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What a fantastic season with the Seacoast Scene. This is our last weekly edition, but we have great news! Starting on Oct. 26, the Scene will be published every other week right through Larry Marsolais March 22. Then, April 12 will be the start of the weekly edition again. During the fall and winter months we will continue to bring you local events, stories, happenings and much more to keep you up to date with what is going on in your community. It takes a team to publish the Seacoast Scene every week and I have to say we have one of the best. I personally want to thank each and every person involved with

editorial, production, sales, publishing, distribution and everyone else that makes the Scene happen. Also I have to thank all our advertisers for their continued support of providing you the best that the Seacoast has to offer. Lastly I have to give a very big thank you to all of you, our readers. I have enjoyed reading your emails and listening to your phone calls, so please continue. So enjoy this last weekly issue, and pick up the next issue on Oct. 26. 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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Enjoy fall with a weekend full of harvest season festivals. Whether it’s apples you crave or pumpkins you want to carve, you will have plenty of options this Columbus Day weekend. Want to build a hobbit house or take a hayride through a 100-yearold New England farm? You can do either — or both. So get in the spirit of the season and head to one of these fall celebrations.

Newburyport Harvest Festival Where: Downtown Newburyport, Mass. When: Sunday, Oct. 8, and Monday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Attendance is free. Shopping and food available Visit: or call 978-462-6680

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Dover Apple Harvest Day welcomes more than 50,000 people during the weekend of fall-themed entertainment. The daylong event shuts down streets in downtown Dover and fills them with apple-themed vendors, games and live entertainment. The annual event has been held since 1985. With so many people attending, the Dover Chamber of Commerce has decided to incorporate new features that have been requested by visitors over the years, according to Chamber President Molly Hodgson. “The committee has been very responsive as the festival has gotten bigger and bigger, and really adapted to how the event has grown and changed,” said Hodgson. This year, there will be a new Doggy Refresher Station where dogs and their owners can go to a shaded area and cool off if the weather is unseasonably warm. The station will also have water to hydrate the dogs and will be surrounded by dog-related vendors like K9 Kaos, a Dover-based doggy daycare. New facilities also include a family station where families can get out of the heat and charge their phones at the cell phone charging stations. Senior programs are being held for the first time this year to educate older folks and their families about services in the area. 10


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Newburyport, Massachusetts, kicks off its fall season with the annual Harvest Festival with vendors and shops attracting customers to the port-side market square. Vendors and shops will be open throughout the day with local products for sale, including food and crafts. The historic brick market square in downtown Newburyport is known as the Bull Nose. “It’s meant to be a place for people to gather,” said Ann Ormond, president of the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. “We have a very compact and very walkable downtown district.” Scattered throughout the market square are scarecrows designed by Newburyport residents and shop owners. The scarecrows are made out of burlap and either real or plastic pumpkins. The scarecrows are part of a craft competition to see who has the most original design. A people’s choice award is given to the scarecrow that gets the most votes from visitors. “The people are very creative … [and] that adds to the festivity of the whole weekend,” said Ormond. A jury-selected group of arts and crafts vendors will showcase their work at the festival. Ormond said the vendors have handmade pieces including jewelry, photography, handmade dolls and clothes. More than 100 shops in downtown Newburyport also will remain open during the festival, according to Ormond. There will be an additional 60 vendors alongside the shops that are already open and 10 restaurants ready for the Harvest Festival crowd. “You can have it all. A lot of people will come and have something from one of the food booths and then take a load off and relax and enjoy the community,” Ormond said. There could be some surprises, too, with pop-up performances happening throughout the weekend, according to Ormond.


