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The beaches are waking up I took a ride down the beach over the weekend and people were out enjoying the great weather — what a difference when it is nice out! Places were opening up for shopping and eating, and Larry Marsolais the smell of the beach was in the air. Hibernation is over; the beaches are waking up. Welcome back! This is the Seacoast Scene’s first weekly edition of the season, and we have a great one for you to enjoy. Our cover story is all about burgers, and check out pages 24 and 25 for 12 tasty burger choices from around the Seacoast area. Whenever you’re in the mood for a burger, you’ll have some great choices. I want to welcome back some of our early summer advertisers and send out another

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thank you to those who stayed with us during the winter. We have a few new things this year that we are adding for your reading pleasure and will continue with many of the great features that you have come to enjoy throughout the past two years. If you like this special burger issue, be on the lookout for a special issue each month (coming May 18: pizza!). On a sad note, all of us at the Scene send out best wishes to one of our long time advertisers whose business was lost in a devastating fire, State Street Saloon in Portsmouth. 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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Epping psychotherapist and writer Ashley Davis Bush talks about her latest title, The Little Book of Inner Peace: Simple Practices for Less Angst, More Calm, at Water Street Bookstore in Exeter Thursday, April 20. Learn more about Davis Bush on p 36.

The five-piece band Woodsmith & Hersch plays Stone Church in Newmarket Friday, April 14. The Scene talked to Celia Woodsmith on p. 38.

Husband-and-wife duo Mel & John are performing their eclectic mix of covers from today’s pop hits at the Savory Square Bistro in Hampton in Hampton on Saturday, April 15. For more on that and other nightlife happenings, see the listings on p. 39.

The documentary film All of Me, featuring women, girls and men struggling with eating disorders, will be screened at South Church in Rochester on Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m. Find more information on p. 34.









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Runners, take your mark

Tortoise and Hare 10k and 3-mile walk benefits new Partridge Brook Park flag football teams, in need of more athletic fields. “While there are other parks in the area, this one is one of a kind,” Medina said. “The facility will be much larger and able to accommodate more athletes. I think it will be beneficial to parents who have children of different ages because there will be a place for everyone.” The Partridge Brook Park is projected to be fully complete and open to the public by fall. Currently, the dog park is open and ready for use. “[The park] adds needed ball fields in town. This also helps with the playful community and benefits all residents with becoming a healthy self,” commission member Ronnie Ray-Parrott said. Beyond parks and fields, Partridge Brook Park will offer trails for walkers and runners. “The Coastal Trails will connect the Lions Park Baseball field in 2018, so we will have miles of walking/running trails

The popularity of free beer at road races hasn’t been lost on the organizers of the Tortoise and Hare 10k and 3-mile Walk. “This year, we will have a beer garden and offer one complimentary beer to participants that are 21 plus,” Salisbury Parks and Recreation Commission secretary Angelica Medina said. “We are hoping it will draw a larger crowd, as this has become commonplace at a lot of races.” The seventh annual run is set to take place on Saturday, April 15, in Salisbury, and it benefits the town’s new Partridge Brook Park, which is being built behind the Salisbury Elementary School.

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When complete, the Partridge Brook Park will feature a football field, baseball fields, a playground, walking trails, a dog park and a skateboard park. The inspiration for this park came from community leagues, including baseball and

EARLY EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Star Island is celebrating Earth Day (which is Saturday, April 22) a little early this year with a day of environmental fun, participation and learning on Saturday, April 15, at 9 a.m. Star Island is partnering with the Blue Ocean Society in a beach clean-up at Foss Beach in Rye. We’ll provide the gloves and supplies, you provide the clean up power — come help protect the marine environment we all know and love. After the cleanup join us at the Rye Congregational Church for lunch and a presentation about Star Island’s Green Gosport Initiative. This event is free and open to the public. The event will run till about 1 p.m. Foss Beach is located at 1730 Ocean Boulevard in Rye. (Parking is also available at Rye Harbor State Park.) Rye Congregational Church is located at 580 Washington Road, Rye.

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for all,” Ray-Parrott said. “It has been my passion to make sure the citizens of Salisbury have plenty of fields and walking trails to be healthy. It is in my opinion that a community that supports the recreation is a happier community.” Town Planner Lisa Pearson worked for three years to receive a grant to construct the new park. In total, the Salisbury Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking to meet a goal of $400,000 in funds to go toward the park. The commission will host a brewfest this summer to collect more donations to meet the goal. “Helping with the events never feels like work; it is always fun. I live in the community and care about the youth, as they are our future. Investing in them will help our community in the long run,” Medina said.

The race

Starting at 11 a.m., the 10k run will commence at Lions Park. During the 10k, 1.8 miles will be on the Ghost Trail, a flat cleared dirt path. The race also includes

a 3-mile walk that will begin as runners arrive at the Ghost Trail. Before the major race, a 1-mile fun run will be held for kids at 10:30 a.m. All participants in the kids’ fun run will receive a finisher’s prize. To register, runners and walkers alike have the options of online or mail-in registration. To register online, visit sites. The website offers a link to register online as well as downloadable files that participants may print and mail in. All registered runners and walkers can pick up their bibs and T-shirts at the Hilton Senior Center on 43 Lafayette Road in Salisbury starting at 9 a.m. on race day. Additionally, participants may park at this location or Salisbury’s Department of Public Works at 39 Lafayette Road. Awards will be distributed to Top Overall Male and Female Hare, Top 3 Male and Female Hare in each of the following age groups: youth under 14, youth under 19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ and the Top Male and Female Tortoise. After the race, a party with live music and raffles will be held at Lion’s Park. Ipswich Ale Brewery will sponsor the race and offer samples to participants age 21 and over. In addition to Ipswich Ale Brewery, this event is made possible by sponsors such as Institution for Savings, Anna Jaques Hospital, Amesbury Chevrolet, Cristy’s Pizza, Coastal Trails Coalition, and Kume. The Tortoise and Hare 10k and 3-mile Walk is the Salisbury Parks and Recreation Commission’s largest annual fundraiser. The proceeds will benefit the completion of Stage 1 of the park’s construction as well as the anticipated skate park. The commission anticipates over 150 participants. — Nicole Kenney

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Cowboy, which features cheddar, avocado, bacon, crispy onions, barbecue sauce and chimichurri. It’s the chimichurri that’s instrumental, Hastings said. “It is sort of a Mexican version of a pesto. It is a lot of herbs and cilantro,” she said. “It has a bright flavor to it and a vibrant green color.” She said chimichurri is actually an excellent choice on almost anything. “It’s good on fish, too, and even fries,” she said. “Chimichurri has been around a long time, but has only just recently come into the forefront for people.” Other popular burgers for Lexie’s include the Blue Angel, which features blue cheese, bacon, barbecue sauce, and house onions. In addition, Lexie’s features special burgers throughout the year as daily specials and during the holidays. Lexie’s had a hand in another popular burger somewhere else on the Seacoast. Available on their menu since the restaurant at Throwback Brewery in North

