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Contents top from left: photo by p.t. sullivan, image courtesy; inset top left: photo by quaker city mercantile; inset top right both photos by kendal j. bush; inset bottom: photo by jared charney


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50 First Things

603 Navigator

603 Informer

603 Living


6 Editor’s Note 8 Contributors Page 10 Feedback

by Bill Burke photos by Kendal J. Bush

Features 38 Transcript

Meet beekeeper Mary Ellen McKeen of Rocky Hill Apiaries in Somersworth.

12 Live Sweet or Dry

40 Charlie Moore:

by Bill Burke photos by Quaker City Mercantile

by David Mendelsohn

Off the Hook With the Mad Fisherman

New Hampshire Magazine publisher Ernesto Burden spent the day on and off the water at Lake Winnipesaukee with NESN TV star Charlie Moore. Get a behind-the-scenes look before the episode airs.

by Ernesto Burden photos by P.T. Sullivan and Kendal J. Bush


18 Our Town



by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers

by Emily Heidt

22 Food & Drink

100 Calendar

by Rick Broussard photos by Jared Charney

edited by Emily Heidt



50 We Are Still in Eden

Enjoy an exclusive excerpt from Howard Mansfield’s latest book, “Chasing Eden.”

106 Seniority


by Lynne Snierson

108 Local Dish

32 Blips

34 Politics

60 Top Dentists 2021

by James Pindell

ON THE COVER Photo of Charlie Moore by Kendal J. Bush Read the story about the “Mad Fisherman” starting on page 40.

recipe by Mike Morin

by Casey McDermott

by Howard Mansfield portrait by Kendal J. Bush

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110 Health



story and photos by Marshall Hudson


by Karen A. Jamrog

112 Ayuh


by Bill Burke

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A robin’s song is a bit like a cantor’s prayer, sung solemnly but brimming with joy. I know this because of an app on my phone that has finally allowed me to figure out what some of that summer bird chatter is about.


Some say that flowers have their own lanhe birds have been so vocal this guage, though hopefully nothing as rude as summer, filling their treetop world the cry of my mysterious “Weirdo” bird. with entangled strands of songs and The romantics of the Victorian era concalls, that I began to think I must be missing something on my dog walks. What ARE sidered flower blossoms, with their seasonal they talking about? And just WHO are they? explosions of color and intricate shape and What finally compelled me to seek out smell, to be Mother Nature’s way of expressthe app was an “insult” I’d hear every day ing emotions. Viewed like that, walking while working in my garden — a shrill flute- down a dirt road can seem a bit like having voice declaring at top volume: “There he is, a conversation with the very life force of a there he is ... the Weirdo, Weirdo, Weirdo!” place. Perhaps we should pay more attention That’s my best attempt at converting the and try to also listen with our eyes — or insistent birdsong to English. Birders often maybe even with our spleens (or hearts). use the “lyric” of a birdsong (like the barred This issue features a number of people who owl’s cry of “Who cooks for you?”) to assist have learned to “listen” with more than just in identifying species, so I wasn’t really their ears. Most notably, one of my literary taking it personally. I was just curious — and heroes, Hancock’s Howard Mansfield, has picturing something large and intimidating, offered us the first chapter of his new book though birds are not so easily typecast and (due out in October) to excerpt for this issue. that booming “weirdo alert” could actually Mansfield’s head seems to contains an app come from a tiny feathered throat. like the one I use to identify birdsong, but While the app has identified lots of other his algorithm is set on detecting something birds out there, I’m still searching for the avi- more subtle. Mansfield assimilates the an Don Rickles, keeping my iPhone nearby ambient world of towns and people and work as I rake and weed. (If all else fails, I’ll walk and play, and detects the deeper notes that over to the Audubon Center on Silk Farm guide him to stories. He follows the invisible Road and ask some experts. Or if you have connective tissues of communities and finds any ideas about the culprit, pass them along.) links to a past that never really went away. The omnipresence of birdsong I hear in He translates messages that our world is apthe backyards and neighborhoods of Conparently always chirping to anyone who cares cord, where I live, may just be my projection to stop and pay attention. I’ve learned that of the solemn joy that comes from freely Mansfield’s words tend to impart a touch of (and masklessly) moving about in the world his ability to the reader, so don’t be surprised for the first time in what seems like forever. if, once you discover him, you start to pick Still, I suspect that the suppressed activity of up on those deeper notes all around you. the human population of New Hampshire Perhaps these notes are what enable everyhas been like a long holiday for the birds. one — from TV stars (like Charlie Moore, page The seesaw of nature works like that. I viv- 40) to medical professionals (like our Top Denidly recall the lushness of the roadsides and tists, page 60) — to delight, sustain, inspire and gulleys when our long spring drought was even heal us. So, keep your spleens open, fellow finally moistened by a couple of weeks of rain Weirdos. You might learn something. in early July. Even the weeds and invasives looked like complementary plantings by some master gardner.

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Contributors Before calling the Monadnock Region home, photographer Kendal J. Bush — who took the cover photo and photos for “Informer,” “Living” and the feature story “Charlie Moore: Off the Hook With the Mad Fisherman” — traveled the world as an editor and videographer for the National Geographic Channel and NBC. She combines years of experience as a photojournalist with her film school education to yield beautiful, creative portraits as well as corporate, wedding and event photography. See more of her work at

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Ernesto Burden, McLean Communications vice president and publisher, wrote the story “Charlie Moore: Off the Hook With the Mad Fisherman.”

Photographer P.T. Sullivan took the on-the-water photos for the feature story “Charlie Moore: Off the Hook With the Mad Fisherman.”

New Hampshire Magazine contributing editor and Disney travel guide author Bill Burke wrote “Informer,” “Live Sweet or Dry” and “Ayuh.”

Longtime New Hampshire Magazine contributor and former art director Susan Laughlin wrote “Artisan” and produced “Local Dish.”

Acclaimed author Howard Mansfield provided an excerpt from his latest book “Chasing Eden” for the story “We Are Still in Eden.”

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About | Behind the Scenes at New Hampshire Magazine

Associate Editor Emily Heidt

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For those of you who don’t read New Hampshire Magazine’s masthead each issue (you’re forgiven), you might not have noticed that Emily Heidt was recently promoted from assistant editor to associate editor. Emily started back in the fall of 2017 after graduating from the University of New Hampshire, and she quickly became an integral part of our small staff. Emily’s unique voice and influence can be found in many of our products, from the pages of this magazine to social media and web-exclusive pieces that range from a special series on summer theater to interviews with local farmers. Along with editor Barbara Coles, she helps produce our beautiful sister publication, New Hampshire Magazine’s Bride, which is published twice a year in the spring and fall. Emily is one of those people who takes on any challenge or assignment with optimism and enthusiasm, often juggling projects across products with ease. So, congratulations, Emily! We’re thrilled that your efforts and creativity have been acknowledged, and we look forward to working with you for a long time to come.

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Editor’s Note: Good questions from an observant reader always make an editor’s heart glad. 10 | August 2021

Have you followed our Instagram account @nhmagazine yet? If not, you should. We share our own content and photos about the Granite State, yes, but we also love to share yours, like this stunning shot of the Milky Way in Grafton by Dorian Sanders (@hisdorical). Tag us in your photos for a chance to be featured on our Instagram and, maybe if you’re lucky, in print too. In contracts, the term “assumed” often means “took over the obligation of,” so it’s not incorrect. Just not correct enough to avoid all confusion. We asked the writer to comment on the number of mills on Stinson Brook and she provided her source material that reads: “The crutch mill of Lewis H. Loveland, Jr. ... operated from 1890 into the early 20th century, when some thirty industries drew water power from the four mile length of Stinson Brook.” A touch ambiguous, admittedly, but sourced. Finally, “What Do You Know?” is written by an earnest stickler, so I had a feeling we had, indeed, erred. Sure enough, Marshall Hudson replied that he sent us images of both the original deed and also a photo of some wall art that hangs framed in the library. “It appears the photo caption writer mixed them up,” said Hudson, who, as usual, was correct. At right is the image of the original deed.

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As always, I read with interest most if not all of the articles in the current issue of New Hampshire Magazine. This issue has a very good selection of topics, as is usually the case. Here comes the ‘but’: I have a grammar quibble, a historical question and a quibble with a photo caption. A retired New Hampshire high school history teacher should not let these go by, so here they are. • Grammar Quibble — In the Rumney article [“Our Town,” July 2021], the fourth paragraph ends with this sentence: “Built in 1856 as a Methodist and Universalist church and later used by the Baptists, it was given to the town and served as the town hall until 1990 when the historical society assumed it.” Assumed what? Ownership of the building? That the building would be good place for the historical society? I get the meaning but this ending needs work! • History Question — The second full paragraph in that story on page 21 begins with “Stinson Brook may look small, but it has a significant drop and at one time 30 mills operated on its power over its four mile length.” I could always be corrected, but I doubt there were 30 mills on the brook at one time. Certainly, over time, there could have been that many but very unlikely all 30 were operating in the same year. It is much more likely that the various mill sites were used by succeeding mills over the years. • Caption Quibble — In “Let the Boys Ring the Bell” [“What Do You Know?” July 2021], there is a photo of the library deed captioned “The original library deed.” I’ve done a fair amount of deed research and this is not the photo of an “original” deed but more likely a poster. In 1885, the deed would much more likely have been in cursive script and the heading would not have been in such a format. In general, I think such a good magazine should tighten up a bit. Perhaps next month, I won’t have any quibbles at all. Art Pease Lebanon

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603 Navigator “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” — Mark Twain

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Our Town 18 Food & Drink 22

Live Sweet or Dry Durian, venison and beaver oil — a dram for the adventurous BY BILL BURKE PHOTOS BY QUAKER CITY MERCANTILE


lavored spirits aren’t new. Distillers who fancy themselves inventive have come up with concoctions like jalapeño and mango tequilas, and sippers that are flavored with grapefruit, blood orange and even whipped cream. Amateurs. The mad scientists at Tamworth Distilling live in a bold world where durian fruit, venison and beaver secretions are just another part of the recipe. Birthday cake vodka seems tame all of a sudden. “We allow ourselves to explore the nontraditional,” Tamworth distiller Jamie Oakes says. “If it falls under the House of Tamworth line, we work in small releases and small bottles. There isn’t necessarily wide distribution, so we can take a small amount of liquid and say, ‘Let’s do something weird with it.’” Weird, maybe. But also somewhat groundbreaking and definitely interesting. It’d be an unlikely exchange for someone to say, “You know what this whiskey needs? Deer meat.” But it’s just the kind of thing you might hear within the walls of the House

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603 NAVIGATOR / LIVE SWEET OR DRY Jamie Oakes goes about his work at Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile.

of Tamworth — the distiller’s experimental line of unusual spirits. Deerslayer Venison Whiskey would fit that bill. Set in motion after Tamworth owner Steven Grasse was inspired by James Fenimore Cooper’s novel, “The Deerslayer,” it’s a whiskey flavored with the flora and fauna of New Hampshire. The focus here, however, may fall a little more on the fauna side of things. Oakes and the team start with an aged white wheat whiskey that’s been rested for three years in standard 53-gallon barrels. Next comes the venison. Sourced from Bonnie Brae Farms in Plymouth, hand-chopped red deer venison is tossed with cranberries, porcini mushrooms, juniper berries and green peppercorns. It’s fermented overnight to accentuate the meat’s gaminess and then slow-smoked and infused into the whiskey. Final distillation takes place in a rotary evaporator, which is more

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commonly seen in pharmaceutical laboratories, but is perfect for pulling aromatics. Think savory, smoky with a subtle spice, and a lingering finish. “It tastes like you’d imagine — like venison,” Oakes says. “It’s got a few supporting role characters that are helpful as far as flavoring. Matt Power [fellow distiller, trained organic chemist and accomplished organic pig farmer] did a lot of the meat processing because it’s his forte. He fermented it with a sausage culture and smoked it heavily. When you distill something, a lot of those heavier flavors are left behind, so getting it to pop over into the spirit can be troublesome. But the meat is there and present since it’s heavily smoked. There’s also the porcini mushrooms, the juniper, peppercorn and cranberry, which adds more of a backbone. It’s a lot less mysterious than you’d think.” Perhaps less mysterious than House of Tamworth’s Eau De Musc, a whiskey flavored with castoreum, a secretion that comes from the beaver’s castor gland

and is used to mark its territory. “That one is quite interesting because it surprises people,” Oakes says. “They’ll make a wince face before they try it. But then they’ll sip it and there are very familiar flavors.” The castoreum oil extract produces leathery, raspberry flavors that blend perfectly with two-year aged bourbon, birch oil, raspberry and Canadian snakeroot — a woody spice not unlike ginger. It all results in a fruity, warm and crisp whiskey bottled at 88 proof. “It’s got this creamy, raspberry flavor and a little bit of a texture to it,” Oakes says. “It’s interesting in its own right because it has birch tar oil too, which gives it an almost birch beer quality.” Even the Eau De Musc sounds mild when it comes to Tamworth’s Corpse Flower Durian Brandy. The corpse flower is a rare plant that can grow up to 12 feet tall, take a decade to bloom, and emits a foul smell described as being like rotting meat. Durian is a large, green fruit native

Visitors discover unique spirits at Tamworth Distilling, left, including The Deer Slayer whiskey, above.

“A lot of the House of Tamworth stuff is for the adventurous drinker. When you reach for a bottle like that, you know you’re going to be trying something new.” — Jamie Oakes, Tamworth distiller | August 2021 15



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to Asia that’s known for flavors and aromas that emit either appreciation or intense aversion. Delicious, right? “Steve lived in Southeast Asia for a bit, so the idea of a durian fruit spirit was the driving force because it didn’t exist and it’s such a polarizing fruit,” Oakes says. The beauty of it, then, is that it rewards the curious. “The label helps describe that it’s going to be a little bit of a challenge, but people are surprised,” Oakes says. “Some of the tougher flavors attributed to the durian are fleeting. When people first experience the typical sulfur contributions that you get when you put it in a snifter and get a whiff, they may feel like maybe they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. But if they allow it to open up, those more egregious characters flow away and what’s left behind is more interesting.” Tamworth doesn’t add sugar to the brandy, so the result is dry and fruity, with the durian and indole fragrances adding another layer of interest. “A lot of the House of Tamworth stuff is for the adventurous drinker,” Oakes says. “When you reach for a bottle like that, you know you’re going to be trying something new.” The distiller’s advice on how to approach these flavors: unadorned. “Usually neat,” Oakes says. “You could definitely use the Deerslayer in a spiritcentric drink like a Manhattan or an old fashioned, but with most House of Tamworth spirits — Castoreum and Corpse Flower — they’re best expressed on their own in a snifter as you would a regular dram of whiskey.” NH

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The view of Great Falls in this painting was from the perspective of the high school building, as noted in the seal below the image, dated 1856.

Milling Around Somersworth

Discover manufacturing history, authentic Indonesian food and local beer BY BARBARA RADCLIFFE ROGERS


s a kid, I wore coats made from wool fabrics that my mother bought at the Baxter Woolen Mills in Somersworth. We used to ride the bus from neighboring Dover, and I would choose the color of next winter’s coat from the mill store. The mill store is long gone, and the mill is now turned into apartments, but like Dover’s, the mills were central to Somersworth’s story. Originally part of Dover, the settlement alongside the Salmon Falls River had become prosperous enough by 1729 to support its own meetinghouse and minister, forming the parish of Somersworth. The Great Falls, with its 100-foot drop, was the source of power for a grist mill and other small mills, and would become the basis for the town’s livelihood and growth. 18 | August 2021

The grist mill and land along the falls — including what is now Market, Main and High streets — was bought by Isaac Wendall, who was already manufacturing cotton fabrics at the Cocheco Falls in Dover; he opened Mill No. 1 of the Great Falls Manufacturing Company in 1823. The company would eventually grow to seven along the river, producing woolen fabrics; an eighth, The Bleachery, turned the natural wool into pure white so it could take dyes. The company donated the land for three Protestant churches and sold off the area of the city’s current downtown. They built tenements for worker housing, improved the streets, started a fire department, and built a city reservoir. Other industries opened and flourished: a shoe factory in 1880, the mak-

ers of the popular White Mountain Stoves, and Great Falls Woolen Company, farther down the river near The Bleachery. Over the decades, mills closed and new ones took their place. In 1941, Charles E. Baxter Sr. bought the empty 1865 fourstory brick building and several smaller ones owned by the Deering Milliken Company, which had closed during the Depression, and opened Baxter Woolen Mills. His son, Charles E. Baxter Jr., who later became its vice president of manufacturing, recalls the mill, where he began working summers when he was in high school: “It was a fully integrated mill that


Holmes, who writes the weekly “Simply Somersworth” feature for Foster’s Daily Democrat in Dover, a delightful column that ties today’s news with the city’s history. She told me that the large red Victorian building with gables was originally the Great Falls National Bank, and the prominent brick building at the corner of High and

Highland streets was built in 1889 as the Grand Army of the Republic Hall, home of the Civil War veterans organization. The 1899 white church on High Street is now owned by the Somersworth VFW, which has invested in its preservation. Its 16 stained glass windows are the originals, and the louvres in its copper-domed


included blending and carding, spinning, weaving, dyeing and finishing. The original water wheels were defunct, and very large electric motors drove overhead shafting on the four floors, with leather belting to drive the individual machines.” In World War II, Baxter explains, existing mills had turned to producing for the war effort, making cloth for clothing scarce, so the new mill stepped up to fill the demand. “During the early years, most of the cloth was made for men’s outer wear, such as jackets and overcoats.” As business expanded for women’s wear in the 1950s, the company bought a mill in East Rochester, where they were able to increase capacity. The Somersworth mill closed in 1958 and a portion of it was destroyed by fire in 1973; the remaining building is now apartments, with the Baxter Woolen Mills name still across its top. Other mill buildings that make up much of Somersworth’s urban landscape have also found other uses, and like many former mill cities, Somersworth continues its effort to revitalize its downtown. For more on the downtown architecture — several striking buildings caught our attention as we explored — I turned to local historian Jenne

Top: Laborers at Great Falls Manufacturing in Somersworth in 1909 Above: Many of the former Great Falls Manufacturing mills are now apartments. | August 2021 19


Left: A former church is now repurposed as the VFW and the 1899 Banquet hall. Right: Indonesian cuisine at Tasya’s Kitchen

The former train depot is now the Gravy restaurant.

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lation. This is reflected in three restaurants and the Indonesian Cultural Center, which opened with a festival in May of this year. A sign and banner welcome visitors to the nation’s first “Little Indonesia” district, a project supported by the Indonesian ambassador to the U.S. to promote Indonesian culture and businesses and increase tourism. Future plans include painting the neighborhood’s crosswalks in traditional batik designs. Of course, we headed to the nearest Indonesian restaurant, Tasya’s Kitchen, a tiny place with a few tables and a full-color menu that has photos and good descriptions of each dish. We split the “Tour of Indonesia,” a sampler plate that included eight different dishes and jasmine rice. Some dishes — bamboo skewers of grilled chicken with peanut sauce, curried chicken, spring rolls with shrimp and bamboo shoots — are familiar; others, less so. Beef rendang, for example, is an aromatic beef slow-cooked in coconut milk, and nasi gudeg is based on jackfruit, rarely encountered here. It has a texture similar to pulled pork and is seasoned and served in the same way. Tasya’s Kitchen is not the only Indonesian restaurant here. Bali Sate House is outside the downtown center, in the part of Somersworth that seems to blend into Dover near the Spalding Turnpike intersection. It’s larger, with more tables, but the same casual un-fancy atmosphere where the food outshines the frills. Indo U.S. Cuisine on Main Street serves both Indonesian and traditional American comfort foods in diner-like surroundings.

Isaac Wendall, who built the first mill complex, was a strong temperance man (Teatotaller, a High Street café and bakery, gives this legacy a nod), and under his edict, Somersworth was a “dry town.” His influence didn’t prevail long though, and in 1895 a bottling company was opened here, for beer and ale produced by Frank Jones in Portsmouth and brought in barrels by train. Prohibition ended that, but the tradition has been revived by three local craft breweries: Stripe Nine Brewing, Bad Lab Beer Co. and Earth Eagle North. NH

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spire conceal Verizon antennae. The former railway depot is now a restaurant, Gravy, owned by seacoast chef Mark Segal. The Somersworth Historical Society Museum at 157 Main St. is filled with photos and artifacts from Somersworth’s past, with rooms devoted to schools, churches, the military, mills and more — including an antique peanut-roasting machine invented in Somersworth. While the mill workers were predominantly from Quebec, and French was heard as commonly as English on Somersworth streets, the culture that’s making news in Somersworth today is that of its Indonesian population. More than 2,000 people are from Indonesia or of Indonesian descent, and they make up 18% of the city’s popu- | August 2021 21


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Coffee Culture

Hard work, thoughtful decision-making and community form the foundation for La Mulita Coffee Bar and Roastery BY RICK BROUSSARD / PHOTOGRAPHY BY JARED CHARNEY


offee gets us going. Our national dependence upon this dark brew is famous and celebrated in song and film (and meme, like the poster with a holographic Princess Leia, cup in hand, declaring, “Help me, caffeine — you’re my only hope!”). But the stimulating qualities of the coffee bean are not what gets Max Pruna’s brain cells firing. It’s coffee’s softer side that is the inspiration and foundation for his La Mulita Coffee Bar and Roastery on Sagamore Road in Rye. “The uniqueness of coffee is that it’s a commodity that brings community,” says Pruna. He says nothing sets the stage for a conversation with a spouse, a friend or even a stranger than sitting down with a cup of aromatic, freshly brewed coffee. “It’s a product that not only tastes great but offers a chance to connect with other people.” For Pruna, the love of coffee began early. Born in the city of Medellin, Columbia, his mother served him cups of “cafecito” (coffee mixed with lots of milk and sugar) when he was just 6. As a result, his first associations with the drink are warm feelings of family and love — feelings that still motivate him as he operates his roastery and coffee shop in the refurbished husk of an old flooring company warehouse on the Seacoast. The location worked because the commercial zoning allowed him to expand his roasting and shipping, but the space wasn’t ideal for the kind of welcoming place he had in mind. “It was the ugly part of the business,” he recalls, “not the showroom. But I had a vision for how we could make it beautiful.” Now the wooden pallets and burlap cloth bags that transport the coffee provide shelving and décor for the space. Coffee wasn’t in the original plan for Pruna. He attended college for business administration while still living in Columbia, married his high school sweetheart Andrea, and then finished grad school

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603 NAVIGATOR / FOOD & DRINK at Southern New Hampshire University with a degree in international business. That launched him into the corporate world where he worked as a research analyst for 12 years, but he felt unfulfilled. One thing that helped span the distance between the mountains of Columbia and the rocky New Hampshire seacoast was an invitation to hear a presentation by George Howell, the Bostonian who brought high-quality specialty coffee to the Boston area in the early 1970s. Howell had built a 12-store empire called the Coffee Connection and created a demand for coffee that hadn’t been bulk roasted at high temperatures for consistency. He nursed out the subtler flavors hidden in the beans with new roasting techniques and protected those flavors by upgrading the shipping processes. Howell recommended air-tight shipping for coffee beans rather than open jute bags, and he promoted the concept of single-source coffee to put the emphasis on the smaller coffee farms where he could build a relationship with the growers. This rang a bell for Pruna. He had left family and friends in Columbia when he moved away at 27, but he knew the coffee mountains of Columbia and could reach contacts there. With his business-minded

Above: Barista Heather Buchanan Right: Pruna measures raw coffee beans for roasting.

