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Summer 2021

Celebrating the homes, gardens & places of the tri-state area of NH, VT & MA


Chasing Summer Building a Bee B&B A Historic Roxbury Home & More!

An ‘EcoNest’ Home Story on page 20

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12 • atHome with History: Buckminster-Kingsbury Farm 20 • An ‘EcoNest’ They Call Home


4 • atHome with Marcia 5 • Shop Local 8 • Art atHome 10 • Sustainable Garden 28 • Design 32 • Pets atHome


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35 • Assisted Living 38 • atHome Happenings Back Cover • Summer Buyers Guide


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I can’t even remember what I did last summer, can you? The events of the 2020 Summer of COVID prompted us to cancel an issue of atHome (the first time we’ve ever done that in the five years we have been publishing this magazine). I also vaguely remember doing some gardening, and reading many books, and eating a lot of ice cream. I know, for certain, that I did a lot of worrying about the state of the world. Everything seemed so uncertain last summer. We didn’t see our friends and family. And when we did, we didn’t hug, kiss or even get close to one another. We were masked. Smelled like hand sanitizer. And were rightfully fearful of what would happen next. Things are so different this summer: Many of us can go maskless, I’ve travelled to Florida to see my elderly mom and dad (my 89-yearold mom barely survived her own bout with COVID), and I have hugged my friends over and over again. True, we still don’t really know what will happen “next” in our lives and in the world. Everyday there is a new joy, a new sadness, a new surprise. But that is “life.” The pandemic, I believe, has made us all a little more grateful of what life brings. Yes, there are COVID variants, and hopefully the vaccines protect us against them. But, what is the use of worrying about all that “can” happen? We’d all be better off to follow the advice of the late Erma Bombeck and realize the futility of worrying: “Worry is like a rocking chair: It gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.” Hoping you all have a great (worry-free) summer,


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Art atHome by Clark Cayer


hen most people think of the Monadnock Region in New Hampshire, they may think of the fact that it is home to one of the most climbed mountains in the world or that it is home to three different skiing locations. But what very few know about are the incredible things that take place in the creative mind and studio of local artist Bill Whyte.

Through paintings and photography, Bill fulfills one of his many life goals; to capture the beauty, truth and color of things that we see and experience in our daily lives. This explains why the majority of his work, both paintings and photographs, are focused around the genre of capturing and conveying the spirit. Along with his career as an artist, Bill follows an incredibly busy and interesting path in life. In 1995, he founded WS Badger, which he started with the introduction of its first product, called “Badger Healing Balm.” He actively participates in movement art through the study of the Japanese martial art called Aikido. He has been an avid basketball player and fan for life and prior to starting Badger, Bill had a career

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The Fluid Art of Bill Whyte

“Whenever I manage to be kind ... that’s a great and worthy artistic accomplishment.”

All images courtesy Bill Whyte as a designer/builder/carpenter. In his own words, he would “like to wake up one morning knowing that every child on the planet has food to eat and warmth and shelter and safety and love. So every meal, every bedtime story, the arc of every jump-shot, all blend art and life [into] a world bathed in Spirit.” Bill has also chosen to make clear that, while he is not exactly a professional artist, he is a very serious artist. In his own words, he “honors and values the ability to create beauty and magic and to inspire others.” He has sold a few pieces, and when he does, he likes to donate the proceeds towards charitable causes. atHome magazine recently caught up with Bill to talk about his art and what inspires him to create. At what age did you first gain interest in art, and at what point in your life did you realize that art was something that you had the skills to make a career out of? When I was in my early twenties, I thought I might be able to make a career in photography. I was partners in a photography studio with two friends. I photographed several weddings, including one in the Bahamas. I did product

mysterious and spirit-filled than we’ve been taught or led to believe. It’s all about love, kindness and “This Moment.”

shots for a camping equipment catalog, and I did my own art and life shots for fun. This photo of mine from Vietnam created quite a bit of buzz at a major juried photography exhibition and contest in New York in 1971. So I’ve been at it for a long time. Who is your greatest inspiration? I’m inspired by the unknown medicine painters of antiquity who painted the spirits of animals and gods in caves that have generated magic for 10,000 years. What would you say is your greatest accomplishment as an artist?

