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

Features 34 Transcript

Meet cannabis crusader and aficionado Rick Naya. by Dave Mendelsohn

from left: photos by joe klementovich, courtesy inset retail photo by kendal j. bush

36 Trail’s End Pond Hockey “The Explorers” and their friends hike into the wilderness in freezing conditions to play the most remote (and coldest) game of pond hockey of all time (probably). by Jay Atkinson photos by Joe Klementovich


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603 Informer

603 Living


24 First Person

66 Calendar of Events

photo by AJ Mellor

12 Top Events


by Emily Heidt

14 Our Town


by Darren Garnick

28 Blips


by Rick Broussard


29 Politics

18 Food & Drink

by James Pindell

by Susan Laughlin

30 Artisan

20 Small Bites

by Susan Laughlin

by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers



by Susan Laughlin



32 What Do You Know?


by Karen A. Jamrog

88 How To

All of our neighbors have legalized recreational cannabis to some degree. What does that mean for the Granite State? Both those for and against legal weed weigh in on the topic. compiled by Rick Broussard


by Emily Heidt

90 Local Dish


recipe by Matt Provencher

92 Dine Out

56 The New Muse


edited by Emily Heidt

84 Health

21 Retail

44 Surrounded

The Hood Museum at Dartmouth College in Hanover underwent a massive renovation and is ready to reopen. Get a first look at this local art gem. by Lisa Rogak

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edited by Susan Laughlin


by Chloe Barcelou


by Marshall Hudson

Where does New Hampshire stand when it comes to legalizing

marijuana? Get your questions answered in “Surrounded,” starting on page 44.

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by Jack Kenny

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etween the time I was 16 and 32, I was your classic pothead. My friends and I spent every day we could getting high and when we ran out of weed we’d start looking for more. It wasn’t something we thought about a lot, to be honest. It was just ordinary life for the folks we now call “stoners.” And it was fun. We had great adventures, intense conversations, created art and music, and forged bonds and memories that linger to this day, but my ambitions never really extended beyond that kind of fun. I dropped out of high school (finished with a GED) and college (went to trade school), and while I helped my family build a restaurant (that nearly killed us all before it closed), I always was happiest just getting high and watching TV with the sound off and the stereo playing something by Pink Floyd or Frank Zappa. I had friends who smoked who could also hold down jobs, do well in school, and see projects through to completion, but when the 1980s came around, I found myself living with a roommate in Atlanta, working on a loading dock, and coming home every night to get high and watch MTV (which, at the time, was quite a lot like watching TV with the sound off and the record player going). After turning 30, I had a feeling that this had to change. Change came to me in a big way with a religious conversion and a wholesale reassessment of my life. I gave up many of my wild and wicked ways, including weed. And my life got immeasurably better and more fulfilling. I got promoted from the loading dock to an administrative position where I felt confident enough to ask out the pretty lady who was sales manager at our company. She soon became my wife, and we moved to the state where she had been born and to the house where we still live today. So, was my life really ruined by pot?

No, but I’m sure that if I’d continued as a pot smoker, I would not be here today. Before I stopped smoking, I always told people I was a writer. After I stopped, I started to actually write. Before: I was a romantic goofball. After: I was happily married. Before: I had dreams galore. After: I started achieving a few of them. I know others who were like me and didn’t stop who now seem trapped in the past. Those with the biggest problems had more going on than just weed. They had mental challenges, family issues or sometimes just bad fortune but, for most, smoking grass was a huge part of that matrix. It made all the rest of life click or made the worst of it tolerable. That’s why it was so hard to quit. I’ve been out of that “inner circle” of pot use for more than half my life now, but I’m sure that the new weed is still leaving some percentage of young people wasted in indolence and others on a path to nowhere in particular. It seems everything that brings pleasure, from whiskey to rock climbing, also comes with risk. In a free society we allow adults to make such choices, but we also do what’s needed to protect the youngest and most vulnerable among us. I hope whatever happens with the legalization of cannabis that we keep our kids and their fragile futures in mind. That said, even when I was determined to quit weed and make something of myself, I assumed marijuana would one day soon (hah) be legal, and thought something that brightened up life, increased enjoyment of food and music and then lulled you to sleep might be a net positive for folks in their retirement years. Now, a generation later, I guess we’ll all find out together.

Contributors Meet “The Explorers,” writer and photographer team Jay Atkinson (right) and Joe Klementovich. The team’s past backcountry adventures include trekking to the last real trout stream, ice climbing, fat biking and more off-the-beaten-trail exploits. Their latest undertaking, “Trail’s End Pond Hockey,” appears in this issue. Atkinson, who teaches writing at Boston University, is a novelist, essayist, investigative journalist and itinerant amateur athlete. Klementovich specializes in environmental photography and he’s shot everything from Mt. Washington to the Everglades.

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Lisa Rogak, who wrote the feature story “The New Muse,” is a New York Times best-selling author of numerous books. She lives in Lebanon.

Author, writer, producer and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Darren Garnick wrote this month’s “First Person.”

Freelancer Karen Jamrog is our regular “Health” writer. In addition to healthcare pieces, she also writes human-interest stories and profiles.

Travel writer Barbara Radcliffe Rogers is the regular “Our Town” contributor. Follow more of her travels at

Longtime contributor Peter Noonan regularly illustrates the monthly “Politics” column. See more of his work at

Frequent contributor Gloria Diianni illustrated this month’s “Health” section. You can see more of her work at

About | Behind The Scenes at New Hampshire Magazine Awards Season

Winter is just getting rolling, but we’re looking ahead to warmer months and what they mean for us here at New Hampshire Magazine — Best of NH. Our July issue will once again be filled with both your favorites and our editor’s picks, and the annual party to celebrate them all takes place at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (home of the Fisher Cats) in Manchester on June 27. But none of it happens without your help. Starting on January 15, head to to cast your vote in the annual Readers’ Poll. You have until March 15 to tell us who and what you think is best in categories ranging from mac and cheese to summer attractions. As Best of NH voting gets underway, the nomination period for the Excellence in Nursing Awards comes to an end. January 11 is the last day you can tell us about a nurse who goes above and beyond to comfort, heal and educate. This year’s winners will appear in the May issue and will be honored at a special event on May 23. Visit to read about last year’s amazing nurses or to submit a nomination. And, speaking of awards, at the 17th Annual NH Theatre Awards at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord on January 17, the Francis Grover Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to our own favorite editor Rick Broussard (who co-founded the event) and his better-known arts-promoting wife Jemi. Tickets are on sale now, by the way. 6 | January 2019






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Aha! Moment Was going through the latest issue of New Hampshire Magazine, saw Matthew Mead’s photo [“Dream State,” December 2018] and had an aha! moment. I have, in Dunbarton, a house built in 1789 for the first settled pastor, Walter Harris. He was entitled to a house and 100 acres, which was provided by the town when he came as the first settled minister. He later became known as “The Hammer of New Hampshire.” My in-laws bought it in 1951, and their son and I (living in Dorchester in Boston as he was a UCC pastor there) came up all during the years until I was widowed in 1999 and moved up for good. Our two sons live in NH and love it dearly but cannot take it over. Now, it is more than I wish to keep up as I have remarried and live in Warner. But how I love that house! My idea is that this winter and into the spring, it could be used by Matthew Mead as a backdrop for any of his seasonal interiors. And it comes with doodads and china and books and paintings and no serious antiques. He might have fun with it. It has seven fireplaces, a 1950s kitchen, double Christian doors, a bridal staircase with a balcony around the stairwell, and an attic with cool stuff in it. It is a sturdy place ,and I have spent a lot to honor and preserve its existence. It sits on nine acres, half wooded and half an open field, all frontage. Every state has a cool and glitzy magazine and I’m pleased with the one you produce. Hope this can energize something unexpected and good. Please pass this on to him. Margaret Venator Warner Editor’s Note: Matthew Mead replies: “Having an early NH home to photograph in would be a real treat. This opportunity is a dream come true.” Thanks for writing, Margaret. We may wind up featuring the former home of “The Hammer of NH” in an upcoming issue.

Back to the Bound After my wife and I read the article about the Buck Horn Bound, it really intrigued me [“What Do You Know?” November 2018]. My friend Randy Bullis and I go geocaching. While geocaching, we came across the 8 | January 2019

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five town point corner of the north end of Barnstead. After that, I mentioned to Randy the interesting buck horn bound article in New Hampshire Magazine on the other side of Barnstead. He said, “That is right up your alley.” (I have perambulated the town bounds for Dunbarton since 1997.) At home I got rough latitude and longitude coordinates plotting the corner for the buck horn bound from my New Hampshire atlas map book (which ended up to be within 400 feet of the buck horn bound). During muzzleloader hunting season, if that wasn’t productive, we would try to find the buck horn and maybe a new place to hunt. Wouldn’t you know it, we had great success finding the bound and not great success at finding a deer. This is the easiest way to the bound that we found to go: From Route 129, take Upper City Road from Gilmanton to Loudon, which becomes Range Road in Pittsfield. Across from Siel Road, take the Farm Road (aka snowmobile trail) down to the first brook. Park after the first brook crossing (now you are in Barnstead). Climb up the hayfield to the top. There is a pass-through opening in the barbed wire fencing, go through (now you are in Gilmanton), take a left, go about 200 feet and you’ve found it (you have driven or walked through four towns and two counties). Someone has etched 2018 on the top of the buck horn stone. The yellow crayoned tracing of the buck horn engraving is mostly washed away, but the engraving is still readable. To the right of the bound is a stone with each town letter engraved in it. To the left of the buck horn bound is a stone with former perambulation dates engraved. One date is 1771. Fred Mullen Dunbarton

he is bringing back classic dishes from the past, trying to re-establish traditional great-grandmother recipes, etc. My question is: Don’t people still eat this way? I’m a baby boomer and grew up eating porcupine balls, mayo cake, tourtière pie, Chinese pie, baked beans on toast, cat-head biscuits, etc., and these foods are still regular fare on my nightly supper table. Are they really gone and need to be brought back? If Generation X and Millennials don’t know about and eat these foods, what are they eating now? Steve Markum Canterbury

Keep It Classy, NHM I just recently re-subscribed to New Hampshire Magazine. I had liked the magazine long ago and thought it would be good to read it again, full of lots of good info for what’s going on in the state. I was definitely surprised to open the front cover of the December issue to find a full-page advertisement showing a man and a woman wearing only underwear, with the woman’s underpants purposely pulled up into her buttocks to show parts of her body that should not be advertised. I do not consider this an appropriate type of advertisement in what should be a family-friendly magazine. This particular body sculpting company could have chosen plenty of other — more tasteful — images to show what they do, and I am surprised that New Hampshire Magazine allowed this classless image to be published in your magazine. I hope that you will consider this for future publications and more carefully select tasteful advertising for your magazine. If this type of ad reflects what New Hampshire Magazine is all about, I will cancel my subscription. I am hoping this was just a single poor judgment and future publications will reflect classier choices. (Name withheld at sender’s request) Bedford

What’s Cooking Now? I read the December issue that just came out and have a question about the “Repasts From the Past” article. I really enjoyed that article as I also grew up in New Hampshire eating the foods Grandma cooked that he mentions. He said that he is a Generation X member and that

Corrections: There were a couple of omissions in our recipes published last month: The pie crust for tourtière in “Repasts from the Past” requires “one cup” of lard and the maple walnut muffins in our White Christmas story requires 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. Sorry, holiday chefs.

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Spot four newts like the one above (but much smaller) hidden on ads in this issue, tell us where you found them and you might win a great gift from a local artisan or company. To enter our drawing for Spot the Newt, send answers plus your name and mailing address to:

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“There’s just something beautiful about walking in snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special.” — Carol Rifka Brunt

The Ice Castle

Experience the magic of this icy attraction The ice castle in Lincoln is an unforgettable winter creation that brings fairytales to life. The structure is built entirely by hand using hundreds of thousands of icicles “grown” by professional artists. The castle includes breathtaking 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, and bring a small sled instead of a stroller to pull your little ones. 10 | January 2019

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Fun With Ice

Fly along the trails with the teams from Muddy Paw Sled Dog Adventures in Jefferson. Your drink is in no danger of getting warm at the Stonehurst Manor’s annual ice bar.

Celebrate the Cold

It’s officially winter in the Granite State, so embrace the frigid temperatures and check out these icy events. They are “snow” joke. Want more wintry fun? Check out our story on pond hockey on page 36. 12 | January 2019

Stonehurst Manor Ice Bar January 25-26, North Conway

Why settle for a drink poured over ice when you can hang out in a whole bar made of the stuff? A team of carvers whips up an entire lounge for this event — from full-size bar to tables and chairs — out of massive ice blocks. When all lit up, it’s a dazzling display.



Snowflake Shuffle January 13, Bedford

You might be an icicle by the end of this event, but it will be worth it. This race makes its way through Bedford, and starts and ends at the Copper Door Restaurant. When you cross the finish line, enjoy a refreshing beer, pasta provided by Copper Door, and thaw yourself out in the warming area.

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Ice Skating Through winter, Jackson

Enjoy the age-old sport of ice skating in a timeless fashion at the three-acre Victorian Skating Park at Nestlenook Farm. Skate along Emerald Lake, and then warm up next to a roaring fire with a cup of hot chocolate in the enclosed warming center. This is the largest and most breathtaking outdoor skate park in the Mount Washington Valley. Don’t miss it.

Beveridge Ice Fest January 26, Mirror Lake

Get your furry hats, mittens and warmest winter gear ready for this fun ice event. This beer fest takes place on the frozen lake where 22 breweries, from Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Co. to Samuel Adams, will be sharing their tasty goods. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair if you would like to cozy up around the fire pits or enjoy the sun.

Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic January 17-21, Manchester

Start off the New Year by celebrating 100 years of Mickey Mouse

and all of his friends. Be charmed by a cast of over 50 of Disney’s beloved characters, with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and many of the Disney princesses. Sing along to over 30 songs during moments from movies like “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and more. The show will be sure to leave your whole family with memories to last a lifetime.

Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship January 24-27, Concord

Black ice may be a nightmare on the roads, but it’s not a problem for this hockey showdown. Named for the purest form of ice, this three-day tournament honors Concord’s rich hockey history with 10 classes of competition held on the frozen waters of White Park Pond.

1. Stonehurst Manor Ice Bar, North Conway 2. Snowflake Shuffle, Bedford

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History, skiing and beautiful winter scenery BY BARBARA RADCLIFFE ROGERS


t doesn’t take much to entice us into heading north when there’s a good layer of snow on the ski trails in the White Mountains. News of a new hotel opening on the site of the historic Glen House makes a trip to Gorham all the more appealing. The Glen House Hotel, at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road, opened only a few months ago, and is the fifth hotel on that site. The original was a converted farmhouse opened in 1852 and enlarged in 1866. It and three subsequent hotels fell to fire, the fate of most of the early White Mountains grand hotels. Until the new Glen House Hotel opened, there had

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not been a hotel on the site for 50 years. The new building honors the earlier ones with its clapboards and painted trim, but embraces 21st-century technology to make it close to energy self-sufficient and carbon-neutral, with geothermal heating and cooling and two energy-generating systems using hydro and solar power. Before the building of the carriage road up Mt. Washington, guests at the original Glen House amused themselves with hiking and climbing and visiting the little roadside trading post run by Dolly Copp. Twenty years before the hotel opened, Dolly moved to Gorham with her husband Hayes, who

had cleared enough forest for a small cabin and farm. They lived there for 50 years (exactly 50 to the day, but that’s another story), and Dolly became known for her beautiful woven and dyed linen and woolens, which she sold, along with maple syrup, butter, cheese and other products from their farm. She became quite a local character. Although heavily timbered in the intervening years, the woodlands rising up the slopes above the Copps’ old farm look much as they did when Dolly and Hayes wrested their living from this valley. Now part of the vast White Mountain National Forest, the farm is the popular Dolly Copp Campground, where a monument remembers the early owners. The first road — barely a track — went through Gorham in 1803 and it became a town in 1836, but is wasn’t until the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad opened in 1852, making it the closest rail access to the White Mountains, that it became a prosperous town. The Gorham Historical Society Museum, located in the old rail station, recalls the days when rail was the town’s lifeblood, bringing it commerce and tourists. The station and rolling stock on the nearby tracks display artifacts of town and rail history. There’s an exhibit on the steam era, a model railroad, a Baldwin steam engine, a diesel locomotive, a boxcar, snowplow, caboose and other railroad equipment used in the extensive locomotive yard and repair facility. The White Mountain Station, as it was known, was the stop for tourists from Boston and Portland headed for Glen House and the several hotels that quickly sprang up in Gorham. The largest, Alpine House Hotel, was built by the railroad, which had a vested interest in promoting tourism to the eastern White Mountains. The railroad also paid to improve the road from Gorham into Pinkham Notch, and to build the Glen Bridle Path to the summit of Mount Washington. In 1861, a new attraction brought tourists to Gorham when the Mount Washington Carriage Road opened, climbing 8 miles to the summit of the mountain. It was proclaimed as the first man-made attraction in the United States, and passengers could ride to the newly built Tip Top House in a Concord Coach. At the turn of the 20th century, automobiles made their

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The Gorham Historical Society Museum has all kinds of artifacts from rail’s glory days.

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Gorham Historical Society Museum

first ascent — a Stanley Steamer in 1899 and the first gasoline-powered cars in 1902. Motorized coaches replaced horses, and the name changed to the Mount Washington Auto Road as well. In warmer weather, at the Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum you can see some of the vehicles that climbed the road throughout its long

history, including an original Concord Coach and a 100-year-old Pierce-Arrow. The museum, which is free to visit, is open from June through October. Meanwhile, logging operations flourished, as lumber companies built mills in Gorham to manufacture boards and building timber. In 1904, the Brown Company

built the Cascade Mill alongside the Androscoggin River, bringing unfinished paper products from the Berlin mill by locomotive for finishing. That mill still operates as Gorham Paper and Tissue. Route 16 drops out of Gorham into a series of unincorporated places: Martin’s Location, Green’s Grant and, Pinkham’s Grant, now all part of the White Mountain National Forest, as is Bean’s Purchase, just to the east where Wildcat Mountain Ski Area is located. Downhill skiing is just one of the winter sports opportunities around the base of Mt. Washington, which forms the impressive western wall of Pinkham Notch. | January 2019


The Fabyan House stagecoach, built by Concord Coach, at Great Glen Trails

The Mount Washington Auto Road becomes the venue for the SnowCoach, a vanlike vehicle driven by four tracks that carries passengers up to Mt. Washington’s tree line at approximately 4,200 feet. The landscape changes as the coach climbs through the snow-covered forest and into the subarctic zone, where trees become stunted and more heavily coated in rime. Each morning, early birds can ride the SnowCoach to the tree line to watch the sunrise. Back down at the base, Great Glen Trails rents skis, snowshoes and other equipment to use on their 28 miles of cross-country


and snowshoe trails. Skiers of any skill level can learn from the best here: The ski school director is Olympian Sue Wemyss. For all its miles and miles of wooded wilderness, this part of the state is not just for hearty outdoors types, though. For a town of its size, Gorham itself offers a surprising mix of dining and diversions. Along with showcasing the works of local artists and the photography of Carla Broman and others, Gateway Gallery sells framed White Mountain memorabilia, including old photos, tourism advertising and vintage postcards in double-sided frames to show the stamps and messages. At the White Mountain Café and Bookstore you can have breakfast, lunch or a baked goody with a cup of fair trade maple latte while browsing books on the White Mountains. Also on Main Street, Marie’s Boutique has stylish women’s clothing and accessories from scarves to shoes. Medallion Opera House, in the restored town hall, hosts local and traveling professional performances and musicians. And when we’re in Gorham, we never miss the chance to have dinner at Libby’s Bistro or a local craft brew downstairs in SAaLT Pub. NH

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What Do You Know About NH’s Restaurant Culture? We’ve culled information from previous New Hampshire Magazine stories and general knowledge of the local scene. How much do you know? COMPILED BY SUSAN LAUGHLIN

1. Which Portsmouth chef is a four-time James Beard Award finalist? A. Evan Hennessey B. Dan Dumont C. Evan Mallett D. Matt Louis 2. Which Portsmouth chef appeared on the Food Network show “Chopped”? A. Evan Hennessey B. Dan Dumont. C. Evan Mallett D. Matt Louis 3. Before Chef Jeffrey Paige opened Cotton in Manchester, where did he work? A. Stephen James B. The Puritan Backroom, Manchester C. The Creamery Restaurant, Canterbury D. The High Five Restaurant, Manchester 4. Who is this?

