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Fall 2014

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Give Us Your Best Shot Kearsarge Magazine readers have mad skills with a camera. Here are the winners of the Second Annual Kearsarge Magazine Photo Contest chosen by a panel of judges, readers across the United States, and Facebook friends in Denmark.

50 The Big Appeal of a Small Airport

Parlin Field in Newport, N.H., offers an up-close look at how a small airport can successfully serve the community. By Patrick O’Grady

64 Welcome to the Camping Community

There are newlyweds and families and retirees — people who, under normal living conditions, would have no reason to socialize. But when you bring all these disparate personalities together under the umbrella of a campground, the social chemistry works a kind of magic. By Diane Taylor

72 What’s New in Warner

Several of the wonderful things happening in Warner, N.H., these days are new, others are revamped, and more yet are in the planning stages. By Allen Lessels

Loon Island Lighthouse by James Hoar, Photo Contest Winner



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Burkehaven Harbor on Lake Sunapee Photograph by Jim Block


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Peaceful Burkehaven Harbor is seen below Burkehaven Island, also known at Isle of Pines or Shepard’s Island. Burkehaven Light can be seen off the tip of the island. Above the island are Little and Great Islands. At the top left in the distance is Mount Kearsarge and, to its right, Black Mountain. Photographer Jim Block teaches digital photography and photographs extensively in the Upper Valley. You can see more of his work at www.jimblockphoto.com


24 Art: John Lunn Flutes

28 Locally Made: Grafton Glass

Artist Michelle Riordan’s handcrafted glass designs will add sparkle to any room. By Laura Jean Whitcomb


photo courtesy John Lunn

John Lunn is many things: a flutist, flute craftsman, silversmith and writer. From a workshop in his Newport, N.H., home, Lunn crafts the culmination of these disparate talents: he makes flutes that tell stories. By Brian A. Canning

30 This Season: Stop and Smell the Garlic

32 Let’s Go Calendar

Get ready for some fun: 25 wonderful things to do this fall. Compiled by Emma Clark and Laura Jean Whitcomb


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Garlic Day is a feast for the taste buds, eyes and ears, with planting and cooking demonstrations, free tastings, lunch and live music at a working farm in Canterbury, N.H. By Barbra Alan

40 At Home: Hard Work and a Little Luck

Sunapee, N.H.’s Pleasant Acres started as a school project and has grown into a thriving business. By Brian A. Canning

44 Eat: At Home at the Everyday Café

Three things you should order off the menu (or pick up at a local store) this fall.


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46 Good Eats


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Since it has opened, the Everyday Café — so named because it is open seven days a week — has become the social hub of Contoocook, N.H. By Barbra Alan

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editor’s letter Hello friends, I had an idea for the fall editor’s letter, but, frankly, it has escaped me. It was a good idea, too, I remember being excited about it. (It’s easy to write once you’ve seen that light bulb.) But I didn’t scribble it down on a scrap of paper, so it’s lost…washed away with the beach sand, gone up in smoke with the outdoor fire pit, left behind in the lost-and-found bin at camp. Yes, it was a busy summer with friends and family, just the way it should be. Now that it is time to sit down and concentrate — back to work, back to business, back to school (for my kids) — I’m still thinking of the fun we had: performances at the New London Barn Playhouse, kayaking on Lake Sunapee with NEHSA, checking out the vendors at the Wilmot

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fall. After seeing this issue, maybe we’ll want to take a photography class.

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Give Us Your

Best Shot

Announcing the winners of the second annual Kearsarge Magazine Photo Contest

earsarge Magazine readers have mad skills with a K camera. Here are the winners of the Second Annual Kearsarge Magazine Photo Contest chosen by a panel of expert judges and readers across New England (even Facebook friends in Denmark!).

People’s Choice Category: Animals

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Elkins, N.H., resident Peter Brodeur captured this frog on film at the Esther Currier Wildlife Management Area at Low Plain in New London, N.H.

Frozen Flight Although hummingbird wings beat approximately 53 times a second, this female ruby-throated hummingbird is seen frozen in motion. South Sutton, N.H., resident A. Garrett Evans set up a feeder on his porch and, once the birds were used to it, he replaced the feeder with a flower injected with sugar water. “Then out comes the camera and multiple flash units,” he says. The flash units cut out all ambient light (and provide the black background) and the flash speed freezes the wings in motion.

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People’s Choice Category: Animals


Owl on a Stick

Margaret Weathers captured this gorgeous bird at The Seasons in her hometown of New London, N.H.

People’s Choice


Category: People


Kendra at the Window

Drew Hines of Northfield, N.H., took this photo at a friend’s wedding in a barn in South Wallington, Vt. “There was a storm rolling in and my wife bent down to watch the clouds,” says Hines. “I snapped this picture and it is one of my favorite photos I have of my beautiful wife.”

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Salt hill Baby

Megan Oxland snapped this picture of her daughter, Jaime, at the Chowder Challenge in Sunapee Harbor in 2013. “My girl Jaime is always smiling, always laughing and enjoying life,” says Oxland, a Sunapee, N.H., resident. “May she never lose the ability to make others smile…that is my wish for her!”


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People’s Choice

Category: Places


James Hoar of Sunapee, N.H., took this photo of the Loon Island Lighthouse from the MV Sunapee II.



Loon Island Lighthouse

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Falling Snow

Jean Cronin Connolly of New London, N.H., is the photographer behind this iconic New England scene.



End of the Show

A. Garrett Evans was home chatting with some photographer friends via social media, waiting for the incoming solar storm, when one of his friends farther north in Maine said they were seeing color. “I grabbed my camera gear and headed to my favorite local aurora spot, Gile Pond. It has a good view north with a small amount of light pollution from New London. This was one of the first few shots I captured that night,” he says. The Big Dipper can be seen in the sky as well as its reflection in the water below. The bright reddish/ pink spike is over Kings Hill.


Editor’s note: As you can see, we don’t usually have a #3. But I liked it, so I squeezed it in.

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People’s Choice

Category: Things


Reflections on the Barn Door

It almost looks like a painting. Susan Grace of Warner, N.H., grabbed her Nikon and captured this image of a sunset reflected on the windows of a door.


Maple Syrup

Josh Biele of Brownsville, Vt., snapped this picture at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., “right on the front quad. It is the first maple closest to the church, right outside the Colby dorm. It is the first of many bordering Main Street,” he says. “I graduated CSC in 2012 and always looked forward to sugaring season. Maple syrup is one of the many things that make this region ridiculously sweet.”


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Judge’s Choice Category: Animals


Long Day on the Farm

East Andover, N.H., resident Mary LloydEvans captured her cat, Willy Wonka, resting comfortably after a tough day on the farm.



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Red Squirrel Dining Out

Every bird feeder owner has a running battle with squirrels. Question is: did this squirrel win? Scott Fernald of Warner, N.H., captured this little guy stuck inside what we assume is a squirrel-proof bird feeder.


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Judge’s Choice #1 Category: People

Baby Toes in Healing Stones

What could be cuter than baby toes? Newport, N.H., resident Venita Nudd took this photograph of her granddaughter, Valerie Halvorson. Judges liked the contrasting texture (soft baby feet versus a busy rock surface).

About the Judges

Kevin Lyons has been in the print industry for more than 25 years, performing color-correction and retouching for national, local and digital magazines, newspapers and graphics companies.

Laura Jean Whitcomb is the editor of Kearsarge Magazine, Upper Valley Life and Kid Stuff magazine. She’s been a channel sales representative, public relations director, marketing director, and marketing and PR consultant. Her daughter, Lucy Thompson, age 10, helped her select some of the winners.

The expressions on Cameron Stowell’s and Joey Groton’s faces are priceless — and Tricia Paquette of Claremont, N.H., caught the moment in her photo.





