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Black Friday. Cyber Monday. These days, it’s super easy to check everyone off the holiday list by shopping at a big box store. But are these the gifts that are remembered? By Laura Jean Whitcomb

16 10 Things to Do This Winter Even if you don’t like seeing Old Man Winter’s magic or Jack Frost nipping at your nose, there are a few unique things to do in the area this season. Some are indoors, some are outdoors, and several are free. By Laura Jean Whitcomb

38 Culinary Claremont Foodies flock to Claremont’s historic downtown for specialty foods and eclectic dining. By Patrick O’Grady


artwork by Mimi Wiggin

58 Think Outside the "Gift" Box Many of us struggle with the art of gift giving. When we’re seeking something special for someone who has everything or someone who is hard to buy for, it can be stressful and downright joyless. If it’s the thought that counts, why not think differently? By Leigh Ann Root

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26 Let’s Go Calendar Short days and long nights — but plenty to do here in our part of New Hampshire. Here’s KM’s calendar with 40 wonderful things to do this winter.


48 History: Saving Places Local nonprofits are renovating and saving historic sites in New Hampshire. By Laura Jean Whitcomb

53 Business: Diamonds by the Square Jozach Jewelers believes that the most satisfying and quality experience will always come from a locally owned, hometown jeweler with exceptional service. By Leigh Ann Root


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67 Art: A Love of Books John Rauscher, owner of Molly Stark Bindery, has a passion for preserving antique volumes. By Rosanna Long

70 On the Road Between every issue, Kearsarge Magazine gets out of the office and visits with businesses, individuals and organizations in our local communities. By Leigh Ann Root

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editor’s letter Hello friends, It’s been a whirlwind of a year. New events (Family FunFest) and new publications (the Southern New Hampshire Art & Gallery Guide) turned fall into a series of deadlines and a small amount of stress. But the Kearsarge Magazine team was able to take time away from the computer screen and give back to the community. At Family FunFest in September, attendees donated toiletry items, nonperishable food and spare change instead of paying an entrance fee to this day of family fun at Whaleback Mountain in Enfield. Thanks to your help, we were able to donate $500 cash and 118 pounds of food/hygiene products to the Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction, Vt. In October, Kid Stuff attended two Halloween events — Fright Night at Quechee Gorge Village and Haunted Harbor in Sunapee — and handed out goodie bags to more than 600 local kids. (We balanced the candy with fruit snacks and toys, like stuffed ghosts, brain erasers and glow in the dark rats.) It was so much fun to see all the kids and the costumes; both towns did a wonderful job planning safe and entertaining events for families.

In November, the Kearsarge Magazine team sponsored a family holiday basket through LISTEN Community Services in Lebanon. We haven’t received our assignment yet, but we plan on providing warm clothing, food and perhaps a few gifts to a family in need in December. And we’ve got Christmas goodies ready for the 30-plus kids in the afterschool program at the Upper Valley Haven. I’m sure I’m forgetting some of the other great things Kearsarge Magazine LLC (the parent company) and Kid Stuff magazine (the baby company) have done this year. But I never forget how lucky I am to live here, and how the magazines are able to promote, celebrate and care for the Upper Valley in a variety of ways. Happy holidays to you and yours.

Laura Jean Whitcomb Publisher and Editor

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lack Friday. Cyber Monday. These days, it’s super easy to check everyone off the holiday list by shopping at a big box store. But are these the gifts that are remembered? I think of the locally made items I have gifted to friends recently. The tiny ceramic bowl — an egg with a chicken face and wings — that made my friend laugh out loud. The polymer gnome that sits on my friend’s desk at work to bring her good luck. My daughter’s growing collection of League of NH Craftsmen ornaments that will one day decorate her own tree. My son’s favorite quilt that a local quilter designed from his old t-shirts and favorite blankets. Yes, these are the gifts that people will remember — the one-of-akind, handmade items that were selected (or created) with them in mind. Here are a few ideas for the loved ones on your list this season.


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Tactile memories By Laura Jean Whitcomb

It’s more than just a mug; it’s a ceramic sculpture. Liz Corrigan has captured the architectural detail of Contoocook’s Curtice Building in clay. Each timber has been carved by hand, the windows are slightly recessed, and the entryway has several layers to it, making your hands believe that the tiny door could actually open. Corrigan, the owner of Home Thrown pottery studio in Contoocook, makes many types of ceramics — from wall art to coordinated plates, mugs and bowls — but the carved cityscape pieces are her way to combine function and sculpture. “The balconies and archways allow me to really push into the clay, giving the piece physical depth. I consider them tactile memories,” she says. “It takes quite a bit of time; I have no molds or stamps. Every brick is placed individually.” It started with Corrigan’s “rickety scaffolding” motif and imaginary scenes. “Then a friend asked if I could put some specific places and images on some tumblers for a wedding gift. That request was an ‘AhHA’ moment,” she says. After a mission trip to Biloxi after hurricane Katrina, Corrigan made a series of New Orleans mugs, giving part of the proceeds to the Back Bay Mission. Soon she began getting requests for various towns: Portsmouth, Detroit, Washington D.C., Pittsburg, Seattle, London, Switzerland,

Tibet and Concord. “I get a lot of requests for specific places that hold a personal significance — places where couples got married or went on their honeymoon, family farms and childhood homes,” she says. Since that first mug in 2010, her cityscapes have become more complex. Corrigan has a solid background in clay (bachelor of fine arts from Alfred University and an internship with a wood fired ceramic artist in Stone Ridge, N.Y.) so she credits her evolving skill as “simply time doing its thing. Practice making — not perfect, but more intricate.” You can find Home Thrown products at Gould Hill Orchard in Contoocook, Mill Brook Gallery in Concord, and at her studio, which is open by appointment. Reach her at corrigan.liz@gmail.com or lizcorrigan.wordpress.com ›››››

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Herbal soother for skin

At Greenhill Collective Farm, the Dobrowski family is growing food and herbs using ecological farming practices. Some of those herbs — comfrey, plantain, yarrow, mint and horsetail — make their way into a salve called Soothe Hand Luke’s. Those organic herbs are combined with olive oil, beeswax and good intentions to create a balm that soothes, protects and prevents cracked and weathered skin. New: Luke’s Lips, a healing lip balm with similar organic ingredients. Find their products at Main Street Bookends or get a tin shipped to you for $15. Contact Kate, Ben, Luke or Mack at (603) 456-2911 or greenhillfarmer@gmail.com

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Fine art on a tile By Laura Jean Whitcomb

Artist Mimi Wiggin paints every day from her Warner, N.H., home. She paints either in a corner of her dining room — which has a large south-side window that overlooks her gardens and bird feeders — or in her studio, a separate post-and-beam structure that used to be the sheep fold. The farm, located in the Mink Hills, was originally her grandparents’ home, built in the 1920s and rebuilt in the 1930s after a fire. Wiggin remembers spending her summers there. “Living out here in the country has been part


of my heritage,” she says. She paints realistic wildlife scenes using a technique called tonal impressionism, where loosely defined light and dark tones are placed on the canvas. These shapes are refined and adjusted until

the images become defined enough to represent the subject — or they are painted over, becoming just one of the many layers in an oil

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painting. The results “portray on canvas the beauty of our backyards,” says Wiggin. “My paintings reflect the scenic and serene environment in which I live.” Wiggin offers her work as original oil paintings, giclee prints, note cards, magnets and 4-by-4 marble tiles, a great gift idea for an art lover with limited amount of space. The marble tiles are treated to accept ink and lacquered for durability. Tiles are priced at $10 each, or four for $36. Find your tile at the Warner Holiday Shopping event on Saturday, Dec. 3, or learn more at mimiwiggin.com

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Make-do pincushions By Laura Jean Whitcomb

