Hangar & Fly-in” at Parlin Field. First prize is $1,000, and winner does NOT need to be present to win. All proceeds from this bingo fundraiser benefit the Library Arts Center’s exhibits and programs. >> Parlin Field, 14 Airport Road, Newport, N.H. >> Tickets, $10 each >> libraryartscenter.org

Fly Fishing Class

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Steve Rowe will lead the class — suitable for beginners and advanced fisherman — on fly fishing and fly casting. All equipment provided. Reservations required. >> Village Sports, 394 Main Street, New London, N.H. >> $45 >> villagesportsllc.com

Local Bees, Beeswax Crafts & Lip Balm Saturday, Sept. 19 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Learn about the value of bees in this fun workshop. Tricia and Marianne, the stewards of the beehives at Canterbury Shaker Village, will take you on a quick tour of the beehouse. Then it’s into the kitchen to learn how to make various all-natural goods with bee products: honey, beeswax candles, furniture polish, lotions, lip balm, deodorant, healing balms, etc. The class will include a lip balm demonstration with one to bring home. Registration required.

Windmill 5K Saturday, Sept. 12

Race Start: 5:30 p.m. Live Music by Flew-z: 6 to 10 p.m.

Time to run like the wind! Sponsored by the Newport Chamber of Commerce, this event promotes wellness and tourism in the Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire. The 5k is held at the top of Bean Mountain in Lempster, N.H., on the first windmill farm in New Hampshire. Put on your trail shoes to see the views! >> Parking on Earl Lane in Lempster, N.H. >> Pre-registration online, $20; same day registration, $30 >> windmill5k.com

>> Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, N.H. >> Co-op or Canterbury Shaker Village members, $10; nonmembers, $15 >> concordfoodcoop.coop/classes

The Sharing of Quilts

Opening reception: Friday, Sept. 25, 5 to 7 p.m. Exhibit: Sept. 26 to Oct. 22

Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Soo-Nipi Quilt Guild exhibit is a biennial favorite at the Library Arts Center. The galleries are completely filled with an abundance of stunning quilts ranging in size and style.

>> Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H. >> Free and open to the public >> libraryartscenter.org

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Introduction to Firearms Saturday, Sept. 26 Session one: 10 a.m. Session two: 1 p.m.

The Elkins Fish and Game Club is holding an Introduction to Firearms event. This is a free event, intended for children (8 and over) and adults who have never used a firearm before and are interested in learning about safe firearms handling and the shooting sports. The club will supply everything needed (rifles, ammo, eye and ear protection, targets and NRA Certified Instructors). >> Elkins Fish and Game Club Range, 189 Pine Hill Road, Wilmot, N.H. >> Free (space is limited; spots will be awarded on a first-comefirst-serve basis) >> elkinsfishandgame.net

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Annual Harvest Home Event Celebrate the bounty of the region’s farms and gardens. The potluck supper includes salads, entrees, desserts, breads and beverages, featuring foods grown and raised locally. One free raffle ticket comes with each meal ticket. >> Wilmot Community Association’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road, Wilmot, N.H. >> Adults, $12; children 5-12, $7; under 5, free >> wilmotcommunityassociation.org More events › › › › ›

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Full Moon Cruise Sunday, Sept. 27 Boarding time: 6 p.m.

Join LSPA on a beautiful not-to-bemissed cruise, timed for the full moon over sparkling waters. Hors d’oeuvres provided; cash bar. Reservations required — don’t miss out on this popular yearly event. >> Sunapee Harbor, Sunapee, N.H. >> $25 per person >> lakesunapee.org

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7th Annual Scarecrow Festival

Fall Foliage: Harvest Day Sunday, Oct. 4 Collecting and Preserving Colorful Autumn Leaves 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oct. 1 to 26

Wilmot residents: build your own scarecrow and have them on display in your own yard or at the WCA’s Red Barn. Everyone else: tour Wilmot to see these fun creations.

Come celebrate the summer’s harvest at Muster Field Farm Museum. It is time to enjoy the beauty of the farm and reap the benefits of the growing season. Homemade soups can be purchased in the Pillsbury Barn while listening to live music. The Homestead will be open for tours for a portion of the day and hayrides will be available for all to enjoy. Artists will be on site demonstrating and exhibiting their skills and crafts. Fresh produce will be on sale in the farm stand.

Saturday, Oct. 3 2:30 to 4 p.m.

This family-friendly program includes an easy one-hour walk led by a Forest Society naturalist. Learn to identify common deciduous trees at The Fells, and how and why leaves change color each fall. Registration required.

>> Around Wilmot, N.H. (and at the Red Barn on 64 Village Road) >> wilmotcommunityassociation.org

>> The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, Route 103A, Newbury, N.H.

>> Muster Field Farm, Harvey Road, North Sutton, N.H. >> Free

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Brewing in New Hampshire

Witches, Pop Culture and the Past

Thursday, Oct. 8 7:15 to 8:45 p.m.

Explore the fascinating history of New Hampshire’s beer and ale brewing industry from Colonial days to today’s modern breweries and brew pubs. Unusual and rare photos and advertisements document this changing industry and the state’s earliest brewers. Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or a “tea-totaler,” this lecture will be enjoyed by adults of all ages. >> Springfield Town Meetinghouse, 23 Four Corners Road, Springfield, N.H. >> Free

68th Annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival Friday to Sunday, Oct. 9 to 11 All day event

Since 1947 the people of Warner have come together at the height of autumn color to host the Warner Fall Foliage Festival and to welcome old and new friends to our community. This tradition, with roots that reach back to the 1870s with Warner’s first street fair, has evolved to the present-day festival of crafts, parades, country bazaar, entertainment, oxen pull, woodsmen’s contest, farmers’ market and midway. >> Warner, N.H. >> Admission, free; parking, $5 >> wfff.org

28th Ausbon Sargent Annual Meeting Sunday, Oct. 25 3 p.m.