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Often viewed as a staple of the backyard grill, hamburgers are no longer just a piece of meat served between two buns with ketchup, mustard and maybe a slice of American cheese. Instead, they’re becoming one of the most sought-after menu items as restaurants are elevating their offerings and injecting unique flavors and toppings into traditional hamburgers. “They are so many things you can do with a burger,” said Bill Niland, owner of Chop Shop Pub & Grub in Seabrook. Winner of numerous accolades for its burgers through the years, Chop Shop Pub & Grub specializes in the stuffed variety. Its signature example of a stuffed burger is the Barn Yard. “It’s a one-pound burger stuffed with ham, Swiss and chicken,” Niland said. “We then top it with ham, bacon, cheddar cheese and an over-easy egg.” (The pub also serves a half-pound Barn Yard for those with a lighter appetite.) According to Niland, a great burger starts with the best ingredients. “We feature Black Angus beef without any GMOs — it’s a very high-quality product,” he said. “I don’t try to cheapen our food or save costs to make a profit. What you pay for is what is on the plate.” The best ingredients are also the focus at various Lexie’s brand establishments, which are located throughout the Seacoast area. “We make our toppings in-house — that is what makes everything so great,” said Michelle Hastings, director of operations. “We make everything with a very quick turnaround. Everything is very fresh.” In addition to ensuring that everything is fresh on the burger, she said, they make sure to not complicate anything. “We keep things inherently simple, but with different combinations than you might expect to find,” she said. Their signature burger is the Urban


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• At Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge in Salisbury, Burger Night is every Tuesday from Labor Day through the mid-June with $5 burgers and $1 toppings from 5 to 9 p.m. in the bar and lounge. “Our Black Prime Angus Burger is normally $13 on the lunch menu and it’s not on the dinner menu,” said Seaglass’ Alison Tames. “We also have a Jumbo Lump Crab Cake BLT Burger.” On Tuesdays, Seaglass features a specialty burger for $7. According to Tames, Seaglass recently featured a Waffle Burger, a Wagyu beef slider topped with a fried egg, American cheese, hickory bacon and Sriracha maple ketchup on a Belgian waffle bun. • At The Goat in Hampton every Monday and Tuesday night, customers can enjoy 2 for 1 specialty burgers. The Goat’s Robin Pinzone cited three popular burgers: Hot Mess (pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, cajun mayo); Fatty Melt (house-made mac & cheese, extra-thick-cut bacon); and SmokeShow (cheddar cheese, bacon, house-made barbecue sauce). • Logan’s Run in Hampton offers Burger Monday where you get a Classic Burger (½-pound burger or turkey burger, lettuce, tomato, pickle, your choice of cheese) and hand cut french fries for only $5. Specialty burgers, like the Mushroom, Onion & Swiss, are $6.99 with fries. • Gracie’s Bar & Grill in Salisbury offers $5 Burger & Fries Specials on Mondays, like the Mama Mia (8 ounces hand-pressed ground beef served with Mozzarella sticks, Gracie’s homemade marinara and grilled onions and grilled peppers). • Beginning soon, Eastern Burger Company in Stratham will offer a rotating burger specials each month. • 7th Settlement Brewery in Dover offers a $15 Settlement Burger and Beer deal every Tuesday.

“Many years ago — like four or five — KC reached out to me to see if I wanted to submit a burger to their burger bowl,” said Nicole Carrier, co-founder and president of Throwback Brewery. Accepting the challenge but unsure what she would submit for the competition, she said the solution came to her shortly thereafter when she ordered French onion soup while dining out. “It hit me,” she said. “Wouldn’t a burger that was essentially a deconstructed French onion soup be delicious? Onions caramelized in our maple-kissed porter, garlic-thyme aioli, Gruyere cheese … turns out it was delicious and ending up winning the Lexie’s Joint burger bowl.” When opening the restaurant at the brewery, Carrier knew they had to have it on the menu. “Chef Carrie [Dahlgren] executed it way better than I could have imagined,” she said. “The addition of our soft, house-made spent grain buns helped perfect it. Chef’s caramelized onions also have this amazing umami flavor to it plus a bit of sweetness,

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well-done and you will ruin it for me,” he said. “Cook the burger perfect and put it on a hard stale bun and what good is it? Make your patties the night before and they begin to compress and won’t ever get juicy.” One of Bates’ favorite places is Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge in Salisbury. “These guys treat food as art and have a passion for their craft that comes through their food,” he said. Echoing sentiments expressed by Throwback Brewery’s Chef Carrie, Bates said he also has yet to find a beer that does not pair well with a burger.



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which elevate the burger just enough to make it our best seller.” Like many restaurants on the Seacoast, Throwback Brewery features fresh ingredients. “It is all from scratch, all local, and deliciously simple — it is all we try to embody,” Dahlgren said. Acknowledging the importance of high-quality meat and fresh ingredients, Seacoast-area food blogger Gregory Bates said a great burger also reflects how it is cooked and several other related factors. “If you hit medium, I’m OK with it, but


burgers with your spatula,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to change positions and move the burgers around the grill from hot spots to cooler areas to control how fast the burgers Prep cook. You don’t want charred outside and Buy fresh ground chuck from local butch- raw inside. … Don’t forget to grill the buns.” er (more fat means more flavor); 80/20 is a good balance. Cooking inside on a skillet Weigh your burgers to a perfect 6 ounces When inside, Shea pan-steams his burg(kids may want a 4- or 5-ounce burger). ers and seasons the burgers in the same Hand pack, but not too tight — just enough way he does outside. Noting he prefers to to hold shape. use a cast-iron or a carbon-steel skillet, he said he preheats and coats it with a thin layIn cooking burgers, he prefers two methods. er of cooking oil or cooking oil spray. Once the the pan is hot, he lays the burgers down Cooking outside on a woodfire grill without overcrowding them. Grill with real wood or hardwood lump “You may need to use two pans if cookcharcoal. An old Webber works great. ing multiple burgers,” he said. “Cook until Make sure the grill grate is clean and spray a bit of crust forms and then flip the burglightly with cooking oil. ers and cover with a pot lid large enough to Salt and pepper burgers before they go on the cover all burgers. The burgers will now saugrill — use kosher salt and cracked pepper. té and steam at the same time, making for an “I like to hit the burgers with a little extremely juicy burger.” Worcestershire sauce or soy before it hits the Near the end of the cooking time, he said, grill for a flavor booster,” Shea said. he throws large amounts of cheese or a couOnce the burgers hit the hot grill, he said, it ple of slices on each burger and covers them. is important to not move them until they have “The cheese will melt around the burgers formed a bit of a crust and pull away easily. and make for a beautiful presentation,” he “At all costs, resist the urge to flatten the said.

