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Where the Workers Are To get a feel for where people work in the Kearsarge region, to get an inkling of where they’re headed when they back out of their driveways in Sutton and Warner and Danbury and Grantham early on a summer morning, it takes more than looking at the area’s biggest employers. By Allen Lessels

30 The Little Building That Could

In the geographical center of Bradford, there’s a 19th century building that has survived a lightning strike, abandonment and decades of weathering. And much like the little engine that could, it just keeps it going, powered by the community. By Janet Schoeler and Laura Jean Whitcomb

48 Recreational Therapy


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Family-owned Quickwater Canoe & Kayak will get you on the water — and keep you there. By Laura Jean Whitcomb


18 Business: Color Therapy

Tus Colores in North Sutton, N.H., helps people select clothes that bring out the shine in their hair and the sparkle in their eyes. By Laura H. Guion

23 People: Old Noel Eastman

Along Georges Mills Road toward Springfield, N.H., there is a small cabin. And in this cabin is a family owned business, headed up by patriarch Noel Eastman and his sons. By Laura H. Guion

Laura Jean Whitcomb

38 This Season: Ten Years of Classic Theater


Northern New England Repertory Theatre Company celebrates its 10th anniversary season. By Barbra Alan

42 Let’s Go Calendar

Get ready for some fun: 20 wonderful things to do this summer. Compiled by Laura Jean Whitcomb Kearsarge Magazine • Summer 2014 •

SPECIAL SECTION: Dining Guide From a rented commercial kitchen in Concord, Ahmad Aissa recreates many of the treats he knew and loved in Syria. By Barbra Alan

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58 Aissa Sweets

Craft brewers in Henniker, N.H., aim to add New Hampshire to the craft beer map. By Brian A. Canning

68 Cool Beans

Breakwind Farm in Hopkinton, N.H., makes four varieties of organic baked beans. By Laura Jean Whitcomb

70 More than Just Honey

When Martin Marklin began candle making in his parents’ basement, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. Now Marklin and his family have plans that go far beyond candles. By Brian A. Canning


72 2014 Dining Guide

Our two-page dining guide is designed hang on your fridge or bulletin board — and use all year!

76 Over the Top Designs

78 Pie for Breakfast

If you ever wanted to try dessert before your main meal, or as your main meal, this is the event for you. By Laura Jean Whitcomb


Parker Street Imagery

Hopkinton, N.H., resident Regina Hawley is using her sewing skills to make everyday items in the home more beautiful. By Laura Jean Whitcomb


Sunapee Time This photo was taken in 2006 during a garden tour in Sunapee, N.H. It has been used in marketing campaigns, online, as a postcard — and finally makes its way to the cover of the Summer 2014 issue. It’s a nice reminder to stop and enjoy the season.

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editor’s letter Hello friends, My daughter came home from school one day, and asked “Are we rich?” I refrained from laughing, and asked her what gave her that idea. She said that the kids at school were having a conversation, and she mentioned that she had her own iPad, her brother had one, and we had a Macintosh desktop and an iPhone, so one classmate commented that we must be rich. I said, “We’re not rich, by any means, but we do work hard for our home, our cars and the things we buy.” It got me thinking: what defines high income? Advertisers seem to perk up when we mention “high income mailing lists” — everyone wants to be in front of those folks, right? But those income levels ($250,000 to $500,000 and up) may not be the ones spending money locally. In fact, they may not even be living here 100 percent of the time.

So later when an advertiser commented that Kearsarge Magazine is the “blue collar, working class” magazine, I had to refrain from laughing, again. Kearsarge Magazine is an award-winning publication with big, colorful photos and professional writing. One issue costs $5 — that’s not chump change. That’s a conscious purchase decision (or perhaps an impulse decision when you are feeling flush and see it on the counter near the cash register). If we were targeting working class, we’d be free — mailed for free, distributed for free, dropped off in waiting rooms for free. But I’ve never really thought about this until recently. That’s because I believe Kearsarge Magazine is for everyone: locals and tourists, middle income and high income, young and old. Our editorial reflects the area we live in, and there’s something to celebrate in every level, in every demographic…if you need to think that way.

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rian and Michele Frenkiewich got their first taste of the area, and New London in particular, in the late 1990s during their undergraduate college years at Colby-Sawyer College. They got to know the surroundings a little better when they returned here to work for a few years a short time later. They left again when Brian went off to medical school in southern Maine, but they weren’t done with the lakes and mountains, villages and towns of the Kearsarge region. Not by a long shot. “My wife thought when we left here that we’d want to come back to the area at some point,” Brian says. Last summer, they were living outside of Bangor, Maine, where he had done his medical training, and he was commuting 25 minutes to work. “We saw a job posting for New London Hospital and gave it a go,” Brian says. “It was the kind of position I was looking for — a small community hospital in the small community you lived in. I’d be working and be a physician in the town and not be commuting. I’d be able to see my patients out and about and we could take part in the community. It was what we really wanted and something we had ››››› been missing.” • Summer 2014 • Kearsarge Magazine


Frenkiewich landed the job and they moved back to New London in August. He lives a mile and a half from his job at the hospital. And he’s not too far from his other post either, on the medical staff at Colby-Sawyer College as team physician. “It’s pretty much the perfect fit,” Brian says. Frenkiewich covers both ends of Main Street in New London with his jobs and works for what have been two of the largest employers in the Kearsarge area for a century and more. Between them, New London Hospital and Colby-Sawyer employ more than 900 people. The hospital itself, which dates to 1918, checks in with just over 600 employees. The college got its start in 1837 and lists 331 workers. “The thing that makes this area different, I think, is that we have a college and a hospital,” says New London selectman Janet Kidder, whose husband’s family has lived in the area for generations. “We have resources that you don’t have in a lot of rural areas and they make the quality of life so much more appealing and interesting. We’re really, really lucky to have those major employers, not just because people can get jobs, but because they make the quality of life a good one.”

come by, but it’s clear in these days of telecommuting that more and more people are putting in at least part of their work week from home offices. “There are so many more opportunities to do things at home on the computer,” Kidder says. “It’s made it easier for people to be able to live here.” Interstate 89 for decades has guided workers to Concord and Manchester and points south. Some observers have little doubt that there has been a bit of a sea change, and more and more the caravan of drivers hitting I-89 each day heads north for the ever-expanding DartmouthHitchcock Medical Center, Dartmouth College and the Upper Valley overall. New Hampshire Employment Security cites an American Community Survey (2007-2011) that breaks down how many workers in town work in the community in

The hospital itself, which dates to 1918, checks in with just over 600 employees. The college got its start in 1837 and lists 331 workers.

Home base To get a feel for where people work in the Kearsarge region, to get an inkling of where they’re headed when they back out of their driveways in Sutton and Warner and Danbury and Grantham early on a summer morning, it takes more than looking at the biggest employers, the places such as New London Hospital and Colby-Sawyer and Sturm Ruger in Newport, too. There’s a work-at-home element to it. Statistics are difficult to 10

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which they reside, how many commute to another New Hampshire community, and how many commute to out-of-state jobs. The survey says that in New London, 62.1 percent of the workers stay in the community. The number rises to 67.8 in Danbury, 70.8 in Andover, 76.8 in Warner and 77.3 in Newport. There are those, like Brian Frenkiewich, who are able to work very close to where they live. Perhaps they are a little more than his mile and a half from work, but are not as far as half an hour and they don’t need to jump on a major highway to reach their place of employment. Perhaps they do travel a little further to work at Colby-Sawyer. Or maybe they check in each day at Proctor Academy in Andover, which employs 180 people, including full and part-timers, for a school population of 360 in grades nine through twelve. People work for the towns and the school districts; they work in AlliOops!, the flower and gift shop, and the other retail stores that line the main drag in New London; and in the inns and restaurants throughout the region. Maybe they are among the hundreds who work at providing play for thousands at the Lake Sunapee Country Club in New London or Country Club of New Hampshire in Sutton, or at any number of other golf courses in the area. Or at the Twin Lake Village resort with its own golf course and celebrating 117 years in business on the shores of Little Lake Sunapee in the summer of 2014 (see sidebar).