Laura Osborn is the Art Director of Kearsarge Magazine, Upper Valley Life and Kid Stuff magazine and has been in the graphic design field for 28 years. She is a working mom who lives in Norwich, Vt., with her husband and two kids. She loves seeing the world in different ways through photographer’s eyes.

Tubing for the Day



Jim Block photographs the natural world, people and almost anything he sees. Jim has enjoyed teaching digital photography to enthusiastic photographers for over a dozen years. He photographs a few weddings each year and does individual and family portraits in natural settings. Many of Jim’s images can be seen at www. jimblockphoto.com, a continuously evolving and expanding website.


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Judge’s Choice


Category: Places


Blackwater River in Winter


Rainy Day

Jay Fitzpatrick of East Andover, N.H., was a winner last year for his photo, “Autumn on Maple Street.” He wows the judges again this year: his photo “captures a feeling of stillness, tranquility, cold peacefulness” and has “beautiful light, great composition and depth.”

No outdoor dining today, as you can see from Boyan Moskov’s photo of a spring rainstorm in Contoocook, N.H. But “you can imagine how the rain is going to make the grass just a bit greener, the flowers open a bit wider,” says editor and contest judge Laura Jean Whitcomb.


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Judge’s Choice

Category: Things


Green Reflections on Autumn Leaves


A Spring’s Jewels

Erik Cole-Johnson took this shot in Knight’s Hill Park in his hometown of Newbury, N.H. “The contrast of the vertical break of the grass and the brilliant swirling colors of the water is a feast for the eyes,” says contest judge Kevin Lyons of Dartmouth Printing.

The judges also liked Erik ColeJohnson’s photograph of abstract ice formations on Blodgett’s Brook in Newbury.


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ohn Lunn is many things: a flutist, a flute craftsman, a silversmith and a writer with two published children’s books. From a workshop in his Newport, N.H., home, Lunn crafts the culmination of these disparate talents: he makes flutes that tell stories.

An apprentice Raised in Toronto, as a young man Lunn was offered an apprenticeship with a local flute maker while he was studying music. At first it

was simply a means to make a living and he had no intention of staying in the industry. “I quit it permanently three times, at least,” he says with a chuckle. Lunn’s true aspirations were in writing and music, but he kept coming back to flute making. Eventually he relocated to Boston, then the hub of United States flute making, where he spent 10 years at the esteemed Powell Flute Co., perfecting the

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mechanics of his craft. When he left Powell, he decided it was time to go into business for himself.

Silversmith techniques It was around this time that Lunn discovered two silver smithing techniques: chasing and repoussé. These are the laborious techniques of hand hammering three-dimensional shapes out of flat silver stock with small shaped punches. Repoussé is the process of hammering from the

back of the material, creating the initial three-dimensional shape. Chasing, inversely, occurs on the front of the material. Combining these two techniques, Lunn is able to create forms with astounding detail, texture and depth that would be impossible to attain with the more common technique of casting. “Why would I just want to make the same old flute,” says Lunn, “when there are so many out on the market?” After his initial experiments with this new medium, Lunn began to realize its full potential. He can add ornamentation to flutes — flowers, vines, animals, symbols — and create a story on the cups and keys of the instrument. “I want to create some kind of an emotional response to the work that I do,” says Lunn. “There’s a relationship between the music, the metalwork and the storytelling, because there are three art forms combined into one thing.” His unique flute building style also saved him from his most dreaded chore: being a salesman. “I never thought that being creative meant you had to be a salesman, but you do now,” says Lunn. “I don’t like selling things. I can’t sell flutes, so I let them sell themselves.” By elevating flute construction into an art form, the instruments’ value is self-evident, freeing Lunn from the need for sales and marketing to make his living.

Adding ergonomics The design for the flute — with its precise and tightly clustered straight lines and right angles — is about 150 years old. Little noticeable change has occurred to the instrument over the years. But Lunn believes that the instrument has a lot of room for functional improvement, and he has been developing ways to make the mechanisms of the instrument more ergonomic and comfortable to play. One of his greatest pleasures lies in re-engineering instruments for players with hand injuries. One customer fell in the shower and shattered her pinky finger beyond repair. Lunn was able to move the keys played by that finger to other positions so her other fingers could compensate for the injury. His most impressive and ambitious project is a one handed flute for a man who suffered a stroke and lost complete use of one of his hands. ›››››

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For any flute maker operating within the conventional aesthetic, these adaptations would be a nightmare. The mechanism on a flute is dense and complicated, with many overlapping parts that barely fit the footprint of the instrument. Moving the keys and mechanism around while retaining the instrument’s straight lines is nearly impossible. Lunn, however, with his curvy lines and organic patterns, doesn’t have the same issue.

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“I found there was a way to make the flute more comfortable right away. Because I didn’t have to sit within the aesthetic that said right angles or else, I’m free to make mechanical decisions that nobody else can consider because it doesn’t occur to them, because it’s outside that box,” he says. In 2013, Lunn’s flute entitled “The Dryad’s Kiss” won the Saul Bell Design Award for the Best in Hollowware. After years of building these magnificent flutes, he is beginning to receive critical acclaim and national attention for his unique work. He is excited to receive the recognition, but it is the stories that continue to propel him in his work, and he has many left to tell. Learn more at www.lunnflutes. com KM KM KM Paul Howe is a professional photographer based in Sunapee. See his work at www.paulhowephotography.com


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Artist Michelle Riordan’s handcrafted glass designs will add sparkle to any room. by Laura Jean Whitcomb


f you are remodeling, or maybe just want something to update the current look of a room without all the hassle and expense of a complete renovation, something as simple as updating the existing cabinet hardware will give the room a whole new look. Artist Michelle Riordan, owner of Grafton Glass, shares her love for glass in various forms: jewelry, beads, cake servers, wine stoppers and bottle trays. And she can make custom glass knobs to match any color scheme; she’s even made knobs that look like carved stone. “The knobs were made to match a granite countertop. The customer had a small slab of their granite, which they gave me to work from, and they were pleased with the result,” she says. You can also email a picture of your floor or walls and she’ll do her best to match it. But keep in mind that these are handcrafted, custom-made knobs. “No two knobs will be 100 percent identical. But whether you order one knob or 40 knobs, they will all be made from the same batch of glass, but the distribution of colors may vary slightly between knobs,” she says. Riordan uses several different techniques. One method is similar to making lamp work beads — using a


blowtorch to heat a rod of glass until molten and spinning the resulting thread around a metal rod — but uses a threaded rod, called a mandral, instead. Square, triangular or rectangle knobs are created by fusing glass. “I cut the glass to the shape and size I need, and fire them in my kiln to about 1475 degrees Fahrenheit,” she says. “I sometimes need to do a bit of cold work (grinding or sanding) to make them the perfect shape, and then they are fired for a second time.” Casting is the method used for making round knobs. “I have a mold that I fill with small grains of glass called frit. I can mix colors to give the knob many different looks,” she says. The molds are then fired in the kiln and, once cooled, a threaded anchor is glued in so the knobs can be screwed onto the furniture or cabinet. Riordan does have some limitations on size — because of the hardware used on the back — but the possibilities for design are endless. Use them on kitchen cabinets, dress up a bureau in a

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child’s room, or add some sparkle to a bathroom. Riordan remembers watching a lampworker create animal figurines as a child. But it wasn’t until five years ago that she took her first lampwork class. “Within a week of that workshop I had a torch and kiln in my house. Since then I have been fortunate enough to study lampwork with some amazing glass artists, including Lucio Bubacco, a glass master in Murano, Italy.” She continues learning new techniques, like fusing, and enjoys the trial-and-error process of her selfeducation. “I enjoy the anticipation of seeing what a finished piece will look like when I open the kiln; the excitement when a piece you’ve seen in your head a thousand times comes out even better than you dreamed when finally created in glass,” she says. “The way it catches or reflects the light, the way the colors work together, and the endless designs that can be created.” Learn more at www. GraftonGlass.com KM KM KM

