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603 Navigator

603 Informer

603 Living

6 Editor’s Note 8 Contributors Page 10 Feedback




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photo by Jenn Bakos

80 Health


32 What Do You Know?


First Things

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46 In Their Own Words

Meet Jackie Davis, the founder of the Flying Gravity Circus.

by Kendal J. Bush

48 Persistence

photo by Kathy Fife

14 Top Events

by Karen A. Jamrog

16 Our Town



by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers

by Amy Mitchell

20 Food & Drink

85 Local Dish

Our annual Remarkable Women feature delves into the past and present of women in politics and law here in New Hampshire and their impact on the state and nation.


36 Out and About

The inaugural Excellence in Nursing Awards honor 13 unsung heroes of the state’s medical community, and bring to light how critical nursing is to achieving comprehensive healthcare. photos by Kendal J. Bush

86 How To

34 Politics

56 Guide to Brunch

66 Heartbeat of Healthcare

by Susan Laughlin

by Marshall Hudson

by James Pindell

by Susan Laughlin



by Barbara Coles

Whether you’re looking for a little hair of the dog via bloody mary or an elegant buffet with oysters and champagne, there’s a brunch spot in New Hampshire that hits just the right spot.


by Emily Heidt



by Jenn Bakos

24 Small Bites FOOD NEWS & EVENTS

by Susan Laughlin


by Chloe Barcelou


by Emily Heidt


38 Artisan

92 Dine Out


by Susan Laughlin


edited by Susan Laughlin


by Casey McDermott

by Kristen Battles

ON THE COVER Excellence in Nursing Award-winners Heather Brander, Lourdes Hambrecht, Julia Puglisi and Jennifer Alicea. See all 13 selected nurses starting on page 66. Photos by Kendal J. Bush


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A walk through the NH Statehouse is a good way to absorb a little of the state’s political DNA, but it might leave you convinced that we are all descended from old, bearded white guys.

he portrait gallery that fills the walls of the Statehouse features an array of painting styles and subjects from many walks of life dating from recent years to the birth of the nation, but it is largely a bunch of grizzled dudes looking serious. Still, speaking as an old, bearded white guy, I can assure you there are plenty of lessons you can learn from a Statehouse tour. One is that history doesn’t maintain itself. For all the concern for our historic treasures, the “Hall of Flags” that greets Statehouse visitors is in sad condition. It includes 115 bloodstained and battle-scarred flags, including 88 from the Civil War — all visibly deteriorating. Fortunately, the hall is at the top of the NH Preservation Alliance’s “Seven to Save” list of endangered state properties. For years, the State Liquor Commission has provided a painless (or even pain-killing) way to assist, selling commemorative bottles of liquor with proceeds going to the preservation effort. The latest bottle in the series is decorated to look like a small section of the Hall of Flags, and it’s filled with good American whiskey — unlike earlier commemorative bottles containing vodka(!). It’s been a while since I had a chance to wander around the Statehouse. It’s amazingly wanderable as a museum, and I was reminded what an enlightening resource it is while working on this month’s feature about women and power, “Persistence” (page 48). Since women could not even vote until 1920 (the year my dad was born), it’s really no surprise that dudes dominate the portrait gallery, but I was surprised by one of the rare women I found hung in a place of honor in those halls. Harriet Patience Dame was born in North Barnstead in 1815. During the Civil War, she joined the 2nd New Hampshire Volunteers as a unit nurse and “hospital matron.”

She appears formidable in her portrait, though a closer look reveals a sparkle and just a hint of a smile. It gives me the impression she had a good sense of humor. If so, she needed it. The plaque by her portrait explains that her regiment marched more than 6,000 miles, fought in 20 pitched battles (including Fredricksburg and Bull Run) and lost more than 1,000 of the 3,000 men assigned to it. “Dame’s fame as a nurse spread far and wide,” reads her plaque. “She declined offers of higher office to recruit more nurses for combat, twice captured, she was twice released with apologies and high praise by her captors.” According to historian Janice Brown, who writes the excellent Cow Hampshire blog (, she nursed soldiers through smallpox and worked all night treating the wounded and burying the dead, all for her army salary of $6 a month. She endured all the privations of the troops, often as the only woman among them. The colonel of the 2nd Regiment, Gen. Gilman Marston, said, “Wherever the regiment went, she went, often going on foot, and sometimes camping on the field without a tent. ... She was truly an angel of mercy, the bravest woman I ever knew. I have seen her face a battery without flinching.” The nurses singled out for excellence in this issue (page 66) may not be battle-tested as was Harriet Dame, but they carry her spirit with them. Next time anyone needs a little inspiration to face the struggles of this world, I recommend a stroll around the Statehouse portrait gallery. And then, maybe, raise a glass of good American whiskey (or your own favorite libation) to those who made our past, those who preserve it and those still working on our future.

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Contributors Kendal J. Bush shot the photos for the Excellence in Nursing Awards and “In Their Own Words.” Before calling the Monadnock Region home, she traveled the world as an editor and videographer for the National Geographic Channel and NBC. She combines years of experience as a photojournalist with her film school education to yield colorful, creative portraits and corporate, wedding and event photography. Her work is frequently featured on the cover of Parenting New Hampshire magazine and in the pages of New Hampshire Magazine’s Bride.

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Susan Laughlin, our cuisine editor and regular contributor, wrote and photographed “A Toast to Brunch,” “Local Dish” and “Artisan.”

Longtime former New Hampshire Magazine managing editor Barbara Coles wrote this year’s Remarkable Women feature story, “Persistence.”

Photographer Jenn Bakos wrote and photographed this month’s “Food & Drink” department and took the photo that opens “Living.”

New Hampshire Magazine fashion editor, stylist, model and creative director Chloe Barcelou produced this month’s “Retail” Section.

Decorator and color consultant Amy Mitchell is our regular “Home” contributor. She is the owner of Home Glow Designs.

Kathie Fife, who took the photo for “Navigator,” is a freelance photographer with a specialty in environmental conservation.

About | Behind The Scenes at New Hampshire Magazine The Power of Partnership Publishing a monthly magazine that is widely read offers some unique opportunities to help publicize good causes. We try to do our part helping worthy nonprofits get the word out, but once in a while we go a little deeper. That was the case in the founding of Building on Hope, which is not, in fact, a nonprofit, but a group of volunteers committed to the task of giving an essential charitable organization an “extreme makeover” of their facilities, enabling them to reimagine and transform the services they provide. Building on Hope was born in a conference room at our offices back in 2010 and has worked this miracle every two years since. Another such miracle is happening this month in Concord, restoring, redesigning and refurbishing the aging structure that houses the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire — a shelter for women and children fleeing abusive and often mortally dangerous situations. It’s a timely and critical cause, and it’s one where YOU could also become a partner. See their ad on page 35 for details on how to get involved. 8 | May 2018

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What Do You Know? Fan Mail! “A Pothole Too Far,” aka “The Road Wrinkles” [“What Do You Know?” April 2018], is too funny and wonderful. We and our friends really look forward to every issue now and whatever this writer has up his sleeve — must be older than he looks in his photo! Keep those stories coming. C. Clark Amherst

Camp Memories I have just read Rebecca Rule’s delightful “Discount Camp” in the March issue [“Ayuh”]. Boy, did that bring back some wonderful memories of spending time at my aunt’s camp (aptly described in the article with outhouse, big spiders and all) on Bow Lake in the late ’40s. I hope the author doesn’t mind a little trivia — “On Golden Pond” was not on the Big W but on Squam Lake, and “What About Bob,” although said to be on the Big W in the movie, was actually filmed out of state. Thank you, Rebecca. More! Therese Benoit Merrimack

Going Solar We really enjoy the magazine, and will be talking with some solar companies to explore the possibility of going solar, so the article in last month’s issue was very timely for us [“Invoking the Sun God,” March 2018]. Bonnie LaRose Hillsboro

Cartoon Power Thank you for focusing on the unsung art of cartooning by highlighting the artistic contributions of Peter Noonan and Brad Fitzpatrick in your editor’s note [March 2018]. Their names may not yet be as well known as Seuss and Shultz, but I am encouraged to know that some still carry the torch and recognize the great value of cartoon art. Like the editor, I have my own reasons for being a huge fan of the genre. Born in 1954, I vividly remember sitting on my grandfather’s knee as he introduced me and my sisters to the unthinkable notion of a “grinchy” creature who was hellbent on stealing Christmas. Our instant love of that family classic motivated us to get to the public library, where we cleaned out their 10 | May 2018

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entire Seuss collection week after week. This is how we all learned to read. And these are the stories I used to motivate generations of reading disabled students over many decades. Most teachers understand the huge contribution Dr. Seuss has made toward greater literacy in this country. And we owe him a lot for his persistence in not giving up when the first 30 book publishers turned him down. What really astounds me, though, is the timeless and apparent universal humor of his stories and graphics. I recently worked with an 18-year-old refugee from Burma who couldn’t speak a word of English and had never seen a book in his life. One day, he had a surprise for me. With a huge smile, he reached into his backpack and pulled out a book. “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish ...” he read tentatively. And we were off! Susan Jenkins Atkinson

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Regarding MLK

I just read the article about Mystery Team [“The Case of the Incredible Mystery Team,” April 2018] online and want to congratulate (and thank!) you for doing such a lovely job! It was beautifully written, quite comprehensive, and really captured the flavor and atmosphere of the experience. Thanks so much. Amy K. Eckman, Esq. New York, NY

Running Addition In the latest issue of New Hampshire Magazine, the largest running club in the state was not mentioned [“Outsider,” April 2018]. The Gate City Striders club is based out of Nashua, but has many runners from all over the state (my wife and I are members). Brian Sanborn Milford

Many Thanks Thank you for the absolutely amazing review in this month’s magazine [“Review,” April 2018]! You’ve given me some great quotes for my book covers, and I’m going to try and parlay it into a “NH Chronicle” piece, or maybe on [“The Bookshelf ”] at NPR. When I’m a best-selling author, you get the first interview. Phil Soletsky Author of the “Firefighter Mystery Series”

Editor’s Note: Meghan Wentworth of Somersworth sent us this excellent portrait of an unnamed squirrel she saw in a tree near her house. She says she took it in early January with her new Kodak digital camera: “That is honestly the first picture I’ve ever taken and I really liked it. I sent it in knowing that maybe nothing would come of it, but I figured it was worth a shot.” We agree.

I am writing in regards to your Editor’s Note in the April edition of NH Magazine. You wrote that NH was the last state to recognize the MLK holiday both in the beginning and end of your article. Although that may be true, some important elements were not included. Therefore, the undertone of the article seemed to be that the state of NH was somewhat ignorant or racist, and wished to ignore this holiday. That was not the case. The debate in the late ’80s was that no federal holiday had ever been established for any “one” person. For example, “Presidents’ Day” vs. “George Washington Day” or “Abe Lincoln Day.” Therefore, celebrating “Civil Rights Day” on MLK Jr.’s birthday seemed appropriate. This then became a “political tool” for the opportunistic politicians who care not about civility and equality, but their own election. Dr. King was an amazing man, activist, and true American hero. May he rest in peace. Dennis Bernier Pensacola, Florida Editor’s Note: Thanks for standing up for the honor of the Granite State. We certainly didn’t mean to throw it under the bus, just to point out an irony. I grew up in the South (not too far from Pensacola), and have an idea of what real racism looks like and could tell that was not the driving force here.

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603 Navigator “This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here it Comes The sun always rises — even above the treeline

It can be the most dangerous place to visit in the Northeast, but if you’re lucky to find a time with calm winds like this morning on top of Mt. Washington, you can pause to witness the sunrise over the White Mountains. While trekking, though, remember that one of rarest and most sensitive plant communities in the world survives the worst weather in the world here, but it’s no match for human feet. As tempting as it may be to walk over the rocks and plants to get that perfect photograph, stay on designated hiking trails to protect the sensitive alpine plants. Some plants are so tiny it’s easy to overlook them, and a plant community as small as a dinner plate could be as old as your greatgreat-great-grandmother. Park in designated parking areas, step lightly and find yourself a cozy seat like this couple did next the Cog Railway summit station to watch a new day begin. — Kathie Fife 12 | May 2018

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Top Events 14 Our Town 16 Food & Drink 20 Small Bites 24 Retail 26 Outsider 28 | May 2018




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Mother’s Day Events

Celebrate Mother’s Day

Treat your mom to a special day with events ranging from weekend getaways and plant sales to kitchen tours, craft festivals and brunch cruises. Looking for more brunch suggestions? Check out the best brunches in the Granite State on page 56. Mother’s Day Weekend

May 11-13, Bretton Woods

What better way to treat your mom than with a weekend getaway? She won’t have to cook all weekend — instead, she’ll be pampered by chefs and enjoy activities catered just for her. Take a walk in the mountains, partake in ice cream bingo night, relax with a massage at the spa, take a peaceful carriage ride through the resort and so much more.

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9th Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Craft Festival May 12 & 13, Hampton Falls

Spring is in the air and the atmosphere will be filled with color and music at this annual festival. More than 75 artisans from all over the Granite State will display and sell their works, including pottery, fine art, wind chimes, pet gifts and more. There will also be culinary fare such as herbal dips, kettle corn, pies, pesto and jams, just to name a few.

Enjoy an omelet station, carving board, fresh seafood and more at Bretton Woods this Mother’s Day.

27th Annual Kitchen Tour May 12, Portsmouth

This walking tour of homes boasts newly renovated kitchens on every block. It is the perfect get-together for Mother’s Day weekend, and the tour benefits Portsmouth’s Music Hall.

Amherst Garden Club Plant Sale

May 12, Amherst

Does your mom like to garden? If so, then take her to the largest plant sale in New England. It features over 2,000 locally grown perennials as well as special garden vendors.



Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise May 13, Lake Winnipesaukee

Treat mom to brunch on one of the most picturesque lakes in New Hampshire this Mother’s Day. Sit back and enjoy a 2 1/2-hour scenic cruise around Lake Winnipesaukee, complete with a brunch buffet and entertainment for the whole family.

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May 13, Conway

All aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad for an old-fashioned train ride this Mother’s Day. Mom rides free and there will be a complimentary appetizer buffet served on board first class cars. e

1. Mother’s Day Weekend, Bretton Woods 2. 9th Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Craft Festival, Hampton Falls The Amherst Garden Club plant sale is a fun event for the whole family.

3. 27th Annual Kitchen Tour, Portsmouth


4. Amherst Garden Club Plant Sale, Amherst

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5. Dunbarton Arts on the Common, Dunbarton

Peruse fine art and crafts at this free event located on the scenic town common in Dunbarton. More than 50 juried artists and artisans will be featured, including Daniel Layne, Laura O’Leary, Bill Donaldson and more.


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7. Mother’s Day Special at Conway Scenic Railroad, Conway




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Chasing Waterfalls Postcard perfection in Stark BY BARBARA RADCLIFFE ROGERS


t was the quest for a waterfall that first took us to the little town of Stark, located in the Great North Woods Region between Groveton and Milan. Stark includes three villages — Stark, Percy and Crystal — between two vast areas of protected woodlands. The White Mountain National Forest covers the southern part of town and on the north Stark nudges into the Nash Stream Forest reserve. Stark sits astride the Upper Ammonoosuc River, alongside Route 110, and the other two villages lie north of both the road and the river. Pond Brook Falls, a little-known but beautiful series of frothy cascades on the Nash Stream, is not actually in Stark, but just over the line in Stratford. We found the trailhead from Nash Stream Road in Stark, a road we reached from Route 110 via a turn just at the Groveton/Stark line. On these back roads, it’s hard to tell exactly when you

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cross from one town to another. Stark began in 1795 as the town of Percy, in 1832 changing its name to Stark in honor of the hero of the Battle of Bennington. In 1852 the wilderness quiet of the little village was interrupted when the St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad chose the Upper Ammonoosuc Valley as the route for their Portland-to-Montreal line. Stark became a busy logging town, as the rail line provided handy transport for the wood that was stripped from the surrounding forests. The Nash Stream Valley was heavily logged in the early timbering days, but regenerated under more modern timber management, and was much later — in 1988 — purchased by the state with the help of the Nature Conservancy and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The 40,000 acres of forested valley in the Nash Stream watershed, now secured as

The Stark Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

public land, is a varied habitat for hawks, falcons and smaller birds. We saw moose tracks along the short trail to the falls. As the rail line declined, Stark’s boomtown days ended, but it was still a busy area for timber operations that fed the paper companies in Berlin and Groveton. At the height of World War II, Berlin’s Brown Company had lost so many employees to the army and higher-paying defense jobs that it couldn’t meet its quotas for the war effort. Meanwhile, the Unites States had agreed to take German prisoners of war captured by the British in North Africa, and although POWs were usually not required to work, a group of them was sent to the former Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Stark, where they cut timber for the mill. The town and Camp Stark got along well, with the soldiers guarding the POWs welcomed by locals, and few escape attempts, none of them threatening. Locals occasionally brought gifts to the



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Stark Village Inn

prisoners, some of whom were anti-Nazis who had been imprisoned at home and had been sent as unwilling soldiers to fight for the Third Reich in North Africa. There was so little animosity, in fact, that some of the former POWs have returned to visit Stark and long-term friendships developed that

have extended into later generations. Not far from the village of Stark, a sign beside Route 110 marks the clearing where the camp once stood. There’s little else left, only the stone fireplace and chimney of a long-gone building. Were it not for the very good book by Allen Koop titled “Stark De-

cency,” the remarkable story of Camp Stark would have faded into the past and been forgotten. You can see memorabilia related to Camp Stark, along with old photos of the town and some antique household items — a pre-plumbing bathtub, butter churn and molds, woodstove irons — at the Stark Heritage Center, open June through October. The village of Stark is one of New Hampshire’s “postcard” settings, with a white clapboard church, a tiny cluster of buildings and a covered bridge over the Upper Ammonoosuc. The 134-foot bridge was built in 1862. When it was washed downstream in a storm in the 1890s, it was hauled back by a team of oxen and put on new stone piers. In the 1950s, when upkeep became so onerous that the town decided to replace the bridge with a new steel one, bridge enthusiasts raised such an alarm that the state helped pay for its restoration. It’s one of the few in the state with walkways on both sides of the interior, and it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. Right beside the bridge, with its wraparound porch overlooking the river, the Stark Village Inn is a small B&B with

