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A great service for locals This week I would like to share this amazing service with our readers. The Transportation Assistance for Seacoast Citizens is a non-profit transportation company dedicated to providing rides to the Larry Marsolais citizens of ten seacoast communities who cannot drive themselves. Those communities are: Brentwood, Exeter, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, North Hampton, Rye, Seabrook and Stratham. If you live in one of these communities and need a ride, please contact TASC to see if you qualify. You will automatically qualify if you are 55 years old or older, or if you have a physical challenge that prevents you from driving. Any persons under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Transportation is provided, at no cost to the citizen, by a cadre of about 50 volunteer drivers who donate both their time and their vehicles. Although you must live within one of the communities listed above TASC will drive you to anywhere the driver is willing to go (e.g. Boston, Manchester, Portland, etc.). If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver, please make out an application at TASC is located at 200 High St. in Hampton. For more information please call them at (603) 926-9026 or coordinator@tasc-rides. org. 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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Find music, games, food, arts, crafts, a yard sale, business booths and a silent auction at the annual James House Festival, happening Saturday, Aug. 3 (rain date Aug. 10), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the James House, 186 Towle Farm Road, Hampton.

National Night Out

The Amesbury Police Department will be participating in the 36th annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6, with activities at the Amesbury High School, from 6 to 8 p.m., rain or shine. There will be games and activities, free refreshments, a car show featuring all kinds of vehicles, a motorcycle stunt team, Northshore 104.9 FM and Boston Bruins alumni Bob Sweeney, Ken Hodge Jr. and two-time Stanley Cup Champion Don Marcotte stopping by to say hello.

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Join First Church Congregational in Rochester for its 16th annual blueberry fest on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will feature a full pancake breakfast with takeout available, plus raffles, gift baskets, a mini farmers market, and live music. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned or boxed food item for the church’s food cupboard. Visit or call 332-1121.

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There is so much to explore on the coast, including its history and its natural beauty. You can do both through several local museums and historical societies, which offer fun for all ages — from outside activities like boat tours and seaside scavenger hunts to indoor amusements like a Beer, Music & History night for adults and a teddy bear picnic for kids.

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Established in 1793, Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury is the oldest continuously operating boat shop in the United States and is cited as the birthplace of the legendary fishing dory, according to the shop’s website. Lowell’s Boat Shop is the only remaining survivor of the area’s worldrenowned dory manufacturing industry that produced in excess of a quarter of a million dories over a period of two centuries. It is now a working museum. Education Director Dorothy Antczak said they feature a number of programs for kids that utilize their fleet of Banks Dorys (boats) to explore the river. “These programs often highlight area history or the local ecosystems and include an educational component as well,” she said. One example is their Castaways session, which takes place on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21 and covers fun topics like “What does it take to survive on an island in the middle of the mighty Merrimack?” “Each day, we’ll row from Lowell’s Boat Shop downriver to High Rock, where we’ll make landfall and practice our survival skills, such as shelter building, tracking, and wild edibles identification,”

said Antczak. For adults, coming up at the end of the summer is the Great Rowing Adventure on Sept. 12 and Sept. 13. The program starts with a tour of Lowell’s Boat Shop. “We’ll then drive to Plum Island to board the rowing vessels, a Surf Dory built at Lowell’s and two Sharptown Barges built at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum,” Antczak said. From the Northern tip of Plum Island, she said, they will wend their way through the marsh and creeks of Plum Island Sound with a stop for lunch and a swim. “We’ll end the first day at Steep Hill Beach on the Crane Estate, [where] a delicious meal will be provided in the Pine Grove and where we’ll camp for the night,” she said. Early in the morning on Sept. 13 after breakfast in the Pine Grove, Antczak said, participants will get back into the boats to begin “the magical journey” through Fox Creek into Essex Bay. If time permits, they will stop to explore Choate Island, which is where The Crucible was filmed. “By afternoon we’ll be closing in on the end of our journey as we make our way up the Essex River,” she said. “We’ll stop at one of the restaurants on the river for lunch before finally arriving at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum to learn about the 350-year tradition of shipbuilding in Essex.” The trip’s finale is a sunset sail in Gloucester Harbor. “It’s a chance to relax our rowing muscles and enjoy the ocean and a libation or two,” said Antczak. 8



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Tuck Museum of Hampton History operates under the Hampton Historical Society, according to the museum’s website, and it offers fun for all ages. At the Seacoast Fire Museum building on the grounds of Tuck Museum of Hampton History in Hampton, kids can try on firefighters’ uniforms and hats, ring the fire bell and see the 1853 pumper. “The district schoolhouse is also popular,” said Betty Moore, interim executive director. “Youngsters can sit behind an oldfashioned desk, read from a primer, write on a slate, and go out on the lawn and roll a hoop while pretending to attend a oneroom school.” There are a couple of exhibits that might be especially interesting to adults, too. The first is of Hampton Souvenir China with more than 100 items on display from the late 1800s to the 1960s that depict iconic beach and town scenes. The second exhibit is of the submarine USS Squalus, which sank in more than 200 feet of water just off the New Hampshire coast during a test dive. “It was the first successful deep-water rescue in water more than 20 feet and was executed with the use of the newly invented Monson Diving Bell,” Moore said. “It is still one of the greatest submarine disasters in history.” Coming up next month are Viking Days with the Living History Group Draugar Vinlands on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8. “Because there is so much interest in our Viking or Thorwald’s Rock, which we believe is one of Hampton’s most enduring myths, we have taken the stand, ‘If you

can’t beat ’em, join ’em,’” Moore said with a laugh. At the event the group will have demonstrations of Viking weapons and combat, food and drink, tool making, wood working, clothing and daily life. The event is designed for the whole family and admission is free. “It is a chance to learn about Viking lifestyles, customs and culture along with demonstrations of skill,” Moore said.

Ocean exploration

The goal at Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium at Hampton Beach is to offer a unique view into the life in the Gulf of Maine. “We want to ensure that when people leave, whether adult or child,they look at the ocean in a completely new way with awe and appreciation for our natural world,” said owner and founder Ellen Goethel. In the summer the Oceanarium features a new scavenger hunt every week. “It goes on continuously and consists of 10 items that must be found along the ocean on the beach and brought back to the Oceanarium,” said Goethel. “The prize is small but fun — a silicone bracelet. “ The goal of the scavenger hunt, she said, is to focus families on looking at the ocean and actively enjoying it. “It is a fun activity for the whole family and is absolutely free,” she said. “Families can pick up the scavenger hunt list at the Oceanarium desk anytime we are open.” While popular with all ages, the Oceanarium’s 150-gallon refrigerated tank is especially fun for kids. 10

