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Summer 2019


STUFF M A G A Z I N E the go-to guide for Upper Valley families

Farmers' Markets (and POP Clubs) Where's Waldo in Norwich, Vt. Pocket Museums in the Upper Valley And an extensive calendar of summer fun!

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DEPARTMENTS 23 Eat: Make Your Own Baby Food Text and photography by Brianna Marino 26 Local Business: Stateline Sports: The Cheers of Sporting Goods Text and photography by Kim J. Gifford

32 Traditions: For the Love of Paper By Erin Wetherell 34 Calendar: Summer Events Pages and pages of fun summer events and activities! Compiled by Amy Cranage

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Where's Waldo in Norwich Need a fun summer activity? Every July, Waldo — that iconic children’s book character — hides in stores and businesses throughout Norwich, Vt. You can win prizes if you find him! Text and photography by Laura Jean Whitcomb


Upper Valley Pocket Museums Hidden in the nooks and crannies of our area are smaller, less-well-known museums bursting with interesting and fun displays, history and hands-on experiences. Here are four of our favorites. Text and photography by Ann St. Martin Stout


Edibles, Education and Entertainment Families can find it all at an Upper Valley farmers’ market this summer. And, don’t forget, kids can shop, too, thanks to the weekly Power of Produce (POP) Clubs! By Laura Jean Whitcomb Sidebar by Lauren Griswold


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editor’s note Hello families! I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to summer weather — warm, sunshiny days with perhaps a bit less rain. The summer issue of Kid Stuff has a lot of options for you and your family to get out and enjoy the fresh air: visiting farmers’ markets across the Upper Valley; finding Waldo in Norwich, Vt., in July; and checking out a few museums with (indoors and outdoors) hands-on displays. Even our summer calendar went way too long — there’s so much to do! — so please look for August events and activities online at We’ve uploaded a separate PDF that you can use to pack in the last of the summer fun before school starts.

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Need a fun summer activity? Here’s one: Where’s Waldo in Norwich, Vt.




Every July, Waldo — that iconic children’s book character — hides in stores and businesses throughout town. You would think it is easy to find his striped shirt, black rimmed glasses and pom pom beanie, but it can be difficult. But, oh, the joy once you’ve found him! This year marks the 8th annual event in Norwich, “The Norwich event is patterned after a promotion that Carol Chittenden, owner of Eight Cousins Bookstore in Falmouth, Mass., created in August 2011 to increase foot traffic at her store and neighboring businesses,” says Liza Bernard, owner of the Norwich (Vt.) Bookstore. “The Find Waldo Local campaign, sponsored by Candlewick and the American Booksellers Association, now has 250 participating booksellers and more than 5,000 local businesses from banks to farmers’ markets and ice cream shops.”

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You’ll need a passport to participate. Stop at the Norwich Bookstore (291 Main Street) to pick up your Find Waldo passport. Inside there’s a grid with the names of the 21 participating businesses. Take a look around the bookstore to start, find Waldo, then get your passport signed or stamped. Then, perhaps, head next door to Zuzu’s to find the next Waldo. The search will take you all over town. Take your time, you don’t have to do it in one day…or you can if you really want to. “It is a fun way to discover the local businesses: a yarn shop and a hardware store, two banks, a café,” says Bernard. “We love seeing the families come in and really look around our expanded children’s section. It is fun watching them find Waldo and see that we have their favorite book on our shelf — and maybe discover a something new to read!” Once you’ve found 10 Waldos, bring your passport to the bookstore and get your “I Found Waldo” button and a $1 coupon for a Waldo book. Collect ›››››




Can you find Waldo and some other items he has lost?

all 21 stamps and/or signatures, get a button and entered into a drawing for a set of Waldo books. There’s also a party: a Waldo grand celebration and prize drawing in early August at the bookstore. It’s a good time to see your neighbors; Bernard says about 50 kids in town participate. “Grandparents with



visiting family, parents and their kids, older kids exploring town on their bikes on their own,” she says. The Norwich Bookstore is located on 291 Main Street. This year’s event starts on Monday, July 1. The celebration will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3.


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The Upper Valley is fortunate to have many top-rated museums. But hidden in the nooks and crannies of our towns are smaller, less-well-known museums bursting with interesting and fun displays, history and hands-on experiences. Here are four of our favorites.




Vintage lunchboxes depict culturally iconic toys of each decade. Toys are displayed by category and by era; things of interest to the littlest children are on the lower displays and those for older kids and adults are higher. But don’t forget to look up! Boxed toys and board games are attached to the ceiling, too. A small carpeted “living room” area has rainy day toys for hands-on play. The Vermont Toy Museum has something for everyone, and Neil wants to keep it completely accessible with free admission. As you leave and pass the pinball machines, you may drop a donation in the wishing well to help fund upkeep so others can say, “I had one of those.”

