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I am a past president and currently assistant governor for the Hampton Rotary Club, and I will become the president once again on July 1. Every year right Larry Marsolais around this time Rotary has the Northeast Presidents-Elect Training Seminar. For three days this is Rotary’s training program for club presidents-elect and assistant governors throughout New England and parts of Canada. The goal of NEPETS is to prepare those of us in these positions for our upcoming roles, with many different speakers, in-depth breakout sessions, discussions with peers from various districts, and informal fellowship and networking

with other Rotarians. NEPETS is a collaborative effort of eight Rotary districts and includes the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, southern Maine and southern Quebec. I will be attending this event from March 5 to March 7. If you have ever wondered what Rotary is all about, now is the time to visit us at one of our meetings. For more information about Hampton Rotary go to hamptonrotary.org or and contact our current president, David Longo. As always feel free to call me anytime at 603-935-5096 to discuss local issues or to place an ad. Larry Marsolais is the general manager of the Seacoast Scene and the former president of the Hampton Rotary Club.

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COVER STORY 6 Camp fun

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Throwback Brewery in North Hampton will feature four special sour beers at Sunday Brunch on Feb. 23, with sour menu specials and some suggested pairings, too. Plus, Throwback cofounder Annette will host a Let’s Get Sour Tour, where she will cover topics like how sours are made, sour styles, yeasties, the magic of pH. The tour starts at 1 p.m. on Feb. 23 and includes a sampling of all four featured Sour Sunday beers, and plenty of time for Q&A with Annette. Tickets are $15 per person, and only 20 are available. The tour should last about 45 minutes.

Winter brews

The eighth annual Seacoast Winter Brewfest, happening on Saturday, Feb. 22, will feature more than 30 local and regional breweries at the Portsmouth Gas Light Co., which will offer a wide selection of craft beers and food. General admission is broken up into sessions, from noon to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. (VIP admission sessions are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 8 p.m.). Tickets range from $50 to $75 per person. Visit seacoastwinterbrewfest.com.

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The Unfortunate Demise of Edwin Picklthwaite continues at the West End Studio Theatre in Portsmouth through March 1. The play is a comedic murder mystery with music set in 1930s London and following the investigation of an importer whose life is filled with people who want him dead. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $22 for students, seniors and military; call 978-683-7745 to reserve seats. And A Skull in Connemara continues at the Players’ Ring Theatre in Portsmouth through March 1. The dark-humor play, set in modern rural Ireland, tells the story of a grave-digger who each year has to remove old skeletons. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. This Sunday, Feb. 23, the show will be followed by a “talkback” which lets the audience discuss the performance with the actors and director, according to a press release. Tickets cost $20 (with discounts for students and seniors).

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover will host all-ages minigolf in the museum Sunday, Feb. 23. Tickets cost $5 per person (for one 18-hole round of mini-golf), $20 per family (two adults and children) and are free for kids under the age of 2, the website said, which also said that limited exhibits will be available during minigolf. Adults who want to play a little minigolf without distraction might want to check out “Grown-Up Play Date: Mini Golf” at the museum on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available online and cost $12 or $15 at the door for this 21-plus event, which will have live music and a cash bar.

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CAMP FUN by Chad Ripley

It’s time to find the perfect place for your kids to play and learn this summer. There are all kinds of camps for all kinds of interests, so check out this extensive guide to some of the greater Seacoast area’s summer camps and find the perfect fit for your kids. Know about a great camp not mentioned here? Let us know at editor@seacoastscene.net.

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Coastal Discoveries Marine Education Program 20 Columbia Way, Newbury, Mass., 978-462-2017, coastaldiscoveries. com What: A week of fishing, whale-watching, hauling lobster traps, discovering islands and more. Each week wraps up with a beach day celebration. Who: Ages 8 and up When: Weeklong sessions June 22 through Aug. 21 (some weeks have

age restrictions; see website for specifics) and Seaside Safari (grades K through 5), campers will explore the seven different Cost: $495 per week habitats in Odiorne Point State Park as well New Hampshire SPCA New Hampshire as the live animal exhibits and hands-on Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to exhibits in the center to develop a greatAnimals Learning Center, 104 Portsmouth er understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Safari Stewards (grades 6 Ave., Stratham, 772-2921, nhspca.org What: Campers will interact with ani- through 8) is a field trip program. Each sesmals and participate in service projects, sion will have its own theme. See website crafts, games and more. Who: Ages 6 for details. A marine biology camp is also through 15 When: Sessions run Monday available for high school students Who: through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (half days Pre-K through high school When: Sessions for ages 6 through 8 are 9 a.m. to noon, or 1 for Treks and Seaside Safari run Monday to 4 p.m.), offered various weeks from June through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (half-day 29 through Aug. 28 Cost: $325 per week; option available for Treks, from 9 a.m. to registration begins April 6 noon), dates offered June 22 through Aug. 28. First and last weeks have a single-day Seacoast Science Center 570 Ocean option; dates for Safari Stewards vary, from Blvd., Rye, 436-8043, seacoastsciencecen- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 13 through 17, July ter.org 27 through 31, Aug. 3 through 7 and Aug. What: In Treks 4 Tots (ages 4 and 5) 17 through 21. Marine biology camp runs

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Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., dates offered July 13 through 17 and Aug. 10 through 14 Cost: Varies depending on the length of the session and the camper’s membership status

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Camp ENCORE Prescott Park Arts Festival and partner Camp CenterStage, Downtown Portsmouth, 436-2848, prescottpark.org/event/camp-encore What: Aspiring actors can learn music, singing, dancing, acting, visual arts and technical theater. Camp features guest artist teachers, specialized workshops and community outreach experiences. Each session culminates with a performance. Who: Ages 8 and up When: TBD Cost: TBD

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St., Portsmouth, 431-6644, ext. 4, nhtheatreproject.org What: Four camps: New Play Lab for Teens; Story Theatre Time; Build a Musical!; and Sketch Comedy Club. Who: Ages 7 through 17 When: Sessions run Monday through Friday at various times and various weeks from July 6 through July 31. Cost: Ranges from $400 to $450, depending on the camp and when you sign up