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two double rooms and one single. You can launch a canoe right from the inn and paddle on a portion of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. The mile or so above the bridge is a Class 2, but below the bridge and above the Stark put-in (about a mile up Route 110) the water is flat for several miles in either direction. (Gord’s Corner Store in Milan rents canoes and can shuttle you from the take-out back to your car.) Above the tidy village scene is the granite ledge called Devil’s Slide. It’s a devil of a climb, although a short one, but a more interesting hike is to Devil’s Hopyard. It’s in the White Mountain National Forest,

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and the trail begins at the South Pond Recreation Area, a good public beach and boat launch just east of town. Devil’s Hopyard is a ravine filled with a jumble of moss-covered boulders dropped there from the melting glacier. A miniature version of Lost River Gorge flows under the boulders, occasionally visible and elsewhere gurgling somewhere underfoot. The ravine and trail end at a solid cliff. NH

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hat do you think of when you hear about mead, or see it on a drink menu? Perhaps the words sweet, fruity or ancient come to mind? Mead has been around for an estimated 9,000 years, with evidence dating back to the Greeks, Egyptians and Vikings. In its simplest form, it’s a fermented beverage made with honey, yeast and water, but many mead masters play with different fruits and ingredients to create more unique flavors and nuances. It can be classified in terms of alcohol level, sweetness, color and more. And, contrary to what its base ingredient — honey — may imply, mead is not at all overly sweet. The mead industry has been rapidly growing, and now stands strong alongside brewers and winemakers. Those already passionate about brewing and fermenting have taken an interest in producing this drink. Maybe mead has become more popular to seasoned craft brewers and wine enthusiasts because it’s a different medium to experiment with, or simply from the love of discovering something that is old and

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BY JENN BAKOS making it new again. The growth may also be the result of brewers — a gregarious band by nature — sharing their knowledge with more and more people as they learn the process. According to the American Mead Makers Association, in 2017 a new meadery opened every three days, and the demand has grown immensely in recent years. Want to expand your palate and see what the Granite State has to offer? Check out these three meaderies. Ancient Fire Mead & Cider — Manchester Though Ancient Fire just opened its doors, Jason and Margot Phelps are already creating a buzz around town. Located in Manchester, they have spent about two years gearing up for this endeavor, and are excited to finally share their mead. After Jason was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 (and beat it), his wife asked him a life-changing question — what is it that you truly enjoy doing? The answer was making his own beer. This quickly turned into a true passion, and soon he was experimenting with cider and mead as well. The couple learned quickly,

Londonderry’s Moonlight Meadery offers an impressive range of flavors.

thanks to having such a strong community of brewers and winemakers in the area who were always quick to help in any way. Jason believes the community that surrounds the mead, wine and beer scene is part of what makes it so special and fun to be a part of. When you enter the tasting room, expect to feel right at home. It’s a comfortable place to sit and chat with others while you try the different flavors and snack on light food. Since their meads are made at a lower alcohol level, you can order a flight and try a

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variety or grab a pint of your favorite. Jason and Margot are always experimenting with new types of mead and love getting feedback on what they are working on. If you haven’t tried mead before, Ancient Fire has a traditional mead on tap as well as Cruising Elm, which is made with Concord grapes, so it may be more familiar to the wine drinkers out there. If you want to get a little more bold with your tasting, try the Station 7 (named after the fire station in Manchester), which has a hot chili kick to it, or the Leaping Off the Ledge, made with lemon and hops (smells like an IPA but tastes floral and fresh). Sap House Meadery — Center Ossipee Nestled in the center of Ossipee and a short drive from the lakes and mountains sits a little historic building that the Sap House Meadery calls home. Cousins Matt Trahan and Ash Fischbein started the business back in 2009 after they saw the location was for sale. Fischbein had been making mead since the late ’90s and was hopeful to find a business partner to help him take it to the next level. After renovating, getting their wine manufacturers license and brewing up some mead, they opened in February of 2011. They operate on what they call a triple bottom line: to revitalize their town and community, make a consumable product that brings awareness to honeybees, farming and agriculture and, of course, remain profitable. Sap House meads are now distributed to eight states, and almost all of their meads have won international awards. Immerse yourself in the Sap House’s cozy and rustic environment while you grab a

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Moonlight Meadery — Londonderry One of the larger meaderies in New Hampshire, Moonlight Meadery has produced more than 100 flavors of mead in the last seven years. Back in 1995, founder Michael Fairbrother tried mead for the first time and quickly became passionate about all things mead. He already had experience in home brewing beer, but sought the seemingly untapped market that mead had to offer. Fairbrother had a full-time software engineering business when he started the meadery in his garage, but as demand grew, he knew he would have to make a choice. He chose to jump in and go full-time as a brewer. When one of his meads won best in show at a regional home brew competition, things really started to gain traction. With new opportunities and lots of room for growth, the business has remained a success ever since, with several of his meads winning awards year after year and a loyal and growing fan base. Now you can come in for group tours, private tours and even book your small event with the meadery. Try their popular Kurt’s Apple Pie mead, made with local apple cider and wildflower honey. NH



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Ancient Fire Mead & Cider 8030 South Willow St., Bldg 1 Manchester (603) 203-4223 Open Thursday through Saturday with educational tours on Saturdays. Sap House Meadery 6 Folsom Rd., Center Ossipee (603) 539-1672 Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, with tours on Saturdays (best by reservation).

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Moonlight Meadery 23 Londonderry Rd., Londonderry (603) 216-2162 Open Monday through Saturday for tours, tastings and retail.

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Small Bites Local Rum

Copper Cannon Distillery recently opened and offers two rums, including a rum aged with white oak and white ash chips, and a clear rum distilled twice for a sweet aroma and smooth taste. Co-owner Blake Amacker spent several years perfecting his product and building a facility with remnants of a local barn. The impressive barn, which houses both the distillery and tasting room, is 9 miles west of Keene in West Chesterfield. Open weekends, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Warm weather signals the arrival of food truck festivals. A roundup of trucks is the best opportunity to sample the fare from a variety of vendors, each with its own unique and narrow focus on comfort food, ethnic diversity or sweet treats. Here are some upcoming events: The Spring Food Truck Festival, May 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hood Park, Derry; The 2nd Annual Seacoast Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, June 17, Somersworth; The 2nd Annual Amherst NH Food Truck Festival, June 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; The 5th Annual New Hampshire Food Truck Festival, October 21, Redhook Brewery and Pub, Portsmouth. Vendors also have their own traveling schedules. The best way to stay in touch is via their Facebook pages. Here are a few local trucks worth finding: Mama Kim’s Farm to Table, Exeter; Made With Love 603, Manchester; Tracy Girl, Plymouth; PhugginBurger; Dover; Forking Awesome, Goffstown; Todd’s Streetside Grille, Rye; Dueling Chefs Smoke ’n’ Grille, Effingham; Gabi’s Smokeshop, Londonderry; Chef Koz’s Crescent City Kitchen, Rochester; Clyde’s Cupcakes, Exeter; Boisvert’s Curbside Kitchen, Lebanon.

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Event of the month May 5

Pups N’ Pints Adoption Day: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

We are sad to report that Chef Robert Jean (pictured), owner and chef of Pig Tale Restaurant in Nashua, passed away on March 16. He will be greatly missed by friends, family and patrons. His restaurant has won many accolades from New Hampshire Magazine and Yankee Magazine, and was visited by the Phantom Gourmet. Pig Tale is notable for their creative pizzas (the Sophia is named after Chef Jean’s daughter), tasty chicken wings and excellent drinks.

You can adopt a Ruff Tales Rescue puppy looking for its “forever home” while enjoying a pint at 603 Brewery in Londonderry. The fiesta will also feature handmade dog biscuits by Gunther’s Goodies in Manchester baked with 603’s spent grains, as well as doggie cookies, cupcakes and frozen yogurt created at Zeus Moose’s Bakery in Concord. 12 to 4 p.m. Find more info at 603brewery.


Hop On the Brew Bus

A new local brewery tour for the greater Manchester area BY ERICA THOITS “We haven’t even been a business for a month, but when you have a toddler and busy lives you just dive right in,” says Alli Seney, the CEO of the brand new Manchvegas Brew Bus Tour. This was back in April, just as the bus was getting wrapped and the first dry-run tours were about to take place. You might recognize Seney by her stage name, Alli Beaudry. The musician was on her way to the open mic night she hosts at Great North Aleworks in Manchester when she had her “ah-ha!” moment. As a bus passed by, she thought, why not start bus tours of breweries around Manchester? Everything rapidly clicked into place. Her husband, Bill Seney, is one-half of the popular local trivia duo Trivia Night With Bill & Cody. Their Wednesday night spot is the relatively new Backyard Brewery & Kitchen in Manchester, where all of the tours will begin and end. The Manchester couple was already plugged into the local brewery community, and both Bill’s trivia and Alli’s music are perfect complements to a brewery tour.

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Tours are on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can choose from the Friday Night Flights, Hoppy Saturday, Saturday’s Afternoon Brews and Sundaze. The later afternoon Saturday option starts at 5 p.m. and will appeal to those looking for a little nightlife. Stops include Merrimack’s Able Ebenezer Brewing Company and Londonderry’s Long Blue Cat Brewing and Pipe Dream Brewing, which regularly hosts live music. The night ends at the original meeting spot, Backyard Brewery, where tourgoers can keep the party going. Sundaze combines two great Sunday things — brunch and local beer. More ideas are in the works, including dog-friendly tours with proceeds benefiting local animal rescues, tours that combine tastings with yoga or barre and more. Private and custom tours are also available. The obvious appeal is the ability to visit several local breweries without worrying about getting behind the wheel (assuming a designated driver or cab awaits you at Backyard), but there will be other perks as well. Participating breweries will offer special flight deals, tours and other surprises along the way. Though Seney says longer road trips are a possibility, “sticking to our roots is really important,” she says. Being a part of the Manchester community matters to the couple, as does offering beer lovers in the area better access the excellent beer happening in and around their hometown. “We’re really excited to embark on this journey and take people along with us,” she says. If you want to take the journey with them, you can book online now at You can also find information at or via Twitter at @MHTbrewbus.

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afforded a freedom on a horse that they can’t enjoy on their own. Jonathan Hall, owner and therapeutic riding instructor says, “To me the most amazing thing is seeing someone who is bound to a wheelchair sit on a horse for the first time. Now, instead of looking up at everyone, they get to look down, and have the freedom to move about, over rocks or logs, or even trot.” TROT instructors focus on the development of riding skills while isolating specific muscle groups to stimulate muscle development, says Hall. “The walking gait of the horse mimics the human walking gait up to 80 percent, so just sitting on a horse for 30 minutes can have huge therapeutic benefits for certain individuals.” Riding down South Summer Street with American Dream Stables in Nottingham

Take a Ride

Enjoy the scenery on horseback BY KRISTEN BATTLES


here is no shortage of places that cater to horse enthusiasts in New Hampshire. From the Great North Woods to the Seacoast regions, you are bound to find a center for horseback trail riding that suits you. There are some age restrictions at most places for longer rides, but most anyone can ride a horse. And horses are so adaptable, they go most anywhere you would want. Horseback trail riding is a fan-

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tastic way to see a new part of the state and maybe even make some new friends. American Dream Stables in Nottingham offers trail and beach rides, in addition to lessons and after-school clubs, but is also home to TROT — Therapeutic Riding on Thoroughbreds — which adopts off-track horses and employs them as therapy horses for students. The students greatly benefit from therapy time with horses, and some are

Prepping for the trails Before heading out on horseback, Hall recommends long pants/jeans for trail rides to protect your legs from chafing. Tops should be comfortable, and make sure to wear or bring some layers in the event of weather changes. Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are also a good idea, and bug spray if your ride takes you into deeper woods. Hall also suggests bringing along a change of clothes, just in case. “Depending on where you go, some trail rides go through streams and you might get wet or muddy,” he says. And don’t forget water and snacks for yourself, along with some healthy treats for your horse. NH

Places to Trail Ride

American Dream Stables 40 S. Summer St., Nottingham (603) 817-8926 Home to TROT (Therapeutic Riding on

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Kids can enjoy riding at American Dream Stables too.

Thoroughbreds) and offers everything from trail and beach rides to lessons and horse boarding. For more details on their many programs, call owner Bethany Mauchly at (603) 817-8926 or visit for more on their therapy horses. Lucky 7 Stables 154 Litchfield Rd., Londonderry (603) 432-3076 Offering guided trail rides throughout the year by appointment. Castle in the Clouds 455 Old Mountain Rd., Moultonborough (603) 476-5900 Guided trail and carriage rides at the historic woods of Castle in the Clouds. Call (603) 476-8350 for reservations.

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Franconia Notch Stables 1172 Easton Rd., Franconia (603) 823-5058 Takes riders through fields and forests with stunning mountain views of Lafayette and Cannon. Black Mountain 373 Black Mountain Rd., Jackson (603) 383-4490 The ski area offers summer horseback riding with beautiful mountain views. They also offer pony rides for young children and overnight horseback adventures for small groups. Farm by the River B&B 2555 W. Side Rd., North Conway (603) 356-2694 The family estate dates back to 1771, and the guided rides wind through meadows, forests and along the Saco River. Rides are open to inn guests and the public. Rocky River Ranch 91 Vintinner Rd., Campton (603) 726-8067 Rides are offered for all levels from beginner to advanced, plus overnight camping. Charmingfare Farm 774 High St., Candia (603) 483-5623 The farm’s trails pass through pasture meadows with grazing livestock and travel along old logging roads into the forest. Visit for more great places to ride.

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Listen to the Band

The Brooks Young Band has been pleasing old fans and making new ones for years. Some of those fans have fans of their own. The Brooks Young Band may not be the best-known band in the state, but for touring acts like REO Speedwagon, The Wallflowers, Huey Lewis and the News, and Three Dog Night, they are. Young’s piercing blues-style guitar and his rich, soulful vocals, backed by one of the tightest bands anywhere, provide the kind of opening act that classic performers appreciate. The Brooks Young Band doesn’t just warm up a crowd. By the time the main act takes the stage, the audience is already in music heaven just waiting for another chance to dance. And for legions of fans Brooks Young is the main act. He got his start when his grandfather, a popular country musician, gave him his first guitar and taught him the basics. He got the hang of it pretty quickly and hasn’t really ever looked back, playing one-night gigs and recording timeless cuts just about ever since. And if there’s a lesson that he’s learned after all those years on the road, it’s this: “Never give up on your dreams. Hard work and dedication will always prevail,” says Young. Catch the band June 8 at the Colonial Theatre in Keene or on the Main Stage TrackSide Live event at the NH Motor Speedway on July 22 during NASCAR weekend. But, for the best chance to experience them in their element, sign up now for their show at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth on September 27. They are right at home there (they were the first band to ever play the Flying Monkey) and they will be opening for Three Dog Night. It’s sure to sell out early. The Brooks Young Band, seen here at a recent concert, just became a “Verified Artist” on Spotify with 35 songs and 7,500 fans. The filming of a documentary about the band begins filming this month with Producer Nico Zottos of Vibe Recording Studio. | May 2018



Thundering Bridge This odd bridge now stands silent, but once it warned neighbors when company was coming BY MARSHALL HUDSON


hunder Bridge is silent now and no longer rumbles with the roll of distant thunder. The town decided to close the aging bridge to vehicular traffic in 1978 and to construct a new bridge downstream. They left the old bridge standing and it still spans the Suncook River, providing pedestrian access into Epsom from Chichester. More properly, the old bridge should be called the “Depot Road Bridge” or “Pineground Bridge,” but the locals affectionately call it “Thunder Bridge” because of the noise it made whenever a car drove across it. When the wind was right, the noise could be heard several miles away and strangers mistook it for distant thunder, earning the bridge the nickname. The bridge is a wrought iron truss structure with a wooden plank deck travel surface. The planks were loosely laid upon, but not fastened to, the wrought

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iron I-beams running the length of the bridge. The thunder noise was created by the bounce and flex of the wooden deck planks banging against the iron beams whenever a vehicle drove over them. Residents in the area said they knew when company was coming because they could hear them rattling across the bridge. Some drivers were known to deliberately accelerate while crossing the bridge to accentuate the rumbling thunder noise. Thunder Bridge is a lenticular parabolic truss bridge built by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company of East Berlin, Connecticut, in 1887. Lenticular parabolic truss bridges are easily recognizable by the two chords that form a unique ‘cat’s-eye’ shape. Both the top and bottom chords are curved and function to transfer weight loads from the deck of the bridge out to the ends, which rest on solid granite block foundation abutments.

In the 1950s, Bessie Coombs crossed Thunder Bridge while bringing her cow to and from the pasture.

Town records from 1887 indicate that local labor was used for the erection of the bridge and that the town paid a cost of $1,950 for materials, fabrication, shipping, and construction of the bridge. The bridge was chosen by the town from a catalog of bridge styles presented by a traveling salesman who then placed the order. The bridge components were manufactured in a factory in Connecticut and shipped via train to the railroad depot near the site. Horse and ox teams then

Wooden planks are loosely laid over wrought iron I-beams.