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Stop and Smell the Garlic by Barbra Alan


ver the past five millennia, garlic has served as food, medicine, currency, aphrodisiac and protection from evil spirits. Ancient Egyptians worshipped it, Greek athletes and warriors drew strength and courage from it, and Siberians used it to pay their taxes. This pungent bulb — a cousin of the onion — is mentioned in the Bible and the Talmud, Homer’s Odyssey and in no less than five Shakespearean plays. Today, garlic won’t help you settle your tax bill, nor will it give you the strength of an Olympian. But no one celebrates the


wonders of garlic better than Two Sisters Garlic, a Canterbury, N.H., business that grows and sells garlic in the form of fresh bulbs, dried garlic and delicious homemade garlic dips and jellies. Every year, Garlic Day is held on the farm where one of the two sisters, Naomi Scanlon, lives and grows her crop. Celebrated in mid-September, Garlic Day is a feast for the taste buds, eyes and ears: Scanlon’s 130acre farm is the picturesque setting for planting and cooking demonstrations, free tastings, lunch, live music, products from other area farms, and visits from farm animals. Garlic Day draws some 500 garlic lovers each year, and it’s where Scanlon sells the vast majority of her crop and other garlic products. While her business is 11 years old, farming is nothing new to Scanlon: She was born and raised in a family of farmers in Canterbury. Although she left her hometown for college and marriage, she returned several years later with her husband and three daughters. “We bought my father-in-law’s

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farm, where we had some goats and sheep, and I was looking for a crop to grow,” Scanlon says. When she heard that a nearby farm was going out of business, she asked the owners if they were interested in selling their garlic supply. “They were, so I contacted my younger sister and, together, we bought their supply,” she says. “We had to come up with a name immediately to register our business, so we decided on Two Sisters Garlic.” While Scanlon’s sister left the business a few years ago, running Two Sisters Garlic is a labor of love for Scanlon. From October through July, she checks her garlic plants daily, meticulously weeding and watering them. Mid-July is harvest time, and the garlic is hung and dried for about a month. She makes jellies and dips periodically throughout the year. “It’s a labor-intensive crop, but it’s hardy, so the work pays off,” she says. Indeed, in her first five years of business, Scanlon planted 25 plants each year to increase the crop. By 2007, her garlic crop weighed in at a hefty and profitable 800 pounds. Then, a year later, disaster struck in the form of nematodes (roundworms), which had infected the seed. “We lost our entire crop,” says Scanlon. Worse yet, she adds, “we didn’t realize it until a week before

Garlic Day, so I had to cancel at the last minute.” Scanlon may have lost her crop, but she didn’t lose her loyal customer base. People came to the farm on Garlic Day anyway, and bought whatever remained from the previous year’s harvest. “They were so supportive,” recalls Scanlon. “It turned out to be a great day.” Despite the nematode setback, the farm — and the event — are thriving today; Scanlon is harvesting about 1,600 pounds. While running a home-based business and a working farm is daunting at times, Scanlon says she appreciates the flexibility that comes with owning her own business, and the tremendous satisfaction she gets from using her land. “We’re producing something from it, and having fun with it,” she says.

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

Ask the Expert: Curious About Your Old Quilt? Saturday, Nov. 22 2 p.m.

Gerald Roy will host a talk about antique quilts at the Warner Town Hall. The public may bring quilts for Roy to comment on and about, but there will be no written or verbal appraisals. >> Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main Street, Warner, N.H. >> Admission, $10; quilt commentary requests, $5 per quilt >> www.warnerhistorical.org


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Art in Nature Sculpture Exhibit

Through Monday, Oct. 13 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy works of art as you explore The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens. Juried by P. Andrew Spahr of the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H., this exhibit features the work of more than 30 New England sculptors, each piece strategically placed amid the beautiful gardens and grounds to create a natural setting that highlights these glorious sculptures.

Super Full Moon Cruise Monday, Sept. 8 6:30 p.m.

Join the Lake Sunapee Protective Association on a beautiful notto-be-missed cruise, timed for a full moon over sparkling waters. Hors d’oeuvres provided; cash bar. Reservations required. >> Lake Sunapee Protective Association, 63 Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, N.H. >> $25 per person >> www.lakesunapee.org

>> The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, N.H. >> Members free; nonmembers pay admission >> www.thefells.org

3rd Annual Kearsarge Klassic Bike Randonnee Saturday, Sept. 6

7:15 a.m.; 7:30 a.m.; and 8 a.m.

This bike event is one of Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust’s best fundraising events of the year. A collaboration with the NH Cycling Club, this event offers a number of scenic routes with varying degrees of difficulty, all beginning and ending at the New London Historical Society. Participants receive a homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks at the rest stops along the ride.

One Lunger Engine & Antique Tractor Day Saturday, Sept. 13 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

>> $50 entry fee

Join the fun! We’ll be pulling out some of our one-lunger engines to get them running. We’ll also have some antique tractors running around the Ice House, so we’ll definitely need some additional expertise to address some of the issues of these wonderful old engines. If you have one, bring it on by and join our mutual admiration society!

>> www.ausbonsargent.org

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

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

>> Donations accepted >> www.wfkicehouse.org

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All of My Relations: Faces and Effigies of The Abenaki World Through Friday, Oct. 31 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In this exhibit, you will see faces and effigies of the Abenaki World in many media. Guest curator Vera Longtoe Sheehan. >> Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner N.H.

“Tomie dePaola: Now” Exhibition

>> Adults, $8.50; students, $7.50 >> www.indianmuseum.org Birchbark painting by Rick Hunt; courtesy Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 19 5 to 7 p.m.

Exhibition: Through Friday, Oct. 24 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Tomie dePaola is one of the world’s most prolific and popular children’s authors and illustrators. He has published nearly 250 books and sold some 15 million copies, as well as won many of the genre’s prestigious awards. “Now” will coincide with dePaola’s 80th birthday and highlight his career from the mid-1970s to the present. >> Colby-Sawyer College, Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, New London, N.H. >> Free >> www.colby-sawyer.edu/events

Walking Tour of Roby Mill Sites Sunday, Sept. 21 1 p.m.

Join the Warner Historical Society on a walk along the Warner River to visit the mill sites of the Bartlett Excelsior Mill, several Chapin Pierce mills and the Redington Hub Factory. Excelsior was used in packing objects and stuffing for furniture and baseball gloves. Pierce manufactured chairs and the Redington mill provided hubs for wagons and stagecoaches. Wear comfortable walking shoes. >> Meet at the junction of Route 103 and West Roby District Road, Warner, N.H.

Flood of ’36 & Hurricane of ’38: Their Impact on Communications Friday, Sept. 26

Saturday, Sept. 27 12 to 2 p.m.

Learn how these two natural disasters disrupted telephone service and created hardships for those living and working in the area.

Celebrate the bounty of the region’s farms and gardens. The four-course menu includes salads, entrees, desserts, breads and beverages, featuring foods grown and raised locally. One free raffle ticket comes with each meal ticket.

>> New Hampshire Telephone Museum, 22 East Main Street, Warner, N.H.

>> Wilmot Community Association’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road, Wilmot, N.H.

>> Free

>> Adults, $12; children 5-12, $7; under 5, free

6:30 to 8 p.m.

>> www.nhtelephonemuseum.com

>> Free >> www.AlongtheRiver.org 34

2nd Annual Harvest Home Luncheon

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67th Annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All day event

Sunday, Sept. 28

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Harvest Moon & NatureFest

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12

Celebrate the season with the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and the Little Nature Museum. Kids of all ages will enjoy the woodlands Indian encampment, Audubon raptors, music, Native American foods, games, crafts and more!