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8 Currently, the tank features deep water red mud stars, pizza stars, purple sun stars, snow crabs, a red crab and a spiny crab, which she said is “always a hit.” “It contains our deeper-water specimens,” said Goethel. “We also have a blue lobster, orange lobster and a calico lobster, all of whom are constantly fighting to be the bully of the tank,” she added. Goethel said the highlight for kids and teens alike is the touch tanks. “We have two tanks at the moment, one which features animals that have been collected just across the street in the tide pools just south of Great Boar’s Head,” she said. “These animals are small so you have to search for them.” These animals include roughly 50 various-sized hermit crabs, mussels, sea anemones, rock crabs, green crabs and brittle star, sea urchins, sea stars and various snails and amphipods “among the seaweed.” “The other tank has some more exotic animals like the calico lobster, a horseshoe crab, a large hermit crab, deep sea scallops, large sea stars, lobster, Jonah crab and sea urchins,” she said. “Things change on a daily basis depending on what the local commercial fishermen bring in.” Goethel said adults tend to enjoy the small intimate experience provided within tours, which are facilitated by a biologist. “Everyone gets personal attention and can ask questions and share stories,” she said. “It is a unique place that encourages you to look and learn.” Goethel said, however, that children often enjoy these tours as much as adults. “The displays engage both adults and

children with specimens under a laboratory-grade dissecting scope and a great digital microscope where you can watch a live sea urchin or barnacles feeding,” she said. For adults who may be weary from a day of sightseeing, though, Goethel said they have a small corner loveseat where such individuals can sit and enjoy a video called Windows to the Wild, Groundfishing. “It is about 20 minutes long and features my husband David Goethel’s boat,” she said. “It takes you on a day in the life of David, a local fisherman, with all his trials and tribulations. It’s a relaxing way to spend a few minutes while the kids or grandkids are enjoying the touch tank.”

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The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover offers two floors of interactive exhibits for ages birth to 12 years of age, although Communications Director Neva Cole said the museum is a place where grown-ups can also explore and discover new things. “Our programs and events are designed to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible,” she said. “We have programs for military families, preschool-aged children, preteens, area immigrants, Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, educators, schools, libraries and so much more.” Several events in the coming weeks are geared specifically toward children, including their annual Teddy Bear Clinic & Picnic on Friday, Aug. 2. At this event, kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal friends for a check-up with nurses and volunteers from the event’s sponsor, Portsmouth 12

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10 Regional Hospital, CMNH staff and volunteers. “Each animal gets checked in and given an ID bracelet and then on to the checkup, which can sometimes include surgical stitches, Band-Aids and ribbons,” said Cole. “They then receive a certificate of good health and are invited outside for a picnic with juice and snacks.” Cole said it is “an excellent way” to remind kids that “visiting the doctor doesn’t have to be scary.” “It is something to be taken seriously, but can also be pretty fun if you let it,” she added. Upon reopening after its annual two-week deep clean, which includes renovations, the museum will host Toddlerfest from Sept. 14 to Sept. 30. “It includes tons of fun drop-ins, special visitors, and programs for the little ones,” said Cole. “When the big kids go back to school, it’s a great time to focus on the preschool-aged kids and their unique needs.” Then, beginning in October, the museum will once again offer its Grown-up Play Dates after hours on Friday evenings. According to Cole, these events feature fun themes just for the 21+ crowd with a cash bar included at each one. Themed evenings include A Night at the BooZeum in October, a November TBD theme, minigolf in February, cider flights in March, and an art night with live animal models in April.

“A Night at the BooZeum is, of course, a chance to dress up for Halloween,” said Cole. “Mini Golf and Cider Flights were two programs that we launched this past year as part of our 35th anniversary celebrations, and they proved to be so popular that we are bringing them back as part of this series.” Minigolf, she said, is just what it sounds like. “We set up around 18 holes throughout the museum, and there are plenty of projects, experiments and crafty distractions happening at the same time,” she said. Cider Flights is a cider-tasting event, which Cole referred to as “a perfect way to spend a cold March evening.”

Independence for all

The American Independence Museum in Exeter offers guided tours, architecture tours, school programs and a variety of public programs and possesses more than 3,000 objects in its collection that focus on the Revolutionary and colonial periods in New Hampshire, according to the museum website. Highlights from the collection include an original printing of the Declaration of Independence from 1776 and two working drafts of the U.S. Constitution. On Thursday, Aug. 1, preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to Revolutionary Story Time, although Executive Director Emma Bray said kids of all ages are welcome. 14

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“This monthly program combines 12 storytelling, music and crafts,” she said. “We enjoy opening up Folsom Tavern to this group each month, especially because the program coincides with the farmers market right across the street.” The museum will host Homeschool Day on Friday, Sept. 27. On this day, homeschooled students have the chance to experience the museum’s hands-on, interactive Colonial Living Days program. “Students can talk with a colonial mariner, learn how to dress in colonial clothing, or play colonial games in historic Folsom Tavern,” she said. “We welcome homeschool students of all ages and their parents.” For adults with an interest in civics or government, the American Independence Museum has made Civic Engagement its theme for 2019, which is reflected in its lecture series. On Wednesday, Sept. 18, in “Understanding your Community from a Historical Perspective,” a panel discussion will be led by experts from the museum, Exeter Public Library, Exeter Historical Society and Historic New England’s Gilman Garrison House. “We will look at historic institutions’ [roles] in the communities and how understanding community from a historic perspective can be an in-road to civic engagement,” said Bray. On Saturday, Sept. 21, the museum will partner with the New England Historic Genealogical Society to present “Researching New England Ancestry,” the latest in their ongoing Genealogy Workshop series.

During these programs, experts from NEHGS visit the museum’s Folsom Tavern to host a three-hour workshop on various topics in genealogy. “This is an excellent way for those interested in family history projects to hear directly from experts, gain skills and ask questions,” said Bray.

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The Woodman Museum in Dover, founded in 1916, is a traditional early 20th-century style natural science, history and art museum with exhibits for all ages, according to the museum’s website. The museum’s collection includes hundreds of colonial artifacts, comprehensive mineral and fossil collection, mounted animal specimens, fine art and furniture, extensive collection of militaria, local history objects and much more. Several upcoming events should pique the interest of many adults, starting with Beer, Music and History on Aug. 11. At this event, beer from Bad Lab Beer Co. will be featured in addition to food and entertainment by local folk and maritime groups The Bog Standard and Great Bay Sailor. On Aug. 21, Woodman will host UNH professor Kirk Dorsey as part of its Speaker Series at which he will discuss the 75th anniversary of the Bretton Woods Conference. On Sept. 18, Woodman’s Speaker Series will welcome UNH professor Kimberly Alexander, who will discuss folk art and material culture. 16