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5573 Woodstock Road Quechee, Vt. (802) 295-1550, ext. 102 The Vermont Toy Museum at Quechee Gorge Village is the perfect stop for a multi-generational group. So frequently are the words “I had one of those” heard, it has become a tagline for the museum. Gary Neil — a collector and “antiques guy” — started with his personal collection; added to it from yard sales, flea markets and auctions; and gladly accepts donations. What he now has: a vast number of playthings ranging from a pedal car of the 1920s to nearly every board game produced to the three Rs of collecting space toys — ray guns, robots and rockets. Any letter of the alphabet could create a list that would bring back memories: banks, Barbie, Beanie Babies; comics, card games, Chinese checkers; Troll dolls (including troll house, wardrobe and handwritten Troll Diary), Tonka trucks and the crowning display — the toy train. “The train is a popular item,” says Neil. “Some kids will push the button over and over to watch the train run.” The model, based on Vermont scenes, enters tunnels beneath mountains, crosses bridges, and stops in towns on its route.



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91 Pleasant Street New London, N.H. On a warm day between June and October, you can visit the Ice House Museum in New London — but you won’t find any of the ice which gave it its name. What you will find is several buildings housing the ice harvesting tools of a century ago, and lots more to fill the imagination.

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When the building was retired as a storage place for ice insulated with sawdust, William (“Bill”) F. Kidder of Kidder Garage bought it to store cars in the snowy season. Slowly friends and townsfolk dropped off items for Bill to tinker with. The collection of ice cutters and shovels with a hole (to scoop ice chips without the water) grew to a collection of dozens of antique vehicles, old-time toys including two playable pin ball machine, a barrel washing machine, two butter churns — one with rockers, the other attached to a treadmill — and so much more. One of the recent additions is portion of a solid cement block wall on which is painted


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The American Precision Museum 196 Main Street Windsor, Vt. (802) 674-5781 If a family has lived a generation or two in the Upper Valley, chances are high that a grandparent or other family member worked in the machine tool industry. Precision Valley, the area around Windsor, Vt., started a revolution that changed America: the development of interchangeable parts. The American Precision Museum (APM) tour begins with a well-done video giving a glimpse of the museum’s inception and the reasons why Windsor and the areas along the Connecticut River were fertile ground for this industry. Yankee ingenuity played a big part.



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Lift the impressive latch and walk through the door into the 1846 Robbins and Lawrence Amory. Here one is face to face with machines the size of several refrigerators bound together. As you make your way through the large room, placards explain the individual machines — drills, lathes, grinders and more. Eventually you come upon a miniature exhibit, within a glass case, showing tiny machinery replicating a larger machine. It can be activated at the push of a button. A gear machine on display at American Precision Museum in Windsor, Vt.




One placard titled “Arming the Union” tells how this factory was making sewing machines at the beginning of the Civil War and promptly returned to making guns for the Union Army. In addition, gun making machinery was sold to other manufacturers including Colt, Smith & Wesson, Remington and other companies. As the self-guided tour ends the play begins! There is a room where children and adults can try some hands-on activities; here the seed of future innovation is sown. To promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in schools and in non-school settings, various programs — including Maker Monday, Tinker Tuesday, and Wonder Wednesday; Girls-Only Tech Camp, and Junior Apprentice and Young Apprentice Clubs — are run by APM. These include simple machines, electronic circuits, magnets and basic coding at various levels.

The Norwich Historical Society Museum 277 Main Street Norwich, Vt. (802) 649-0124 The Norwich Historical Society is in a beautifully kept old home. Three first floor rooms are arranged with exhibits which change annually. The one-room schoolhouse display is completely child friendly, with benches and desks, examples of old school books and primers. The 48star American flag on the wall comes from a Norwich school house of times past. The presidential portraits of Washington and Lincoln do as well. As in other towns, the town of Norwich was divided into several school districts, so that each family ››››› Top to bottom: A few of the things you'll see at the Norwich Historical Society Museum — and old-time classroom, historic photos and a student desk.





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A map of Norwich, Vt., turned into a puzzle.

had a school within walking distance (no more than 1.5 miles from home). The color-coded, numbered map of the town showing the districts has been made into a puzzle that visitors can assemble. A small display is devoted to women’s education, including antique samplers. A second display room displays the history of Norwich Academy, founded in this town in 1819 and moved to Northfield in 1867 after one of the barracks burned. This military academy was influential in the town as well as a contributor to its economy. If the day beckons you to be outdoors, you can take advantage of a Historic Walking Tour of just over an hour’s duration. The fold-out brochure contains a map and diagram, photographs and brief history of each structure. The brochure can be found at the museum as well as other places around town. Ann St. Martin Stout, lifelong Newport, N.H., resident, likes sharing arts, creativity and community with her family and others around her. The little museums in this article were a pleasant surprise and a valuable find for her.

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find it all at an Upper Valley farmers’ market this summer.



Edibles, Education and Entertainment

Families can


Elliott purchases strawberries at a farmers' market.

BY LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB On any given afternoon, the white tents start popping up on town greens. On Thursdays, parking around Colburn Park becomes hard to find after 4 p.m. The Lebanon (N.H.) Farmers’ Market is in full swing; locals are excited to shop local, meeting the farmer who grew the tomatoes or the artisan who made the burled bowl. Neighbors and friends wave hello and stop to chat as the kids dance wildly to a local band playing bluegrass music. It’s a win-win for the vendors, the customers and the community. “Local residents have access to locally grown and raised food as well as locally crafted and produced products,” says Brian Stroffolino, market manager of the Hartland (Vt.) Farmers’ Market. “And the market allows an outlet for our small, local farmers, crafters and producers to sell their products. It’s a great space for the community to gather to eat, shop, play, and socialize. We put on special events at least once a month that are great for all ages that promote a healthy, resilient community.”


