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married, in a serious or not-so-serious relationship or are flying solo, do something to celebrate Valentine’s Day, with your loved one, friends or family. It doesn’t have to big: go out for dinner, see a movie, go to a show, or just give a card to that special person in your life. But if you’re looking for some particularly cool ideas, check out our cover story, starting on p. 6. The Scene found all kinds of ways to celebrate, from the unique — singing Valentines! Helicopter rides! — to the traditional, like a romantic dinner for two. As always feel free to call me anytime at 603-935-5096 to discuss local issues or to place an ad.

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The Poker Room Casino in Hampton Falls will host a weeklong fundraiser for Crimeline for the Hamptons, an anonymous police tipline. Find out more about Crimeline and the fundraiser on p. 5.

The Seaglass Restaurant & Lounge in Salisbury is hosting a Kendall-Jackson Wine Dinner on Feb. 19. Find out who will be there and what will be served on p. 24.

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Crimeline helps Seacoast residents help police The Poker Room Casino in Hampton Falls will host a weeklong fundraiser for Crimeline for the Hamptons, an anonymous police tipline, from Sunday, Feb. 12, to Saturday, Feb. 18. Crimeline partners with police departments from Seabrook, Hampton Falls, Hampton and North Hampton. The group administers an anonymous tip text line and provides up to $1,000 in reward money for tips about suspicious activity that leads to arrests. Police said fundraising has not always been easy. Hampton Police Lt. Daniel J. Gidley said Crimeline began with telemarketers making telephone calls to residents in the four towns that it serves. However, the fundraising idea did not work well. Today, there are far fewer complaints from residents about the nuisance telephone calls, and Crimeline is trying to raise money through The Poker Room. “The Crimeline saw a significant decrease in fundraising using telemarketers to call residents in the four towns it serves,” Gidley said. “There was competition for the same dollars by both local, county and statewide agencies, with only a small percentage of that money going to the agency or charitable organization.” Det. Sgt. Stephen J. Champey of the Hampton Police Department said tipsters communicate with the police through a serPoker Room fundraiser The Poker Room General Manager Scott Richardson said for each day of the fundraiser (Feb. 12 through Feb. 18) 35 percent of the gaming house money will go to Crimeline. The state-regulated casino pays the state 10 to 12 percent while the remaining 50 percent pays for labor, equipment and taxes, Richardson said. “We’ve partnered with Crimeline for about six years,” Richardson said. “They’ve always been good to work with. Some charities come in and simply grab their checks, but Crimeline tries to generate more customers. I also like that they’re local, keeping money in the community.” Richardson said patrons gamble or pay for drinks, and the Crimeline will receive 35 percent of those profits. Signs around the casino will advertise the fundraising agency, he said. Crimeline Chairman Kiki Bolle Evans said admission is free, and there will be tables for beginners to learn how to play games of chance, so experience is not necessary. The venue’s hours are noon to midnight, except Monday and Thursday, when the establishment opens at 2 p.m.

Volunteers for Crimeline for the Hamptons, Inc., a nonprofit organization that funds an anonymous tip text line and supports local law enforcement, were joined by Chief Michael Maddocks of the North Hampton Police Department at the December 2016 Experience Hampton Christmas Parade. Spectators expressed their appreciation for Maddocks, who donned roller blades to traverse the parade route. Courtesy photo.

vice called Tipsoft, which completely hides their identity. “The public needs to know that the police cannot do it alone, and with the public’s help we can be far more effective,” Champey said. “This is why we encourage people to use the Crimeline if they want to report something but are hesitant because they don’t want to be named.” Seabrook Police Community Relations Officer John Mounsey said residents are often afraid to call the police with tips. “With Crimeline, if they choose to be involved, great,” he said. “If not, at least they point us in the right path. The last thing we want is to see someone die or be harmed.” However, he said most people tend to come forward. “More than 80 percent of the time reporting parties provide their names, or some form of a callback,” Mounsey said. Crimeline Chairman Kiki Bolle Evans said she came up with the idea when new families moved into her neighborhood in Seabrook and there was suspicious activity. Evans said neighbors were concerned due to their proximity to Interstate 95. How to submit a tip Submit tips via tipsubmit.com by selecting “Hamptons” as the region, or text the word “Crimes” (274637) with the keyword “Hamptons” and leave the tip in the message area. Visit Facebook.com/ hamptoncrimeline.