Tourism Hundreds more work at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury or Ragged Mountain in Danbury, both of which are busiest by far in the winter and stretch their seasons out with summer activities as well

— Sunapee with its Adventure Park and Ragged with golf — and look to stretch them further yet. “There’s certainly a lot of employment involved with tourism, some of it seasonally driven,” says Jennifer Tockman, executive director of the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce. “Sunapee has its new Adventure Park, which brings it almost year-round. Ragged has its golf. The more stuff they have to do, the

more people they have to hire.” Mount Sunapee has about 700 employees — full time, part-time and volunteer — in the winter and collected more than 600 applications for jobs last fall. “About 70 to 75 percent of our people return every year, which is good,” says Mount Sunapee spokesman Bruce McCloy. “A lot of people live in the area. We find we’re a great complement for a lot who work in

construction or landscaping or whatever in the summer and then come here in the winter.” Sunapee’s employee numbers have grown with the Adventure Park and its aerial challenge tour and Segway rides, its disc golf and miniature golf. The resort employs 32 people full time, year-round. In the past, it employed 50 people in the summer and that number has tripled in the past two years with › › › › ›

Twin Lake Village: A Surprisingly Big Employer Twin Lake Village, the rustic resort with its reminderof-another-time cottages along the shores of Little Lake Sunapee, has employed an assortment of New Londonarea folks in the summers through its century-plus years of existence. There was a time — a fun time — when many young employees came from out of state, recalls Laurie Jacques. “We used to house a lot of the employees, a lot of them from New York, here,” says Jacques, a member of the Kidder family who has owned and run Twin Lake Village through five generations, so far. “It changed a lot in the 1980s as we started hiring more local kids and they mixed with the kids who lived here. You know the movie Dirty Dancing? We had that kind of party scene behind doors. We have wonderful memories of it, those of us who lived and worked here as 16, 17, 18 year olds. We worked hard and played hard.” Twin Lake Village has evolved through the years. Its summer season has condensed and the resort now employs about 65 people during a 10-week span. The season eases up as the end of August nears

and has closed up the last three seasons with a destination wedding on Labor Day weekend. A housekeeping crew starts getting things ready at the end of April and outdoors crews prep the grounds early as well. Once the season is in full swing and the resort is “comfortably full,” Jacques has a kitchen crew of about a dozen and a wait staff nearly doubles that providing three meals a day to the 150 to 160 guests who come to eat. The housekeeping staff numbers about 10 and a handful of workers assist her husband, Ken, the superintendent of the golf course, Jacques says. There is a call for babysitters and bellhops and assorted other positions around the resort. Twin Lake Village celebrates its

117th season this summer. “In the late 1800s my great, great grandfather, the first Henry Kidder, had an idea when he saw what was happening all around on the big lakes,” Jacques says. “There were these big, grand hotels and he saw this farm was for sale and purchased it. People came through on the trek from Hanover to Concord and we had these people staying overnight and they’d say, ‘Can we come back next year?’ That was the beginning of it all.” They’ve been coming back ever since to the serenity, the lake and the view, and the throwback escape from the hubbub of the rest of the world, coming back to reconnect the same weeks each summer with friends they’ve made on the shores of Little Lake Sunapee. “We can fill the middle eight weeks of the summer very easily,” Jacques says. “I don’t know what the number is for sure, but I’d say a good guesstimate would be that 85 percent of the people are the same. Some weeks in the summer we have room for no new people coming in.” — Allen Lessels • Summer 2014 • Kearsarge Magazine


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“There’s certainly a lot of employment involved with tourism, some of it seasonally driven,” says Jennifer Tockman, executive director of the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce.

Route 4 from the main part of campus where some of the top ski jumpers in the country got their start. “We have quite a team working there,” says Proctor spokesperson Chuck Will. “They operate the area and make snow and groom it. When you look at the coaching staff, too, we make a huge commitment to it.” Proctor employees tend to stay around for a while. “People come down from New 12

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London, from Georges Mills, to some extent from Warner and other towns,” Will says. “One thing that pops to mind is the longevity of people here. A lot of people have been here a long time.” Will is Exhibit A. He went to an independent school in Massachusetts and was in a graduate program in education at the University of New Hampshire when he sent out some resumes. “The first person I heard from was the head of the school at Proctor,” Will says. He came to Andover for a tour and interview, and liked what he heard and saw about the philosophy of teaching the whole child and doing it in a less formal way than many independent schools. Will signed on. He’s retiring at the end of June in 2014 — after 38 years. He’s held an assortment of jobs from teaching to posts in the development and communications office and, since 1998, has produced the wildly popular Chuck’s Corner blog.

Stay a while Longevity is a theme at other major employers in the area as well. Kate Seamans grew up in New London and went away to college and worked in Boston for more than half a dozen years. She even commuted into Boston from New London for three years. She’s been at Colby-Sawyer, where she’s the senior director of communications, since 2007 and loves the way everyone at the school rallies around the mission of making decisions in the best interests of the students. She lives two miles away from work in North Sutton. “It’s been fantastic,” she says. “I remember the first time I walked across campus to a meeting and knew the name of everyone I passed. I was thinking, ‘OK, this is a good thing to be a part of.’” ›››››


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Karen Zurheide and Brian Frenkiewich feel the same way. Zurheide is the vice president of community relations and development at New London Hospital. She grew up in northern New Hampshire and has lived and worked in California, Texas, Oklahoma and Connecticut. “I feel spoiled to be able to have a professional job in a small New Hampshire town,” she says. Zurheide breaks the numbers down. Of New London Hospital’s 606 employees, 38 work at the Newport Health Center. Eighteen of its employees have worked for New London Hospital for more than 30 years. Frenkiewich, the physician and team doctor, may someday be among that crowd. “We knew a little about the area when we were at Colby-Sawyer and when we worked here, but I don’t think we realized the extent of how nice it is,” he says. “We did a lot of homework before we took this position. We looked at several other places and visited the schools ahead of time. We have five young kids and we’re going to be here for a while. We really tried to find a place for the long term.” He’s pretty sure they have. 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.

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long Georges Mills Road toward Springfield, N.H., on the left hand side just before the I-89 overpass, there is a small cabin. On the cabin is a sign that reads “Old Noel Eastman.” A hay rake — painted red, white and blue — stands guard. Seasonal flowers adorn the property. Something’s happening here, but what? Taking a closer look, a telephone number is posted on the door, in the remote possibility that someone is not within “their corporate headquarters” as Ray Eastman puts it. “Sometimes I get a phone call from a customer who says, ‘I am at your shack and no one is here,’” he says. The cabin is built from the last hewn lumber of George Smith’s sawmill, which was located in Guild, N.H., until the 1980s. Ray proudly shows off the 3-foot-wide boards that are virtually unavailable today. This little cabin on the side of the road marks the base of a 100-acre mountain that the Eastman family calls home. It has one private road, called Eastman Drive, going up it.

as Old Noel, is the patriarch of the multiservice business that offers excavation, trucking, fill dirt, top soil, all size stones and loam. He grew up in Springfield and was the son of Noel Eastman, Sr., who owned a reputable sawmill in town. Noel Jr. Excavation and more worked with his father and acquired Noel Eastman Jr., also known the experience to start his own business. Around the mid-1970s, Noel Sr. moved his wife and four sons from Springfield to try the climate of Florida. Noel Jr., then 17, purchased a dump truck and started a business of his own. Later he met his bride, had four sons, Noel Eastman, Jr., “Old Noel,” is the patriarch of the family business.

and established Eastman & Sons trucking and excavation service in Lake Worth, Florida. True to form, like many native New Hampshirites, Old Noel missed the old-school ideals and slower paced living of his home turf and came back to New Hampshire. This time he settled in Georges Mills at the corner of Stoney Brook Road and Springfield Road. He expanded the business he had in Florida, establishing a second seasonal business in the Granite State. All of his sons were originally part of the New Hampshire business; only Ray, the eldest son, oversees it now. The Florida portion of the business, called Eastman Aggregate Enterprises, is run by son Bernie. › › › › › • Summer 2014 • Kearsarge Magazine


Old Noel, Ray and Noel III have homes on the mountain. “It’s all private logging roads. So we have a lot of fun driving around up there,” says Ray. The brothers have raised their children on the mountain and, on Tuesday evenings, they try to keep the tradition of having a family dinner. “As a family, we keep everyone in line. Our kids have been raised to be respectful. They have a lot of people to answer to.” Back at the cabin, concrete dividers, resembling topless garage slots, are loaded with assorted sizes of gravel, different types of bark mulch, and the Eastman’s own screened loam. “Our customers rant and rave about the quality of our loam,” says Ray. “We produce it in our big screening plant. We also make our own garden mix and compost. We offer the highest quality materials.” The season is on when they start getting phone calls from “long-time, regular customers who are heading here from Florida and Connecticut,” Ray says with a proud chuckle. “It has gotten so that the truck driver knows exactly where the homeowner wants their product delivered and we just take care of it.” The business was built on quality, service and trust. In addition to their following of loyal homeowners, Old Noel Eastman services commercial accounts. It is their stone that is used

Ray Eastman uses a front end loader for large loads (top) and helps a customer with a pickup truck with a smaller load (middle). Ray is known for his beautiful flowers by the shed. (right)

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Bradford’s Center Meeting House photo by Laura Jean Whitcomb

The Little Building That Could by Janet Schoeler and Laura Jean Whitcomb

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n the geographical center of Bradford, N.H., there’s a 19th century building that has survived a lightning strike, abandonment and decades of weathering. And much like the little engine that could, it just keeps it going, powered by the community. “We’ve kept the spirit of the town green alive through this church,” says Edythe Craig of the Union Congregational Society, a group of Bradford residents committed to the building’s preservation.