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“I have had some great local craft beer at Seaglass with a great burger but I’m just as good at Gracie’s Bar & Grill [in Salisbury] drinking an ice cold PBR with one of their fantastic burgers,” he said. At Gracie’s Bar & Grill, what has worked is fun and unexpected combinaBurgerfest Every June for one week, Barley House Seacoast in North Hampton hosts Burgerfest, which raises money for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD). Businesses sponsor individual burgers and donate $1 for each one of their particular burger that is sold. According to Shea, $1 is also donated to CHaD for every beer sold. “We change our whole menu and we have about 12 to 15 gourmet burgers — it’s incredible,” he added. Examples of the types of burgers included in previous years include the Bacon Weave Juicy Lucy, which features fresh ground beef, American cheese center, crispy house-cured bacon, pickles, caramelized onions and chipotle ranch sauce on a potato bun. “It’s a great time with a chance to eat things you won’t be able to try at any other time of year,” Shea said. For updates on when Burgerfest is happening this year, check Throwback Burger Recipe 6 ounces high quality local beef caramelized onions Pineland farms Gruyere cheese (Swiss also works well) beer honey (Cook down equal parts local honey and beer; Throwback Brewery uses its Maple Kissed Wheat Porter) garlic-thyme aioli (If you do not want to create aioli from scratch, you can use mayonnaise, garlic powder, and fresh

tions of ingredients, according to owner Lisa Grace. Featuring eight ounces of hand-pressed ground beef with pastrami, the Pastrami Burger is served with Swiss cheese, grilled onions and spicy hot mustard. Known for its kick, The Burnout is also eight ounces of hand-pressed ground beef served with cajun spice, melted pepper jack cheese and fried pickles smothered with homemade spicy mayonnaise. The response from customers has been stellar; Grace noted that Gracie’s has consistently been ranked in the Top 10 by Burger Master of the North Shore Facebook group, which was created by Bates. “We are proud of this honor,” she said. Secrets to their success at Gracie’s include the use of a flat-top grill and high heat, Grace said, and as for preparation, the cooks flip the burgers twice but never commit the “cardinal sin” of pressing them down with a spatula. “You are squeezing the flavor out of your burger when you do that,” said Grace, whose thoughts were echoed by numerous burger experts across the region. Of course, the meat itself is critical. At 7th Settlement Brewery in Dover, the specialty burgers feature meat that is ground down in-house. thyme for a similar flavor) lettuce spent grain bun Caramelize onions using your favorite method. Be sure to take your time and really let them cook down. In the interim, season meat with salt and pepper and make beer honey and aioli. Grill meat, layer with cheese, caramelized onions, and drizzle of beer honey. Toast bun and top with aioli and lettuce. Serve and enjoy!

“We get whole cows in, which allow us to create an artisan burger,” said Chef Taylor Miller. “We grind the spices right into it, too.” He said their steakhouse burgers feature much coarser ground meat, which set them apart from others. Meats they use include Hereford beef, black Angus and Akaushi, “Akaushi is a little like Kobe beef,” he said. “We get it from Clarke Farm and only get these cows once in a while. … They have a free choice diet, so they eat what is in the pasture or in the forest.” Because they use local beef, he said their burgers are apt to taste different at different times of the year. “What they eat changes the profile of the experience,” he said. “By going local, we try to set a higher standard.” One example of this higher standard is their Jack Burger, which is only available as one of their blackboard specials. “It’s a specially seasoned Akaushi beef burger, grass-fed, spent grain finished and hand trimmed before being ground in house,” he said. “It features garlic aioli, Two Toad Farm pickled fried garlic scapes, Garren’s farm greens and Sonnental Dairy garlic and herb colby cheese. It’s amazing.” At Barley House Seacoast in North Hampton, owner Chef Brian Shea said they grind their own meat, too. “We have elevated our game — we buy brisket and chuck and we grind it just about every day,” he said. “When you come here, you’re going to get a really good fresh ground burger.” Their signature burger is the Dublin Burger, which features a peppercorn charred patty, whiskey gravy, blue cheese and crispy onions. He said he came up with the idea for the burger after he and some of his staff traveled to Ireland several years ago for inspiration. “We went to a bunch of pubs over there during the second year of operation in our Concord location,” he said. “When we came back, we came up with this idea and everybody loved it — it sold like crazy.” At Eastern Burger Co. in Stratham, the

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Find a good burger Here are a few Seacoast area restaurants that offer burger specials, burger nights or just some really fantastic, unique burgers. If you know of any other Seacoast restaurants that you’d like to see featured in the Scene, send an email to editor@ and we might feature it in a future edition. 7th Settlement Brewery   47 Washington St, Dover 603-373-1001 The Barley House Seacoast   Lafayette Crossing 43 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, NH 603-379-9161 Chop Shop   920 Lafayette Road, Seabrook 603-760-7706 Eastern Burger Co.   157 Portsmouth Ave, Stratham 603-580-2096 The Goat   20 L St., Hampton 603-601-6928

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top-selling burger is one that customers can build themselves. “I think it’s partially due to the amount of choices we offer,” said Chef John Hobbs. “There are eight different aiolis, eight different kinds of cheese, pea shoots, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, chili, and jalapeno. There’s even toppings like a fried egg and mac and cheese.” Eastern Burger Co. also offers a number of signature burgers. The most popular include the East Coast (fried pickles, caramelized onions, American cheese, lettuce, tomato and house Thousand Island dressing) and West Coast (bacon, Muenster cheese, sun-dried tomato aioli, avocado, pea shoots and tomato). As for what he feels are the keys to a great burger, Hobbs cited meat and preparation. “We use a Schweid & Sons half-pound Butcher’s Blend patty,” he said. “It is made of whole premium cuts of chuck, round and sirloin. It’s like the flavor of a steak in a juicy burger.” According to many chefs, including Hobbs, another critical component is a good bun, which in their case is a brioche bun. At 7th Settlement Brewery in Dover, Miller said they make their buns fresh every day. “We have nice soft and buttery buns — it’s part of the experience of a great burger,” he said.

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Proper seasoning is another important aspect of a great burger, and Miller said home cooks do not need to stop at just salt and pepper. “Try new things — infused salts can elevate your game,” he said. “There are different crystal sizes and smoky salts, too. There are lime salts that pair well with guacamole or avocado. … For chili

In attempting to sum up the perfect burger, Niland said there is one ingredient you will not find on any recipe. “You have to care about it,” he said. “When we build these burgers, we want to wow people. For all of us in the business, we want people to have a great experience — and it starts with caring about putting the best product out there.”

cheeseburgers, add chili seasoning to the beef. You want to layer those flavors.” For Niland of the Chop Shop Pub & Grub, another thing a home cook can try is adding a portabella mushroom to a burger. “Add some quality provolone and Swiss on top and you can’t go wrong — you have an amazing burger,” he said. “I love the crunch of a tomato on there, too.”

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How long have you been in operation? Two years, although it is more accurate to say two years as this incarnation. This is something I have been doing for a long time. What do you do in your business? I teach yoga, but there is so much more to it. Like what? Well, a lot of people are afraid of trying yoga, which is why I [say] stay curious about what is possible and let go of what you think is not. You never know the impact it will have on your life until you give it a try and while there are many ways to practice and many amazing teachers, there will be a certain variety that resonates with you. Take as many classes as you can and try all the yoga studios — there are so many resources. What does yoga mean to you personally? For me personally, the practice of yoga is a powerful tool for internal exploration and understanding of the deeper inner workings of not only how your mind works, but your relationship to your own personal truth and the unfolding of your journey and dharma. When I first practiced yoga I was at a certain point of desperation in my life. Through my practice, I learned how to love myself, transform and work with fear, sit with what “is” in order to become what I desire and so much more. The physical practice helped me heal old wounds and traumas and build strength, stamina and courage to expand through any perceived obstacles. … In short, when I practice yoga I feel better, more capable and more at ease and confident with who I am. It’s magic. I have been practicing for 16 years now and there is always more to learn, more to explore, and I am so grateful I have found it and that I get to share it with so many.

