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Summer 2015

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A Wicked Good Time at Page Farm Converting cleared land into a concert venue in rural New Hampshire simply for the love of music may seem like a risky proposition, but it’s one that Brian and Meredith Page have fully dedicated themselves to, and it shows. By Barbra Alan

14 A Sunapee Staycation

Sometimes the best vacations can be staycations, especially if you love where you live. Here’s how one local family does it. By Dawn Thompson

21 Ten Things to Do with Kids



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Need entertainment for the entire family? Here are 10 options in the Lake Sunapee/ Kearsarge area of New Hampshire. By Laura Jean Whitcomb

Photographer Jim Block captured this image of Sunapee Harbor at 6:30 a.m. mid-July last summer while giving a private photography lesson to an enthusiastic young woman. He wrote a short blog about the shoot that you can read at:


30 This Season: Summer Sizzles at the

34 Let’s Go Calendar

Get out and enjoy the sunshine: 40 wonderful things to do this summer. Compiled by Laura Jean Whitcomb


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Center Meeting House The annual June Saturday Speaker Series at the Center Meeting House in Newbury, N.H., brings the community together for the fourth year in a row. Text and photography by Maureen Rosen

44 At Home: Growing Up!

KinneBotanicals takes gardening to a whole new level. By Barbra Alan

50 Shop Local: Happy Birthday, Allioops!

After five years, things are still blooming at Allioops! Flowers and Gifts. By Susie Riley

56 Business: Tranquility at the Mountain

The Spa at Mountain Edge offers membership packages to entice locals to relax and stay a while. By Laura Jean Whitcomb



64 From Paris to New Hampshire

Corrine Cline, owner of Tarte Café & Bakery, makes lemon, raspberry, lavender vanilla bean, strawberry rhubarb, peach, passion fruit and orange blossom macarons — and any other pastry that you might see in a patisserie in Paris. By Merry Armentrout

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72 Tuohy Ingenuity

The Tuohy family’s story of the Salt hill Pub began in 1969. Now, with a fourth restaurant established in its original location, the Salt hill Shanty goes full circle by the rotary in Newbury, N.H. By Laura Halkenhauser Concord shop Celeste Oliva lets you try olive oil — and other specialty foods — before you buy. By Laura Halkenhauser


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editor’s letter Hello, friends, Sunshine. Warm breezes. Green grass. Blue lakes. We moved from the deep freeze of winter to the longest spring EVER to the much anticipated summer season. If you’re ready to get out and about, this issue has plenty of ideas for you — and you don’t even have to go far. Take in a concert at Page Hill Farm in Croydon, enjoy a Saturday speaker series in Newbury (and check out the Salt hill Pub Shanty while in town), or sample French pastries at a farmers’ market (and at Allioops! in New London). You may want to plan a staycation, like the one featured on page 14, so you have time to benefit from all that the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area has to offer. I’ve got two weeks of staycation time scheduled in August — and I’m looking forward to it!


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A Wicked Good Time at Page Farm by Barbra Alan photography by Minette Sweeney

When Brian Page cleared a field of pine trees on his 68-acre, familyowned, working farm in Croydon, N.H., he made a promise to himself and his wife, Meredith, that he’d do something meaningful with the cleared land. Inspired by their love of music, the Pages decided in early 2012 to turn their field into an outdoor concert venue. “It was a decision that came from the heart,” says Brian, a builder by trade. “I wanted to give something back to the land.”

The open fields of the Page Farm in Croydon, N.H., are a lovely venue for outdoor music. Above right: Owners Brian and Meredith Page 6

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What the Pages have given back to the land, the town of Croydon and music fans near and far is the gift of music. Using the pine cut from his field, Brian built a beautiful, covered stage, which looks out onto a spacious, flat and grassy yard that can accommodate up to 3,000 music lovers. Page Farm also has a huge parking area and a campground so concertgoers — who come from all over New England and beyond — can camp out after shows.

The farm Brian Page’s ancestors were dirt farmers in Minnesota, and Brian himself has been farming since he was a kid. He and Meredith, who purchased the farm in 1999, offer USDA-grade pork and poultry meats, raised on their land, and fresh produce from their gardens. Business mainly comes from word of mouth, and they sell their meats to local restaurants. And even though they sell quite a bit of what they produce, Brian acknowledges it isn’t enough to live on. But money isn’t what drives his farming anyway. “Farming is more of an addiction for me,” Brian

laughs. “I don’t know why I do it, but I have to do it.” While farming is Page’s addiction, music is his passion — but not in the way you might expect. “I couldn’t hold a note or play an instrument to save my life,” he › › › › ›

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says. “But I love to build, and I love music. I don’t care who you are, when you listen to music you love, you’re happy.”

The venue In 2013, Page Farm officially opened its concert venue, but its inaugural year was a challenging one when one of the performers refused to divide up the proceeds from ticket sales among the Pages and the other acts. The experience left the Pages devastated, but far from defeated. “We took our savings, threw another concert and brought everyone who didn’t get paid back,” says Page. “We paid the acts up front, and since we didn’t have much of a turnout to compensate for it, we ended up $60,000 in the hole. But for Meredith and me, it was about restoring our reputations and regaining trust.”

Above: Sometimes horses will greet concertgoers to Page Farm. Top: Views from the farm include Mount Sunapee in the distance. 8

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2014 was a much better year for the Pages and the venue — thanks to hosting a variety of events including a fundraising concert for cystic fibrosis and Page Farm’s own weekend-long Autumn Equinox concert festival, their venture just about broke even. Page Farm is also available for theatrical performances, weddings, family reunions, corporate outings and commencements. “Can you imagine getting married here?” Brian asks, indicating the beautiful expanse of land that is Page Farm.

The town What’s good for Page Farm is also good for Croydon, a town of barely 800 whose businesses boom when events are going on. 2014’s Autumn Equinox was particularly

What’s good for Page Farm is also good for Croydon, a town of barely 800 whose businesses boom when events are going on.

To ensure the influx of concertgoers doesn’t disrupt life in lovely, laid-back Croydon, and to ensure the safety of all attendees, the Pages work closely with local police leading up to and during events. “We haven’t had one problem — not one speeding ticket, not one DUI, and we’re going to keep it that way,” says Brian firmly. “By Sunday afternoon, the place is spotless and everyone’s gone.” › › › › ›

good for business. “We brought in nearly 2,500 people into Croydon on a weekend,” says Brian, who notes that residents have been very supportive of Page Farm’s events. MARK YOUR CALENDAR “The local stores just love us. Spectral Spirit Fest, July 17 to 19 Most people who come here Wild Woods Music & Arts Fest, Aug. 14 to 16 haven’t even heard of Croydon, Autumn Equinox, Sept. 25 to 27 and we’re helping to put it on the map.” • Summer 2015 • Kearsarge Magazine


The acts Part of keeping events at Page Farm peaceful and fun, says Brian, is being selective with the acts they do business with: if they don’t feel good about it, they aren’t afraid to say no. “We get a lot of calls from producers and we say no to a lot of them if the music isn’t a good fit for the area, or if they want to do something outrageous,” he says. Not only has Page received positive feedback from concertgoers — who he says “are all ages, and come from all walks of life” — he and Meredith have also received glowing reviews from the bands that play on their stage. “The New Riders of the Purple Sage asked if they could spend the night after their show,” Brian, a longtime fan of the group, recalls. “They came up to the house and had dinner, and were incredible guests. They said they wanted to come back next year; that this is how playing music for people should be. It was flattering as hell, and they said all this right in my kitchen!” It’s no surprise that the bands who play onstage and the concertgoers who fill the field and campground find the Page Farm experience so satisfying. Not only are they surrounded by beautiful farmland in small-town New England, and being hosted by the warmest, most welcoming people they could hope for, but they’re also enjoying the amazing natural acoustics that the venue offers. “I have no idea why it sounds so good,” Brian laughs. “It’s amazing how good it sounds!” What he does know for sure is that one of the best seats in the house is a boulder toward the back of the field, just a few yards from a stand of pine trees. “That big rock used to sit in the middle of five giant trees,” he says. “I apologized to the trees that they had to go, but I insisted that we keep the rock. And that’s usually where you can find me during a show.” Converting cleared land into a concert venue in rural New Hampshire

Not only has Brian Page received positive feedback from concertgoers — who he says “are all ages, and come from all walks of life” — he and Meredith have also received glowing reviews from the bands that play on their stage.