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Of course, Apple Harvest Day continues to incorporate apples into almost every aspect of the event. The festival opens with Mayor Karen Weston taking the “first bite” of a crisp apple on the main stage. “We do it right up to the microphone so it makes a nice crunch for everyone to hear,” said Hodgson. Apple orchards from around the state are invited every year to bring their freshest products to Apple Alley, where guests sample the delicious fruits. Hundreds of vendors show up to present their takes on apple cuisine each year. Hodgson said she is excited about the Dover Gyro Spot’s apple baklava. A popular classic apple crisp will be served at Harvey’s Bakery booth. “People come ... just for the apple crisp,” said Hodgson. Specialty vendors can be found throughout the festival selling candy apples, apple crisp and apple fried dough. There are nonapple foods too. Most of the food vendors will be located at two of the festival’s large food court areas. Henry Law Park and the Ross Furniture parking lot will have food vendors selling carnival-style food including hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian sausages, french fries and ice cream. In non-food attractions, Auto Alley, on First Street, is an area of the festival dedicated to car collectors and hobbyist. The street will have supermodified cars, antique cars and other unique rides on display. “Folks that are motorheads can see a variety of monster trucks, muscle cars and antique cars,” said Hodgson. The festival covers five blocks of Dover’s downtown with vendors and entertainment at every corner. Five stages are set up at different areas of the event with performances happening all weekend. Hodgson said each stage has its own theme ranging from local performers to acoustics only. The Rotary Arts Pavilion Stage will act as the community stage and will feature local dance troupes, theater groups, jump-roping and other performances. The community stage will also be the location

of the annual pie contest. That competition is split into two categories: adult, age 15 and over, and youth, for participants age 14 and younger. Visitors can let their friends know they’re there with a Snapchat filter made by one of the event’s volunteers. “One of our very creative millennials in the community has put into Snapchat an Apple Harvest Day geofilter,” said Hodgson. The geofilter goes over pictures like a banner so people on social media know you are at Apple Harvest Day. Organizers are anticipating 1,000 runners at the Apple Harvest Day 5K Road Race, which starts at 8:30 a.m. and goes through the Apple Harvest Day site on Washington Street and Central Avenue. The rolling course winds through the historic Dover streets and is suitable for beginners and advanced runners. “I have a lot of great Harvest Day memories. I’ve been bringing my kids since they were toddlers, maybe even in their strollers,” said Hodgson.

Fairy House and Hobbit House Festival

Where do fairies and hobbits live? What kinds of houses do they call home? At the Fairy House and Hobbit House Festival this weekend at Bedrock Gardens in Lee, kids and their parents can design and make their own fairy and hobbit homes. 12 Fairy House and Hobbit House Festival Where: Bedrock Gardens, 45 High Road, Lee When: Saturday, Oct. 7, through Monday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Parking: Parking will be at Mast Way School in Lee, with frequent buses shuttling back and forth Visit: or call 659-2993

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10 John Forti, executive director of Bedrock Gardens, said the tradition of making fairy houses goes back to the 19th century. The houses are miniature structures made of organic materials like rocks, stones, pine cones, twigs and any other natural objects gathered in the woods. “The concept was formed out of a long history in this part of New England of getting people out into nature,” said Forti. Bedrock Gardens provides each participant with a starter kit of items like sticks and twigs but then they can venture through the trails and gardens to find more materials. “We have this beautiful woodland forest that’s undeveloped and it lends itself to getting kids out into nature,” said Forti. The houses are made for fairies and hobbits but oftentimes other small creatures like chipmunks and squirrels can end up staying in them. For this reason, Forti said the activity of making the fairy houses educates kids about the habitats of the area. Prior to the event, gardeners and artists from the area spend time making fairy houses, which will be on display over the weekend. These houses tend to be more detailed than what guests can create on the day of the event but the mini structures act as inspiration for aspiring fairy house designers. The rules for making a fairy house are fairly loose, according to Forti. The houses are generally miniature versions of house-like structures built from sticks or twigs and ornamented with pine cones and flowers. “What would your imagination tell you a fairy house should be? Creativity rules that day,” said Forti. The first lady of New Hampshire, Valerie Sununu, will read Children of the Forest

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by Elsa Beskow at 11:30 a.m. The book is about fairies who live in houses similar to the ones being built during the weekend. Author Tracy Kane will also read from her own award-winning books about building fairy houses out of natural materials on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Forti said many kids come to the event dressed in fairy wings and costumes. The community gardens are open for exploration during the event, and fairy house builders are encouraged to use the forests and gardens for inspiration and resources for organic supplies. “It’s reminding everybody that we can build something for free in a world where everyone is trying to sell us something,” said Forti.