Wendy Weeks of Grindstone Farm Designs combined her two loves — antiques and sewing — into one product: make-do pincushions. “I used to be an antique dealer,” she says, “and I love to sew, so I began collecting antique sewing items.” She was fascinated with “make-dos,” pincushions made by 19th century homemakers out of the materials they had on hand: scrap fabrics, the base of a broken candlestick, part of a lamp. Weeks creates her Blue Bird Make-do in the same spirit of repurposing — “making do with what you have,” she says. The bird is her original design, and can be found at the Concord Art Gallery on 97 Storrs Street in Concord, N.H. ›››››


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Not your mother’s poetry By Brianna Marino

The word “poetry” evokes memories of high school English class, absentmindedly turning the pages of Walt Whitman and clumsily stringing together verses with a misguided intention to rhyme. However Dianalee Velie’s newest collection of poetry, Ever After, evokes a far different experience. If poetry gives expression of feelings and ideas, it’s clear Dianalee was in a humorous mood as she penned these gems. A bit of a departure from the mood of Velie’s previous books, Ever After is a unique take on some of our most beloved storybook characters; that is, they’re all grown up. Delightfully comical, this satirical view of our childhood favorites strikes a chord with the often less-than-ideal reality of adulthood. For instance, it is unlikely Cinderella knew of Prince Charming’s shoe fetish as she eagerly climbed out of her pumpkin coach at the ball. Although based on fairy tale and nursery rhymes, make no mistake, this book is not for the faint of heart. Rather, risqué comicality, witty cynicism and a complete (yet refreshing) disregard for political correctness is apt to amuse and delight adult readers. The leader of a local poetry group (7 p.m. on the second

Monday of each month at the Newbury Library), Velie uses prompts to guide her students for each monthly poetry composition. Little did she know that one month’s prompt of “How Did I End Up Here?” would be the start of her journey through the midlife

crisis years of the inhabitants of the Land of Make Believe. Prompted by that suggestion, the first poem of the book chronicles Snow White’s rather messy escape from the seven dwarves. Enjoying exploring these fabled characters, Velie kept right on amusing herself and, ultimately, her readers. Although none of the poems are based expressly on the lives of those she may know, many of the themes (unhappily ever after marriages and unorthodox relationships) are based on

the experiences she witnessed prior to her move to New Hampshire. Despite wealth and stunning homes, many wives (and likely husbands) weren’t necessarily happy in their marriage and found their own ways of coping. As with her other genres of poetry, Velie was quick to point out that, to some extent, all writing is based on real-life experiences, as it is precisely that life experience which enables a writer to craft a story. And craft some interesting stories is exactly what Velie has done. Even those who don’t like poetry may be surprised by the ease of the read and the content of the stories. Ever After may be purchased at Amazon.com for $14.95. For those interested in Velie’s poetry readings, visit dianaleevelie.com for the latest schedule.

Brianna Marino can usually be found in the dust of her 3-year-old whirlwind of a girl. Along with her very patient husband, they live on a budding farm with a dog, cat, four pigs, 30+ chickens and a growing turkey flock. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, running, biking, winter sports — oh — and writing about homesteading adventures, local amusements and whatever else stirs the imagination. ›››››

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Pocket gnomes By Laura Jean Whitcomb

Melanie Chouinard believes in fairies and folklore. And why not? As a fantasy artist working primarily with polymer clay and paper mache, her imagination magically transforms into whimsical sculptures of fairies, dragons, merfolk, pixies and gnomes. Chouinard’s Pocket Gnomes — original and unique in style to her studio, The Silver Branch — are adorable. There are many stories about gnomes, but Chouinard describes them as “cheery little people that love to live in the home (especially kitchens and windowsills), plant pots, gardens and forests where they tend to their own business and sometimes lend some luck your way.” She hand sculpts each one out of durable blended clays, then paints and finishes them with a nontoxic glaze. Chouinard has sculpted more than 3,000 Pocket Gnomes, and they’ve found their homes around the world on shelves and desks, in terrariums and fairy gardens, even on top of cakes as decoration. Learn more at thesilverbranch.com

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Learn about your lake

How many gallons of water (on average) are there in Lake Sunapee? 100,000? 1,000,000? 500,000? 50 billion? Think you know a lot about Sunapee? Think again. The Lake Sunapee Protective Association trivia card sets will really test your grey matter. Questions (and answers) cover a range of fun facts about Lake Sunapee and the watershed area. Pick up your set for $5 at the LSPA Learning Center on 68 Main Street in Sunapee. (Oh, and the answer is 50 billion.)


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Pitter patter By Laura Jean Whitcomb Photo by Nathan Ekis Photography It’s April, what you would think is a slower month for jewelry sales, but Sussy-Rose Shields is busy. Super busy, because her whimsical Rhodiumplated metal elf boot has been chosen as the 2016 League of NH Craftsmen Ornament. Shields, juried in metal by the League in 1988, created this ornament to represent the elfin people that make and

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Kathan Gardens Family deliver gifts, create mischief, and bring joy. The elf boot, titled Pitter Patter, is delicately designed with etched and silkscreened details of poinsettia and leaves, with buckles on each side, and a red pompom at the tip. Each ornament is numbered as one of a limited edition and signed by the artist. Priced at $25, they are available at League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Galleries, the League’s online store, and the League headquarters on 49 South Main Street in Concord. ›››››

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Have a happy & safe holiday season. We look forward to making it a little easier! We have all of your decorating needs, beautiful locally-grown trees, custom-decorated wreaths, garland, and fresh greens. A greenhouse full of traditional Poinsettias as well as our own popular painted creations. Paperwhites and Amaryllis bulbs for you to give or plant and enjoy. Our Gift Shop is filled with whimsical gifts, soaps, lotions, jams and candy, scented candles and holiday table linens, many snowmen & Santas, too! www.kathangardens.com

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Jams and spreads

Crack open a jar of Marshall Hill Farm jam and what do you see? Fruit. Lots of fruit. That’s because all jams and spreads are made with “freshly picked, in-season fruits, which are not only certified organic but also 100 percent pesticide and herbicide free,” says Claire James. “All of the fruit is sourced locally, either from Marshall Hill Farm or other organic farms committed to responsible and sustainable land management. The jams are also made in small batches for better retention of freshness and flavor.” Canning was something James started several years ago as a way to prevent excess fruit in the orchard from going to waste. At the time, it was not something that she had thought of as a business. But, thank goodness for local jam lovers, that came later with the opening of Sweet Beet farm stand in Bradford. Summer flavors might be out of stock, but Apple Cranberry, Apple Honey Lemon and Apple Cinnamon are available this winter. Learn more at marshallhillfarm.com


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Farm soap

When Jessica Farrell isn’t milking the goats or wrangling chickens and children, she’s concocting new scents for her all-natural soap line: lemon poppy seed, geranium & orange, lemon cedarwood, to name a few. Crazy Chicken Lady Natural Soaps are hand-

crafted in small batches and treat your skin with the gentleness it deserves. “I love that something so simple as a handmade bar of soap is not only practical but luxurious,” says Owner/Soap Maker Farrell, aka the Crazy Chicken Lady. “I have never met anyone who has tried a bar of handmade soap and not loved it!” Find her soaps at Spring Ledge Farm in New London, N.H., for $5 each.

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ven if you don’t enjoy Old Man Winter’s magic or Jack Frost nipping at your nose, there are quite a few things to do in the area, despite the wintry weather. Some are indoors, some are outdoors, and several are

free. Check out our monthly list of activities, events and things to see this winter, and schedule at least one on your calendar.