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.

>> Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H. >> Adults, $8.50; children 6-12, $6.50; family, $26 maximum

>> Downtown Warner, N.H. >> Admission, free; parking, $5

>> www.IndianMuseum.org

>> www.wfff.org

Cider Making

New London Historical Society Dessert Social

Saturday, Oct. 4 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Enjoy pressing cider with apples picked in Warner. Rick Hedrick, Warner Historical Society board member, will be bringing his restored cider press so families can experience making cider the old-fashioned way.

Tuesday, Oct. 14 7 to 9 p.m.

Join the New London Historical Society in the Meeting House for a program presented in conjunction with the New Hampshire Humanities Council: “Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and The Short of It.” Refreshments at 7 p.m.; program starts at 7:30.

>> Warner Historical Society, 15 West Main St., Warner, N.H.

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

>> www.AlongtheRiver.org

Douglas K. Hill

>> Free

Claremont’s Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off Saturday, Oct. 4 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vote in the competition for the best chili in the region, organized by Claremont Parks and Recreation. Then enjoy live music, vendors and food at the Fall Festival, organized by the Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce. >> Visitor’s Center green, 14 North Street, Claremont, N.H.

>> Free >> www.newlondonhistoricalsociety.org

Fish Fry

Friday, Oct. 17 6 p.m.

Visit the College of Saint Mary Magdalen campus for a delicious fish fry and the grand prize kayak drawing for the Along the River program. >> College of Saint Mary Magdalen, 511 Kearsarge Mountain Road, Warner, N.H. >> $7 per person >> www.AlongtheRiver.org More events › › › › ›

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Fundraising Haunted Walk and Haunted Woods Auction and Social Friday, Oct 31 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (under age 12)

Saturday, Oct. 18

7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (12 and up)

5:30 p.m.

Good deals and fun times are guaranteed at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum’s Fundraising Auction and Social. The evening begins with music and food. Guests search for the perfect bargain on the silent auction tables, then bid during a live auction hosted by Leigh Webb. >> Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H.

With the help of Spring Ledge Farm and Colby-Sawyer College, the New London Recreation Department is hosting its 6th annual Haunted Woods trail walk. Young children will love the trick or treat on Haunted Walk (not scary!). Colby-Sawyer College Players will be in costume handing out candy during a walk on the trail system behind Spring Ledge Farm. Later that night, kids of all ages (12 and up) will enjoy the Haunted Woods behind Old Kearsarge Middle School. >> Spring Ledge Farm, 37 Main Street, New London, N.H. >> Old Kearsarge Middle School, New London, N.H. >> Free (donations accepted)

>> $10 for MKIM members; $15 for nonmembers

>> www.nlrec.com

>> www.IndianMuseum.org

19th Annual ChocolateFest Challenge

In Celebration of Childhood: Doll and Crib Quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection

Sunday, Oct. 19 12 to 3 p.m.

One ticket buys taste after taste of decadence. Enjoy wonderful chocolate sensations from around the Lake Sunapee region and beyond, then vote for your favorite! >> Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103, Newbury, N.H. >> $12 per person >> www.lakesunapeenh.org

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra Sunday, Oct. 26

Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy started working with antique quilts in the early 1960s when their interior decorating business prompted them to purchase antique quilts for clients. They also began collecting quilts solely for their aesthetic value. Today, the Pilgrim/Roy collection is composed of 2,500 quilts and quiltrelated objects, including fabrics and all kinds of antique sewing tools. This unique collection will be on exhibit at the Warner Historical Society’s Upton Chandler House Museum. >> Upton Chandler House Museum, 10 West Main Street, Warner, N.H. >> $5; all proceeds benefit the Warner Historical Society >> www.warnerhistorical.org

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Saturday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 7 Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

It’s a jazz party with a performance by the legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra of Boston. Get ready to hear a new composition, performed with the Claremont Community Jazz Band, in honor of Claremont’s 250th. >> Claremont Opera House, 58 Opera House Square, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >> www.Claremont250.com

Sharing the Gift of Herbs Saturday, Nov. 8 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Turn herbs into wonderful gifts! Clinical Herbalist Maria Noel Groves will show you how to create culinary baskets, decadent cordials and natural bodycare kits that you can give as gifts and share with guests this winter. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and bring a bag lunch. >> Wintergreen Botanicals, Deerfield Road, Allenstown, N.H. >> $75 per person >> www.wintergreenbotanicals.com


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Open Hours at the Newport Historical Society Museum Sunday, Nov. 9 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Newport Historical Society Museum, located in the 1837 Nettleton house, includes two stories of displays of furnishings, historical items and identified photos. The third floor has a research room with local historical records in organized, labeled binders for personal research. >> Newport Historical Society Museum, 20 Central Street, Newport, N.H. >> Free >> www.newportnhhistory.org

8th Annual Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot Thursday, Nov. 27 7 to 8 a.m.: registration 8:15 a.m.: 1K Chicken Run 9 a.m.: 5K Turkey Trot 10:15 a.m.: Awards Ceremony

Now in its seventh year, the Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot has become a family tradition for more than 800 racers. Grab your family and friends, throw on a costume (optional, but really fun), 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. >> Ben Mere Gazebo, Sunapee Harbor, Sunapee, N.H. >> Adults, $20; seniors, $10; children 12 and under, free >> http://sunapeeturkeytrot.com/wp/ kearsargemagazine.com • Fall 2014 • Kearsarge Magazine


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Pleasant Acres started as a school project, and has grown into a thriving business. by Brian A. Canning photography by Pipere Sailer


he seeds of Pleasant Acres were first planted while Matt McClay was an undergrad at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H. A local woman asked him to watch over her house during an absence, for a little money. She eventually hired him to mow her lawn, and little by little McClay picked up more and more lawns to make extra money while in college. Business students at ColbySawyer were required to complete an internship as part of their degrees, but McClay had a different idea: “I talked them into letting me start my own business, which they’d never done.” Given his side work, McClay

opted to develop a landscape business for his project. He composed a business plan, computer models, and all the hallmarks of good business building that Colby-Sawyer taught, and in 2001 the skeleton of Pleasant Acres was born.

Suit or Carhartts? After graduating from college, McClay didn’t initially move forward with his business; he got a full-time sales job for an independent phonebook company. He quickly discovered that the world of suits and ties was not for him. “Every day a guy would drive by in his pickup truck with his Carhartts on,” says McClay, “and I’d be in my suit trying

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to keep clean in the snow getting into my car. I was like, ‘This is just not me. I can’t keep doing this.’” So after six months of selling phonebooks, he hung up the suit, put on his work pants, and prepared to pursue his business full time. McClay remembers his first big customer in Sunapee, N.H., a second home with a large lawn that was overgrown and poorly maintained. He got a call for the work when he had only a small push mower, which was grossly inadequate for the job. “I went out and bought a $6,000 mower, which at the time was a lot,” says McClay, “and bought a trailer for it.” But there was still

one problem: “I didn’t know how to run the mower. I’d never run one of those big walk-behind mowers before.” He spent a good amount of time spinning the mower in circles before he acquired some finesse and got down to business.

“Matt is a pleasure to deal with. In an industry full of unreliable and unpleasant people who often do less than stellar work, Matt and his team stick out as a shining example of just the opposite.”