“Vehicles were coming and going, making multiple trips, pointing to drug exchange,” Evans said. “The occupant didn’t work full-time. So I asked police if they have Crimeline, and they said, ‘No but you can start one.’” Last year, Crimeline had some notable successes. The tipline helped solve a burglary at Pet City on Lafayette Road. It was instrumental in locating a lost teenage girl, and it helped police to monitor regular drug activity, particularly heroin use, Mounsey said. Crimeline provided $1,500 in reward money for information that led to the arrest of a man suspected in several cases of theft and fraud in Salisbury, Seabrook and Hampton last month, Evans said. Following the July 18 release of a surveillance photograph depicting a man suspected of using a stolen credit card in Hampton by the Hampton Police Department, Crimeline received three tips on its anonymous tip text line that identified the man as Ryan Lavalley of Hampton, she said. Besides providing reward money and helping departments to buy items that aren’t funded in their budgets, Crimeline also funds an annual scholarship awarded to one local high school student who wishes to pursue a career in law enforcement, or children of police officers enlisted in any of the four departments. Alexis Gidley, a graduate of Winnacunnet’s Class of 2016 and one of last year’s

Crimeline scholarship recipients, said she is grateful for the scholarship. “Studying law and standing up for what I believe is right has always been a huge interest for me,” said Gidley, who is studying political science at the University of Alabama on a pre-law track. Other 2016 Crimeline for the Hamptons scholarship recipients included Joseph Deshaies and North Hampton’s Alana Brien, currently studying criminal justice at Great Bay Community College.  In the spirit of supporting Crimeline, North Hampton Police Chief Michael Maddocks has rollerbladed several times in the Experience Hampton parade, which raises money for Crimeline, every December. “People get a kick out of seeing me on them, gliding along, and not walking,” Maddocks said. “Some point to the roller blades, and say, ‘Don’t fall down,’ as a joke. Others comment on how they have not been around for a long time. It’s a myriad of responses, but they’re all positive.” Champey said Crimeline and its board members are committed to helping the communities they serve.  “Whether it be though rewards, scholarships, community forums ... everything the Crimeline does is for the betterment of the community,” Champey said. — Tara Vocino

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From world-class restaurants and renowned florists to award-winning chocolatiers and event venues offering all kinds of fun, the Seacoast is full of options for those who want to make this Valentine’s Day special. Here are a few ideas to help you do Valentine’s Day right, whether you have a significant other or are flying solo but still want to celebrate the season of love with friends or family.

Say it with song

There may be nothing more unexpected than saying “I love you” with a singing valentine from Sounds of the Seacoast Women’s Barbershop Chorus. According to member Peggy Scott, the group will send a quartet to any location of your choice to surprise a loved one, friend or family member with a song, chocolates and a rose. “We have been to senior homes, businesses, homes and all kinds of places,” she said. “It’s very rewarding.” Describing the experience of singing to people “a blast,” chorus co-chairman Linda Briggs said no two deliveries are quite alike. “[We’ve seen everything] from barking dogs who want to sing along to big tough guys breaking out in tears,” she said. “Some of my favorites have been in crowded offices where everyone else in the office starts to gather around to see what is going on and then they all cheer.” While they’re unable to accept requests for a particular song, she said each quartet generally performs one “heartfelt ballad” that dates back more than 100 years. “It’s a love song that goes back to the Victorian era and is used throughout the country,” said Briggs. “The actual delivery only takes a few minutes — usually only one song — as we have to get in and get out for the next delivery. To the person who has just been surprised, though, it can feel like a lot longer.” Scott said the group has garnered international acclaim. “We’ve placed well outside the coun-

try in international competitions,” she said. “We all really love doing what we do and people will love this for a Valentine’s Day gift.” The cost is $45 and quartets will perform between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. “We’ve been out in all kinds of weather, so nothing will stop us,” Scott said. To set up a singing valentine, call 603-664-2666 or email valentines@soundsoftheseacoast.org.