Applecrest Farm Festival

Todd Wagner of Applecrest Farm said his grandmother started the tradition of pick-your-own apples in New Hampshire 60 years ago. The farm is ramping up that tradition throughout October with three family-friendly festivals. At each festival guests can pick their own apples and get a glimpse of how a New England farm operates during the busy harvest season. “We have been inviting people to the farm to pick apples to share in the harvest season for 65 to 70 years,” said Wagner. The festival is a multifaceted event with live bluegrass music, grilled food, ice cream and crafts. Wagner said people can spend the day at the farm without spending any money or they can try their hand at picking apples, pumpkins, peaches or raspberries. The farm added an ice cream creamery barn nine years ago and now serves ice cream made from Memories Ice Cream in Kingston that is combined with the farm’s fruits. Wagner said the ice cream is churned together with ingredients picked fresh from Applecrest farm. “It’s a full-blown old-fashioned ice cream stand. … Everything we have is made fresh here on the farm,” said Wagner. The ice cream is made with the farm’s

blueberries, strawberries, cider donuts and peaches. There are 25 flavors of ice cream that are made with the farm’s fruits. The farm’s popular cider doughnuts will also be on sale during the festival. The fried desserts are made from apples picked fresh on the farm. “People can’t seem to get enough of them,” said Wagner. Hay rides will be held regularly until 4 p.m. each day and give guests a guided tour of the 110-year-old farm and its facilities. “See how it all works, the fruits of the whole growing season’s labor,” said Wagner. Guests can hand pick from a variety of 15 apple types in the orchard. A half pack of apples costs $15, a full pack is $25 and a large pack is $40.

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Pumpkinfest at DeMeritt Hill Farms

DeMeritt Hill Farm is dedicated to all things pumpkin on Sunday, Oct. 8, and Monday, Oct. 9. The fruit and vegetable farm specializes in the pick-your-own experience where guests can go into the fields and find the produce they want, right off the plant. Pumpkinfest celebrates the theme of doing it yourself with pumpkin patches open throughout the day and pumpkinthemed events for families. Organizer Meg Wilson said in an email that picking your own pumpkins as a child is a memory she wants to give to others. “Pumpkinfest is specifically geared toward children and families. We remember the joy of hunting and finding just the right pumpkin to decorate and that is why we offer an expanded pick your own pumpkin field,” Wilson wrote. The two pumpkin patches equal five acres and are overflowing with orange during the fall season, according to Wilson. The field has pumpkins ranging from 1 to 100 pounds. Guests can search all day for the pumpkin that’s right for them, and once they’ve found it they have a few choices. They can play a game where they guess the weight of their pumpkin and earn bragging rights if they guess correctly. They can also decorate their pumpkin with paint and other crafts at the art table. Rochester October Fest The eighth annual Rochester October Festival happening Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature apple pie, cider, bikes, live music and more. Family-friendly features include games, demonstrations and an interactive petting zoo. Rochester Main Street will also host a “Mile High Apple Pie” baking contest that is open to the public. Admission to the festival is free. Call 330- 3208 or visit


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Guests who are particularly proud of their painted pumpkins can enter them into the pumpkin painting contest. The winner will be featured on the farm’s website and have the option of having their pumpkin as part of Pumpkin Alley, an area of the farm’s Haunted Overload. In fact, many of the pumpkins grown on the farm are used as jack-o’-lanterns for Haunted Overload. “Pumpkin Alley features about 500 carved pumpkins of different shapes and sizes,” said Wilson. Other pumpkins are used for ingredients in the farm’s commercial kitchen. Wilson said they use the pumpkins for baked goods including pies, cookies and pumpkin bread. This year, there will be an expanded menu of gluten-free baked goods. Wilson said that the festival is in its eighth year of operation and has grown every year it’s been held. The farm is expanding its pumpkin fields to accommodate the increasing number of customers and they are working to add more pick your own pumpkin fields in the future. There will also be Halloween storybook hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo and a bounce house throughout the festival. “My favorite aspect of Pumpkinfest is seeing families return each year making a tradition out of visiting the farm. It’s fun to watch children grow up each year and pick the perfect pumpkin,” said Wilson.