All members and friends of Ausbon Sargent are encouraged to attend the business meeting and social at the New London Historical Society Meeting House. >> New London Historical Society, Little Sunapee Road, New London, N.H. >> ausbonsargent.org

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Friday, Oct. 30

7 to 8:30 p.m.

“Hang her!” cries the raucous spectator. In 1692, 19 people were executed in Salem, Mass., and hundreds imprisoned during a witch hunt. Robin DeRosa explains that when Salem tells its witch stories history, tourism and performance collide, and “truth” vies with spooky thrills for its authentic place in history. >> Center Meeting House, 927 Route 103, Newbury, N.H. >> Free >> centermeetinghouse.org

Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln and Mrs. Hale Tuesday, Nov. 10 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Sarah Josepha Hale, a Newport, N.H., native, tells the story of her 30-year effort to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. President Abraham Lincoln enters at the end of her tale to read his 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation. Sharon Wood portrays Hale and Steve Wood portrays Lincoln in a living history presentation following background about their characters and the times. >> New London Historical Society Meetinghouse, 179 Little Sunapee Road, New London >> newlondonhistoricalsociety.org

Christmas at The Fells Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tour each of the 22 rooms of the historic main house — and see the amazing transformations created by professional interior designers, decorators and talented volunteers. New this year: a café in the elegant dining room where lunch will be served. Be sure to save time to shop at the Holiday Boutique! >> The Fells, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, N.H. >> $17.50 in advance; $22.50 at the door >> thefells.org


Andover Service Club’s Annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale Tuesday, Nov. 24 and Wednesday, Nov. 25 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The ASC Ladies are known as "the best homemade pie bakers" in the Andover area. The assortment of pies include pumpkin, mince, apple, blueberry, cherry, brownie, etc. All are delicious additions to your Thanksgiving dinner. Nine-inch pies sell for $9 each. Proceeds of the sale benefit the ASC Merit Scholarship Fund. Financial donations are also gratefully accepted. >> Circle K Convenience Store, 718 Main Street, Andover, N.H. >> Email maryo.asclub@live.com for more information

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The Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot is a wonderful family tradition for more than 1,000 racers. Grab your family and friends, throw on a costume (optional, but highly encouraged), work off some calories, and make this great event a part of your Thanksgiving tradition. Kids are invited to run a 1K Chicken Run down Lake Avenue, and every participant receives a medal. All proceeds go to the Recreation Department. >> Ben Mere Gazebo, Sunapee Harbor, Sunapee, N.H. >> $20 registration by Nov. 7 >> sunapeeturkeytrot.com

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The Currier & Ives Scenic Byway showcases New England charm and history. What are you waiting for? Is Salisbury

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there anything more New England than a leisurely drive on a scenic road at the peak of fall foliage? If this sounds like an ideal way to spend an afternoon, check out the Currier & Ives Scenic Byway, a 33-mile-long road that wends its way through the rural New Hampshire towns of Salisbury, Webster and Warner, and the historic villages of Contoocook, Hopkinton and Henniker before winding down the Contoocook River to the Hillsborough town line. The byway offers bucolic views that are sure to bring to mind scenes from lithographs by Currier and Ives. That is the whole idea, and the inspiration, behind the byway’s name — all along the byway you find scenery that reflects the quaint beauty and charm of Americana that typify the Currier and Ives collection. “It’s a nice label and brand for the byway,” says John Clark, a lifelong New Hampshirite and resident of Webster, N.H., one of the towns the byway passes through.

“I refer to the byway as an artery in the heart of Merrimack County,” says John Clark, chair of the Currier & Ives Scenic Byway Council. “It brings together 200 years of culture, history and community.” (And just in case you were wondering, neither Nathaniel Currier nor James Merritt Ives were from New Hampshire. Currier hailed from Roxbury, Mass., while Ives was a native New Yorker. And their firm, self-described as “publishers of Cheap and Popular Prints,” was based in New York City.)

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created the National Scenic Byways Program to recognize outstanding roads for their archeological, historical, cultural, natural, scenic and recreational qualities. The following year, New Hampshire adopted its own such program. In 1994, this particular Yankee Trail became a state-designated scenic and cultural byway, and was named the Currier & Ives Scenic Byway, with the approval of the Currier and Ives Foundation. Clark has been involved with the byway since 2000, when the town of Webster was approached about officially becoming a byway town. “They were trying to get Webster to be part of the byway, since Webster sits right in the middle of it,” he recalls. “With the board of selectmen’s approval, the town moved forward with it, and then they asked for volunteers. I’ve been in state, local and county government all my life. At that point, I felt it was time to volunteer.” In early 2009, the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission, which conducts studies to help towns manage their growth and plan for the future, received a federal grant to help develop and adopt a Corridor Management Plan for the Currier & Ives Scenic Byway. The plan took a year to complete, and required close collaboration among the byway communities, but it produced a solid plan to develop and maintain the byway so all of its towns benefit. One of the recommendations that came out of the Corridor Management Plan was to form a permanent scenic byway council. The Currier & Ives Scenic Byway Council is composed of selectmen and members of local, regional and state agencies; committees; and organizations. Clark is chair of the council. Katie Nelson, ›››››

