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Home Improvement Guide!

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Issue 13 • Winter 2019

Special Advertising Section 21-25

Home Improvement!

Features 16

A Redwood Home Filled with Warmth, Light & Spirit

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atHome with History: Phoenix Mill House in Peterborough, N.H.

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Home Improvement: How to Keep the Peace

Columns 4

atHome with Marcia

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Gift Picks

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atHome with Art: Eismont Design Studio

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Your Health: Define ‘Weight’ on Your Own Terms

PUBLISHER Backporch Publishing LLC EDITOR Marcia Passos-Duffy CONTRIBUTORS Robert Audette • Ann Henderson Peg Lopata • Tiffany Ma Leonard Perry • Kim Welch PHOTOGRAPHY Beth Pelton ADVERTISING SALES sales@atHOMEnewengland.com CONTACT US atHome Magazine 16 Russell St., Keene, N.H. 03431 603-369-2525 marcia@atHOMEnewengland.com www.atHOMEnewengland.com atHome is published four times a year (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) by Keene, N.H.-based Backporch Publishing LLC. atHome is a consumer publication that highlights the homes and gardens of residents in tristate area of New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. This magazine is copyrighted. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. The views expressed in atHome magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of its advertisers, publisher or editor. While every effort is made to provide accurate information, neither atHome nor Backporch Publishing LLC assumes responsibility for any errors or omissions.

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Garden: Feed the Birds the Food They Like!

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In the Kitchen: The Perfect Cup of Hot Cocoa

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Pets atHome: Does My Dog Need a Winter Coat?

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Calendar of Events

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atHome with Marcia Snow Fun Our region doesn’t have the super-big (that is: super-crowded) downhill ski resorts that are in some areas of New England. But we do have some of the most beautiful and serene cross country and snowshoeing trails in the region. Snow can be found in our region from about early December until March. This time of year is a winter wonderland and perfect for a jaunt out into our woods and forests on cross country skis or snowshoes.

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There are hiking trails waiting to be discovered by cross country ski or snowshoe. Here are some websites to get you started in the tristate region: NEW HAMPSHIRE: www.traillink.com/ stateactivity/nh-cross-country-skiing-trails/ VERMONT: www.traillink.com/stateactivity/ vt-cross-country-skiing-trails/ MASSACHUSETTS: www.traillink.com/ stateactivity/nh-cross-country-skiing-trails/ So, don’t let this winter go by without enjoying our beautiful countryside. So pick a trail, load up your cross country skis, snowshoes (even just your warmest winter boots) and enjoy the great outdoors.

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New England gifts ideas for your home, friends, family (or for you!) hand-picked by the editor of atHome magazine.

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The softest of soft, Alpaca full/queen size blanket measures 90” x 64”. Choose from purple (shown), orange or green. Created by Nodrog Farm in Barrington, New Hampshire. Available at Marketplace New England, 7 North Main St., Concord, New Hampshire and online at www.marketplacenewengland.com/.

Ox Bow Pillow Children skating • $120

Penelope Wurr’s shop at 167 Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont, is a feast for the eyes featuring her fine contemporary glass and prints, an eclectic range of personal accessories, fine furnishings for the interior and garden, and European and locally-sourced gifts and foodstuffs. Her online shop is also stocked with fun and unusual items for gifts and for home. This vintage style skating pillow comes in red/black or grey/black. Ox Bow Design pillows are all natural linen and available with cording or knife edges. See more of Penelope Wurr’s shop online at www.penelopewurr.com/.

Red Buck Print

11 X 14 framed • $85• Giclée prints printed on 100% cotton acid free paper I love the majesty of this print by Laura Zindel of Brattleboro, Vermont. Laura is an artist and designer who combines her passion for ceramics and naturalist illustration into unique housewares. Her work integrates techniques from the Arts & Crafts movement with modern industrial design practices and decorative arts inspired by the natural world. A ceramist by training, Laura has always loved to draw with a pencil. Her initial drawings on the surface of clay with a glaze pencil ultimately led her to the transfer process for creating commercial works; her drawings are now silk-screened and printed as enamel

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transfers. This process also lent itself to repetition, allowing Laura to create exquisite surface patterns from her drawings on a wide variety of homewares. Purchase online at: www.laurazindel.com/prints-red-buck. Or visit her studio at 22 Browne CourtSuite 120 Brattleboro, Vermont, Open M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Vintage Board Games

$10-$20 at The Simple Nest, Keene, N.H. Computer games? Meh! It is so much fun to get together with friends on a cold winter night, light up the fire, make some hot toddy, and play some vintage board games. We found quite a few at The Simple Nest ... some you might even remember from your childhood. Give it a try some winter night! Vintage games available at The Simple Nest, 12 Main Street, Keene, N.H. 603-354-3836

Geo-Graphic Gems Vintage National Geographic magazines up-cycled into one-of-a-kind jewelry Geo-Graphic Gems may look like semi-precious stones, but the “gems” in this jewelry are actually vintage geographic magazine photographs marbleized using a special technique to create vibrant abstract designs. Each handcrafted “gem” is mounted on a bezel and made water-resistant with a glass cabochon. There are many ways to enjoy Geo-Graphic Gems: earrings, pendants, bracelets, barrettes & more! Available online and at local Monadnock Region local products retailers. Hand-crafted in Keene, N.H.

