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Glass Heart by Robert Burch

Contents 42 First Things 4 Editor’s Note 6 Contributors Page 8 Feedback

Features 40 Transcript

Meet Miss Kama-Kazi, director of Lady Luck Burlesque. by Dave Mendelsohn

42 Galloping to the Rescue

50 603 Informer

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66 Calendar of Events

photo by Greg Kretschmar

12 Top Events


by Emily Heidt

14 Our Town CONCORD

by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers

18 Food & Drink

from left: photos by rebecca rowland, kendal j. bush and jenn bakos

Some cafés and shops are as welcoming as your own couch and fireplace. Stylist Matthew Mead shares his favorite local cozy spots with all the amenities (and more) of home. by Matthew Mead

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30 Artisan


by Susan Laughlin

32 Review


by Rick Broussard

34 Blips



edited by Emily Heidt

by Rick Broussard

74 Health

35 Politics



by Karen A. Jamrog

36 First Person

78 Seniority

by Jack Kenny

by Lynne Snierson

38 What Do You Know?

81 Local Dish

by Marshall Hudson

recipe by Julian Armstrong

by James Pindell



50 Fast Lanes

58 Shop, Sip and Stay Awhile


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Animal rescue is not an easy calling, and when it comes to horses, the difficulties are compounded due to expense and specialized care. Thankfully, there are those who rise to the challenge time and time again. by Lynne Snierson Mike Morin explores the heyday of candlepin bowling and visits with current fans trying to keep the New England tradition alive. by Mike Morin

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23 Sips



by Michael Hauptly-Pierce

24 Retail


by Emily Heidt

26 Outsider


82 Dine Out GOOD EATS

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by Brion O’Connor

ON THE COVER “Shop, Sit and Stay Awhile” starts on page 58 and features the cover location Apotheca of Goffstown. The mug is by Adrian Wallace, and the photo was taken by Jenn Bakos.

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Between the time I write this and the time you read it, my wife and I will both stand on stage and thank some people after receiving a joint lifetime achievement award. Among those I thank will be you.

e will be honored at the New Hampshire Theatre Alliance’s 17th annual awards night at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. It hasn’t happened yet, but you should have been there. While I’m a little puzzled what earned us this honor, I’ve heard that in a small, collegial state like ours, if you remain in the public eye long enough, someone will eventually either award you something or arrest you. In fact, both my wife and I got hooked into local theatre back when my kids were, well, kids, and we’re still involved in a variety of ways. Maybe it’s just our turn, but it’s also a chance to reflect on what our “achievement” has actually been over the years. In a nutshell, what we (and so many others who deserve recognition) have done is simply help other people get together in meaningful ways. Neither of us cured cancer or built a stairway to the stars. We just facilitated and added a little charm to events that draw like-minded folks into the same room. Then we stood back and watched what happened. For my wife, that has occurred mostly at the independent movie theatre where she works in Concord (Red River Theatres). Among her feats, she’s connected the worlds of stage and film at a number of special screenings and events. For me, there’s this magazine. There’s also the fact that the NH Theatre Awards were originally dreamt up by an old (way younger-than-I) friend and me here in the McLean Communications offices. Both these roles have revealed to me what the simple act of getting the right folks together can do. McLean hosts a variety of awards where professionals come to get a chunk of Lucite and a round of applause, but what’s really going on is in the background — names being learned, relationships being forged, opportunities being seized and ideas being shared — all before the door prizes are handed out.

The NH Theatre Awards brings theatre companies of varying budgets and missions from all parts of the state together throughout the year as adjudications take place, and then invites them all to a big awards night and party. This kind of cross-fertilization sounds like a good thing for creative folks, and those involved will assure you it is. In the years since the NHTA first handed out an award, North Country stage companies, professional and amateur, have made the trek down to big-city and small-town theaters to judge community and even children’s theatre productions. The plan works both ways. Big, well-funded southern-tier groups like Nashua’s Actorsingers and the Community Players of Concord send emissaries up to experience tiny playhouses like the Little Church Theater in Holderness or historic ones like The Barnstormers of Tamworth. The result is that our theatre community is, in fact, a community: a stable source of real creative power. Such community power doesn’t always manifest in big, award-winning ways. It’s the many small and unremarkable connections that might make the biggest difference in our lives. That’s why our cover story this month is about more than the delights of shops that offer customers an invitation to sit and strum a guitar, read a book or nosh on a pastry. Shops, cafés and occasions where people meet to chat and dream perform a vital role for us all. They bring people together in a world in which just about everything, from politics to technology, seems intent on keeping us apart. So, along with my mom and God, I plan to thank you, our readers, for coming together each month to spend time with New Hampshire Magazine. We couldn’t do it without you.

Contributors Mike Morin, who wrote this month’s feature “Fast Lanes,” also penned the memoir “Fifty Shades of Radio, True Stories of a Morning Radio Guy Being Wired, Tired and Fired,” which covers his 44 years in broadcasting. His writing has also appeared in the The Nashua Telegraph, The Boston Globe, New Hampshire Business Review and more. “Fast Lanes” is about the glory days of candlepin bowling, a topic Morin explores at length in his new book “Lunch with Tommy and Stasia — TV’s Golden Age of Candlepin Bowling.” Learn more at

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Frequent New Hampshire Magazine contributor Kendal J. Bush took the photos for “Fast Lanes.” See more of her work at

Photographer Jenn Bakos shot this month’s cover and the opening photo for “Shop, Sit and Stay Awhile.” See more at

Stylist, writer, author, photographer and lifestyle editor Matthew Mead produced this month’s cover feature “Shop, Sit and Stay Awhile.”

Our regular “Seniority” contributor Lynne Snierson wrote the feature story “Galloping to the Rescue.”

Writer Brion O’Connor (pictured with his wife Lauri), who contributes to our special publication NH Ski and Snow, wrote this month’s “Outsider.”

Greg Kretschmar of “Greg & The Morning Buzz” took the photo for the “Navigator” opening spread. See more of his work at

About | Behind The Scenes at New Hampshire Magazine Cover Creation

For this month’s cover, we enlisted the help of some talented friends of New Hampshire Magazine — photographer Jenn Bakos, Alyssa Van Guilder of Apotheca and artist Adrian Wallace. Alyssa’s talents as a florist are often featured in the pages of our special publication, New Hampshire Magazine’s Bride, so when stylist Matthew Mead included her shop in his feature story on the state’s cozy spaces (“Sip, Sit and Stay Awhile,” page 58), it seemed like the perfect opportunity to showcase all that Apotheca has to offer. In addition to her work as a florist, Alyssa transformed Goffstown’s historic train depot into a gorgeous, welcoming café and gift shop. Our art director, Chip Allen, is a fan of good coffee, and noticed Adrian’s beautiful ceramic mugs at A&E Coffee & Tea in Manchester. Since Apotheca uses A&E’s coffees, it seemed fitting to bring Adrian’s mugs to Apotheca for the cover photo shoot. It always feels like a bit of magic when things align just right to produce a great cover, but the truth is it takes a lot of work — and a lot of photos. Thanks to Jenn and Alyssa for producing the cover photo, and special thanks to Adrian for providing her mugs for the photo shoot. 6 | February 2019

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Never Would Have Guessed Always enjoy your columns — especially this one about cannabis, since I never would have guessed you were a participant [“Editor’s Note,” January 2019]. Wow, what a picture of you [“Surrounded,” January 2019]. I was tempted but never tried it; glad I didn’t, as the drug scene has gotten totally out of control. You were fortunate. Vivian Mahoney Hale’s Location

Harry Who? Just received my copy of the January issue and think you did a terrific job on the cannabis section [“Surrounded”]. Well-balanced, though I think some of the skeptics are still living in the Harry Anslinger days. As for my piece, I never got placement this good when I was in the business! Thanks for the opportunity. David (Woody) Wood Deering P.S. I was never even half the degenerate stoner you appear to have been in your ’70s photo. Editor’s Note: We Wikipediaed it so you don’t have to: “Harry Jacob Anslinger (May 20, 1892–November 14, 1975) was a United States government official who served as the first commissioner of the US Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He was a supporter of prohibition and criminalization of drugs, and played a pivotal role in cannabis prohibition.” — Wikipedia

Tree Talker Just wanted to thank you for the recent December New Hampshire Magazine with a photo and short story on me in “The 2018 It List” along with my new title “Speaker for the Trees.” I have attached an article about our tree farm on Mt. Cube in Orford, New Hampshire, with photos that were in our local paper earlier this year; thought you might enjoy it. Next year, when we have our Lupine Tour (middle to the third week of June), you may enjoy coming up, and I would be happy to give you a tour. Feel free to share with anyone who loves the outdoors and wildlife. Tom Thomson Orford 8 | February 2019

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Balanced Edition I just want to let you know that I really enjoyed the marijuana series [“Surrounded”]. I thought the edition was balanced, informative and very entertaining. I especially enjoyed your frank perspective in the editor’s note. I enjoyed working with you on this and appreciate your patience with my many emails and suggestions. If you ever need anything related to health and wellness polices (we work on several other policies besides just marijuana), let us know. Kate Frey, vice president of advocacy New Futures Inc. Concord

Meaningful Conversation I found your January issue dedicated to the State of Weed in NH the most balanced editorial coverage on the pros and cons on cannabis use to date. I thought Rick’s editorial on his personal experience with pot to be especially honest and insightful. Nicely done. For me, growing up in Beverly, Massachusetts, in the 1970s, I was in the vast minority of my junior high and high school that weren’t pot smokers. I remember dozens of stoners lighting up on the front steps of the Baptist Church, every day. The local police would pull up and everyone would disperse, only to wander back a few hours later. Rarely was anyone arrested, because they weren’t really harming anybody but themselves, and some of these kids were the cops’ own kids. Personally, I tried it and didn’t like it. I just wasn’t that interested in getting high or stoned. I had a small group of friends in high school and in college that were geeks, jocks, musicians and freaks, and our mutual interest in art was my connection to all these individuals. My friends never pressured me to smoke, drink or do drugs. Maybe it’s because, with me being an artistic-type, they thought I was just cool enough to hang out with. (Or maybe they were too stoned to care either way.) For my friends that were regular pot smokers, some functioned just fine and managed to still get great grades, be smart, funny and lead “normal” day-to-day lives, go onto college and successful lives. Some of my other friends didn’t fair as well: dazed and confused, uninterested in life around them, dropping out of school or, in some cases, just being really f*cked up all the time. Some eventually

cleaned up and got sober, others moved onto harder drugs and didn’t make it to 30. The use of drugs in this country certainly is a problem, I know. But New Hampshire’s 2017 decision to decriminalize of the use of cannabis, I think, makes sense when compared to the higher health risks of tobacco and alcohol use. To what extent the further legalizing of it is, I’m still on the fence about. What’s the long-term effect of its use on younger users? I don’t know. But your coverage certainly gave me more to think about. And knowing what I know now, I definitely would enjoy having a meaningful conversation on the topic with Rick Broussard, today, more than I would have even been able to in my youth and in the haze of mid-’70s. John Goodwin Director of Custom Publishing McLean Communications Manchester

Model Kids

Just enjoyed looking at this article with the adorable model Evangeline [“Retail,” January 2019. As in this article I have found many stores with very few choices for boys. As you know, we do have grandsons as well as granddaughters. Do you plan on doing an article for boys as well since this one definitely favors girls? Bernie Marchowsky Nashua Editor’s Note: Good idea. By the way, Evangeline is our editor’s granddaughter. We wrote back to Mr. Marchosky and jokingly suggested we might need to wait until the editor’s brand-new grandson is old enough to model. He then replied with this photo of his 5-month-old grandson, Otto, just in case we don’t want to wait.








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River Sounds A quaint village scene

The village of Chocorua, which is a part of Tamworth, is centered at the intersection of Routes 113 and 16, along the Chocorua River. The Chocorua River Dam Park, where Greg Kretschmar took this photo, is lovely no matter the time of year, but during the warmer months this picturesque green space is an ideal picnic spot. Residents and visitors alike can spread out a blanket, enjoy the outdoors and listen to the sounds of water flowing over the dam. 10 | February 2019

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February | Picks Winter Carnivals

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only event to look forward to this February. Bundle up, hit the road, and check out one of these winter carnivals that will surely combat your winter blues.

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Outdoor fests — not just for warm weather

Celebrate 103 years of fun at the Newport Winter Carnival this year.

The small town of Newport will be transformed into a winter wonderland for four days of winter activities. There will be events ranging from a winter carnival pageant to midnight skating to winter parades to pancake breakfasts. Don’t miss out on the fun and an opportunity to celebrate 103 years of community. Facebook

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16th Annual Ice Harvest and Winter Carnival February 16, Tamworth

Find a new appreciation for your icemaker by trying your hand at this old-fashioned ice harvest. Visitors can hit the pond to help haul in chunks of ice (oxen included) or stick to the tamer activities such as visiting the bob-house, listening to live music or admiring the festival’s fleet of antique snowmobiles.

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Newport Winter Carnival February 7-10, Newport



New London Winter Carnival February 7-10, New London

Enjoy skating, an ice hockey tournament, wagon rides, kids’ activities, a s’mores party and more at this winter extravaganza. Don’t miss the dinner with Jack Frost, an outdoor dinner hosted by area restaurants that takes place on the town green. There will also be live music and campfires and Tiki torches to keep you warm.

Grab your hat and mittens and get ready to become a cold-weather climbing convert. This event is open to college students who are looking for a weekend away that will be filled with ice climbing, guest speakers, raffles and much more. The home base will be at Camp Cody, where you can get warm with heated cabins and hot catered meals.

Alton Bay Winter Carnival February 16-17, Alton Bay

Wolfeboro Bay Winter Carnival February 16-24, Wolfeboro

The theme for this annual carnival is “Winter Dreaming.” There will be excitement available for the whole family, including ice fishing, snowmobile races, ice boats and a pancake breakfast. While you take in the sights, make sure you enjoy a hearty homemade meal at the diner on the bay.

Wasserman Park Winter Carnival February 23, Merrimack

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Collegiate Ice Carnival February 22-24, Freedom

Head to Wasserman Park to celebrate the 26th annual winter carnival. This fun-filled event is packed with indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family. There will be a campfire with s’mores, an ice fishing derby, snowshoeing demonstration, sledding and even a cardboard box sledding contest.

There will be icy fun had by all at this winter carnival. Take part in events like ice skating, snowshoeing workshops, sleigh rides, inflatable obstacle course competitions, a pancake breakfast and more. The entire village will be set up on the ice in the harbor of the bay, and there will be delicious treats available at the post office and local shops.

1. New London Winter Carnival, New London 2. Newport Winter Carnival, Newport 3. 16th Annual Ice Harvest and Winter Carnival, Tamworth


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Concord Is Cool

Walk to find dining, shopping and the arts BY BARBARA RADCLIFFE ROGERS


iving in the Monadnock Region, with family in the Seacoast and Lakes, has made Concord a place for us to go through, not to. But a couple of new restaurants and a Met Opera “Live in HD” performance at the Capitol Center for the Arts prompted us to spend a weekend and see what else was there. Quite a lot, it turned out. We found, among other things, a thriving arts community. The Capitol Center for the Arts, which already features a regular schedule of live performances, is opening a new venue down the road this spring, the Bank of New Hampshire Stage, which will broaden its capacity to host concerts and performances of all sizes and configurations. Retractable seating will allow flexibility, transforming the main theater area from a fixed-seat concert hall to a dance floor. The Concord Community Music School produces performances that include lunch

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hour concerts, student recitals, professional performances and even open jazz jam sessions, all available to the public and many of them free. Just across Main Street from the soon-to-be Bank of New Hampshire Stage is Red River Theatres, an intimate movie house that features classics, first-run independent films, foreign films, local film projects and on-screen art exhibits. The theater is adjacent — and connected — to the newly opened Hotel Concord, where we spent the weekend. Our large room was on the fourth floor, in the corner, with huge windows overlooking Main Street and the Statehouse dome. From check-in on Friday afternoon until check-out on Sunday afternoon, we never moved the car from the adjacent garage. Everything we did was within walking distance, and the hotel was right there for dropping off purchases, changing clothes, and pausing for a glass of wine in front of the fireplace in the welcom-

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The New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord

ing lobby. The atmosphere here is more like a fine country inn, with comfortable chairs and a reception desk in one corner, instead of a wall of check-in counters. We didn’t even need to step outside for dinner. O Steaks & Seafood is just off the hotel’s Main Street lobby, and a lively place with a dining room that’s well separated from the large bar area. We began with duck lollipops glistening with a sweet ginger-chili glaze from the regular menu, followed by two of the evening’s specials that were so temptingly described by our server that we couldn’t resist. Kobe steak tips were grilled with a charred outside and juicy red interior, and served with classic fries. Mahi-mahi was served with half a lobster tail (fork-tender and full of ocean flavor) over a generous bed of finely julienned and quickfried leeks, so that each bite of fish was subtly seasoned with browned leek. Scoops of mashed sweet potato were deep-fried like fritters, and the dish was scattered with pomegranate seeds, a good counterpoint to the briny and sweet



Things Are Cooking is the place to shop for kitchen items from tools to dishes.

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Jewelry from Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co.

flavors. After that we couldn’t even think about the in-house desserts. On Saturday evening, after a matinée Met Opera “Live in HD” performance at the Capitol Center for the Arts, we walked a block down Main Street for dinner at Revival Kitchen. I ordered local Song Away Farm rabbit braised with house-made black

trumpet mushroom pappardelle, cipollini onions, leeks, oyster mushrooms and spinach topped with porcini crème-frais. It was in a savory broth that I caught every last drop of with the help of crusty rolls. The chef ’s rendition of shepherd’s pie included braised lamb with cipollini, shallots and carrots, topped by creamy mashed and

shoestring potatoes. We did manage to find room for a shared dessert, dark chocolate terrine with a raspberry layer, topped with hot fudge, marcona almond brittle and Frangelico whipped cream. We found more art at the New Hampshire Historical Society, where there was an exhibit of the White Mountain artists. An entire gallery was filled with works by Frank Shapleigh, Thomas and Edward Hill, Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt and others depicting scenes in the White Mountains. Most were realistic views we know


Experience Our Winter Wonderland Explore the 11 Unique Shops and Five Distinctive Restaurants of Mill Falls Marketplace located in Meredith, NH. Simon Pearce

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The Capitol Center for the Arts hosts year-round performances of all types. Coming this spring, watch for the opening of its new Bank of New Hampshire Stage.

well, others were among the hyperbolic images that drew 19th-century tourists with visions of craggy Alpine grandeur. The building itself was designed by Guy Lowell, who also designed the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the pediment is by sculptor Daniel Chester French. Our visit reminded us to renew our membership to keep such fine exhibits possible. Walking back to Main Street we stopped in front of the state library to admire the lifelike bronze statue of John Winant, an until-lately unsung New Hampshire luminary. Works by contemporary New Hampshire artists are displayed at the shop of the League of NH Craftsmen, along with pottery, hand weaving, blown glassware, fine woodworking, metal arts and jewelry in all media from silver to fiber. Across the street we found stunning examples of intricate jewelry by Israeli craftsmen, displayed among a collection of stylish women’s 16 | February 2019

fashions at Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co., a 2018 Best of NH Readers’ Poll winner. Next door at Viking House, where imports from northern Europe include Finnish glassware, Scandinavian sweaters and woolens, silver jewelry, woodcarvings and a wide variety of imported European foods. Pitchfork Records (another Best of NH Readers’ Poll award-winner) was right opposite our hotel, and just down the street is the large Hilltop Consignment Gallery, fun to browse for retro décor and vintage jewelry. But the shop that kept drawing us back was Things Are Cooking, an emporium so filled with everything kitchen that we didn’t know where to look first. Floorto-ceiling shelves hold cookware for every possible need, enameled baking dishes in glorious colors, Fiestaware dishes, and an entire wall of kitchen tools that boggles the mind. I kept going back and each time left carrying something new. NH

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don’t think I ever met a chocolatier that was not over-the-moon passionate about their product and the process. It’s just heady stuff — the Mesoamerican history, the cacao farmers in equatorial regions, the distinctive aromas and the variations of subtle flavors. As with wine and coffee, all those wonderful nuances of tropical fruit, berries or smoke are influenced by the terroir — the earth and climate where the cacoa plant grows. There is so much to explore. Samantha Brown has made the journey from chocolate infatuation as a schoolgirl to working at chocolate shops to co-owing the award-winning chocolate shop La

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Cascade du Chocolat in Exeter. Now, she’s lucky enough to be up to her elbows in silky smooth milk chocolate. Her husband Andy works on marketing and occasionally dons an apron, while friend and co-owner Tom Nash works alongside Samantha hefting bags of chocolate couverture (pieces of untempered chocolate), and honing his skills in the science and art of fine chocolates. The science of chocolate starts with the tempering. A good temper is the secret of a smooth and shiny chocolate with a satisfying snap. Tempering is also a temperamental process. Brown says sometimes the chocolate is just “cranky.” Basically, the chocolate pieces are heated in a microwave

to break the bonds of the fat crystals, then the temperature is quickly lowered while it is “agitated” on a cool slab of marble or granite to encourage new crystalline bonds to form. A quick test of a successful temper is a drizzle of chocolate on the slab to see if the chocolate will set up well when poured into molds. A chocolate thermometer, with more calibrations than a candy thermometer, is essential as a few degrees too hot can spoil the batch. It’s like a science project, but according to Brown, there are several other factors that can foul up the process, such as room humidity and temperature. Fortunately, failed chocolate can be recycled. Nash works with Brown as they gear up for holiday production. Molds for solid chocolates are hand-painted with edible lusters, and the tempered chocolate is “shot” into the mold with a large syringe, then

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The Art of Fine Chocolate

Along with their respective spouses, Samantha Brown (left) and Tom Nash (right) own La Cascade du Chocolat in Exeter.