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Pruna observes the roasting process at La Mulita to ensure the beans get the attention they deserve.

wife as his partner (and teen sons Lucas and Emilio helping out in the summer months), he set out on the hard road to entrepreneurship. Knowing that the brewing of an exceptional cup of coffee starts at the farm was the key for him. And the coffee groves of his home country that produce some of the most delicious roasts are so mountainous that the coffee cherries that contain the beans must be individually picked by hand. This keeps the scale small for individual growers and discourages the intrusions of agribusiness interests, but requires more from the buyer’s end, for instance, in

determining the quality of a coffee harvest that can range in grade from zero to 100. “Starbucks and Dunkin’ can claim to sell specialty-grade coffee,” says Pruna, “because they do buy coffees that are rated at 80 points and above, but ours is never less than 84 points. They can’t buy enough at that higher grade, but, in my world with much less demand, we can we can buy from little farmers with higher quality and provide it to our customers.” This advantage comes with challenges, though, since the smaller farms usually aren’t licensed as exporters, so Pruna has a group of small exporters in Columbia who

provide the “cupping” to determine quality. “Or they can send me a small sample of the coffee they have harvested for the season. We roast and cup it and grade the level and flavor of the coffee here in the store.” Renovations started on the store at the start of 2019 and they opened just before the world went into a Coronavirus cycle, but they’ve done well in spite of the past year. And they have big plans for the future, says Pruna, expanding on their present site and continuing to support small farmers, but he hopes to offer more support to women who work on and operate coffee farms and to push for more organic and sustainable farming. It’s his way of honoring both where he came from and where he has settled with an enterprise that’s all about community building and exploring the countless flavor expressions that come from the finest coffees in the world. But business, as they say, is business, so he knows he has to remain wary of challenges and on top of new trends. That’s where the business name comes into play. “La Mulita means little mule,” he says. And while the association of the mule with coffee goes back to the famous Juan Valdez television ads promoting Columbian coffee in the 1970s, there’s a deeper meaning for him. “People wonder, why a mule? Why not a stronger horse?” says Pruna. To explain, he describes a mule and a horse working on a cliff when something startles them. “The horse reacts and will bolt,” he says — a disastrous move on a mountainside. “The mule will think before reacting. The mule is both hardworking and intelligent.” He adds that since mules do not reproduce, and each must be born with a horse and a donkey as parents, each is really one of a kind. That mix of hard work, thoughtful decision-making and singularity is what Pruna and his staff are relying on as La Mulita climbs the rocky path to success. “At our store, we say the mule gave up on Juan Valdez and is now working for us,” says Pruna with a laugh. NH


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603 Informer “I know it’s only rock ‘n’ roll but I like it, like it, yes, I do ...” — Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

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It’s All in the Grooves Once nearly extinct, record stores and vinyl come roaring back BY BILL BURKE / PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENDAL J. BUSH


sed record stores have a smell. It’s a musty but comforting bouquet with subtle notes of nostalgia and your parents’ basement. They also have a soundtrack — a background score that stays the same whether you’re in Skele-Tone Records in Rochester, Pitchfork Records in Concord or Music Connection in Manchester. It’s a consistent, unchanging refrain that goes like this: “I had that. I had that. I had that.” “I hear people say that all the time,” says Todd Radict, the owner of Skele-Tone in Rochester. “It’s because when CDs came in, it sort of forced people to get rid of

their records. I never fell for it.” Nostalgia has certainly played a role in getting people back into the stacks, but make no mistake — they are back. In the past year, despite pandemic-related closures and slower foot traffic, vinyl record sales skyrocketed 29% to $626 million, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Vinyl sales have surpassed CD sales in revenue. (Insert sound of record scratch here.) “I’ve seen a huge increase in interest over the last six years, and it’s just getting bigger and bigger,” says Michael Cohen, owner | August 2021 27


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of Pitchfork Records in Concord. “If you asked me 10 years ago, I would’ve said you were nuts — vinyl is not coming back. But obviously, it has.” Yet the $1.1 billion in CD and record sales combined can’t touch digital downloads. In fact, nothing can, which is one of the drawbacks of the convenient but intangible format.“I think people want to own a physical piece,” says Cohen. “And I think many people find that vinyl offers a different, softer, more pleasing sound. But it’s more about owning something instead of a digital download. It’s about having something in your possession.” John Benedict, owner of Music Connection in Manchester, says the visuals have also brought younger people back into the stores. When someone is used to looking at a small graphic on their phone, the larger album cover art is a remarkable upgrade. “It gets them off their devices,” he says. “They’re on a different device, and it does one thing — it plays records.” Benedict says that, while Boomers and Xers may have once owned many hundreds of records, younger fans will now limit their collections and focus on music they specifically connect with. Benedict says teenagers are still drawn to classics like “Abbey Road” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours.” It’s all about connecting with the artist, he says. “That was the thing about record albums — we treated them as an experience,” says radio personality and host of “Greg and the Morning Buzz,” Greg Kretschmar. “We listened to them start to finish. It took you on a kind of journey every time you listened to it.” As Skele-Tone’s owner, Radict is a firm believer in that experience, and the magic of a record shop. Before he hung out his shingle on North Main Street a little more than 10 years ago, he was earning his bona fides in the clubs of New York City as a member of the influential punk band The Radicts. When he wasn’t on stage, he worked at legendary scene spots like CBGB’s and Trash and Vaudeville, where he met his heroes — Prince, Slash, Iggy Pop, Ace Frehley and Deborah Harry, among many others. It’s also where he amassed a collection of music memorabilia that lends a particular authenticity to Skele-Tone, which, in addition to being the largest collection of vinyl in New Hampshire, is also part clothing store and part museum. “I lived in New York City for many

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“The first record I purchased was ‘Burning Love’ by Elvis Presley. I purchased it from Rock Bottom Records — shout out to Kevin Guyer! “One of my most treasured records is ‘Three Hits From Hell’ by the Misfits. I wish I had never given away my OG copy of Social Distortion’s ‘Another State of Mind’ single.”


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“My first record was ‘Something New’ by the Beatles. It was kind of a compilation record. My brother and I picked it up at French’s Music in Concord. They sold records and instruments, and since I grew up in Concord, that’s where we went. “There’s one record in particular, though — in the early ’80s I was doing a show at The Riverside Club in Portsmouth. There was a woman who went by the name of Cristina who was doing dancy/new wave stuff. One record she cut was her version of ‘Is That All There Is?’ which was a big hit for Peggy Lee. Well, Peggy Lee’s people sued her for doing that, so it never officially came out. But the 12-inch single was sent to me. It’s definitely one of those pieces where I’m only one of a handful of folks who actually saw it.”


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“It was a pretty big deal at the time and I may date myself, but my first record was Def Leppard’s ‘Pyromania.’ I was really into Def Leppard ... and ‘Rock of Ages’ was pretty much every other song on the radio. I really liked that, I really wanted it, my birthday was coming up, and my older sister surprised me with that “And a side note: We did have a real record player, but the needle was always broken because we abused it. But we had a Fisher Price record player, which was indestructible. And I did play Def Leppard on that Fisher Price record player.” | August 2021 29

603 INFORMER / VINYL RECORDS’ ROARING COMEBACK years,” says Radict. “I had seen all the cool, great record stores there. I came back up here about 14 years ago and thought, ‘Why should people have to go to New York City to see great record stores?’ So I opened my own.” It’s an easy enough place to find — look for the pink storefront. Or follow your nose. That aroma may be just cardboard and PVC plus time, but it could also be the funk coming out of the grooves. “You can smell that vintage vinyl,” says Radict. “They’ve been stored in basements or attics, and you can smell it.” Souvenirs, collectibles and showpieces cover nearly every available surface in Radict’s shop. There are artifacts from Sid Vicious and the Ramones, a pair of pants Stiv Bators wore during a gig, a denim jacket signed by Joe Strummer of The Clash. Wander over to the other half of the shop and discover a snare head signed by Lemmy Kilmister, a number of items signed by members of Kiss, a T-shirt signed by the members of X, and the handwritten setlist of Sham 69’s final show at CBGB. But it’s all just dressing around the rows of records that line the walls and run through the middle of the bisected, long, thin space. “When you go into a mom-and-pop store, you can talk to the owner and they’re knowledgeable,” says Radict. “You can sit back and have conversations. I always encourage my employees to talk to customers because everyone’s got a story. If you go into Walmart, you don’t get that. They don’t have the knowledge. We treat our customers like family. We’re not there just to make money. We love introducing people to new music. We want you to feel welcome.” There are quite a few gems tucked into the stacks, including an incredibly rare “BestOf ” Kiss record that was only available as a special order from Japan, and the scarce “butcher” version of the Beatles’ “Yesterday and Today.” But it’s not just speculators digging for an investment piece or Gen-Xers


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Greg Kretschmar, radio personality, host of “Greg and the Morning Buzz” “The first record I ever bought with my own money was Elton John’s ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player.’ I paid $4.99 for it at a store called Giants in Dover, and I remember it like it was yesterday. I couldn’t wait to get home and drop the needle on it and play it from start to finish, which I did repeatedly for hours. And for the record, even though I took that first journey back in 1973, I still do it today with that album. I listened to it start to finish barely a week ago, and it’s just as good today.”

looking to recapture their youth by reclaiming a long-lost copy of “The Wall.” “It’s everybody,” says Radict. “We get 12-year-olds and younger — kids that will come in for Disney records, and we’ll have people all the way up to 80 years old. We cater to anybody.” Even beginners — for whom Radict has some advice: Look for equipment from

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the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s — the silver face receivers from companies like Pioneer, Marantz, Toshiba, Kenwood and Realistic. Next, keep your fingers off the vinyl itself, store your albums vertically and keep them out of the sun. Finally, keep an open mind and listen to everything. “That’s the best thing about music,” says Radict. “You’ll never hear it all.” NH

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A celebration of community through Haitian Creole cuisine BY CASEY McDERMOTT

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The reality show spotlight helped to build even more buzz around Viaud’s restaurant, which was especially welcome after a year that forced the restaurant to close for a month and a half during the height of the pandemic’s winter surge.

When Greenleaf did cautiously reopen this spring, Viaud says it was with a “new sense of urgency and creativity” — and a new crowd of customers, from New Hampshire and beyond. “That was definitely one of my goals,” he


Chris Viaud weathered plenty of challenges in 2020: launching a new business (Culture, a sister bakery to his flagship farm-to-table restaurant Greenleaf in Milford), changing staff rosters, innovating amid the ongoing pandemic — the list goes on. But when he got an invitation to appear on the latest season of “Top Chef,” Bravo’s long-running culinary competition, he didn’t hesitate to push himself even further. Viaud made it through nine rounds of the show before host Padma Lakshmi asked him to “please pack [his] knives and go.” But even if he isn’t bringing the “Top Chef” title back home to New Hampshire, he has brought back plenty of creative inspiration and a commitment to keep bringing new flavors to the local food scene. This spring, Viaud debuted the latest addition to his restaurant portfolio: Ansanm, a celebration of the Haitian Creole cuisine he grew up eating and cooking with his parents and siblings. And at Greenleaf and Culture, he’s as much focused on elevating locally sourced ingredients as he is on cultivating space for community. Those values are reflected in Ansanm’s name, which means “together” in Haitian Creole, but also in its menu. Viaud says he’s loved being able to partner with Fresh Start Farms, which supports local new American immigrant and refugee communities, to source tomatoes, squash, okra, collard greens and other ingredients he’s been experimenting with as part of his new endeavor. “I wanted to dive deeper into my culture through food,” he says, and he’s trying to make space for others to do the same. “I’ve had many people from other cultures and countries say I’m an inspiration to them — I’ve never thought of it that way, I’m just doing the work that represents me and my family the best,” he says. “It does make me want to reach back out and better help those who want to get more involved in their communities.”


says, “giving the state of New Hampshire and the town of Milford some exposure.” He’s stayed in touch with fellow Top Chef competitors and has even partnered with them on some new dinners, like a recent Juneteenth Jubilee Dinner in Texas — described as an “immersive five-course dinner experience [celebrating] the history of Juneteenth, while amplifying the idea of food and freedom throughout the African diaspora.” As his platform has grown, Viaud is eager to keep using food as a means of communicating about history and the present alike. “It’s really becoming important for us to use any voice we do have — through music, through art, through food — to be able to find these connections that will have a lasting impact and share how the nation is going to be affected through future generations,” he says. NH It’s been about a year since federal authorities found former Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell hiding out in Bradford, New Hampshire, of all places. An ABC journalist recently recounted the scene in a “Reporter’s Notebook,” disclosing that she was “immediately directed to hop in the car for the nearly two-hour drive to Bradford” while working remotely in Boston during the pandemic. Her account includes predictable color commentary from the likes of a local shopkeeper and farmer, who apparently relayed that “he had guessed that federal agents were busting an illegal marijuana-growing operation.” A random act of kindness from a generous patron at Londonderry’s Stumble Inn Bar and Grill got the attention of NBC News and other national outlets after he reportedly left a $16,000 tip on a $37.93 order. For those doing the math at home, that’s … On second thought, don’t bother. It’s one heck of a good tip.

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Pulling Rank

Ranked-choice voting could give one party the edge BY JAMES PINDELL / ILLUSTRATION BY PETER NOONAN


anked-choice voting is having a moment in America, although it has yet to catch on in New Hampshire. In an ironic twist, liberals are pushing it in the Granite State even though it could likely result in election doom for their side locally. Today, election winners in New Hampshire are decided pretty much the way they have always been declared: The person with the most votes wins. It’s logical enough, but it can create some odd circumstances. For example, let’s say there was a Dover City Council race dominated by the discussion of whether to have a new dog park. It’s a popular idea among voters, and among the four candidates, three candidates support the dog park and one opposes. Under current New Hampshire law, what could happen is the pro-dog park candidates split up their side of the vote and the single candidate who opposes the park wins with less than a majority of support. The person elected doesn’t represent what voters wanted, and everyone knows it. In theory, under ranked-choice voting, this wouldn’t happen. Voters would rank their candidates in order of preference. Then, if one candidate doesn’t get 50% on the first round of counting, the candidate in last place is dropped and those voters’

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second choice is reallocated until someone achieves 50%. Pro-dog-park voters would likely rank their top three choices as the pro-dog park candidates, basically ensuring someone backing the park eventually wins. Over time, various groups have flirted with this idea, going back to the Progressive Era at the beginning of the 20th century. In more recent decades, it’s appeared in liberal enclaves like Cambridge, Massachusetts. But it was only discussed in academic settings until very recently. Now the idea is back in fashion. Next door in Maine, ranked-choice voting is now the law for U.S. House, Senate and presidential elections. Burlington, Vermont, used it for the first time in its city elections this year as did New York City. Republicans are also using it for primary elections in Virginia and Utah. New Hampshire House Democrats used the method to pick their leader this year. Over the years in New Hampshire, there have been a few votes on statewide bills that used this method, including two sponsored by State Representative Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket and Bernie Sanders supporter. The cosponsors of these bills were all Democrats, and the

bills never went anywhere. In New Hampshire, though, it is very clear who would win politically if these bills became law: Republicans. Locally, the only party getting their votes split up are Republicans, which is due to routine third-party challenges by Libertarians, who often end up voting for the Republican Party. Nothing from the left has split the Democrats’ vote since a Green Party bid from Ralph Nader helped George W. Bush win the state’s presidential Electoral College over two decades ago. However, in federal races Libertarians have been players on the debate stage and get about 2-5% support in any given race. Third-party conservative candidates are the reason why Kelly Ayotte narrowly lost to Maggie Hassan in the U.S. Senate race in 2016, and may be the reason Donald Trump narrowly lost to Hillary Clinton that year. While not everyone who voted for a conservative third-party person in the U.S. Senate race that year would have picked Ayotte as their second choice, logic says enough would have to give her victory. And with Libertarians frequently having official status on the ballot, this continues to rankle Republicans to this day — particularly with so many close elections in a swing state. NH

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Peter’s Rock Piles Solving a Shaker mystery



’m a mile into the woods behind Canterbury Shaker Village, looking at an impressive collection of rock piles. The size of the trees and age of the surrounding forest mean that these rock piles predate motorized equipment. The piles are stacked with the perfection of a skilled stonemason and in shapes that suggest an artist at work. There are piles shaped like giant wedges, a fort, haystacks and a giant meatball. Some of the rocks are too big and heavy for any human to have moved unaided. Smaller ones are laid like mortarless bricks with staggered joints and a vertical plumb face. The labor expended in gathering and constructing these stone piles looks daunting to me, and must have been done for an important reason. I’m wondering who constructed them and why? The answers are found in old records back at Shaker Village.

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Peter Ayers was born in 1760 and fought in the American Revolutionary War as a teenage soldier. At only 14 years old, Ayers participated in the battle of Bunker Hill. At age 17, he was with General Washington’s army at Saratoga when British General “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne was forced to surrender in 1777. Ayers was also at the siege of Yorktown in 1781 when Lord Cornwallis surrendered, effectively ending the war. After the war, Ayers seems to have drifted. Records show him living in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and with his father in Upstate New York. His occupation is listed as farmer, hatmaker, fur trapper, or engaged in the business of hauling lumber. He is also described as a prizefighter and it was written that, “As a boxer he would be obliged to travel far to find his equal.” Ayers’ physical appearance is described as “quite

These large piles of rocks not far from Canterbury Shaker Village predate motorized equipment.

short and thickset and having a large head,” which are not typically optimal traits for a successful boxer, but Ayers is also described as “having remarkable physical endurance.” While wandering about war-weary New England seeking a new life, Ayers became acquainted with Mother Ann Lee, the founder of the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, more commonly known as the Shakers. They were called this because of the ecstatic dancing and trembling they practiced while worshiping. The Shakers believed in simplicity, gender equality, pacifism, communal living, and that hard work glorified God. They opposed marriage and believed in total celibacy, relying on converts to keep their population growing. After years of war and perhaps seeking a more peaceful way of life, Ayers began visiting Shaker communities and decided to embrace the Shaker faith. Ayers entered the Mount Lebanon Shaker Society in New York in 1787 and turned over all his worldly goods to the society. A story is recorded that, soon after the former soldier and boxer converted, he

1801 Canterbury Shakers Covenant Peter Ayers’ signature on the left, 10th from top

was teased by ruffians who mocked him over his new religion. Ayers endured the insults and abuse, but after going to bed was awakened by three men taunting him and daring him to come outside. He tolerated the harassment until they began to slander his gospel teacher, Mother Ann Lee. He tore out of bed and, without getting dressed, ran out the door and took off after his tormentors, chasing them through the streets. The story says that he “did not return home until he had thoroughly pounded his tormentors and left them to mourn their bruises, while he returned to enjoy a night of quiet rest.”

Ayers lived with the Mount Lebanon Shakers until 1792, when he was sent to New Hampshire with a handful of missionaries to organize the society at Canterbury. Ayers settled into the Canterbury community and worked to build the meeting house and dwelling houses, and established a working farm capable of sustaining the converts joining the community. He took on a variety of roles, including schoolteacher and hatmaker. He built dams and operated the water-powered mills. He raised sheep and cattle and hunted down the wild animals that preyed upon them. By 1818, the Shakers’ water-powered mills were up and running and Ayers, perhaps desiring solitude, turned his energy to a new endeavor. That endeavor is described by Isaac Hill, an 1840 visitor to Canterbury Shaker Village. Writing for the Farmer’s Monthly Visitor, Hill wrote, “... The morning of the second day introduced us to a most extraordinary man in the name of Peter Ayers, in the 80th year of his age, who had been 60 years a Shaker. His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. He came at our request to lead us to an exhibition of his farm. It was a mile from the road and contained a hundred acres ... a house and barn ... in the midst of a beautiful apple orchard containing more than 1,000 bearing trees. The face of this hundred acres was hard and full of rocks ... The orchard itself seemed to be but a mass of rocks. At this place, solitary and alone, except in one stout, fateful yoke of oxen, as his assistance, Peter Ayers had worked among the rocks ... taking up the old and crooked stone walls

and laying over new walls in a direct line, digging out and piling up immense masses of stone in piles the size of a common haystack. The foundation stones dug out and laid into the walls by the veteran would weigh, judging by the eye, many of them 2 tons each; how one man, with the assistance even of the most docile beasts, could ever have moved them into place seem to us a wonder; of the piles of stone gathered from this ground it was a matter of astonishment that any man could raise them high above his head. Here was the work of a lone man in removing rocks upon an isolated spot of ground, which will remain as a monument of his Herculean labor during the life of the present generation ... the farm itself is called Peter’s farm, and will probably as long go by that name as the rocky piles shall remain in their places ...” Peter’s rocky piles remain in place, and the “who” portion of my question is answered, and the “why” is answered in part as rock removal necessary for agricultural purposes. But there are also hints in the journals that Ayers suffered from what we would today call PTSD, unrecognized in his time. Perhaps the physical exertion of stacking rocks coupled with the solitude and sense of accomplishment in looking upon immense stone heaps was his way of working out his demons. Looking at his collection of rock piles, I have to admire the tenacity of this soldier turned Shaker, and whatever his reasons were, Peter Ayers built impressive rock piles. NH

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Buzz Biz Photo and interview by David Mendelsohn Meet Mary Ellen McKeen, keeper and house mother to numerous thriving hives of honeybees. She speaks lovingly, even maternally, of their personalities and unwavering work ethic. As we know, their numbers have been dropping alarmingly and they are responsible for one of every three bites of food we consume. We need these busy pollinators to stick around. McKeen is on a mission to save both our winged friends and, inevitably, us. So take a class, buy some hives, harvest your honey and help preserve our trivial habits of eating. Or do it for the flowers. Get involved. Bee all that you can bee.

They say one out of every three bites of food is there because of pollinators, so you can say we have all been involved [in beekeeping] since our first bite of food. I started studying beekeeping seven years ago, and got my first colonies the following year. Last year, I went into winter with 20 colonies but lost eight over the winter due to the severe drought. They just couldn’t build up their winter stores fast enough, even though I fed them. So I’m down to 12 in three locations. I have some at my home in Somersworth, I keep bees at Bedrock Gardens in Lee, and I keep some at Beeline Skin Care in Henniker. Flowers are good [bee forage], but there needs to be a large amount of flowering plants, so a backyard garden is not nearly enough to sustain a colony. Many garden plants are hybrids that offer no nutrition for bees. Invasive species are very popular with honeybees. It’s a well-kept secret that beekeepers love to find locations with lots of invasive species!

In the early spring, a hive is at its lowest population of about 10,000 to 15,000. At the height of the season, there can be anywhere from 50,000 to 80,000 bees in a colony. That’s a lot of females working together for the common good. Every batch of honey tastes different. It all depends on what flower source the nectar is from, what pollen is present in the honey, what the weather is, etc. That’s why I can’t figure out what that stuff in the grocery store is. It’s all the same taste and all the same color. It’s not what honey looks or tastes like from my bees or any of my fellow beekeepers. There is a lot of fraudulent “honey” out there, and some doesn’t contain any nectar at all. Honey has medicinal properties for people too. It is a living food with beneficial enzymes and healing properties. Many people use local honey to help their seasonal allergies. I have Eastern European clients who swear by the ingestion of honeycomb for stomach issues. Apitherapy is big in Europe, but, since there is no money to be made by drug companies, we have little medical research here in the U.S.