What other sorts of projects are you working on? I wrote a musical and I am very excited about it. It’s called Moms The Musical. For a long time this was something I just talked about while not really knowing how I was going to actually do it. Finally, it just gnawed away at me for so long over nine years that I realized it was time. There was never going to be the “perfect” time to write it. [Find out more at] In 2013, I launched a passion project, “Active Chair Yoga, improving health one breath at a time.” It’s a chair yoga DVD. … I wanted to create something that made yoga accessible for everyone. [See] As a parent, what’s the best lesson in life you have learned? Well, of course there are so many lessons and teachable moments I get from being a parent. If I had to narrow it down, there are two big ones. The first is have fun, play and explore. My daughter is such a great example of embracing the moment, staying curious and being open to having fun in the moment. The second-biggest lesson of all time is she has taught me how to love not only myself but love unconditionally, which is one of the most incredible experiences of all. If you had advice you could give your younger self, what would it be? Trust yourself, know you are capable and don’t wait. What is in your heart is there for a reason and you can never go wrong when you follow your heart. I would also say stop the unnecessary suffering that self-doubt creates. It’s okay to make mistakes and take risks — just keep moving forward. — Rob Levey


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There may be nothing more fun for St. Thomas Aquinas senior Lizzie Ruffner than getting on a horse and going for a ride — and she’s really good at it, too. Having won several New England regional shows, Ruffner has not only qualified for but placed well at The Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City for the past couple of years. “I take a week off from school every October to compete in them,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun. I’ve worked for that my whole life.” Her interest in riding horses began at age 4 when she saw a horse near her home and “begged” her mom to pet it. Shortly thereafter, she began to take lessons and has competed for the past decade. “It’s English riding. which has the judge judging off of what the horse behaves and looks like,” she said. In English riding, horses are judged on their manners and obedience in addition to their gaits. Riders are judged, too, and Ruffner said there are very specific criteria regarding how they are to move and appear while on a horse. While enjoying the competitive aspects related to riding horses, Ruffner said her real joy comes from the bond she has forged with her horses over the course of time. She said she believes horses have “a way” about them that has helped shape who she has become as a person. “They can tell your mood,” she said. “They act the way you are acting. If you are nervous and scared, they won’t put in 100 percent. My horse always knows what I am feeling. It’s crazy what one animal can

do to you.” She said the connection she feels with horses began from the moment she first rode one. “I was not afraid at all,” she said. “I had a connection with them. I actually saw a picture of me in my first riding lesson and I was so comfortable.” Her own horse — a Morgan — is about 15 hands or 60 inches tall. She estimates that it weighs 1,200 pounds. In order to compete regionally and nationally, Ruffner said, she must train with her horse as often as possible. During the winter she continues to ride indoors. “I go every Sunday and as many other school days as I can,” she said. The challenge in training, however, is not just finding the time to ride, but getting to the barn where her horse stays. “The barn is in Richmond, New Hampshire, which is a two-hour drive from my house — it’s a haul,” she said. “In the summer, I go up more often. My trainer is great; they let me stay overnight and go up there as many times as I want.” In looking ahead, she said she has every intention of continuing to compete at shows, but acknowledged the challenges in juggling the responsibilities of college. Noting she once thought about going to college in Kentucky, she said she has since rethought her plans and anticipates attending school in either Massachusetts or Rhode Island. “I don’t want to be that far from my horse,” she said. “If I’m close, I can travel back and forth to ride. I really want to continue that.” — Rob Levey

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up to 10 players, is that an antiques collector has gone missing and your team must find out what happened to him before the one-hour time limit runs out. The smaller room that I did was a detective’s office filled with evidence about a former partner who has mysteriously disappeared. My teammates were two young couples. The wives worked together but the husbands had never met. This was their first double date and they figured they would have something to talk about over dinner once — if — they escaped the room. The initial arrival into the room was surprisingly underwhelming. The door closed behind our group of five, and we began to look around the boring detective office. But then my team members started spotting patterns in the banal office décor. A series of numbers here, a collection of colors there — soon we had potential codes for combination locks that held closed several drawers and boxes. Right away it was clear that the normal rules you would associate with a respectable police investigation unit were off the table; something was up inside this department. Subtle hints at tampered evidence appeared in messages throughout the room and we stopped trusting the simple number patterns we found. I remember thinking to myself, how deep does this rabbit hole go? Are the puzzles simple enough that I can do them individually, or do I have to pay attention to the larger story of the missing detective? The answer was both. Finding simple patterns in some of the evidence we uncovered would point me in the right direction, but in order to make substantial progress, the group needed to be thinking about how it all connected. For us, that’s where the hints came in. Every team gets three hints during the hour.

It turned out my team needed the extra nudge to get past the more sizable hurdles. The hurdles usually felt like they were at the tips of our fingers, with the hints finally letting us through. One of the hints was something we completely missed, but for the most part we humbly decided we would have figured it out, eventually. It is the measured confidence of the Game Master that decides how to give a team hints. The Game Master monitors the team’s progress through a camera system and then decides what kind of hints to give when the group requests help. As detectives, we asked for help through an industrial walkie-talkie. The Game Master had to find a balance between pointing us in the right direction so that we felt smart and not totally giving it away and ruining the fun. Our prestigious Game Master is a sophomore at Great Bay Community College who said she was impressed with our progress. My team and I got out of the room with only 20 seconds to spare. We used all three hints, but I like to think of those as instances of divine intervention or “a-ha” moments that would have happened if the situation were real. At one point I didn’t think we were going to make it out, but the last few puzzles unfolded so quickly that before I knew it we were typing in a code to the final door. Who should try it: Escape rooms are geared more to adults than to young children. Teenagers, college students, adults and older folks will have fun here. You can go with a group of friends or as a company retreat with your work team. Going alone to play the game with strangers can be intimidating but the experience will definitely build your social skills.


We talked to some people on the beach and asked them some tough questions... Do you usually show up late or early for everything? How many minutes?

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What’s your favorite season? “I love winter! I’m a skier. See this cast? I did that last week skiing up north and I still love it!” MICHAEL LAGERQUIST OF MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE


Would you rather not eat or not sleep for three days? “I’d rather not sleep. Three days would give me plenty of time to get things done.” CY LAGRASSA OF LONDONDERRY, NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Doesn’t anyone make a non-slanted windshield anymore? Dear Car Talk: Can you tell me where I could find a comparison between the slant of the windshield and the mileage achieved by the car? For 21 years, we drove a ‘91 Mercury By Ray Magliozzi Tracer with a moderately slanted windshield. The car averaged over 30 mpg all but two of the years we owned it. We traded it in for a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The slanting windshield is full of reflections of the dashboard and inside of the car and the posts obstruct my vision. Looking at other cars, I see that the general trend is more and more slant to the windshields. Is there some justification for this? The Hyundai doesn’t seem to do as well with mileage. — Jean The 2010 Hyundai’s mileage is nearly 20 percent better than the ‘91 Mercury Tracer’s. While EPA ratings are better for comparison purposes than for predicting real-world mileage, the ‘91 Tracer was rated at around 25 mpg in combined highway and city driving. And the 2010 Elantra is rated at 29 mpg combined. In addition to better mileage, the Hyundai also carries a lot more safety equipment, with a bunch of air bags, antilock brakes and a better-protected passenger