Rockin’ ‘50 s Party Thursday, March 14

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Sure, bonbons are great, but the quality of chocolate can also be seen in the bars at La Cascade du Chocolat.

lightly tapped to remove air bubbles and to settle the chocolate. Their basic mold is just for a traditional bar, but each bar has its own personality, and is finished with spices, nuts or a variety of lusters. The finished selection of 12 or so bars are nestled front and center in their antique case. Tempering quality chocolate and pouring it into molds is one thing, but the glistening case of chocolate jewels offers delightful bonbons as well. Here is the real chocolatier art. Brown makes delicious infusions with local strawberries or pear using no extracts — just purées of fresh fruits. One highly popular bonbon was a local cherry soaked in Flag Hill brandy covered with a handmade fondant. Brown says it was the size of a golf ball. And no, you could not just take a bite. The whole thing had to go in at once. They flew out the door. The good news is she saved a jar of preserved cherries and they may be available again in February. Making good chocolate bars is not an easy job, and good technique is just part of the mix. Brown relates a story of a young girl who came in with a cake. The cake was OK, but Brown suggested she use the same recipe, but this time only use the best ingredients, including local milk and eggs along with great chocolate. The difference was amazing, and was a simple demonstration of the power of using the best. It’s Brown’s mantra for everything in her shop, including her top-notch single origin and blended

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A Valentine’s Day box of bonbons that includes a dark chocolate truffle, one with a strawberry-infused coating with dark chocolate ganache center, rose petals with edible gold, vanilla salted caramel, cherry ganache, white chocolate raspberry, passion fruit with milk chocolate and Spanish hot chocolate

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Jewelry. Clothing. Accessories

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VIBRANT RESORT STYLES FOR YOUR TRIP SOUTH A selection of specialty bars line the antique case at La Cascade du Chocolat, including the award-winning Moroccan spice white chocolate bar.

chocolate couverture from Valrhona (a French premium chocolate manufacturer) and other chocolate sources. Rattling off a list of local purveyors, Brown is proud to use local milk from Contoocook Creamery, Applecrest Farm produce, and local eggs and honey. Though not local, she has a source to fly in the freshest macadamia nuts. When asked if dark or milk chocolate is better, Brown says that “good” chocolate is the best: “When people think that dark chocolate is better, it just makes me sad.” Indeed, one of her personal favorites is a milk chocolate made with Madagascar beans. A quick sample revealed that she’s right. It was fruity with a hint of caramel, and very smooth. I found the beauty of their products was in the cautious use of sweetening. It’s all about balance. La Cascade du Chocolat is more than a chocolate shop — it’s a café too, offering chocolate drinks (maybe even a flight of flavors), chocolate chip cookies, brownies and croissants. In summer, when chocolate in hand can be a messy affair, Brown whips up small batches of ice cream — chocolate-based, of course. With a master’s degree in education and a love of all things

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This is a visual example of how not all chocolate is alike. The big candy makers (tube on the right) use a chocolate with less butterfat and more sugar. Craft chocolate makers (tube in the center), a growing field, use less sugar and more butterfat.

chocolate, Brown also shares her skills in chocolate-making classes for all age levels. Brown earned her master chocolatier certificate through an online chocolatier course with École Chocolat, which is based in Canada. Her training also included a few weeks in France working with master chocolatiers, plus additional courses back in the States. At the 2017 International Chocolate Salon Awards, La Cascade du Chocolat’s Moroccan 22 | February 2019

spice white chocolate won gold, plus best taste, best texture, best combination and most unique. With all the points they earned for this and other entries, they also won a 2018 best chocolatiers and confectioners award — five stars for Master Chocolatier. Brown earned these awards not long after graduating from student to a master chocolatier, making the wins all the more notable. NH

Above top and middle: Chocolate is tempered by heating and quickly cooling, which is achieved by agitating it on a marble or granite slab. Finally, it’s “shot” into molds. Above: Madagascar milk chocolate, with flavors of fruit and caramel, is readied for Valentine’s Day.

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Sips Local beverage news and reviews by Michael Hauptly-Pierce

Drinks and cocktails that might surprise you

A Real Throwback The Charles Dickens

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I walked into Cheddar & Rye after seeing my friend’s band Dust Prophet play around the corner on Elm Street. It was close to closing on a slushy Thursday night, but despite the extensive whiskey collection (over 200 bottles), I wasn’t here for a dram. I was here for a Charles Dickens. This is a milk punch-based drink, a beverage recorded as early as the beginning of the 1700s, and which reached its peak 50 years later. In simplest terms, citrus and booze are used to curdle milk, the solids are removed, and the clear liquid remaining is shelf-stable. In this modern-yet-classic iteration, the olfactory approach is cinnamon and star anise in subtle, understated interplay. Rum and bourbon mix with citrus and tawny port to yield a drink that unfolds over a sip, and then over many more. The mouthfeel is more substantial than I expected, but certainly not “milkish.” The orange and lemon with a hint of spice linger long after the glass is gone. “Please, sir, I want some more.” 8 Hanover St., Manchester,

All Grown Up

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Learning to appreciate tequila

Not everyone thinks of tequila as a sipping drink. Perhaps more of a “tonight, we suspend caution” kind of drink. Fair enough, based on millions of formative experiences, but perhaps undeserved in a modern context. Tequila is all grown up. It even has its own glass, and it isn’t a shot glass, as Kurt and Kendra at Twins Smoke Shop Londonderry recently showed me. Yes, I said smoke shop. But before you think of somewhere that resembles a frat house or the garage your band played in, know that this place is very different. Well-appointed. Comfortable. Chill. Everyone knows their stuff, and they poured me their favorites. These two bottles started out as the same strong spirit from the same still, but took very different paths. Casa Noble Single Barrel Extra Anejo was aged longer than most Anejos, and had notes of spice, cacao, and smoky char from extended barrel time. The Joven was lighter in mouthfeel, due to being 102 proof. The French Oak stole the show with fruity, winey aroma and finish. Makes me wish I had time for a cigar.

Mashup The Fuzzy Navel Reinvented Just the fact that they called a beer cocktail “Fuzzy Smurf” makes me want one. The fact that (full disclosure) it is made with one of my beers and the name pokes fun at one of my dearest friends is just garnish on the proverbial drink. The Fuzzy Smurf is a take on a fuzzy navel, with peach sour beer instead of schnapps. Most bar schnapps tastes like artificially flavored, spiked simple syrup (surprise!), so this is a vast improvement. But you need to be prepared — it is not blue. Not even close, bud. More mimosa colored. Served over ice in a stem glass, it is a tart, sparkly peachsplosion of reimagined awesomeness. Taking wing at The Flight Center Nashua. 97 Main St., Nashua,

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Pet Clothes Don’t forget your furry loved one


Fancy dog coat from Atomic Beet starting at $32

By Emily Heidt

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For many, pets are beloved family members — so why leave them out this Valentine’s Day? Sure, they may not appreciate flowers, and chocolate is definitely out of the question, so what’s a dog’s human to do? Lucky for your canine companion, there are a number of local New Hampshire businesses that make everything from stylish winter boots to bow ties.

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Icy Adventures

Ice climbing isn’t just for expert athletes BY BRION O’CONNOR


was curious when my brother Sean, a Concord surgeon, started ice climbing. Here was a man with a crazy busy life at the time — a high-pressure medical practice that often required weekend shifts in the emergency room, plus a growing family with three children under his roof, which meant a dedication to the clan’s first winter love, skiing. “So why add ice climbing to the mix?” I asked. “Because when I’m on the ice, I’m not thinking about anything else,” Sean replied with a grin. “Every single thought is totally about the next move.” That, in a nutshell, is the allure of this sublime, sub-freezing pastime. It requires total concentration and total absorption with each movement and each “thunk!” of an ice ax or crampon. And one happy byproduct is that life’s pressures tend to melt away. “All climbing is more of a mental game than a physical one, but ice climbing is the most cerebral of them all,” says Keith Moon, climbing

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school manager for Eastern Mountain Sports in North Conway. “We’re climbing frozen waterfalls that in a few months — maybe even days — will turn back into a running waterfall. It is an interesting feeling climbing something so ephemeral. You need to be 100 percent focused on what you’re doing.” Granite Staters have a well-earned reputation for embracing winter, which is another reason why ice climbing is a great fit. Being outdoors in spectacular locations — places like North End Cathedral outside North Conway, The Flume in Franconia Notch, Frankenstein Cliffs and Mount Willard in Crawford Notch, Champney Falls off the Kancamagus Highway and Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington — can energize us during winter’s short, cold days. But the sport is also a tremendous way to keep fit. “Ice climbing is the perfect complementary activity for folks around the Northeast in the winter,” says Moon. “Sometimes we have booming snowfall, and other times hardly

Ice climbing in New Hampshire offers a wide range of difficulty, from beginner accessible to much more challenging.

any. I love to ski as well as climb. Thankfully, around here, the conditions choose what I should do. If we get a big snowfall, we grab our skis. If it hasn’t snowed in a bit, the ice is probably ripe for climbing. If you haven’t tried it, you’re definitely missing out.” A common misconception, says Moon, is that ice climbing is tantamount to doing a series of pull-ups. Instead, it’s more of a complete body workout. “People think you need to have a strong upper body to climb,” he says. “Having strong legs and core is a much better attribute. Your legs are what propel you upward, while your arms act as balance. Folks of average fitness are more than capable of trying and enjoying the sport. “Ice climbing is a good way to keep up your ‘global strength’ throughout the winter,” he adds. “It’s more of a strength activity than an aerobic one. Swinging ice tools, kicking in your crampons and using your core to hold yourself in combine to make a surprising, fun workout.” Another bonus is the variety that ice climbing delivers, and the resulting puzzle



Learning to wield an ice ax is an essential part of climbing. Practice your swing at home by trying to drive a nail into a board with both your right and left hands.

that climbers must decipher. Conditions can change dramatically depending on just how far the mercury has fallen, and the transitory nature of ice makes for a constantly shifting landscape. In short, routes are rarely the same from climb to climb. “The ice is always changing,” says Jamie Leahy, owner and lead guide of North Ridge Mountain Guides in Bethlehem. “How cold was it yesterday? How much snow have we gotten lately? How popular is this climb? All of these things — and more — affect the conditions. A route that is climbed often can become ‘hooked out,’ where the ice has almost a set of steps in it. That condition is much easier to climb than fresh, untouched ice.” Brad White, co-owner of the International Mountain Climbing School in North Conway, says the ice becomes more brittle the colder it gets, and can shatter below 20 degrees. “Above 20 degrees till about 40ish, the ice becomes softer and is actually easier to climb until it hits a mush and fall-down point,” he says. “The amount of minerals in the ice can also affect the solid nature of the climbing.” To the uninitiated, ice climbing, with its ropes, crampons, axes and myriad screws, bolts and carabiners (known as “pro,” for protection) can look incredibly intimidating. In reality, it’s a sport that can be learned incrementally, allowing participants to build on the skills they develop with each session. “We at IMCS are able to take people of all abilities climbing both on rock and ice,” says

White. “The steeper the ice, the more upper body fitness is required, but everybody can climb something and be challenged.” Beyond regular exercising, you can also hone some ice-climbing skills at home — or maybe more accurately in the garage. “The way to practice your [ax] swing is to attempt to drive a nail into a board with both hands, left and right,” he says. “Then you’re ready to hit the ice.” Leahy agrees, saying: “Ice climbing can have many different levels of difficulty, and we always make sure that we pick appropriate climbs so we can be successful. We start off on some easier climbs to learn the fundamentals, and then work our way up if we need or want to.” Most experts agree that ice climbing, unlike rock climbing or bouldering, is best suited for climbers who are at least in their teens, due to the strength and coordination required to confidently wield an ice ax. However, there doesn’t appear to be an upper end of the age scale. “One of the things I really like about ice climbing is how wide the range of climbers is,” says Leahy. “I’ve had folks from 14 to 70 on the ice, and at all levels of fitness. Not all ice climbs are 500 feet of vertical. There are plenty of lower-angle climbs that are much more doable for a wide range of people.” If you’re just starting out, don’t worry about the equipment required. Instead, sign up for some lessons with a reputable climbing outfit, which will supply not only the

“One of the things I really like about ice climbing is how wide the range of climbers is. I’ve had folks from 14 to 70 on the ice, and at all levels of fitness.” — Jamie Leahy guides, but the necessary gear as well. “Double boots, crampons, harness, helmet, ice tools and all technical gear needed are included in course cost,” says White. “If properly clothed, most people stay warm and comfortable. We also rent clothing. We always work with people with individual needs and make sure they have a great day.” NH

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International Mountain Climbing School North Conway (603) 356-7064 North Ridge Mountain Guides Bethlehem (978) 944-2885 Eastern Mountain Sports North Conway (603) 356-8618 | February 2019


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“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” — Neil Gaiman

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Street Art for Good

Celebrating community one wall at a time Buildings are canvasses for the artists of Nashua’s Positive Street Art. Co-founded by Cecilia Ulibarri and Manuel Ramirez, part of the nonprofit’s mission is to change the often-negative connotations surrounding urban art, turning it into something that strengthens the community. The latest mural in the planning stages is titled “Take Courage,” and is meant to honor those lost to substance use disorder and their loved ones, as well as to inspire people seeking recovery. You can learn more about the project, make a donation, and find a map of all the murals at

Left: “Nostalgia” by Manuel Ramirez commemorates the 100th anniversary of Nashua’s Chase Building, which, over the years, housed three different theaters. Above: “Martha’s Muse” was created by Ramirez with assistance from his apprentice Yvan Quiroz, plus Tom Lopez, Chris Boncoddo and John Stein. It depicts the history of Nashua’s Martha’s Exchange, from its beginnings as Martha’s Sweet Shoppe to the current-day brewery, restaurant and nightclub. | February 2019




Mixing Metals Simple lines let the stones shine BY SUSAN LAUGHLIN

Susan Mulvey in her Marlow home studio

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metal jewelry for more than 40 years. She started at 20 with a workshop at the Brookfield Craft Center in Connecticut. From there, she continued to hone her signature style of classic, graceful curves for earrings, eventually adding semi-precious stones to her earrings, rings and bracelets. The simple bezels for the stone settings add to the elegance of each piece. Her inspiration? “I don’t look at a tree and say, ‘Ah, jewelry.’ I just like flowing things,” she muses. As a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Mulvey exhibits at the annual Sunapee Fair and her work is available at most of the League shops. In addition, find her pieces at Exeter Fine Crafts and Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough. NH

Bracelet: Sterling silver and amethyst with gold bezel, $575 Rings with lapis, $195; with garnet, $210; with tourmaline and a gold bezel and thin gold band, $575

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Susan Mulvey (603) 466-4392 Marlow

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usan Mulvey likes to swing a hammer. She is always thrilled by what happens when it hits metal — sterling silver or gold. It bends, it flattens, and it retains the impression of the hammer or the texture behind the metal. The practiced effects of this simple tool can be seen in her jewelry, from rings to earrings to bracelets. Mulvey, of Marlow, has been making


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Old Black Magic

The real puzzle is how this true story of America’s first black celebrity vanished for more than a century — until now by John A. HOdgson The following excerpt from “Richard Potter: America’s First Black Celebrity” is the author’s preface to a fascinating and important work that connects 19th-century New Hampshire to America’s unending struggle for racial equality and to the formation of modern celebrity culture.


came to Richard Potter quite by chance. I married into a New Hampshire family that had a connection to Andover, New Hampshire, and to one of the town’s little village centers, Potter Place (the name, taken from local usage, had been given in the late 1840s by the Northern Railroad to the small depot it built there). Richard Potter and his wife are buried close by, and Andover has always kept his memory alive. There is even a State of New Hampshire historical marker (number 54) on the nearest highway, noting that Potter Place “takes its name from Richard Potter, noted magician, ventriloquist, and showman,” a “19th century master of the Black Arts.” Thousands of such roadside markers stand all across the country, of course; Potter was to all appearance just another local-history figure. I soon picked up a little Richard Potter lore. Over the years, as I devoted my attention to early 19th-century English and American literature and cultural history, I gradually came to appreciate, with growing enthusiasm, that a remarkable range of transformative American cultural developments and phenomena came together in Richard Potter’s person and life. He was a slave’s son who became the most famous and beloved performer in America, a black man who usually passed as white, even in the antebellum Deep South, and the first American ventriloquist. His relevance to the great movements of American life and culture in his era — historical, racial, cultural, performative, even literary (for ventriloquism, especially in the writings of Coleridge and Hazlitt, was becoming an

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important critical term and concept at this time) — seemed almost blindingly obvious. Richard Potter was a crucial and even seminal figure in American history. And he was almost unknown! So I decided to write a short article about him; I wanted to use him as an entry point for exploring how some of those historical and cultural forces intersected in early 19th-century America. At first — this was back in 1992 — I had only a vague, theoretical agenda: I thought that ventriloquism and race and passing and showmanship might reflect interestingly on each other in antebellum American culture, and I was curious to see where an investigation that tried to hold them all together might lead me. (I still remember how I distilled some of those intersections into a single synoptic sentence: “Richard Potter was a black performer who passed as white by virtue of an act — ventriloquism — that has no color.”) But my theoretical ambitions soon foundered on a very fundamental rock. I could theorize about and from Richard Potter all I liked, but I couldn’t ground those theoretical arguments on much of anything, for the simple truth was that almost nothing about his life was known and that most of the wonderful, exotic stories told about him and his exploits were suspiciously pat, wildly contradictory, or demonstrably false. If I — or anyone — ever wanted to write anything meaningful that was based on Richard Potter’s life, I — or someone — would first need to learn who he really was. That quest has become my mission. I have sought to discover, as far as I possibly could, the essential facts of Richard Potter’s life, the familial and social networks within which he lived, the nature and sources of his professional apprenticeships and training, the characteristics of his domestic life, the influences he exerted on American culture and society. My deepest scholarly obligation is to do this right and to get it right — and, ideally, to tell Richard Potter’s compelling and moving life story in a compelling and engaging way. It gratifies me beyond words to anticipate that, once my work here is available and the real, historical Richard Potter (not the Richard Potter of credulous or calculating mythmakers) is finally accessible, scholars will be able to connect him to other famous (and not so famous) African American performers, to study how he fits into theories of passing and of playing with racial identities, and to incorporate him into arguments about critical race theory and performance theory, into histories of popular culture and itinerancy. I see this book as enabling all of those subsequent analyses and investigations, and many others. But those various undertakings are not mine here. Indeed, I think I serve Richard Potter (and scholarship generally) best by maintaining my focus on the facts and story of his life rather than placing that story in the service of a particular critical theory or cultural emphasis. For too long, Richard Potter, despite his one-time fame, has been missing from the larger theater of American cultural and social history in which he figured so importantly. My objective is to correct that omission. I aim to make Richard Potter reappear; I want to give him, at last, a voice. “Richard Potter: America’s First Black Celebrity” by John A. Hodgson, published by the University of Virginia Press, $29.95




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Frost, Free

SweET Spotter

Believe it or not, a local Walmart find makes it into Ripley’s BY RICK BROUSSARD


he was just “randomly shopping at a Walmart in Gilford,” confesses Manchester social media maven Danielle York when, on a hunger impulse, she picked up a honeybun from an endcap. She didn’t look at her treat again until she got home and popped it in the microwave to heat it up. Then she saw it, the face of Spielberg’s most famous extraterrestrial, ET. Knowing that it was a remarkable likeness, she took a photo of the bun. Then she ate it. Then things got weird.

York and ET ride off to the heights of internet fame.

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She posted the photo online, and friend and restaurateur Tom Puskarich cross-posted it to Reddit. Before long, he called to let her know that views of her ET-faced honeybun had leaped to hundreds of thousands. Redditors were busy Photoshopping York’s ET into graphic scenarios, some rated X, and its spot as a viral meme was secure. One such touch of iFame is rare enough, but York was contacted a short while later, in 2016, by the publishers of “Ripley’s Believe It of Not,” requesting the use of her photo in their centennial book, “100 Years of Strange.” They offered her a copy of the book and $75 for the use — so much for getting rich on a meme. York happily agreed. The book was published late last year, and York received her free copy without the promised $75 check, but, she says, “It’s cool enough just to see my photo in the book with my name and New Hampshire mentioned.” So is this the end of the trail for the ET honeybun? York says that’s probably the case, but notes that Ripley’s is rebooting its “Believe It or Not” TV show on the Travel Channel with actor Bruce Campbell (of “Evil Dead” fame) hosting. So, new year, new meme dreams. NH

Skiing to the Top

New Hampshire’s claim on Mikaela Shiffrin isn’t that huge (she actually only lived here in her formative years) but we like to take credit for greatness where we can, so we were pleased to see a Washington Post headline about her reading: “The world’s most dominant athlete at the moment is 23 years old — and getting better.” It’s an opinion also held by local Olympian ski legend Bode Miller who has said, “She’s the best I’ve seen, male or female.”

danielle york photos by travis york, other photos courtesy

Danielle York displays her viral ET honeybun in print.

After a 20-year extended freeze on copyrighted works entering the public domain, a thaw came this January. Among the creations that can now be adapted by other artists or exploited by advertisers is Robert Frost’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1923 book of verse “New Hampshire” (written in Vermont), and one of its treasures is the revered “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” with the oft-quoted line “But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.” According to a Washington Post story by Steve Hendrix, another line from that poem has contained an error for 30 years due to a “presumptuous Dartmouth professor — and seeming Oxford comma zealot — named Edward Lathem [who] added a misguided comma to that line in an authoritative Frost collection in 1969 ...” “The woods are lovely, dark and deep,” wrote Frost, but Lathem added a comma after “dark” completely changing the mood, according to many disgruntled Frost fans. Among them is former US Poet Laureate Robert Hass who wrote, “To my ear this makes two entirely different — almost opposite — meanings.” He noted that “dark and deep” is meant to be spoken rapidly, “as if it were a darting glance at a darkness and deepness one doesn’t want to linger over too long.” So you can now have some copyright-free fun with Frost, but please be careful with your commas.



Mutual Admiration Why serving in the NH Legislature is a love affair BY JAMES PINDELL

illustration by peter noonan


n February, the Statehouse will be abuzz with activity. A new version of a divided government will be underway. A new two-year budget will need to be crafted. One thing lawmakers don’t have to worry about? Valentine’s Day. After all, if they weren’t already in love with themselves before they decided to put their names on election ballots, the constant reminder of their self-importance from nearly everyone they run into in Concord will certainly sweep them all off their own feet. To witness the echo chamber of self-importance for lawmakers is to get dizzy with an eye roll. Walking with any state legislator, you’ll hear levels of respect worthy of a president. It’s “sir” or “ma’am,” and even former senators from a decade ago are addressed by their formal title, and state reps will sign emails with “honorable” in front of their names. That “honorable” title is even applied to some who, in the last year, have been convicted of tax evasion, selling drugs to fellow lawmakers in the Statehouse or charged with sexual assault.

Of course, the average city councilor is often more powerful than a random state representative who represents about 3,200 people, half of whom don’t bother to vote, while those who do vote are usually voting for their party more than the name on the ballot. The high status of members of the New Hampshire Legislature is at direct odds with the point of our uniquely citizen-led legislature. Our founders purposely did not want career politicians, nor did they want anyone to become so powerful that they could part the sea of people in a hallway. But at the same time, it is also vitally important for the institution to survive and retain talent and institutional memory. Serving in the Legislature, after all, is something to be encouraged. Once in office they hold the smallest amount of power of any legislator in America. They have the smallest (read: largely nonexistent) staffs of any legislators in America. And at $100 a year they earn the smallest salaries in America. And there is no gold ring come the end of one’s service like there is in Washington.