Catch a show

Playing through Feb. 19 at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Driving Miss Daisy is a perfect date-night flick and one of the most beautiful love stories of all time. It is the story of the 25-year relationship between a strong-willed, well-to-do Jewish woman and her black chauffeur in post-war Atlanta. The relationship begins rocky, but it blossoms as the two become each other’s closest friends and confidantes. Show times for Driving Miss Daisy are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. For information, visit seacoastrep.org. In Salisbury at Blue Ocean Music Hall, you can enjoy dinner and a show on Feb. 10 at the Valentine’s Big Band Bash. Fall in love all over again as you dance to the sounds of the 16-piece New England-based Adagio Big Band and enjoy a dinner buffet catered by Seaglass Restaurant. Adagio’s repertoire includes music from popular artists like Cab Calloway, Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble and Dizzy Gillespie as well as the “swinging” sounds of Brian Setzer and Big Bad VooDoo Daddy. The dinner buffet alone might be enough to entice many people. Items will include roast prime rib of beef, seafood Newburg, creamy mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, warm rolls, a Champagne toast, and a dessert of plated chocolate truffles and dipped strawberries for sharing. Ticket to the Valentine’s Big Band Bash are $75 and festive attire is encouraged.

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Flowers have long been a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, and the Seacoast has plenty of local floral shops. At Seacoast Florist in Hampton (seacoastflorist.com), the days leading up Valentine’s Day are some of the busiest times of the year. According to owner Maria Reardon, roses are still as popular as ever. HeART work For the art enthusiast, Seacoast Artist Association in Exeter is hosting a special Valentine’s Day Sale through Feb. 12. SAA Gallery Manager Mary Jane Solomon said this is the first year they are offering this special sale. “Since moving to our new venue less than one year ago, the outpouring of support and renewed interest in the arts and in our organization has been so heartwarming,” she said. “This Valentines Special is our expression of our gratitude.” In addition to supporting local art, she cited another benefit. “Unique, original, locally crafted original art has zero fat and zero calories and lasts a lifetime,” she said with a laugh. The Seacoast Artist Association is a community-active group of more than 60 artists and people interested in art. Original paintings, fabric art, photography, mosaics and jewelry fill the Gallery. For more information about the gallery, which is open Tuesday through Sunday, visit seacoastartist.org.

“Roses are our bread and butter,” said Reardon, who noted that typical orders for Valentine’s Day are long-stem red roses and a box of chocolates. She said trendier orders often include multicolored roses and tulips. “We also have a special basket with roses, teddy bears and balloons for $100 for Valentine’s Day this year,” she said. “You can buy other kinds of flowers, but the rose is still the traditional symbol of everlasting love and beauty.” At Flowers by Marianne in Seabrook (seabrookflowersbymarianne.com), owner Marianne Velardocchia said they also do quite well in selling traditional chocolate and long-stem red roses. She said they also receive many orders for arrangements with pink lilies, hydrangea and other flowers that “remind many people of the colors of the coming spring.” “We also offer chocolate-dipped strawberries for Valentine’s Day, boxed luxury chocolates like Godiva and Harry London, and plush toys,” she said. “For gifts for men, we have a gift package that includes gourmet chocolates, biscotti, and cookies.”

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Under the ownership of chef and owner Ron Boucher and the direction of new Chef de Cuisine Sean Noone, Savory Square Bistro in Hampton (savorysquarebistro. com) will offer romantic dinner specials for Valentine’s Day. One of its menu special will be Oysters Rockefeller, which is a well-known aphrodisiac. The featured dessert will be a selection of strawberries dipped in three kinds of chocolate and accompanied by two glasses of prosecco. “The menu will focus on variety, freshness and romance, while our intimate ambience will create the perfect setting for a special night out,” said Boucher. In addition, Boucher’s Chez Boucher French Cooking School will offer a one-day workshop on Saturday, Feb. 11, on how to create a romantic dinner for two on your own. The menu includes boursin-