Top: The view from the stage Middle: Camping at Page Farm Bottom: The lights of an evening show



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simply for the love of music may seem like a risky proposition, but it’s one that Brian and Meredith Page have fully dedicated themselves to, and it shows. “This has turned out to be very rewarding,” says Brian, who is building a smaller stage for more intimate evening shows in the 2015 season. “With the great bands we’re getting in now, and the wonderful people who show up to the shows… it’s a blast, it’s a wicked good time. Sometimes I have to give myself a reality check that it’s all in my backyard.” KM KM KM Barbra Alan is a writer living in Alexandria, N.H. Minette Sweeney is a writer and photographer from the Sunapee, N.H., area, who reports on local news and photographs portraits, products, venues and family events. Her work can be seen online at us out on Facebook

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A Sunapee Staycation Sometimes the best vacations can be staycations, especially if you love where you live. Here’s how one local family does it. by Dawn Thompson


For some people, the word conjures up the best memories; for others, the mere mention of it brings reminders of scenes that could give the Griswolds another sequel. For one New Hampshire resident, a vacation — well, really a staycation — is, to use the MasterCard tag line, “priceless.” “Although I have vacationed many places, my favorite summer memories are made right here in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area. I love it here, and I don’t want to leave in the summer to go vacation somewhere else,” says Heather Grohbrugge, a resident of Grantham, N.H. The Grohbrugge extended family vacations began in 2000, when Heather and

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her two sisters, Mary Hearn and Dawn Thompson, decided that a great Christmas present for their parents would be to rent a vacation house for all of them to enjoy together for a week. The family tree includes De and Jerry Hearn (Nanny and PopPop); Mary Hearn; Dawn and John Thompson and their two sons, Isaac and Jacob; Heather and Keith Grohbrugge and their two daughters, Kyle and Rachel; Ellen (Jerry’s sister) and her husband, Mike Seiser, their daughter Beth Seiser, and Beth’s two sons, Eli and Lucien. “We chose a five-bedroom house on Cape Cod, which allowed us to vacation near my dad’s sister and her husband, cousins we grew up with, and their kids as well,” › › › › › • Summer 2015 • Kearsarge Magazine


says Heather. “That first vacation was so much fun that we’ve had a full extended-family vacation (16 to 23 people) every year since. We’ve rented houses on Cape Cod and Lake George, but our favorite family vacation spots have been on Lake Sunapee.”

Why go anywhere else? “The Kearsarge area offers many opportunities to fill our days in ways we each enjoy,” says Heather. “The younger generations spend all day out on the water — boating, fishing, tubing, water skiing, swimming, wakeboarding and kneeboarding. The PopPops drown some worms and the Nannys spend some time antiquing or at the League of N.H. Craftsmen’s Fair before cooling off in the water with us.” Among the highlights of the

extended family vacation, Heather cites the interaction that comes from three generations vacationing together. “When we had six kids under the age of 6 they’d run into the Nanny and PopPop rooms and wake them up in the morning,” Heather remembers. “Fast forward 10-plus years, and now the teens all take turns helping their Nannys with dinner or challenging their PopPops to ping pong games and week-long fishing tournaments.” Some summers, finding a house large enough to accommodate the whole group can be a challenge. “When we can’t all fit in a house we are looking to rent, the older generation stays at our house in Grantham — which has several benefits,” says Heather. “First, we need fewer bedrooms in the rental house (which offers us more house choices). Second, it gives

Among the highlights of the extended family vacation, Heather Grohbrugge cites the interaction that comes from three generations vacationing together.

the grandparents an escape from the busy-ness of the main vacation house. Third, it allows me to vacation away from my own house, yet stay in the area I love.” By staying close to home, the Grohbrugge clan gets to take advantage of a vacation week to do fun things in the area that they usually don’t make time for. And (bonus) they get to enjoy them with their extended family. “New Hampshire is beautiful — and there’s so much to do nearby,” says Dawn Thompson, Heather’s sister. “When the kids were little, we enjoyed the Montshire Museum, exploring with them on a Valley Quest treasure hunt, and building dams at Sunapee Beach. Now that they’re older, we all enjoy Mount Sunapee’s Adventure Park and Frisbee disc golf.”

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Lake Sunapee is at the center of all the water activity. “We’ve cheered on the kids through 14 years of water sport accomplishments. From tubing for the first time to doing a 360 on a kneeboard to getting air on wakeboards, it’s fun to be part of their growing experience,” Dawn says. “It used to take us a whole day to hike Mount Kearsarge, sometimes having to carry the kids on our

shoulders,” shares John. “Now we hike it as a morning warm up — and it counts toward Kyle’s track practice. And the views are still awesome!” “One of my favorite times is right after dinner, when the lake calms

down,” says Keith Grohbrugge, Heather’s husband. “We’d sneak out for a couple of waterskiing runs — so refreshing — while the grandparents would help get the kids ready for bed.”

Anyone who lives near Lake Sunapee can appreciate the lake at night and the Grohbrugges are no exception. “The night swims and late night boat rides are my favorite,” says Kyle Grohbrugge, › › › › ›

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Things to Do with Kids by Laura Jean Whitcomb Need entertainment for the entire family? Here are 10 options in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area of New Hampshire.

Step into the past in North Sutton lunch at the Vernondale General Store. This historic general store has an ice cream fountain and a lunch counter with family friendly options, like hot dogs and pizza. >> >>


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Spend a day at Muster Field Farm, a working farm in North Sutton, complete with a museum, historic farm buildings (check out the ice house), gardens and beautiful scenery. Children can visit the farm animals, play on the rope swings, ring the old school bell, and roam to their heart’s content. Later, enjoy • Summer 2015 • Kearsarge Magazine



Get digging at Ruggles Mine

Plan a trip to Ruggles Mine on Route 4 in Grafton. It is the oldest open pit mica mine in the United States. You can explore the giant rooms and tunnels with arched ceilings, and try to dig up one of the 150 minerals found here, including beryl, mica, amethyst, rose and smokey quartz, and garnet. There is a museum, gift shop, snack bar and picnic area with views of Ragged Mountain and Mount Kearsarge. Bring your own hammer and bucket to carry home all your rock treasures. >>


New and old in Newport

On Friday, plan a day around the Newport Farmers’ Market held on the common from 3 to 6 p.m. You can start your trip by checking out two covered bridges: the Corbin Bridge on Route 10 North and the Pier Bridge on Chandlers Mills Road. Stop for lunch (Irish American, Italian, Mexican or Chinese) and cupcakes at King of Cupcakes on Main Street. Then spend some time at the farmers’ market. There’s usually some sort of music or entertainment on the bandstand, sometimes puppies from a local breeder, and the kettle corn is not to be missed. >>


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Play all day in Newbury

Start with the Bell Cove Historic Caboose Museum on Route 103. Even if it isn’t open, kids can climb all over the refurbished Boston & Maine train car and peek in the windows. Then head on down to the Velie Memorial Playground, located next to the Newbury Public Library (also on Route 103). The playground equipment was designed to reflect the lakes, trains and mountains of historic Newbury. Then stop at The Fells to learn about the natural world; sign out a Nature Explorer Activity Kit with topics like Mammals, Birds and Insects, Animal Tracks, and Trees. >> >> • Summer 2015 • Kearsarge Magazine


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Sun and fun in Sunapee

Spend a day in the sun at Sunapee State Beach (technically in Newbury). You can swim, rent a kayak, or just read a book while watching the ducks try to sneak food out of your cooler. There’s also a store (for snacks and floaties), a playground and a bathhouse with restrooms. On the way home, take Route 103 and stop at the Sanctuary Dairy Farm for homemade ice cream. There are picnic tables, a playground with tire swings and open space for an impromptu game of Frisbee. >> sunapeebeach.html >>


Farm day in Hopkinton Pack a picnic lunch and bring the family to Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton. You can take a hike; Beech Hill Farm’s onemile Rhododendron Nature Trail passes by one of the northernmost stands of Giant Rhododendron in New Hampshire. It is free and open to the public from May 1 to Oct. 31. Prepare to get dirty when the kids play in the big sand pile (tractors and dump trucks galore) and meet the farm animals. Stop by the farm stand to shop for local products and baked goods, and get an ice cream cone, frappe or sundae. >>