A. Portsmouth Hospital B. Alnoba C. Hilton Garden Inn D. Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa

17. What classic drink is this? A. Old Fashioned B. Sazerac C. Manhattan D. Whiskey Smash

6. Who is this?

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A. Mary Dumont B. Claudia Rippee C. Rosa Paolini D. Susan Laughlin


7. What is the state’s largest agricultural crop by value? A. Apples B. Corn C. Maple syrup D. Greenhouse and nursery products

How Many?

9. How many wineries are there in New Hampshire? A. 16 B. 28 C. 44 D. 46 10. How many distilleries are there in New Hampshire? A. 6 B. 12 C. 11 D. 22 11. How many breweries (with or without tasting rooms) were there in New Hampshire as of the end of 2018? A. 27 B. 35 C. 66 D. 75

A. Chef Kevin Halligan B. Chef Matt Provencher C. Chef Brendan Vesey D. Chef Evan Mallett 5. Chef Dan Dumont (brother of Mary Dumont, who now has her own Boston restaurant, Cultivar) is currently working at which New Hampshire hospitality center? 18 | January 2019

8. What restaurant is this? A. Copper Door, Salem B. The New Woodshed, Moultonborough C. Local Eatery, Laconia D. Common Man, Merrimack


12. The oldest continuously running CSA in the country is Temple-Wilton Community

Farm. When did it start? A. 1928 B. 1954 C. 1972 D. 1985 13. When did the Puritan Backroom in Manchester open in its first form? A. 1917 B. 1922 C. 1953 D. 1966 14. When did Michael Buckley open his first restaurant in Nashua? A. 1992. B. 1995 C. 1999 D. 2003 15. When did James Haller open his ground-breaking Portsmouth restaurant, Blue Strawbery? A. 1965 B. 1970 C. 1973 D. 1986 16. When did The Balsams Grand Resort close? A. 1999 B. 2009 C. 2011 D. 2013



18. Which restaurant is this? A. Crystal Quail, Barnstead B. Common Man, Ashland C. Peyton Place, Orford D. Corner House Inn, Sandwich

22. Which restaurant has occupied the former Richard’s Bistro space in Manchester? A. 36 deLux B. 11 Eleven C. Gale Motor Company D. Noodles E. Buba Noodle Bar F. All of the above

Correct Answers


2. A. Evan Hennessey

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23. Why is the New Hampshire restaurant scene continually growing? A. Great chefs love to return to New Hampshire after training or working in top eateries across the nation. B. New Hampshire restaurateurs are dedicated to keeping their staffs happy even if it takes opening another spot to promote a talented chef. C. Good restaurants are continually challenged to up their ante as another dining opportunity opens their doors down the road — it’s synergy at its best. D. All of the above

If you answered all the questions correctly, then you can have my job.


19. At which grand hotel can you dine in the wine cellar? A. Mountain View Grand, Whitefield B. Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods C. Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa, New Castle D. (Sorry, there are only three grand hotels remaining in New Hampshire.) 20. According to Wine Spectator, which restaurant in New Hampshire has the best wine selection? A. Bedford Village Inn, Bedford B. Bretton Arms dining room at the Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods C. Copper Door, Salem and Bedford D. Hanover Street Chophouse, Manchester 21. Which restaurants did Chef Corey Fletcher work at before becoming chef/owner at Revival in Concord? A. 55 Degrees, Concord B. Colby Hill Inn, Henniker C. Granite Restaurant at the Centennial Inn, Concord D. All of the above

24. Where was this photo taken in 2013? A. Commercial Street Fishery, Manchester B. bluAqua, Amherst C. Lakehouse, Meredith D. Saffron Bistro, Nashua

1. D. Matt Louis

3. C. The Balsams 4. C. Chef Brendan Vesey 5. B. Alnoba 6. B. Claudia Rippee 7. D. Greenhouse products 8. C. Local Eatery 9. B. 28 10. C. 11 11. D. 75 12. C. 1972 13. A. 1917 14. B. 1995 15. B. 1970 16. C. 2011 17. A. Old Fashioned 18. C. Peyton Place 19. A. Mountain View Grand 20. A. Bedford Village Inn 21. D. All of the above 22. F. All of the above 23. D. All of the above 24. B. bluAqua | January 2019




Small Bites Food news and events from around the state by Susan Laughlin

The (Legal) Benefits of CBD Oil

Full-on recreational marijuana use may still be a hazy dream for denizens of New Hampshire, but Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which comes from a type of cannabis plant, is now available at local cafés — and it’s legal. There is no, or very little, psychoactive component (THC) as the hemp plant was bred for indus-

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trial use. More and more, the oil extracted from hemp is being used in reportedly beneficial ways. From alleviating mental and emotional highs and lows to reducing physical pain to offering a better night’s rest, a host of companies are developing drops, capsules, extracts and even lip balms to aid

Nothing says celebration like bubbly wine. At LaBelle Winery in Amherst and their tasting room on Market Street in Portsmouth, find three fruit-forward selections. Shimmer, a dry Riesling and dry apple blend, offers crisp fruit and floral tones for a semi-dry finish. Their Sparkling Cranberry is a semi-sweet variety, and then there’s the Tempest, which blends their own Red Raspberry and Seyval Blanc wines. Cheers! Sparkling wines should be chilled just before serving to preserve the best bubbling effect but should not be kept refrigerated. 20 | January 2019

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Products shown here are from Elxinol, a Colorado company. Products include CBD lip balm ($7.99), hemp oil ($59.99), CBD hemp oil capsules ($44.99) and tincture of hemp oil ($29.99),

anxiety, insomnia or just chapped lips — with few side effects. Some New Hampshire cafés are offering it as a supplement, including Earth’s Harvest Kitchen & Juicery in Dover, where you can have a few drops added to your juice or smoothie for $3. Pressed Café (with a new drive-through location on Amherst Street in Nashua) offers a CBD “juiced” waters alongside their charcoal-activated and freshsqueezed juices. Flower Power Coffee Co. is infusing a coffee bean with CBD, and the coffee is available at Fresh Vibes in Rochester. Local company Coyote River Hemp Co. is marketing “full-spectrum” products, including tinctures and maple candy and gummies, which they are supplying local cafés. Most companies, including Coyote, source their products from Colorado, where the industry has a head start. There is little regulation on the scene, so it is important to find a trusted and reputable source if you do decide to dabble online. The medicinal claims for this wonder oil vary widely, including that it can be used as a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant or neuro-protectant — maybe just the ingredient aging baby boomers are looking for. Just remember, the scientific research behind this product is relatively new, but the anecdotal reports are fascinating.



Shop Small Looking for a unique baby shower or birthday gift? Here are fun toys, cuddly plush animals and charming outfits for the small ones in your life. By Chloe Barcelou, Photos by Kendal J. Bush

This adorable model is Evangeline, granddaughter of New Hampshire Magazine Editor Rick Broussard. Here she’s wearing a Question Everything Martha blue and white smocked dress ($62) with a Doe a Deer velvet kitten purse ($27) available at Country Kids Clothing in West Lebanon. | January 2019




Above pictured on the bear: Fiveloaves Twofish Little Red Riding Hood dress ($79) available at Country Kids Clothing and Exile International lemon print onesie ($29) available at Nest Children’s Shop Below: Evangeline in a Sparkle Sisters pink pom pom tutu ($28) and an Angel Dear pink cotton argyle sweater ($39) available at Country Kids Clothing Jellycat reindeer plush toy ($28) available at Country Kids Clothing Pebble orange embroidered rabbit plush toy ($16) available at Nest Children’s Shop in Peterborough

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To the left of Evangeline: Winter Water Factory red and white forest print cotton nightie ($42, pictured on red bear) available at Nest Children’s Shop, Douglas golden retriever plush toy ($25) available at Nest Children’s Shop and Jellycat reindeer plush toy ($28) available at Country Kids Clothing To the right of Evangeline: See details above and on the next page for items on the three bears.



In front of Evangeline: Pela Sprinkles handmade felted pancake stack ($15) and Schylling Forest Friends tin tea set ($22) available at Nest Children’s Shop

Find It

Nest Children’s Shop 4 Grove St., Peterborough Facebook (603) 567-7914 Country Kids Clothing 8 Glen Rd., West Lebanon (603) 790-8168

Pictured on the bear at back: Fiveloaves Twofish hand-painted princess hat ($23) and handmade recycled sweater patchwork scarf ($22) both available at Country Kids Clothing

Pictured on the bear to the left: Zutano furry bear hat ($20) available at Nest Children’s Shop Pictured on middle bear: JoJo Maman Bébé lace collar ($19) available at Country Kids Clothing | January 2019


603 Informer

“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” — Elie Wiesel

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Photo by Peter Koziell

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Trying to Imagine the Unimaginable

Visiting one of Poland’s “invisible” cemeteries taught me about the Holocaust in a way no documentary could BY DARREN GARNICK


ialystok, an industrial city of 300,000 near the Belarusian and Lithuanian borders, is pretty much the “Cleveland of Poland.” If you click on “Things to Do in Poland” on, the city is barely mentioned at all. If you’re a foreigner in Bialystok, you’re either on your way to somewhere else or you have business or family connections. I unexpectedly spent much of my recent summer vacation in one of Bialystok’s most unvacationlike spots — the city’s last surviving Jewish cemetery. Before World War II, 50 percent of the city’s population was

Writer Darren Garnick recently paid his respects at the Treblinka extermination camp memorial, the site where more than 800,000 Jewish people were murdered by the Nazis. Each rock represents a Jewish community that was wiped out during the Holocaust. | January 2019




Seeing the broken Hebrew letters at my feet made me feel like I was in a science fiction movie discovering an ancient and forgotten civilization. ing to 1939-1945. But back to the cemetery. I first visited the Bagnowka Jewish Cemetery in 1998, when my wife Stacy and I backpacked around Eastern Europe. It wasn’t on our itinerary, but a tour guide took us there knowing my interest in exploring my family roots. I had braced myself to see smashed gravestones from the Nazi era — and there were sadly plenty of those — but was surprised to be greeted by humming chainsaws. Government workers were cutting down a forest. Trees were uprooting headstones and even growing right through them. Seeing the broken Hebrew letters at my feet made me feel like I was in a science fiction movie discovering an ancient and forgotten civilization. My travel book from 20 years ago still sits on my shelf. “Poland: The Rough Guide” included a few gloomy sentences about this place: “Perhaps the saddest reminder of

UNH graduate Ali Flagler, a volunteer for the Bialystok Cemetery Restoration Project, pokes the grass to search for fallen gravestones hidden for decades.

the city’s onetime Jewish population is the Jewish Cemetery on the northeast edge of the city. ... With Catholic cemeteries on both sides, an Orthodox church under construction at the back, and children playing along the walls, the large and badly neglected cemetery looks and feels a beleaguered place. The few surviving gravestones are scattered around in the undergrowth, some of them still legible, but if things carry on this way there may not be any left in the not-too-distant future.” This past summer, I was asked to return to Bagnowka as a volunteer, using my journalism skills to capture the story of

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Jewish. Today, that figure is zero percent. Walking in the city where one set of my Jewish great-grandparents lived and miraculously left in the early 1900s, produced two looping narratives in my head: “Thank God, they got the hell out of here” and “Thank God, I am an American.” This script kept echoing in my brain even as I was enjoying parts of my Poland trip, which included a week in Bialystok and three days in the capital, Warsaw. The country produces the most delicious soft-serve ice cream I’ve ever tasted, “lody,” which has the consistency of fudge. I was smitten by the Warsaw Pinball Museum — Poland’s answer to Laconia’s FunSpot — and by street accordion players who could seamlessly transition from Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” to Katy Perry’s “Firework.” Those fun experiences, however, were brief (and welcome) opportunities to press the pause button — inevitably, my mind kept rewind-

After scrubbing away the soil and overgrowth, Ali Flagler displays a hidden Jewish gravestone seeing the light of day for the first time in 70 years.

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photo by peter koziell

Volunteers from the United States, Germany, Poland and Israel are repainting the Hebrew letters on headstones neglected for decades in a Bialystok Jewish cemetery ransacked by the Nazis.

two remarkable grassroots charities — the US-based Bialystok Cemetery Restoration Project and the Germany-based Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (Action Reconciliation Service for Peace). I was graciously joined on this trip by my longtime friend and documentary filmmaking partner, Peter Koziell, who coincidentally has both Polish and New Hampshire (Newport) roots. Peter and I interviewed selfless volunteers from across America, Germany, Poland and Israel coming together to “right a wrong.” The charities’ leaders say they know they cannot undo the history of the Holocaust, and that Bialystok is just a dot on a map of thousands of destroyed and neglected Jewish cemeteries across Europe, but they can at least try to do something. That “something” includes piecing together and cementing broken stones, matching them to gravesites, standing fallen stones upright, and cleaning and painting stones to restore their dignity. One third of the original cemetery lawn is still covered by overgrown forest. One of the volunteers we met was recent UNH grad Alexander “Ali” Flagler, who

methodically poked open fields of grass with a metal stick. Whenever she heard a thud, she dug five or six inches down and usually unearthed an intact gravestone. Brushing the dirt away with her gloves exposed the deceased’s name to sunlight for the first time in more than 70 years. Seeing those Hebrew letters emerge from the debris was an extremely powerful moment for me, making me visualize the Holocaust in ways I did not feel even when visiting locations of some of the worst atrocities (such as the Treblinka extermination camp, where 800,000 people, including most of Bialystok’s Jewish population, were murdered). I am not a particularly religious or spiritual person, but I imagined those Hebrew letters levitating out of the ground with futuristic sound effects. It was a scene I experienced multiple times with the same emotional impact. These volunteers are uncovering an invisible cemetery within the cemetery. Every additional Hebrew name that hits the sunlight is reclaiming his or her place in the world. Every stone that is repaired is honoring a soul who lived his or her entire life often decades before the Nazi invasion of Poland — having no idea that they would one day be retroactively hated for being born and marked for permanent erasure. It’s not just dramatic symbolism either. During the week I was at Bagnowka, two different families exploring their Pol-

From left: Writer Darren Garnick and photographer Peter Koziell

ish-Jewish roots found a relative’s gravestone there. Both were stones that the Bialystok Cemetery Restoration Project had previously unearthed and returned to their rightful spots. Again, I am not a spiritual person, but if there is such a thing as “doing God’s work,” this is it. NH To learn more about the Bialystok Cemetery Restoration Project, visit

International Holocaust Remembrance Day The United Nations has designated January 27, the anniversary of the Allied liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. For a list of New Hampshire observances, visit | January 2019




Blips Monitoring appearances of the 603 on the media radar since 2006


Follow Matty Gregg’s long run at

The Long Way Home

Matty Gregg left NH to work for Apple Computers. Now he plans to run for office here, but first he wants to stretch his legs a bit.

International online culturezine PopMatters has picked “The Art of Forgetting” by NH’s Kyle Carey as one of the 20 Best Folk Albums of 2018. Reviewer Jonathan Frahm writes: “Shining a light on the histories of English, Gaelic, and Appalachian traditions, if only to develop something refreshing and contemporary for the folk realm, Carey and her A-list support team (including Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Broussard, and Ron Janssen) craft a matured, minimalist beauty throughout.” Visit for music, videos and more information on the unforgettable Carey.

The Franklin Pierce Beat


irst off, we should note that Matty Gregg’s career began working for this magazine in its early years. He also worked with our editor to create the New Hampshire Theatre Awards (now the NH Theatre Alliance) and still has a local fanbase for his stage-performance skills. After moving to Cupertino to make his name at Apple Computers, he became a celebrity on the Tough Mudder “suffer fest” race circuit and he’s remained involved in theatre. All his accomplishments to date seem to combine for his latest gambit: an ultra-ultra long distance run across the country, 5,075 miles through 24 states on his way home to the Granite State. Gregg, whose familiar name does indeed link him to such NH political legends as his great uncle Sen. Judd Gregg and the late Gov. Hugh Gregg, thinks he might have something to contribute to our country’s political conversation. This might mean a run for elected office, but he wants to start by listening. He’s modeling his run on a journey taken 170 years ago by Alexis de Tocqueville who wrote his seminal book “Democracy in America” after taking a carriage

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across the country and chatting with people. “I figured that I like running, so I should do it on foot,” says Gregg, and now, more than 500 miles later, he says it’s paying off. “In terms of getting to the heart of what American social and political values are, I find that the conversations on foot are so much richer than conversations online,” he says. “We shortcut too many aspects of our communication online, and can’t engage the five senses that are required for deep and rich conversations about America.” “I hope to write a worthy sequel to [de Tocqueville’s] essays,” says Gregg. His journey was featured in Runner’s World and he’s snagging radio and TV interviews in the towns and cities he passes. CNN is interested in catching up with him at some point, and to preserve the scope and span of the run (and the thoughts and reactions of those he meets along the way), Gregg has a film crew in tow. We think it’s likely, if he was making his carriage ride today, de Tocqueville would have a film crew as well, and he’d probably feature the best moments on Facebook Live NH

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Anyone watching the Coen brothers’ latest film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (in limited theatrical release but easy to find on Netflix) will either be gladdened or puzzled by it, but all can appreciate the star turn of a certain scene-stealing rat terrier in the segment titled “The Girl Who Got Rattled.” The “girl” in question is on a wagon train west to be married off to her brother’s business partner, but when the brother dies, she’s left caring for his obnoxious dog named “President Pierce.” We’re also informed that the dead brother was a “doughface,” i.e. a fan of Pres. Franklin Pierce and his anti-abolitionist ways. Who says history can’t be fun?


Party Plans

How will 2019 shape Democrats and Republicans? BY JAMES PINDELL


illustration by peter noonan

his could be a historic year when it comes to defining national politics. A divided government in Washington will mean investigations of the Trump administration, and special prosecutor Robert Mueller should wrap up his work in the next year — and it’s all taking place against the backdrop of a presidential election cycle. Here in the Granite State, possibly two dozen Democratic candidates will make an argument as to where the nation and the leaderless Democratic Party should go from here. So, how could 2019 could shape New Hampshire politics? With many big-picture questions coming to a head, here are a few of the major storylines that will play out this year: Will Jeanne Shaheen seek re-election? As Shaheen ponders her re-election bid in 2020, there’s the question of whether she wants to move forward or retire on top. The state’s senior senator will already go down in history as the first woman in the nation to serve as both a governor and a US senator. As she seeks reelection to a third term,

Shaheen will be 73. It’s unclear what big idea she would pursue with another six years, and it’s also unclear if any big idea would go anywhere in Washington, which cannot seem to pass anything. Were she to announce her retirement, it would be a major moment. Shaheen’s exit could result in the return of Republican Kelly Ayotte, and could set forth a huge political musical chairs moment as people already holding office run for the Senate and vacate current jobs. Can the NHGOP make itself “Great Again”? In 2018, the appointed GOP chairman left a few months before the election because she got another job. The state party lost the House and Senate majority in the 2018 election, as well as two of the five seats on the Executive Council. They also lost both Congressional races. What’s amazing is how little blame has gone to Gov. Sununu for this. Both of his parents served as NHGOP chairs. He rejected the incoming NHGOP chair when he


took office, naming his own chair instead. As de facto head of their state party, he had the right to make this power play, but he never did anything significant to help the party after that. This one is on him. Being the fourth most popular governor in America and the most powerful Republican in the state by far, he has a chance to make the party whatever he wants it to be. If he cares. Can the left be kept at bay by the Democratic establishment? In 2018, the Democratic establishment struck back against a fervent party base that picked Bernie Sanders for president by 22 percent over Hillary Clinton just two years before. Need proof? The establishment-backed Molly Kelly and Chris Pappas won the two most high-profile primaries. Then establishment pals Donna Soucy and Steve Shurtleff were selected to serve as senate president and house speaker respectively (though many, including those in the establishment, say luck had a lot to do with that outcome). As the Democratic presidential primary gets underway, there will new renewed energy involving how to remake the party. This is will be a huge conversation to watch locally. NH | January 2019




Throw prices range from $60 to $150. Other products include robes and scarves.