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A core group of about a dozen Union Congregational Society members wants to keep the church — dedicated in 1838 as a church called Center Meeting House — intact. Craig says the Union Congregational Society’s purpose is to “maintain a place for divine worship as well as for meetings and other events.” The building is used for meetings, weddings, church services on occasion, hymn sings, picnics, pig roasts and annual summer concerts. “Bradford Center is a hidden gem located at the geographic and historical heart of the town,” says Laurie Buchar of the Bradford Historical Society. “To stroll across the town green for a glimpse of the schoolhouse, town pound, burying ground and meetinghouse is to step back in time to the days when folks gathered on foot or by horse to share their joys and sorrows.” But the Center Meeting House was not aging gracefully. Interior paint flecked off the walls and the stenciling was long gone. George Cilley, head of the Union Congregational Society, led the group’s efforts to fix up the building. With donations from more than 130 families, the society raised $22,000 over 20 years to finance the work. › › › › ›

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Summer Events in Bradford All events are held at Bradford Center Meeting House on 34 Rowe Mountain Road.

Bradford Bog People Saturday, May 31 7 to 9 p.m. Come to a foot-stomping good time event featuring American roots music by the Bradford Bog People in the pristine historical setting of Bradford Center. Enjoy rhythmic banjo and fiddle, archaic tunings, beautiful harmonies and clogging. >> $10 donation >> For information, call (603) 938-5372 Potluck and Open Mic Coffee House Saturday, June 14 5:45 p.m. – potluck supper 7 p.m. – Open Mic Coffee House Join your neighbors to hear performers from the community and blues musician Jeff Levin (www. Desserts and drinks will be available during the coffee house. >> Donations accepted >> Contact Barb Southard at (540) 230-1778 or Mink Hills Band Saturday, June 21 7 to 9 p.m. The Mink Hills Band is a New Hampshire-based acoustic band whose selection of music includes bluegrass, swing, folk and original compositions. Come hear humorous and haunting harmonies in the exquisite acoustic setting of historic Bradford Center. >> $10 donation >> For information, call (603) 938-5372 Flea Market Saturday, Aug. 2 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Who doesn’t enjoy browsing through a flea market? Come check out the wares, and enjoy food, demonstrations and entertainment. >> Free for buyers; $5 to set up a table of wares to sell >> Contact Barb Southard for info, to sell, or to perform: (540) 230-1778 or barbsouthard@


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With the restoration funded, building restorer Leonard Spencer of Cabot, Vt., was hired as chief designer and coordinator. Spencer — who has degrees in art and education and restored churches in Calais and Post Mills, Vt. — created a stencil pattern for the walls, selected wall and decorative ceiling colors to match the design period, and repaired one of the trusses.

Spencer describes the wood structure with its Gothic details, such as pointed finials and belfries, as typical of the period. The building has fairly square proportions; an interior room with a balcony and pulpit; and a singers’ gallery because “at that point in history, music was more important to the church than it had been earlier,” he says. Over the years, the open balcony was closed and the pulpit area was expanded. Originally, the walls were wallpapered, as that was common in the 19th century, Spencer says. (Some remaining wallpaper bits were found in the balcony stairwell and a closet in front of the balcony.) Stenciling was also common, and the church had southern New Hampshire styles of intricate patterns with “s” curves and borders. Spencer created stencils with four basic patterns in four areas — the balcony front wall, around the sanctuary chair rail, under the balcony and in the front hallway. “All in all, the building is in pretty good shape for its age. It’s basically more or less as it has been,” says Spencer. “It’s worth preserving; it is an architectural antique.”

Church life Like many other 19th century New England meeting houses, there were regular church services. Religious denominations shared the building’s use in proportion to their membership. There were Baptists, Methodists and Campbellites, also

called Christians, according to the town’s bicentennial history in 1976. Church life in its early years was a place where “after tying their horses, the men loitered around the church door while the women exchanged bits of gossiping at the entry until the bell tolled, then all

took their seats.” (Bradford resident Mary August Lull recorded this moment in the town’s centennial book.) But the sound of change was in the distance — in this case the sound of new roads being built, mills opening, and a locomotive engine whistle in the distance. By the › › › › ›

The Tin Shop It is a renovator’s dream to rip up carpets and remove particle wood flooring to find 100-year-old tongue and groove birch floors. This was just one of the surprises the Bradford Historical Society (BHS) found when they started upgrading the former Stewart Agency building on East Main Street in Bradford, N.H. There was also original wideboard wainscoting, hand-hewn beams, window trim from the late 1700s, a hidden staircase, and an intact signature from 1796 on a plaster wall. Although removing 400 pounds of insulation material — corn cobs and butternuts — wasn’t fun, the team did find some “attic treasures,” says Laurie Buchar, archivist for the Bradford Historical Society. A few of those tools and artifacts are now on display in a glass case in the main room of what BHS is calling “The Tin Shop.” Amidst the historical photos, antique tin ware and town documents, a parcel of brooms is wrapped in its original brown paper. “They came on the train and were delivered to tin smith

Arthur Gardner,” says Buchar. A cardboard tag, documenting the order, is still attached. The historical society bought the building in April 2013 with the intent of making it the home base for the museum. Their current home, the old post office building built in 1918 by postmaster Leon Perkins, didn’t have heat year round. It also wasn’t in a convenient spot for events and activities. But the East Main Street building, formerly a barber shop and tin shop, was perfect. It is next door to the Bradford Historical Society’s Village Smithy, built in 2011, which had been hosting open houses and flea markets with great success. And the buildings were located near 3.6 acres of open land, dedicated by the town in 2005 for the purpose of developing a cultural center for the town. “There are trails that can be revitalized,” says Buchar. And since the town voted that the historical society is the steward of the “historic district” the possibilities are endless. “With a heated space, we can schedule a monthly event. There are new sidewalks, and people walking by pop in to see what is happening.”

Over time, historical items will be moved from the post office to the tin shop, and logged in a Past Perfect computer program used by most museums. “We’re still figuring out what is there, and organizing it for this decade,” she says. But now there’s room to showcase collections. Although there’s still work to be done — like painting the exterior, building a ramp for the entrance, and removing a chimney to make an archival closet — the renovation team (Bob Blank, Dave Buchar, Laurie Buchar and Tim Rodd) are ready for their next project: moving the old post office from its present site at the entrance to the transfer station to what is now the “historical village campus” on East Main Street. If you’d like to help, donations can be sent to Bradford Historical Society, PO Box 551, Bradford, NH 03221. — Laura Jean Whitcomb • Summer 2014 • Kearsarge Magazine


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mid-19th century, the railroad came to Bradford, but through the village and not its geographical center. “This spelled the demise of the center. Farm families moved away and old folks died off. There just wasn’t anything left,” says Craig. As a result, Center Meeting House’s importance started to fade. In 1863, the town hall on the green was dismantled and relocated in the village. By 1865, there was no regular pastor, just acting pastors to conduct services. But the people of Bradford held on and, as the building’s 100th anniversary approached, they rose to the occasion. In 1881, the building was spruced up with the gallery remodeled into a vestry for meetings and church suppers, and the choir’s “singing seats” moved. By 1894, the Center Meeting House officially became the Congregational Church of Christ. Formal “Standing Rules” were adopted for the church, with a disciplinary policy where church members were expected to abstain from drinking and “the practice of public and promiscuous dancing, of attendance at

Take a Trip to Bradford The residents of Bradford are making their town a destination. There are two, soon to be three, historical buildings on East Main Street where you can step into the past, maybe even see a blacksmith at work. There’s a lovely drive to the old village center with a meeting house, school house and a cemetery. You can follow a short trail to discover the historic Tall Pines, towering white pines that were once part of New Hampshire’s virgin forest. There are also two lovely inns, a campground, a lake or two, and several restaurants. Be sure to plan a trip this summer! 34

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the theatre and card playing, and of traveling on the Sabbath for business or pleasure….” Apparently, the rules of the times didn’t diminish community interest in the building. Townspeople celebrated the church’s anniversary on Sept. 16, 1903, with day-long festivities. More than 300 people sharing dinner in the vestry and in a nearby town building. Town history records the celebration as “a complete success” on a perfect autumn day.

In good repair

The building continued to enjoy renewed community interest at the start of the 20th century. Town history notes the church was renovated and the walls “frescoed” with stencils in July 1917. The structure remained in good repair until 1931 or 1932 when lightning struck the building’s chimney, knocking plaster from a wall behind the pulpit. Some of the plaster entered the church organ reeds and left some keys soundless. It appears the church sat damaged for almost a decade. It was repaired on Oct. 5, 1939, when the church was officially reorganized and renamed as the Union Congregational Society of Bradford Center, New Hampshire. Since the building was not heated, services took place on July and August afternoons from 1940 to 1956. By November of 1953, the Union Congregational Society adopted the Bradford-South Newbury Parish Agreement — a move seen by many as strengthening the church’s presence. It became one of three churches in the parish of Bradford Baptist Church, Center Church in Bradford and South Newbury Union Church, according to Craig. But with one minister serving three churches, the agreement dissolved about 15 years ago. The minister left and, Craig says, some parishioners wanted their own parish. This began another era › › › › ›

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where the church was on its own. The little building that could will continue to survive, say those involved with it now. “We hold many concerts throughout the summer months — including classical, folk and big band music — as well as potluck dinners and ice cream socials,” says Buchar. “There is an annual church service provided by the First Baptist Church congregation and there are nondenominational services held on Thanksgiving Eve and Christmas Eve. The lovely setting is a popular site for weddings.”

