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Find (Outdoor) Joy in Winter Days

Don’t settle in for a long winter’s nap — you and your family can enjoy the snow a variety of ways in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area! Compiled by Laura Jean Whitcomb Local artisans help us spread holiday cheer. Check out these great ornaments made right here in our hometowns! By Laura Jean Whitcomb

54 10 Reasons Why do we love our New Hampshire hometowns? Residents share their thoughts on why they love the places they call home. Featured this issue: New London. Compiled by Laura Jean Whitcomb


Jim Block

22 Hang Up the Holly

60 What's Old is New

of New Hampshire.

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Winter’s Wonders • Local Handmade Ornaments • Rosewood Inn • Pickleball

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A playful dog charges the photographer as he crouches low for a photo along the Solitude Trail on Mount Sunapee.

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From seasoned businesses to New London newbies, these local ladies and their businesses are giving the area its texture and uniqueness. Photography and text by Leigh Ann Root

Woof By Jim Block

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70 Fabulous Females

ON THE COV ER Kearsarge Magazine

Kearsarge Magazine searches the archives and updates a few articles for longtime readers. This issue includes what’s new with MJ Harrington in Newport, author David Elliott of Warner, Little Bear Pottery of North Sutton and Wonderwell in Springfield. By Patrick O’Grady and Laura Jean Whitcomb

Be INNspired at Rosewood Inn Pick leball: the Sweet Game with the Sour Name

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oor spor ts, local ly made ornaments and gorgeous photos $5.00 U.S. www.kearsarg emagazine.com Display until February

15, 2018


30 Art: The Man behind the Art

For nearly 25 years, Andrew Spahr influences what you view at the Currier Museum of Art, how you experience it, and what you take away from it. By Laurie D. Morrisey the Sour Name

Jim Block


37 Sports: The Sweet Game with Ping pong paddles, a Wiffle ball and a lowered badminton net — otherwise known as pickleball — has become a local favorite. By Allison Rogers Furbish

42 Local: Newport's Silver Tsunami

49 Business: Be INNspired

From comedy nights to art classes to murder mystery weekends, you’ll always find something to do at the Rosewood Country Inn in Bradford. Text and photography by Laura Jean Whitcomb


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The Newport Senior Center, 65 years young, expands to meet the needs of local seniors. By Natasha Osborne Howe

78 On the Road: Winter's Wonder

As we hunker down for another snow-covered spell, let’s keep our eyes (and minds) open to experience winter’s vast wonders. Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root


Leigh Ann Root

Laura Jean Whitcomb


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editor’s letter Hello friends, The women in business article idea came from Sarah Cave, owner of Gourmet Garden in New London. I had stopped into her store, and we were chatting about this and that, when she started listing off all the new businesses in town. And, guess what, the owners were women. Then she kept listing women-owned businesses in town…and there were quite a few! Sarah would have been part of this article, but she died earlier this year. So I’d like to dedicate this article to her — and another female entrepreneur we lost this summer: Brenda Huff, owner of Tattered Pages in Sunapee. It’s not

COMING SPRING 2019 • A home improvement themed issue • With articles on architects and retail shops that can point you in the right direction for your next project • The Grantham Garden Club • And I really need to start assigning a few more articles! Winter crept up on me! • Ad deadline: Friday, Jan. 12 Learn more at: kearsargemagazine.com

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 4

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an easy job, running your own business, but these ladies were part of my tribe: the women who work long hours doing something they love. Whether I was there to sell them an ad or buy a gift or just to see what was new, I always felt at home in their shops. I think that’s the feeling you’ll get from Leigh Ann Root’s article, too. It’s just another reminder to shop local this holiday season. Your patronage makes a difference, in more ways than one.

Laura Jean Whitcomb Owner and publisher of Kearsarge Magazine

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r o o d t u O Find Joy in Winter Days Don’t settle in for a long winter’s nap — you and your family can enjoy the snow a variety of ways in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area! By Laura Jean Whitcomb Photography by Jim Block

Vertical Fun

Each mountain has its own personality, and you’ll be sure to find one that fits yours. From tubing to snowboarding to downhill skiing, Kearsarge area ski resorts offer miles of vertical fun for every family member.

NEWBURY Mount Sunapee

Web: mountsunapee.com Vertical drop: 1,510 feet Skiable terrain: 233 acres Snowmaking coverage: 97 percent Number of trails and glades: 66 Number of lifts: 10 Mount Sunapee offers more than 1,500 vertical feet of fun with 65 trails and slopes serviced by 10 lifts. There are eight gladed trails, three dedicated bump runs and three terrain parks sculpted for all sizes and levels of expertise. “I like that Mount Sunapee is basically in my backyard,” says Parker Root, a Newbury, N.H., resident. “The size of the mountain is perfect, the staff is friendly and helpful, and I love the variety of terrain.”

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Snowboarder at Mount Sunapee Resort



Pat’s Peak

Ragged Mountain Resort

Web: patspeak.com Vertical drop: 770 feet Skiable terrain: 115 acres Snowmaking coverage: 100 percent Number of trails and glades: 28 Number of lifts: 11 Night skiing and snowboarding: 26 trails/11 lifts Pat’s Peak is family owned — this winter marks the 57th consecutive ski and snowboard season under the same local family ownership — and family friendly. It is an accessible learn-to-ski and snowboard mountain (more than 8,000 kids from 100 local schools in an After School Learn to Ski and Snowboard Program can’t be wrong!). There are three separate beginner areas and the longest top-to-bottom beginner run in New Hampshire. Pat’s Peak also offers a variety of terrain for all abilities, plus terrain parks, a snow tubing park and 100 percent snowmaking coverage. Snowboarders and freestyle skiers love Turbulence Terrain Park, F5 Park and Microburst Progression Park with plenty of jumps and rails to challenge even the most experienced skier or snowboarder.

Web: raggedmountainresort.com Vertical drop: 1,250 feet Skiable terrain: 250 acres Snowmaking coverage: 85 percent Number of trails: 57 Number of lifts: 6 Ragged Mountain boasts New Hampshire’s only high-speed six-person chairlift, and it is complemented by a new high-speed quad lift. Each accesses its own mountain peak for a total of 250 acres. If you’re new to skiing, Ragged offers a free three-lesson learn-to-ski program. Online registration is necessary to participate, and free equipment is offered to use in the lessons. A recent water storage pond expansion — from 4 million to 24 million gallons of water — ensures there’s always fresh powder on the slopes. › › › › ›

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ENFIELD Whaleback Mountain Web: whaleback.com Vertical drop: 700 feet Skiable terrain: 85 acres Snowmaking coverage: 60 percent Number of trails: 30 Number of lifts: 4 Don’t let the view from the interstate fool you — Whaleback has 30 trails with a 700-foot vertical drop. From beginner runs to wonderful glades and steeps, there’s something for everyone in the family. There’s also night skiing, a pub and café, a rental staff and friendly staff. “I love to ski Whaleback because it’s close. I can stop over on my way home from work, meet up with the family, and get a couple runs in,” says Naomi Hastings of Grantham, N.H. “It’s an attainable terrain even for the extreme novice, and kid centered so no worries about bringing our kids there. Whaleback has been part of our family’s story since the beginning. A lot of wonderful things have happened there, and returning every winter just keeps adding to our happiness. For us the Whale means happy.”

“For us the Whale means happy.” says Naomi Hastings of Grantham, N.H.

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Cross country skiing at Pine Hill Ski Club

XC-llent Winter

Cross country skiing is one of the benefits of living in the Granite State. If there’s not a groomed trail nearby, you can always take a few spins in a neighboring field or your own backyard. You can ski before work; sometimes you can even ski to work. According to Ski New Hampshire, 133,621 people visited a ski area to cross country ski in 2016-17, and many more skied in their yards, at local parks, and on rail trails. › › › › ›

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Cross Country Skiing Courtesies • Adapt your speed to your personal abilities, prevailing visibility and terrain, and the amount of traffic on the trails. • Keep to your right upon meeting an oncoming skier or snowshoer. A climbing skier should give way to a descending skier. • Keep ski poles close to your body when you are near another skier. • If your fall causes a sitzmark (a depression left in the snow) on the trail, try to fill it in with snow so skiers are able to ski over it.


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Web: pinehillskiclub.com Total kilometers: 20 km Groomed: 20 km Tracked: 20 km Skate groomed: 20 km Pine Hill Ski Club, established in 2005, maintains 13 miles of cross country trails in New London, Wilmot and North Sutton. There’s parking, a porta-potty, a first aid/information shelter, and Robb’s Hut open on Saturdays, but “it’s not a full blown resort,” says John Schlosser, president of the club. “We are giving people groomed and skiable trails. Because skiers have used these trails since 1976, you don’t need much snow to get going early in the ski season.”

View of Mount Kearsarge from Pine Hill Ski Club



Web: dextersnh.com Total Kilometers: 30 km Groomed: 25 km Tracked: 20 km

Web: eastmannh.org/ski Total Kilometers: 36 km Groomed: 36 km Tracked: 30 km Skate Groomed: 30 km

Dexter’s Inn Trails by Norsk

Norsk designed a new set of trails over the inn’s dormant trail system, and there are 20 kilometers of groomed trails for cross country skiing and 10 additional kilometers of ungroomed backcountry trails for back country skiing and snowshoeing. John Augustine, owner of Dexter’s Inn, describes it as “classic old-fashioned skiing. You can meander through woods and fields. The trails are not on a golf course or lake, so there are no super highways to ski. Some are flat, some are hilly.”