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Indoor Local Harvests


TWO Burn some calories at Turkey Trot Novemb er

Novemb er to March Missing your local produce? Check out the indoor farmers' market in Danbury. It is held at the Blazing Star Grange (15 North Road) the first Saturday of the month between November and May. There's a variety of farm and craft vendors, and the grange serves a hot breakfast and lunch in the Blazing Star Bistro. Take a trip and stock up on your NH made and NH grown items, including meats, baked goods, honey, jams, preserves, mustards, root crop and chocolates. If there's a blizzard, the market will be held the following Saturday. >> blazingstargrange.org

Don’t be surprised if you see a pilgrim, a turkey or a pumpkin Paul Howe running on Lake Avenue in November. It’s all part of the fun of the annual Sunapee Turkey Trot, a family tradition for racers since 2006. Costumes aren’t required, but they are part of the fun of this 5K race that starts at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. Kids have a 1K fun run at 8:15 a.m. >> sunapeeturkeytrot.com

Sing along at the coffeehouse Novemb er to March If you’re looking for live music, the Sunapee Methodist Church might be the last place you’d look. But on Friday nights in the winter and into the spring, musicians come from far and wide to play for an enthusiastic audience at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse. It’s free to attend (a hat is passed for donations) and you’ll be able to hear some true talent in a rare setting.


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It’s officially winter, and the temperature is about 30 degrees Fahrenheit — definitely a winter coat, hat, scarf and mittens day. So why are Sunapee residents splashing around in the harbor’s wintry waters? It’s the annual Looney Lake Challenge, an event hosted by the Sunapee Harbor Community and Lake Sunapee Regional Chamber of Commerce. Held every year (and hosted by Sunapee Recreation), a few dozen brave souls run into the lake — and quickly run back out — with hundreds of onlookers cheering them on. >> town.sunapee.nh.us


Fly down a hill on a tube Decemb er to Februar y Text and photography by Amy J. Putnam

Standing at the top of the tubing run at Claremont’s Arrowhead Recreation Area, 750 feet looks like a decent length down the hill. But once you’re settled into a tube, the trip down begins — complete with spinning around in circles — and just as quickly comes to an end at the bottom of the hill. Let’s do it again! This is the unquestionable appeal of tubing, and Arrowhead Recreation Area provides a fantastic, family oriented atmosphere for indulging in it. No special skills are needed, no lessons are required. Just purchase a ticket, select a tube, line up at the lift, and the adventure begins. >> arrowheadnh.com



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Take a sleigh ride Decemb er to Februar y As soon as there’s enough snow on the ground, Andover residents Mark Cowdrey and Lea Ayers LaFave offer hay-filled sleigh rides on weekends to friends, families and visitors to the area. Two chestnut Suffolk horses, named Virgil and Woodrow, are hooked up to a red, wooden sleigh filled with hay and woolen blankets. Then it is time for a 40-minute tour of the farm. On a typical sleigh ride, folks can see every part of Ragged View Farm, including a view of Ragged Mountain to the north. >> raggedviewfarm.com

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SEVEN Ski with horses

Januar y and Februar y It’s spectacular to watch. A horse and a rider galloping on a round or straight 1,000-foot course at 40 mph. Behind the horse: a skier or a snowboarder grabbing rings off magnets or navigating jumps. This is skijoring, a sport that combines skiing (or snowboarding) with horses. Locally, there are a few chances to see skijoring in action: a demonstration on the New London town green in January and a two-day event at Parlin Air Field in Newport in February. >> nesja.com


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Knit with friends Novemb er to Februar y


Bring in your knitting project and join the group at the Richards Free Library in Newport. It is a fun way to get out of the house, make new friends, and enjoy a time honored New England tradition. The knitting group is scheduled for every third Tuesday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. All levels are welcome. >> newport.lib.nh.us


Take a tour of inside art Novemb er to Februar y

Creativity abounds in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area, and, in addition to galleries, you’ll find art on display for the public in a variety of places: New London Hospital, Center for the Arts Micro Galleries at four local businesses and at MainStreet Marketplace & Gallery at MainStreet BookEnds. Peruse at your leisure during business hours, or attend opening receptions for each new exhibit. >> newlondonhospital.org >> centerfortheartsnh.org >> mainstreetbookends.com







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If You Like Ice

Here are three things to do if you don’t mind frozen water and below-freezing temperatures.

ONE: Ice skating

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TEN Enjoy 10 days of winter

It’s a tradition in many Kearsarge area towns to flood a section of the town green in the winter to create a skating rink. In New London, you can spend a day on the ice at the Bob Andrews Memorial Ice Rink, which sits between the New London Town Offices and the historic New London Inn on Main Street. In Sunapee, ice can

Februar y For 10 days, the town of Newport is transformed into a winter wonderland. You can start the Newport Winter Carnival festivities with a pancake breakfast, and end the day with midnight skating. If you’re feeling competitive, there’s a hot dog eating contest, adult broom hockey, a snowshoe race and a photography contest at the Library Arts Center. >> newportwintercarnival.org

This event always falls in between magazine issues, but you should make it a standard item on your holiday calendar.

Take a holiday house tour November

The historic main house at The Fells is stunning on its own, but just you wait until you see it after local professional interior designers, floral artists, decorators and talented volunteers use their talents to create this one-of-a-kind Christmas showcase. It's a lovely day to spend with family and friends touring the house, noshing at the Dining Room Café, and checking out the holiday gift boutique stocked with work from local artisans. >> thefells.org


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be found on Veterans Field on Route 11. Newport also has a sizeable rink on its town common. Each offer different benefits — warming hut, lights, free skates — but all are great fun. Look for rinks to start popping up in mid-December. >> nlrec.com >> town.sunapee.nh.us

TWO: Ice harvesting

Januar y

The sun is shining, but with the wind whipping across Kezar Lake it’s a little colder than you would expect. But a little New England weather doesn’t deter the hundreds of spectators that have come to watch volunteers help with Ice Harvest Day, an annual event held by the Muster Field Farm Museum in North Sutton. Volunteers show up around 9 a.m. with trucks and trailers. They use historic ice cutting tools, stored off season in Ezekiel Little Barn, like pros.

They lift 200-pound ice “cakes” out of the lake with the fulcrum, built in 1988 out of hemlock, and seamlessly deliver them to a team waiting by a truck. Then truck after truck transports ice cakes from Kezar Lake to Watters Ice House on Muster Field Farm. The ice is used at the farm stand, and during Farm Days in August to help food vendors keep their products cold. >> musterfieldfarm.com

THREE: Ice sailing

Februar y

On windy days, you might see kites and sails out on the lake. Winter sailors are taking advantage of the wind power for a new sport: ice sailing. Some ice sailors

use sails attached to sleds or boats while others use large kites while wearing skis, skates or snowboards on their feet. Sunapee is favored for ice sailing because it is situated at 1,100 feet above sea level, which means it freezes earlier than many lakes — even ones much farther north — and it stays frozen longer. Charlie Meding, a native of the Sunapee area who has been ice sailing for two decades, says, “Lake Sunapee is perfect for ice sailing because it

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runs north to south. Most of the wind comes from the west, so we have nice long rides up and down the lake.” Bonus: the scenery is beautiful. — Barbra Alan

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Gallery of Gifts

Until Dec. 23

Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stunning necklaces, colorful felted handbags, delicately carved pottery, handmade soaps and glass ornaments — get your entire holiday list taken care of at The Gallery of Gifts, an annual exhibit at the Library Arts Center. Hundreds of local and regional artisans and crafters are featured in a boutique-style setting. >> Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H. >> libraryartscenter.org

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AVA Gallery Annual Sale & Exhibition Until Dec. 24

Times vary daily

The Holiday Sale & Exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to find unique, locally made handcrafted gifts for your friends and family. The exhibition is replenished as the work sells, so be sure to visit often. >> AVA Gallery, 11 Bank Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> avagallery.org

Small Business Saturday Saturday, Nov. 26 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Forget Black Friday — shop right here in our local communities! Not only will you find great deals, you’ll find unique gift items, attention to detail, and superior customer service. Look for the Small Business Saturday logo at shops across the area! >> lakesunapeenh.org >> newportnhchamber.org >> kearsargechamber.org

Clara’s Dream — A Nutcracker Story Thursday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 4

Join the City Center Ballet for a seasonal favorite. The dreams of the season are brought to life with magical, ever-changing backdrops and costumes that shimmer with winter’s crystalline beauty. >> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Cost: $12 to $18 >> CityCenterBallet.org

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Starry Starry Weekend

First Fridays Music Fete

Times vary daily

5 to 7 p.m.