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Take the train in Andover

Love railroads? Bring the family to the Potter Place Railroad Station. The historical site, home of the Andover Historical Society, has a stationmaster’s office, which serves as a museum; a red Northern Railroad Caboose that you can walk through; a 1900s freight house; and a refurbished Boston & Maine box car used for Andover Historical Society storage. The museum is open (and free to tour) on Saturday and Sunday between May and October, and Old Time Fair in Potter Place — where you can take a railroad handcar ride — takes place in August. >>

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Take your pick of one of five museums. Start with the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum (MKIM) on Kearsarge Mountain Road and learn all about the Native American culture. Located in the barn across from MKIM, you’ll find The Little Nature Museum with collections of rocks, minerals, fossils, sea life,

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insects, Indian artifacts, mounted birds and mammals, and plants. Then drive downtown to visit two museums at 22 East Main Street: the New Hampshire Telephone Museum (exhibits of antique telephones and equipment) and the Fireman’s Museum. If your timing is right, the Upton Chandler House Museum at 10 West Main Street offers rotating historical exhibits by the Warner Historical Society on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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ummer sizzles at the 1832 Center Meeting House of Newbury, N.H., fulfilling the dream of Dan Wolf and several Newbury residents who undertook the massive fund raising and renovation of the meeting house in 2009. After a $1.5 million restoration, the Grand Old Lady of Newbury proudly marks the center of town and is a welcome sight to everyone who passes by. “When I pass the meeting house, I know I’m home,” says one Newbury resident. The directors of the meeting house dreamt of a place “where community comes together” to enjoy enriching programs and events. The annual June Saturday Speaker Series was first brought to life in 2012 with “It’s All About Newbury” — a speaker on every Saturday in June sharing the history and development of the town. This was followed in 2013 with Ken Burns’ “The War,” where sections of the documentary were viewed and local veterans from WWII movingly spoke of their participation in some of the most important events of the war. In 2014, the series continued with “When the Trains Came to Newbury” chronicling the

Dick Gassett presents “Construction of the Railroad” in 2014 as part of the Saturday Speaker Series.

history on the effect of trains on the development of the lake and area. These programs bring the community together, fulfilling the Meeting House vision “to conserve the Center Meeting House for future generations and to make it a center for activities that will unite and enrich the community.” People arrive from surrounding towns for

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an enriching, entertaining, free event every Saturday in June, followed by refreshments “on the lawn, under the tent.” It’s a great time to catch up with one another, and welcome new neighbors and friends.

The Connecticut Valley Model Railroad Club shares a model railroad during one of the sessions of “When the Trains Came to Newbury.”

Jim Moore, 93, lieutenant in the Air Corps, was a navigator on a reconnaissance flight over Hiroshima, sometime after the bomb was dropped. Moore was a speaker at the Center Meeting House series, “The War.” His talk covered the final stages of the war in the Pacific.

“The Center Meeting House continues its all-important role of offering vibrant programs to the residents of Newbury and the entire Sunapee/ Kearsarge area,” says Dennis Pavlicek, Newbury town administrator. This year, the theme of the series is the history of entertainment in the Lake Sunapee region. “Let Us Entertain You” is a series of entertaining and laugh-filled trips

to the days when the white lights of Broadway played in our area. Mark your calendar for these events: Saturday, June 6, opens with Milena Zuccotti, managing director of the New London Barn Playhouse, sharing the early history of the barn. Zuccotti reminds us that “When the barn’s curtain went up for the first time in 1933, FDR was in the White House, Germany had a brand-new chancellor, and King Kong was the top movie of the year.” The barn is an award-winning professional theater with a strong tradition. Zuccotti will share the wonder of the barn with — hopefully — a surprise guest. On Saturday, June 13, there will be a double feature. At 10 a.m. Chuck Kennedy will tell of the many vaudevillians who summered in the area. His tales of the new acts tried out before local audiences will be particularly entertaining. And in the evening at 7 p.m., Wally’s Famous Vaudeville comes to town with a live performance that reenacts the routines of past great vaudevillians. On Saturday, June 20, the Big Band story will come to the Meeting House. The swing story will

reverberate across Lake Sunapee, recalling the casino parties and Saturday night dances that swept the area. A quote from Thornton Wilder in a 1925 letter to his mother described Newbury entertainment: “...the merry wives of Blodgett who hold their parties in the middle of the week so that the broken glass can be swept up before the Friday night invasion of husbands.” On Saturday, June 27, John Greenwood, a local historian, will cover the history of the Sunapee area with a focus on Newbury and Blodgett Landing. The area’s history will be illustrated through photos, some dating back to the 1890s, magazine articles, newspaper stories, historical maps, even the somewhat embarrassing minutes of the Blodgett Cottage Owners Association. The Center Meeting House website ( offers additional information, as well as an outline of Meeting House 2015 programs, and the Meeting House Marquee (the sign in front of the meeting house) gives dates and times of current programs. The “Let Us Entertain You” events begin at 10 a.m. and are all free. KM KM KM Maureen Rosen’s passion is chronicling with photography this place we all call home. She has just completed a show at New London Hospital, is featured in New London’s Tatewell Gallery, and her works can be seen in homes throughout the area. She and her husband, Arthur, created the Center Meeting House Saturday Speaker Series and its inaugural event, “It’s All About Newbury.” • Summer 2015 • Kearsarge Magazine


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The Mountain Mucker

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Saturday, May 30

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (multiple start times throughout the day)

The Mountain Mucker Course is a 5K obstacle course race which will take you up and down (and up and down again at least one more time) the challenging terrain of Mount Sunapee in Newbury, N.H. Natural as well as manmade obstacles will keep you using your strength, stamina, balance, brain and teammates (or perfect strangers) to get you through the course. >> Mount Sunapee, 1398 Route 103, Newbury, N.H. >> Fee structure online >>

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CarNutz Car Club Cruise Nights Mondays, May 26 to Sept. 14

Landscaping at the Water’s Edge Saturday, June 6 10 a.m.

6 to 8 p.m.

Want to see antique cars and trucks? Come check out the CarNutz Car Club Cruise Nights to see all types of special interest vehicles and ask questions of the owners. >> Sugar River Bank parking lot, North Main Street, Newport, N.H.

Lake Sunapee Protective Association (LSPA), The Fells and Sullivan County Master Gardeners present this look at landscaping on the shoreline, including information on storm water management, the impacts of erosion and run off, the effects of chemicals on our lakes and streams, and information on using native plants in the landscape. Presenters are LSPA’s Robert Wood, UNH’s landscape specialist Professor Catherine Neal and Master Gardener Marilyn Hill of Newbury. Reservations required. >> LSPA Learning Center, Sunapee Harbor, N.H. >> Cost: $10



Mt. Kearsarge: History & Images around the Mountain June 1 to October 11

Tuesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This summer exhibit will feature exuberant paintings and photographs both historic and new that capture the mountain in all seasons. Sprinkled throughout the exhibit will be images and stories about its history from the settlement of Kearsarge Gore to the development of the Park system. The historical society has published a companion piece — Mt. Kearsarge: History, Stories, Legends and Folktales by Larry Sullivan with artwork by Mimi Wiggin — which will be available at the museum and local bookstores.

Here Comes the Bride Sunday, June 7 2 p.m.

Joyous bells will ring throughout village as the New London Historical Society recreates a wedding set in the late 1800s. Period costumes, food, stories and entertainment are planned. The public is invited — and encouraged to dress appropriately — for this old-fashioned celebration. >> New London Historical Society, 179 Little Sunapee Road, New London, N.H. >> Cost: NLHS members, $4; nonmembers, $6 >>

Edible Wild Plants

>> Upton Chandler House Museum, Warner, N.H.

Saturday, June 13 (rain date: Sunday, June 14)

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10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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Music at the Bradford Center Meeting House

Saturday, June 13, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m.

Hear music in a lovely, historical setting this summer. June 13: Bradford Bog People Concert for a $10 donation. In July, the Lettvin Concert Series; tickets are $15 per person. In August, free family fun: Kearsarge Community Band Concert and Ice Cream Social. >> Bradford Center Meetinghouse, Rowe Mountain Road, Bradford, N.H. >> For information, call 938-5372

June Jam

Saturday, June 20 Gate opens 3:30 p.m.