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Camp Invention Marston Elementary School, Hampton, 800-968-4332, campinvention.org What: A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is an exciting, week-long summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Who: Children in kindergarten through sixth grade When: June 25 through July 1 (excluding weekend days), 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $235 Children’s Museum of New Hampshire 6 Washington St., Dover, 742-2002, childrens-museum.org What: Programs include three-day mini camps (ages 4 to 6), in which kids participate in hands-on science activities and art projects; three-day STEAM discovery camps (ages 6 to 7), in which campers enjoy activities like sculpture, games, science experiments and team building; and a new all-day summer camp (ages 7 to 9) in August. Themes include Nature’s Builders, Science Explorers, New Hampshire Creatures, Amazing Art, Storybook STEAM and more. Who: Ages 4 to 9 When: Mini camps run for three-day sessions, Tuesday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon,

dates offered July 14 to Aug. 6. The all-day summer camp will be held Monday, Aug. 17, through Friday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Ranges depending on the camper’s membership status, from $110 to $125 per program for the mini camps and the discovery camps, and from $420 to $490 per program for the all-day camp LEtGO Your Mind STEM Program 12 locations throughout New Hampshire, including Dover, and Portsmouth, 7318047, letgoyourmind.com What: Campers explore STEM subjects through activities with Lego bricks, motors, simple machine elements, robotics, stop-motion animation and programming Minecraft. Who: Ages 4 through 13 When: Sessions run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., dates offered June 22 through Aug. 21. Half days from 9 a.m. to noon are also available for kids ages 4 and 5 Cost: Starts at $325 per week for a full day and $165 per week for a half day. Extended before- and after-school care is also available. Mini Camps: Patriots, Loyalists and Spies American Independence Museum, Folsom Tavern, 164 Water St., Exeter, 7722622, independencemuseum.org What: Campers will get to discover what it meant to be a patriot or loyalist during the American Revolution by immersing themselves in hands-on 18th-century life. Up to four sessions are available. Who: Ages 8 to 12 When: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 9, July 16, July 23 or July 30 Cost: $55 per day or $195 for all four sessions for nonmembers; $45 per day or $170 for all four sessions for members 8

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Rye Recreation 55 Recreation Road, Rye, 964-6281, town.rye.nh.us What: A variety of summer programs for residents and nonresidents. Who: Grades K through 6. When: TBD; camps typically run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with pre-camp drop-off 8:30 to 9 a.m. and post7 camp pick-up 4 to 4:30 p.m, plus half-day Project SMART University of New through Friday, day camps run 8:30 a.m. camps from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Hampshire, 46 College Road, Durham, to 4:30 p.m., dates offered June 28 through Cost: The fees vary per week; visit webJuly 31 Cost: Call for details 862-3205, smart.unh.edu site for details. What: A residential summer institute Boys & Girls Club of Lower Merwhere students will study math and science Seabrook Recreation Department using resources at UNH. Topics include rimack Valley 18 Maple St., Salisbury, 311 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 474-5746, biotechnology and nanotechnology, space Mass., 978-462-7003, bgclmv.org seabrookrec.com What: The Summer Adventure Program science, and marine and environmental sciWhat: Seabrook Summer Camp is 7½ ence. Students who complete the program offers arts and crafts, athletics, indoor and weeks when campers are encouraged to try will earn four UNH credits. Who: Grades outdoor games, nature hikes, talent shows, new things like cooking, dance, theater and 10 and 11 When: Sunday, June 28, through weekly specials, computer programs and more. Each camp week has its own theme Friday, July 24; weekend stay not mandato- much more. Every other Friday, there is and fun activities to go along with it. Who: a scheduled field trip. Who: Grades 1 ry Cost: Call for details Pre-K through grade 8, grouped into Little through 6 (There is a separate Teen SumCampers (preschool-kindergarten), Junior Strawbery Banke Museum Camps 14 mer Program for grades 7 through 12; Campers (grades 1-4), Senior Campers Hancock St., Portsmouth, 433-1100, straw- check the website for more information). (grades 5-7) and Leaders in Training (grade When: June 24 through Aug. 30, from 9 berybanke.org 8). When/Cost: June 22 through Aug. 12. What: Campers will explore the 10-acre a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. EarPreschool is Monday Tuesday, Thursday, outdoor history museum and participate ly and late supervision is available from 7 Friday 8:30 to 11 a.m., $20 per week. Kinin activities led by professional craft- a.m. to 6 p.m. at no additional fee. $5 every dergarten is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, ers, archaeologists, character role-players, 15 minutes after 6 p.m. Cost: $130 per Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., $40 per week. First curators and historians. Who: Ages 6 to 17 week. There is a mandatory, one-time registhrough seventh grades Monday through When: Sessions run Monday through Fri- tration fee of $40.00 per family and a $125 Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., $50 per week. day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., offered various weeks trip fee (one time fees are nonrefundable). Eighth-grade (Leaders in Training) camp from June 22 through Aug. 21 Cost: Rang- Financial Assistance is available. is Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. es from $290 to $625, depending on the with extra off-site excursions, $42 per week Camp Lincoln 67 Ball Road, Kingston, camp and the camper’s membership sta(extra excursions included). Breakfast and tus. There is also a 10-percent early-bird 642-3361, ymcacamplincoln.org, hosted by lunch will be provided free of charge to K discount for each camp registration before Southern District YMCA, sdymca.org through eighth grade.​The Seabrook SumWhat: Activities at the traditional day March 1. mer Camp also offers an extended day for camps include swimming, sports, nature kids in K through fourth grade from 3 to exploration, arts and crafts, archery, boatGENERAL 5:15 p.m., $25 per week. Summer Camp Barbara C. Harris Episcopal Camp ing, ropes courses, pottery and mountain registrations begin May 4, online or at the 108 Wally Stone Lane, Greenfield, 547- biking. Campers at overnight adventure rec department. trips camp (ages 11 to 15) will spend five 3400, bchcenter.org/camp What: These traditional overnight, day days and nights visiting beaches, mountains UNH Youth Programs and Camps Uniand family camps feature activities like and urban areas. Specialty camps (grades 4 versity of New Hampshire, Thompson Hall, archery, a climbing wall, canoeing, arts and through 8) are offered for cooking, jewel- 105 Main St., Durham, 862-7227, unh.edu/ crafts, swimming and games, as well as dai- ry-making, fishing, golf and more. Who: youthprograms ly worship and Bible studies. Who: Grades Age 3 through grade 9 When: Sessions run What: More than 50 programs offered K and up When: Sessions run Sunday various days/weeks, beginning the week of

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for academic enrichment, creative arts, day, dates offered June 22 through Aug. 21 athletics, STEM and traditional camp rec- Cost: Varies; call for details reation. See website for a full list. Who: Boys and girls ages 5 and up When: VarZebra Crossings 61 Locust St., Dover, ious dates/times from June through August 312-2052, zebra-crossings.org Cost: Varies depending on the program What: Zebra Crossings offers empowering camp programs for youth with chronic YMCA of the Seacoast Branch of The medical conditions. Care is always providGranite YMCA, 550 Peverly Hill Road, ed by trained medical staff. Camp aims to Portsmouth, 431-2334, graniteymca.org/ lessen the burden of chronic medical condicamps tions by connecting kids through play and What: Camp Gundalow (ages 5 to 13) giving respite for caregivers. Siblings are features nature exploration, swimming, a welcome to join. Zebra Crossings is a fun, ropes course, sports, creative arts, danc- safe place where kids just get to be kids. ing, fort-building, team-building activities, Who: Ages 6 to 13; may vary per camp. archery and more. There is also a four-week When: July 6-July 10 Explorer Day Camp Leader in Training program for teens, intro- (ages 7-13) at various Seacoast parks, 8:45 ducing them to becoming leaders through a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; July 27-July 31 Summer effective communication, team-build- Day Camp (ages 6-13) at Camp Lincoln ing and behavior management techniques. in Kingston with day camp transportation Who: Ages 5 to 15 When: Sessions run available from Dover, 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 Monday through Friday, dates offered June p.m. Cost: $45 daily or $225/week for day 15 through Sept. 4 Cost: Varies; call for camps; $210 before May 13. details YMCA of Strafford County Branch of The Granite YMCA, 35 Industrial Way, Rochester; Camp Coney Pine, 63 Lowell St., Rochester; 332-7334, graniteymca.org/ camps What: Camp Coney Pine (ages 5 to 10) includes archery, creative arts, dance, group games, a ropes course, swimming, sports, fort-building and more. Camp Kanga (ages 11 to 12) features the same activities with a focus on team-building and group socialization. Camp Cocheco (ages 5 to 14) includes sports, creative arts, games, STEM activities, dance, and field trips to Camp Coney Pine for swimming, the ropes course and more outdoor fun. There is also an Explorers Teen Trip Camp (ages 13 to 14) and a Counselor-in-Training program for young adults ages 14 to 16 that is designed to teach leadership skills Who: Ages 5 to 16 When: Sessions run Monday to Fri-