How has COVID-19 impacted your ability to create and sell different pieces? COVID has had no effect upon my ability to be an artist. It has inspired me to make art that takes people’s minds off of fear and into beauty. Whenever I manage to be kind, to me, that’s a great and worthy artistic accomplishment. What do you hope your art conveys and teaches people? I hope to covey that life is far more

What advantages does running your operations out of New Hampshire provide? The beauty of New Hampshire nature inspires and sustains me.

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hen scientists talk about the importance of bees as pollinators and the benefits to our planet, did you know they are talking about native, or solitary, bees and not honeybees? There are only seven species of honeybees, and they are an “introduced species” to North America; however, there are more than 4,000 native bee species, according to National Geographic. And unlike honeybees, native bees don’t live communally or in hives; they are solitary or cavity nesting. Solitary bees are very particular about where they choose to nest. With their short lifespans, they choose nests that are close to their source of food. The majority live underground in old grub tunnels, while about 30% live in the stumps of dead trees, hollowed out crevices in a tree’s bark or earthen banks — and even chew tunnels into the broken stems of raspberry or blackberry shrubs. Female bees deposit their eggs in the tunnels and seal them up. The hatched bees remain inside the sealed tubes through the winter, emerging as adults in

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of firewood. If you have woods with fallen trees on your property, you can drill dead-end holes in the trees or tree stumps, similar to a woodpecker hole. If you don’t have the tools or carpenter skills, you can always find nest blocks at your local garden shop. Some things to consider when building a bee hotel, as suggested by Modern Farmer: • Drill holes shouldn’t be more than a ½-inch in diameter and should be spaced at least ½-inch to an inch apart. Make as many hole-filled blocks as will fit in the frame. • Don’t want to drill holes, or want to diversify your offerings? You can fill parts of the frame with small diameter bamboo or hollow reeds. • Use only untreated wood. Bees avoid the chemicals in treated wood. Also, resist the urge to paint the hotel. • Make sure the house has a roof with a two- to three-inch overhang to keep rain and other weather elements out of the holes. • The house should be a minimum of

three feet off the ground, and preferably chest level. • To attract as many species of bees as possible, drill holes of varying sizes; 12-18 holes would be ideal. • Keeping entry holes no deeper than the length of a standard drill bit is a good rule of thumb. You don’t want to drill all the way through. The Honey Bee Conservancy recommends holes be six inches deep because shallow holes will skew the sex of the next generation of bees. • Remove splinters from the holes. When you drill the holes, take a piece of sandpaper and smooth out the hole edges. • Replace the tunnels every two years or so because the bees want new tunnels in which to lay their eggs. This is also important to prevent the spread of diseases, mold, etc. Once your hotel is complete, you need to find a place to mount it. You want to choose a space far from sidewalks, paths or other highly trafficked areas (this helps attract them; solitary

bees don’t sting). Look for vertical space, such as a fence post or exterior wall, or create vertical space by attaching it to a post. You want to make it chest-high and facing south, so it warms up earlier in spring and stays warm later in the fall. If you made multiple rooms, you can stack them inside the frame. You may find beautiful, elaborate versions of bee hotels online, but simple and small is better. There is less to maintain; the bees are “solitary” so having a big colony might not be their preference; and parasitic wasps can be a problem so having several small, separate hotels instead of a larger one improves their chances of surviving wasps. Making bee hotels can be a great activity for kids, and you can make many different ones with many different materials. If you plan to have more than one, be sure to space them out in your yard and garden so they aren’t clustered together. Then sit back and know that you’ve helped an important part of our ecosystem to thrive. This article is courtesy of Greenworks, a newsletter put out by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

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atHome with History atHome with History By Robert Audette/Photography by Kelly Fletcher