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Two towns that cherish their history have include Rye Harbor, St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea several upcoming talks for anyone interested Chapel, The Drake House and Goss Barn. in learning more about the past. Over in Amesbury, the mission of the In the Rye Historical Society’s 1623 Amesbury Carriage Museum is to chamSeries, lovers of nature may enjoy “Wildlife of pion the history of Amesbury’s industry and the Seacoast,” presented by Katie Brodeur of people. Each year the museum organizes prothe Center for Wildlife, on Thursday, Aug. 8. grams and events that bring new perspectives On Thursday, Aug. 22, J. Dennis Robin- about the past and connects people to their son will present “Treasures from the Isles of community. Shoals: How New Archaeology is Changing “We are a small start-up organization,” said Old History.” Executive Director John Mayer. “We want to RHS’s Alex Herlihy said the 1623 Series inspire people to get connected to the past culminates in 2023 with an in-depth look at and to get involved in the daily life of their changes at Odiorne Point as well as an update communities. on the park and Seacoast Science Center. Mayer said they have several “exciting “Last year we started with programs on upcoming programs” in August and Sepgeology and sunken forest.” he said. “This tember, including “Getting Started in Family year we are doing programs on historic flora, History” on Wednesday, Aug. 21. fauna and a show on archaeology. Featuring Melanie McComb from AmeriNext year we will do two on native peoples can Ancestors (also known as New England and then the year after early European explor- Historical Genealogical Society in Boston), ers [and] settlers.” the event is free and “intended to inspire peoOn Sunday, Aug. 25, at St. Andrew’s ple to get involved in family or local history Chapel in Rye, RHS will present “The Sto- projects.” ry One Dress can Tell: Social Positioning “We are thrilled to have Melanie as our Through Dress in 19th c. Seacoast NH.” At speaker and to be collaborating with this well this event, Astrida Schaeffer will discuss recognized organization,” said Mayer. how the booming, innovative 19th century On Saturday, Sept. 7, two guest speakmeant new opportunities, albeit sometimes ers will provide information about the in unexpected ways. Schaeffer has worked construction of mill buildings and evolution with historic textiles for more than 25 years of industrial power in a day-long workshop, as curator, mannequin maker, reproduction “Learning from the Industrial Landscape.” dressmaker, researcher, teacher and author. “This is an introduction to industrial Using the example of a dress made by archaeology,” Mayer said. “It will allow parCelestia Freeman, wife of a Somersworth ticipants to explore the historic fabric of an textile mill overseer, Schaeffer will explore 1826 mill building and the landscape along the economic and social impact made by the the Powow River where industrial energy was invention of the sewing machine. She will harnessed to power local mills.” also discuss its introduction into the home, On Monday, Sept. 16, at Ristorante Molise, the creation of a commercial clothing pat- Amesbury Carriage Museum will hold its tern industry for the home seamstress, and 34th Annual Meeting at which guests can the spread of fashion magazines across the enjoy social hour, dinner, a short business nation. meeting and a program by Dr. Elizabeth “Women in particular were able to take DeWolfe. The program is titled “Women’s advantage of new technologies to claim social Work in the Mills - Learning from our Indusspace for themselves through their own cre- trial History.” ative efforts,” said Herlihy. “Dr. DeWolfe is a professor of history at For a different historical perspective, the the University of New England and has done historical society will host a Rye History important work on the social history of labor Trolley Tour on Sept. 2. Sites on the tour and women’s studies,” Mayer said.

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How did you come up with this concept? We didn’t create the concept but we definitely admired it. There are arcade bars scattered throughout the country right now in most major cities, so we’re not the Josh Hynes. Courtesy photo. innovators, but we definitely wanted to be the first one to bring How is the business doing? this concept to New Hampshire. Growing The business is doing great. We have up in the ’80s and ’90s arcades were a big a loyal crew of regulars and constantly part of my youth, so what better way to have newcomers. We have weekly pinreflect on earlier years by enjoying some ball and Mario Kart tournaments that classic gaming and combining it with the have a dedicated following. We feel best craft beer around? The business actu- there’s a lot of people out there that just ally started out, though, as the game room get bored at a regular bar and those are to my barber shop — Stronghold — two the people we cater towards — people years ago. Enough people mentioned they that are looking to have fun and not just wanted to come in after hours to have a stare at each other or their phones. It’s beer and play some games in the game great for large groups, date nights, or room that it later evolved into Tokens Tap- even solo trips out. room. When the neighboring unit went up for sale, I joined the two units to make it When you’re not working, what do you what it is today. do for fun? My wife and I play a lot of pinball when How many arcade games do you have? we’re not taking out the kids, and even at We currently have 30 arcade games, that sometimes we take the kids by during 15 pinball machines, and two Skee-Ball our family hours on Saturdays. Besides lanes at Tokens as well as a bunch in stor- that, I try to play guitar, swim, and enjoy age that are on rotation. as much of the amenities in New Hampshire as possible. What are some of your favorite arcade games and pinball machines? Are you from the Seacoast? I have a lot of favorites, but as far as I am from the Seacoast. I went to high arcade games go, I hold Rampage up school in Dover and grew up in Barpretty high. It’s just a simple game of rington. Currently, I have been living in destruction. My favorite pinball would Dover close to a decade. There’s no place have to be Addams Family. I know the I’d rather be. game the best and have fun hitting all the objectives. Some other pinballs I really Any big plans for your business or you enjoy are Theatre of Magic, Attack From in the near future? Mars and Iron Maiden. We would like to introduce a SkeeBall league in the fall and continue on Are they hard to find to purchase? track with what we have already going Finding old arcade games can be dif- on. We just rotated the majority of our ficult. There isn’t a plethora of them pinballs and will continue to rotate our around anymore, so you have to search arcade games and tap list to make it a new far and wide and explore many differ- and exciting visit each time you come to ent avenues. I have gone on excursions Tokens. all over the Northeast in search of games — Rob Levey

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By Caleb Jagoda Where I went: Fuller Gardens, 10 Willow Avenue, North Hampton,, 603-964-5414 What it is: Fuller Gardens is a nonprofit public botanical garden in North Hampton open for visits from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. They’re open from mid-May through October and admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students, $4 for children under the age of 12 and free for members. They also host several special events every year, two of which will be happening this August: Reggae n’ Roses on Friday, Aug. 2, and Yoga in the Garden on Tuesday, Aug. 13. What I did: I drove up to Fuller Gardens on a day that was far from ideal for a garden walk. It was a rainy, sluggish Tuesday morning, and the whole world seemed to be moving in slow motion. Still, I was excited to see some cool nature sights and experience first-hand what sounded like a local hidden gem. As I got close to Fuller Gardens, I had a hard time finding the entrance. Not far from the beaches in Rye and North Hampton, I spotted an abundance of bushes and hedges as I drove down back streets. Google Maps said I was already there, but I kept driving, not seeing any signs. But I soon found an open gate with a gravel parking lot and thought that this had to be the place. I still couldn’t really see any of the garden and wondered how much garden could truly fit in this little corner of North Hampton. I soon found out it was much more than I ever could have imagined. I went up to the admissions hut and was greeted by a very kind woman who walked me to what was formerly a hay barn. Today, it’s where the grounds crew keeps much of their equipment and where Garden Director Jamie Colen lives (on the second and third floors). The admissions desk worker walked me through the garden as she attempted to locate Jamie, and although she couldn’t find him, I got my first taste of the garden. Overflowing with life, colors and growth around every corner, the garden was full of serenity and nature. A Koi pond here, a profusion of blooming flowers there, atten-