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photos courtesy of the chichester historical society


The style of the bridge, built in 1887, was chosen from a traveling salesman’s catalog.

moved these heavy iron components from the railroad depot to the river crossing where they were assembled. The purchase price didn’t include construction costs for the quarried granite stone abutments or roadbed grading. Local labor was hired to complete that earthwork. Walter S. Langmaid kept a journal in 1887 and recorded the work that he did each day hauling fill and rock with his oxen and splitting granite for the abutments. He also very casually mentions what must have been a challenging and cold experience on a rainy December day: Monday, December 5, 1887 Very rainy forenoon. They intended to commence on the bridge today. Arthur, Noah & John Mera came down as far as here and stopped so we put on water and killed our pig and they helped us. In the afternoon Noah & I went down to the depot and unloaded a car load of stone & drawed them down to the bridge. They are going to work on the iron bridge tomorrow. Tuesday, December 6, 1887 Cold pleasant day. I went to Concord today for the car load of oats. I took $370 dollars out of the bank. I got me a pair of leather boots. Got three bags of cotton meal, went over with the colt. Julia went up to the singing, I went up & met her. I cut up the pig. Father worked down to the bridge. They commenced to build the iron bridge today. Had 8 hand [men working on it]. Saturday, December 10, 1887 Cloudy day, rained. In the afternoon I worked down to the bridge with the oxen. We took down the old bridge today and & I hauled

it out of the river with the oxen. I had to drive them across the river. Julia & mother rode down to see the bridge. Thunder Bridge has seen a lot of people come and go in the almost 100 years that it provided service for travelers. It was the access route to Ordway’s mill when the water powered combination sawmill, shingle mill, and grist mill was operating. The mill building washed out in 1897 when flood waters eroded away the foundation of the building. The mill dam was later destroyed during the hurricane of 1938. Iron gear remnants of the old mill were found in the mud below the river and are on display at Thunder Bridge today. When the Blueberry Express railroad ran through Chichester, mail came in on the trains twice a day where it was picked up at the depot and delivered to the post office via Thunder Bridge. The bridge also provided access to the railroad depot for solders shipping off to WWI and WWII. Returning soldiers must have been delighted to hear the thunder of the bridge once again when coming home. In the early 1950s Bessie Coombs lived in a house on the west bank of the Suncook River. Bessie kept a milk cow in her barn for the family, but the cow’s pasture was on the opposite side of the Suncook, so every morning Bessie would lead her cow across Thunder Bridge and put it into the pasture on the east side. In the evening she’d bring the cow back across the bridge and return it to the barn for the night. By the late 1960s and early 1970s, traffic speed across the bridge was increasing as

Actual 1887 bill of sale order form for when the town purchased the bridge

were the number of heavier trucks, so the bridge was posted with a legal load limit of 6-ton maximum. This caused a problem for the local school bus, which weighed 6 tons empty. The solution was worked out by letting the kids off of the bus when it came to the bridge. The kids would then walk across the bridge and wait for the bus to cross over and reload them. For the kids it became an opportunity to race across the bridge and wait on the other side to see if the bus fell through into the river. It never did. In 1978, with deteriorating stringers and floor beams, Thunder Bridge was closed to vehicles, but remains open for pedestrians, bicycles, and snowmobiles. It continues to provide fishermen with a handy spot to fish from and is a quiet place to visit on summer days. Thunder Bridge is no longer on any main road so you won’t find it unless you go looking for it. If you do decide to go find it, plan your visit to coincide with the annual picnic that the local historical society hosts on the bridge every year. (It’s July 9 this year.) When the picnic turnout is good, Thunder Bridge is silent no more. NH Thanks to the Chichester Historical Society for providing research material and photos from their archives for this story. | May 2018



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Teetering Icons

Will political reverberations bring down another one? BY JAMES PINDELL


ifteen years ago this month, the Old Man of the Mountain fell off his perch atop Cannon Mountain in Franconia. It was an event as shocking and surreal as it was inevitable. Deep down, we all knew that one day the Great Stone Face, the icon of Granite State icons, would be gone. We just didn’t know how, why or when. Which brings us to New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner. In political context, the 69-year-old is as mythological and as long-lasting as the Old Man. He has been in his position since 1976, making him the nation’s longest-serving secretary of state. Gardner has worked with 10 governors, thousands of legislators, and overseen 10 first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primaries. This last point is where Gardner will go down in history books: No other New Hampshire secretary of state has been asked to administer the state law demanding the state hold the nation’s first presidential primary. Without Gardner at the helm, we simply don’t know whether New Hampshire would have given up the nation’s first primary years ago. But as for the future, we might soon find

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out. For the first time since 1984, Gardner will face a serious threat this reelection. He really could lose. Unlike most states, voters don’t decide the post, but the 424-member Legislature will, following the November elections. If this year’s election swings blue and Democrats take over the New Hampshire Legislature as a result, then Gardner could be dismissed. This despite the fact that Gardner himself is a registered Democrat. Challengers include the 2016 Democratic nominee for governor Colin Van Ostern and former Democratic Manchester state representative Peter Sullivan. Van Ostern may pose the biggest threat considering his efforts to recruit candidates for the Statehouse and fund them. Gardner himself invited this challenge. He remains unapologetic about his role on a Trump commission looking into voter fraud. The commission only met twice, but Gardner was so involved that one of the meetings was in New Hampshire. The commission was deemed a sham, perpetuating a myth of massive voter fraud with buses of Massachusetts voters rolling in on election day. Under a cloud of controversy,

the commission disbanded. Van Ostern says that Gardner’s participation on the commission wasn’t an anomaly, but part of a pattern of working with Republicans on items like voter ID that Democrats believe restrict voting. And when you’ve been around for so long, you’ve had lots of chances to make people mad. It still bothers some, for example, that Gardner flirted with the idea of not letting Vermont US Senator Bernie Sanders on the ballot over questions about whether he was a Democrat. Sanders not only went on the ballot, Democrats gave him a 23 point win in the presidential primary over Hillary Clinton. It is the Republicans who are largely defending Gardner, including the state Republican Party and Republican governor Chris Sununu. They say Gardner’s longtime service to the state speaks for itself. There will be time to debate the bigger merits to these arguments in the coming months, but it appears Gardner isn’t fighting fire with Van Ostern’s fire. He won’t raise a dime. Won’t require anything of — or advise — a single candidate in either party. The election will come, and he will administer it. Then, he says, “I’ll call my friends.” The question this year is just how many friends he has left. NH



Out and About Two Events Helping Local Kids



Approximately 124 people joined Child and Family Services of NH at Stanton Plaza in downtown Manchester in the 4th annual CFS SleepOut to raise funds and awareness to aid New Hampshire’s homeless youth. Among the teams from around the state were two led by Gov. Chris Sununu and Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig. The event raised over $300,000, and counting. Proceeds will be used to prevent youth homelessness, to address the needs of youth who become homeless, and to redirect the lives of homeless youth, empowering them to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community. 1 From left: Donald Stokes, Ryan Mahoney, Mayor Craig and Lauren Smith took it a step further; instead of sleeping under the canopy, they slept under the open sky. 2 Teams spent the night at Stanton Plaza in downtown Manchester in an effort to raise awareness of youth homelessness. 3 Gov. Sununu was a part of a team of 16 commissioners, including those from the Department of Employment Security, Public Utilities and Corrections, among others.


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3/23 Child and Family Service’s SleepOut

3/24 On Tap for CASA NH

The second annual On Tap for CASA NH 12-hour bar stool marathon was held at New England’s Tap House Grille in Hooksett. Teams pledged to occupy a bar seat for the full 12 hours, raising money to support the volunteer advocates who speak for New Hampshire’s abused and neglected children in the court system.


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1 Agony, defeat and celebration — the wing-eating contest was a spectator favorite, but was definitely one of the more challenging team competitions. 2 The McLean Communications and Friends team (New Hampshire Magazine and McLean Communications are proud sponsors of this event.) 3 The steinhoist was an impressive display of strength.

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he task of trying to dismantle lingering stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities — and to convey how those stereotypes can profoundly shape a person’s access to education, to jobs, to a fulfilling life — begins with acknowledging the inherent inadequacy of the very language of the issue itself. “Even the words, intellectual disability, suggest that you’re intellectually disabled,” says Dan Habib, an award-winning documentarian with UNH’s Institute on Disability. “It’s still a flawed word, a flawed description.” In his latest film, “Intelligent Lives,” Habib asks audiences to confront how the estimated

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6.5 million Americans living with intellectual disabilities are constrained not just by flawed labels — but also by flawed societal approaches to gauging someone’s intellectual aptitude. After tackling the issue of inclusion for people with physical disabilities (told through the lens of his own family) and emotional disabilities, Habib says he wanted to give greater consideration to another often-overlooked population. “Intelligent Lives” profiles three people with intellectual disabilities: a Syracuse University lecturer, an aspiring artist and a woman trying to navigate her place in the workforce. Their stories are proof, Habib says, that “people with disabilities may express their intelligence in very different ways.” Habib gets help amplifying this message from Academy Award-winner Chris Cooper (known for his roles in “Adaptation,” among others), who serves as the film’s narrator. Cooper and his wife, Marianne Leone Cooper, consulted on the film and share how they fought to ensure their late son, Jesse, was not excluded from school and other opportunities due to his cerebral palsy. “The IQ test told us nothing about Jesse’s potential, about who he was as a person,” Cooper

muses in the movie. “Can any attempt to measure intelligence predict a person’s value or potential to contribute meaningfully to the world?” By elevating a trio of people who are defying expectations about what they could meaningfully contribute to the world, Habib hopes to start a conversation about how to envision more inclusive policies and pathways for everyone, regardless of IQ. “The film was an attempt to really look at and deconstruct how we perceive intelligence in our society,” Habib says. “But also to show what would a new paradigm look like for seeing intelligence much more broadly?” The film has been making the rounds on the conference circuit but is prepping for a wider release soon. A local premiere is slated for May 14 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, with Chris and Marianne Cooper, plus other stars from the film, in attendance. NH IN OTHER NEWS: Eagle-eyed “Ellen” viewers might have recognized a familiar face in the crowd during one recent taping of the daytime talk show. That was, indeed, former New Hampshire governor John Lynch doing his best attempt at a move known as “the floss” alongside hip-hop dancer tWitch. All those state budget season dances with the Legislature must have paid off. One of the internet’s greatest arbiters of quirky-meetscool hidden gems around the globe, Atlas Obscura, gave its stamp of approval to the White Mountains’ Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. What’s not to love, they say? It’s “a 63-year-old, 7,800acre living laboratory that’s helping scientists understand the world around us.”

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Jackie Davis began studying mime in 1975 at age 13. Her teacher deemed her a prodigy, and by 15 she had moved to New York City to join his company, La Compagnie du Mime. She was just 16 when she began teaching mime to drama students at New York University, and in her 20s she was able to study with mime messiah Marcel Marceau. Today, from her base in Wilton, she usually performs as her clown alter ego, Mimi, but those early experiences as student and teacher of mime continue to inform her artistry and are a reminder that clowning, for all its colorful levity, requires serious dedication.

There is still a lot of mime in my clowning. I’m a hybrid. The mime, through movement, gesture, and her relationship to the space around her, can portray universal ideas, feelings, and characters that embody “every man/woman,” in any moment of time past, present or future. The clown is a very particular person right here, right now, grappling with real objects that pose a very immediate problem. In 1983 I got a contract as a mime at Walt Disney World’s new Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida. I performed over 4,000 shows there at the French Pavilion. I had my first awareness of my clown back in 1980. I was on an artists’ retreat and took my first clown workshop with the Bond Street Theatre Coalition. I’d been a very serious mime student until then — and suddenly my inner clown popped out! It was amazing and freeing and totally fun!

I started performing for free at nursing homes so I could develop my clown more. Clowning pulls you out of yourself — in a good way. To be in a clowning space is to be fully in the moment, fully engaged with a prop or the people around you, fully engrossed with what is happening right now. It’s like a meditation: “clown mindfulness.” It’s a misnomer to say that clowns paint on a happy face. Makeup simply enhances, amplifies, the face that is there. The act of putting on the makeup is transformative — or should be — so whatever you brought with you that day is transmuted into your clown state before you go on stage or out into the crowd. We need clowns. They’re really not here to sell hamburgers or to creep you out. We’re creating a space where we can feel like we’re a community — where everybody laughs together at the same time.

Jackie Davis is the author of “DIY Circus Lab for Kids.” It’s a family-friendly guide for juggling, balancing, clowning and show-making. The book includes a secret link to online video tutorials for beginners. Says Davis, “My daughter Ellie is one of the clowns demonstrating the hat tricks and the little clown acts. But there’s so much more in the book. Please buy several, today! And while you’re at it, check out my website: Shameless plug!” | May 2018



Fearless women like Marilla Ricker fought the status quo and launched women to the heights of the political and legal worlds in New Hampshire.

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“I’m running for Governor in order to get people in the habit of thinking of women as Governors ... People have to think about a thing for several centuries before they can get acclimated to the idea. I want to start the ball a’rolling.” —Marilla Ricker, announcing a run for governor in 1910 | MAy 2018


beyond all expectation. Stand beneath the portrait of, say, the gray-bearded Onslow Stearns, who was governor just as the suffrage movement was picking up steam in 1869, and imagine what he would think of this: a woman executive councilor, a woman house speaker, a woman senate president, a woman governor, a woman attorney general, a woman supreme court chief justice, a woman house speaker, senate president and governor at the same time, a majority woman state senate, and an entire congressional delegation of women. All of that has happened in the last 40 years — it didn’t take anywhere near the “several centuries” that Marilla Ricker feared it would. In fact, in 2012, the advance of women to the top ranks of New Hampshire government was so remarkable it gained national attention. Headlines were declaring “women rule,” “pink power” and “no boys’ club here.” The deluge of coverage came because, that year, New Hampshire became the first in history — US history — to have an all-woman congressional delegation. In the fall elections, Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter — who was the first

woman to be elected to national office from New Hampshire, in 2006 — filled the state’s two House seats that had been held by men, with Shea-Porter regaining the seat she had previously held. They joined sitting senators Jeanne Shaheen — who had been the state’s first woman governor and first woman US Senator, and first woman in US history to be elected both governor and senator — and Kelly Ayotte — who had been the state’s first woman attorney general and first woman Republican senator. To understand what a political triumph that was, note that at the time 16 states, including progressive New Jersey, had no women in Congress. Four states had never elected a woman to either the House or the Senate. Add to that, another woman, Maggie Hassan, had been elected governor. Four years later, she would join the congressional delegation as senator. With Shea-Porter being elected again after a hiatus of two years, that produced another first in US history — an all-woman, all-Democratic delegation. The women, proud to a person of the historic achievement, believe it’s not only good for women, it’s good for the country. Sen. Shaheen, dean of the delegation,

More than 200 portraits of people important in NH history hang in the halls of the Statehouse. Only eight are of women.

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hen you walk the halls of the NH Statehouse, you’re surrounded by row upon row of impressive, gilt-framed portraits. Of the 200 or so, almost all are men. Just eight are women. Marilla Ricker, who ran for governor before women even had the vote, is one of them. It is a tableau that tells the story of the struggle for women’s rights, for a place in politics, in governing, during the past two centuries in New Hampshire. But it only goes so far. What you don’t see is the fight against those who believed that women serving in office would mean they might neglect life at home and, as one man long ago put it, “burn the biscuits.” More importantly, they believed women weren’t capable of handling the weighty matters of civic life. Today there are still skirmishes in the fight — one of them, ironically, about women’s portraits on the Statehouse walls, either not hanging them or placing a potted plant in front of one that does hang — but there’s little doubt that women have succeeded

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says, “Women’s experiences are different than men’s — not better, but different. Having women in positions of power to make decisions and be part of the conversation brings an absolutely necessary perspective to the table that helps represent all of society, not just half.” Sen. Hassan agrees: “We know that, when there are more perspectives represented and when there are more women at the table, we make better decisions. … We need the rest of the country to follow New Hampshire’s strong example.” “Research shows us what we have always known — men and women often have different perspectives and approaches,” says Rep. Shea-Porter. “That’s why we need ... to make sure all good ideas are heard and all good skills are used.” Women bring a collaborative perspective, says former senator Kelly Ayotte, part of the first glass-ceiling-shattering delegation. “That is important,” she says, “if we are going to work across party lines and help end the gridlock.” And, because women are 51 percent of the population, Rep. Kuster says, “We can’t truly call ourselves a representative democracy if the people in government aren’t an accurate representation of our country’s diversity.” After the first sweep of major offices happened back in 2012, all five women were celebrated at a forum at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College. Neil Levesque, the executive director, says it was one of the most popular events the Institute has had. “A lot of women brought their daughters to see it,” he says. “It was hard not to be proud.” Why did it happen? What is it about New Hampshire that engendered those “firsts”? Those are questions that everyone, including Levesque, seems to have a ready answer for: It’s the size of the Legislature, one of the largest in the world. “The 400-member House is designed to be very close to the people,” Levesque says. “Each legislator has few constituents.” Just 3,000 or so, in fact. That closeness and the sheer number of seats create many opportunities for women who are serving in local offices or on boards to take the next step to the Legislature. Another path forward — working for candidates in NH’s first-in-the-nation primary. “Presidential primaries definitely play a role in people getting their feet wet in politics,” says Levesque. “If they like it, they go further and run for political office.” The fact that a lot of the work done by

A Different Path to Prominence Not only was New Hampshire’s Marilla Ricker a fierce fighter for women’s rights in the world of politics, she also took on the legal establishment of the mid-1800s. Back then, law was strictly a profession for men. Ricker was having none of it. In 1882, she passed the bar exam in Washington, DC, reportedly outranking the 18 men who took the exam with her. She practiced law there for many years, and was one of the first women to be admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court. When she returned to New Hampshire in 1890, she became the first woman to apply for admission to the New Hampshire Bar. After being denied, she petitioned the NH Supreme Court for the right to practice law. All of the justices concurred, giving women the same rights as men. “Without Marilla Ricker, I can’t say that I’d be here,” says Linda Dalianis, New Hampshire’s first woman Supreme Court justice and first woman chief justice. “She was brave and intrepid.” Dalianis, appointed as justice in 2000 and chief justice in 2010, did not face the daunting obstacles that Ricker had in her legal career, but there were still obstacles. The main one — a woman being a judge in New Hampshire was, as Dalianis says, “unheard of” when she started out in the 1970s. Even being an attorney was unusual for a woman. In 1977, statistics show that the NH Bar Association had only accepted 100 woman attorneys in the previous 60 years. In 2018, women comprise about 37 percent of all active attorneys. And woman judges are no longer uncommon. “I don’t think my gender as a judge made any particular difference in doing the job. It did make a difference in the possibilities of women becoming judges after me,” she says. “Women in New Hampshire have participated and proven themselves. Once women prove themselves, the resistance wanes.” One of those who have proven themselves is Kelly Ayotte, not just the first woman Republican US Senator and part of the first all-woman congressional delegation (see previous page), but the state’s first woman attorney general. When she first arrived at the Attorney General’s Office after being in private practice, she noted a phenomenon similar to that at the Statehouse. As she says, “I remember walking along the wall to the Attorney General’s office and looking at the pictures of every person who had served as attorney general who line that wall and thinking, why isn’t there a woman’s picture there?” She says she knew that, working in a field dominated by men, she would have to “work even harder to show I was capable of doing the job.” She became chief of the homicide prosecution unit, legal counsel to Gov. Craig Benson and deputy attorney general. In 2004, she was appointed attorney general, serving for five years. “What I appreciated the most about breaking that glass ceiling in New Hampshire is that, if I was the first, I knew I would not be the last.” Linda Dalianis Kelly Ayotte | MAy 2018


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The first all-woman congressional delegation in US history was celebrated at the NH Institute of Politics in 2012. L to R: Gov. Maggie Hassan, Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

women on the political periphery is volunteer helps too. It makes for an easier transition to the Legislature, which is essentially volunteer. The pay is $100 a year and mileage. Another factor that favors women — it’s not a full-time job as it is in some other states. That allows women to more easily participate while they’re raising a family. In 1984, Arnie Arnesen, just elected as state representative, broke new legislative ground by taking her newborn baby to the Statehouse. “I gave birth about a week before the election,” she says. “We, the baby and I, were sworn in together, and I breastfed on the floor of the House for the first year.” The in-House breastfeeding made news across the country. “I felt like, by other women seeing me with a baby as a legislator, it was a welcome mat, that it was OK. It made an impres-

sion,” she says. But, as has happened to other women, Arnesen saw another side of having a young family while pursuing a legislative career. When she became the state’s first woman major party nominee for governor in 1992, she was asked by a reporter, a woman reporter, “What about your children?” It’s not a question that likely would be asked of a man, but it was, and sometimes still is, asked of women. If that mindset is becoming less of an obstacle, there are still more to hurdle. Selfdoubt is one. Rep. Kuster points to a line that’s often repeated: “When you ask a man to run for office, his first question is, ‘When do I start?’ If you ask a woman to run for office, her first question is, ‘Really? Why me?’ So many women downplay their accomplishments, their intelligence and their

Major Milestones for NH Women - a timeline 1870 First attempt to vote

Marilla Ricker tries to vote even though women didn’t have the right to. She would continue to try to cast her ballot in elections for the next 50 years.