stuffed quail and Champagne cocktails. For more information or to make a reservation, visitcookingschoolsofamerica. com/chezboucher. One of the most romantic restaurants on the Seacoast, SALT Kitchen & Bar (wentworth.com/new-castle-salt-kitchen-bar) combines Wentworth by the Sea’s historic charm with an elegant and contemporary luster. Its seasonal menu features fresh ingredients from the sea and garden in addition to house-made pasta, freshly baked breads, and prime cuts of meat. Located in New Castle, SALT is distinctive in that guests may choose from four different dining areas within its walls, including a live chef’s bar, vibrant lounge, main dining room and private enclaves that are ideal for intimate occasions. Not to be confused with SALT, The Old Salt in Hampton (oldsaltnh.com) has long been known as one of the most romantic restaurants on the Seacoast with cozy tables and booths by the fireplace in its tavern. The restaurant also features a special Valentine’s Day menu, which includes everything from lobster seafood stew and sesame-crusted tuna to Asian glazed salmon filet and jumbo shrimp. The Old Salt will also feature a special dessert with a red velvet cupcake accompanied by two tastings of tiramisu. Want to go all out for Valentine’s Day? Purchase the dinner package at The Old Salt and stay the night next door at Lamie’s Inn. The dinner package will include dinner for two with Champagne and chocolatecovered strawberries and a one-night stay in a guest room followed by a deluxe continental breakfast for two the next morning. Located in Rye across from Jenness Beach, the Carriage House Restaurant (carriagehouserye.com) provides beautiful

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al chef is being able to interact with the chef and learn from them. While some clients are content to stay outside the kitchen while the chef works, others may want to learn a thing or two from a professional. “They can just watch the chef if they want,” Leone said. “It’s entertainment as well.” Leone estimates the beginning price for a romantic dinner to be about $300. That’s about $100 for the food and $200 for the service. The average is about $350 to $400, she estimates.

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Located in North Hampton, Throwback Brewery (throwbackbrewery.com) offers a great setting for couples who enjoy locally sourced food and great beer. For those looking to try something entirely new together, Throwback Brewery co-founder Nicole Carrier said they have just the thing — and just in time for Valentine’s Day. “We have on tap right now a chocolate pretzel beer and a Hammer Thyme Baltic Porter,” said Carrier, who noted both beers are part of their limited-edition, Unafraid of the Dark VI series. She said they will also release two more beers in time for Valentine’s Day, including El Chupbrewcabra Mexican Chocolate Porter and a Vanilla Irish Stout. “Folks can come by and try all four of these beers in a sample tray, or pick up a growler of it and pair at home with chocolate dessert,” she said. For those looking to give the gift of beer, Carrier said they can handle that, too, and then some. “We are now selling tickets to our Chocolate, Cheese, and Beer pairing dinner on March 1,” she said. “It will be a lot of fun.”

Many personal chefs offer their services for special occasions like Valentine’s Day. Having a chef come to your home and make the food that night means you can get exactly what you want, says Gabrielle Leone, the owner and main chef of Olive Branch Personal Chef Service, based in Hampton. “It’s a very customized service,” Leone said. Clients work with the personal chefs to narrow down what foods they like and what foods they must avoid. The chef will float a few options by the clients until they settle on the meals they want. Leone said her services always include a threecourse meal, with an appetizer, entree and dessert. The table setting and ambience can be arranged by the personal chefs for an additional fee of about $25, Leone said. “Usually … for the romantic dinners, the couples have chosen to set their own table, but it’s definitely something we’re capable of taking care of for them,” she said. Another feature of having a person-

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Build a pollinator habitat

Garden Club hosts master gardener for pollination talk The pollen will fly at the “Planting for Pollinators” presentation hosted by the Portsmouth Garden Club on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at noon at the Urban Forestry Center. University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Ruth Droescher will lead a 45-minute discussion on how anybody can build a pollinator habitat regardless of their gardening expertise or lawn space. “Anybody with any size yard can help a pollinator; even a window box is better than nothing. That can go right on up to someone who wants to turn over an acre or two into a wildflower meadow,” Droescher said. This doesn’t mean that people with full gardens need to dig everything up and start from scratch. The idea behind the “Planting for Pollinators” presentation is to encourage better choices — small gardening tweaks that can assist the native pollinators of New Hampshire in the long run. People can start this process by establishing an inventory of the plants they already have in their area. Droescher noted that spring bulbs and select native or non-native shrubs can greatly benefit pollinators. In addition to this list, an unpopular family of