Anecdotally at least, Concord lobbyists earn far less than those in other state capitals. The reason is obvious: As a state, New Hampshire taxes less and spends less than just about anywhere else, so the stakes are low for those hoping to lobby the system. So maybe it’s a self-defense mechanism that each legislator assumes being in Concord is such a big deal. Maybe it isn’t ironic at all when staff — who make much more than their bosses — treat members like they are part of some elite group. What matters is that somehow 424 people are incentivized to put their name on a ballot, win their elections, and then drive to Concord at least once a week, often more. I’ve known many legislators over the years and it’s true that, to many of them, being elected to serve in Concord gives them a great sense of personal worth. They may have struggled with many objectives in their lives, but under the Golden Dome they are somebodies. And they appreciate it when someone notices the large name tags that display their titles. So, if they want to give themselves their own Valentine’s Day cards, then so be it. NH | February 2019



Why I Hate Plato

When an interesting life is not quite enough to escape the “friend zone” BY JACK KENNY


ou lead an interesting life.” The comment caught me by surprise. It came from the lady riding with me from Concord to our destination in Claremont. She was in the process of becoming an interesting part of a life that I had thought otherwise rather bland. My life, of course. A lawyer, she had come to New Hampshire from her home in the South and was on the staff of the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, which later became the Universi-

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ty of New Hampshire School of Law. Her background was in intellectual property law, a field for which the school was a recognized leader. We didn’t talk about that much, since patents and copyrights did not fall within my sphere of interests. It was not what came to mind when I invited her to go with me to a concert by “Buddy Holly and The Cricketers.” “Well, now, you’ve asked me to something that I am interested in,” she said, which left me a little bit deflated. After all, I had taken her to “An Evening With Thomas Jefferson”

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at the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College. I had taken her on a couple of hikes and to a political gala featuring half a dozen or more presidential candidates in Manchester. But she told me the music of Buddy Holly was something her late father had enjoyed. So she grew up hearing the music of that era. The words and music were familiar to her. “How did you know about this concert?” she asked me. I told her I had seen it listed somewhere in some newspaper. That was when she told me I led an interesting life. “I do?” I said, surprised. “I think you do.” Then, looking back over the years, I silently reflected on some of the events I, at least, had found interesting. As a kid I had developed a lifelong passion for baseball and had been to games at New York’s Yankee Stadium, Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds, as well as Boston’s Fenway Park.

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High school was pretty dull, but somewhere in my youth I had acquired an appetite for adventure that led to my enlistment in the Marine Corps. I survived Parris Island and went to Vietnam. I never did come face to face with the dreaded Viet Cong, but I did meet some interesting people. All sorts of athletes and entertainers came to visit us under the auspices of the USO. I served string beans to Nancy Sinatra when she showed up in fatigues in our mess hall one day, prior to singing for us that evening, dressed in her famous boots “made for walkin’”and micro-mini dress. One evening I walked into the enlisted men’s club and found baseball stars Joe Torre and Harmon Killebrew there. I knew of those men and their accomplishments on the diamond and was delighted to meet and chat with them. Killebrew seemed surprised when I mentioned the first year he led the league in home runs. “You hit 42 in ’59, didn’t you?” “Yeah,” he said his eyes widening at hearing in a pub in Vietnam about rockets he’d launched in ballparks half a world away. But there we were. Me and the Killer. Talkin’ baseball. Years later, as a reporter, I would find Ted Williams at a spring training field in Florida. He perfunctorily answered a couple of my questions as we stood behind a batting cage watching young hitters take batting practice. Then he turned and caught a glimpse of my sunburned face. “Well, you better do something about that nose of yours, I’ll tell you that right now!” he thundered in that booming voice reputed to flush flamingoes from their nests. “Jeez, ya look lousy!” Well, no doubt I did, but don’t think for a minute that I was intimated by his gruff demeanor, just because he was the great Ted Williams, a genuine Hall of Fame legend and the last man to hit .400 for an entire season. No, I stood my ground and said: “Yes, sir.” I saw the Bob Hope show in Da Nang, then caught up with the legendary comedian as he stood next to the airplane that would take him and his fellow entertainers to their next stop. I thanked him for the show and for his devotion to America’s armed forces. The lift those entertainers gave us was incalculable. In New Hampshire, I got to interview a number of current and former presidential candidates, including Eugene McCarthy, one of the heroes of the turbulent 1968


I served string beans to Nancy Sinatra when she showed up in fatigues in our mess hall one day, prior to singing for us that evening, dressed in her famous boots “made for walkin’” and micro-mini dress. campaign. And it was on a mild June night in 1968 that I stood with a few other autograph seekers in the parking lot outside Dodger Stadium in LA, chatting with Dodgers’ pitcher Don Drysdale when we all heard the news that Bobby Kennedy had been shot at a hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where he had been celebrating his victory in that day’s California primary. I celebrated my return to civilian life by hitchhiking home from the West Coast, making stops along the way to see historic sites like the Alamo in Texas and Fort Sumter in South Carolina. I traveled with a group of hippies through Arizona and New Mexico and met an elderly rancher in West Texas, who demonstrated his ability, with one ear-piercing rebel yell, to summon a herd of cattle that promptly surrounded us in his pickup truck. “There!” he said triumphantly “Can you do that with your cattle?” Not a chance, I thought, as I tried to imagine all those beasts roaming about in my little backyard in South Meriden, Connecticut. Then there was the very genteel lady at

the Statehouse in Montgomery, Alabama who, having proudly pointed out the “first White House of the Confederacy,” next turned my attention to a building less favored. “That church over there,” she informed me, “is where Martin Luther King got all his bright ideas!” I saw Johnny Cash perform at Bushnell Hall in Hartford when the “Man in Black” was at the very height of his fame. I made a couple of trips to Rome and managed to hike all the 4,000-footers in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. It’s nothing to brag about and surely many others have led more exciting and eventful lives. But I guess my pretty young friend was right. In my own peculiar way, I had been leading an interesting life. And it was getting more interesting as we danced that evening to the music of “Buddy Holly and The Cricketers.” But, soon after, she went back to her native Southland to pursue her career there. We have kept in touch over the years in a friendship that remains purely Platonic. No wonder I hate Plato! NH

About the Author: John (now Jack) Kenny appears above in his 1964 yearbook from Pratt High School in Meriden, Connecticut. His interesting life eventually led him to become a longtime columnist for the NH Union Leader and to write for this magazine. | February 2019



At left is an aerial view of Alice Daley’s Island and above is a close-up photo of a US Supreme Court boundary monument on the west side of the Connecticut River.

Mysterious Island A two-state saga of boundaries and tragedy BY MARSHALL HUDSON


n 1933, Alice Daley owned an insignificant island in the middle of the Connecticut River between Columbia, New Hampshire, and Lemington, Vermont. Today the island still remains mostly unchanged, and is located just upriver from the Columbia covered bridge. If you look for it using any online aerial mapping program, you’ll likely see the island depicted as being in New Hampshire. Only it isn’t. Alice Daley’s island is in Vermont, and it creates a pimply protrusion into the state boundary line that leaves curious observers wondering why that’s so. Starting way back in the Colonial era, Vermont and New Hampshire disputed their common boundary along the Connecticut River. While it was accepted that the Connecticut River was the state boundary, Vermont claimed that the centerline of the river was the boundary, whereas New Hampshire claimed it to be

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the riverbank on the west side, thereby putting the entire river in New Hampshire. In the 1800s and early 1900s, waterpower drove both industry and commerce, so ownership of the river meant control of the river’s wealth in the days of log drives, toll bridges, ferries, and factory waterpower when multiple dams straddled the river from Hinsdale to Pittsburg. Gravel and minerals excavated from the riverbed were also in contention, so after years of squabbling, Vermont sued New Hampshire. In the 1933 case State of Vermont v. State of New Hampshire, the US Supreme Court settled the boundary dispute by splitting the difference, ruling that the state border lay along the natural low-water mark on the western side of the Connecticut River, giving New Hampshire most, but not all of the river. The low-water mark was defined as the normal line that the river recedes to at its lowest stage, unaffected by extreme droughts.

While the Supreme Court had made the big decision, there were now dozens of little decisions to be made up and down the river. The “normal low-water mark” of the river was subject to dispute in areas where dams artificially raised the river water levels, or where bridge abutments created artificial choke points. And then there were the islands. If the main channel of the river was on the easterly side of the island, then the island was in Vermont. If the main channel was on the westerly side of the island, then the island was in New Hampshire. The Supreme Court ordered that appropriate boundary markers be placed along the river and appointed Samuel S. Gannett as special commissioner to determine and locate markers at appropriate points along the boundary. Gannett dispatched a team of surveyors to determine the location of the low-water level and set monuments at these troublesome places. In 1936, they finished the surveying and submitted a report that was accepted by the court, thus finalizing the ownership of the river at theses disputed locations. Alice Daley’s Island was one of these troublesome locations. Located upstream from a bridge abutment where the river split in two around the island, it wasn’t clear if it was in New Hampshire or Vermont. The 1936 surveyors mapped the main channel much the same as it appears today, depicting the main channel on the west side of the island, thus placing the island in New Hampshire. But then the surveyors indicated on their map that the state line was on the east side of the island. This put Alice Daley’s Island inexplicably in Vermont. So while the state boundary follows the low-water

aerial photo courtesy of mapquest, bourday photo by marshall hudson




mark on the river’s western side, Diagram No. 62 of Gannett’s report clearly shows that the state boundary line following the eastern shore around Alice Daley’s Island. The reason for the deviation is unknown, and no explanation is given in either of the Supreme Court opinions or Gannett’s report. Perhaps the surveyors were influenced by the testimony of Mr. Edward Daley, a local Vermont farmer and owner of a different island downriver. At a 1928 hearing, Daley described his ownership of Edward Daley’s Island, located a few miles south of Alice Daley’s Island. Daley stated that he considered his island to be an extension of his farm on the Vermont mainland that he had owned since 1910 as illustrated by the following transcript from the trial: [Lawyer]: Did you ever pay any taxes in New Hampshire on that island? [Ed Daley]: No, sir, no, sir, never did. I understand that island was cut off the farm, a jam of ice got in down below and turned the water over the meadow and cut a little channel through it and it was taken off the farm. [Lawyer]: How long ago did that happen? [Ed Daley]: That is something I can’t tell, it was before I got it.

problem is that the surveyors concluded Edward Daley’s Island to be in New Hampshire regardless of his ice jam testimony. The reason why Alice Dailey’s Island isn’t in New Hampshire will forever remain a mystery, but the acceptance by the US Supreme Court of the report makes the decision final; Alice Daley’s island is in Vermont. Scrutiny of the 1936 surveyor’s Diagram No. 62 depicts a cemetery across the road from the Daley farmhouse. The cemetery remains today, and in it not only can you find the final resting place of Alice Daley, but also another old headstone that reveals a tragedy that occurred at Daley’s Island. The monument reads: To the memory of CLARRISSA SIMMS Wife of the late Dr. Elihu Baxter of Portland Maine who was drowned while

photo by marshall hudson

Perhaps the river used to swing wide to the east and loop back, and straightened itself out in an ice jam avulsion event. The surveyors looking to map the “natural” course of the river may have taken Daley’s testimony into account and adjusted for the ice jam event, but there are two obvious problems with this theory. The first is that the testimony was about Edward Daley’s Island and not Alice Daley’s Island a few miles upriver. The second

Diagram No. 62 of a 1936 survey of the island and river showing the cemetery in Vermont

An ice view upriver on the Connecticut River from the Columbia covered bridge

crossing the Conn River April 1, 1806 Age 18 “Clarrissa Simms in 1806, drowned on her wedding day while fording the river near the Daley meadow ... her tragedy written on her marker,” according to “The History of Lemington.” The marker, the town history, and the legend don’t quite align as Clarrissa Simms wouldn’t have been Dr. Baxter’s wife if she drowned before the ceremony on her wedding day. If she drowned after the ceremony, she traditionally would have been Clarrissa Baxter, not Simms, and curiously, where was the groom while she was fording the river after their wedding? I’m also wondering why she forded the river instead of using the bridge downriver. Other sources suggest Clarrissa Simms married Dr. Elihu Baxter in February of 1806, so while she would have been very recently married on April 1, 1806, it wouldn’t have been her wedding day. It also appears that the bridge wasn’t constructed until 1820, so in April of 1806, Clarrissa might have been attempting to cross over the river on the spring ice. The groom, Dr. Elihu Baxter, remarried in August of 1807 and moved to Portland, Maine, where he died in 1863. Alice Daley died in 1948 and her island now belongs to her grandson. The State of Vermont, arguably the loser in the initial lawsuit, concluded that since New Hampshire owned the river, it also owned all the bridges and therefore was responsible for all bridge maintenance and upkeep costs. Perhaps they lost the battle but won the war? NH | February 2019




Sugar & Spice Photo and interview by David Mendelsohn

Miss Kama-Kazi is director for Lady Luck Burlesque, a creative troupe based out of Portsmouth, though they often take their spiked heels on the road. We should be grateful to them for refining an art that is probably as old as cave painting but far more enjoyable. It is both naughty and nice and unbounded by stodgy conventions. However, it’s not all glitter, pasties and rhinestones. It takes work, passion and love. So Boom Chicka Boom. Sit back, relax and be entertained. That’s why they do it.

Burlesque originated in the 17th century as a comedic interlude. The word “burlesque” comes from the Italian word “burla,” meaning joke or mockery. It grew more and more popular in the 1830s. Entire shows were filled with comedic acts, often with political satire and innuendos. Burlesque was introduced to the United States in the 1840s and were called “leg shows,” where the comedic aspect wasn’t lost but more clothes were. Burlesque is about tease. It has a theatrical aspect of telling a story that’s sexy. It’s just not straight-up sex. When I tell people the audience is mainly women, people don’t believe me, but it’s true! The majority of men that come to a show are there with their significant others. What we do draws in other women because it’s inspiring to see women being confident and celebrating their bodies and sexuality ­— and the costumes and glamour of it all is intriguing.

We are a group of women of all shapes, sizes and ages. And Lady Luck wants to exude body positivity and to promote a “Hey, I could do that!” attitude. If you aren’t confident with your body and what you are doing, it will show on stage and the audience will see it. If you’re uncomfortable, they will be uncomfortable. We are always looking for new talent. One way we find new troupe members is our annual amateur competition:“So You Think You’re A Lady, Or Gent?!” (This year it’s April 27 at the Portsmouth Gas Light.) I have a 3-year-old boy. My day job is a stay-at-home mom. For me, personally, when I’m performing on stage, there isn’t a better feeling than to have the audience at the edge of their seat wondering what you’re going to do next. We can be hired to do corporate and private events. However, safety of the ladies is always a top priority. So we will only perform in public places.

The true origins of burlesque may be more biological than cultural, though in most animal courtship rituals, it’s usually the male showing off the plumage. Still, it was at the movies that the seductive delights of the feather boas and satin garters became mainstream. A few films to check out at the art house cinema (or Netflix) are “Burlesque” (2010 with Christina Aguilera and Cher), “Moulin Rouge” (2001 with Nicole Kidman), “Gypsy” (1962 with Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood), “Dancing Lady” (pre-code 1933 with Joan Crawford plus the team who would become the Three Stooges) or the 1930 classic “The Blue Angel” (with Marlene Dietrich, seen at left). And a tip of the Transcript Top Hat to Tom Lott and Peter Ramsey at Manchester’s Palace Theatre for the use of the stage and lights. | February 2019



Rescue to the

The animals that people love the most are often the ones most endangered by neglect or abuse. And when those animals weigh 1,000 pounds or more, the challenge to those who would save them becomes just as enormous. By Lynne Snierson Opening Photo by Chris Saunders

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Filmmaker Rebecca Howland with her adopted rescue horse, Neptune. Howland made a documentary about Live and Let Live Farm called “Voices in the Dark.� | February 2019


hen Paul Revere accepted the mission to warn John Hancock, Samuel Adams and many of the original New England Patriots on the night of April 18, 1775, he traveled from Charlestown, Massachusetts, to Lexington astride a horse. Accompanied by William Dawes and Samuel Prescott, history tells us that by the end of the night, there were 40 men riding together on horseback. While it was recorded that Revere’s horse was borrowed, it is widely accepted that she was a Thoroughbred mare named Brown Beauty. Revere, who four months earlier rode on horseback to Portsmouth to warn the colonists, simply called her “a very good horse.” She must have been. For there is no other type of animal that possesses the strength, speed, stamina, athleticism, agility, intelligence, courage and free spirit required to complete the arduous and dangerous journey that heralded the beginning of the American Revolution. Although “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” was 244 years ago, horses of many

breeds and all sizes have always been a vital part of the American economy, agriculture and culture at large. In the 21st century, they’re still an integral and important part of New Hampshire’s quality of life. Moreover, for thousands of years, humans have both depended on horses and loved them. What little girl hasn’t dreamed of finding a pretty pony with colorful ribbons braided into its mane prancing next to her birthday cake? What young kid didn’t fantasize about growing up to be a cowboy or cowgirl, riding off into the sunset astride a faithful and trusty companion? But sadly, there isn’t always a happy ending for these magnificent creatures. Unlike dogs and cats, which are the other species with which we share a close emotional bond, horses are big and they are powerful. Big animals are a big responsibility, a big obligation and a big commitment, and that creates a powerful problem. Those who run accredited 501(3)(C) nonprofit organizations in New Hampshire that rescue, rehabilitate, retrain — and hopefully — rehome horses report the problem only becomes bigger. Ever increasingly, they are confronted with an influx of abused, neglected, starving and/or abandoned horses

that arrive from all parts of the state. These horses were either seized by state or local authorities who were notified, often anonymously, of animal cruelty, or they were surrendered voluntarily by an overwhelmed owner no longer able to provide for them. “There are plenty of horses around that need help,” says Teresa Paradis, the founder of Live and Let Live Farm’s Rescue and Sanctuary in Chichester. And, she says, the need is only growing. “In 2018, more than any other year, the state Department of Agriculture called us in at least once a month,” she adds. As of this past December, when this issue was going to press, Live and Let Live Farm was caring for 82 rescued horses of many different breeds. “I tell them we’re already doing all we can do, but they say, ‘You know, Teresa, there’s nowhere else but you.’ I can’t say no,” she continues. “So there’s always another one coming in.” Live and Let Live Farm, which also takes in and cares for a veritable menagerie of animals of all shapes and sizes, is one of three certified equine rescue agencies currently licensed by the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Food & Market’s Division of Animal Industry. The others are Hidden

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Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, which cares for animals of all sorts, is one of three certified equine rescue agencies in New Hampshire.

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“So many people want a horse but they don’t even imagine how expensive it is.”

Hidden Pond Farm Equine Rescue in Brentwood is another certified rescue organization. This is Maggie, Hidden Pond’s official greeter, a bundle of energy who makes everyone smile.

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Pond Farm Equine Rescue in Brentwood and the Winchester-based Draft Gratitude, which specializes in helping the various noble draft breeds such as Clydesdales and Shires, known as gentle giants, weighing around 2,500 pounds each. The New Hampshire ASPCA in Stratham, which was housing a total of 18 rescued horses and ponies at the end of 2018, is also an accredited facility, but technically hangs

Hidden Pond co-founder Phyllis Marie Elliott with Louise and her baby Maggie, who was born on the farm after Louise was rescued.

out the shingle as a pet adoption agency. No facility can be issued dual licenses concurrently, according to state officials. The number of New Hampshire horses ending up in rescue centers is alarming. Nevertheless, they are fortunate indeed to be safe and with qualified and loving caretakers after being extricated from their previous situations, all of which were heartbreaking, unbearable and often unimaginable. “It’s indescribable how truly horrible the conditions were that some of them were in,” says Phyllis Marie Elliott, Hidden Pond’s co-founder and owner, where she cares for 20 horses and ponies of various breeds. “We see some very, very sad cases. It is heartbreaking. Absolutely,” says Carrie Fyfe, who is a veterinary technician and the equine manager at the NHSPCA’s main facility. Why do so many end up in rescue? Humans have huge hearts when it comes to horses, but they don’t always have the bank balances to match. Money isn’t the only issue — there are a number of other resources necessary for proper horse care that many newcomers to the horse world

don’t account for, including the significant time commitment. Many don’t know what they don’t know when they become owners. “Oh, dear God. They have no idea,” says Kathy Whedon of Loudon, who found a kindred soul in Lely, the now 19-year-old mare she purchased privately when the Thoroughbred was 3 years old and racing unsuccessfully at the now-defunct Rockingham Park in Salem. “So many people want to have a horse but they don’t understand how much care they need, they don’t know how to properly take care of them, and they don’t even imagine how expensive that care is,” says Whedon, who boards Lely at Serenity Stables in Belmont, where the facilities are the equivalent of an equine four-star resort. “There is a huge time commitment there as well. Owning a horse is a lifelong commitment. My girl and I are together ’til death do us part.” Unfortunately, not all horses are as lucky as Lely. Too many of them are not provided with even the most basic of necessities, which include food, hay, fresh potable water, shelter and routine care from a veterinarian, horse dentist and farrier (blacksmith). When it comes to shelter, if the owner doesn’t have a farm or suitable backyard facilities, the horse must be boarded. In 2018, monthly full boarding fees in New Hampshire ranged from $600 to $1,200, depending upon the quality of the stable and the services provided. Feed runs more than $100 per month, and that doesn’t include hay. Tack, blankets, straw or wood shavings for bedding, and equipment, such as heated water buckets, cost money. The veterinarians, horse dentists, farriers and other equine practitioners need to be paid in a timely manner, and on top of it all, there are always illnesses, accidents, and emergencies when it comes to horses. | February 2019


The expenses are endless. So is the time required for daily stall mucking, bathing, grooming, feeding, watering and proper exercise. It’s easy to see how an owner can get overwhelmed and end up underwater. New Hampshire’s long, hard, cold winters only serve to exacerbate an already tough situation. When there is no grass for grazing, owners who were already barely able to afford to feed their horses spiral down deeper into trouble. State law requires that as of November 1, all horses must have at least a three-sided shelter, but laws don’t guarantee that people will follow them. “The winters are the toughest on the horses. No question,” says Paradis. “The ground freezes so they can’t graze naturally on grass, and they require more purchased grain and hay. Water also freezes, and they can’t access it so they get dehydrated. As the weather

grows colder and the days get shorter, the bills climb higher,” she adds. “We get a lot of starvation cases. We’ve had some very hard cases and, tragically, we’ve lost a few horses.” The Henneke horse body condition scoring system is a numerical scale used to evaluate the amount of fat on a horse’s body, and the mid-range of 5 to 6 is ideal. Paradis says that she’s taken in horses that are so emaciated they register only at 1.5, with 1 signifying the animal is dead. The longer the horse endured starvation, the more damage was done to internal organs, making the recovery process more difficult and costly, both physically and financially. But there is immediate help available for any owner who cannot properly care for his or her animals. Those best qualified to provide that assistance are strongly encouraging anyone in this situation to follow the steps to end needless suffering. All the owner

Steven was purchased at an auction in Pennsylvania. A former racehorse, Steven was left to starve (pictured at left). After several months of care at Hidden Pond, he was adopted (above is Steven today with Phyllis Marie Elliott). At right are Hidden Pond volunteers Mary Burnett, Bella Griffith and Dineen Corey with Elliott. All of these women put in many hours each week at the farm, and none of them gets paid for their work — not even Elliott.