tively-cut grass patterns everywhere. It was truly brimming with life. Working my way through the garden, I couldn’t help being reminded of my grandfather Carlos’ backyard garden. Carlos is in his 80s and spent the first half of his life in his native Portugal, and now living in a small town in Massachusetts Carlos boasts a surprisingly massive backyard garden chock-full of different plants, flowers and vegetables. Fuller Gardens made me feel oddly at home, like I was back in my ovó’s backyard. This nostalgia mixed with the garden’s variety of unique growth was quite an experience. Soon, Jamie drove up in a truck apologizing for having to deal with a rain situation. I told him it was no problem at all, and that I enjoyed my tranquil traipse through the quiet, rainy garden. Jamie hopped out of his truck, shook my hand and began breaking down the history of Fuller Gardens and explaining the features and layout of the place. He told me that Fuller Gardens began in the late 1920s or early 1930s when Alvan T. Fuller decided to turn the back of his summer estate into a garden. While it originally got its start as a private cutting garden, Fuller soon hired the Olmstead brothers to design the garden’s layout and turn it into a more expansive spectacle. The current layout of Fuller Gardens today is nearly identical to the Olmsteads’ garden design with only a few changes having taken place over the years. Alvan T. Fuller often allowed the public to walk through this garden and especially enjoyed looking out his


Fuller Gardens in North Hampton. Photos by Caleb Jagoda.

window and seeing passersby enjoying the views and nature. After Fuller’s death in 1958, Fuller Gardens was officially made open to the public. Jamie broke down all this history for me as we carried on with our peaceful jaunt. We walked through the Japanese garden and made our way to the front garden. Jamie pointed out to me that the front garden facing the road was intentionally designed with a wider front that narrows as it goes inland and smaller statues the further inland it goes. This was done in order to create an illusion of sorts that makes the garden look

bigger than it is. Once he pointed this out to me, I couldn’t unsee it; the garden looked hugely impressive from the front entrance, and much smaller from the back. This was a very cool feature, and something I wouldn’t have noticed had he not pointed it out. As we continued our walk, Jamie told me he has been the garden director for 20 years. He also broke down some specifics of the care he and his 14-person crew give the garden, which really impressed me. The garden is all-natural, with no pesticides used. They cut the lawn three times a week and employ strict, consistent, handson care of the garden to keep it in tip-top shape. Viewing the garden, it’s impossible not to notice all the care they put into it; it’s immaculately kept, and everything is done to a tee. As my time at Fuller Gardens came to a close, I thanked Jamie and took one more solo walk through. What really stood out to me was how much magic was behind every corner. Between all the bursting blooms, there seemed to be an exponential amount of flowers hiding behind every turn. While it seems small upon first glance, Fuller Gardens is much bigger than meets the eye, and turned out to be an amazing experience despite the weather. Who should try this: Anyone who enjoys nature and taking a peaceful timeout from their day to enjoy flowers and Mother Nature. Admission is cheap, and the amazing thing about Fuller Gardens is its idyllic nature juxtaposed with the hustle and bustle of Hampton and Rye’s beaches. It truly is a hidden gem, and I’d recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in nature. I’m no garden or flower expert by any means, and I found myself captivated by Fuller Gardens’ natural beauty.

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Paddleboard club preps for weekend fundraiser Chris Carragher was a surfer his entire life, until he went on his first stand-up paddleboard ride with his niece in 2013. He saw the Isles of Shoals in the distance and he set a goal to paddle to the islands and back by the end of summer. “My wife and I [had recently] gotten involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters as mentors, so the paddle evolved into a charity ride called Stand Up For Littles,” Carragher said. In that first year he raised $6,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire — and from there the idea for the Seacoast Paddleboard Club developed. “I started getting emails and phone calls from other paddleboarders in the area who wanted to join me for [the charity paddle] next year,” he said. “It was kind of like a bucket list thing for me and I thought I was done, but I was just getting started.” In 2015 Carragher started the club as a way to train for the annual Isles of Shoals paddle, now called the IOS Invitational. Since then it has evolved into weekly paddles at Peirce Paddle Schedule 121472

Anyone can become a member of the SPC for a minimal annual fee and participate in weekly paddles. Weekly Paddle - Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Every Tuesday night from May through September, the SPC community paddles begin at the Peirce Island boat ramp in Portsmouth and typically go four to six miles. Members are encouraged to arrive by 6:15 p.m. to be ready to paddle by 6:30 p.m. The paddle lasts for approximately two hours, and members must have proper safety gear.


Weekly Paddle - Sunday, 9 a.m. On Sunday mornings from June through September, the SPC hosts paddles starting from Pirates Cove Beach in Rye. These paddles are recommended for intermediate to advanced paddlers and travel for eight to 12 miles. Paddlers should arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. and prepare for a three-hour trip. Members must have proper safety gear.



IOS Invitational - Saturday, Aug. 3 This annual event raises money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire and is a 14-mile round trip to the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. There will be six teams taking the challenge this year. While registration is closed, you can cheer on the paddlers as they start their trek from Pirates Cove Beach at 5 a.m. The paddle normally lasts five to six hours.