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atHome with art Interview by Marcia Passos-Duffy Photos by Al Karevy & courtesy

Eismont Design Studio 50 Monadnock Highway No. Swanzey, New Hampshire www.eismont.com 603-283-0027 Eismont Design Studio and Gallery at 50 Monadnock Highway in North Swanzey represents a husband and wife team showing watercolors by Jeani Eismont, and ceramics and oil painting by Rosti Eismont. Both have been artists for many years, each having their own style and direction. The gallery opened in 2017 hanging several other artists as well as their own. During the Fall Foliage Tour of the Monadnock Region, they showed only their work. Their art is on sale at the gallery and in other venues periodically. Both are open to commission works. The studio is open by appointment or chance. atHome spoke with Jeani and Rosti about their artistic process and inspiration.

Jeani:

The first introduction to watercolor painting began under the tutelage of James Iams, a famous watercolorist in Baltimore, Maryland. During that time, I explored many techniques and themes. The best advice he gave me was to use the largest brush I had to keep the painting loose, respecting the medium of water.

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My palette has remained pretty constant from that time, using earth tones and paynes grey as the compliment. In 2001-2, as part of the crew of the Tall Ship Picton-Castle, I was fascinated with the changing moods and colors of the sky and ocean. Because the changes happen so quickly, I had to adjust


to a very loose way of depicting what I saw. A bigger brush covered the territory faster as the light shifted and the ocean waves rose and fell. I continue painting landscapes in the more traditional way, but the turbulence of the sky with minimal land is the latest theme I am pursuing. I will be teaching a watercolor class beginning February 18 at the Jaffrey Cive Center. If interested please contact Regina Vorce at info@ jaffreyciviccenter.com. The class will explore water and color with less emphasis on drawing.

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Rosti: I have been painting at a range of scales and mediums since the mid 60s. Early paintings explored geometry and the figure. Paintings from the 70s grew in scale and were mainly explorations of “stain” painting (thin washes of acrylic-based paint). Two large (8’x12’) paintings were recently shown during a pop-up exhibition of Ewing Award winners. Smaller (4’x8’) are hanging in our gallery. I moved to process-based imagery during the late 80s and 90s. Working on stretched canvas or wood panels, these paintings are more iconographic, often referring to the nature of process in each painting. Processes include the various conditions that paint reveals as it is applied, removed, diluted, allowed to dry, and sanded, applied with a brush, a stick or sprayed, smeared or wiped. Each gesture affects the potential of the mark made. 10 Home at

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Much like a piece of writing develops from a word, a sentence, a paragraph, the painting process evidence tells the story of its development. Other works are a cross between painting and sculpture. These “constructed paintings” are a result of 35 years of house reconstruction. Most are made of three pieces of wood assembled and painted. The painting of each section serves as a complement or contrast to the others. They are of a modest scale and when grouped on a wall feel like floating butterflies. A group of much larger scale “constructed paintings” was exhibited in a SOHO gallery in the late 70s. Predominantly functional and useful for kitchen service and ceremonial presentation, my ceramics, when used, hopefully make the user more attentive both to the food and the object on/in which it exists. For wheel-thrown work I work on a treadle wheel which uses constant, relatively slow, momentum. This requires a softer clay than normal, showing evidence of the hand and gesture. My desire is for the work to have movement and energy. Through hand building methods imported from Japanese artist/potters, I have been exploring gesture and energy objects for sake and tea ceremony. To complement these making methods, I am currently building a small wood-fired kiln so the act of fire, flashing, and ash will add additional energy to each piece.


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your health

Define ‘Healthy Weight’ on Your Own Terms By Tiffany Ma

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efore you begin reading this article, ask yourself: How do you define the term “healthy weight”? And after defining it, how does it make you feel? Think about these answers, and keep them stored in the back of your mind. This article will address three different strategies that may empower you to define healthy weight positively.

CONSIDER SUSTAINABILITY You can sign up for the gym and make a commitment to run 10 miles a day until you’re blue in the face, but none of that will matter if these are not changes you can adopt into your lifestyle. If you can maintain a routine of physical activity and eating habits for a consistent period of time, it will be easier for you to adopt these habits. Fad diets and unrealistic exercise routines are typically unsustainable and difficult to maintain consistently and healthily. Try thinking longterm, and ask yourself, “If I make the commitment to go to the gym every day, for 2.5 hours each day, will I be able to keep it up for the long haul?”