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Camp Kool Dover Arena, 110 Portland Avenue, Dover, 516-6060, dover.nh.gov What: A summer day camp with activities that include various sports, swimming, ice skating, outdoor adventures, arts and crafts, weekly trips, games and team-building. Camp Kool is held in the Dover Arena and Guppey Park. Who: Children ages 6 through 12 residing in Dover and surrounding communities. 2020 dates and times TBD. Visit the dover.nh.gov/government/ city-operations/recreation/arena/campkool/index.html for up-to-date information Challenger Sports Soccer Camps Various NH locations, 401-864-8880, challengersports.com What: Campers will develop core soccer skills and understanding of the game as well as sportsmanship and leadership skills. 10

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a.m. to 3 p.m. for full day (8:30 a.m. to noon for half day), dates offered June 15 through Aug. 28. Overnight sessions will take place between July and August, from Sundays at noon through Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Cost: Generally ranges from $149 to Nike Basketball Camps Locations in $269, depending on the type of camp, the Camp Foss 242 Willey Pond Road, Hampton, Manchester and Nashua, 800- length of the camp and the camper’s memStrafford, 269-3800; hosted by the Granite 645-3226, ussportscamps.com/basketball/ bership status YMCA, 232-8642, graniteymca.org nike What: Campers enjoy a traditional camp What: Camp for basketball players who Soccer Sphere Summer Soccer Camp want to improve their skills. Includes lec- Various NH locations, abcsportscamps. experience with arts and crafts, archery, various sports, swimming, whitewater rafting, tures, team games and daily emphasis on com/sssoccer fundamental development. Who: Co-ed What: Programs include day and ropes courses and more. Who: Girls ages 8 ages 8 through 16 When: Sessions run residential soccer camps, high school pre- through 15 When: One-week sessions from Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., season training, goalkeeper training and Sunday, June 24, through Saturday, Aug. 11; and Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a full day, more. Who: Ages 5 through 18 When: two-week sessions are offered from Sunday, and Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Four- and five-day sessions run various June 28, through Saturday, Aug. 15 Cost: for a half day, dates offered June 22 through weekdays and dates from Monday, July 6, $1,015 for one week, $1,850 for two weeks; Aug. 7 Cost: Ranges from $155 to $305, through Friday, Aug. 7 Cost: Ranges from discounts available for New Hampshire residents and YMCA members depending on the session and location $75 to $565, depending on the camp Ramp Camp Rye Airfield, 6 Airfield Drive, Rye, 964-2800, ryeairfield.com What: Day and overnight camps for kids looking to improve their skills in riding skateboards, bikes and scooters. Instructors teach tricks, run drills and work with each camper individually. Day camps are geared toward kids ages 6 to 14, while overnight sessions are geared toward ages 10 to 17 Who: Ages 6 through 17 When: Sessions run Monday through Friday, 8:30

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ALISHA YOUCH What is your background before joining this group? I started singing at age 6 when I accidentally crashed a chorus practice on my first day at a new school. I loved it, they let me stay, and I’ve been singing ever since. I began Tell us about Tuckermans taking formal voice lessons at 9. in high school, and I continTuckermans at 9 was orgaued to sing through college. nized by Mark Miller in 2004. After graduation, I discovered With singers from New Hampthe option to continue singshire and Maine, Tuckermans ing in community choirs, and at 9 performs rock, pop, Alisha Youch. Courtesy photo. I’ve been a member of several Motown, light jazz, folk, blues, even Disney tunes. It’s music that everyone rec- over the years, including the Granite State Choognizes across a span of eras and genres — and ral Society and Portsmouth Pro Musica here all a cappella. Every sound you hear is made by on the Seacoast. In 2012, I was a member of the American Military Spouses Choir that perus, live and in person. formed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, For laypeople, a cappella seems really D.C., recorded a single for Universal Records, and the following year made it to the semifinal intimidating. Is it? How hard is it? It is a little intimidating at first, especially round of America’s Got Talent. when tackling a new number. Everyone brings Are you a native? a strong singing background to the group, so we Nope. I was born and raised just outside of know right from the start that the sound is there — it’s just a matter of finding it. Singing a cap- Philadelphia, dead center between Rocky’s pella is demanding because it requires singers art museum steps and actual Amish Country to listen as much as sing. Without the constant, from the movie Witness. Yes, I have been stuck reliable guidance of instruments, maintain- behind a horse and buggy more than once, but ing pitch, rhythm and tempo requires an extra I can [also] point you to the best cheesesteak. degree of focus and coordination among the What brought you to the Seacoast? singers. A cappella music is nothing new ... My husband served in the U.S. Navy from but modern a cappella presents the challenge of creating diverse sounds that are traditional- 1993 to 2017. We came to the Seacoast on his ly made by instruments, including strings, brass first tour at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 2006. We relocated to another duty station and most especially percussion. in 2009, but we jumped at the opportunity to What is the most fun part about singing a return to PNSY for a second tour in 2013. By cappella? the time my husband retired from the Navy, the Honestly, it’s all fun. Some of the most Seacoast had really become our family’s home, fun moments are those you’ll never see in the and we decided to stay. rehearsal room when we’re trying something new and boom — there’s the sound we were Looking ahead, any big plans for you perlooking for. Successful a cappella singing is the sonally or with the group? Tuckermans at 9 has existed for 16 years, and most fun when it achieves a connection between the singers and the audience. Seeing the looks there’s been talk about recording an album for on their faces when they recognize a beloved almost that long, so there’s always that, right? song and even start singing along is what we Our primary joy, though, lies in singing tight a aim for, and when it happens, it’s magic. cappella harmonies and giving our live audiences a laugh or two. We continually look to Do you perform throughout the Seacoast? expand our list of performance venues and our Throughout the Seacoast and beyond. Our collaborations with other groups. Even though shows have taken us into Maine and south to we lean toward ‘classic’ a cappella, we love the North Shore, as well as west to Springfield, the challenge of expanding our repertoire to Mass., to perform at the Eastern State Exposi- include more contemporary songs, perhaps a tion. … We are currently booking for summer bit more jazz and even world music. I’ve made and beyond. Wedding, community event, cor- my request for a T9 rendition of the theme song porate function? We’re your group. from Game of Thrones, so stay tuned. — Rob Levey Alisha Youch is the newest member of Tuckermans at 9, an a cappella group based in Dover that performs throughout the Seacoast area and beyond.