mon myths of gardening and pollination to spread factual science-based information in their place. Attendees are welcome to ask questions or share information during a questionand-answer session toward the end of the presentation. “Every time I give this presentation, I always learn something as well. We like to keep time for questions and answers where people can ask questions and I can learn things, which I may incorporate [in later presentations] after I’ve researched them. It’s always a great way for people to share amongst themselves some of their knowledge as well,” Droescher said. This will be Droescher’s seventh Planting for Pollinators discussion. For each presentation, the UNH Cooperative Extension program incorporates the latest research and statistics to keep attendees up to date and informed. For more information about “Planting Garden club members clean up a local property. Photo courtesy of club member Ann Radwan. for Pollinators,” call 1-877-EXT-GROW plants is also favored by pollinators: weeds. native pollinators,” said Droescher. (1-877-398-4769). From dandelions to clovers to milkweed, — Nicole Kenney This event will also crack down on commany varieties of weeds are adored by pollinators such as bumblebees and butterflies. About the Portsmouth Garden Club Droescher said the three main things Founded in 1931, the Portsmouth Gar- ing students or organizations. Applications to keep in mind when constructing these den Club, which includes members from for scholarships and grants will be available habitats are food, water and shelter. It’s throughout the Seacoast, regularly hosts pre- on the club’s website in spring. For further important to note that ideal pollinator habsenters at their monthly meetings held on the details, contact information is listed on the itats include food for both immature and third Wednesday of every month from Sep- website, portsmouthnhgardenclub.com. adult stages of pollinators. For a water sup“Over $100,000 has been raised [by this tember through May at the UFC. ply, alternative methods to bird baths are The mission of the Portsmouth Garden event] over the years and it’s all been given recommended to avoid drowning the smallClub is to “promote all phases of gardening, back to the community,” Radwan said. er pollinators. Shelter for pollinators can be Other ways that the club helps to better to practice and encourage conservation of our natural resources, to foster educational its community is by setting out in groups to achieved through the use of nesting boxgoals, and to initiate projects which provide beautify the gardens at the Warner House, es or simply by leaving parts of the garden cooperative efforts to increase and protect Portsmouth City Hall and various other slightly scruffy. the beauty and history of the Portsmouth spots on the Seacoast. “One of the parts of the ‘Planting for area,” member Ann Radwan said. The club always welcomes new members Pollinators’ presentation is that a lot of peoThe Portsmouth Garden Club promotes a and encourages those who are interested ple are appreciative that I give them my biennial event called the Festival of Trees, to visit portsmouthnhgardenclub.com and permission to leave their yard a little messy which is their major fundraiser to provide for contact them for details of the application because those less-manicured portions are scholarships and grants available for deserv- process. actually your best habitats for some of your

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Seaglass hosts Kendall-Jackson master winemaker Snow-covered walkways and frosted windows that bear “Closed for the Season” signs make up the look of many seaside restaurants this time of year, but the Seaglass Restaurant & Lounge in Salisbury is livelier than ever. Right now it’s busy preparing for an upcoming Kendall-Jackson Wine Dinner on Feb. 19. Starting at 6 p.m., guests will be able to taste an assortment of premium wines courtesy of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens. “We chose to feature a dinner with Jackson Family Wines due to the quality, affordability, and popularity of their wines and how well they pair with foods,” Seaglass Food & Beverage Director Frank Wetenkamp said. To accompany the evening’s wine selections, Seaglass Executive Chef Harley Smith will be preparing a delicious array of small plates, including a Petite Cauliflower Paella, Monkfish Medallions, Pastrami Cured Salmon and a Braised Veal Breast. “I really pushed myself to work outside my comfort zone with these menu selections,” Smith said. “Each plate is new and exciting to the Seaglass Restaurant and is crafted to complement a specific KendallJackson wine.” Smith will be available to answer any questions guests may have about the menu,

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and sunny, or some prefer to sit in the “Hold,” which has the fireplace in it. Do you have any seasonal specials people can expect? Yes, in the fall we do the harvest specials ... which include apple crisp for dessert, and in the winter we offer The Winter Warmers, similar to the fall specials, and in the summer we offer a twin lobster and steamer special. We also offer a turkey dinner every Sunday year-round that is very popular. It is real turkey meat with all the fixings. How would you describe your crew of employees? I would say diverse. I have single moms, married moms, part-timers and full-timers. They are a close-knit group that all care

about each other immensely and help each other out in times of need. Like I mentioned, the majority of them have been here for at least five to 10 years and some even 25-plus, so they really are like more of a family than just coworkers. And not to mention, our family is growing. I currently have four expecting waitresses right now. Do you have any popular menu items? Prime rib, and lots of seafood delivered fresh on a daily basis. Who would you most like to serve — celebrity, political figure, alive or dead? That’s a tough one. There isn’t one person specifically, but we do get musicians and comedians that come in from time to time that are in town performing at the Casino Ballroom, so that’s always exciting.