Farmers’ markets can be a fun family activity, too. Many offer entertainment, like music or a performer. The Hanover (N.H.) Farmers’ Market started in 2007 on the top of the parking lot and moved to the Dartmouth Green in 2008. It runs from June to October, and there is free parking on Wheelock Street just for farmers’ market customers. “Our customers look forward to a wonderful variety of local products being available to them each week in an idyllic setting. Many families bring blankets and coolers and buy their dinner at the market. There is a wonderful feeling of kids playing ball, local bands entertaining those that want to stay, and plenty of room on the Dartmouth Green to shop and enjoy,” says Sally Wilson, Hanover Farmers’ Market manager. Make it a priority to spend time at a farmers’ market this summer. Not only will you find fresh lettuce, sweet corn, snap peas and baby carrots, preserves and marinades, organic elk meat, authentic African food, loaves of bread, and even salty-sweet kettle corn, you’ll be greeted like an old friend at every tent you visit.


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Kids Can Shop, Too BY LAUREN GRISWOLD PHOTOGRAPHY BY MOLLY DRUMMOND You bring home the bacon, but your kids? They might start bringing home the broccoli! Yes, you read that right: Kids around the Upper Valley can get a taste of local fruits and vegetables — plus their very own money to spend on fresh, local produce — with Power of Produce (POP) Clubs happening weekly at area farmers’ markets. This free program uses fun activities to get kids excited about trying fresh fruits and vegetables. ›››››

Find One Near You! VERMONT Hartland Farmers’ Market Hartland Public Library Fields Fridays, 4 to 7 p.m. Mount Tom Farmers’ Market Route 12 North Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Norwich Farmers’ Market Route 5 Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Randolph Farmers’ Market Gifford Hospital Green Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. NEW HAMPSHIRE Hanover Farmers’ Market Dartmouth Green Wednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m. Lebanon Farmers’ Market Colburn Park Thursdays, 4 to 7 p.m.


Newport Farmers’ Market Newport Common Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m. Wilmot Farmers’ Market Town Green (9 Kearsarge Valley Road Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“We love it!” says a local mom. “It’s a fabulous way to empower kids to make their own choices — all healthy! They were so excited to spend their own ‘money’ for what they wanted (and all good things that support local people)!” The program is a national phenomenon — there are hundreds of POP Clubs at farmers’ markets around the country, including a dozen right here in the Upper Valley. These are supported by the regional nonprofit Vital Communities. How does it work? Kids approach the POP Club table at the farmers’ market and are greeted as they sign in and learn about the day’s activity. Think a market scavenger hunt, a matching game, or salsa-making — something produce-focused and fun. Once they’ve completed the activity, each child is given a reusable POP Club bag and $3 in “POP Bucks” — market tokens to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables of their choosing. And just like that, they’re off — shopping with their own market money for their own produce. Kids are empowered to take ownership of their farmers’ market experience as they explore fresh, nutritious food on their own terms.

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Make Your Own Baby Food Fresh, wholesome, nutritious — and you'll save money. TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIANNA MARINO The choices for baby food are downright overwhelming. A glance down the baby goods aisle at any grocery store is enough to leave your head spinning from option overload. Despite the selection, many families are opting to go the way of yesteryear and make their own baby food. But, why? With so many varieties, packaging styles and flavors of baby food, is there any reason to make your own? YES — and more than one! The most obvious reason to make your own baby food: to know exactly what goes into it. You control the quality of ingredients and the freshness of the food, which also affects taste. Because you can make baby food in batches and freeze it, it also can be very cost effective. You pay only for the ingredients (not the packaging and shipping too). Also, you can craft baby’s meals to match your own. Having turkey and carrots? Cook and save some aside to puree for baby. Traditionally, baby’s first food was rice or oatmeal cereal. Although still a fine option, low-acid fruit and sweet tasting vegetable purees are replacing those first food staples. Some simple guidelines remain constant:

Healthy, homemade baby food

• Always discuss baby’s feeding with your pediatrician. • Avoid honey for the first two years of life, due to botulism concerns. • Wait until baby is at least 4 months old and shows some of the following signs: • Sitting upright without support • Opening mouth or leaning towards food when it is offered • Swallowing food instead of

pushing it back out with the tongue • Expression of interest in what you are eating • Start with purees or cereals mixed with formula or breast milk • Introduce one food at a time and wait three days to watch for any allergic reaction • Offer food multiple times. It may take baby many introductions of a single flavor to accept it. ›››››




A tasty frozen version

STEPS To prepare veggies and fruits for baby, only a couple basic cooking skills are needed (mainly to soften the food for purees): steaming, roasting and/or boiling. For example, sweet potatoes and squash are easily prepared by roasting in the oven, while carrots and broccoli can be more easily steamed or boiled. Many fruits can be either steamed or boiled. If you’re unsure, check your local library for baby food books, which are usually filled with helpful recipes and instructions. After softening the food, a good blender or food processor will be indispensible for pureeing. Simply place the softened food in the blender/processor and process until smooth. To thin, add formula, breast milk or water. Once baby has a few foods safely under his belt, you can start to have fun with flavor combinations by blending several ingredients into one puree. Banana with apple or strawberry puree has been a favorite in my house. When baby is old enough, you can even add oatmeal and yogurt! Try a few flavors to see what your baby likes. Then, consider batching and freezing in ice




An example of an easy to fill and travel food pouch

cube trays or small containers for quick meals or on the go! Speaking of freeze, thawed frozen fruits can easily be substituted for fresh fruit.