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I hear you were recently announced as the new director of education. Is this a new role that has been created or are you new there? Right before me, there was a very talented woman, Jen Henry, who was director of education. I was the assistant director of education. She and I did summer camps. We worked together for the past year and she was in a number of shows. She was helping to build PDP as well. Jen is now pursuing other things and I was asked to fill the position. I have worked with Patrick Dorow since last summer.

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side of New York City in New Rochelle in lower Westchester. I lives in New York City for years. I have been on the Seacoast since January of 2002. We have been in Portsmouth since 2003. My husband Cliff and I love it. You get to dig into your community here. What makes this spot so great for you? We have two daughters — they are in middle and high school now. The people that have become our family and friends here — we feel like the luckiest people in the world. People here are funny, intelligent, creative. I keep meeting interesting people. Just when you think you met everybody, you meet others or find a new place. This is a well of creative, interesting and exciting people. That to me is very exciting. I love raising my family here. My kids said we can never move. It sounds like you have found your community. Yes, we have, and my husband and I are very involved in our community. My husband is running for city council in Portsmouth — community service and volunteering are very important to us. Being in theater is being part of the community. I hope we can keep giving back to this community. And the ocean is five minutes away, so you can’t beat that. I feel that access to the water is a really important part to how we live. I can’t believe we live here. — Rob Levey

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A few last words of workout wisdom All good things must come to an end, which in this case means this Fit for Fun column. I have really enjoyed writing this column and I hope all of you have enjoyed reading it. Here are some takeaways from this year’s column.

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Fitness should be fun, and if you are not having fun, find an activity that gives you some joy. Even if you just like to go for walks, get out there and give yourself some time to do something for you. Fitness can be an adventure, and if you can capture that feeling in the majority of your workouts, you will be in a good place.

Vary your routine

Fitness does not need to take place at the same time every day. If it does, because of your schedule, then that is totally cool. In that case, just vary what you do, the time spent doing it, or your intensity. Just change some things up here and there.

Eat smart

I recently bought a blender that enables me to make single-serving smoothies and juices — and I am totally loving it. I have also cut back on carbs and am feeling better. The point is that nutrition really does matter. What you put into your body will fuel or not fuel you properly. Consider what you eat, the quantity, and when you eat it.

Take rest

Rest is a huge part of fitness. Give your body time to heal itself. There is no need whatsoever to be the proverbial hero. If you feel a sharp pain, stop what you are doing. If it persists, contact a medical professional. You want to get fit for life, right? Then you need to be smart and listen to your body.

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Share your experiences

Do not be afraid to share your fitness experiences with friends, colleagues or family members. Find out what others are up to in their routines and see if you can glean some of their wisdom and apply it to your workouts. People are a great resource.

Be thankful

We live in a beautiful region of the country — maybe one of the most beautiful. Not only that, but we are surrounded by great medical facilities and health and wellness practitioners of all different types. This is a wonderful area in which to embrace the “Get Fit” lifestyle — and we have beautiful natural scenery as our backdrop.

Parting thoughts

Well, I have run out of ideas. OK, I still have ideas, but how do we sum up the concept of fitness in 600 or even 700 words? We can’t, and so the idea of getting fit is to build a fitness mentality into our everyday lives. Once you do, though, it will become increasingly easy for you to stay fit. I drive around with shoes and a pair of workout clothes just in case. I actually ran 11 miles just yesterday after a business meeting in Concord. It was epic! Lastly, getting fit should take place according to your dreams and goals. Do not chase fads; they rarely lead you toward your goals in a way that’s right for you. Enjoy this winter whether you’re working on your fitness indoors or out, and thank you for reading my column. — Rob Levey