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TIP: Start out slow and gradual with your lifestyle changes. Rash and sudden changes often lead to a slippery slope. If you are thinking of joining the gym for the first time, think of a game plan. In other words,


try setting your goals by following the S.M.A.R.T guidelines. S.M.A.R.T is an acronym for making sure your goals are: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. Following these guidelines will allow for more structure and track-ability in attaining your objectives.

BE OPEN TO NEW FOODS You probably do not want to read yet another article about healthy eating and immediately find yourself “yucking” and “ew-ing” at foods you know you would never even attempt to eat, even if it means maintaining a healthy weight … so let’s not do that here. Before forever shunning off that food you thought you would never like, try brainstorming a fun recipe that includes that same food but other (more agreeable to you) surrounding ingredients. The options are endless. TIP: There may be a way to incorporate nutrient dense foods that support weight loss in other ways in your diet with just a little bit of research and creativity! The most important take away message here is to allow yourself to be open to trying new things.

EMBRACE YOUR INDIVIDUALITY With so much conflicting nutrition information available today, how do we decide what recommendations to follow? It can be challenging to find a clear-cut answer and the reason for this is simple: We are all different. Physiologically, our bodies are different. Our taste buds are different. We grew up with certain eating habits. We all come from different backgrounds. The notion that one diet plan or one workout plan is going to work for each and every person is unrealistic. Maybe you aren’t someone who enjoys eating salad over a sandwich everyday … and that is perfectly okay. What works for others, may not work for you, and vice versa. Look at it this way, embracing your dislikes and likes, allows for you to really pick and choose what works for you. TIP: Continue exploring new ways to incorporate healthy eating habits into your lifestyle. It doesn’t exactly mean eating a monotonous salad every day for lunch but it could mean eating a small green salad on the side, along with a good source of protein and a handful of nuts. Really take the time to allow yourself to enjoy the things that you like, and the things that work for you. Even though you may have heard these three strategies, in one way or form, remember you are an individual. If you want to reach your goals, you don’t have to put your differences aside. Your experience and knowledge has gotten you to this point, so capitalize on this! At the end of the day, it is you who is defining healthy weight on your own terms. Keep working at it — your efforts will pay off!

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FEED THE BIRDS ... the food they like!

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By Leonard Perry

By Leonard Perry

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any gardeners, and even non-gardeners, enjoy feeding and watching birds, particularly during the winter. I often think of all these birds struggling to find food and water to survive bitter cold outside, while we are warm inside out homes. Knowing a few basics on types of bird seeds, and preferences by birds, will help you to attract more species, and to provide them with the most energy to stay warm. Unless you have a landscape rich with weeds, perennials and shrubs that produce abundant seeds, you’ll need to supplement a bird’s diet with bird seeds you purchase. Even if you have a landscape of such plants, they either won’t provide sufficient seeds all winter or may be covered with snow if they’re perennials or low shrubs. If you’re thinking of adding more landscape plants this coming season, consider at least some that will provide either bird food (berries and seeds) or habitat (evergreens). A favorite large shrub for summer fruit is the shad or serviceberry; winterberry is a favorite for fall fruit. To keep the most bird species around your home, you should supplement with the specific foods that each species prefers, and serve the bird food in the appropriate types of feeders for various species. Make sure the feeders can be cleaned regularly and easily, such as with removable bases. Also make sure they are appropriate to the species you have, or want to attract. Cardinals, for instance, need larger perches on tube or hopper feeders than chickadees. Nuthatches and woodpeckers like to cling, so a wire mesh feeder is best for them. If you have a wire mesh feeder, make sure the openings are large enough for the birds to access the seeds you’re providing. I’ve tried some decorative mesh feeders shaped like snowmen or scarecrows, only to have the mesh openings too small for birds to obtain the sunflower seeds. Some mesh tube feeders are just for shelled pea-