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an assistant planner at the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission, is secretary for the council. “The council plays an advisory role; we promote the byway, encourage collaboration among the municipalities along the byway, and advocate for protection efforts along the byway — for example, if there’s a portion of road we think could be improved, we’ll suggest that or try to urge the Department of Transportation to bump it up on their priority list,” Nelson says. “We try to bring awareness and promote the byway throughout the region and get people to come to the region to see the byway.” Clark acknowledges that residents of the towns along the byway were initially doubtful of the byway’s benefits to their communities. “There was initial skepticism,” he says. But over the years, with tourism dollars flowing into towns that otherwise might not have received them, that skepticism has given way to enthusiasm — and that helps the council as it works to protect and promote the byway. In the wake of the recession, the federal grant money that helped launch the Currier & Ives Scenic Byway Council has gone away, so raising awareness — and funds — is more crucial than ever. But the council, made up of volunteers, has risen to the challenge. “There are several byways in New Hampshire, but ours has been recognized as the most active council by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation,” Clark says. “We created a nonprofit, we’ve marketed the byway and the businesses along the byway, we have a website and a Facebook page, and we work hard to get the word out about the byway.”

On the road Regardless of the time of year, the Currier & Ives Scenic Byway will treat you to some picturesque vistas. Each town has its own unique personality, charm and features.


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connect with a bike trail that goes to Canaan.” Clark appreciates the historical and educational aspects of the byway the most. There are the colonial homes lining Main Street in Hopkinton, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner and the Daniel Webster Birthplace in Salisbury, just to name a few. Along the byway are numerous veteran’s memorials, bridges and parks honoring local fallen heroes from World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and other wars. “I refer to the byway as an artery in the heart of Merrimack County,” Clark says. “It brings together 200 years of culture, history and community.” And speaking of community, the Currier & Ives Scenic Byway Council is always looking for opportunities to raise the byway’s profile and engage tourists and residents who may not know about the byway. “We have an open house in November,” says Nelson. “We have a lot of local businesses and residents who join in, bringing food and wine, from along the byway.” Nelson and Clark agree that community involvement and collaboration have been the secret to the byway’s success thus far, and will continue to be. “The Currier & Ives Scenic Byway is showing how groups of people from different communities can make something worthwhile,” Clark says. “This has brought towns together in a great collaboration, and shows people that volunteerism does work.” KM KM KM Barbra Alan is a freelance writer in the picturesque Lakes Region town of Alexandria, N.H. Photographer Jim Block lives part time on Great Island in Lake Sunapee. He enjoys photographing almost anything and teaching photography classes. Find out more at jimblockphoto.com

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Glenn and Gail Matthew’s Remarkable Journey with Alzheimer’s Disease by Barbra Alan photography by Paul Howe

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Every 67 seconds, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. It is estimated that one

in three seniors in our country dies from Alzheimer’s disease. In New

Hampshire, where Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death, an estimated 22,000 people have the disease. By 2025, that number is expected to grow to 32,000.

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While these are sobering statistics, even more sobering is the toll Alzheimer’s takes on those living with the disease. It can begin with occasional forgetfulness that may be lightheartedly dismissed as “senior moments,” and then deteriorate into a nightmarish condition that erases one’s memories, personality and ability to communicate — in a matter of a few years, or for some, months. Gail Matthews of Wilmot, N.H., is all too familiar with the devastating toll Alzheimer’s takes on a life, having watched her husband Glenn struggle with the disease for seven years. She first discovered that Glenn was forgetting things shortly after his knee replacement surgery. “I thought any fog was the knee pain and recovery,” she recalls. Then came the day she realized something was truly wrong. Gail and Glenn Matthews A frequent traveler who flew thousands of miles a year, Glenn would have been the last person to get lost in an airport. But that’s exactly what happened. “When Glenn got

lost in an airport going to the men’s room, I knew something was wrong,” Gail says. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several risk factors for Alzheimer’s. Lifestyle and health are among them: evidence suggests that the factors that increase people’s risk for heart disease — for example, poor diet and lack of exercise — are the same for Alzheimer’s. Another is Mild Cognitive Impairment, or MCI, memory or other thinking problems that are greater than normal for a person’s age and education. But none of these risk factors applied to Glenn, says Gail. “Glenn was a physical fitness buff, ate healthy foods, and used his brain constantly,” she says. “In fact, instead of Googling something, friends and colleagues would seek him out as ‘the source.’” Family history and genetics is another risk factor for Alzheimer’s. The strongest risk gene researchers have found so far is apolipoprotein e4 (APOE e4). Neither Glenn, nor his father — who also died of the disease — had the gene. ›››››

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“Something triggers Alzheimer’s,” says Gail. In Glenn’s case, five of his doctors believe the disease was triggered by his knee replacement surgery during which his heart stopped briefly, depriving him of oxygen. Alzheimer’s can be diagnosed with complete certainty only after the patient’s death, when the brain can be studied. It was Glenn’s wish to 48

donate his brain to the Harvard Brain Trust, which collects and analyzes brain tissue. Eight months after his death, the results confirmed what his doctors believed: he had fifth-stage Alzheimer’s disease. There are seven stages to the disease, ranging from Stage One: no impairment, where the disease is not yet detectable or evident, to Stage Seven: very severe decline, nearing

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death. Stage Five, which Glenn had at the end of his life, is characterized as moderately severe decline, where patients experience significant confusion and inability to recall simple details about themselves. “Glenn donated his brain to help advance research; the tissue is made available to researchers throughout the world,” says Gail.


The Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association has a respite care program that is invaluable to caregivers.