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1890 Admittance to NH Bar allowed

After being refused admittance to the bar, Ricker successfully petitions the NH Supreme Court for the right to be admitted. The high court concurs.

abilities, and so we have to instill confidence in women at an early age.” Sen. Shaheen recounts a story about lessons learned when she was defeated in a run for Senate for 2002, after serving three terms as governor. “It was a difficult time, especially for women — the election was in the shadow of September 11th and national security had never been a bigger issue,” she says. “It was challenging to be a woman and engage on that issue because a lot of people didn’t think it was a topic that women could handle. I knew that if I decided to run for office again, I’d have to make national security a priority and show Granite Staters — and the American public — that women are just as qualified to handle these issues as men.” She ran again in 2008 and won. Today she serves on both the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Armed Services committees.

1920 Suffrage extended to women/ Election to NH House

The 19th Amendment is ratified and women vote for the first time. Jessie Doe and Mary Louise Farnum are elected to NH House.

“We can’t truly call ourselves a representative democracy if the people in government aren’t an accurate representation of our country’s diversity.” No doubt role models like that — and time — will normalize the role of women in politics. Generations coming up will think nothing of it, the discrimination washed away by years of women performing in politics as well as — perhaps better than — men. In the meantime, women with political expertise will continue to mentor those moving up through the ranks. “Role models and mentoring are incredibly important,” Sen. Hassan says. “As more women serve in leadership positions, young girls in the state have more role models to look up to and are better able to envision themselves serving in similar positions one day.” Many pioneering women have acted as mentors in New Hampshire, but cited most often are Jeanne Shaheen; the late Susan McLane, the mother of Rep. Kuster, who served in both the NH House and Senate, and made a run for Congress in 1980; the first woman executive councilor Dudley Dudley and the first woman house speaker Donna Sytek. But it’s not just women who have acted as mentors and advocates. Over the years, New Hamphire men have too, notably US Sen. Henry Blair in 1887. That was the year he proposed an amendment to the Constitution to extend the right of suffrage to women. He said, in part: “If it be true that all just government is founded upon the consent of the governed, then the government of woman by man, without her consent given in a sovereign capacity, even if that government

1931 NH Senate Maude Ferguson wins a seat in the NH Senate a decade after women are elected to the NH House.

be wise and just in itself, is a violation of natural right and an enforcement of servitude against her on the part of man.” But not many were convinced by that logic, including Sen. George Vest of Missouri: “I would not, and I say it deliberately, degrade woman by giving her the right of suffrage. I mean the word in its full signification, because I believe that woman as she is today, the queen of the home and of hearts, is above the political collisions of this world, and should always be kept above them.” The amendment was voted down, as

were all other attempts to grant women the vote, until 1920, three decades later. (A little-known fact: New Hampshire women weren’t officially denied the vote until 1784, when a new state Constitution was approved. Unlike the earlier one from 1776, it explicitly specifies gender with regard to voting rights. Also little-known: In 1872, women were granted the right to serve on local school committees, children being the realm of women, but they couldn’t vote to elect school committee members. Six years later, after much political pressure, the Legislature granted women the right to vote in those elections, but with strict qualifications, most likely the owning of property.) Long before — and after — Sen. Blair’s failed effort to extend suffrage, Marilla Ricker tried to vote in her hometown of Dover. She demanded a ballot, unsuccessfully, in 1870, and continued to do so, unsuccessfully, for the next 50 years. In 1910, at age 70, she tried to run for governor, but her filing papers were refused. “That’s the state’s first example of a woman trying to run for office,” says Liz Tentarelli, president of the League of Women Voters, which is a direct descendant of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

Many New Hampshire women were active in the suffrage movement, working for decades to get the right to vote. In 1917, suffragists marched in New York City.

1976 Executive Council

Dudley Dudley becomes the first woman appointed to the Executive Council and the first to serve in an office higher than the Legislature.

1982 NH Senate President/Acting Governor

The first woman NH Senate president, Vesta Roy, becomes the first woman acting governor when Gov. Gallen becomes ill. | MAy 2018


“If it be true that all just government is founded upon the consent of the governed, then the government of woman by man, without her consent given in a sovereign capacity, even if that government be wise and just in itself, is a violation of natural right and an enforcement of servitude against her on the part of man.” – US Sen. Henry Blair in 1887 “Marilla was denied because she wasn’t a registered voter. Still, she got six votes.” Six votes that came from supportive men. Ricker was one of many suffrage leaders in the state who fought for decades for the right to vote. Their cause was helped along, Tentarelli says, by the role women played in WWI: “So many women were filling men’s jobs, donning uniforms, whether as nurses, streetcar conductors or military. A lot of minds were changed by that.” In November 1920, a few months after the 19th amendment was ratified (New Hampshire was the 16th state to ratify) and just 10 days after the first election where women could vote, Ricker died. It’s not clear whether she had voted in that longsought election. It’s likely that she was too ill to get to the polls. But in that election, two women — Dr. Mary Louise Farnum of Boscawen and Jessie Doe of Rollinsford — won seats in the NH House. And, they did it on a write-in vote. Ratification had happened too late for them to file for office. News reports said women’s turnout was “large and enthusiastic throughout the state.” It would be another decade before a woman — Maude Ferguson of Bristol — was elected to the NH Senate. “We all stand on the shoulders of these

1992 Democratic Gubernatorial Nomination

Arnie Arnesen becomes our first woman nominee of a major political party.

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giants,” says Rep. Shea-Porter. “While these women were all individuals, what they shared was a sense of purpose, a desire to serve, a love for their country and a determination to make life better for others. These women, and all of the women who ran for any office, anywhere, were strong and determined, and they paved the way for the rest of us.” Rep. Kuster calls Ricker and the many other trailblazing women “incredibly brave. They took a stand for something that was practically unheard of until the late 20th century: women running for and serving in public office. They knew what they were after — a greater voice for women in government — was more important than the challenges they faced. Their courage changed our country for the better.” But, alas, there are still remnants of earlier times. A framed poem from the 1980s that hung on a Statehouse wall imagined what John Hale, a New Hampshire senator in Congress in “the days of yore,” would have thought of the late 20th century legislature. Part of it says: “They’ve changed so much on manner, speech and dress/ They question, they bicker, they argue up a storm/I admire them all, especially the lovely lady legislators/In their mini-skirts

1996 Governor/ House Speaker

Jeanne Shaheen, first woman governor; Donna Sytek, first house speaker.

and slacks/Gad, what forms!” The poem was recently removed after the media caught wind of it. Two other issues were also recently resolved, again after creating a stir in the media. The potted plant that had been placed in front of the portrait of Jeanne Shaheen — no doubt an inspiration to schoolgirls and others touring the Statehouse — was removed. And the long-lingering portrait of the first woman executive councilor Dudley Dudley was finally approved for placement on the wall. Also in recent months, the national “Me Too” discussion about sexual harassment filtered down to the Legislature. Media reports suggest there’s more work to be done despite the progress of women in state elective office. But none of that dampens the optimism that there’s a seismic shift underway, or soon could be, for women in the political world. There are unprecedented numbers of women running for office in 2018, and that’s likely to happen again in 2020. At this point, women comprise about 30 percent of the NH Legislature and about 20 percent of Congress. Sen. Hassan says, “Women make up 51 percent of the population; we should have — at least — 51 women senators. And, beyond Congress, I hope that more women continue to seek out leadership positions at all levels of government. While it’s great that there are many more women in leadership positions today than there were when I started off my career, we know that there is much more work to do.” Looking ahead, Sen. Shaheen is encouraged by what she sees happening: “Women are saying ‘enough is enough and it’s time to get involved.’ I look forward to the day where we don’t have to talk about women’s issues being different because we will have that equal representation. I hope that we achieve gender parity, and it’s not an issue that my daughters or granddaughters will have to deal with in the way that I, and the women who came before, had to.” NH

2000 NH Supreme Court Justice The first woman NH Supreme Court justice, Linda Dalianis, is appointed.

2004 Attorney General Kelly Ayotte is appointed NH’s first woman attorney general.

Madam President?

OK, so women in New Hampshire are shattering all kinds of glass ceilings, scoring one political victory after the other. But what about the presidency? When will a woman be the Leader of the Free World? “That’s the $54 million question,” says Dr. Elizabeth Ossoff, an expert in political behavior. It’s one of the questions she’s been studying for years as professor and psychology department chair at St. Anselm College, and at the NH Institute of Politics. “I try to understand behaviors and motivations about why people make the choices they do when it comes to all things political,” she says. Ossoff got a lot more data points in the last presidential election, the first between a man and a woman, and in the earlier election with a woman running for vice president. “In an area like politics, which has been traditionally male-dominated, women are going to be more visible,” she says, “and also subject to evaluative criteria that don’t necessarily apply to men.” A few noted during the campaigns — Sarah Palin’s attractiveness and spending on her wardrobe, and Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits and her voice that, to some, became “shrill” when she raised it. Much of the evaluating that goes on with women is, Ossoff says, under the radar: “People say, ‘I don’t see gender.’ I say, ‘Of course you do.’ You can’t not see it. It is the most salient social cue.” Once gender becomes part of the equation, unconscious expectations come into play, Ossoff says, expectations that are rooted in the traditional roles played by men and women: “People tend to be more comfortable with the paternalistic model, where a man is in charge.” That, she adds, is particularly true of the presidency, which is viewed differently than other elected offices. Hillary Clinton not only had to deal with the fact her election would depart from the status quo, which can take both men and women out of their comfort zone, she also was following a significant change election where an African American became president. Ossoff says, “There were people who felt that we just had one monumental change and now we’re going to have another one?” No doubt gender and race will become less of an issue as time goes on, but it may take a

2006 US Representative

The first NH woman to serve in national office, Carol Shea-Porter, wins election.

2008 US Senator

Jeanne Shaheen becomes the first NH woman elected to the US Senate.

while. “You can’t think that, because Obama won one time, it’s over. It needs to happen a number of times before it becomes normal, not just an exception to the rule,” Ossoff says. Even in New Hampshire, where a woman in high office is not an exception to the rule, Clinton won the state by just .3 of a point. Nonetheless, Ossoff is somewhat hopeful, seeing the “Me Too” movement as a possible sign of change: “There’s some evidence that, if you can make people aware of their biases, specifically their implicit biases, the ones they’re not consciously recognizing, they may move away from them.” But it’s not easy, she adds. “People don’t want to admit they’re been bigoted in this way because it’s a negative reflection on their sense of self.” And that, in turn, can set up resistance to changing; people want to protect their sense of self. Another component of voter behavior that complicates matters — studies show that people tend to react to candidates with emotion rather than reason. Ossoff says MRI brain scans were done of people who are politically knowledgeable and people who are politically naïve. When they were shown information that ran counter to their ideological persuasions, the brain’s emotion centers in both groups were activated before the executive function kicked in to apply reason. “I think everybody responds on a very visceral level,” she says. “They have a kneejerk reaction to the person rather than what they stand for. In the last election, there were strong emotional reactions to both candidates.” So what’s a woman to do? Being well-versed on the issues goes without saying. But another part of the answer, it seems, is a Goldilocks kind of balance. The candidate for president should be attractive, but not too attractive. (“You don’t want her to be distracting in the traditional beauty queen sense.”) Not too old. (“That hurt Clinton.”) Not too young. (“You don’t want people to wonder why she isn’t home taking care of her children.”) Assertive, but not too assertive. (“What would people have thought if Clinton had told Trump to back off when he was looming over her in the debate?”) Finding what is “just right” is difficult. As Ossoff says, “There are a lot of layers for people to unpack.”

2010 NH Supreme Court Chief Justice

Linda Dalianis is appointed chief justice of the NH Supreme Court.

2012 Congressional Delegation A first in US history ­— women comprise an entire delegation. | MAy 2018


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By Susan Laughlin

Mimosas at Birch on Elm in Manchester are the perfect way to toast the start of a great day.

Elegant Dining A mid-day meal at a sophisticated restaurant gives one a chance to explore options, and to get the feel of the ambiance and quality that an evening meal could provide.

More Choices The Centennial Hotel Granite Restaurant & Bar Concord 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Offering a special Mother’s Day buffet brunch with seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., $45 Bone marrow and fried eggs with white beans, thyme, bacon, grilled baguette and pickled herbs for $19 at Pine at the Hanover Inn

Pine, Hanover A multimillion-dollar renovation a few years ago transformed the dowdy Hanover Inn into a stunning modern space complete with Pine, a sleek-yet-rustic restaurant. Brunch offers some of the most inventive food in New Hampshire prepared by Chef Justin Dain. He was recently honored with the opportunity to present a meal at the James Beard House in New York City. The menu also includes their famous super-juicy burger and the on-trend “toasts,” local sourdough slices that are grilled and topped with lemon-scented shrimp or braised short ribs with roasted shallots and a parsnip purée. Sat-Sun, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 58 | May 2018

Exeter Inn Epoch Restaurant & Bar Exeter 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Offering a special Mother’s Day buffet brunch, $49.99 Restaurant Tek-Nique Bedford 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bedford Village Inn Bedford Saturday and Sunday on the porch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Offering a special Mother’s Day buffet brunch, $49 Inn at Pleasant Lake Oak & Grain New London Three-course, prix-fixe brunch starts at 11:30 a.m. with a cocktail reception. Brunch at 12 p.m., $35 Colby Hill Inn The Grazing Room Henniker 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Taverns, Breweries and Wineries

Sometimes the libation is just as important as the food. The Bistro at LaBelle Winery Amherst 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special buffet brunch offering for Mother’s Day in the Great Room for $49 The lovely winery tasting room, a hall space above the fermentation tanks and a small room are the usual spaces for the Sunday brunch that offers a short but sweet menu featuring creative takes on French toast, pancakes, frittatas, a Benedict and an egg special. Selections change weekly.

A powdered, freshly fried donut is dotted with berries and sits in a puddle of lemon curd and maple syrup for $5 at Cabonnay.

Cabonnay, Manchester Fresh orange juice for your mimosa is just the start of the love that’s put into each meal presentation by the team and Executive Chef Angelina Jacobs. For brunch, she prepares a lovely eggs Benedict with a lemony hollandaise from scratch, plus locally sourced ham on a housebaked and very tender English muffin. Enjoy the attractive presentations and chill to the low-key atmosphere. The décor is a bit eclectic, from the modern bar in pure white to the fancy hotel dining room in shades of copper. Artwork is suspended from the ceiling and calming images are projected on the walls to help bring you a sense of peace and an escape route from the real world. Sun, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

The Crown Manchester 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Railpenny Tavern Epping 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rí Rá Portsmouth Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 7th Settlement Brewery Dover 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mama McDonough’s Irish Pub Hillsborough Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sonny’s Tavern Dover 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hobbs Tavern Ossipee Sunday breakfast, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Revolution Taproom & Grill Rochester Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Try the Brewery Burger with bacon stout marmalade, $13.

Chapel + Main Restaurant and Brewery Dover The special Sunday menu 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The special menu with brunch to dinner options changes weekly. Flag Hill Distillery & Winery Lee Let the sparkling Cayuga white flow at their make-your-own-mimosa bar. Brunch dates are Mother’s Day with live music, May 13, July 22, August 19, September 30 and October 21. Starts at 11 a.m. and the table is yours for the rest of the day. Reservations necessary. Gilmanton Winery & Vineyard Gilmanton 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Five-course, prix-fixe menu, $15.95 Oak House Newmarket 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery North Woodstock Breakfast daily from 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Also offering a special Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., $21.95.

Grand Buffets If you don’t want to make decisions based on a menu description and you have a hearty appetite, then the buffet brunch is for you. All your favorites are there, whether you crave seafood, made-to-order omelets or tender waffles soaked in real maple syrup. Dig in!

Wentworth by the Sea, New Castle

Yes, I’ll have another mimosa! Why not, they keep pouring them while you make yet another trip to the generous buffet display. The raw bar goes above and beyond oysters and cocktail shrimp with the addition of a few marinated seafood salads. I’m not sure why the dessert display is so prominent, but it’s probably just a reminder to save room for a slice of decadent chocolate cake, a few spoonfuls of pudding or a cookie slipped into your pocket. In between, find carving and omelet stations, plus hot shrimp simmering in a saucepan. Oh yes, there’s a three-piece jazz group on stage to help you relax into the day. Bubbles & Jazz Sunday Brunch in the Wentworth Grand Dining Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $39.95; grander displays on Mother’s Day, $54,

Common Man Restaurants

Mother’s Day Brunches

Tilt’n Diner, Tilton, breakfast buffet, 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Lago, Meredith, brunch buffet, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $27.95 Common Man, Claremont, dinner buffet, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., $26.95 Common Man, Concord, dinner buffet, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $26.95 Lakehouse, Meredith, grand buffet, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $29.95 Foster’s Boiler Room, Plymouth, grand buffet, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $26.95

Regular Sunday Brunch

Common Man, Windham Buffet, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., $19.95 Seafood, omelets and champagne can all be found at the Bubbles & Jazz Sunday brunches at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel.

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Common Man, Claremont 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch menu with brunch specials

Make sure to save room for dessert at the Bubbles & Jazz Sunday Brunch.