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supplies needed to make your own purees. If you like the convenience of pouches, there are reusable, refillable and dishwasher safe pouches to store and dispense homemade baby food. They are also freezable

and toddler friendly. Mine, made by Baby Brezza, have lasted nearly two years. For babies that may want to feed themselves, Boon makes Pulp, a wand-like feeding tool. Looking something like a Popsicle, the top is soft silicone and can be filled with banana, avocado, sliced berries and many other options. Baby can hold it herself and mash the fruit out through the fine holes in the top by gumming it. This also saves the step of cooking and pureeing. With so many options from the simple reusable pouch to the very high-tech all-in-one steamer/puree machines, it has never been easier or more convenient to DIY baby food. So, if you’d like to give fresh a try for your little one, here’s one of my kids’ favorite (and easiest) recipes:


Ingredients: 10 strawberries 3 bananas • Remove any tops from the strawberries and add to a food processor/blender. • Peel bananas and add to processor/blender. • Blend on high, occasionally stopping to scrape down sides. • Transfer to a bowl/pouch to feed immediately or freeze in ice cube trays or small containers for later. • Feel free to substitute any berry for strawberries and watch baby enjoy!

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TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIM J. GIFFORD “I’ve kind of always looked at us as the ‘Cheers’ of sporting goods — you know the place where everybody knows your name?” says Stateline Sports Senior Manager Dave Dupree. “I’m not sure who is Norm and who is Cliff, but it’s the type of business where even if somebody is not necessarily shopping for something they always feel comfortable and want to stop by.” No doubt this is due in part to the fact that Stateline Sports is a 36-year-old staple in the Upper Valley, drawing shoppers from communities in the core area and far afield. Owner Jon Damren notes that it is not unusual to see three or four generations of family shoppers come into the store. “One man, now in his 40s, has a group of friends who went to Hanover High School, and he said that whenever they’re back in the area, they bring their kids to Stateline to be fit for their hockey equipment,” he says. “There is a certain amount of continuity that expands even beyond the Upper Valley.” Damren’s tale is not unique. Ian Brown, 57, and his son Tristan, 20, of Bethel, Vt., have been buying their hockey gear at Stateline Sports for pickup games and leagues for years. “We love the personal attention and a chance to get our skates sharpened while trying on gear,” says Brown.



Stateline Sports originated in 1983 when business partners Bob Vanier and Damren, who had been working together at Tommy Keane Sports in Lebanon, N.H., decided to fill a void left in the market by the closing of that business. Vanier passed away in 2011. The store continued and now employs approximately 14 full- and part-time people. Some, like Dupree, have been with the business almost since its beginning. Dupree came on board in 1989.

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This attention to fit and safety may play a large part in Stateline’s success in this Internet age.

“We did the numbers once and figured between all of us, we had something like 150 to 200 combined years of sporting history. That’s taking care of a lot of skates and a lot of soccer shoes,” says Damren. “Through the years, there may be changes in equipment, but the basic premise of the business doesn’t change. It’s a matter of keeping the kids having fun and being safe and trying to fit them with the appropriate gear for the level that they play.” This attention to fit and safety may play a large part in Stateline’s success in this Internet age. “In this day and age of social media and being able to shop on their phones, it’s easy, especially for older kids, to get something online, but there’s a really good chance it’s either going to be the wrong item or the wrong fit and it’s going to end up costing more in the end. All things that could have been avoided by walking in the door of a store five minutes from their home,” Dupree says. “By focusing on the younger kids and their families, we hope to establish a connection that keeps them coming back for years.”

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The staff at Stateline is careful to avoid upselling, another factor in the store’s success. “If someone doesn’t need a piece of equipment we’re not going to sell it to them just because we can,” says Dupree. “On occasion people will come in with a bag of softball gear or a whole hockey bag and they’ll ask, ‘Can you tell me if these fit?’ It would be easy for us to say none of it is right, but that’s not the way it goes here. We take the time and make sure everything fits and if it does they walk out with their equipment, if it doesn’t they get something new. Again, no pressure.” “We sell the proper gear for the right level and we always try to keep it affordable. That combination has always been a pretty good formula for us,” agrees Damren. And, just like the television show Cheers, the personal touch goes a long way in bringing kids and families back to the store. Mackenzie Liu, 15, of Norwich, Vt., is a fine example. As the state championship approaches, she stands chatting, skates in hand with Stateline staff. They cheer her, anticipating a victory. “We really care about the kids. We watch the sports pages and see the kid’s names in the paper,” says Damren. “It’s great to have them come back in after seeing them in the paper for scoring a goal. I think it’s a throwback to the old kind of business.” For kids, parents and grandparents alike, Stateline Sports seems to be the place not only to meet a wide array of sporting good needs from swimming, lacrosse and hockey to softball, baseball and soccer and a large variety of footwear, but also to feel comfortable in the process — the kind of place where they can be assured of walking away not only with what they need, but always “being glad they came.” Kim J. Gifford is a writer, photographer/artist, avid dog lover and blogger. Her Bethel, Vt., home is always filled with nieces and nephews and her three pugs: Alfie, Waffles and Amore. Find her at

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Seeing Red, Feeling Blue: Color and Emotion in Art Art is an excellent way to explore emotions with children.