The little building that could will continue to survive, say those involved with it now. “We hold many concerts throughout the summer months — including classical, folk and big band music — as well as potluck dinners and ice cream socials,” says Laurie Buchar of the Bradford Historical Society. And there was a major milestone in 2013: the Bradford Center Meetinghouse was listed on National Register of Historic Places on June 14 as “an excellent example of a mid-19th century rural church in the Greek Revival style.” It seems that this little building can. KM KM KM This story was originally written by Cornish, N.H., resident Janet Schoeler (1942-2012), a freelance writer for Kearsarge Magazine in its early days. She was an equestrian, editor, writer, photographer, graphic designer and good friend. It has been online for several years, and updated slightly by editor Laura Jean Whitcomb for print.


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Ten Years of Classic Theater

New London’s classical theatre company celebrates 10th anniversary season with a classic comedy in June. by Barbra Alan photography by Joanne Tulonen f you think you have to go to the big city to enjoy high-quality classical theatre, it’s high time you were introduced to the New London-based Northern New England Repertory Theatre Company (NNE Rep). Since 2004, NNE Rep has moved and delighted audiences throughout the Kearsarge region with some of the Bard’s finest and most beloved plays, including King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing and Othello, as well as iconic works such as Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and, most recently, Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie and Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. NNE Rep was launched by Actor/ Director John Goodlin, who serves as the company’s artistic director. “The impetus for starting the company was the desire to share a love of classical theatre with theatre artists and audiences alike,” says Goodlin.

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Actors’ Equity members Katrina Ferguson, John Goodlin and Milan Dragicevich perform in Anna Christie in 2012.

As anyone in theatre will tell you, it takes more than talent and a drive to share that talent to realize a dream. It takes financial wherewithal. Goodlin’s first steps included establishing a small board of directors — all volunteers — to begin the process of incorporating the theatre company as a nonprofit, and hosting a series of salons to introduce people to the concept of bringing classical theatre to the region and to seek support for it.

A decade ago

Actors’ Equity member Mark Irish as Jørgen Tesman and Judy Wallace as Aunt Julie in the 2013 production of Hedda Gabler. 38

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In the summer of 2004, NNE Rep launched with its inaugural production, Shakespeare’s delightful comedy Twelfth Night. Audience reaction to the performances was “very positive,” according to Goodlin. Indeed, Twelfth Night inspired a few letters to the editors of

Fortunately for the company, there are a great many gifted and experienced actors within the community to draw upon. In addition, the Rep has contracted with actors from around the country who have performed on Broadway, off Broadway, and with prestigious regional theatres including the internationally acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Goodlin himself has extensive regional theatre experience. He has performed in more than 25 Shakespeare productions and has played such famous roles as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman and Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. He has also appeared on television, and worked with such notables as Maggie Smith, Jessica Tandy and Jeremy Brett. Actor Mark Irish — who has appeared in television, film and on Broadway — joined the Rep in 2006. When Goodlin approached him about joining the company, Irish, a graduate of Dartmouth College, didn’t hesitate. “The chance to return to New Hampshire, and work on Shakespeare? How could I say no?” recalls Irish, who will take on the role of Bluntschli in the Rep’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s comedy Arms and the Man. “As a member of NNE Rep, I feel like I have made real connections with not just my fellow actors onstage, but with community members.”

“Why support classical theatre? As an actor and director, my foremost purpose is to share a story. There are wonderful and inspiring stories that have been created by the masterful playwrights of classic drama,” says John Goodlin of the Northern New England Repertory Theatre Company. to weather hard economic times and uphold its high standards for producing quality theatre.

Local and national talent One of the most important aspects of NNE Rep’s theatrical productions is its onstage talent. “To do justice to the classics, we firmly believe we need to bring together the highest quality theatre artists, both on stage and off, that we can,” says Goodlin.

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newspapers in the state. One letter to the editor of the Valley News lauded the company for its “outstanding interpretation and delivery of the words and thoughts of the great playwright” and proclaimed it a “new cultural pearl.” Another letter to the editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader hailed NNE Rep as “… a great addition to the cultural atmosphere of the area” that should be “enthusiastically supported.” In the years since, the company has continued to receive support from audiences. However, its greatest challenge, one that it shares with nearly any nonprofit, is financial support. “The reality is that sustained and broad-based financial support has been difficult to achieve,” says Goodlin. But thanks to hard work, a dedicated and tireless board of directors, and the unwavering support of a few key supporters that believe in the company and support its mission, NNE Rep has been able

Fun during a school workshop

Sharing with children NNE Rep connects with young people throughout the region through its Educational Outreach Program, which provides area schools with access to classical theatre education and performances. The program, which was launched in 2006, facilitates acting workshops led by Sean Eastman in area elementary, middle and high schools — at no cost to the schools, thanks to grants from various local foundations. Free and reduced-price › › › › ›

Mark Your Calendar Arms and the Man Thursday, June 5 and 12, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 6 and 13, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7 and 14, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2 p.m. For its 10th Anniversary season, Northern New England Repertory Theatre Company (NNE Rep) presents George Bernard Shaw’s classic comedy, Arms and the Man. In this delicious romantic confection, Shaw’s barbed wit targets themes of love, honor and illusions, and serves up laughs aplenty at the foibles of human nature. >> Sawyer Center Theater, Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main Street, New London, N.H. >> Adults, $28; students, $10; groups of 8 or more, $24 each >> • Summer 2014 • Kearsarge Magazine


tickets to performances are also made available to the schools. “The feedback we receive from teachers and students is overwhelmingly positive,” says Joanne Tulonen, NNE Rep board member and coordinator of the Educational Outreach Program. She notes that more than 5,000 students and teachers in Vermont and New Hampshire have enjoyed the workshops.

As NNE Rep begins its 10th Anniversary season, Goodlin is gratified by the impact his company is making on audiences long after the curtain goes down and the house lights go up.



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Goodlin enjoys being able to share great theatre with young people, and is gratified by their reaction to the performances they attend. “One of our proudest moments was a performance of Othello for students from the Kearsarge Regional School District,” says Goodlin. “There were more than 400 students in the audience, and they were the most gracious, reverent student audience I have even known. And this was a production of a serious Shakespearean drama!” As NNE Rep begins its 10th Anniversary season, Goodlin is gratified by the impact his company is making on audiences long after the curtain goes down and the house lights go up. “We provide the kind of exposure to the classics that can lead to a lifetime of appreciation and enjoyment,” he says. KM KM KM Barbra Alan is a freelance writer who lives in Alexandria, N.H.

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Let’s Go A seasonal listing of performances, local events, outdoor gatherings and fundraisers

CarNutz Car Club Cruise Nights Mondays, June to September 6 to 8 p.m.

Love antique cars? At the CarNutz Car Club Cruise Night, you will see all types of vehicles — from trucks to hot rods — shined and buffed for your viewing pleasure. Ice cream, food discounts, driver prizes and a 50/50 raffle to benefit David’s House of Lebanon, N.H. >> Sugar River Bank parking lot, 10 North Main Street, Newport, N.H. >> Free and open to the public >> Contact: Wayne Boardman at (603) 477-2929 or


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New London Barn Playhouse Open Rehearsal

Weavers of Speech – A History Lesson about Operators

5 to 7 p.m.

6:30 to 8 p.m.

This Center for the Arts First Friday program is an open rehearsal for the New London Barn Playhouse. Join the director and actors for a behind-the-scenes look. Question-and-answer session and reception to follow.

Operators were an important facet of telecommunications and they were central to the communities in which they lived and worked. Learn how operators managed their day-to-day duties, answered the many questions of telephone customers, all the while being pleasant and professional.

Friday, June 6

>> New London Barn Playhouse, 84 Main St., New London, N.H.

Friday, June 27

>> Free, but donations gladly accepted

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



Understanding Fish Communities within the Warner River Watershed Sunday, June 8 2 p.m.

Over the past two years, several local volunteers, Trout Unlimited and NH Fish and Game have studied the tributary streams of the Warner River to help conservation efforts in the watershed. Join Ben Nugent and John Magee, fisheries biologists with NH Fish and Game, for a discussion about the value of the fisheries in the area and what can be done at the local level to protect them into the future. >> Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum auditorium, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H. >> Free >> or (603) 746-6121

Wit & Wisdom: Gilsum Rock Swap and Humor in 19th Century Mineral Show June 28 to 29 New England Tuesday, June 24

7 p.m., refreshments 7:30 to 9 p.m., program

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

At this annual show, more than 65 dealers, swappers, distributors, wholesalers and collectors buy, sell or swap beryl, quartz crystals, semiprecious stones, and rocks and minerals of all sorts. Activities include a daily pancake brunch, bake sale, book sale, a traditional Saturday night New England ham and bean supper with homemade pies, and a chicken barbeque Sunday afternoon.