A Good Yarn

Warm up with throwback throws BY SUSAN LAUGHLIN

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Yes, a machine does the weaving, but products are designed onsite, the warp is hand-threaded through the heddles, and fringes are hand-tied. Best of all, the New Hampshire mill tradition continues on — just no kids at the machines this time. The Kennebunk Home line features classic patterns of plaids and twills woven with a polyester bouclé yarn. Many patterns are available in a variety of colors. Sherman says he wholesales broadly throughout the US, and in New Hampshire there are at least 20 shops that carry his goods. The New Year will see the line expanded with more designs and yarn types. Pillows stuffed with a soft downy material will be designed to match the throws — especially good news to Sherman’s loyal customers. This past November Sherman sent about 500 throws to California to help those who lost everything in the wildfires. NH

The looms are still running in Suncook.

Bedford Collections is located in a historic mill building.

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Bedford Collections Suncook/Allenstown Purchase online or find local retail outlets (800) 242-1537

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t’s hard to believe there exists a mill building in New Hampshire that hasn’t been converted into an art gallery, restaurant or residence, but Bedford Collections/Kennebunk Home is keeping to its 1880s mill building’s roots by continuing to weave fabric — there’s even a water turbine that still generates power. After leaving the family business, Kennebunk Throws (later renamed Kennebunk Home) owner Richard Sherman started Bedford Cottage, which he developed using imported products. Coming back full circle, he eventually combined both businesses under the name Bedford Collections. His father Edward Sherman purchased the mill building in Suncook in the late 1960s and produced yarn and throws woven onsite. Recently, the yarn production was outsourced, but the weaving of throws and materials for pillows continues on.

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The ballot — for food and drink PLUS shops, services and entertainment — is open from January 15 to March 15. Vote for your favorites in all categories now! Voting takes place online only. Visit to cast your vote. Save the date for the annual Best of NH Party! June 27 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium Visit for details. Best of NH Party sponsored by: Primary Mark 4 Color



The Winter Crop Ice harvesting was once big business BY MARSHALL HUDSON


was in the archives at Canterbury Shaker Village reading some old journals when I spotted an entry that stopped me cold: “January 12, 1886: Get in the ice which is 15 inches thick and mercury 16 degrees below zero. Two of the hired men froze their ears.” The journal entry for the previous day indicated that the Brethren had plowed the snow off the ice when the mercury was much warmer, only 12 below zero. Hardy New Englanders have been harvesting ice since the late 1700s, but men must have been tougher then; when the temperature is 16 below, I just want to hug my woodstove — not go out and freeze my ears off. Archive records reveal that after Christmas, the Shakers started documenting the temperature drop and the ice thickness, measuring it daily and waiting for the conditions to be right for their annual ice harvest. Harvesting required waiting until

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approximately a foot of ice had formed on the water surface. If they harvested too soon, the ice would be thin. Anything less than 8 inches would melt too quickly during transportation to far-flung locations. For the ice to last throughout the heat of the summer, it had to be at least 10 inches thick. To be able to hold a horse without breaking, 10 inches or more was desired. But waiting too late into the season meant that there might not be enough winter left for refreezing and a second crop. It wasn’t only the Shakers who harvested ice. This was a routine winter chore for many New Hampshire farmers, and a profession for ice vendors. For both farmers and Shakers, a surplus of quality ice meant an alternate source of cash when special ice trains headed south out of New Hampshire in the heat of summer, carrying ice to the big cities. Ice was kept stowed away in insulated icehouses until it was sold or used

for preserving food on the farm itself. As the first crop of the calendar year, a good ice harvest could set the tone for the upcoming year, ensuring there was sufficient ice to preserve the raised meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables throughout the summer, and also for special summertime treats like hand-cranked ice cream. Ice harvesting was labor-intensive, requiring several capable men and usually a horse or two in the days before gas-powered equipment. Plowing the snow off the ice was the first step in a carefully timed ritual that required anticipating weather before there were professional forecasters. Clearing the snow away too early meant that it would have to be done again if another snowstorm hit, but waiting too long meant that the quality of the ice would suffer. Because snow on top of the ice slows freezing, it was cleared from the surface before the ice could be cut. Horses plowed the snow off of the pond a day or two before the ice was harvested to thicken the ice and clean away the top layer of granular snow ice, which was less desirable. Snow ice melted more quickly and wouldn’t last into the heat of summer. Natural deep-pond ice has fewer air bubbles and melted more slowly. After the snow was removed, the surface would be marked out for the desired size ice “cakes.” Men measured grids on the ice, marking lines parallel and perpendicular across the pond. Roughly 22 by 36 inches was the desired cake size, but bigger or smaller blocks were also cut depending on the ice thickness, pond size and local storage facility requirements. Special horse-pulled ice plows scored grooves into the surface of the ice in the checkerboard pattern that had been laid out. Horses wore special caulked horseshoes to give them extra traction on slippery ice and men sometimes wore spiked boots. The next step in the process was to saw through some of the scored grooves with

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The heavy ice blocks were difficult to move multiple times, so icehouses were built right on the shore. Blocks were pushed from the water onto a ramp and then into the house.



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Above and left: The Rockywold Deephaven Camps ice harvest on Squam Lake is the real deal. The resulting blocks are used all summer long in the camp’s guest cottages.

a handsaw to free large ice floats, which formed an open channel down the middle of the pond. Teams of men using ice saws followed the grooves, sawing the floats into free-floating icebergs. The ice saw looks similar to a two-man crosscut saw, so the joke played on the new guy was that they would flip a penny to see which man would have the end on top of the ice, and which man would be on the opposite end of the saw — below the ice. When the large floats were cut free, heavy iron breaking-off bars or forks were used to jab and pry the scored but unsawn blocks apart, and to break down the floats into individual ice cakes. When done by an experienced person, breaking the blocks off of the larger floats looked as easy as snapping a square off of a segmented candy bar. Using long-handled hooked poles, the individual squares were then floated into the open channel where they bobbed in place, waiting to be pushed and pulled down the channel and up a chute, landing in either an icehouse or onto a wagon to be hauled away. The work was dangerous, not only because of frostbite and hypothermia,

but wet and slippery ice meant falls near open water. Ice cakes weighing as much as 300 pounds sometimes got away, careening backward down the chute, breaking ankles or sending men sprawling. Handling cold iron tools in sub-zero temperatures meant that even with the best of gloves numb fingers were the norm. Harvested ice was then stored in an icehouse that was ideally built into a shady valley or side hill beneath thick softwood trees. It had to be close enough to the pond so that the ice could be slid directly into it, thereby avoiding the need to be loaded onto a wagon, trucked, unloaded and handled a few extra times. Icehouses were customarily built with a layer of sawdust between double exterior walls to act as insulation for keeping the cold inside and the summer heat outside. The more tightly the ice was packed, the longer it lasted. When the icehouse was full, the blocks were covered with a foot-thick layer of sawdust to further insulate against the summer heat. A poorly constructed icehouse could mean a complete loss of your winter crop, and your labor would amount to nothing, as one journal entry indicates: “August 29, 1877: Harvest of ice exhausted on account of defect in icehouse.” As the ice harvesting business grew, it became more common for the average homeowner to have iceboxes in the home. By the end of the 1800s, many Americans

stored their perishable food in an insulated icebox usually made of wood and lined with tin or zinc. A block of ice was placed inside to keep the icebox cooled. In the 1930s, many Americans began giving up their iceboxes filled with melting ice for newly affordable electric refrigerators, which allowed for more space and more longevity for leftover foods. Refrigerator sales grew as rural electricity expanded and homeowners made the switch to electric. As refrigeration grew, the ice industry melted away. There are still a few places in New Hampshire where the mostly forgotten ice harvest can be experienced as an old-time tradition, demonstration or as an excuse for a winter party. If you ever have an opportunity to participate getting the ice in, take it. It is a unique experience and good excuse to get outside in the middle of winter, but wear a warm hat — you don’t want to freeze your ears off. NH

Experience It

Ice Harvest and Winter Carnival

February 16 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This winter festival includes the chance to participate in ice harvesting, as well as antique snowmobile rides, tours, live music and more. Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm 58 Cleveland Hill Rd., Tamworth Village (603) 323-7591

Ice Day

January 20 from 9 a.m. until the ice is in Rain date February 3 Held on Kezar Lake, you can watch the ice harvest and then warm up in the historic Ryder Corner Schoolhouse with hot drinks and soup. Muster Field Farm Museum Harvey Rd., North Sutton (603) 927-4276

Rockywold Deephaven Camps Annual Ice Harvest

As ice from this weeklong harvest will be used during the summer for the camp’s guest cottages (each comes with a traditional icebox), the harvest occurs when the ice is at the right thickness, usually sometime from mid-January to mid-February. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates or give them a call. The location can change as well — either at RDC or Squaw Cove (both are on Squam Lake). Both also have parking, though it’s much more limited at the Squaw Cove location. Learn more about how RDC keeps this tradition alive at 18 Bacon Rd., Holderness (603) 968-3313, | January 2019




Weed Warrior Photo by David Mendelsohn, Interview by Rick Broussard

Rick Naya dresses as a colorful crusader when he attends festivals, some he helps host, to spark the growing interest in high-quality pot, but he takes things seriously when he’s in Concord, speaking for thousands of NH cannabis users, both medical and recreational, who can’t speak publicly without risking jobs or status. He’s spent the last 15 years as one of the chief advocates for “wise legalization” and says he’s never made a dime for his efforts. He sees it all as a personal calling and a joy.

I’m called the great-grandfather of hybrid American cannabis. In the ’70s, I was growing some Columbian. A friend came back with some ounces of Hawaiian and two seeds popped out. I planted them the following year and the Columbian cross-bred with the Hawaiian. We planted those seeds and it became the Gainesville Green. The very first American hybrid. That original has diverged into so many of the breeds we know about in the world today. It’s now my calling to be a warrior to protect cannabis and bring it to an industry that’s respectable. We got rid of lots of people who were bad prohibitionists [in the election] this year. In the state’s “Cannabis” Commission, that word is there because I fought to keep the invented word “marijuana” away. It’s not its name, it’s not clinical — it’s discriminatory and racist. We’re going to say no to out-of-state cannabis. We want to be growing and exporting. It’s the only way we can protect our interests.

We’ve already extorted our citizens long enough in our failed drug war. We will have removed the long arm of injustice to minorities and citizens ruled by a lie created by greed. I will not let them down and won’t stop until we all know we are experiencing true liberty for the first time in our lives. What I love most about NH is the feeling of nature, old-time America, the steepled churches and squares. I love New England for its conservative, loving, giving people. I would love to debate Sununu on any topic as long as we could have a debate of cannabis. I would sweep him under the rug. I made a vow to my son that I would never cut my hair until they legalize it. Then I’ll hold an event in downtown Concord and have my son cut my hair and prove my commitment was not just for a day or a week. It was my life. I’ve done this for the sense of humanity that we should be sharing with our state to truly live by our motto, which is to live free.

Naya, executive director of NH NORML, is a celebrity at cannabis festivals and “cups” (competitions where various strains are judged) and he often wears this necklace of painted clothespins — each one “pinned” to him by a friend or admirer. “It’s a festival tradition,” says Naya. “They are just sharing the love.” Naya personally operates the NH Cannabis Freedom Festival and the NH Freedom Cup and Bake-off. He also owns A Newer NH — a New Hampshire cannabis company and farmers’ collective that’s anticipating the day weed becomes legal in the Granite State. (Thanks and a tip of the Transcript Top Hat to the folks at Concord’s NY Smoke and Vape for the loan of that impressive-looking bong.) | January 2019


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Trail’s End Pond Hockey A rowdy band of adventurers sets out for a spirited game of ice hockey at zero degrees in the middle of nowhere. Why? Because they can. By Jay Atkinson, Photos by Joe Klementovich

Ryan Swan (“Swanny”) was in charge of hauling the hockey sticks back to the cars after a day spent playing hockey on Pudding Pond in North Conway. | January 2019


ero degrees at the Pudding Pond trailhead, and Jason Massa is smiling like he’s just won the Irish Sweepstakes. Mack Martin and I get out of the car, also grinning like idiots, and I wrap up Jason in a bear hug. Like most of today’s crew, Jason is a longtime rugby teammate and frequent participant in our DIY adventures, which are dedicated to exploring the wilderness without asking permission or paying any fees (see sidebar on The Explorers, page 44). As our friends begin to arrive, Jason lashes a snow shovel to his backpack and adjusts his snowshoes. “It’s really not that cold,” I say, extracting our gear from my trunk. Jason takes up his hockey stick. “I was more optimistic about the Shackleton expedition,” he says. Photographer Joe Klementovich, who scouted locations for our snowshoe trek and hockey tournament, chose North Conway’s Pudding Pond because of the expected cold temperatures. The narrow 22-acre pond has a remote feel, yet it’s close to local medical facilities. (An important consideration, since rugby players can turn miniature golf into a dangerous activity.) Situated on town conservation land, Pudding Pond is adjacent to the 5,500-acre Green Hills Preserve, which includes Black Cap, Peaked and Middle mountains. A squiggly, 2-mile loop trail carves through a forest of beech, oak, spruce and white pine, the fresh snow trampled by a single hiker wearing snowshoes. I say a quick prayer and make the sign of the cross, and Mack Martin and I hoist our packs and follow the others along the trail and into the woods. The son of an old college buddy, Mack has flown up from Virginia to experience the New Hampshire winter for the first time. The day he arrived, Mack and I went fat biking at Parker Mountain with Dave Harkless of Littleton Bike & Fitness. Descending the steep, gnarly single track, Harkless offered some advice — “Look where you want to go, not where you don’t want to go”— that seemed to have wider implications. The next morning, Joe Klementovich took us ice climbing on Cathedral Ledge, where Mack excelled and I improved somewhat on my previous efforts. Afterward, we drove to the Wildcat Inn & Tavern in Jackson for a beer with owner Stew Dunlop, an old rugby friend, his manager, Sue Holt, Joe, and local climbing legend, Thom Pollard, who sum38 | January 2019

mited Mount Everest in 2016. At 6' 1" and 220 pounds, Stew is a broad-shouldered, quick-witted raconteur, traits that serve him well on the rugby pitch, where he’ll joke around before knocking you flat. As the evening wore on, Stew decided that Thom, who’s in his mid 50s, should make his rugby debut at the Old Man of the Mountain Rugby Tournament, held in Franconia in June. My friends and I have all played in the tournament, since our home club, Amoskeag RFC of Manchester, New Hampshire, is the host. Soon Stew was lecturing Thom about his “golden opportunity” to play in the tournament. An elite climber, Thom is strong and wiry, with a well-deserved reputation

Using snowshoes, the group hikes into North Conway’s Pudding Pond for a remote game of ice hockey.

for superior fitness. But playing rugby with absolutely no training is like skydiving with an old umbrella. Amidst the din of the tavern, I leaned over to Thom, saying, “This is like some guy telling you he’s gonna climb Everest — after six martinis.” Thom laughed, nodding his head. But Stew herded our group into the lobby, where startled passersby were treated to a mini-scrum on the hardwood floor. When Thom was invited to join in, the mountaineer feigned a look of terror and ran over and leaped into his girlfriend Kristin’s arms, and our laughter echoed along the hallway. On winter afternoons when I was growing up, my friends and I would grab our hockey equipment after school, heading for one of the nearby ponds. We’d play until it grew dark, and then I’d skate home over the rutted icy street and my mother would spread newspapers on the floor so I could have dinner without taking off my skates. Then I’d go back out and play another game in the bluish glow of the moon. On weekends, we’d rise early, load our

hockey gear onto sleds, and tramp through the woods to World’s End Pond in Salem, New Hampshire. There was something invigorating about the sharp air, steep blue sky, and the echo of sticks and pucks against the snow-padded hillside. When my childhood buddies and I wanted to play hockey, we walked a couple blocks to Lynch’s Swamp. For today’s game, my rugby pals cut out of work early, converging on Pudding Pond from several directions. My old University of Florida teammate, “Surfer” John Hearin, an ex-Marine, along with his wife, Stephanie Testa, who owns a yoga studio, flew in from Cocoa Beach, Florida. Mike Zizza and his daughters, Sofia, 22, and Anna, 20, both students at the University of South Carolina, left Wenham, Massachusetts, for the drive to North Conway at 5 a.m. Of greater concern is the blizzard raging across the Midwest, stranding “guest star” Ryan Swan overnight at the Detroit airport on his flight from Billings, Montana. Beyond that, my principal co-conspirator, Chris Pierce, who operates on “Piercey time,” has yet to appear with his wife, Tanya. Sometimes I feel like the parole officer for a bunch of unruly jailbirds, sprung from the prison of adult life. They’re all accomplished professionals, but strap a pair of skates, cleats or crampons on their feet and they act like James Dean in “Rebel Without a Clue.” Certainly, the most daunting aspect of being a grownup is the logistics. You’ve got to be a seasoned tactician just to have a little fun. Laughing and joking, we hike a mile to the empty, windswept pond, which is hemmed in by fir trees. A dome of bluish-gray clouds arches overhead, the ghost of a sun dropping toward the horizon. It’s a vast winter playground, partitioned off from the rest of the world, and we have it all to ourselves. Shortly after we arrive, Piercey and his wife Tanya emerge from the tree line, pushing their fat bikes through the newly fallen snow. After choosing a spot to play hockey, the group moves to a low-lying dell beneath the trees to unpack our gear and start a fire. A compactly built, vigorous fellow, Jason Massa is famous for his preparedness — as well as his habit of reminding everyone about it. Jason’s pack contains a first aid kit, hockey skates, micro spikes, spare socks, mittens and down jacket, a Jet Boil stove, a multi-tool, homemade energy bars, a Thermos of hot coffee, a turbo lighter that resembles a blow torch, and a bagful of dryer lint for tinder.