Hard work, and luck Recounting the story of building his business, one gets the understanding that success has been a matter of equal parts faith and risk. McClay stepped out on a limb when he purchased that first commercial mower, and again when he bought his first plow truck. However, McClay’s affable nature and work ethic have proved excellent insurance to these risks. In the words of customer Ken Frieze of New London:

“Matt is a pleasure to deal with. In an industry full of unreliable and unpleasant people who often do less than stellar work, Matt and his team stick out as a shining example of just the opposite.” Second homeowners are amongst McClay’s most loyal customers. No matter when the owners decide to visit, their home is always ready for them. Newbury, N.H., resident Thomas Knott appreciates this peace of mind. “Matt and his ›››››

The customer was ecstatic with the result, and soon word got around and his schedule began filling with work. In 2004, he had enough work to hire a friend as his first employee. His company has now grown to 13 employees and nine trucks. They recently completed a new headquarters and material lot in Sunapee off Route 11. Pleasant Acres mows 160 lawns, plows 250 driveways, and does full property management for an additional 25 homes. Business is good. McClay notes that it is his employees who have been instrumental in the growth of Pleasant Acres. “I attribute our success to all the great people that work here,” he says. “We often get more than 100 calls for a single advertised position and, if we are lucky, we find one person that fits what we are looking for. By having a staff of professional, committed, year-round, full-time team members that takes pride in what they do, we can ensure all our properties are maintained at an extremely high level at all times.”

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nyone who says “you can’t go home again” never met Christian Nardi. A native of Contoocook, N.H., Nardi had worked for years as a location manager in the film industry in New Orleans when he decided he wanted to change careers. “I wanted to buy a food truck,” says Nardi. “It’s a great money maker; Louisiana has the most film projects going on in the world right now because it offers a significant tax credit to filmmakers.” While working in the food industry was a far cry from the work he was doing, Nardi is no stranger to cooking. “I learned about cooking from my father, Vincent,” he says. “All of the Nardi men have cooked.” In Louisiana, time is often marked as “before Katrina” and “after Katrina” in recognition of destruction and devastation 2005’s Hurricane Katrina caused the Bayou State. Before Katrina, Nardi worked in restaurants and night clubs doing night life promotion. After Katrina, he seized an opportunity to work in film, an industry that has made

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Everyday Café Owners Christian Nardi and Lisa Porterfield

significant contributions to New Orleans’ rebirth. “Everyone in Louisiana seemed to change jobs or switch careers after Katrina,” Nardi says. Nardi was on break from working as a location manager for HBO, visiting his parents in Contoocook and looking for a food truck when he learned that a local café was for sale. He decided to check it out. “It was in the middle of town, right on Main Street, and it wasn’t doing a lot of business,” says Nardi. Still, he saw promise in the café’s excellent location and, within days of his visit, was the proud owner of a café in his hometown.

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Within a month, Nardi and his fiancée, Lisa, quit their jobs, relocated to Contoocook, and opened for business on Oct. 4, 2010.

Open everyday Coming back to his hometown and opening a business after so many years away was, as Nardi says, “Weird, but a good weird. You’re not sure what to expect, but you know it will work out.” Work out it has. Since it has opened, the Everyday Café — so named because it is open seven days a week, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day — has become the social hub of Contoocook. For

Nardi, it’s full of familiar faces. Among the regulars are former teachers, neighbors and classmates. “The guy who beat me up in the first grade has a sandwich on the menu called the Bup [roast beef and cheddar cheese dressed with tomato and horseradish mayo on thick-sliced white bread, pressed],” he says. “He’s one of my best friends now.” Bup isn’t the only one who has been immortalized with a sandwich name: there’s the Vinny Press, named for Nardi’s biological father and featuring homemade garlic basil pesto, roasted tomato and fresh mozzarella on a croissant and pressed; there’s Jim’s Jammin’ Grilled Cheese, a triple-decker grilled cheese featuring three different cheeses (American, Swiss and provolone) and roasted tomato pressed between three slices of thin white or wheat bread, named for Nardi’s stepfather; and there’s the Butchie Brie, named for one of Nardi’s best friends back in New Orleans and featuring sliced turkey dressed with Granny Smith apples, warmed brie and mayo served on a croissant and pressed. Other sandwiches include the Hopkinton Club, a flavorful take on the traditional club with turkey, ham and bacon; the Garden, a vegetarian option featuring an avocado spread, cucumbers, red onion, lettuce and tomato; and the Tooky (a popular nickname for the nearby Contoocook River) Bruin, in which smoked salmon, cucumber, tomato and cream cheese are nestled within a freshbaked bagel. “If anyone comes in and doesn’t know what to order,” says Nardi, “I tell them they’ve got to get my BLT — thick-cut smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on toasted thick wheat berry bread.” Besides its wide selection of delectable sandwiches, the Everyday Café offers breakfast sandwiches, omelets, and a wide assortment of homemade muffins; a variety of fresh

salads; and delicious wraps. Best of all, you can order anything off the menu, any time. “If you wake up and want a BLT to start your day, or a breakfast sandwich to end your day, you can,” Nardi says.

Adding dinner Soon the café will relocate a few doors down Main Street and extend its hours into the evening to serve dinner. “There will be a special every night,” says Nardi. Mondays will be Louisiana night, featuring a different signature dish from the Bayou State each week; Tuesdays will be Italian night; Wednesdays Mexican night; Thursdays meatloaf night; Fridays steak night; Slow-Cooked Saturday featuring a different slow-cooked meal each week; and Champagne Brunch Sunday with a Thanksgiving Dinner finale in the evening. The philosophy behind the Everyday Café is community support.

You’ll see it on the walls and shelves, which are adorned with art for sale by local artists and potters, you’ll taste it in the fresh White Mountain Coffee from nearby Concord, N.H., and you’ll savor it in the food, which includes ingredients from local farms and products from local businesses. You’ll also see it in the folks in the café around you. “We really make a point to hire locally, to get the town working. We support local businesses and the local economy,” says Nardi, who also finds time to assistant coach the junior varsity soccer team and ski jump team at his old high school. “I learned about that in New Orleans. I lived in the Garden District, which had a lot of community pride and local support. Contoocook has a similar feel.” “Chris is here for the community,” says Diane Lachance › › › › ›

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of Contoocook, a regular who says that the center of town has come alive since Nardi opened the Everyday Café. “He feeds us great food and his customer service is excellent. Everything at the café is fresh — including Chris’ wit, which is free of a charge and a big draw. We love our little café.” Lachance also notes that the Everyday Café is food allergy

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friendly. “I feel welcome to order Learn More exactly what I need,” she says. “I’m Learn more about the Everyday Café never made to feel self-conscious at www.theeverydaycafenh.com about my requests, which happens much too often at other single person who comes in; that’s restaurants.” how I grew up — you wave, say hi, Not only is Nardi there for his introduce yourself. Just a few days community everyday at the Everyday ago a couple from Texas came in — it Café, the community is there for was great to talk with them and make Nardi. “Since we opened, we haven’t them feel welcome.” stopped, it’s been so busy,” he says. Coming home has been a dream Whether you’re a local or come true for Nardi. “I always from out of town, when you wanted to have my own restaurant,” set foot inside the Everyday he says. “I may have bought and Café, you’ll feel right at home. opened the Everyday Café in 30 days, Don’t be surprised if you’re but the plan has been in the works for immediately greeted by Nardi 20 years. I really felt that this was my from his vantage point in the calling, and here I am.” KM KM KM open air kitchen. “Hey, I’m just a boisterous Italian kid Barbra Alan is a freelance writer from New Hampshire,” he from Alexandria, N.H. says. “I love talking to every

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The Big Appeal of a Small Airport Parlin Field’s welcoming environment may begin with its openness and scenic surroundings — but it doesn’t end there. by Patrick O’Grady photography by Jim Block


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he unique character of Parlin Field Airport is perhaps better symbolized by what is not there, than what is. “There are no fences around here, which makes a tremendous difference in my opinion,” says Heath Marsden, who became co-manager of the airport with Rick Kloeppel, a retired pilot, in November 2012. “I think it is the impetus for a lot of our success. A fence wouldn’t benefit the airport at all because essentially we would be blocking what really adds to the character of the airport. Families can walk up and we’ll take them to see the planes. It doesn’t look like a prison.” Parlin’s 127 acres are located a couple of miles north of the center of Newport, N.H., in a rural setting with the Sugar River flowing through a wooded area to the west and south of the airport property. The airport’s welcoming environment may begin with its openness and scenic surroundings — the Corbin Covered Bridge is close by — but it doesn’t end there.