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nuts — a favorite of woodpeckers, blue jays, nuthatches, and chickadees. They also can be taken over by crows and crackles when these are passing by. You may need to put them out of reach of squirrel access, hanging away from objects they can climb, or using pole baffles. If using a peanut feeder other than in winter, when animals are not hibernating, you may need bring them in at night to prevent raccoons and perhaps bears from ravaging peanut feeders. If shelled peanuts get wet they can harbor aflatoxins, which can make birds sick, so make sure to either keep them dry, use the feed up in a day or two if it gets wet, or replenish and clean feeders well and often. Peanuts in the shell, placed on a platform feeder or just a deck, don’t spoil as readily and are attractive to blue jays as well as squirrels. To attract the most number of bird species, and if you just want one type of food, sunflower seeds are the food of choice. You can find black oil (the kind I use), striped or the out-of-shell hearts. If you don’t want larger birds — such as crackles, blue jays, blackbirds, and starlings — to take over the feeders and eat pounds of seeds a day, serve the seeds in feeders such as tube ones with perches for smaller birds. Other “exclusion” feeders have weight mechanisms that close the openings when larger birds or squirrels step on them. As with the peanut feeders, you may need to “squirrel proof” feeders holding sunflower seeds. If you don’t want the mess of all the spent sunflower shells on the ground, or on a deck or patio, you may want to feed the more expensive sunflower hearts out of their shells. Without the shell protection these can quickly spoil with bacteria that will make birds sick, so only put out what they can eat in a day or two. One means to discourage squirrels, and perhaps starlings, is to provide safflower seeds. This has a thick shell which is hard for some birds to open, yet is favored by cardinals and some grosbeaks, chickadees, native sparrows, and doves. For these seeds, use a tray or hopper feeder (with wide perch) that some of these birds need. Nyjer seeds are a common one for small birds, often sold as niger or thistle. It’s not really a thistle, though, as these have become invasive in North America. Nyjer seeds are small, oily and rich and from a daisy-like plant, imported from overseas. Since they are heat sterilized, they won’t germinate and spread. Goldfinches, indigo buntings, pine siskins and redpolls like nyger seeds served either in mesh socks or tube feeders with a fine mesh or small openings. You’ll see dried corn for sale, particularly cracked corn. Dried corn cob pieces, placed on a post with spikes


(which you can buy or make quite simply), attract blue jays. Loose dried corn is attractive to larger birds such as quail, turkeys, ducks, and pheasants, as well as songbirds such as grosbeaks, cardinals and blue jays. However, it attracts less desirable birds also such as cowbirds, geese, and starlings, as well as bears, raccoons, and deer. Another problem is that corn can spoil quickly when wet, harboring aflatoxins that can be quite toxic even at low levels. So avoid buying corn or storing it in plastic bags where it may stay damp, change it daily during rainy weather, and rake up old corn so it won’t be eaten. Don’t use corn for planting which has red dye as a marker for fungicide treatment. And don’t provide buttered or popped corn, which can spoil quickly. Less common seeds include milo or sorghum (more for western birds), and white millet (more for ground feeders). There are many other seeds used as fillers, particularly in the less expensive seed mixes. These include golden millet, red millet and flax which are avoided by most birds. So they are just a waste of money and, if not being eaten, will spoil. This, in turn, can breed harmful fungus and bacteria. If you’re trying to save money, stock up on seeds such as black oil sunflower when they’re on sale. Many hardware and garden stores have sales in the fall; some stores offer reduced prices more often.

You may find filler seeds in suet cakes, as well as peanuts, corn, and even fruit bits and insects. Since the birds are most interested in the animal fat which provides high energy and is easily digested, the rest of the fillers aren’t really needed. Since the peanuts and corn can spoil, buy suet from reputable dealers, keep it refrigerated when storing, and put outside only when temperatures are below freezing to keep it from becoming rancid.

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Another food source that some feed birds is mealworms, which are not worms at all but rather the larvae of the darkling beetle. They are attractive to bluebirds, particularly when raising their young, as well as many other birds — so much so that this food may be affordable only if fed in narrow tube feeders with holes for small birds. Although when alive these insects are more attractive to birds, dried ones in bags are fine and often what you find in stores. In addition to providing food, birds need water so consider adding a heated bird bath if you don’t have one already. You can find such with heating elements built in, or a heating element you can merely add to your summer bird bath.As with the feeders, make sure you keep bird baths cleaned regularly. You can learn more about feeding birds from books, or websites such as those of various bird seed manufacturers, the magazine Birds and Blooms (www.birdsandblooms.com) or the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (www.allaboutbirds.org). Dr. Leonard Perry is a horticulture professor at the University of Vermont.

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A Redwood House:

Warmth, Light, Spirit A retired pastoral psychotherapist makes his home in a Jaffrey, New Hampshire, house filled with the essence of ancient redwood trees.

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Story by Peg Lopata Photos by Beth Pelton

ohn Van Ness, a retired pastoral psychotherapist has a home in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, with a unique energy — both in how it uses energy, but also how this home feels inside and out. That energy reflects the creators of this octagonal home: John and his now deceased wife, Pat. John is a spiritual, playful, intelligent man; an open-tonew-ideas kind of person, but also respectful of meaningful traditions. As John explains, Pat was likewise and thus this home is a artsy and welcoming place, intelligently designed. What makes this house unique is not only its shape and its owners, but it’s also like the tree that inspired its design: the redwood. The house has many attributes of not just redwoods, but trees in general: it’s strong, beautiful, it has new and old growth, and of course, the house is almost circular. Inside, John has many large tree-like indoor plants, and a greenhouse wall is covered with tomato vines even into October. Lastly, there’s also the tendency to want to look upward once within this house, which adds to the tree-like feeling. It’s no coincidence that the interior of this home makes one feel like you’re inside a massive tree. John explains, “Have you even been inside a redwood tree? My wife, Pat and I lived in California briefly. We loved the energy of redwood trees there, especially one particular redwood that had been burned hollow.” So when it came to building a house on family land in Jaffrey, they both knew they wanted somehow to capture that energy in their new home. At the time this house was built in 1985 redwood products were widely available and not needing protection from overuse, so using redwood siding was not a concern. It’s