Muster Field Farm Museum’s 13th annual musical fundraiser will feature an exciting line up of local folk, blues, jazz and rock musicians. Burgers, hot dogs, snacks and beverages will be on sale, or pack your own picnic and beverages to enjoy. >> Muster Field Farm, Harvey Road, North Sutton, N.H. >> $15 per person; children 14 and under, free >>

7th Annual Strawberry Festival Saturday, June 27

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bow Mills invites you to enjoy the day, the people, and have lots of fun. There’s food, vendors, demos, animals (including an agility course for dogs), Kids Craft Castle, musical entertainment, strawberry shortcake and much more. Proceeds to benefit the Concord Coalition to End Homeless and the Youth Mission Scholarships. >> Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South Street, Bow, N.H. >> Free >>

1st Annual Strawberry Festival Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28 All day event

This new event includes strawberry themed desserts, crafts and childrens’ activities, outstanding regional music, and fine arts and crafts from juried regional artists. This is a collaboration between the New London Recreation Department, The Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce, the Center for the Arts, the New London Historical Society, and many other local and regional groups. >> New London, N.H.: Town Green, Main Street; New London Historical Society, Little Sunapee Road; and Spring Ledge Farm, Main Street >> or


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Arts on the Green Saturday, June 27 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is an opportunity for art collectors to purchase art directly from regional juried artists and craftsmen. Arts on the Green offers more than 30 exceptional juried artists offering a variety of artwork and fine crafts for sale. Artists will be on hand to answer questions and explain their techniques. >> New London Town Green, Main Street, New London, N.H. >>

Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28 Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 65 dealers, swappers, distributors, wholesalers and collectors can buy, sell, or swap beryl, quartz crystals, semi-precious stones, and rocks and minerals of all sorts at this annual event. Activities include a Saturday presentation on prospecting, daily pancake brunch, bake sale, book sale, a traditional Saturday night New England ham and bean supper with homemade pies, and a Sunday chicken barbeque dinner. >> Gilsum Elementary School grounds, Route 10, Gilsum, N.H. >> Admission is free, although donations are accepted. Proceeds support youth recreation and community programs. >> For more information, contact

27th Annual Hillsborough Balloon Fest & Fair Thursday to Sunday, July 9 to 12 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Come for the weekend and enjoy one of Hillsborough’s small town attractions with parades, an Artist’s Fair, food and festivities. Balloon flights over New Hampshire’s beautiful Monadnock Region are available to the general public along with tethered flights for the more cautious. >> 29 Preston Street, Hillsboro, N.H. >>

Arts in the Garden Saturday, July 11 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Arts in the Garden tour will appeal to your love of landscapes, your admiration of architecture, or your appreciation of art. As you tour some of Newport’s most creative gardens, there’s the opportunity to watch artists at work. Later, all the small unframed pieces are displayed in Library Art Center’s West Gallery for a month and auctioned by silent, sealed bid to raise money for the nonprofit regional cultural and arts center. >> Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H. >> Tickets, $12 in advance and $15 on tour day, are available at the Library Arts Center or Kathan Gardens >> More events › › › › › • Summer 2015 • Kearsarge Magazine


Sixth Annual Tory Hill Authors Series

Saturday, July 11, Larry Sullivan Saturday, July 25, Ben Hewitt Saturday, Aug. 8, Robert D. Putnam Saturday, Aug. 25, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas 7 p.m.

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

16th Annual Powwow Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12

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

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

There’s a dance competition, but it’s not like the ones you see on television. At the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Intertribal Powwow, the dance exhibitions honor American Indian culture. The men’s dances feature colorful clothing with dramatic movement, including spins and leaps, while the women’s dances include tightly controlled, precise movement. Although the dances are the highlight of this event, there is also a hand drum competition, a craft contest, and food and craft vendors.

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

>> Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H. >> Cost: $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors/students, $6.50 for children and $26 for a family. >>

Contra Dancing in NH Then & Now Saturday, July 11 7 p.m.

Artists Weekend at The Fells Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19

Dudley Laufman’s oral and musical presentation of “Contra Dancing in NH Then & Now” is a joint presentation of the Center Meeting House and the NH Humanities Council. After the program in the Center Meeting House, cross the street for refreshments and perhaps a little dancing. The evening will conclude with Newbury’s Old Home Day fireworks.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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


Discover the natural beauty and gardens of The Fells through the eyes of prominent New England artists as they create en plein air. Visitors are invited to observe artists interpret the landscape and watch as their paintings come to life. Sunday includes a children’s art table, artists demonstrations and music; the day ends with a reception and wet paint sale. >> The Fells, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, N.H. >> Members free; nonmembers pay site admission

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Beyond the Garden Gate Saturday, July 18 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tour historic Sunapee and see lovely cottage gardens, eclectic landscapes with mountain and lake views, vintage autos, music, refreshments and other delights. >> Ben Mere Bandstand, Sunapee Harbor, N.H.



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Book Sale

Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You won't want to miss this annual sale of books, 45,000 sorted into categories for easy shopping. >> Outing Club Gym, 114 Cougar Court, New London, N.H. >>

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Project Sunapee RiverFest Sunday, July 20 4 to 8 p.m.

Come to the riverside for a summer celebration of fun, food and frolic! There will be tons of fun games of luck and skill for all ages. Tasty food from Madi’s Hot Dog Wagon, Sanctuary Dairy Farm and more. Be serenaded by Sunapee’s own Time Travellers, and The Whiskey Stones Band will have you dancing in the streets! Take a stroll on the Riverwalk and visit the Harbor House Livery, LSPA and Sunapee Historical Society Museum. >> River Road (by the Sugar River Covered Bridge), Sunapee, N.H. >> More events › › › › ›

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New London Garden Club’s 49th Annual Antique Show & Sale Saturday, July 25 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We’re not sure which part we like best: the antiques from New England dealers, the perennials (grown by club members), the flower arrangements, or the food at the Garden Café. But we like that we can find it all on the New London Town Green every summer. W.A. Smith Auctions, Inc. of Plainfield, N.H., will offer appraisals of antiques and collectibles from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. >> New London Town Green, New London, N.H. >> Cost: $8 donation, early admission at 8 a.m. for $20

Old Time Fair in Potter Place Sunday, Aug. 2


9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Home Canning & Preserving Your Harvest

Love Your Lake Day & Antique Boat Parade

Day and evening

6 to 8 p.m.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

When you’re preserving food it’s important to make sure you are using current, research-based methods and recipes. Join UNH Cooperative Extension for a home food preservation workshop that includes a hands-on demonstration of canning and making jam. Participants will receive a small jar of the jam to take home and enjoy. Registration required.

Love Your Lakes Day, centered at Lake Sunapee Protective Association’s Learning Center, includes crafts, activities and games for children, live aquatic plant specimens, scavenger hunts, a loon exhibit, ice cream and popcorn, music and demonstrations. The LSPA Annual Antique Boat Parade will be held in the harbor at 1 p.m.

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

>> Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, N.H.

>> Please see website for different costs

>> Cost: Co-op members, $10; nonmembers, $15

>> Lake Sunapee Protective Association, 63 Main Street, Sunapee, N.H.

90th Annual Hospital Days Thursday, July 30 to Sunday, Aug. 2



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Sunday, Aug. 9

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7th Annual Living History Event

Apple Pie Crafts Fair & Richards Library Festival Saturday, Aug. 22

Saturday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Witness historic battles with mounted cavalry and cannons roaring! Pan for real gold. Meet Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Webster, Louisa May Alcott and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Make apple cider; see how a stone wall or maple syrup is made. >> Four locations in Hillsborough, N.H.: 44 Jones Road, 18 East Washington Road, 301 Second NH Turnpike and 5 Central Street

>> Newport Town Common, North Main Street, Newport, N.H. >> Free >> and


Farm Days

Saturday and Sunday, August 29 and 30 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine

Muster Field Farm celebrates all things agricultural, historical and farm-related. See haying and threshing, hand hewing of timbers, stonewall building and stone splitting, blacksmithing and other farm-related skills. Craft demonstrations include spinning, weaving on antique looms, lace making, rug making and much more. >> Muster Field Farm, Harvey Road, North Sutton, N.H.