Celebrate the holidays with the merchants and artisans of Hopkinton and Contoocook Villages! Fun events and activities are planned all weekend — and you can enjoy some wonderful shopping and dining. Be sure to look for Christmas at the Depot, the Cookie Walk at the Contoocook United Methodist Church, and a family art program at the historical society.

First Friday fun with the Center for the Arts! This holiday event features a visit from Santa, tree lighting, and holiday music for all ages. You’ll hear The KRES Chime Tones, The Exit 13 Tuba Quartet, the Sunapee Flute Choir, and participate in a community sing along, if you’d like.

Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 4

>> starrystarryweekend.blogspot.com

Friday, Dec. 2

>> Whipple Hall, 429 Main Street, New London, N.H.

The Hanover Garden Club Annual Holiday Sale

>> centerfortheartsnh. org

Saturday, Dec. 3 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Discover unique boxwood trees, table centerpieces and other holiday decorations at this annual holiday sale. You’ll also find gifts to round out your holiday list: jewelry, books and gardening gloves. >> The Black Community Center, 48 Lebanon Street, Hanover, N.H. >> hanovergardenclub.org

Holiday Craft Fair Saturday, Dec. 3 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wilmot Community Association’s Annual Holiday Craft Fair features 60 varied craft and food vendors under one roof. Be sure to line up for the renowned Wilmot Ladies Aid Cookie Walk. You’ll be able to select from hundreds of homemade cookies, brownies, tiny tarts and other small baked goods to enjoy yourself or give as gifts. Food and beverages will be sold during the day at Rachel’s Café. >> New London Outing Club, 14 Cougar Court, New London, N.H. >> wilmotcommunityassociation.org


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Contoocook Artisans Holiday Craft Fair

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Saturday, Dec. 3 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As part of Starry Starry Weekend, the Contoocook Artisans celebrate the holidays with a juried craft fair, featuring 35-plus local artisans. >> St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, 354 Main Street, Hopkinton, N.H.


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Warner’s Annual Holiday Shopping Tour

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Saturday, Dec. 3 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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Winter Gathering

>> Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

>> Cost: $5 each, $20 family

Winter is the traditional time for storytelling in Native American cultures, and this celebration at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum presents several Native storytellers sharing their stories. The day’s events also include crafts, games, traditional wood carving demonstrations and a sale at the museum store.

>> IndianMuseum.org

Saturday, Dec. 3

A Dicken’s Christmas Saturday, Dec. 3 6 p.m.

Rebecca Rule, author and storyteller, will delight Rosewood guests during the colorful Christmas season. There’s an overnight guest package for out-of-town visitors, and local residents can reserve a spot for the holiday dinner buffet and the reading. >> Rosewood Country Inn, 67 Pleasant View Road, Bradford, N.H. >> Package is room rate plus $25; dinner plus reading is $45 >> rosewoodcountryinn.com

Holiday Open House Sunday, Dec. 4

Annual Tree Lighting Sunday, Dec. 4 5 to 6 p.m.

Come celebrate the holiday season at Newbury’s annual tree lighting. Sing Christmas carols, light the tree, and help yourself to refreshments. >> Center Meeting House, 945 Route 103, Newbury, N.H. >> Free >> centermeetinghouse.org

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Step back in time to a holiday season in the 19th century. Shop the country store, listen to strolling musicians, watch a blacksmith at work in the forge, and enjoy homemade refreshments. You can also view Silent Auction offerings and bid on a variety of antiques, collectibles and favorite items — all of which would make a great holiday gift. >> New London Historical Society, 179 Little Sunapee Road, New London >> Adults, $3; children 12 and under, free >> newlondonhistoricalsociety.org


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Beginning Ballroom Dancing Monday, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26 6 p.m.

Learn to dance! The December session is Waltz for Beginners with Natalie Mavor-Miles of the Newport Ballroom Dance Studio. Other sessions include rumba (March), tango (April) and cha cha (May). Register online at nlrec.com or call Scott Blewitt, recreation director, at 526-6401.

Christmas Open Mic & Sing Along Friday, Dec. 9 7 p.m.

Join emcees Al Carruth and EJ Tretter for a holiday themed open mic at the Sunapee Coffeehouse. Stop by to listen or join in by signing up on site with the host for 15 minutes (or three songs). You might hear some new local talent or a storyteller! Tea, coffee and snacks are available.

>> Whipple Hall, 429 Main Street, New London, N.H.

>> Sunapee Methodist Church, 9 Lower Main Street, Sunapee, N.H.

>> $80 couple for a four-week session

>> Free

>> CenterForTheArtsNH.org

>> sunapeecoffeehouse.org

Children’s Christmas Party Saturday, Dec. 10 1 to 4 p.m.

The Children’s Christmas Party, hosted by the Salisbury Historical Society, begins with the arrival of Santa on a fire truck! After a visit with Santa, enjoy face painting, a creative clown making great balloons, Christmas crafts, cookies and Christmas music. All are welcome to enjoy this jolly environment for children and adults. >> Salisbury Town Hall, 9 Old Coach Road, Salisbury Heights, N.H.

CSC Singers Holiday Concert Friday, Dec. 9 7:30 p.m.

“Celebrate the Holiday Season” features student and community vocalists — accompanied by a pianist and flutist — performing traditional and sacred holiday favorites. >> Sawyer Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, New London, N.H.

>> Free

>> Tickets are $5 for general admission and free with a Colby-Sawyer College ID

>> salisburynh.org

>> colby-sawyer.edu

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Gift Boxes Workshop

Wilmot Express

2 to 5 p.m.

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Join artist and retired art teacher, Kate Mortimer, to craft paper gift boxes embellished with unique buttons or beads. Use your handcrafted containers for precious gifts to give to others or to hold your own treasures. Materials available and refreshments provided.

Sponsored by the Wilmot Community Association, Wilmot Public Library and Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department, this family-centered annual event features gingerbread house construction for kids at the WCA’s Red Barn; dinner and Christmas tree lighting at the firehouse; and Santa reading a story at the library.

Sunday, Dec. 11

Sunday, Dec. 11

>> Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 Route 4A, Enfield, N.H. >> $25 per person, $20 members >> shakermuseum.org

Winter Concert Sunday, Dec. 11 2p.m.

Come hear the Kearsarge Community Band, which has grown to around 50 members and boasts full instrumentation and a cadre of talented musicians who play with the band year-round. >> New London Outing Club, 114 Cougar Court, New London, N.H.

Senior Bingo

Wednesdays, Dec. 14, 21, 28 12:45 to 2 p.m.

Join fellow seniors (55 and over) for a game (or two) of bingo! >> Newport Senior Center, 76 South Main Street, Newport, N.H.

>> Wilmot Community Association, 64 Village Road, Wilmot, N.H. >> Wilmot Public Library, 11 North Wilmot Road, Wilmot, N.H. >> Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department, 1 Firehouse Lane, Wilmot, N.H. >> wilmotcommunityassoc.com

>> (603) 863-3177

>> kearsargecommunityband.org

Hanover Christmas Mystery Sunday, Dec. 11 4 and 5 p.m.