Eastman Cross Country Center

Eastman, located in Grantham, offers a fullservice cross country and snowshoe center with lessons, guided tours and group rates. Most of the trails are groomed for skate and classic skiing while winding through the woods, over brooks and across meadows. This creates a close connection to nature — and provides some challenges if you pick one of the more creative trails. The maintenance department does a variety of jobs around Eastman, including grooming the trails in the winter. “We get great comments on our grooming,” says Leslie Moses, recreation director. › › › › ›

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Snow Riders

Zipping along a snow-covered trail at 45 mph when it’s a sunny but crisp 15 degrees may sound like an invitation for frostbite. But for the 47,000 registered snowmobilers in New Hampshire, it’s all part of the allure. If you’re just snowmobiling around your own property, you don’t have to register your sled. But if you plan on taking advantage of the area’s trails — New Hampshire has 7,400 miles worth of trails — you should sign up through the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Off Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) Program. And if you live in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area, there is probably a club that will provide companionship and community events. Below are a few with websites. › › › › ›

Andover Snowmobile Club Andover andoversnowmobileclub.com Blue Mountain Snowdusters Grantham snowdusters.org Henniker Trail Travelers Henniker, Contoocook, Bradford, Weare hennikertrailtravelers.com Kearsarge Trail Snails Warner kearsargetrailsnails.com Lake Sunapee Snowmobile Club Newbury lsscinc.org Mascoma Valley Snow Travelers Springfield, Wilmot, Grafton mascomavalleysnowtravelers.com Sutton Ridgerunners North Sutton suttonridgerunners.com

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I take a winter hike every day…well, mostly from walking from my front door to my car door. (With several feet of snow and an hour with the shovel, this can be no small task!) But there are lots of folks in the area who enjoy taking real winter hikes — either with sturdy winter boots, snowshoes or microspikes — on local trails. And, lucky for us, the Lake Sunapee/ Kearsarge area offers a variety of places to snowshoe. The New London Recreation Department has a trail system that starts behind the Old Kearsarge Middle School, goes around Spring Ledge Farm, and ends at Morgan Hill Road. (A map is online at nl-nh.com.). You can snowshoe on the ungroomed trails at The Fells in Newbury, the Northern Rail Trail system (northernrailtrail.org) from Lebanon to Franklin, N.H., and Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust trails that are open to the public (check online first at ausbonsargent.org/trails).

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Guided snowshoe tours are also available; for example, the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway (srkg.com) offers a series of winter hikes every January and February. Looking for groomed trails, or need to rent snowshoes? Try Dexter’s Inn in Sunapee, Eastman in Grantham, Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury and Pat’s Peak in Henniker. Village Sports in New London also sells and rents snowshoes, with rental prices for adults starting at $25/day. If you’re from out of town, local inns, such as Maple Hill Farm in New London, offer guided snowshoe weekends to guests. Follansbee Inn in North Sutton lends snowshoes to guests who want to take a winter tour of Muster Field Farm. › › › › ›

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Ice Can Be Nice Here are three things to do if you don’t mind frozen water and below-freezing temperatures. ONE: Ice fishing On a cold winter day, some folks like to set their sights on the nearest lake, drill a hole in the ice, place bait on a hook, and wait for dinner to come calling. But before you try out this traditional New England pastime, make sure you have all the right gear, check the conditions of the ice, and register for a fishing license. Then you are free to fish at local ponds and lakes, such as Spectacle Pond in Croydon, Otter Pond in Sunapee and Lake Massasecum in Bradford. Learn more at wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing TWO: Ice sailing Want to try something new? In recent years, Lake Sunapee has become something of a Mecca for ice and snow sailing. The sport requires ice and wind, both of which are typically in abundance during a New Hampshire winter. While iceboats require large areas of clear ice and specialized equipment, locally situated Kitewing Sports offers an alternative. It is a hand-held wing that allows the rider to glide over everything from black ice to deep powder. Call it wind-powered skiing. To learn more, stop by the shop in Newbury, N.H., or go to kitewing.com THRE Ice skating 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 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 >> newportnh.gov


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Local artisans help spread holiday cheer.

By Laura J. Whitcomb Photography by Lori A. Charlonne


here’s no need to visit a chain for mass-produced holiday decorations or ornaments. Local artisans create super cute ornaments every year, and you’ll find them at craft fairs and holiday shops, like the Gallery of Gifts at the Library Arts Center and The Fells Holiday Gift Boutique. Here are a few ornaments we fell in love with last year. Holly Baum has been upcycling fabrics for years. “My mom taught me to sew when I was young and I have always sewn, though my choice of projects has varied over the years,” she says. “I became more interested in upcycling

about six years ago when I started volunteering at a thrift store that raises money for homeless in New Hampshire. Seeing the ‘opportunity’ in an old sweater, shirt, jacket or tie is fun for me.”

Sweater Wreaths

Baum’s colorful wreath ornaments (pictured on previous page) are made of scraps of wool sweaters used for other upcycling projects. “They are a real mix of ‘leftovers’ of beautiful wools that I’ve felted and cut apart for many projects over and over,” the Manchester, N.H., resident says. You’ll find them at the Gallery of Gifts at the Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H., along with a few of her other sewn creations. › › › › ›

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Tiny tins for your tree

Newport resident Carol Mataruso is known for her dolls made out of teapots, lamps, wooden shoe forms and toasters. Now she’s making her Tin Hearts creations on a smaller scale — handmade ornaments. An old tin tart has been transformed into a winter wonderland, the perfect size for a Christmas tree. “The vintage tins bring back fond memories to many people. Frequently I hear, ‘Oh, my mother had that tin,’” she says. You can find her work at the Gallery of Gifts at the Library Arts Center in December, email her at carol.mataruso@va.gov, or call (603) 381-1519 and leave a message.

Red Christmas bird

Nancy Parssinen of Newport loves to knit. From a delicate knitted dove to a mouse in a festive Santa suit, Parssinen shares her talents every year at the Gallery of Gifts and donates the proceeds to the Library Arts Center. We found this red Christmas bird last year, and she’ll have new creations for sale this winter. Learn more at libraryartscenter.org

Embroidery hoop ornament

Triss Blais, of Simply Be Designs, grew up creating everything from felt ornaments to clay animals. Now, using her new silk screening talents, she can turn her drawings into fabric designs. Her latest ornaments, printed and hung in a small embroidery hoop, combine her love for simple, bold designs and home décor. “Silk screening has made it possible for me to print my artwork on flour sack dishtowels, tote bags, pillows, scarves and ornaments,” the Litchfield, N.H., resident says. “Being able to put my artwork on items that people use or see every day is what brings me the greatest joy in this adventure. When I do the dishes and use my whale dishtowel, it brings a smile to my face. My hope is that other people have the same happiness when they see a design they connect with.” See her work at the Gallery of Gifts or online at facebook. com/simplybesilkscreendesigns


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The Fells Elves creations

About 11 years ago, Jan Bettencourt, a former art teacher, was looking for a way to share her creativity with others. “I started volunteering in The Fells gardens, weeding and potting plants, and met a lot of like-minded people,” the Sunapee, N.H., resident recalls. “After my first visit to The Fells Holiday Boutique, I thought it would be fun to gather a few people together and make things to sell at the boutique. Voila, The Fells Elves were born!” The goal is to design crafts that either use natural or repurposed materials: birch bark, tree branches or felted wool sweaters, to name a few. It also helps keeps costs to a minimum, since proceeds are donated to The Fells. In 2017, 51 elves produced 528 pieces of creativity and raised $2,200 for The Fells. This woodcorn ornament is just one example of the Fells Elves skills. Want to help? “We are always looking to expand our numbers,” says Bettencourt. “It is a wonderful way to meet people and learn new creative skills.” Learn more at thefells.org

Paper snowman

Marianne Fassett of Enfield, N.H., bends and curls paper to make designs. It’s called quilling, and it is an art that goes back to the 14th century. Fassett is so good at it that you’d have to look closely to see that this perfect snowman is made of tiny scraps of paper. Find her incredible work at the Lebanon Arts & Crafts Christmas Show in West Lebanon, N.H., in November and December. Learn more at quillingbymarianne.com › › › › ›

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Sparkly stained glass

The stained glass ornament — a Christmas tree with silver swirls and beads — is so pretty that it could almost be worn as a necklace. But you’ll probably want to hang it in a special place on your tree. We found this one at the Lebanon Arts & Crafts Show, and another one, Rudolph, with his fancy beaded antlers (pictured on page 22), at The Fells Holiday Boutique. They are made by Kathleen Curwen of Grantham, N.H.