You are not alone Throughout Glenn’s battle with Alzheimer’s, Gail was his primary caregiver and cheerleader, encouraging him (and them as a couple) to continue living a quality life — as much as his disease would allow. What many do not realize is that caregiving for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s can be stressful and incredibly taxing. According to

the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 14.9 million people in the United States care for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. “Caregiving is the most difficult job that I have ever had,” Gail says. “You get little sleep; you are constantly worried that your loved one could get hurt, lost or be frustrated. It is a 24/7 job.” Gail’s brother, sister and their spouses — as well as Gail and

Glenn’s friends — were there for the couple daily, whether it was through phone calls, cards, visits or lunches with Glenn. “The disease can make you feel isolated sometimes, but they made us feel normal; they reminded us we weren’t alone in this,” Gail says. “We were blessed.” Another blessing came in the form of the many excellent re››››› sources available in the

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country, engaging those living with the disease in social activities, physical activities such as gentle yoga or walking, cognitive activities, and more. Adult day programs have been shown to benefit the patient by keeping The LSRVNA Respite Care program keeps hands busy with crafts. them active and engaged, which it gave me a safe time to do the work leads to fewer behavioral problems to keep our home running, bills paid, and better quality sleep compared and errands done,” says Gail. “The to when they spend the day at home. Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse It also gives the caregiver a muchAssociation is an invaluable resource needed break to focus on other things for the Kearsarge/Sunapee area. We that need their attention, including are so lucky to have this organization themselves. “It gave Glenn a chance here for each one of us from birth to to socialize without judgment and

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death. It is the jewel in the Kearsarge/ Sunapee crown.” Throughout Glenn’s journey with Alzheimer’s, Dr. Louis Kowalski of New London was his primary care physician, and the doctor that he trusted most. “Lou treated him not as a subject or in a condescending manner, but as a person with an illness,” says Gail. She also recommends that caregivers have the phone numbers to their local FAST (First Aid Stabilization Team) Squad. The towns of Croydon, Goshen, Grantham, Newbury, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton and Wilmot have FAST Squads. “The FAST Squads in the area are professional and caring,” says Gail. “If you are a caregiver, be sure you have the numbers handy as you will be calling on them.”

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Gail and Glenn met thanks to Glenn’s dad. “I was 19, working at a radio station as a copywriter and hosted the first-of-its-kind radio show promoting the good works of teenagers, for which I interviewed Glenn’s dad,” Gail recalls. The senior Matthews was impressed with Gail, and advised his son Glenn to look her up when he came home from Bowdoin College. “He did!” says Gail.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 14.9 million people in the United States care for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Over the course of their marriage, Gail and Glenn raised two sons, started their own business, sold it, traveled, faced Gail’s two bouts of lung cancer (despite never having smoked a day in her life), and dealt with Glenn’s devastating › › › › › 150988 KAH Kearsarge Mag Ad.indd 1

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Alzheimer’s diagnosis. “We were morning people; purpose driven and goal oriented all 54 years and enjoyed getting up and facing the day,” Gail says. “Actually, building a business and running it prepared me for dealing with Alzheimer’s. When you start a business with two little boys, a new mortgage, $18 and no capital, there are challenges and opportunities daily. Solutions must be found. The same is true with Alzheimer’s: there were challenges and opportunities daily. Your peace of mind depends upon how you face each.” A spouse with a terminal disease can put a strain on a marriage — emotions such as fear, resentment and frustration are natural, and common among patients and caregivers alike. But ultimately, says Gail, Glenn’s battle with Alzheimer’s “intensified my love and admiration for Glenn. He was the love of my life and remains so. Our strength as a couple was that we let each other be who we are while working as a cohesive unit. Love and a positive attitude carried us through everything.” Another thing that helped the couple face the challenges and opportunities of living with Alzheimer’s was channeling their energies into co-authoring a book, Did I Die? Managing the Mayhem of Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide to Peace and Quality of Life, which was written during the last two years of Glenn’s life and published

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in July 2013. The book grew out of Glenn’s desire to use his story as a way to help others and raise money for Alzheimer’s research, as part of the book proceeds go to the Cure Did I Die? Managing the Mayhem of Alzheimer’s Fund, a nonprofit Alzheimer’s is dedicated to funding research to available locally prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer’s at Morgan Hill disease. “The whole book is on Bookstore in New the importance of maintaining a London, Main quality of life while enduring the Street Bookends mayhem of Alzheimer’s,” Gail says. of Warner, and at “I maintained my balance by workAmazon.com ing on the book, as Glenn wanted

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me to do, to help others and to search for an organization that was doing research on the disease. This is Glenn’s story; I was just along for the journey.” Written with compassion, honesty and humor, the book is a guide to living with Alzheimer’s for both patients and caregivers: emphasis on living. In chapters that cover such topics as relationships, self-care, insurance, and loss, grieving and celebrating your loved one’s life, the book takes readers through Gail


and Glenn’s journey, but it also helps shape their own. Reading it, you feel like Gail is talking directly to you, as a friend and someone who’s been there. These are just some of the reasons it has earned honorable mentions at the New York City, New England and Florida book festivals.

Helping others In the wake of losing her life partner and best friend, Gail’s focus is advocating for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers and providing them with much-needed information, advice and compassion. Her website, alzcaregiver.net, features Alzheimer’s news, information and videos of Gail interviewing nurses, doctors, caregivers and others on a wide range of topics. “I get e-mails and phone calls with questions every day,” says Gail, who has also given talks at local organizations. “The website has more

than 30 videos to give guidance from professionals on every subject dealing with Alzheimer’s such as morphine, hospice, respite and medicine, as well as spouses dealing with the disease and their solutions.” Above all, Gail Matthews is on a mission to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s by getting people to talk about the disease. “In the 60s, cancer was in the same place Alzheimer’s is now...a lack of awareness and a stigma,” she says. “Since that time, the ribbons, the marches and the willingness to talk about cancer have saved lives. Alzheimer’s has to get to this place.” With the help of people as passionate and determined as Gail Matthews, it will. KM KM KM Barbra Alan is a freelance writer living in Alexandria, N.H.