What’s your personal favorite from the menu? Why? That’s hard — I have a few favorites! The prime rib is definitely one. We serve it Thursday through Sunday, and it is to die for. It’s slow-roasted overnight and it’s tender and juicy and we make the au jus homemade too. Another favorite is the smoked salmon appetizer and the chicken kabobs. How would you describe the dining environment? Its cozy and comfortable, with four dining rooms and a lounge, which is very popular. Everyone has their favorite room when they come in; some prefer the room with the big windows because it’s bright

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What’s an essential skill that keeps The Galley Hatch running smoothly? I would have to say our staff. Between the front of the house, the back of the house, the bar and the café we all work as a team and help each other whenever it’s needed. We are all here to make sure the guest has the best experience possible and we will do anything to ensure that happens. Is there anything special that can be expected during the tourist season? That we are super busy. We are very lucky that we stay busy with our regular customers who keep us going throughout the year, but in the summer we are extra busy with the tourists, so remember we always take reservations if you don’t want to wait for a table. — Laurelann Easton

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Wines and events for Valentine’s Day Since Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday this year, many people will celebrate this coming weekend. However you are celebrating (with a significant other, with friends or in anti-Valentine’s Day fashion), I have a few wine suggestions. This is a great weekend to visit a local winery or wine shop near you, as many are offering special events and tastings. It is usually my vote for a Valentine’s Day activity.

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I have to mention Champagne, only because I feel like New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day are its most cliché yet celebrated occasions. Of course, the only wine that can truly be called Champagne comes from its namesake region in France, while others are only sparkling wine. The main thing to look for when selecting a Champagne is whether it is dry or sweet. A quick look at the label should give you an idea, as the sweetness will range depending upon the type: doux (sweet), demi-sec (half-dry), sec (dry), and extra sec (extra dry) to brut (dry-dry), extra brut or brut naturel (the driest), according to Good Food’s Ultimate Guide to Bubbly. If you are typically a sweet wine drinker already, you will want to choose on the sweeter end of the spectrum, while dry wine drinkers (red or white) will want to choose a drier Champagne. If you aren’t a Champagne fan but still want to enjoy some bubbles, there are plenty of other options. Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine made using the Champagne method and named after the cellars where it is produced. Cava follows a similar scale in terms of sweetness versus dryness, but will be listed as extra brut (driest), brut, extra seco, seco, semi-seco and dulce (being the sweetest). You can find cava in many New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlets and many bottles are under $20. Rosa Regale, an Italian sparkling wine, is a nice option for Valentine’s Day because it has a nice pink color and fruit-forward sweetness. Made from Brachetto grapes, it is a semi-dry red sparkling wine with flavors of strawberries and raspberries. It can be enjoyed in a variety of cocktails (see the Rosa Regale website for ideas), with desserts or simply with dark chocolate. Look for Banfi Rosa Regale in stores. It’s a pretty bottle with an image of a rose on it and usually goes on sale this time of year. Moscato is another option as it typically has some slight effervescence. Some are very sweet, but others are better-balanced.

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My favorites are Ecco Domani and Sequin Delicately Bubbled Moscato. If you want to be extra festive, try Barefoot Cellars Pink or Red Moscato. Barefoot also makes some other sparklers, like the their Berry, Orange, Peach and Pineapple Bubbly, which are like wine cocktails in a bottle.

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The Seacoast Wine Trail is offering its second annual Barrel Tasting tour during the weekend of Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days. Participating wineries include Sweet Baby Vineyard in Hampstead; Flag Hill Winery & Distillery in Lee; Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown; Jewell Towne Vineyards in South Hampton, and Appolo Vineyards in Derry. Purchase a glass for $10 at any of the participating wineries and you can taste wine at all of the locations during the weekend. There will also be opportunities to taste wines right from the barrels and interact with the winemakers. Events like these are my favorite for several reasons: (1) you get to taste wines you don’t always have the chance to on a regular basis, (2) you get to see and hear about the winemaking process more closely, and (3) they’re just a lot of fun. I hope the weather holds out for this event, but either way, I am sure it will not deter wine enthusiasts from making trips to these local wineries. If you have never been to some of these places, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to do so. — Stefanie Phillips