the only thing that John would change about this house because caring for the environment has clearly always been important to him. The Van Ness house uses some of the latest technologies in efficient energy design available when it was built. It captures the sun’s warmth in the greenhouse and with a fan at the top of the sun room warm air is circulated throughout via a duct system. Backup heat comes from a wood stove in the basement, and an outdoor propane-powered electric generator kicks in when there are power outages. It also provides sufficient energy to power the heat pump, the water pump, and all the other energy needs of the house. The cool water below the house is used for cooling and heating via the heat pump system. When the temperature gets to zero outside, there’s a backup electric resistance heater. “That’s expensive,” says John, “so that’s when I try to burn wood, which supplies a surprising amount of heat to the house.” The exterior walls are stress skin panels which enclose the frame in a thermal envelope. Many days hardly a light Continued on page 20

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by Robert Audette • photos by Beth Pelton

Phoenix Mill House

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ne thing Lorraine Walker quickly learned as a reenactor for the Monadnock Center for History and Culture is that life in the 1830s and 1840s was hard. “This wasn’t easy,” she said one September day. “You can read all about history, but when you try to actually do what those people were doing, you realize ‘Wow, this is a lot of work.’ Just everything takes so long.” Walker, who taught mathematics at ConVal Regional High School for many years, is one of four reenactors who bring to life the Prescott family. Samuel Prescott, who is portrayed by retired surgeon John Patterson, was an overseer at the Phoenix Mill, and he and his wife, Nancy, portrayed by Walker (pictured on these pages in period costume), and their four children lived in the Phoenix Mill House, a stone’s throw away from the textile mill that stood at the corner of Main Street and Grove Streets in Peterborough for 100 years. According to the Monadnock Center’s website, the Phoenix Mill House was originally located near the north band of Nubanusit Brook, about 50 yards from where it now sits behind the main building of the Monadnock Center. Threatened with demolition, it was acquired by the Peterborough Histor-

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ical Society, and now serves both as an example of preservation and also as a demonstration of what a house of that era would was like. The Phoenix Mill House is used for educational programs, for periodic demonstrations of hearth cooking, and occasionally as a social gathering place when its particular ambiance is desired. Walker and Patterson are assisted in their living history presentations by Brigham Boice and Thomas Moritz. All of them dress up in period costumes for their monthly shows and perform tasks that kept the coals in the hearth and food on the table. Walker, as the woman of the house, is constantly on the move, keeping the fire going, preparing ingredients for pies and soups and sweeping the dust and ashes up, all the while keeping her long house clothes away from the embers. “Women often got burned, leaning over the fire,” she says. “That’s why they kept a bucket of water next to the hearth.” In a typical day, notes Walker, about 25 buckets of water were needed for cooking and cleaning. On laundry day, 50 buckets were needed, carried from the Nubanusit Brook hung from a shoulder yoke. “When you are cooking this way, without a stove, the first thing you get going


is the beehive oven,” says Walker. “You get the fire going and let the bricks warm up for about two hours. By then, you rake out the ash and then you get the bread going.” The beehive oven is in a recessed part of the main hearth, where the majority of the cooking and the heating of water is conducted. In the hearth, a fire crackles and over the fire is the crane, from which hang pots, positioned to take advantage of the different levels of heat coming off the fire. While food bubbles over the fire or bread cooks in the oven, Walker slices apples and prepares dough for pies, all the while knowing the Prescotts had to pinch pennies to make ends meet. “This family, at best, was middle class,” she says. “Even though Mr. Prescott was the overseer, he made 69 cents a day, six days a week for 12 hours a day. They didn’t have money to spare.” For instance, says Walker, instead of using cornmeal to keep the bread from sticking to the peel as its slid into the beehive oven, the Prescotts would use moistened leaves or rosemary twigs. In addition to learning how to cook like the Prescotts did in the 1800s, says Walker, she learned the origin of sayings we take for granted today. “Someone who is wealthy is considered part of the ‘upper crust’ because they wouldn’t eat the bottom part of the bread loaf because it had ash in it,” she says. In addition to keeping house like the Prescotts did in the 1800s, Walker and Patterson also keep a kitchen garden, using the same methods the Prescotts would have used. “And we use the food from the garden in our cooking