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Artists Barbara Hunting, Grace Cooper, Lisa Jelleme and Vicki Koron at the First Friday Gallery Night at the New London Inn.

“There are many award-winning artists in our own backyard!” As you view the art, you’ll also learn about the business. ZeroCelsius Wealth Studio is eclectic in its modern décor, and the space typically shows more abstract artwork. The realism you will find at ZeroCelsius is the seriousness that Gott, an independent registered investment advisor, offers his clients to actualize their financial goals and dreams. Every three months, new artwork is installed at each of the Micro Galleries. On the First Friday of the exhibit, the Center for the Arts hosts a Gallery Night, an opening for the public from 5 to 7 p.m. It is a chance to meet the artists, view the art, and enjoy light refreshments. You may start at ZeroCelcius, or you might start at the other end of Main Street at Whipple Hall. “Whipple Hall is part of

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our partnership with the Town of New London and the Recreation Department,” says Connolly. The building has been around since the mid-1800s and has served as the town hall, a moving picture house, a performance theater, and a courtroom. The New London Farmers’ Market uses Whipple Hall in the winter months, and it is used for voting at election time. Newer construction has been built on the back side of Whipple Hall, and the Recreation Department office recently moved into that part of the building. The Seaman Road entrance is where the Micro Gallery at Whipple Hall exists. Just down the street is The New London Inn, which lures people in with its fabulous fare and charming ambiance. You’ll find traditional artwork in the inn’s living room and the Sargent Room, both Micro Gallery sites. “The Micro Gallery is


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Kaitlyn Covel, manager of the Lake Sunapee Bank Main Street branch, and artist Suzanne Cronin at First Friday Gallery Night at the Lake Sunapee Bank.

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he wooden restaurant sign outside of 207 Main Street in New London, N.H., has been a revolving door of name changes over the years. Hale Tucker and Erica Cole-Tucker are determined to have the list of restaurant names come to a halt. Spurred by local friends’ desperate pleas for a fresh face in New London’s restaurant mix, the duo decided to expand their successful Tucker’s restaurant brand from its anchor storefront in Hooksett, N.H., into the Lake Sunapee area. “You can go into a spot and fill a niche that people are looking for and, if you do a good job, Owners Hale Tucker and Erica Cole-Tucker, the husband-and-wife team behind they are going to get so excited about it. They the restaurant already expect a restaurant there. Our plan is to Welcome to New London go in there and deliver great food and incredible service. If The husband-and-wife team has been working we can do that, I think we will be successful,” says Hale. together in the restaurant industry for the last 15 years. The college sweethearts started their journey working at Erica’s father’s restaurant while co-eds at the University of New Hampshire. The two opened their first restaurant together in 2007 after the birth of their first daughter. A few years ago, looking for something different, the family of five moved to New London and fell in love with the charming New England town. When a desirable venue became available in Hooksett, the couple, who had since retired from the restaurant business, decided to jump back in and open a breakfast/lunch restaurant in 2014, naming it Tucker’s. Hale and Erica thought they had a concept that could grow and, in spring 2015, decided to open a second location in the town they had grown so fond of. “It is a small town, but if you look at this area there is a need for more breakfast/lunch restaurants,” says Hale. Hale and Erica quickly learned how much of a need there was during the first week of their opening. Patrons flocked to the new venue and haven’t stopped. “People can go anywhere to get something to eat. It had to be about creating this kind of vibe people got when stepping through our doors,” says Hale.

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The contemporary pastel green walls coupled with the classic post and beam architecture of the building creates


The Perfect Match lunch features a sandwich and a salad. Pictured here: the West Coast Club

an environment that is fun and elegant, resulting in a unique ambiance that fits with this small town. Patrons can choose a table in the main dining area with full service, or grab a cup of coffee or smoothie at the bar and lounge in the cozy side area. The menu is an impressive one, though Hale and Erica credit the restaurant’s success to much more than just the food. “We said right out of the gate with this restaurant that we knew the most important thing is to invest in our people and make sure they know that they are equally, if not more important, than the food we are serving,” says Hale.

Erica and Hale pride themselves on having a highly trained, friendly staff that is able to turn over each table quickly so wait times are minimal. Part of the restaurant’s mission

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite, a comfy chair to settle in with a cup of coffee, or a leisurely lunch with friends, Tucker’s is a community restaurant that seems to have found its niche in New London.

statement includes creating a culture rich in positivity, something which is evident on the smiling faces of servers and apparent seamless teamwork. Leading the charge are Erica and Hale, who play integral roles in the restaurant. Erica can be seen the minute you walk in the door, doing every job that is needed, from bussing tables to bringing out food, she is always checking in on customers, making sure everything is just right. Hale runs the show behind the scenes in the kitchen, cooking the food they proudly serve. “Of course the reason I keep going back to Tucker’s is because their breakfast and their lunch menus are incredible. You can choose to be healthy and light, or to indulge, and both options are delicious,” says Erica Webb of Newbury, N.H. “But I keep going back because their servers are knowledgeable, fast and they really care about you. They will take extra steps to make sure that you are satisfied. I went there when I was eight months pregnant and they were out of one of my favorite dishes. The server, Emmy, went into the kitchen to consult the chef and came back with two different possible substitute options that might work for my craving!”