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>> Two full days for one price: $10 adults, $8 seniors and $5 children ages 6 and up

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Flower & Vegetable Garden Tours Saturday, Aug. 15 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit homes and farms with gardens and be inspired by the talents of our local gardeners. Pick up the map at the Danbury North Road Schoolhouse Museum to start the tour. >> Danbury Historical Society, 30 Deckmans Road, Danbury, N.H. >>

4th Annual Kearsarge Klassic Bike Randonnee Saturday, Aug. 29 All day

Join us for this mostly dirt road loop of bike routes through beautiful central New Hampshire. This has become one of the best fund raising events of the year for Ausbon Sargent and one of the most exciting bike events for riders as they ride past many of the Ausbon Sargent protected properties. Participants receive a homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner (including a free beer at the end of the ride), as well as snacks at the rest stops along the ride. >> New London Historical Society, Little Sunapee Road, New London, N.H. >>

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Upper Valley Events

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Summer Revels Saturday, June 20 5 p.m.

This open-air celebration of the turning of the year features choral and community singing, dancing around the maypole, and a mummer’s play. There will be crafting activities for children, and food will be available for purchase. >> Norwich Green, Main Street, Norwich, Vt.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” July 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m. July 12, 4 p.m. July 16, 17 and 18, 7:30 p.m.

This show, proudly presented by North Country Community Theatre, is going to make you laugh from start to finish.

>> Free

>> Lebanon Opera House, 51 Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.


>> Tickets: $23.50, adults; $16.50, seniors and anyone under 18 >>

6th Annual House & Garden Tour Saturday, June 27 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Norwich Historical Society will host its 6th annual House & Garden Tour. All new-to-the tour homes are chosen to delight and represent a variety of historic and more modern homes, and exquisite gardens. Proceeds benefit the historical society.

The Prouty Saturday, July 11 All day event

An annual Upper Valley event where cyclists, walkers, rowers, golfers, volunteers and sponsors come together as a community to fight cancer. This event raises money for research and patient and family services at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Join us for food, fun and camaraderie! >> Richmond Middle School, 63 Lyme Road, Hanover, N.H. >> Cost: participants have a fundraising minimum of $150 >>

>> Norwich Historical Society, 277 Main Street, Norwich, Vt. >> Tickets are $25 ($20 for society members) >>

23rd Annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration Saturday, July 4

Parade: 10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies: 10:30 a.m.

Join the Hanover community for live music, food, pony rides, face painting, crafts, games and a pie eating contest! >> Dartmouth Green, Hanover, N.H. >> Free >> 42

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Pink Martini Tuesday, July 14 8 p.m.

Retro glamour plus a sophisticated songbook of classical, jazz, world music and timeless pop in multiple languages. >> Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Hanover, N.H. >> $30 to $55 >>

Bookstock 2015

66th Annual Cornish Fair

All day event

Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday to Sunday, Aug. 21 to 23

Friday to Sunday, July 24 to 26 7th annual Bookstock Literary Festival offers a diverse and intriguing lineup of poets, authors, literary workshop presenters, a huge used book sale and the Bookstock Marketplace. Food, music, receptions and special events. >> Various locations throughout Woodstock, Vt.

Come experience the tradition and fun of a country, agricultural-based fair. Farm animals, tractors, exhibits, pulling events, stage entertainment, arts and crafts, midway and food with handicapped parking and transportation around the grounds. >> 294 Town House Road, Cornish, N.H.


>> $10 admission; children 12 and younger, free photo by Billings Farm & Museum.


29th Quilt Exhibition Aug. 1 to Sept. 20 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This juried exhibition of colorful quilts made exclusively in Windsor County celebrates 29 years of quilting excellence at the Billings Farm. Quilting demonstrations, programs and activities for children and adults. >> Billings Farm & Museum, Route 12 and River Road, Woodstock, Vt. >> $4 to $14 >>

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KinneBotanicals takes gardening to a whole new level. by Barbra Alan photography by Paul Howe


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gardener from Concord, N.H. As owner of KinneBotanicals, LLC, Kinne has designed and installed vertical gardens for clients such as the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, Dyn and the SEE Science Center in just over a year of being in business.

devoted to propagating plants. “I love plants.” It was a professor at UNH Manchester who got him into vertical gardening a couple of years ago, when he was a student there. “He said, ‘I know you like plants, and I saw this cool vertical garden online… could you design one, draw up a A labor of love budget, and submit a proposal to For Kinne, designing and installUNH?’” Kinne recalls. ing gardens for businesses, schools Happy to oblige, Kinne submitand homes is a dream come true. ted a 15-page proposal to the dean “I’ve been gardening for most of my of UNH Manchester and, while he life, and have been teaching myself waited for approval, he did research botany for 15 years,” says Kinne, on which plants help improve air who has an entire room in his house quality, which was one of the school’s objectives. He also started some plants to see which ones would thrive in certain soils and locations. Ultimately, his proposal was approved and he was able to start working on it right away. “It was about six months of technical research and six months of development,” he says. UNH Manchester was so pleased with the Kinne’s vertical garden in the grotto at the University of Aaron Kinne checks tubing at the top of an garden instalNew Hampshire. As the plants grow, they will cover the lation at the SEE Science Center in Manchester, N.H. The results that they frame. garden is 24 feet tall in total, with 125 square feet asked Kinne › › › › › ave you always wanted a garden, but think you’re too short on space? It’s time to think vertically. Vertical gardens — also known as green walls, living walls and ecowalls — are vertical surfaces that are partially or completely covered with vegetation. Plants, flowers, herbs, vegetables, you name it — you can find any of these in a vertical garden. Inside or outside, the possibilities are nearly limitless. “Vertical gardens are a great way to make a space beautiful and functional at the same time,” says Aaron Kinne, a 23-year-old master

of growing space.


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Aaron Kinne checks the pump and tubing at the bottom of a garden installation at the SEE Science Center. It will be entirely hydroponic in nature, with a 105 gallon reservoir at the bottom. • Summer 2015 • Kearsarge Magazine


His work for UNH was about making a space that’s inviting for students and visitors, and improving the quality of the air in the building. Studies have shown that having plants in a building can even improve the morale and productivity of the people.

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to do two more vertical gardens in one of its new buildings. It was a former dean at UNH Manchester who put Kinne in touch with his next client, Dyn, a cloudbased Internet-performance company based in Manchester. “People at Dyn saw what I did for UNH and liked it, so they requested nine vertical gardens for their new building,” says Kinne. “That was my most challenging project to date.”

Kinne uses a wide variety of plants, including the Rex begonia (left) which features beautiful flowers and the rare Neomarica, or Walking Iris (right).

engineering, design and even a little bit of plumbing,” says Kinne. “I also need to know about soil, fertilizers and the cultural characteristics of every plant I use. It’s definitely interesting work.”

More than aesthetics

of the people in them.” Projects typically begin with an on-site meeting with the client, where he will take photos and measurements, and listen to what the client has in mind and what they want from their vertical garden. He’ll take into consideration the many environmental factors surrounding the project, including the amount of light and the quality of the air the garden will receive, the amount of foot traffic in the area, and more. “Then I draft a 3D sketch, and send the client a rendering, estimate and proposal. If they approve it, I set a budget and schedule, and get started,” says Kinne. “I try to keep my clients as informed as possible as the project progresses, and I work

While Kinne’s work is beautiful, his clients’ motivations go beyond aesthetics. “Dyn was looking for something no one else had —there’s a wow factor of walking into a building and seeing a wall of vibrant colors and flowers,” he says. “With UNH, it was about making a space that’s inviting for students and visitors, and improving the quality of the air in the building. Studies have shown that having plants in a building can even improve the morale and productivity

Kinne’s vertical garden at the SEE Science Center Garden uses a fully recirculating irrigation system.

Vertical gardens at Dyn in Manchester, N.H., cover 120 square feet of office wall. Each garden is four feet wide by eight feet tall, boasting an impressive array of plants not normally found in an office setting.