The east-west runway is turf (upper right of photo). It is used May to November.

“There is a little bit of nostalgia involved with landing on a turf runway. There are not a whole lot of them left.” Hangar flying, on-site camping, Federal Aviation Administration safety seminars, an Easter candy drop, an annual Fly-in, even hurricane relief — all supported by an active volunteer group — are some of what helps make Parlin part of the community, not an exclusive club for pilots. › › › › ›

Parlin Field’s main runway — paved — is 3,450 feet long.

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An aerial view of Newport , N.H., not far from Parlin Field


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“The volunteer corps is second to none,” says Marsden, who works as an aviation consultant and airport planner. “The people we have here are unbelievable.”

History Parlin opened as Corbin Airport in 1929, a year after several residents got together and decided “it was time Newport jumped into the air game and secured a place on the air map of the world,” according to History of The Parlin Airport, written in 1949 by Samuel Edes. The land was leased to the town by Austin Corbin II and, soon after it opened, the name was changed to Albert Parlin Field when Parlin’s widow, Susanne, gave the airport corporation $10,000 in her husband’s honor. According to Edes, the field was in “flourishing condition” in its early years with a flying school and regular air service established by CurtissWright between New York and the White Mountains. In a Boston Sunday Advertiser article in August 1930, Parlin Field Operations Manager G.W. Crampton said the airport’s location was ideal. “We are hoping to make this landing field a sort of distributing point for all of this Lake Sunapee region,” Crampton said. “The location is ideal in many respects and the prospect of passenger service and express business is good.” Tremendous changes have taken place in aviation since the 1930s, but Crampton’s comment about Parlin’s location holds true today. “We are strategically located for transient traffic, generally moving anywhere in the region. They like to come here,” Kloeppel says. And some like to stay longer than first anticipated. About two years ago a couple flew Scenes from the 2013 Annual Airport Open House & Fly-in show the in from Alaska, fueled up, and left for variety of aircraft that flew in (including a T-6 Texan piloted by Lou Edmonds), free airplane rides for kids, and a pancake breakfast courtesy a wedding in Maine. “They › › › › › of a local Boy Scout troop.

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When the 10-year lease with Corbin expired in 1939, the town purchased the property. The northsouth runway, Parlin’s main runway, was extended from 1,200 to 2,000 feet in 1949. Four years later it was paved and extended again in 1958 and 1993, bringing it to today’s length of 3,450 feet. The second

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runway, an east-west turf runway, measures 1,980 feet and is used May to November. “Most of us here land on it,” Marsden says. “There is a little bit of nostalgia involved with landing on a turf runway. There are not a whole lot of them left.” In 2006 and 2007, privately owned hangars for 22 planes were built at the north end of the field. Parlin receives no Federal Aviation Administration or state funding and in the last several years has become self-sufficient, relying on revenue from fuel sales, and taxes and ground leases on four privately owned hangars to cover expenses. Lou Edmonds, who moved his airplane repair and maintenance and restoration business from Nashua to Newport a couple of years ago, had one of the hangars built. “It had become a place that was very welcoming for a business to move into,” says Edmonds. ›››››

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to the area and they come for a range of reasons, including visits with friends and family, business or perhaps lunch or dinner at the Lil’ Red

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Today Parlin Field handles between 3,000 and 4,000 takeoffs and landings each year. Two-thirds of all summertime landings are by visitors

A group of airport volunteers seal the cracks in the runway to extend the life of the pavement.

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Volunteer Terry Callum cleans out a culvert on airport property that was damned up by beavers.

Dakota, Florida and Texas. I never would have believed it,” Marsden says. Once on the ground, they can borrow one of the bicycles kept in a hangar and pedal into town.

Volunteers Around 2000, “a new era of volunteerism and community involvement was dawning at Parlin Field,” stated the airport’s updated master plan in 2013. Under former Airport Manager Dean Stetson and continuing today, volunteers are playing an increasingly valuable role in improving and operating the airport. “It can’t survive without volunteers,” says Kloeppel. “We have a really eclectic group of volunteers. We’ve got skill sets that are ›››››



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pretty remarkable for such a small group.” Grants have helped fund some projects but, in general, volunteers raise money and provide labor. They installed the runway lights in 2004 and Newport resident Rocky Cusanelli led the effort to raise $7,000 in donations to match a grant for a new operations building, which was constructed in 2001 with volunteer labor. In

2009, the Parlin Hangar Restoration Fund raised money to restore the original hangar, which was built in 1929. Volunteers tore up the old asphalt and poured a new concrete floor, put in new windows and a new hangar door. All that is left to do are some roof repairs, Marsden says. In October of 2012, when Hurricane Sandy battered the New Jersey and New York coastlines, › › › › ›

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hen you live in a rural area that abounds with natural beauty, it might seem odd to think about packing up the car on the weekends and heading off to a local campground. Why would a family in Grantham, N.H., for example, bother with a trip down to Lake Massasecum in Bradford, N.H., when they’ve got Eastman Lake right in their back yard? What would persuade a retired couple from New London, N.H., to spend an entire season — from May through October — at the Mile-Away Campground in Henniker, N.H.? And who in their right mind grabs a tent in the middle of February and speeds off to spend the weekend at Tippicanoe Campground in Goshen, N.H.? As it turns out, lots of people do these things. And if you spend even a few minutes talking to the men and women who own and manage the dozen or so campgrounds located in the Kearsarge area, chances are you’ll find yourself looking at pop-up tents and campers in a whole new light. You’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing the same thing yourself, and if there’s an opportunity to sign up for a seasonal spot at a local campground near you, you’ll be tempted to grab it for fear the opportunity may not come around again for a long time.

The evolution of a camper Gregg Goldberg, who has managed the Sandy Beach RV and Camping Resort in Contoocook, N.H., for nine years, likes to talk about the natural history of the average camper. “They start out in a tent, then move on to a pop-up camper,” he says. “Then they buy an actual camper, and before you know it, they’re in an RV.” What pulls people along this trajectory, Goldberg says, is “the whole lifestyle of camping.” › › › › ›

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retreat to their campsite every weekend seeking refuge from emails and cell phones and cable television. There are long-distance seasonal guests. When the temperature starts rising in Florida or Arizona, they head north and east for the cool waters and shady groves of New Hampshire. There are the “weekend warriors,” as Goldberg calls them. They come in for just a couple of days and may never return again. There are newlyweds and

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It may be the lure of the great outdoors that first brings people into a secluded spot by a sparkling lake or under the canopy of a stand of towering pine trees. But what really gets people hooked on camping, he says, are the connections they make with the people around them. “People from all different walks of life come to a campground,” Goldberg says. There are the local seasonal folks, people who live within an hour’s drive of the campground and

families and retirees — all people who, under normal living conditions, would have no reason to socialize with one another. But when you bring all of these disparate personalities together under the umbrella of a campground, Goldberg says, the social chemistry works a kind of magic. “I live right in the middle of the campground. I’m available 24 hours a day,” Goldberg says. “And I love it. The older people mix with the younger people with families. Everybody gets along. The most rewarding part of my job is just watching people come in and relax.”