Apitherapy Considered: To Bee or Not to Bee Apitherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses honeybee products, including honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom. Proponents of apitherapy make some remarkable claims about its health benefits. It’s also a traditional or folk medicine that’s long been used to treat various illnesses and their symptoms, as well as pain from acute and chronic injuries. Medical science has taken note, conducted studies, and suggests apitherapy may be a treatment for multiple sclerosis, while researchers with the Lyme disease research group at the University of New Haven studied the effects of bee venom and found it could be effective against the bacteria that causes Lyme. Credits: Thanks to former worm lady (now farmers market maven) Joan O’Conner for recommending Mary Ellen McKeen; to Julie Hundley for the help in bee wrangling; and to Bedrock Gardens in Lee for the extraordinary location. | August 2021 39

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McLean Communications (New Hampshire Magazine’s parent company) Publisher Ernesto Burden (left) with Charlie Moore at Moore’s home in Chester



with the Mad Fisherman Charlie Moore, we’re sitting in modern but comfortable armchairs on either side of his stone fireplace. I’m interviewing him while his crew runs a three-camera shoot for his show and a New Hampshire Magazine photographer snaps pictures. He’s in a black T- shirt, black jeans and wingtips with his hair spiked up and a glass of Italian red wine in hand, which he describes as part of his regimen for staying youthful. I’ve just asked him about turning 50, which provokes an outpouring of faux misery, mock tears and a burst of annoyance. “I got people telling me to act my age,” Charlie says, indignantly. “Are you kidding me?” His voice rises. “How old are you? And who are you? And more importantly, get a life.” It’s just Charlie Moore playing Charlie Moore and he’s on a hot roll. “This is the same guy whose wife is saying to him, ‘I wish you were more like this guy Charlie Moore on TV, because he looks like a lot of fun.

Unlike you, Fred. You’re just a boring lump on a log.’ But Fred’s gotta critique me, because he’s never gonna be me.” The room breaks up laughing. Poor Fred. There’s a danger with a personality and a persona as big as Charlie Moore’s that the subtlety of the human being could be lost amidst the bombast of the character he plays, both on television and in life. Not that there’s anything inauthentic about that character. The Mad Fisherman Charlie Moore seems to be Charlie Moore, through and through; he’s simply not the extent of Charlie Moore. Charlie stars in the Emmy-awardwinning NESN show “Charlie Moore Outdoors.” And in the worldwidesyndicated show “Charlie Moore: No Offense” (I suspect he hopes you’re offended from time to time, or at the very least, he’s not bothered by the fact). And in NESN’s “Bruins Academy.” He’s the executive producer of NESN’s “Behind The B.” He has his own line of fishing tackle. He travels the world, eating, drinking, fishing and explor-

ing with a host of fascinating and often (but not always, he points out) famous people, from Boston sports legends such as Doug Flutie and Ray Bourque to actors like Adam West to rock stars including Ted Nugent. Charlie speaks in a rapid-fire monologue, interjected with comic asides to the camera and occasional storms of pique or frustration. When things slow down, he quotes ’80s movie lines. He’s funny, impatient and implacable. These traits have served Charlie well, both in shaping an on-screen persona and when knocking the “1,000 times on the front door of NESN” it took to get him his first interview there. He has an elegant home in the woods of Chester, New Hampshire, with a stonesculpted backyard retreat anchored by a massive outdoor fireplace encircling a pool and sprouting a well-appointed outdoor kitchen, a driveway full of sleek, fast boats and a garage with a yellow Lamborghini and a Charlie Moore custom Ducati motorcycle, among other similarly envyinducing vehicles. | August 2021 41

The vibe here is intended to be uncomplicated yet thoughtful, all the while nurturing a spirit of adventure in their guests.

A behind-the-scenes look at the “Charlie Moore Outdoors” crew during a shoot with Ernesto Burden and Charlie Moore

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If these were the only things you knew about him, if you knew him just from the Charlie Moore who comes through the screen at you, you’d be impressed and amused or, depending on your temperament, maybe annoyed or offended. But you’d be missing something essential. You wouldn’t know about the spare little space between the wall of the finished basement and the foundation of Charlie’s house, where he keeps his desk and his computer next to the furnace. So he can work just like he worked when he was young and broke and living in his mother-in-law’s house. And what he keeps in a frame on that desk. And ... I’ll get to all that. But first, let’s spend a few hours with Charlie Moore. At some point last year during the pandemic, New Hampshire Magazine got hooked up with Charlie through the auspices of one of our photographers, P.T. Sullivan, and we started talking about a story. Charlie thought it would be cool to spend a few days together fishing and talking, and for him to turn it into an episode of his show that talked about magazines and for us to turn it into a magazine story (a cover story, of course). We agreed. Months later, shortly into our first day together as we stood casting from the deck of one of his boats in the “Football Field” (one of his go-to spots on Lake Winnipesaukee), cameras rolling on our boat and a support boat, fish being landed apace — more frequently by Charlie than me (though I wasn’t getting skunked) — I noted how “meta” that concept was. For which he made fun of me for using a lot of big words in conversation and made fun of himself for not knowing a lot of big words. At 50, he quips, “I feel like I could actually pass 12th grade right now without any help from anyone else.” We met at 10 a.m. (he’s not an early riser, contrary to fishing tradition) on a sunny, already hot morning in Wolfeboro. At the launch on Railroad Avenue he and his crew loaded two fast, sleek boats into the water from which we’d fish, his crew would shoot, and our photographer P.T. would capture stills for the magazine. Charlie’s a lean (“people are always saying I’m skinnier than I look on TV,” he tells me), frenetic presence in black T-shirt and white shorts, hair spiked. Random strangers tell him he’s too old to wear his hair like that. He wonders where the

hell those people get off. He’s barking orders at is team, which includes both his son and son-in-law, in a tone that would set alarm bells ringing in human resources. “Put a little pep in your step,” he demands. Then expletives. Then threats of termination. “Make sure your motor’s up through the cut!” His crew seems to genuinely like him. This is part of the schtick. But it’s not. But it is. He gives a quick handshake and then he’s just business and orders until the boats are in the water. This is a smaller-than-normal crew for the show on his home water. He reminisces as we get under way, passing under the low stone bridge into the lake. He’s seen the lake come of age, been a part of its development. It’s all personal. It’s all family. As we pass the little ice cream stand just before entering the main body of the lake there’s an older couple standing looking over the railing. Charlie calls out to them. They recognize him. Everyone here seems to recognize him. He’s got the gift of gab, and people respond to it. He tells me he’s had it since he was 6. The sky is overwhelmingly blue, hard-tobelieve-once-there-was-no-word-for-this-

About Turning the Big Five-O

❝ I don’t feel 50. I don’t act 50.

I got people telling me to act my age. Are you kidding me? I’m not acting my age. Go away and leave me alone. “It’s a mindset. It truly is. I feel like I’m 30. I actually feel like I could actually pass 12th grade right now without any help from anyone else. | August 2021 43

Why New Hampshire?

❝ I think New Hampshire’s awesome.

When Angela and I were living in Massachusetts when we were dating, we would always do the weekend drive up to New Hampshire and drive around neighborhoods and say, ‘One day we’re going to have a house like that.’ And then we would go up to the beach a lot — we would pretty much do that every other weekend. “It’s a great state, it feels good, there’s a lot of great outdoor activities. I do also like the convenience toward Boston and the airport and the sports teams and my job. “We picked New Hampshire, right where we live, because it’s basically the center of New England. “We drive 40 minutes and we’re in Portsmouth. You get the smell of the ocean. And Hampton Beach is right there. There’s nothing like it. Lake Winnipesaukee. Squam Lake. Winnisquam. Newfound Lake. It’s a beautiful state. The terrain. I like the fact that there’s a lot more restaurants coming out. Great places to eat. It’s a great place to live.

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The shoot took place on Lake Winnipesaukee on a nearly 90-degree, sunny day.

color blue, and the heat is building like it’s high summer, not late May, but there’s a breeze coming across the water that makes things feel cooler than they are. It’s going to be almost 90. A sunburn kind of day. Charlie eschews sunscreen. We tell fishing sunburn horror stories. But New Hampshire sun is not as strong as Florida sun or California sun. Melanin-gifted as I am, as unused to burning as I am, I put sunscreen on my face. I skip my arms. Charlie’s confidence is infectious. My arms, despite being nut-brown when we start, are still peeling two weeks later. We’re doing about 40 miles an hour across the lake and the boat is bouncing and spray is flying and everyone’s laughing. Charlie says with no crew, he could get it up to 72 or 74. It’s hard to imagine. We’re hauling. It’s wonderful. “Don’t plane off so close to me,” he screams at the support boat as we drop into the Football Field. “The boat doesn’t have brakes; you could run me over.” He’s always yelling at the second boat. His son Anthony is running the walkie over there, checking in to keep count on the number of fish caught. Charlie gets annoyed. Charlie turns off his walkie. Anthony at some points drops his in the water. Charlie tells him he’s fired. Or that it’s coming out of his check. Anthony continues doing his thing. Charlie mugs and delivers asides to the camera. We fish and talk in that order of priority until about noon, working our way from the Football Field over to a spot he calls Chuck Woolery Cove. Woolery is an actor and game show host, famous for stints on “Wheel of Fortune” and the original “Love Connection.” They fished together and got along so well, and Woolery fished so successfully in that spot, that Charlie’s kept the name. “Chuck Woolery called me a BB in a tin can,” Charlie recalls. We’d been catching rock bass steadily all morning, and now Charlie is into good-size smallmouth and is landing them one after the other. I get a good one on and lose it when it slacks the line right next to the boat. Charlie’s sympathetic. When I lose a second one, I ask him what he thinks I’m doing wrong. He opines it’s a hook set issue. I’m most used to fishing for trout with flies. Maybe I have too a light touch. He’s kind about it. At around noon, Charlie orders the boats | August 2021 45

Multiple cameras were rolling all day long while shooting for “Charlie Moore Outdoors.”

About Life’s Journey

❝ It really is one straight line. You

don’t come around. It’s one straight line and then it’s over. Because of that, you have to keep each moment in life relevant. No matter how you slice it, you’re on the back nine. … I try to remind myself, and Angela always tries to remind me more than anyone in my life, that you have to really enjoy the success that you’ve had.

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Charlie’s Fishing Advice Secret Spots? “No secret spots, really. There are just so many great lakes. Lake Winnipesaukee is just absolutely the crown jewel of New Hampshire, I think. Lake Winnisquam, equally the same. Squam Lake … I mean, you got these beautiful, beautiful lakes. You have such a wide variety of fishing. “The greatest thing about fishing in New Hampshire and New England in general is that you can literally be on the Cape fishing for monster stripers in Chatham and within three hours, two and half hours, depending on traffic, you can be on Lake Winnipesaukee that afternoon fishing for world-class smallmouth bass. “There’s very few places in the country you can do that.”

Advice for Beginners

brought up close to each other and sandwiches and cigars are doled out. Charlie’s energy level doesn’t drop, and he smokes and paces the deck, gesticulating broadly as he holds forth, but his mood changes. The cameras have been stowed while the crew eats and things get reflective. We talk about his past. It wasn’t an easy ride. We talk about loss. He lost his mother Helen to Alzheimer’s ( last year, just before the pandemic hit, and they were very close. We talk about turning 50 last year. Both of us were surprised, it seemed, by how much harder it was than we’d expected. Most of this talk, as emotional and revealing as it was, is stuff that stays between the guys in the boats and the waves, stretched out into vanishing thinness by the wind across the lake. That in itself a part of the allure of fishing. It’s a sport that promotes reflection. And it creates moments of privacy and intimacy disconnected from the anxieties and pressures of the rest of the world. This is at odds with the notion of a highenergy, cameras-always-rolling television show. Maybe that sense of paradox is what strikes me most about the whole experience with the Mad Fisherman.

Charlie had three brothers and a little sister and grew up in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. He caught his first fish when he was about 7 years old at the Crystal Cove Marina on Boston Harbor. He’s been married to his high school sweetheart, Angela, for 30 years. He talks about her as much as he talks about fishing. They went to her senior prom together. They were together when he was unemployed and broke and talked his way into a spot on NESN’s “Front Row” sports show in 1996. That first year, he says, he spent more money keeping his boat repaired than he made on the show. But that net loss led eventually to “Charlie Moore Outdoors” in 1999, and to the big business that Charlie Moore has become. Somewhere during that period he developed specific, serious ideas about what he wanted to do as a performer. “Making people laugh, entertaining people, is what I do,” he says. That, he adds, comes naturally. “I definitely hone my skill as an artist, but from the minute I was plopped down on this earth, my goal was to entertain people,” he says. “I think that people think there’s someone behind the scenes saying, ‘Hey, Charlie, I think you should do something crazy and funny right now for the audience at home.’ I don’t think they realize that this is who

“If you’re fishing from the shore, a nice 6'9" medium-heavy rod (my rod and reel is a perfect setup for the beginner) with a spinning reel and a worm. Just like the good old days. Go worm fishing in the pads if you’re fishing from the shore. A lot of people don’t have a boat. But I’ve done a lot of TV shows where I’m fishing from the shore. That’s what America does. They walk around and fish from the shore. [Reminisces, laughing] And we’ve caught some huge fish.”

His Rod and Reel Line “We developed a new line of rods and reels (Madfish STIXX); I make fishing rods and reels for the average American fisherman. It’s not cheap and it’s not top of the line, it’s definitely midrange: the quality is good and the price is good. I wanted to keep it affordable.”

Fishing as a Love Language “If a husband or a boyfriend is looking for something cool to do, you know, how many husbands today can say I’m taking my wife out, teaching her to fish? That’s bonding, man. That’s cool.” (Author’s note: I took the woman who became the mother of my four children fishing on one of our first dates. There may be something to this.) | August 2021 47

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Moore has won 11 Emmy awards for his work on “Charlie Moore Outdoors.” At left is Moore in his Lamborghini.

I am. I do feel like I am a walking, talking series. I create content because that’s my personality.” Which, despite the exuberance with which he approaches a day of fishing and shooting, is also work. In some ways, he’s writing the show as he goes along, and directing as well. He deploys his crew like a general as ideas for shots occur to him. He commands a drone deployment. We shoot B-roll and material for cutaways. As a guest on the show, I have the sense of a massive volume of material being captured, the cameras are almost always rolling. Then, over the course of about four weeks, he and his team will edit down those days of footage into a tight 30 minutes, a huge amount of curation that at its conclusion will give viewers “a look inside my mind,” Charlie says. “The real issue comes with the editing,” he says. His humor hinges on spontaneity and timing. The camera crew needs to have a sense of his rhythms, ensure that they don’t stop rolling too soon. Then he works closely with the editors, making sure they don’t mistake the punchline for the whole joke. “They might think I’ve said my piece, but the long dramatic pause [after] is the joke.” As funny and wild as it all is when it’s done, and as much as it grows out of improv and playfulness, this is his art. He could have brought that art to Los Angeles — there was a sitcom deal. Offers abound, he says. But he wouldn’t have had the kind of control he has over his name, his image, his shows and his time as he does here in New Hampshire. Or the kind of freedom he has to pursue the things that matter to him, including and especially his relationship with his wife and family. Which brings me back to the little room between the finished basement and the

foundation wall, where Charlie keeps his desk and his computer for recording voiceovers for the show. At the end of day two of the shoot at Charlie’s house, the mics were off and the video cameras and lights were stowed. We’d just spent an hour doing a formal interview. Our New Hampshire Magazine photographer Kendal J. Bush was getting set up to shoot some portraits of Charlie for the cover photo, and I was on my way out the door, when one of the guys on Charlie’s crew reminded me I ought to see the downstairs. I found Charlie and he brought me to his man cave with a big television, couch, classic arcade games, fishing gear, walls covered

with memorabilia from past shows, events, appearances, and pictures of Charlie fishing with his celebrity guests. There’s a row of autographed guitars (he doesn’t play, they’re gifts from rockstar guests). We’re strolling around and looking at the pictures, and he’s reminiscing and then he opens a door at the far end of the room. Inside up against the bare concrete of the foundation and next to the furnace is his desk. He picks up a small, simple black frame with a note in it, and an old photo of Charlie and Angela when they were just kids, taped to the note. He says Angela gave it to him before the NESN gig came through. When they were living with her mother Bonnie in Beverly, Massachusetts, and the only space for him to work was in the basement next to the furnace, and nobody in the world was betting on Charlie Moore being much of anything. Except Angela. He hands me the frame. The note says, “You can do anything you put your mind to. Just keep on reaching and someday, sooner than you think, you will obtain your dream of a lifetime. If you believe it will happen, then it will happen. I know you can do it, babe. Hang in there. I love you!” I get a little misty-eyed reading that. And I suddenly feel like I know how the story I want to tell about Charlie begins. And ends. NH

On Working Across Genres

❝ Being able to create the shows ‘Behind The B’ and ‘Bruins Academy’ was very

exciting and yet scary, because what if you failed? You’re really putting everything you have on the line, and you’re not doing fishing, you’re not doing travel, you’re not doing food, you’re not doing humor, Charlie. You basically can’t do anything but what you do. You’re a one-trick pony. The last thing I want to do is be on VH1’s ‘One Hit Wonders.' | August 2021 49

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Eden” Awe on the American Plan ⟵ ; : ⟶ By Howard Mansfield



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This is an excerpt from "Chasing Eden," the latest book by Hancock's Howard Mansfield — an author who "sifts through the commonplace and the forgotten to discover stories that tell us about ourselves and our place in the world," ( In this chapter, the author sifts through some commonplace attractions of our own White Mountains with one of our state's most famous artists along for the ride.

Chapter 1.

“Like a Turkey Swallowing Corn.”


n a summer’s day,

"View in the White Mountains" by Thomas Cole, 1827

the road up Mt. Washington has the hallmark upheaval of a tourist attraction. Wave after wave of cars and motorcycles move with the percolating hurry of a ferry crossing. We watch the light glinting off the cars miles away up the mountain, little flecks of glass in the granite and the green. It’s mesmerizing. If you didn’t know better, you might mistake this for an evacuation up the mountain. I’ve come north to the mountains with a friend who is an artist, James Aponovich, at the time New Hampshire’s artist laureate, in search of the scenes that appear in the great landscape paintings of the nineteenth century. The base of the auto road may seem to be an odd place to begin a pastoral quest, but the impulse that sends more than thirty thousand cars and trucks hurtling up the mountain each year began with artists back in the 1820s. Today’s tourists may not know it, but they’ve come in search of an Eden created by a legion of nineteenth-century landscape painters. Their paintings taught Americans how to look at the wilderness. Americans were eager for the lesson, and, with guidebook in hand telling them where to see the views in the famous paintings, they followed the artists. Their art created a market for the views, filled hotels with tourists, and laid the bounds for state and national parks and forests. | August 2021 51

in 1859. “Sometimes, indeed, where railroads will allow ... they will gobble some of the superb views between two trains, with as little consciousness of any flavor or artistic relish, as a turkey has in swallowing corn. ... There is no smack in their seeing.” Except for the mention of the railroad, Starr King could have been with us on this summer day. Is there “smack” in our seeing?

Sketch pad or note pad? Questing companions and friends Howard Mansfield (at left on the truck tailgate) and James Aponovich discuss their approaches to appreciating the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

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“A large proportion of the summer travelers in New Hampshire bolt the scenery, as a man, driven by work, bolts his dinner at a restaurant.” — Thomas Starr King


This mix of restlessness amid grandeur has long marked the visitors’ chase. Thomas Starr King, the go-getter Unitarian minister and author of the most popular nineteenth-century guide to the White Mountains, lectured his readers in a minister’s tone to slow down: “A large proportion of the summer travelers in New Hampshire bolt the scenery, as a man, driven by work, bolts his dinner at a restaurant,” wrote Starr King

The road up Mt. Washington was begun early, in 1854, at a time

when the country lacked good roads and bridges. There was plenty that needed doing elsewhere. Building a road up the highest mountain in the Northeast would not have made any list of necessary public works for a young country. The carriage road was one of those nineteenth-century engineering projects that seemed to be propelled by a force as powerful as a religious calling and a biological drive. No one questioned the wisdom of building a road up a mountain known as a cauldron of ferocious weather. And like other works of its era, the road is handmade, built by men working ten- to twelve-hour days, drilling blasting holes by hand in the granite, sleeping in shanties and tents, carrying supplies eight miles from the nearest railroad station by horse, by oxen, or on their backs. After three years of construction, with the road at the halfway point, the company ran out of money. A second company was founded two years later to finish the road. “America’s oldest tourist attraction” opened in 1861.Tourists rode in wagons and coaches to a small summit hotel. The road was forecast to be the beginning of a great resort. There was talk of extending the eight-mile-long carriage road along a ridge to the summits of Mounts Clay, Jefferson, Adams, and Madison. “The rivalry of hotels on tops of the mountains will be as sharp as it is at Newport, Saratoga

or Niagara,” said the New York Times. But after only eight years, the carriage road fell out of fashion when the cog railway to the summit opened in 1869 on the west side of Mt. Washington. The short train ride beat the all-day journey on the road. Building railroads everywhere was another signature American obsession. (Had they built a canal up the mountain, they would have hit the nineteenth-century transportation trifecta.) By the late 1800s, the summit had two hotels, the carriage road and the railroad, an observatory, a telegraph, and a daily newspaper. The only things missing, really, were a mill, a church, and a school. The summit was like an amusement park with a great view, “the second greatest show on earth,”

P. T. Barnum reportedly said about the view on the cog railway — and even if he didn’t say it, staking the claim was right in the spirit of the age, pure Barnum. The arrival of the automobile revived the road. The first automobile made it to the summit in 1899 — a steam Locomobile driven by F. O. Stanley, later known for the Stanley Steamer.

Left: P.T. Barnum reportedly called the view from Mt. Washington “the second greatest show on earth.” Above right: F.O. Stanley (of Stanley Steamer fame) reached the summit in 1899 in his Locomobile.