Island and a monthly beach cleanup. “We have 75 to 100 members now, so it’s really grown,” Carragher said. With such a large group, Carragher has seen the club develop into a robust community. “The people in the club are my favorite part of belonging to it,” said Nick Brown, a member of the SPC. “[These are] super nice folks from different backgrounds, careers and experience-levels [who] all share at least one interest: paddleboarding.” Sarah Patey, a board member for the SPC, became interested in it because of the different places they paddled. “The first time I used a paddleboard was Courtesy photo. a tour [with] Cinnamon Rainbow [in Hamp“When we go out as a group, we come ton]. The next year I bought a board package and started taking it on my local lake almost back as a group. Nobody gets left behind,” weekly,” Patey said. She joined the SPC to said Carragher. As for the future of the SPC, Carragher is travel to other places rather than just in fresh looking for different places to host paddles, water. Carragher likes that paddlers of all skill lev- such as Maine and Massachusetts. Besides els can join the SPC, and that you don’t have the community paddles, he would like to work with more charities. to be on the ocean to enjoy paddleboarding. “We are always looking to get involved in “Personally, I enjoy the ocean because it’s relaxing. You never know what you’re going things near to our heart. [We’d] love to work to see — whales, dolphins, schools of fish,” with animal rescues or anything to do with conservation and protecting the environhe said. Allyson Strain, also a board member for ment,” he said. “We’re always keeping our the SPC, recalls her first paddle with the club eye on the horizon for new opportunities.” The SPC wants to keep the true spirit of the in 2014 as a sight she’ll never forget. “We were out on a beautiful day, [with] club in mind, emphasizing the importance of flat seas and low winds, and we saw two dol- having a community around a common interest and also making sure to have fun. phins,” she said. “Really we’re a social club with a padThe SPC is involved with multiple charities in New Hampshire. Besides Big Brothers dling problem,” Carragher said. The IOS Invitational is considered the Big Sisters, the SPC does an annual Halloween costume paddle with the Portsmouth flagship event for the club. The 14-mile trip Halloween Parade. In the past the club has has raised almost $90,000 for BBBSNH in done a Paddle with the Pups event to support the past and has a $25,000 goal for this year’s the NHSPCA. Every month, the club also paddle, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 3. gets together at Pirates Cove to participate in You can catch the paddlers hitting the water around 5 a.m. at Pirate’s Cove Beach in Rye, a beach cleanup. “We adopted the beach from Blue Ocean and they’ll head out to the Isles of Shoals, Society in 2017. We’ll collect anywhere from returning to the beach several hours later. Brown’s favorite memories of being with 20 to 40 pounds of trash and debris,” Carragher said. “We preach to protect the places the SPC are from the IOS Invitational — you love and protect the places you paddle.” regardless of how tough it is. “Last year was a fog-shrouded For new or aspiring paddleboarders, Carragher advises others to remember to have start in darkness. The year before had rough sea-surface conditions,” he said. fun. — Danielle Roberts “It’s a lot easier than you think,” he said. Strain’s advice is to paddle within your means, while Patey suggests just keeping at it and practicing. Know about something fun going on? “Most importantly, be safe!” Brown said. If you have an upcoming event in The SPC has made safety one of its bigthe Seacoast area that you want gest priorities, working with the U.S. Coast people to know about, send the Guard to monitor paddlers during events. details to editor@seacoastscene. Carragher said they promote a safety culture net and we may publish the for paddles, such as wearing a leash and havinformation in an upcoming edition! ing a Portable Flotation Device.

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My Lincoln Town Car can’t weather the storms Dear Car Talk: How can I stop rainwater from getting on the floor behind the front passenger seat of a 2009 Lincoln Town Car? No other place gets wet. Actually, once I By Ray Magliozzi found that some water had seeped into the front seat floor after a two-day rainfall, but I think it was overflow from the back seat area. — Margo

There are three prime suspects in your case, Margo. One is the two-liter bottle of Evian water that you left under the seat three years ago. But, if we eliminate that possibility, the prime suspect is a clogged moon roof drain. In order to delay moon roofs from leaking (they all leak eventually), manufacturers create water channels around the moon roof. Those channels usually have four drains, one in each corner. Those drains are attached to tubes that run down inside the roof pillars and drain underneath the car. Over time, one of several things can happen to screw up this wonderful feat of engineering. Twigs, leaves and squirrel droppings can clog up the drains. The water has

nowhere to go but into the headliner and then into the passenger compartment of the car. The other thing we’ve seen is that the tube can become disconnected and actually separate from the drain. In that case, the water does the same thing and obeys gravity. So, I’d ask your mechanic to check your moon roof drains. He’ll test them and see if water is draining properly. If not, he can try to gently blow them out with compressed air, which may fix the problem. If your moon roof drains are all working perfectly (which they’re probably not), the next suspect would be the rubber seals around the rear passenger door. If part of the seal that’s designed to keep water, wind and noise out got torn or damaged, that could allow water to seep in around that door and get on the floor back there. It’s going to be one of those two things, Margo, so get them checked out. Then you can write back to us and ask us how to get a horrific smell out of a 2009 Lincoln Town Car that had a long-term water leak. Dear Car Talk: Our 2014 Jeep Cherokee shuts off when making right hand, uphill turns. First and foremost, this is dangerous. The dealer says that when oil doesn’t get

to the top half of the engine, the engine will stall. They said we weren’t changing our oil on time. They did an oil consumption test and said we were losing four quarts every 5,000 miles. I submitted a complaint to and the NHTSA about this problem. While I was online, I found that there are other Jeep owners with the same problem. What’s your take on this? — Rick

My take is that I’m glad I’m not the owner of your 2014 Jeep Cherokee, Rick. It’s not only unsafe, it’s also going to be difficult to diagnose. Not to mention difficult to sell. Jeep has had a raft of complaints about stalling Cherokees. And as far as we can tell, they haven’t figured it out yet. A bunch of people report that Jeep is blaming low oil level. But you’d have to be very low on oil to cause the engine to stop running. I’d say you’d need to be a minimum of two quarts down. According to Jeep’s own consumption test, you’re losing a quart every 1,250 miles. That’s not a ton of oil loss. As long as you check it and add a half-quart every 600 miles or so, you’ll never get anywhere near low enough to cause your engine to stall. In fact, if you’ve been driving the car

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AT MCGUIRK’S OCEAN VIEW RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Fresh seafood is what McGuirk’s Ocean View Restaurant & Lounge (95 Ocean Blvd., Hampton, 926-7000, does best, according to owner and Hampton resident Tom McGuirk, from its award-winning lobster rolls to its baked stuffed haddock and broiled sea scallops. But the eatery, which has been in the McGuirk family for nearly three decades, is also notable for a variety of home-cooked items you may not expect to find at your typical beachfront destination, he said, such as roast pork and turkey dinners, prime rib, meat loaf and more. McGuirk’s serves breakfast and dinner seven days a week, and is typically open from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day. Directly above the restaurant is a 10-room hotel, and down below is what McGuirk calls a “firefighter-themed” Irish pub with a rotating schedule of live local entertainment. The Scene recently spoke with McGuirk about some of his personal favorite dishes at the restaurant and what you can expect when you visit.

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How long has McGuirk’s Ocean View Restaurant & Lounge been around? My family has been here for 28 years now.

ach. It’s really kind of an interesting dish. We also do a watermelon salad that is new to the menu but it’s become a favorite. It’s just very nice and refreshing.

What is an essential skill to running a restaurant? You have to like the work, and you have to have a good work ethic.

What is a dish everyone should try? It’s funny, because when I see people, especially during the winter when they ask when we are opening, they’ll all have different items they can’t wait to get back in and eat. But I would say the baked stuffed haddock and the lobster rolls are some of the items that we get the most comments on. We bake the bread for the lobster rolls to order, so it’s nice and fresh.

What is your favorite part about being on the Seacoast? The seasonality. We have the very busy tourist season, which we all like, but then the off season is when you get to know everybody that lives here year-round as well.