The Foundry Manchester Start with the freshly shucked oysters, shrimp cocktail and smoked salmon before moving onto a healthy mixed green salad. OK, now dive into Chef Provencher’s succulent corned beef hash and pork ribs. Yes, take a few more. Also, find an omelet station, local bacon, gooey mac ’n’ cheese, buttery sticky buns and, on the dessert station, house-made donuts, glazed and embedded with a few chocolate chips. As with most things, selections vary by the season. The tasty bloody marys are extra. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $27,

More Buffets Gauchos Churrascaria Manchester and Nashua 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $17.95 Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa Whitefield Mother’s Day Grand Buffet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $36 Currier Museum of Art Manchester Music & Mimosas Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling (603) 669-6144, ext. 108. Held on the second Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $19.95 and $24.95 for Mother’s Day 62 | May 2018

DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly the Crowne Plaza) Nashua Champagne Sunday Brunch Plans are not clear at press time if Speaker’s Corner will be rebranded as the Crowne Plaza transitions into the DoubleTree. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., $19.95 The Red Blazer Concord 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., $13.99 The Old Salt & Lamie’s Restaurant and Inn Hampton 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $19.99 The Old Courthouse Newport 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $16.95

Steele Hill Resorts, Sanbornton The Hilltop Restaurant 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $19.95 Enjoy brunch with a view. The White Mountain Hotel & Resort North Conway Ledges Restaurant Grand Sunday Brunch 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $21 Another destination with lovely views. Red Fox Bar & Grille Jackson 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $8.99 Expect to pay more on Mother’s Day. Atkinson Resort & Country Club Atkinson 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $25.95 Mother’s Day, $47

Ethnic Twist

Breakfast is so American, but these spots add a bit of cultural diversity to the table.

Fun and Funky

Sometimes it’s about more than what’s on your plate.

Tuscan Kitchen, Portsmouth

When you start with really good house-made Italian bread, it’s a short trip to a brunch experience with a taste of Italy. The breakfast pizza is topped with wisps of spinach, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, prosciutto and a perfectly soft egg. It’s made on hand-tossed dough and browned in the wood-fired oven for a slight taste of char. French toast is also made with their artisan bread, which is soaked in cream and topped with a lemon sauce and served with maple syrup on the side. And then the brunch drinks — peach bellini, pear-ginger and blood orange variations all topped with Prosecco. After brunch, stroll into the attached market for a gelato and an armful of housemade sausages, pasta, sauces, Italian condiments of all types and a local honey infused with the scent of truffle. The deli case is packed with salads and prepared salmon and chicken dishes to take home for dinner. It’s all good. Abbondanza! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Salem location also serves a Sunday Pranza starting at noon. Italian Dante’s Bistro Bar & Grille Barrington Jazz, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cajun Madear’s Manchester 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Modern Mexican Vida Cantina Portsmouth 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Old England The Birchwood Inn The London Tavern Temple 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brazilian Gauchos Churrascaria Manchester and Nashua 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $17.95

The sweet, spicy ginger garlic Korean fried chicken ($9.75) is a regular menu item at Street and is also available for brunch.

Street, Portsmouth

The food at Portsmouth’s Street is as fun as the atmosphere. Brunch runs the gamut from Mexican cemita sandwiches on soft, seeded buns to a healthy Singapore salad bowl to a variety of “Hollandaise Carriers,” including the Sweet Home Alabruncha — cornbread topped with pulled pork, poached eggs, hollandaise, a drizzle of BBQ sauce and scallions. There’s even a “Crazy Toast” with a fun face made with fruit and bacon to amuse the little ones. Mimosas get a little crazy too with the Maximosa with Lillet and Gran Marnier added to this classic brunch cocktail. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Umami Farm Fresh Café Northwood 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Corner House Inn Center Sandwich

Bistros or Gastropubs Not Usually Open for Lunch Here’s a chance to see how creative your favorite nightspot is with eggs, sandwiches and waffles.

The Birch on Elm, Manchester

The space is eclectic, the food is good and the drinks are even better. Find a very interesting menu that includes lamb poutine, bacon and beef hash, chicken and waffles with sage-infused maple syrup, plus a variety of inspired tacos. Enjoy fresh-squeezed OJ for your mimosa. Folks in the hospitality industry can enjoy 30 percent off of their meal. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

Birch on Elm’s crispy pork Benedict with five-minute eggs, $14

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More Choices Rudi’s Portsmouth Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The District Portsmouth Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Wilder Restaurant & Bar Portsmouth 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Bistros or Gastropubs Open for Lunch

Mother’s Day Only MT’s Local Kitchen and Wine Bar

They’re adding waffles and egg dishes to the sandwich lunch menu.

All your favorite dishes from Nashua’s Michael Timothy’s Sunday brunches of yore — eggs goldenrod, house-cured salmon and the best corned beef hash ever. Find fresh orange juice for your mimosa and French pastries for dessert. $28 Reservations can be made by calling (603) 5959334 or go online. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,

Brookstone Park Derry Mother’s Day Brunch 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $39

More Brunch Cafés

Black Forest Café Amherst 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Shrimp and grits with andouille sausage and Pineland Farms cheddar, $14

Firefly American Bistro & Bar, Manchester Find a full array of à la carte choices from a Monte Cristo to a goat cheese and spinach salad to a juicy half-pound burger classically dressed with a Bermuda onion and Beefsteak tomatoes. Go traditional with the Firefly Benedict, featuring Maine lobster and a dill hollandaise. Wash it all down with a nicely spiced bloody mary variation and trick it out with pickled veggies or add more spice. There must be 30 bottles of various hot sauces to tease your tongue at the bloody mary bar. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nibblesworth Wood Fire Grill Portsmouth 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. River House Portsmouth 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (November through March only)

CR’s The Restaurant Hampton 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Taverne on the Square Claremont 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Covered Bridge Farm Table Campton 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Millstone at 74 Main New London 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Urban Farmhouse Eatery North Hampton Facebook 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Country Clubs Atkinson Resort & Country Club Buffet brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $25.95 Mother’s Day, $47 Lake Sunapee Country Club New London Mother’s Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $42 The Keene Country Club Timberview Restaurant Keene Seasonal, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | MAy 2018



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of Healthcare Too often, nurses are unsung heroes of the medical community. In fact, they are key members of any healthcare team, but their skills and contributions go unreconized time and time again. New Hampshire Magazine, in partnership with the New Hampshire Nurses Association, wants to help change that with the Excellence in Nursing Awards. This past winter, we accepted nominations for New Hampshire nurses in 13 vital specialties, from pediatrics and public health to leadership and education. The winners were selected by an independent committee of nursing leaders from adjoining states. Each nurse profiled in the following pages represents the very best in nursing — those who go above and beyond to comfort, heal and teach.

Barbara Stuart ADN, RN, CHPN

Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Being in palliative and hospice care is both challenging and fulfilling. It requires clinical and communications skills, good boundaries, and more importantly, the ability to remain present in difficult situations. Barbara Stuart, nurse coordinator at Wentworth Health Partners Palliative Care Practice, encapsulates all of these qualities. Stuart educates and supports patients, families and staff while ensuring that providers are able to efficiently deliver care in multiple locations. After working in hospice nursing for five years, Stuart transitioned into the growing field of palliative nursing in 2007. “I’m inspired every day by the patients we see who continue to live their lives to the fullest,” notes Stuart. “At some point, we will all have our own illnesses and must pray there will be someone there to support both ourselves and our loved ones.” Being present in a family’s most intimate and heartfelt moments is an inspiring gift, and Stuart says that it is imperative to educate the next generation of nurses about this special field of care. | May 2018


Sarah Bemish MSN, RN Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Of all the ailments that require the healing powers of a nurse, the least understood are illnesses of the mind. So it makes sense that when asked what trait is most important for a psychiatric and mental health nurse, Sarah Bemish replies, “Understanding.” She began her nursing career on a geriatric-psychiatric unit at the Elliot Hospital in 2007. “Initially, I thought I would stay on that unit for a year or two and then move on to another field, but I fell in love with the field of psychiatry and never did move on,” she says. Her work has been evolving constantly, though, from an adult inpatient psychiatric unit to a psychiatric evaluation unit in the emergency room and on a behavioral emergency response team. Mental health outcomes might sometimes seem less clear than those in surgery or internal medicine, but she finds ample inspiration: “A smile. A handshake. Those moments in a conversation when an individual says, ‘You really get it,’ and that person knows that he or she is no longer alone in a long-fought battle.”

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Carmen Carmin J.J.Petrin Petrin MS, RN, APRN, FNP-BC

Cardiac-Vascular Nursing For most, a career means working at one thing. For Carmen J. Petrin, she combines caring for patients with teaching her considerable skills and knowledge to others. As a nurse practitioner, she works with cardiologists at the New England Heart and Vascular Institute, managing the care of patients with cardiovascular disease. When wearing her teaching hat, she’s a clinical education specialist at Catholic Medical Center where she has taught programs on cardiovascular nursing. As an American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) instructor, she has taught courses to healthcare providers who care for victims of cardiac arrest and cardiovascular emergencies. She started her career as a staff nurse, eventually becoming an instructor at a nursing school, but she says her career really began when she became a critical care educator and ACLS Instructor in 1982. A few years later, in 1986, she was a part of the team that designed and implemented the institute’s successful cardiothoracic surgical program. It was in 2005 that she became a nurse practitioner. Over the years, she found it important to maintain intellectual curiosity to keep up with current advances and a passion for teaching. What continues to motivate her, she says, is her patients. “I am inspired by patients and families who tell me that I made a difference and had a positive impact on the quality of their lives,” she says. Like any great teacher, she also finds inspiration in watching her students improve. “These successes inspire me to continue learning and strive to be the best that I can be.” | May 2018


Margaret Crowley PhD, RN

Public Health Nursing

“I didn’t want to be a teacher or a secretary,” says Margaret Crowley of her decision to study nursing. “My imagination took me no further than these options in 1968,” the year she entered the five-year nursing program at Northeastern University. Obviously much has changed since then for women’s careers and for healthcare. Many of the positive recent changes in medicine come from the perspective offered by healthcare consulting companies like Qualidigm, where Crowley worked as the NH state director of a seven-member team until her retirement back in February. Providers contract with her organization to learn ways to make care more safe, effective, efficient, fair and patient-centered. One example: “Advancing antibiotic stewardship in outpatient settings,” she says, “to work toward making the best, most appropriate treatment decisions.” Crowley says that one of the qualities of a great nurse is to be a good listener and that’s the case for her consulting work, as well. Her motivation along the way has been supplied by a long list of mentors and colleagues, each of whom, she says, “taught me there is always more to learn and that we can all do a bit better tomorrow.”

Christine Dodier BS, RN Ambulatory Care Nursing

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In 1986, as a high school junior, Christine Dodier took her first real job in the medical records department at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. It was then she knew she was meant to work in healthcare. “My fate,” she says, “was sealed from that moment on.” Now, WDH is her “home away from home,” and her role as Clinical Educator/ Professional Development Specialist means she provides “guidance, education and support to clinical staff (RNs, LPNs and medical assistants) who provide care to patients of all ages at 30 primary care and specialty practice locations.” It’s no surprise then that she cites the ability “to build and nurture relationships with patients, colleagues and providers” as one of her topthree most important traits. The other two? Honesty and integrity. Her inspiration stems from relationships as well, saying “I am inspired by the hope that my words, actions and ability to truly connect with others inspires my family, especially my children, my friends, my colleagues and all I come in to contact with to embrace every opportunity to make a positive impact in any way that they can.”

Heather Brander BSN, RN

Gerontologic Nursing Resource nurses, like Heather Brander, are advocates for patients, families and staff, and are mentors and preceptors all in one. A typical day in the hospital includes making daily assignments for nurses, working with multiple staff members from varying departments, organizing and keeping tabs on secretaries and being available for questions, concerns and assisting with family dynamics. For over 20 years, Brander’s humble and selfless attitude has carried her far beyond the call of duty in her position in the Geriatric Psychiatric Unit at Elliot Hospital. She finds that patience is key when working in such a high-stress environment. “It’s extremely important to remember that our specialty population is delicate in many, many areas including mental status as well as medical needs,” notes Brander. “I often ask myself, ‘is this the best thing for the patient?’ I also remind myself that each and every patient is someone’s daughter, dad, grandmother, brother or best friend. That helps put all of our hard work into perspective.” | May 2018


Jennifer Alicea MSN, RN, CNL, CEN

Emergency Nursing Although her primary role is Clinical Nurse Leader, she also serves as sexual assault Nurse Examiner Coordinator and staff RN at the Elliot Emergency Department. Along with all those “hats,” nursing is a second career for Jennifer Alicea. She was in her 20s working as an accountant when she went back to school and took a substantial pay cut to pursue her passion for nursing. And working in the emergency department, around people who share her passion, is a continuous source of motivation to her. “They are my second family,” she says. “If there is something I can do to improve their day, I am happy to help.” Sometimes she helps by sharing hard-earned wisdom. “My advice to new nurses is that patients should never be considered ‘just’ a chest pain patient, abdominal pain, patient, angry patient, etc.,” she says. “There’s always potential for risk, for the unexpected and consideration to be given to the layers of the individual we are treating.”

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Julia Puglisi MSN, RN-BC, CNL Medical-Surgical Nursing

After growing up watching her mother’s dedication to raising her children and working as a nurse, it was no surprise that Julia Puglisi was inspired to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a nurse. She earned her degree in psychology and entered the nursing profession with the hope of increasing mental health awareness and compassionate care for those with mental health disorders. “I fell in love with direct patient care in the inpatient setting,” recalls Puglisi. “I completed many of my clinical rotations on the unit where I currently work at Elliot Health System and had several personal connections to the unit as well.” Puglisi finds that one of the most important aspects of her career as a nurse “is to empower my peers to provide the most compassionate, skilled and evidence-based care.” She works tirelessly to ensure that her patients are taken care of, a quality that she gets from her mother. “My mother has taught me the value of seeing the world through the lens of another,” notes Puglisi. “I try to remember that everyone is facing a battle that we know nothing about and give them the most powerful tools for healing — kindness and love.”

Kate Collopy PhD, RN

Nurse Educators and Nurse Researchers Kate Collopy’s first job was as an intensive care nurse at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, straight out of college. She’s since advanced to what she considers “the best job at WDH, bar none” serving as the director of Nursing Education, Research and Innovation there. She considers that kind of continuity and staying power to be the crucial element in nursing. “You have to play the long game,” she says. “It takes years and years to develop the kind of infrastructure, culture and talent that’s needed to accomplish what our team does.” Her original decision to go into education and research wasn’t hard. “It wasn’t a choice so much as how I’m wired,” she says. She recalls the first time she had a chance to extubate a trauma patient who had been in a coma and on a ventilator. “As soon as I was able, I was asking him questions about what it was like and what he remembered.” As a result, she was able to improve her care to the next patient. “That’s why we go into this field,” says Collopy. “We generate new knowledge and impart best practices.” | May 2018


Mary Bidgood-Wilson MSN, APRN, FACNM, FAANP

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse New Hampshire is a state of firsts — from declaring independence from England before anyone else to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, the Granite State is used to pioneer status. Mary Bidgood-Wilson, fits right into this tradition. During the course of three decades plus of caring for patients in Moultonborough, Bidgood-Wilson was also instrumental in key pieces of legislation that lengthen the state’s list of firsts. Starting in the ’90s, she worked on a state bill that allowed nurse practitioners (NPs) to be reimbursed directly, rather than through a physician. She was also involved in the 15-year process of giving NPs full prescription powers, and New Hampshire paved the way on both. “We were ahead of the curve,” she says. “We are seen as pioneers across the country.” Her achievements are not limited to legislative victories. Thirty years ago, she opened her family practice, which just to happened to be the first midwifery practice in the Lakes Region. Eventually, she sold the practice to LRGHealthcare, where she has worked ever since. As she transitions into retirement, she is also stepping down as executive director of the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association, which honored her with NH Nurse Practitioner Lifetime of Service Award in 2016. Though proud of her impact on increasing acceptance and recognition for NPs in New Hampshire and beyond, her inspiration and motivation always stemmed from her patients. “For 30 years I took care of people in my community,” she says. “I had the privilege to be at many, many births.”

Sarah Heron BSN, RN, CPN Pediatric Nursing

Sarah Heron has been a pediatric nurse at Elliot Hospital for about three years, but she says her interest in the medical complexities of children took root in college and has shaped her career along the way. She gets inspired observing the strength of children who endure life-threatening medical challenges, but also working alongside their parents. She spent four years as a pediatric home care nurse and recalls patients who were not expected to survive through infancy, “Yet I saw them learn to walk, communicate and truly enjoy life as they grew up,” she says. Her nursing skills were important, but it was parents who would “play the role of nurse, therapist, teacher, advocate and so much more” that made the ultimate difference. “My experiences with these families instilled many of the traits and values that I have today and made me a better nurse,” she says. “Children are incredibly resilient,” she notes, and they can maintain a positive outlook even when hospitalized, but they face unique challenges. “Having a nurse who understands these challenges goes a long way in helping children and their caregivers feel safe and secure while in the hospital receiving necessary medical care.”

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Lourdes Hambrecht MSN, RN, WHNP-BC

Maternal-Child Health Nursing Labor and delivery nurses assist in bringing new life into the world every day. Hambrecht Lourdes, a labor and delivery nurse at The Birth Place at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, enjoys being a part of a family’s birth story — an experience that she holds close to her heart. Lourdes graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After passing her NCLEX exam and receiving her registered nursing license, Lourdes worked in a high-risk obstetrical unit. The job provided her with a solid foundation to build her career on and over 18 years later, she still finds the same joy in it that she had on day one. While it can be unpredictable at times, Lourdes is motivated and committed to providing excellent nursing care to her pregnant mothers. “For me, there is nothing more rewarding than being present during the birth of a child,” remarks Lourdes. “Having a child is an enormous life-changing event for these families. I want them to be able to reflect back on the day their child was born and think it was a great birth experience.” | May 2018


Mary Scott BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN Nurse Leader

The emergency department in any hospital is where the most stressful and complex medical situations play out and by definition it’s always open. As nurse cirector for the ED at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Mary Scott is responsible 24 hours a day and seven days a week for the operations there, overseeing about 100 employees. She’s worked there for 30 years. “I love emergency nursing,” she says, “and this emergency department.” She leads her team by maintaining an open-door policy for staff and says that a primary task is to be fair and consistent to inspire confidence, but she adds, “You never know what the day will bring, so flexibility is key.” In such an intense work environment, it takes strong communication skills, perseverance and a sense of humor to keep things going. Scott does her part by leading, but she says she finds her own inspiration from her staff. “They always keep going,” she says, “no matter how challenging the day, night, or week.”

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Elliot nurses set the standard for excellence!