The auto road is a family business. It’s owned

by four families. In the New England manner it seems more like a public trust. The five-dollar toll for a car and driver did not increase for sixty years, holding steady from 1911 into the 1970s. The iconic bumper sticker — This Car Climbed Mt. Washington — first appeared in the 1930s, a badge of honor in an era when radiators overheated on the way up and brakes overheated on the way down. No one knows how the bumper stickers got started, but they are all over the world. The road’s general manager, Howie Wemyss, mails out replacement bumper stickers to Europe and the Mideast. Foreign tourists are fans of the road. They travel a loop from Boston to Mt. Washington to Acadia National Park on the Maine coast. As the general manager, Wemyss (pronounced weemz) is the road’s curator and protector. He has worked at the road since the 1970s. He is the author of something seen by every visitor starting out on the road. He wrote the warning sign:

People do “freak out,” he said. “It’s pretty constant that every year we will drive down from the summit about two dozen cars — motorcycles, too. People that have somehow managed to get themselves to the summit and then they think of that drive back down, and a particular stretch of road where on the way up they’re on the inside, and now they know they’re going to have to be on the outside. And they can’t do it.” The distress calls are not from older drivers, who are from an era of rougher roads and rougher cars. “The 20- and 30-somethings coming out of the city are just blown away,” he said. Mostly what concerns Wemyss is that people are in too much of a hurry. They race up his road to see the view up top, which on most days isn’t there. He is sad that people don’t take the time to enjoy the road itself — “the auto road experience” as he says. On some days you can see more than a hundred miles, see five states, Canada, and the ocean. On other days the view may be eight feet. Wemyss sounded like a Zen master counseling pilgrims to appreciate Mt. Fuji in the clouds — however you find it, the mountain you see that day is the mountain. Or, as he says, “So frequently the view is not there. And the experience is always there. “What we’re trying to do is to get people to think of it as more than a place to go for a good view. In reality, the environment up there is so different than the rest of New England | August 2021 53

The first pilgrims who made their way through the notches,

the mountain passes that open the White Mountains to the world, faced far rougher travel, but they, too, were quick to criticize others for their haste. It was an era of slow journeys by foot, horse, and canal boat. It took Timothy Dwight, president of Yale, who wrote about his travels, 15 days to go from New Haven to the White Mountains in 1797. Forty-two years later, Henry David Thoreau was seven days traveling by rowboat, foot, and stagecoach from Concord, Massachusetts, to Crawford Notch. In the early nineteenth century, the turnpike through Crawford Notch was so rough that wheeled carts couldn’t be used. It was so steep that ropes had to be used to pull up a horse that was harnessed to two long poles dragging on the ground. The cargo sat on a board lashed between the dragging sticks. This was like forgetting about the invention of the wheel. Going downhill through the notch, they had to tie a rope around the horse’s neck to keep it from falling. Most travelers walked, and most freight was moved in the winter on sleds. Before 1825,the two inns then near the notch were twelve miles apart, a serious distance, presenting a challenge to travelers to arrive at one before nightfall. One of the first artists to paint the White Mountains, Thomas Cole, arrived in Crawford Notch six or seven days after leaving Concord, New Hampshire, ninety miles away. Today that ninety miles, almost all of it by an interstate highway, can be covered in an hour and a half, but our speed undermines our arrival, as if everything we still see is blurred. 54 | August 2021

The artists who introduced this northern wilderness to America were walkers. The great landscape paintings were born at a walker’s pace. They spent days approaching the mountains. They saw Mt. Chocorua far away and saw it slowly grow, day by day. They came through Franconia Notch riding atop a stage and felt the curving wall of Mt. Lafayette pushing toward them. If they were to hike up a mountain like Chocorua, they’d first walk a half dozen miles to get to the mountain and then start their way up. Cole, traveling with a friend by wagon and foot, had to contend with washed-out roads and bridges. They crossed the Swift and Saco Rivers several times, once in a canoe that “came close to upsetting” and other times by “means of fallen trees and rocks and I may add firm nerves, for it required no little courage to venture on such precarious bridges with a rapid stream rushing beneath,” he wrote in his diary. They walked through Crawford Notch just two years after a great rockslide had killed the Willey family in 1826, a disaster that fascinated the public. The site would


The average time spent on the summit is a scant 45 minutes.

become one of America’s first tourist attractions. “We walked among the rocks and felt as though we were but worms, insignificant and feeble. ... We looked up at the pinnacle above and measured ourselves and found ourselves as nothing,” Cole wrote. In the paintings he made after his trip, the notch is a forbidding wilderness. Facing nature we’re insignificant, and that is what makes us significant. That’s one of principles of the sublime: we are humbled by God’s power; we find our place in the world. The sublime was a specific experience, a twining of wonder and fear brought on by wilderness, towering waterfalls, thunder, and tempests. Awe is the word that is used: worship and reverence in the presence of the sacred. “We now entered the Notch and felt awe struck as we passed between the bare and rifted mountains that rose on either side thousands of feet above,” said Cole. The mountain wilderness was “a fitting place to speak of God,” he said. In America we can still see “the undefiled works” of “God, the creator.” The “prophets of old” found inspiration in the “solitudes of nature,” and that inspiration is there for us to claim. “It was on Mt. Horeb that Elijah witnessed the mighty wind, the earthquake and the fire and heard the ‘still small voice’ — that voice is yet heard among the mountains!” This land with “its beauty, its magnificence, its sublimity” is every American’s


that it’s worth the drive just to see what’s up there on the ground. It’s the same as driving into northern Labrador. You’re driving to the Arctic Circle — it’s going to take you half an hour to get there. It’s fascinating.” Every one thousand feet of elevation is equivalent to moving about one hundred fifty miles north. But visitors are hemmed in by the heritage of scenic tourism; they are looking for the one view — the snapshot — and they hurry on. In view-seeking they reduce the “experience” to a picture. “How long do people spend on the summit?” I asked. “When we last surveyed it, I was disappointed, I should say. We found that they spent about forty-five minutes.” He was crestfallen. He had a host’s pride in the mountain. “That’s a lot for an American,” I said. “Well, apparently it is,” Wemyss said. “I would have thought that people would have been more interested in all of the various things that are up there. Spend more time up there. But you know they’ve got to move on. They’ve got things to check off their list today.” They have tried to slow down visitors and get them to look at the mountain. They offer a one-hour stay in the mornings, but some people ask, “Do we have to stay an hour?” Admittedly, on most days the summit of Mt. Washington is not a picnic spot. The observatory up top boasts of the “world’s worst weather.” “We tried a three-hour tour the last couple of years. You go up and actually get out and walk around a little bit. It’s flopping. Nobody cares,” he said, dejected.

photo by david j murray,

“birthright,” but they don’t live up to their inheritance, said Cole, who was born in England and lived there until age 17. “They wander ‘loose about’; they nothing see, ... short lived, short sighted.” Beautiful places are being destroyed —“the ravages of the ax are daily increasing”—“in this age, when a meager utilitarianism seems ready to absorb every feeling and sentiment.” But “Nature has spread for us a rich and delightful banquet. Shall we turn from it? We are still in Eden; the wall that shuts us out of the garden is our own ignorance and folly.” To the first white settlers, the White Mountains were not Eden. The mountains were avoided. They were a “daunting terrible” wilderness “full of rocky hills” and “clothed with infinite thick woods.” To Europeans since the time of Christ, mountains were “Warts, Wens, Blisters, Impost-

humes.” Travelers in the alpine passes of Switzerland asked to be blindfolded to avoid the terrors of looking at the peaks — it might drive them mad. The Alps were home to witches and many species of dragons. Mountains were “Nature’s Shames and Ills,” a libel against God’s perfection. God had created the earth six thousand years ago on the third day of Genesis and there it sat, unchanged. The earth itself, it was widely believed, had no history. Within fifty years in the eighteenth century, all this changed. Geologists, Romantic poets, and artists discovered a living, dynamic earth. It was “one of the most profound revolutions in thought that has ever occurred,” says scholar Marjorie Hope Nicolson. In America, Cole was a leader in this revolution in seeing. Cole’s paintings made him famous. He

was the premier American landscape painter in the first half of the nineteenth century, and a teacher and friend to other painters who were portraying the wonders of the Hudson River and the Catskills. Aspiring to do more than just paint scenes, he pursued a “higher style of landscape,” one with moral lessons, like his two paintings of the Garden of Eden in which the mountain is modeled on Mt. Chocorua, and sweeping allegories like the five paintings showing the rise and fall of civilization. Cole died early of pneumonia, at age 48, at the height of his fame. “I think every American is bound to prove his love of country by admiring Cole,” wrote diarist Philip Hone. America was Eden. God was present. A view of eternity awaited in the mountains. Scores of artists, backcountry adventurers, and tourists would echo Cole.

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Author Thomas Starr King and his novel "The White Hills, Their Legends, Landscape and Poetry," published in 1859

Climbing Mt. Carrigain


with friends, the Rev. Julius Ward reveled in “the sense of utter separation from humanity, the sense of entire lostness in the wilderness, the sense of complete abandonment of the soul to Nature,” as he wrote for the Boston Sunday Herald in 1890. He stepped away from his companions to “feel this aloneness in all its intensity” and “to measure my heart-beats by the rhythm of the life of the mountains.” “There is something about one’s thoughts on these desolate peaks that can not be spoken, just as there is something that one never tells about his religious life,” said the Reverend Ward. In the mountains, Benjamin Brown French, clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and a New Hampshire native, was moved to sing. He was ecstatic. He loved good drink, “glorious chowder,” and fishing. (“We fished nearly to sunset & caught 130 trout.”) At one inn he and

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The Claude Glass is an 18th-century device for viewing picturesque landscape that required the user to turn his back on the view.

his friends “duly disposed of ” a pitcher of eggnog and “sang and danced & enjoyed ourselves mightily.” (Did they have more fun back then?) But approaching Crawford Notch by horse and wagon, he was reverential: “Sunday, June 29 [1845] ... The scene about us became awfully grand & majestic. It was a temple not made with hands in which all the aspirations of a man’s soul must necessarily rise to the God who formed it. I felt that the day & the place were sacred. Though no great singer, I could not resist bursting out with ‘Old Hundred’ & Henry joined me, and I declare that I never felt more solemn or more in the immediate presence of the God who made me, than when, among those everlasting & eternal hills.” One visitor excelled in this Junior John Muir League of Moralizing: Thomas Starr King, the Unitarian minister who wrote the era’s most popular guidebook to the mountains, The White Hills. There’s a sermon on every page in The White Hills, a moral lesson in almost every paragraph. At 403 pages, this is an exhaustive and exhausting guide, a mountain of prose to lay before the mountains. Every view comes with a preachment to throw off your triviality. Starr King is like a Moses of tourism who never ascends the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments, but instead lectures his flock on the right way to look at Mt. Sinai. He tells the reader what to see and at what time: At about four on a summer’s afternoon, view the Great Stone Face, the famous profile of the Old Man in the

Mountains, from the little lake below. Best of all if there are thunder clouds behind the stone face (in which case I’d suggest leaving the lake). He also judges the Great Stone Face to be melancholic and having a weak mouth, as though suffering from bad teeth. It’s the most heartfelt description of the profile that I’ve ever read. You get a sense that Starr King would like to cheer up the Old Man. His guidebook not only sets out specific views, but lectures his readers on the proper way to look, to travel. When he scolds tourists for their haste, his scorn goes to the heart of how they live, holiday or not. “The difficulty is, that in rushing so fast as many of us do through the mountains, the mountains do not have time to come to us,” he writes. Who has earned their scenic view? Who’s really in the Church of Nature for the right reasons, to pray to God, and not just for the social after? The mountains are God or God’s house and we are not worthy, not paying attention. And not any mountain view will do. The view must be “framed” correctly, must be more than land; it must have the qualities of a landscape painting. The mountain must be at the “proper distance” so there is atmosphere, color, and light. “There must be meadow, river, and greater distance from the hills, so that they can be seen through large intervening depths of air. Going close to a great mountain is like going close to a powerfully painted picture; you see only the roughnesses, the blotches of paint, the coarsely contrasted hues, which at the proper distance alone are grouped into grandeur

and mellowed into beauty.” It’s not enough to see Mt. Washington; one must see it as it has been seen in the better paintings. Tourists wanted to see the landscape as art. Many carried a Claude Glass to make the landscape more painterly. Named for the French landscape painter Claude Lorrain, the glass was a tinted, convex mirror that looked like a makeup compact. A viewer stood with his back to the scene and looked at the mirror to give the scene a “mellow tinge” and the glow of Lorrain’s paintings. Thoreau sometimes carried a homemade Claude Glass in his travels around Concord. Seeing is Starr King’s real subject. Slow down and look at the mountain for as long as possible. See it on a misty day and on a “day sacred to clouds.” Be there at sunset and sunrise. He has the dedication of plein-air painters. Get outside. Look and look again, sketch, return and look again, sketch and return, and maybe the place opens to you. Maybe it “hums” as the twentieth-century installation artist Robert Irwin said. Driving across the Mojave, “it’s all just flat desert,” mile after mile, said Irwin, but in an instant “it takes on an almost magical quality. It just suddenly stands up and hums, it becomes so beautiful, incredibly, the presence is so strong. Then twenty minutes later it will simply stop. And I began wondering why.” Irwin went to great lengths to rejuvenate his vision, closeting himself in an anechoic chamber, where no light or sound entered for six to eight hours. Once he got out, the world had shifted; everything seemed to be saturated in color and energy. “Nothing is wholly static, that color itself emanates a kind of energy. You noted each individual leaf, each individual tree. You picked up things which you normally blocked out.” Similar encounters occurred in the White Mountains. In this “daunting terrible” wilderness, the world shifted for a generation of artists. Their paintings are a story of first sight, insight, and learning to see again. “The general beauty of the world is a perpetual revelation, and if we are impervious to its appeal and charm, a large district of our nature is curtained off from the Creator,” Starr King wrote in The White Hills. “As soon, therefore, as we become educated to see, and just in proportion to our skill in seeing, we get joy.” A few years later, preaching from the pulpit, he told his congregation, “I believe that if, on every Sunday morning before going to church, | August 2021 57

we could be lifted to a mountain-peak and see a horizon line of six hundred miles ... we should feel that we live amid the play of Infinite thought; and the devout spirit would be stimulated so potently that our hearts would naturally mount in praise and prayer.” The White Hills went through ten editions in more than twenty-five years, but Starr King didn’t stay around to live on his success, to tour the lyceum circuit imploring his listeners to slow down. He hurried on. Just a few months after his book was published, Starr King moved to San Francisco to take charge of a church. He continued his energetic travels. He was smitten by Yosemite, comparing it to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He’d seen a lot of granite in New Hampshire, but that paled before Yosemite. “Great is granite, and the Yo-Semite is its prophet!” he said. He wrote home to a friend: burn my book: Dear Randolph, I have ... descended into the jaws of the Yo-Semite. Poor White Mountains Notch! Its nose is broken. If you can find any copies of King’s book on the New Hampshire ant-hills, I advise you, as a friend of the author, to buy up the remaining edition and make a bond fire bonfire of these in the park. ... The booster, the landscape cheerleader, had found a grander stage. Starr King’s allegiance had migrated, just as the great landscape painters would, heading west to paint Yellowstone and so many other shrines to the sublime that would become national parks. He lectured tirelessly in California, campaigning for Lincoln and for the state to stay in the union. He opposed slavery and raised money for the United States Sanitary Commission’s work to help sick and wounded Union soldiers. Starr King lived in California only four years, becoming the state’s “man for all seasons,” says one historian. He died young at age thirty-nine, from diphtheria. In the U.S. Capitol’s National Hall of Statuary, where each state is allowed two statues to represent its best, Starr King stood for California until he was replaced by Ronald Reagan in 2009. His statue was moved to the California state capitol. There is another Starr King statue in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and there are schools, churches, streets, a park, and, most appropriately for this prophet of granite, two mountains named for him, one in Yosemite and the other in the White Mountains. 58 | August 2021

"Peace and Harmony, Mount Washington from the Intervale" by Benjamin Champney, 1865

The great nineteenth-century landscape paintings

were encounters with a little holy terror. They implied that God was near. They were about a vast land, about wonder that bled off the canvas. The huge mountains suggested mountains without end. They suggested that greatness without end awaited the young nation. The paintings were exhibited in Boston and New York. They were news; they were an advertisement of a great find, a scenic Gold Rush. The tourists followed by the trainload, filling the big wooden arks of the hotels. They stayed for weeks. They came back to the same hotel year after year. The hotels expanded, burned, and were rebuilt ever larger. The arrival of each new railroad line spawned more hotels and additions, a wing here or there, forming H-shaped, T-shaped, L-shaped buildings, farmhouses multiplied many times: window, window, window, dormer, dormer. Longer and longer runs of clapboards unrolling like yards of linen. White, boxy buildings, crisp as a starched shirt. The hotels advertised the lengths of their piazzas. Imagine yourself lingering to take in the view, promenading after dinner. (They are piazzas, not porches.) More artists followed the tourists. A half dozen of the grander hotels had artists in residence. Other artists, like Benjamin Champney, had set up studios nearby. Champney was lured to North Conway with the promise of reduced room and board if he’d put the town’s name on his sketches. It worked. There were soon forty

artists in the neighborhood painting. They painted the scenes that tourists saw from their hotels or nearby, walking, or on a carriage ride. They painted the same scenes over and over and they painted them in a size ready to go home: ten by sixteen inches, postcard size, a few two by three feet. The foreground is bucolic, settled, husbanded, sometimes with cattle. The distant mountains are big, recognizable in profile, and not menacing. They are dignified, familiar, presiding. Sometimes there’s a storm coming or going, but blue skies prevail. They are nice paintings, easy paintings to live with. They are paintings with parlor manners. They would hang on the wall in the front parlor or hall, politely in the background until you chose to look at them. The great views were domesticated. Awe was downsized to prettiness. The landscape went from being a testament to a souvenir; visitors went from witnesses to tourists on the American plan — a room and three meals, all included. No revelation, no burning bush, just sightseeing. The artists no longer insisted you must look at this. They painted pretty pictures. Benjamin Champney’s studio was


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near a big, popular hotel. Tourists could shop for the scene and the size painting they wanted to take home. There are more than a hundred paintings displayed in a photo of his studio. “If I have not accomplished anything great in art, I have at least given pleasure to the inmates of many homes,” he said. For the first artists, the White Mountains was a place awaiting their discovery, a place they would conjure. By the end of the nineteenth century, after all the paintings and guidebooks, it had all been seen. A visit to Crawford Notch or Franconia Notch was a paint-by-numbers exercise. The views and the corresponding emotions were prescribed. Look here and look here, do this and this, quote this writer and that one. Time soon for dinner, a game of cards, a stroll on the piazza. The best of the landscape paintings are a call and response, a longing and its echo — Is God here? the painter asks, and the land answers yes. The paintings are a longing for arrival, a longing to feel at home in this Not Europe land; a longing to find God and God’s approval, to read the Bible in the mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and valleys. Do not turn away from it, says Thomas Cole, almost as a commandment. “We are still in Eden.” The modern viewer stands before the grand landscape paintings and the echo is different. Is God here? And the echo returns only his question. NH

This artistic, literary and spiritual journey of discovery for our two Edenic explorers is far from done. We will publish the remainder of the first chapter of Howard Mansfield’s new book next month in our September issue — with some special attention given to the idealized still life paintings of James Aponovich. You’ll be able to read “Chasing Eden” in its entirety upon its release in October. Book Notes: “When Thomas Jefferson committed the new nation to the ‘pursuit of happiness,’ he set up the primary occupation of every American. ‘Chasing Eden: A Book of Seekers’ is about that pursuit, about Americans seeking their Eden, their Promised Land, their utopia. Seekers are all around us. They are seeking God, seeking freedom, seeking peace.” The American seekers featured in “Chasing Eden” include the landscape artists of the 19th century, 40,000 Africans freed from slavery, veterans just home from World War II, and a certain group of Pilgrims and Wampanoags who shared a harvest feast that would be spun into one of our most cherished (and debated) national myths.

“Chasing Eden: A Book of Seekers,” Bauhan Publishing, will be available October 5, 2021, both online and at your neighborhood independent bookstore (the author’s preference).

More books for the journey:

A few favorites from Mansfield’s works selected by our editors “Hands-down, the finest writer of Yankee life today is this guy. ... Howard Mansfield sees things differently than most of us, and he points stuff out that most of us miss. … [He has] found a way to unlock the Yankee character.” — Fritz Wetherbee, “New Hampshire Chronicle,” WMUR-TV

Turn & Jump: How Time & Place Fell Apart Before the railroads required the creation of Standard Time zones in 1883, timekeeping was a local affair. Now, time is significant down to the nanosecond for everything from manufacturing to transportation. How should a historian react? Down East Books Dwelling in Possibility We know within seconds upon entering a new house if we feel at home. We know when a place makes us feel more alive. This is the mystery that interests Howard Mansfield — some houses have life, are home, are dwellings, and others don’t. Bauhan Publishing The Bones of the Earth For millennia this is all there was: sticks and stones, dirt and trees, animals and people, the sky by day and night. The Lord spoke through burning bushes, through lightning and oaks. Trees and rocks and water were holy. They are commodities today and that is part of our disquiet. Counterpoint In the Memory House “Architects sometimes talk of building with context and continuity in mind, religious leaders call it tradition, social workers say it’s a sense of community, but it is memory we have banished from our cities. We have speed and power, but no place. Travel, but no destination. Convenience, but no ease.” — from “In the Memory House,” Fulcrum Publishing The Same Ax Twice: Restoration and Renewal in a Throwaway Age An old farmer boasts that he has used the same ax his whole life — he’s only had to replace the handle three times and the head twice. Mansfield explores the myriad ways in which we attempt to reconnect with and recover the past. University Press of New England | August 2021 59



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Bedford Village Dental 4 Bell Hill Rd. Bedford (603) 472-8381

155 Dow St., Ste. 401 Manchester (603) 296-2329 Goodwin Community Health 311 Route 108 Somersworth (603) 749-2346

William Guthrie

313 Canal St. Manchester (603) 627-6826

Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900

Richard B. Hanson

505 West Hollis St., Ste. 211 Nashua (603) 880-9000

Jill Harrison

Harrison Dental Arts 875 Greenland Rd., Ste. B-7 Portsmouth (603) 501-0263

Kristen Harvey

White Park Dental 102 Pleasant St., Ste. 3 Concord (603) 225-4143

E. Thomas Hastings

Hastings Dental Health 116 Monadnock Hwy. Swanzey (603) 357-7707

Hubert W. Hawkins IV Dr. Hugh’s Dental 209 Cottage St., Ste. 1 Littleton (603) 444-4141

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Matthew S. Heimbach

Benjamin Irzyk

Stephen L. Langlois

Audrey A. Herod

Lauren R. Johnson

Matthew C. Leighton

Andrea Herold

Tamatha L. Johnson

Samuel J. Lemeris

Neil S. Hiltunen

Ashleigh F. Jones

Michael J. Hochberg

B. Chandler Jones

Abenaki Dental Care 1 Hampton Rd., Ste. 305 Exeter (603) 583-4533

Merrimack Dental Associates 382 Daniel Webster Hwy. Merrimack (603) 424-6131 Herold Family Dentistry 313 Islington St. Portsmouth (603) 436-3718 North Hampton Dental Group 2 Juniper Rd. North Hampton (603) 964-6300 Greater Nashua Dental Connections 31 Cross St. Nashua (603) 879-9314

Bryan R. Hoertdoerfer Hoertdoerfer Dentistry 4 Elliot Way, Ste. 306 Manchester (603) 669-1251

Joshua D. Howard JD Howard Dental 375 6th St. Dover (603) 749-0636

Eugene S. Hulshult Jr. 54 South St. Concord (603) 228-0123

JD Howard Dental 375 6th St. Dover (603) 749-0636 New Boston Dental Care 52 High St. New Boston (603) 487-2106 Brentwood Dental Designs 1 Brickyard Square, Ste. 5 Epping (603) 932-6162 Lakes Region Dental Care 25 Country Club Rd. Gilford (603) 524-8250 Lakes Region Dental Care 25 Country Club Rd. Gilford (603) 524-8250

Donna L. Kalil

Kalil & Kress Family and Cosmetic Dentistry 303 Amherst St. Nashua (603) 880-7004

Kenneth J. Kalil

Kalil Dental Associates 25 Indian Rock Rd., Ste. 1 Windham (603) 434-0090

Nicholas Kanelos Jr. Garrison Family Dental 801 Central Ave., Ste. 5 Dover (603) 742-8844

Puneet Kochhar

Alliance for Dental Care 40 Winter St., Ste. 201 Rochester (603) 332-7300

Beth A. Kress

Kalil & Kress Family and Cosmetic Dentistry 303 Amherst St. Nashua (603) 880-7004

Heidi Linder Kurland

Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900

Fromuth and Langlois Dental 765 South Main St., Ste. 102 Manchester (603) 931-4137 Ponemah Crossing Dental 102 Ponemah Rd., Ste. 2 Amherst (603) 673-7950 Greatview Dental 14 Hampton Rd. Exeter (603) 778-9630

Keith M. Levesque Levesque Dentistry 193 Kinsley St. Nashua (603) 882-7578

Tara Levesque-Vogel

Levesque Dentistry 193 Kinsley St. Nashua (603) 882-7578

Kathleen R. Libby


Mark D. Abel • Manchester Oral Surgery

27 Sagamore St., Manchester • (603) 622-9441 •

Praveen K. Mandera Govindaiah

Franklyn Liberatore

New Hampshire Family Dentistry 2626 Brown Ave. Manchester (603) 625-1877

Rochelle H. Lindner

Piscataqua Dental Partners 288 Lafayette Rd., Building A Portsmouth (603) 431-4559

Jody B. Low

Aesthetic Dental Center 177 Pleasant St. Concord (603) 224-1743

John C. Machell

118 Maplewood Ave., Ste. B-7 Portsmouth (603) 430-1010

505 West Hollis St., Ste. 211 Nashua (603) 880-9000 Nashua Riverfront Dentistry 60 Main St., Ste. 330 Nashua (603) 886-2700 Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900 89 Locust St. Dover (603) 742-5805 505 West Hollis St., Ste. 202 Nashua (603) 882-9881