What makes McGuirk’s Ocean View Restaurant & Lounge unique? We try our best to keep everything nice and fresh, and homemade. So, for example, we make our own chowder every day, and our sauces are homemade as well. We’re also one of the few dining rooms in the area, I think, with a restaurant component that is completely indoors. We do have outdoor deck seating for those

that want it, though. You can either come inside and get an entree, or sit outside if you don’t want a heavy dinner. We have different clientele for different parts of the building too, so people that may go into the pub may never go into the dining room. What is your personal favorite dish? Some of the salads that we do are what I would consider some of my favorites. We have what we call a Big Poppy salad, which has a whole bunch of different things in it like grilled chicken, dried cranberries, feta cheese, bacon and spin-


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Coppal House Farm Coppal House Farm began 31 years ago in Stratham and was then known as Coppal House Station. John and Carol Hutton, the farm’s owners, soon made the move to Lee with their acquisition of a 78-acre piece of land that was formerly a dairy farm. The Huttons started in Lee with six sheep, three cats, two Belgian draft horses and a border collie. Now in 2019, the Huttons still operate as a family-owned and -operated business, but they have expanded their offerings. “We’re kind of a whole mixed bag of things,” said Hannah Bendroth, Coppal House Farm’s newest employee and niece of the farm’s owners. “We do lambs and we have chicken and our big things are our Sunflower Festival [July 27 to Aug. 4], and we also have our corn maze, which starts Labor Day weekend. And then during the

winters, we do wagon rides and sleigh rides.” The farm’s sunflowers show up at local farmers markets too. “All of the sunflowers we get from our Sunflower Festival, we then harvest and we use those seeds, we press the seeds, and we make our own sunflower oil,” Bendroth said. Coppal House Farm utilizes the sunflowers by cold-pressing the seeds into unrefined, non-GMO sunflower oil using traditional extruding methods. They sell the sunflower oil out of their farm stand and at farmers markets in 16.9-ounce bottles, as well as using parts of the sunflower as home-grown feed for their livestock. The result is a farm that is known for its sunflowers but also sells lamb, pork, chicken, eggs and, of course, sunflower oil. The farm visits three summer farmers markets to sell their products, including the Durham market on Mondays, the Exeter market on Thursdays and the Portsmouth market on Saturdays. In Portsmouth they’re only able to sell lamb, pork and various vegetables, according to the Portsmouth market’s rules. Away from the markets, Coppal House Farm began both the Sunflower Festival and the corn maze from the ground up, watching it grow from a small blossom to

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a large attraction. “With only a folding table and an umbrella for a booth,” the farm’s website says, “the first Coppal House Farm corn maze opened in the fall of 2005.” This year will mark the Sunflower Festival’s fourth year and the corn maze’s 14th. While the Hutton’s corn maze draws in crowds throughout the fall, the Sunflower Festival happens in the heat of summer. The festival coincides with the bloom dates of their oilseed sunflowers, which only bloom for about 12 days, compared to the three-month bloom period of the betterknown ornamental sunflower. The festival invites attendees to view over

10 acres of sunflower fields, enjoy children’s activities, wagon rides, live music and more. But with all the excitement, the farm remains focused on harvesting sunflower oil from what is one of the farm’s most valuable crops. This year’s Sunflower Festival will include children’s activities, wagon rides and mini photo shoots. The children’s activities are hosted by Community Roots and will include face painting and lawn games from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4. The wagon rides will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on those same dates, and the mini photo shoots from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. — Caleb Jagoda



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Summer by Tree House Brewing Co.: This is double IPA perfection in a can. Big, juicy, minimal bitterness and vibrant. If you can get your hands on it, hang on tight. Cheers! Must Try First, let’s give some credit to Throwback Brewery in North Hampton for constantly working up creative, fun and silly beer names. Second, I think I must try Lita Grey’s Party Pants, which is an apricot sour with gin botanicals. Because, why not?

for adopting a puppy. But with good beer also in the mix, there was literally no choice. Once I embraced that Purple Monster. Courtesy photo. reality, I was able to relax and sample a few brews. It was blazing hot that day and I needed to shake things up, so I ordered a flight of refreshing-sounding sours. It was a risky move on my part as I can sort of be hit-ormiss with sours, and yes, maybe more miss. But White Birch was entirely a hit. I started with the Purple Monster, which was in fact purple, and was brewed with blueberry and pineapple. I was scared of it, but I shouldn’t have been as the mellow blueberry melded quite well with the acidity and the sweetness of the pineapple. Next up was the Orange Creamsicle, which I was also scared of, but which turned out to be my favorite. This sour ale was brewed with orange zest, vanilla and milk sugar — I was just afraid it would be too tart and too syrupy. It was neither. It was lighter than expected and crisp, subtly sweet and very easy to drink. Especially on a hot day, this was perfection. I moved on to Eat a Peach, which is a sour ale with peach, and this was a bit more tart and a bit more what I think of as a traditional sour if such a thing exists. The peach flavor wasn’t overly pronounced — it was right where it needed to be. Another great choice for a hot day.

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Watermelon Wheat was last up. This sour watermelon wheat ale was extremely refreshing. I loved the brightness of this brew. And then I filled out a formal application for Aimee, a hound mix, or maybe a lab mix or maybe a terrier mix, and three days later, she was sleeping on my couch. She’s a keeper. This wasn’t Harvey’s Hope’s first goaround with Pints for Pups as it took part in a fairly recent similar event at Liquid Therapy in Nashua. If you are thinking about adopting, I can’t think of a better way to meet your doggie. If you’re on the fence, you’ll get nudged right over. On top of the brewery experience, I also picked up a four-pack of Mahalo, White Birch’s double IPA brewed with pineapple. First, it does not drink like a 9.2-percent ABV beer so be careful. The pineapple itself is subtle but the overall fruity, citrusy explosion of flavor is delightful. This is a unique IPA with minimal bitterness and an interesting finish. Jeff Mucciarone is an account manager with Montagne Communications, where he provides communications support to the New Hampshire wine and spirits industry.



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POP CULTURE Evvie Drake Starts Over, by Linda Holmes (Ballantine, 289 pages)




She is an unhappy doctor’s wife, packing to leave her husband for good when she gets the call that he has been in a terrible car accident from which he will not recover. He is a Major League Baseball pitcher whose talent disappeared, seemingly overnight and for no apparent reason, a condition colloquially known as “the yips.” He has retreated to a small town in Maine, where his best friend lives, to lick his wounds while major sports magazines publish mocking features such as one titled “How to Become a Head Case.” These parallel stories collide satisfyingly in Linda Holmes’ first novel, Evvie Drake Starts Over, which is, if you’ll pardon the baseball cliche, a home run in the genre derisively known as chick lit. (In paperback, we’d call it a beach read.) It seems unfair to shelve this novel there because the plot is alternatively poignant and smart. As the book opens, Evvie (short for Eveleth, who is named after a town in Minnesota her mother misses) has been keeping a secret for a year: the fact that she was packing the car to move out when her husband was dying, and that she does not miss him, and as such cannot bring herself to spend any of the life-insurance money. It isn’t guilt, exactly, but a low-grade despair. “She could fill up whole rooms with how it felt to be the only person who knew that she barely loved him when she’d listened to him snoring lightly on the last night he was alive. Monster, monster, she thought.” Into this stultifying paralysis stumbles Dean Tenney, late of the New York Yankees, unhappily retired and looking for a place to live. Dean is a lifelong pal of Evvie’s best friend, Andy, a single parent with two young girls. To Dean, Andy and Evvie’s town — the fictional Calcasset, Maine — seems a good place to hide from the paparazzi and former fans (“I got chased out of New York by guys on the Internet who spell ‘loser’ with two O’s,” he bitterly tells Evvie.) Although he has a tattoo that says “When you quit, you die,” he’s given up on baseball because eight sports psychologists and two psychiatrists (plus acupuncture, hypnosis,