The Buckminster-Kingsbury Farm Roxbury, New Hampshire


ou could be forgiven if you’ve driven on Route 9 through Roxbury all your life and never knew that just before you enter the twists along Otter Brook there is a farmhouse in the forest on the east side of the road. A post-and-beam wooden cape was built in the 1790s at what would become known over time as the Buckminster-Kingsbury Farm. In 1825 or so, William Stoddard Buckminster, who was married to Hannah Grimes, built a brick farmhouse, attached to the post-and-beam cape which was serving as a simple camp until then. The two-story brick house represents a Federal and Greek Revival style that evolved in New Hampshire and southern Maine in the 1820s and ‘30s, wrote Gary Farmer, on the application to list the farm on the National Register of Historic Places. “The style is characterized by a very broad gable end with a center entrance and symmetrical window placement and may incorporate exterior architectural details in the Federal, Greek Revival or Gothic Revival style,” he wrote. Grimes was born in 1776 and moved to the farm when she married William Buckminster in 1806. She

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died in Roxbury in 1859 but her legacy lives on in the region. Mary Ann Kristiansen, who bought the farm in 1991, is the executive director of the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship in Keene. Before she opened the center in 2008, she had opened the Hannah Grimes Marketplace on Main Street in 1997. Though she grew up in rural Minnesota, Kristiansen and her then-husband fled New York City for New Hampshire, ending her career at Merrill Lynch. “I was just kind of farming and gardening and making soap,” says Kristiansen, who also raised a daughter in Roxbury. “The soap-making business was actually the impetus behind Hannah Grimes marketplace. It was before the buy local movement and I just simply couldn’t sell soap to anybody. Back then there wasn’t so much awareness about homemade goods.” Kristiansen was also building a network of friends who were also artisans, struggling to make a living.


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Mary Ann Kristiansen at home in her kitchen “I had friends who were beautiful artisans, spinners, weavers ... And I had maple syrup and all this stuff and I just thought, ‘Oh, there should be a place to sell this,’” she says. Kristiansen said she was inspired by the self-sufficiency of the early farmers and by their connection to the land and their communities.

“Whatever she (Hannah Grimes) and her family could not make or grow themselves, they bought from or traded with friends, neighbors and regional businesses in a local marketplace which positively bustled,” says Kristiansen. Establishing the Hannah Grimes Marketplace was a way for Kristiansen to reach back to those times. “It was really just restoring that concept of a way of life

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and a way of living that was very connected to each other, to a place of all of those deeply meaningful things that I think give life meaning.” The farm itself epitomized the early days of farming in New England, before the farms moved West and the forest reclaimed its rightful place in the rocky soil. “By the early 1830s, the farm was well established and W. Stoddard Buckminster was listed in town tax records as the owner of four horses, four oxen, five cows and eight ‘neat stock’ (cattle),” states the successful 2011 application to the Historic Registry. “In addition to the farmhouse and related buildings, he held a half-acre orchard, two acres of tilled land, ten tons of hay, twenty acres of pastureland and 250 acres of unimproved land and woodlots.” David, the son of William and Hannah, took over the farm before his mom died, selling it to Elbridge Kingsbury in 1878, wrote Gregory Farmer in the registry application, managing it and the nearby Kingsbury Farm. Under Kingsbury, the farm became a center of activity, both agricultural and civic. “A husking bee at the Buckminster-Kingsbury farm in 1881 involved thirty neighbors, 140 bushels of com and elaborate supper,” wrote Farmer. “A Christmas party in 1884 brought 150 friends with sixty teams of horses to a house trimmed with evergreens and two large Christmas trees. Live music and seasonal greetings were conveyed from the farm to Keene and other locations by telephone. Forty people at a time were seated for supper and Santa Claus arrived at midnight.” A photo in the collection of the Cheshire County Historical Society shows a picnic in 1884 with more than 120 people in attendance along


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atHome with History (continued) with the East Sullivan Brass Band. Ada Kingsbury, Elbridge’s widow, and her son, Elbridge L., conveyed the farm to Gertrude, daughter and sister, respectively, in 1919. Gertrude, a teacher in Keene, rented the farm to a group of teachers, wrote Farmer, who ran the Ashuelot Camp and summer school in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1946, Gertrude sold the farm to Harry and Mary Pierce, who later sold it to the Platts Box Company for logging and timber. The 200-acre farm was acquired by Robert and Cheryl Burroughs in 1984 and subsequently subdivided, noted Farmer. Kristiansen’s 13 acres of the historic farm are noticeably much quieter than they must have been