>> Free

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


>> Admission is free, although donations are accepted. Proceeds go to youth recreation and community programs.

The New London Historical Society hosts a dessert social in the Meeting House. Come listen to Jo Radner, a well-known storyteller and oral historian from western Maine. Presented in conjunction with the NH Humanities Council.

>> Contact Robert Mitchell at (603) 357-9636 or e-mail ››››› • Summer 2014 • Kearsarge Magazine


Arts on the Green

Newbury Old Home Day

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All day event

Join the Center for the Arts for this festive event where more than 40 juried artists and craftsmen sell their artwork on the New London Town Green.

Bring the family for a day of fun and games, displays, programs, town organization information, flea and farmers’ markets, waterfront games, tours of historic buildings and view Newbury’s historic Presentation/Signature Quilt from 1897. Evening cookout and fireworks display.

Saturday July 5

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

Saturday, July 12

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New England’s Colonial Meetinghouses Thursday, July 10 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.

New England’s colonial meetinghouses, built mostly with tax money, served as places of worship and places for town meetings, and were the centers of life in colonial New England communities. Using photographs of the few surviving “mint condition” meetinghouses, Paul Wainwright tells the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture. >> Springfield Town Meetinghouse, 23 Four Corners Road, Springfield, N.H. >> Free and open to the public >>

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Wednesday, July 16 to Monday, Oct. 20 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Come experience The Fells through the eyes of the artist. Each year plein air artists have found unbridled inspiration amid the natural beauty and the breathtaking gardens. This exhibit highlights the individual style of more than 18 artists as they explore the wonders of The Fells and bring them to life on canvas. >> The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, N.H. >> Members, free. Nonmembers: adults, $10; seniors and students, $8; children ages 6-17, $4; 5 and under, free. >>

>> Richmond Middle School, 63 Lyme Road, Hanover, N.H. >> Cost: participants have a fundraising minimum of $150 >>

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Garvey/Cleveland Hike in Goshen Tuesday, July 29 3 to 5 p.m.

Andy Deegan and John Garvey will lead a hike on one of Ausbon Sargent’s protected properties, 70 acres in Goshen that is near more than 17,000 acres of conservation land and connects the Pillsbury Sunapee Highlands to the Sugar River Watershed Site #D2. This is a great, easy-to-moderate hike. Bring your water bottle.

Old Time Fair in Potter Place Sunday, Aug. 3 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, musical entertainment and much more. >> Potter Place, Andover, N.H. >> Free >> or (603) 735-5628

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90th Annual Hospital Days

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Day and evening

7 p.m.

Thursday, July 31 to Sunday, Aug. 3

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The Hospital Days event schedule will feature 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.

Saturday, Aug. 9

>> New London Town Green, New London, N.H. >> Please see website for different costs. (Must purchase tickets or bracelet for midway rides.) >>

Surface Water Monitoring Approach Saturday, Aug. 2 (rain or shine) 2 p.m.

Watershed Bureau Management Staff from the NH Department of Environmental Services will provide a short overview of the bureau’s water monitoring efforts and a hands-on demonstration of water monitoring techniques. Here’s the chance to learn firsthand what the Watershed Bureau does and what they’re learning. Sponsored by the Little Nature Museum.

The Tory Hill Authors Series is an annual summer event sponsored by the Warner Historical Society showcasing locally and nationally known authors reading and talking about their books and personal experiences. Each event in the series is followed by a dessert reception with live music, a book signing and an opportunity to meet with the author. >> Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main Street, Warner, N.H. >> $10 >>

Love Your Lake Day & Antique Boat Parade Sunday, Aug. 10 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Love Your Lakes Day will be centered at Lake Sunapee Protective Association’s Learning Center with activities, music and food. The LSPA Annual Antique Boat Parade will be held in the harbor mid-day. Fun for the whole family! >> Lake Sunapee Protective Association, 63 Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, N.H.

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>> or (603) 746-6121 • Summer 2014 • Kearsarge Magazine


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Banjos, Bones & Ballads Thursday, Aug. 28 6:30 p.m.

Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. They help us interpret present-day life with an understanding of the working people who built our country. Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th century New England hymns, sailor songs and humorous stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this informative program by Jeff Warner. >> Minot-Sleeper Library, 35 Pleasant Street, Bristol, N.H. >> Free >> or (603) 744-3352 46

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he quiet and beauty of nature linked to the challenge “T nature can throw at you at her whim,” is how one longtime kayaker describes his love of the sport. This feeling is true, whether you’re in a canoe quietly floating on the lake waiting for the sun to rise or rowing with eight others across a lake. Whatever your plans for the water are, Quickwater Canoe & Kayak LLC in Concord, N.H., is ready to help. “We’ve never had a customer come off the river without a smile. From the rope swings to swimming, fishing, camping or just working on their tan, it’s amazing the memories that are made in a single day on the river,” says Aaron Constant. “It’s truly special to be a part of that and be in the position to make that happen for someone.”

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for a day, weekend or week-long trip and take it with them wherever they go. This is popular for summer vacationers traveling to the Lakes Region or beyond.”

Changing market Quickwater morphed from Hannah’s Paddles, a rental company that the Constants ran until 2005. “We had 70 canoes and kayaks in our inventory and ran two shuttle vans nonstop,” says Constant. But changing customer needs altered the market. Canoes are no longer popular. Materials changed; for example, the only manufacturer of Royalex for the canoe industry announced in 2013 that it was stopping

production — a move that left business scrambling to find an alternative to the material that produced so many canoes for many years. But Quickwater, which opened in 2012, was already on the right path. “We were able to fill that void from day one as our vision with canoes were always in the lighter weight, higher end, niche composite models made by Swift Canoe,” says Constant. “I’ve been kayaking for 15 years. I’ve bought many kayaks and visited many kayak shops around New England and New York. Quickwater Canoe & Kayak really stands out among shops,” says a customer. “Aaron patiently answered all of my questions. I’m interested in the technical qualities of kayaks and paddles

Learn More at — the design and materials — and Aaron has a high level of knowledge of technical specs and how they impact how a kayak handles in different conditions. I highly recommend the shop for beginner and expert paddlers and for families looking for a safe river trip.” Lindsay Clark of Lincoln, N.H., used to borrow kayaks and canoes from friends until she bought her SUP five years ago. When she was looking to buy a kayak for her fiancé last year, the big box stores weren’t helpful. “I came across Quickwater by a Google search. The prices were within my budget so I decided to give them a call for some advice after having little success at stores,” she says. “This was the best choice I could have made! Aaron completely blew me out of the water when it came to service and knowledge. He was understanding and accommodating, which is rare these days.”

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But Quickwater is more than just retail. “It’s important to us to be a solutions provider. Customers have needs and it is our job to understand those needs, put those needs first, and work with the customer to find what is right for them,” says Constant. You could try a Weekend Social, when Quickwater offers a Friday and Saturday evening five-mile rental for $20. Youth groups, summer camps, Boy Scouts, colleges and high schools sign up for education programs on the river. “Many have never paddled before, so we introduce new paddlers to the market every year,” says Constant. “Summer outings are a fun way for many small businesses to get their employees together for a day on the water. They’ll often have a barbecue after their paddle or simply pack

a lunch to enjoy on our property. Family and high school reunions can be popular as well.” If a health club needs to purchase a dozen SUPs for a SUP yoga program, Quickwater will use its buying power to help the organization get a discounted rate. Or offer an off-season rental to help promote their health and wellness services in the winter. “And, being off season, the rates are discounted and the rentals can remain on premise for the duration of the rental — whether it’s a week or six weeks,” says Constant. “In a world of many similar businesses, this is how we’re trying to be different. Remember, we’re solutions providers!” Robert Weiss won a Tahe Marine kayak in an online contest. He met Constant at a New Hampshire launch site and struck up a conversation. “A few months later I was having an issue with my boat and needed some Personal Training Physical Therapy warranty work done. The dealer in Center Harbor was not interested in Tone & Sculpt Spinning assisting me as I had not purchased “Without reservation I recommend Keelin Yoga TRX the boat from them. Then I rememStudio physical therapy. From diagnosis to bered meeting Aaron and I dropped treatment and resolution Keelin is thorough, Therapeutic Yoga Pilates in to his shop,” says the Litchfield, professional and gifted.” - Linda Powell N.H., resident. “Here I was, some guy Zumba who had never purchased anything Quality Care. Quality Performance. from him, and he went out of his way Gift Certificates Available to connect me with the area rep from 895 Route 103, Newbury, New Hampshire 03255 (603) 763-2990 the company and I was able to get my boat repaired. If this is how he treats people who don’t buy from him, just imagine how well he will treat real beautiful gardens customers. You know that when it is The Fells Garden Tour time to replace a boat (or add to my June 21 & 22, 10am-3pm fleet) that’s where I’ll be headed.” “Whether it is improving a Tour exceptional private gardens customer’s performance or providing in the Sunapee Region. a nature experience in a remote location where cell phones have no reception and the hustle of life can be shut down, even if just for an hour, we consider this recreational therapy, 603.763.4789 x3 which is good for the mind, body, soul and spirit,” says Constant. KM KM KM