WRITTEN BY KAREN RODIS, ARTISTREE PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR LESSON PLAN BY FINNIE TRIMPI, ARTISTREE OUTREACH COORDINATOR PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIE CROSS, ARTISTREE MARKETING DIRECTOR When you’re little, feelings are a big deal. Children — young kids in particular — typically need guidance in how to navigate their emotions; children who don’t have a vocabulary to express their feelings often act out their feelings in inappropriate or problematic ways. In teaching children to identify and manage their emotions, we give them important tools to navigate life. Research shows us that children who are aware of their emotions and know how to express them in a socially acceptable manner have a distinct advantage as they mature. These children tend to perform better at school, have better social relationships, have an internal locus of control (believe that the choices they make have an impact on their lives), and are less likely to display behavior problems. Art is an excellent vehicle for exploring emotions with children and developing a vocabulary for identifying and defining feelings. Below, I lay out the steps for an art activity that was part of the ArtisTree camp “Seeing Red, Feeling Blue: Color and Emotion in Art.” In this camp, kids learned about 30


materials how modern artists known as the Fauves — including Henri Matisse and André Derain — created work that expressed emotions through color choices and impulsive brushwork.

SUPPLIES • 8.5 by 11 white copy paper for portrait, two pieces • 8.5 by 11 white cardstock paper, two pieces • 12 by 18 construction paper (assorted colors) • paint brushes • red, yellow and blue tempera paint (or other colors on hand)


• bowl or paper plate for mixing paint • scissors • glue stick • camera or phone • printer STEPS 1. Talk to your child about emotion. What kinds of feelings do we experience on a day-to-day basis? Help your child come up with a list of emotions. Practice making faces in a mirror to fully illustrate the thought with a visual. 2. Next, talk about color. Look at the different colored papers and share with one another what the




different colors make each of you feel. See if they have ever heard “I am green with envy, she was feeling blue, I am red with anger” may even introduce Picasso’s Blue period paintings and talk about the feeling that he is illustrating. Van Gogh’s Sunflowers could be an expression of happiness; Matisse’s colorful portraits may bring up happier or more excited emotions as well. (All can be found online if you do not have books or prints on hand.) 3. Let your child choose two emotions and two corresponding colors to focus on in their project.


4. Using a camera or phone, take a portrait of your child with expressions and gestures that convey each of the two emotions. What does sad look like? Or mad? Print out the portraits in black and white on white copy paper. 5. Have your child paint each of their selected colors on a separate piece of cardstock. Show them how to mix colors if needed: blue and red make purple, yellow and blue make green, etc. Encourage your child to consider how their brushstrokes — smooth and calm, or quick and zigzagging — can convey emotions as well. Let dry. 6. Have your child cut out their photographic images from the backgrounds. 7. When paint is dry, have your child match up the images and colors and glue each photo on its corresponding paper. 8. Glue portraits side by side or one above the other on a large piece of construction paper in a color of their choice and have your child sign their name on their work! Display your child’s artwork and refer to it in the coming days or weeks whenever your child is experiencing challenging feelings. Begin to introduce additional emotional vocabulary to expand and refine their emotional toolkit: mad can lead to angry and the more nuanced furious, annoyed, etc. Create additional artwork to illustrate more feelings. Visual reference points can provide additional support to your child as they grow and develop into mature persons with emotional fluency.





For the Love of Paper Writing a letter or note is a great way to establish a connection. BY ERIN WETHERELL PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB When I was a child, my favorite holiday tradition was going to Littleton, N.H., the day after Thanksgiving. We would have breakfast at the Littleton Family Diner, spend the morning at the Little Village Toy and Book Shop, and watch the annual holiday parade. On one particular trip — when I was 3½ — my parents told me I could pick out anything I wanted from the bookstore. After verifying with them that indeed I could pick out anything, I left to go browse. I was a voracious reader. The bookstore also had an amazing toy store with endless selection. Yet I came back and proudly announced what I had picked out: my very own box of envelopes. Normal, boring business class envelopes that you could find almost anywhere in the Upper Valley. Looking back, I think it was a combination of watching my mom pay the bills, and my dad corresponding with his writing students that sparked this idea in my head. Important business was done by mail, and I wanted in! Now, in 2019, the ease at which you can compose emails and texts, Snapchats and Instagram messages means that most communication is done electronically. The art of writing a letter is disappearing. But the need for human connection is more important than ever, and writing a letter or note to someone — especially a hand-written one — is a great way to establish connection. For kids, taking a few minutes



POST in White River Junction, Vt., offers cards, pens, notebooks and more.

to be mindful and think of another person is also a wonderful way to build empathy. A letter or note to someone doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as a birthday wish, or a recap of a recent trip, a thank you or a haiku. If you start encouraging kids when they’re young, hopefully it will be a habit they continue into adulthood and something they come to enjoy. Letters are treasures. One of my friends has young boys and lives in Bozeman, Montana. Recently she let me know that the last birthday card I sent — a card featuring a snail whose shell had a small game spinner — ended up in her 7-yearold’s box of his favorite things.