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atHome with History (continued) with their phones. “Cider is so much better if you have people coming together, mixing them all up for much better flavors,” says Kristiansen, who is thinking of moving on to a plot of land and a home that is easier to maintain. “I’ve laid my hands on just about every inch of this farm,” notes Kristiansen, who sees her efforts in maintaining the property as her own legacy. “They left this behind for me; they built a solid house that lasted 200 years. Whether I leave now or in 30 years, I’m leaving it, too. We’re not here forever, and I’d love for this place to continue in loving hands.” Robert Audette writes from Swanzey, New Hampshire.

during the heyday of the Buckminster-Kingsbury Farm or the Ashuelot Camp. Kristiansen tends a small vegetable and flower garden in the cleared area that encircles the house. She had sheep for a while and still has Nigerian Dwarf goats. She has chickens, but she doesn’t let them free range too much because she’s spotted a bobcat roaming around lately. She has a cider press, and in the fall she harvests apples from the still-standing apple trees and makes cider. Sometimes friends come up to press their own apples, in a scene that harkens back to the Buckminsters and Kingsburys, except for folks snapping selfies

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An ‘EcoNest’ They Call Home By Caroline Tremblay Photography by Kelly Fletcher


ur desire was that we wanted our home to be an extension of ourselves. We believe that a home is like a living organism,” says Jen Hudziec. Her house in New Hampshire — which she describes as rustic, holistic and cottagey — has the same kind of welcoming vibe she exudes in her work. Hudziec — who specializes in ritual, ancestral healing, spirit work and more — pictured what is now her home as a sanctuary, even before she and her husband began building it. “We were deeply inspired by the ‘EcoNest’ design,” Hudziec describes. EcoNest is an approach that employs natural building techniques, such as timber framing, light straw clay, and earthen floors. The idea is to create a “living” home. Hudziec’s is located on a forested piece of property in Stoddard, New Hampshire, spotted in the newspaper by her father back in 2005. At the time, Hudziec and her husband, who were not eligible for a loan, put $10,000 cash down on the land and convinced the owner to finance the rest. “Somehow, he found some trust for us and took a chance,” Hudziec says. The two-acre lot became the anchor for a big dream, but it would take several more years to get there. As soon as they purchased the property, Hudziec, her husband, and child moved in with her mother-in-law, who graciously provided them a haven while they gathered every possible penny.

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“We saved for three years, and then when we started to build, we put up a tent, built an outhouse, and hired all of our friends,” Hudziec says. Friend Bryan Felice of Undustrial Timber Frames in Vermont acted as a design consultant and cut the frame for the house. With his help, they landed on an EcoNest-style dwelling just under 1,000 square feet that could be easily added on to. Each step of the process was a collaborative effort, with zigging and zagging in response to need, material availability, and the expertise they could tap into. “Our particular design is based on a breathable wall system,” Hudziec says. Though many who build an EcoNest home opt for a straw bale design, the timeline for her home was pretty tight as she was pregnant with their second child. “So we decided to go with a woodchip infill,” she explains. The walls of the home are 12-inches-thick and filled with woodchips, which act as insulation. “We wanted to have really deep windowsills, and we wanted the walls to look really thick like old European walls do,” Hudziec describes. She also envisioned rounded edges and arches instead of stark, squared corners. The wood chip approach allowed for all of that. But it did more than just meet her design hopes. “It also allowed for an air and moisture exchange to happen through the walls,” she says. The home has no HVAC system because the walls themselves breathe. “In that way, it really is like a living organism,” she says. The 17 tons of woodchips sourced from Greenfield, New Hampshire, were brought in and mixed with clay, borax and water to coat them with an insect-deterrent layer. Once prepared, the chips were poured into the wall cavity, held in place by lath, “just like they used to use in old, old homes,” Hudziec says.

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Left, the magical, storybook feel of the entrance at the timber-framed home of Jen Hudziec and Seth McNally, in Stoddard, New Hampshire.