Recipients of the Nursing Excellence Award Sarah Heron, BSN, RN, CPN Pediatric Nursing

Julia Puglisi, MSN, RN, CNL Medical-Surgical Nursing

Jennifer Alicea MSN, RN, CNL, CEN Emergency Medicine Nursing

Sarah Bemish, RN

Behavioral Emergency Response Nursing

Heather Brander, RN

Geriatric Psychiatric Nursing

We applaud all of you, and we are so proud of your clinical care and leadership to support the highest quality patient care.

Visit or call Physician Finder at 603-663-4567.

603 Living

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock, “The Use of Life”

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Savor Summer

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes all sorts of activities and plans. It’s tempting to try to pack everything into these all-too-short warm months — remember to take moments to relax and simply enjoy being outside. Maybe that’s in a hammock at White Lake State Park in Tamworth (pictured here), your own favorite quiet spot or even your own backyard. | May 2018




Worry Overload Identifying postpartum anxiety BY KAREN A. JAMROG


ife constantly challenges us to deal and adapt, but few events deliver quite the same wallop as the birth of a child. Many new mothers understandably feel exhausted, stressed and overwhelmed, but for some, days and nights of onesies, diapers, feedings and time with baby are shadowed by extreme worry and self-doubt — anxiety that can leave the mom distracted, emotionally distraught and on the verge of clinical depression. It’s normal, even healthy, for a woman to fret, at least to some degree, about her new baby’s well-being. “Anxiety is what gets us up in the morning and gets us motivated to do things,” says Jennifer Tawa, APRN, PMHNPBC, a nurse practitioner who specializes in obstetric psychiatric care at Southern New Hampshire Health. Anxiety that is all-con-

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suming, of course, is a different story. Women who suffer from postpartum anxiety typically question their capabilities as a mother and obsessively worry about the welfare of their child. They might frequently double- or even triple-check on their baby, and experience frightening thoughts of dropping the baby or of some other terrible fate befalling the child. Postpartum anxiety can go hand in hand with its better-known counterpart, postpartum depression, but it also occurs alone or as a precursor to depression. It is seen most often in first-time moms, but can be a problem for experienced mothers who struggle with the transitions that additional children bring, says Amy Chouinard, MA, LCMHC, a mental health counselor at Perinatal & Women’s Mental Health Counseling in Windham.

A number of factors can influence a woman’s likelihood of experiencing postpartum anxiety. Individuals who struggle with anxiety prior to becoming pregnant, for example, face greater risk. The hormonal cascade set off by pregnancy and giving birth can contribute to irritability, depression and increased anxiety, Tawa says, and so can a slew of other stressors that can come with a new baby, such as having to deal with exhaustion, recovery from a difficult birth, a particularly challenging baby, a sudden lack of predictability and major changes in family dynamics. Women who don’t have a lot of support are more prone to anxiety trouble. Being the sole caretaker of an infant is enough to wear anyone down, but it’s an even tougher job if you have no one to talk to. Compared to previous generations, today’s families are more likely to be geographically scattered, making it harder for extended family members to provide a sympathetic ear, along with respites from childcare. Without regular support, “[women] don’t know who to turn to,” Tawa says. “They feel isolated, and that will foster anxiety.” In contrast, being able to ask someone you trust, “‘Am I overreacting to this? Is this normal?’” Tawa says, contributes to feelings of well-being, and helps soothe anxiety. And perhaps counterintuitively, social media does not always help matters. “Social

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Women who suffer from postpartum anxiety typically question their capabilities as a mother and obsessively worry about the welfare of their child.



media makes it look like a lot of moms are doing a way better job than they actually are — posting pictures, doing all these little Pinterest crafts,” Chouinard says. The posts and photos add up, leading some women to think, “‘That’s what I need to be doing,’ and ‘That’s what I need to be keeping up with,’” Chouinard says. Struggling moms can wonder why no one else appears to be having difficulty, and begin to view themselves as “not good enough.” In addition, the new role and life transition that comes with having a baby makes many women feel emotionally off-balance. The day you have a baby, “your whole identity shifts,” Chouinard says, “and you’re trying to figure out what your value is, who you are as a person. You’re trying to figure out your sense of self again because you think, ‘Oh, being a mom, that’s not everything. That’s not who I was yesterday. I was an employee and I had friends and I socialized.’” Moms who return to work might feel guilty and upset about leaving their child, while moms who don’t go to an outside job can feel increasingly stressed because they have no adults to talk to and little social support, possibly along with a hard-earned career that is now on hold. Trying to stifle or ignore the anxiety often exacerbates the problem. “Anxiety grows

when we don’t want it,” Chouinard says. And ruminating over unrealistic thoughts and expectations of ourselves as parents, she says, can cause anxiety-promoting brain chemicals and hormones to surge. Aware of the stigma surrounding emotional difficulties, however, and feeling pressured to be a “good” mother, many moms keep their troubles to themselves. “They really don’t know what’s normal,” Chouinard says, “and they’re afraid to talk to people sometimes because it looks like everyone else is managing it fine.” New moms can get a significant emotional boost when they communicate openly, be it with their spouse or partner or other trusted family member, or a friend, doctor or support group. Being able to talk to someone without fear of being judged “is crucial,” Tawa says. “That’s one big thing I hear [from patients] over and over again: ‘I can’t tell anybody how I’m really feeling because they’re going to think I’m a horrible mom. They’re going to take away my baby because they’re going to think I’m a nut job.’” In addition to engaging in honest conversations about their concerns and struggles, moms need to take care of themselves in general. They should resist thinking that they must relinquish their identity and their self-care, Tawa says. “Go on your walks, go

Help for Anxious Moms

All by itself, the day-to-day (and night) grind of motherhood is hard. Coming as it does — with a bevy of significant life changes and super-mom goals, such as cheerfully keeping up with housework while churning out crafts, whipping up nutritious meals and spending quality time with the kid(s) — can make it feel downright impossible. Some women obsess over their perceived inability to get it right, especially while so many people on social media seem to find motherhood a breeze, and excessively worry about the well-being of their baby. But whether you are an expectant mom, a newly minted mother or an experienced mom who is expanding her brood, there are steps you can take to help safeguard your well-being as you navigate what can feel like the emotional minefield of motherhood. The following are tips from Amy Chouinard, MA, LCMHC, a mental health counselor at Perinatal & Women’s Mental Health Counseling, and Jennifer Tawa, APRN, PMHNPBC, a nurse practitioner who specializes in obstetric psychiatric

to yoga, go do other things you really enjoy, go to a movie with a friend,” she says. Exercise, in particular, provides many benefits, and can be an effective way to combat anxiety because it stimulates endorphin and dopamine release, which helps soothe and uplift emotions. “Being physically active is phenomenal,” in terms of the payback it brings, Tawa says. And importantly, anxious mothers should not delay in getting the help they need, for their sake as well their baby’s; addressing the problem early can stave off depression and worsening emotional difficulties. From one-on-one counseling to mom-and-baby gatherings and support groups, many forms of assistance are available, Tawa says, and they can help women realize that other mothers, in fact, share some of the same emotions and concerns. NH

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care at Southern New Hampshire Health: Communicate openly with your obstetrician or your child’s pediatrician, Tawa says. Let him or her know your concerns. Join a new mom or new baby group, take your kid(s) to story time at your library or go to the playground so that you can commiserate with other mothers, and/or likely see that other people are not having a perfect motherhood experience either. Realizing that you’re not the only one struggling can help calm your fears and normalize your expectations, Chouinard says. Plus, just getting out of the house can help you feel better. If you can’t find a group or get to a place where moms congregate, reach out to a trusted friend or family member and let them know if you are struggling. “[Moms] who don’t talk to people and try to manage it all by themselves are probably most at risk” of having ongoing anxiety trouble, Chouinard says. Set yourself up for success by having realistic expectations and support measures in place. Whether you’re expecting or already have a child, figure out who and what is available to help you cope. Arrange for a regular babysitter, enlist help from your partner or family and get proper sleep when possible. Be physically active. You might not think you have time for it, but exercise eases tension and anxiety. If you can’t get to a gym, pack up the stroller and head out for a brisk walk. Get help if you need it. Many insurance plans cover therapy, Chouinard says. | May 2018




Plan It Out

The simple key to the perfect bathroom BY AMY MITCHELL


he April issue covered five timeless “trends” in kitchens — things I felt were sure bets for design longevity and that homeowners could incorporate regardless of the size of their budgets. Continuing that idea of renovating without regret, I’ve come up with seven budget-blind tips if your next project is tackling that problem bathroom, and we all have one. Steps one through seven are make a plan. That’s it, folks! All said and done. Don’t leave things to chance and your bathroom should stylistically, functionally

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and financially work out well. But, if you’re hoping for a little more detail than that, these guidelines can help steer you in the right direction. Put a dollar figure on it. This seemingly obvious first step is imperative no matter what space in your house you plan to decorate. No one likes to talk money, but set your budget and then don’t get lazy. Choose all your design elements and get your labor estimates. Don’t leave decisions to chance while you’re in the middle of the project — you will either go over budget or have to scrimp and use cheap quality at the

finish to make ends meet. When you plan in advance, you can choose where to splurge and where to save in order to get the overall feel and quality you want. Pick your aesthetic. How do you want to feel in your bathroom? Most people want their master bathrooms to feel serene and calm — oases before they hit the noise and exertion of the day — but that doesn’t fit everyone’s needs. Are you doing a kids’ bathroom and want a little more energy and color? Is it a laundry combo where you don’t have to worry about humidity and can play with wallcoverings to inject a little fun to lighten the work? Or a powder room where things can be a little more sophisticated to coordinate with the more formal rooms in your home? Find your focal point. You have to start somewhere, so find that inspirational launch pad. Are you in love with a


certain tile, a light fixture, a colored vanity, a mirror, a window or shower curtain fabric? Choose it, and then let the other elements play supporting roles. Even the biggest bathrooms are smaller than most living spaces, so you can’t have too many divas on the stage or you’ll have one noisy mess.


Don’t get overzealous with tile patterns. I see this too often. There is so much inspiration out on the web these days, it’s easy to go overboard — floors, tub surrounds, shower niches, backsplashes. My advice is to pick one more dramatic pattern or color and then — as I said earlier — let the others play supporting roles. Solid surfaces that have movement to them (such as vanity counters) act like patterns too. So don’t forget to figure those into the “pattern” mix of your bathroom. Keep your undertones consistent. Get all your finishes together — paint, wood, tile, surfaces — and make sure that their undertones harmonize. Don’t forget storage. Pick your pretties, then figure out alternative storage methods if necessary. You don’t have to have a huge storage vanity if you can stash stuff elsewhere. If you want a pedestal sink or console, can you do a medicine cabinet? Is there a place for a small closet in a wall between studs? You can even hide storage in the walls behind pictures or in a paneled tub surround. Plan a tiled shower niche rather than those corner tiles or afterthe-fact metal shower towers. Have a contingency fund. If you’re demoing, you can never be too sure of what you’ll find. If you have an absolute-do-not-exceed dollar figure in your head, then make sure that your budget is actually 10-20 percent less than that figure, depending on the scope of the project. Your bank account will thank you. Lastly, there are always unexpected problems that arise in renovating and decorating. So take heart, a deep breath and one step at a time. The result will be worth it. NH Decorator and color consultant Amy Mitchell is the owner of Home Glow Design. Each week, she writes for Home Glow’s “Saturday Blog,” focusing on fresh twists on classic style, American craftsmanship and value and quality for dollars spent. The blog also features more photos from this story. She lives in Hopkinton with her husband and two boys.

Tip 1 Maximizing your storage is essential to having a great kitchen. I have seen many kitchens that have no place to put the frying pans, no real pantry and no counter space on either side of the cook top. These are not functioning kitchens. I maintain that all cabinets less than 12 inches wide are useless. What can you store in them? Not much. If you are going to spend the money to remodel your kitchen, let a designer help you maximize the storage space so you really can use it. No more trips to the basement to get that pan or roll of paper towels. At Dream Kitchens, I guarantee we will give you at least 30 percent more storage. Tip 2 Life has changed. The kitchen is the center of our lives. We cook, our children study, and we entertain in the kitchen. This makes the layout essential. How many times have you asked your child to “stop standing there so I can get to the fridge?” We should be able to easily chat with guests, put chips and dip out on a buffet, and watch TV. We want guests welcome in the kitchen, but on the fringes where they add to the fun but don’t get in the way. Tip 3 Get rid of the clutter. Most countertops are packed with the coffee maker, toaster, food processor, blender, knives, spices and pantry items. This makes it almost impossible to prepare food and makes the kitchen look messy. Have a place to store everything so you can see and use those beautiful countertops. At Dream Kitchens we will store everything away so you are ready for company at any time of day! Nina Hackel, President | Dream Kitchens | 139 Daniel Webster Highway Nashua NH | | 603-891-2916 | May 2018




Spring Into Lamb A healthy bowl meal

Lamb Bowl You could make ground lamb into a burger and grill it, but why not enjoy it in a healthy bowl meal instead?

Serves 4 Make-ahead, quick-pickled red onion slices 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 red onion, thinly sliced Whisk first three ingredients and 1 cup water in a small bowl until sugar and salt dissolve. Place onion in a jar; pour vinegar mixture over the onions. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Drain onions before using. These can be refrigerated for up to two weeks. 1 large carrot, grated 1 pound ground lamb or mutton 2 tablespoons Rub Me Tender green tea and mint spice rub (or spice flavoring of your choice) 1 avocado, sliced 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint 3 scallions, chopped

If you only want to eat grass-fed meats, lamb is a good choice. There are no lamb feedlots. American lamb comes from a larger animal than those grown in New Zealand. Both are usually less than 12 months old at the time of slaughter. When animals are older than a year, the meat is considered mutton, but it is in no way less flavorful, though possibly a bit tougher. Grinding mutton into hamburger

is a perfect and tasty solution. Find local lamb and mutton at Miles Smith Farm in Loudon, sourced from a farmer in Chichester where they are finished on hay and grain. Also find lamb at Riverslea Farm in Epping and Mayfair Farm in Harrisville. You may also find a variety of cuts at your local farmers market. For more recipes or information about lamb, visit

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Rub Me Tender Spices Tina Caruana offers two tea-based and two coffee-based rubs perfect for enhancing beef, pork, chicken, lamb or vegetables at her Bedford-based online business, Rub Me Tender. A professional culinary arts degree from Southern New Hampshire University enriched her understanding of nutrition and organic natural flavors used in her products. The green tea and mint version suggested here offers the ancient health benefits of tea, mint, cilantro, cardamom, basil, thyme and oregano. Find products and more recipes at Caruana is also occasionally at the Nashua farmers market on Sundays.

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or the rosemary oil from the Salem-based Cucina Aurora) 1/4 cup lemon juice Salt and pepper to taste Salad greens (The Balance mix from Loudon’s lēf Farms is a good choice.) Fry lamb in a saucepan just until it is no longer pink. Sprinkle in flavoring packet and mix well. Set aside. Add salt and pepper, if desired. Layer individual bowls with salad greens and arrange the lamb mixture, pickled onions, grated carrot, avocado and chopped mint on top. Finish with chopped scallions. Whisk together oil and lemon juice and drizzle over salad bowl. | March 2018



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Churchill’s in Exeter has an array of plants, vegetables, flowers and succulents for sale.

Start Small

The basics of designing a garden for tiny spaces BY EMILY HEIDT


he snow has melted, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, the flowers are waking up and you’re feeling inspired to get your hands dirty. Garden aficionados around the Granite State are busy planting, pruning, preparing beds and getting their gardens back in shape after a long winter. While you might not have the same vast yard and garden space as your neighbor down the street, that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the spring gardening fun. You don’t need a large piece of property to have a Martha

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Stewart-worthy garden; all you need is sun, water, access to a gardening store and a little bit of creativity. We spoke with Emma Erler, education center program coordinator at the UNH Cooperative Extension, and asked her for a few manageable tips on how to construct and design your own small-space garden. Her first suggestion — think about what flowers, herbs, veggies and/or fruit you would like to start with.

Deciding What to Plant

The sky is the limit for picking out what to plant, but Erler recommends starting out

simple. Strawberries are the easiest fruit for a small space because you can put them in runners or other containers. Lettuce and other salad greens grow quickly, and are fun and easy to harvest and replant. “Larger vegetables also often come in dwarf sizes,” she says. “Vegetables like determinant [smaller] tomatoes and bush cucumbers are perfect options for those who have smaller gardening spaces. You can even grow smaller potatoes, squash and a bush type of bean because they don’t require support,” she adds. Sage, rosemary and parsley are great herbs to grow since they will last year-round. You can also grow flowers like geraniums, marigolds, petunias, zinnias, dahlias and perennials for added texture and a pop of color.

Size and Containers

When picking out containers, it is important to consider the size of the plant that you are planting. Herbs, strawberries and other annuals need a 12-by-12-inch container, while anything larger, like vegetables or other flowers, need a bigger pot that is at least 18-by-24 or 24-by-36. When looking for a container, make sure that it is big enough for what you want to grow and has proper drainage. “A lot of times bigger department stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot won’t have pots with holes in the bottom and you need holes for drainage,” she says. “You also want to be careful with containers that come with saucers. You have to regularly make sure that you are dumping the remaining water that dribbles out or your plants will drown.” You can also combine multiple plants in



fun experiment that can pay off in the long run. You don’t need a large garden to grow gorgeous flowers and plants and delicious fruits and vegetables. You can grow your own organic produce and other aesthetically pleasing plants and flowers while unearthing your own creativity. Keep track of your garden’s progress in a journal and write down weather patterns, when you watered, a good soil brand, and note if something isn’t working so that you can try something else the following year. NH

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Find Your Inner “Peas” With These Extra Garden Tips Utilizing Space Utilize space and add versatility to your garden by combining one or more plants in a container.

one container as long as they have the same growing, light and water requirements. Parsley and cilantro work well together as do multiple annuals at once. If you get tired of round, “boring” containers, switch it up with hanging pots. “Hanging baskets are a great option to break up a garden space, and plants like strawberries do well in them,” she says. “Just be aware that hanging baskets dry out faster and they aren’t usually very deep. They are really best for annuals with a shallower root system like begonias.”