compartment. Unfortunately, that improved mileage, despite the added weight, is partly due to those darned slanted windshields. You’re right that windshields are more severely angled now than they used to be. That’s because they make cars far more aerodynamic. The less wind-resistant a car is, the higher its mileage. Driving with a windshield that’s straight up and down is like trying to walk into a strong wind with a big pizza box taped to your chest. But you’re absolutely right that there also are drawbacks to steeply angled windshields. One is that they really do tend to pick up reflections. If you leave anything on your dashboard, like a parking stub, you’ll see it reflected right in front of your eyes on the windshield. And some dashboards, especially if they’re anything other than flat black, reflect in the windshield. It can be very distracting. And, as you mention, the longer A pillars (the front roof supports on the sides of the windshield) can block your visibility. If your blood boils every time you get into the Elantra, sell it and get something you like better. Mileage has continued to improve since 2010, so you should do even better in that regard. The 2017 Elantra, for example, gets 33 mpg overall, although I’m guessing

that won’t be on your shopping list. When you do test-drive new cars, you’ll go in knowing what you dislike about your current car. So look for reflections on the windshields of the cars you try out, and see how badly the A pillars block your view. Unfortunately, most cars will have angled windshields these days. It’s really hard to find a flat windshield anymore. Unless you buy a Jeep Wrangler, which will make you pine for your 2010 Elantra, Jean. Good luck. Dear Car Talk: I drive a 2006 Toyota RAV4. A few months ago, I got new tires. The low-tire-pressure indicator light has been on almost constantly since the new tires were put on. I have been back to the tire shop countless times for them to turn off the indicator light. The guys tell me there’s nothing wrong with the tires. They also check the tire pressures and say they’re fine. The light stays off until I get on a freeway, then on it goes again, and back to the shop I go. I do know that one of the tire sensors had to be replaced on one of the rear tires when the new tires were put on. What can I do to fix this? — Patsy One of your tire-pressure sensors is bad, Patsy. Each tire’s pressure sensor is housed in the valve stem. A few minutes after you start

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AT COFFEE BREAK CAFÉ For good coffee and good service, Coffee Break Café (23 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, is open almost year-round for business. It stands as the only café near the beach and boasts locally roasted coffee from Portsmouth. The café also serves breakfast and lunch items, and even chili in colder weather. It has a funky style with orange-painted walls and blue accents with light shades and blue vases that customers have given to the café that line the back of the coffee area. There are high tables for customers to sit at, as well as a couch and a couple of chairs for more comfortable seating. Owner Carolyn Paul gave the Seacoast Scene insight into how the café operates. How long has this restaurant been around? We established this café in April 2007. We will be celebrating our 10th anniversary April 9. It’s a feat because some restaurants are here one season and then gone the next. It’s been difficult to continue running year-round the last 10 years, but we’ve made it. What made you want to start this restaurant in particular? I used to live in Massachusetts working at a power plant, and after working at the plant and coming over here to walk the beach, we could never find a coffee shop. Then we moved into the Hampton area, and we researched a lot about coffee and even spent some time overseas. We just always wanted to find that good cup of coffee and we could never find one. In winter of 2007 we saw this “for rent” sign, and the rest is history. Now we have great coffee, and I’ve had the same roaster for 10 years. We keep it local with Port City Roasters, and they’re one of the best roasters in New Hampshire.

on the season. It gets harder and harder each year, especially since we don’t have a lot of residents who stay around all year and live at the beach. We’ve closed down before for only two months, January and February, but this year we did stay open through the winter season. What’s your personal favorite from the menu? Why? Drink-wise, it’s my homemade spiced chai and the mocha latte. Our paninis are also a signature item with us. People love the hot sandwiches. Breakfast has really exploded with us, and we try to keep everything locally sourced and healthy. How would you describe the dining environment? Very casual and relaxed. We’ve offered free wi-fi since Day 1. It’s a place to hang back, which is very different in the summer when it’s busy and everything is about

hurrying up and getting back to the beach. In the winter, it’s more about getting in from the cold and warming up, relaxing for a while. Do you have any seasonal specials people can expect? In the summer we have a lot of frozen drinks. Actually, our most popular frozen drink is frozen hot chocolate. What’s special about your menu? For one, we serve breakfast all day, which is pretty popular, and having such good coffee keeps our customers pretty regular. Which famous person would you most like to serve? Anthony Bourdain — he’s such a food icon. I would probably serve him our green monster wrap. It has eggs, baby spinach, tomato, onion and our secret green mon-

What do you think sets your establishment apart from others around you? We were the first coffee café to come to Hampton Beach in 2007, and just that we sell coffee sets us apart. Others have attempted to open cafes but they’re difficult to keep running all year, so most of the time you can’t find something like this. We offer authentic espresso — we have an Italian machine — and we also offer espresso-based drinks like cappuccinos, lattes and macchiatos. You can get a regular cup of coffee, of course, but the espresso is really important to some of our customers. How is it that you’ve managed to stay open year-round for 10 years? Though it’s been difficult, we manage it by changing our menu and everything about it to suit the needs of some of our customers who come through, depending

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Until recently, all I knew about tequila was that it was made from the agave plant, used in margaritas and very dangerous as shots. But then I attended a spirit seminar with Kevin Vanegas of Herradura and learned that it is much, much more. Vanegas was in New Hampshire to promote the purchase of barrel-aged tequilas by the New Hampshire Liquor Commission and help consumers learn more about the product. Chris Spake of Patrón also hosted a similar event. Tequila has a long history in Mexico and has evolved over the years, growing to 156 distilleries and more than 1,300 brands in 2015. Vanegas said it is the most regulated spirit in the world, bottled at no less than 80 proof. Before we tasted the Herradura tequila, Vanegas talked about the brand’s roots dating back to 1870 when the hacienda had its own stables, crops, church and houses. The brand is named after a horseshoe, since one was found at the site. Today the tequila is made at the same hacienda site. Though there have been changes in technology over the years, the location has not changed much and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Herradura has Mexico’s first and only female master distiller, Maria Teresa Lara. Vanegas called her his mentor and talked about her contributions to the industry, including a water filtration system. He noted that the Herradura site uses a unique and rare naturally occurring yeast to make tequila. There are several styles of tequila on the market today, including blanco (“silver”), joven (“gold,” or blended), reposado (“rested,” meaning aged at least two months), añejo (“aged,” which means aged at least one year), and extra añejo (“extra aged,” which means aged a minimum of three years). While I had never been to a tequila tasting before, it turns out it is very similar to a wine tasting. We tried three Herradura tequilas: silver, reposado and añejo. The silver is the “cleanest” tequila and must be bottled within 60 days. Just smelling this tequila made me want a margarita, and not one filled with sugary sour mix, but one with fresh lime juice. The double reposado was my favorite and probably something I could sip if it was slightly chilled. This tequila is aged 11 months in used oak barrels and finished in a single new oak barrel for one month. I never thought I would get vanilla, oak, cinnamon and citrus from tequila, but I have never really stopped to examine it like that before. I have a new appreciation for it now. The oak barrels give the tequila these

qualities and are key in this process. When I asked Vanegas if it is wrong to just mix tequila in margaritas, he noted that the ingredients make all the difference. “Good ingredients make good cocktails,” he said. “I taste the tequila to know where I am going in my journey and then let it take me from there.” He shared several recipes with the group and noted they are available on the Herradura website. If you are interested in getting this tequila for yourself, the good news is that thousands of bottles of barrel-aged tequila will be available in New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission purchased nine barrels from three of Mexico’s top distilleries: Herradura, Patrón and Casa Noble. This purchase is similar to other single-barrel purchases made in the past that included Knob Creek and Jack Daniel’s. Like those spirits, these tequilas are unique and vary in flavor profile, aging process and proof. While we tasted the tequila from the Herradura Barrel No. 1224, there are eight other barrels available with tasting notes available for each, including Barrel No. 114, which is “not for the faint of heart.” This Patrón barrel is aged for 31 months in used American oak and has a big, long finish of smoky spice and agave. The best part about these is that they are not available anywhere else. If you are a big tequila fan or collector, or just want to have a unique spirit on your shelf, this is the best way to do it. — Stefanie Phillips