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photo by edie freedman

There’s immediate help available for any owner who can’t care for a horse. They just need to pick up the phone.

need do is pick up the phone and someone who can help will be on the other end. “As soon as you get into trouble, please ask for help. Don’t wait,” says Fyfe. She adds that there are a number of resources in place, whether from the NHSPCA or another organization. Among other things, they can help with temporary issues, such as finding money to get through the winter. “We have things in place and we can give you a hand, but we can’t help if we don’t know who you are and what you need,” says Fyfe. “The majority of the cases we see are people who do have their hearts in the right place, and they don’t mean any ill will for these horses, but for a variety of circumstances — from financial issues to their health to life circumstances — they don’t reach out for help until the situation is pretty far gone. We see that quite a bit.” Often, says Paradis, people who otherwise care for their horses run into trouble, suddenly realizing they can no longer pay for food. If Paradis can’t take the horse in, they can offer a feed program where they supply enough food and hay to last for the winter until — if still needed — a spot opens up in the spring. “These are people who have loved them and cared for them. We call it in-home rescue. But it’s still a horrible situation,” says Paradis. For those horses requiring more than a stop-gap solution, voluntary surrender is the best solution. But it’s never an easy one, not for anyone involved. “It’s tough to convince someone to give up their animal. It’s a fight,” says Paradis. When the battle can’t be won, the animal control officers, cruelty investigators and other authorities step in and step up. “It’s really hard in New Hampshire,” says Paradis. “The state Department of Agriculture does not and cannot go in to help unless the town or city officials ask them for help.” What the rescuers often run into is a situation where the owner is incapacitated in some way and, consequently, unable to do the right thing by the animal or make

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rational decisions. Paradis remembers a tragic situation that occurred in Weare a few years ago. “The animal control officer called me right before Christmas. She said there was an elderly woman who was an animal caretaker for other people, but she wasn’t even feeding her own horses. There was a Norwegian Fjord pony and a Shetland pony who had no water in the barn, and there was no path of footsteps in the snow going to the barn. The officer gave her a week and still no one went to the barn,” recalls Paradis. “The officer went back and discovered that both ponies were living in deplorable conditions and were starved. They were both in the 1.5 category. The Fjord had very long fur and you could still see the hips and the spine, so you know they were really in trouble when we got them. The vet came and did the exam. Five days later, the Fjord collapsed, and we lost her. The other one we named Ranger and, thankfully, he made it.” Though this was a terrible case of animal cruelty, Paradis did not want the woman arrested and prosecuted. “When the police arrived all they could find in her house for human food was one jar of peanut butter. She had starved dogs living in filthy crates. I begged the Weare police not to arrest her and make this public. There was nothing to gain by bringing charges. But the agreement had to be made that she never have any more animals, and she had to go to live with her son. There are a lot of quiet cases like this that we do that no one knows about,” explains Paradis. Saving horses is hard, difficult, expensive and heart-rending work. With the magnitude of the problem, it is also never-ending, tireless work. How do the rescuers not need to be rescued themselves? “This is incredibly emotionally draining,” says Elliott. “But I’ve been very fortunate to be able to shut it down sometimes, knowing at least we saved this one. As much as we’d like to, we can’t save them all, but we can appreciate how well we did by saving this one. I have good balance with it. I have to. It’s the only way I can continue.” At Live and Let Live Farm, Paradis has an army of 500 well-trained and dedicated volunteers who put in 50,000 hours of hands-on work caring for the four-legged residents every year. It’s incumbent upon her to hold the regiment together so none becomes emotionally drained by the toughest and most tragic cases. The general also fights through it herself. “This is hard work every single day.

The Cost of Horse Ownership Here is a list of current standard expenses that need to be covered for an average 1,100-pound equine in New Hampshire, but keep in mind that the costs vary depending upon the quality and frequency of the services provided, the quality of the goods and supplies, the amenities at the facilities and level of comfort and care given, and whether the horse is a paddock pet or a working animal. Emergency care: Fee varies, but it’s always on top of all else. Surgery: Fees vary depending upon the procedure. Add in imaging (MRI, digital X-rays, etc.), medications, pre-purchase examinations.

Farrier (Blacksmith) $40 to $260 every 4 to 6 weeks, depending upon type of shoes required, from simple to therapeutic, and whether needed on all four feet or just front or hind hooves in a single visit. Proper and regular trimming of hooves and foot care is vital for every horse.

Equine Dentist Routine visit: $30-$50 Teeth floating (filing down sharp edges): $100 Sedation if necessary: Fee varies Horses need to see a dentist at a minimum of once annually; semi-annually is highly recommended. Aged horses need more frequent and costly care.

Food and water

The average horse should eat the equivalent of 2.5 percent of its body weight in grain and hay and drink at least 10 gallons of water per day. Feed: $130 to $200 per month, depending on quality Hay bales: $3 and $10 each, depending upon quality Horses eat one bale per day for a cost of $90 to $300 each month. Suppliers may add on delivery charges, unloading fees, and fuel surcharges. Nutritional supplements, vitamins, carrots, horse cookies and treats vary in price.

Equine veterinarian

The fees are the same even for a 200-pound miniature horse. Farm call for routine medical care: $50-$100 Medical exam: $50-$100 Annual vaccines: $100-$120 Fecal egg count test: $20-$50 Coggins test (for equine infectious anemia): $30-$60

Stabling Monthly charges range from $600 to $1,200 depending upon the facility and what it provides.

Tack New bridles, bits, reins, stirrups, leather and girths, saddles, saddle pads and saddle covers, boots and leg wraps should run up a minimum tab of $900, and that’s being very conservative.

Grooming Supplies To start, you need soft and firm body brushes, face brush, mane and tail bush, curry combs, shedding blade, sweat scraper, horse shaver, hoof pick, bath sponges, winter blankets, fully stocked first aid kit, sheepskin halter covers, etc., and they all range in price depending upon where purchased and how often replaced. Bring your credit card.

And Beyond In New Hampshire, owners are fortunate that there is a good crematorium for equines. The cost is $2,000. Burial on private property is $500 or higher. | February 2019


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Big Ben, Sylvia and Beau at Draft Gratitude in Winchester.

Draft Gratitude When people think of draft horses, the magnificent, impeccably maintained and very dressy Budweiser Clydesdales spring to mind. But the existence led by the horses who arrive at Draft Gratitude is the antithesis of the luxurious one afforded to those stabled at the brewery’s hamlet in Merrimack. “I would totally agree with that. When people hear the term draft horse, that’s what they associated it with. They think of those Clydesdales. A lot of people don’t know there are still communities out there farming with these horses who are working in harness six days a week. A lot of them need to be rescued,” says Rebecca Roy, the founder and driving force of Draft Gratitude. Roy cares for a herd of 12 Belgians, Percherons and other draft

breeds that her nonprofit saved from slaughter and/or severe abuse and neglect. Most have been driven almost literally into the ground. “Those horses who lived that life day in and day out and have worked hard for years and years and years have earned a safe ending and that’s why we’re here. Caring for these deserving draft horses is an honor. We provide a soft landing for as many as we can,” she says. Of the 45 rescued as of December, 22 have been adopted out to people looking for a companion, a light trail riding horse, or one to perform very light work, like garden scratching or hauling firewood no more than a day or two per week. “The rest who aren’t adoptable because of age, a veterinary reason or whatever will stay with us for the rest of their days. I know we can’t save every single horse, but the ones that come in, we’re going to do a really good job with,” she says. Before and after: Some “before” shots are just too harsh to include here, and not all the stories end happily, but here’s one example of what a successful rescue looks like. When Jerry (far left) recently arrived from western New York, he was lame and much too thin. The rescuers at Draft Gratitude made sure this sweet, welltrained horse received veterinary care and good feeding, and proper hoof care. Now (near left) he’s gaining weight, is much more comfortable, and soon he will be available for adoption to a good home.

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Sometimes I have to hibernate for a while to deal with the loss,” she says. “The volunteers all ask, ‘Why couldn’t we make them live?’ or ‘Why did you have to make the choice for them?’ Because it’s not meant to be for us to save them all,” she explains. “If it’s only an hour that they’re here with us, it’s an hour they have filled their belly, gotten warmth, had people surround them in love, and in passing here with their spirit here forever, then they have found their place. Sometimes it’s an hour, a week, a month or years, but they found their place where they could be at peace,” she continues. “That’s how we have to deal with these situations. We give these animals a place to not hurt and to find peace at the end of their lives. But sometimes it’s hard and it takes a long time to heal.” Time is a luxury least afforded when animals are being abused, neglected, starved and abandoned and desperately need immediate help. “Some days I wake up and it’s here we go again, and I’ll wonder how I can do this anymore,” says Paradis, who gives credit to her unpaid team. She notes her organization is the November recipient of the New Hampshire Spirit Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Program. Such recognition tides her over. “Then I get another call,” she says. “and I go do it.” But it takes more than a big heart. The rescue agencies can’t keep up unless the money keeps rolling in, and that’s a constant battle, competing for hard-won donations against every other good cause out there. “Somebody upstairs watches out for us. Otherwise I can’t really answer how we keep it all going. It just happens,” says Paradis. “But it doesn’t happen without me spending 60 hours per week on the computer, which takes away time I’d like to spend with the animals. I’m constantly raising money, always trying to get private grants. The ‘ask’ never ends.” She says they have to raise $35,000 to $40,000 per month, which would be tough for most full-time professional fundraisers. “Our hay comes by tractor-trailer load from Canada every two weeks and it’s almost $5,000 per load for 700 to 800 bales. We also buy bales locally and sometimes we will get some donated,” says Paradis, adding she is always praying for a “hay angel.” Many who witness the work done at facilities like Live and Let Live say all those involved in such rescue are angels incarnate, and they like to imagine there is a special place reserved for them in heaven.

“That’s what I tell myself that when the winter comes and the pipes are frozen and the tractor breaks down and the hay delivery is late,” laughs Elliott. She says the $7,500 grant recently received from the ASPCA is very helpful, but she admits the work takes a lot more than money. “We do put a lot of heart into what we do,” she says. And the hearts that make it happen can inspire the hearts of others to get involved. That’s why they welcome visitors whether arriving to volunteer or just out of curiosity. They believe that everyone should take heart when a recovered, rehabilitated, retrained and now-healthy horse finds the wonderful and loving forever home he or she truly deserves. Visitors can also learn a thing or two and spread the word, perhaps preventing problems before them begin. Fyfe encourages people to avoid “backyard breeders” and to consider adopting from a rescue organization. She also recommends going directly to an agency rather than trying to rescue a horse on your own. “That’s what we’re here for and we will help you through the entire process,” she advises. For those who imagine that rescued horses are somehow “spent,” she says that’s far from the truth. “They have many healthy, happy, productive years left in them,” she says. “These guys have really fascinating stories to tell.” The adoption process at the NHSPCA and at Hidden Pond is stringent, and for good reason. Requirements include farm visits, photographs and multiple references, which are checked as potential new owners are thoroughly screened. No horse is put into a situation where he or she needs to be rescued from the “rescuer.” “We do our best to set things up the best for each animal. We want to match the right horse to the right home, and that can be a very time-consuming process,” says Fyfe. “There can be a lot of false starts, but we try to hold out for the perfect match because that is in everyone’s best interest. We don’t want to set up any horse to fail. A lot of these guys have been through that already and we don’t want that to happen to them again.” Hidden Pond also works wonders when it comes to finding the perfect match for the adoptable horses and ponies retrained there. “For the little engine that could, we do an awesome job,” says Elliott, with understandable pride. “Horses are the most romantic and wonderful animals and people love them. But you have to know what you’re doing. Please don’t buy a horse if you can’t afford one. There’s a whole lot more to it than just riding off together into the sunset.” NH

At Live and Let Live Farm

Equine Rescue Directory

Here are the accredited and certified rescue facilities in the state, and all are nonprofit organizations. They each meet the criteria of a true rescue facility providing humane and responsible care of all animals. These organizations welcome visitors but require a call or email confirmation first to see the rehabilitated horses or take a guided tour. And if you’re so inclined, no donation is too small, and each is greatly appreciated.

Draft Gratitude

Specializing in the draft breeds 148 Ashuelot St., Winchester (603) 762-3266

Hidden Pond Farm Equine Rescue 250 South Rd., Brentwood (603) 568-6654

Live and Let Live Farm and Animal Sanctuary 20 Paradise Ln., Chichester

New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 104 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham (603) 772-2921 | February 2019


Going candlepin bowling was once as popular a treat as a Moxie with a Sky Bar, but this nostalgic pleasure has never really vanished and now seems to be staging a comeback. By Mike Morin Photos by Kendal J. Bush unless otherwise noted

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If it was noon on Saturday and you lived in New Hampshire or Massachusetts, you were slurping tomato soup and crunching on a grilled cheese sandwich. Your TV’s rabbit ears pointed to Needham, Massachusetts, to pick up Channel 5. Even if you missed church occasionally on Sunday, you never missed WCVB’s “Candlepin Bowling” broadcast on Saturday. It was the last television show that families, from grandparents to toddlers, actually watched together. “I watched bowling with my dad every Saturday” has been expressed to me too many times to count. “Hold on to your tray tables, boys and girls. We’ve got a good one today,” came the familiar pronouncement from velvet-voiced TV host Don Gillis. And so it went for nearly 38 years worth of Saturdays, from 1958 to 1996. New Hampshire had our version, “Candlepin Stars and Strikes,” on the former WNDS, Channel 50 from 1984 to 2005. It was the golden age of candlepin bowling, and New Hampshire contributed some of the biggest stars in a half century of televised candlepin mania. Dottie Lawruk, retired professional candlepin bowler from Nashua, watched her father write down the results of the Channel 5 show every week from the very first episode in October 1958. “I used to watch him [record the weekly scores], and then I probably started doing it right after I got married in 1969 and was out of the house. I had to watch it myself if I wanted to see the scores because I wasn’t with my dad anymore,” she says. It was that kind of fan loyalty that gave WCVB and WNDS eye-popping Nielsen ratings for their candlepin shows. Some 200,000 people 52 | February 2019

Charlie Jutras of Massachusetts often bowled in New Hampshire, including on the show “Candlepin Stars and Strikes” at Leda Lanes.

more endearing than today’s multigazillionaire sports figures. They played the game because they loved the challenge and being with each other.

Got a first class ticket, buddy?

Now 70, Candlepin Bowling Hall of Fame member Dan Murphy of Concord should also be inducted into the candlepin yarn-spinning hall of fame if they ever build one. Not only is he a top bowling instructor, but he owned a bowling center, was a big tournament and TV winner as well as commentator. His stories flow effortlessly, one after another. He recalls the infamous small plane flight to Bangor to bowl in a tournament. Nashua’s Leda Lanes owner Ray Simoneau offered to pilot his small aircraft to Maine with Granite Staters Gary Duffett, Murphy and Leon Valcourt on board. One small problem — there were only seats for two passengers plus Simoneau, the pilot. For the flight from Boire airfield in Nashua to Bangor, Valcourt, Murphy and Duffett flipped a coin to see who got to sit. The ultimate loser had to lie on the floor with the bowling bags for the flight’s duration. For the ride back, the bowler with the lowest tournament total was relegated to ride with the baggage. Murphy was the double loser, but not by much. “I lost a coin flip for the ride up and then lost to Gary by one pin for the 10-game

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When Bowling Was Church

tuned in every week, often blowing by Red Sox, Bruins, Celts and Patriots TV broadcasts. Out of roughly 20 weekend television sports shows, “Candlepin Bowling” was often No. 1, or at least in the top five. At Derry’s WNDS, “Candlepin Stars and Strikes,” a show I co-hosted, was the top-rated show on the entire station nearly every week. When Lawruk joined the World Candlepin Bowlers Congress as a touring professional, her father said, “I’m glad one of my kids liked bowling.” As a young child, Lawruk often accompanied her father to the smoke-filled alleys for his weekly league play. Candlepins was a very family-centric activity, both on the couch and on the lanes. What made the game so intriguing to watch was seeing average Joes and Janes doing extraordinary things with a bowling ball that most people could not do. Just as compelling were the personalities of the mailmen, factory workers and accountants who, because of massive local TV audiences, became unlikely celebrities — all to win maybe $3,000 a year. Some hit five figures from TV and tournaments, but not many. You could never make a living at bowling candlepins like the 10-pin big ballers could. Aside from the small community of pro bowlers, very few people had access to the off-the-lanes hijinx that made the stars

tournament and had to ride that way on the trip back,” says Murphy. “It was freakin’ cold in that luggage compartment. I got my pilot’s license years after that and I realize now that the plane probably was too heavy to legally fly. I was not that smart back in those days,” he admits. “We all thought it was pretty cool to be able to fly to a candlepin bowling tournament,” he says, which tells you something about the modest seminomadic lifestyle of a candlepin competitor.

Brotherhood of the exploding pants

As a TV color analyst, Murphy was second to none. He served on-camera in that capacity for many shows, including on “Big Shot Bowling,” where he sat alongside the game’s most outrageous play-by-play announcer Bob Fouracre on an episode where candlepin bowling for one poor contestant nearly became a pants-optional match. “I forget the fellow’s name,” Murphy says. “But he warms up, we start the show, and the first ball he throws his pants explode. Ripped open in the center. It was like popcorn popping. BOOM! Well, they ran that [replay] back and forth, back and forth and when they split, his hand went down to cover his groin area and his other hand went down the back, like, ‘Did it go all the way around?’ Of course, Fouracre is

An issue of “Candlepin Bowler” magazine from the 1960s

laughing and when they come back from the break, they show it again. The poor guy. It was his birthday. His parents were in the audience and guess what they had for a birthday present? A pair of pants. For the next several weeks, they opened the show with that embarrassing sequence.”

You don’t know it but drinks are on you

Not only did Lawruk record the TV scores

every week for decades, but as a professional bowler, she became involved with running the monthly pro tournaments. For these events, there was a dress code for competitors, which included a mandatory club patch on their bowling shirts. If bowlers failed to comply, they would be assessed a fine. At one particular tournament, Gary Carrington of Plaistow was warned by Lawruk that since he did not have his W.C.B.C. patch, he’d be fined five bucks. After repeated reminders that his scores would not count, Lawruk recalls that Carrington pulled out his wallet and defiantly fired it at her. She fished out a $5 bill then proceeded to head to the bowling alley bar, which was filled with tournament bowlers, and pulled out more of Carrington’s money, unbeknownst to him. “So I go in the bar and told the bartender, ‘All these guys at the bar, I want to buy them each a beer,’” she says. “Really?” asked a surprised bartender “Oh, yeah,” she replied. “He gets them all a beer and I paid about 15, 18 bucks, whatever it was. I went back and gave Gary his wallet.” Upon my intent to share the story for my book, she sheepishly apologizes with, “Oh, sorry, Gary. He’s going to read this for the first time. He never knew. He never said anything to me. He had about 80 bucks in his wallet.” When I conveyed her story to Car-

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That’s writer Mike Morin on the right with “Candlepin Stars and Strikes” co-host Dick Lutsk | February 2019


I actually won ’em.’ So, he goes back to his cruiser. And he came back over to me. ‘You’re OK,’ cop says. ‘Thank you.’ And he says, ‘You gotta get better friends.’ Cop let me go, I’m driving down the highway so Muskie says, ‘What did the cop say to you?’ ‘He said, ‘I need better friends.’ ‘Muskie says, ‘What was your ticket?’ ‘He didn’t give me one.’ ‘Well, who’s your best friend, now?’”

rington decades later, he was surprised and took it well. “No, I didn’t know about that,” he says, laughing heartily. “I remember the patches. I don’t remember throwing my wallet at Dottie. I always thought the patch would ruin my shirt, so I didn’t wear one. I paid the five bucks every time.” Just to close the loop on the past, Carrington remarks, “You got me, Dottie. I didn’t know I was missing money. It’s a funny story.”

Is Best Buy having a TV sale?