Brian T. Maguire

North Hampton Dental Group 2 Juniper Rd. North Hampton (603) 964-6300

John J. Maloney Jr. 4 Lake Shore Dr. Seabrook (603) 474-9506

Nellita M. Manley

Robert N. Marshall

Barry F. McArdle

Jennifer A. McConathy Cochecho Dental 51 Webb Place, Ste. 200 Dover (603) 617-4492

Alex L. McCulloch

Grace Family Dentistry 143 Airport Rd. Concord (603) 225-6650

Barton E. McGirl

30 High St. Hampton (603) 758-6000

Kelley McLaughlin

Goodwin Community Health 311 Route 108 Somersworth (603) 749-2346

Christopher S. Moriarty Generations Dental Care Nine Triangle Park Dr., Ste. 3 Concord (603) 225-6331

James M. Nash

North Hampton Dental Group 2 Juniper Rd. North Hampton (603) 964-6300

Julie J. Nash

North Hampton Dental Group Two Juniper Rd. North Hampton (603) 964-6300

David A. Ness

8 Clark Way, Ste. A Somersworth (603) 692-2045

Jay A. Nesvold

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James R. Predmore 2 Buck Rd., Ste. 4 Hanover (603) 643-8300

Sree J. Raman

Smiles by Design 222 River Rd. Manchester (603) 669-6131

Nicholas C. Rizos

103 Riverway Place, Building 1 Bedford (603) 669-4384

James R. Rochefort 801 Central Ave., Ste. 5 Dover (603) 742-0711


E. Diane Shieh • Amherst Orthodontics

5 Overlook Dr., Ste. 6, Amherst • (603) 672-0844

Darcy A. Neveu

707 Milford Rd., Ste. 27 Merrimack (603) 886-1976

Lindsey M. O’Connor

Goffstown Dental Associates 40 South Mast St. Goffstown (603) 497-3656

Raymond Orzechowski Jr. 280 Pleasant St., Ste. 4 Concord (603) 228-4456

Joshua T. Osofsky

Family Dental Care of Milford 154 Elm St. Milford (603) 556-4399

Eliot L. Paisner

Paisner Dental Associates 78 Northeastern Blvd., Ste. 5 Nashua (603) 883-6546

Michael J. Paisner

Paisner Dental Associates 78 Northeastern Blvd., Ste. 5 Nashua (603) 883-6546

Jonathan C. Palazzo

1140 Somerville St. Manchester (603) 624-4313


Paul Pasternack

Granite Dental Group 8 Century Pines Dr. Barrington (603) 664-7850

Greg A. Perry

Perry Family Dental Care 18 Elm St. Antrim (603) 547-4059

Jessica Peterson

Peterson Family Dental 240 Locust St. Dover (603) 742-6546

Stephan L. Peterson

Peterson’s Family Dental 240 Locust St. Dover (603) 742-6546

Britteny Phillips Suncook Dental 119 Pembroke St. Suncook (603) 485-2273

Janice E. Pilon

35 South Park St. Hanover (603) 643-5405

Charles Pipilas

280 Main St., Ste. 311 Nashua (603) 881-8280 | August 2021

6 Loudon Rd., Ste. 2 Concord (603) 228-9276

Craig Rothenberg

Vanguard Dental Group 19D Manchester Rd., Ste. 3 Derry (603) 945-7252

Christiane M. Rothwangl Rothwangl Dental Care 174 State Route 101, Ste. 1 Bedford (603) 472-5733

Muhenad Samaan

Manchester Dental 30 Bay St. Manchester (603) 624-4147

Christopher N. Skaperdas

Jyoti Thapa

Amanda Smith

Curtis Thibeault

Skaperdas Dental 101 Webster St. Manchester (603) 668-0244

Nashua Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry One Trafalgar Square, Ste. 103 Nashua (603) 880-3000

Margaret I. Spargimino Hooksett Family Dental 2 Madison Ave. Hooksett (603) 668-5333

Elizabeth S. Spindel Spindel General and Cosmetic Dentistry 862 Union St. Manchester (603) 669-9049

Victoria Spindel-Rubin Spindel General and Cosmetic Dentistry 862 Union St. Manchester (603) 669-9049

Lesleyann M. Splagounias Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900

Michael St. Germain

42 Portsmouth Ave., Ste. A Exeter (603) 778-8101

Belknap Dental Associates 40 Chestnut St., Ste. 2 Dover (603) 742-4735 Alton Bay Dental 291 Main St. Alton (603) 855-2017

Denise Tong

Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 944-9196

Vincent Trinidad

Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900

Stephen C. Ura

Center for Dental Excellence 74 Northeastern Blvd., Ste. 19 Nashua (603) 886-5500

Jeffrey R. Vachon Vachon Dental 57 Webster St. Manchester (603) 627-2092

Richard E. Vachon Vachon Dental 57 Webster St. Manchester (603) 627-2092

Hossein Vaez

Goffstown Dental Associates 40 South Mast St. Goffstown (603) 497-3656

James V. Savickas

David B. Staples

Lora D. Selle

Victor Stetsyuk

Vicktor G. Senat

Nathan A. Swanson Newmarket Dental 60 Exeter Rd., Ste. 105 Newmarket (603) 659-3392

Nashua Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry 1 Trafalgar Square, Ste. 103 Nashua (603) 880-3000

Joseph E. Sheehan

Jonathan H. Terhune

Jonas Westbrook

704 Milford Rd., Route 101-A Merrimack (603) 880-0712 Piscataqua Dental Partners 288 Lafayette Rd., Ste. 1 Portsmouth (603) 431-4559 Dovetail Dental Associates 282 Route 101, Unit 5 Amherst (603) 673-6526 155 Dow St., Ste. 401 Manchester (603) 623-0641

Garrison Family Dental 801 Central Ave., Ste. 5 Dover (603) 742-8844 Generations Dental Care 9 Triangle Park Dr., Ste. 3 Concord (603) 225-6331

58 Franklin St. Franklin (603) 934-5503

Sreemali Vasantha

Souhegan Valley Dental 99 Amherst St. Milford (603) 673-1233

Randall G. Viola

Applewood Family Dentistry 5 Commerce Way Barrington (603) 664 2722

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Phebe C. Westbrook Dibona Dental Group 19 Hampton Rd. Exeter (603) 772-4352

Judith A. Whitcomb

Nashua Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry 1 Trafalgar Square, Ste. 103 Nashua (603) 880-3000

K. Drew Wilson

Family Dental Care of Milford 154 Elm St. Milford (603) 556-4399

Erik H. Young

Derry Dental Associates 7 Peabody Rd. Derry (603) 434-4962

David W. Yue

Brar Family Dentistry 33 BRd. St. Nashua (603) 889-0601

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Mark D. Abel Manchester Oral Surgery 27 Sagamore St. Manchester (603) 622-9441

Marshall A. Baldassarre Bedford Oral Surgery 404 Riverway Place Bedford (603) 624-8042

D. Cameron Braasch

NHOMS 33 Trafalgar Square, Ste. 201 Nashua (603) 595-8889

Thomas F. Burk

Greene, Torio, Madden & Decoteau 15 Constitution Dr., Ste. 2-B Bedford (603) 883-4008

Louis F. Clarizio

Amy D. Field

Karen E. Crowley

David J. Greene

Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center 566 Islington St. Portsmouth (603) 436-8222 12 Parmenter Rd., Unit A-2 Londonderry (603) 437-7600

Corey F. Decoteau

Greene, Torio, Decoteau, Madden, & Burk OMS 39 Simon St., Unit 11 Nashua (603) 883-4008

Lowell, Nashua & Chelmsford Oral Surgery Associates 20 Cotton Rd., Ste. 202 Nashua (603) 595-9119 Greene, Torio, Madden & Decoteau 39 Simon St., Ste. 11 Nashua (603) 883-4008

Jason Lee

Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-0030

Rachel Madden

Greene, Torio, Madden & Decoteau 39 Simon St., Unit 11 Nashua (603) 883-4008

Salman Malik

40 Mechanic St. Keene (603) 352-1973

Granite State Oral Surgery 80 Nashua Rd., Building C Londonderry (603) 432-3308

Seacoast Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Center 200 Griffin Rd., Ste. 8 Portsmouth (603) 436-3608

Christopher A. King

Nader Moavenian

Sotirios Diamantis

5 Sheep Davis Rd. Pembroke (603) 224-7831

Daniel H. DeTolla

Lowell, Nashua & Chelmsford Oral Surgery Associates 20 Cotton Rd., Ste. 202 Nashua (603) 595-9119

Charles H. Henry

801 Central Ave., Ste. 1 Dover (603) 842-4222

Robert C. Kuepper

NHOMS 33 Trafalgar Square, Ste. 201 Nashua (603) 595-8889

Dave C. Pak

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A. Jose Torio

Paul D. Johnson III

Tracy Pogal-Sussman

Thomas A. Trowbridge

Alan F. Kennell

Rachel J. Polgrean

Jason S. Lenk

Lioubov G. Richter

Gary S. Lindner

Danielle C. Ross

Philip M. Mansour

James N. Roy

Greene, Torio, Madden & Decoteau 39 Simon St., Ste. 11 Nashua (603) 883-4008 Lowell, Nashua & Chelmsford Oral Surgery Associates 20 Cotton Rd., Ste. 202 Nashua (603) 595-9119

Patrick B. Vaughan Concord Oral Surgery 194 Pleasant St., Ste. 13 Concord (603) 225-3482




Nina B. Casaverde • Lindner Dental Associates

72 South River Rd., Bedford • (603) 624-3900 •

E. Diane Shieh Amherst Orthodontics 5 Overlook Dr., Ste. 6 Amherst (603) 672-0844

John E. Beinoras

25 Country Club Rd., Ste. 6-A Gilford (603) 524-4663

Suren Chelian

Chelian Orthodontics 29 Riverside St., Ste. D Nashua (306) 882-6100

Jay M. Decoteau

Decoteau Orthodontics 169 Kinsley St. Nashua (603) 589-9222

Douglas J. Elliott

Elliott Orthodontics 27 Loop Rd. Merrimack (603) 424-1199


Michael D. Neal • Bedford Commons Periodontics 303 Riverway Place, Building 3, Bedford • (603) 623-6639

Peter P. Reich

White Birch Oral Surgery 44 Dover Point Rd., Ste. C Dover (603) 740-1414

Richard J. Rosato

Capitol Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 6 Loudon Rd., Ste. 204 Concord (603) 225-0008


Mark M. Scura

Concord Oral Surgery 194 Pleasant St., Ste. 13 Concord (603) 225-3482

Jeffrey D. Stone

Lowell, Nashua & Chelmsford Oral Surgery Associates 20 Cotton Rd., Ste. 202 Nashua (603) 595-9119 | August 2021

Timothy Finelli

Seacoast Orthodontics 45 Lafayette Rd., Ste. 14 North Hampton (603) 964-2220

Paras Gosalia

Monadnock Orthodontics 154 Hancock Rd. Peterborough (603) 924-3040

Dennis C. Hiller

Hiller Orthodontics 175 Cottage St. Littleton (888) 445-5372

Mehan & Johnson Orthodontics 113 Mammoth Rd., Ste. 1 Manchester (603) 623-8003 Kennell Orthodontics 783 North Main St., Ste. 2 Laconia (603) 524-7404 Lenk Orthodontics 12 Mathes Terrace Durham (603) 868-1919 Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900 Goffstown Area Orthodontics and Weare Orthodontics 17A Tatro Dr., Ste. 103 Goffstown (603) 497-4605

William A. Mehan

Mehan Orthodontics 113 Mammoth Rd., Ste. 1 Manchester (603) 623-8003

Lance R. Miller

Rindge Orthodontic Specialists 31 Sonja Dr., Ste. 5 Rindge (603) 899-3392

Sogole S. Moin

Moin Orthodontics 765 South Main St., Ste. 302 Manchester (603) 699-4503

Thomas Montemurno Family Orthodontics 73 Pleasant St. Manchester (603) 622-5841

Donald J. Neely

Hanover Orthodontics 7 Allen St., Ste. 300 Hanover (603) 643-1200

Hugh R. Phillis

505 West Hollis St., Ste. 201 Nashua (603) 889-2520

Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900 Apple Tree Orthodontics 1-F Commons Dr., Ste. 36 Londonderry (603) 434-0190 Luba Richter Orthodontics 155 Pleasant St. Concord (603) 225-5242 Windham Orthodontics 25 Indian Rock Rd., Ste. 14 Windham (603) 216-1188 502 Riverway Place Bedford (603) 622-2100

Jennifer R. Siller

Seacoast Orthodontics 45 Lafayette Rd., Ste. 14 North Hampton (603) 964-2220

Manuel J. Sousa

Salem Centre for Orthodontix 32 Stiles Rd., Ste. 211 Salem (603) 898-4722

Michael E. Vermette Vermette Orthodontics 2 Wall St. Concord (603) 224-9119

Brad C. Watterworth

Watterworth Orthodontics 230 Lafayette Rd., Building D Portsmouth (603) 431-7616

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Nina B. Casaverde Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900

Roger A. Achong

Concord Pediatric Dentistry 16 Foundry St., Ste. 101 Concord (603) 224-3339

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James C. McAveeney

Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire 7 State Route 101-A Amherst (603) 673-1000

Viena G. Posada

Puredontics 1950 Lafayette Rd., Ste. 301 Portsmouth (603) 433-5677

Steven K. Rayes

Just Kids Pediatric Dentistry 206 Heater Rd. Lebanon (802) 649-5210

Matthew B. Smith


Michael R. Hamel • Chestnut Family Dental 765 South Main St., Ste. 101, Manchester • (603) 668-3202

Michael Capozzi

Concord Pediatric Dentistry 16 Foundry St. Concord (603) 224-3339

Patrick F. Capozzi

Concord Pediatric Dentistry 16 Foundry St., Ste. 101 Concord (603) 224-3339

Andrew T. Cheifetz

Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire 7 State Route 101-A Amherst (603) 673-1000

Pediatric Dentistry of Salem 389 Main St. Salem (603) 893-5266

Luis S. Englander

Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900

Ashley A. Frankinburger Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-3900



Michael D. Neal Bedford Commons Periodontics 303 Riverway Place, Building 3 Bedford (603) 623-6639

Irina Adler

Manchester Dental Surgery & Implant Center 30 Canton St., Ste. 12 Manchester (603) 668-6434

Pamela Z. Baldassarre

29 Stiles Rd., Ste. 201 Salem (603) 458-6886

Francesca Failla

Nashua Riverfront Dentistry 60 Main St., Ste. 330 Nashua (603) 886-2700

John R. Herrin

New Hampshire Center for Periodontics 170 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 624-8787

Jonell K. Hopeck

Generations Dental Care 9 Triangle Park Dr., Ste. 3 Concord (603) 212-1914

Sharon E. Johnson

15 Daniel Webster Hwy. Belmont (603) 524-9700

Craig J. McLaughlin

280 Main St., Ste. 411 Nashua (603) 880-1707

Rory O’Neill

New England Dental Arts 1 Manor Parkway Salem (603) 893-6120

Nomith T. Ramdev

Granite State Periodontics 404 Riverway Place Bedford (603) 622-2526

69 Silver St. Dover (603) 742-4123

Concord Pediatric Dentistry 16 Foundry St., Ste. 101 Concord (603) 224-3339

Lakeside Smiles Pediatric Dentistry 82 Main St. Alton (603) 280-4500

Stephen R. Boone

Seacoast Periodontics & Dental Implants 185 Cottage St., Ste. 2 Portsmouth (603) 294-0110

Jennifer Creem

Danielle C. Hinton

Charles R. Braga

Elliot C. Chiu

Core Pediatric Dentistry 5 Hampton Rd. Exeter (603) 773-4900

Lindsay Decker Core Physicians 5 Hampton Rd. Exeter (603) 773-4900


James F. Dickerson

Children’s Dentistry 369 Hounsell Ave., Ste. 1 Gilford (603) 527-2500

Charles J. Burliss

Mindy Hall

Concord Pediatric Dentistry 16 Foundry St., Ste. 101 Concord (603) 224-3339

Nancy E. Jun

Monadnock Pediatric Dentistry 56 Peterborough St. Jaffrey (603) 532-8621 | August 2021

North Conway Periodontics 43 Grove St. North Conway (603) 356-8282 Lamprey Family Dental 37 Epping St. Raymond (603) 895-3161

Roland R. Bryan

769 South Main St., Ste. 100 Manchester (603) 623-3800

Amy Rosania

David Rosania

Seacoast Periodontics & Dental Implants 185 Cottage St., Ste. 2 Portsmouth (603) 294-0110

James D. Spivey

Portsmouth Periodontics & Portsmouth Dental Implant Care 278 Lafayette Rd., Building E Portsmouth (603) 436-7787

Tracey M. Vest

Cornerstone Periodontics & Implants 153 Manchester St., Ste. 5 Concord (603) 224-9474

Austin H. Wang

Cornerstone Periodontics & Implants 153 Manchester St., Ste. 5 Concord (603) 224-9474

Kate D. Wilson

Coastal Periodontics 25 New Hampshire Ave., Ste. 285 Portsmouth (603) 427-8383



Michael R. Hamel 765 South Main St., Ste. 101 Manchester (603) 668-3202

Rosella Butura

504 Riverway Place, Building 5 Bedford (603) 668-8644

Paul J. Connolly

Bedford Center for Prosthodontics 169 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 625-6456

Deborah M. Munoz Bedford Center for Prosthodontics 169 South River Rd. Bedford (603) 625-6456

Jason J. Peacock

Riverview Dental Associates 6 Loudon Rd., Ste. 202 Concord (888) 596-5598

P. Raymond Phelan 104 Pleasant St. Concord (603) 224-5421

Lisa B. Schulman

Seacoast Dream Dentistry 200 Griffin Rd., Ste. 9 Portsmouth (603) 436-2951


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This is the question we’ve asked thousands of dentists to help us determine who the Top Dentists should be. Dentists and specialists are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies and, of course, physical results. The nomination pool of dentists consists of dentists listed online with various professional boards and societies; thus allowing virtually every dentist the opportunity to participate. Dentists are also given the opportunity to nominate other dentists whom they feel should be included in our list. Respondents are asked to put aside any personal bias or political motivations and to use only their knowledge of their peer’s work when evaluating the other nominees. Voters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners on their ballot with whose work they are familiar. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and then averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion varies depending on the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area. Borderline cases are given a careful consideration by the editors. Voting characteristics and comments are taken into consideration while making decisions. Past awards a dentist has received and status in various dental academies can factor into our decision. Once the decisions have been finalized, the included dentists are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board. Then letters of congratulations are sent to all the listed dentists. Of course, there are many fine dentists who are not included in this representative list. It is intended as a sampling of the great body of talent in the field of dentistry in the United States. A dentist’s inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of their fellow dentists. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we remain confident that our polling methodology largely corrects for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate and useful list of dentists available anywhere. NH

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Dr. Douglas Elliott and his dedicated, professional team offer the latest in cutting-edge technology including Invisalign®, iTero Element® digital scanning, Incognito™ Hidden Braces, Damon® System Braces and Carriere® Motion 3D Class II Correction Appliance. Dr. Elliott brings 17 years of experience to a practice focused on customized, esthetic treatment in a fun, family atmosphere. Additionally, Dr. Elliott has achieved Invisalign®

Diamond Provider status, which means he is in the top 1% of Invisalign providers in the country. “We treat adults and children with the goal to help everyone obtain a healthy, confident smile to last a lifetime,” says Dr. Elliott. Whatever their needs, patients are always assured by Dr. Elliott and his team’s caring approach that they will receive personalized options that fit their treatment goals and lifestyle. With two convenient locations in

Merrimack and New Boston, Dr. Elliott serves many communities from northern Massachusetts to central New Hampshire. A Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Elliott maintains memberships with the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists and the NH Dental Society. Additionally, he has been honored to be among New Hampshire’s Top Dentists every year since 2010.

27 Loop Rd., Merrimack  •  52 High St., New Boston  (603) 424-1199 •

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Dr. Liu has been a Top Dentist in New Hampshire since 2004. If you want great teeth and a smile you’re proud to show off, make an appointment at Evergreen Dental Care with Dr. Richard Liu. It’s no mistake that Dr. Liu has been named a top prosthodontist 18 times in the Granite State. Since entering dentistry in 1995, the Harvard-trained doctor has always kept aesthetics at the forefront of his work. He believes creating and maintaining a pleasing appearance is a vital component of excellent dentistry. “I think people are surprised to learn that dentistry, especially prosthodontics, is actually an artistic field. It takes an artist’s eye to produce a beautiful outcome,” states Dr. Liu, who displays a few of his own watercolor paintings on his office walls. In evaluating each patient’s dental needs, the doctor carefully considers the shape of the mouth, the outline of the jaw, facial contours and the alignment

of teeth. Dr. Liu masterfully resolves every dental problem while enhancing the patient’s attractiveness at the same time. The result is that each patient gets his or her individual best possible look. The effects can be staggering. Dr. Liu says seeing the boost in his patients’ self-confidence is his personal reward. “To see the transformation of a person’s smile and self-confidence is very fulfilling.” Sought after for his inimitable skill and gentle manner, Dr. Liu specializes in the restoration and replacement of teeth at Evergreen Dental Care in Newington, New Hampshire. He also teaches students at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts Dental School and lectures worldwide. When not working, he spends his time with his wife and two children. Evergreen Dental Care offers the latest technological advancements including 3-D technology, digital X-rays and CAD/CAM crowns. Transform Your Life with a New Smile.

Dr. Liu has been the recipient of Harvard’s outstanding teaching award in 2019 and 2020. He instructs and mentors the next generation of dentists. Dr. Liu sees children and adults. Call for an appointment: (603) 436-9200

101 Shattuck Way, Suite 5, Newington  •  (603) 436-9200  • | August 2021





For over 100 years, Generations Dental Care of Concord has remained an essential part of the New Hampshire community. We pride ourselves on providing consistent quality and personalized treatment that leaves each patient with a healthy, beautiful smile. Dr. Binder, Dr. Stetsyuk, Dr. McCann, Dr. Hopeck, Dr. Leavell, Dr. Bhusari and, Dr. Anderson — have dedicated

their lives to protecting and ensuring our patients’ oral health and overall well-being. With a full complement of comprehensive treatment options, including Invisalign, advanced technology, a state-of-the-art sterilization center, Surgical Air filtration units throughout our entire office, hospital-level sedation services,

and a team of providers unparalleled in their knowledge, dedication, and compassion — we have more than plenty to offer! It’s our goal to make sure that you and your loved ones not only become patients for life but that we see your family for generations to come. Select Saturday appointments are available. Now accepting new patients of all ages and their families.

9 Triangle Park Drive, Suite 3, Concord • (603) 225-6331 • 76 | August 2021




A CONFIDENT SMILE STARTS WITH HEALTHY TEETH Bottom row, L to R: Doctors Sukhdev Singh, Sujatha Anjaneyulu, and Sreemali Vasantha At Souhegan Valley Dental your smile is our top priority. Our friendly staff are dedicated to providing you with personalized, gentle care. Souhegan Valley Dental is a leading provider of quality dental services for children and adults. We can help you achieve

your dental health goals in a warm, supportive and professional environment. Our dentists and their support team will respond to and even anticipate your needs to make an experience more pleasant than you thought a visit to the dentist could be. We are honored to be

recognized as a top dentist and we are also grateful to our loyal patients for their continued support. 99 Amherst St., Milford (603) 673-1233

CENTER FOR DENTAL EXCELLENCE Drs. Ura and Janiga have a passion for excellence,which they have made the focal point at the Center for Dental Excellence. They are committed to taking the time to listen and understand patients’ needs and concerns in order to provide them the best solutions to achieve their dental goals. Both Drs. Ura and Janiga believe it is essential to have the insatiable desire to continually advance one’s skills. They both regularly pursue advanced training in restorative dental care, including dental implants and cosmetic care. Dr. Ura is a Diplomate with the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and provides alternatives to CPAP treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Dr. Janiga has expanded surgical, endodontic and orthodontic services at the Center For Dental Excellence. Both are members of the American Dental Association, New Hampshire Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry. At the Center For Dental Excellence, clients can be assured the entire team’s focus is excellence in dental care and service.