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Aissa Sweets From his new store in Concord, Ahmad Aissa recreates many of the treats he knew and loved in Syria. by Barbra Alan photography by

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hmad Aissa discovered his passion for sweets as a child in Syria, watching his mother lovingly and painstakingly prepare treats like baklava and mamoul for the family. The latter — which are delicate confections filled with smooth, rich dates or sweet, crispy ground pistachios — were a staple in Aissa’s house during holidays. “My mom would make hundreds of them,” ›››››

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2014 Dining Guide he recalls, noting that usually they’d be gone after the first day of celebrating. “And she did it all by hand. It was so much fun to watch her, and I’d be so excited for that first tray to come out of the oven.” As an adult, Aissa embarked on a career as a clothing importer/ exporter, but his love of food and his drive to take on new challenges prompted him to ask his friend, who

was a chef at a popular restaurant in Damascus, if he could give him some cooking lessons and share what he knew about the food industry. While it was never Aissa’s intention to work as a chef, his decision to learn more about cooking proved prophetic. Not long after his friend took him under his wing, Aissa lost his job, forcing him and his wife Evelyn (a New Hampshire native) to leave family, friends and his beloved but increasingly war-torn country behind. In 2011, the Aissas settled in Concord, N.H., not far from Evelyn’s parents. Acclimating to his new surroundings and a new language was at once exciting and daunting, and Aissa struggled with homesickness for his family, friends and homeland. Not only was he having difficulty resuming his career in the clothing industry, he couldn’t even find some of the foods he grew up with and loved best; foods that, to him, symbolized love, family and good times. “I had been looking for a while for a particular pastry that my wife and I used to eat in Syria, and it was impossible to find,” Aissa recalls. Then came an epiphany — a way that he could earn some muchneeded money and still feel connected to home. “I thought maybe I could make the pastry and sell it,” he says. Aissa started small, making trays of sweets that his mother used to make and sharing them with his in-laws and friends, who gave them rave reviews. “I thought, ‘Okay, let’s see what happens,’” he says. What happened Ahmad Aissa hand rolls out his signature filo dough (middle) for pistachio baklava (bottom) that can be purchased directly from is Aissa Sweets, which a new retail store in Concord or packaged for other outlets (top). Aissa launched just over 60

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a year ago and for which he recreates many of the treats he knew and loved in Syria. During his first year of business, he worked out of a rented commercial kitchen in Concord, packaging and delivering his creations to an ever-growing list of natural food stores and cafés in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. In May, his dream of having a storefront was realized when he opened Aissa Sweets, a retail store with kitchen space at 205 North State Street in Concord. Aissa has been creative in getting the word out about his business and building relationships with store owners and potential customers by hitting the road with his savory creations for tastings throughout northern New England. With time needed for travel, set up and clean up, it’s a lot of extra effort, but the positive reactions he gets are worth it, he says. “I feel glad every time I do the demos. People are so happy to see the products, and they think they’re delicious.” Despite running a fledgling small business in a tough economy, Aissa never compromises his high standards for freshness and quality. He uses organic dried fruits, unbleached wheat flour, and distilled natural flavors in his treats — with no artificial preservatives or flavors. And he makes his own filo dough for his baklava, something he first learned to do under the guidance of his friend back in Syria. While there are only three simple ingredients — flour, water and sugar — in his dough, he says, “it’s difficult, detailed, labor-intensive work, but that’s what I love about it.”

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Since leaving Syria, Aissa — truly a confectionery perfectionist — has changed his filo making technique at least four times, tinkering with such details as ingredient measurements and the surface he works on. He even sent a video of his latest technique to his friend, bridging the gap between their kitchens. “We’re always recommending recipes, ingredients and techniques to each other,” he says. Aissa also insists on using only Turkish pistachios in his pistachio baklava, rather than the cheaper and easier-to-obtain California pistachios. Not only did he grow up enjoying Turkish pistachios, but they’re “richer, greener, more flavorful, and not genetically modified,” says Aissa. “I try to make things simple and healthier, and give people the taste of the traditional taste of Syrian sweets.” Although the delectable pistachio baklava is one of Aissa Sweets’ most popular products, other favorites include apricot cashew baklava, pistachio rolls, cashew bundles, cranberry hearts and mamoul, just like his mother makes. Aissa Sweets also offers a number of delicious vegan treats. While Aissa misses his friends and family back in Syria, and looks forward to a time when he and Evelyn can visit, he feels good about bringing a bit of Syrian culture to New Hampshire and even better about the friendly, positive response he’s received. It’s a kind of culinary ambassadorship that is deeply gratifying. “I’m proud I’ve been able to achieve something in a new country,” he says. “Seeing the smile on a customer’s face and hearing their feedback makes the struggle worth it. It heals my spirit.” KM KM KM Barbra Alan is a freelance writer in Alexandria, N.H., who recently discovered a love of Syrian sweets.


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Henniker Brewing Company Craft brewers in Henniker, N.H., aim to add New Hampshire to the craft beer map. by Brian A. Canning photography by Kevin Davis


e have been living the glory days of the craft beer renaissance. Small-time brewers are surfacing from the basements where they once practiced their dark art, and are setting up viable business ventures peddling their unique handcrafted brews. New Hampshire has been no stranger to the craft beer boom, with big names like Red Hook and Smuttynose residing in the Seacoast, and 22 other breweries scattered throughout the state. The Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region has been comparatively quieter, but the founders of the area’s newest venture, Henniker Brewing, aim to change that. Situated in a tucked away industrial complex just off of Route 202, the brewery is clandestine, marked by only a few small signs. The complex is the old home of Bound Tree Medical, a company formerly owned by David Currier. Upon selling Bound Tree Medical in 2002, the company moved and Currier was left with a sprawling vacant building and a desire to start a new and entirely different venture. He became acquainted with a passionate local group of beer lovers, and slowly the idea of opening a production brewery began to take shape. By the fall of 2012 they began


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The Henniker Brewing team: Greg Bolton, Dave Currier, Chris Shea, Dave Paquette and Ryan Maiola

installing brewing equipment in the building, and in December of that year the first beers were shipped. Rather than start off small as a nanobrewery and slowly work their way up to larger distribution, Currier decided to capitalize off of their glut of space and enter the market as a regional player. The plan is to be on par with big producers like Long Trail and Smuttynose, and be distributed throughout New England. While many larger breweries incorporate automation into their production

process, Currier believes that beer needs to be made completely by hand in order to be truly considered “craft beer.” Brewer Christopher Shea touches every keg and bottle that leaves the building, a fact Currier believes gives their beer a certain personality lacking from larger producers. Hailing from St. Louis, where he learned the brewing trade, Shea is hopeful about the trajectory of craft beer in the Granite State. “New Hampshire’s a good state with a lot

of potential,” he says. “It’s nice to be on the ground floor of a state that has places to go.” He isn’t worried about competition, believing there is more than enough room in the state for new breweries. The challenge, he thinks, is introducing hesitant newcomers to craft beer. Many come to their tasting room skeptical, having been scared off by previous encounters with craft beer, but Shea claims, “As soon as we get it in their mouths they like it!” For the last two years, › › › › › • Summer 2014 • Kearsarge Magazine


the company has been busy getting their product into New Hampshire pint glasses. They’ve been attending beer festivals throughout the state and networking with other breweries. “In a sense we are competitors,” says Marketing Manager Ryan Maiola, “but everyone wants to see each other do well. No one wants to see anyone come out with bad beer because, on the whole, it makes New Hampshire craft beer look bad. Chances are if the brewery down the street is doing well, so are we.” The brewery has high hopes for expanding distribution beyond New Hampshire in the future, but has been focused on developing their local market. They are currently distributed throughout the state’s beer stores in 22-ounce bottles, and can be found on tap in many New Hampshire watering holes as well as at their tasting room in Henniker, N.H. “We want to make sure our neighbors are drinking our beers before we start going into other states,” says Maiola. Henniker Brewing has been big on localizing their branding. Their company logo displays local landmark the Edna Dean Proctor Bridge, and text that proudly proclaims the beer to be from “The only Henniker on Earth!” Beer names and labels are filled with references to local tall tales and historical references. Their Amber Apparition is named after “Ocean Born Mary,” a woman whose ghost is said to haunt several Henniker homes. Working Man’s Porter pays homage to Fitz Cogswell, a historical mill worker whose family’s namesake can be found throughout the town. Whipple’s Wheat is named after William Whipple, Jr., a New Hampshire signee of the Declaration of Independence. Currently, the brewery offers four year-round beers: a porter, an amber, an IPA and a wheat. Each of the beers is a unique take on a classic variety. The porter, dark and malty, is unusually light in body, yet not in flavor,


Top: Head brewer Chris Shea checks the mash tun. Middle and bottom: All of Henniker’s brands are offered in 22-ounce bottles, half barrels and sixth barrel kegs. 66

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To find out more about Henniker Brewing, visit, or stop by their tasting room at 129 Centervale Road in Henniker, N.H.