demonstrations,” says Walker. The Monadnock Center for History and Culture hosts monthly demonstrations at the Phoenix Mill House, with the most popular during apple harvest season. “Alyson’s Orchards in Walpole donates apples each year,” says Walker. “We made our own cider press and its set up outside for visitors to make their own cider.” Normally, the hearth demonstrations get about 50 people, but during apple season, up to 100 people come to watch the reenactments and taste the offerings. “Folks love getting the recipes and they love how things taste,” says Walker, adding cooking in the hearth seems to add an unquantifiable flavor to the food. “I can make these same things at home and they don’t taste as good.” The Monadnock Center also hosts traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas cooking demonstrations. In addition, the Monadnock Center hosts special presentations for groups by request. The Monadnock Center also has a museum and archives, which are open Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who might be interested in exploring the archives are encouraged to call 603-924-3235 or email info@monadnockcenter.org in advance to be sure that a staff member is available. To plan a field trip for a school or other organization, email education@monadnockcenter.org. To learn more about the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, visit monadnockcenter.org.

Robert Audette writes from Swanzey, New Hampshire.

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REDWOOD HOUSE (continued from page 17) needs to be turned on as there’s so much natural light flooding in from all eight sides. Someone once described John’s house as a “temple of light.” For a man with a vibrant spiritual life, that was an apt way to describe his home. But surprisingly, the unique shape encompassing some 3,000 square feet is not what you first notice. There’s no pretension or affectations to be odd and outstanding. It’s homey and cozily set in its surroundings. Comfort, or function, preside over form, with lifestyle conveniences such as a wood-burning fireplace accessed from two sides, dividing walls between spaces, a clothesline strung from a balcony near the washing machine, a dumbwaiter for trays, and a barbecue pit in the spacious kitchen. The Van Ness home is a comfortable place despite the lack of squares and rectangles and far more circles and triangles. There are clearly delineated centers to grow food, make food, eat food, relax, play, visit with guests, meditate, sleep or work. But with no walls to fully divide these sections, except John’s former consultation room, there’s a fluidity of purposes for these various spaces. Despite the unusual aspects of this home, there’s the usual brica-brac, books, paintings, prints, inherited furnishings from various eras, carpets that have felt millions of steps, and family photographs. John’s office buzzes with projects on his slab desk. For the less practical side of the house one must go upward. The third floor room, symbolically and once practically, the spiritually highest part of the house contains John’s former meditation area adorned with signed psychedelic prints of visionary artist Alex Grey.

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To get even further aloft, there’s a ladder leading to a widow’s walk atop the house for views of Mt. Monadnock and the surrounding area. The outside is never forgotten even when inside this home. Connecting a home to the environment was once considered a modern idea, fostered by architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright who built some homes with trees coming up through decks to enhance this connection. John’s house embodies these ideas, but history has not been forgotten here. Like a tree, it subsists on building on the past. This can be seen on one wall by the entry area where two of his wife Pat’s ancestors solemnly stare down from their portraits which are hung above a huge family bible published in 1825. Per tradition, it contains a list of all who have been born and died in this family. This octagonal tree-like home also pays homage not only to the family’s ancestors, but also to the love that held together John and Pat’s 60-year marriage. Though Pat has left this earthly existence, she continues to be present within this house that was her dream-child. “Pat did have an actual dream one night about an octagonal house,” notes John. But she is only gone in body, and perhaps that’s why, with John’s vibrant energy and her feisty nature, this house has aged well, changed, but not diminished by the passing seasons. Although another winter’s arrived and the trees are bare outside, inside — just as in that redwood tree that inspired this house — there’s warmth, light and spirit.

Peg Lopata is a freelance writer based in Vermont.


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ust like embarking on a trip or hosting an event, there are evolving stages in any project, those that provide inevitable checkpoints, but perhaps more importantly, those that provide an opportunity for our attitudes and expectations to modulate as we work our way through the entire experience. Understanding the emotions underlying each stage of a project helps us to appreciate where we are in the process and to accept both the good and bad with equanimity and more specifically, to prepare us for the next phase. The objective is clear ... to get from the conceptual idea phase to the moving in phase and to have found the experience edifying and inspiring. This has 125 percent more to do with attitude than aptitude. Project management is about managing expectations, the most important ones being those that we, the dweller, hold most resolutely. THINK BIG, THEN SCALE BACK Every project has a beginning, middle and end. It is important to establish a time line for each project, no matter the size, and to note the various phases of the project with targeted dates, the end date being the most important to pinpoint from the outset. It is a great deal easier to work backward from that projected date. Allow yourself a fluctuation of one to four weeks depending on the scope of the project and if you have a significant event dictating the end date, allow yourself even more leeway. Time is money, with budgeting for this entity every bit as important as budgeting for actual construction costs. Under the gun decisions are usually expensive ones. As far as monetary budgeting for the project, I find it easier to think big and scale back. Design and building professionals can offer invaluable advice but general square footage quotes can be very deceiving. I would suggest putting some ideas to paper before you start to budget. Your numbers will be much more realistic. Make sure that you have a design budget as well as a construction and installation budget. One all too common budgeting mistake is to allow nothing or an insignificant amount for interior design. Building a budget should always include the items that will uniquely define your lifestyle and your aesthetic. This should never be a compromised afterthought. The conceptual phase or idea phase is one of creative exploration. It is a time for research, easy, open communication, tons of questions and eyes

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The design or schematic phase should follow easily from such a collage. Sketches, scaled drawings, floor plans, 3-D renderings, elevations and color story boards are the language of this work. Anything and everything that can help you to visualize the space is important. You will most likely need some professional help with drawings and with color, balance and scale. Simplify as many decisions as you can with a few key choices such as trim color, metal and or wood finishes and a color palette (of 5-6 colors). Additions can always be made within this framework.