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Seacoast Artist Association hosts “New England Portals” show The Seacoast Artist Association will be exhibiting New England-inspired artwork throughout April. Titled “New England Portals,” the show will feature the work of several local artists, including SAA featured artist of the month Tony Baldasaro. A New Hampshire native photographer currently residing in Stratham, Baldasaro is known for his vibrant photos of local landscape, cityscape and architectural scenes. “What I most appreciate about the art of photography is that that technology allows me to express myself in a way that I was never able to do with more traditional forms of art. I was never much of a painter or drawer, but with the camera I am able to capture beauty in a meaningful way. That to me is very powerful,” Baldasaro said. “I really enjoy landscape photography, and especially love capturing the beauty of the New England coastline.” Baldasaro has been a member of the SAA for almost a year now. In addition to being named the artist of the month, he also teaches photography classes at the SAA and participates in its nonthly theme show challenges regularly. The SAA has been in operation since 1975 and offers memberships to all levels of artists and art enthusiasts. It is non-juried and costs $40 per year, or $35 for seniors and students. “Emerging artists can use the SAA as a springboard, but well-established artists can exhibit regularly in the main part of the gallery and/or display a body of work on our featured artist wall or in our gallery shop. Having a venue to regularly display one’s work is very important so potential art buyers know where to look and who to look for,” SAA gallery manager Mary Jane Solomon said. “The monthly theme shows are especially suited to emerging artists eager to get work hanging in a gallery. They learn proper presentation and are encouraged to attend the monthly receptions to become known and mingle with the other artists.”

“Vermont Sunset” and “Rye Harbor Boat” by Tony Baldasaro.

“​ I can’t say enough about the folks at SAA,” Baldasaro said. “For someone like me, a relative newbie to the art gallery world, the SAA has been incredibly supportive of my efforts to improve my craft as well as support my work at the gallery. I found, as a new member, I was able to engage in the SAA at a pace that I was comfortable with and every step of the way felt as though I was welcomed with open arms.” The SAA is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. The cost to tour the gallery is free to both members and non-members. Demos and workshops are normally held on the second Sunday of each month, which are also free to members but are open to nonmembers with a suggested donation. To find out more about the SAA and its full events schedule, visit or visit their Facebook page. — Molly Brown

Scholarship fund In addition to providing abundant resources to its members, the SAA also coordinates a scholarship fund to benefit high school seniors determined to further their education in the arts. Gallery Manager Mary Jane Solomon explained the SAA Scholarship Program in an email to the Scene: “We have a very dedicated and hardworking scholarship committee. Every year they hold fundraisers, solicit local businesses for sponsorships, and happily accept donations for the scholarship fund. A portion of profits from gallery sales also gets dedicated to this cause. To find prospective applicants, committee members contact the art teachers and guidance counselors from surrounding seacoast area high schools. If a graduating high school senior at one of these schools wishes to pursue a higher education in the arts, all that student needs to do is submit a portfolio of their work and an essay explaining

his or her background in art and plans for the future. In general there is a first, second and third prize awarded to deserving applicants, and perhaps one or two honorable mentions. The talent shown by so many of these young artists is amazing. It’s hard to award just one. The judging for the 2017 SAA Scholarship took place in early April, and this year’s awards will be presented after our annual meeting on May 17. This is a really wonderful evening with the extremely gifted young artists, their families and teachers. One of the highlights of our year at SAA!” The SAA Scholarship Committee will start accepting new applications for the 2018 Scholarship Program next January. All Class of 2018 seniors with an interest in pursuing a higher education in the arts are encouraged to apply. Stay tuned for further updates on the 2018 SAA Scholarship Program on

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At the age of 4, Viet Thanh Nguyen fled from the Viet Cong invasion of his hometown of Ban Me Thuot with his mother and brother. They trekked over 10 miles through trees that bore the bodies of dead paratroopers, and they clamored for a spot on a boat to Saigon to reunite with Nguyen’s father. Little over a month later, the family sought escape from Vietnam entirely and became four of 150,000 Vietnamese refugees who were accepted into the United States in 1975. Though the passage of time has softened some of his young memories, Nguyen deftly integrates the emotional weight of his family’s real-life refugee experiences into each fictional character of The Refugees. The book opens with two epigraphs that illustrate how painful memories are the ones that seem to transcend time, haunting as if they were ghosts. Nguyen carries the ghost metaphor (perhaps a little heavy-handedly) into the first story, “Black-Eyed Women.” The narrator is a ghostwriter who is haunted not only by her past, but also by her dead brother’s corporeal ghost. While she tries to figure out why her brother’s spirit appears to her many years and miles away from his death (her mother determines that he had to swim from Vietnam to California, which is why he drips tangible puddles onto the floor), the ghostwriter is forced to relive the violent circumstances of his demise. Though she and her mother survived the trek to the United States, her brother tells her, “You died too…. You just don’t know it,” because her life as a 13-year-old girl ended on that boat ride. Contrast that with the 13-year-old boy in “War Years” who was largely raised in America: His primary concerns are getting his parents to sell TV dinners in their grocery store and receiving an allowance. (He gets neither.) His perspective of the Communist takeover of Vietnam is shaped through Western media such as Newsweek and World News Tonight, plus what little his parents and neighbors are willing to tell him. His parents believe the Viet Cong were evil because they didn’t believe in money or God, but now that the war is over, they don’t think they should donate their hard-earned pennies to fighting Communism anymore.

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He is startled to hear a raw admittance of personal devastation from the war when his prim neighbor admits her husband and sons all went missing in action. He cannot fathom an appropriate response beyond, “Sorry.” Nguyen proves to be an expert storyteller as he alternates between first- and third-person perspectives, male and female voices, and old and young narrators. He captures a sense of place whether it’s among the haggling grocery store shoppers in San Jose or the tourist explorations of long-abandoned war tunnels in Saigon. Though the magical realism and literal ghosts are promptly dropped after the first story, the theme of inauspicious memories is carried throughout. The collective memory of the Vietnam War haunts all these characters through several decades in both countries, ensnaring their individual identities within their shared cultural identity. Interestingly, the concept of identity is most explicitly discussed by characters who are not Vietnamese at all. In “The

Transplant,” a Chinese man who was born in Vietnam admits that it’s easier for him to pretend to be Vietnamese, for how can he claim a Chinese identity when he has never been to China? This can easily be transposed onto the narratives of the American-born children of Vietnamese refugees; what do they know of the war and the country their parents fled? Then “The Americans” tells the story of a black American veteran of the Vietnam War and his Japanese wife visiting their daughter Claire, who is teaching English in Vietnam. Claire claims she feels more at home in a foreign country than she ever did as a biracial woman in the United States. She could not reconcile the two halves of her identity in the country she grew up in, but she could fully explore her potential in a starkly new environment. Following on the heels of Nguyen’s 2016 Pulitzer prize for fiction for The Sympathizer, this next work of fiction does not disappoint. Though each of the short stories were previously published over the last 20 years, the compilation into one volume makes for a seamless and compelling read. The publication could not have been better timed as America grapples with its complex relationships with refugees in the wake of the travel ban for Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Nguyen invites empathy for refugees of the past, present and future. A — Katherine Ouellette