Be part of a beloved tradition — now celebrating its 100th year! High school students and local men lend their voices to a choral enactment of the nativity. Audience is invited to bring wrapped gifts to donate to the Upper Valley Haven; gifts should be marked with age and gender of intended recipient. >> Rollins Chapel, College Street, Hanover, N.H. >> Free and open to the public 32

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Christmas Revels

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Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 15 to 18 Various times

Residential, Commercial & Landscape Architecture

Christmas Revels 2016 travels to the beautiful province of Québec with the classic story of The Flying Canoe! A group of lonely voyageurs working in the northern timberland go to extraordinary (one might say devilish) lengths to meet up with their far away sweethearts on a New Year’s Eve. This classic tale gets the Revels treatment with a cast and chorus of regional performers; featured musical artists, Québécois trio Genticorum; and dancer Louis Gloutnez.

We don’t worry about our kids getting lost.

>> Hopkins Center, 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H. >> $8 to $38 >> revelsnorth.org/christmas-revels

Tuba Christmas Sunday, Dec. 18 2 p.m.

Since 1974, tuba, sousaphone, euphonium and baritone horn players from across the nation play Christmas carols, first with instruments only and then with everyone singing along. >> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H. >> tubachristmas.org

So, no, we have no idea where they are right now. And that’s just fine with us.


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Quaint Christmas Eve Henniker Community Market Saturday, Dec. 24

Thursdays, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26

5 p.m.

4 to 7 p.m.

All are welcome to participate in this annual Bradford event featuring a pageant and carol singing, followed by cookies and cocoa in the school house. Dress warm!

A year-round farmers market provides the Henniker area with consistent access to fresh and local food in all seasons. You’ll also find locally made preserves, knit wear, fruit wine, soaps and baked beans. Come check it out!

>> The Bradford Center Meetinghouse, Rowe Mountain Road, Bradford, N.H.

>> Henniker Community Center, 57 Main Street, Henniker, N.H. >> hennikerfarmersmarket.com

>> Free and open to the public >> For your child to play a part, call 938-2909. To lend your voice to the choir loft, call 938-5372.

First Fridays Coffeehouse and Open Mike Friday, Jan. 6 7 to 9 p.m.

Warm up with music on a cold night. Open Mike sign up begins at 6 p.m.; show begins at 7 p.m. Settle in to enjoy an evening of music, song and spoken word. Light refreshments served. >> Whipple Hall, 429 Main Street, New London, N.H. >> Free and open to the public >> centerfortheartsnh.org

Lake Morey Skate-A-Thon Sunday, Jan. 15 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy spectacular scenery along the 4.5 mile groomed skating trail during this noncompetitive day of ice skating. Pre-register for free skate rentals (while supplies last), hot chocolate, soup and a raffle ticket. Earn an extra raffle ticket for every lap around the lake. Proceeds support the Upper Valley Trails Alliance and maintenance of the ice skating trail. >> Lake Morey Inn and Resort, 1 Clubhouse Road, Fairlee, Vt. >> Adults, $20 to $25; kids, $10 to $15 >> uvtrails.org

Full Moon Fiesta Saturday, Jan. 21 6 to 8 p.m.

Get active outdoors this winter! At this progressive dinner, the whole family can travel by snowshoe, ski or snowboard at Storrs Hill Ski Lodge. Local sponsoring restaurants will offer 34

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light food and hot beverages as you get out and enjoy the snow and some delicious food. Proceeds benefit the Recreation & Parks Scholarship Fund and the Lebanon Outing Club. This is an eco-friendly event; please bring your own mug, spoon and bowl. >> Storrs Hill Ski Lodge, 60 Spring Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Age 13+, $10; age 6 to 12, $5, 5 and under, free; $30 max per family >> recreation.lebnh.net

Cinderella Tuesday, Jan. 31 7 p.m.

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings the world’s most beloved ballet to glorious life! This company of distinguished dancers has showcased the unparalleled art of Russian ballet to countries throughout the world. >> Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street, Concord, N.H. >> Free >> ccanh.com

Newport Historical Society Museum Sunday, Feb. 5 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Browse the museum’s two stories with displays of furnishings, historical items and identified photos. Typically open on Sundays to anyone interested in local history.

Newport Winter Carnival

>> Newport Historical Society Museum, 20 Central Street, Newport, N.H.

For 10 days, the small town of Newport, New Hampshire will be transformed into a winter wonderland landscape of activities: midnight skating, pancake breakfasts, horse-drawn wagon rides, fireworks, games, food and music.

>> newportnhhistory.org

Feb. 5 to 14, 2016

>> Free

>> Newport, N.H. >> newportwintercarnival.org Rachel Stark

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Tuesday, Feb. 14 7:30 p.m.

Eastman Trails Day Sunday, Feb. 8 10 a.m.

Come celebrate winter and support the Upper Valley Trails Alliance at the Eastman Cross Country Ski Center. Enjoy 30 kilometers of trails groomed for skiing and snowshoeing, and guided trips by our special guests. Proceeds support the Upper Valley Trails Alliance’s work on the development, use and maintenance of trails in the region. Equipment rentals and food available. >> Eastman Cross Country Ski Center, 10 Clubhouse Lane, Grantham, N.H.

With “a deep contralto as smooth and dark as the richest espresso” (Jazz Times, November 2007,) awardwinning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole has made an impressive impact on audiences ever since she first took the stage as a teenager.

>> Cost for a ski pass: adult, $12; juniors, $8

>> Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street, Concord, N.H.

>> uvtrails.org

>> Free >> ccanh.com

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Culinary Claremont Foodies flock to Claremont’s historic downtown for specialty foods and eclectic dining.


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By Patrick O’Grady Photography by Jim Block


Leslie Marston

laremont’s historic downtown has become a destination for specialty foods and eclectic dining. Restaurants and food establishments are carving successful niches and attracting loyal customers far beyond city limits. The explosion of tastes and flavors along Pleasant Street and around Opera House Square range from authentic Jamaican jerk chicken and Latin dishes to American barbecue and freshly made deli sandwiches. Complementing it all are stores selling fresh spices and seasonings, locally grown and produced food products, cooking wares, wines from around the world and custom cakes. “We are surprised at our success beyond the local area; they come from Boston, Nashua, Manchester, Portsmouth and so on,” says David Lucier, owner of Claremont Spice & Dry goods on Tremont Street, just off the square. “We have even had some customers here from New York City. We never expected the volume we are seeing. It has outgrown what we originally conceived.”

Kitchen essentials

Last year, Lucier renovated an adjacent and larger storefront for his shop and Leslie Marston opened A Thyme to Cook in Lucier’s previous location. Marston, who owns A Thyme to Cook and Leslie’s Tavern in Rockingham, Vt., says pairing her business with a spice shop seemed like a good opportunity. “Dave and I got to know each other through his spice store. ›››››

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We thought the two would be a really good combination and it is,” Marston says. Marston’s store sells just about any kitchen gadget for creating a meal at home or in a restaurant. “I talk about food with chefs all the time and they come in to buy certain things,” says Marston, a certified pastry chef.

“We use the motto ‘for cooks and by cooks’.”

Cakes and sweets

A lot of retailers have come and gone downtown, many leaving in favor of locations with higher traffic counts. Simply Sweet Creations Owners Katrina Spear and her mother, Heidi Leslie,

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went against the tide and have no regrets. When they decided to move out of a commercial building on Summer Street about two years ago, they choose a Pleasant Street storefront. “Our business has doubled since we came over here,” says Leslie, taking a break from the hectic schedule of making custom cakes for weddings and other occasions. “We are also seeing a lot more foot traffic.” Leslie and Spear started the business from home in 2009. They sell a variety of baked goods, cater functions for area companies — often with their pink “Cupcake Truck” — but it is their personalized cakes that are the mainstay. “For wedding cakes, some of our customers are from Connecticut or Massachusetts and are coming up here to get married,” says Spear, adding that vanilla raspberry and lemon are popular for weddings. A three-tier cake cost about $200 and five tier as much as $600. “Some have told us our prices are so much more reasonable than other places,” Leslie says. Last spring, Spear and Leslie opened Country Pleasantries next to their bakery, selling ice cream and items made by local artisans.