Pudding Pond on a day when most people are snuggled up by the fireplace — inside

Peering into Jason’s backpack, I say, “Where’s the little car all the clowns are gonna come out of?”’ But the truth is, I’m relying on Jason’s outdoor experience, just as I am with everyone else. In a way, the bitter cold has lengthened the distance from the pond back to the trailhead, since frigid weather increases the possibility that something can go wrong. When the temperature drops to -8, even a sprained ankle or wet feet can lead to major problems. It’s better to have too much materiel than not enough. The air is so cold you can break it into chunks with a hockey stick. We have 11 players but only three shovels — a fact that Piercey keeps bringing up — and we need to clear the ice, pronto. I’m reminded of the old pond hockey adage of my youth — If you don’t shovel, you can’t play. After doing his share, Piercey races back to the trailhead to look for Ryan Swan. The last time I saw Swanny, we played rugby in Philly; and two years before that, he, Piercey and I played for the Billings Bulls in a tournament in Missoula, Montana. We won in Philadelphia, and finished first in the Montana tournament. On both occasions, I couldn’t stop laughing. A wry-tempered hero of the True West, Swanny, 43, is a raw-boned, easy-going

The crew getting laced up and sticks ready for some pond hockey

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A large fire was built to fight off the chill of a cold winter day on the pond

fellow, a former two-sport college athlete with a touch of high lonesome in his voice. Among his other qualities, Swanny has a knack for inserting sly comments beneath Piercey’s blustery pronouncements. Together, they’re like a couple of vaudevillians. Conditions vary, and you must be flexible, especially in winter. Within an hour, we’ve

cleared a sheet of ice about 70 feet long and 50 feet wide. Eager to get started, Anna and Sofia lace up their skates and take a turn about our makeshift rink, joined by Tanya, Mike and Jason. But after 15 minutes, the ice turns granular and choppy, so we switch back into our hiking boots and choose up sides. A hundred yards away, two figures emerge from the trees, running in snowshoes over the track we’ve created, whooping and making animal noises. It’s like a scene from “Last of the Mohicans.” Piercey’s out front, and just behind, wearing a fur trapper’s hat and a lopsided grin, Swanny waves his arm and I drop my hockey stick and go running through the knee-deep snow. Instantly, I’m transported back to my freshman year at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. This was long before the internet, when you wrote letters to stay in touch with the people you loved. The night I arrived home for Christmas, the sky glittered with stars, and as I came through our snowbound yard, my sporting pals, Rick Angus and Glenn Gallant, who loom over all my contemporary adventures, burst from the house and ran toward me. “Mother!” cried Rick, and he and Glenn tackled me into a snowdrift. Piercey says there’s a part of your brain

that thrives in the wilderness — in the sort of cold, hazardous conditions we currently found ourselves in. And that part of my brain is singing when I charge at Swanny, both of us laughing. “What took you so long?” I ask. “All flights into Pudding Pond airport were cancelled,” says Swanny. On the ice, Jason throws all the hockey sticks into a pile. He begins rummaging around, mixing them up. “Gotta shuffle the deck,” he says. Then Jason thrusts half of the sticks to his left, and the other half to the right. Each player retrieves his or her stick, and the teams are selected. Immediately, Piercey begins his sidewalk lawyering, insisting that we have “all the hockey players” and thus an unfair advantage, etc. But now that we’re off our skates, cardiovascular fitness and good hands are more important than hockey skill. Besides, they have Tanya, a former Division III first-team all-American in soccer at Ithaca College; Mike Zizza, a rugby stalwart who’s at the gym by 4:45 every morning; and Piercey, who thinks of himself as the “Master of All Sports,” as my old hockey teammate, Rick Angus, used to say. It’s true that Jason, Swanny and I are hockey players and skate regularly. Further-

more, Surfer and I have played together in a hundred rugby matches, gone whitewater rafting in the Swiss Alps and running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. But on the ice, my old roommate is like a drunken toreador swinging wildly at a piñata, resulting in hard falls that make him a good candidate for orthopedic surgery.

Despite the bitter cold, having to shovel 12 to 14 inches of snow off the ice, and somewhat poor conditions, there were still plenty of post-game smiles.

Also, Piercey’s team has a wild card that can’t be overlooked. James McHugh “Mack” Martin, is studying in the premed program at the University of Virginia. Mack’s late father, Lt. Colonel Ron Martin, USMC, was an accomplished athlete and outdoorsman. Mack’s trip to New Hampshire is an oppor-

tunity to connect with his Dad’s home state, and with me, one of his father’s close friends. Highly sought-after as a high school athlete, Mack decided not to play football at Columbia University to stay close to his mother, Julie, a physician, and two siblings, Julija, 16, and Ron Jr., 11. Growing up in Hawaii, Mack never got the chance to try hockey, though I played on a team with his dad in Nova Scotia. Ron Martin was a tough, smooth skating forward, matching his skill as a linebacker and captain of Acadia’s national championship football team. As soon as the game starts, and the ice becomes dotted with little tufts of snow, Mack’s quick hands and vision, born of his experience playing lacrosse, creates a big headache for our team. The darned kid isn’t easy to fool with a head fake or misdirected pass, and never seems to get tired. Even after shoveling and running around, I have to wear a facemask to keep my jaw from going numb, my breath echoing wildly in my ears. In our second game up to 5, Piercey’s squad is ahead 3-2. Of course, in every sport we play, there’s the element of “Piercey’s Rules,” an ever-shifting, inscrutable mass of regulations and exceptions more difficult to grasp than the Code of Hammurabi — in the original Babylonian. For example, if we lift the puck off the

The Zizza sisters facing off, Sofia versus Anna, with dad, Mike, dropping the puck | January 2019


ice, however slightly, and it goes between the two snowshoes we’re using for a goal, it’s ruled out. (That occurred when I foolishly thought I’d tied the score.) But when Piercey’s shot hits a chunk of ice, bounces into the air, and floats between the snowshoes, it’s a goal. It’s all very enlightening. As we play on, the air hovering over the little rink is charged with an aura of glowing particles. This strange phosphorescence hovers over the ice as the woods grow dark and the wind combs through the trees, plowing up twisters of snow that cross the pond, rising 30 and 40 feet in the air. As the others dart back and forth, handling the puck and calling to one another, the sound fades away and I gaze around for a moment. In a little hollow beneath the trees, the silhouettes of our companions mark the campfire, the wood smoke drifting across the pond. It strikes me that I’m right where I belong, with people I know and trust and who trust me. It feels like heaven. By the third game it’s full contact, with bodies crashing into the deep snow amidst gales of laughter. Of course, with the rugby crowd, this always happens. Blond-haired and small in stature, Tanya has the angelic looks and superhuman strength of a woodland fairy. She’s agile and quick, with a tap dancer’s footwork and a low center of gravity. Tanya can get under your hips for leverage — and under your skin with her little asides, which are, no doubt, the product of her ultra-competitive family tree. Earlier, by the fire, Surfer and Tanya had a lengthy discussion about a particularly radioactive curse word, one that is socially unacceptable in North America, but which Aussies and Kiwis use as a term of affection. Every time that word came from Tanya’s sweet, innocent face, I laughed out loud. With the game in the balance, Tanya digs at my feet for a loose puck while I’m trying to control it, so I push her over a snowbank. As she goes sprawling, Tanya accuses me of something that often leads to federal prison, and everyone laughs. Piercey smiles at me. “Retribution’s gonna be a bitch,” he says. With my stick slung across my hips, I say, “You’re in my world now, big guy.” OK, so Piercey knocks me down. Three times. But when he’s scrambling for a loose puck in front of our goal, I pile into him and we go over in a heap. They score another goal to win the game 5-3. With the wind chill increasing and long blue shadows creeping across the landscape, 42 | January 2019

Piercey declares the DIY Pond Hockey Tournament complete, and begins preparing for the medal ceremony. But I’ve kicked around my share of hockey rinks and playing fields too. As the others gather their stuff and head for the fire, I hearken back to the days of Hobey Baker, St. Paul’s School and the Lafayette Escadrille, using my knowledge of parliamentary procedure to neutralize any counterargument that Piercey might file with the International Court of Unregulated Outdoor Events. “Next goal wins!” I shout. The other team groans, starting back toward the cleared space of the rink. Leaning on his stick, Swanny says, “You know why we get along? You’re a positive thinker.” “Wistful cynic,” I say, with a shrug. We’re all eyeballing each other and smiling, but the chatter dies away on the wind. With the ragged, uneven ice, the game becomes a matter of geometry. You have to spread out the defenders, your attackers forming a triangle. A couple minutes into the game, I gain control of the puck in our end. Swanny is 30 feet away on the left side of the ice, and Jason’s in the far right corner. I swing right, away from Swanny, and as soon as Mike and Piercey turn to cover my move, Swanny breaks down the left wing and I zip a pass behind the heels of the pivoting defenders. Jason darts toward the goal, and without stopping the puck, Swanny chips it through the loose snow and Jason bangs it home. Trash-talking over his shoulder, Piercey heads for the campfire. “Even Bobby Orr’s flying-through-the-air goal wouldn’t shut him up,” says Jason, when I shake his hand. Swanny claps me on the shoulder. “Sweet dish, brother,” he says. The players, insulting each other and laughing, head off the ice toward the fire glowing beneath the pines. Darkness is crowding in, sifting down through the trees like a fine gray powder. Backpacks hang from various tree branches, and just as people are testing their headlamps and busying themselves for the hike out, Surfer calls for everyone to gather around. “Take up your beverage of choice,” Surfer says. “Thank you for the first pond hockey game I ever played in — and, most likely, the last. Great time!” We raise our beers, water bottles and Thermoses, and a loud cheer from the assembly echoes over Pudding Pond. “Wait till the Spring DIY,” I say to Swanny. “Surfer’s gonna need his own paramedics.” NH

Seal of Adventure

New Hampshire is famous for its wild outdoors. Tourism folks will say we’ve got it all, and who are we to argue? But what’s essential to any true adventure is something more than mere mountains, trails and ponds (wet or frozen). Adventure is best shared with like-minded folks who can remember details of your triumphs and your failures — and remind you about them later.

That’s where “The Explorers” come in. This tight-knit but ever-morphing gang of adventurers is led by our writer-photographer team of Jay Atkinson (right, above) and Joe Klementovich (left), and each person they enlist for their creative treks adds something to the success of the outing and the fun of the retelling. Keep that in mind when inviting friends on your next wilderness hike. We’ve got plans for The Explorers going forward with a year’s worth of their explorations to share and some add-ons (like video clips and advice on gear and getting in shape). Previous installments of their adventures will be linked at the end of the online version of this story, so like any great exploration, one step into the wilderness can easily lead to another — and another. And never forget, fortes fortuna iuvat!

Black Ice Hockey

photo by kathie fife


All the thrills of a highway spinout with much less personal danger

New Hampshire’s love for outdoor hockey dates back to the late 1800s at St. Paul’s School in Concord.

Not everyone is up for hiking into the wilderness to play hockey. For that matter, maybe you’ve never even laced up a pair of skates. For those who’d much rather play the role of spectator — and at a venue to which you can drive, no less — there’s Concord’s Black Ice Pond

Hockey Championship (January 24-27) and the New England Pond Hockey Classic in Meredith (February 1-3). These two major tournaments, and the enthusiasm for outdoor hockey in general, tap into a rich tradition here in New Hampshire. It’s said that the first hockey game in the US was played on November 17, 1883, on the Lower Pond at St. Paul’s School in Concord. Both tournaments draw teams from all over and the competition is fierce (though it’s all in good fun). So what’s the deal with pond hockey? How is it different from games played in the relative warmth of an indoor ice arena? For one, pond hockey is played on a smaller surface, meaning the pace — which is already pretty fast — gets even faster. Though, with smaller teams, it’s not crowded at all. In fact, it means that the game is actually much more open (and perhaps more challenging) with more passing, especially since there are no boards. There’s also something to be said for the old-fashioned feel of it all before fancy arenas and Zambonis. For every kid who raced outdoors to join friends for spontaneous pick-up games, there’s also the sense of nostalgia and the chance to indulge your inner child. The Black Ice Championship is also a winter festival with various events happening throughout the four days. It’s one of the largest outdoor winter events in the state, hosting 98 teams and about 700 hockey players. It takes place in White Park, and there is a shuttle service to nearby parking areas. Visit for more information. Teams from all over North America travel to Meredith for the New England Pond Hockey Classic, which is celebrating 10 years in 2019. You can find more information at — By Erica Thoits

The New England Pond Hockey Classic in Meredith | January 2019


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SURRO One cannabis advocate calls New Hampshire “an island of prohibition in a sea of legalization.” To others, we’re a pocket of sanity in a world of reefer madness. Most people are still just trying to figure it all out, so we’ve invited local folks with strong positions to roll them up and pass them along. Compiled by Rick Broussard | January 2019


Green in All Directions

Over the past few years, the road to recreational marijuana has been smooth sailing for northern New Englanders (and our Canadian friends). For curious Granite Staters here in the Live Free But Don’t Try It State, here’s a guide to how our neighbors’ laws are shaping up. In 2018, Vermont became the first state to allow the possession, cultivation and recreational consumption of marijuana through a state legislature. Adults (21+) are permitted to possess up to one ounce of cannabis, two mature and four immature plants. Lawbreakers face fines up to $500 and jail time. It’s OK to use it in homes or rented apartments, with landowner’s permission, and outside, but not in public or within view. If you cultivate two mature plants that produce over one ounce of marijuana, Act 86 states that you’re legally allowed to keep whatever you harvest, as long as it’s kept in a secure place where it was grown. However, Act 86 deals with the possession of marijuana, not the sale. If you are caught selling, you are subject to prison time and a fine up to $10,000. Crossing state lines is a federal offense, and driving under the influence holds the same standards as a DUI.

Massachusetts There are two recently opened recreational dispensaries in Leicester and Northampton, where those 21 years or older can purchase up to one ounce of marijuana. They can keep 10 ounces inside of their residence, while cultivating up to six plants with a maximum of 12 per household. Although legal to consume, usage is confined to that of private residences. Massachusetts doesn’t require a minimum amount to be in your system to prove impairment, so any consumption can result in an DUI. Adults can carry around up to one ounce of cannabis, though exporting remains illegal.

Maine Since November of 2016, recreational use of marijuana has been legal all across the Pine Tree State. Adults (21+) can legally possess and farm up to two and half ounces of marijuana, six flowering plants and 12 immature plants. 46 | January 2019

Users will be able to purchase up to the legal amount at recreational dispensaries, and it can be consumed and cultivated on private property and out of view. Lawbreakers face a civil violation with a fine of up to $100. Driving under the influence will result in a DUI. Although transporting is legal, exporting cannabis is not.

Canada Though subject to provincial and territorial restrictions and guidelines, adults (18+) are within their rights to possess up to one ounce of marijuana in public. Selling is illegal, but sharing up to one ounce with other adults is permissible, and purchasing from a licensed retailer is allowed. For territories without licensed retailers, cannabis can be purchased online from federally licensed producers. In most provinces, adults are allowed to possess four flowering plants per household and are able to travel with cannabis from province to province. Consumers are even permitted to travel while flying internationally carrying one ounce. Possession over the limit could result anywhere from a ticket to 5 years in jail and exporting internationally can result in a sentence of up to 14 years.

New Hampshire New Hampshire authorized medical marijuana in 2013 and in 2017 decriminalized the substance for adults (18+). Punishable by a $100 fine for the first two offenses, possession of three-quarters of an ounce has been reduced to a civil violation. Operating a vehicle under the influence is prohibited and transporting a Schedule 1 substance (which weed still is) across a state border is a federal crime. Although decriminalization keeps local users out of jail, it’s safe to assume there is now a watchful eye on those passing in and out of state to get their hands on legal cannabis. by Blake Wasson

photo by steven bullock


Not only is our state surrounded by places where weed is legal, each of us is surrounded by people who have made their decisions on the substance, pro or con, and their convictions affect their lives in a variety of ways. Here are a few of those people and their opinions.

FULL DISCLOSURE: This is an actual photo of the editor of New Hampshire Magazine taken back in the mid-1970s. He’s cleaned up his act since then, but still has stories to tell. To learn more about his sordid and illegal past, read his “Editor’s Note” on page 4.

I’m My Mom’s Connection. By Jim Roach

During a trip to my mom’s doctor trying to deal with her pain level, he brought up the “suggestion.” Her doctor stated, “Up until a month ago I would never have thought of suggesting this, but another patient of mine has had wonderful results. Have you considered medical marijuana?” To that my 90-year-old mother replied, “If it works, give me the wacky weed!” So starts the adventure to become my mom’s “connection.” Just to be clear, I’m not growing the stuff in the woods of New Boston. I just knew I needed to help. Mom lives in Massachusetts where medical marijuana is legal. First step was to reach out to a medical facility that specializes in medical marijuana. The office looked like a cross between a former yoga studio and a college dorm. The staff was nice and very willing to help. Their doctor even offered to go out to my car to meet and interview my mom. Mom, the nonagenarian, sat in my little 5-speed, wearing wraparound dark sunglasses, looking like an extra from “Breaking Bad.” The doctor said $200 and she could apply for her medical marijuana card through the state of Massachusetts. With that card you can buy from a dispensary. I just had to go online to enter her information and scan

in her ID with a picture. Three weeks later, she was turned down by the state because her driver’s license has expired. “She’s 90, can’t see over the dashboard, uses a walker because her knees don’t work, and is in a ton of pain!” I explained to the less-than-caring state worker. “She needs a valid ID. Rules are rules” was her retort. OK, this was going to take longer than expected, and I needed to act. My mom is a strong-willed woman and the last thing I wanted to do was let her down when she yells, “Where are the goofy drugs?” Plus, I’m still afraid of her. I know a guy. So, I made a call. Got some product and did what every good son would do. I Googled it. “How to make a cannabis salve?” I found a couple of YouTube videos and did my research. I learned about “shake” (ground-up weed you bake at a low temperature), CBD (makes you sleepy and helps with anxiety) and THC. OK, I knew about THC. That’s the part that got me high before the semi-formal high school dance with the young ladies from the private school who had a joint rolled in strawberry rolling papers. Yup, eight kids in sky-blue, canary-yellow and limegreen fancy outfits hanging out in the alley behind the local second-run movie theater passing around a doobie. Oh, and we got

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Dear Pot Law Voters,

I present this note for your consideration. First, let me say, I am not a pot guy. Never been one. I’ve only partaken of the herb a few times at college and it never took. But, after spending a week in Denver recently, I have a newfound appreciation for the ancillary benefits of the legalization of marijuana. No, I’m not talking about helping those with chronic diseases, or boosting the economy with tax revenue. I’m now pro-pot for a much more selfish reason. I love to eat. And the city of Denver, where the pot policies are some of the United States’ most tolerant, has the best late-night food scene in the

caught by a local law enforcement officer. Gee, wonder why he followed this group of well-dressed young men and women into the trash-covered, unlit, local wino hangout? Silly us. I got the “stuff,” baked the herb, melted the coconut oil and the beeswax, simmered the concoction and strained the mess into Better Than Bouillon and Smucker’s Jam jars. I did all this while alone in the house. Apparently, it was a great move on my part. My wife came home and thought she walked into a Grateful Dead concert. “What the hell is that smell?” Opened the doors, windows, plugged in fans and sprayed the whole house with very expensive essential oils. I was able to deliver the Magic Lotion to my mom that weekend. It worked. She was able to back off on her very powerful opiates and the lidocaine patches by using my Kitchen Creation. Later, we got some state-endorsed lotion, but she liked mine better. So back into the kitchen I went. It’s amazing how life comes full circle. I was able to help the woman who gave birth to me, taught me right from wrong and raised me. I was also able to say to my mom, “Hey, Ma, remember when you and dad found my concert kit?” (It was a little plastic case with rolling papers, roach clip and a little pipe.) “You know, when you ‘accidentally’ bumped into my full-length leather jacket in the back of my closet behind my hockey gear. Remember that?” Let’s just say I was not a pothead. I was a Future Medical Chemist. Jim Roach of Manchester is president of JJR Productions and Entertainment.

country, which is good news for a stand-up comic with sweet tooth and a late-night schedule. Blueberry-banana-coconut-mango pancakes at 2 a.m.? Done. Candied-chicken and maple-bacon pizza? I found a place. Thanksgiving burrito? Brilliant! Stoner chefs are the Orville and Wilbur of the griddle. Pioneers. Dreamers. Innovators. And they are thriving in Denver where the voters said yes to pot and yes to “Would you like chocolate chips on top of that?” So remember, when the pot vote comes to your town, vote with your tastebuds. (That pun was intended.) Vote yes for pot. Sincerely, Jimmy Dunn, Hampton actor and comedian | January 2019


Kate Frey and her daughters

There is no doubt that New Hampshire is a beautiful state in which to raise a family. I’m proud to bring up my daughters here and instill them with Granite State values — community, prosperity and self-reliance. As adults in New Hampshire, it is important that we are all focused on stewarding our next generation with these values, and creating public policies that support our children and give them the tools they need to succeed. Marijuana legalization and commercialization is not a policy that would promote healthy youth. By permitting commercial sales, marijuana legalization would open our state to the Big Marijuana industry, which, like Big Tobacco before, would come into our beautiful state and advertise this harmful substance to our children. Our brains are developing through our mid-20s. Using harmful substances like marijuana during critical developmental years can negatively impact brain development and lead to poor life outcomes, which can include use of substances later in life. The Granite State already has some of the highest rates of substance misuse in the country. We have an overwhelming opiate epidemic, and rank No. 1 in the nation for overdose deaths due to fentanyl. Addiction is ravaging our state. 48 | January 2019

The data also shows that New Hampshire already has an exceptionally low perception of harm by our youth when it comes to marijuana use. In 2015, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, just 18 percent of our high schoolers believed that people were at risk of harming themselves if they used marijuana once or twice a week. Public health researchers have long explained the relationship between “perceived risk of harm” from drug use and increased rates of use. That means that if kids don’t think a drug will harm them, they will be more likely to use it. Given the evidence for impairment during a key stage of cognitive and social development, we need to do all we can to improve our young people’s understanding of the risks associated with marijuana use. Commercializing harmful marijuana now, especially during an already overwhelming addiction epidemic, will send the message to our kids that substance use is not a big deal. As a mother, I know that I want the best for my children. As a Granite Stater, I want the best for all of New Hampshire’s children. That’s why I cannot condone the legalization and commercialization of marijuana. Kate Frey Vice President of Advocacy New Futures

On Weed by Juston McKinney

My feeling is that this whole legal marijuana thing is gonna create a huge headache and the only way to make it go away will be by using marijuana. All kidding aside, what I care about most are children. With legalization you will have more kids doing it and it will start at a younger age. The weed is way stronger than it used to be and the brain isn’t fully developed until age 25. Which, by the way, apparently the only ones who give a crap about that are the rental car companies. “If you’re 21, smoke all the weed you want but don’t think about renting from Hertz!” Between Netflix, video games and super weed, it will be fun to see where we are in 20 years, as long as I’m not having to take care of my kids’ kids and they’re out of my house by age 25, once the brain is fully developed they’re out! Good enough for Hertz, good enough for me! I’ve actually never tried marijuana and people don’t believe me and ask how that’s possible? I tell them because I grew up in the ’80s ... and they had a commercial with an egg in a frying pan, that was all I needed to see. They spent millions and millions of dollars and they said that if they could keep one kid off of marijuana it would be worth it ... I’m the kid! I could start smoking now but then it would be like all that money was for nothing. Actually, I think when I’m in my 80s I’m gonna start smoking weed ... and move into my kid’s basement.