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at a lighted candle with your eyes partially closed. Look at the light, and label what you see — dancing flames, blue light, the center wick. Blow it out and watch the smoke curl up in the air.) Another is inspired by a Jewish custom, Modeh Ani, in which you give thanks for what you have, whatever it might be — family, friends, health, a warm bed, another day to live — as soon as you wake up in the morning. Bush’s definition of inner peace is something anyone can achieve, so long as they are mindful, gracious and compassionate. “It’s possible to have inner peace even when your circumstances are not ideal, even when you have financial, health or relationship concerns,” she said. Bush, who describes herself as a “chronic journaler,” having written every day since age 8, loves writing about these subjects because it helps her reach a wider audience. When she’s not writing books, she tackles articles with the Huffington Post and blogs on her website. Her book is part of a series with the publishing company (other titles include The Little Book of Gratitude and The Little Book of Mindfulness, both by different authors), and it’s already being translated into five other languages — French, Spanish, German, Swedish and Norwegian. Bush knows firsthand the benefits of these practices, and she credits them for keeping her grounded while running her private practice and raising five kids (and at one point, five dogs at the same time). But she can only meet with so many clients. This presents a chance to touch more lives and offer something many people need right now. “There’s a lot of anxiety in the air right now, with recent political events, and it’s affecting a lot of people,” she said. “I think now, more than ever, there’s a need for people to find ways to achieve a more peaceful state.” — Kelly Sennott

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Since relocating to the Seacoast, Celia Woodsmith has taken to calling herself a “yes person” when considering musical endeavors. “Yes to all of the gigs,” she said in a recent phone interview. “I’m dipping my toes, trying to play with as many people as possible.” One day after the interview, she was scheduled to play in Portland, Maine, with fiddler Joyce Andersen and bassist Amanda Kowalski. The latter is a former member of Della Mae, Woodsmith’s last band. Apart from a handful of summer shows, the Grammy-nominated group is on hold. Woodsmith is now focused on her collaboration with former Girls, Guns & Glory guitarist Chris Hersch. Though the project is called Woodsmith & Hersch, it’s a five-piece, not a duo, with a sound that’s big, bold and perfectly suited to her hard-charging singing style. “We’ve got that Bonnie Raitt blues thing going, but Chris can rip up some country and rock ’n’ roll,” Woodsmith said. “I think the whole mood we’re going for is moody, vintage rock ’n’ roll.” Before Della Mae, Woodsmith was one half of Avi & Celia, which morphed into “washboard rock band” Hey Mama in 2007 when drummer Jared Seabrook and bass player Paul Chase joined. Those two form the rhythm section of the new group, which is rounded out by Scott Coulter on organ. To someone like Woodsmith, who’s long had a Hammond B3 on her band bucket list, Coulter is the group’s mojo. “I love that sound,” she said. “I think that more than anything else it complements my voice and gets me to what I’m going for.” Woodsmith & Hersch formed after circumstance and the pair’s bonding over Mississippi John Hurt fingerpicking sessions led to a few shows together a couple of years ago. “It was the right time,” she said. “Della Mae was about to go on hiatus and Chris had left his position as the guitar player for Girls, Guns & Glory. … I don’t think we had much pressure on ourselves to create something, but we had so much fun during one of the first things we played. We knew we just had to follow it up.” When the Grammy nod with Della Mae surprised her in 2014, Woodsmith gratefully rode the wave. Woodsmith & Hersch

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“We went out and did the whole thing, the red carpet; as an experience it was totally thrilling,” she said. “All these emotions you can feel wrapped up into one ... I’m so amazed and humbled that we even got the nod in that pool. It does make me want to continue to work hard with the knowledge that something like that will happen in the future. It’s something to be proud of, it’s something to strive for.” Repeating such glory with her new project is far from Woodsmith’s mind, however. “I have learned at this point to not have any [expectations]. ... I try to keep all those things out of my mind,” she said. “It’s good to have set the bar high, obviously. My life has gone in a direction that I never could have anticipated and I never could have known or been prepared for. At this point I want to create good music [and] if a record label comes along, then I’m on for that ride too. But I think this just comes down to the basics of wanting to create something I’m proud of.” The band is working on a debut EP. “We are going into the studio next week,” Woodsmith said. “We are going to do six songs, with a seventh we’ll use to give to people as a download. We were going to a whole album but decided to scale it back and do it one step at a time.” An upcoming Stone Church show promises to be rousing. “It’s a big sound, it’s a bold sound, we’re working on a ton of original music and they’re gonna have a hell of a good time,” Woodsmith said. “The happiness and love for the music — I totally feel it from Chris, Scott, all the guys on stage. It’s an infectious feeling of happiness. I would hope to think that we can give that off.” — Michael Witthaus


• Bob Halperin will play Savory Square Bistro (32 Depot Square, Hampton, Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m. Halperin has been a presence in the Seacoast music scene for over 30 years. Initially known for his virtuosic solo blues finger-picking and slide guitar performances, he has also established himself as a sought-after sideman and as a member of the roots/ Americana band Wooden Eye and of the band for the gospel choir, Rock My Soul. He teaches guitar at Gary’s Guitars in Portsmouth and at The Music Emporium in Lexington. • Ellis Falls plays at The Goat (20 L St., Hampton, 601-6928, on Friday, April 14, at 9 p.m. • Husband-and-wife duo Mel & John are performing their eclectic mix of covers from today’s pop hits at the Savory Square Bistro in Hampton (32 Depot Square, Hampton, on Saturday, April 15, at 7 p.m. The performance is free for customers of the bistro. • Comedian Bob Marley takes the stage at Blue Music Ocean Hall (4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury, Mass., 978-462-5888, Saturday, April 15, at 8 p.m. The Maine native is one of the hottest and most sought-after comedians in the country. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central and is one of the few comics to do the complete late night television circuit: Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. Reserved seating is $29.50 ($3 more on the day of the show). • Searching for Clarity plays live at The Goat (20 L St., Hampton, 601-6928, on Saturday, April 15, at 9 p.m. • Chase Bryant plays at Blue Music Ocean Hall (4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury, 978-462-5888, Friday, April 21, at 8 p.m. The 23-year-old Texan is already a top-flight guitar player, head-turning songwriter, RED BOW recording artist and co-producer of his

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Book Signing EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC XIU XIU plays with Lilith at 3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth on Friday, April 14, 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. The American experimental group originally from San Jose, California, was formed by singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart, who has been its only constant member since its inception. As of 2009, his bandmates have been Angela Seo and Shayna Dunkelman. debut album. Tickets are $25 general admission (standing room only; $3 more on the day of the show). • Trace Adkins will play at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (169 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, casinoballroom. com), Saturday, April 22, 8 p.m. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author and spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised over $1.5 million as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. Tickets are $35 for general admission. • Parker Wheeler and friends take the stage at Blue Music Ocean Hall (4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury, 978462-5888, blueoceanhall. com) Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m. as part of the Brews, Bourbon, BBQ and Blues event. Doors open at 7 p.m. for barbecue food stations and craft brew and bourbon tastings. Tickets are $39.95

for reserved seating and $29.95 general admission, standing room only. • Greg and the Morning Buzz present heavy metal rockers Dokken and Warrant Thursday, April 27, at 8 p.m. at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (169 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, Tickets are $27 in advance, $32 on the day of the show. • Get the Led Out, the “American Led Zeppelin Experience,” plays at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (169 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, casinoballroom. com) on Saturday, April 29, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26 in advance, $31 on the day of the show. • Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated at the Castle on Charles (19 Charles St., Rochester, on Friday, May 5, from 6 to 11 p.m. A five-piece band and a performance by Nina and Her Chicas will be held on the beautiful Maplewood Dance Floor.