Cork ornaments

Kathryn Hanson did not drink all that wine. She did, however, have a collection of corks in a wooden bowl on her dining room table. “I love wine bottles with real corks versus the twist off caps that take some of the romance out of opening a bottle of wine. When I finally figured out what I wanted to do with them, I recruited my friends to add to my collection,” the Goshen, N.H., resident says. The cork ornament is a blend of jewelry making and adding bling to bottles of wine. “I think during the holiday season, many people give a hostess gift of a bottle of wine and I wanted to make something that would add a little bling to that,” she says. She has also made cork lkey chains, illuminated wine bottles and upcycled bird feeders, finding new uses for items that might be unwanted in their original form. You can find her work at the Gallery of Gifts at the Library Arts Center.

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The Man Behind the Art For nearly 25 years, Andrew Spahr influences what you view at the Currier Museum of Art, how you experience it, and what you take away from it. By Laurie D. Morrissey Photography by Jim Block


he German writer von Goethe said that one ought to see a fine picture every day of one’s life. Andrew Spahr has it covered. His office is the Currier Museum of Art, which houses 13,000 works — fine pictures as well as sculpture, art glass, furniture, ceramics and more. You may not have met him, but if you’ve ever visited — or if you’re one of the 60,000 people who walked through the doors of the Currier just this year — you know his work. The Contoocook, N.H., resident has served as chief curator of New Hampshire’s largest art museum for nearly 25 years. Working largely behind the scenes, he influences what you view, how you experience it, and what you take away from it.

Art in either direction

Kearsarge area residents and visitors are well positioned between two major art institutions, the Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, N.H., and the Currier in Manchester, N.H. With the Hood undergoing a three-year renovation, the Currier holds even greater importance in the region. In existence for almost a century, it is a New Hampshire treasure, with a strong American painting collection and iconic works from other traditions. Artists in the collection include


Andrew Spahr has been the chief curator at the Currier Museum for 25 years.

Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Georgia O’Keeffe. The museum also owns the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in New England. “People from away are always surprised and very impressed at the quality of our collection,” Spahr says. “It’s really quite extraordinary in a city this size to have as robust an art museum and as rich a collection.” While he can’t point to a favorite piece, he admits to a special fondness for sculpture and furniture. “I majored in art history at Rutgers partly because I was interested in sculpture and architecture. I liked making things in

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three dimensions,” he says. “But I realized I was more interested in learning about the work of the creators than creating.” That led to a master’s degree in art history, a certificate in museum studies, and internships in museums. “The word curate comes from the Latin word curatus, for preserve or maintain,” he explains. Safeguarding the artwork tops the list of curatorial duties. Beyond that, Spahr works with his colleagues to develop the collection through the acquisition process and to present the art in a way that visitors will understand and appreciate. On a given day, the chief curator might visit an artist’s studio


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to discuss commissioning a work; attend an auction with an eye to acquiring a desired painting; meet with the exhibition designer, museum director or education staff; or talk with visitors about the current exhibit. It’s a varied job, since the curator is involved in every aspect of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, right down to the labels on the walls.

Exhibition preparation

Planning an exhibition is one of Spahr’s favorite parts of the job. It’s a longer process than people realize. “We’re working diligently on exhibits for the next two to three years, and planning three to five years out,” he says. Recent exhibitions include “Killer Heels: 300 Years of Elevated Shoes,” “Mount Washington: the Crown of New England” and “The Sculpture of Augustus SaintGaudens.” Spahr says he had the Saint-Gaudens idea in mind for about 10 years. The artist was America’s premier sculptor in the late 19th early 20th century, and had an active studio in Cornish, N.H.

A museum’s curator is involved in every aspect of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, right down to the labels on the walls.

Designing an exhibition takes the staff six to nine months, with sculpture exhibits being especially challenging. “We’re working with a set number of objects and a finite amount of space. How can we get people close to the objects and yet keep them safe? We stand around models of the galleries and move things around. Will there be walls? If so, where? If chronology is important, how will we present it?” he says. Even the background color is important: “We get pretty picky about wall colors,” Spahr says, referring to a 2-foot high pile of paint chips. “We spend a lot of time trying to find the most effective way to show off specific

artworks. We may key a color to a historical period, or ask the paint company to mix known colors. “Our goal is to present the objects in a coherent and interesting way. If it’s done well, you almost don’t have to read the labels because the objects tell the story of the exhibition.”

Kearsarge area artists

The Currier recently featured the work of three award-winning New Hampshire illustrators: David M. Carroll, Tomie dePaola and Beth Krommes. DePaola, author and/or illustrator of more than 250 children’s books, lives in New London, N.H. Carroll, of Warner, N.H., has published ›››››

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five books about wetlands and was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Krommes hails from Peterborough. Spahr and Assistant Curator Samantha Cataldo visited Carroll’s studio three times before making their final selections. “He was aware of my work because of the grant and he’d seen a presentation I gave at the library [Spahr’s wife, Donna Dunlop, is the library director in Hopkinton, N.H.],” says Carroll. “He was terrific to work with — really dedicated to evaluating an artist’s work and understanding his evolution. They understood that I don’t just draw pictures of turtles; I live with them. They’re a central part of my life and work.” Another area artist enjoying Spahr’s high regard is Ted Blachly, who lives near the Warner-Sutton town line. Spahr began discussion with the artist in 2012, leading to a commissioned chest of drawers (made of curly sugar maple) for the permanent collection. The piece was completed in 2014, after a studio visit and a series of sketches, drawings and models.


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“It’s a great honor to have your work recognized in that way,” says Blachly, a member of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters and a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen. Acquiring work is an ongoing part of the curator’s job. “We’re always looking to see what’s available from collectors and coming up at auction,” Spahr says. “We have a collection plan that describes what’s in our collection and what’s aspirational for it. We’re very intentional but you never know what’s going to be in an email tomorrow. It could be something we’ve never thought of that will add value to our collection and be a perfect match.” Bidding at auction is nerve wracking, he says, “but when you’re successful, it’s fun.” While the curator is surrounded by art, he is not a collector. The walls of his home display photographs of his family: wife Donna and their two daughters, now in their 20s. And while he visits other museums, he likes to spend his free time mountain biking. Spahr feels fortunate to have found a profession that lets him combine his interests in art, architecture, history, research and education. “Even after 24 years, it’s a great place to come to work,” he says. “It’s exciting every day.” Laurie D. Morrissey is a freelance writer that lives in Hopkinton, N.H. Jim Block enjoys photographing almost anything: children, adults, families and celebrations; nature and wildlife; sports and action; buildings and businesses. His clients range from publishers to businesses to individuals. He has taught digital photography courses to small groups since 2000. Learn more at jimblockphoto.com kearsargemagazine.com • Winter 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine


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The Sweet Game with the Sour Name Ping pong paddles, a wiffle ball and a lowered badminton net — otherwise known as pickleball — has become a local favorite. By Allison Rogers Furbish Photography by Jim Block


has a bad reputation as being a game that only old people play. It’s actually really hard on the body. It’s ping pong on a life-size court.” That’s pickleball, according to Pam Gehret, a parttime resident of Sutton, N.H., and relative newcomer to the game who joined the fun at the Mountainside Racquet & Fitness Center in New London, N.H. With fast points, quick games, and a highly social aspect, pickleball has become a favorite among those who play other racquet sports like tennis — and those who don’t. Mountainside is just one of the places to play pickleball in New Hampshire and the Kearsarge region. The state has around 30 locations offering a total of more than 90 individual indoor and outdoor pickleball courts. In the Kearsarge region, you can find an indoor court this winter at the Claremont Community Center, Skate Murdough in Contoocook, the New London Outing Club Indoor Center, and the Newport ››››› Recreation Center.

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A social sport

So what is pickleball? “It’s kind of a cross between tennis and ping pong,” says Laura Joslin-King, general manager at Mountainside. “The court is half of a tennis court, and you use a Wiffle ball and short paddle. It looks like a giant ping pong paddle, but it’s smaller than a tennis racquet.” Three afternoons a week at Mountainside, two pickleball courts are set up on one indoor tennis court and up to 12 players compete in doubles round robins coordinated by the softspoken and droll Glenn McKune. McKune, who lives in Grantham, N.H., won pickleball gold in the Vermont Senior Games in 2017 — though the games here are “purely recreational, not competitive,” he says. The game of pickleball starts with “a little underhand serve” over a low net, McKune says — one of the advantages of the game because it means players with greater strength don’t necessarily have an advantage. “It doesn’t take a lot of power. With fine use and placement of the ball, you can do just as well,” says Scott Bardier, a Newbury, N.H., resident who took up pickleball a year ago and competed in the New Hampshire Senior Games last summer. The pickleball court has a 7-foot “kitchen”— or no-volley zone — on either side of the net. The ball must bounce once outside this zone before a player on the opposing team can volley it, and points can only be scored by the serving team. Games last around 15 minutes, McKune says, with the first team to 11 points winning.


Alice Perry of Sutton, N.H., and Marilyn Ripley of New London, N.H., appreciate the social side of pickleball.

“Games are fast, it’s a short court, you’re hitting often. You work up a perspiration and burn calories,” McKune says. “No one sits out too long.” For Deborah Crowley of New London, “This was so easy to pick up. If you have reasonable hand-eye coordination, you can play this sport.” The game can be played oneon-one, but most people prefer doubles. “Doubles just has that social aspect...smiling and laughing. It’s definitely a social sport,” Joslin-King says. “That’s what keeps people coming back. Every time people try it, they keep coming back.”