Soil and Fertilizer

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When thinking about soil and fertilizer, it is important to remember that you get what you pay for. If you pay for good soil and fertilizer, you and your garden will reap the benefits. Avoid digging up soil from your

garden because it won’t drain properly. Instead, look for a soilless mix with perlite, peat moss and vermiculite that will be available at most garden centers. You can also add your own compost for added nutrients. When you are hunting for a fertilizer, look for something that has a balanced ratio like 20/20/20. “Some soil comes with fertilizer in the bag, which is great,” she says. “However, I would still recommend adding liquid fertilizer as you go through a season.” If your leaves are changing to a yellowish color or there is slow growth in your garden, that means you need more fertilizer. Another added tip? Add fish emulsion fertilizer to vegetables. It smells bad, but it works extremely well.

Water and Sun

Most vegetables need between six and eight hours of full sun a day. Plants that don’t produce fruits, like greens, tolerate more shade. Beans or other plants with flowers require full sunlight. It is best to water your garden once a day, preferably in the morning. By watering the plants early in the morning, you can avoid the disease that sometimes comes with added moisture that gathers on leaves during the night. If you are watering some of your plants more than once a day, it might indicate that your pot is too small. If you have succulents, do not water them more than once a week because they thrive in full sun and drier soil. While it may seem tedious at the time, developing your own small space garden is a

-Use portable grow bags. -Create edible centerpieces like a tabletop garden of herbs. -Stack planters for a tiered look. -Use an over-the-door shoe hanger to fill with ferns or vines. - Use luster containers.

Handling Threats to Your Garden -Prevent disease by keeping foliage dry and looking out for powdery mildew or gray mold. -See disease? Clip that piece off to prevent it from spreading to other plants. -If high winds are flipping your plants over, make sure you have a pot big enough for the plant mass you are accommodating. -During rainstorms, don’t place your plants under eaves where they could be getting too much water too fast because it could mess with the soil.

Fun Ways to Display Succulents -Hang a colander. -Metal toolboxes -Metal serving tray table -Window box -Mini terrariums -Mason jars -Old teacups | May 2018





5/26 and 5/27

Memorial Day Weekend Craft Fair Joyce’s Craft Shows will be coming to North Conway for this fun Memorial Day event. Over 80 exhibitors will be displaying their fine jewelry, pottery, gourmet foods, quilts and so much more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., North Conway Community Center, 78 Norcross Circle, Rt. 16, North Conway. (603) 528-4014;


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5/20 Kites Against Cancer There’s no better way to welcome summer than with a day of kite-flying on the beach. When that kite-flying comes with a charitable component, the feel-good energy is even better. This Exeter Hospital event, now in its 10th year, encourages attendees to personalize their kites (or purchase specifically made ones) in honor of loved ones who’ve been affected by cancer. Enjoy a day full of festival fun, get those kites flying, and help your community take a colorful stand against cancer. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hampton Beach.

Fairs & Festivals 5/1–5/4

Spring Bulb Festival Tarbin Gardens’ self-guided tour features colorful bulbs that will surely get you in the mood for spring. All plants are labeled, and the staff will provide you with a map of the gardens. Stay for the day and enjoy their extensive gardens, ponds, succulent house and so much more. Visitors are also encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to eat at the Rose Garden Patio. $7.50-$9. Tues-Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tarbin Gardens, 321 Salisbury Rd., West Franklin. (603) 934-3518;


Nottingham Earth Day Festival and Save the Bees 5K This two-in-one event celebrates the Earth, our native pollinators and everything in between. Start the day by supporting the NH Beekeepers Association and running to save the bees. Following the 5K, there will be games, activities, demos, entertainment and more to show off the Nottingham locals that are involved in everything Mother Nature related. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nottingham School, 245 Stage Coach Rd., Nottingham.

5/12 and 5/13

NH Sheep & Wool Festival All things ovine can be found at this Sheep and Wool Growers Association mainstay. Currently in its 42nd year, the

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festival features programming both for producers of sheep and wool and for those of us who are just fans. Don’t miss the long list of workshops and demos on woolen clothes-making, or for a good laugh, the human-and-sheep partnered costume contest. $5-$7. Sat 9 a.m. to 5 pm., Sun 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Deerfield Fairgrounds, 32 Stage Rd., Deerfield.

Paws for Compassion Brunch Attention animal lovers, this benefit is for you. This fundraiser is for Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord-Merrimack County and features a delicious brunch, silent auction and special guest speaker, Rebecca Rule. Rumor has it that there will also be time to socialize with their adorable adoptable pets. $50. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave., Concord. (603) 856-8756;


Are you Smarter Than a Breakthrough Student? A Benefit for Breakthrough Manchester As this early May event could very well sell out, we don’t want you to miss out. The team-based trivia night focuses on middle and high school knowledge to benefit Breakthrough Manchester kids. Enjoy delicious food, interact with students and experience their spirit first-hand. Breakthrough Manchester is the state’s only six-year, tuition-free college access program for motivated students with limited opportunities. Tickets are on sale now. 5 to 7:30 p.m., Southern NH University Dining Center, 2500 River Rd., Manchester. (603) 641-9426; This is a sponsored event.


Exeter Arts & Music Festival There’s no shortage of Seacoast-area festivals on the calendar this summer, but you can get a head start on the season with this fest from Town.Exeter.Arts.Music. There’s plenty of family programming, but this party is especially impressive for its yuppie appeal. A rock climbing wall, an eco-village and sets from painfully hip local musicians supplement the standard arts festival fare. $10. Swasey Parkway, Exeter. (603) 512-8396;

16th Annual Benefit by the Sea This event will take place at the gorgeous Wentworth by the Sea as you enjoy a cocktail hour, formal dinner and dancing to live music by Uptown Funk. There will also be an opportunity to make a pledge of support for Cross Roads House. This gala is a vital part of securing the necessary funds to continue providing shelter and life changing services for the homeless in the Granite State. Dress is black tie optional. 6 p.m., Wentworth by the Sea, 588 Wentworth Rd., New Castle. (603) 436-2218;



5/18 and 5/19

2nd Annual Dixville Notch Music, Arts & Crafts Festival Kick off the summer with the best arts and music the North Country has to offer. This festival is jam-packed with workshops, demonstrations, art shows and live music by such artists as blues duo Roy-Hudson with White Wolf. Don’t miss the vendor fair for local goods of all stripes from vendors like Anita’s Arts and Wandering Woolies. Free. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mohawk Falls, 1478 NH-26, Colebrook. (603) 237-1898;

Rock ’N Race Join more than 5,000 runners, walkers and volunteers participating in the largest charity race north of Boston. All funds raised at this event support Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. You can help by sponsoring a participant, volunteering, underwriting a service or making a donation. $12$29. 6 p.m., Concord Hospital Trust, 250 Pleasant St., Concord. (603) 227-7162;

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Wildquack Duck Race & Music Festival Watch more than 3,500 rubber yellow ducks race down the Wildcat River to the finish line during this wild event. Along with the infamous duck race, there will be delicious food, music, games, face painting, traveling train rides and a parade. Bring your dancing shoes, blankets, chairs and your fastest rubber duck for a fun-filled day in the park. Free. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jackson Village Park, Middle Rd., Jackson. (603) 383-9356;




NH Patriot Guard Riders 5th Annual Charity Ride NH Patriot Guard Riders take it to the streets for this charity ride to support our veterans and first responders. The organization is comprised of volunteer veterans and non-veterans from all walks of life who “ride for respect” and “stand for those who stood for us.” There will also be food and prizes, along with music by Slightly Buzzed. $10 -$25. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Heritage Harley-Davidson, 142 Manchester St., Concord.

Sports & Recreation 5/6

Cinco de Miles 5K Break out your best sombrero and bring the whole family to participate in the festivities. There will be live course entertainment and the first 1,500 to register will receive a free quarter zip pullover. After you finish the race, take a break to enjoy music and redeem your cerveza and margarita tickets. $10-$30. 9:15 a.m., Bedford High School, 47 Nashua Rd., Bedford.



Cycle the Seacoast Get in your exercise, your sightseeing and your charity for the month at this fundraiser event for the American Lung Association. The annual cycling challenge features 25-, 50- and 100-mile routes, all starting and ending at craft beer mecca Redhook Brewery and snaking along some of the most stunning oceanside viewpoints on the Seacoast. Not a bad way to spend your Sunday. $35-$45. 7 a.m., Redhook Brewery, 1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth.


Stonyfield 5K & Fair A 5K run, special kids run and free Stonyfield fair? Sign us up. This 8th annual event boasts not only a course through a quaint New England town, but plenty of live music, food trucks and craft beer. There will also be a kids’ zone complete with a rock climbing wall and balloon animals, and opportunities for pictures with famous mascots like Gurt The Stonyfield Cow and Slider The Fisher Cat. Don’t miss out on what will surely be another “aMOOzing” day. 10 a.m., Rick’s Food & Spirits, 143 Main St., Kingston.


Race for Reading: A Color 5K This 9th annual Race for Reading 5K Trail Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run will be just as bright as the last. Walk or run the course and get blasted with color along

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Children’s Museum of NH 5K Road Race and Kid-Venture Course The Children’s Museum of NH is the first race of the Seacoast Road Race series once again, and will start and finish in front of the museum. Kids are encouraged to participate in a “think spring”-themed race of their own after the main race, complete with challenges like crawling through caterpillar tunnels and crab walking “under the sea.” Wear bright colors, add some fairy or butterfly wings,

or throw on animal ears – use your imagination. $8 - $25. 9 a.m., Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover. (603) 7422002;

the way. All participants will receive a white race T-shirt and a color packet for the end of the race. There will be food and entertainment for the whole family, plus Moat Beer will be on tap for those who are over 21. $10 - $25. 9:30 a.m., Believe in Books, 41 Observatory Way, Intervale. (603) 356-9980;

Miscellaneous 5/2

Brewing New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State from Colonial Times to the Present Attention beer connoisseurs, this one’s for you. Glenn Knoblock will be exploring the history of New Hampshire’s beer and ale brewing industry from the Colonial days to today’s modern breweries and brewpubs around the state. Knoblock will also discuss more lesser-known brewers and breweries that operated in the state, including the only brewery that was owned and operated by a woman before the modern era. 7 p.m., Kensington Public Library, 126 Amesbury Rd., Kensington. (603) 772-5022;


Hippo de Mayo Taco Challenge Are you a taco lover? If you are, you won’t want to miss this nacho average event. The world’s largest taco tour is back for another year of Cinco de Mayo fun. Restaurants around Manchester create their own unique take on the taco and sell them to the public for $2 each. There will be traditional and nontraditional taco combinations ranging from a Korean Bulgogi taco to a Transylvanian dessert taco. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this. 4 to 9 p.m., Downtown Manchester.

5/5 and 5/6

The Great New England Spring Craft & Artisan Show Celebrate the season by stocking up on crafts from more than 150 talented local artisans. This massive indoor fair features wares from jewelry and pottery to fudge and birdfeeders. Shop the booths, bring your little ones to the face-painting station, and speak up if you are a mom: All mothers in attendance will be entered to win a free spa day. The Hampshire Dome, 34 Emerson Rd., Milford. (603) 321-9794;


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Gibson’s Book Club reads Lincoln in the Bardo In keeping with their annual May tradition, the resident book club of Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord will read one of last year’s most popular books, “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders. Newcomers are encouraged to participate or you can come as the spirit moves you. Free. 5:30 p.m., Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. (603) 224-0562;

5/10 5/11-5/13 National Public Gardens Day A day devoted to gardens with no pruning or weeding required? Count us in. The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens celebrates this national holiday with free admission all weekend long. Check out the estate’s extensive gardens and get a preview of their 2018 programming, including the Art in Nature outdoor sculpting exhibit. This conveniently Mother’s Day-adjacent event is also BYOP, so bring your own picnic basket and enjoy some al fresco dining while you peruse the grounds. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, 465 Route 103A, Newbury. (603) 763-4789;

International Migratory Bird Day Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by participating in a morning guided bird hike with the Weeks State Park Association. Look out for warblers, flycatchers and vireos, and later look out over Martin Meadow Pond for loons, eagles and osprey. Free. 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., Weeks State Park, Lancaster. (603) 224-9909;


Lil’ Iguana’s Family Fun Day This event focuses on health, fitness, safety and literacy for children and their families. There will be free samples of nutritious food and beverages, live entertainment, bounce houses, obstacle courses, coloring | May 2018




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The Wedding Singer This show takes us back to a time when shoulder pads were cool and hair was big. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, this musical comedy introduces a sparkling new score for the most romantic musical in 20 years. Don’t miss the story of how Robbie Hart tries to win the heart of Julia, a winsome waitress who has stolen his affection. $12-$18. 7 p.m., The Derry Opera House, 29 West Broadway, Derry.


Cookbook Club Meetings Do you like to cook? Then stop by the Griffin Free Public Library for their last Cookbook Club of the year. Checkout May’s cookbook, sign up for the meeting and then select one of the recipes in the book to bring with you. Everyone brings in a different dish for tasting and discussion. You won’t want to miss this tasty program. Free. 12 to 1:30 p.m., Griffin Free Public Library, 22 Hooksett Rd., Auburn. (603) 483-5374;


Strafford County Master Gardener Plant Sale County residents are invited to check out locally grown perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs and trees at this annual plant sale. Come prepared with questions for the Ask a Master Gardener Table where individuals can find answers to their gardening questions, obtain soil testing information and learn more about UNH Cooperative Extension Master Gardener classes. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Durham Town Hall Parking Lot, 8 Newmarket Rd., Durham.


Nuno Felted Scarf Class with Melinda LaBarge Whether you are new to felting or want to take your skills to the next level, this class is for you. Melinda will introduce you to Nuno, which is the

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Memorial Day Weekend Firework Show at Hampton Beach Bring a blanket and the whole family and kick off summer with this incredible fireworks display. 9:30 p.m., Hampton Beach, 115 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach. (603) 926-8717;

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Plant Sale This plant extravaganza includes locally grown annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and herbs that will be available for sale. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Auburn Historical Association and Friends of the Griffin Free Public Library. Free. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Auburn Historical Association, 102 Hooksett Rd., Auburn.

Performing Arts 5/5 and 5/6

The Pirate and The Gypsy A treasure map and pirates and gypsies, oh my! This tale of adventure and romance comes to the Granite State for a performance you won’t want to miss. This action-packed ballet will feature swashbuckling pirates with real swordplay, gypsies, a pirate ship and an underwater scene. $17.50-$20. Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., Oyster River High School, 55 Coe Dr., Durham. (603) 834-8834;


Medium, Lauren Rainbow Manchester’s own medium, Lauren Rainbow, brings you “An Evening with Spirit” presented from the Palace stage. This will be a powerful opportunity to witness loved ones connect with those living, bringing validation to some audience members. Voted best psychic/medium in New Hampshire by New Hampshire Magazine, Rainbow brings the energy of joy to her work in a night that you won’t soon forget. $30.50 7 p.m., Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. (603) 668-5588;



Japanese word for cloth. The technique bonds loose fibers, such as hand-dyed silk, merino roving, silk roving and printed materials. There will be an abundance of materials for you to choose from to create your own special scarf in whatever design and color you wish to make. $100. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Meredith Community Center, 1 Circle Dr., Meredith. (603) 279-7920; meredith.

The Tin Woman The M&D Playhouse is focusing on presentations for families for their 2018 season, and this play encapsulates just that. Based on a true story, “The Tin Woman” uses humor and pathos to explore loss, family and what it means to be given a new life. $20. Times vary, M&D Playhouse, 1857 White Mountain Hwy PMB 134, North Conway. (603) 733-5275; oi

contests, balloon art and so much more. All participants in the coloring contest will receive a book as their prize. $1. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nashua High School South, 36 Riverside St., Nashua. (603) 881-9805;



will find something to enjoy in this longstanding Grante State fete. Spread across two weekends and a massive fairground venue, the Faire includes everything from an archery range and knight, pirate and gypsy encampments to a zoo animal area said to contain real dragons. $10-$15. Brookvale Pines Farm, 154 Martin Rd., Fremont. (603) 679-2415;

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5/12-13, 5/19-20 New Hampshire Renaissance Faire Noble knights and fair maidens alike

Brian Regan Brian Regan is one of the best comedians performing today, and his sarcastic, self-depreciating humor keeps audiences coming back again and again. He has had his own specials on Showtime and Comedy Central, has appeared regularly on Conan O’Brien and the “Late Show with David Letterman,” and he has even opened in the nation’s best theaters for Jerry Seinfeld. His material covers everyday events such as shipping a package with UPS, mortgages and airports. $45-$55. Sat 7 p.m. and Sun 9:30 p.m., The Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth. (603) 436-2400;

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5/25-12/24 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit Nothing says summer like a display of great al fresco art. Take in some of the state’s best at this annual exhibition from the Mill Brook Gallery. Stroll the gallery’s grounds and enjoy sculptures from such regional names as Scott Cunningham, Michael Alfano, Bruce Hathaway and Rob Lorensen (“Yellow Swan,” pictured above) to name a few. Free. Tues-Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 236 Hopkinton Rd., Concord. (603) 226-2046;


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William Shatner Get ready to be beamed up for this unforgettable, unique night with William Shatner, live on stage. Begin the evening with a screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” After the film, William Shatner will take the stage to share humorous behind-the-scenes stories from his career spanning over 50 years as an award-winning actor, producer, writer and director. Fans will also be able to ask questions during an audience-led Q&A to wrap up the night. $59-$150. 7 p.m., Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main St., Concord. (603) 225-1111;

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Regional Dance America Northeast Festival 2018 Regional Dance America’s 58th Northeast Festival comes to the Queen City for three nights of exhilarating performances. Performances will feature the dance talents of 11 member companies such as the Canton Ballet, Philadelphia Dance Theatre, South Dayton Dance Theatre and the Southern NH Youth Ballet. Live free and dance! $35. 7 p.m., Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. (603) 668-5588;

Music 5/2

PSU Percussion Ensemble Concert The PSU Percussion Ensemble will create music from all over the world on an array of percussion instruments. Pieces will feature a combination of melodic instruments and drums. It will be an exciting evening both visually and sonically. $3-$5. 7 p.m., Silver Theatre at Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth, 114 Main St., Plymouth. (603)5352787;


Robben Ford American blues, jazz and rock guitarist Robben Ford is coming to the Granite State. Ford has collaborated with artists such as Miles Davis, George Harrison, Larry Carlton, Kiss, Brad Paisley and more. His latest album, “Into The Sun,” debuted at No. 2 on the blues charts, and shines a light on his contemporary songwriting. The five-time Grammy nominee describes this song set as “one of the top recordings I’ve ever done.” Tickets start at $35. 7:30 p.m., The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center, 39 Main St., Plymouth. (603) 536-2551;


A Sinatra Tribute with Steve Marvin Steve Martin, under the direction of Don Pendleton, and The Hal McIntyre Orchestra bring the sounds of Frank Sinatra to life with their musical tribute to one of the most influential musical artists of the 21st century. Hal McIntyre was one of the founding members of The Glenn Miller Orchestra and performed with his ensemble for the first time in New York in 1941. Don’t miss this world famous orchestra and their tribute to Sinatra. $30. 6 p.m., New Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry. (603) 437-5100;


Air Supply Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock’s unique voices made Air Supply one of the ‘80s most unforgettable pop groups. This Hall of Fame pop pair topped the charts worldwide with hits such as “Making Love Out of Nothing At All,” “Every Woman In The World,” “The One You Love” and so many more. $69-$98. 8 p.m., The Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Keene. (603) 3522033;

5/5 AerospaceFest New Hampshire has produced an impressive number of space explorers over the years, and your little one could be the next, thanks to this family-friendly festival. The full day of science and aerospace programming includes four planetarium shows and telescope demos from the NH Astronomical Society. Talk “to infinity and beyond.” $10-$15. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, 2 Institute Dr., Concord. (603) 271-7827;

Visual Arts 5/1-5/20

The Sculpture of Augustus Saint-Gaudens Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see the first major exhibition of this artist’s work in New England in more than 30 years. His monuments have become a crucial part of our country’s history, and the exhibition will present many of his large-scale masterpieces such as “Diana” and the “Adams Memorial.” Augustus SaintGaudens, whose Cornish home is now the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, was a New Hampshire artist for a large part of his life, and it’s something special to have his work back in the Granite State. The exhibit runs through May 20. Sun-Mon, Wed-Fri 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester. (603) 669-6144;


Historical Houses Opening Day Explore three centuries of American life in the Portsmouth waterfront neighborhood of Puddle Dock through Strawbery Banke’s heirloom gardens and historic buildings. There will also be insights from costumed role players and craftspeople. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Strawbery Banke, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth. (603) 433-1100;


Jeannie Motherwell Motherwell brings Earth and space together in her abstract works of art. She takes in inspiration from the movement of the ocean during her painting process. She pushes watery acrylic paint around on clay boards, and fine-tunes them when they are done. Her profound work will mesmerize you and leave you feeling inspired. The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts Andrew Carnegie Gallery, 65 South Main St., Rochester.