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18 Exterminator’s targets 19 Reunion invitee 20 Harden, like adobe 23 Neutral area between N. and S. Korea 24 Brockovich played by Julia Roberts 25 Battleship initials 28 ___ Lambert (recent viral answer

to the pub quiz question “Who played Skyler White?” where the cheating team misread Anna Gunn’s Wikipedia entry) 31 Hog, wild? 33 “No you didn’t!” 35 Guns N’ Roses frontman Rose 36 Hypnotized or anesthetized 38 Actress Taylor of “High Fidelity” 39 Highest-ranked tournament player 41 Facepalmworthy 44 ___-TASS (Russian press agency) 45 “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” author Mitch 47 Plumb of “The Brady Bunch” 48 Drops in on 51 Mr. Hoggett’s wife, in “Babe” 52 ___ es Salaam, Tanzania 53 Italian writer Umberto


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World’s coolest city

Recently, in Dubai (the largest city in the United Arab Emirates), Dubai Civil Defense started using water jetpacks that lift firefighters off the ground to hover in advantageous positions as they work the hoses. Also, using jet skis, rescuers can avoid traffic altogether by using the city’s rivers to arrive at fires (and, if close enough to a waterway, can pump water without hydrants). Even more spectacularly, as early as this summer, Dubai will authorize already tested one-person, “Jetsons”-type drones for ordinary travel in the city. The Ehang 184 model flies about 30 minutes on an electrical charge, carrying up to 220 pounds at about 60 mph.

Latest human rights

In March, star soccer goalkeepr Bruno Fernandes de Souza signed a two-year contract to play for Brazil’s Boa Esporte club while he awaits the outcome of his appealed conviction for the 2010 murder of his girlfriend. (He had also fed her body to his dogs.) He had been sentenced to 22 years in prison, but was released by a judge after seven, based on the judge’s exasperation at the years-long delays in appeals in Brazil’s sluggish legal system.


The Cleveland (Ohio) Street Department still had not (at press time) identified the man, but somehow he, dressed as a road worker, had wandered stealthily along Franklin Boulevard during March and removed more than 20 standard “35 mph” speed limit signs replacing all with official-looking “25 mph” signs that he presumably financed himself. Residents along those two miles of Franklin have long complained, but the city kept rejecting pleas for a lowered limit.

attract mating opportunities. However, as researchers in Texas recently found, the display might not be important. Body cameras placed on peahens at eye level (to learn how they check out strutting males) revealed that the females gazed mostly at the lowest level of feathers (as if attracted only to certain colors rather than the awesomeness of the towering flourish).

Spectacular errors

(1) In March, jurors in Norfolk, Virginia, found Allen Cochran, 49, not guilty of attempted shoplifting, but he was nowhere to be seen when the verdict was announced. Apparently predicting doom (since he had also been charged with fleeing court during a previous case), he once again skipped out. The jury then reretired to the jury room, found him guilty on the earlier count and sentenced him to the five-year maximum. (Because of time already served, he could have walked away legally if he hadn’t walked away illegally.) (2) In March, Ghanian soccer player Mohammed Anas earned a “man of the match” award (after his two goals led the Free State Stars to a 2-2 draw), but botched the acceptance speech by thanking both his wife and his girlfriend. Reportedly, Anas “stumbled for a second” until he could correct himself. “I’m so sorry,” he attempted to clarify. “My wife! I love you so much from my heart.”

calling the police, who arrested her after discovering she had a package of fake diamonds in her purse that she likely intended to switch.

The passing parade

Two convicted murderers imprisoned in Nepal married each other in February, though it will be at least 14 years before they can consummate. Dilli Koirala, 33 (serving 20 years for killing his wife), and Mimkosha Bista, 30 (with another four years to go for killing her husband), will be allowed to meet (just to talk) twice a month until Koirala’s term ends. (A lawyer involved in the case said the marriage, though odd, was perhaps the last chance either would have to meet a suitable match.)

A News of the Weird classic (July 2013)

“(Supermodels) is the one exception (to U.S. immigration law) that we all scratch our heads about,” said a Brookings Institution policy analyst in May (2013). Foreign-born sports stars and entertainers are fast-tracked with American work permits under one system, but supermod-

els were excluded from that and must thus compete (successfully, it turns out) with physicists and nuclear engineers to earn visas among the slots available only to “skilled workers with college degrees.” As such, around 250 beauties are admitted every year. (The most recent attempt to get supermodels their own visa category was championed in 2005 and 2007 by thenU.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York.)

Great art!

At what was billed as part of a cancer fundraising event at the AvantGarden in Houston in February, performance artist Michael Clemmons and a partner, working as the act Sonic Rabbit Hole, had the elegant idea that one give the other an enema on stage, but there was a “spraying” accident. Viewers were led to believe the procedure was authentic, but the artists swore later that the sprayed contents were just a protein shake. “What I did is not all that (extreme),” protested Clemmons. “I don’t understand why I’m getting the attention for this.” Visit

Most competent criminal

An astonished woman unnamed in news reports called police in Coleshill, England, in February to report that a car exactly like her silver Ford Kuga was parked at Melbicks garden center with the very same license plate as hers. Police figured out that a silver Ford Kuga had been stolen nearby in 2016, and to disguise that it was stolen, the thief had looked for an identical, not-stolen Ford Mating strategies • The Apenheul primate park in Apel- Kuga and then replicated its license plate, doorn, Netherlands, is engaged in a allowing the thief to drive the stolen car four-year experiment, offering female without suspicion. orangutans an iPad loaded with photos of male orangutans now housed at zoos Least competent criminals (1) Thieves once again attempted a fruitaround the world, with the females able to express interest or disinterest (simi- less smash-and-grab of an ATM at Mike lar to swiping right or left on the human and Reggie’s Beverages in Maple Heights, dating app Tinder). Researchers admit Ohio, in March despite the owner’s havresults have been mixed, that some males ing left the ATM’s door wide open with have to be returned home, and once, a a sign reading “ATM emptied nightly.” female handed the iPad with a potential Police are investigating. (2) Boca Raton, suitor showing, merely crushed the tab- Florida, jeweler “Bobby” Yampolsky said let. (Apps are not quite to the point of he was suspicious that the “customer” who offering animals the ability to digitally asked to examine diamonds worth $6 million carried no tools of the examination smell each other.) • Peacocks are “well known” (so they trade. After the lady made several obvious say) to flash their sometimes-6-foot- attempts to distract Yampolsky, he ended high rack of colorful tail feathers to the charade by locking her in his vault and SEACOAST SCENE | APRIL 13 - 19, 2017 | PAGE 46

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