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No “sorry” in pickleball

Mountainside has offered pickleball since 2011, when Joslin-King says they’d heard a lot about the sport’s national growth and decided to give it a try as a way to fill open time on their courts during the day. “It just took off,” she says, growing from a two-hour session each week to 7½ hours across three days a week in 2018 — and she’s thinking about adding a fourth day. Mountainside has about 30 regular players ranging in age from their 40s to their 80s, according to McKune, and there is a beginner session held each week to introduce newcomers to the sport.


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The game, though, has been around since 1965. Pickleball started on Bainbridge Island, Washington, by Congressman Joel Pritchard and his colleagues as a way to entertain their bored kids, according to several sources that vary slightly in the details, as origin stories often do. (Three different versions — none of them like this one — were offered at Mountainside.) As to why the name, who knows? “It’s the sweet game with

the sour name,” McKune says. In any event, some ping-pong paddles, a Wiffle ball, and a lowered badminton net evolved into what NBC News called the fastest growing sport in America in 2014. “We just have a blast playing it. Pretty much everyone who tries it very quickly thinks it’s a hoot,” says Brenda Shapiro of Sunapee, N.H., who plays ››››› regularly with husband

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Jerry Karr. “When I’m on the pickleball court I’m so focused on the game that it’s kind of like a meditation. It’s active but relaxing; it takes your mind off things. That’s one of my favorite things about pickleball.” “I think you get more exercise in pickleball than you do in doubles tennis,” says Sutton resident Steve Hamilton, who played as Bardier’s partner this summer in the New Hampshire Senior Games. The game is adaptable to different levels and likes, he says, explaining the two styles of play: “dinking,” which involves playing low and close to the net, and “smash mouth,” which is, well, sort of what it sounds like. “Smash mouth is just more fun than dinking. We just blast it at each other,” he laughs. “There’s no ‘sorry’ in pickleball,” says Liz Beasley of New London. “That’s our mantra.” There are many laughs during the games, words of encouragement, fist bumps and good-natured ribbing. The atmosphere is just fun. “The best thing about it is the people,” says Karr. If you try pickleball this winter and enjoy it, you can play next summer on outdoor courts at Beaver Meadow Park in Concord, Skate Murdough, Eastman (private courts), Woodward Park in New London, and Fishersfield Park in Newbury. Some players have strong preferences for indoor or outdoor courts — give them both a try! Allison Rogers Furbish is a freelance writer and nonprofit communications professional with a passion for sharing stories about the people and places that make our region vibrant. An Upper Valley native, Allison enjoys the quiet life with her husband and kids in Canaan, N.H.


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Newport’s Silver Tsunami The Newport Senior Center, 65 years young, expands to meet the needs of local seniors. By Natasha Osborne Howe Photography by Paul Howe


he Newport Senior Center has seen a remarkable evolution since the establishment of a group of community seniors to the present day newly renovated and expanded facility, which serves a growing population. In 1953, the founding seniors dubbed themselves “The Golden Age Club” and in 1970 became the Newport Senior Citizens. The Newport Senior Center was incorporated in September 1979. They were located at one time underneath the former Hubert’s store and also in the basement of the Newport Primary School, which is where the town offices are now. The building in which the senior center is housed was the former First National Bank and later the IGA grocery store. The senior center moved to the location at 76 South Main Street after a group of seniors remodeled the structure in July 1988. Discussion for an expansion began in 2015 with the realization that the center was outgrowing its space. The pinch was affecting operations. All activities seemed to be merging and bumping into lunchtime as preparation was needed beforehand. Programs had to be scheduled around meals. “It was trying to find room to accommodate the programs and getting tight for everyone,” says Brenda Burns, executive director 42

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of the Sullivan County Nutrition Services (SCNS), which is based in the center. “We were bursting at the seams.”

Time to expand

The center had already purchased the property next door in 2010 with the intention and need to enlarge the parking area to catch the overflow from the existing one. A feasibility study by the Northern Architectural Design Group was conducted in May 2016 to determine the need for the expansion. The study showed that the shift in the senior population will begin in 2020 and double by 2040. Baby boomers are maturing. The shift has been referred to as the “Silver Tsunami.”

Larry Eaton (right) and Bob Dearborn talk about the renovation project at the Newport Senior Center.

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The center is a place for connections, new friendships, meals, activities and support. You don’t have to be a member to partake, but you can join for $5 per year if you are over 50, if you wish. “I feel so many people out in the community who are seniors do nothing,” says Eaton. “There is a need to be active and it has kept me younger by joining.” Some of the services offered at the center are health clinics, exercise classes, computer and craft classes, informational sessions on many topics, trips, dance lessons, games, free eye glass repair, nutrition education, off-site bowling, a walking club and tax return assistance through AARP. They also partner with nonprofit organization Pathways to help those with a variety of challenges participate in volunteering. “It takes many volunteers to run the center,” Burns says. “We couldn’t do it without them.” SCNS provides food for congregate meals and the program, Meals on Wheels. For those 60 and over, congregate meals are served five days a week in Newport and at the Earl Bourdon Center in Claremont, N.H., on Maple Avenue. A donation of $2 is suggested. The SCNS

also provides a Social Service Outreach in Sullivan County and transportation in Newport. A holiday banquet is held at Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as St. Patrick’s Day. Mount Royal Academy honor students from Sunapee, N.H., have served at the banquets to promote intergenerational interaction. “People don’t like the word senior,” says Eaton. “Don’t give up. We become better people by being involved.” The folks at the senior center state that they are able to provide the seven dimensions of wellness for individuals as they age. Those include: emotional, intellectual, physical, vocational, social, spiritual and environmental. With the expansion, additional activities, increased resources, and an efficient environment are just a few of the advantages to further enrich and enhance the lives of seniors. “My granddaughter said to me I was getting old,” says 81-year-old Eaton. “I told her you better hope you get to this age!” Natasha Osborne-Howe has previously written for the ArgusChampion and has been a contributing writer for the Eagle Times, and at present a contributing writer/columnist for the Intertown Record. She currently lives in Newport, N.H., with her husband, Paul, and their two dogs and cats. She enjoys crafts, local culture and nature. Paul Howe has been photographing for local publications in the area for more than 40 years. His work has also been in many shows, including photographs in juried shows at the Library Arts Center in Newport and New London Hospital art shows. See more of his work at paulhowephotography.com

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Be INNspired From comedy nights to art classes to murder mystery weekends, you'll always find something to do at the Rosewoood Country Inn in Bradford. Text and photography by Laura Jean Whitcomb


n the years between the two World Wars, the Pleasant View Farm Inn in Bradford, N.H., was the destination for vaudeville stars and movie stars. The guest register included celebrities of the day: actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin; actress and producer Gloria Swanson; actress and producer Mary Pickford and her husband (and actor) Douglas Fairbanks; and the Gish sisters, Dorothy and Lillian, both known for their acting, directing and writing. The town’s rural charm, quiet landscapes and clear cool lakes provided a welcome respite from life on the road and the bright lights of the movie set. Fast forward to 2018 and the name of the inn has changed — from Pleasant View Farm Inn to Rosewood Country Inn. But the inn’s new owners, Stan and Odo Ovrevik, are using the inn’s history as a basis for the future. “When we acquired the inn, we looked at its history. It had a background of movie stars coming from New York to have some rest and relaxation, and we took that as a lead,” says Odo. “That is why we are bringing some entertainment to the inn. We have monthly craft workshops, comedy nights, murder mysteries and we are planning more. We want to make the inn a place to congregate.” Inn guests and local resi››››› dents are invited to take kearsargemagazine.com • Winter 2018 • Kearsarge Magazine



Events are often held in the inn's gorgeous dining room.

part of Sip and Craft Workshops every month. On one Saturday, seven women are gathered in the dining room to create two cork pot holders shaped like fall leaves. The instructor walks the group through the steps, giving everyone time to sip from a glass of wine, enjoy cheese and crackers, test out Stan’s cookie recipe, and chat with each other and the inn’s staff.

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The Patrick Henry room is ready for guests.


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The craft workshop is just a sample of what the Ovreviks have planned for the Rosewood Country Inn. Tired of corporate life — Odo was a systems analyst for a telecom company and Stan worked in the airline industry for 27 years — they sped up their retirement plans and started to look at inns in the summer of 2015. “I needed a change so when the opportunity appeared


and Stan suggested this demented idea, we went for it. After all, I am just as demented as he is,” Odo says. With an 8-year-old son, the Ovreviks needed to consider the school system of their new hometown state. “We checked charts and Vermont and New Hampshire were always on the top of the scale so we aimed for these states. We visited five inns, and considering size, looks, history and how close the nearest elementary school is, this one spoke to us,” says Odo. They moved to New Hampshire and became owners of the Rosewood Country Inn in 2015. Renovated into an inn in 1896 by Edward Messer and upgraded by Dick and Lesley Marquis in 1991, the Victorian Colonial needed a bit of work. Stan and Odo have added insulation, a water filtration system, painted the exterior and interior, updated the electrical system, and improved the safety of the inn by extending a partial fire sprinkler system to cover the entire building. These are the changes that most folks won’t notice, well, except for the solar panels. “There is no way we can hide those. Every guest notices the solar farm outside. Environmentally conscious guests are pleased to see them,” says Odo. You’ll also see an electric car charger in the front driveway. What guests and visitors will see are flat screen televisions in the rooms and an enhanced WIFI system (there are several booster spots in the inn). “We added a cell signal booster to

improve your chances of receiving that important call,” says Stan. But the most exciting piece for guests has been the entertainment options: monthly crafting events, comedy nights and scheduled murder mystery weekends.