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Celebrating community and tradition, North Hampton’s 2020 Winterfest on Saturday, Feb. 22, will feature a day filled with events and activities for people of all ages. Joe Manzi, the events director for the past three years, has been pivotal in the growth of this event from what he describes as a large-scale vendororiented event into a North Hampton community event consistent with the many other events they put on throughout the year. “The response last year was very good. Particularly the outdoor events at Dearborn park — sledding, music, bonfire, fireworks,” Manzi said. “The event is a way to bring the community together. I think it is important in terms of community pride and tradition.” Starting at 8 a.m. the day starts at the North Hampton Town Hall for a pancake breakfast, the only event of the day that requires a purchase. You may purchase tickets online at northhamptonnh. recdesk.com for $8 per person and senior tickets for $5. They will allow walk-ins, providing there is space to be seated. Following this, at 10 a.m. take a trip up the road to the ice skating rink at the Homestead property on Atlantic Avenue to “Skate with a Cop.” The rink will be open all day for skating and Officer Kyle from the North Hampton Police Department will be there to skate alongside attendees. An hour later, at the North Hampton Public Library a magic show with “Magic Fred” will be held. From noon to 3 p.m. at the North Hampton School, carnival games, music, dodgeball, food and so much more are being offered to everyone. Food is included and must be purchased but everything

else remains free. During this time window, people will be able to attend a hip-hop dance class with Ms. Jacqui of BKS dance at 1 p.m. Manzi said that the event was designed to make it easy for people to get from one place to the next. “The event lays out so that you can conveniently go to different locations. The morning events are all in abutting buildings on Atlantic Avenue, from the town hall to the library to the ice rink. Then off to the school for the early afternoon events and then to Dearborn park for the late afternoon and culminating events,” he said. At 4 p.m. at Dearborn Park, there will be sledding (if there’s enough snow), snowball launching (again, depending on snow), music, and doughnuts and hot cocoa provided by North Hampton Police and Fire and Rescue. With a large bonfire, s’mores and glow sticks, attendees will be set up perfectly to enjoy the day’s finale. At 5:30, the fireworks will be set and the day will come to a close. A makeup date is set for Sunday, Feb. 23, in case of bad weather. “We are pleased with how [the festival] has gone and the direction it is heading,” Manzi said. “We welcome any community ideas to grow the activities and events in future years.” — Chad Ripley North Hampton Winterfest Where: Multiple locations throughout North Hampton When: Saturday, Feb. 22, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: Free For more info and a complete schedule: northhampton-nh.gov


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Can working on a car increase the odometer? Dear Car Talk: Will a car’s odometer increase when being driven stationary on a mechanic’s lift in a garage? — John Let me guess, John. By Ray Magliozzi You took your car into a shop and it came back with 75 extra miles on the odometer. You went to the mechanic and said, “Hey, what’s this?” And he said: “Oh, gee, my assistant, Walter, had it on the lift, listening for a noise, and then the burrito truck showed up. So he went for a burrito, then he got into an argument about carnitas versus tofu. Then, after the burrito, he spent 45 minutes in the bathroom, so an hour later he came back and there were 75 miles on the odometer.” And your mechanic emphasized that the miles were definitely not put on by his nephew, Horace, who definitely did not drive it to an out-of-state party at Phi Kappa Barfa last night. Well, the answer to your question is yes, the speedometer and odometer will move if a car is driven on a lift. When the car is in Drive, the wheels are turning. And when the wheels are turning, the vehicle speed sensor is picking up a signal,

and that’s what moves the speedometer and odometer. And there are often good reasons for running the car in Drive up on the lift. If there’s a noise or vibration that only occurs when you’re driving the car, that can be the best way to figure out where it’s coming from. On the other hand, that kind of diagnostic work should rarely add more than a handful of miles to your odometer. Think about it. If you put the car on the lift, and put it in Drive, the engine is running at idle speed. The wheels are turning lazily, at the equivalent of maybe 10 mph. At 10 mph, if you run it for six minutes, that’s a mile. More often, we’ll be trying to find a drivetrain noise that only occurs at a certain speed. Let’s say we heard the noise at 60 mph during our road test. Then we’ll put a guy in the car while it’s up on the lift and tell him to bring it up to 60 mph while another guy is listening underneath. But even that process only takes a minute or two. And even at 60 mph, that’s two miles on the odometer. So — including the mechanic’s test drive — if you’ve got more than 10 extra miles on the odometer after a trip to the shop, your mechanic owes you an explanation. There may be a legitimate one. It may have required several long test drives to get the problem to occur. But if you see a bunch of empty red Solo beer cups

in the back, be skeptical, John. Dear Car Talk: I have a 2011 Subaru Outback. The “icy road” sensor misreads the road all the time and cuts the power, making the car stutter. It happens most when I turn a corner and slowly accelerate out of the corner. I got the whole sensor computer box replaced and it stopped happening for four months, but then started again! I hope you can help. — Defne Let’s start by defining a few terms, Defne. By “icy road” sensor, you mean the traction control system. That uses the car’s ABS (anti-lock braking system) to figure out when a wheel is spinning. It brakes just that wheel, and if the wheel keeps spinning, it then reduces engine power to stop it from spinning. By “whole sensor computer box,” we’re going to assume you mean the ABS computer. Now that I’ve correctly defined your question, I still have no idea what the answer is. I’ll give you two educated guesses, though. The most likely guess is that one of your wheel speed sensors is faulty. Like the ABS, the traction control system uses the wheel speed sensors to compare how fast each of the four wheels is turning. If one is

suddenly turning a lot faster, the “whole sensor computer box” concludes that the wheel must be spinning, and it takes action to stop it from spinning. That should result in your ABS or traction control light coming on. And if a dashboard light is staying on, your car’s computer should be able to tell you exactly which sensor is malfunctioning. If your warning lights have not come on, I suppose you could try testing each sensor with something called a lab scope. Or you could try replacing one wheel speed sensor at a time and seeing if the problem goes away. But that’ll cost some money. A more remote possibility is that it’s not the traction control system at all, but a really bad CV joint. The only reason I suggest that is because of when you say the problem occurs. When CV joints go bad, they will often make a clacking noise (not unlike the ABS makes), and it tends to happen when you are accelerating out of a turn. If the CV joint is bad enough, it could even make the car seem like it’s losing power. So, ask your mechanic to check your CV joints, just in case. And if it turns out it was a CV joint all along, ask him if he wants a good deal on a barely used “whole sensor computer box.” Good luck, Defne. Visit Cartalk.com.