If you are looking to get your kids started, two of my personal favorite stores are POST and the Little Spot of Red. POST, located in downtown White River Junction, Vt., opened in the summer of 2016 and has a mission to encourage people to “Slow Down.” Pam Post stocks a beautifully curated selection of cards, writing utensils, notepads and art supplies. There is a section dedicated to kids, with stationery kits, markers and colored pencils. Be sure to check out the pen selection as they can be purchased individually and tested beforehand. The Little Spot of Red, located in downtown Hanover, N.H., opened in 2006 and is owned by Laura

Lichiello. In addition to stationery sets, fun stickers and camp journals, there is a paper bar where you can purchase blank stationery and envelopes individually. Parents and grandparents often buy bundles for their children and let them decorate as they please. Additionally, they offer stationery that can be personalized with your child’s name. There are many other places in the Upper Valley that have wonderful selections of cards and writing implements. The Norwich (Vt.) Bookstore has a growing selection of cards and postcards. Bean’s Art Store in downtown Hanover is also a great place to find fun writing utensils, notebooks and supplies to get kids excited about letter writing. Trust me: kids will enjoy writing letters! As mail is mostly exchanged between adults, kids will

Little Spot of Red, Hanover, N.H., has rows and rows of gorgeous cards.

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Top and bottom: POST displays

be excited to find mail in the box that is for them. A store associate at POST told me that she exchanges letters with her two nieces in California, and every morning they run down to the mailbox to check if there is mail. The 6th grade class at Lyme (N.H.) Elementary School has done a PenPal Project for a few years now, where students are paired up with community volunteers and write letters back and forth, culminating in a luncheon where they meet. Principal Jeff Valence says “The authenticity of

the audience and the fact that they can learn about others in their community and build a relationship from this, is a valuable aspect of this project and whose benefits are equivalent to refining their writing.” If you look closely, the art of writing letters is alive and well, and by encouraging your kids to start when they’re young, it will be for years to come. Erin Wetherell lives in East Thetford, Vt., and does her part to keep the USPS in business.





June 8 and 9

June 8

Sat and Sun/Various times

Sat/1 to 4 p.m.

Vermont Days

CCBA Community Anniversary Bash Join the Carter Community Building Association in celebrating 100 years of community! Enjoy an afternoon of family, friends, food, live music, a bounce house, corn hole and other lawn games and more. >> CCBA, 1 Taylor Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Free >>

Bring the family to your choice of Vermont state parks, fish at any Fish and Wildlife fishing area; enjoy free entry at State Historic Sites and free admission to the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier and the Vermont History Center in Barre. >> Throughout Vermont >> Free >>

June 14 to 16

Fri/Gates open 3 p.m. Sat and Sun/Gates open 5:30 a.m.

40th Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival This festival features as many as 20 hot air balloons with five flights scheduled and tethered rides during the day. Enjoy entertainment and 60+ craft artisans and commercial vendors. Children’s activities include euro bungee, a rock climbing wall, bounce house and more. >> Festival Grounds, 70 Village Green Circle, Quechee, Vt. >> Adults, $15; children age 6 to 12, $5; 5 and under free >>

June 14 Fri/Dusk

Movie Night on the Green

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Enjoy a free family friendly movie outdoors. Bring chairs and blankets to relax under the stars. >> Visitor Center Green, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >>



June 15

Sat/11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Strawberry Festival Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Special Needs Support Center with a day filled with family fun including a dessert contest, live music, food and beverages, a 50/50 raffle, arts and crafts for kids and more! >> Colburn Park, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Tickets $8, children under 5 free >>

June 15 and 16 Sat and Sun/2 to 4 p.m.

Cinderella Ballet and Variety Show Ballet students at the Kearsarge Conservatory of Performing Arts perform a beautiful rendition of Cinderella followed by an entertaining variety show packed with talent. >> Sawyer Center Theater, Colby-Sawyer College, 37 Academic Quad, New London, N.H. >> Adults $18, seniors $15, students $12 >>

June 16

Sun/9 a.m. 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, 10 a.m. 4 Mile Run

Skip Matthews Memorial Run This annual race honors the life of an exceptional coach, parent, husband and personality. Proceeds benefit Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Awards and barbecue follow the race. Online registration recommended. >> Colburn Park, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Adults 19+ $25, 18 and under $20, fun run/walk free >>

June 21 Fri/Dusk

Movie in Lyman Point Park Enjoy a family friendly movie on a large open air outdoor movie screen. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a fun-filled night under the stars. >> Lyman Point Park, 167 Maple Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> Free >>

June 21 and 22 Fri/5 to 9 p.m. Sat/11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lebanon Food Truck Festival Sample from a variety of New England food trucks and enjoy live music. Adult and youth tickets include admission, access to purchase food and drink at the food trucks, and a free sample at the food truck of your choice. >> Colburn Park, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> One-day pass: Adults $8, youth age 6 to 12 $5, 5 and under free; Two-day pass: Adults $15, youth age 6 to 12 $9, 5 and under free >>

June 21 and 22

Sat/5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in South Pomfret, Vt. Sun/5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Norwich, Vt.