Get your wands ready

The Ovreviks are planning and producing a Harry Potterbased murder mystery weekend and a steampunk murder mystery weekend. Participants will arrive on a Friday night for a dessert reception and learn the rules of the murder mystery. Then get ready for an all-wizard — or all Victorian scientist — weekend. “The murder mysteries will be fully immersive. That means we’ll have more activities than just the murder mystery where the theme will be carried throughout the weekend with different activities,” says Odo. For example, Saturday’s Sip and Craft will have a wizard theme: etching a design on a butter beer glass mug.

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On Saturday night, everyone is an actor in the murder mystery. “Will you be the killer? Will you be the victim? Will you be the fly on the wall that solves the case? The level of participation is up to you, just come ready to have some fun, do some sleuthing, and enjoy a fantastic dinner catered by a local chef in the inn’s new catering kitchen,” says Stan. The event wraps up with a breakfast buffet and awards ceremony on Sunday. You don’t have to stay at the inn to participate in the festivities. Locals are welcome to join for a fee. But, if you’re considering attending future events, you may want to book some rooms, because who would want to miss staying in the Patrick Henry room or Harry Potter room? “We’ll have a Harry Potter-themed room because one of our rooms has a tiny closet and it simply fits in there,” says Odo. Rooms will be named after the inn’s famous guests as well: Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. “The inn was a mecca for movie stars,” says Stan. “The three of them started one of the major motion picture companies — United Artists — and they all stayed here during their filming breaks!” Laura Jean Whitcomb is the publisher and editor of Kearsarge Magazine. She lives in Grantham, N.H.

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New London is a shopping center for the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area — Newport Road and Main Street are dotted with unique shops, galleries, pharmacies, clothing and book stores, bakeries and coffee shops. But there’s so much more than retail. New London is a college town, home of Colby-Sawyer College. It’s a haven for families (great schools and a nearby hospital), a destination for nature lovers (acres of conservation land and miles of hiking trails), and a true believer in community — with community events, like New London Hospital Days and the strawberry festival, to name just two. You might come for a visit, and decide to make it your home.

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The immense quality of life in New London. The livability of the town, the low crime rate, the educational and recreational activities, the New London Barn Playhouse, the college, the Chapin Senior Center, the adult classes, the lakes, the mountains, the beaches...all of which make up for an unequaled quality of living. People here deeply care about their community, with a high rate of volunteerism, community engagement and civic pride. Which is inherently related and it results in the number one reason why I love the town. And vice versa. — Lou Botta, five-year resident of New London, moved here for quality of life after retiring from 22 years as a military officer and a second retirement as a senior officer in FEMA

THREE I live here to give my children a childhood most dream of. They can walk home from school, enjoy a plethora of local sports with fabulous coaches, and play until dusk on the side streets with their friends. New London is a community where neighbors care for one another and people show that kindness in small acts of all kinds. On top of all of this, you have the arts, shops and amazing local food. My children will take this experience into the world and make it a better place. — Julie Anne McKenney, New London

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New London is blessed with beautiful clear lakes which are home to a number of loons. Loons are a threatened species here in New Hampshire and we are so very fortunate that these loons chose our lakes to nest and raise their little loons. Their magical calls echo over lake waters, evoking the spirit of the northern lakes and all that is wild and free within each of us. — Kittie Wilson (1949-2018), owner of Loon Photography, settled in New London in 1971

I love my town because it is small (4,397 in the 2010 census). Being small has created and fosters many of the other characteristics which I love about it: the strong sense of community — caring about our town and each other; the warmth and friendliness of the townspeople and how connected I feel to so many of them; all around, telltales of history which we see and appreciate every day (I live in a house built in 1779); the smiles and waves; how both good (and bad) news travels so quickly (BTW don’t try to have a party while your parents are out of town!); how someone will stop to let you cross busy Main Street (even if you’re not on the crosswalk); the many volunteers who give freely of their time to countless organizations which offer innumerable events of all kinds to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike — and did I say that we don’t have a stop light! — Marilyn Kidder, New London resident since 1972 and selling local real estate since 1983 › › › › ›

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I love the abundant conservation lands and all the trails running through them. For those that don’t know, the New London Conservation Commission offers a patch to those who hike (and document) all 26 miles of trails within the town. — True Ricker, Andover

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SIX Everyone knows everyone and when someone needs a hand, so many people jump to help. It’s a solid community and a safe place for families to live. – Shandi Allen, Wilmot


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I fell in love with New London the first time I came here, loving the beautiful views of Mount Kearsarge and Mount Sunapee, and the adorable village with the common, church and Colby-Sawyer College. Thirty years later, I love it for the same reasons plus now I know the soul of this town is its people and how they have made it the special place that it is. — Karen Hoglund, real estate agent with Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty and resident of New London


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Although New London is a small quaint town, it has something for everyone. The local shops and restaurants, the college, the hospital...all contribute to its unique flavor. I feel so fortunate to live in such a wonderful and creative community, with art, music, dance, theater and literary events at our fingertips. And the natural beauty can’t be surpassed! I wake up every morning happy that we chose New London as our home. — Jean Cronin Connolly, chair, Center for the Arts

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I love New London for its high-quality health care and its 100-year-old hospital! — Bruce King, president and CEO of New London Hospital and resident for 15 years › › › › ›

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I moved to Newport last year and work in New London. I went to the hospital fair with my daughter, who went to Colby-Sawyer College, and we talked about New London while we were eating under the big tent. She says she can’t believe her mom now works in the town she went to college in, and I told her how much I loved it and why. The people are all so friendly and engaging, the shops are amazing, and I have gotten to know so many people in town, especially at the wonderful Tracy Library and the busy Pizza Chef. I have gotten to know New London better than my own hometown and love being there every day! — Cheril Maynard, Newport

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Kearsarge Magazine searches its archives and updates a few articles for longtime readers. Introduction by Laura Jean Whitcomb “You should write a story on this!” is the second* most common comment I hear about Kearsarge Magazine. You would think that after 14 years I’d get tired of it, but, no, it’s always wonderful to hear what people are interested in. Sometimes the article ideas are duplicates — we covered it in 2006/2008/2010 — but it got me thinking. I went through the archives and picked out a long list of articles that made me wonder “What are they doing now?” Here are four of them, updated with new text and photography. You’ll see a snapshot of the old article, but you can also read the entire (old) article online at kearsargemagazine.com/winter to see how things have changed. *(Number one: “I love this magazine!”)


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Mindfulness in the Mountains

The Wonder

The Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, a Buddhist retreat center in Springfield, N.H., expands to meet the area's need for mindfulness and meditation.


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even years after the Natural Dharma Fellowship at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge held its first retreats, co-spiritual leader Lama Willa Miller says growth has been more than she hoped for. “It is beyond what I expected and it has been rewarding to see,” Miller says. Retreat attendance has gone from 12 to 20 to an average of 40 or more. On rare occasions it could be as many as 80. The local The Wonder connection has grown as well with Dharma Sundays, a community OFRetreat gathering of fellowship and Buddhist study, drawing up to 60. “Initially my only aspiration was to provide space for the small community of people to do their practices and learn more but as it turned out there is a real interest,” Miller says. “There is a real need out there for places of rest and healing and inner growth. It is a thirst that many have.” Wonderwell retreats teach in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of meditation. “It is a place to slow down and be in your own experience,” Miller says. “Many have never spent this much time alone and it is a real blessing for them.” During a silent retreat in mid-July, taught by co-spiritual leader Liz Monson, meditation was used to foster self-compassion and develop loving kindness and compassion for others. “Compassion is like a muscle. We can actually train to open our hearts more to others and to the suffering of the world and do that with resilience. The end game of our practice here is sustainable compassion,” Miller says. The development and expansion of programming at Wonderwell has gone hand in hand with extensive restoration of the mansion, which sits on 25 acres on Philbrick Hill Road in Springfield, N.H. There are expansive views of hills to the southeast from the back porch. › › › › ›

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Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, a Buddhist retreat center, hosts a variety of retreats and programs that help people apply ancient practices to their modern lives.


s a “Mindfulness in the Mountains” retreat at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, N.H., comes to a close, participants gaze toward Croydon Mountain and reflect on their experience. One, whose life recently brought difficult news, describes the unexpected oasis of peace she found waiting here as she sat in silence. Another shares a poem about being fluid and flexible, written while floating in a kayak on Grafton Pond. Then a teen points out the importance of

the retreat’s focus — paying attention — when applied to the day’s rock-climbing activity, and adds, ”Staying alive would be good, too!” The resulting laughter feels “as if we’ve become family, though some of us have just met,” says the center’s spiritual director Lama Willa Miller. Over the retreat’s three days, comforting bonds have been forged during intervals of keeping silence, eating meals together, meditating, and going out into the surrounding wilderness. As it invites participants into both their inner landscape and that of the natural world, Wonderwell “wants to encourage an approach to life that can transform the way we relate to all aspects of it, no matter what our spiritual path may be,” she says.