“I feel bad for the marijuana-sniffing police dogs, because those dogs go home with the officer so they’re like their pets. Picture the officer in his apartment building with the dog. People start lighting up in the building. Dog’s barking. He’s like, ‘Sit down, Rocky. No one gives a sh*t anymore.’ They’re gonna have to sell those dogs to people who keep forgetting where they put their weed.”

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more likely to have babies with lower birth weights and impaired brain development. There is a strong association between adolescent cannabis use and impairment of memory, learning and attention. Frequent or long-term marijuana use is linked to school dropout and lower educational achievement.

Women who smoke marijuana while pregnant are

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Smoking marijuana worsens respiratory symptoms and increases risk of motor vehicle crashes.

Over time, we’ve been able to study and understand the effects of tobacco. We’ve been able to learn how alcohol and illicit drug use affect each person differently. We’ve been able to set limits of how much alcohol it takes to impair the average adult. We know none of this as it pertains to marijuana. Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012. State police there still struggle to find a way to test for marijuana-impaired driving. No accurate method exists. That’s one of the many reasons the New Hampshire Association of Police Chiefs vehemently opposes relaxing New Hampshire’s pot laws. Think about how many people suffered from lung cancer or COPD before we changed the culture around smoking. How many people were injured or killed by a drunk driver before legally enforceable limits? In the middle of New Hampshire’s opioid epidemic, do we want to experiment with recreational marijuana use? Marijuana is currently a DEA Schedule 1 drug, which means it is still a federally controlled substance. It also means that there is limited opportunity to examine marijuana in a clinical research study. At the very least, we should push for a greater understanding of the effects of marijuana. Until then, we should abandon any notion that marijuana is “harmless” and prevent further legalization.

The first shops legally selling recreational marijuana are now open in Massachusetts, just an easy drive from the New Hampshire border. While many have been celebrating the occasion, it’s disturbing to begin thinking that recreational pot use should be the norm. Focus groups show that today’s youth perceive marijuana to be less dangerous than other drugs. This is due, in part, to the acceptance of medical marijuana to relieve the symptoms of certain diseases. Compared to what we know about tobacco, alcohol and opioids, however, we have a primitive understanding about the risks of marijuana on a person’s long-term health and cognitive ability. Although we do know enough to give pause to the widespread acceptance of marijuana use:


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Savanna Cooney

Interstate Peer Pressure As a teenager, I am constantly surrounded by my peers and their opinions on different topics. One of the topics that they are the most vocal on is marijuana — specifically the state of legalization of the drug. Although some of my peers are quite passionate about marijuana legalization, they cannot see the big picture of what would happen to New Hampshire if it is legalized. Furthermore, the decriminalization of the drug has already diminished the perception of risk, which has made people more comfortable experimenting with it. Despite the popularity of the substance, there is still a lot of confusion about the shortterm and long-term effects of the drug on both a person’s health as well as society as a whole. A lot of trouble with this topic comes from the mixed messaging that people of all ages hear about marijuana. Many pro-pot people like to bring up the healing and medicinal properties of a component found in the plant, which is called CBD. I agree that there are benefits of using CBD for specific conditions; however, this argument is irrelevant within the context of marijuana legalization. People who need therapeutic cannabis can already obtain it legally in the state of New Hampshire, but medicinal marijuana is often used as an argument to confuse voters so that they can get the law passed. Additionally, anyone who says that it won’t affect kids/teens because it will be age-restricted doesn’t realize that if over 35 percent of teenagers admit to using marijuana while it is illegal, more teens will use the substance once it is more accessible. With marijuana becoming more popular, I have begun to hear young people say that they “drive better while high” or that they do not see a problem with driving a car while high. This is probably the scariest aspect of marijuana for me because I drive on the same roads as people who drive while impaired. I fear that the only things that will come from the legalization of marijuana would be that the perception of risk of this substance would drop to virtually none, increased marijuana use in adolescents (despite age restrictions), and increased car accidents related to driving while impaired. Marijuana legalization does not have to be inevitable, and I hope that those who are against it will use their voice and express their concerns to those in power. New Hampshire has done something unusual thus far by refusing to be “peer-pressured” by the states around us, and by staying true to the values of the community. by Savanna Cooney, intern for the Raymond Coalition for Youth 50 | January 2019

CBD (cannabidiol) oil has become all the rage in recent months for its reputed healing abilities. Cannabidiol is one of over 50 naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis, and the oil is derived from an organic substance formed in the plant’s secretions. Marijuana and hemp both fall under the general cannabis umbrella, but cannabis does not mean marijuana. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive agent in cannabis and it causes the sensation of getting high. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. This makes CBD an enticing (and legal) option for those who are looking for pain relief without the unfavorable features that are associated with marijuana — like paranoia. It boasts a variety of health benefits, ranging from improving mood disorders to treating seizures to lowering inflammation, and is available as edibles, patches, capsules, tinctures, oils, teas and vape pens. CBD is said to heal at the root by acting as a supplement on the body’s endocannabinoid system. “I speak with many people who are unaware that we are all born making cannabinoids within our bodies,” says Rebecca Roentsch Montrone, owner of Wondrous Roots in Keene. “There are cannabinoid receptors throughout the body and brain, and modern science is now discovering that many intractable health conditions like fibromyalgia might actually be due to an endocannabinoid deficiency.” CBD oil gives us the ability to “put back” what we are not making enough of ourselves. “Cannabis medicine works at foundational levels in the body,” says Montrone. “In doing so, it relieves and helps resolve many health problems based on true therapeutic effect rather than controlling our symptoms.” by Emily Heidt

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doctors, surgeries and medications costing more than $100,000 a year. I didn’t hide my “drug use” from friends (a couple shared the vice), and never did anything I felt could make them uncomfortable. Professionally, I viewed it as a topic that, similar to religion, was best left untouched. But I was always bothered by what I perceived to be an undeserved stigma attached to pot smokers. Today that stigma is beginning to fade, as more and more people are acknowledg-

Remember Woody and his staff? Many in the construction (and media) world still recall his famous and funny NH industry newsletter “Words From Woody.”

Turning 69 next month, I’ve decided it’s finally time to come out of the closet: I’m a stoner, and have been for the past 50-plus years. Like most of my generation, it started in college. I quickly discovered I liked the way marijuana made me feel, unlike alcohol, which left me dizzy, barfing, and inflamed my Crohn’s disease. While those four years are but a hazy memory, I managed to graduate, get an education and grow up a bit. Though most of my contemporaries got “serious” about life and left their dope-smoking behind after college, I never saw any reason to. I embarked on a life and career that has ultimately brought me happiness, great friendships, national recognition

as a construction writer, accolades for my volunteer work, love (and later, divorce), material success far beyond any expectations, and now, in retirement, a contentment that’s beyond description. Throughout this journey, weed has been a constant. Until about five years ago, I thought of it as strictly a means of taking the edge off, relaxing the mind and body and sparking creativity. There are few things I can think of that are not more enjoyable when high (though, to be sure, some should be avoided). Now, in addition, it eases my arthritis pain, improves my sleep, and a daily tablespoon of cannabis oil has normalized my gut far more than five decades of

Professionally, I viewed it as a topic that, similar to religion, was best left untouched. ing their membership in this “secret club.” My primary motivation in going public is to demonstrate to those who’ve known me (but not of my marijuana use) and to others that prudent recreational use of pot is in no way an obstacle to having a healthy, happy, productive life and career. Hell, it might even help! I’m not suggesting that cannabis is a universal panacea, but nor is it the images of Reefer Madness. It is, however, undoubtedly a substance with incredible potential about which we know very little. We must remove it from the Schedule 1 drug list so we can do the research necessary to find the answers. by David W. Wood | January 2019


Scholarly Research UNH Professors Karen T. Van Gundy and Michael S. Staunton took on the challenge of researching a scholarly and comprehensive book on a few of the risks, benefits, patterns and trends of marijuana use in their treatise “Marijuana: Examining the Facts,” published by the academic press of ABC-CLIO. Van Gundy offered the following summary of their findings regarding some of the most commonly voiced concerns about the drug.

Most people who use “harder” drugs (e.g., cocaine, heroin) used marijuana before using those other drugs; however, the vast majority of marijuana users do not go on to misuse “harder” drugs. While marijuana use usually precedes the use of “harder” illicit drugs, simply using marijuana is not likely to “cause” the use of other illicit drugs. Instead, links between marijuana use and the use of other substances are largely due to sociological or environmental factors related to the prohibition of both types of drugs (e.g., both are bought and sold in the same black markets), and common causes (e.g., social disadvantage, childhood adversity), which increase risk for early marijuana use and other drug use. State medical marijuana laws are related to increases in the use of marijuana, but they do not appear to increase the use of other drugs. State medical marijuana laws have been linked to lower rates of opioid overdose mortality rates. 52 | January 2019

Findings from other chapters include: Marijuana use is on the rise, but rates are not as high as they were in 1979. Nationwide, marijuana use rates have increased among adults (ages 18 to 49); conversely, marijuana use rates have decreased for youth (ages 12 to 17). The adverse health outcomes related to heavy marijuana use are generally not as severe as the adverse health outcomes associated with heavy alcohol use or heavy tobacco use. Generally, the physical health risks associated with using marijuana are less severe than those associated with the non-medical use of other illicit substances. Marijuana is safe and effective for treating pain, spasticity due to multiple sclerosis, nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, and weight loss in patients with debilitating diseases. As of 2016, over half of the US population favored the legalization of marijuana and more that 80 percent of Americans believed that medical marijuana should be legal. Scholarly research tends to conclude that marijuana use does not increase (other) criminal behavior, and marijuana prohibition is largely ineffective for reducing marijuana use.

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The feelings and sensations will vary for many, but when I inhale cannabis four or five times, my blood pressure goes up a little bit and my organs begin to feel a sense of easing, lightening up, an uplifting sensation that seems to increase and rise like a subtle wave. That feeling of euphoria is the endocannabic system harmonizing, endogenously, the essential oils, THC and cannabinoids throughout our entire body, regulating our organs and orchestrating our blood cells, white and red, their DNA and enzymes and peptides within them, allowing our cells to be cleansed and nourished with the very most critical element our bodies need, endogenously harmonized cannabinoids. I feel amazing, comfortable, wanting to read, write, listen to music or become crafty and artsy. I want to listen to the sounds of nature and/ or traffic and explore the lights and energies surrounding me. I feel love and compassion for others and I also feel relaxed, less anxiety about the who, what, where, when and why of life. I become acceptant and humbled. There are so many ways to describe what happens when cannabis is consumed but, for me, it’s more of a way to tune my body spiritually and physiologically so as to have a balanced well-being about myself and those that surround me. It’s about community and caring, giving and sharing. It’s a sense of the uttermost health and wellness that the holistic garden has ever provided for human beings to be healthy and happy. It’s life-giving and soul-nourishing! It’s cannabis, my friend. by Rick Naya, who happens to be the subject of this month’s Transcript on page 34

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Strict screening policies aren’t keeping up with the times. Drug-testing policies, especially for marijuana use, are no longer in step with the realities of today’s workforce. While pot is still classified as an illegal substance under federal law, state governments continue to move toward legalizing or at least decriminalizing it. In fact, Maine prohibits employers from testing for marijuana at the pre-employment stage and from discharging an employee for an initial positive drug test. In other states where marijuana is legal, testing agencies have reported a significant decline in drug testing of job applicants, especially for marijuana, even though positive results for such screens are at an all-time high. “We have just waved the white flag of surrender because of the proliferation of pot and our need to hire employees without any regard as to what they do on their own time,” one HR professional recently told me. Another sign of changing attitudes: Support in the US for marijuana legalization was at a record high of 64 percent last fall, according to a Gallup survey. Even US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta says employers should rethink drug testing for every job applicant, Politico reported in April. Of course, such testing is still performed routinely — and appropriately — for workers in safety-sensitive positions, both before and during employment. But otherwise, pre-employment drug tests are going the way of

other once-popular, but now largely obsolete, pre-hire screening methods, such as those for weight, physical agility and English language skills. Facing an aging workforce, low unemployment and a strong economy, HR professionals and hiring managers are having difficulty filling positions and are thus removing any barriers that might exclude otherwise qualified people from the workplace. In addition, many employers don’t see a return on investment when they weigh the costs of random and pre-employment testing against the results. They express concern that random screening can hurt morale, and prompt applicants and employees to look elsewhere for work. Finally, with more than 30 states legalizing marijuana use in one form or another, for all of the reasons stated above and with no scientific or legal standard to determine current impairment instead of just evidence of marijuana use at some point, more employers are dropping marijuana testing from the pre-hire screening for many positions. In short, with the relaxing of state marijuana laws, the changes in public attitudes towards marijuana use, legal challenges and labor market issues, drug testing, especially for marijuana, is declining — and over time screening for pot could go, yes, up in smoke. Queue up the Grateful Dead music — this really isn’t your parents’ workplace. by Jim Reidy, an employment lawyer and shareholder in the Manchester office of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA | January 2019


The Mental Health Perspective Regarding marijuana legalization, NAMI NH is very concerned regarding research showing increased risk for psychosis in youth and young adults who use marijuana. Legalization will almost certainly result in commercialization and marketing directed toward youth and likely increased access for young people. On the other hand, we also recognize that some people with PTSD, anxiety and other mental health conditions report significant symptom relief from using marijuana. Although medical marijuana is available to them,

many people choose not to disclose their mental health conditions to medical providers due to the discrimination and negative attitudes directed toward people with mental health conditions and subsequently choose not to have these issues become part of their health records. We will not be taking a formal position on marijuana legalization — instead, will be focusing all of our efforts on taking steps to address the mental health crisis in our state, and getting legislative support for the recommendations in the recently released 10-year mental health plan. by Ken Norton, executive director of NAMI NH

One Sunday sitting around the kitchen table with my family, we discussed what my next career move might be. I needed something that I could do from home since I’m part of the sandwich generation — helping to raise my granddaughter and serving as full-time caregiver of my invalid mother. I also wanted something that I could do on my own with my graphic design background. My oldest son, recently diagnosed with MS, lives in Massachusetts where he grows and uses cannabis to help relieve his MS symptoms. He half-jokingly suggested, “You should do a smoker’s subscription box.” After some investigation and deliberation SensiBox was born! SensiBox is a discreet, hand-curated monthly subscription box that includes “for tobacco only” accessories. The SensiBox Original, our popular themed box, contains at least seven items each month. Individual boxes cost $20 to $35 with discounts for subscribers. A lot of the SensiBox subscriptions are purchased as gifts. I enjoy putting each theme together, sourcing, designing and having items manufactured for each month. I personally don’t imbibe in smoking, but I’ve had testimonials from people who smoke for both pleasure and for medical reasons saying that SensiBox makes smoking fun and helps take away the stigma of smoking for them. Plus, there’s the 54 | January 2019

excitement of unboxing the cool gear and unique accessories each month. Who doesn’t love new stuff? You can’t legally pay to advertise any smoking business on most social media platforms, but I’ve organically grown my Instagram account to over 5,000 and many of my subscribers are followers. Upcoming monthly themes include the February “Love” SensiBox with a custom, odor-resistant zipper bag and a gorgeous silver-fumed glass hand pipe. The March box is my most favorite yet, the “Magic” theme will include a custom, 9-inchlong “magic wand” pipe. The first 2 inches of the pipe are made of silver aluminum and the remaining 7 inches are black anodized aluminum. Where the two parts screw together is room for a replaceable filter. The pipe will also include a custom padded bag with a cool retro look design of a hand pulling a rabbit out of a hat, as well as a Magic 8 Ball grinder and a Book of Magic rolling papers. My kitchen-table business is doing well and growing, in spite of the current laws in New Hampshire. Hopefully, we will soon follow our surrounding neighboring states and legalize. With a motto of “Live Free or Die,” you’d think we’d be the first! Next stop: “Shark Tank”? Author prefers to remain anonymous but can be reached at

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Glass? Marijuana News From a Border Town The NY Smoke and Vape Shop on Loudon Road on the Concord Heights would hardly be noticed if not for the three large American flags mounted on the clapboard storefront, but step in and prepare to be dazzled. Thousands and thousands of glittering glass sculptures, some as large as bassoons, some as tiny as piccolos, fill shelves and display cases. Fantastic shapes and even more fantastic colors abound. In the aisles, cardboard boxes are filled with more, ready to resupply the shop during the busy holiday season. One third of the space looks more technical, like a mix of a RadioShack and an apothecary. That’s the vaping section, explains store owner Virender Yadav. It’s the most quickly growing portion of his business, but he got into the work for the glass. He once controlled more than 100,000 square feet of wholesale inventory, now he just runs two stores, one here and one in Massachusetts. Glass is the generic name given to the pipes and water pipes that help smokers to inhale their combusted herbs of choice. The intricacies of some pipe designs channel the smoke and swirl it through water and ice (some have special chambers that you freeze), all to provide comfort while enjoying a long, potent pull on the pipe. Yadav is proud that many of his pipes are made by local artisans, pointing out two cases filled with tiny glass dragons and other swirling fantasies. Pipes and water pipes cost anywhere from $20 to $500. What makes mere glass so costly? Yadav explains, “You have iron ore that becomes cast iron — that becomes steel that becomes stainless steel that becomes British steel. You can do the same with glass.” Each of these thousands of pipes is different, like snowflakes, he says, and each the product of someone’s handcrafting. Asked if he has a preference, he holds his fingers to his mouth and shakes his head. “Never have I smoked a single puff,” he says. by Rick Broussard

The offices of our newspaper, The Conway Daily Sun, are located 5 miles from the Maine border, where personal use of marijuana is legal and where by next summer retail sales likely will be available to the public. Fryeburg, Maine, is basically a bedroom community of Conway, and with all the attendant cross-border activity, we in the newsroom assumed people would be getting in trouble with either by selling or using marijuana on our side of the state line once cannabis became legal in Maine in 2016. However, except for trafficking, which almost always involves more serious drugs, marijuana has been pretty much a non-story. We suspect no one cares much about it anymore, including the police, who have better things to do than spend time hassling folks doing something that is barely illegal, now that New Hampshire has reduced a possession conviction to a violation. News opportunities are also diminished by the fact that the overuse of marijuana is very different than that of alcohol. Falling asleep on a couch watching Netflix or driving 45 in a 50-mph zone does not a headline make. Onto the good news. Recently, the Sun acquired a popular home and garden show that is held annually in Fryeburg. It draws 5,000 visitors who

come to check out 150 exhibitors during a weekend in May. This year, we added vendors selling cannabis-related products, mostly medicinal in nature. The location is also the home of the Fryeburg Fair, a weeklong agricultural expo that draws 175,000 people in early October. Not surprisingly, the father and son in charge of the fair are very conservative — in a practical, rural-Maine way, as one might expect from a family-themed operation that has been running continuously for more than 150 years. Understandably, they were quite reluctant to allow us to add cannabis to our show, but we convinced them to let us give it a try. Surprise: The cannabis-related exhibitors turned out to be a big hit. In fact, they were the hit of the show. Afterward, I asked the father of the father-son management team how he thought it went. In his understated, rural-Maine way, he said something like, “all right, I guess.” Then he added that the doctors of a few of his contemporaries, people in their 70s, had advised them to attend the event in order to check out what the cannabis products could do for their aches and pains. It was then I realized that, here in New Hampshire, legalization is inevitable. by Mark Guerringue, publisher of The Daily Sun newspapers for Conway, Laconia and Berlin and The Portland Phoenix of Maine

Seven years ago, New Hampshire Magazine explored this same topic with a cover story that featured a big cannabis question mark. That same mark today might look more like a cloud of smoke as 420 revelers exhale a premature victory toke. So will NH legalize recreational cannabis in the coming year? The answer, as one poet famously sang, is blowin’ in the wind. | January 2019


Postwar art in the Hood Museum’s recently completed northeast gallery. Photo by Rob Strong.