meditation and a gluten-free diet) couldn’t help, and he’s trying to figure out what to do next since he can no longer pitch. Evvie, who has never thrown anything but “crumpled-up tissues into a garbage can,” has an apartment in her big, empty house. She also could use $800 a month since her job typing transcripts of scientists’ and journalists’ interviews can’t replace a doctor’s salary. So she reluctantly agrees to accept Tenney as a tenant, and the two strike a deal: he won’t ask about her husband, if she won’t ask about baseball. But, of course, you know they will. The best books have mysteries, and Evvie Drake has four: What happened in Evvie’s marriage that made her want to leave her widely admired husband without telling him? Will Dean and Evvie hook up? Will Evvie and Andy (her sworn-platonic best friend) hook up? Will Dean pitch again, besides hurling pine cones in Evvie’s backyard? Disappointingly, the big reveals are not as big as one might hope. The winddown is pleasantly fulfilling, but nothing surprising; and there is a gaping disconnect in the character of Evvie: why an intelligent woman who slings wisecracks like she is sitting at the Algonquin Round Table was such a slow-moving slug when it came to her marriage. Which makes Evvie Drake a home run only for its genre. Holmes’ dialogue is crisp and inviting; her characters compelling. The intriguing parallel storylines — the monster-widow, the pitcher who can’t pitch — suggest a movie feature film. If the novel ultimately disappoints, it’s only because it promised so much, and the writing is so good. Ultimately, however, the good got in the way of the perfect, which is to say, I liked it so much I wanted it to be better. Holmes, a former attorney who is a pop-culture correspondent for NPR, wrote on Twitter, “Of all the things I’ve ever done creatively, I might be proudest of inventing a town in Maine called Calcasset. Because that sounds legit.” In fact, she nails New England throughout. It’s an imperfect but fun debut, particularly for anyone living in these parts. B+ — Jennifer Graham

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Youth theater camp presents its final show of the season At Camp Encore, summertime means more than just warm weather and a break from school. For young drama enthusiasts and novices, the musical theater day camp is a place to make new friends and explore a love of performing in an environment that allows kids to develop both as performers and as people. This year things have been a little different as new camp director Seraphina Caligiure has brought her expertise and experience to Prescott Park’s Wilcox stage all summer long. Caligiure, who spent six years as director of education and youth programming at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, now runs the camp under her new theatrical production company, Upside Arts. “We thought it would be a positive thing to start a new group [just for kids],” Caligiure said. Founded in 2018 with fellow Seacoast Repertory Theatre veterans Miles Burns and Alden Caple, Upside Arts was the result of the trio’s desire to focus primarily on providing quality theater education to children and teens ages eight through 17. “It’s a new group, it’s a new title, but it’s old hat for us basically,” she says. One of the biggest changes Camp Encore has seen during Caligiure’s inaugural year is the addition of a brand-new teen intensive, where campers spend a week getting ready to put on a show, with two performances the weekend following camp. Each week features a new show. The final show takes place this weekend and is a production of The Addams Family: School Edition, with showtimes at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 4. The teen intensive was born out of the hope of providing local teens with summer performance opportunities that Caligiure says the area otherwise lacked. “I noticed there really wasn’t anything for teens or that older group on the Seacoast

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Chris Smither performs in Portsmouth In the late 1970s, hard living nearly stopped Chris Smither cold. For 10 years he didn’t perform, spending the hiatus, he said, “retreating into a whiskey bottle.” Fortunately, Smither survived and thrived. Now 74, he’s making some of his best music. Call Me Lucky, released in March 2018, finds him both reflective and cantankerous, with his pulsing fingerpicking guitar style right in the pocket. “It all comes down to the sound of something longing to be,” he sings on one of the new collection’s best songs. Smither continues to write like his life depends on it, deftly addressing mortality on “By the Numbers” and raging about modern ennui with “Nobody Home,” a raucous complaint about technology and the current state of politics. Along with strong new originals, Call Me Lucky contains a few well-chosen covers, including a faithful version of The Beatles’ “She Said She Said” born from missing a John Lennon tribute concert in New York City due to heart surgery. “It’s always been the song that con-

vinced me The Beatles were actually on to something,” Smither said by phone recently. “I didn’t get really involved in them until Revolver came out; I would just play it over and over again. It was haunting.” Smither finds sadness at the core of two more covers, the early blues standard “Sittin’ on Top of the World” and Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene.” The latter is especially revelatory; who knew what a sad, desperate song it was? “I know!” Smither exclaimed, crediting longtime producer David Goodrich for suggesting it at a planning meeting for the new album a few months before Berry’s death in 2017. “He had turned 90 and just put out a new record,” Smither said. “We’re wondering what on earth does Chuck Berry sound like at 90? Kind of laid back? Changed; depressed? Then Goody leans over to me and says, ‘Hey, play ‘Maybelline’ and see if you can do it in a minor key.’ We sat around and played with it for about 10 minutes. Then we just looked at each other and said, ‘Oh, we gotta do this, this is amazing.’”

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Smither’s first new effort in six years was also one of his most enjoyable projects. Done at Blue Rock Studio in Austin with a tight band including Goodrich, Billy Conway, Matt Lorenz and engineer Keith Gary (who also played piano), it stretched into a double album with B Side transformations of Smither originals. “Everything on Top” is startling, moving from a blues shuffle to a raver worthy of Alejandro Escovedo. “That’s easily the most rocked out thing I’ve ever done,” Smither said. The retakes were done after hours, motivated by his producer’s desire to hip more artists to him. “Goody has this thing where he thinks nobody covers me enough,” he said. Offers are rebuffed by claims that Smither’s guitar style can’t be imitated. “He keeps trying to tell them, ‘You don’t have to play the guitar; you can do these songs any way you want,’” Smither said. To prove the point, early in the sessions, the band laid down a wild musical track while Smither slept. “I walked in the next morning and it was playing through the speakers,” he said. “I said, ‘What the hell is that?’ and they said, ‘It’s ‘Everything on Top.’ See if you can sing it.’ It took me about two tries, and it was a lot

of fun.” Five more cuts got the late-night treatment. “They’d just take one of the songs we had done that day and redo it, entirely differently,” Smither said. “I’d come in the next morning and they would dare me to sing it; the whole point of it was that on none of them was I playing the guitar.” Through it all, Smither remains a steady troubadour, touring with more stamina than many artists half his age. “I love the playing; I don’t like the going as much as I used to,” he said. “The traveling … is a little bit daunting, but once I get out there, I’m fine. I did this tour in January of this year and it was about as busy as I care to be, Ireland and the U.K., 19 shows in 22 days. But halfway through it, I’m starting to feel pretty strong. You get all honed up and put one foot in front of the other; before you know it, you’re back home.” — Michael Witthaus Chris Smither When: Friday, Aug. 2, 8 p.m. Where: 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth Tickets: $30 at ($35 at the door)