Even though Charlie Jutras was from Massachusetts, he bowled frequently in the Granite State, including on the Channel 50 show “Candlepin Stars and Strikes” at Leda Lanes. Now, our show offered cash prizes, but there were some smaller shows years ago that gave away everything from watches to TVs, which brings us to Jutras and his van full of television sets. As he tells it: “I was driving down the highway with Muskie [Dominic Muscolo], smoking a cigar. I was going a little too fast and the cop pulls me over, has his club out,

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Above and below: The game is the same at Portsmouth’s Bowl-O-Rama, but the owners are adding some modern-day amenities to attract new bowlers. Learn more in the sidebar on the next page.

banging on the window, has a flashlight and says, ‘What do you have back there?’” ‘I got televisions, seven of them.’ ‘Where’d you get those from?’ ‘Muskie pipes up, ‘Well, he robbed them.’ [laughter] The cop made me get out of the truck, opened up the side door in the van. I told the cop, you can call up Channel 27 and Bob Fouracre. You can ask Bob Fouracre that

Climbing Heartbreak Lanes

As you see, bowlers are a loony bunch. Take this story as further proof. For the past 30 years, Leda Lanes has hosted its Easter Classic 20-string tournament. With a $5,000 top prize, big by candlepin standards, dozens of the world’s best bowlers start their day with Easter Sunday services, hide Easter eggs, grab a ham sammy, and then it’s out the door for 11 grueling hours of candlepin bowling in Nashua starting at noon. After the first 10 strings, bowlers adjourn to Kegler’s Den for some dinner and carb-loading via bottles of Budweiser. Back

Rebooting Bowling


an leather furniture and homemade nachos reboot the candlepin bowling industry? Such creature comforts might appeal to millennials, but surely it will take more than a shopping spree at Bernie and Phyl’s to turn things around. Right? Both candlepin and 10 pin bowling have suffered declines in recent decades for many reasons, and some owners are floundering to recapture lost business, but one New Hampshire candlepin center has taken the evolving market changes seriously, creating what many feel is the new face of candlepin bowling. The plan does, by the way, include plush leather furniture and tasty treats. Bowl-O-Rama Lanes on Lafayette Road in Portsmouth is not your grandfather’s bowling alley. For starters, they’re not called bowling alleys any longer, a term that conjures up the smoke-filled, musty-smelling place where your grandpa bowled in his weekly beer league. Bowling was on the rise in 1956 when the Genimatas family opened Bowl-O-Rama. They ran the business until just last year, finally selling it to Bart, Mary-Lynne and Andrew Maderios. At 32, manager Andrew has a vision for what a candlepin center should offer if it wants to be around for a while. And these changes don’t come cheap. “Our goal,” says Maderios, “Is to see how many different things we can offer a guest when they come in.” Traditional choices are bowling, previously frozen food, maybe beer and wine and coin-operated video games. That business model works for some owners. Not for Maderios. Bowl-O-Rama has installed couch seating for every pair of lanes, of which there are 22. There is a coffee table in the middle and it all can be reconfigured for corporate and birthday parties. Gone are the uncomfortable plastic injection molded seats. When asked on a recent night at Bowl-O-Rama, Matthew, 37, who bowls during the Monday night My Social Sports league, said he’s a fan of the new functional décor. “The new setup lends itself to more interaction. Everybody here [in this league] has pretty much met through Bowl-O-Rama and are now friends.” The 16-lane, 64-person mixed league is more about friendship than bowling for blood. “It’s definitely competitive, but it’s a friendly kind of competition,” Matthew says. “You’re competing against your friends so you cheer for them when they do well, even when they’re playing against you. You want to beat them but it’s not the primary focus.” This pleases Maderios, who recalls the first weekend with the new furniture, “I remember looking up and down the lanes, seeing food and beer and sodas everywhere all over those low-top tables,” he says. “I think the furniture is helping to drive our sales.” The old style of candlepin, he adds, where a fear of spills on the lanes meant no food or drink in the bowling area, is gone. “People want to eat and drink, and that’s part of the social experience,” he says. “If you’re telling them no, you’re missing an opportunity.” That works for 29-year-old Marissa of Stratham, who plays in the My Social Sports league. “It’s a social league. You drink beer and make friends,” she says. “It’s what younger league players are looking for.” Andrew Maderios The book “Bowling Alone: The


Collapse and Revival of American Community” by New Hampshire author and National Humanities Medal recipient Robert Putnam cites bowling’s declining league participation as a symptom of America’s overall loss of social interaction. What if, instead of acting as a symbol of loss, centers like Bowl-O-Rama could start changing that trend, one league bowler at a time? While leagues, once the bread and butter of the bowling business, may never return to their heyday status, millennials are enjoying the less-formal version offered by groups like the My Socials. Plus, says Maderios, “Our league bowling participation is up 16 percent just this year over last.” Bowl-O-Rama took the bold step of adding a chef-run restaurant, which offers “elevated shareable pub fare,” Maderios adds. No steaks, but think high-end pizza, craft burgers, sliders, loaded nachos and other food that can be delivered to the lanes, shared and eaten just feet from the bowling approaches, which is encouraged. The owners are hoping the draw of the food alone will lead to some new bowling patrons. Marissa is a fan of the upgraded food already. “I like the loaded nachos. Homemade chili. They make their pickles in-house. They even make their own hummus.” The new scoring terminals are colorful and fully automatic. Players can upload a photo in place of their name if they choose. Sort of Instagram-meets-candlepins. Some 10-pin bowling centers also offer paintball and movie theaters. Those are not on the drawing board here, but Maderios, a former music teacher, wants to host live local bands to jam on a stage set up on two or three lanes while customers bowl. And they hope to show movies on the masking units that are just above the pin decks, serving as massive viewing screens. Will the new ways lose the old guard? Fifty-year-old league player Mark from Alton thinks the Maderios family is on the right track with the changes.“We’re going to need bigger places like this with their style and way of doing it,” he says. Creating relevant family-oriented entertainment options translates to multiple revenue streams awash with bright colors, high-end food and service staff with can-do attitudes. Now, at the end of a long day, bowlers can bowl a few strings and relax on comfy sofas instead of cold, plastic seats. And if spectators get a bit too excited about a converted spread eagle in the last frame of a tournament, they can even spill their drinks and not get yelled at. | February 2019


onto the lanes for the final 10 games, which usually goes to about 11 p.m. The winner walks away with a big trophy and a not-tooshabby paycheck. There’s even a guy from Chicago, Steve Miller (not the “Abracadabra” Steve Miller) who, because he doesn’t drive, has taken a bus for the 1,000-mile trek to Nashua. He’s also not the “Take the Money and Run” Steve Miller because, with his low average, he usually finishes in last place. For his $150 entry fee, he just loves to hang out with top candlepin bowlers. Miller earns his living writing about horseracing and is philosophical about tossing away $150 every spring. “For me, when I had money, I lost plenty of bets that were more than $150. Losing $150 doesn’t scare me. It should. I’d be a much wealthier person if I was much more risk-averse,” says Miller. “$150. Twenty games. That’s $7.50 a game plus you get fed on Easter. I get to bowl against and next to all these great bowlers. For me, it’s like the biggest bargain in the world.” He says the bowlers treat him well and he looks forward to renewing New Hampshire friendships every Easter. Since the Easter Sunday (April 21 this year) bowling marathon lands very close to the Boston Marathon (April 15 in 2019), I wondered how many people have participated in both grueling events. After weeks of

Food is no longer barred from the lanes at BowlO-Rama. Owner Andrew Maderios installed new seating and tables at each lane to allow players to eat and hang out in comfort.

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Keeping score was never this fun. The BowlO-Rama overhead scoring monitors use both names and photos of the players. By the way, that’s Mike Morin taking his turn.

searching, I could only find one guy who has done both, Kyle Shaw, 25, from Connecticut, who points to similarities and differences in competitive strategies for both marathons. “Bowling is not like running in the way that in bowling, you can always make up ground — there is no excuse to mentally take a break,” says Shaw. “In bowling, you never know when a triple (three consecutive strikes) could drop, and you throw a 150-plus game anywhere, and make up 40 pins in

game 16, 18 or 20. In running, you will not all of a sudden be a bit extra lucky and put in a 4:30 mile and make up two minutes. In both sports, you need to have a strong mentality from the beginning. Both sports have their own strategies, of course, but getting frustrated or lazy is never good,” he says. When I put out the word on Facebook looking for people who’ve done both, I was met with the expected snarky responses from bowlers, such as: “I once watched all five ‘Rocky’ movies in a day. That’s kind of like a marathon.” New Hampshire pro bowler Duffett said, “I bowled the Easter Classic and my daughter ran the Boston Marathon. Close enough?” It appears bowling and running don’t mix but candlepins and classical music do, apparently, as bowling pro John Kafalas admitted he bowled in the Easter marathon tournament as well as attended the three-day Bruckner Society’s Brucknerathon, where fans of composer Anton Bruckner listen to his symphonies. Meal breaks are also provided. Ironically, the Boston Marathon course winds its way through candlepin country, where, anecdotally, only one person has ever competed in both long-haul events. Or as New Hampshire bowler Mike Poulin jested, “Run the Marathon? I’m not sure I could drive it.” NH

TIPS FOR BEGINNERS AND EXPERIENCED CANDLEPIN BOWLERS FROM DAN MURPHY Dan Murphy has run a bowling instructor’s school for three decades, generating over 800 certified instructors who are available at local bowling centers to help your game. In addition to teaching the teachers, Murphy owned Boutwell’s Bowling Center in Concord, and was once even a candlepin TV commentator. As a professional competitor, he won seven Pro Tour titles. Only five male bowlers in history have won more World Candlepin Bowlers Congress singles events. He is also a member of the International Candlepin Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame. What’s the first thing I need to know when I step up onto the lane? The biggest thing is the grip of the ball. People often pick the ball up off the rack, then they readjust it in their hand and they set it in the palm of their hand. You can’t get a consistent release if it’s [resting] in the palm of your hand. The way you pick it up is the way you should hold it. Should I try to throw the ball hard? Sometimes, the harder you throw, the less accuracy you have. When you start overthrowing, you pull up at the foul line, instead of staying down with your shot for a good follow-through. What should I be looking at? The lane arrows or pins? Focus down the lane where the pins are. A common fault is that people drop the ball, driving the ball into the floor just over the foul line where their eyes drop down to the floor. That’s why I want them focusing down the lane. What’s a good age to start kids candlepin bowling? If we can get them throwing one-handed by 5 or 6 years old, they can move their hands quickly enough so the ball doesn’t fall out. We always use the channel bumpers [for a while], and gradually wean them off because it’s like a bicycle’s training wheels. The bumpers give them confidence and they actually knock pins down. Do I need to buy my own shoes and balls? Shoes, definitely. Balls are not as necessary [bowling centers provide them]. The most important thing is to get that approach and arm swing down to get a little confidence. Consistency is what you need to get that good release every single time.

“Lunch with Tommy and Stasia TV’s Golden Age of Candlepin Bowling” By Mike Morin For decades, weekends were filled with popular televised candlepin bowling shows. Hundreds of thousands of New Englanders watched every weekend. As a result, many stars became local celebrities. “Lunch with Tommy and Stasia” tells their amusing and unexpected stories. It’s due out this summer from Hobblebush Books.

WHERE TO BOWL New Hampshire Candlepin Bowling Association centers


152 North State St., Concord (603) 224-0941

BOWL-O-RAMA (22 lanes) 599 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth (603) 436-0504

EXETER LANES (12 lanes) 10 Columbus Ave., Exeter (603) 772-3856 KING BOWLING LANES (10 lanes) 751 Mast Rd., Manchester (603) 623-9215

LAKESIDE LANES (24 lanes) 2171 Candia Rd., Manchester (603) 627-7722

LEDA LANES (36 lanes) 340 Amherst St., Nashua (603) 889-4884

LEFTY’S LANES (12 lanes)

244 Elm St., Milford (603) 554-8300

MEYER MAPLE LANES (8 lanes) 125 Maple Ave., Claremont (603) 542-2400 Facebook

PARK PLACE LANES (36 lanes) 16 Rockingham Rd., Windham (603) 837-6276 | February 2019


shop, sip, stay awh New Hampshire café owners combine food with Wi-Fi, retail and ambience to create unique and unforgettable “feel-good places”

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owntime deserves an address — a hangout, a place to chill. In a thoroughly busy and modern world, finding a place to relax, meet friends and accomplish some unfinished work may seem like a tall order. Today’s “hangout” establishments fill that niche. Mix a bit of commerce with refreshment and some entertainment, then add a comfy vibe and a strong Wi-Fi signal — all in one space — and you’ve got a recipe for a “feel-good place.” Here are a few such places in New Hampshire where entrepreneurs have merged the café concept with traditional retail, and invite you to enjoy a leisurely afternoon with food and drink on hand and a chance to engage friends, both digitally and in person. Overstuffed chairs, generous tables and the freedom to “just hang” make these welcoming locales the perfect place to drop

anchor. Good coffee (and food) and a family-friendly atmosphere allows for life to keep flowing while you grab a respite from a sink filled with dirty dishes and a dog barking at the arrival of your latest Amazon delivery. The cherry on top? Added culture in the form of art, literature, music and community, plus the chance to buy a favorite book, play a game of chess or grab a bouquet of flowers. Now, doesn’t that all add up to feeling good? It’s a concept ideal for our time. After all, being digitally connected (or distracted) in a common space means that traditional socializing is at least happening on some level. As face-to-face interaction is on the decline, these places provide human contact — with the bonus of a bit of retail therapy. And, FaceTime notwithstanding, nothing can beat the glow of an authentic smile on a real human face.


Set in an old train station, this Goffstown getaway is always busy. It’s a true emporium of worldly goods mixed with natural elements, flowers and food. The setting is about community, sharing, and providing patrons not only a place to hang, but a place to be inspired. Locals bring their own instruments or make use of the upright piano in the café for background melodies. Folks and families congregate in charming nooks made of mismatched tables and chairs, which are accented with artisan pillows and living plants. Bring your computer or bring your friends.

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Merrimack Valley 24 Main St., Goffstown Mon-Fri, 7 a.m.-7p.m. Sat, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Wi-Fi: Yes Seating: A mix of mismatched chairs and tables, vintage couches and nook seating hidden throughout the shop and café

Vibe: Flower child meets green and sustainable, with natural and sculptural installations, vintage building elements and curiosities

Food and drink: Coffee, sweet breads, sandwiches and tea. Try the pink beet latte during the month of February. What’s popular: Coffee in all its forms and fresh flowers

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Vicuña Chocolate This modern-day chocolate factory pairs the process of chocolate-making with a quiet and comfortable café. A walk through the door immerses you in all things chocolate, as well as the aroma of cocoa beans being roasted and ground to make award-winning chocolate bars. Take a tour to see the process and peruse the how-to charts and images that show the beans from harvest to handcrafted confections. Meet friends to savor Vicuña drinking chocolate, which is an experi-

ence between hot cocoa and eating a chocolate truffle. Or share Vicuña chocolate chunk cookies washed down with the best coffees in espresso and latte presentations. If you are looking for a more singular and quiet experience, then bring your laptop and relax at a table while savoring one of their many artisanal chocolate bars that can be shipped anywhere. If you are a chocolate aficionado, you can’t help but feel good after a visit to Vicuña.

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coffee and chocolate drinks, cookies, brownies, and chocolates made in house from beans roasted on premises

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What’s popular: Drinking chocolate and cocoa nib brownies fresh from the oven Specialties for sale: A mix of handcrafted chocolate bars

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photos by matthew mead 15 Main St., Peterborough Thurs-Sun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.



From “teas to taps,” this corner bookstore merges the best in literature with the best in bar fare. Known affectionately as Portsmouth’s communal living room, the space has the air of a library mixed with the hipness of a college coffee house. Patrons are immersed in their own digital worlds at tables, couches and bar stools while book lovers disappear among the stacks of books with lattes in hand. Live entertainment happens almost every evening with a full spectrum that stretches from hip hop night to poetry readings. A daytime visit finds accomplished baristas drawing your portrait on the top of a foamy latte with a toothpick. Popular eats include The November sandwich, which is a top pick any month. It includes turkey and cheese on whole grain bread spread with cranberry sauce that pairs well with Silence of the Lambs, a Belgian beer from Rockingham Brewing Company in Derry. On cold days you might opt for the Nog It Off vodka and Bailey’s drink topped with whipped cream and served with a slab of fudge. No matter when you visit, or what draws you in, there is a lot to feel good about at Portsmouth Book & Bar.

Wi-Fi: Yes Seating: Chairs and tables, bar stools, comfy club chairs and sunny window seats

Vibe: Über-hip modern bookstore and bar setting with interesting drinks, freshly made food and evening entertainment

Food and drink: Breakfast, lunch, small plates, sandwiches, salads, plus wine, beer, cocktails, coffee drinks and tea What’s popular: Portrait lattes and Nog INHt Off coffee drinks 40 Pleasant St., Portsmouth Sun-Tues, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Wed-Sat, 10 a.m.-12 a.m.

Books for sale: Academic titles, philosophy and the social sciences, poetry, the arts, cookbooks, gardening and children’s books Entertainment: Poetry readings, book clubs, open mic night, and rock and jazz bands | February 2019


North Country

The Metropolitan Coffee House and Fine Art Gallery

If North Conway were Paris, then Toulouse-Lautrec would certainly frequent The Met. Situated in the center of town in the picturesque New Hampshire North Country, this busy hub of activity is a sophisticated mix of coffee drinks and fine local art. From the dark, detailed woodwork to the soaring ceilings with glass ball chandeliers, this café has the real feeling of metropolitan life. The vintage building, with its tall windows and double doors, opens to a beautiful room filled with light and detailed with a mosaic tile café floor. A pastry case is filled with fresh treats, while the staff bustles behind the counter preparing

specialty coffees. Around the perimeter you will find comfy library chairs to relax in and tables for dining on the establishment’s popular salad and sandwich menu. A back room has more quiet spaces for the “digitally preoccupied” and a hall of art by local artists that is all up for sale. Upstairs has larger visiting tables and chair groupings for playing games or assembling puzzles. Lots of returning locals and their families inhabit this space, and friendly conversations can be heard throughout. Check the website for changing gallery shows and visit often to get a great re-charge of caffeine, culture and community.

Wi-FI: Yes Seating: Chairs and tables, high-tops, overstuffed chairs and couches with coffee tables, plus other large tables for playing games and making puzzles

Vibe: Old-fashioned and French-inspired with a real air of culture and 2680 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway Daily 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Food and drink: Specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, pastry, salads and sandwiches, plus gelato (seasonal) What’s popular: Cappuccino, espresso and apple turnovers Specialties for sale: Coffee mugs and T-shirts, flavored coffees by the pound, fine art from local artists

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sophistication. Second-floor seating lends to the ability to spread out and relax while visiting or playing a game. Interesting local art means an ever-changing and interesting gallery of work.

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Orchid Overload

Get a welcome dose of bright hues at this expo Right now there’s not much color to be found outdoors here in New Hampshire, so head inside to discover a world of brilliant blooms at the New Hampshire Orchid Society’s 28th annual show and sale. You can both admire and purchase exquisite orchids, take part in discussions, and talk with experts from February 8-10 at the Courtyard Marriot in Nashua. Admission is $8-$15 on Friday from 1 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more at | February 2019




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Saturdays through 3/23 Guided Snowshoe Tour Join one of King Pine’s experienced guides and take in the tall pines and soft woodland sounds one day this winter. Explore the trails and NH Audubon Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary along Purity Lake with your friends and family. You can also opt to take a tour at night under the winter moon. $12. 2 p.m. for day hikes and 7 p.m. for night, King Pine at Purity Spring Resort, 1251 Eaton Rd., Rte. 153, Madison. (603) 367-8896;


Mt. Washington Valley Ice Fest If you can’t beat the icy weather, join it. This annual weekend festival features three full days of demos and clinics, plus keynote talks from ice climbing legend Jesse Huey. Seasoned climbers can try advanced tours like the one-day Mount Washington ascent, while newbies can opt for classes like Ice Climbing 101. Prices, times and locations vary. North Conway. (603) 356-7064;


Keene Ice and Snow Festival Bring the whole family to watch artists as they transform ice blocks into sculptures at this annual celebration of all things winter. Plus, enjoy activities such as children’s crafts at Snowman Central, musical entertainment, train rides, snowmen and ice princess meet-and-greets. There will also be face painting by Emily Sodders and much more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Central Square, Keene.

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Vertical Challenge Tour Have you ever wanted the opportunity to compete against your family and friends on the slopes? Then now is your chance. The VC tour is coming to Pats Peak, where skiers and snowboarders are divided by gender and age to compete in free casual ski and snowboard races. There will be gold, silver and bronze medals awarded in every category. In addition to the slalom races, there is a festival-like quality to the event, featuring snowy activities, a Vertical Victory Party, music, games, giveaways and an awards ceremony and raffle. The races are free for all competitors holding a valid lift ticket for that day. Lift ticket prices vary. 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Pats Peak, 686 Flanders Rd., Henniker. (888) 728-7732;

BENEFITS 2/2-2/3

Boarding for Breast Cancer Weekend Take part in this annual pink raffle to support B4BC (Boarding for Breast Cancer). Waterville has raised over

$50,000 in the last 11 years through this amazing event. Their mission is to increase awareness about breast cancer, the importance of early detection, and the value of an active lifestyle. There will be tons of products up for grabs, and there will be a raffle of everything from helmets to outerwear and even snowboards. $20. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Waterville Valley Ski Area, 1 Ski Area Rd., Village Rd., Waterville Valley. (603) 468-2553;


Penguin Plunge Join hundreds of people for this fun event that benefits the Special Olympics New Hampshire. Dress in costume (this year’s theme is hippies), a bathing suit, or whatever will keep you warm as you jump in the cold Hampton Beach waters. Funds raised are used to provide year round sports training and athletic competition to over 3,000 athletes across the Granite State. After you warm up, don’t forget to check out the Post Plunge Party at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, where there will be food, music and fundraising awards. Plunge starts at 12 p.m., Hampton Beach, 115 Ocean Blvd., Hampton. (603) 624-1250;




Fanfare Gala ’19 Arts patrons, this one’s for you. The annual fundraising gala for Symphony NH will feature cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing to the live, jazzy tunes of New England Swing. Enjoy a swanky night on the town while supporting the concerts and educational programs of New Hampshire’s native symphony. $95. 5:30 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Nashua, 2 Somerset Pkwy., Nashua. (603) 5959156;


Komen New England Snowshoe New Hampshire Enjoy the crisp winter air while making an impact in the fight against breast cancer at this memorable event. This is a fundraising opportunity to take part in a beautiful snowshoe walk held at the Nordic Trails at Gunstock Mountain Resort. Funds raised will support local organizations who are providing breast health services in Vermont and New Hampshire. $15-$35. 9 a.m., Gunstock Mountain Resort, 719 Cherry Valley Rd., Gilford. (603) 293-4341;


V-DAY Performances In conjunction with V-DAY, a global movement seeking to end violence against women and girls, universities worldwide will stage benefit performances of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.” New Hampshire productions will be held at the University of New Hampshire. Prices, times and locations vary.


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Dinner and a Show: “Love Is a Many Splintered Thing” Take in a night of stagecraft and good eats courtesy of the Majestic Theatre. A talented cast will present this “fast-paced, zippy musical” about relationships looked at through top-40 hits, while kitchen staff serves you an impeccable dessert. $40-$42. Fri-Sat 7 p.m., Sun 1:30 p.m., Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 S.