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Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art has long been the definition of a New Hampshire hidden treasure, but now, after three years and $50 million worth of plans, acquisitions and renovations, the Hood is emerging to inspire another generation of students and citizens seeking artistic and cultural epiphanies. By Lisa Rogak | January 2019


the Dartmouth College campus in downtown Hanover are oodles of hidden gems that casual visitors won’t find unless they stumble upon them by accident: a statue of Robert Frost near the observatory, the Dr. Seuss reading room in Baker Library complete with funhouse-mirror furniture, and a 4 p.m. teatime every afternoon in Sanborn Library. Up until recently, the Hood Museum — one of the most prestigious art museums in the academic world — also fell into the category of a Dartmouth hidden gem since it was pretty much impossible to find. Adjacent to the Hopkins Center for the Arts, the entrance was secreted down an infrequently used courtyard, and it wasn’t unusual for an art lover to find herself wandering through Wilson Hall, the adjacent Romanesque brick building, complete with turret. The $50 million, 30-month renovation — to be unveiled on January 26 — will change all that: The museum will directly face the Green, meaning it will be highly visible from the street. Though there have been some grumblings from architecture critics and alumni about the design, according to Executive Director John Stomberg, the museum’s architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams — whose work includes the Phoenix Art Museum — have kept the particular needs of a college museum in mind during the entire process. “A college art museum answers to a different audience,” says Stomberg, who came on board three months before the old museum closed, and whose CV includes stints at academic museums and galleries at Boston University, Williams College and Mount Holyoke. “Traditional museums have to satisfy the whims of curators and trustees, the public and art critics — as well as the marketing department,” he says. “When we have an exhibition idea, we talk to professors and students, and there’s less manipulation of an idea from inception to realization.” Students, of course, are the primary audience — both undergrad and graduate, art majors and those taking elective courses — and after that come the faculty, followed by community, including a concentrated program catering to local K-12 classes. The art world and its critics and trend forecasters appear last on the totem pole.

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when the museum was open, her students’ projects were primarily based on items in the collection. With it closed, “we had to get creative,” she says. Museum staff created an online collection and archive, allowing professors and students to curate their own virtual exhibitions, but as the digital version only comprised a tiny fraction of the collection, the study wasn’t as broad as she would have liked. For example, in Coffey’s class on early American art — which relied heavily on items ranging from powder horns and tankards to Shaker furniture and walking sticks — students perused the Hood’s digital catalog, but in the end, they had to travel to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see items in person. She is eager for the new museum to open, not only because she and her students will have access to the collection again, but also because the new-and-improved classrooms come with all kinds of digital features to help enhance her teaching. “I’ll be able to pull objects from the collection and broadcast digital

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The Hood Museum was named for Harvey P. Hood, a member of the Class of 1918 and grandson of H.P. Hood, who founded the eponymous New England dairy. Even before the museum opened in 1985, the architects and builders working on the first incarnation already realized that 40,000 square feet would be insufficient in the long run, and therefore included blueprints for expansion in their original plans. With between 65,000 and 70,000 objects in the collection and more added each year — it’s no surprise that space quickly became tight. Just half a percent of the Hood’s entire collection was displayed pre-renovation, with that figure rising to about a percent with the new museum, which Stomberg says is the average for museums, academic or otherwise. Approximately 10 percent of the collection circulates every year, due to the fact that the Hood differs from traditional museums, functioning as more of a library — though you don’t get to take the items home. Students, fac-

John Stomberg, the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art

ulty and community members are welcome to request items for closer examination. During these visits, which once took place in a storage facility, the curious can get up close to the item and ask Hood staff all about whatever object they’re studying. The pre-renovation room was less than ideal, and due to high demand, time was fairly limited. The building’s new design includes three new classrooms, which will also allow professors to offer longer classes, and five new galleries for exhibiting student work. Excitement is palpable on campus since the shuttered museum presented huge challenges to faculty and students alike. Mary Coffey, associate professor of art history, explains that

examples to supplement them,” says Coffey. “It will be a richer form of teaching than I’ve ever been able to do in the past.” But it’s not just art majors who will benefit from the new classrooms. Since Dartmouth has long prided itself on offering a liberal arts education in the classical sense of the word, professors and students in other disciplines are eager to make use of the new Hood. Ross Virginia, a professor of environmental science and director of the Institute of Arctic Studies, views the museum as both a mini-laboratory and a playground. “I think it’s really important for students to understand how to observe and interpret,” he says.

John Stomberg installing the new northeast gallery with the museum’s exhibitions and preparations staff Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

In his Environmental Issues of Cold Regions course, he often pulls an object from the collection — a harpoon, for example — and then encourages students to analyze it by itself as well as in its historical context. He’ll ask these questions to start: What are the materials? [Sinew, wood, bone, ivory.] Who used it? [The Iñupiaq or Yupik of northern Alaska and the western Arctic.] When was it made? [19th century.] What was it used for? [Hunting and fishing.] Virginia then uses that as a springboard for wide-ranging discussion: What were the influences going on at that time? What were the social and political conditions at the time, and what can we learn about that through this object? “When students are able to see and

touch a real harpoon and then think about the people who made it, that brings a real energy to teaching and learning,” he says. During the renovation, he instead showed slides of harpoons in his classes, so he’s particularly eager for the Hood to reopen. Two-and-a-half years is a long time for any college to be deprived of a major cornerstone of its academic program. While many lamented the loss of the Hood, others thought that the placeholder that Stomberg and other museum staffers came up with — the Hood Downtown, a temporary gallery on Hanover’s main street — helped kick one common misperception of the Hood to the curb. Some locals who hadn’t been to the Hood for years — who were once dragged inside during elementary school field trips — regarded the place as a dark, dusty

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Area art lovers weren’t left high and dry while the Hood Museum was closed. As the museum underwent extensive construction (above), the Hood Downtown Exhibition Space opened on Main Street in Hanover.

collection of bones and daggers. For those who wandered into the former Hood Downtown storefront to kill 10 minutes before hitting a movie at the nearby Nugget Theatre, many were pleasantly surprised at the colorful art and brightly lit multimedia exhibits that spanned video, sound and photography, and took interest of the notices for upcoming workshops and wine receptions. “With Hood Downtown we could hit a number of different constituencies, the most obvious being the community,” says Stomberg, who adds that being situated right next door to Morano Gelato probably didn’t hurt any. “People would come in with their gelato and hang out, and staff could talk to them and do market research to help determine what would carry over to the new building.”



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The first floor of the renovated museum, including installations of contemporary photography, global ancient art, and traditional African art

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As it turned out, one of the groups who visited Hood Downtown most frequently consisted of grad students who’d show up for an opening, artist’s talk or poetry writing session. “We’ve already started talking about how we will program to directly engage students between 21 and 30 who are here studying medicine or engineering,” says Stomberg. But for students whose main focus is art, the Hood has served as a major influence, both during college as well as after. Megan Fontanella graduated from Dartmouth in 2004 with

a BA in art history and worked as a curatorial intern at the Hood in her senior year. That experience carried her forward to today, as she is now the curator for modern art and provenance at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She says the time she spent working at the museum was invaluable. “During my time at the Hood, I had great autonomy,” she says. “I could roll up my sleeves and pull out whatever I wanted from the collections and create exhibitions and decide how I wanted to tell a story with just

“Reign of Ashurnasirpal II, The King and Genie” relief from the Northwest Palace of Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud, 883-859 BCE, gypsum, 93 x 85 in. (236.2 x 215.9 cm). Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Sir Henry Rawlinson through Austin H. Wright, Class of 1830; S.856.3.2

a small group of objects. That carries into my job today, where I look for objects that haven’t been seen in some time and could help tell new stories, as well as those that could spark new conversations among our visitors.” While some might argue that in this day and | January 2019


The Hood Museum’s new Center for Object Study

age where you can look up anything online, the need for any museum no longer exists. Stomberg, of course, vehemently disagrees. “I think it’s more important than ever to have real, tangible experiences,” he says. “So much of our lives are digitally mediated, and a museum offers authentic experiences that simply aren’t available online. I’ve never met one person who said to me, ‘Oh, I saw it on my phone. I don’t need to see the real thing.’” However, he did discover that digital media served as a boon in at least one fashion: to market Hood Downtown and its programs. “People would

read about a new exhibition on their phone and as a result would decide to come see it.” But it can be a precarious balancing act between satisfying older patrons accustomed to how a traditional museum feels, and millennials, who supposedly have the attention span of a screen swipe. “Students are starving for real experiences,” says Stomberg, adding that interactivity is one of the keys to creating a meaningful art experience. “While we obviously can’t let people draw on actual paintings, there are other ways to generate that same experience of in-

teractivity.” One method is to more directly involve students in programs and activities at the museum, including internships, during which students can curate full-blown shows of their own where they will make decisions about lighting, wall color, creating a brochure and giving a gallery talk. “It’s an incredible experience for a student to put several pieces of art together and then subject it to the real world of a gallery,” says Stomberg. “A professor might then say that they look terrible together, and the student replies that they make a really good intellectual point. Then his professor gets to explain why there’s much more to an exhibition than making an intellectual point.” For her part, while Professor Coffey is looking forward to the new space and the latest in technological accoutrements, she admits she is somewhat hesitant because no matter how high the resolution, digital enhancements have the tendency to distort art. “In the digital world, it’s impossible to tell if Right: Jeffrey Gibson, American / Choctaw / Cherokee, born 1972, WHAT DO YOU WANT? WHEN DO YOU WANT IT?, 2016, driftwood, hardware, recycled wool army blanket, canvas, glass beads, Artist’s owned re-purposed painting, artificial sinew, metal jingles, metal studs, nylon fringe, nylon ric rac, high fire glazed ceramic, 92 1/2 × 39 × 64 in. (235 × 99.1 × 162.6 cm). Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Evelyn A. and William B. Jaffe Fund, the Acquisition and Preservation of Native American Art Fund, the Contemporary Art Fund, the William S. Rubin Fund, and the Anonymous Fund #144; 2017.47.



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American art from the Hood’s permanent collection in the new second-floor galleries

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a painting is huge or small or if it’s cracked or if there’s crackling,” she says. “And with virtual exhibitions, students don’t have to think about a painting being 7 feet wide, and can place it next to a tiny photograph, which Left: Lilly Martin Spencer, American, 1822 - 1902, “The Jolly Washerwoman,” 1851, oil on canvas, 24 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (62.2 x 44.5 cm). Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through a gift from Florence B. Moore in memory of her husband, Lansing P. Moore, Class of 1937; P.993.25 Below: Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Congolese, born 1991, “L’attitude face à la mondialisation (Attitudes towards Globalization),” 2015, acrylic and oil on canvas, 71 x 70 11/16 in. (180.4 x 179.6 cm). Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Contemporary Art Fund and the Alvin and Mary Bert Gutman 1940 Acquisition Fund; 2017.4

would never work in a real space.” But there’s one highly anticipated 21st-century feature of the new Hood that will please everyone, especially the building’s maintenance staff: the radiant heat pipes for the sidewalk outside, making shoveling snow a thing of the past. In any event, after months of overseeing a museum’s renovation instead of the museum itself, Stomberg, who lives in the Eastman community in Grantham, is looking forward to the grand opening, and in his short time here he’s become an enthusiastic Granite State convert. “Pardon me, but New Hampshire’s ridiculous,” he says. “It’s so beautiful, I mean, it’s just nuts. For the first time in my

life I live on a lake with loons. In five minutes I can go hike a mountain.” He was particularly surprised by the cultural vitality of the Upper Valley. “I thought it was going to be sleepy, but instead, on any given night, I’m always missing something, like a major lecture or a movie,” he says. “I do eventually pick one, but inevitably the next morning, everybody’s talking about the other one.” In the end, Stomberg says that the mission of the Hood is pretty simple: “To put people in front of art,” he says. “I like to think of our museum as a big house with room for many voices. And the best response to one piece of art is another.” NH | January 2019


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“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” — Frank Gehry


Best in the Business Throughout the year, our sister publication New Hampshire Home lets you in on all the latest trends in building and design for homes around the state, and on January 23, they’ll honor the very best in the business. Mix and mingle with the experts, enjoy a cocktail reception and live entertainment, and watch as prizes are awarded in categories that include historic renovation and the 2019 home of the year. Pictured is 2018’s Home of the Year, Clothespin Farm by Sheldon Pennoyer Architects in Concord with interior design by Phoebe Lovejoy of Lovejoy Interiors in Allston, Massachusetts. $55-$60. 5:30 p.m., Manchester Country Club, 180 South River Rd., Bedford. (603) 413-5113; 66 | January 2019

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1/24 Winter Wine Spectacular This highly anticipated tasting event is perfect for wine lovers, novices and everyone in between. With more than 1,800 wines from around the world, there’s a chance to try something new or expand your knowledge. Plus, enjoy bites from some of the area’s best restaurants. There are two ways to attend: The Grand Tasting (general admission at 6 p.m.) is $65 per ticket, or enjoy full access that includes the special Bellman’s Cellar Select Room, which features the finest selections for $135 per ticket (admission at 5:30 p.m.). 6 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Manchester, 700 Elm St., Manchester. New Hampshire Magazine is a proud sponsor of this event.


Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month, where mountains and Nordic centers from around the state offer deals on lessons, tickets and rentals for beginners. Now is the time to finally find out if skiing or riding is for you. Visit for more information or to find participating locations.


Vertical Challenge Winter is upon us and so are the many winter activities at your disposal. When you hit the slopes, take a minute and check out the Vertical Challenge at Cranmore Mountain. This is a free and fun race on the National Standard Race course (NASTAR). NASTAR is a national ski racing program for recreational racers. It’s open to skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. Free with lift ticket. 7:30 a.m. to 3

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p.m., Cranmore Mountain Resort, 239 Skimobile Rd., North Conway.


The Toyota Revolution Tour Slopestyle This incredible tour is returning to Waterville Valley for slopestyle competitions for skiing and snowboarding. The tour has proven to be a progressive venue for today’s top junior riders to take the competitive stage in halfpipe, slopestyle, skicross and big air. It serves as a stepping-stone for athletes making the transition from competing at the grassroots level to the elite level. The series is focused toward riders 14-19 years old for HP and SS, and 13-19 years old for BA and SX. Top winners may earn an invite to be part of the US Grand Prix, Junior Worlds, USASA, Nationals and participate in Project Gold camps. Times and prices vary. Waterville Valley Resort, 1 Ski Area Rd., Waterville Valley. (800) 468-2553;


Winter Carnival The holiday weekend at the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort includes skiing, of course, but also a variety of indoor events for the whole family, including activities for kids, movies, après-ski parties, yoga, scavenger hunts, crafts and more. Omni Mount Washington Resort, 310 Mt. Washington Hotel Rd., Bretton Woods.; (603) 278-1000


8th Annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble Head to scenic North Conway Village for this annual 4-mile snowshoe race. Both spectators and participants are welcome to join in the fun. The race takes place in Whitaker Woods, a trail network maintained by the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation. Check-in is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. with a race start of 10 a.m. Whitaker Woods Meetinghouse, 2829 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway.




Evening Snowshoe Tours What’s 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 Great Glen Trails. You will use your senses (no flashlights of any kind) to navigate through the trails while listening for owls. Explore the outdoors in a new way during this unforgettable evening under the stars. $12. 7 p.m., Great Glen Trails, 1 Mount Washington Auto Rd., Gorham. (603) 466-3988;


Sunrise SnowCoach Tours While getting up at 6 a.m. in the morning is a drag, a breathtaking winter sunrise at the tree line is worth it. SnowCoach drivers will take you to tree line to witness an incredible scene. Even though you will be in a heated van, it is recommended that you dress warmly should you want to get out and take pictures. 6:15 a.m., Great Glen Trails, 1 Mount Washington Auto Rd., Gorham. (603) 466-3988;


Upper Valley Area Special Olympic Games Special Olympians from around New Hampshire hit the slopes for this annual competition. Sign up to volunteer or cheer on the athletes in alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing competitions. Dartmouth Skiway, 39 Grafton Tpke., Lyme. (603) 624-1250;


World Snow Day While we delight in any snow day in New Hampshire, this might be the snow day to end all snow days. Founded by the FIS World Snow Day Association, this event will be held at Arrowhead Ski Area in Claremont. You can even take a “Sleboggan” ride on sleds that resemble steerable toboggans. Prices vary. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Arrowhead Recreation Area, 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont. (603) 748-6205;


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Snow Sculpting Competition Sculptors from around the Northeast transform 8-by-4-foot cylinders of snow into works of art for this annual contest. Watch the artisans at work, roast some marshmallows by a communal bonfire, take part

in the scavenger hunt, and don’t forget to take pictures because these sculptures won’t last long. Free. Jackson Village, Jackson. (603) 3839356;

community. 6 p.m. Loon Mountain, 60 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln.




Hearthside Dinner Break out of your normal dinner routine and assist in preparing a 19th-century-style meal cooked in an open hearth at the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm. You will learn about food preparation, seasonal farming and foods, and historic cooking recipes and tools. You will also be able to don aprons and assist in preparing, seasoning, cooking, roasting and baking foods using traditional means and tools. Don’t forget to bring beer and wine while you enjoy the meal at the end of the evening. $65. 4-8 p.m., Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Rd., Tamworth Village. (603) 323-751;


Cellar Notes “Wine Dynasties” Held on the evening prior to the Winter Wine Spectacular (see opposite page for more information), this intimate evening is a unique seminar-style event that includes an exclusive wine tasting led by industry experts. Both Cellar Notes and the Winter Wine Spectacular are a part of New Hampshire Wine Week hosted by NH Liquor & Wine Outlets. $50. 5:30 p.m. Puritan Conference Center, 245 Hookset Rd., Manchester. Learn more about all Wine Week events at New Hampshire Magazine is a proud sponsor of this event.