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REALITY CHECK TIME Because ideas are being pared down and distilled the natural tendency is to feel constrained in this process. Try to remember that defining parameters often spawns the most creative thought. During this phase, the logical, physical boundaries of the project will surface along with the budgetary realities. Stay creative and open minded about your original ideas for inspiration. These can be an overlay that will bring your schematics to life. Before you move on you should be thinking in color, in detail, in completely finished interiors and in dollars. Moving into the construction phase is perhaps the most challenging. Decisions will start to come rapid fire and money will seem to be flying through your fingertips. The more you can front load design and budget decisions the more control you will have. f you have added a 15 percent contingency or up-charge fee then you will be better prepared for accepting what is almost inevitable. The same would apply to your deadline as stated earlier. COMMUNICATE! Limiting on-the-spot jobsite decisions is your desired MO. Any unforeseen decisions should be discussed with your team, outlining all the pros and cons and offering choices if possible. Your builders, project managers or design professionals should be with you along this path. Make sure you get weekly reports and updates on the progress and any potential changes or setbacks. Good communication on construction progress and clear expectations about payment schedules will help this phase run smoothly. It is really to your advantage to over-communicate as long as it is respectful and working from a team approach. Anxiety will be a part of this process. This is not a time to add external pressure or new deadlines -- everyone is feeling the pressure in one way or another. I like to think you can ask anything and/or deliver any

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Hanging art and window treatments properly is critical to preserving the architectural shell you have just worked so hard to create. Hiring a professional for these installations is money well spent. There is passion and artistic inspiration in the process of creating our dwellings for work, living and leisure. I am certain that we all have the desire and with some guidance can develop the aptitude for achieving spaces that uniquely define us. It can be one of the most rewarding creative achievements that we share within our families and our communities. It should be. No matter the size of the project I hope that these thoughts will help guide you towards beautiful and meaningful success.

dreaded message as long as it shows a willingness to work together and a respect for the feelings of others. This phase will only be as strong as the foundation of prior phases in terms of relationship-building and the design work that has gone before. This phase is also going to be your memory barometer for the project, so keep it bright. IT FINALLY COMES TOGETHER What is left is now the installation phase which is the collective icing of the cake. The importance of this phase rests in the safe and intentional transformation of the architectural box into your vision. The placement of furniture and accessories, art, rugs and window treatments will be according to your design plans and of course there will be room for spontaneity and fun but do not discount the amount of work that it takes to transform a space. One room can take one 10-12 long, physical work day to completely install. Make sure that you have considered the schedule of workmen once the contractors are gone. If you have hired an interior designer they can take charge of this part of the project. Don’t try to overachieve in one day.

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“Does my dog need a winter coat?” By Kim Welch, Certified Professional Dog Trainer

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breeds do and some do not. If you’ve got a Saint Bernard or a Malamute, you know he/she doesn’t need an additional winter coat. On the flip side however, if you’ve got a teacup Chihuahua you know she’ll need a coat or sweater on cooler days throughout the year. But, these two extremes aside, here’s a few things to help you determine if Fido needs a jacket this winter. Breed and coat density are the first things to consider. Breeds with very short or thin coats of their own, such as Greyhounds, American Staffordshire Terriers and the aforementioned Chihuahua will need protection from the cold temps and snow, but your Labrador will love rolling in the

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snow and maybe even swimming in icy waters most of the winter with no added protection. The age and body condition of your dog is also an important factor to consider. Senior dogs or an ill dog will need extra care in the cold temps. They may need boots to protect their feet as well as a sweater or coat to keep their bodies warm. Having more muscle mass helps keep a dog warm as well. The activity level of your dog will be a big factor in determining whether you should provide them with an extra layer or not. If you’ve got a high performing, athletic pup that’s playing Frisbee in the snow, you probably don’t need to put them in any extra layers while they’re playing outside. Even my short-coated island dog doesn’t wear a coat or sweater to play in the snow. Since he’s healthy, has great muscle tone, and is active when we’re out, he’s fine without any added protection for the duration of our outing. Albeit, we aren’t out if the temps are too frigid.


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Other Winter Events JANUARY 2019

Jan. 6 (3-5 p.m.) Brattleboro Quebecois Session (free) McNeill’s Brewery 90 Elliot St., Brattleboro, Vt.