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AT TRACKSIDE CAFE Inside the rear of the Gerry’s Variety convenience store near the Amtrak station in Exeter, you’ll find a small, cash-only eatery of made-from-scratch comfort options known as the Trackside Cafe (66 Lincoln St., Exeter, 5804086, find them on Facebook) — or, as coined by its employees, “Exeter’s hidden gem.” Chef Jason Killerby and his wife Karla of Epping own the 37-seat diner, which features breakfast all day seven days a week. Popular items include corned beef hash, homemade sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes the size of your plate, French toast, breakfast burritos and quesadillas, omelettes and more. For lunch, there are club sandwiches, five-ounce homemade burgers, salads, side order options like fried potato chips, and soups made fresh every day. The eatery will also usually offer at least two breakfast and lunch specials each during the week, as well as three breakfast specials and one lunch special on the weekends, according to Jason Killerby. Recent specials have included the Maryland Benny, which features homemade crab cakes, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce on an English muffin; and the Hungry Man, which includes two eggs any style, with bacon, sausage, home fries and toast. The Scene recently caught up with the Killerbys to talk about some of their favorite menu items at the Trackside Cafe and what you can expect when you visit. How long has the Trackside Cafe been around? Karla: It originally started as Gerry’s Luncheonette in 1959, but it’s been the Trackside for quite a few years. Jason and I have owned it since 2014. It’s a quaint little place. A lot of people never even knew this was in here when it first started out. Now we get a lot of locals that come in, sometimes two or three times a day. What makes the Trackside Cafe unique? Karla: The building used to be the

B&M train station. It was built back in 1850. The train tracks are still right behind the building, so everything rumbles a little bit where the train goes by. We’re also known for our scratch cooking, especially for our breakfasts, like our corned beef hash and our pancakes. What is your personal favorite dish? Karla: I would have to say the Elvis pancakes. They are three smaller pancakes, with bacon, bananas, chocolate and peanut butter chips cooked inside. That’s a

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special that we do. Jason: Mine would be the Trainwreck, which is also one of my specials. It’s three pancakes with bacon, sausage and ham cooked inside. What is a dish that everyone should try? Karla: Definitely the corned beef hash. You can’t go wrong with that. You can have it in an omelet, on a Benedict or just alone as a side.

What is an essential skill to running a diner? Jason: You’ve got to be dedicated, because it’s your life. What is your favorite thing about being on the Seacoast? Karla: We’re beachgoers, so I really like being close to the ocean. Exeter itself has so much great history and a lot of really nice people. — Matt Ingersoll


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TRY THIS AT HOME Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Muffins I have been cooking spaghetti squash for a number of years. When I first started working with it, I stuck to a simple recipe: bake, scrape out of shell and top with pasta sauce. Spaghetti squash does make for an easy low carb meal and is pretty darn tasty, in my opinion. Since those initial days of working with this winter squash, I’ve expanded my horizons. I have made spaghetti squash bowls and individual lasagnas. Recently, I decided to see how it would work as the basis for an appetizer. Spaghetti squash is a great base for many dishes for Cheesy spaghetti squash muffins. Photo by Michele Pesula Kuegler. a number of reasons. The squash is tender when cooked, yet not mushy. You can shape it as you serve it. like without losing its texture. Also, spaAlso, you absolutely can tweak this ghetti squash has a delicate flavor. You recipe to match your palate or refrigerknow you are eating squash, but it also ator’s ingredients. Not so crazy about takes on other flavors nicely. Whether garlic? Decrease the recipe to one clove. you add tomatoes, garlic, parmesan, or Have cheddar cheese but no mozzarella whatever, spaghetti squash will embrace at home? Switch it up. You’ll still have a those flavors. nicely cheesy muffin of spaghetti squash. This recipe is quick to assemble once the spaghetti squash has been cooked. In Michele Pesula Kuegler has been fact, if you want to make this as a week- thinking about food her entire life. Since night meal, simply cook the squash over 2007, the New Hampshire resident has the weekend or the night before, and then been sharing these food thoughts and recyou’ll have only 30 minutes of prep and ipes at her blog, Think Tasty. Please visit cooking time on the day you want to thinktasty.com to find more of her recipes.

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Wine, like other food products, is becoming more fundamental in its very essence. There is a clear and decisive direction in the production of wine across its huge spectrum and diversity, and that is an increased interest and investment in producing wine that is natural, organic and unfiltered. In this column we will profile two wines from different hemispheres, but united in a common thread of natural production. Our first wine, Domaine Bousquet Virgen Organic Red Blend 2018, available at Whole Foods Markets in Bedford and Nashua for $14.99, is a blend of 35 percent malbec, 35 percent cabernet sauvignon and 30 percent cabernet franc, and it is 100 percent organic. This is an interesting “find of a wine.” According to Domaine Bousquet’s website, this organic red blend is not only made from organic fruit but has no sulfites added, thereby qualifying for fully organic USDA certification. It hails from Mendoza, Argentina, but its history has its roots in France. The Bousquet family hails from the city of Carcassonne, in the south of France. The growing of grapes and making of wine is four generations deep in this family. The third-generation winemaker Jean Bousquet vacationed in Argentina in 1990 and came upon the Gualtallary Valley, a scenic, remote, arid terrain high in the Tupungato district of the Uco Valley in Argentina’s Mendoza region, close to the border of Chile. With altitudes ranging up to 5,249 feet, the Gualtallary occupies the highest extremes of Mendoza’s viticultural limits. Bousquet found the perfect blend between his French homeland and his new home – sunny, with high natural acidity to the soil to produce superlative fruit-forward wines. Bousquet’s daughter and son-in-law soon joined him, eventually assuming full ownership of Domaine Bousquet in 2011. Today, Domaine Bousquet produces four million liters (over one million gallons) a year and exports 95 percent of its production to more than 50 countries. It now ranks among the top 20 Argentine wineries in terms of exports and leads the nation in the production of organic wine. The Domaine Bousquet wines, of which there are several varieties, are a blend of estate and purchased fruit from the Uco Valley. The grapes benefit from major daily temperature swings and upon pressing are vinified with little to no oak to let the fruit shine through, making the wines very “food-friendly.” Red Blend has a deep violet color. To the nose, it is intense with blackberry and cherry notes. On the tongue it is vibrant with the red fruits, with touches of herb and spices, coupled with floral notes. Its finish is long; it will pair well with red meats and aged cheeses. Our second wine, Paxis 2013 Red Blend,