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lime plaster, both of which require specific recipes. “Each batch of plaster can come out a little different depending on the ingredients,” Hudziec notes. Since that first plastering, they’ve added more layers to maintain the home’s integrity. On the outside of the house, in particular, there’s a fair amount of maintenance. “In Greece, the houses are white because of the lime,” Hudziec explains. For a home like hers, the same approach must be taken, and the exterior needs to be lime-washed every few years. The lime water re-calcifies the plaster, sealing up cracks and adding strength. “There is a little bit more upkeep involved than just a typically built home, but it’s also unique,” Hudziec says. In addition to the woodchips and plaster, most of the home’s other materials were either locally sourced or obtained second-hand. For instance, the floors and much of the timber came directly from their land. The windowsills are all bluestone, which they found on Craigslist. The roof on the original build was made with slate from an old barn, and the addition has slate made from recycled rubber tires. Even beneath all of these components, the house has a story to tell. “When they did the foundation, I laid rose quartz down, and then I laid stones in the directions of the house,” Hudziec says. Her aim was first to honor the land on which the home rests and then layer symbols of love. “Love is holding the home and then using all of the natural materials is just respectful of the planet,” she says. Seeing it all come together was a once-in-a-lifetime experience only made possible by the gener-osity and talent of those around them. “There was so much magic,” Hudziec says.

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TOP: The self-built timber frame home of Jen Hudziec and Seth McNally, Stoddard, NH. BOTTOM: Jen takes a break from gardening to give Mocha some love. Also pictured are Jen’s son, Gabe McNally and the yurt that sits in the corner of the backyard.

Nicole Colvin Griffin was responsible for the distinctive stained glass. Hudziec’s husband taught himself how to do all the plumbing, and his brother assisted with the roof. And her father wired the entire house with electricity. It came together not a moment too soon. “Like two weeks after we had our water and electricity set to go, our second son was born here,” Hudziec says. The couple now has three children and has since added onto the structure, but each new aspect follows the threads of the original vision. “There’s still bits and pieces that aren’t finished in the home,” Hudziec says. Every few years, they take on another little project. “Even though I get frustrated with the amount of time it’s taken, it’s also allowed us to live into the


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Chasing the Summer Solstice

“O, sunlight, the most precious gold to be found on Earth!” — Roman Payne


e dwellers of the Northern Hemisphere recently experienced the Summer Solstice, a day that is often celebrated with excited, boundless energy and activity well into the night. In the Northeast, where I reside, the difference in exposure to sunlight fluctuates greatly according to the seasons. Not only does this directly affect our moods, but it also affects the ambiance or, as the Dutch say best, gezelligheid, of our interiors. And now, as the days begin to shorten, I am thinking about natural light and how to luxuriate in it, creating its full potential for beauty and comfort in interior spaces no matter the season. Fenestration, or the overall window and door plan of a building, defines the exterior and interior elevations while creating continually shifting patterns of light in our interiors. Present-day life seems to covet bright, open spaces flooded with natural light. All light coming into a space is characterized by its orientation, thus making this a hugely important factor in choosing interior colors, materials, window treatments and auxiliary lighting. Natural northern light is calming, consistent, without harshness or glare, the light of artists and painters.


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Sometimes characterized as “cool light,” it can flatten out modeled surfaces and is not highly reflective. Warm neutrals with punctuations of bright warm colors look beautiful in northern light, as do textured and patterned surfaces. Brilliantly warm, southern light is penetrating and intense. In both winter and summer, the energy of this light can heat an entire building. Bold, bright colors stand up to this light well, as do rich, polished materials such as walnut flooring. Eastern and western exposures produce less consistent light, continually shifting throughout the day. The soft glaze of early morning light is a beautiful introduction to the day ahead. In bedrooms, this light is important as most of us have our very personal thoughts about how much light we desire in waking moments. Western light can be beautifully ablaze in the late afternoon. It can be highly reflective and harsh, albeit ever-changing. Deep patinas

and cool colors can help offset its effusive warmth. We have many options for light control in our dwellings. Architecturally, options such as porches, eaves, roof overhangs, window films and awnings can temper light through window openings. These choices are integral to the external appearance and structure of our buildings and should be intentional. Window treatments inside the home are singularly important in managing light while enhancing the fenestration. I like to design treatments that are integral to the architecture, well off the windows allowing maximum light in with the least amount of fuss and intrusion. When drawn, these treatments offer a wide range of options. Drapes and blinds can protect from harmful rays that cause fading and destruction to fabrics, carpets, furnishings and surfaces. Shades designed to block UV rays while allowing light in are constantly improving in performance and appearance. The standard drapery panel, lined and interlined with flannel, has changed little over the years and can still offer beautiful control of light and heat. Retaining warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer, window treatments are an important tool in managing light and energy. In winter’s cold, at day’s end, in gathering, in work and leisure, we return time and time again to our dwellings. The beauty of nature wants to be there, too, reminding us that beyond the envelope of what we have created, the most perfect world remains. Light is always searching and welcoming us back into that world. It has and always will be the beautiful clock of our feelings and experiences. Ann Henderson is the owner of Ann Henderson Interiors. Learn more at Photos in this article by Ann Henderson.