Summer Revels Celebrate the music, stories and people of a small Vermont village with Revels North. This year’s festival looks at a day in the life of a small New England town told through singing, stories, and games. >> ArtisTree Community Arts Center, 2095 Pomfret Road, South Pomfret, Vt. >> Norwich Green, 22 Church Street, Norwich, Vt. >> Free >>





June 22

June 25

Sat/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tue/6 to 9 p.m.

5th Annual Strawberry Festival

Teen Tuesday

Yummy fun for the whole family! Crafts, food, jewelry, live music, strawberries, hot food and cold drinks. Performance at 12 p.m. by the Little Red Wagon Children’s Theater. >> New London Town Green, Main Street, New London, N.H. >> Free >>

For ages 12 to 16. Come to the pool for music, swimming, pizza, raffles and contests! >> Lebanon Veterans Memorial Pool, 65 Pumping Station Road, Lebanon, N.H. >> $5 >>

June 22 and 23 Sat and Sun/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fri/5 to 10 p.m. Sat/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dairy Celebration Days

58th Annual Hanover Center Old Timer’s Fair

June is Dairy Month! Sample delicious dairy products; observe soap making demonstrations and other activities. Culinary programs include making cheese, ice cream, and butter. On Sunday, watch local students compete in the Youth Invitational Dairy Show. >> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt. >> $4 to $16 >>

A classic summer fair with games, music, book sale, bake sale, face painting, white elephant sale, food booths, antique cars and more! Dress as your favorite Mother Goose character and join the parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Live music and dancing Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. >> Parade Ground Road, Etna, N.H. >> Free admission >>

June 22

June 29

Sat/12 to 2 p.m.

Sat/10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Upper Valley Co-op Annual Picnic

Tie Dye Make & Take

Enjoy a barbecue lunch, meet feathered guests from Vermont Institute of Natural Science, and listen to live music. Bring the kiddos to the bouncy castle, craft with the Sew-op crew, or get your faces painted by a local artist. Birthday cake and ice cream wrap up the fun! >> Upper Valley Food Coop, 193 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> Free >>


June 28 and 29



Make your own patriotic tie dye T-shirt for the 4th! Bring a prewashed white cotton shirt and wear clothes for getting messy. All other materials will be provided. Register online. >> Broad Street Park, Broad Street, Claremont, N.H. >> $5 and BYOS (Bring Your Own Shirt) >>


July 4 Thu/11 a.m.

Patriotic Sing-Along and Pie Sale

July 4

Thu/9 a.m. Fun Run, 9:30 a.m. 5k and 10k

Red, White & Blue 6.2 Road Race and Fun Run Celebrate the 4th in patriotic colors! Start your day with a 5k, 10k or fun run along the perfectly picturesque Rail Trail and Mill Road. >> Colburn Park, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Adults $25, youth 13 to 17 $20, 12 and under $15, fun run free >>

July 4

Thu/9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Great American All-You-Can-Eat Pie Buffet Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lebanon. Proceeds benefit the Upper Valley Senior Center. >> Upper Valley Senior Center, 10 Campbell Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Adults $8, children 10 and under $5; Two servings “to go” $8 >>

Celebrate Independence Day with song. Veterans and service members are invited to come in uniform. Homemade pies will be available to purchase. >> Mary Keane Chapel, Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 N.H. Route 4A , Enfield, N.H. >> Free admission. Donations gratefully accepted. >>

July 4 Thu/6 p.m.

Hartford’s Annual Independence Day Celebration Children’s games, entertainment, food trucks and music. Fireworks begin at dusk. >> Kilowatt Park, Wilder, Vt. >> Free >>

July 4 Thu/6 p.m.

Fourth of July Celebration in Claremont Local vendors will be selling food, drinks, and novelty items. Try your luck at the 50/50 raffle. Enjoy live music by Last Kid Picked. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. >> Monadnock Park, 190 Broad Street, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >>

July 4

Thu/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Old Vermont 4th Enjoy a patriotic family celebration featuring wagon rides, sack races, flag making, historic speeches and debates, the reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon, and a rousing game of baseball. >> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt. >> $4 to $16 >>

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July 5

July 12 and 13

Fri/7 to 8 p.m.

Fri and Sat/6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Old Fashioned Band Concert and Ice Cream Social Listen to old-time favorites played by the South Royalton Town Band while you enjoy a dish of ice cream. Bring a blanket or chair on which to sit. >> Woodstock History Center, 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, Vt. >> Free. Donations accepted >>

The Prouty Be part of the biggest charity fundraiser in northern New England! Enjoy great food, kids’ activities, fundraising prizes, live music and more! >> Richmond Middle School, 63 Lyme Road, Hanover, N.H. >> Free for cycling, walking, rowing and virtual, $50 registration fee for the Ultimate or Golf >>

July 13

July 6

Sat/10 a.m.