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originally priced at $12.99, is on sale at the New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlets for $10.99. As with the Argentine Domaine Bousquet, DFJ’s Vinho Regional Lisboa was founded in recent history — 1998. One of its founding partners, Dino Ventura, an innovative sales and marketing individual in the U.K. wine sector, looked to the Portuguese wine industry as a source of economically produced wine. According to the label’s website, in looking for a name, he found one of his children playing Bulldog, a British game of “tag.” During the game he heard them saying “paxis” to express immunity from being caught. Through Paxis he saw a wine that could set the stage for an ideal escape from stress; one could sink into the simple pleasures of one’s senses over a glass of wine. This wine is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (tempranillo) and Touriga Franca, the same grapes that are blended in the production of Porto. According to Wine Enthusiast, who rated it No. 5 of the Top 100 Best Buys for 2016 with a score of 90 points, “This is a structured wine, packed with red fruits and a grip of tannins. Its dry core gives a balance between fruit and firm texture. While the wine is ready to drink, it could certainly age through 2020.” This wine is unfiltered, and the tech notes lack any mention of oak aging. According to the notes, the wine is aged one additional month after bottling, so one could imagine it to be a restaurant house wine. The color is ruby red and dense. To the nose it is bright with fruit if not slightly musty with blackberry and tea. The palate is smooth, sweet but with some acid. The finish fades and doesn’t linger. This wine benefits from decanting. These are two inexpensive wines begging to be tried. They are not the run-of-the-mill “cabs,” so frequently selected as the drink of choice. They are unique. They are truly organic and unfiltered, the way wine used to be made. Fred Matuszewski is a local architect and a foodie and wine geek, interested in the cultivation of the multiple strains and varieties of grapes and the industry of wine production and sales. Chief among his travels is an annual trip to the wine producing areas of California.


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The Rye Public Library recently added a new event to its calendar every other Thursday night: The Writer’s Group, for local and inspiring writers to get together and work on their latest ideas. “I wanted to insert a program that connected adults and teenagers because I feel really strongly about welcoming teens and getting a space for them,” said Jessica Ryan, head of Youth Services for Rye Public Library. “I used to be an English teacher and I firmly believe reading and writing goes hand in hand, and being around books is a great environment.” With the idea of the Writer’s Group in mind, Ryan and Assistant Library Director Lisa Houde piloted it as a small program for anyone interested. They limited the group to six people, and the spots were quickly filled with two teenagers and four adults. “They come up with great stuff and put my writing to shame. The goal [of this group] is to polish your writing and better your craft, but it’s also a support system,” said Ryan. Two writers submit pieces at a meeting, and the other writers have the two weeks in between meetings to read and critique the pieces. “There’s a lot of fear of putting your writing out there, but this group helps you get past some of that anxiety. You can write this piece and think it’s absolutely awful, but you sit in the room with these people and they will explain what’s so strong about the piece,” said Ryan. “I feel like the stereotypical writer is locked away in the office by themselves, so it’s really nice to be in this group and acknowledge that we all want [to be a part of] this for different reasons.” The writers in the group have submitted a wide variety of pieces, ranging from academic work to children’s books to magical realism. Age hasn’t mattered either with the works submitted, as teenagers have written

fantasy and experimented with world-building and adults have created children’s stories with illustrations depicting the scenes. Of the many genres written, Ryan said that Young Adult fiction is the most popular. “We’re all writing outside of our genres,” said Ryan. “Sometimes we have pieces coming in [to critique] that are a few chapters, and then the next chapters are submitted. We’ve also had short stories and other pieces that the writers hope will go somewhere.” While the Writer’s Group is currently full, Ryan and Houde are still discussing whether or not to open more sessions up to the public. If more sessions are created, expect groups to still be small to prevent writers from feeling anxious over the number of people critiquing their work. “We don’t have plans to expand currently, but if we have interest we’ll do another session. If people really want to be a part of the group, it’d be so cool to provide that avenue for them,” said Ryan. With the program being successful in its first run, Ryan said she is glad to have something to build for teenagers and adults to enjoy together. “When I submitted my own piece, I was overwhelmed in a good way about how much feedback I got back and how there were things I never considered. It’s been a great experience for me and I’m so happy to be a part of it,” she said. The Rye Public Library Writer’s Group meets every other Thursday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the New Hampshire Room. The group is full at the time, but if you are interested in writing and working with other local writers, you can contact Jessica Ryan at jryan@ryepubliclibrary.org for more information and possible future sessions. — Danielle Roberts


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the severity of the problems that she touches on in her books and ways they can start to make a positive change. She published her first book, Oscar the Herringgull, in 2011. The story developed from her time at the docent program, and it touches on the human impact on ecology and ways that people can better care for the habitats of these animals. Her 2015 book The Wild Dolphin Rider is loosely based on her grandson Sean and his interest in marine biology; it’s about a boy who wishes to swim with magical dolphins. In his journey, he encounters the many issues that the ocean faces to this day, such as coral bleaching and plastic pollution. “When I was writing this book, I was much more alarmed by what is going on,” Donovan said.“It is research-heavy and vetted by two marine biologists through UNH. Although it is information-dense, I try to put it at a level where kids can understand and for them to say, ‘I can do something and I can change this,’” she said. Donovan’s books take a couple of years to bring to life as she puts a lot of effort and diligence in presenting factual information about the issues she brings up, in a visually appealing way, with the help of Susan Spellman’s art. But most importantly she aims at making environmental issues understandable for children. “If I’m going to do this, I want to hold up something I am proud of. Storytelling is the best way to present ideas. Stories stick with people and it’s an important art,” she said. “I have the chance to bring ideas about the importance of taking care and recognizing threats to the environment to both children and adults.” — Chad Ripley Nancy Donovan at Lane Memorial Library Where: 2 Academy Ave., Hampton When: Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free More info: lanememoriallibrary.org, 603-926-3368

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Children’s author and poet Nancy Donovan will be at the Lane Memorial Public Library in Hampton on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. to talk about her most recent book, In the Valley of the Dragons. Inspired by both the natural world and her grandchildren, Donovan uses her books as an outlet to shine a light on the environmental issues that we as a society face. Her fourth book, In the Valley of the Dragons, is about a little girl named Lauren who visits the Valley of the Dragons. Here, she learns to take care of the Earth, including things like soil conservation and water conservation. Donovan said that in In the Valley of the Dragons, Lauren tells her mother that she can help keep the Earth clean. “It’s an affirmation that you can go on from here and that you can do something,” Donovan said. A caretaker by nature, Donovan was raised outside of Boston and went to Boston College’s school of nursing. Working as a nurse practitioner up until her retirement in 2004, Donovan settled down in Hampton, the place she spent her summers since 1965. “Hampton is home to me,” she said. “The changes in the environment and ocean that I’ve seen in the time that I’ve lived here makes me very concerned. Ocean acidification, lobster migration, changes in shellfish, increased risks of flooding are all things that have become problems. These are all things we need to pay attention to.” These concerns and Donovan’s desire to sort out her thoughts through poetry led her to begin writing more regularly. Shortly after her retirement, she met a woman named Pat Parnell who became her writing mentor and introduced her to many writers and groups along the Seacoast. In 2006 she began volunteering at Seacoast Science Center in Rye. Advising her to sign up for a Marine Docent Program at UNH, Donovan’s environmental knowledge expanded as a result and has since inspired many of her books. Donovan said that her books are an attempt to reach kids at a young age to inform them of

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Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick, by Zora Neale Hurston (Amistad, 304 pages)