Jan. 19, 20, 21 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Winter Weekends at the Retreat Farm 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, Vt. www.retreatfarm.org/events/ Jan. 20 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) World Snow Day Arrowhead Ski Area, Claremont, N.H. www.arrowheadnh.com Jan. 20 (2-5 p.m.) $10 English Country Dance “Dance Around Monadnock” Keene UU Church, 69 Washington St., Keene www.monadnockfolk.org Jan. 25 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Keene Rotary Winter Event Keene Country Club, Keene, N.H. Info: info@keenerotary.corg Jan. 26 (noon-midnight) $25 Peterborough Snow Ball 2019 Peterborough Town Hall 1 Grove St., Peterborough, N.H. www.monadnockfolk.org Jan. 27 (1-3 p.m.) SOUPer Bowl Party VI Sample soups at the co-op Monadnock Food Co-op 34 Cypress St., Keene, N.H. www.monadnockfood.coop FEBRUARY 2019 Feb. 9 (8:30-4:30 p.m.) Sustainability Project’s Annual Seed Celebration www.emersonbrookforest.org Feb. 16 & 17 (10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Harris Hill Ski Jump Cedar Street, Brattleboro, Vt. brattleborochamber.org Feb. 17 (1 p.m.) Lunar New Year Festival & Potluck Brattleboro Museum & Art Center 10 Vernon St., Brattleboro, Vt. www.brattleboromuseum.org Feb. 17 (2-5 p.m.) $10 English Country Dance “Dance Around Monadnock” Bass Hall, Peterborough, N.H. www.monadnockfolk.org Feb. 20 (4-9 p.m.) Winter Carnival ChilI Cook Off The Marina Restaurant 28 Spring Tree Rd. Brattleboro, Vt. www.marina-restaurant.com

Jan. 12 (5-9 p.m.) Grafton Ice Bar, Grafton Inn 92 Main St., Grafton, Vt.

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MARCH 2019 Mar. 11 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) 11th Annual Winter Brewers Festival Mount Snow Resort 39 Mount Snow Road West Dover, Vt. www.vermontvacation.com

Visit the websites of these local organizations to learn about upcoming shows, films, concerts, exhibits and more!

Mar. 23-24 24th Annual NH Maple Weekend Venues throughout the state www.nhmapleproducers.com

Brattleboro Music Center, bmcvt.org

Mar. 23-24 Vermont Maple Open House Weekend Venues throughout the state www.vermontmaple.org ONGOING Nelson Monday Night Contra Dance Mondays, 8-10:30 p.m.) Nelson Town Hall, N.H. Monadnotes.com/monadnockfolklore-society/ Tuesday Session Every Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. Live traditional Irish music Coopers Hill Public House, Peterborough, N.H. Facebook.com/coopershill publichouse/ Celtic and Old Timey Jam Session Every Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. DelRossi’s Trattoria, Dublin, N.H. 603-563-7195 Bluegrass Jam Every Thursday (8 p.m.) Harlow’s Pub, Peterborough, N.H. Monadnotes.com/harlows-pub/ Peterborough 1st Saturday Contra Dance 8 p.m., Peterborough Town Hall, Peterborough, N.H. Monadnockfolk.org Change Their Lives Open Barn at Draft Gratitude Horse Rescue 1st Saturday of the month, 10 a.m.-noon 148 Ashuelot St., Winchester, N.H. www.draftgratitude.com Keene First Friday Art Hop Every First Friday (5-9 p.m.) Downtown Keene, N.H. Brattleboro Monthly Gallery Walk Every First Friday (4-9 p.m.) Downtown Brattleboro, Vt. Sunday Session 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month Live Irish music at Cooper’s Hill Public House Peterborough, N.H. Facebook.com/ coopershillpublichouse/

Apple Hill, applehill.org

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center brattleboromuseum.org Cheshire Children’s Museum cheshirechildrensmuseum.org Colonial Theatre thecolonial.org Historical Society of Cheshire County hsccnh.org Mariposa Museum mariposamuseum.org Marlboro Music Festival marlboromusic.org Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts Gallery mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com MoCo Arts • mocoarts.org Monadnock Center for History & Culture monadnockcenter.org Monadnock Folklore Society www.monadnockfolk.org Monadnock Music monadnockmusic.org NextStage Arts nextstagearts.org NH Open Doors Tours nhopendoors.com Peterborough Folk Music Society • pfmsconcerts.org Peterborough Players peterboroughplayers.org Redfern Arts Center keene.edu/arts/redfern Sharon Arts Center Gallery nhia.edu Thorne Sagendorph Gallery www.keene.edu/tsag Vermont Center for Photography • vcphoto.org Vermont Jazz Center Vtjazz.org atHome Magazine www.atHOMEnewengland.com Visit us today!

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