5/12 and 5/13

Spring Art Pop-Up Save the date for the first Spring Art Pop-Up in the historic Granite Mill in the picturesque town of Harrisville. The work of 12 New Hampshire artists will be on view and for sale featuring glass, paintings in numerous mediums, quilts, photography, jewelry and woodworking. Enjoy meeting the artists, complimentary refreshments and the charming restored Mills of this iconic New England village. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Granite Mill, 69 Main St., Harrisville.

5/12 and 5/18

Guided Gallery Tours Enjoy a guided tour of the New Hampshire Historical Society’s historic Park Street building and exhibitions led by a member of the staff. Find out more about New Hampshire’s “Temple of History” and hear more stories about objects that are on display, like a 500-year-old dugout canoe. $7. Tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park St., Concord. (603) 228-6688;


New Hampshire Boat Museum Opening Day Visit this iconic Granite State museum on its opening day to see what’s new this season. Bring the family and check out the rotating exhibits. $3-$7. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., New Hampshire Boat Museum, 399 Center St., Wolfeboro Falls. (603) 569-4554;

Find additional events at calendar. 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. | May 2018




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Brunch is always an indulgence, but on Sundays at the Inn at Pleasant Lake in New London, it’s a three-course affair ($35). New inn owners, Jennifer and Scott Reed, rebranded the restaurant as Oak & Grain and hired Chef Bryan Leary as executive chef. He previously worked at Sunny’s Table in Concord, and is proud to source from more than 20 local farms. Shown above is the first-course salad, which is followed by a choice of steak and eggs or lobster eggs Benedict. The final course is a light dessert. The brunch menu changes weekly, and the dinner menu changes nightly for the benefit of inn guests. Three-course dinners are offered on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday ($52), while on Friday and Saturday evenings Leary prepares a five-course, prix-fixe dinner ($62). Wine pairing courses are offered too. The inn is beautifully situated across from Pleasant Lake, and large picture windows put the beauty of the region in frame. In season, the grounds are nicely landscaped and are a perfect place to take a moment and sip a glass of wine. The restaurant is open to the public for dinner and brunch. From June through December, their signature five-course dinner is served five nights a week. Reserve online at

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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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$ Entrées cost less than $12 2017 Editor’s Picks B Breakfast H Best of NH L Lunch 2017 Reader’s Poll D Dinner $$$$ Entrées cost b Brunch more than $25 $$$ Entrées cost between ( Reservations recom-

The Crown Tavern

TAVERN 99 Hanover Street, Manchester; (603) 218-3132; thecrownonhanover. com; $–$$$ D

Cucina Toscana

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

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


New – Open for one year or less

Giorgio’s Ristorante

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

Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano

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

Bar One

GASTROPUB 40 Nashua St., Milford; (603) 249-5327; Facebook; $–$$ L D

Barley House H

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

Bavaria German Restaurant

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

Bedford Village Inn H

AMERICAN 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford; (603) 472-2001;; $$–$$$$ B L D

The Birch on Elm H

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

Buckley’s Great Steaks

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

Cabonnay H

WINE BAR/NEW AMERICAN 55 Bridge St., Manchester; (844) 9463473;; $$$-$$$$ D

Campo Enoteca

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

Colosseum Restaurant

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

The Copper Door


Gale Motor Co. Eatery H

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900 Degrees H

PIZZA/ITALIAN 220 East Main St., Hampstead; (603) 378-0092; 241 Union Sq., Milford; (603) 672-2270;; $–$$ L D PIZZERIA 449 Amherst St., Nashua; (603) 864-8740; (603) 864-8740;; $-$$ L D

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

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The Pasta Loft H

The Foundry H

SMALL PLATES 36 Lowell St., Manchester; (603) 232-7059;; $–$$$ D (

$12 and $18

524-9373;; $$–$$$ 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 & Bar

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

Grazing Room

Republic H

Revival Kitchen & Bar

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

Riverside BBQ

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

Stella Blu

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

Surf Restaurant H

AMERICAN 33 The Oaks St., Henniker; (603) 428-3281;; $$–$$$$ D (

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

Grill 603

Taj India H

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

Gyro Spot

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

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

Tuscan Kitchen H

Hanover St. Chophouse H

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

The Little Crêperie


STEAKHOUSE 149 Hanover Street, Manchester; (603) 644-2467;; L D ( CAFÉ 138 North Main St., Concord; (603) 856-7807; $ B L b

Lui Lui H

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


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

Mangia Sano

ITALIAN 321 Nashua St., Milford; (603) 554-8534; Facebook; $–$$$ D

900 Degrees H

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

7th Settlement

BREW PUB 47 Washington St., Dover; (603) 373-1001; 7thsettlement. com; $–$$ L D

Bali Sate House

INDONESIAN 448 High St., Somersworth; Phone number (603) 7403000; Facebook; $–$$ L D

Barley House H

Bridge Street Bistrot

INTERNATIONAL 64 Bridge St., Portsmouth; (603) 430-9301;; $$–$$$ L D b (

Bubby’s NY Style Delicatessen H

NY DELI 241 Hanover St., Portsmouth; (603) 373-8981; bubbysdeli. com; $ B L D


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


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

Community Oven

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

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

Eastern Burger Company H

BURGERS 157 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham; (603) 580-2096;; $–$$ 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; franklinoysterhouse. com; $-$$$ D

The Galley Hatch

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

Green Elephant H

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

Gyro Spot

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

TAVERN/AMERICAN 132 North Main St., Concord; (603) 228-6363; 43 Lafayette Rd., N. Hampton; (603) 379-9161;; $–$$ L D New location in N. Hampton

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

Mint Bistro

Black Trumpet Bistro


Matbah Mediterranean Cuisine

NEW AMERICAN/JAPANESE 1105 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 625-6468;; $$-$$$ L D (

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

AMERICAN 69 Water St., Exeter; (603) 583-5034; hemingwaysnh. com; $-$$$ D

MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

Block 6

Hop + grind

NEW AMERICAN 11 Leavy Dr., Bedford; (603) 488-2677; 41 S. Broadway, Salem; (603) 458-2033; $$-$$$ L D New Salem location

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

NEW AMERICAN 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth; (603) 294-9060; 3sarts. org; $$–$$$ D Located at 3S Artspace

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

Cotton H

O Steaks & Seafood H


Jonny Boston’s International H

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

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

NEW AMERICAN 142 Congress St., Portsmouth; (603) 373-6464; $$–$$$ LD(

INTERNATIONAL 170 Main St., Newmarket; (603) 292-6682;; $-$$ B L D | May 2018


603 LIVING Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café

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

Laney & Lu Café H


Tuscan Kitchen H

The New Woodshed

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

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

Tinos Greek Kitchen

O Bistro at the Inn on Main

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

GREEK 325 Lafayette Rd., Hampton; (603) 926-6152;; $–$$ D b

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

Lobster Q

Urban Farmhouse Eatery

O Steaks & Seafood H

SEAFOOD/BBQ 416 Emerson Ave., Hampstead; (603) 329-4094;; $–$$$ L D (

BREAKFAST/LUNCH 184 Lafayette Rd., North Hampton; (603) 3799965; Facebook; $–$$ B L


Vida Cantina H

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

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


The Wellington Room

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

Nibblesworth Wood Fire Grill

NEW AMERICAN 409 The Hill, Portsmouth; (603)427-8022;; $$–$$$ L D

Otis H

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

The Railpenny Tavern

TAVERN 8 Exeter St., Epping; (603) 734-2609;; $-$$$ L D b

Revolution Taproom & Grill

GASTRO PUB 61 North Main St., Rochester; (603) 244-3022; — Enjoy bar snacks like truffle fries, tapas dishes and upscale comfort food for entrées. Impressive beer list too. $-$$ L D

Rick’s Food & Spirits

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

Ristorante Massimo

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

Row 34

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


NEW AMERICAN/WINE BAR 20 High St., Portsmouth; (603) 430-7834;; $$-$$$$ L D b (

Shio H

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


Bayside Grill and Tavern

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

Burnt Timber Tavern

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


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

Corner House Inn Restaurant

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

Crystal Quail

Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Co.

BREWPUB 2415 White Mountain Hwy., W. Ossipee; (603) 539-2000;; $–$$ L D

Kathleen’s Cottage

IRISH 90 Lake St., Bristol; (603) 7446336;; $–$$ L D

Sonny’s Tavern


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

AMERICAN 18 Main St., Center Harbor; (603) 253-8617; laviniasdining. com; $–$$$ D (



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

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


Local Eatery H

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

FARM-TO-TABLE 21 Veterans Sq., Laconia; (603) 527-8007;; $–$$ D (

Surf Seafood H

Mise en Place

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The Sky Bridge Café H

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

Water Street Café

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

Restaurant at Burdick’s

INTERNATIONAL 10 Main St., Wilton; (603) 654-2457;; $-$$ L D

The Stage H

AMERICAN 141 Water St., Laconia; (603) 524-4144; waterstreetcafenh. com; $$ B L D

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

Wolfe’s Tavern


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

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



Bantam Grill

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

Bellows Walpole Inn Pub

INTERNATIONAL/AMERICAN 297 Main St., Walpole; (603) 756-3320;; $$ L D (

Cooper’s Hill Public House

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

Del Rossi’s Trattoria

Elm City Brewing

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

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

Tavern 27

Faro Italian Grille

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

LATIN 288 Main St., Marlborough; (603) 876-5012;; $–$$ L D ( FRENCH 47 Main Street, Walpole; (603) 756-9058; burdickchocolate. com; $–$$$ L D b (

ITALIAN Rte. 137, Dublin; (603) 5637195; $$–$$$ D (


Piedra Fina

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

AMERICAN 202 Pitman Rd., Center Barnstead; (603) 269-4151;; $$$–$$$$ D ( ITALIAN 7 Endicott St. N., Laconia; (603) 527-8073;; $$ D (

— A historic and lovely place to enjoy a true luncheon. Fresh, local ingredients are used, including herbs from the onsite gardens. The menu changes with the season. There are three seatings at 11:30 a.m., 12:40 p.m. and 2 p.m. $$ L (

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

Fox Tavern at the Hancock Inn

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

The Grove

AMERICAN 247 Woodbound Rd., Rindge; (603) 532-4949;; $$–$$$ B L D b (

Luca’s Mediterranean Café

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

Nicola’s Trattoria

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

The Old Courthouse

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

Pearl Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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

Pickity Place

LUNCH 248 Nutting Hill Rd., Mason; (603) 878-1151;

Base Camp Café

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

Bistro Nouveau

AMERICAN The Center at Eastman, 6 Clubhouse Lane, Grantham; (603) 863-8000;; $–$$$$ L D (

Candela Tapas Lounge

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

Canoe Club Bistro

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

Cataleya's Caribbean Bar & Grill

CARIBBEAN 420 Main St., New London; (603) 526-6600; Facebook; $-$$ L D

Flying Goose Brew Pub H

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

Latham House Tavern

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

Lui Lui H

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

Phnom Penh Sandwich Station H

Rte. 2, Gorham; (603) 466-5330;; $$–$$$ L D (

The Little Grille H

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

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

Revolution Cantina

Margarita Grill

LATIN AMERICAN/MEXICAN 38 Opera House Sq., Claremont; (603) 5046310; revolutioncantina.; $-$$ L D b

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

Stella’s Italian Kitchen

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

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


Moat Mountain Smokehouse

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

Sunshine Cookshop H

One Love Brewery

Taverne on the Square

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

Tuk Tuk Thai Cuisine

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


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

Biederman’s Deli & Pub

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

Black Cap Grille

BREW PUB 25 South Mountain Dr., Lincoln; (603) 745-7290; onelovebrewery.coml $–$$ L D AMERICAN/TAVERN 609 Beach Rd., Pittsburg; (603) 538-9556; — Serving a variety of comfort food from seafood to ribs. The tavern serves appetizers, hearth-baked pizzas and sandwiches. $–$$ D (

Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub

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

Rustic River

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

Schilling Beer Co.

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

Chang Thai Café H

Shovel Handle Pub

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

Covered Bridge Farm Table H

AMERICAN 13 South Main St., Plymouth; (603) 536-9099;; $-$$ L D

Thompson House Eatery

Delaney’s Hole in the Wall

Tony’s Italian Grille & Pub

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

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

Gypsy Café

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

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

The Last Chair & Sublime Brewing Co.

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

Libby’s Bistro & SAaLT Pub

NEW AMERICAN 115 Main Street on

603-878-1151 ❧

Six Burner Bistro

NEW AMERICAN 193 Main St., Jackson; (603) 383-9341;; $$-$$$ D

Jonathon’s Seafood

Menu chAnges MOnThly Visit our website to find out what’s cooking this month!

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

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

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

Have a Pickity Day!

Shannon Door Pub

PUB Rte. 16 & 16A, Jackson; (603) 3834211;; $-$$ L D

Chef’s Bistro

A mecca for foodees, gardeners or anyone looking for relaxation and inspiration.

Rainbow Grille & Tavern H

AMERICAN 1498 White Mt. Hwy., N. Conway; (603) 356-2225;; $-$$ L D THAI 77 Main St., Littleton; (603) 4448810;; $-$$ L D

The Original Farm to Table

May Kelly’s Cottage

AMERICAN 6 Brook Rd., Sunapee; (603) 843-8998; magicfoodsrestaurantgroup. com; $$–$$$ D ( JAMAICAN 145 Pleasant St., Claremont; (603) 543-000; Facebook; $-$$ L D

Pickity Place

Named 2017 Best Beer Bar in NH


Vito Marcello’s Italian Bistro H

Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery H

BREWPUB Rte. 3, N. Woodstock; (603) 745-3951;; $–$$ L


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Seeing Red

Desperately seeking cardinals


onsidering the number of photos of cardinals I have seen posted on social media lately, I’m beginning to think I’m the only person in New Hampshire who’s never seen one. In fact, I’m pretty sure the only time I’ll ever see anything red at my bird feeder is if something is bleeding. A couple years ago, one of my friends told me she’d won $10,000 on a lottery scratch-ticket right after spotting a cardinal in her yard. She was convinced the bird had brought her good luck. That’s when I became obsessed with attracting an entire family of them — from great-grandpa cardinal right on down to the hatchlings. I figured if seeing only one cardinal was good for $10,000, then seeing four or five would all but guarantee a windfall. So I went to a feed store and bought everything that had a picture of a cardinal on the bag. Then I not only filled my feeder with the stuff, I also spread it all over the ground underneath the feeder. The next morning, my yard looked like a cafeteria for New Hampshire wildlife. There were mourning doves, blue jays, crows,

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BY SALLY BRESLIN chipmunks and squirrels gathered in groups all over the lawn. And when they weren’t stuffing their little feathered or furry faces, they were making enough noise to wake the dead (aka my dog, Rip Van Rottweiler). Still, I put up with the ruckus because I was determined to see a cardinal. I eventually splurged on some gourmet treats like walnuts, pistachios and golden raisins, just in case the cardinals in my neighborhood had more refined palates. But after doing everything short of putting on a cardinal costume and performing a mating dance in the yard, I still saw nothing red at my feeder. My efforts, however, did attract a flock of pigeons that flew in for breakfast every morning. “What’s a bunch of old city pigeons doing out here in the middle of the country anyway?” I muttered to one of my friends after yet another cardinal-less week had passed. “They probably saw your name on the top 10 list in the AAA dining guide for birds,” she said, chuckling. “You’re feeding them better than you feed yourself!” I frowned at her, but I realized she had a

point. I had to start cutting back on fancy treats and seeds before I became so broke, I’d have to eat the bird food myself to fend off starvation. So as much as it pained me, I switched to stale bread and inexpensive, generic birdseed, which attracted colorless, generic birds, like a trio of crows I nicknamed Edgar, Allan and Poe (even though I couldn’t tell one from the other). A few days ago, I was getting my mail when one of the neighbors, out for her daily walk, stopped to tell me, “When I came by here yesterday, there were two bright red cardinals at your feeder! They were gorgeous!” I couldn’t help myself, I glared at her. She had seen MY cardinals before I had! And I was convinced that she, just like my friend, now would be blessed with a streak of boundless good luck. All I can say is if I hear that my neighbor won a bundle in the lottery, I’m going to demand a percentage. NH Sally Breslin is an award-winning syndicated humor columnist and the author of “There’s a Tick in my Underwear!” Contact her at:

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