Striking a balance Debbie Goodwin shares Goldberg’s sentiment 100 percent. Although she and her husband, Donnie, live in Plainfield, N.H., they have owned the Loon Lake Campground in Croydon, N.H., for nine years. When camping season comes around in May, Goodwin says, living and working at the campground is as much fun for them as it is for the paying customers. “I love the way the dynamics of the campground works,” Goodwin says. “You develop great relationships over the summer.” But what may seem on the surface to be a naturally occurring phenomenon actually requires conscious planning. With the bulk of Loon Lake’s campers being seasonal guests who come back year after year, Goodwin says, “I work hard to keep a mix of retirees and families.” When a seasonal spot becomes available, Goodwin doesn’t offer it to the first name on Loon Lake’s waiting list. Instead, she tries to match the departing guests with new guests who will fill the social vacuum their absence creates. Seniors, after all, don’t want to find themselves at a virtual retirement home in the woods. By the same token, parents with young Both pages: Scenes from Loon Lake Campground in Croydon, N.H. 66

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of the business four years ago, he and his wife, Liz, counted exactly seven seasonal customers. “The campground had some problems with the previous owners,” DiPrima says, not the least of which was shutting the campground down during the middle of a season. Under DiPrima’s management,

the number of seasonal guests jumped to 25 after just one year. Another 20 came on board the year after that. At the start of the 2014 season, Cozy Pond will offer a total of 107 sites — up from 93 in 2013 — 73 of which will be set aside for seasonal guests. Like other campground owners in the area, DiPrima reiterates › › › › ›

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children don’t want to find themselves awash in a sea of other people’s kids. With the right mix of ages in the campground, Goodwin says, everybody can have a good time. For older guests, a campground offers peace and quiet, while at the same time being a great place to entertain their grandchildren. Parents can relax, Goodwin says, “because the kids look forward to being with other kids. They’re so busy building forts and playing in the woods, it’s almost a waste of time to plan any activities for them.”

Reputation counts By all accounts, business at local campgrounds is booming. Take the example of Cozy Pond Camping Resort in Webster, N.H. When Joe DiPrima took ownership



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the view that a mix of seasonal and short-term campers is key to maintaining the delicate social balance

that makes for a successful operation. After that, he says, “It’s all about your reputation.” Prospective guests have any number of ways to find out which campground in the Kearsarge area might suit their needs. They can attend trade shows, surf the Internet, or pick up the latest copy of statepublished New Hampshire Camping Guide. But word of mouth, one camper talking to another, DiPrima says, is what really seals the deal. “We picked up one seasonal (guest) who had never even been to the campground,” DiPrima says. “His neighbor said he loved the place, and that was good enough for him.”

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Top to bottom: Crow’s Nest Campground in Newport, N.H.


For people who don’t trust their neighbors’ opinions with quite that level of resolve, paying a visit to a local campground is a perfectly acceptable option as well. With the exception of the area’s two state parks — Pillsbury State Park in Washington, N.H., and Mount Sunapee State Park in Newbury, N.H., both of which are suitable for tent camping only — there are some standard features you can expect to find. Virtually every campground in the Kearsarge area offers swimming, hiking trails, fishing, hot showers, recreation halls and a variety of organized events, especially on major holidays. Some have miniature golf courses. Others have tennis courts, horseshoe pits, bocce ball and croquet. Hardy folks who love to ski or snowmobile can even find winter camping options. Andy Stenberg, who has owned the Crow’s Nest Campground in Newport, N.H.,

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since 2006, says he has winter guests who have been coming back for more than 20 years. Most come in campers, he says, but a few even overnight in tents. “Our winter campers are essentially dry camping, in that they don’t have running water to their campers,” Stenberg says. “But the recreation hall provides water and bathroom facilities, which is OK for short-term stays during a weekend or over a school vacation week.” Regardless of the amenities you are looking for, there is one point about which Kearsarge campground owners are unanimous in their opinion. People matter more than the place. “If you can’t get along well with other people, you don’t belong in the camping business,” says DiPrima. “Me — I like dealing with people. I enjoy sitting down and talking.” Even at Loon Lake, where Debbie Goodwin says it’s “the lake that brings out the best in everyone,” her emphasis as a campground owner is on one-on-one interactions with her guests. “We’re living with 104 families each summer,” Goodwin says of herself and husband Donnie. “I know every camper’s name and they know us.” KM KM KM Diane Taylor is a freelance writer currently residing in Bowling Green, KY. She spends her free time caring for her grandson and indulging in what appears to be a local obsession — consignment shopping. Bowling Green is a thrift store nirvana. Illustrator Adam Whittier is a Sunapee-based freelance cartoonist. He is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies, and has done numerous illustrations for print and online. His most recent books are Phoenix: the Ford Pinto Story and Snake Rapunzel. You can visit him at www.adamwhittier.com

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Mitchell coined several years ago — “Something Wonderful is Happening in Warner” — hangs off the front of MainStreet BookEnds, the store he proudly ran with his sister, Katharine Mitchell Nevins, in the town he unabashedly loved. Jim Mitchell, clearly, was not alone in his love affair with the town tucked between Exits 8 and 9 off Interstate 89, in the shadow of Mount Kearsarge, the highest peak in Merrimack County.

his numerous connections in the media,” Bohman says. “Jim had a vision for the town: Keep it quaint, but keep it interesting. I can’t hold a candle to Jim Mitchell, but I do my best to keep the spotlight on the town. It’s a great place and there are so many good things going on.” ››››› photo by Pipere Sailer

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“I’ve had people say to me, ‘What is it about Warner? Everything you guys touch turns to gold,’” Sean Bohman, former president of the Kearsarge Area Chamber of Commerce, says. “I tell them we have great volunteers….Everyone really steps up and takes a lot of pride in the town and the events we put on.” Sean Bohman, former president of the Kearsarge Area Chamber of Commerce, does the interviews of businesspeople and other folks for the local cable television show that Mitchell once did and shares the sentiment. “Jim did a lot for the town, whether it was doing Chronicle interviews back when or with the board of the Fall Foliage Festival or through


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The FootHills of Warner Restaurant and Bakery Owner Deb Moore

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Several of the wonderful things happening in Warner these days are new — events and shops run by folks new to the town — some are old, others are revamped, and more yet are in the planning stages.

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Top: Laura Carroll, owner of the Warner Barber Shop, gives Lynn Perkins a haircut. He was one of her first customers. Lower: The Warner Fall Foliage Festival is a great event for all ages.


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A walk down Main Street on a late spring day shows off a town excited about a busy summer and fall ahead. On one side of the street, find The FootHills Restaurant and the new Foothills Country Treasures & Store beside it. Arrive in town during off-hours for the restaurant and craving a whoopie pie — we did, and were — the Foothills store takes care of your needs. Down the street, Laura Hardy has expanded her Kidz Galore & More consignment store and has furniture and home décor offerings on one side of what used to be Perkins Hardware. Laura Carroll has set up the Warner Barber Shop on the other side in what was once the paint section. Back up Main Street, across from The FootHills Restaurant and down the hill behind MainStreet BookEnds, sits the MainStreet Warner Stage at the base of a natural amphitheater that holds 300 to 400 people and is a major feature of the Jim Mitchell Community Park. Grand opening for the stage — an impressive and attractive structure built 13th century English barn style by a crew of volunteers led by Peter Ladd, Bob Shoemaker and Charlie Betz — was held last year during the Warner Fall Foliage Festival. The festival, a signature event in town, will celebrate its 67th birthday on Columbus Day weekend this year. Local bands Buffalo Plaid on Friday and DoBros — which includes Colin Mitchell Nevins, nephew of Jim and son of Katharine — opened the stage during last year’s festival.

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Jim Mitchell had been working on plans and designs for a town park and outside function area — in part to host some of the many regular functions put on by MainStreet BookEnds — before he died of a heart attack in June of 2008. His sister, along with many others, has carried on his vision. Opening the stage made for an emotional time. “You try and take it all in,” Katharine Nevins says. “It was very much something my brother wanted to see happen. We’ve been working on it for six years and a huge outreach of many, many people have come out to make it happen. It was quite something to hear music being performed in there. It was overwhelming.”