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Kinne’s work requires a lot more than his knowledge and talent as a master gardener. “I’m the sole employee, so I have to know carpentry,


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A plant “community” For Kinne, one of the best parts of his job is shopping for the plants he’ll use in his clients’ vertical gardens. “It’s all about the plants — that’s why I do this,” he says. He makes a point of shopping locally for seeds, plants, soil and other materials he uses in his business. “I love looking at all the different plants I can use, then putting them all together and seeing how the plants fit, deciding where they’ll be for the rest of their life — a lot of thought goes into it, but it’s a lot of fun. You can use plants that you wouldn’t normally see in an office environment: I’ve had fuschias flowering 13 feet up a wall. Typically, you wouldn’t see exotic flowers in an office building, but the sheer number of plants I use in a vertical garden creates its own climate. The plants feed off of each other, the roots intertwine — it’s a giant community of plants and flowers.” To stay current and inspired, Kinne looks to the unofficial vertical garden capital of the world, Paris, for design ideas. “There’s a lot of amazing stuff being done in Paris — the sides of tenement buildings covered with plants — that I’d love to do,” he says. “I strive for a natural, appealing look, and for me, diversity in the plants I choose is key — not just for aesthetics, but to help fight disease and insects.” Like any artist, Kinne wants his creations to live long and prosper, so he uses the best materials and continues to care for many of his creations even after the work is done. “I want these gardens to last as long as possible,” he says. KM KM KM

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After five years, things are still blooming at Allioops! Flowers and Gifts. by Susie Riley


arly on any given morning, it’s not unusual to hear Allison Coy phoning her customers to remind them about a special day. “I’m looking at the calendar and realizing that your mom’s birthday is tomorrow,” she cheerfully tells a local woman. “Shall I create something fun for her?” At Allioops! Flowers and Gifts, they know the power of personalized customer service. “It’s all about our making sure our customers have what they need,” Coy says, “when they need it.” Her namesake Main Street shop in New London, N.H., is packed with delectable treats, a fun library of greeting cards and an eclectic assortment of gifts and treasures sure to delight. But it’s the floral arrangements that typically bring people into Allioops!, where even the most common of arrangements is never common.

In 2014, Allioops! was voted the top florist in New Hampshire via WMUR’s Viewers Choice Award. Both Coy and Lead Designer Annavitte French have earned a solid reputation for their distinctive, award-winning arrangements that mingle fun and unusual textures with classic florals. The results are delightfully unexpected combinations that work so well you’ll not even question 50

Allioops! Lead Designer Annavitte French and Owner Allison Coy are all smiles at the New London shop.

them. “We love breathing life into an otherwise traditional design, says Coy. “But what we love most are the customer reactions.” Smiles one happy customer, “they really are true works of art.” Other customers clearly agree: in 2014, Allioops! was voted the top florist in New Hampshire via WMUR’s Viewers Choice Award.

Take a look Yet with all the artistry, the shop is inviting and unpretentious. “There’s no horticultural mumbojumbo here, says French. “When a customer tells me they want something cheery and upbeat with lots of blues and whites, I immediately get a visual of how I can make that happen. The only person that needs to know the difference between

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hypericum and hyacinth is me.” Adding extra special touches to their amazing arrangements is also something Allioops! is well known for. Want some balloons with that bouquet? Not a problem. How about setting it in a locally made, handthrown pottery vase? Easy peasy. Think a gift certificate from one of several nearby shops would be the perfect accompaniment? They can make that happen, too. Better yet, Allioops! can take your own container of any kind and magically transform it with a custom arrangement. French loves the creative challenges of those one-ofa-kind opportunities. “We’ve had people bring in their antique childhood wagon, their baby’s ››››› • Summer 2015 • Kearsarge Magazine


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first pair shoes, their mother’s beloved teacup... we adore creating designs for these kinds of things!” she says. While their custom arrangements certainly top the list of requests at Allioops!, they are always ready for customers in quick need of a ready-to-go bouquet. A stocked cooler shows off freshly made arrangements of any size and variety, and Owner Allison Coy knows that flowers bring happiness. bistro tables display buckets spilling over with an impressive Coy and French discuss and present array of colorful blossoms. “We are designs. “We are not just helping them always ready for walk-in customers choose flowers: we’re setting a tone with that transcends the dress, the season, last-minute needs,” Coy responds. the venue... everything. From the bouBut in the flower business, quet to the centerpieces, we are there much of the work is seasonal and to help make those wedding dreams Allioops! is ready for that as well. a reality. It’s a very important role!” Throughout the weeks leading up to A role, Coy firmly states, that should holidays more traditionally celebrated not be dictated by limited funds. with flowers, Allioops! will deliver “Allioops! will happily work within upwards of 200 custom-made arany wedding budget.” rangements, while still catering to But when wedding season ends a walk-in crowd in need of a lastand Mother’s Day is just a memory, minute bouquet. It’s a perfect storm Allioops! is still there for their customduring those weeks, Coy remarks. ers. “We’re introducing a reminder “We love the business those holidays service in the next few months to help bring: they’re our bread and butter... people stay on top of special days like but we can certainly breathe a bit birthdays and anniversaries,” Coy says. easier when they’re behind us and But it’s the everyday floral arrangeeveryone’s happy.” ments that French says mean the most. Susan Farland and Emma “When our customers need something MacAllister, destination coordinators to say I’m sorry... I love you... please for Allioops!, deliver the arrangeget better soon... those are so imments. “We have the best job in the portant to us. They’re trusting us to world,” Farland tells us. “People love provide something truly special.” seeing us.” Coy emphatically agrees. Wedding season “Flowers make everyone feel better. The wedding season, typically And that’s the part of our job we from June to September, brings with love most.” KM KM KM it unique set of customers and floral Susie Riley is a writer and marketing needs. “We get to know each of our communications specialist who brides,” Coy says, “to learn about resides in Newbury, N.H., with their desires, their style, their vision, her husband and two silly bassets. all the When not working or blogging, she details of WEB perpetually searches for the ultimate their big brownie recipe. day.” Then

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From Paris to New Hampshire

Corrine Cline makes lemon, raspberry, lavender vanilla bean, strawberry rhubarb, peach, passion fruit and orange blossom macarons — and any other pastry that you might see in a patisserie in Paris. by Merry Armentrout photographs by Alicia Bergeron


hough we’re a long way from the cobblestone streets of Paris, one local baker is making it her mission to bring authentic French pastries and desserts to the Kearsarge area one croissant at a time. Corinne Cline, 25, of Andover, N.H., found her passion for European pastries during her Proctor Academy study abroad program in France. “I ate so much amazing food while I was there. There is a bakery on every corner and you can get a fresh croissant or baguette any time you want. It was such a luxury,” remembers Cline. After graduating from Proctor in 2008, she attended Hiram College in Ohio and put her love for baking on the back burner while studying toward a history and political science degree. During her senior year, Cline traveled with her parents in Ireland where they stumbled upon a cute café. It was there Cline shared her dream of one day owning a similar café in New Hampshire. They encouraged the idea and, after graduating college in 2012, Cline attended the Professional Pastry Program at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, Mass.

Corinne Cline’s colorful meringue cookies, called French macarons, are hard to miss. There she studied under Master French Pastry Chef Delphin Gomes, who apprenticed in Paris since the age of 14. Cline says Gomes inspired her to take risks as a baker and forge her path in the pastry world. “Under his direction I learned all of the traditional pastries that if you were to walk into a patisserie in Paris, you would see these traditional items,” she says. “It’s really amazing to have learned the basics but, in my twist, to add different flavor combinations that make it a signature item for me. I use those basics to expand my offerings.” › › › › › 64

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Andover resident and pastry chef Corinne Cline works on a batch of lemon macarons.

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French macarons are Cline's most popular item, but she also bakes all sort of traditional pastries, such as almond croissants (above), cakes, cookies and tartes.

Home to NH After graduating from culinary school, Cline worked as a production baker at Boston’s Flour Bakery + Café. After a year of working in Boston, Cline made the decision to return to her home state of New Hampshire and open Tarte Café & Bakery out of her Andover home in June 2014. When she arrived back to the Kearsarge area last year, she discovered she was too late to register for the local summer farmers’ markets; a venue she knew she needed to help grow her business. A week before New London’s Market on the Green was set to kick off, she received an email in search of additional vendors. Cline jumped at the chance for locals to be reintroduced to her as a pastry chef. She was shocked after only a week or two at the market, people were asking her about opening a shop in New London. “I really didn’t expect it,” she says. 66

Cline’s colorful cookies, which are called French macarons, are hard to miss. Macarons are almond flour meringue cookies that have a ganache or buttercream in the middle. Cline says macarons are by far her most popular item and one of her favorite ways to add creativity to her baking. “I love making those because while they are traditional, you can come up with new filling flavors and make them really interesting. I love to incorporate seasonal ingredients and make some really different flavors,” says Cline. Salted caramel is the biggest seller. Other flavors include lemon, raspberry, lavender vanilla bean and, depending on the season, she likes to incorporate two or three different flavors. During the summer months she might make strawberry rhubarb, peach, passion fruit and orange blossom macarons.