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“When we have retreats there are times we will meditate outdoors on the porch or in the fields,” Miller says. “We use outdoor spaces as a way to connect to the natural world.” When looking for a location, Miller wanted a quiet place, surrounded by natural beauty and not too far from Boston, where she began holding retreats with the Natural Dharma Fellowship and where many members were from. Facilities Manager Chris Hall says the transformation from a derelict building to a beautifully restored historic property is “nothing short of a miracle.” Renovations to bring the 107-year-old building up to commercial code have included energy upgrades, a complete 62

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repainting, some new flooring, a renovated kitchen, insulation, repairs to the field stone foundation and a fire sprinkler system that relies on 15 1,000-gallon tanks in the basement because the well cannot provide water at a rate fast enough. Still to come is an expanded kitchen and guest suite on the first floor that will be handicap accessible. “We are bringing this building up to its full potential,” Miller says. Today, Wonderwell is warm and welcoming, with soft color schemes, rich wood trim, polished wood floors and rooms flooded with natural light, especially in the second floor guest rooms. “This couldn’t have happened without many volunteers,” Miller says. “Many hearts and many hands have helped to make Wonderwell what it is. So many people just poured their energy and their hearts in Wonderwell just because they love it and they feel like it is their home too. Now we are a community of people from New Hampshire, Vermont, Boston and Maine. We have grown a lot.” Learn more at wonderwellrefuge.org › › › › ›

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It’s a nice touch, having a walk-in bank vault in a jewelry store. Lends a bit of class to the place. “I’m in a management group with a number of other stores,” says Owner David Lantz. “Every six months we visit one store. And every time the group comes here, they just look at the vault and say, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’ Because no one else has a vault like this.” The vault is a prominent fixture at MJ Harrington & Company in Newport. “It came with the building,” Lantz explains. That’s because the building — a 100-year-old, three-story brick structure — used to be Citizen’s Bank. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places, and it’s one of the anchor buildings in downtown Newport. MJ Harrington has been a family enterprise since it opened in 1948. The original owners were Michael J. Harrington and his wife, Phyllis Lantz Harrington. When they retired, Phyllis’ brother, Jim Lantz, took over. Now, his son, David, runs the place. Harrington’s has earned a reputation for top-quality service far beyond Newport, thanks in large part to its highly skilled bench jewelers. Tom Armstrong is a Jewelers of America certified master bench jeweler, the


Jim Lantz as a sargeant in the Army during World War II

The store on Main Street in Newport, N.H.

of a Family


by John Walters photography by Tom McNeill


Jim Lantz doesn’t get around much anymore. He suffered a stroke on Christmas Eve 2008 at the age of 83. He walks slowly and his voice is barely more than a whisper. But his eyes are bright and lively; he still visits the shop every day; and he speaks proudly about the business, his family and his community. Jim wasn’t the founder, but he’s responsible for making MJ Harrington what it is today. He moved the business to its present location; he shifted its focus in response to a changing marketplace; and his values have made a huge impact on the store and the town. “I never made a tremendous amount of money,” Jim says. “But when the town needed something, they come to us and ask us. We usually give. They know they can depend on us. It’s a case of investing in the town, and investing in the future of the town. It’s important to do that.” The sentiment is echoed by longtime Town Manager Dan O’Neill. “Jim has been an integral part of our downtown improvement program, efforts to improve education and recreation,” he says. “He’s one of these key players that every community wishes it could have.”

Happy Birthday, M.J. Harrington Jeweler

The growth of a family business MJ Harrington opened in 1948, but the business is rooted in the Depression. “My Uncle Mike had to quit school in the eighth grade and go to work to support the family,” says David Lantz. “My dad’s family struggled through the Depression as well. That’s one of the reasons he was successful. He watched every penny.”

After 70 years in business, this Newport, N.H., jewelry store is attentive to every customer that comes in the door — on Main Street and online.

highest level in his profession. His colleague Dave Ernster isn’t certified — yet. “I’m confident in Dave’s skill set,” says David Lantz. “He has just begun the 40 hours it takes to do the exam, I’m sure he will pass it. And then we’ll have one of the few stores in the country with two certified master bench jewelers under one roof.” Which is a pretty remarkable thing for a small-town store. And it’s one big reason that MJ Harrington &

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Mike Harrington and Jim Lantz served in World War II. After the war, Mike, a self-taught watchmaker, urged 20


Company has such a broad and devoted clientele.


The growth of a family business

Bench jewelers Tom Armstrong and Dave Ernster (foreground) work behind the scenes.

Jim to pursue the trade. So he went to the Western Pennsylvania Horological Institute in Pittsburgh, courtesy of the GI Bill. In 1948, Mike and Phyllis bought a Newport gift store called Downing’s and gave it a new name. The business allowed them to utilize Mike’s watch making ability and Phyllis’

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Mike Harrington and Jim Lantz served in World War II. After the war, Mike, a self-taught watchmaker, urged 20

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Jim Lantz doesn’t get around much anymore. He suffered a stroke on Christmas Eve 2008 at the age of 83. He walks slowly and his voice is barely more than a whisper. But his eyes are bright and lively; he still visits the shop every day; and he speaks proudly about the business, his family and his community. Jim wasn’t the founder, but he’s responsible for making MJ Harrington what it is today. He moved the business to its present location; he shifted its focus in response to a changing marketplace; and his values have made a huge impact on the store and the town. “I never made a tremendous amount of money,” Jim says. “But when the town needed something, they come to us and ask us. We usually give. They know they can depend on us. It’s a case of investing in the town, and investing in the future of the town. It’s important to do that.” The sentiment is echoed by longtime Town Manager Dan O’Neill. “Jim has been an integral part of our downtown improvement program, efforts to improve education and recreation,” he says. “He’s one of these key players that every community wishes it could have.” MJ Harrington opened in 1948, but the business is rooted in the Depression. “My Uncle Mike had to quit school in the eighth grade and go to work to support the family,” says David Lantz. “My dad’s family struggled through the Depression as well. That’s one of the reasons he was successful. He watched every penny.”

background as a buyer for a department store. “Uncle Mike was a talented craftsman, but not necessarily a people person when he was at his work bench,” says David. “Aunt Phyllis loved people.” (Mike Harrington died several years ago; Phyllis lives in an assisted living home in Florida.) Meanwhile, Jim Lantz finished school, moved to Keene, and went to work at a store called Simons Jewelers. He soon became a valued employee.

By Patrick O’Grady Photography by Rachel Stark

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The patriarch

ort, N.H.

Bench jewelers Tom Armstrong and Dave Ernster (foreground) work behind the scenes.

Jim to pursue the trade. So he went to the Western Pennsylvania Horological Institute in Pittsburgh, courtesy of the GI Bill. In 1948, Mike and Phyllis bought a Newport gift store called Downing’s and gave it a new name. The business allowed them to utilize Mike’s watch making ability and Phyllis’

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Company has such a broad and devoted clientele.

The patriarch

background as a buyer for a department store. “Uncle Mike was a talented craftsman, but not necessarily a people person when he was at his work bench,” says David. “Aunt Phyllis loved people.” (Mike Harrington died several years ago; Phyllis lives in an assisted living home in Florida.) Meanwhile, Jim Lantz finished school, moved to Keene, and went to work at a store called Simons Jewelers. He soon became a valued employee. MJ HARRINGTON

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his year, M.J. Harrington Jeweler is marking its 70th anniversary and Owner Dave Lantz believes the only appropriate way to celebrate the milestone is by paying tribute to the institutions, organizations and people that have helped to sustain the business over the years. “There is a reason we are all still here and it is the communities that have supported us,” Lantz says during an interview at his Newport, N.H., store in a building that was originally a bank. “Newport, Claremont, New London, Sunapee, Grantham (and others), every one of those towns has been critical to our success. We see a connection to all in this area to what we have been able to enjoy over the years. And if we can continue to promote any component of that community…that is what I really see us doing for the 70th anniversary.” The focus of the anniversary year has been to highlight some of what makes the Newport area unique, Lantz says. “Each month we want to celebrate something in the community that has made this community special. We want to include different parts of our surroundings that we believe have helped sustain us because they have drawn people into town. The Library Arts Center has always been important to us. So we can kind of extend what they do and bring them more to the surface for those who don’t know Newport has a vibrant arts center.” Supporting the community through charitable donations and volunteerism by employees in local government and nonprofits has been a cornerstone of the jeweler along with its reputation for quality jewelry and a customer service philosophy that always looks to do

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The store front on Main Street in Newport, N.H.

New Hampshire pendants on display

more, especially now that options for buying jewelry have increased with the growth of online selling. Harrington has an online store selling its New Hampshire Heritage collection, and Lantz says they will expand that over time but not at the expense of personal service and treating the care of each customer’s jewelry as if it were their own.