The Warner Fall Foliage Festival, a signature event in town, will celebrate its 67th birthday on Columbus Day weekend this year. The plan is to have the stage busy with music, theater and performances — free performances — of all sorts. It will be a centerpiece, and the main stage, of the new Warner Fall Foliage Festival going forward. The foliage festival attracts anywhere from 15,000 to 30,000 people, depending largely on the weather, over its two-and-a-half day run each year, Bohman says. It went through a major change last year with the focus of much activity, including the midway and food tents, moving down the hill from Main Street to properties owned by Warner Power and H.R. Clough. The foliage festival has been a major supporter of the park and stage and Nevins is excited about the new venues, which came about › › › › ›

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“They had to reconfigure and I think the changes will bring the focus back to being more about the

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when the festival lost the use of the Simonds Elementary School grounds just above Main Street.

arts and agriculture,” Nevins says. “I think it will make it more oldfashioned and bring it back to its roots. It’s all real positive. It definitely needed new energy and new focus.”


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Warner, it seems, has an abundance of energy and focus. It shows in that walk down Main Street, in the renovation work at The FootHills Restaurant and in a couple of storefronts joining the Velvet Moose Ice Cream Shop in the old home of Perkins Hardware. It shows in the town’s recent designation as a stop on the Currier & Ives Scenic Byway, a distinction pushed for by selectman Clyde Carson. It shows in the town’s calendar of events: the farmers’ markets during the summer, the Saturday flea market at the Kearsarge Business Center, the fall foliage festival, the Holiday Shopping Tour in December, and a Spring into Warner Arts Festival designed to greet the warmer weather. Hardy is working on plans for a microbrew and music celebration to complete the schedule. And nonprofits are working together to offer more to residents. Warner is the new home of The Little Nature Museum, a family nature center that Sandra Martin opened in

1955. It was most recently located in Hopkinton, closing in 2012, but recently found a home with the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. In June, The Little Nature Museum signed a five-year lease with MKIM with plans to renovate half of the barn across the parking lot. It will have more room for exhibits, storage space — “Something the museum has never had in its almost 60-year history,” says Martin — and access to conservation land for hands-on nature activities.

It will also be the fifth museum in the town of Warner. The four other museums include MKIM, the New Hampshire Telephone Museum, the Fireman’s Museum, and the Warner Historical Society’s Upton Chandler House Museum.

Shopping galore One store door closes, another opens. Part of the reason Hardy moved her consignment store a few buildings up Main Street and started selling women’s clothing was that Beez Kneez closed. Hardy got into the consignment business to give locals some options. “My husband and I sat down and talked about what we could bring to Warner,” she says. “I thought it would be nice to not have to travel a half hour to Concord or Grantham for a consignment store. I shop consignment myself. I love yard sales and bargains.” Her daughter, Ella, 3, joins her

in the store. “She’s another of the huge reasons we decided to do this,” Hardy says. “I wanted her to be home with me, but I didn’t want to be at home.”

One woman approaches the register with a pile of clothes that rings out at $31. Another stops on her way to Concord to ask about maternity clothes — Hardy has some but › › › › ›

Made in Warner By Laura Jean Whitcomb What to do with a sheet of copper left over from another project? Well, if you’re Kathleen Sirois, you use that sheet to make earrings and necklaces. Sirois always has “her fingers into something,” she says. It started with birdhouses (copper was used for the roof), and switched to jewelry four years ago. “I had the sheet of copper in the basement,” she says. “I cut out circles, hammered them into domes, and added pearls.” Later she transferred an embossing process to metal and pushed the limits with it. She’s secretive about her methods, but somehow Sirois uses an acrylic paint — resembling nail polish — in thin layers, sanding in between each layer. The copper dome, heart or square is antiqued with patina and sealed to protect from oxidation. Her jewelry themes are mostly nature: flowers, waves, snowflakes, trees, birds, butterflies and ferns, to name a few. There are also a few organic swirls and heart designs. She adds Czech glass, ceramic beads, tiny amethysts or fuchsia pearls. Sometimes one pendant stands alone; sometimes she links them together. The results are stunning: lightweight pendants embellished with a bit of colorful, original art. A necklace featuring a fuchsia pink

daisy with a bright orange center makes a statement when paired with an outfit as simple as a T-shirt and jeans. Earrings — one-inch diameter copper discs embossed with hearts in shades of pinks and antiqued with patina — add something special to any outfit. Many of her pendants hang from a neck wire in two lengths: 16 and 18 inches. But her newer necklaces use an adjustable rawhide or leather cord. “You can decide if you want it closer to your neck or longer,” she says. “I like the options the cord provides.” Sirois creates every day from a studio in her Warner, N.H., home. You can find her work on Etsy (KatesKottages), Artisan’s in New London, and at the Warner Farmers’ Market. “I’m lucky to be able to work here at home, making affordable items for people,” she says. “I love to make someone’s day.” Contact her at (603) 746-5534 or kateskottages@tds.net

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they’re out in the car. Hardy, who is moved to town in 2006, is another who raves about Warner. She loves the ice skating rink the Parks & Recreation folks put in at Bagley Rink a couple of years ago and lighted last winter, loves the library, loves the pharmacy and loves that The Local, a bar and restaurant at the end of Main Street, is back. And she loves the can-do attitude of her neighbors. “This is a community where people really do things and get things done,” Hardy says. Carroll feels the same way. One day last summer, she was heading from Newport to Concord hoping to find a barber’s chair to rent. Driving down Main Street in Warner, she wondered if the town had a barber shop and stopped when she saw a “For Rent” sign. “Three weeks later, I was open,” Carroll says. “I never made it to Concord. I love this community. I’m just so pleased to be here.” The feeling is mutual. “That’s where I go now,” Sean Bohman says. “It’s like a barber shop should be. You find out what’s going on in town.” There is much. There are even changes you can’t readily see, like the addition of a compounding lab at Warner Pharmacy. Owner Cindy Snay says compounding pharmacist Melissa Knight, the former owner of Eastmans Pharmacy in Hanover, is able to create customized medications in the exact strength and dosage form a patient may need. This comes in handy when someone might need an allergy friendly version (no gluten) or may need a liquid (pediatric patients). “Melissa’s specialty is pain due to neuropathy. She works personally with several neurologists, pain specialists and patients to develop topical ointments tailored to relieve

Bohman, who runs 3 Biddy’s Pet Treats with his wife, Suzanne, laughs and mentions the Warner envy he’s come across in other towns in the area. “I’ve had people say to me, ‘What is it about Warner? Everything you guys touch turns to gold,’” Bohman says. “I tell them we have great volunCustomers laugh at the Warner Area Farmers’ Market. teers. That’s the key. pain,” says Snay. “It has been great They give me a little jab now and to add Melissa and Sandy Bourgeois then, but it’s true. Everyone really to our family business, broaden our steps up and takes a lot of pride in horizons, yet keep the hometown the town and the events we put on.” friendly atmosphere.” Jim Mitchell, clearly, was on to something.

Bohman says he might edit perhaps the most famous of Mitchell’s sayings just a bit, for emphasis: “Something Wonderful is Always Happening in Warner,” he says, and chuckles again. KM KM KM Allen Lessels is a sportswriter for the New Hampshire Union Leader and also does freelance writing out of his home in Contoocook, N.H. Herb Swanson has been making photographs for more than 25 years, and his work in journalism has taken him around the world. He got his start at a small newspaper in New Hampshire in 1981. Now living in Vermont, he continues to freelance for newspapers including the Boston Globe and the New York Times, and magazines including Smithsonian.

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