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Florence Williams to talk about The Nature Fix It can be hard to make yourself get outside this time of year, but most of the time you’ll be happy you did. Florence Williams discusses a variety of the benefits at an upcoming event, part of The Music Hall’s Innovation and Leadership series, promoting her new book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. The idea for The Nature Fix began in 2012, when Williams moved from the outdoorsy city of Boulder, Colorado, to Washington, D.C., where her husband had taken a job. She’d lived in the Rocky Mountain region more than 20 years and felt disoriented, overwhelmed and had trouble focusing in her new home. “I really felt like I was experiencing what I’d heard of as Nature Deficit Disorder. It kind of threw me, in terms of my emotional and psychological state of mind and my nervous system. I was having trouble with the noise and feeling upset and anxious,” Williams said via phone. Was NDD a real thing, she wondered? She got the opportunity to explore the idea, coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods, through magazine assignments with Outside Magazine and National Geographic. One of her stories, “This is Your Brain on Nature,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, looked at ways people were using the outdoors to boost psychological health around the world, from forest bathing in South Korea to wilderness trips in the United States inspired by the “three-day effect.” “Researchers believe something really profound happens to our brains after three days in nature — that we can really be helped while recovering from grief or trauma,” she said. “[The assignments] afforded me this great opportunity to find out what was happening in forests and with health policies in places like Japan, South Florence Williams on The Nature Fix Where: The Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth When: Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. Admission: $41, includes reserved seat, book, bar beverage, author presentation, Q&A and book signing meet-and-greet Contact: themusichall.org, 436-2400, florencewilliams.com

Korea, Finland, Denmark, Scotland and Singapore. Some of those places are pretty far ahead in terms of research, and in terms of this idea, of using nature as medicine.” For example, in Finland, where many struggle from high rates of depression, alcoholism and suicide, it’s recommended you get five hours of nature a month. “Which I thought was kind of funny, as it’s such a specific recommendation, and yet, people in Finland now really believe it,” she said. Using nature as medicine or for psychological well-being certainly not a new idea. The book’s introduction references great minds who did some of their best thinking with fresh air and greenery, like Aristotle, Darwin, Tesla, Einstein, Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir. “But it’s only been in recent years that we’ve been able to apply new and better technology to [research], things like portable brainwave monitors, brain scanners and big data,” she said. “There are a lot of tools in the toolbox to allow researchers to take this to a new level.” Williams said her book looks at some of the most recent findings and the people involved — those who are uncovering this data, and those benefitting from it, like vets with PTSD and kids with ADHD. She realized she was too stringent with her original definition of nature; you don’t need to be on a mountainside to get the positive effects. You could be by the ocean. “The ocean facilitates a sense of awe, wonder and self-reflection,” she said. “There’s something about the view, the sound and the smell that help open up all our senses.” And you can still attain benefits by being in the city, through walks outside, no matter the weather, or by looking out your window. “Even when it’s miserable outside, we still see benefits, especially in things like working with memory, our attention span and our mood,” she said. “You can find great nature in a city park, and there are even beneficial effects from houseplants and pets.” Williams has been writing about environmental health for ages. She’s a contributing editor to Outside Magazine and her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine and National Geographic, among oth-


Florence Williams. Courtesy photo.

er publications. Her first book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, looked at the effects a polluted environment has on breast milk. “What was fun about this book was I was able to look at how the environment can help us,” she said. Williams thinks this topic can appeal to most readers, but particularly those living in cities or suburban neighborhoods.

She’d love to see the writing and scientific findings inspire change in policies within health, education and planning departments, so that people can find more greenery in their lives. “We’re busy, and we have all these indoor temptations. But my hope is to kind of remind people that it really is still worthwhile to get outside,” she said. — Kelly Sennott

AN UNCONVENTIONAL WOMAN The Hampton Falls Free Library is pleased to present living historian Sally Mummey on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. for a program, “Mary Todd Lincoln: An Unconventional Woman.” The intellectual equal of well-educated men, Mary Todd Lincoln spoke her mind openly in an era when a woman’s success in life was measured by marriage and motherhood. Against her family’s wishes, she married the man she loved and partnered with him to achieve their goal of becoming president and first lady. As Mary Todd Lincoln, Mummey shares stories of their life and love, triumphs and challenges, and life in the White House during the Civil War. For over 20 years, Sally Mummey has brought Mary Todd Lincoln to life for hundreds of audiences throughout the eastern United States. Using storytelling, she engages audiences of all ages in a dynamic, interactive first-person portrayal. As a living historian, Mummey portrays Mary Todd Lincoln dressed in garments researched for their authenticity. Mummey is an award-winning lifetime member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters as well as other nationally known historical societies. The program is free and open to the public. The Hampton Falls Library is located at 7 Drinkwater Road, Hampton Falls. For further information, visithamptonfallslibrary.org or call 926-3682. The snow date for this program is Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m.