Craft Wine and Beer Dinner Join Amy LaBelle of LaBelle Winery and Tim Clapper of 603 Brewery for a five-course meal paired with — you guessed it — LaBelle’s wine and 603’s beer. $95. 6 p.m. LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst. (603) 672-9898;


Golden Gala This benefit includes a cocktail hour, dinner, moonlight gondola and snowcat rides, music and a live auction. All proceeds the Loon Mountain Area Community Fund, which provides much-needed assistance to members of the Loon

PERFORMING ARTS “Catching the Light” Guest Artist Show Local artist and photographer Peter A. Jeschke and glassblower Eric Trulson capture the essence of light’s most stunning qualities in this show. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Art Works — Chocorua Creative Arts Center, 132 Rte. 16, White Mountain Hwy., Tamworth. (603) 323-8041;


Recycled Percussion Recycled Percussion returns to New Hampshire for three performances that you won’t want to miss. They will be setting the beat on anything from power tools to discarded industrial junk, and you will be part of the fun from start to finish. This show is packed full of surprises and crowd favorites, and there will also be dinner services available for the evening shows. Tickets sell out well in advance every year, so what are you waiting for? Prices and times vary. The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center, 39 Main St., Plymouth. (603) 536-2551;


Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” You will laugh your socks off during dinner and a show as you watch a portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. Follow the tale of a suburban couple, a marriage in tatters, and a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter to the ballroom where guests await her. The New York Post called it, “A wonderfully happy and gratifying evening of sheer entertainment ... richly funny.” The dinner menu includes artichoke chicken and cheesecake with raspberry coulis for dessert. $40-$42. Shows at 1:30 and 7 p.m., Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 South Mammoth Rd., Manchester.


“Fade” This play tells the story of Henry Wilson, a brilliant academic struggling with a difficult, degenerative mental disease. As his memory

1/19-1/20 Women’s Winter Escape Great Glen Trails is hosting a weekend where you can take part in a variety of activities with other women in small groups. The fun includes skiing clinics, equipment demos with products from Atomic to Rossignol, naturalist-led snowshoe tours, lunch, a sip-and-shop, snow tubing, the après-ski wine and cheese gathering, yoga and more. There will also be discounted shopping available at the Great Glen Outfitter Shop. The escape is limited to 20 participants, ensuring a low instructor-to-student ratio for maximum learning. Treat yourself to a weekend away at this intimate event. $89. 8:15 a.m., Great Glen Trails, 1 Mount Washington Auto Rd., Gorham. (603) 4663988; | January 2019




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Panic! At The Disco The Grammy-nominated band is coming to the Queen City for one night that you won’t want to miss. Listen to classics like “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and “Miss Jackson,” as well as new songs from their new album. They will also be joined by Two Feet and Betty Who. Tickets start at $50. 7 p.m., SNHU Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester. (603) 6445000;

1/13 1/12 MFA Winter Thesis Exhibition The biannual Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition is a celebration of the culminating work of the school’s graduates, featuring work from students in photography and visual arts. Pictured here is a project by visual arts student Markus Haala. Free. 6 to 8 p.m., Roger Williams Gallery, 77 Amherst St., Manchester. slowly fades, we witness the effects on his family members, particularly his youngest daughter Aerin, and husband Martin, who take him in and serve as his primary caretakers. As time begins to run out, his coping mechanisms become more real and he struggles to make peace with his regrets and secrets. $12-$17. Shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Rd., Concord. (603) 715-2315;


American Girl Live This song-and-dance, Broadway-style show is set at Camp American Girl, a fictitious sleep-away camp. It’s about the summer adventure of five campers, their counselor and their American Girl friends. The experiences the girls have a camp help them to understand that the lessons American Girl characters learn from their experiences are just as relevant today as they were in their time. $35-$99. 7 p.m., The Capitol Center of the Arts, 44 South Main St., Concord. (603) 225-1111;


DJ Skooch: A Listening/Dance Party The best beat-mix, re-mix and mash-up DJ on the New Hampshire Seacoast is coming to Portsmouth for a fun night. Skooch has provided the soundtrack for events such as Portsmouth PRIDE, TEDx Portsmouth and National Night Out. Bring your friends and come and dance out your winter blues at this jamming event. $8. 8 p.m., The Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth. (603) 436-2400;


“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

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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;


“All in the Timing” Part of New Hampshire Theatre Project’s 30th anniversary season. A collection of David Ives’ classic humorous short plays directed by Blair Hundertmark and starring Adam LaFramboise, Crystal Lisbon, Bretton Reis and Jennifer Towle. West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth. (603) 431-6644 ext. 5;

“1964” A tribute to all things Beatles. The band recreates the sound and the look of the Fab Four. $38. 7 p.m. The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. (603) 668-5588;


“Fully Committed” Since 2001, actor Kraig Swartz has been delighting audiences with his award-winning performance of 40 characters. The comedy takes place in one of Manhattan’s trendiest restaurants where in one day a harried reservationist (and struggling actor) deals with everything from bribes to hysterics. The Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Rd., Peterborough. (603) 924-7585;


Kashmir In 2000, Jean Violet created the live Led Zeppelin Show. It has grown from the streets of New York City to now being one of the top Led Zeppelin Tribute bands touring nationally and internationally. Their primary focus is to capture the live performance and raw energy of a Led Zeppelin Show. $32-$37. 8 p.m., The Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry. (603) 437-5100;


“Mamma Mia” Here we go again! This bright, fun and big-hearted Broadway musical is sure to delight. $20-$26. Shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. The Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester. (603) 335-1992;

Apple Hill String Quartet This quartet has earned accolades from around the world for their interpretive mastery of such traditional repertoire as Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Ravel, along with their special dedication to masterworks and contemporary music. $29-$39. 8 p.m., The Colonial, 95 Main St., Keene. (603) 352-2033;




Imagination Movers In 2003, four New Orleans friends created a show that focused around giving kids the music that they deserved. In 2005, they had become the latest sensation as they attracted parents and children alike with an eclectic pop sensibility and lyrical tunes about healthy snacks, playing catch and more. In 2007, they partnered with Disney and filmed 75 episodes of their Emmy Award-winning series over three seasons. Over the last decade, they have entertained more than 1 million fans in North America, Europe and Asia. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable evening, and add on a meet & greet if you want to have a moment behind the scenes with the guys. $22. 11 a.m., Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry. (603) 437-5100;

Mozart & Beethoven with Symphony NH Roger Kalia is the guest conductor of this soulful show. Max Levinson will be on the piano as you listen to pieces like Piano Concerto No. 21 by Mozart, Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven and many more. $18-$52. 8 p.m., Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm St., Nashua. (603) 595-9156;


“Swan Lake” A full-scale production of this classic Tchaikovsky ballet performed by the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, who are making their first visit to the US. $28, $38 and $58. 3 p.m. The Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord. (603) 225-1111;

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Wild Rivers This four-piece band effortlessly blends harmonies, beautiful songwriting and a captivating stage presence, while their vibe fits well in listening rooms and symphony halls. The indie folk quartet from Canada is forging a path through the folk scene and beyond, constantly packing venues and attaining new fans along the way. You won’t want to miss witnessing the chemistry of this impactful male/female duo. $16. The Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth. (603) 436-2400;




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;

for prizes, live music and ski & stay packages. $33. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Attitash Mountain Resort, Rte. 302, Bartlett. (800) 223-7669;


Hilton Garden Inn, 35 N Labombard Rd., Lebanon. (603) 448-3300;


New Year’s Eve Masquerade Get lost within the realm of the masquerade at an evening that will start your New Year off with a bang. There will be a cash bar, food, a farm-to-table dinner and music by Club Soda Band. Don’t forget to bring your own mask or pick up a complimentary mask at the door. $75-$750. 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave., Concord. (603) 225-0303;

New England Reptile Expo What kid doesn’t love creepy, crawly snakes and scaly reptiles. If you’re a reptile lover, then this event is for you. There will be thousands of reptiles on display and for sale as pets at this event. Vendors will also be selling cages, supplies, frozen feeder rodents, feeder bugs and many other reptile-related items at a discounted price. $5-$10. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown, 700 Elm St., Manchester.

Sleigh Ride Social Experience a relaxing trip aboard a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Bring a blanket and snuggle up as you relive a bygone era. You will travel along trails that are lit brightly from the holiday season if you come on Saturday evenings. If you choose to ride along during the day, you will be able to see agricultural and wildlife animals as the sleigh travels along. There will also be the opportunity to see live reindeer, toast marshmallows, enjoy a bonfire and eat roasted hot dogs. $29. Times vary, Charmingfare Farm, 774 High St., Candia. (603) 483-5623;



Banjos, Bones and Ballads Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. They help us interpret present-day life with an understanding of the people who built our country. Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th-century New England hymns, sailor songs and funny stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this program by Jeff Warner. Free. 12 p.m., Mountain View Senior Center, 134 East Main St., Bradford. (603) 938-2104

Sound Body 3S Artspace presents this unique, site-specific mindfulness workshop for anyone who needs a winter retreat. There will be improvisational jazz music led by Jonny Peiffer, and includes meditation and movement led by local practitioners. It is a chance for audiences and participants to go to a space where everyone is nurtured, they are invited to share that experience after, and build on their practice going forward. $27-$30. 4 to 5:30 p.m., 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth.





Lebanon Bridal Show The height of wedding season may be half a year away, but it’s never too early to prepare for your big day. This expo will feature everything from photographers to bakers to help you tie the knot, but the show’s biggest draw may be its giveaway; an eight-day, seven-night free honeymoon. $10. 12 to 3 p.m.,

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College Week #1 This new event at Attitash Mountain is for college students across the Granite State. Instead of spending winter break at home scrolling through social media, hit the slopes with your friends and family. There will be cheap lift ticket deals, fun activities, events and après parties. There will also be on-mountain scavenger hunts

Gibson’s Book Club reads “Warlight” Satisfy your reading itch this month by getting involved in a book club. For the month of January, Gibson’s Book Club will be reading “Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje. Join them every month for 2019, 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;


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;

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1/19 NH Theatre Awards Celebrate the best in New Hampshire theatre in this swanky ceremony. Enjoy performances from theatre companies around the state, and see who takes home the prize in categories such as Best Director and Best Actor among youth, community and professional productions. Attendees are encouraged to dress up and join in the glamour and fun. $38.50-$50. 7 p.m. Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord. (786) 529-2737; New Hampshire Magazine is a proud sponsor of this event.

20th Anniversary Open House Grab your kids and head to Auburn to celebrate 20 years of nature education at the NH Audubon. There will be live animals on display from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., crafts and refreshments all day. There will also be free snowshoe rentals, snowman building, a nature scavenger hunt and much more. Don’t forget to participate in a program on IDing winter trees or on nature trail cams. Free. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn. (603) 668-2045;


Painting with Acrylics Local artist Sumeet Mehta will offer a course that teaches students how to create works of art on canvas with acrylics. She | January 2019




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capture a moment from New Hampshire’s history. $7. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park St., Concord. (603) 228-6688;


New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell Bundle up in a quilt of your own and listen to Pam Weeks weave heart-warming tales of service and tradition. Quilt history is full of its own myths and misinformation, and tells stories of world history, women’s history and industrial history. Weeks will discuss fashion fads, the Colonial Revival and quilt-making for Civil War soldiers. Participants are encouraged to bring one quilt for identification and/or story sharing. Free. 1 p.m., Abbott Library, 11 Soonipi Circle, Sunapee. (603) 763-5513;

1/18-2/17 Winter Wine Festival This festival is a celebration of wine, food and song. The team at the historic Wentworth by the Sea Hotel will be pairing wine from around the globe with delicious food in this grand setting. From multi-course Grand Vintner’s Dinners or A Big Tasting in the Grand Ballroom to weekday Flight Nights or Shell Shocked, the oyster event in SALT’s lounge to the lavish Bubbles and Jazz Brunches, the common thread that runs throughout is excellence and fun. You won’t want to miss this month of celebrating these masters of their craft. Times and prices vary. Wentworth by the Sea, 588 Wentworth Rd., New Castle. will also be offering instruction for techniques and skills needed to create landscapes and figure painting. $5. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Hooksett Library, 31 Mount St. Mary’s Way, Hooksett


The Granite Kiss: Discovering New England Stone Walls Kevin Gardner will share the history, technique, stylistic development and the aesthetics of our New England stone walls at this unique presentation. Gardner will also discuss how New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls. He will be building a tabletop mini-stone wall as he explains how his styles and techniques have changed over time. Free. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Rd., Rye.


Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor? We all think we know the story of Benedict Arnold, the American Revolutionary War general who fought for the Continental Army but then defected to the British. Recalled mainly as a traitor for his 1780 defection, Arnold has risked his life and fortune for American freedom in courageous exploits between 1775 and 1778, when the dream of independence was at its most fragile. George Morrison will be taking you on a journey through New England, Canada and New York tracing the complex story of this infamous American icon. Free. 7 p.m., Merrimack Public Library, 470 D.W. Hwy., Merrimack. (603) 424-5207


Gap Year Fair Have a teen at home who is interested in taking a pre-college break? Attend

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this fair to hear about the dozens of programs that provide kids with a structured year between high school and college. From international service programs to full-time internship opportunities, this will assuage any fears about sending your 18-year-old on an “Eat, Pray, Love” sabbatical. Free. 6 to 8:30 p.m., Lebanon High School, 195 Hanover St., Lebanon.

Mascot Day Bring your family and friends to Pats Peak and hang out with some fun mascots. Mascots will include Hill Cat from Hillsboro, Winnie the Pooh, Boris the Bear, Elmo, a cup from Dunkin Donuts and many more. They will be roaming around the mountain during the day and will be available for photos. Don’t forget to stop by the Main Lodge at 1 p.m. for a “dance off” and congo line with the mascots. Free with lift ticket. 10 a.m., Pats Peak, 686 Flanders Rd., Henniker. (603) 428-3245;


Z107 Wedding Showcase Over the last 36 years, Z107 has had over 55,000 people attend the wedding showcase. This event hosts the best of the best wedding vendors as they have helped over 15,000 couples make their dream day a reality. It is the seacoast’s premier wedding event, and it will feature over eighty exhibitors, hourly prizes (including 2 round trip airline tickets) and a $1,000 gift card to a local jewelry store. $5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Whittemore Center Arena, 105 Main St., Durham. (603) 436-7300;


Through Spring 2019

New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them There is something about lighthouses that gives them a broad appeal, but their vital role in our history and culture is little appreciated. Our nation was built on maritime economy, and lighthouses were part of the system that made that possible. Jeremy D’Entremont tells the history of New England’s historic and picturesque lighthouses primarily focusing on the colorful and dramatic stories of lighthouse keepers and their families. Free. 6:30 p.m., Rye Public Library, 581 Washington Rd., Rye. (603) 964-8401;

The Blue Trees by Konstantin Dimopoulos If you happen to be walking around Manchester and see a few bright 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;




Signs of the Times For more than a century, the New Hampshire Historical Society has collected signs that have been part of the landscape and culture of the state of New Hampshire. Some have even become iconic symbols of the Granite State, while others are so commonplace as to be barely noticed. Either way, signs have been ever-present throughout the state’s history, whether they are supporting a cause or a candidate, tempting us to buy something, or pointing us to where we want to go. Discover how signs can also serve as a window into our past and

Art: Salon-Style New Hampshire Antique Coop’s second annual art exhibit features original and affordable paintings from the 1800s to the present, hung in the style of traditional 19th century French salon exhibitions. You can enjoy refreshments as you peruse the gallery full of more than 50 oil paintings and watercolors. The works cover a wide array from still life to landscape to Impressionist to abstract. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., New Hampshire Antique Co-op, 323 Elm St./Rte. 101 A, Milford. (603) 673-8499;

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BEAR BROOK 1/24 Jimmy Dunn’s Comedy All Stars New Hampshire’s own comedian Jimmy Dunn, who co-starred on CBS sitcom “The McCarthys” and has appeared on numerous shows, including “The Late Show with David Letterman, “Conan” and more, will be joined by four other comedians for one unforgettable — and funny — show. $29. 7:30 p.m. The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. (603) 6685588;




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.

Find additional events at calendar and even more winter things to do (including farmers markets) at nhmagazine. com/winter. Submit events eight weeks in advance to Emily Heidt at or enter your own at nhmagazine. com/calendar. Not all events are guaranteed to be published either online or in the print calendar. Event submissions will be reviewed and, if deemed appropriate, approved by a New Hampshire Magazine editor. | January 2019



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Workplace Wellness Healthy employees are happy employees


mployers of all stripes are embracing the concept of workplace wellness, with manufacturers, hospitals, your local university, and countless other organizations jumping on the wellness bandwagon. And why not? Having healthier, happier employees makes good business sense. Workplace wellness means different things to different people though, and while comprehensive approaches that aim to promote psychological and physical health at work can be a rousing success, other employer efforts to promote wellness can emphatically flop and generate little interest among workers. “Participation rates on average are pretty low,” says David W. Bal-

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BY KAREN A. JAMROG lard, PsyD, MBA, director of the Center for Organizational Excellence at the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC. Only a little more than a third of workers use the health and wellness resources offered by their employer, Ballard says. Wellness at work involves many factors, an intertwining of the physical and psychological. The physical structure of the building you work in matters — whether it’s loud or quiet, dark or brightly lit. But even if you toil in a welcoming space that is bright and open, surrounded by plants and splashes of daylight, if the culture of the company isn’t supportive of employees, wellness will remain an elusive goal. “I am a huge propo-

nent of culture coming first when it comes to wellness programming,” says Stephanie Ceccherini, director of wellness services at The Lawson Group in Concord. Management’s support of employees should be evident through initiatives such as flexible scheduling, fitness options, the availability of healthful food at work, and general promotion of a sound work-life balance. Even minor steps can make an impact. For example, Ceccherini says that employees who simply know that they have flexibility and the support of their supervisor are positively affected by that knowledge, and perform better as a result, even if the flexibility is to be used only occasion-



Having healthier, happier employees makes good business sense. ally. “Those very small things might not feel like a big deal but actually make a huge difference,” she says. Indeed, although there is increasing evidence that employees feel and perform better when they have access to natural light and plants and a physical environment that is conducive to the kind of work they do, Ballard says, the physical surroundings need to work collectively with other programs and the company’s culture to enhance the well-being of workers and the performance of the organization as a whole. Employers must take a dual approach to wellness that addresses the physical as well as the psychological, Ballard says. “It’s really about the collection of practices — that they

all work together as a system.” Businesses that take a half-hearted approach to wellness likely will not reap much for their efforts, Ballard adds, but “there’s good evidence to suggest that when it’s done well, [employers] can get really solid results.” A one-size-fits-all approach won’t cut it, though. “There’s no single way to do this,” Ballard says. “There’s no magic program that, if you put it in the right way, is going to create all these successful outcomes.” Instead, organizations should solicit employee input to identify the components of health and wellness that are most meaningful to workers, and tailor initiatives to suit the needs of employees. The planning and invested time can pay

off. Workplace wellness “can make a huge difference” to employers and employees, Ballard says, “because when employees are healthier and their well-being levels are higher, they perform better on the job. … It becomes complementary. Healthier workers perform better, and a better-performing organization is a healthier environment for workers to be in.” Workplace wellness, done right,

Banking on what’s best for employees Kudos to NH’s Mascoma Bank, which has been recognized in 2018 by the American Psychological Association for its comprehensive wellness program. As a result of their excellent approach to employee wellness, leaders at the bank can expect their organization to likely outperform national averages on criteria that include employee turnover, job satisfaction, motivation and participation in wellness programs.