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Buffalo ranch slow-cooker wings It was the first week of fall and the temperatures were in the high 80s. As much as I wanted to hunker down with some warm comfort food and settle in for some football, it was just too hot. I nixed everything I wanted to make well before I set foot in the kitchen. Chili and apple pie required too much time in the kitchen; wedding soup and chicken pot pie were faster but, like my other fall favorites, necessitated that the oven or stovetop be on for far too long. On the verge of ordering takeout, I stumbled upon a recipe for buffalo ranch wings. The recipe was pantry-friendly and sounded simple, and the best part was that the wings were made in the slow cooker. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Wings in a slow cooker? You must be out of your mind.” But bear with me. Not only were these wings delicious, but they’re perfect for tailgates or potlucks — two of my favorite fall pastimes. With a bottle of buffalo wing sauce and a packet of dry ranch dressing mix, these wings take on a recognizable but somehow unique flavor profile. The buffalo sauce offers its traditional smokiness and spice while the ranch cools things down a bit and provides underlying notes of dill and some saltiness. By tossing the ingredients into the slow cooker, I had plenty of time to enjoy some of the games or take the kids outside without worrying about what was for dinner. The key to these wings, though, is finishing them under the broiler or, if you’re tailgating, on the grill. The slow cooker does the bulk of the work, so you only need to pop these scrumptious bites under the broiler for about seven minutes — just enough time to give them that great crunch that accompanies truly crispy wings. And, with the cooking liquid from the slow cooker, there’s no need to make a dipping sauce. However, if you just Buffalo Ranch Slow-Cooker Wings Recipe adapted from Delish 2 pounds chicken wings 2 cups buffalo wing sauce 1 packet ranch dressing seasoning salt black pepper fresh chives (optional)

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Last week’s ridiculous 90-degree weather notwithstanding, it’s now officially fall. And that means I give you explicit permission to drink fall beers. I’m still not mentally prepared to talk about pumpkin beers just yet, but that’s really more my problem. I am ready, however, to talk about non-pumpkin fall seasonal beers — beers that honor and celebrate the harvest season. I’m talking about brews with heavier malts, deep amber hues, and complex, nutty, sweet flavors. I really credit fall seasonal beers — and various brown ale styles — for pulling me into the craft beer world to begin with years ago. The smooth flavors and rich malts are downright tantalizing. These are beers you drink on a crisp, cool evening in your most comfortable armchair as a reward for raking your entire lawn. These beers are about flavor and complexity and celebration. Before we became obsessed with hops, I’m pretty sure people liked beers that featured malts. And fall is a reminder that malts are OK. You can still drink IPAs — part of the beauty of IPAs is that you can drink them all year long — but there are other beers and in fall many of those other beers shine in their malty, rich complexities. Years ago, I remember being excited each fall the first time I’d see a Samuel Adams Octoberfest at my local beer store. It was like a beacon symbolizing that it was time to turn our backs on ultra-light summer beers and turn instead to malty offerings, like Oktoberfest-style beers. Fortunately, New Hampshire breweries feature no shortage of fall seasonal offerings for all of us to enjoy and explore. Here are five New Hampshire-made fall beers to whet your whistle as you celebrate the harvest:


Octoberfest and the Smoked Festbier by Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grill (New London): First, I try new Oktoberfests whenever I can and I’m rarely disappointed. Oktoberfest beers boast bold malts and rich aromas. Flying Goose’s Smoked Festbier is particularly intriguing, a “slightly smoky, golden lager” with a lower ABV than the traditional Marzen, the Oktoberfest style. Stammtisch by Liar’s Bench Beer Co. (Portsmouth): This is another Oktoberfest

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Other essays highlight the workers and volunteers serving small town fire stations, libraries and meetinghouses. “They’re the people who keep the town going,” Mansfield said. “They don’t stand in pretentiousness. They just believe in where they live and in helping their neighbors. They surprise us with the grace of the ordinary.” Curiosity, Mansfield said, is what drives him to investigate the various elements of small town life in New Hampshire. When he comes across something that intrigues him, the first questions he asks himself are “Why am I interested in this?” “What do I think about it?” and “What is the opposite of what I think is true?” From there, he begins research on the subject, looking at historical archives and interviewing people who can provide valuable insight. The title of the book is based on a particular moment that Mansfield has observed every year in mid to late August, when summer is still in full bloom, but the very first glimpse of autumn appears. “You look at the side of a mountain, and it’s green, but there’s just a bit HOWARD MANSFIELD of yellow slipping out from under the green,” he said. “It’s one of those moments we all pass through. We pass through many moments like that every day.” Mansfield’s hope is that Summer Over Autumn will inspire readers to look at their hometowns with fresh eyes, to ask more questions and to dig deeper into what makes those towns unique. “Maybe they’re going out on a road that they’ve gone down a thousand times, but this time, they see something new in the landscape or in their neighbor or in a building,” he said, “and maybe that makes them appreciate it anew and enriches their daily life.” — Angie Sykeny