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With a lineup topped by Boston guitar legend Duke Robillard and rounded out with New England Music Award winners Mr. Nick & the Dirty Tricks, veteran harmonica player Denis Gruenling, Delta Generators and Brian Templeton, the New England Winter Blues Fest lives up to its name. Salisbury Beach will growl like the South Side of Chicago for a night of American roots music — but for one set, it will also rock a 1960s vibe. The members of Matthew Stubbs & the Antiguas, the show’s penultimate act, are really on stage by association. The band’s all-instrumental repertoire is more psychedelic than blues, inspired by bands like Booker T. & the MGs, The Ventures and Link Wray. Guitarist Stubbs grew up playing the blues, and he spends half the year touring in Charlie Musselwhite’s band. “That’s about as down-home blues as there is,” Stubbs said in a recent interview about backing the harmonica legend. “Then I come home from that, and I get to do this.

It’s pretty satisfying.” Started a little over a year ago, Stubbs’ new band is a sharp departure from his first two records. Both were inspired by Memphis soul and mid-1960s R&B stalwarts like the Marquees and Lonnie Mack. This time around, the horn section is gone, replaced by Ken Clark’s blend of vintage Hammond and Farfisa organ. Rounding out the Antiguas is drummer Chris Rivelli, who’s played with Stubbs for over a decade, and Boston bassist Mark Hickox, whom Stubbs met at an L.A. festival. Clark is the group’s mojo, giving a groovy shine to its twang-andfuzz melting pot of influences, which includes Ry Cooder and Beck — the singer, not the guitarist. “As far as organ soloists go, I’ve MATTHEW STUBBS never played or even seen anyone live like him,” Stubbs said of Clark. “I call him The Wizard. He just get sounds out of it, really goes for it; he’s a great jazz player but also loves all the old-time rock ’n’ roll organists. A lot of organists are funk players, but he was always a huge fan of the powerhouse organ players.” To enhance the throwback feel, the band is more often than not accompanied by a floor-to-ceiling light show. For the Salisbury gig, Stubbs plans to bring a pair of go-go dancers. The new sound is as liberating as the decade it emulates. “I don’t know that there are rules in music, but with traditional blues, I like it so much that when I play it I try to stay in that realm of that style,” Stubbs said. “But

With these songs ... I’m likely to step on a weird guitar pedal, have Ken do some weird effect.

New England Winter Blues Festival Starring Duke Robillard, Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas, Mr. Nick & The Dirty Tricks and more Where: Blue Ocean Music Hall, Salisbury Beach When: Saturday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28 at ticketmaster.com

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with these songs ... I’m likely to step on a weird guitar pedal, have Ken do some weird effect; I think it’s a little freer. You’re not referencing a Marquees record — that’s where I’m coming from.” Stubbs expects to release an Antiguas album later this year; the band spent much of 2016 in the studio. A standout new song played frequently in concert is “El Segundo.” It’s a slow burner with a Latin groove. “I wrote that a while ago before I started the Antiguas and never recorded it because it didn’t really fit,” he said. “At the time I was listening to Ry Cooder’s Mambo Sinuendo, where he played with a bunch of Cuban guys … and surf music with big twanged out guitar. I watched old Westerns

and Quentin Tarantino movies; a lot of the songs were coming from that.” As a teenager, Stubbs sat in with his dad’s group, The Coupe de Ville Band, hitting the New England blues circuit. He then attended Berklee but dropped out after a year. Stubbs’ musical education continued, however, in Boston nightclubs, and with a few key mentors. “Looking back, I wish I had stayed a little longer, but I was young, gigging a lot, and looking for different things,” he said. “It was the first time living on my own in a city. I’d go to class for two hours, then I had my whole day to listen to records and practice with no distractions. I don’t think a lot of people get to do that.”


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