Local food

Across Pleasant Street from Simply Sweet Creations is April Woodman’s 100 Mile Market. Opened in May with the goal of attracting a customer base keen on eating locally produced food, Woodman says she is pleased with her first few months. The business sells 40

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Simply Sweet Creations

only food items grown or produced within 100 miles of Claremont and includes maple syrup, dried soups, venison, pork and beef, ice cream, milk, cheeses, fresh fruit in season, fresh baked goods, even seafood bought off the boat and fresh frozen.

One morning in late June, Woodman had just returned with several quarts of just-picked strawberries from Peachblow Farms in Charlestown. She was in the kitchen in the back of the store, hands covered in flour, making cookies and scones. “Overall it has been very positive,” says Woodman. “We have had people come down from Lebanon but also from Newport and Walpole. We hope they make our store part of their shopping trip, coming here first before going to the (larger) grocery store.” Woodman says the store’s concept matches the growing trend of people wanting to avoid processed food as much as possible and develop a better understanding of where their food comes from. “We live in a rural area. There is a huge bounty available and most people don’t know how to tap into it,” Woodman says. “And ›››››

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Fresh produce and more at 100 Mile Market

those that do know, they don’t have time to drive to different places. So the goal is to have it all in one place. We are building relationships with the farmers and with the producers.”

International food

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At the far southern end of Pleasant Street, Errol Letman opened his Sunshine Cook Shop last year in a tiny storefront that has victimized more than a few restaurants over the years that couldn’t overcome the lack of visibility. The menu is brief — jerk or curry chicken and goat, oxtail, curry and red beans and rice with several side dishes including sweet potato pie — but

Letman believes his unique offerings will have appeal to anyone who wants to enjoy a “taste of the island.” “I have customers that come down from Lebanon, some from Springfield, Vt.,” says Letman. “I know a guy who comes a couple of times a week from Bellows Falls.” Letman learned to cook in his native Jamaica from his grandmother. He came to the United States about 15 years ago to help with the harvest at area farms. In his second summer in Claremont he began cooking at farmers’ markets, which he still does at Lebanon, Claremont and Newport. “I always wanted to open a restaurant. I saw this place and decided to inquire with the owner,” Letman says. “It is very encouraging. I have people I see every week.”

The explosion of tastes and flavors along Pleasant Street and around Opera House Square range from authentic Jamaican jerk chicken and Latin dishes to American barbecue and freshly made deli sandwiches. Shane Bodkins and Isabel Guillen opened New Socials Bar and Grill on Opera House Square in the renovated Brown Block in 2010 and three years later started

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Revolution Cantina, also on the Square, serving Latin American fare. With seating for about 140 inside and several tables set up on the sidewalk in warm weather, Revolution Cantina has won over many diners. “They come from all over: New London, Woodstock, Lebanon, Ludlow,” Bodkins says.

Bodkins says he and Guillen, who is from Bolivia and lived in Venezuela before coming to Miami as a child, offer familiar American and Mexican dishes. But look closer at the menu and there is also fare representing South and Central America and Cuba. There is a peanut soup from Guillen’s family recipe, ›››››

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a traditional Cuban sandwich, and a savory rice and seafood dish called paella. Bodkins and Guillen recently sold New Socials to Mike and Christine Charest of Claremont, who changed the name to Taverne on the Square. Mike Charest says they have kept most of what made New Socials successful while expanding the menu. “We are serving barbecue now and it is a big hit,” Charest says. The Charests also enlarged the bar area with 16 craft beers on tap and the restaurant is now open on Sundays. Several storefronts away in the late 19th century Moody building, Alison Raymond and Marilyn Harris sell a wide selection of wines from around the world at Bouteille (French 44

for bottle) Wine & Gift Merchants that they opened in November 2014. So whether you savor spicy, sweet or in something between — or perhaps want to cook at home — Claremont’s downtown offers the right combination to satisfy your palate.

Patrick O’Grady is an editor and reporter for the Valley News. Previously he was managing editor for the Eagle Times. He is the author of Replicate: The Rebuilding of the Corbin Covered Bridge in Newport, N.H.

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Shane Bodkins

Revolution Cantina Claremont restaurant offers a fusion of Latin America and Northern New England. By Kim J. Gifford Sitting under an umbrella eating a Cuban sandwich and plantain chips outside Revolution Cantina feels exotic enough to be an adventure. Owners Shane Bodkins and Isabel Guillen have found the means to take their community on a culinary adventure. Revolution Cantina offers a blend of Mexi-Latin recipes with a menu of options to satisfy a variety of tastes. General Manager Conlin Smith explains it like this. “If you are coming in with a group of friends, you don’t want that one person to have a terrible time. We have a little bit for everyone,” he says. “If you want to go crazy, get the Mexican Street Fight. If your friend doesn’t, he can have the cheese quesadilla.” The menu features a mix of cuisine from Mexican tacos and burritos to Peruvian Lomo Saltado, stir-fry steak, onions, peppers and tomatoes over jalapeno risotto; Cuban Lechon Asado, mojo marinated shredded pork and onions over yellow rice; and Costa Rican Casado, a platter of black beans,

quinoa and brown rice salad. Guillen notes that one of their challenges since starting the restaurant is that everyone has a different view of what authentic means. “Even in the United States the preparation of dishes varies from region to region,” she says. The recipes offered at Revolution Cantina are not professing to necessarily be authentic, but rather to provide a fusion of Latin American flavors. The idea for the restaurant emerged after Bodkins, who grew up in Claremont, spent a prolonged period of time in San Diego, visiting Mexico and getting acquainted with Mexican cuisine and culture. When he returned to Claremont, he wanted to introduce some of his favorites to his own community. His partner, Guillen, also wanted to share the food she had been raised on in Bolivia and Miami. “The recipes are based on personal experience, family recipes and those of friends, as well as our own travels. We always try to do a twist to make it a little bit more interesting,” she says. Take the aforementioned Mexican Street Fight, a favorite among many. This dish features pan-seared steak, chicken and chorizo simmered in hot smoked paprika cream with onions,

peppers and corn over rice. It stemmed from Bodkins’ early visit to Tijuana. “I was a fish out of water. There were thousands of people and a lot of farm animals running around — chickens, a donkey painted like a zebra, cows. It looked like an animal street fight. Of course, the dish has all of these different meats combined — pork, chicken, steak — so it was just a natural translation,” he says. When Bodkins and Guillen named the restaurant Revolution Cantina, hoping to revolutionize the taste buds of the region, they made sure to emphasize the “love” in the word Revolution by spelling it backwards to underscore the love that goes into each dish they prepare. It is a love that comes back to them in the feedback of customers who praise everything from the Sunday brunch to the daily availability of pitchers of margaritas. “It’s one of our favorite places,” says Katie Burke of Windsor, Vt. “Their steak is out of this world — on nachos, in chimichangas, quesadillas — seriously, it’s amazing. Perfectly marinated and super tender, worth the trip every time.” Writer Kim J. Gifford lives in Vermont with hergrumble of pugs — Alfie, Amore and Waffles. She teaches memoir and creative writing and sells her photography and artwork through her website: pugsandpics.com

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Saving Places Local nonprofits are renovating and saving historic sites in New England Text and photos by Laura Jean Whitcomb


etting ready for yearend giving? Consider saving a building — a historic building that represents the heart and soul of a community. Local nonprofit organizations are restoring, renovating and protecting structures of historic significance, such as meeting houses and town halls, across New Hampshire. Here are two places in the Kearsarge region that could use your support.