“They can easily jump online [to shop] so we must be attentive to each customer that comes in the door,” Lantz, 66, says. “One of my biggest fears is: have we done everything that is expected of us? Can we do a little extra so that final memory will be a positive one?” Lantz, who bought the business from his late father, Jim, in 1992, says personally he has had to adapt to online selling and the likely prospect it will increase over time. “It is hard for me to adjust to ‘oh, we just want to sell things’ because that is not what we built the business on, just selling things,” he says. While he has begun thinking about a transition to new ownership to ensure a continued presence in Newport, Lantz says he has no immediate plans to step away from his lifelong passion. “It keeps me energized because every day is different,” Lantz says. “I have no idea when I get up at 4:30 or 5 in the

Dave Lantz, owner of M.J. Harrington

morning what the day will be like and that is what makes it fun.” And celebrating the community this year only adds to that enjoyment. “We have been blessed over the years,” says Lantz. “Whatever we can do to share that, we will do.” Learn more at mjharrington. com › › › › ›

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By Laura Jean Whitcomb


The pottery side of the studio


he wooden “Little Bear Pottery” sign still hangs on Baker Road in North Sutton, N.H. Cindy Best, 10 years later, continues to provide therapeutic arts activities to kids with special needs through Little Bear’s nonprofit arm, A.R.T.S. (Adaptive Art. Respite & Therapeutic play). Even better: the A.R.T.S. program continues to grow. “We provide services to more children and families, and we serve a greater variety of ages: students as young as 3 and as old as 38,” says Best, a mother of two and a former pediatric physical therapist. “Our focus now ranges from therapeutic preschool and kindergarten skills to vocational training with older students.” The mission of A.R.T.S. is to give children and adults with special needs the opportunity to create functional art projects while encouraging therapeutic goals, socialization with peers, exploration of vocational skills, and respite opportunities for caregivers. Students, for the most part, fall somewhere on the Autism Spectrum, but Best also provides services to students with other diagnoses, including Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and Traumatic Brain Injury. As the special needs population grows — and gets older — Best has expanded the nonprofit’s offerings: clay classes, woodworking, watercolor painting, sewing and fabric art, upcycling and creative journaling. “I work with so many teens and young adults with special needs. Our focus is to identify passions and strengths, build social skills, find recreational activities that continue to address mobility goals, and develop vocational skills,” Best explains. “We try on different job skills...sewing, carpentry or technical skills. Once we narrow it down and gain some experience here at A.R.T.S., I try to match that student to a local business willing to create an internship opportunity for the student.”

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The A.R.T.S. Job Cooperative has been successful establishing internship opportunities for older students with businesses in the Lake Sunapee/ Kearsarge community. “We have one student who apprentices at Little Bear Pottery, one who did a year-long photography internship at Kearsarge Magazine, one student who did a one-time filming internship with Yankee Cable, two students consigning their art work at Allioops! Flowers & Gifts in New London, and one student interning at NH Kittens,” says Best. “We continue to work to expand the number of local businesses willing to provide work and internship opportunities for our students.” All of the programs could easily expand with some help from the community. “Our greatest need is local businesses willing to offer a short-term internship or job shadow opportunity for our students,” says Best. “Many students have an aide who accompanies them and cues the student to carry over what we have practiced. I accompany those who don’t have an aide to transition into an internship opportunity.” Donations would also help A.R.T.S. reach more students. “We continue to apply for more than 10 grants per year, but find it getting more and more competitive in the grant world to get chosen for funding,” Best says. “The larger organizations, such as Easter Seals, get the most funding, but aren’t able to start students as early or individualize opportunities one student at a time the way we do at A.R.T.S. Our goal is to meet each student where they are at and build skills from there!” Learn more at littlebearpottery.com › › › › ›

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Inside the Mind of David Elliott Winter 2007

From children’s books to poetry books, this cool, crazy author from Warner, N.H., has an imagination that just won’t quit. (Thank goodness!) By Patrick O’Grady


March 2018


sk author David Elliott where his imagination will take him for his next book and the answer will likely be anything but conventional. For the prolific writer’s two recent novels, Bull and Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc, the inspiration was as unconventional as it gets. “I woke up one night about three in the morning and it was as if her name was in the air in front of me,” Elliott says when describing the idea for a novel about Joan of Arc, a Catholic saint martyred in 1431. “I don’t know how else to explain it. It was as if somebody had written it there.” Elliott, who left his faculty position at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., five years ago to write full time, welcomes such experiences. “I try, not always successfully, to be in touch with my unconscious when I can and so I knew that the unconscious was trying to tell me something,” says Elliott about how he came to write a novel about Joan of Arc, due out in March 2019. “I like to wait until something comes then I try to explore it and see if it is worth it.” Elliott, 70, had his first children’s book published in 1991 and today has 25 to his credit, many published in the last 10 years. Elliott’s imaginative and humorous writing, with a positive message, and the artistic creativity of an illustrator bring to life characters in Jeremy Cabbage, Nobody’s Perfect, the ORQ series, Cool Crazy Crickets Club and poetry books that include In the Woods, On the Farm, In the Sea and In the Wild. The idea for Bull, which is written for young teens and older, emerged from another one of those moments that Elliott is at a loss to explain. Verses, which became the book’s prologue, suddenly began playing in his head, he said. They begin: “There Beneath the Palace Wall The Monster Rages.”

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Coming March 2019

March 2017

“Where that came from I have no idea,” says Elliott. “I didn’t write it down but whenever I was walking the dog or falling asleep at night I would just repeat it to myself. And then I knew it was about the Minotaur.” In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a monster of Crete that had the body of a man and the head of a bull and was shut up in a labyrinth. “The actual myth of Minotaur tells how he was born and the next thing we know, he was in a labyrinth,” Elliott says. “It made me wonder…what about his childhood? It is a little profane but I was not trying to pander to a younger audience. It is just the way it came out.”

Written in verse, with voices of different characters from the myth, Bull has won praise for its literary style with one reviewer calling it “irresistible, slick, and sharp.” Elliott, who lives in Warner, N.H., is under contract for two more illustrated books, At the Poles and At the Pond, which he is working on while waiting for his subconscious to surprise him once more. “If it were up to my conscious self, I would be writing the same old books over and over again,” Elliott says. “So I really try to listen to that part of myself that I am less familiar with.” Learn more at davidelliottbooks.com

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Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root

From seasoned businesses to New London newbies, these local ladies and their businesses are giving the area its texture and uniqueness.

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Laura Jean Whitcomb

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ew London’s small business community is one of a kind: vibrant, varied and successful. Where smaller communities run the risk of their downtown’s fabric unraveling, New London’s stability is stitched at its bustling seams. These businesses are not only surviving in the everchanging retail world — they’re thriving. A large portion of these establishments are owned and operated by women. They’ve weaved vitality, character and pride of proprietorship throughout their business, and the town of New London. The common thread is the tremendous amount of cooperative support that surrounds them. They’re encouraging and fiercely loyal to one and other, each adding their individual stamp to the mix. It takes gumption and courage to go into business for yourself. Just ask Kearsarge Magazine owner, Laura Jean Whitcomb. What these women have in common with Whitcomb is a desire to shape their own destiny, a willingness to share their passions, and a love for their community. “It’s a relaxed and family oriented area that women feel comfortable starting a business in. They’ve supported female entrepreneurship since the start of Colby Junior College,” says Allison Coy of Allioops! Flowers & Gifts. As you walk down the sidewalks of New London, it’s easy to recognize these blossoming businesses. The retail realm is represented well; LisAnn’s, Blue Mountain Guitar, Lady P’s Boutique, Allioops!, Artisan’s New London, Larks & Nightingales, Nourish Holistic Health & Nutrition, Go Lightly Boutique and Unleashed. This female business base is a combination of long-standing businesses (a few under new ownership), others who have changed locations, and some are brand new.

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Second chapters

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Penny Murano, owner of Unleashed

When LisAnn’s (a 35-year-old business) came up for sale a few years back, Helen Brothers, a loyal shopper, didn’t want to see them go away. Always wanting to own a boutique, she bought New London’s Little Department Store, a description coined by one of the LisAnn’s patrons. “New London is great for any age woman to own a business. There’s a strong sense of camaraderie and our customer base is warm and wonderful,” says Brothers. Penny Murano of Unleashed also purchased her already established business (open since 1989) in 2006. “We’re fortunate that our town supports local. We have amazing women with great ideas fitting our community’s needs, all strong resources when you need them,” says Murano. Unleashed is a boutique pet store providing the highest quality pet food, grooming and supplies. Murano’s biggest challenge: competing against the Internet giants. The Lemon Twist, a 23-year-old business, was purchased and renamed Lady P’s Boutique by Laura Pillsbury in 2016. “The best part of being in business here is the people and kindness among the business owners,” says Pillsbury. “If we all do our part — build businesses, shop and live locally — the future is here. It’s a community effort.” Pillsbury states her biggest challenges as employment, seasonality and online competition. She’s creating a marketplace at her Main Street location and has added Cicely Beston Interior Designs, LLC to her space. Although Beston works all over New England and as far south as Florida, she is proud to call New London her home and the home of her business. “I love being a part of this dynamic community,” says Beston.

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Living their dreams

Customers flock to Unleashed for pet grooming and supplies.