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Zora Neale Hurston is best remembered for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Although it was not widely well-received when it was published, Hurston had been a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance literary scene alongside Langston Hughes and Alain Locke. When Alice Walker credited Hurston as one of her inspirations in her 1975 article “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston” in Ms. magazine, Walker brought Hurston to even wider acclaim than her heyday. Now Hurston’s long career as a short story author is being immortalized in this collection with her 21 stories, eight of which were relatively “lost” after their initial publication. The stories are published in the order of their writing, so readers can track the evolution of Hurston’s technique, character development and plotting. The all-black town Eatonville, Florida, where Hurston spent her formative childhood years, is a prominent setting for many of her characters, but Harlem also plays an important role for others. Hurston’s journey as someone who participated in the Great Migration is reflected in these stories. The culture clash of that movement is specifically explored in “The Country in the Woman,” where a Florida couple relocates to Harlem; the husband expects to adapt to a different way of life in the city, while the wife clings to her country sensibilities. Like Janie in Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston’s female characters in this collection exhibit nuance that went largely unexplored by the contemporary male writers of her time. “Drenched in Light” shows the free spirit of a young girl named Isis before society forces her to confirm to its rigid ideas of femininity. Her Grandma Potts lists many things she “felt no one of this female persuasion should do — one was to sit with the knees separated, ‘settin’ brazen’ she called it; another was whistling, another playing with boys, neither must a lady cross her legs.” Isis’ rebellion against Grandma Potts’ rules is ultimately rewarded when she runs off with a new tablecloth as a cape, and strangers offer to reimburse Grandma Potts five times what the cloth is worth to discourage her from punishing Isis.

“Magnolia Flower” is another triumph of what women are capable of, and also a condemnation of the abuse men can perpetuate. Bentley is freed from slavery, buys his own estate, and marries a Cherokee woman, but he will only hire black and Cherokee servants like his oppressors before him. His daughter Magnolia Flower falls in love with a light skinned man with a promising future, and Bentley resents this match due to colorism. Magnolia Flower saves her beloved from her father’s violent and controlling clutches because “[a] woman robbed of her love is more terrible than an army with banners,” and the couple runs away. Lines like “Rage had burst [Bentley’s] heart at being outwitted by a girl” recognize the types of individual wins that would eventually pave the way to women’s liberation. Hurston’s mastery of language is evident throughout her dialogue. She consciously wrote in African American idiom to reflect the dialect of the working class to contrast with the popular trend of the Harlem Renaissance to only portray middle-class black characters, which many believed to be the only way to dispel racist stereotypes. Thanks to the efforts of Hurston and others we have a more realistic portrayal of language of common African Americans, not just those who rose to the top of the Harlem Renaissance. Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is a vital read for examining race, gender and class in the 1920s and ’30s. A — Katherine Ouellette


NITE

Keeping it real

Comedy and catharsis with Jessimae Peluso

Jessimae Peluso. Courtesy photo.

Watching Jessimae Peluso perform on Feb. 7 at Laugh Boston, her early days of improv comedy seemed close by — from the moment she bounded onstage in a hoodie adorned with the area code of Syracuse, her hometown, there was a sense that anything could happen, and nothing was off limits. Peluso offered a few road-tested bits — her take on why feminism is really the worst thing that ever happened to women is hilarious, and not for reasons one might think. Then shimmying her ripped jeans into place pivoted to a riff on kegeling (look it up) that had the audience roaring, and the moment seemed pulled from the air. Throughout her set, Peluso pointed at tables, struck up conversations and built routines around each effortlessly; every one hit. She bought a round of drinks for one good sport, another for a Navy veteran in the crowd. It was less a show than a freewheeling therapy session. Which begged the question in a green room interview post-show: Does she always work from a few notes and a finger to the wind? “A girl never tells her secrets,” Peluso said, tipping back a Corona, then smiling mischievously. “Just gotta let the world wonder on that one.” The sustaining note in Peluso’s comedy is a generous spirit, born of her own struggles. She always ends with a dedication to her late father, taken by Alzheimer’s in 2018, and a pledge that a portion of her earnings will be donated to fight the disease. It’s a joyous performance. “I want to go out there and have fun and connect, make people feel and laugh, and I want to make them go home knowing they are not alone,” she said. “There is light at the other side of darkness, and darkness is just a necessary passage through life — if not the most important.”

Along with standup, Peluso has a diversified professional portfolio. After rising to prominence on the first two seasons of MTV’s Girl Code, she’s appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast and Lights Out with David Spade on Comedy Central, among other shows. Peluso currently hosts two podcasts, Sharp Tongue and Highlarious. The latter broadcasts live on Wednesday — she calls it Weedsday. It’s part of Peluso’s advocacy for cannabis. She also runs an organic pot dispensary in Los Angeles, where she’s lived since 2014, and advertises a range of weed-related businesses on her podcasts. She credits CBD with easing her dad’s pain in his final days. “It’s also great for grief,” she added with a laugh. Peluso’s standup origins began in Boston, when she moved there with her musician boyfriend. She joined improv troupe The Tribe at the behest of her coworkers at H&M. “I was directionless,” she said. “I went to college; I studied anthropology and photography, which are really lucrative careers.” Next stop was New York. “I did the Broke Girls Circle around Manhattan, where you just live in all the neighborhoods that are cheaper and take the trains into the city; I slept on couches,” she said. “Every apartment had roaches, and it was bad. The roaches had backpacks, like they’re commuting. They were like, ‘Get out of my way, ... I’m going from the living room to the kitchen and I have to get to work by five.’” Girl Code ended that, opening doors that led to a deal with E! and the move west, but it became a trying time for Peluso. “Joan Rivers had passed away, Chelsea Handler quit,” she said. “A bunch of their comedy programming sort of crumbled the year I was there, so it was a big learning experience. A lot of heartbreak, but it also gave me a lot of thick skin to deal with rejection.” Peluso’s upcoming weekend stand at Cisco Brewers marks her first appearance in the Granite States. She’s excited to be playing Portsmouth. “I just feel that’s a town where you won’t get arrested for making love to a tree,” she said. “I’m an arborist.” — Michael Witthaus Jessimae Peluso When: Friday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 22, 6 and 8:15 p.m. Where: Cisco Brewers, 35 Corporate Dr., Portsmouth Tickets: $22.50 at eventbrite.com