74 Northeastern Blvd., Suite 19, Nashua • (603) 886-5500 • | August 2021





Dr. Joseph Cariello and Dr. Vicktor Senat have a combined total of 18 years as Top Dentists in New Hampshire. Together, they make a powerful team at Dovetail Dental Associates in Amherst. Both doctors share their time at Interlakes Family Dental Center in Moultonborough alongside Dr. William Fenn, whose kind nature and conservative dental approach rounds

out the Interlakes team. Both practices work closely with each other to ensure their common goal and top priority of making each patient feel welcome and comfortable – a feeling you can sense the moment you walk in the door. Dovetail and Interlakes present dynamic teams, whose excellent dentistry is complemented by their outstanding ability to connect, educate, and commu-

nicate with their patients. At Dovetail Dental and Interlakes Family Dental, the entire team treats everyone with an attitude of service and care. Their teamwork and incredible philosophy of serving patients is what truly makes the dentists of Dovetail Dental Associates and Interlakes Family Dental Center Top Dentists in New Hampshire.

Dovetail Dental Associates  •  282 Route 101, 5 Liberty Park, Amherst  •  (603) 673-6526  • Interlakes Family Dental  •  60 Whittier Highway, Suite 1, Moultonboro  •  (603) 253-4363  •

JAMES V. SAVICKAS, D.M.D. There’s a story behind every smile ... and for the last 33 years Dr. Savickas has been a part of quite a few of them! For the 12th year in a row, Dr. Savickas has been recognized as one of the top general dentists in New Hampshire. Dr. Savickas and his staff are committed to excellence and providing you with the state-of-the-art dental care in a warm and caring environment. So whatever the story may be ... we’d like to be part of yours. 704 Milford Rd., Route 101-A, DJ Square  •  (603) 880-0712 • 78 | August 2021




Dr. K. Drew Wilson, Dr. Amanda Smith, Dr. Joshua T. Osofsky At Family Dental Care of Milford, you will find a friendly atmosphere, comfortable accommodations and exceptional dental services. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive dental care to enhance the quality of your life. Family Dental Care of

Milford offers a variety of cosmetic, restorative and preventive dental services designed to improve your smile and overall health. Our goal is to enhance your physical comfort, outer appearance and your inner confidence. Our pledge is to provide excellence and

establish rewarding, lasting relationships with patients, encouraging beautiful smiles and promoting exceptional oral health for a lifetime!. For more information about our practice, please visit our website.

154 Elm St., Milford  •  (603) 556-4399  •

CORE PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Jennifer Creem, D.M.D., M.S. and Lindsay Decker, D.M.D., both board certified pediatric dentists, are proud to once again be named Top Dentists. Dr. Creem has been with Core Pediatric Dentistry since 2000, and Dr. Decker joined her in 2016. The practice specializes in the dental care of infants, children, adolescents and patients with special needs. Along with a team of enthusiastic hygienists, they provide high-quality care, while helping children feel good about visiting the dentist and teaching them how to care

for their teeth. “We strive to teach our patients good oral health habits that will allow them to maintain a healthy dentition for life,” says Dr. Jen, as she is known to her patients. The team at Core Pediatric Dentistry is looking forward to meeting and caring for your children.

5 Hampton Rd., Exeter (603) 773-4900 | August 2021




AMBRA DENTAL CARE WE TREAT YOU LIKE FAMILY. At Ambra Dental Care, we pride ourselves on treating each patient as we would our own family. Our team of caring professionals is committed to serving our patients with compassion while focusing on each individual’s specific needs. Safety and infection control are our top priority, especially during times like these. Dr. Michael Ambra is honored to be voted a Top Dentist in New Hampshire for the sixth consecutive year. We invite you to call and explore our website to learn more about our office, our exceptional team and our care. We offer a wide range of services, and new patients are always welcome. The team at Ambra Dental Care is looking forward to helping you achieve your oral health goals! 1 Pillsbury Street, Suite 203A, Concord • (603) 226-2995 •

MICHAEL D. NEAL, D.M.D. Bedford Commons Periodontics specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal disease, which includes bone regeneration, dental implants and aesthetic tissue grafts. It has been estimated that three out of four Americans suffer from some form of periodontal disease. Treating periodontal disease can not only lead to oral health, but overall systemic health. Recently, periodontal disease has been linked to other chronic diseases such as heart disease, respiratory illnesses, diabetes, pre-term and low birth weight babies, arthritis and certain cancers. Dr. Charles D. Neal, a 2012 and 2013 Top Periodontist, started the practice in 1974. His son, Dr. Michael D. Neal, joined the practice in 1999 and achieved board certification in 2004. Michael Neal has also been named a Top New Hampshire Periodontist by his peers every year since 2006, and was the top vote-getter in 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 for his specialty. 80 | August 2021

303 Riverway Pl., Bedford • (603) 623-6639 •



MEHAN & JOHNSON ORTHODONTICS Creating beautiful smiles with great patients. It’s what we do best. A confident smile makes a world of difference in one’s life. At Mehan & Johnson Orthodontics, we are confident that we can create that dazzling smile for you to put your best foot forward. Our office has served New Hampshire for over 20 years. We are blessed to have provided quality care for multiple generations of our patients. We use the latest technology in orthodontics to create wonderful smiles in a gentle and timely fashion, but it is the way people’s lives are changed that sets our office apart. Dr. Mehan & Johnson and their staff will do their best to earn your confidence for the treatment you desire. Please visit our website at and Facebook to get a feel for our office. Voted Top Dentist as appearing in New Hampshire Magazine from 2006– 2018. Voted Best Orthodontist in Union Leader’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017.

Dr. William Mehan and Dr. Paul Johnson III 113 Mammoth Rd., Manchester  •  (603) 623-8003  •

NASHUA RIVERFRONT DENTISTRY We are a family-centered dental practice located in the historic Nashua Telegraph building in beautiful downtown Nashua. Our amazing dental team, including Franklyn Liberatore, D.M.D. (aka Dr. Franco) and Francesca Failla, D.M.D., M.S.C. (aka Dr. Fran) who is a boardcertified periodontist, is committed to providing comfortable state-of-theart care. We offer general, pediatric, periodontal and implant dentistry all in one convenient location. We are proud to offer the latest digital technology for accuracy in diagnosing and optimal treatment planning. As your dental care providers, we are committed to delivering a positive, friendly and compassionate dental experience. We value the trust our patients place in us at Nashua Riverfront Dentistry, and welcome new patients of all ages. We hope you consider making us part of your dental family. 60 Main St., Suite 330, Nashua • (603) 886-2700 • | August 2021




EVELYN M. BRYAN D.M.D., P.C. Dr. Evelyn Bryan is a graduate of Tufts Dental School and has been in practice in the Manchester area for more than 21 years. Dr. Bryan’s practice is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care while focusing on each patient’s individual needs. Dr. Bryan and her dedicated and caring staff are committed to providing each patient with personalized, compassionate care focusing on complete health dentistry. The office offers a full range of state-ofthe-art dentistry, including implant restorations, digital radiography, CEREC (same-day crowns), in-office Zoom bleaching, custom digital dentures and implant retained dentures, TMJ/ bruxism, and snore and sleep apnea appliances. We welcome you to call or look at our website to learn more about our office and care. New patients are always welcome. We are committed to helping you achieve the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve in a


professional, personalized and caring atmosphere. World class medical grade indoor air purification system provided by Surgically Clean Air.

765 South Main St., Suite 202 Manchester • (603) 622-0279

AMHERST ORTHODONTICS Dr. David Krass, a Harvard Orthodontics graduate, joins Dr. Diane Shieh at her practice, Amherst Orthodontics. Dr. Diane is honored to be recognized again as the Top Vote-Getter in New Hampshire by her peers. You can be assured of her commitment to delivering honest opinions with health and prevention in mind. Come see why patients and colleagues love Amherst Orthodontics!

• Free virtual consultations • Invisalign and Invisalign • Complimentary appointment shuttle Teen provider • Complimentary new patient exams • Flexible financing • Orthodontics for children, teens and adults • iTero digital scanner (goop free!) 82 | August 2021

“After 20 years in practice, I am thrilled to have found the perfect doctor to complement my services. Dr. David’s kindness, humility, intelligence, hard work ethic and professionalism are instantly evident. Dr. David and I will work side by side, treating patients together. I look forward to his presence elevating the level of care, attention and service for you and your families.” — Dr. Diane 5 Overlook Dr. #6, Amherst (603) 672-0844



FROMUTH AND LANGLOIS DENTAL Dr. Fromuth and Dr. Langlois strive to make each valued patient enjoy a healthy, confident and lasting smile. They make it a point to listen first, getting to know your unique needs and goals before providing personalized care in a friendly, nonjudgmental way. They are extremely committed to continuing education, regularly pursuing advanced training so their clinical skills are second to none. Combining this with the latest in dental technology, Dr. Fromuth and Dr. Langlois are truly dedicated to providing the best care possible to their family of patients. The team at Fromuth and Langlois Dental hope to welcome you in soon!

EXPECT EXELLENCE ... YOU DESERVE IT! 765 S Main St #102, Manchester  •  (603) 644-3368

GRANITE FAMILY DENTISTRY At Granite Family Dentistry, patients are welcomed by a friendly team, comfortable atmosphere and state-of-the-art dentistry. They have always had stringent infection control standards, safety measures and HEPA filtration throughout the office to keep the staff and patients safe. Dr. Sylvia Christian and her team provide exceptional dental care that will improve your smile and overall health. Dr. Christian provides general and cosmetic dentistry, implants and implant dentures, along with Invisalign and Myobrace. Everyone in the practice takes the time to listen to patients, and together they explore treatment options tailored to the patient. Dr. Christian feels it is important to keep up with new techniques and materials to provide the latest treatment options for her patients. To achieve that goal, she dedicates hours to continuing education and study clubs. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, which enables

her to treat sleep apnea patients with oral appliances as an alternative to CPAP. This truly is a fantastic health-centered dental office for the whole family!

1558 Hooksett Rd., Suite 4, Hooksett (603) 485-4855 | August 2021




LINDNER DENTAL ASSOCIATES, P.C. At Lindner Dental Associates P.C., you are welcomed by an inviting staff, family-like atmosphere and a state-of-the-art facility. We have been providing high-quality dental care to patients of all ages since 1985. Our multi-specialty practice includes Board-Certified Pediatric Dentistry, Board-Certified Orthodontics, Adult Cosmetic Dentistry, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. We are happy to announce the recent addition of Therapeutic and Cosmetic Botox to our in-house services. Community is an essential part of our practice and we are so grateful to be recognized by our peers as Top Dentists again this year. We are also proud that Dr. Nina Casaverde received the top number of votes in the Pediatric Dentistry category. We are thankful and truly honored to work in such a wonderful and supportive community.

A TEAM DEDICATED TO THE NEEDS OF PATIENTS 72 South River Rd., Bedford  •  (603) 624-3900  •

MUHENAD SAMAAN, D.M.D., C.A.G.S. Dr. Muhenad Samaan graduated from Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine in 2007, and followed it with one year of the Advanced Education of General Dentistry program from the same school. He has been practicing dentistry in the state of New Hampshire since 2008, is a member of the American Dental Association and the New Hampshire Dental Society, and was recently appointed to serve on the New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners. Dr. Samaan acquired his general family dental office in Londonderry in 2012 and, in 2015, expanded his dental services to Manchester. His dental hygiene department is a particular strength, providing excellent cleaning, diagnostic x-ray, and promoting oral hygiene care to prevent dental diseases, including caries and periodontal diseases. His practice also offers digital x-ray, which reduces unnecessary radiation significantly, and obtains the image instantly to a computer screen.

Dr. Samaan is proud to be among the very few general dental offices that utilizes the 3D imaging technique to improve his patients’ dental diagnoses. Infection control and adhering to the latest CDC guidelines are top priorities in order to provide a safe and healthy environment for all patients and staff.

“Friendly staff and dentist! I highly recommend Manchester Dental. The staff and dentist made my son’s first dental experience easy and fun. Everyone I met was very friendly and professional. Thank you for making my son’s first experience at the dentist a good one!” — Sara B.

Manchester Dental  •  36 Bay St., Manchester  •  (603) 624-4147 • Miles of Smiles  •  182 Rockingham Rd., Londonderry • (603) 437-8204 • 84 | August 2021



CHILDREN’S DENTAL CENTER OF NH AND ORTHODONTICS TOO We know your child’s smile is important and that you want only the best for your family. Children’s Dental Center of NH and Orthodontics Too is proud to have two of the top pediatric dentists in the profession. From infants to college students, your children will have the best care in a friendly, nurturing environment that sets us apart from a “general” dental practice. We ensure your child — and you — feel comfortable. With the additional of pediatric dentist, Dr. Grace Tadros, and our orthodontist, Dr. Agata Bartels, we offer even more convenience for your family. If only the best will do — Children’s Dental Center of NH and Orthodontics Too.

7 Route 101A, Amherst  •  (603) 673-1000  •

DEERFIELD FAMILY DENTISTRY New Hampshire native Dr. Tracey Pike graduated from the School of Dental Medicine at Tufts University in 2003, and soon opened Deerfield Family Dentistry with a vision of providing high-quality dental care at an affordable price. Dr. Pike has been practicing for over 18 years. Her team prides themselves on going the extra mile to transform routine dental care into a truly pleasant experience. We enjoy educating patients and respect the decisions patients make. Our office uses the lastest technology has to offer in dentistry such as lasers, digital x-rays and intraoral photos. We pride ourselves on being a locally owned small business and support our community. Dr. Pike is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the New Hampshire Dental Society, Greater Manchester Chapter. Dr. Pike is working toward her fellowship and mastership of dentistry with the Academy of General Dentistry.

49 Cotton Rd., Deerfield  •  (603) 463-7240  • | August 2021




PERRY FAMILY DENTAL CARE Dr. Perry is honored to once again be recognized by his peers and USA topDentists as a Top Dentist! He says the recognition is very special, but the award is possible because of a top team of dentists and staff — caring professionals who work hard every day to make your visits as comfortable as possible. The entire team at Perry Family Dental Care is dedicated to providing a sophisticated and pleasant environment that ensures even the most anxious member of your family will feel right at home.

391 West St., Keene • (603) 357-0677 | 18 Elm St., Antrim • (603) 588-6362 | 1 Phoenix Mill Ln., Peterborough • (603) 924-9241

JD HOWARD DENTAL Warm-hearted, kind, caring, attentive, understanding, engaging. These are only some of the words that describe 10-time Top Dentist Dr. Joshua Howard. “The goal of JD Howard Dental is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all our patients while utilizing the latest dental technology, materials and techniques,” says Dr. Howard, who is humbled by the honor and thanks his indispensable team and the colleagues who nominated him. From your first phone call to your visit with the hygienist or doctor, your experience is top-notch. “Our patients’ overall health and wellness is our goal,” says Dr. Howard. “With this approach, we focus on dentistry as a component of your total body health to provide the best care. We take pride in the longterm relationships that we build with our patients.”

JD Howard Dental is fortunate to include Dr. Benjamin Irzyk, Dr. Marc Valli and Dr. John (Jack) Ver Ploeg. All three are dedicated to providing patients with the highest levels of customer service and individualized care. JD Howard Dental offers an array of services, including (anesthesia-free) Solea Laser Dentistry, CEREC® dentistry (same day crowns and onlays), Invisalign (clear tray braces alternative), digitally guided dental implants, dentures, “teeth in a day” (implant supported teeth), veneers, Zoom® Whitening, extractions, root canals, oral appliances for sleep apnea, BOTOX® Cosmetic, as well as comprehensive family dental care. Free childcare is also offered. The compassionate team at JD Howard Dental will strive to treat each member of your family like a member of their family. If you’re looking for high-quality dental care with a gentle touch, this is the place.

375 6th St., Dover • (603) 749-0636 • 86 | August 2021



ALLIANCE FOR DENTAL CARE Thank you to our peers who voted for us as Top Dentists for the tenth consecutive year! That says a lot about our team of caring professionals, and we welcome the opportunity to show you why we continue to earn our colleagues’ confidence. If you’re looking for a dentist for yourself or your family, or just a new dental atmosphere, then come check us out! We provide comprehensive care to all ages, which makes it convenient for everyone in the family to go to one office. Our practice facility is located in the heart of Rochester with ample parking. We are currently accepting new patients of all ages and all insurance plans. Are you putting off your own dental treatment due to finances or need payment options? We can help! Ask us about interest-free monthly payments. Call us today with questions or to schedule an appointment, or browse our website to use our easy online appointment scheduler at your convenience.

ALL THE SERVICES – ALL THE CARE Dr. Puneet Kochhar and Dr. Tarin Nassaney 40 Winter St., Suite 201, Rochester  •  (603) 332-7300  •

SCOTT F. BOBBITT, DMD, MAGD, DICOI SAFE, RELIABLE, PREDICTABLE, LIFETIME DENTAL CARE Dr. Bobbitt knows that good dental health goes beyond just smiles — in fact, it has whole-body impact. His dedication to the art and science of dentistry is evident with the time and care he and his skilled team give to provide safe, reliable, predictable, lifetime choices for dental care. Dr. Bobbitt’s breadth of experience allows for personally tailored treatment plans that meet the individual needs of patients of all ages. Since 1993, he has embraced his passion to offer patients the best in oral health care by researching technologies that offer safer, less invasive andmore comfortable treatments, while being cautious to not sacrifice clinical effectiveness for the sake of technology alone. Excellent oral health care should be available to everyone, not just those with insurance. He offers reduced-fee,

membership loyalty plans with custom à-la-carte options that will suit your particular needs and goals. As our practice continues to grow, we are happy to accept new patients and offer our services to you, your family and friends. • General, family and implant dentistry • Digital scanning/digital X-rays/digital cone beam CT scans onsite • Complete implant planning and therapy • Clear aligners orthodontic therapy (Invisalign) • Oral appliance therapies for snoring, sleep apnea, TMJ, and tooth clenching and grinding New patients are always welcome. Call or click today.

76 Allds St., Suite 6, Nashua • (603) 882-3001 • | August 2021




NICHOLAS C. RIZOS, DMD Dr. Rizos prides himself in providing patients with information that will empower them to make the best decisions for their oral health. By selecting the best materials and laboratories to fabricate restorations, Dr. Rizos ensures longevity and great esthetic results. Here is what our patients say about us: “Dr. Rizos took a complicated mess and turned it into a complete and total make over.” — Patient from Deerfield, NH “Dr. Rizos is one of the most caring, skilled dentists to whom I have ever been in 35 years. I am amazed at his expertise...” — Patient from Hooksett, NH “Dr. Rizos and his amazing team are beyond impressive! … They always make you feel like you are their only patient and treat you like family. They listen very carefully to your concerns and map out a detailed plan to address them. I am so lucky to have found them and will never think of leaving them.”— Patient from Manchester, NH 103 Riverway Pl., Bldg. 1, Bedford (603) 669-4384 •

BRYAN HOERTDOERFER, DDS Dr. Bryan Hoertdoerfer (Dr. H.) and the Hoertdoerfer Dentistry team are on a mission to provide compassionate dental care using the latest dental technologies in a safe, friendly and anxiety-free environment. Masks cover their team’s smiles, safety measures have increased, and the office looks different as Hoertdoerfer Dentistry protects their most valuable assets — their patients and their staff — by integrating the CDC, ADA and OSHA guidelines with their already strict safety protocols. Dr. H.’s dedication to researching and integrating stateof-the-art dental technology ensures exceptional dental hygiene care and provides easier and more comfortable cosmetic and restorative procedures for his patients. Hoertdoerfer Dentistry offers same-day CEREC porcelain crowns, high-resolution/low-radiation CBCT 3D digital scans, veneers, implant restorations, dentures, partials, bridges, sealants, Invisalign and Philips 88 | August 2021

ZOOM in-office teeth whitening. They have added teledentistry, dedicated senior or at-risk patient appointments, phone check-in procedures, and wellness and temperature checks. Safety measures include a HEPA filtration system, air purification units, and selfcontained water filtration systems in each operatory. A hypochlorous acid air fogger (a natural substance white blood cells produce) is used after every appointment. Dr. H. is grateful for the opportunity to combine his dental practice with his personal passion for giving back to the community through his philanthropic work with the NHL, NHL Alumni and the Boston Bruins. Dr. H. hosts the annual Big Z Challenge featuring Zdeno Chara, and has raised over $180k for the Elliot Regional Cancer Center. Visit for more information and to become a member of the Hoertdoerfer Dentistry dental family.

4 Elliot Way, Suite 306, Manchester (603) 669-1251 •



CHESTNUT FAMILY DENTAL The Chestnut Family Dental team congratulates Dr. Daphnie Mercado and Dr. James DeLeo on their Top Dentists honors. Both are proud to have been named by their colleagues as some of the best dental professionals in the state, particularly Dr. DeLeo, who was the top vote-getter in general dentistry for 2017. He joins Dr. Mercado in that honor, as she was the top vote-getter in the same category in both 2011 and 2015. • Gold standard in dental care through current and ever-advancing knowledge of dentistry. • State-of-the-art office equipment allows us to efficiently and comfortably provide beautiful smiles. • Community service and giving back are important priorities for our doctors and team. • We improve and maintain patients’ overall dental health and happiness throughout their lifetime.

• We strive to accommodate patients with any special need and treat each patient with respect and acceptance. • H ighest-level clinical quality of care provided with traditional New England style and charm.

745 Chestnut St., Manchester (603) 622-7173

KALIL DENTAL GROUP Drs. Donna and Kenneth Kalil are happy to announce that their son, Dr. Andrew Kalil, has joined Kalil Dental Group located in Windham, New Hampshire and Methuen, Massachusetts. Dr. Andrew Kalil graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine this past May. He will also be joining Dr. Michelle Kalil, a 2019 Tufts Dental graduate, at the practices. As Tufts Dental Alumni, Drs. Donna, Kenneth and Michelle Kalil were honored to participate in Andrew’s graduation ceremony. Andrew, a thirdgeneration dentist, is excited to practice with his parents and sister as a part of the Kalil Dental Group team. Kalil Dental Group is a family practice specializing in cosmetic, implant and laser dentistry. Dr. Andrew Kalil is now accepting new patients. Dr. Andrew Kalil will also be joining his mother and sister at Kalil & Kress Family and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Nashua, New Hampshire.

L to R: Drs. Kenneth, Michelle, Andrew and Donna Kalil 25 Indian Rock Rd., Windham NH • (603) 434-0090 91 Jackson St., Methuen MA • (978) 688-1895 | August 2021




HUDSON ENDODONTICS: DR. TADROS M. TADROS Dr. Tadros M. Tadros is an educated, experienced and accomplished endodontist with a love of dentistry and a passion for saving teeth. His interest in art and medical sciences inspired him to become a dentist. He went on to become an endodontic specialist to provide patients with pain relief using the most advanced technology. Dr. Tadros enjoys interacting with his patients and truly making a difference in their quality of life. He works to explain and inform his patients so that they’re comfortable with all treatment options. Using state-of-theart technology and imaging, Dr. Tadros

provides his patients with high-quality treatment while maintaining the highest standard of clinical care.