Sat/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

History Happens at the Old Constitution House Travel back in time at Old Constitution House with this program organized by 18th century reenactors who discuss early American life and demonstrate a variety of period activities including brewing, cooking, woodworking, and powder horn carving. >> Old Constitution House State Historic Site, 16 North Main Street, Windsor, Vt. >> Adults $3, children under 15 free >>

Mountain Veg Fest Discover how easy it is to find healthy plant-based foods. Meet local sources of eco-friendly, cruelty-free products. Learn the benefits of a plant-based diet. Features speakers, cooking demos, vendors, animal rescues, entertainment and activities for the whole family! >> Colburn Park, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Free >>

July 9

Tue/6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Owls and Their Calls Did you know that not all owls hoot? This program led by a Vermont Institute of Natural Science staff naturalist will include a visit from three live owls, touchable artifacts and photo presentation with plenty or owl sounds. >> Lake Sunapee Protective Association, Learning Center, 63 Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, N.H. >> Free >>




July 13

Sat/10 to 11 a.m.

History Tour of White River Junction Discover White River Junction anew with Vital Communities and the Hartford Historical Society. Follow Valley Quest clues for a 45-minute walk around town and learn local lore as you go. Fun, discovery and a nice hour outside for all ages! >> Engine 494, Train Station, 102 Railroad Row, White River Junction, Vt. >> Free >>


July 23

July 14

Tue/3 to 6 p.m.

Sun/1 to 5 p.m.

Let’s Go Fishing Workshop

Lebcity Luau

The premier fishing and water resource education program taught by certified instructors focuses on introducing people of all ages to Vermont fishing and water resources in Vermont. Reconnect with the land and experience the beautiful outdoors. Register online. >> Kilowatt Park, Wilder, Vt. >> Free >>

Bring family and friends to celebrate summer with a Hawaiian-themed splash! >> Lebanon Memorial Pool, 65 Pumping Station Road, Lebanon, N.H. >> $1 >>

July 24 to 28

July 20

Wed, Thu, Fri/7:30 p.m. Sat/2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sun/2 p.m.

Sat/9 a.m.

Hurricane Hill 5k/10k Trail Run Presented by the Hartford Parks & Recreation Department and the Friends of Hartford Track. Walkers are welcome on the 5k. Lots of great raffle prizes for runners. >> Park at Upper Valley Aquatic Center, 100 Arboretum Way, White River Junction, Vt. >> Preregister: Youth 15 to 19 $10, Adults $15; youth 14 and under free (race day registration only) >>

Legally Blonde Elle’s life is turned upside down when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her to attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, she charms her way into the prestigious law school, but struggles with peers, professors, and her ex. With the support of new friends, Elle realizes her potential and proves herself to the world. Performed by local youth age 12 to 18. >> Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> Adults $25, students $19 >>

July 25 Thu/7 a.m.

July 20

Sat/1 and 4 p.m.

Into the Woods JR. A musical fairy tale about wishes and choices features a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. Performed by youth attending the musical theater camp at ArtisTree. >> The Grange Theater, 65 Stage Road, South Pomfret, Vt. >> $10 >>

28th Annual Child Health and Community Programs Golf Tournament Hosted by the Lebanon (N.H.) Police Department to support youth and community programs. Funds raised support local nonprofit organizations, local schools, and school resource officer training. Register by June 27. >> Lake Morey Resort, 82 Clubhouse Road, Fairlee, Vt. >> $110/golfer or $440/team >>





July 27 to 28

July 25

Sat/Check-in 2 p.m. Sun/Check-out 10 a.m.

Thu/10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Storytelling with Simon Brooks Stories for the entire family from all over the world! Care providers will enjoy British storyteller Simon Brooks as much as the young do with his sharp wit aimed at all. >> Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H. >> Free >>

July 26 to 28 Fri to Sun/Various times

11th Annual Bookstock Literary Festival Logophiles, bibliophiles and bookworms of all genres gather during Bookstock Literary Festival to celebrate authors and poets throughout New England. Enjoy three days of public readings, poetry slams, art exhibits, live music, creative workshops, and an enormous book sale. >> The Green, Woodstock, Vt. >> Free admission >>

Family Camp Out Join Hartford Parks and Recreation for a camping experience at Clifford Park with family and friends! Enjoy family games, entertainment, arts and crafts for the kids, a camp fire under the stars and s’mores! Dinner and breakfast included. Register online. >> Erwin Clifford Park, 100 Recreation Drive, West Hartford, Vt. >> $30/family (includes up to 4 people) >>

July 28 Sun/1 to 3 p.m.

Fairy Festival This celebration of fairy houses connects children to the natural world and includes crafts, stories and readings, a whimsical tea party on the veranda, and building fairy habitats in The Fells’ Fairy Village. Children are invited to dress in their finest fairy or gnome attire. >> The Fells, 456 Route 103A Newbury, N.H. >> Members: adults $10, children $5; nonmembers: adults $20, children $10 (includes admission) >>

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