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Wondering if you and your dog are ready to try a dog sport? Any dog with good manners around other dogs is ready to learn a new sport. Try one this summer!


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to learn. Gerontologists agree that physical fitness and mental agility improve the more you stay active. So, this summer, why not explore the fountain of youth with your favorite four-footed companion? Learn a dog sport. Currently, dog sports are exploding in popularity. Many sports derive from our dog’s ancestral work: herding competitions, field trials for gun dogs, obedience and protection work for working breeds, tracking trials are examples of formal sports that have existed for many years. Newer sports that focus on more lighthearted play-focused activities include barn hunt (find the critters hiding in protected tubes,) lure coursing (chase a speedy lure

around a field as if are chasing a bunny,) and parkour (climb up, on, and over typical natural or urban obstacles such as logs, streams, park benches and playground equipment). What makes all of these activities a “sport” is when an organization establishes rules by which your performance may be judged. Dog sports provide an outlet for city and suburban dogs to put their breed skills to work and blow off some energy. Unlike many human sports, most dog sports don’t focus on winning or losing — instead, competitors strive to earn a qualifying score based on the requirements of the sport.


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Find a sport that fits

Think about what your dog likes to do: Run? Sniff the garbage? Chase a ball or Frisbee? Follow a critter’s scent trail? Swim? And what do you like to do? Dance? Hike? Walk in the city? Swim? Perform? There’s probably a dog sport that can scratch whatever itch you and your dog have. Agility, for example, features a variety of obstacles that the dog learns to navigate at the handler’s request. The dog runs a course of obstacles such as jumps, tunnels, climbing an A-frame, or slaloming through a set of poles. Rally obedience challenges dog and handler to navigate a winding path that includes various obedience exercises such as sit, down, circle around the handler, stay and come, spiraling around cones and more. Trick competition sports include demonstrations of individual tricks (trick dog titles), or creating complex routines that tell a story (performance dog), or routines set

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to music (musical freestyle) or tricks done while throwing and catching Frisbees (disc dog.) Summer is a great time for swimming: take your dog to a pool or lake and try dock diving. Both dock diving and disc dog are great sports for dogs who love to retrieve, as is fly ball — which is a relay race for dogs. Each team member chases over hurdles to grab a ball and return it to their owner. Odor sports allow people to get an inkling of their dog’s amazing sense of smell. Whether you’re asking the dog to follow a trail (tracking) or to hunt for a critter (barn hunt), or to seek a specific scent hidden in a room or a vehicle (nosework) in these sports, the dogs take the lead. Handlers learn to “read” their dog’s indication that they’ve found the target. In the Monadnock Region, you can find dog sport classes at a variety of places: •Monadnock Humane Society in Swanzey, New Hampshire, offers classes in agility, rally obedience, tricks, musical freestyle, and competition obedience at all levels ( •Everything Dog in Keene, New Hampshire, offers nosework classes. (

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•Lucky Dog Acres in North Salem, Massachusetts, has barn hunt lessons ( •American K9 Country in Amherst, New Hampshire, offers swimming and dock diving and a variety of obedience, agility and rally classes ( •Prefer online lessons? Check out Fenzi Dog Sports Academy at Wondering if you and your dog are ready to try a dog sport? Any dog with good manners around other dogs — that is, can stick with you on a leash without barking, lunging and trying to get to the other dogs — is ready to learn a new sport. Try one this summer! Amee Abel is a certified professional dog trainer and the owner of Abel Dog Training, LLC in Keene, NH. She and her three dogs frequently compete in Rally, Obedience, Musical Freestyle, Tricks, and occasionally Agility. She teaches good manners and dog sports classes, offering individual in-home lessons and classes at Monadnock Humane Society. Her website is