182 Central St., Hudson (603) 882-5455

ROTHWANGL DENTAL CARE, PLLC It is an honor and privilege to be welcoming patients! These past two years have inspired most of us to pause and reflect on where our priorities lie; strengthening our focus on family, community and health. At Rothwangl Dental Care we are committed to providing you with the highest standard of care in a professional, warm, thoughtful environment. Our entire team is socially conscious and dedicated to serving our community through

clinical excellence, personal attention and volunteerism. We are thrilled to be a part of this great community and look forward to meeting you and your loved ones. Dr. Rothwangl and her team would like to say thank you to her peers for again voting her one of the Top Dentists in New Hampshire. 174 State Route 101, #1, Bedford (603) 472-5733

MICHAEL ST. GERMAIN D.M.D Dr. Michael St. Germain’s dental practice is a well-established office that has been serving Exeter and the surrounding towns for many years. We provide comprehensive dental care and pride ourselves on listening to our patients. Communication, education and patient comfort are of the utmost importance to us. We provide the highest quality dental treatments based on the latest techniques and technologies. The longevity of our staff attests to their loyalty and commitment to helping our patients maintain healthy, beautiful and long lasting smiles. 90 | August 2021

42 Portsmouth Ave., Exeter  •  (603) 778-8101  •



BAY STREET FAMILY DENTAL Because of your support, we are again honored to have been recognized by our community and colleagues as one of New Hampshire’s Top Dentists. Dr. Ernie Domingo and his Bay Street Family Dental team have been providing great dental care for the community (from youth to adults) for the past 18 years. “Our vision is to continuously provide outstanding, patient-centered dental care in a comfortable and caring environment,” says Dr. Domingo. “You know you’re in the right place when you

come to our inviting, homey atmosphere. Our team demonstrates their personalized care to make you feel welcome.” We are delighted about our loyal, long-term patients and we always welcome new patients from the community. It’s time, right? Call Dr. Domingo and our Bay Street Family Dental team today at (603) 624-1342. 33 Bay St., Manchester (603) 624-1342

DR. NICK I. FLEURY OF CIRCLE DENTAL We are pleased to announce that Dr. Fleury has been voted by his peers — for the sixth consecutive year — as a Top Dentist as published by New Hampshire Magazine. Our dedicated team put their whole hearts into being an essential part of our beautiful, functioning community. Dr. Fleury raises his hat and joins our patrons in celebrating this hard-working team. They were of service day-in and day-out during the difficult past year and a half of the pandemic. We also want to thank our trusting patients for

A HEALTHY MOUTH IS THE START OF A HEALTHY BODY! continuing their dental care during that time. For that very reason, we are still able to provide dental care for the community today.

May the future be bright for our children and future generations. Let’s be proud of our unique community.

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LAURIE A. ROSATO, D.M.D. Dr. Laurie A. Rosato has been in private practice for over 25 years. Delivering the utmost advanced dentistry in a private setting has allowed her to build ongoing relationships of trust and compassion with her patients. “My goal is to deliver the most clinically advanced treatment to my patients in a trusting environment where they feel calm and confident in my care,” says Dr. Rosato. Patients can decide on options to fit their long- and short-term dental goals both financially and esthetically. The office provides full scope restorative

and cosmetic care from simple fillings and gum care to implant restoration, dentures, crowns, veneers and whitening. The team at Dr. Rosato’s office is committed to continual advancement of their dental education and training on new techniques, allowing you to achieve your desired results. Become a patient at Dr. Rosato’s office, where you can be confident that you will have a beautiful smile for a lifetime! 6 Loudon Rd., Concord (603) 228-9276 | August 2021




CAROL M. HADDAD, D.M.D. Our dedicated team is proud to be recognized as one of New Hampshire’s Top Dentists. We strive to give our patients a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime by providing gentle, quality care in a relaxed environment. We have enjoyed treating patients in our office for over 20 years. The key to helping a person achieve or maintain a beautiful smile is to be a good listener. Knowing a patient’s concerns and expectations enables us to formulate the right treatment plan for him or her. That plan might include teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, implants, bridges, white resin

“fillings,” or partial and complete dentures. We also take the time to educate each patient about preventing tooth decay, gum disease and other

oral disorders. It is so rewarding to hear from our patients that we have improved their quality of life, their self-confidence and their overall health.

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HARRISON DENTAL ARTS Dr. Jill Harrison grew up in Windham, New Hampshire, attended Brown University, and earned her dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She worked in private practice in Chicago before relocating to New Hampshire in 2015. Since then, she has been practicing general dentistry in the Portsmouth area, and was voted a New Hampshire Top Dentist every year since 2018. Dr. Harrison and her team enjoy getting to know their patients and involving them in their treatment decisions, and aim to provide ethical, quality care to adults and children. Dr. Harrison’s office is conveniently located off Interstate-95 at Exit 3, where she and her team offer both workday and evening hours to better serve their patients. Serving the Portsmouth area, including Greenland, Rye, Newington, North Hampton, Hampton, Kittery and Eliot 875 Greenland Rd., Suite B7, Portsmouth • (603) 501-0263 •

APPLEWOOD FAMILY DENTISTRY Applewood Family Dentistry strives to provide a lifetime of dental excellence in a relaxed and caring environment. It is our goal to guide our patients along a path of optimal health and wellness by delivering the highest possible level of care with empathy and understanding. Dr. Westbrook combines an artistic eye with a deep understanding of science and engineering allowing him to excel at the fine detail work constantly required in Dentistry. After receiving a degree in Mathematics from Boston College, Dr. Westbrook enrolled in Dental school and continued his educational career by 92 | August 2021

completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program at UNC, Chapel Hill. He continually advances his dental education and provides the most up to date procedures with the most modern technology available. With the support of his professional, honest and compassionate team, Applewood Family Dentistry aims to improve patient health, appearance, self-confidence and overall quality of life. More information can be found at Call (603) 664-2722 to schedule an appointment today and become a part of our growing dental family.

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DOUGLAS KATZ, D.M.D., P.C. SAVING TEETH FOR OVER 20 YEARS Specializing in endodontic treatment with sedation options for your comfort.

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JAMES ROCHEFORT D.M.D. FAMILY DENTISTRY Dr. Rochefort is humbled and grateful to once again be recognized as one of New Hampshire’s Top Dentists. His entire team has worked diligently to meet the challenges of the past year head on while providing quality and compassionate patient care. A welcoming and friendly environment helps ensure visits are as comfortable as possible. Dr. Rochefort continues to practice tomorrow’s dentistry today with the Solea dental laser to provide anesthesia

free fillings, as well as digital intraoral scanning to eliminate the need for messy impressions. While the equipment may be advancing, the goal of providing personalized and thoughtful care to every patient never changes.

801 Central Ave., Suite 5, Dover (603) 742-0711

SKAPERDAS DENTAL Dr. Christopher Skaperdas is honored to be a top dentist. Skaperdas Dental provides modern comprehensive dentistry in a family-friendly atmosphere. Dr. Skaperdas achieves oral health for his patients through the use of the latest technology and procedures. By keeping the patient’s desires in mind, and combining them with their needs, Dr. Skaperdas accomplishes a high level of patient satisfaction. He is a graduate of Tufts School of Dental Medicine, and has kept his skills and knowledge of new technology up to date by participating in numerous study groups and continuing educational courses throughout the

years. As a member of the American Dental Association, Manchester Dental Society and the Manchester Board of Health, Dr. Skaperdas has served the community for 27 years.

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VACHON DENTAL: FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY Drs. Jeffrey and Richard Vachon and our team of professionals strive to give the best care to each and every patient. We are all trained in the latest techniques and believe continuing education and service to community is of utmost importance. Dr. Jeff recently served as chair of the NH Dental Society’s COVID-19 Task Force and is also a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, which is achieved by less than 2% of general dentists. We offer a wide range of dental services, including

treatment of children, invisible braces, oral cancer screenings, cosmetic procedures and implant crowns. Our growing practice utilizes up-to-date technology, equipment and treatment. Come visit our Red Sox themed treatment room! Once again, Drs. Jeffrey and Richard Vachon have both been voted by colleagues in the dental community as two of the Top Dentists in New Hampshure. To learn more about Vachon Dental and how we can best serve you, please call or visit our website.

CONCORD ORAL SURGERY At Concord Oral Surgery we strive to provide our patients with not only excellent surgical care, but also exemplary customer service. This is the daily goal of Dr. Mark Scura, Dr. Patrick Vaughan and our entire team. We are committed to assisting our patients through every phase of their treatment in our office and to clearly communicate with you each step of the way. As a patient of Concord Oral Surgery, you can rest assured that you or your loved one will receive the highest level of care available. Our doctors

specialize in the removal of teeth from routine extractions to wisdom teeth, as well as dental implant placement and oral pathology. Because they do these procedures every day, our patients can be confident that they are in experienced and capable hands. Our patients’ trust in us is central to our mission statement, and we thank you for the privilege of taking care of your oral surgery needs. 194 Pleasant St. Suite 13, Concord (603) 225-3482

GOFFSTOWN AREA AND WEARE ORTHODONTICS You probably have a lot to smile about, but if you don’t feel confident in your smile, you may not want to share it with the world. Here at Goffstown Area and Weare Orthodontics we want to help you achieve the confident smile you’ve always wanted. We have two convenient office locations, in Goffstown and Weare, placing us just minutes from Concord and Manchester. On your first visit, we take diagnostic records and provide a complimentary consultation. Our office offers a broad range of treatment options, including Invisalign, 94 | August 2021

Invisalign Teen and traditional braces. Our iTero intraoral digital scanning system allows us to capture images of your mouth without goopy impression materials or gagging. We treat all patients from children to adults. Visit our website or call us at (603) 497-4605 to learn more about how we can help you achieve the healthy smile you deserve. 17A Tatro Dr., Suite #103, Goffstown 64B N. Stark Highway, Weare (603) 497-4605 •

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5:30–8:00 P.M.

It’s time to get out and enjoy an elegant, tented dinner party at Canterbury Shaker Village, to celebrate all the best the state has to offer. FEATURING GREAT FOOD, DRINK, ART, CULTURE, HISTORY, TOURS, LIVE MUSIC AND ROLLICKING HUMOR FROM SOME OF NEW HAMPSHIRE’S FUNNIEST PEOPLE.

Grand Prize Five-night stay at River Walk Giveaway: Resort at Loon Mountain!

Expect a full evening of entertainment and surprises along with chances to tour the village (starting at 4:30). Live music and displays of local culture lead up to dinner when guests will witness the first-ever Granite State Humor Summit with Rebecca Rule of Northwoods facing off against Fred Marple of Frost Heaves, NH, followed by the state’s hottest new band, Fee and the Evolutionists.


Granite State Humor Summit

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603 Living “Practice like you’ve never won. Play like you’ve never lost.” — Michael Jordan

Whether you are a first-time disc golfer, a seasoned pro, playing solo or playing with friends or family, this course will leave you coming back for more outdoor fun.

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Fun! Canterbury disc golf course celebrates 10 years of tees and throws



hrow a disc into a metal basket. Almost seems too easy, right? Despite its simple concept, disc golf, which has been around since 1976, offers fun challenges, and keeps picking up more and more traction with people of all types. Its easy, relaxed and inclusive nature is what drew Top O’ The Hill Disc Golf owner Marty Vaughn to the sport and inspired him to open up a course of his own on his property in Canterbury. “I’ve been playing

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Disc Golf Rules for Recreational Play If you can throw a Frisbee and you like to have fun, you can play disc golf. Today, there are over 7,500 disc golf courses in the United States, and more than millions of people have played the game. Since 1976, there have been over 100,000 members of the Professional Disc Golf Association and players can compete in more than 3,500 sanctioned tournaments annually. Objective of the Game: Disc Golf is played like traditional golf, but with disc golf discs instead of balls and clubs. One throw (stroke) is counted each time the disc is thrown and when a penalty is incurred. The goal is to play each hole in the fewest strokes possible. The player with the lowest total strokes for the entire course wins. The hole is completed when the disc comes to rest in a disc golf basket. Safety First: Never throw when players or other park users are within range. Always give park users the right of way. Be aware of your surroundings and environment at all times. Tee Throws: Each hole begins with a tee throw. Tee throws must be completed within or behind the designated tee area. Lie: The lie is the spot where the player’s previous throw has landed. Mark each lie with a mini marker disc or leave the thrown disc on the ground where it landed. The player’s subsequent throw is made from directly behind the marked lie. Throwing Order: The player with the least amount of strokes on the previous hole is the first to tee off on the next hole. After all players have teed off, the player whose disc is farthest from the hole always throws first. Fairway Throws: Fairway throws must be made from directly behind the lie. A run-up and normal follow-through, after release, is allowed, unless the lie is within 10 meters of the target. Any shot within 10 meters of the target requires that the player maintain balance and not move past the lie until the disc comes to rest.

Completion of Hole: A disc that comes to rest in the disc golf basket or suspended in the chains constitutes the successful completion of that hole. Out of Bounds: If any area of O.B. is visible between the disc and O.B. line, then the disc is considered O.B. A throw that lands out of bounds must be played from a point up to 1 meter in bounds from where the disc crossed over the out of bounds line. Permanent water hazards, public roads and most park boundaries are almost always out of bounds.

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Top O’ The Hill Disc Golf was voted one of the world’s best disc golf courses by U Disc for 2021.

disc golf since the early ’90s,” says Vaughn. “When we moved onto our farm, my family and I decided to build a course, and here we are 10 years later, still having as much fun as we did when we opened. The key to life is to keep moving, and that is what disc golf is and that is what it does for anyone who picks up a disc.” The game is played by throwing a small, dense disc designed to travel long distances into a series of metal baskets situated on an outdoor course. The object is to complete the course using the fewest possible throws. The disc is thrown from a tee area to a target, which is the “hole,” and as each player continues down the fairway, they must make every

consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw landed. The terrain changes, and trees and bushes located in and around the course add challenging obstacles for the golfer to navigate. Finally, the hole is completed when the “putt” lands in the basket. The year-round sport combines mental stimulation with a bit of aerobic exercise perfect to play alone or with friends. For Vaughn, it’s been a great way to meet new people no matter your age or skill level. “We have cooks, construction guys, attorneys, doctors, teachers, people stepping on the course for the first time, recreational players and seasoned pros playing with us,” he says. “Whether you are 3 or 72 years old, you can


Mandatory: A mandatory, or mando, is one or more designated trees or poles in the fairway that must be passed to the correct side as indicated by an arrow. If the disc passes to the wrong side of mandatory, either play from the previous lie or from a marked drop zone area, if applicable, and add a one throw penalty.

There is a variety of disc golf terminology that you will learn as you play, like the tee throw pictured here.

play disc golf. It’s a great lifetime activity and place for everyone to learn and have fun. You can be the worst disc golfer in the world, but you will still come off of the course smiling.” The four-season, 18-hole course is open seven days a week and is just $8 for one round or a full day of disc golf. Only five people can go out at a time for the proper flow of the course, but two to four people is the recommended number to play. If you are coming as a beginner, Vaughn has you covered. “I love being able to offer my time to teach and guide kids and adults through the game,” he says. “Our main rules are to be kind, respectful, and help each other out when we can. I noticed that people often showed up without their own discs, so I built a pro shop for us to give players access to loaner frisbees onsite. We also have pro guys who come a lot and offer advanced classes. At the end of the day, it is all about looking out for your fellow players and making sure we are all having the best time that we possibly can.” When Vaughn isn’t helping out around the course or offering his free time to new players, he is busy playing through the Granite State Tour and Live Free and Drive Tour, a way for players around the state to come together and play the best courses throughout New Hampshire. “With over 35% of new disc golf players coming to the game from 2020, these tours are a great way to continue to grow the sport around the state and beyond,” says Vaughn. “They are a seasonlong series of fun yet competitive tournaments that cater to players of all skill types and levels, with a championship as the big finale to end the year. When other teams come to our course, it’s also an awesome way for us to host them and show them some true Granite State hospitality.” After long days of cleaning up the course or organizing discs, it’s the camaraderie of the sport that keeps Vaughn going. “At the end of the day, I do this because I want to make people happy,” says Vaughn. “Seeing families come down hole 18 smiling and laughing makes all of the hard work worth it. I’ve been able to meet the kindest people through our course, and most of the people who come through become like family. People who want to throw frisbees in baskets are pretty cool.” NH

Find it The 18-hole course is open seven days a week year-round and is only $8 for one round or a full day of disc golf. (Or play free when you buy two frisbees from the pro shop.)

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Ready for fun in 2021~ HAMPTON BEACHHNH Events Schedule is subject to change. See website for updates.

The Hampton Beach Village District Welcomes You Back this Summer! • Nightly Live Bands and Entertainment • Spectacular Fireworks, Weds. & Holidays • Monday Night Movies on the Beach Rain date next night • Hampton Beach Talent Competition August 27-29 • Boston Circus Guild Cirque du Hampton September 4 • Boston Circus Guild Fire Show on Beach September 25 FREE Events paid for by the Residents of Hampton Beach Village District

The Commissioners hope this will be a safe and enjoyable summer.

★★★★★ SUPER STAR BEACH earns top honors for clean water

5 STAR RATING: Rated in the top 5 beaches in US and in the top 10 values for resorts in America for water quality and safety by the National Resources Defense Council.

Hampton Beach is rated 1 of 4 beaches in water cleanliness of all beaches in U.S.A.! as awarded by The Surfrider Foundation & Sierra Club’s “The Cleanest Beach Award”.

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August 8

The Edward MacDowell Medal Celebration The 61st Edward MacDowell Medal will be awarded to composer and performer Rosanne Cash during a prerecorded televised special on New Hampshire PBS on August 8. Experience Medal Day with Rosanne Cash as she explores the 450-acre grounds of one of the nation’s most venerable artist residencies, performs with recording star Emmylou Harris after the ceremony, and then meets artists-in-residence at their studios to learn about their work. This year, Cash, the winner of four Grammy Awards and 14 nominations, including the 2019 nomination for her song “Crossing to Jerusalem” from her latest album “She Remembers Everything,” joins past medalists including Leonard Bernstein, David Lynch, I.M. Pei, Thornton Wilder, Joan Didion, Aaron Copland and Toni Morrison. The medal is awarded annually to an artist who makes outstanding contributions to American culture. (Note: New Hampshire Magazine is a proud sponsor of this event.) Visit for information on how to tune in and learn more. | August 2021 101


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ter. New Hampshire Magazine is a proud sponsor of this event. August 14

Great New England BBQ and Food Truck Festival This is a great family-fun event that features a corn hole tournament, a kids’ zone with free bounce houses, face painting, slime making, artisans, music, food trucks, eating contests and more. $5-$10. Sat from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., indoor/outdoor at Hampshire Dome, 50 Emerson Rd., Milford. (603) 321-9794; August 19-21

Market Days Festival Celebrate summer in the capital with this annual free fest. Throughout the weekend, visitors can enjoy hundreds of vendors and exhibitors, concerts in both Eagle and Bicentennial squares and a beer tent smack dab in the middle of the festival. Free. Main Street, Concord. (603) 226-2150; August 21

Best of NH Party Shameless plug alert! For our 20th annual Best of NH celebration, we’re headed to the beautiful and historic grounds of Canterbury Shaker Village. The evening includes tours of the village, cocktails, catered dinner and entertainment from the state’s beloved Yankee humorists Ken Sheldon and Rebecca Rule, plus live music by Fee and the Evolutionists. Another change this year — tickets are limited (just over 300 are available), so don’t procrastinate. This is an outdoor event, and we’ll be following the CDC guidelines for safe in-person events. Seating at tables will not be limited to single parties. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m., but guests who’d like to take the 45-minute tour will need to arrive at 4:30 p.m. Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury; New Hampshire Food Truck Festival at Cisco Brewers Food Truck Festivals of America is returning to Portsmouth for the 7th annual festival, which features some of the area’s most popular food trucks dishing out fan favorites plus craft brews. $5-$45. 12 to 5 p.m., Cisco Brewers Portsmouth, 35 Corporate Dr., Portsmouth. Facebook.

July 31-August 8

Sunflower Festival Wander through six acres of sunflowers with their happy countenance

aglow in orange and yellow — it’s agri-entertainment at its most colorful. During the festival, special paths are cut though fields to enable viewing from many angles, and several sunrise and sunset times are limited to photographers and artists. Afterward, visit the farmstand for fresh eggs, just-picked produce and the farm’s award-winning, cold-pressed sunflower oil. Don’t forget to check out their sunflower variety garden that will be open starting August 9. From late August through October, the corn maze can be traversed by flashlight on specific nights. $6-$15. 5:30-730 a.m. and 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Coppal House Farm, 118 North River Rd., Lee. (603) 659-3572;

League of N.H. Craftmen’s Fair Start clearing out the car — you’ll want plenty of trunk space for this. Artisans and crafters from around the state set up shop at this massive fest, which boasts the title of the oldest continuously running craft fair in the U.S. Come ready to shop or just to learn and admire, either in the learn-how-it’s-made workshops scattered throughout the week or in the exhibition building full of curated art shows. There’s also live music, chances to meet artisans one-on-one and other fun events held throughout the week. Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Rte. 103, Newbury. (603) 763-3500;

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Moose Festival Head to Colebrook to celebrate all things moose. This year’s festivities include live music, arts and crafts vendors, and rumor has it that a moose-calling contest is planned. There will also be a dog show, maple syrup tasting contest and the classic car show. Bring the whole family to this old-time fun event that showcases the many diverse talents and services in the North Country. 3 to 8 p.m., Downtown Main Street, Colebrook. (603) 237-8939;


Fairs & Festivals August 7-15

August 27-28

August 12-14

64th Annual New Hampshire Antiques Show The best antique dealers from across the Granite State come together to give you an unforgettable summer show. It’s considered the best show of its kind in New England and, with over 50 exhibitors, it won’t disappoint. The professional antique dealers save merchandise throughout the year and offer a wide range of both country and formal antique furniture and accessories. Look for items like paintings and textiles, Shaker furniture, clocks, lighting and so much more. $10-$15. Thurs-Fri 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The DoubleTree by Hilton, 700 Elm St., Manches-

August 3

Granite State Gallery: New Hampshire Art and Artists Through the Years New Hampshire has attracted and inspired artists since the Colonial era. What is distinctive about the art made here? This virtual program will consider works by itinerant and folk painters, landscape artists drawn to the state’s scenic vistas, and modern artists that adopted bold styles to depict everyday life in the Granite State. Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Childe Hassam and Maxfield Parrish are some of the artists discussed in this program. 6:30 p.m., virtual. (603) 352-0157;


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Boot Scootin’ Boogie 5K & Brewfest Run in person or virtually for this fun run. The event starts on Sargent Road, and then heads north onto Mammoth Road before turning onto Otterson Road for an out-andback loop that ends at the Londonderry athletic fields. When you finish the race, use your beer ticket to redeem your post-race beverage from one of the breweries in the beer garden like Backyard Brewery or Great North Aleworks. $10-$35. 4:30-6 p.m., Londonderry Athletic Field Complex, 98 Sargent Rd., Londonderry. (603) 488-1186; August 21

8th Annual Cruise in to the Wright Antique Car, Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show Put on your poodle skits, grease up your ducks’ tail hairdos, buckle up and cruise in to the Wright Museum for this annual event dedicated to unique varieties of cars and motorcycles. Only the first 75 cars will be allowed into the show this year, so get your car registered soon. Food will also be available to purchase from MacDaddy’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ food truck. $10. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Wright Museum of World War II, 77 Center St., Wolfeboro. August 27

Gate City Music Fest This festival is a live concert complete with stadium seating and pod-style lawn seating on the field with an assortment of beer, nonalcoholic beverages and food to enjoy during the show. Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St., Nashua. Through Fall

Critical Cartography: Larissa Fassler in Manchester Larissa Fassler is interested in how the architecture of cities affects people both physically

and psychologically. After a period of reflection, Fassler created four new monumental drawings that reflect her impressions of Manchester’s downtown through intricate compositions featuring maps, annotations and imagery. Her works explore the use of public spaces, the role of community organizations in supporting the needs of citizens, and the effects of poverty on the physical, mental and emotional health of a community. Currier Museum, 150 Ash St., Manchester. (603) 669-6144;

Summer Theater

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July 22-September 5

“Cabaret” Life is a cabaret! In Kander and Ebb’s daring, provocative and exuberantly entertaining musical, an American author and a cabaret dancer fall in love in the backdrop of 1930’s Berlin as the Nazis rise to power. Tickets and times vary, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St., Portsmouth. July 9-August 15

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!” With charm, wit and heart, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang. This revue of songs and vignettes, based on the beloved Charles Schulz comic strip, is the ideal musical for audiences both young and old. Prices and times vary, Prescott Park Arts Festival, Portsmouth. (603) 436-2848; August 4-15

assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out-ofthis-world origins and intent toward global domination. Prices and times vary. Interlakes Theatre, 1 Laker Ln., Meredith. (603) 707-6035;

“Little Shop of Horrors” A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, “Little Shop of Horrors” has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. The meek floral

“Steel Magnolias” “Steel Magnolias” was a play before it was a movie. After its off-Broadway premiere in 1987, playwright Robert Harling wrote the screenplay for the 1989 film starring Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts. Harling based “Steel Magnolias” on the life of his sister and their experience growing up in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The play is a comedy-drama about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. Prices and times vary, M&D at Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse, 2760 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway. (603) 733-5275; August 11-21

“Far From Canterbury” A reimagined telling of “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” “Far From Canterbury” takes us to a world where fairy tales are considered current events, and tells the story of a shy young knight who will be sentenced to death, unless in one year he can answer one simple riddle: What is it that women desire most? Prices and times vary, The Barnstormers Theatre, 104 Main St., Tamworth. (603) 323-8500; | August 2021 103


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number of different peaks for the five mountains they will climb, like Tecumseh and Dickey. Whether you’re an experienced hiker looking to master all five peaks, or just looking to join the fun, there is something to fit all abilities and ages. Free. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Waterville Valley, 1 Ski Area Rd., Waterville Valley. (888) 608-8568; August 28

Find additional events at calendar. Submit events eight weeks in advance to Emily Heidt at or enter your own at Not all events are guaranteed to be published either online or in the print calendar. Event submissions will be reviewed and, if deemed appropriate, approved by a New Hampshire Magazine editor.