2014 Dining Guide making for a less filling version of a beer that could be typically considered a meal. Their amber has the modesty and drinkability of typical ambers, but with an upfront hop flavor that lends some excitement to the brew. Their dry-hopped wheat is light and refreshing with hints of citrus, making it a perfect summer beer, and their IPA is robust and flavorful with a strong flowery hops presence and a refreshing finish. They also offer seasonal variations where they often try to blend in flavors sourced from local businesses. Using fresh coffee beans from White Mountain Gourmet Coffee in Concord, they’ve created an eyeopening coffee porter. They’ve also used maple syrup from Intervale Farms in Henniker to concoct their Hometown Double Brown Ale. As their beer catalogue expands they are excited to try implementing new and uniquely New Hampshire flavors — such as gooseberries. Their first year of business has been a resounding success, and the enthusiasm of the small five-person company is intoxicating. “Craft beer is doing unprecedentedly well right now,” says Maiola. “It’s about being proud of your product, being proud of what goes into making the product, and supporting New Hampshire and supporting local.” KM KM KM

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Cool Beans

Don’t laugh, but Breakwind Farm offers four varieties of organic baked beans. by Laura Jean Whitcomb photography by Paul Howe


’ve got to spill the beans. There’s a farm in Hopkinton, N.H., that takes pinto, navy, red chili and black turtle beans; adds mouth-watering flavors; and makes four varieties of baked beans. The name of the farm? Breakwind Farm. The name of the beans? FARTOOTEMPTING Organic Baked Beans. I’ll try not to make too many musical fruit jokes, but it’s all part of the fun at Breakwind Farm. “My husband Rick came up with the idea. He thought I would laugh when he mentioned producing baked beans at Breakwind Farm, but I loved it,” says Patti MacMillan. “I started experimenting and testing my recipes on family and friends for about six months before going to market.” In the spring of 2011, the MacMillans started selling the beans at the Contoocook Farmers’ Market.

“Our most popular recipe is the Texas Tornado. People love the smoked chipotle and sweetness of the flavor. It is the only one with honey added alongside the organic blackstrap molasses.” Flavors include Outstanding Original, a traditional New England-style baked bean with the sweetness of molasses and local 68

Patti and Rick MacMillan, owners of Breakwind Farm in Hopkinton, N.H.

maple syrup; Soothing Summer Breeze, which is the same recipe with the addition of Kombu during processing; Fiery Texas Tornado, a southwest baked bean with chipotle pepper and a rich smoky flavor; and Jumping Jalapeno, a

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Mexican-flavored baked bean with chunks of organic vegetables. What’s with the Kombu? For consumers worried about the gaseous nature of beans, this edible kelp, popular in East Asia, can be added to the beans during boiling. “It provides

2014 Dining Guide micronutrients that will aid in digesting the beans, therefore ‘less back draft’ as our label declares,” says MacMillan. “Now there’s no need to avoid beans before weddings or long flights!” The beans are currently packaged in 1/2 pint ($4), pint ($7) and quart ($13) containers (think Ben & Jerry’s ice cream). The MacMillans serve them up hot, right out of kettles, or frozen at farmers’ markets. “My favorite recipe is the Jumping Jalapeno. They are not too spicy, they have four varieties of beans (pinto, navy, red chili, black turtle), and with the added veggies (red and green peppers, onions, tomatoes, cilantro and jalapenos) it’s a complete meal. Our most popular recipe is the Texas Tornado. People love the smoked chipotle and sweetness of the flavor. It is the only one with honey added alongside the organic blackstrap molasses.” And, if you’re like me, you’re going to love the “Follow me, I’m going to Breakwind” T-shirts. “We added them to the lineup two years ago,” says MacMillan. “Now we have people wearing our T-shirts all over the United States, as well as in other countries like Canada, Italy, France, Spain, England, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.”

Patti MacMillan serves up some beans at the Tilton Farmers’ Market.

Not a bean lover? Breakwind Farm is more than just beans. “We are dedicated to the buy local food movement. We have a small farm stand and sell our organics in the summer. In the fall we sell pumpkins and mums, in the winter we sell Christmas trees and wreaths, and in the spring you will find our stand decorated with hanging baskets and floral and vegetable cell packs,” says MacMillan. Helpers from around the world stay at the farm for a month at a time

to work, and travelers can stay to experience the peace and serenity of an agricultural setting through Farmstay US. This summer you can find all four varieties of Breakwind Farm’s FARTOOTEMPTING Organic Baked Beans and their infamous T-shirts at the farmers’ markets in Concord at Cole Gardens, in Contoocook at the old train station, or on the common in Newport, N.H. Learn more online at KM KM KM Paul Howe is a professional photographer based in Sunapee. See his work at • Summer 2014 • Kearsarge Magazine


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More than Just Honey

Marklin Candle — and new Windhover Farm — is creating a buzz about bees. by Brian A. Canning


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Martin hen Martin Marklin began chuckles, calling experimenting with candle making beekeeping his in his parents’ basement, he had no “midlife crisis.” idea what he was getting himself into. What started as Thirty years later, Marklin Candle mere curiosity is considered the “Louis Vuitton of grew into an church candles.” They specialize in obsession, and is the enormous and ornate candles now developing needed for the liturgy of cathedrals, and have the distinct honor of beinto a new business. ing the company that gets called The beekeeping whenever the Pope visits the United co-evolved with States. From humble beginnings, they the Marklin have grown to a 50,000-square-foot family’s desire facility along the Contoocook River, to become thoughtful stewards of that Martin’s wife, Christine, where they handcraft their candles their land. They have goats, sheep, maintains. “I never envisioned myself and build church furniture. However, chickens, guinea hens, rabbits and as a homesteader,” says Martin, “but Martin and his family, who live on ducks, in addition to a large garden this whole thing is falling into place.” the 8 1/2 acres adjoining the factory, have plans that go far beyond candle making. The Catholic Church requires all liturgical candles to be made with at least 50 percent beeswax, as opposed to conventional candles which are typically made of paraffin. As a result, Martin’s candle business consumes about 30,000 pounds of beeswax annually. After 30 years of business and many hundreds of thousands of pounds of beeswax, Martin says he felt a “philosophical compunction” to understand the origins of his livelihood. So he bought some bees. Each town — Dunbarton, Contoocook, Hopkinton — has different plants, rendering honey with unique flavors. 70

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Martin Marklin tends to a hive.

Seeking an outlet for their honey, eggs and produce, the Marklins will open a small farm stand this summer under the name Windhover Farm.

The Dunbarton hive — located in an orchard surrounded by flower gardens, produces a lighter, fruitier honey. With apiaries in West Hopkinton, Dunbarton and Contoocook, Martin is able to offer hyper local varietal honey. “A bee will forage in a five-mile radius,” says Martin, and because the plant community of each of these hives is unique within that radius, each honey has a distinct flavor, color and aroma. For instance, their West Hopkinton hive is surrounded mainly by buckwheat

fields, and as a result the honey has a dark color and an earthy, slightly bitter flavor. In contrast, their Dunbarton hive, located in an orchard surrounded by flower gardens, produces a lighter, fruitier honey. Martin plans to add several more hives in the coming years, with current plans for one in Webster and another in Canterbury. “We’re searching for distinct apiaries,” says Martin, “that would be local and have somewhat of a distinct flora.” He hopes in this way to offer a large variety of unique honey flavors from across the Kearsarge region. It’s not just the flavors that make each of these honeys unique. “There’s a lot of research,” says Martin, “that by ingesting local honey it will provide you with what it takes to combat the allergies that are more prevalent in your area. People are trying to buy local honey as a natural defense.” The more immediately local the honey, the more effective its allergy fighting powers are thought to be, so for customers seeking these benefits, Windhover Farms offers an advantage. They plan to sell other therapeutic bee products, including propolis, a resinous mixture with anti-microbial properties. Martin and Christine, both former teachers, want to educate people about the bees they have come to love and cherish. “A lot of people have such a fear of bees,” says Christine, “so they don’t get beyond really understanding the benefits of the bees and how important it is.” Living in the wake of Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious condition which has been ravaging the bee population throughout the world, has made maintaining and understanding bees all the more important to Martin and Christine. “Having bees,” says Martin, “one gets very conscious of the use of pesticides and how one maintains and cares for and harvests and protects one’s Earth. We look at ourselves as stewards.” Plans are in the works to install a coffee and teahouse into Marklin’s retail space, as well as observation hives as teaching tools. “The whole idea about this,” says Martin, “is to create, literally, a buzz about the bees that goes beyond just putting honey in your tea.” Martin’s aspirations don’t stop there. “The vision here, of which Windhover Farm is part of, is really to create an artisan community along the river here in Contoocook.” He hopes within five years to build small cottages along the waterfront to host visiting artists, with an adjoining gallery to sell their work. Martin says, with a smile, “It’s clearly more than just honey.” KM KM KM • Summer 2014 • Kearsarge Magazine