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their music, and Beach is one of them.” Perhaps the most well-known piece of the concert, Hoffman said, is Dvořák’s symphony “From the New World,” written in 1893, just a year before Beach’s symphony. “A lot of people seem to know it. Even people who aren’t musicians can hum the famous tune,” he said. Both Dvořák’s and Beach’s symphonies were inspired by various folk elements; Dvořák, a Czech composer, drew from American folk while Beach, an American composer, drew from Gaelic folk. “They were very interested in the stylistic ways that folk music expressed people’s emotions and attitudes,” Hoffman said. “They wanted to reproduce the spirit of these songs, so they put their own spin on it and transformed it to be more in line with the type of music they wanted to write.” While there are no solo instrumental moments during the concert, there are moments in which an instrument is featured for a particular melody. The best example of this, and one of the highlights of the concert, Hoffman said, is a “beautiful, haunting melody” in Dvořák’s symphony, played on an English horn. “The interpretation of a piece is about how the melodic lines are shaped,” Hoffman said. “So we pay a lot of attention to the ebb and flow of the melodies. We’re always thinking about what we can do with a melody to give it curve and shape communication.” — Angie Sykeny


The works of three classical composers will come together when Symphony NH performs “Dvořák New World,” the first concert of its 2017-2018 season, themed “The Year of Beethoven.” There will be three performances of “Dvořák New World,”on Friday, Oct. 6, Saturday, Oct. 7, and Tuesday, Oct. 10, in Concord, Nashua and Durham, respectively. The concert opens with Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, followed by Amy Beach’s Symphony in E Minor “Gaelic Symphony” and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.” “There is both diversity and unity, which makes these pieces well suited to be played together,” said Robert Hoffman, continuing education coordinator for Symphony NH and double bass player in the orchestra. “They are full of contrasts and dramatic musical language, alternating emotional content and shifting moods and feelings that is all put together very well.” The Beethoven piece was written in 1807 for Heinrich Joseph von Collin’s 1804 tragedy Coriolan. It musically narrates the story of a military general who is torn between his resolve to go to war and his family’s pleading for him to stay at home. Beach’s Gaelic Symphony was written in 1894 and was the first symphony composed and published by a female American composer. Beach, who was born and raised in Henniker, premiered the piece in Boston in 1896. Symphony NH chose it, Hoffman said, in honor of Beach’s 150th birthday anniversary. The performance coincides with a series of events and exhibits hosted by the University of New Hampshire this fall, which celebrate Beach’s life and work. “It’s very important that we honor Amy Beach because of her New Hampshire and Boston connection,” Hoffman said, “She’s not as well known as some of the other composers, but it’s also important that we recognize composers who aren’t as familiar, because some of them have wonderful things to say in



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Sam Kean is your kinda rambly, very knowledgeable grandfather talking science over coffee in Caesar’s Last Breath, which brings some amazing natural philosophy together with some in-depth people stories. It starts strong with the incredible sciencey stuff, like “An average molecule of air at 72oF zips around at a thousand miles per hour.” In the endnotes for Chapter 1 there’s a citation of “‘Complete Vaporization of a Human Body,’ Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics 2, no. 1 (2013).” But alas, we are not soundly in Mary Roach territory. Caesar’s Last Breath is much more history of science than science. Perhaps I would have expected this if I’d read Kean’s earlier books. From the title, I was hoping he would be decoding the secrets of air for us. Maybe a third or less of the book is actually about air; most is about humans’ attempts over the centuries to figure out air or make it do what they want. The reader can take home the point that the detailed makeup of air and its components is important — the configurations of molecules in our atmosphere account for why Mount Saint Helens happened the way it did, and why hot air balloons work, and why hurricanes hurricane, and so on. Understanding these things can give us steam engines and fertilizer and anesthesia. But in Kean’s telling, the science of Mount Saint Helens’ is taken over by a rather long and sad story of a geezer who thought he could withstand its eruption (see Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics reference above). The wonder of hot air balloons is overshadowed by minutia on how two dudes discovered argon. And the chapter about anesthesia is labeled with a cartoon model of nitrous oxide and titled “The Wonder-Working Gas of Delight,” but it’s a tale of “posttraumatic nightmares of being flayed alive” and Kean’s somber observation, “Personally, I can’t think of any worse torture than anesthesia awareness.” Maybe they should’ve called it “decoding and being terrified by the secrets of the air around us.” For all his rambling discourses, Kean does not mince words when he has a point to make — he calls James Watt’s steam engine “a bunch of crap cobbled together” — and once in a while he leaves the details alone: “Now, the physics here gets pretty gnarly (trust me).” But there is a great deal of information here, maybe too much, or too disparate,