The Harbor House Livery

When someone says “town center”, what’s the first word (or words) that comes to mind? If you said town hall, you’re not alone. Sunapee hopes to save the Old Town Hall, also known as the Old Livery Stable, a building “that embodies much of the civic and social history of Sunapee,” says James L. Garvin, state architectural historian at the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. “It is a beloved landmark, long regarded as a symbol of the community and adapted with imagination and determination to serve the community in ever-changing ways.” And change it has. Built in 1890 to stable 30 houses for the Harbor House Hotel, the livery on 58 Main Street had 48

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various owners (Moses F. Knowlton and S. A. French) and expansions before it was deeded to the town by Bert Sawyer in 1920. Since then, the building has been the town office, the municipal court, home to the water and sewer department, storage for the recreation department, the police department, a meeting place for the local Boy Scout troop and a thrift store. Today it is the home base for the Sunapee Heritage Alliance, a nonprofit group with the mission to “engage in preservation and revitalization efforts related to historic properties to ensure the protection of our architectural and cultural heritage.” The Sunapee Heritage Alliance has done a lot of work to make the livery a usable space. The second floor was “packed with everything the town didn’t know what to do with,” says a tour guide during a summer open house. It took months to clean out items — some of which were donated to the Sunapee Historical Society — and sweep away 100 years of dust. The old town meeting chairs were repaired and polished, and the floors were varnished. “Repurposing the Livery into a resource for the greater Sunapee community is our goal,” says Barbara Sullivan, chair of the Sunapee Heritage Alliance. “We are working to create a sustainable year-round venue, with space on the main floor available for meetings, fairs, performances and even private parties.” More work still needs to be done. The horse ramp — one of the few remaining in New England — from the first floor to the second floor needs restoration. The third floor, with its gorgeous beams and lake breezes, does not have heat or plumbing. But as you walk through this old building, it is easy to see the possibility of making the livery a center for music, art and community. People interested in supporting a new future for the Harbor House Livery can mail donations to Sunapee Heritage Alliance, P.O. Box 411, Georges Mills, NH 03751. Learn more at sunapeeheritage.org or thelivery.org Top: A view of the covered bridge Bottom: The old horse ramp


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Old Webster Meeting House

Once there was a meeting house in Boscawen. But it was the eastern part of town, and the folks in the west were tired of traveling the five-mile distance. So in 1791 the residents of the westerly part of town erected a second meeting house. They hired native joiner and carpenter Samuel Jackman (1749-1845) to build a virtual twin of the Boscawen meeting house, which was built in 1769. The cost: $110.68, plus nearly $20 worth of rum. According to the Webster Historical Society website, Westerly Meeting House, as it was named, was one of some 70 known examples of meeting houses built between 1772 and 1804 that had end porches or stair towers providing access to the galleries. Alterations in 1844 removed the stairs, but the gallery remains. In 1942, the meeting house was moved from its original site to a new location “up the hill” to save it from being destroyed by the Blackwater Dam flood control project. An organization formed quickly to purchase the building, which was slated


The Meeting House in 2016 (top) and in 1899 (bottom)

for demolition. The association was incorporated as The Society for the Preservation of the Old Meeting House in Webster, New Hampshire, and remains the owner of the

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structure. In 1985, the building — the only structure in central New Hampshire that retains the essential form of the typical 18th century meeting house — was added


to The National Register of Historic Places. “The fact that it has survived all these years when so many others have been destroyed or reconfigured into something else is in itself one reason to love it. The society raised enough to have the building moved back in 1942 and has worked to maintain it ever since,” says Dorothy Bourque, member of the Webster Historical Society. “It now serves as a museum with pictures, tools, clothing and much more on display. Plus there is more to see in the reproduction horse shed, such as a fairly rare pair of mast wheels.” Although the old girl is still looking pretty good at age 225, it could use some attention. The Webster Historical Society is looking for donations to the maintenance fund, which supports projects like replacing clapboards and repainting the exterior. You can donate online or send a check payable to the Webster Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Learn more at websterhistoricalsociety.org

Laura Jean Whitcomb lives in Grantham, N.H. She volunteers at the Grantham Historical Society when she can.

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Diamonds by the Square Jozach Jewelers belives the most satisfying and quality experience will always come from a locally owned, hometown jeweler. Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root


hey are two of a kind and they’re dealing diamonds in Claremont’s city center. Welcome to Jozach Jewelers on 1 Pleasant Street. One step into the charming and luxurious store has a customer

Lori Roy and Jordan Schucart have personality in spades and knowledge in years — 40 years combined, to be exact. instantly feeling the exquisiteness, passion and thoughtfulness that is Jozach Jewelers. They’re a full service jeweler and carry a large variety of merchandise, designed by artisans from New England and around the world. However, the true gems are the mother and daughter duo.

Decades of knowledge

Lori Roy and Jordan Schucart have personality in spades and knowledge in years — 40 years combined, to be exact. Roy, a graduate of Gemological Institute of

America Inc. in Santa Monica, Calif., has been involved in the jewelry business since 1985, when her love affair with beautiful bling began. She has worked in the corporate and the small business worlds, beginning in a mall jewelry store to a bigger business in California. Upon returning to the East Coast, she co-owned and operated her own store in Keene, N.H., for 15 years. In 2008, a new chapter opened and brought her to a management position at a fine jewelry store in West Lebanon, N.H. ›››››

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“I was taught a totally different end of the business which was manufacturing. I was working in a small family business with a great staff and incredible mentors,” she says. Through all of these business experiences, Roy grew in a multitude of directions. She is quick to credit many loved ones, teachers and challenges for bringing herself and her daughter to their dream of working together. Roy and Schucart opened Jozach Jewelers in the summer of 2015. “We love to work together,” Roy says. “Jordan was raised in the business and has always understood the


demands. I couldn’t ask for a better business partner, we discuss everything before we move forward. I have my duties, she has hers and we have ours.” Roy’s work ethic comes from her parents. She spent long hours working with them at their restaurant in Maine, learning by example to always finish what you start. Schucart grew up in the jewelry business and the same role modeling took place. Her wings grew and she soared into her own jeweled future working in the Diamond District on 47th Street in New York City and in the corporate world, too. Schucart has a Graduate Gemology

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Degree from the Gemological Institute of America Inc. in New York City. Timing is everything. Both of their lives aligned, circumstances were ideal and Jozach Jewelers took on its shape. Roy’s husband Jim played a significant role in the new venture, one of her biggest encouragers and a constant fixture during all stages of development.

Gems and jewels

Looking back, it’s clear that life’s twists and turns delivered them, beautifully, to this new and sparkly space. Between the twinkling jewels, you’ll also find a large assortment of unique gifts and


More than a year later, the business is bright as the diamonds they sell.

regionally made creations. This gives Jozach Jewelers a distinct and fabulous flair. They could have opened this one-on-one customer service business anywhere. They specifically chose Claremont, where they can be involved in downtown revitalization, fundraise for nonprofit organizations, and service the people they know. They’re among friends in this tightknit community. To the Jozach ladies, the customer experience is the driving force behind their establishment. Their hearts are in every interaction, from the time spent listening to the customers’ visions to the fulfillment of their desires. The dazzle is in the details,

understanding that each customer comes in with different size wallets and reasons for shopping. “We have everything from gorgeous estate jewelry to today’s top designers’ jewelry,” says Schucart. Their excitement is undeniable. Schucart gleams when describing their new and exclusive line of men’s wedding bands. “Men now have the ability to choose exactly what they want. The shape, style, size and material can all be customized, making the band as unique as the individual who’ll wear it,” she says. “The bride’s choices remain endless and timeless.” More than a year later, the business is bright as the diamonds they sell. “I feel pride and a sense of

accomplishment. There is no better feeling than owning your own business,” says Roy. But this life experience is only one of her biggest accomplishments. “I’m most proud of raising my children to succeed. My son fought the war in Iraq and came home safe. My daughter received her graduate diploma.” It only made sense for the store to be named after them — Jordan and Zach.