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shared passion in bringing healthy food to the area. The duo likes to use local purveyors as much as possible, such as Bartlett Farm Dairy out of Concord, North Country Smokehouse out of Claremont, and Mill City Roasting Company out of Manchester. “I understand what you eat and what you put in your body really contributes to how you feel,” says Erica. “We want to be a part of that and offer healthy choices to the community.” Tucker’s menu is full of glutenfree options and healthy menu items like grass-fed burgers, fresh salads, and healthy sandwiches and wraps. Breakfast goers can fuel up on one of Tucker’s most popular dishes, Power Cakes, which are gluten-free pancakes made with flax seed, ground chia seeds, and served with real New Hampshire maple syrup from Fuller’s

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Sugarhouse in Lancaster. There is also an array of real fruit smoothie selections. That’s not to say there are only healthy items on the menu. Rich indulgence can be found in the Banana Nut Bread French Toast or the Meat Lovers Scrambler on the breakfast menu. The homemade macaroni and cheese is popular with the kids, but is also featured as a side item on the Perfect Match lunch combination, which features an array of salads and soups. “We like to say that we are the marriage between health conscience movement and classics. Somebody who likes the more healthy food might want to splurge on the weekends and get a big breakfast,” says Hale. For those instances when you’re pressed for time, Tucker’s offers quick takeout service. “People’s perception is it’s either

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a full service restaurant or it’s a takeout restaurant — we are both. People call it in and they don’t have to wait,” explains Erica. It seems the orange and green Tucker’s sign on Main Street will be sticking around. KM KM KM Merry Armentrout is a freelance writer from New London, N.H., who hates to cook and very much enjoys local restaurants. Erika Follansbee lives in Goffstown, N.H., and enjoys photographing weddings as well as beautiful food for local restaurants and bakeries. Her work can be found at parkerstreet.com

What we’re eating (and drinking) this season

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Fried Brussel Sprouts

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Brussel sprouts are an acquired taste. But you can learn to love them really quickly when they are fried and topped with housecured bacon, crushed walnuts, shaved parmesan and dipped in roasted garlic lemon aioli. This is just one of the many lovely appetizers at The Barley House (we also really like the Blarney Puffs).

Are you a fan of the Little Debbie oatmeal cookies? I am, but I know the mass-produced version isn’t the healthiest. Now you can pick up a freshly baked version — complete with a frosting center — at the Crust & Crumb in Concord. You’ll find them next to the homemade whoopie pies, the homemade gingersnaps, the flourless chocolate tortes… oh, my.

It’s a simple recipe: Madagascar vanilla beans aged in vodka. But the result: delicious. I picked up an 8-ounce glass bottle from Simple Goodness at Spring Ledge Farm in New London (you can also order online) and proceeded to bake my way through a stack of recipes to, you know, test it out. As always, shopping local pays off.

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Mount Kearsarge

A new book, published by the Warner Historical Society, tells you all you need to know about the iconic New Hampshire mountain. by Laura Jean Whitcomb

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any of us see Mount Kearsarge every day: a view from our home or looming in the distance as we drive down I-89. But why aren’t there any books on this mountain? A search on Amazon for “Mount Monadnock” results in 370 titles. A search on Mount Cardigan: 73. A search for Mount Kearsarge? Well, it says 136, but a closer review revealed one 1916 title, Mount Kearsarge and Mount Pequawket, New Hampshire: historical notes relating to the conflicting names of Mount Kearsarge and Mount Pequawket. It’s definitely not a lovely picture book or detailed hiking book that the other mountains have.

What’s in a Name? The word “Kearsarge” has been spelled at least 40 different ways since the 17th century. A few examples are Carasarga, Carsaga, Kiasaga, Cowissewaschook, Keewiss-aga, Kysarge, Kyarsarge, Kear Sarga, Cier-Sarge, Cusagee and Ciersarg. Since the Abenaki did not have a written language, there has been considerable debate about the meaning of the word Kearsarge. Various interpretations have included “notch pointed mountain of pines,” “a mountain large,” “an exceedingly high mountain,” “mountain of small pines” and “rough mountain.” — Courtesy of Mount Kearsarge: History, Stories, Legends and Folktales 64

Until now. Warner resident Larry Sullivan has authored the first historical book on our beloved mountain. Mount Kearsarge: History, Stories, Legends and Folktales, published by the Warner Historical Society, is an engaging read on the mountain we all love (and name magazines after). Sullivan loves research, and it shows: the book includes sections on the history of the mountain (from formation to the first settlers to tourism), some great folktales (even five versions of the Bear Cheney legend), and recollections throughout the centuries from locals and notables like Henry David Thoreau. “Many people don’t know about the Great Tornado of 1821, the naming of the USS Kearsarges, or that there was a hotel on the mountain and various buildings located at the top,” says Rebecca Courser, executive director of the Warner Historical Society. “It is a different type of book in that it contains many different types of stories.” Courser notes that the book is “richly illustrated with artwork and photographs — some people have never seen before.” In addition to historical photos and illustrations, Sullivan’s wife, artist Mimi Wiggin, painted the cover and eight other original oil paintings for the book.