Mammoth Rd., Manchester. (603) 669-7469;




T-Rex Tea Party This year, celebrate your love of dinosaurs with the Children’s Museum’s Valentine’s Day Tea Party. Join TEA-Rex for a special event with someone you love. Decorate Valentine’s Day cookies, do some festive crafts, and enjoy some tea or apple juice all while listening to some of the best dinosaur storybooks. Fancy, whimsical, or prehistoric attire is encouraged. $8-$25. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 2:30 p.m., Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover. (603) 742-2002;

“The Secret Garden” This classic blossoms anew in this enchanting musical by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon. When little Mary Lennox loses her parents to a cholera outbreak in India, she is sent to live with her uncle who lives in a secluded manor. Mary finds a long-suffering collection of souls there, and also discovers her Aunt Lily’s hidden garden, locked shut and overgrown with vines. Stubborn Mary is determined to revive the beauty that once was. $25-$46. Times vary, The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. (603) 668-5588;



Chairlift Speed Dating & Last Tracks with Moat Mountain Delete your dating apps for the day and try out some real-life matchmaking this Valentine’s Day. An annual tradition at Black Mountain, Chairlift Speed Dating invites ski-loving singles to mingle beyond their usual circle of friends while they hit the slopes. At the end of the day, Moat Mountain will present a dinner and beer tasting for the budding new couples before sending the group skiing back down the mountain by the romantic light of the stars (and headlamps). Black Mountain, 373 Black Mountain Rd., Jackson. (603) 383-4490;


Valentine’s Sleigh Ride Surprise your sweetheart by taking them on this winter wonderland sleigh ride. Cuddle up on the sleigh of your choosing and get cozy for a ride out to the Sugar Shack. Once you get there, you will be able to enjoy a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup sitting around a fire. There will also be an assortment of tasty chocolate treats and hot cocoa. You may also bring your own refreshments and beverages, if you so desire. $42. Times vary, Charmingfare Farm, 774 High St., Candia. (603) 483-5623;

One Act Play Festival The Saint Anselm College Abbey Players continue their tradition of presenting one-act experimental plays directed by students. This evening of highly original and creative performances never fails to delight. $11. 7:30 p.m., Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Dr., Manchester. (603) 641- 7700;


“Lovers and Other Strangers” A hit on Broadway and later on film, this edition includes the popular sequence, “Hal and Cathy” that was created for the film. Other stories include “Brenda and Jerry,” “Johnny and Wilma” and so many more. $23. Times vary, M&D Playhouse, 1857 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway. (603) 733-5275;


Women’s Adventure Film Tour This film tour has arrived in the United States for the first time ever. It features some of the world’s most inspiring women in adventure, and is a celebration of the fantastic women around us who are doing extraordinary things. Each screening includes a series of inspirational short films featuring women in stories about climbing, mountaineering, skiing, diving, mountain biking and more. Bring

2/24 30th Annual Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Chocolate Festival This tour de chocolate is the best fest of the year for lovers of chocolate and the White Mountains. North Conway inns and eateries will open their doors and offer up chocolate goodies from chocolate-dipped strawberries to chocolate fountains to brownie sundaes. You’re welcome to drive or take advantage of the complementary festival shuttle, but the real fun comes from making your own transportation. The fest is a fundraiser for the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation, so tour stops are conveniently located along 45 km of cross-country paths. Strap on your snowshoes or skis and enjoy this delectable event known as “The Sweetest Day on the Trails.” $30-$35. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., locations vary. (603) 356-9920; | February 2019




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performance, residencies and workshops worldwide. Don’t miss out on this fantastic event that is a combination of traditional African dance as well as the stepping tradition. $8. 10 a.m., The Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Keene. (603) 3522033;



Who’s Bad This live performance is an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true king. Their power-packed performance of Michael Jackson’s expansive catalog has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as jaw-dropping and a musical must-see. It is a tribute befitting the King himself and you won’t want to miss it. $35.50-$45.50. Shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m., The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. (603) 668-5588;

2/10 2/15 Friday Dinner & Music Night A night inside a historic Carriage House with dinner and music? Sign us up. Castle in the Clouds is bringing its special summer music series to Granite Staters this winter. Live music will take place inside the rustic and charming Carriage House, and this evening Audrey Drake will be serenading you. Don’t forget to check out the other winter activities that Castle in the Clouds has to offer! Prices vary. 5 p.m., Castle in the Clouds, Rte. 171, 455 Old Mountain Rd., Moultonborough. (603) 4765900; your family and friends for this unforgettable night out. $9-$12. 7 p.m., The Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth. (603) 436-2400;

using his stage management skills and theatrical effects. What could go wrong? $42. Times vary, Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Rd., Peterborough. (603) 924-7585;



Rob Schneider A household name and comedy star, Rob Schneider is well known for his acting and comedy, and has become one of the most popular comedic touring acts. You might recognize him from “SNL” and his friendship with Adam Sandler and David Spade. He has also starred in comedy features like “Grown Ups,” “Water Boy” and “Benchwarmers.” Upgrade your ticket and add a meet & greet after the show. Tickets start at $29.50. 7:30 p.m., The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center, 39 Main St., Plymouth. (603) 536-2551;


Original Folk Americana Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is original and evocative of tradition. Join them as they celebrate local arts, culture and recreational trails. $27. Times vary, Pontine Theatre, 1 Plains Ave., Portsmouth. (603) 436-6660;


“Stage Struck” by Simon Gray In his younger days, Robert Simon was a first-rate stage manager. Now, he has become an efficient husband, catering to the whims of his West End actress wife. He learns that his marriage is about to end, and plots revenge on his wife and psychiatrist

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Mike McDonald’s Comedy Extravaganza Joining Mike will be “America’s Got Talent” multi-time winner Tom Cotter, “Tonight Show” and “Letterman” veteran Nick Griffin, and the funny Karen Morgan and Corey Rodrigues. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Crossroads House and Gather. $38$44. 7:30 p.m., The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth. (603) 436-2400;


Strange Machines With The New Motif This New England based quartet have been steadily making a name for themselves over the last year. Their original songs are nuanced by creative composition, precision and a looseness that allows them to truly explore the music that they create. They have shared the state with national touring acts such as The Disco Biscuits, Twiddle, EOTO, Kung Fu and more. They are known for their powerful, high-energy live performances and will give you a night out that you won’t forget. $10-$15. 8 p.m., 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughn St., Portsmouth. (603) 766-3330;


Step Afrika! Step Afrika! is the first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. The company started in South Africa in 1994, and has evolved to become a national and international touring company presenting

Ana Popovic Guitarist and singer Ana Popovic is back on the road promoting her new blues-influenced album that focuses on empowered, successful and inspiring female role models. “Like It On Top” celebrates those that take initiative, develop, inspire and motivate. It also credits men who are motivated and enlightened enough to support women in their quest to be their best versions of themselves. $35. 7 p.m., Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry. (603) 437-5100;


“Tarzan” The Keene Lions Club is proud to present their annual Broadway production of “Tarzan.” The show features heart-pumping music by Phil Collins and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. It includes hits like “You’ll Be in My Heart” and “Son of Man” that make it an unforgettable theatrical experience. $22-$25. Shows at 1 and 7:30 p.m., The Colonial, 95 Main St., Keene. (603) 352-2033;


Kane Brown Get your cow boots ready because breakout artist Kane Brown will be coming to the Queen City for a night of country music fun. The ACM, CMA, Billboard and CMT multi-nominee is the only artist in Billboard history to simultaneously top all five country charts with his 3X Platinum #1 hits like “What Ifs” and “Heaven.” He is known for his devoted fan base and distinct vocal stylings, and you will be able to see for yourself as to why The New York Times has named him “one of Nashville’s most promising young stars.” $91-$367. 7 p.m., SNHU Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester. (603) 644-5000;


Pink Talking Fish Pink Talking Fish is a hybrid tribute fusion act that takes the music from three of the world’s most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of the music. Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish are more than just bands, the are truly phenomenons. Their creations have artistically inspired people and their mind-blowing live performances have brought people together to form a special sense of community around the love for their favorite band. $26. 7:30 to 10 p.m., The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth. (603) 536-2551;

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“Billy Elliot” Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including best musical, “Billy Elliot” is a heartwarming story about a boy in a depressed British mining town who goes from boxing ring to ballet, uniting his family and inspiring a community. Prices and times vary. Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St., Portsmouth.




Best of Boston Comedy Enjoy the best of Boston Comedy without the long ride to Bean Town. This show will feature the comedic voices of Kevin Lee, Mark Scalia, Drew Dunn and Pat Napoli. It will surely pull you out of your winter funk, so you won’t want to miss it. $19-$23. 8 p.m., Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main St., Concord. (603) 225-1111;


Through Winter 2019

Ice Castles The structure is built entirely by hand using hundreds of thousands of icicles “grown” by professional artists. The castle includes LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, carved ice tunnels, slides and fountains. Whether you come during the day, or at night when the castle is lit up, make sure that you wear warm clothes and winter boots. Times and prices vary. Lincoln.


Manchester Monarchs Your favorite Granite State hockey team is in full force this winter. They will be playing at the SNHU Arena eight times this February, so there will be plenty of opportunities to come out of your cozy cave and watch them hit the ice. You won’t want to miss it. Prices, times and dates vary. SNHU Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester. (603) 644-5000;


Yoga Flow This class focuses on strength, toning and stretching through various asanas. Yogis of all levels are welcome to join, and there will be 10-15 minutes of meditation at the end to tie the

experience together. You will create a sense of mental peace, a feeling of community and serenity that you will be able to take to work with you the following day. $10. 6p.m., Rattlebox Studios, 40 Thorndike St., Concord. (603) 731-4794


Baby and Me Yoga Going a little stir crazy and looking for something to do with your baby? Here is your chance. Rattlebox Studios is offering yoga classes for parents with children under the age of two. You will be led through a series of asanas that promote strength and fitness while bonding with your child. There will also be a 10-15 minute session after the class to interact with other parents and ask questions. $15. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Rattlebox Studios, 40 Thorndike St., Concord. (603) 731-4794;


NH Farm & Forest Expo With 36 years in the business, this show rightly bills itself as “New Hampshire’s greatest winter fair.” Farmers and city slickers alike are welcome at the expo, which includes a vendor fair with dozens of farm-to-table-style products, two days of agricultural programming, and a live farm animal zone run by New Hampshire 4-Hers. $7. Fri 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., DoubleTree Manchester Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester. (603) 231-1396;


Dawnland Storyfest Who may tell Native American stories — and when may the stories be told? Ojibway storyteller Lenore Keeshig-Tobias speaks to the weight of responsibility carried by the storyteller within Native American traditions at this powerful event. The day-long event will

guide you through activities that model Native American storytelling and give you the opportunity to practice and explore this traditional and continuing art form. Free. 10 a.m., Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Rd., Warnre. (603) 456-2600;


“Hamilton: The Revolution” Gibson’s Book Club will be coming together and reading “Hamilton: The Revolution” for their February gettogether. This book club is open to the public and newcomers are encouraged. Join them for every meeting, or deal yourself in as the spirit moves you. Free. 5:30 to 7 p.m., Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 South Main St., Concord. (603) 224-0562;


Intro to Organic Gardening Series Winter is the best time to plan the garden. Join the folks at Prescott Farm for some trips and tricks to get to know both Prescott Farm’s Learning Garden and your own growing space. Help us plan our garden for the year and walk away with your garden plan for this growing season. Free. 6 to 7:30 p.m., Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, 928 White Oaks Rd., Laconia. (603) 366-5695;


NHTP’s Elephant-in-the-Room Series: Mental Illness Mental illness is a taboo topic to discuss in many ways, but not at this venue. The New Hampshire Theatre Project launched this series featuring plays that discuss subjects that we have a hard time discussing. The focus of this play will be “Eating Disorders & Body Image.” Free. 7 p.m., New Hampshire Theatre Project, | February 2019




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Get To Know Your House and Property Have you ever wondered about your land and how was it used in past generations? Are you curious about how and when your property was subdivided over the years? Or maybe you’d like to learn more about your house when it was built or learn about who lived in your house 100 years ago. The answers to many of your questions are within your reach. Join the Auburn Historical Association for an interactive presentation on how to use the internet to research deed and property information. Free. 1 p.m. Auburn Historical Association, 102 Hooksett Rd., Auburn. Crossroads Film Series: The Human Flow The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire presents the first film in their film series. This film gives a powerful visual expression to the massive human migration, and discusses the scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. It is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation and self-interest, and choose a path of openness, freedom and respect for humanity? Free. 7 p.m., Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord. (603) 224-4600;

2/2 Pirates of the High Skis! Ahoy, mateys! In this fundraiser for the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, participants are invited to suit up in pirate and wench gear and hit the mountain to search for hidden treasure. Scallywags can also check out a silent auction, a Pirate Portrait Gallery photo booth and even a (temporary) tattoo parlor. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cannon Mountain Ski Area, 260 Tramway Dr., Franconia. (603) 823-5232;

959 Islington St., Portsmouth. (603) 431-6644;


Storytelling Festival Book lovers and writing enthusiasts, this one is for you. This third annual festival will feature storytellers such as Simon Brooks, Sean Kramer, Joanne Piazzi, Pat Spaulding and Genevieve Aichele. Take part in workshops and learn about vocal techniques, storytelling and STEM and so much more. $20$50. Times vary, New Hampshire Theatre Project at WEST, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth. (603) 431-6644;


“World War II New Hampshire” This documentary tells the story of life in New Hampshire during World War II. Through interviews, news film, photos and radio reports from the battlefields, this documentary and discussion facilitated by John Gfroerer chronicles how a nation, a state and citizens of the Granite State mobilized for war. Free. 7:30 p.m., Amherst Congregational Church, 11 Church St., Amherst. (617) 697-6712;

2/8 & 2/22

Sleigh Ride Cabaret Do the frosty grips of winter have you down? Bundle up in your winter’s warmest and head over to Charmingfare Farm to unwind. Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride, live acoustic music, cozy bonfire, homemade chili with cornbread, hot cocoa and marshmallows

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for toasting. $29. Times vary, Charmingfare Farm, 774 High St., Candia. (603) 483-5623;


Murder Mystery Weekend Who did it? And with what? Was it Miss Scarlett in the garage with the candlestick? Enjoy a night of extortion, bribery and murder at The Silver Fountain Inn, where you and the other guests are the characters in this live version of “Clue.” Guests get a packet with details on their character, suggested dress and secrets about themselves and others. Along with the murder mystery fun, there will be a five-course dinner and breakfast the next day. Come alone or get your own group together for this experience that you won’t soon forget. The theme for the weekend will be “Terror in a Toga.” $100 a person. Times vary, Silver Fountain Inn and Tea Parlor, 103 Silver St., Dover. (603) 750-4200;

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Evening Snowshoe Tours What could be more magical than a snowshoe walk? A winter wonderland nighttime walk. Join a Naturalist from the Appalachian Mountain Club as they take you on a guided snowshoe tour of the Great Glen Trails. You will just use your senses (no flashlights of any kind) to navigate through the trails while listening for owls. Explore your senses during this unforgettable evening under the stars. $12. 7 p.m., Great Glen Trails, 1 Mount Washington Auto Rd., Gorham. (603) 466-3988;


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The Blue Trees by Konstantin Dimopoulos If you happen to be walking around Manchester this fall and see blue trees, don’t fret. With the help of community volunteers, artist Konstantin Dimopoulos temporarily transformed nearly 100 trees at the Currier Museum and nearby parks by coloring trees with environmentally safe pigment in ultramarine. The installation aims to stimulate awareness and discussion of global deforestation, engage the community in art activity and dialogue, and forge a connection between the museum and downtown. Free. The Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester. (603) 669-6144;


Illustrator David Petersen The works included in this show will explore Petersen’s evolution from an art student to a professional illustrator and author. It will feature finished drawings as well as conceptual sketches. Free. Times vary, St. Paul’s School Crumpacker Gallery, 325 Pleasant St., Concord. (603) 229-4644;


Person of Interest What is personhood? How is identity constructed and how does it travel across time and space and money? How are we all connected? Artists from multiple genres and media will share found objects and archival materials from a common source, as well as new individual and collaborative work created around/in response to those objects and materials. The collaborative exhibit features work from four PSU faculty members who are practicing artists. Free. Mon to Fri 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Museum of the White Mountains, 34 Highland St., Plymouth.


Continuing the Tradition This gallery exhibition showcases work by its newly juried members.

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Yolngu artists from the Northern Territory of Australia. The artists will be discussing their artistic practices with Kate McDonald, former manager of the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka art center, and Henry Skerrit, guest curator of the current installation of Indigenous Australian art in Hall Gallery. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Hood Museum of Art, 6 E Wheelock St., Hanover.


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Through 2/17 Winter Wine Festival The 12th annual festival pairs the cuisine of the Wentworth’s culinary team with premium wine from around the globe. Events include multicourse Grand Vintner’s Dinners, oyster celebrations, the Big Tasting in the Grand Ballroom, Bubbles and Jazz Brunches and more. Times and prices vary. Wentworth by the Sea, 588 Wentworth Rd., New Castle. (603) 373-6566; These craftspeople have met the League’s standard for skill and creativity. Nearly all media areas will be represented including baskets, fiber, wood (including furniture), printmaking, metal in many forms, pottery, photography and glass. Free. Mon to Fri 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., League

of NH Craftsmen, 49 South Main St., Concord. (603) 224-3375;


Conversations and Connections Join the Hood Museum as they host a discussion between two

Railroads and the Rise and Fall of the White Mountain Hotels, 1850-1960 The development of railroads in the White Mountain region of New Hampshire in the mid-19th century encouraged the growth of a string of grand hotels, promising recreational activities, clean fresh air and dramatic mountain views — all of which drew travelers from near and far. Architect and transportation historian Frank J. “Jay” Barrett Jr. gives an overview of the related development of railroads and grand hotels in the White Mountains, and how the automobile changed them both. $7. 2 p.m., New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park St., Concord. (603) 228-6688; Find additional events at and even more winter things to do (including farmers markets) at winter. Submit events eight weeks in advance to Emily Heidt at or enter your own at Not all events are guarenteed 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. | February 2019



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From the Heart

Support groups ease the anxiety of heart patients BY KAREN A. JAMROG


ary Harper’s heart didn’t announce in sudden or dramatic fashion that it was giving out on him. Instead, it slowly weakened over time. “I’d always been a very active person,” says Harper, a Manchester resident. “I did a lot of yard work, [and] a lot of sports.” But in his mid 40s, even simple activities, such as bending over to tie his shoes, left him winded. “I became short of breath, less energetic, tired — just tired.” Harper was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a chronic, progressive condition. “It changes your life,” he says. “You think ‘I’m young, I’m active, I’m in great shape, overall I eat very well and take care of myself.’ You think ‘why me?’”

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Now 57, Harper has a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implanted in his chest to help his heart pump blood, and his name on a heart transplant waiting list. He attends Catholic Medical Center’s support group for heart failure patients, which he says provides a tremendous psychological boost to attendees. Similar to Harper’s situation, many of the people who attend CMC’s group are likely future candidates for a heart transplant, but some have already had a heart transplant, and can offer valuable insight and reassurance to those who anxiously await their turn. Getting a heart transplant “is a long road ... [with] a long recovery,” which can make

attending a support group particularly helpful, says Robert C. Capodilupo, MD, FACC, director of the cardiomyopathy program and noninvasive cardiology at Catholic Medical Center’s New England Heart & Vascular Institute in Manchester. (Concord Hospital, Elliot Hospital and Portsmouth Hospital are among the other New Hampshire hospitals that offer support groups specifically for cardiac patients. Check your local hospital for availability.) Understandably, many people feel overwhelmed when their doctor tells them they’re going to need a heart transplant, Capodilupo says. Participating in a support group allows patients to share their concerns, fears and experiences with

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peers. “As a heart-failure cardiologist and director of the program, I can talk until I’m blue in the face because I’ve read about all this stuff,” Capodilupo says, “but I’ve never been through it. [The group members] can tell you in plain terms what’s it’s like,” and help ease the anxiety of group attendees who are still waiting for a new heart. During the meetings, patients commonly raise a variety of topics related to their heart condition, including the financial pressure associated with having a major health problem, and spouses who attend meetings — and who may be “just as weighed down” with worry as the patients, Capodilupo says — can seek guidance on the practical and emotional difficulties they face, including the stress of being a caregiver. Despite the fact that a couple of hours are set aside for discussion at each CMC cardiac support group meeting, group members often continue the conversation in the hallway afterward, Capodilupo says, eager to talk, share and learn. Harper knows he might need to endure a long wait as he remains on the

list of people who need a new heart. But attending the support group helps him cope, and the LVAD pump inside his body “has made a big difference” in how he physically feels day to day. He has learned to pace himself and to listen to his body. “It might say, ‘OK, you need to stop a little bit,’” he says. “I used to try to push through it. You get a cold, you work through it, you sweat it out, you keep going — I can’t do that anymore.” Knowing that he’s on the transplant recipient list gives Harper hope. “In my mind, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.” At the relatively young age of 57, he says, “I’m still young enough to be able to do a lot.” And he finds inspiration in the people he meets at the support group who already have new hearts. “You look at these people [who have had a heart transplant], and they’re just as happy as can be. They feel blessed, they feel lucky, they’re working and they’re back to a normal life. So, if I have to wait a little while, I guess it’s worth the wait.” Harper chuckles and adds, “I don’t really have a choice. So I might as well be positive about it.” NH

The male perspective

While cardiac patients share many common concerns, men who have heart trouble sometimes struggle with how to reconcile their new health status with traditional standards of masculinity. Some men find it difficult to accept that they can no longer be the breadwinner in the family, for example, says Robert C. Capodilupo, MD, FACC, director of the cardiomyopathy program and noninvasive cardiology at Catholic Medical Center’s New England Heart & Vascular Institute in Manchester. Limited by a serious heart condition, they feel that they can only stand by, helpless, as their spouse shoulders more of the work and responsibilities. “They’ve got a wife who has to hold everything together, and [feelings of] ‘I’m not doing anything, nor can I do anything,’” Capodilupo says. “It’s an identity crisis for some of these people.” Joining a support group can help, Capodilupo says, as it offers attendees an opportunity to share experiences, and be reassured by others who can relate and say, “‘It’s OK; it’s what happens.’”

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“There is a playbook, if you will, for retirement readiness and some retirement security. But it will not happen organically. One needs to do the work.”

-Todd Fahey

Money Matters

It’s never too early to plan for retirement BY LYNNE SNIERSON


ou’ve seen those ubiquitous investment company TV ads that are designed to scare you into thinking you might end up in severely reduced circumstances in old age instead of being able to enjoy a comfortable and secure retirement. There’s the one featuring geriatric lifeguards, firefighters and a “D.J. Nana” with each singing “I’m 85 and I want to go home” to the tune of Harry Belafonte’s famous “Banana Boat Song.” In another spot, a middle-aged woman reveals her recurring dream that she’s 85 and forced to work a job requiring she suffer the indignity of wearing a hot dog suit. The marketing mavens for those financial services companies certainly understand their target audience. Experts agree that running out of money in retirement is one of seniors’ biggest fears. But these nightmares need never manifest into reality as long as you plan how to

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properly spend your nest egg wisely, so that it lasts a lifetime. Though that’s often easier said than done. “I don’t want to frighten anyone, but this is an important issue for people to understand and they need to start paying attention to it immediately,” says Todd Fahey, the New Hampshire state director of AARP. “It comes down to a basic math problem: What is your income and what are your expenses, and somewhere the two need to match up. There is a playbook, if you will, for achieving retirement readiness and some retirement security. But it will not happen organically. One needs to do the work.” After working in a chosen field for decades and putting money aside in investments along the way, many people soon discover that coming up with a smart spending strategy for the next part of their lives is just as taxing, if not more so, as saving to build the retirement account was in the first place. Now you have a new job, and it’s a mighty

tough one. It’s incumbent upon you to make sure you know how much money you can afford to spend each year so that your savings last through what can be a 30-year retirement, or one potentially even longer, now that seniors lead much healthier lifestyles that result in increasing life expectancy rates for women and men. Financial advisors generally recommend saving enough to cover 70 to 85 percent of your pre-retirement income, but you’ll have to come up with the individual formula that works best for you. Otherwise, what’s the point of scrimping and saving for your golden years? For some time, and especially during the run-up of the bull market that followed the Great Recession, many professional financial planners used the 4 percent rule as the gold standard. Simply put, if an investor withdrew 4 percent of the money in his or her account in the first retirement year and then adjusted that annually for inflation and combined that amount with additional income from Social Security benefits, pensions or annuities, and any other revenue, the account assets should last a lifetime. But times have changed. The last quarter of 2018 saw turbulent weeks on Wall Street as the bears began

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Although many retirees have been diligent and disciplined about saving for retirement, they often have difficulty knowing how to allocate their hard-earned assets once they get there, says financial advisor Marilyn Timbers for the CNBC-TV network. Seasoned citizens are worried about running out of cash while at the same time they risk becoming spenders without bringing in additional income. Timbers offers these tips for retirees to reach balance so they may enjoy their golden years with peace of mind:

1. Draw up a realistic spending plan. 2. Determine a drawdown strategy that aligns with it. 3. Keep in mind that unexpected events probably will take place, so be sure your savings are diversified. 4. Protect your legacy by drawing up a will and/or living trust, and keep your beneficiaries list up to date.