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603 LIVING improves the physical and mental health of employees, and creates higher levels of job satisfaction, morale and motivation among workers. Employees “are more committed to the organization,” Ballard says. “They feel like the climate and culture of the organization is better, and they are better able to manage the stress that they face on the job.” As a result, an organization that takes a solid approach to wellness typically sees reduced absenteeism and turnover, lower rates of on-the-job accidents and injuries, and decreased or a slowed increase of healthcare costs, Ballard says, plus improved job performance, productivity, and quality. “Customer service and satisfaction rates are better, and it affects the organization’s reputation too,” he notes, establishing the organization as “an employer of choice, so then they can attract and retain the best, brightest workers, which helps them in the long run.” NH

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Best practices for workplace wellness It is said that many of us spend about one-third of our adult lives at work. Given that, certainly, workplace wellness should be a priority for employees as well as employers. The workplace practices that have the most meaningful effects on employee well-being tend to fall into the following five categories, says David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, director of the Center for Organizational Excellence at the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC: Meaningful employee involvement that enables workers to have a degree of autonomy and some influence on decisions that affect them day-to-day on the job. Growth and development opportunities. This is one of the areas that employees are typically least satisfied with, Ballard says. Health and safety promotion that provides decent coverage for a range of healthcare services, including mental health. Work-life balance. This includes flexible work arrangements that acknowledge that employees have competing demands outside of work. Employee recognition. Organizations should both formally and informally show that they appreciate employees and the contributions they make.

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New Year New View How to create your best year yet (without feeling like you’re starting over)



ith the dawn of New Year’s Day come promises of reducing debt, losing weight or any number of typical resolutions. Instead of letting the outside world influence your resolutions, what if you defined what a new year would mean for you? If you’ve always wanted to pursue a new passion, such as becoming a health coach or starting a photography business, but felt stymied by unknowns, perhaps this is the year to set a life goal. We spoke with Amber Lilyestrom, transformational branding strategist and business coach, author and speaker, and asked her for a few manageable tips on how to make 2019 the year of a “new

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year, new view.” Her first suggestion — ask yourself how it would feel to unapologetically honor your truth. Figure Out How You Want to Feel If you’re feeling stuck, are in a creative fog, or are lacking inspiration, take a step back and ask yourself what your big dream is. “The heartbeat of now, especially for 2019, is the emphasis on discovering what really matters to each and every one us individually,” says Lilyestrom. “Your dream isn’t someone else’s dream. We are taught from a young age to think about what others think of us rather than what we know to be true for us. We can’t answer questions about our

Amber Lilyestrom, transformational branding strategist and business coach, author and speaker, shares her tips on coming home to yourself this new year.

own needs when we are plugged into someone else’s achievement system.” Instead of focusing outward for answers about where you want to be in life, pause, grab your journal, and look inward. “The more you go inward, the more you are going to face your ‘stuff,’” says Lilyestrom. “You have to be willing to roll your sleeves up, feel those hard feelings, walk through the weeds and pull them out of the garden that is your belief system. Every step is necessary in the outcome of your big vision.” Your business or life-transforming idea won’t have any soul behind it unless you truly know what you want and why. Lilyestrom suggests asking yourself a series of questions about what your ideal day would look like. “What would you be doing, where would you be and who would you be with? How do you want to feel when your feet hit the floor in the morning?” If you want to feel



“True fulfillment begins with the decision to honor what’s most sacred to us.”

— Amber Lilyestrom

Journaling and keeping track of your goals is a great way to stay connected with yourself.

free, you have to ask yourself what is stopping you from pursuing it, or if you want clarity, you have to be free from disturbances and unnecessary noise. You have to be willing to go deep if you’re going to experience the power in your purpose. “True fulfillment begins with the decision to honor what’s most sacred to us,” says Lilyestrom. Get Rid of What Doesn’t Fit Once you identify how you want to feel, you have to access all of the things in your life that don’t fit that description. “You don’t need to be radical and suddenly quit your full-time job,” says Lilyestrom. “Simply recognize that awareness is the first step to freedom, and it will help you get the data you need to help you take action.” If you take on too much at once, you’ll be at risk of getting overwhelmed and burning out. Instead, she

New Resources for Your New Year

- “Mind to Matter” by Dawson Church - “The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself” by Michael A. Singer - “Master Your Money Mind” by Amber Lilyestrom - “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert

- “The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be” by Jack Canfield - “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey

says, be willing to analyze yourself, work on one thing at a time, and give your energy to what needs attention. How can you be more present for your family, friends and kids? Maybe you need to identify your top distractions and make a plan to avoid them. Or, maybe you need to develop a morning ritual that could be as simple as drinking your favorite tea and recognizing what you already have. “Focus on the blessings in your life as you transition into what you are being called to next,” says Lilyestrom. “What we focus on grows.” The more that you filter out what doesn’t serve you and welcome in what does, the more you will be in touch with, pursue and live out your bigger mission. One of the other most important questions to ask yourself is where do you need help. “In order to be great and step into the goodness that is already within us, sometimes we need extra help,” says Lilyestrom. “Admitting that you need help doesn’t mean that you are less than, or that you have to hire your own personal team. It isn’t a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength.” Just as much as you enjoy helping and serving others, you have to have the courage to give permission to others to do the same for you.

same goes for your resolutions, goals and dreams. You can’t have mountains without the valleys in between. One day, you will be living out the blessings that you used to always dream about. 2019 isn’t about a “new year, new you,” it is about having a new view. By focusing on becoming a “new you,” you are missing out on the beauty of the journey along the way. You aren’t broken and you don’t need to change who you are, you need to change your mindset. “You are just living a life that doesn’t belong to you,” says Lilyestrom. “When you give yourself permission to want what you want, everything changes.” Meaningful, real and fulfilling progress is made slowly, not just when you start a new calendar. This year, don’t strive to become all that you are not, be all that you already are. For more information about creating a business and brand that reflects who you are, visit to hear more about Lilyestrom’s life-changing programs, book, podcast and upcoming live event at The Music Hall in April 2019, The Ignite Your Soul Summit. NH

Connect With Amber

The Journey Is the Gift Lilyestrom’s biggest tip when it comes to pursuing your passions this year? Be patient. “You have to remember to be patient in the waiting,” says Lilyestrom. Progress is a process. We live in a society that is focused on instant gratification. If you find yourself floundering in doubt or restlessness, look at your relationship between success and failure. “If you think that you will be successful when you have a certain number of followers, or you quit when you don’t get clients from your first website launch, then you are forgetting the most potent part of why you started in the first place. Trade in failure for feedback, and success for belief and impact,” says Lilyestrom. It isn’t a question of if you will fail; it is a matter of when, says Lilyestrom. Look at every opportunity, whether it is a moment of failure or success, as an opportunity to correct your course, improve and grow. As a child, you couldn’t grow without experiencing growing pains along the way, and the instagram @amberlilyestrom The Amber Lilyestrom Show Podcast | January 2019




Low and Slow

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Sous vide for the home cook

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The sous vide (French for under vacuum) method of cooking is all the rage with many chefs, including Evan Hennessey at Stages at One Washington in Dover and Matt Provencher at The Foundry in Manchester. With new hightech kitchen tools, it’s now easy for the home cook to use the gentle heat of warm water to prepare tender meats and flavorful vegetables. Provencher has been using sous vide since his days at Portsmouth’s Martingale Wharf. He is famous for his work with succulent meats, including BBQ short ribs, and now for his prime rib, served on Thursday evenings at The Foundry. “With sous vide, the beef is always spot-on, staying a bit pink in the center, but Chef Matt Provencher of it’s a 9-hour process,” says The Foundry in Manchester Provencher. Many of his meat cuts are removed from the bag and then quickly seared on the stovetop or in the oven to caramelize. The low-and-slow method breaks down the sinew and fat, rendering tougher meat cuts beautifully fork-tender. Provencher also likes to make soft-boiled eggs in the water bath, claiming they come out perfect every time.

Buying a Sous Vide Tool

Chefs use a powerful heater and circulator that is part of a plastic 18-gallon bin with a cover. No stovetop space is required. Several companies have developed tools for the home cook that attach to a pot and heat and circulate using less than 900 watts. One option is the Joule ($179), totally controlled via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi through your cellphone, which can be flaky. It heats quickly at 1100 watts while the magnet at the bottom holds it upright in a metal pot. The Anova Nano is also highly rated, costs less than $100, and offers manual options for control in addition to Bluetooth and runs at 750 watts.

Sous Vide Hanger Steak

Succulent and a solid pink in the center Recipe by Chef Matt Provencher of The Foundry 1 hanger steak cut into 2, 3 or 4 portions 1 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 cup fresh thyme leaves, chopped Start to heat the water bath to 129 degrees (the finish temperature for medium rare) with sous vide tool. Clean and chop the thyme. In a mid-size bowl, combine the soy, oil and thyme. Put one steak with marinade in each Ziplock bag, slowly submerging to remove the air. (Follow directions if you have a vacuum sealer.) Sous vide for two hours. Depending on the thickness of the cut, times can vary. Generally more time will not ruin the perfect outcome — that’s the beauty of sous vide. Once cooked, cut out of bag, pat dry and rub in salt and pepper. Sear on a very hot stovetop grill or hot cast iron pan for a minute or two. In season, you can finish outside on the grill. Remove the steak from the grill and let rest for at least five minutes. Slice thinly against the grain and serve, maybe with a chimichurri sauce.

Tips From Chef Matt Provencher Plan ahead. Even carrots can take 2 to 3 hours, while a pot roast can take a full day. Be careful that the water stays up to temperature, as you run the risk of bacteria if the water drops to 130 degrees or below. Use plenty of water, which helps keep the temperature even for the whole process. Experiment with vegetables, but maybe not green vegetables. Provencher says he doesn’t like the taste of sous vide asparagus. Use a Ziplock bag for ingredients. Close the bag slowly while dipping in the water, and let the water pressure remove the air. Any dish that is normally braised can be made sous vide. Google recipes for compound butters, egg dishes, etc.

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Be careful not to overcook as proteins can get mushy. Find time and temperature charts online. Remember that this is an exacting science, but the window of perfection is larger than with other methods. | January 2019


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Take Pride in N.H. Visit for a list of the state’s finest specialty foods

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Cold, blustery winter weather may offer the perfect time to explore the foods of Russia. Two sisters opened this café several years ago after living in the US for more than a decade. The casual eatery, open for lunch and breakfast only, is located in an unpretentious strip mall next to a gun shop. One sister runs the front of the house, the other is back in the kitchen, cooking up Russian comfort foods. You can hear, but probably not understand, their mother tongue conversations as they deliver classic blini with homemade corned beef, chicken or cheese. For breakfast, add

their homemade jams to the blini or American pancakes and waffles. During lunch, find their classic cabbage rolls stuffed with ground pork and served with a side of their creamy, cheesy potato casserole (pictured). Further explore the menu with pelmeni (pork dumplings) and vareniki (Russian version of pierogies). Their cabbage soup is nicely spiced and is often a special. The sandwich side of the menu is strictly American offerings. They explain, “We don’t have sandwiches in Russia.” Glasnost survives here. Enjoy the peace and heartwarming cuisine. NH


DINE OUT 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

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

Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano H

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

The Bedford Village Inn & Tavern H

NEW AMERICAN/TAVERN 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford; (603) 4722001;; $$–$$$$ LD(

The Birch on Elm

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

Buba Noodle Bar

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

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; $$-$$$ L D (

The Copper Door H

Cucina Toscana

ITALIAN 427 Amherst St., Nashua; (603) 821-7356;; $ L D ( 98

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Villaggio Ristorante

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

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


Giorgio’s Ristorante

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

MEDITERRANEAN 707 Milford Rd., Merrimack; (603) 883-7333; 524 Nashua St., Milford; (603) 673-3939; 270 Granite St., Manchester; (603) 2323323;; $$–$$$ L D (

Granite Restaurant

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

Grill 603

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

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

Halligan Tavern

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

Mint Bistro

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

MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

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

New England’s Tap House Grille H

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

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

Revival Kitchen & Bar H

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

Stella Blu

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

Surf Restaurant H

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

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

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

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

The Crown Tavern H

Tuscan Kitchen H

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

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

Atlantic Grill

Black Trumpet Bistro

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

Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza & Craft Beer

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

CR’s the Restaurant

AMERICAN 287 Exeter Rd., Hampton; (603) 929-7972; crstherestaurant. com; $$-$$$ L D (


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

Durbar Square

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

Ember Wood Fired Grill

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

mouth; (603) 766-3474; jumpinjays. com; $$$–$$$$ D (D

Library Restaurant

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

Martingale Wharf

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


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


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

Oak House

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


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

Revolution Taproom and Grill GASTRO PUB 61 North

Main St., Rochester; (603) 2443022; revolutiontaproomandgrill. com; $-$$ 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 (

Surf Seafood H

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

Three Chimneys Inn

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

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

Goody Cole’s Smokehouse

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

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

Green Elephant H

The Wellington Room

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

Holy Grail Restaurant & Pub

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

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


Hop + grind H

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

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

Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café

SEAFOOD 150 Congress St., Ports-

Bayside Grill and Tavern

Burnt Timber Tavern H

BREWPUB/TAVERN 96 Lehner St., Wolfeboro; (603) 630-4186;; $–$$ L D | January 2019


603 LIVING Canoe Restaurant

AMERICAN 232 Whittier Hwy., Center Harbor; (603) 253-4762; 216 S. River Rd., Bedford; 935-8070; $$-$$$ L D (

Corner House Inn

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

Crystal Quail


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

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

Faro Italian Grille

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

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


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

Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Co.

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

Squam Lake Inn

AMERICAN/FARM-TO-TABLE 28 Shepard Hill Rd., Holderness; (603) 968-4417;; $–$$$ D (

Kathleen’s Cottage

IRISH PUB 90 Lake St., Bristol; (603) 744-6336;; $–$$ L D

Kettlehead Brewing H

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


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

Local Eatery

FARM-TO-TABLE 21 Veterans Sq., 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

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

Osteria Poggio

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

Pasquaney Restaurant and Wild Hare Tavern

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

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Alberto’s Restaurant

Bantam Grill

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

Bellows Walpole Inn Pub

NEW AMERICAN 297 Main St., Walpole; (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


(603) 355-5242; Facebook; $$$–$$$$ D;$ $–$$$$ D (

The Old Courthouse H

Farmer’s Table Café

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

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

Papagallos Restaurant

Flying Goose Brew Pub H

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

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

Pearl Restaurant & Oyster Bar H

Jesse’s Steaks

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

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

Pickity Place

Latham House Tavern

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. $$ 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

Thorndike’s & Parson’s Pub

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


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

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

Fox Tavern


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

Fritz the Place To Eat

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

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

Lou’s Restaurant H

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

Market Table

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 (

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

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

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

The Hancock Inn

Base Camp Café

PINE at the Hanover Inn H

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

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

Bistro Nouveau

Revolution Cantina H

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

The Grove

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

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

Luca’s Mediterranean Café

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

Nicola’s Trattoria

ITALIAN 51 Railroad St., Keene;

Appleseed Restaurant

Phnom Penh Sandwich Station

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

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

Candela Tapas Lounge H

Stella’s Italian Kitchen

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

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

Canoe Club Bistro

AMERICAN 6 Brook Rd., Sunapee; (603) 843-8998;; $$–$$$ D (

AMERICAN 27 South Main St., Hanover; (603) 643-9660; canoeclub. us; $–$$ L D (

Coach House

AMERICAN 353 Main St., New London; (603) 526-2791; thenew-


Taverne on the Square

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



Tuk Tuk Thai Cuisine

Delaney’s Hole in the Wall

THAI 5 S. Main St., Hanover; (603) 2779192;; $–$$ L D (

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


Gypsy Café H


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

The Beal House Inn

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

Black Cap Grill

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

Chef’s Bistro

NEW AMERICAN 2724 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway; (603) 3564747;; $-$$ L D

Deacon Street Martini & Whiskey Bar

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

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

Horse & Hound Inn

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


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

Max’s Restaurant and 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) 3567005;; $–$$ L D (

Moat Mountain Smokehouse H

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

Rainbow Grille & Tavern H

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

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 (

Jonathon’s Seafood

Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub

Inn at Thorn Hill

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

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

Libby’s Bistro & SAaLT Pub

Rustic River

NEW AMERICAN 115 Main Street on Rte. 2, Gorham; (603) 466-5330;; $$–$$$ L D (

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

The Little Grille

Schilling Beer Co.

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

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

Margarita Grill

Shannon Door Pub

MEXICAN Rte. 302, Glen; (603) 3836556;; $–$$ L D

PUB Rte. 16 and 16A, Jackson;

Happy New Year!

(603) 383-4211;; $-$$ 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

Thompson House Eatery H

AMERICAN/FARM-TO-TABLE 139 Main St., Jackson; (603) 383-9341;; $$-$$$ LD(

Tony’s Italian Grille & Pub

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

Dip: New England Vegetable Soup: Mulligatawny Salad: Chopped Greek Bread: Rosemary Focaccia Entrée: Swedish Meatballs over Potato Souffle — or— Alfredo and Marinara Molton Lava Pasta Side: Freshest Available Dessert: Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding

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Primary Characters

Our first-in-the-nation primary has something for everyone BY JACK KENNY


re we there yet? Is it tomorrow now? Is it over yet? The 2020 New Hampshire presidential primary elections, I mean. No, no, of course not. It’s just beginning. Let’s see, now we have Spartacus from New Jersey, Pocahontas from Massachusetts and Father Time from Delaware. Or is Father Time the venerable Sen. Sanders from Vermont? At least Bernie, if he runs again, won’t likely be spending much time in Iowa, which is so far away, when he can just cross the bridge over the Connecticut River and campaign in his neighboring state among all of us good ol’ boys and girls in the Granite State. Will Oprah come? I think she knows her way to New Hampshire. I believe she has been here before, as the prophetess, telling us that Obama was The One. Oprah has been everywhere. In all lands they know her and in all tongues they speak of her. Oh, the history of the New Hampshire primary in all its paradoxical wonder! It has

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been won by men like Jimmy Carter, who practically lived here, and lost repeatedly by Bob Dole, who did pretty much the same. It has also been won by men who didn’t come at all (Eisenhower in ’52, Lodge in ’64) despite all the talk about the importance of “retail politics” in our primary. The legend has it that Edmund Muskie stumbled here in ’72 because he cried in front of the Union Leader. But Hillary Clinton won New Hampshire handily over Barak Obama in ’08 after getting teary-eyed for the cameras over losing to Obama in Iowa. JFK, Muskie and Sanders, along with Paul Tsongas and John Kerry, all won here in part, it is believed, because they all hailed from neighboring states. But Mitt Romney lost here twice, despite being the former governor of Massachusetts and a resident of a summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee. I have succumbed to the myths of the New Hampshire primary, having come here for the first time to volunteer in the

1972 presidential campaign of the late Ohio congressman John Ashbrook. Ashbrook came. He cared. He met the people, spoke in their living rooms, shook hands on frozen street corners. Rep. Paul McCloskey of California did all of that too. Between them, they got less than 30 percent of the vote. The rest went to President Richard Nixon, who spent much of the New Hampshire primary campaign season in China, praising and clinking glasses with Chairman Mao and other Chinese communists. So my advice to Spartacus, Pocohontas, Fathers Time and others who want to win the New Hampshire primary in 2020 is to go to China while others are scrounging for votes here in New Hampshire. Or, better yet, go to Vietnam, as Henry Cabot Lodge did, join the conspiracy to overthrow the government there, as Lodge did, and promise to bring the US troops home by Christmas — or Easter, or Opening Day of the baseball season. Peace, like the New Hampshire primary, is a moving and elusive target. NH







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