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Bradford Junction Restaurant & Bakery 2370 Route 114 938-2424

Joey’s on the River 398 Lower Main Street 542-6701 TC

Simply Comfort 35 Pleasant Street 543-3663 TCD

Pizza Chef of Bradford j 107 East Main Street 938-2600 TCD

Kouzoku Japanese Steak House 236 Washington Street 542-8866

Stone Arch Bakery 39 Main Street 542-3704 TCD


Appleseed Restaurant & Catering 63 High Street 938-2100 TC


Best Subs Known to Mankind 285 Washington Street 543-0806 T Cocoa Froyos 97 Pleasant Street 543-7585 T


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Common Man Inn & Restaurant 21 Water Street 287-4668 TC (small events)

Ming Chen 158 Pleasant Street 542-8000 T NeW Socials Bar and Grill 2 Pleasant Street 287-4416 TC

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400 Washington Street 542-3034 T

Sweet Fire Barbeque 116 Mulberry Street 542-9227 TC The Java Cup 37 Pleasant Street 542-2222 The Pleasant Restaurant 82 Pleasant Street 542-4600 T

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Bistro Nouveau 6 Clubhouse Lane 863-8000 TCD (seasonal) Pizza Chef of Grantham 120 Route 10 South 863-5044 TC (large orders) The Farmer’s Table Café j 49 Route 10 North 863-9355 T Uncle Joe’s Ice Cream & Candies 151 Route 10 North 865-5744


Bubba’s Bar & Grille j Route 103 763-3290 TC Marzelli Deli 889 Route 103 763-2222 TC

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Mountain Spirits Tavern j 1380 Route 103 763-4600 T

Pizza Chef of New London 394 Main Street 526-9201 TD (New London only)

Newbury Palace Pizza 104 Route 103 938-5050 TCD

The Coach House Restaurant at The New London Inn j 353 Main Street 526-2791 TC

Nonni’s Italian Eatery j 107 Route 103 738-0081


arctic dreams 394 Main Street 526-9477

Graze Sustainable Table j 207 Main Street 526-2488 TC Hole in the Fence Café j 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 j 74 Newport Road 526-4201 T New London Confections 75 Newport Road #9 526-6066 Peter Christian’s Tavern j 195 Main Street 526-4042 TC

The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille j 40 Andover Road 526-6899 T The Inn at Pleasant Lake j 853 Pleasant Street 526-6271 Traditions Restaurant at Lake Sunapee Country Club 100 Country Club Lane 526-6040 TC (on season)


Country Kitchen Restaurant & Catering 339 Sunapee Street 863-7881 Fabulous 50’s Car Hop Drive-In (seasonal) 308 Sunapee Street 863-5171

Salt hill Pub 58 Main Street 863-7774 C The Old Courthouse Restaurant 30 Main Street 863-8360 TCD

Wildwood Smokehouse 45 Main Street #2 763-1178 TC (48hr notice)


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

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

ZuZu’s Sandwich & Gift Shop 239 Sunapee Street 865-1800

The Foothills of Warner 15 East Main Street 456-2140


The Local 2 East Main Street 456-6066

Vernondale Store 1526 Route 114 927-4256


Anchorage Restaurant j 71 Main Street 763-3334 C

The School House Café 787 Route 103 East 746-3850 TC

Café Andre 699 Route 103 863-1842 Dexter’s Inn j 258 Stagecoach Road 763-5571 C (In-house events)

King of Cupcakes j 29 Main Street 454-4499

One Mile West 6 Brook Road 863-7500 T

Lil’ Red Baron 8 Airport Road 863-1302 TC

Pizza Chef of Sunapee 498 Route 11 763-2515 T

Ming China 3 South Main Street 863-7730 T

Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream (seasonal) 209 Route 103 863-8940 T

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2014 Dining Guide

Over the Top Designs by Laura Jean Whitcomb


hen you walk into a room, it’s the little touches that are the most likely to catch your eye: the colorful throw pillows brightening up a dark couch or the interesting retro placemats on the dining room table. Regina Hawley started sewing at age 10, but now the juried Member of the League of NH Craftsmen is using her sewing skills to make everyday items in the home more beautiful. Her choice of fabrics is exquisite. The red napkins, pictured here, have a free floating design of flowering plants — but it is a bit abstract, like something you’d see under a microscope or with an X-ray. Sounds odd, but the style is whimsical and fun — and it isn’t something you’d see in your typical fabric store. “I have a number of wholesalers that represent a large number of fabric designers,” she says. “This allows me to find and use fabrics that are of the highest quality and not sold at the larger commercial fabric stores.”

Hawley only uses 100 percent cotton for her napkins, placemats, aprons and other products. “Everyone that has bought my napkins comments on how well they wash and keep their shape even without ironing. This is because I am constantly ironing the fabric through the various stages of its production. I spend more time ironing than I do sewing!” she says. “All fabric is washed with an eco-friendly detergent and ironed before I even begin to cut and sew.” Every napkin is a limited edition; Hawley only makes about eight sets of napkins per bolt of fabric so you won’t find hundreds made out of the same fabric pattern. Napkins are double sided and come in two sizes:

Over the Top Designs napkins made in Hopkinton, N.H., are paired with galvanized napkin rings from Marklin in Contoocook, N.H.


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the dinner napkins are 19-by-19 inches and the cocktail napkins are 12-by-12. So, as you scan your home, ask yourself: would a little touch of whimsy help here? The answer is probably yes. “In these crazy economic times’ it’s the little things that can make us happy. Sometimes sitting down to breakfast, lunch or supper is one of the few times during the day you can sit and relax for a few moments with your family. Even a peanut butter and jelly sandwich can seem special if you have a pretty napkin at the table. They provide an atmosphere that makes you want to relax and take the time to enjoy the food you have matter how basic the food may be.” You can find Over the Top Designs products at The League of NH Craftsmen retail store in Concord, Gould Hill Farm in Hopkinton, and Hawley plans to set up a studio in her home in Hopkinton so people can set up an appointment to shop. Learn more at


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Dining Room open 7 days a week from 11am-9pm For dining reservations call 603.526.6040 To reach our Special Events Coordinator call 603.526.6040 ext. 235 289 Country Club Lane | New London, NH 03257 | • Summer 2014 • Kearsarge Magazine


2014 Dining Guide

Pie for Breakfast

If you ever wanted to try dessert before your main meal, or as your main meal, this is the event for you. by Laura Jean Whitcomb photography by Kevin Davis


ie for breakfast isn’t that unusual. Maybe you eat too much turkey at Thanksgiving and had to skip dessert, so the next morning you slice a piece of pumpkin or apple pie for

breakfast. Or perhaps you are FrenchCanadian and grew up enjoying a tourtiere, a meat pie, for breakfast on Christmas morning. Or you live here in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge

region, and participate in the annual Pie Breakfast hosted by the Wilmot Community Association (WCA). “One of our members saw a pie breakfast when she was vacationing in Maine and brought the idea to the board,” says Amber Gove, long-time WCA board member and the chairperson for the annual Pie Breakfast. “It has been very well attended and people look forward to this event every year. Who wouldn’t want pie for breakfast?”

“The pies are all baked and donated by volunteers in the community. One year we had a volunteer who made 16 pies for us amazing,” says Amber Gove, long-time WCA board member and the chairperson for the annual Pie Breakfast. There are about 40 pies — ranging from fruit to pudding to meat — quiches and casseroles. Volunteers serve a breakfast meat and a fruit salad along with coffee, juice and milk. “What’s not to like about having pie for breakfast? It’s fun — and a bit different from the typical all-youcan-eat breakfast,” says Ann Davis, WCA president. “Yes, we serve a 78

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breakfast meat, hot beverages and juice. But it’s the wide variety of sweet and savory pies that our volunteers prepare that is the big draw.” Where does all this food come from? “The pies are all baked and donated by volunteers in the community. One year we had a volunteer who made 16 pies for us — amazing,” says Gove. “The support the community gives is outstanding, either by donating food or helping work the event. I really love the community involvement; it’s wonderful to be a part of such an organization.” The Pie Breakfast provides a time and place for neighbors to gather, and raises money for the WCA. “The Wilmot Community Association has been bringing neighbors together in Wilmot for more than 50 years,” says Davis. “In 2013, nearly 6,000 people attended programs or activities sponsored by

A volunteer serves up some pie.

the WCA or other organizations at one of its facilities.” This year’s Pie Breakfast is on Saturday, July 12 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Wilmot Community

Association’s Red Barn on 64 Village Road, next to the post office in Wilmot. KM KM KM Laura Jean Whitcomb, editor of Kearsarge Magazine, would enjoy pie for breakfast. She lives in Grantham, N.H., with her husband, two children and her dog, Wreck-It Ralph. Photographer Kevin Davis lives in Grantham, N.H., with his lovely wife and two great kids. To view more of his work, visit his website

An appreciative gathering of pie enthusiasts sampled the fare. • Summer 2014 • Kearsarge Magazine



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