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Marcy Vierzen of Artisan’s is the essence of community. Growing up in Andover, N.H., Vierzen admired the vibrant Main Street town with its big personality and beautiful spirit. It’s no surprise that when she grew up she became part of it, brightly enhancing it since 2002. After revealing the cooperative (versus competitive) nature of the local business community in relation to women, she explains their challenges and responsibility. “We’re tremendous advocates for the community from providing goods and services to offering jobs and supporting community events. The impact cannot be overstated. We’re challenged in

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ways that encourage us to evolve and change, reminding us that life is not static,” says Vierzen. “We must rise to the occasion in all that we do, lead and remain flexible.” She believes the connections made through her business is the best part. “Art arises from us: a combination of experience, history, originality, talent and resourcefulness and connects us to one and other. It stirs, moves, and fires us up. Art is a manifestation of an idea into reality, that we can see, share and be a part of. It crosses lines and boundaries and builds bridges. At Artisan’s, we get to do this — showcase and share it with our phenomenal community,” says Vierzen.

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Laura Pillsbury, owner of Lady P’s

Top: Lady P’s shows community spirit Center: Clothing and jewelry display at Lady P’s

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Marcy Vierzen, owner of Artisan’s

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Artisan’s, a retail shop in New London since 1975, features the local stories and art from people like photographer Rick Libbey (Andover), jewelry artist Erica Walker (Sutton) and dressmaker and smock artist Pam Morland (New London), to name a few. Coy of Allioops! Flowers & Gifts was bitten by the small business bug back when her mother owned Candy, etc., a candy store on Main Street. “I always wanted to own my own shop in New London — it’s the hub of the Kearsarge region. There’s a strong female presence and it’s empowering to watch all the local businesswomen be successful,” says Coy. “It’s because of the community and, collectively, our loyal customer base.” Allioops! doubled in size in March 2017, adding to Coy’s biggest challenge: balancing her professional and personal life. “With the amount of growth that we’ve had, there’s no way that I could walk this fine line between the two without my dedicated staff that supports me and my business every day,” says Coy.

Allison Coy, owner of Allioops!

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Location, location, location

Allioops! welcoming storefront

For more than 10 years, Larks & Nightingales has been a go-tostore for women. Beginning as a lingerie and sleepwear, it’s morphed into a full-fledged women’s clothing store. Three years ago, Owner Diane Moore left her Newport Road location and relocated the shop to Baynham Place. “We all support each other and we’re happy to refer customers. Local women love to support local businesses. Many of my customers have become good friends over the years,” says Moore. She believes her success comes from the expertise and customer service provided by the team of women who work at Larks. One of her customers — Dr. Bonita Betters-Reed , Professor Emeritus at Simmons University School of Business Center for Gender in Organizations — has long been fascinated with the many successful

Photo by Jennifer Stark

Diane Moore, owner of Larks and Nightingales

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Kristen Branzetti, owner of Nourish

entrepreneurial women in the New London area and has made a concerted effort to support these enterprises. “I admit I was skeptical of how another competitor in this limited market could carve out a distinctive niche. It soon became clear that Moore’s genuine interest in her customers and ability to listen to them would pay off,” says Betters-Reed.

understanding that I was new to ‘store front’ business. The relationship among store owners is special; it’s a tight community,” says McKelvy. Blue Mountain Guitar opened in 2017 and quickly expanded, doubling its size to fill the music needs of the area. “This is a year-round tourist town full of interesting people and an ever-growing music community,” says McKelvy. Another new business on the block is Nourish Holistic Health & Nutrition, opened by Kristen Branzetti in February 2017. She fell in love with the small-town

New kids on the block

Helen Brothers, owner of LisAnn’s


GIRL POWER Women’s entrepreneurship has been on the rise for the last two decades according to the 2017 State of WomenOwned Business Report. Women-owned businesses account for 39 percent of all United States businesses (men and women owned businesses make up 47 percent). This means that 11.6 million women-businesses employ 9 million people and generate more than 1.7 million in revenues.

Amanda Raymond, owner of Studio Sage

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Barbara McKelvy, owner of Blue Mountain Guitar

When Barbara McKelvy opened Blue Mountain Guitar, she got business advice from the late Sarah Cave of Gourmet Garden (who was in business with her husband for 30 years). “Sarah would share stories of her years as a retailer here,

Blue Mountain Guitar stocks a variety of instruments, including these ukuleles.

Here in New Hampshire, there were 5,097 femaleowned employer businesses in 2016, according to the Small Business Association Office of Advocacy. Between 2012 and 2016, female-owned employer businesses grew more than male-owned employer businesses, up from 4,710. It was a growth rate of 8.2 percent, while maleowned employer businesses dropped 2.1 percent.

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charm, energy of the area and the focus on the arts. “I feel that women have a deep-rooted desire to nurture. Many of our businesses bring their customers a sense of comfort and that welcome-tomy-home feeling. We’re sharing a part of our lives when people step into our businesses. Whether it be in the local coffee shop, bakery, restaurant, gift shop, flower shop, clothing store or interior design studio, we all share our passions and that resonates with people,” says Branzetti. Studio Sage Interiors is the baby of the bunch. Amanda Raymond is the owner of this full-service interior design studio, opened one year ago. “It’s an exciting time for females in New London. I look up and down Main Street and see many taking the leap of faith,

going into business for themselves successfully. I felt instantly supported when I opened,” says Raymond. Balance is her constant challenge. “As a young woman, wife, mom, business owner and perfectionist, I find myself unable to fulfill my roles to the level they deserve. There are times when my son goes to day care in his pajamas, I forget to kiss my husband, or I’m late returning a call. The biggest challenge is accepting that I can do my best and still have these things happen,” says Raymond. New London Town Administrator Kimberly Hallquist believes that the women-owned business success comes from their creativity, enthusiasm and willingness to give it all they’ve got. “They’ve realized the opportunity here, establishing

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themselves in a town where the college, hospital, unique retail, restaurants and professional offices draw people in. They’re commitment is not only to their businesses but to their community. They help each other out and contribute locally, understanding that a successful community fuels their success,” Hallquist says. Leigh Ann Root is a freelance writer, photographer and yoga instructor. She is also an entrepreneur; her traveling yoga business is Sunapee Yoga Company (sunapeeyogacompany.com). Leigh Ann lives in Newbury with her husband, Jonathan and two children, Parker and Joleigh.


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On the Road Winter’s Wonder Text and photography by Leigh Ann Root

As we hunker down for another snow-covered spell, let’s keep our eyes peeled to experience winter’s vast wonders. It’s easy to get caught up in the frustrations that come along with delays, cancellations and the slower pace that accompanies this season. If we simply adjust our thinking from irritation to appreciation, we’ll be open to more of winter’s beauty and we’ll ward off those blues. • Nature is cueing us to relax, restore, and relish in her paused pace. As we exchange our toasty cable-knit sweaters for puffy parkas, here are a few reminders of ways to be grateful for this seasonable shift. • Bundle up and explore. Even if it’s just in our backyard. Notice how brilliantly the snow canvases everything, changes shapes and molds a fresh view. • Jam it up — buy a new pair of cozy pajamas! We have many local businesses all geared up for this chilly time of the year. With the shorter days, it’s perfectly fine to jump in those jammies as soon as we get home, no matter the time of day.


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• Hot cocoa and other brewed beverages never tasted so good. We can warm ourselves from the inside out. Whether we make a steamy cup at home or visit one of our numerous community coffee shops, it’s a fabulous way to celebrate the season.

• Watch the snow fall. We live in a real-life snow globe some days; how fantastic is that! It’s a mesmerizing and tranquil way to enjoy the splendor that surrounds us. • Build a perfect snowman! Let the creative juices flow in the snow. We can be kids again while we carve a new lawn display for our neighbors to admire.

• Just breathe. Take in the frosty air, let it awaken and motivate you. Ten big winter breaths are the equivalent to a giant cup of coffee. If we tell ourselves that enough, we’ll become believers, right? • Take a slow drive down a country road; we have plenty to choose from. Discover the enchanting canopied

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trees reaching for the roads. Capture the moment and send us a picture (info@kearsargemagazine.com). We’ll share it with our Instagram followers. • Savor in the sensations of stepping into a warm place on a cold day. Welcome the transition from freezing cold to room temperature. • Have a snowball fight. Can’t make it outside? Buy a batch of stuffed snowballs designed to be tossed around indoors. Get into the spirit of the season — it’s fun, therapeutic and energy releasing! • Go for a walk down the street or into the woods. Tie up the boots or strap on those snowshoes and feel each crunchy step. When we look back, we can see just how far we’ve gone — instant gratification. The more we walk, the warmer we get, and the better we feel. Winter walks offer solitude, peace and a chance to change our perspective and mindset. So, bring on the blizzards and the bundling up! We’re just as rugged as our region’s seasonal shift. Each winter that passes, we become tougher versions of our New England selves.

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Kearsarge Magazine Winter 2018  

What's happening in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area of New Hampshire - from pickleball to holiday events to outdoor winter fun.

Kearsarge Magazine Winter 2018  

What's happening in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area of New Hampshire - from pickleball to holiday events to outdoor winter fun.

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