for one book. It might have worked better as a lot of long magazine articles — here’s a mini dual biography of Lavoisier and Priestley, here’s Alfred Nobel conducting research on explosives, let me tell you about the invention of wrought iron and the building of the Tay bridge, “the Titanic of architecture.”

I had not heard of the Tay bridge disaster — or if I had, I’d forgotten it — and it’s an interesting thing to know about. It just doesn’t fit anything I was hoping to get out of a book with the title of this one. (The bridge collapsed in the wind. Wind — air — there you go. But, I mean, kind of a stretch, right?) The “Caesar’s Last Breath” reference is to the idea, which I for one first encountered in John Allen Paulos’ 1988 book Innumeracy, that you very likely just inhaled a molecule that was exhaled by Julius Caesar in his dying breath. It’s a matter of probability and how many molecules of air exist in our atmosphere and how they dissipate. Which is why I expected this book to talk more about air molecules, not so much about how “Caesar fought back at first, but after the first few stabs the marble floor beneath his sandals grew slippery with blood.” Sam Kean does have a long resume of magazine articles and has logged time with public radio’s Radiolab, which seems just about right for the tone of Caesar’s Last Breath. Taken as separate stories, each one having plenty of colorful tangents and supporting detail, this material would work better. C+ — Lisa Parsons


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Jonny Lang returns to Casino Ballroom Bursting upon the scene with 1997’s Lie to Me, Jonny Lang was hailed as a teenage guitar prodigy and keeper of the blues flame. Lang didn’t follow a purist’s path, though; he rocked, rumbled and reflected musically into his 30s. He even made a Christian album, after wrestling with personal demons and finding faith in the early 2000s. Lang’s latest, Signs, should please fans of his earliest work. It’s a return to the spirit that had critics calling him the next Stevie Ray Vaughan. “I did have a bit of a desire to try and tip the hat to some of the older blues guys,” Lang said in a recent phone interview. “I’d been listening to a lot of Howlin’ Wolf around that time, and I just felt it was right to do a record with raw guitars and more rough-sounding production.” Judging from response to the new tunes on his current tour, audiences agree. Moaning fuzztone rocker “Snakes” is an early fan favorite. “Folks write and say that, but there’s equal attention to most of the songs on Instagram and Twitter,” he said. “When we do an older song, you can tell people know it ... when we do a new one, people freeze and listen. It’s fun doing the new stuff.” Lang returns to Casino Ballroom on Oct. 7. The Hampton Beach venue is among his favorites. “I love that place,” he said. “It’s just kind of an old intimate bar setting almost, but it’s also a pretty big venue, with an old wood floor. It sounds great; it’s a fun Jonny Lang When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m. Where: Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach Tickets: $20-$39 at


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place to play, and I’m looking forward to going back.” He heads to Europe after the show; the upcoming tour includes a first-ever stop in Prague. “I love going to new places, that’s almost the best part of it,” Lang said, adding the European music fans “are really attentive; they really listen. When it’s time to react they go crazy, but then they listen again. I’ve never seen it quite as dramatic — they’re trying to key in on every detail.” The variety of the new release should satisfy them. It includes elements of funk and singer-songwriter reflection, the latter on “Bring Me Back Home,” a roadweary ballad. Now the father of five, Lang says touring “is the trickiest thing I have to do [and] there’s no balancing it, really. ... I try to make the best out of