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They are a colorful addition, and the scenes enhance the reading experience. And, courtesy of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development – Division of Forests and Lands, a replica of the 1914 map used at the Mount Kearsarge Forest Fire Lookout Station will be tucked into the back flap of the book. “It is a copy of the original map, View of Mount Kearsarge South. It was used in the fire tower to triangulate where smoke was seen,” says Courser. “The map shows mountains, roads, bodies of water and place names. You’ll be able to use WEB the map in warnerhistorical.org the same


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way when you reach the top of the mountain and face north.” Will there be a second book? I hope so, and Sullivan alludes to it in his introduction: “I sincerely hope that this book prompts other folks to come forward with their stories, their tales, their photographs and artifacts. Wouldn’t it be great to recover more Mount Kearsarge stories and folktales, to save them for future generations, and to have more great old folktales and legends about our mountain for local storytellers?” Indeed, more stories will emerge as people use the book to create their own Mount Kearsarge traditions. Mount Kearsarge is available at independent bookstores, like MainStreet BookEnds in Warner, and through the Warner Historical Society. KM KM KM

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Holiday Craft Fairs With all of the local art and craft fairs, it is easy — and fun — for New Hampshire residents to skip the mall and shop the (town) hall. by Laura Jean Whitcomb photography by John Sherman

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hen do you start shopping for the holidays? I stash things all year, then focus on my holiday gift list in earnest after Halloween. But everyone is different — some wait until after Thanksgiving (taking advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales), and some shop locally, stocking up on unique items at retail stores, indoor farmers’ markets and craft fairs throughout November and December. Kearsarge Magazine’s Let’s Go Calendar always seems to miss some of my favorite craft fairs. Although it seems early, I’m going to include a list in the fall issue, which is on stands from mid-August to mid-November. Don’t worry about holiday shopping now (in August when you are reading this article), but be sure to pull out the magazine in early November so you can attend these well-loved holiday events.


Look What We Found at The Fells Beachcombings Studio Seaglass Jewelry Newbury, N.H.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8 WHERE: Statewide New Hampshire WEB: nhopendoors.com Select a region (Dartmouth Lake Sunapee should do it) and plan a trip to visit local artists at their home studios to watch them at work. You’ll see everything from painting and fiber sculpture to wood turning and metal smithing. Some offer food samples while others might have special activities.

The Fells Holiday Boutique

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8 and Nov. 14 and 15 WHERE: The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, 456 Route 103A, Newbury WEB: thefells.org

People crave the blues, says Ron Andrews, creator of exquisite jewelry hewn of sterling silver and sea glass. She’s speaking of the glass itself, a material come full circle, manufactured of sand, used and discarded, castoffs smoothed by nature and disgorged by the sea as a thing rare and beautiful — recycling at its best. Cobalt and teal are colors of choice, but when folks insist these shades of blue are elusive, Andrews urges them to look harder: “Train your eye” to find them, she advises. Trial and error defined Andrews’s early efforts at making sea glass jewelry, but ultimately she was drawn to do more than drill holes. She obtained training through the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen

at New Hampshire College of Arts, and private instruction with New Hampshire artist Joy Raskin. Her goal was clear and simple: to take a piece of sea glass and transform it into art. “I started collecting sea glass years ago when we lived in Maine,” says Andrews. She draws a sense of peace and inspiration for her work from walking the beach and picking up the glass, and she wants his jewelry to evoke memories of the beach for the people who buy it. Customers occasionally bring their own sea glass finds, sometimes with a specific idea but other times giving Andrews complete artistic license for the finished product. Andrews has shown her jewelry near and far, first in Hanover, but expanding after her initial success. She has participated in arts and crafts shows in Vermont, Connecticut and Maryland, and as far south as Virginia and Florida. But the Beachcombings Studio website (beachcombingsstudio.net) serves as the primary venue for her creations.

— Deb German photos courtesy Ron Andrews

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The Fells has assembled the finest artisans and crafters to offer an amazing array of one-of-a-kind gifts for each and every person on your list. You can order a wreath, pick up hostess gifts and stocking stuffers, indulge in something sublime for yourself, or buy that special gift for your BFF. You don’t need a ticket to the Main House to shop; just follow the signs to the boutique entrance.

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Tis’ the Season Craft Fair WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15 WHERE: Grantham Town Hall, 300 Route 10 South, Grantham WEB: granthamnh.net

At this annual Grantham craft fair, everything is handmade and created by selected local artisans. You’ll find pottery, photography, ornaments, jewelry, local honey, handmade soaps, handpainted cards, glasswork, artwork and much more. Lunch items are usually available for purchase and proceeds support a local organization, like the Girl Scouts.

Look What We Found at Grantham’s Craft Fair Russell Pottery at Chalk Pond Newbury, N.H. Sue and Steve Russell love testimonials from customers who tell them how beloved a piece of their pottery has become: stories about favorite coffee mugs or how light plays off a Raku design count as high praise. So it should come as no surprise that this pot-throwing pair value both form and function in their work. “The soap dispenser came out of wanting to make something functional and beautiful to hold soap and lotion for the bath or kitchen,” says Sue. “I wanted it to be both practical and unique. Incising a botanical design came naturally as I love leaves, which I add to my French butter keepers, casseroles and Steve’s vases.” Originally from New Hampshire, Sue met Steve in his native California. Each had artistic sensibilities, but neither was a potter at the time. “It wasn’t until later in our lives together that we began to focus on how we could transition into careers in the arts,” explains Sue. “Because we had a love of making pots, we started taking pottery classes together in California.” The couple moved to Newbury in 2003. As is the case with many artisans, Sue and Steve began small, selling their work at farmers’ markets, craft shows and local shops. After more pottery training the two were juried into the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where they have exhibited their work at the annual fair in Newbury for nine years. You can also find their inspired work in the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s galleries; the Exeter Fine Crafts Gallery; and the Wild Goose Country Store in Sunapee; or visit russellpotteryatchalkpond.com

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WHEN: Nov. 7 to Dec. 23 WHERE: Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport WEB: libraryartscenter.org This juried craft and art gift sale at the Library Arts Center features more than 100 artists and artisans from the region. Kate Luppold and Fran Huot are masters at creating a boutique-like shopping experience of local handmade gifts. On each visit, you’ll see something you can’t live without.