Leigh Ann Root lives in Newbury, N.H., with her husband, Jonathan, and two children, Parker and Joleigh. WEB jozachjewelers.net

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Many of us struggle with the art of gift giving. When we’re seeking something special for someone who has everything or someone who is hard to buy for, it can be stressful and downright joyless. If it’s the thought that counts, why not think differently?

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Most often, the times in our lives that have been meaningful have typically been associated with something we did or something that we were a part of. Our memories become a part of the fabric of who we are. The good ones resonate and leave us feeling joy long after the time has passed. My children have been the fortunate recipients of “experience gifts.” Each holiday season they receive tickets to a future event to be attended with their aunt and uncle. It is an outing — time spent, food eaten, and a show seen. The memories last, feelings linger, and they look forward to it every holiday season. This has left an inerasable mark on my children’s life; it’s thoughtful and it connects. Many local venues offer opportunities for experience gift giving. It can be as simple as pizza and movie tickets to fancier fare and an opera house show. The key is to give a gift with a date, something to be used in the near future. Try including yourself (the gift giver) as part of the gift — there is nothing more special than giving our time to the ones we love.

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Health & fitness ideas

Keelin Studio for Strength and Wellness ~ keelinstudio.com Mountainside Racquet and Fitness Center ~ mountainsiderfc.com The Outing Club ~ theoutingclub.net

There is an abundance of sport and fitness related programming at many of the local community centers and health clubs. Memberships are always popular gift for the season. You can take it a step further by giving personal training session or passes to specialized fitness classes. For something different, L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School (in West Lebanon and Concord) has gift cards for their programs: stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and fly-fishing. This is a great option for the outdoor enthusiast in your life.


Salty Dog Strength Conditioning and Wellness ~ saltydogscwnh.com The Yoga Connection ~ yogaconnection.us Newport Fitness & Spa ~ newportfit.com Namaste Newport ~ namastenewport.org Newport Recreation Department ~ newportrec.com Real Steel Fitness ~ facebook.com/Realsteelfitnessnh Claremont Savings Bank Community Center ~ claremontnh.com/residents/departments/parks-and-recreation L.L. Bean ~ llbean.com

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Helping hands

Most of us cannot afford to give a new car as a gift. So how about giving someone that new car smell instead? A car detailing gift certificate is a gift that someone will enjoy day after day, once the service has been done. You can wrap it up the gift card with a personalized keychain and a sweet smelling car freshener.

Clean house, clean car

Debbie’s Auto Detailing, Enfield ~ debbiesdetailing.com Claremont Reconditioning, Claremont ~ claremontreconditioning.com Come-2-You Mobile Detailing Specialist, Henniker ~ come2youdetailing.com Who doesn’t love a clean house? There are many local agencies that specialize in residential cleaning, de-cluttering and organizing. A clean house is just like a great meal — better when someone else does it. Upper Valley Cleaning, LLC, Hanover ~ uppervalleycleaning.com Right Way Cleaning, LLC, Lebanon ~ rightwaycleaning.com B’s Cleaning & Handywoman Services, Claremont ~ bs-cleaning-handywomanservices.com Hire a handyman for a day and get that honey-do list done for someone you love. This professional can touch up paint, fix molding, change light bulbs, and do any other light home repairs for a fraction of the cost of a major contractor. Burt Handyman, LLC, New London ~ burthandyman.com Harbor Handiman, Newbury ~ Harborhandiman.com You Name It, Handyman Services, LLC, Claremont ~ ynihandyman.com Whether a gift is given or received, anything given with thought from the heart lights up the season.

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A Love of Books John Rauscher, owner of Molly Stark Bindery, has a passion for preserving antique volumes. by Rosanna Long


sed book store owners tend to find themselves surrounded by books that “need help” — torn covers, broken bindings, missing boards and overall wear. At least that is what John Rauscher, owner of Molly Stark Bindery, discovered. Rauscher owns Boomers Books on Route 114 in Weare, N.H., where he has been selling used and antiquarian books since 1995. After years of accumulating books that needed repair and conservation, Rauscher found himself drawn to the art of book bindery. He already had gained a fine reputation on an international level as a miniature military model builder, so the intricate detail and craftsmanship involved in repairing old tomes held a natural appeal. He did his research and selected a master book binder in Vermont where he apprenticed for two years. In 2010 Rauscher converted the one-car garage between his home and Boomers Books into a fullfledged bindery. Rauscher found that book conservation combined his

A restoration, before and after

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John Rauscher, owner of Molly Stark Bindery, discovered that book conservation combined his love of books with his deep interest of history. love of books with his deep interest and knowledge of history. He has two degrees in history: a bachelor’s from Union College in European history and a master’s in British history from Norwich University. It is this love of the history of each volume that drives him to maintain as much of the original integrity of the book as possible. Rauscher has many private clients, some of them avid collectors of 18th century literature and books. But he also repairs many family bibles. And not all of his work is historical. He also does thesis binding. And a large percentage of his clientele is municipalities. He does conservation/repair work for towns and their historical societies — preserving old documents and books — as well as new

binding of town reports and such. Rauscher is quite busy. At this point, most projects are running about three months out. And his website gives a sense of why. There is a step-by-step photographic guide detailing the process of a rebinding a book. The steps are numerous and as Rauscher explained, in between each step he has to allow for ample drying time. This is an art that requires not only precision, but patience. Book binding, conservation, repair, and restoration is an art. Even the choosing of materials is integral to the process and final result. Molly Stark Bindery offers a wide array of paper, cloth, and leather choices ordered directly from a source in

Scotland. And Rauscher even has access to some book cloths going back 40 years, which provides color and texture match not found in contemporary materials and will fit into classic collections. Rauscher’s favorite part of the process of book binding is making a case or a hard cover. Although he doesn’t mind the sewing, it is the creation, or the re-creation of the shell of the book that truly satisfies him. And as he says “giving the book new life is awesome.” Rauscher feels strongly that in this age of ereaders, that the artistry and the physicality of a real book is not lost or forgotten; most especially one so cherished and read that it is in need of repair.

Rosanna Eubank Long is the director of the Wilmot Public Library and has her own art advisory and estate appraisal business. She is deeply enamored with books, especially old ones with beautiful covers. Planning a project for 2017? Call us today! Sunapee, NH 603.763.6440 docksource.com


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


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On the Road Fall (and early winter) Fun with Kearsarge Magazine Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root

Kearsarge Magazine is On the Road! We love our neck of the woods and we’ve been busy finding out, first hand, what’s happening all around us. We’ve traveled the roads and routes of our communities; stopping in to see what’s new with local businesses, connecting with organizations, talking to people, and learning so much. We can’t keep all this valuable information to ourselves, so we’re sharing it here — and on social media, too! In September, we swung in to see the friendly faces at Belletetes in Sunapee, N.H. They spoke about their quality products, told us about their current sales, and we

witnessed their exceptional service. In October, a visit to New London was a must with the Return of the Pumpkin People. Congratulations to Tucker’s, this year’s business

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winner, and to our longtime advertiser (and friends) Bonin Architects for their structurally fun King Kong display, which received honorable mention. We celebrated with local lender Sugar

River Bank during their Customer Appreciation Day and enjoyed a slice of cake at the Grantham branch. In November, we visited with David Lantz from MJ Harrington & Co. Jewelers, a downtown staple in Newport, N.H. We learned about their exclusive line of New Hampshire jewelry, beautifully designed to showcase areas close to people’s hearts. We also checked out a new restaurant in New London, Cataleya’s Caribbean Bar & Grill, and had a delicious (and huge) salad.

Keep up with our travels on Facebook: @KearsargeMagazine

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