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Korean Oven-baked Chicken Wings Perfect for the big game

By Susan Laughlin

| Recipe courtesy of Julian Armstrong of The Wilder, Anju Noodle Bar and The Wallingford Dram Nothing is more satisfying than a platter of chicken wings for roosting in front of the TV while our beloved Pats (hopefully) fight for bragging rights in Super Bowl LIII. This Korean version is served at Anju Noodle Bar in Kittery, Maine, but you don’t have to cross the bridge to get a jazzed-up confit version at sister restaurant, The Wilder in Portsmouth. The Korean wings at Anju feature the fermented flavor of gochujang, a Korean chili paste that is slightly sweet and lightly spicy. If you want to go deep into the red zone, add finely chopped Thai peppers to the sauce. Make sure you have all the ingredients before you begin. It may take a trip to your local Asian market to find the gochujang. For moist wings and flavorful meat, brine 7 lbs. of chicken wings for 12 to 24 hours in a salt brine. Stir together 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup sugar with 2 cups water until dissolved. Put chicken wings into a storage container, pour brine over, adding enough water to cover. Refrigerate until ready to cook. Place wings, not too crowded, on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper for easy cleanup and brush with melted butter or oil. Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. The Wilder 174 Fleet St., Portsmouth

Mix in a sauce pan while the wings are baking: 1 cup corn syrup 3/4 cup gochujang 1/4 cup tamari (or soy sauce)

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1/4 cup sherry vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) 1/2 cup mirin Open nightly Happy hour, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dinner menu until 10 p.m. Late-night menu, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Brunch Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Wilder in Portsmouth is the sibling of Anju (creative/casual Asian bites) and The Wallingford Dram, which offers a booklet full of clever cocktails in Kittery, Maine. Inventive snacks at The Wilder include duck fat popcorn and pork rinds with rum caramel. Small plates include gochujang sticky ribs, braised beef cheek poutine and jerk confit wings. EntrĂŠe options cover steak, seared scallops with celery root puree, Peruvian stewed chicken, lamb pappardelle with braised fig and salmon with tabbouleh.

2 tablespoons sesame oil Fresh scallions, slivered Sesame seeds Fried shallots Fried garlic (Fried garlic and shallots are available at Asian markets.)

Simmer the first five ingredients on the stovetop for about 20 minutes while the wings are in the oven. Pour into a bowl and stir in the 2 tablespoons of sesame oil. Coat the wings with the mixture and put back in the oven at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes or until they are as dark as you please. Serve straight off the cookie tray, if desired. Liberally sprinkle with scallions, sesame seeds, fried shallots and fried garlic while hot and sticky. At Anju they serve the wings with a Kewpie mayonnaise/blue cheese mixture. | February 2019




Good Eats

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In addition to ramen, bao and dumplings, Noodz also offers a number of rice bowl options. Pictured here is the house fried rice with pulled chicken and a soft egg. 968 Elm St., Manchester, Facebook

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Our restaurant listings include Best of NH winners and advertisers along with others compiled by the New Hampshire Magazine editorial department. Listings are subject to change from month to month based on space availability. Expanded and highlighted listings denote advertisers. For additional and more detailed listings, visit H Best of NH

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SMALL PLATES/SPEAKEASY 815 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 782-8086; $–$$ D

900 Degrees H

PIZZERIA 24 Calef Hwy., Brickyard Sq., Epping; (603) 734-2809; 50 Dow St., Manchester; (603) 641-0900;; $–$$$ L D

900 Degrees H

PIZZERIA 24 Calef Hwy., Brickyard Sq., Epping; (603) 734-2809; 50 Dow St., Manchester; (603) 641-0900;; $–$$$ L D

110 Grill

AMERICAN 27 Trafalgar Sq., Nashua; (603) 943-7443; 136 Marketplace Dr., Rochester; (603) 948-1270; 19 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham; (603) 777-5110; 875 Elm St., Manchester (new location); (603) 836-1150;; $–$$$ L D

1750 Taphouse

AMERICAN TAVERN/PIZZERIA 170 Rte. 101, Bedford; (603) 488-2573; Facebook; $-$$ B L D

Amphora H

GREEK 55 Crystal Ave., Derry; (603) 537-0111;; $–$$ L D

Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano H

ITALIAN 11 Depot St., Concord; (603) 228-3313;; $$–$$$ L D (

Backyard Brewery and Kitchen

BREWPUB 1211 S Mammoth Rd., Manchester; (603) 623-3545;; $–$$ L D

Barley House Restaurant H

TAVERN/AMERICAN 132 North Main St., Concord; (603) 228-6363; 43 Lafayette Rd., N. Hampton; (603) 3799161;; $–$$ L D

Bavaria German Restaurant

GERMAN 1461 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett; (603) 836-5280;; $–$$ L D

The Bedford Village Inn & Tavern H


Bedford Way, Bedford; (603) 4722001;; $$–$$$$ LD(

Big Kahunas Café & Grill

HAWAIIAN 380 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack; (603) 494-4975; $–$$ L D

The Birch on Elm

NEW AMERICAN/TAPAS 931 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 782-5365; Facebook; $–$$ L D

Bistro at LaBelle Winery H

AMERICAN 345 Route 101, Amherst; (603) 672-9898; labellewinerynh. com; $–$$ L D

Black Forest Café

AMERICAN/BAKERY 212 Route 101, Amherst; (603) 672-0500;; $–$$ B L D b

Buba Noodle Bar

VIETNAMESE 36 Lowell St., Manchester; (603) 232-7059; Facebook; $-$$ LD

Buckley’s Bakery and Café

CAFÉ 436 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack; (603) 262-5929; 9 Market Place, Hollis; (603) 465-5522 (new location);; $–$$ B L D

Buckley’s Great Steaks

STEAKHOUSE 438 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack; (603) 424-0995;; $–$$$$ D (

Campo Enoteca

ITALIAN/MEDITERRANEAN 969 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 625-0256;; $$–$$$ L D

Canoe Restaurant and Tavern

AMERICAN 216 S. River Rd., Bedford; 935-8070; 232 Whittier Hwy., Center Harbor; (603) 253-4762; canoe-restaurant-and-tavern $$-$$$ LD(

Chiang Mai

THAI 63 Route 101, Amherst; (603) 672-2929; chiangmaifinethaicuisine. com; $–$$ L D

Chuck’s BARbershop H

SMALL PLATES/SPEAKEASY 90 Low Ave., Eagle Square, Concord; (603) 856-7520; $–$$ D

Colosseum Restaurant

Cotton H

SEAFOOD 110 Hanover St., Manchester; (603) 606-1235;; $$–$$$ L D

The Crown Tavern H

Ignite Bar and Grille

GASTROPUB 99 Hanover St., Manchester; (603) 218-3132;; $$ L D b

NEW AMERICAN 100 Hanover St., Manchester; (603) 644-0064;; $$–$$$ L D

Cucina Toscana

KC’s Rib Shack H

ITALIAN 427 Amherst St., Nashua; (603) 821-7356;; $ L D (

BBQ 837 Second St., Manchester; (603) 627-7427;; $-$$ L D

Firefly American Bistro & Bar

MEXICAN 35 Manchester Rd., Derry; (603) 421-0091; 545 Hooksett Rd., Manchester; (603) 628-6899; 1875 South Willow St., Manchester; 139 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua; (603) 891-0178;; $-$$ L D

AMERICAN 22 Concord St., Manchester; (603) 935-9740;; $$-$$$ L D b

The Flight Center

AMERICAN/BEER CAFÉ 97 Main St., Nashua; (603) 417-6184;; $-$$ L D

Food and Fashion of India

INDIAN 483 Amherst St., Nashua; (603) 595-0022;; $-$$ L D

The Foundry

AMERICAN/FARM-TO-TABLE 50 Commercial St., Manchester; (603) 836-1925;; $$-$$$ D b

Fratello’s Italian Grille H

ITALIAN 155 Dow St., Manchester; (603) 624-2022; 194 Main St., Nashua; (603) 889-2022; 799 Union Ave., Laconia; (603) 528-2022; fratellos. com; $–$$ L D

Giorgio’s Ristorante

AMERICAN 15 Leavy Dr., Bedford; (603) 488-2677; 41 S Broadway, Salem; (603) 458-2033;; $$–$$$ L D (

Local Moose Café

FARM-TO-TABLE 124 Queen City Ave., Manchester; (603) 232-2669;; $–$$ B L b

Lui Lui H

ITALIAN 8 Glen Rd., W. Lebanon; (603) 298-7070; 259 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua; (603) 888-2588; luilui. com; $-$$ L D


CAJUN TAPAS 175 Hanover St., Manchester; (603) 206-5827;; $–$$ L D


MEDITERRANEAN 866 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 232-4066;; $ L D

NEW AMERICAN 96 Pleasant St., Concord; (603) 227-9000;; $$–$$$$ B L D b (

Grazing Room at the Colby Hill Inn

FARM-TO-TABLE/NEW AMERICAN 33 The Oaks, Henniker; (603) 428-3281; $$–$$$$ D (

Matbah Mediterranean H

Mediterrano Turkish & Mediterranean Cuisine H

TURKISH/MEDITERRANEAN 24 Henniker St., Hillsborough; (603) 680-4319; $ L D

Mint Bistro

Grill 603

FUSION/JAPANESE/SUSHI 1105 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 625-6468;; $$–$$$ L D b (

Gyro Spot

MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

AMERICAN 168 Elm St., Milford; (603) 213-6764;; $–$$$ L D b

Hanover St. Chophouse H

The Copper Door H

CAFÉ 138 North Main St., Concord; (603) 856-7807; $ B L b

Granite Restaurant and Bar

The Common Man H

MEXICAN 36 Amherst St., Manchester; (603) 622-1134;; $ L D

The Little Crêperie

ITALIAN 33 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 647-0788;; $–$$ D (BYOB

ITALIAN 264 North Broadway, Salem; (603) 898-1190;; $–$$$ L D

Consuelo’s Taqueria

La Carreta H

MEDITERRANEAN 707 Milford Rd., Merrimack; (603) 883-7333; 524 Nashua St., Milford; (603) 673-3939; 270 Granite St., Manchester; (603) 232-3323;; $$–$$$ L D (

GREEK 1037 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 218-3869; 421 Central Ave., Dover; (603) 343-4553; thegyrospot. com; $ L D

AMERICAN 10 Pollard Rd., Lincoln; (603) 745-3463; 60 Main St., Ashland; (603) 968-7030; 25 Water St., Concord; (603) 228-3463; 304 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack; (603) 429-3463; 88 Range Rd., Windham; (603) 898-0088; 24 Water St., Claremont; (603) 542-6171; thecman. com; $–$$$ L D b Brunch at some locations only


AMERICAN 75 Arms St., Manchester; (603) 622-5488;; $$–$$$$ L D (

AMERICAN 212 Main St., Nashua; (603) 595-9334;; $–$$$ L D

New England’s Tap House Grille H

STEAKHOUSE 149 Hanover Street, Manchester; (603) 644-2467;; $$$–$$$$ LD (

TAVERN 1292 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett; (603) 782-5137;; $–$$ L D b

Halligan Tavern

RAMEN/ASIAN 968 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 836-5878; Facebook; $-$$ L D

AMERICAN 32 West Broadway, Derry; (603) 965-3490;; $–$$ L D

Hermanos Cocina Mexicana H

MEXICAN 11 Hills Ave., Concord; (603) 224-5669;; $–$$ L D

Homestead Restaurant

AMERICAN 641 DW Highway, Merrimack; (603) 429-2022; Rte. 104 Bristol; (603) 744-2022;; $–$$$ L D Lunch only at Merrimack location


O Steaks & Seafood H

STEAKHOUSE/SEAFOOD 11 South Main St., Concord; (603) 856-7925; 62 Doris Ray Court, Lakeport; (603) 524-9373;; $$–$$$ L D

Pasquale’s Ristorante

ITALIAN 145 Raymond Rd., Candia; (603) 483-5005; 87 Nashua Rd., Londonderry; (603) 434-3093;; $–$$ L D | February 2019


603 LIVING Piccola Italia Ristorante


Whiskey & Wine

ITALIAN 815 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 606-5100; (603) 606-5100; $–$$ L D (

TAPAS/INTERNATIONAL 148 North Main St., Concord; (603) 715-8575; Facebook $$–$$$ L D (


XO on Elm

PIZZERIA 449 Amherst St., Nashua; (603) 864-8740;; $–$$ L D

TAPAS/INTERNATIONAL 827 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 206-5721;; $$–$$$ L D (

Red Blazer


AMERICAN 72 Manchester St., Concord; (603) 224-4101; theredblazer. com; $–$$$ L D b

Republic H

MEDITERRANEAN 1069 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 666-3723;; $–$$$ L D

Restoration Café

CAFÉ 235 Hanover St., Manchester; (603) 518-7260; restorationcafenh. com; $–$$ B L

Revival Kitchen & Bar H

AMERICAN 11 Depot St., Concord; (603) 715-5723; revivalkitchennh. com; $$–$$$ D (

River Road Tavern

TAVERN 193 River Rd., Bedford; (603) 206-5837;; $–$$ LD

Riverside BBQ

BBQ 53 Main St., Nashua; (603) 2045110;; $–$$ L D

Roots at Robie’s Country Store

CAFÉ 9 Riverside St., Hooksett; (603) 485-7761;; $–$$ B L D

Smokeshow BBQ

BBQ 89 Fort Eddy Rd., Concord; (603) 227-6399;; $–$$ L D

Stella Blu

TAPAS 70 East Pearl St., Nashua; (603) 578-5557;; $$–$$$ D

Surf Restaurant H

SEAFOOD 207 Main St., Nashua; (603) 595-9293; 99 Bow St., Portsmouth; (603) 334-9855;; $$–$$$$ D b

Taj India H

INDIAN 967 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 606-2677; 47 E. Pearl St., Nashua; (603) 864-8586;; $–$$ L D New location in Nashua

Trattoria Amalfi

ITALIAN 385 S Broadway, Salem; (603) 893-5773;; $–$$ D(

Tuckaway Tavern H

AMERICAN/TAVERN 58 Rte. 27, Raymond; (603) 244-2431;; $–$$ L D

Tuscan Kitchen H

ITALIAN 67 Main St., Salem; (603) 952-4875; 581 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth; (603) 570-3600;; $$–$$$ L D b


CAFÉ/FARM-TO-TABLE 284 1st NH Tpke, Northwood; (603) 942-6427; Facebook; $–$$ B L D

Villaggio Ristorante

ITALIAN 677 Hooksett Rd., Manchester; (603) 627-2424;; $–$$ L D (

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900 Degrees H

(603) 929-7972; crstherestaurant. com; $$-$$$ L D (


NEW AMERICAN 189 State St., Portsmouth; (603) 427-8258;; $$-$$$ L D (


ASIAN 96 State St., Portsmouth; (603) 501-0132; domoportsmouth. com; $$ L D

Durbar Square

PIZZERIA 24 Calef Hwy., Brickyard Sq., Epping; (603) 734-2809; 50 Dow St., Manchester; (603) 6410900;; $–$$$ L D

NEPALESE/HIMALAYAN 10 Market St., Portsmouth; (603) 294-0107; $-$$ L D (

110 Grill

Ember Wood Fired Grill

AMERICAN 27 Trafalgar Sq., Nashua; (603) 943-7443; 136 Marketplace Dr., Rochester; (603) 948-1270; 19 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham; (603) 777-5110; 875 Elm St., Manchester (new location); (603) 836-1150;; $–$$$ L D

Applecrest Farm Bistro

FARM-TO-TABLE 133 Exeter Rd., Hampton Falls; (603) 926-0006;; $-$$ B L D b

Atlantic Grill

SEAFOOD 5 Pioneer Rd., Rye; (603) 433-3000;; $$-$$$ L D

Bali Sate House H

INDONESIAN 44 High St., Somersworth; (603) 740-3000; Facebook; $ L D

Barrio at 3S Artspace

AMERICAN 1 Orchard St., Dover; (603) 343-1830;; $$-$$$ D b (


NEW AMERICAN 2 Pine St., Exeter; (603) 772-5901;; $$$–$$$$ B L D b (

Franklin Oyster House

SEAFOOD 148 Fleet St., Portsmouth; (603) 373-8500;; $-$$$ D

The Galley Hatch

AMERICAN 325 Lafayette Rd., Hampton; (603) 926-6152; galleyhatch. com; $-$$ B L D


TAPAS 106 Penhallow St., Portsmouth; (603) 319-8178;; $$–$$$ D (

Native Coffee + Kitchen

CAFÉ 115 Lafayette Rd., Hampton Falls; (603) 601-7323 (new location); 25 Sagamore Rd., Rye; (603) 5010436;; $–$$ B L

Nomads Kitchen

INTERNATIONAL 9 Madbury Rd., Durham; (603) 397-5539; nomads. kitchen; $–$$ B L

Oak House

AMERICAN 110 Main St., Newmarket; (603) 292-5893;; $–$$ L D b

Oar House

SEAFOOD/AMERICAN 55 Ceres St., Portsmouth; (603) 436-4025;; $$$–$$$$ LDb(

Ohana Kitchen H

HAWAIIAN/POKE 800 Islington St., Portsmouth; (603) 319-8234; ohana. kitchen; $–$$ L D

The Old Salt at Lamie's Inn H

AMERICAN 490 Lafayette Rd., Hampton; (603) 926-8322;; $–$$$ B L D b (


Goody Cole’s Smokehouse

BBQ 375 Rte. 125, Brentwood; (603) 679-8898;; $–$$ L D

AMERICAN 40 Chestnut St., Dover; (603) 749-4181;; $$–$$$ D

Green Elephant H

Paty B's

MEXICAN 319 Vaughn St., Portsmouth; (603) 766-3330;; $-$$ L D

VEGETARIAN 35 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth; (603) 427-8344;; $–$$ L D

ITALIAN 4 Front St., Exeter; (603) 580-1705;; $$–$$$ L D

Black Trumpet Bistro

Gyro Spot

Raleigh Wine Bar + Eatery

INTERNATIONAL 29 Ceres St., Portsmouth; (603) 431-0887;; $$–$$$$ D (


GREEK 1037 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 218-3869; 421 Central Ave., Dover; (603) 343-4553; thegyrospot. com; $ L D

NEW AMERICAN 67 State St.,Portsmouth; (603) 427-8459;; $$–$$$ D b (

Holy Grail Restaurant & Pub

GASTRO PUB 61 North Main St., Rochester; (603) 244-3022;; $-$$ L D

INTERNATIONAL/AMERICAN 142 Congress St., Portsmouth; (603) 373-6464;; $$–$$$ L D (

IRISH PUB 64 Main St., Epping; (603) 679-9559;; $–$$ L D


Hop + grind H

BURGERS 34 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth; (603) 294-0902; brgr-bar. com; $–$$ L D

Carriage House H

AMERICAN 2263 Ocean Blvd., Rye; (603) 964-8251; carriagehouserye. com; $$-$$$ D (


TAPAS 10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth; (603) 319-1575;; $–$$$ L D

Chapel+Main H

NEW AMERICAN 83 Main St., Dover; (603) 842-5170; chapelandmain. com; $$–$$$ D (

Community Oven

PIZZERIA 845 Lafayette Rd., Hampton; (603) 929-0102;; $–$$$ L D

Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza & Craft Beer

PIZZERIA 110 Brewery Ln., Portsmouth; (603) 294-0965;; $–$$ L D

CR’s the Restaurant

AMERICAN 287 Exeter Rd., Hampton;

BURGERS 17 Madbury Rd., Durham; (603) 244-2431;; $–$$ L D

Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café

SEAFOOD 150 Congress St., Portsmouth; (603) 766-3474; jumpinjays. com; $$$–$$$$ D (

Laney & Lu Café H

VEGETARIAN & VEGAN/CAFÉ 26 Water St., Exeter; (603) 580-4952;; $–$$ B L

Revolution Taproom and Grill

Rick's Food and Spirits

NEW AMERICAN 143 Main St., Kingston; (603) 347-5287;; $-$$ L D

Ristorante Massimo

ITALIAN 59 Penhallow St., Portsmouth; (603) 436-4000; ristorantemassimo. com; $$-$$$ D (

Row 34

SEAFOOD 5 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth; (603) 319-5011; row34nh. com; $-$$$ L D b (


Library Restaurant

STEAKHOUSE 401 State St., Portsmouth; (603) 431-5202; $$$–$$$$ D b (

NEW AMERICAN/WINE BAR 20 High St., Portsmouth; (603) 4307834;; $$-$$$$ LDb(

Lure Bar and Kitchen

Sake Japanese Restaurant

TAPAS/SEAFOOD 100 Market St., Portsmouth; (603) 373-0535;; $$–$$$ D

JAPANESE 141 Congress St., Portsmouth; (603) 431-1822;; $-$$ L D (

Martingale Wharf

Savory Square Bistro

AMERICAN/SEAFOOD 99 Bow St., Portsmouth; (603) 431-0901;; $$–$$$ L D

FRENCH 32 Depot Square, Hampton; (603) 926-2202;; $$-$$$$ D (


Shalimar India H

INTERNATIONAL 66 Marcy St., Portsmouth; (603) 433-2340;; $$–$$$ L D (

INDIAN 80 Hanover St., Portsmouth; (603) 427-2959;; $-$$ L D



Shio H

JAPANESE 2454 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth; (603) 319-1638;; $-$$ L D

Sonny’s Tavern

New american 328 Central Ave., Dover; (603) 343-4332;; $–$$ D b


international 801 Islington St., Portsmouth; (603) 436-0860;; $-$$ L D b


pizzeria 801 Islington St., Portsmouth; (603) 431-7500;; $-$$ L D

Surf Seafood H

SEAFOOD 99 Bow St., Portsmouth; (603) 334-9855;; $$–$$$$ D

Ffrost Tavern at the Three Chimneys Inn

American 17 Newmarket Rd., Durham; (603) 868-7800;; $$–$$$ L D b (

Throwback Brewery H

brewpub 7 Hobbs Rd., North Hampton; (603) 379-2317;; $–$$ L D

Tinos Greek Kitchen H

Greek 325 Lafayette Rd., Hampton; (603) 926-5489;; $$–$$$ L D

Tuscan Kitchen H

italian 67 Main St., Salem; (603) 952-4875; 581 Lafayette Rd.,

Portsmouth; (603) 570-3600;; $$–$$$ L D b

Vida Cantina

MEXICAN 2456 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth; (603) 501-0648;; $–$$ L D