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New Hampshire 10 Miler Run 10 miles. Eat local pizza. Attend after-party. Repeat? This event takes runners on a near-half-marathon run around the perimeter of Massabesic Lake, then rewards them with pizza from Pittsfield-based Russian Crust and free post-race beer. The Millennium schedule includes a half-marathon in October and a full marathon in November, so this tenner can be your warm-up run. $40-$110. 7:30 a.m., Massabesic Lake, 1 Londonderry Tpke., Manchester. (603) 488-1186;

August 6-7

Luke Bryan Pull out your cowboy boots and hat because this iconic country singer is coming to the Granite State for a one night of “Play It Again” fun. He will also be joined by Dylan Scott and Caylee Hammack. This is the perfect concert to kick off the summer, so don’t miss out. $88-$251. 7 p.m., Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, 72 Meadowbrook Ln., Gilford. (603) 293-4700; August 11

TEOA TEOA, or The End of America, consists of a group of friends who met on the road (James Downes, Trevor Leonard and Brendon Thomas) after singing harmonies on each other’s songs while on tour as solo artists. The Philadelphia trio credits their name to Kerouac’s “On The Road” — relating to traveling “across the groaning continent” in search of inspiration. The sound is centered on their voices, weaving three distinct leads into captivating harmonies over a solid foundation of folk, rock and Americana. $60-$180. 7:30 p.m., The Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth. (603) 436-2400; August 19

Chris Lane Chris Lane has some “Big, Big Plans” for his one night show at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. Grab your cowboy boots and jam out to crowd favorites like “Take Back Home Girl,” “I Don’t Know About You” and “Fill Them Boots.” Tickets start at $25. 8 p.m., Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach. (603) 929-4100;

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Concerts in the Clouds: Kate Baldwin Hailed as “the redheaded firecracker” (Stephen Holden, New York Times), Kate Baldwin was nominated for the 2017 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Irene Molloy in the 2017 Broadway revival of “Hello Dolly!” Kate’s new show titled “How Did You Get This Number?” features signature songs from her acclaimed career including “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Giant,” and “Big Fish.” Prices vary. 7:30 p.m., Castle in the Clouds, Rte. 171, 455 Old Mountain Rd., Moultonborough. (603) 476-5900;

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12th Annual Sunrise Ascent on Mt. Washington Get your hiking shoes and cameras ready, this is an event that you won’t want to miss. Before sunrise, teams ascend the Mt. Washington Auto Road to reach the 6,288-foot summit. Each team includes an adaptive athlete and “mules” who will help an athlete needing assistance or accompany an independent athlete as he or she climbs the 7.6 miles to the summit. This inspirational outing benefits the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country. Donations accepted. 5 a.m., Auto Road, Gorham. (603) 823-5232;


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24th Annual White Mountain Boogie N’ Blues Festival With two decades of festivals and a bevy of national blues preservation awards under its belt, this boogiefest is not to be missed. This year’s lineup includes Jeremiah Johnson, Eliza Neals and so many more. To really dive into the festival experience, rent a campsite on the Boogie’s sprawling White Mountains grounds. $40$100. Times vary, Sugar Shack Campground, Route 175, Thornton. (603) 726-3867;

Sports & Recreation August 13-15

Denali Challenge Within the mountains that surround Waterville Valley exist a number of New England’s highest peaks. The Denali Challenge is to hike five of these peaks in one weekend. The ultimate challenge is to hike the five peaks equaling 20,000 feet (Denali is at 20,328 feet) claiming the title “Alive after five.” This year, hikers will be able to choose from a

August 4-15

“Our Town” The Peterborough Players are

celebrating the restart to summer theater with Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” An exploration of the profound experience of everyday life, the show looks through the eyes of the citizens of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in their growing up, loving, living and dying. The ownership of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American play is strongly felt by residents of Peterborough since the play was first performed in the town in 1940. Prices and times vary. Held outdoors in downtown Peterborough. (603) 924-9344;

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Recovery Is Here Retirement communities are back



he development and widespread availability of the COVID-19 vaccine proved to be a shot in the arm for the senior housing industry. The yearlong-plus pandemic broke the business model for continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), also known as life plan communities (LPCs), which is a long-term care option delivering independent living and an amenity-rich lifestyle with access to an onsite higher level of care should medical needs progress through the aging process. It was a time full of financial hardship, tragedy and fear. Expenses, including the widespread implementation of stringent new safety measures, professional protective equipment (PPE), cleaning and supplies, testing supplies, the bonuses and overtime pay for frontline workers and staff, and more, skyrocketed. At the same time, potential new residents were reluctant to leave their existing homes, meaning occupancy rates and the associated income from entrance fees and the additional monthly per person fees plummeted. Staying safe and staying social, which is the mission of every CCRC, became a challenge like no other. Chief executives soon found themselves under the gun.

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“It was tough. It was financially challenging to make all the ends meet. Federal and state stimulus money was very helpful to us for closing at least some of the gaps. But it doesn’t close all the gaps, that’s for sure,” says Joe Deveau, the executive director of Riverglen House, which offers independent living and assisted living options in Littleton. “Our costs went up — and significantly so,” says Michael Flaherty, the president and CEO of the three Taylor Community CCRCs in Laconia and Wolfeboro. “But we managed. If we didn’t spend the money to do what we needed to do, we wouldn’t have had a product at the end of the day. I always took the long view on this, even though when you’re going through a crisis like this, you never think it’s going to end even though it always does, so you had to take the long view to make sure we had a successful jour-

ney through it so that people would look to us and think that’s where I want to be.” The development and distribution of the vaccine is the game-changer. With it, COVID is more under control in New Hampshire and across the country. Flaherty says that within the Taylor Community, 98% of his staff, 97% of independent living residents and 100% of the those in assisted living are vaccinated. Deveau reports similarly impressive numbers. As the fear of catching COVID, getting seriously ill, becoming a “longhauler” with ongoing side effects and/or possibly dying continues to subside appreciably, retirement communities are getting back to Boomtown. “At the beginning of this, we were stuck in neutral,” says Flaherty. “It certainly took a hit on the bottom line, but at the end of the day, we needed to manage the product and the service that we deliver. I went with the assumption that the bottom line would take care of itself if we did the right thing. We did the right thing and the bottom line survived and now it’s flourishing. We’re certainly experiencing a growth spurt.” Even amid the pandemic, the Taylor Community made a bold move to acquire its third property, Sugar Hill in Wolfeboro, adding to the portfolio, which includes Taylor Laconia and Back Bay in Wolfeboro. While the organization had anticipated and budgeted for no closings at all during the COVID crisis, 16 new contracts were executed and active adults are already moving into their desired apartments and cottage homes. The situation is the same at Riverglen House and many other communities statewide. “A lot of people had just waited. Potential residents waited and their families waited to see where this whole thing was going to go,” says Deveau. “What we’re experiencing now is that there is a pent-up demand in the community as people who would have moved in last year held off. Now we’re seeing a lot of activity from people who told us

“A sense of community has become that much more important than any of the other components, including health care.” — Michael Flaherty, president and CEO of Taylor Community

Dedication, compassion and extraordinary care Ask any CEO of a retirement community what the biggest lesson learned through the pandemic was, and the answer is almost universal. It’s how dedicated, compassionate and extraordinary their staff is. “But I didn’t learn that. I always knew that,” says Taylor Community CEO and president Michael Flaherty. “We have a tremendous staff. When this happened, our entire staff, including medical personnel, administrators, chefs, carpenters, groundskeepers, housekeepers, truly everyone, just pulled together and said, ‘OK, this is what we have to do for our residents.’ It wasn’t me pushing that, it was me allowing that to happen and letting people come up with creative ways to do it. Our residents get well taken care of because every one of our employees go the extra mile.” Says Riverglen House CEO Joe Deveau, “Our staff delivered kindness, compassion, caring and the highest quality of service for all of our residents with the utmost professionalism just as they had always done. We were dealing with a staff of 30 in one building and 100 in another and 99.5% of them came to work every day, with no questions asked. They all responded to the call of duty.” they had wanted to wait. Thank God for the vaccine. With the vaccination rate so high, people tell us it’s time to make the move. They’re ready.” Nonetheless, while contract signings and occupancy rates are getting back on track, it’s not back to the old normal for the industry. Nor will it ever be. In an interview with seniorhousingnews. com, Brenda Bacon, the CEO of Brandywine Living and the company’s seven CCRCs located along the Eastern Seaboard, says this pandemic presents an opportunity for redefinition. “We don’t have to be a junior version of the hotel industry or a junior version of the healthcare industry. We can be our own industry because it is a unique product,” she says. “I agree with that. Absolutely,” says Flaherty. “I’ll take it one step further in that we have tried to live that and tried to define that. We have a unique and very high-quality program in and of itself. We don’t pretend that we’re all health care and we don’t pretend that we’re a junior version of the hotel industry. We’re a little bit of everything, and that’s what exactly what we’re there for. At the end of the day, we’re a community. Whatever you need, we’re there to provide for you. That’s what’s helped us be successful during the pandemic.” What also helped keep some communities afloat and financially solvent while others faltered is the willingness to embrace new technology. The pandemic forced executives to pivot to an upgraded social media presence, virtual tours and online advertising, and to do it rapidly.

Does going digital work? “We had already begun the transition of putting a greater emphasis of our sales and marketing effort on technology and less on in-person and other forms of advertising,” says Flaherty. “The pandemic accelerated it. We’re using technology more than we ever have. I don’t think we’ll ever go back to the pre-pandemic way. The video conference call is here to stay,” he says, adding that the expanded use of virtual marketing expands Taylor’s reach so they’ve attracted new residents from up and down the East Coast. “We won’t use it as much as we did during the pandemic, but it definitely changed the way we do some things. As for the success, it’s real. It’s tangible.” What’s also real is that, even through a pandemic, the successful CCRCs maintained their excellent track record on resident safety and quality healthcare, retained their high-quality lifestyle, and affirmed the dedication to caring, sharing and, most importantly, combating isolation. That may be the best selling point of all. “As we’re coming out of COVID, more people are starting to look at communities like ours,” says Flaherty. “This is the biggest piece of it. A sense of community has become that much more important than any of the other components, including health care. We’re there when you need us for health care. We’re there when you need us financially. We’re there when you need a light bulb changed. But we’re also there for you just on a regular basis. People have created some great friendships and bonds, and that occurred even while COVID was going on.” NH | August 2021 107


Low and Slow Smoked Ribs Active Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 31/2-41/2 hours

The Ribs: 3 racks of pork ribs (baby back or St. Louis-style) about 3 pounds each

The Rub: 1/3 cup Spanish paprika 3 tablespoons ancho chili powder 3 tablespoons Mexican chili powder 2 tablespoons ground coriander 1 tablespoon ground cumin 2 tablespoons kosher salt 2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Directions/Part 1: Prep and Slow Cook



his crowd-pleasing ribs recipe was passed along to me by my former boss at WZID, Pat McKay. It’s best made on a warm, sunny afternoon when you can carve out about four hours to luxuriate in the sights and smells of slow-smoking pork ribs. Adult beverages are optional, but encouraged. About Mike Morin You may know Mike Morin from his 20 years on the radio at WZID and local hosting gigs, but he is also an avowed foodie. Like most men of the house, he is king of the grill and uses his Big Green Egg to get the job done. These succulent ribs are the perfect for cooking outdoors in August. As a retired 50-year radio and TV personality, Morin turned to baking and barbecuing. He bought a turbo-charged Viking stand mixer and, soon, Morin was inspired to up his cooking skills. After he took classes with the experts at King Arthur Flour in Vermont, he became hooked on bread making. He eventually won baking competitions, including a statewide mac and cheese contest, and some blue ribbons at the Deerfield Fair thanks to his chocolate infinity cookies and chocolate infinity zucchini loaf cake. His latest creation is baking cupcake pizzas.

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Use a knife at back of the rack and carefully separate and remove the membrane from the bones, working from top to bottom. Use a paper towel to get a firm grip. Now, generously coat both sides of the ribs with the rub mixture and place them in a rib rack that fits in an oven roasting pan. TIP: Line the pan with foil for easy cleanup. Place the ribs in your smoker on very low heat — 225° F for at least three hours. Keep the cover on the grill/smoker. Low and slow is the pit master’s mantra. TIP: Do not use briquettes. And no lighter fluid. Pick up a bag of lump charcoal. My preference is Big Green Egg charcoal. It lights easily and you won’t need to soak wood chips in water for smokiness.

The Glaze: 2 cups real maple syrup ½ cup prepared horseradish, drained 2 heaping teaspoons of Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder Salt and freshly ground pepper Enthusiastically whisk ingredients in a medium bowl.

Directions/Part 2: The Payoff

After 3-4 hours of low-heat cooking, remove ribs from the cooking rack and lay them directly on the grill. TIP: Cut racks in half at this point. They tend to fall apart if left fully intact. Slather those bad boys with your glaze, turning from time to time. This is where you are adding “the bark,” the crunchy, caramelized finish. Don’t blacken them, but rather slowly let the sugars work their magic, leaving a darker, crunchy, gooey coating. This may take about 10 minutes. Turn up the heat if you feel the bark isn’t developing as you’d like. Just don’t dry out the ribs in the process.

603 LIVING / HEALTH stances, including injury, genetics and teeth clenching or grinding, can cause the TMJ to dysfunction and lead to symptoms such as jaw soreness, headaches, earaches, clicking that accompanies jaw movement and a locked jaw. Habitual clenching or grinding can also chip or crack teeth and can even cause the gums to recede.

“30 years ago, maybe 20% of the patients I saw had real [TMJ-related] issues … now close to 100% of the people are [clenching and grinding] at an extreme level.” — David Bloom, D.M.D.

Sign of the Times: COVID Clenching Jaw pain? A jaw that clicks? Join the club. BY KAREN A. JAMROG / ILLUSTRATION BY MADELINE McMAHON


urveys show that the majority of Americans have felt increasingly stressed during the past year or so. No surprise there. Now, the consequences of chronic stress are beginning to surface as people seek help for an array of mental and physical ailments that stress can cause or exacerbate, from insomnia and depression to heart disease. Indeed, even our pearly whites have suffered as they’ve literally borne the brunt of

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life in modern times. Delayed dental care due to the pandemic created its own set of problems, but many dentists have also seen a spike in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. While the exact cause of TMJ disorder can be difficult to identify, emotional distress is considered a contributing factor, at a minimum. We each have a TMJ, or jaw joint, in front of each ear where the lower jaw connects to the skull. A range of circum-

Earlier this year, the American Dental Association reported that more than 70% of surveyed dentists said they have seen an increase of teeth grinding and clenching among patients, and more than 60% of dentists said they’ve seen a rise in TMJ disorder symptoms in their patients. “I see it a lot, even in younger people,” says Keith Levesque, D.M.D., of Levesque Dentistry in Nashua. Most often, he says, TMJ disorder involves jaw muscles that are overworked from clenching or grinding habits that many people do not realize they have. David Bloom, D.M.D., of New England Dental Arts in Salem, says that these days, “almost everyone over the age of 15” grinds or clenches their teeth. He estimates that while “30 years ago, maybe 20% of the patients I saw had real [TMJ-related] issues … now close to 100% of the people are [clenching and grinding] at an extreme level.” Bloom says, however, that the surge shouldn’t be chalked up solely to the tough year-plus that we’ve had; he believes tech-driven lifestyles have helped drive up incidence rates over time. The constant stream of alerts, messages and distractions that most people are exposed to all day, every day, he says, adds up to digital over-

Over-the-counter vs. custom night guards Night guards are one of the most common treatments for TMJ disorder. Not all night guards are created equal, however, and some over-the-counter or poorly made night guards can do more harm than good. Ill-designed mouthguards might cover the surface of the teeth to provide some protection, “but you don’t always understand [their] influence on the TMJ and the muscles,” says David Bloom, D.M.D., of New England Dental Arts. For example, unlike well-made custom night guards, night guards sold in stores can be unstable and soft, which can invite chewing and cause tension in the TMJ and surrounding muscles when the goal is to get the muscles to relax. Typically, custom night guards are not cheap — they often cost hundreds of dollars and are not always covered by insurance — but if you want the safest, most accurate fit and your best shot at relief from TMJ-disorder symptoms, experts say choosing custom is the way to go. Not only can a good night guard alleviate symptoms, it can also prevent the need for costly dental treatments down the line. load. Then the pandemic came along and “added another layer” to our mental distress. “COVID has increased people’s stress and made them more anxious,” Bloom says. “The clenching and grinding is a stress reliever for the brain.” There is no cure for TMJ disorder, but there are treatments to manage it, ranging from self-help, such as meditation, and

checking in with yourself to see if you’re unconsciously clenching your teeth, to night-guard use, orthodontics and Botox injections that temporarily paralyze the jaw muscles. TMJ disorder can be just a passing problem, Levesque says, that comes and goes in tandem with a problem or worry in your life. “As things get better,” he says,

“your jaw gets better.” But in many cases, long-term treatment is necessary. Night guards, for example, which are also known as bite splints or occlusal splints, are one of the most common therapies for TMJ disorder, and often must be worn indefinitely. The good news is, a properly made night guard can alleviate symptoms, protect teeth and improve jaw alignment — and it needn’t be bulky or uncomfortable. Unlike the sports mouthguards you sometimes see protruding from the mouths of athletes, a typical TMJ-related mouthguard is sleek and streamlined. In fact, most people who grow accustomed to wearing a night guard for TMJ disorder find that they can’t sleep without it, Levesque says. Whatever the particulars of the chosen treatment for TMJ disorder, a key part of the ultimate goal is to get the muscles associated with the TMJ to relax. Here’s hoping that those of us who clench and grind will also loosen up emotionally as we rest better knowing that any stress that comes our way doesn’t have to take a toll on our teeth. NH


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I Was Told There Would Be Roadies There were no roadies


had my first glimpse of rock star dreams at, of all places, the Kingston Fairgrounds. It was the summer of 1984, and Cheap Trick, Twisted Sister and a few others ripped it up on a dusty patch of grass just off Route 125 at Summerjam. From there, it wasn’t too long of a drive to Daddy’s Junky Music in Portsmouth, where I spent too many afternoons on Woodbury Avenue gazing at the guitars hanging from the wall. I couldn’t afford one back then, which is probably for the best because it was the ’80s and many of them were rather pointy. I wasn’t bothering the guys behind the counter alone though. I was with a few others who also wanted to set the world right via face-melting riffage. This, in retrospect, was the payoff. It wasn’t royalties or adulation — it was the people with whom you spent countless hours, dreaming and conspiring with in the drummer’s basement. Because the drummer’s parents are the ones shortsighted enough to get the kid a drum set, which means they’re used to the racket. Do it enough, and it becomes a fraternity that you don’t get to quit.

But, at some point, you come home from a late-night jam for the last time. One by one, each of us who made that vicarious jump from the Kingston Fairgrounds to the guitar shop finished school, started careers and families, got haircuts — when there still was hair to be cut — and put the guitar case under the bed for the last time. And while dust accumulates and strings rust, those days are never really that far away. There’s something enduring about the people who were part of your tribe who put on really, really regrettable clothes, walked onto a stage with you, and then launched into making a noise that at least sort of matched what the other guys were doing. My own musical career peaked on an off-day at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. I was working there in college, and one day the club’s stage manager asked a few of us to come by early. Turns out, he knew a few people at that Daddy’s in Portsmouth, and had arranged for a bunch of equipment to be delivered to the Casino

stage — guitars, amps, basses, drums and an organ. A few of us who worked there were frustrated musicians whose skills, such as they were, mirrored the makeup of a band. We plugged in, tuned up, and made the kind of racket that still echoes in our own mental highlight reel. Curious passersby climbed the stairs from Ocean Boulevard and watched us for a bit as we shook the powdered sugar off their fried dough. For one afternoon, I got to feel what it was like to stand on the same stage Ian Anderson, Robert Plant, Bono and a million other A, B and Z listers did, and blast away at the empty, creaky, old wooden floor. I ended up playing bass in a few working bands — if you call playing Sandown Old Home Days and the Belknap County 4-H Fair working. What you end up learning is that it’s not about roadies and pointy guitars. It’s about creating and forging a bond with people who never really leave your life. So, yeah, we didn’t make it. But it sure was fun trying. NH



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Articles inside

"We Are Still in Eden"

pages 52-61

Off the Hook with the Mad Fisherman

pages 42-51

Peter’s Rock Piles

pages 38-39

Hearing Voices

page 8

Once nearly extinct, record stores and vinyl come roaring back

pages 28-32


pages 114-116

Sign of the Times: COVID Clenching

pages 112-113

Low and Slow Smoked Ribs

pages 110-111

Retirement communities are back

pages 108-109

Talking Coffee Culture with La Mulita Coffee Bar and Roastery

pages 24-27

Live Sweet or Dry with Tamworth Distilling

pages 14-19

Our Town: Somersworth

pages 20-23

Ranked-choice voting could give one party the edge

pages 36-37

Bravo, Chef Chris Viaud!

pages 34-35
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