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BEACH BUM FUN HOROSCOPES All quotes are from I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story, by Anthony Daniels, born Feb. 21, 1946. Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) In my days as a naive traveller, it never occurred to me that there could be more than one hotel of the same name. Double-check your GPS map. Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Then we reached a sequence where George had added a temporary music track. … Suddenly the scene had drama, interest, tension. I had never considered why most films add a score. A good soundtrack will give you a boost. Aries (March 21 – April 19) At some point, George organised for me to see 2001. … I sat alone in the screening room at Fox. As the wide, pizza-like plates of 35mm celluloid passed through the projector, I realised that I had been too young to enjoy it before. There were parts that I still can’t fathom, even today. But what a marvellous film. I did sit through the whole thing — shocked at my earlier naivete. You may see things from a new perspective. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) At some point during editing, they phoned me. Would I do them a favour? Would I please go to a studio in London and record an extra line? … The audience would never know the line was compiled over five thousand miles, and many weeks, apart. You can pitch in from anywhere. Gemini (May 21 – June 20) Apparently, whoever was responsible for the marketing of the film, felt it would detract from the believability of the robot, were it to be known that it was, in fact, a costume with a person inside. If you want fame, don’t play a robot. Cancer (June 21 – July 22) I had put the whole mixed-bag experience out of my mind. I would never forget my trip to the States earlier that year but I had moved on, and back to a

more normal life of trying to find other work. You can find other work. Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) I don’t think that anyone at Lucasfilm appreciated what I’d gone through, portraying Threepio in that unforgiving suit. Maybe you should write about it. Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) Personally, I still prefer A New Hope, as being the most complete and unselfconscious story of the Saga. Favorite films will make a good conversation starter. Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) It was a chill April evening, and a great Einsteinian truth came upon me. Hundreds of stretch limos cannot be in the same place at the same time. With the average stretch being around thirty feet, you don’t have to be a genius to calculate the wait time. You’ll get there faster by walking. Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) Within a year, they called me about a sequel. I was conflicted. Did I want to go through it all again? Not really. Were they offering an amazing deal? Not really. … But there was another factor, that was perhaps more important. I had grown fond of See-Threepio. I said yes. Weigh your pros and cons. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) No one had cared when we were shooting A New Hope. It was a mid-budget sci-fi film — not on anyone’s radar. I had been embarrassed to discuss my role with friends. … Then the film opened, and everything changed. The film isn’t open till it’s open. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) I eventually saw Star Wars at a crew screening in London. … I hadn’t realised how large a part Threepio played throughout. And that I spoke the first lines of dialogue. I think I left the theatre a little dazed — everyone did. Things look different when everything comes together.

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Juan Zamora, 63, of Kissimmee, Florida, needed directions on Feb. 8 and flashed his headlights at a Marion County Sheriff’s squad car to ask for help, the Ocala Star-Banner reported. Deputy Calvin Batts obliged, but during the conversation, he noticed Zamora smelled like alcohol and was unsteady on his feet, according to the arrest report. Zamora then resisted Batts’ request to take a breath test, saying, “You didn’t pull me over. I pulled you over,” and told the officer he is “legally disabled,” which would account for his instability. However, it wouldn’t explain the bag of white powder found in Zamora’s shirt pocket, which field-tested positive for cocaine, according to the report. Batts also reported finding a two-thirds-full bottle of Canadian whiskey and a 15-year-old passenger in the vehicle. Zamora was arrested and charged with DUI and possession of cocaine.

Awesome!

Residents of an apartment building in Kerala, India, were surprised on Feb. 3 when a pungent mixture of beer, brandy and rum began flowing from their faucets instead of water. Officials told the BBC that about 6,000 liters of alcohol confiscated on court orders had been buried in a pit nearby, but it seeped through the soil into the well used as a water source for the building. “The children couldn’t go to school, and even their parents couldn’t go to work,” Joshy Malyiekkal, the building owner, said.

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Ryan Sentelle State, 37, has been arrested in Salt Lake City after police said he admitted using mice and hamsters to get free hotel rooms. KUTV reported on Jan. 30 that authorities allege State would release the rodents in a hotel room, then complain about them, prompting hotel workers to offer the room for free. State faces charges of theft by deception and criminal Police report Shareeka Strawn, 28, must have pan- mischief. icked when the car she was riding in was pulled over by police in Wichita Falls, Tex- Sweet revenge as, on Jan. 15 for a minor traffic violation. Housepainter Dean Reeves of According to the probable cause affida- Bolsover, England, came to a slow realvit, Strawn, who had several outstanding ization that his client, Terry Taylor, was warrants, identified herself as Porshala never going to pay him the rest of what Strawn, but was apparently unaware that he says he is owed for painting Taya records check revealed Porshala also had lor’s building. So in January, Reeves an outstanding warrant. The Times Record took his complaint public and paintNews reported Shareeka was arrested and ed a graffiti message on the building’s is facing a number of charges, including exterior: “Want your house painting? allegedly giving a false name. Don’t be like Terry. Pay the bill! Now you will!” According to Oddity Central, Reeves said Taylor “changed the What’s in a name? A former employee of a finance firm job, kept asking me to do extra work. ... is behind bars in Macon County, Tennes- He kept saying, ‘I’ll pay you tomorrow,’ see, after allegedly stealing $51,000 in but tomorrow never came.” For his part, customer loan payments, WATE reported. Taylor denies Reeves’ accusations and Serena Swindle, 41, was arrested on Feb. is threatening to press criminal charges. 5 after a yearlong investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. She Government in action was held on $3,500 bond at the Macon • The Washington, D.C., Metro has County Jail. spent five years and $3.8 million building two still-unfinished bike racks at two of its stations, WJLA reported on Chutzpah! On Dec. 19, five prisoners in Bel- Feb. 12. The original budget for the two gium’s Turnhout Prison escaped by covered racks, which each will house 92 climbing over a wall and jumping into a bikes, was $600,000 apiece. “Quality getaway car waiting nearby, Newsweek control issues with contractors can take reported. Four of the men were captured time to sort out,” the Metro said in a within a few weeks, but officials failed to statement, “but Metro determined it was track down Oualid Sekkaki, 26, who was important to get the project done right serving time for drug possession. Sek- rather than get it done quickly.” It hopes kaki added insult to injury when a letter the projects, first set to be completed in arrived at the prison on Jan. 20. Inside was December of 2015, will be finished in Sekkaki’s prison badge and a card saying the next few months. • Giovanni Palmiero, 101, has been “Greetings from Thailand.” Sekkaki, who hails from an infamous Moroccan prison- living in the United Kingdom since 1966, so logically, he applied to remain escaping family, is still at large. SEACOAST SCENE | FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 4, 2020 | PAGE 30

A well-meaning neighbor’s attempt to save his friend from a dog attack went south on Feb. 5 in Adams, Massachusetts. Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington told the Associated Press the neighbor heard yelling shortly after noon and discovered his friend being attacked by his own dog and his girlfriend’s dog. The good Samaritan returned to his apartment, got the crossbow he used for hunting and fired it up a stairwell at one of the dogs. But the bolt glanced off the dog and went through

the door into the apartment where it struck and killed the victim. Harrington said the dogs had a history of aggression and were usually kept in separate kennels. She described the man as “very distraught” and did not expect criminal charges to be filed. Officers responding to the scene shot both dogs.

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An unnamed 47-year-old Italian woman convicted of fraud in 2017 in Sicily has been on the run since then, The Guardian reported, eluding authorities by hiding in convents. The woman moved to the northern regions of Italy and phoned convents pretending to be a sister “looking for help and claiming she was severely ill,” investigators said. As she moved from convent to convent, she changed her identity, duping nuns who trusted her and thought her to be kind. Finally, a Benedictine nun grew suspicious and phoned police, telling them her stories were “full of contradictions.” Authorities verified her identity and arrested her. She now faces further charges of claiming false identity. Visit newsoftheweird.com.

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