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t’s been more than a year since we have been able to gather freely as a community. Now, more than ever, we need some “together” time in the form of fun and happy summer happenings. Well, there are many summer and early fall events that have come back in one form or another — too many to list here. But check your favorite event’s Facebook or website to find out when and where the event (modified or just like it was before!) is happening. But remember, while the pandemic may be under control, the risk is not over. Event organizers are still understandably cautious about COVID and the variants still floating around. Indoor (crowded) events are still not widespread; and even some outdoor happenings require that people wear masks and stay socially distant. Better safe than sorry we say. In the meantime, here are some events that you can count on happening this year:

Cheshire Ag Days (formerly the Cheshire Fair) Aug. 6-8., Cheshire Fairgrounds, Swanzey, NH. No rides or midway, but instead the fair is returning to its agriculture roots, and will feature all farm animal and agriculture events. Learn more at

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The Monadnock Music Festival is holding many events throughout the summer, including village concerts and more. But out of precaution, events will be outdoors only. Learn more at Keene Music Festival, Sept. 4 (downtown Keene, NH). More details to come. Learn more on the event’s Facebook page @KeeneMusicFestival. Then, of course, there are the upcoming fall harvest festivals • Oct. 2: Monadnock Table/Stonewall Farm’s Harvest Festival • Sept 30-Oct 3: Deerfield Fair (see ad on this page) • Oct 9-10: Wool Arts Tour (see ad on next page)

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REAL ESTATE Blais & Associates Realtors 32 Monadnock Highway Keene, NH • 603-352-1972 Giselle LaScala RE/Max Town & Country 117 West St., Keene, NH 603--357-4100 Robin Sanctuary Traditions Real Estate P.O. Box 138, Walpole, NH 603-313-9165 RENEWABLE ENERGY Green Energy Options 37 Roxbury St. Keene, NH 603-358-3444 RESTAURANTS Fox Tavern 33 Main Street Hanock, NH 03449 603-525-3318 • Pickity Place 248 Nutting Hill Road Mason, NH 03048 603-878-1151 • Stuart & John’s Sugar House Restaurant, 31 NH 63, Westmoreland, NH 03467, 603-3994486,

HEALTHCARE/HOSPICE Home Healthcare Hospice & Community Services 312 Marlboro St. Keene, NH 03431 603-352-2253 •

The Gleanery 133 Main St., Putney, VT 05346 • 802-387-3052

LOCKSMITHING Goodwin’s Locksmithing 4 Elm St., Swanzey, NH 03431 603-252-5625

Gaia’s Blessing 1 Summer St. Peterborough, NH 03458 603-567-7129

PLUMBERS Plumbusters 603-831-0594 •

INTERIOR DESIGN Ann Henderson Interiors 16 West St. Keene NH 603-357-7680 •

JEWELRY: FINE Hobbs Jewelers 20 Depot St., No. 30 Peterborough, NH 03458 603-924-3086

RETAIL/HOME DECOR/GIFTS Daffodils Flowers & Gifts 11 Turnpike Rd. Jaffrey, NH 03452 603-532-8282

The Pub Restaurant & Caterers 131 Winchester St. Keene, NH 603-352-3135 SHEDS/GAZEBOS HORSE BARNS Millbrook Farm Woodworks 1835 Route 23 Westmoreland, NH 03467 603-399-4470

Penelope Wurr Glass 167 Main St. Brattleboro, VT 05301 802-246-3015 TRANSPORTATION CVTC • 375 Jaffrey Road Peterborough, NH 03458 877-428-2882 • TREE SERVICES Phil’s Tree Services PO Box 432, 34 Dale St. Keene, NH 03431 603-352-0202 Wilcox Tree Service 334 Horse Hill Road Marlborough, NH 03445 603-313-0073 UPHOLSTERY/DECORATING Spofford Upholstery Spofford, NH 603-363-8057 New England Fabrics & Decorating Center 55 Ralston St. Keene, N.H. 603-352-8683 WINDOW TREATMENT Budget Blinds of Concord, Hanover & Keene Showroom: 121 Loudon Road Concord, NH Open M-S, 10-5 914-356-5933 budgetblinds/keene

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