Vino e Vino

italian/Wine Bar 163 Water St., Exeter; (603) 580-4268; vinoevivo. com; $$–$$$ D (

The Wilder H

gastropub 174 Fleet St., Portsmouth (603) 319-6878;; $$–$$$ L D b

The Wellington Room

new american 67 Bow St., Portsmouth; (603) 431-2989;; $$$–$$$$ D (


Bayside Grill and Tavern

AMERICAN 51 Mill St., Wolfeboro; (603) 894-4361;; $–$$ L D

Burnt Timber Tavern H

BREWPUB/TAVERN 96 Lehner St., Wolfeboro; (603) 630-4186;; $–$$ L D


American 300 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith; (603) 279-3003;; $–$$ D

Canoe Restaurant and Tavern american 232 Whittier Hwy.,

Center Harbor; (603) 253-4762; 216 S. River Rd., Bedford; 935-8070; canoe-restaurant-and-tavern $$-$$$ LD(


Mexican 276 Main St., Tilton; (603) 729-0062; Facebook; $–$$ L D

The Common Man H

American 10 Pollard Rd., Lincoln; (603) 745-3463; 60 Main St., Ashland; (603) 968-7030; 25 Water St., Concord; (603) 228-3463; 304 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack; (603) 429-3463; 88 Range Rd., Windham; (603) 898-0088; 24 Water St., Claremont; (603) 542-6171; thecman. com; $–$$$ L D b Brunch at some locations only

Corner House Inn

american 22 Main St., Center Sandwich; (603) 284-6219; $$ L D b (

Crystal Quail

american 202 Pitman Rd., Center Barnstead; (603) 269-4151;; $$$–$$$$ D (

Faro Italian Grille

Italian 7 Endicott St., Laconia; (603) 527-8073;; $–$$ D (

Fratello’s Italian Grille H

italian 155 Dow St., Manchester; (603) 624-2022; 194 Main St., Nashua; (603) 889-2022; 799 Union Ave., Laconia; (603) 528-2022; fratellos. com; $–$$ L D


american 6 North Main St., Wolfeboro; (603) 569-7788;; $–$$ L D (

Hart’s Turkey Farm

american 233 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith; (603) 279-6212;; $–$$ L D

Hermit Woods Winery and Deli

deli 72 Main St., Meredith; (603) 253-7968; (603) 253-7968; $–$$ L

Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Co.

brewpub 2415 White Mountain Hwy., West Ossipee; (603) 5392000;; $–$$ L D

Homestead Restaurant

AMERICAN 641 DW Highway, Merrimack; (603) 429-2022; Rte. 104 Bristol; (603) 744-2022;; $–$$$ L D Lunch only at Merrimack location

Inn Kitchen + Bar at Squam Lake Inn

AMERICAN/farm-to-table 28 Shepard Hill Rd., Holderness; (603) 968-4417;; $–$$$ D (

Kathleen's Irish Pub

irish pub 90 Lake St., Bristol; (603) 744-6336; kathleensirishpub. com; $–$$ L D

Kettlehead Brewing H

brewpub 407 West Main St., Tilton; (603) 286-8100; kettleheadbrewing. com; $–$$ L D

Pickity Place

M aso n , N H • ( 6 03 ) 8 7 8-115 1 • p i c ki t y p l a c e . c o m

Since 1 786 our quaint little red cottage has graced the hills of southern New Hampshire, seemingly untouched by time. In 1948, it was

chosen by Elizabeth Orton Jones as the model for her illustrations in Little Red Riding Hood. Lighten your spirit as you step out of your world and into ours. Our menu changes each month and we serve at three private seatings each day: 11:30, 12:45 and 2:00. Reservations by phone. | February 2019


603 LIVING Lago

AMERICAN 1 Route 25, Meredith; (603) 279-2253;; $–$$ D


AMERICAN 281 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith; (603) 279-5221; thecman. com; $–$$ B L D b


ASIAN 64 Whittier Hwy., Moultonborough; (603) 253-8100;; $–$$ L D

Local Eatery

FARM-TO-TABLE 17 Veterans Square, Laconia; (603) 527-8007;; $$–$$$ D (

Mise en Place

ITALIAN/AMERICAN 96 Lehner St., Wolfeboro; (603) 569-5788;; $$-$$$$ L D (

The New Woodshed

AMERICAN 128 Lee Rd., Moultonborough; (603) 476-2700;; $–$$$ D

O Bistro at the Inn on Main

AMERICAN 200 North Main St., Wolfeboro; (603) 515-1003;; $$–$$$ D

O Steaks & Seafood H


pole; (603) 756-3320;; $$ L D (

Chesterfield Inn

AMERICAN 20 Cross Rd., West Chesterfield; (603) 256-3211;; $$-$$$ D (

Cooper’s Hill Public House

PUB 6 School St., Peterborough; (603) 371-9036;; $-$$$ L D

Del Rossi’s Trattoria

ITALIAN Rte. 137, Dublin; (603) 563-7195; $$–$$$ D (

Elm City Brewing H

BREW PUB 222 West St., Keene; (603) 355-3335;; $–$$ L D


ITALIAN/PIZZERIA 22 Main St., Keene; (603) 903-1410;; $–$$ D (

Fox Tavern

TAVERN 33 Main St., Hancock; (603) 525-3318; $-$$$ L D (

Fritz the Place To Eat

AMERICN 45 Main St., Keene; (603) 357-6393;; $–$$ L D

The Grove

STEAKHOUSE/SEAFOOD 11 South Main St., Concord; (603) 856-7925; 62 Doris Ray Court, Lakeport; (603) 524-9373;; $$–$$$ L D

AMERICAN The Woodbound Inn 247 Woodbound Rd., Rindge; (603) 532-4949;; $$–$$$ BLDb(

Osteria Poggio

AMERICAN 33 Main St., Hancock; (603) 525-3318;; Prix fixe, $48.; $$–$$$$ D (

ITALIAN 18 Main St., Center Harbor; (603) 250-8007;; $$–$$$ D (

Pasquaney Restaurant

AMERICAN Inn on New Found Lake, 1030 Mayhew Turnpike, Bridgewater; (603) 744-9111; restaurant-tavern; $$–$$$ D (

Patrick's Pub H

AMERICAN/PUB 18 Weird Rd., Gilford; (603) 293-0841; patrickspub. com; $–$$ L D

Rubbin' Butts BBQ

BBQ 313 Whittier Hwy., Center Harbor; (603) 253-4953;; $–$$ L D

Tavern 27

TAPAS/PIZZA 2075 Parade Rd., Laconia; (603) 528-3057; tavern27. com; $–$$ L D (

Wolfe’s Tavern

NEW ENGLAND TAVERN 90 N. Main St., Wolfeboro; (603) 569-3016;; $$–$$$ B L D b (

MONADNOCK 21 Bar & Grill

AMERICAN 21 Roxbury St., Keene; (603) 352-2021; Facebook; $–$$ B L D

Alberto’s Restaurant

ITALIAN 79 Antrim Rd., Bennington; (603) 588-6512;; $–$$ D (

Bantam Grill

ITALIAN 1 Jaffrey Rd., Peterborough; (603) 924-6633;; $$–$$$ D (

Bellows Walpole Inn Pub

NEW AMERICAN 297 Main St., Wal-

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The Hancock Inn

The Hungry Diner

FARM-TO-TABLE 9 Edwards Ln., Walpole; (603) 756-3444;; $–$$ B L D

Kristin’s Bistro H

CAFÉ 28 Washington St., Keene; (603) 352-5700;; $–$$ B L

Kitby's Q H

BBQ 163 River St., Alstead; (603) 835-8151; Facebook $–$$ L D

Luca’s Mediterranean Café

MEDITERRANEAN 10 Central Sq., Keene; (603) 358-3335; lucascafe. com; $$–$$$ L D (

Nicola’s Trattoria

ITALIAN 51 Railroad St., Keene; (603) 355-5242; Facebook; $$$–$$$$ D

The Old Courthouse H

NEW AMERICAN 30 Main St., Newport; (603) 863-8360; eatatthecourthouse. com; $$–$$$ L D b (

Papagallos Restaurant

ITALIAN/MEDITERRANEAN 9 Monadnock Hwy., Keene; (603) 3529400;; $–$$ L D (

Parker's Maple Barn and Sugar House H

BREAKFAST 1316 Brookline Rd., Mason; (603) 878-2308;; $ B L

Pearl Restaurant & Oyster Bar H

ASIAN 1 Jaffrey Rd., Peterbrough; (603) 924-5225; $$–$$$ D (

Pickity Place

FARM-TO-TABLE 248 Nutting Hill Rd., Mason; (603) 878-1151; pickityplace. com — A historic place to lunch. Fresh, local ingredients are used, including herbs grown in the onsite gardens. There are three seatings at 11:30 a.m., 12:40 p.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations are required. $$ L (

Piedra Fina

LATIN 288 Main St., Marlborough; (603) 876-5012;; $–$$ L D (

The Pub Restaurant

AMERICAN 131 Winchester St., Keene; (603) 352-3135;; $–$$ B L D

Restaurant at Burdick’s

FRENCH 47 Main Street, Walpole; (603) 756-9058; burdickchocolate. com; $–$$$ L D b (

The Stage H

AMERICAN 30 Central Sq., Keene; (603) 357-8389; thestagerestaurant. com; $-$$ L D

Stuart and John's Sugar House

remont; (603) 542-6171; $–$$$ L D b Brunch at some locations only

Farmer’s Table Café

FARM-TO-TABLE 249 Rte. 10, Grantham; (603) 863-9355;; $–$$ L D

Flying Goose Brew Pub H

BREW PUB 40 Andover Rd., New London; (603) 526-6899;; $–$$ L D

Jesse’s Steaks, Seafood & Tavern

AMERICAN/SEAFOOD 224 Lebanon St., Hanover; (603) 643-4111; jesses. com; $–$$ D (

Latham House Tavern

TAVERN 9 Main St., Lyme; (603) 795-9995;; $–$$ L D

Lou’s Restaurant & Bakery H

AMERICAN 30 South Main St., Hanover; (603) 643-3321;; $-$$ B L D

Lui Lui H

BREAKFAST 19 Route 3, Westmoreland; (603) 399-4486;; $ B L

ITALIAN 8 Glen Rd., West Lebanon; (603) 298-7070; 259 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua; (603) 888-2588;; $-$$ L D

Taqueria Odelay

Market Table

MEXICAN 44 Main St., Keene; (603) 354-3583;; $-$$ L D

Thorndike’s & Parson’s Pub

AMERICAN/PUB The Monadnock Inn, 379 Main St., Jaffrey; (603) 532-7800;; $–$$$ D (


AMERICAN 9 Court St., Keene; (603) 354-3214; Facebook; $–$$ L D b


AMERICAN 18 Water St., Peterborough; (603) 924-4001;; $-$$$ L D b (


Appleseed Restaurant

AMERICAN 63 High St., Bradford; (603) 938-2100; $-$$ D

Base Camp Café

NEPALESE 3 Lebanon St., Hanover; (603) 643-2007; basecampcafenh. com; $-$$ L D

Bistro Nouveau

AMERICAN The Center at Eastman, 6 Clubhouse Lane, Grantham; (603) 8638000;; $–$$$$ L D (

Candela Tapas Lounge H

TAPAS 15 Lebanon St., Hanover; (603) 277-9094;; $$-$$$ D (

Coach House

AMERICAN 353 Main St., New London; (603) 526-2791;;$ $–$$$$ D (

The Common Man H

AMERICAN 10 Pollard Rd., Lincoln; (603) 745-3463; 60 Main St., Ashland; (603) 968-7030; 25 Water St., Concord; (603) 228-3463; 304 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack; (603) 429-3463; 88 Range Rd., Windham; (603) 898-0088; 24 Water St., Cla-

FARM-TO-TABLE 44 Main St., Hanover; (603) 676-7996;; $–$$ B L D b

Millstone at 74 Main

AMERICAN 74 Newport Rd., New London; (603) 526-4201;; $–$$ L D b

Molly’s Restaurant H

AMERICAN 11 South Main St., Hanover; (603) 643-4075;; $$–$$$ L D b (


AMERICAN 11 South Main St., Hanover; (603) 643-4075;; $$–$$$ L D b (

Oak and Grain H

PRIX FIXE Inn at Pleasant Lake, 853 Pleasant St., New London; (603) 5266271;; D (

The Old Courthouse H

AMERICAN 30 Main St., Newport; (603) 863-8360;; $-$$$ L D b (

Peyton Place

AMERICAN 454 Main St., Orford; (603) 353-9100;; $$ D (

Phnom Penh Sandwich Station

VIETNAMESE 1 High St., Lebanon; (603) 678-8179;; $-$$ L D

PINE at the Hanover Inn H

AMERICAN 2 South Main St., Hanover; (603) 643-4300; hanoverinn. com/dining.aspx; $$$–$$$$ B L D b (

Revolution Cantina H

CUBAN AND MEXICAN 38 Opera House Square, Claremont; (603) 504-6310; Facebook; $-$$ L D b

Stella’s Italian Kitchen

ITALIAN 5 Main St., Lyme; (603) 7954302;; $–$$ L D


AMERICAN 6 Brook Rd., Sunapee;


(603) 843-8998;; $$–$$$ D (

Taverne on the Square

AMERICAN 2 Pleasant St., Claremont; (603) 287-4416;; $–$$$ L D

Three Tomatoes Trattoria ITALIAN 1 Court St., Lebanon; (603) 448-1711;; $–$$ L D

Tuk Tuk Thai Cuisine

THAI 5 S. Main St., Hanover; (603) 277-9192;; $–$$ L D (


AMERICAN 106 Main St., Littleton; (603) 444-7717;; $-$$$ L D (

The Beal House Inn

PUB 2 W. Main St., Littleton; (603) 444-2661;; $$-$$$ D

Biederman’s Deli & Pub H

DELI/PUB 83 Main St., Littleton; (603) 536-3354;; $-$$ L D

Black Cap Grill

PUB 1498 White Mt. Hwy., North Conway; (603) 356-2225;; $-$$ L D

The Burg H

PIZZA 8 Back Lake Rd,. Pittsburg; (603) 538-7400; Facebook; $ D

Chang Thai Café

THAI 77 Main St., Littleton; (603) 444-8810; changthaicafe. com; $-$$ L D

Chef’s Bistro

NEW AMERICAN 2724 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway; (603) 356-4747; chefsbistronh. com; $-$$ L D

The Common Man H

AMERICAN 10 Pollard Rd., Lincoln; (603) 745-3463; 60 Main St., Ashland; (603) 968-7030; 25 Water St., Concord; (603) 228-3463; 304 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack; (603) 4293463; 88 Range Rd., Windham; (603) 898-0088; 24 Water St., Claremont; (603) 542-6171;; $–$$$ L D b Brunch at some locations only

Covered Bridge Farm Table

FARM-TO-TABLE 57 Blair Rd., Campton; (603) 536-1331;; $$-$$$ L D b

Deacon Street Martini & Whiskey Bar

Gypsy Café H

INTERNATIONAL 111 Main St., Lincoln; (603) 745-4395;; $–$$ L D

Horse & Hound Inn

AMERICAN/TAVERN 205 Wells Rd., Franconia; (603) 823-5501;; $$–$$$$ LD(


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Rainbow Grille & Tavern H

AMERICAN/TAVERN 609 Beach Rd., Pittsburg; (603) 538-9556; — Serving a variety of comfort food from seafood to ribs. The tavern serves appetizers, hearth-baked pizzas and more. $–$$ D (

Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub

AMERICAN 2679 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway; (603) 356-2687;; $–$$ L D

STEAKHOUSE 3 Station St., Glen; (603) 383-4344; redparkapub. com; $–$$ L D

Inn at Thorn Hill

AMERICAN 5 Main St., North Woodstock; (603) 745-2110;; $-$$ L D

AMERICAN 40 Thorn Hill Rd., Jackson; (603) 383-4242;; $$–$$$$ D (

Italian Farmhouse

ITALIAN 337 Daniel Webster Hwy., Plymouth; (603) 5364536;; $–$$ D

Jonathon’s Seafood

SEAFOOD/AMERICAN 280 East Side Rd., North Conway; (603) 447-3838; jonathonsseafood. com; $–$$$ L D (

The Last Chair

AMERICAN/BREW PUB 5 Rte. 25,Plymouth; (603) 238-9077;; $-$$ L D

Libby’s Bistro & SAaLT Pub

NEW AMERICAN 115 Main Street on Rte. 2, Gorham; (603) 4665330;; $$–$$$ LD(

The Little Grille

AMERICAN/INTERNATIONAL 62 Cottage St., Littleton; (603) 444-0395;; $–$$ L D

Rustic River

Schilling Beer Co.

BREW PUB 18 Mill St., Littleton; (603) 444-4800; (603) 4444800;; $-$$ L D

Shannon Door Pub

PUB Rte. 16 and 16A, Jackson; (603) 383-4211; shannondoor. com; $-$$ L D

Shovel Handle Pub

PUB 357 Black Mountain Rd., Jackson; (603) 383-8916;; $-$$ L D

Six Burner Bistro

AMERICAN 13 South Main St., Plymouth; (603) 536-9099;; $-$$ L D NEW AMERICAN/FARM-TO-TALBE 3358 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway; (603) 356-6068;; $-$$$ B L D (

Max’s Restaurant and Pub

Tony’s Italian Grille & Pub

AMERICAN Snowvillage Inn, 36 Stewart Rd., Eaton Center; (603) 447-­2818;; $$-$$$ D (

May Kelly’s Cottage

IRISH PUB 3002 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway; (603) 356-7005;; $–$$ LD(

Moat Mountain Smokehouse H

BREW PUB 3378 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway; (603) 356-6381;; $–$$ L D (

One Love Brewery

BREW PUB 25 South Mountain Dr., Lincoln; (603) 745-7290;; $–$$ L D

Delaney’s Hole in the Wall

Peyton Place Restaurant

AMERICAN/ASIAN 2966 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway; (603) 356-7776;; $–$$ L D

NEW AMERICAN 454 Main St., Orford; (603) 353-9100;; $$–$$$ D (

Foster's Boiler Room

Polly's Pancake Parlor H

BREAKFAST 672 Sugar Hill Rd., Sugar Hill; (603) 823-5575;; $ B L

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Thompson House Eatery H

AMERICAN/FARM-TO-TABLE 139 Main St., Jackson; (603) 383-9341; thompsonhouseatery. com; $$-$$$ L D (

MEXICAN Rte. 302, Glen; (603) 383-6556;; $–$$ L D

Take Pride in N.H.

Table + Tonic

Margarita Grill

AMERICAN 32 Seavey St., Conway; (603) 356-9231; deaconst. com; $$–$$$ D

AMERICAN 231 Main St., Plymouth; (603) 536-2764; thecman. com; $–$$ L D


ITALIAN 3674 Rte. 3, Thornton; (603) 745-3133; $$ L D (

Tuckerman's Restaurant & Tavern

TAVERN 336 Route 16A, Intervale; (603) 356-5541;; $–$$ D

Vito Marcello’s Italian Bistro

ITALIAN 45 Seavey St., North Conway; (603) 356-7000;; $$-$$$ D

The Wayside Inn

EUROPEAN 3738 Main St., Bethlehem; (603) 869-3364;; $$–$$$ D (

Woodstock Brewery H

BREW PUB Rte. 3, North Woodstock; (603) 745-3951;; $–$$ L

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Funny As Cancer


ithout researching it, I’ll bet that cancer in Colorado is no funnier than cancer in New Hampshire, but I can only speak for the Granite State and my lung tumor. Google reveals that no one living here has ever said “as funny as cancer in New Hampshire.” That’s why I must say it now, living and writing as your native nurse humorist-tumorist. The ER doc unceremoniously said, “You have a mass on your lung.” With an inspired aplomb that only a New Englander would appreciate, I said, “I’m assuming you don’t mean Massachusetts.” Bang. Pow. Zoom. (I’m reserving exclamation points for the first finale of my second act, and that’s my first living-withcancer-in-New-Hampshire inside joke). When I heard my diagnosis, the words “Live Free or Die” shifted from the affairs of my state to my state of affairs, and immediately became my adopted up-close-andpersonal motto. I felt like a rock-tumbled Old Man of the Valley as an internal voice interrupted my shock: “Wait. Could you spare a minute for mortality?” Why, yes, I could but — funny as cancer? My training and 35-year career as a bedside care nurse taught me that humor is as essential to healing as not getting there is from here.

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I had cancer, so I did what only a New Hampshirite would do: Started a wicked pissah cancer blog, made a Fluffernutter and washed it down with a frappe. Massachusettsans will claim the latter as theirs, but they do things like that. I then began searching my muse for the lighter side of what I knew would be hauling a heavy load down a long road. I’ve attended to many patients with cancer, so I know the lie of its rugged landscape and many perils. But, when it’s my trip as amateur pilot, not professional navigator? Funny as cancer? Here, in a state where freedom or death is a mandate? Yes. Especially here. First chore? Name my tumor. Men do this. We personalize our body parts and functions, errant and otherwise, and women will never understand it, beginning with the otherwise devoted wife lying next to me. She thinks it’s weird. I needed both radiation and chemotherapy, so I came up with “Rad Chemo.” Great moniker for a body-ambushing villain, and it kept with our New Hampshire tradition of seriously naming funny locales. My sympathies and apologies to the residents of Effingham, who undoubtedly live with a year-round tongue-in-cheek at the ready for any inquiring tourists. Effingham

has always sounded to me like something expletively done to a ham. Or, when you think Kanca, is it suffixed with Mangus or Magus? Forever funny, and even we can’t decide. I was also inspired by other typically New Hampshire seriously funny things: Squirrel-proof birdfeeders (ha!), no-seeums, wearing shorts with winter coats, and no-faultlessly driving unlicensed but self-designated road-legal snowmobiles, golf carts and riding mowers to the winter carnivals. When I began my radiation, I found the spirit of our White Mountain State humor alive and free at Dartmouth-Hitchcock hospital, when they snugged me up and into my treatment table mold with Rad Chemo. I felt like a human skewer hosting a hitchhiking saboteur kabob on a stationary spit as the linear accelerator rotated around us. The “Radionettes” (the techs I’d sodubbed because they knew my musical likes and dark sense of humor), played “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” through the overhead speakers. No, you can’t, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what we need. NH B. Elwin Sherman writes from Bethlehem, New Hampshire, and can be seen healing at, where he now seriocomically chronicles the funny side of serious.

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