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Tarte Café & Bakery Cline credits the farmers’ markets in the area in helping her get her start, but says because of the limitations, many customers are unable to enjoy her full repertoire of treats, many of which need to be refrigerated, such as éclairs, crème puffs, and cakes and pies. That’s where her catering business comes into play. Cline offers traditional pastries such as Napoleons and French tartes, but also heartier croissants such as ham and cheese or spinach and feta. She also bakes cakes of all sizes from cupcakes to wedding cakes. Cline is capitalizing on the latest wedding trend in which a dessert table is presented in addition to the traditional wedding cake. She will be busy in August catering a local wedding where the bride requested 350 macarons as well as a wedding cake. Cline clearly has a love for

baking. She compares baking to putting the pieces of a puzzle together. On their own, the pieces don’t make anything valuable, but when put together, something magnificent is created. “I love being able to take ingredients that don’t taste good on their own, like flour or butter, and turning it into something that both taste amazing and is interesting and fun to make. It’s a lot of science. I like that you can pull something together with ingredients that don’t make a whole lot of sense,” says Cline.

Cline hopes to one day have a retail space in New London, a café where people can gather for a cup of good coffee and traditional French pastries.

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Cline hopes to one day have a retail space in New London, where she envisions opening a café where people can gather for a cup of good coffee and traditional French pastries. For the time being, Cline is focused on her baking and continues to take classes to improve her skills in the kitchen. She recently completed a bread course at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vt., a sugar flower course with Maggie Austin Cake, and plans on taking trips back to France to continue her education. “In any industry, you want to constantly reevaluate what you’re doing and educate yourself. There’s always going to be a better chef than you. You’re constantly having to look at the product you’re providing and asking yourself, ‘Is this something I’m proud to put out there?’” she says. “And I find that super exciting.”



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Naughty Nellie’s Café and Ice Cream Shop 46 Main Street 735-6069 TD Pizza Chef of Andover 163 Main Street 735-5002 T


Appleseed Restaurant & Catering 63 High Street 938-2100 TC Bradford Junction Restaurant & Bakery 2370 Route 114 938-2424 Pizza Chef of Bradford 107 East Main Street 938-2600 TCD


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Farro’s Deli 26 Opera House Square 543-6700

Revolution Cantina 38 Opera House Square 504-6310 T

Imperial Restaurant & Lounge 154 Washington Street 542-8833 TC

Scoop City Grill (seasonal) 400 Washington Street 542-3034 T

Kouzoku Japanese Steak House 236 Washington Street 542-8866

Stone Arch Bakery 39 Main Street 542-3704 TCD

Ming Chen 156 Pleasant Street 542-8000 T NeW Socials Bar and Grill 2 Pleasant Street 287-4416 TC Out of the Ordinary Pizza 104 Pleasant Street 542-6686 TD

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China City 46 Newport Road 526-2868 Hole in the Fence Café 420 Main Street 526-6600 T King Hill Inn & Kitchen 499 Andover Road 877-0063 MacKenna’s Restaurant 293 Newport Road 526-9511 T Millstone at 74 Main 74 Newport Road 526-4201 T


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The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille 40 Andover Road 526-6899 T The Inn at Pleasant Lake 853 Pleasant Street 526-6271 Traditions Restaurant at Lake Sunapee Country Club 100 Country Club Lane 526-0260 TC (seasonal) Tucker’s 207 Main Street TC 526-2488

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The Old Courthouse Restaurant 30 Main Street 863-8360 C (in-house events)

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Village Pizza of Newport 7 South Main Street 863-3400 T

Charlie Mac’s Pizzeria 17 East Main Street 456-2828 T

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Newport and Newbury

Tuohy Ingenuity

The Salt hill Shanty Pub goes full circle by the rotary in Newbury, N.H. by Laura Halkenhauser photography by Tom McNeill


rish eyes are always smiling at the Salt hill Pub. Especially now, at the base of Mount Sunapee in Newbury, N.H., just off the rotary, where the newest location was established in 2014. And this is where this story began in October 1969.

Home away from home Forty five years ago, Tom and Judy Tuohy moved their six young kids from Boston, Mass., to Sunapee, N.H. “In a nutshell, this was a better life for their family and they fell in

love with the area and the people,” says Joe Tuohy, the third oldest of the six Tuohy kids. “Mom liked the proximity to Boston as well!” Tom had a background as a part owner of a tavern in the Boston area, so they blended what they knew with their Irish heritage and sought out a location to open their business. What other opportune place to open an eatery but at the seasonal crossroads of Mount Sunapee in Newbury. The structure was actually “a building

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moved from Sunapee State Park, as we understand it,” says Matt Tuohy. Tom and Judy started a family-style Irish pub called The Shanty Chalet. The Shanty was open seven days a week, so family and business were not mutually exclusive. The children — Lynne, the one and only daughter, P.J., Joe, Matt, Dan and Josh — were their parent’s spare hands. Their afterschool education was taught from the ground up, literally: the kids swept floors and bussed tables.

2015 Dining Guide The kitchen was mostly Judy’s domain, and Tom ran a pub in the lower level of the building. It didn’t hurt that they had a wonderful sense of humor and were incredibly approachable, which made The Shanty more desirable as a central meeting place. From all accounts, this was the Kearsarge area’s “go-to” place for food and fun. In 1987, Tom suffered a massive heart attack and died in the bar where he spent so much of his time. He was 61 years old. Judy and her sons ran the restaurant for another six years after that. The Shanty’s last stand was in 1993. In 1995, Judy joined her husband.

Second nature, second generation Post Shanty, the Tuohy siblings worked at other establishments within the local community and beyond. “After a number of coast-to-coast discussions, a business plan was born for our first operation in Lebanon, N.H.,” says Matt. This new project was spearheaded by Joe and Josh in 2003. (P.J. is the only sibling not on the East Coast; Lynne and Dan pursued writing, but help in many ways; Matt is now part owner of the Newbury venture.) Salt hill Pub is named for a neighborhood in Galway, Ireland, “the home of our grandparents,” according to the Salt hill Pub website. “Today, much of what we know about good food and good people comes from “Ma Tuohy.” Yes, it’s all about family for this clan. But note that the “hill” in Salt hill is not capitalized. Why, you ask? Because there was an old sign that they saw where the “h” was not capitalized, so Joe and Josh, the official owners, went with it. Now 12 years old, the Lebanon location, just off the green, is a welcoming corner spot. An American flag and Irish flag wave outside the doorway to signify their IrishAmerican fare and flare. In the warmer seasons, they put tables outside

Joe Tuohy pours a perfect pint.

on the plaza where they are located. Throughout the year the pub features different musical talent, attracting all age groups. As with pubs in Ireland, the atmosphere is family friendly. With the success of Salt hill Lebanon, Joe and Josh opened a second location in Newport in the historic Eagle Block Building in 2007. This location, now eight years old, has a downstairs dining room and a wide staircase to the second floor bar. The third location, with a similar feel to Lebanon, was established in Hanover in 2010. The opportunity to locate to a

fourth location, on the site of their parent’s restaurant, has been pulling at them for several years. The old Shanty building was torn down in 1999 and a new building was established soon thereafter. Over the years, several restaurants have come and gone. Last year, the building was purchased by Joe, Josh and Matt. Tom Behrens, owner of the Mountain Edge Resort, posted a sign outside the vacant restaurant — “The Boys Are Back in Town” — to tease passersby. New residents scratched their heads at the meaning, but longtime locals cheered, “Up Galway!” ››››› • Summer 2015 • Kearsarge Magazine


2015 Dining Guide Honest food, perfect pints Everything is homemade. Most ingredients are sourced from New England vendors. When reading the menu you get a sense of the Tuohys sitting around defining the food and giving it names. For instance, the description for Stevie’s Pot Roast is “now you’re talking comfort — swimming in gravy atop homemade mashers and seasonal vegetables” or Soup of the Day (“Ask your server what’s in the kettle”), and Judy’s Hand Battered Rings (choose onion, green pepper or both) served with pub sauce. Ma

Tuohy (Judy) had a signature dish of deep-fried green peppers; the shape looked like a fourleaf clover. The pub menus offer a nice crosssection of Irish Fish & Chips: Beer-battered haddock fillets and hand-cut fries and American dishes. If it’s Irish fare you crave, potatoes), Irish Country Pie, and there are many homespun choices, their signature Fish and Chips — some infused with Ireland’s fahand cut, by the way. mous Guinness Stout. Then there’s Typical American favorites are Bangers and Mash (short for mashed also offered: New York sirloin steak grilled to perfection, salmon with a maple glaze, St. George’s Scallops made with a batter of Smithwick Ale, and the popular baked haddock with crumbled Ritz crackers on top. Always taking into account the family friendly element, Josh was concerned about the kid’s menu. He presented it to a Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth nutritionist for review, and now it ensures that the menu is nutritionally sound as well as appealing to kids. (See sidebar.) There is live entertainment on the weekends. Sometimes it’s a band, sometimes a solo artist, sometimes it’s a televised championship game.