[The Casino Ballroom] souds great; it’s a fun place to play, and I’m looking forward to going back. JONNY LANG each day, because there is just no getting around that I have to leave.” He gets topical on the title cut, written in the wake of a few tumultuous events a couple of years ago. “There’s been a crazy ambush of really dark stuff in the world,” Lang said. “Seeing it on the news, it couldn’t help but be

a part of the songs that I was writing.” “Last Man Standing” is an outsized arena rocker co-written with producer Drew Ramsey. “Right when he started playing, it sounded like Foo Fighters to me ... the melody and riff — and I love Foo Fighters,” Lang said in a preview video for the new record. “We finished it together and it was just very cool,” he said. “I have never done anything like that before.” Along with shows to promote the new release, Lang continues to appear as part of Experience Hendrix, a tribute to the late guitarist. “I thought when they asked me, man, all of these guitar players in one venue cannot be a good idea — competing egos and stuff — but I was totally wrong,” he said. “It’s been so much fun to get to know some of the guys, to hang out and see these great guitar players do what they do, and an honor to be asked to be a part of it by the Hendrix family.” Lang said he was “already way in with Jimi” when asked to participate. He gained a greater understanding of Hendrix’s genius through the experience. “In like three years, he’s got more recorded catalog than a lot of lifetime artists,” he said. “It’s just amazing. He’s an anomaly, in a good way, a force of nature.” In a follow-up interview conducted on the anniversary of the guitarist’s death, Lang amplified his thoughts. “He’s one of those ... gifts to humanity, like a Mozart. I don’t think it’s overstating it, he’s really that big a figure,” he said. “He innovated it to as far as it could go then for his style, and we’re all still trying to figure out what he was doing. What a loss, but what a gift.” — Michael Witthaus





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Kristi Lyn Goss, 44, former administrative assistant to the Garland County (Arkansas) judge, went all out when she racked up about $200,000 worth of debt on the county credit card between 2011 and May 2016, according to The Hot Springs (Arkansas) Sentinel-Record. Among the many items Goss purchased on the county’s account were tickets to Arkansas Razorbacks games, sequined throw pillows and a tuxedo for her dog. Goss pleaded guilty on Sept. 11 to six felony fraud counts; her sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 22. Garland County Judge Rick Davis issued a statement at Goss’s arrest noting that he had “inherited” her from a former judge.

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As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida in early September, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office announced that registered sex offenders, who would not be able to shelter with other citizens, “need someplace to go just like any other citizen.” The Tampa Bay Times reported that sex offenders were directed to Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel. Pasco County Sheriff’s spokesman Kevin Doll noted that offenders found in other shelters where children were present were subject to arrest, but said the predator shelter would welcome offenders from other counties. In nearby Polk County, officials were not so generous, telling sex offenders, “If you are a predator, find somewhere else to go,” and announcing that they would be checking IDs at the door and arresting anyone with an outstanding warrant.

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Well, it WAS dark ... Gabriel Bishop of Sellersville, Pennsylvania, put all his faith in his car’s GPS system on the evening of Sept. 9, even as it directed him to follow a bike path running alongside the Lehigh River in Easton. According to, when the path led under a low bridge, Bishop realized his mistake and tried to back up, but ended up rolling his car into the river. Easton police reported that Bishop was uninjured, but he did receive citations for multiple traffic offenses.

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A movie stuntman in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, put his skills to work when a potential buyer of his Mercedes Benz tried to take off with the car on Sept. 13. The Telegraph reported that Matt Spooner met the “buyer” and gave a test drive in the car, but the thief wouldn’t get out and started to take off. So, Spooner told reporters, “I ran round to the front and asked him politely to step out. I then ended up on the front of the vehicle and it began to move.” The drivCampaign follies Incumbent mayoral candidate Charles er entered a highway, but when he finally Pender erected his campaign signs in Cor- slowed down, Spooner let go and “skidded SEACOAST SCENE | OCTOBER 5 - 25, 2017 | PAGE 38

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