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check into The Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu, near Tokyo’s airport, and ask for the “Superior Cockpit Room.” Along with two beds, a bathroom and a table, the room features a full Boeing 737-800 flight simulator that offers guests the experience of piloting a full-size jet. According to United Press International, the room rents for $234 per night, but for a 90-minute simulator session with an expert, guests will have to cough up another $277. (The simulator can’t be used without supervision.) The room became available for booking on July 18. • Gen. Charles Etienne Gudin, one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s “favorite generals,” was killed by a cannonball on Aug. 22, 1812, during the failed French invasion of Russia. Posthumously, he got the star treatment — a street named after him in Paris, his name carved on the Arc de Triomphe, and his heart removed and brought home to be placed in a Paris cemetery chapel. But on July 6, Reuters reported, a team of archaeologists found what they believe are his remains buried (ironically) beneath the foundation of a dance floor in Smolensk, Russia. Their first clue? Gudin had lost one of his legs below the knee in battle, and indeed the skeleton was missing its left leg. Scientists will compare the skeleton’s Right under their noses Capitol Police in Montpelier, Vermont, dis- DNA with living descendants of Gudin’s to covered dozens of cannabis plants growing in confirm their suspicions. the flower beds along a walkway at the Statehouse on July 8. Police Chief Matthew Romei Not the way it works In Turkey’s new Istanbul Airport, a firsttold NBC5 that it was unclear whether the time flyer had to be rescued on July 10 after more than 30 plants were marijuana or hemp, and they don’t know who planted them. But she assumed the conveyor belt carrying lugsince there is no criminal case, officials don’t gage to the baggage sorting room was her plan to have the plants tested. “It’s legal to path to the plane. The unnamed woman, jugcultivate, but there are limits on where you gling a carry-on and a shopping bag, stepped can do it, and the Statehouse flower beds cer- carefully up to the moving belt at the airport tainly aren’t one of those permissible sites,” check-in and tried to climb on, but lost her Romei said. “If there is a typical Vermont sto- balance and took a tumble. The Sun reported that airport personnel were quick to stop the ry, this is probably it.” conveyor belt and help her off. Sometimes a routine traffic stop (in this case, for an expired license plate) is the most interesting incident in a cop’s day. So it was on July 10 for Guthrie, Oklahoma, police officers. Around 11 a.m., they stopped a car driven by Stephen Jennings, 40, who had a friend, Rachael Rivera, 30, in the front seat, and a timber rattlesnake in a terrarium on the back seat. Jennings told police he had a gun in the car at about the same time they identified the car as stolen, reported KFOR. Upon further search, officers found an open bottle of whiskey (next to the gun) and a container of “yellowish powder” labeled “uranium.” “The uranium is the wild card in that situation,” Guthrie Police Sgt. Anthony Gibbs explained. Jennings told police he was trying to create a “super snake” with the radioactive uranium. Charges for Jennings included possession of a stolen vehicle and transporting an open bottle of liquor. Because it was rattlesnake season, his valid hunting and fishing license absolved him of any charges related to the snake. Police are still trying to figure out what charges might be brought regarding the uranium.

Secondhand high

Dr. Scott Dolginow, owner of Valley Emergency Pet Care in Basalt, Colorado, has noticed a new trend among his dog patients. He told The Aspen Times on July 11 that he’s seeing three to 10 dogs a week in his veterinary office with marijuana toxicity. No, they’re not toking alongside their owners around the fire pit. Dolginow’s theory is the dogs are eating human feces while on trails or camping with their owners and getting a secondhand buzz. Pet owner Rebecca Cole said her dog, Marty, started staggering, vomiting and urinating on the floor after hiking with her on a trail last spring. Cole took Marty to the vet, where “they said he was high. I couldn’t believe it because I don’t have anything in my house.” Dolginow said, “Most dogs will eat human feces given the opportunity.”

EuroNews reported. For six years, Alshehi has been working on a plan to tow an iceberg, up to 1.25 miles long and a third of a mile wide, the entire 5,500 miles to the UAE coast. He estimates the journey will take 10 months and the iceberg may lose about 30 percent of its mass, but believes its presence could provide water to about 1 million people for about five years. And that’s not all. “It’s expected that the presence of these icebergs may cause a weather pattern change [and] attract more rain to the region,” he said. A trial run this year will move a smaller iceberg, at a cost of $60 million to $80 million. Alshehi believes the cost of the larger project will be between $100 million and $150 million.

Mr. Guo in the kitchen

Nearly a year after chef Xiu Bin Wang, 33, was found dead in his room above China Chef carryout restaurant in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England, police are still trying to figure out how he died, Metro News reported. He apparently suffered a “forceful blow” to the head, and officials first pointed to Zhu Long Guo, a colleague at the restaurant who admitted to striking Wang with a ladle during an altercation. “A ladle was seized, and there was a thorough investigation,” Detective Constable Brad Wanless reported at an inquest on July 11.

But the coroner could not make a definite determination: “I do not accept that there is a clear causal link between the admitted blow with the ladle and the death of Mr. Wang,” senior coroner Grahame Short concluded.

Armed and ordained

When the alarm went off at 12:40 a.m. on July 11 at the Seminole Heights Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida, Pastor Brant Adams, 40, was alerted and grabbed his handgun. He arrived at the scene just minutes later, spying a man rifling through a desk in a food pantry in the church. The intruder noticed Adams and started approaching him, so Adams drew his gun and ordered him to hit the floor, which he did. “I said, ‘Dude, what are you doing?’” Adams told the Tampa Bay Times. Adams held the man, Miguel Otero-Rivera, 49, at gunpoint until police arrived, who arrested him and charged him with burglary. When police led Otero-Rivera out, he told the pastor, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry.” For his part, Adams was just glad no one was hurt. “I never thought I’d pull a gun on someone,” he said. “Hope the gentleman gets the help that he needs.” Visit

Questionable judgment

A. Janus Yeager, 49, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested on July 9 as she motored toward home with an inflated kiddie pool on the roof of her SUV. CBS2 Chicago reported that Dixon police officers pulled Yeager over after being alerted that there were two children in the pool. Yeager told police she took the pool to a friend’s house to inflate it, then had her daughters ride inside it “to hold it down on their drive home.” Yeager was charged with two counts of endangering the health or life of a child and two counts of reckless conduct.

Bright idea

People in the United Arab Emirates depend heavily on expensive desalination for drinking water. But an Emirati businessman has an idea for providing fresh water. Abdulla AlsheAwesome! • When not just any old Motel 6 will do, hi wants to borrow an iceberg from Antarctica, SEACOAST SCENE | AUGUST 1 - 7, 2019 | PAGE 46

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