Joe and Matt Tuohy point themselves out in a family photo from earlier days.

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Eat Smart when Eating Out Salt hill Pub teams up with CHaD to create healthy menu options for kids, and a cool steering mechanism toward those options.

by Laura Jean Whitcomb

When I was a kid — oh, say, 36 years ago — going out to eat was a treat. We didn’t dine at restaurants very often. Today, as a mother of two, things are a bit different. I bring my kids to a restaurant two or three times a week. Convenient for me (no shopping, no planning, no dishes), but perhaps not so healthy for them. “Much of the research and analysis we read and conducted confirmed that kid’s menus have at least two to three times the recommended daily amount of sodium (just in one meal). In addition, kid’s menus tend to have a much higher percentage of calories and fat compared to meals served at home,” says Kristen Coats, Upper Valley Health Eating Active Living Partnership (UV HEAL) coordinator. UV HEAL, housed at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), is a community partnership that aims to build an Upper Valley community where the healthiest choice becomes the easiest choice for children and adults. My family is not the only one eating out; families tend to spend almost 50 percent of their food budget eating away from home. Fortunately, there are local restaurants like Salt hill Pub — with four locations in New Hampshire — making a difference with their children’s menu. “We look for quality and fun. We know not all of the choices are going to be healthy, but hey, we’re going out, and it’s an occasion — for our 5-year old, too,” says Josh Tuohy, co-owner of Salt hill Pub.

Salt hill’s children’s menu already leaned toward healthy options, but several informal conversations with Coats got Tuohy thinking about making the items a little lighter or with less sodium. He invited Coats and Melanie Loschiavo — mother of three, registered dietitian, owner of Upper Valley Nutrition Services in Newbury, Vt., and consultant with UV HEAL — to analyze the menu, ingredients, preparation, and suggest some options. The result: the Easy Choices Kids Menu with an apple rating system rolled out in spring 2015. The system is simple: the more apples a menu item has, the better it is for your child. If your daughter chooses “Owen’s fresh veggies with hummus” — which is rated three apples — you know that the selection meets five of the six criteria for that rating: two or more servings of veggies, no trans fat, 550 calories or less, less than 600 mg sodium, less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat, and at least 1 ounce whole grain or ½ cup beans.

“There weren’t a lot of ‘new’ kids menu items added. Rather, we added valuable nutritional analysis, changed the wording, and highlighted some healthy sides to offer people better choices for their children,” says Tuohy. “We don’t bludgeon people with charts and graphs; there is more statistical info that we offer to parents on request. I just tell people that my brothers and I all have young kids — and while hand-cut pub fries are awesome, sometimes it’s great to choose apple slices or carrots!” “UV HEAL is pleased to see Salt hill provide a selection of kid’s entrees that meet the Easy Choices criteria (foods that support good health: fruit, veggies, whole grains, and legumes) and supports the Dietary Guidelines from Americans,” says Coats. “Because most families eat outside of the home three times a week, the resulting menu is a step toward making the healthier choice the easier choice for children and parents.” KM KM KM • Summer 2015 • Kearsarge Magazine


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As prolific an entity as Salt hill has become, they do their share to give back to the community. Salt hill can be seen as a supporter to a number of local events: the Skip Mathews Run in Lebanon, Operation Warm, David’s House, and the annual Rollins Ride, to name a few. Upon the death of Tom, Judy established a Tom Tuohy Scholarship to benefit a post-high school graduate from Sunapee or Newport pursuing a post high school education. Upon Judy’s death, the kids added her name to the scholarship. In the past it was run by the family, but in 2014 the scholarship became a nonprofit with a volunteer board “to ensure its objectivity and promote its fiscal health and growth.” Judy and Tom’s legacy lives on through their six kids. There is another generation on the horizon. When asked if their kids will work at the restaurants, there was a resounding “Maybe!” And as Joe and Josh go between four restaurants, you can bet their kids are in tow. There is one thing to be sure — the future is based on a tried and true family recipe to offer “value meals in a friendly, casual atmosphere with family dedication to food and hospitality and a strong work ethic.” If you know this family, you know when they say, “Welcome to Salt hill”, they mean it! KM KM KM

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Fruit of the Tree

Concord shop Celeste Oliva lets you try olive oil — and other specialty foods — before you buy. text and photography by Laura Halkenhauser


on’t you just love olive oil drizzled over herbed goat cheese? Or olive oil infused with garlic and added to pasta? Wouldn’t it be great if you were able to taste the olive oil before you purchased it? Clark Mayotte thought so. While on the road, for his primary job, Mayotte had an “ah-ha” moment while listening to an interview on NPR with author Tom Mueller about his book, Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. “After being horrified by that interview in regards to how corrupt extra virgin olive oil is — and that most extra virgin olive oils in supermarkets aren’t extra virgin but could be classified as lamp oil — we started looking around trying to find true extra virgin olive oil,” says Charla, Clark’s wife.

A store in Concord While still living in New York, the couple ordered a product that was labeled “ultra premium extra virgin olive Charla Mayotte pours a sample for a customer. oil.” There was such a flavor difference that the Mayottes purchase their olive oil there. But have only purchased ultra premium when Clark’s job relocated the family ever since. Soon after this discovery, of five to Concord, N.H., last year, a store opened so they were able to they noticed that there were no stores 78

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in Concord where they could purchase this kitchen staple. This is how Celeste Oliva (which means “Heavenly Olive”) on South

2015 Dining Guide Main Street in Concord came to be. And part of a new trend in educating consumers, Celeste Oliva allows their customers to have a tasting experience. “When people come into the store and try them, their eyes light up and they realize what they’ve missed all this time,” Charla says. Not only is there a profound gustatory experience associated with ultra premium extra virgin olive oil, the health benefits far surpass the bulk olive oils for sale. “It can help your cholesterol, build your bone density up, and help your arthritis. If you have dry skin, olive oil is incredible at moisturizing it,” she says.

The heavenly olive Why is there such a difference? According to Charla, “Once the olives are picked they are crushed within two to four hours. This is why the olive oil we sell makes us different. The nutrients are still in the olives.” Clark uses a descriptive analogy. “There is a freshness difference between oranges that have just been juiced and the juices that have been sitting around. It is the same for olives,” he says. Just as there are different grape varietals and wines that are named for those, there are different olive types with different flavors and different healthful values. “The names on our tags on our fustis (containers) — Coratina, Picual, Barnea — are the actual names of the olives. There is no mixing of different olives,” Charla says. “Just like grapes, some have more nutrients in them than others. Our Picual is mild because the polyphenols (antioxidents) are at 194. We then have the other extreme with our Kalamata from California; the polyphenols are at 596. We would consider that a robust. The more robust an ultra premium extra WEB virgin olive oil is the more

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peppery it will feel at the back of your throat.” The Mayottes know the crush date and chemistry of every oil, many of which come from Peru, Australia and Chile. “Soon we’ll be getting more from the Northern Hemisphere,” Charla says. Celeste Oliva also offers true balsamic vinegars from Modena, Bologna, Italy. The store is extending their offerings to varietal honeys, local maple syrups and specialty pastas. “In the future, we plan to add other

In fact, many different oils are available to try at the tasting table.

top-quality products, such as herbs and spices, specialty sauces, artisan cheeses and artisan condiments,” Charla says. And, best of all: “At Celeste Oliva we will always let the customer try it before they buy it.”



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