Contoocook Artisans Holiday Craft Fair

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5 WHERE: St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, 354 Main Street, Hopkinton Contoocook Artisans, a group of more than 20 local shops in Contoocook and Hopkinton, celebrate the holidays during the first weekend in December with shopping and family events. One highlight is the juried craft fair, featuring 35-plus local artisans, at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall.

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Gallery of Gifts

Look What We Found Locally Angel Bell Lempster, N.H. A famous line from a famous movie: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets their wings.” (It’s what George’s daughter says at the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”) New England Bells, located in Lempster, N.H., used this concept as the basis of a wonderful holiday ornament, the Angel Keepsake Bell, a white leather angel with a choice of a silver or brass sleigh bell. Pick yours up at Spring Ledge Farm in New London, or order online at newenglandbells.com

— Laura Jean Whitcomb

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Look What We Found at Warner’s Shopping Gala photos by John Sherman

Susan Beere’s Ceramic Tile Art Warner, N.H. Oh, how I would love a wall of Susan Beere’s ceramic tile art decorating our kitchen, or bathroom, or living room mantel. It’s not out of the question — the Warner, N.H., resident creates large tile murals, architectural ceramic installations and scenic tiles for public spaces (offices, health care facilities or hospitality venues) and private homes. In the meantime, I am enjoying her small accent tiles that I can prop up on my desk, hang on a wall, or use as holiday ornaments. Pictured here: a soothing white candle with a yellow backdrop and a sassy moose with a heart pendant. See more of Susan’s art tile wall hangings, small accent tiles, friezes, surrounds and free-form tile sculptures at susanbeere.com

— Laura Jean Whitcomb

Wilmot Community Association’s Annual Holiday Craft Fair

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 5 WHERE: New London Outing Club, 114 Cougar Court, New London WEB: wilmotcommunityassociation.org This fair features 65 varied craft and food vendors (and usually Kearsarge Magazine!) under one roof. Be sure to line up for the renowned Wilmot Ladies Aid Cookie Walk. You’ll be able to select from hundreds of homemade cookies, brownies, tiny tarts and other small baked goods to enjoy yourself or give as gifts.

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Holiday Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 6 WHERE: New London Historical Society, 179 Little Sunapee Road, New London WEB: newlondonhistoricalsociety.org Step back in time to a holiday season in the 19th century. Shop the country store, listen to strolling musicians, watch a blacksmith at work in the forge, and enjoy homemade refreshments. You can also view silent auction offerings and bid on a variety of antiques, collectibles and favorite items — all of which would make a great holiday gift.

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Warner’s Annual Holiday Shopping Gala WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 5 WHERE: Warner WEB: kearsargechamber.org

Activities abound up and down Main Street in Warner. You will find artisans in every room at the Upton Chandler House Museum, a farmers’ market and cookie walk fundraiser at Warner Town Hall, story time and crafts at the Pillsbury Free Library, and great shopping at locally owned shops like Main Street Bookends, Warner Pharmacy, FootHills Country Treasures, and Country Cobwebs, to name a few.


Look What We Found at Warner’s Shopping Gala Making It Contoocook, N.H. Lisa Hurley and her mom, Lane Lambert, have been crafting for decades. “We have always been creatively inclined. As a child, I grew up playing in my mom’s art studio. She explored pottery and painting, and became a talented crafter in needlework and knitting,” says Hurley.

Last winter, Lambert was knitting hats, and selling and gifting them to friends. When spring came around, “we brainstormed and came up with the idea of knitting ‘old fashioned’ washcloths,” says Hurley. But not just any washcloth. A colorful, knitted, cotton washcloth; a bar of soap; and a delicate, handmade paper collage box, tied with string and packaged into a lovely gift set for just $12. You can buy a set for an adult, a child or a new baby. “They were a huge hit with friends and family. So…why not try and sell them to the masses? Where better to do so then at a hometown farmers’ market?” says Hurley, who creates the boxes. Hurley, a veterinary technician at Blackwater Veterinary Services in Salisbury, has taught mixed media art classes for the Craftstudies program at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen in Hanover for the past three years. A popular product is always nice, but what Hurley likes best is spending the time with her mom. “With a great idea and lots of hard work, she made it happen. She was nervous about selling her crafts but with the caring support from the farmers’ market family and the wonderful response from buyers, she blossomed,” says Hurley. “She thoroughly enjoys meeting new people, and I love seeing her shine as she interacts with all.” — Laura Jean Whitcomb

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Holiday Market on the Green WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 12 WHERE: Whipple Memorial Town Hall, 429 Main Street, New London WEB: nl-nh.com

Look What We Found Locally Honey Bee Lip Soothers Henniker, N.H. S Formulators has a new product line: natural lip soothers. Unlike most lip glosses, this one is light (not sticky). It is also created out of ingredients you can pronounce: beeswax, shea butter, sweet almond oil and honey. It is designed to moisturize and heal, and the honey acts as an antibacterial and antimicrobial. There are two to choose from — natural, with no color, and blush, lightly tinted with organic beet root powder. Pick up yours at AlliOops in New London, or order online at sformulators.com

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Shop with some of your favorite vendors from the summer season, as well as some wonderful new faces. Plan to spend some time visiting with your neighbors, learning new things from the vendors, and having a tasty snack or lunch at the market. There is produce, preserves, baked goods, craft items and art created by local artisans.

Warner Fall Foliage Festival Join the Fun! Bring the Family! Free Admission! WHEN October 9, 10, & 11 Downtown Warner, NH FIND WARNER Route 103, Exit 8 & 9 off I-89 More info at: www.wfff.org

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