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So much sand! One really great event going on right now that you have to see is the 18th annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition, which is by invitation only. Larry Marsolais Two hundred tons of imported sand has been dropped on Hampton Beach and the “Grady Bunch” has pounded up the sponsor site. The entire area is illuminated for night viewing through June 27. The event is funded by the Hampton Beach Village District and sponsors, in cooperation with the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce and the New Hampshire Division of Parks.

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The Scene has two great stories about the competition this week. The first one is on p. 19 and has all the details of the event and how it works. The second is a Q&A with one of the professional sculptors; find that fascinating interview on p. 17. This is also motorcycle week, so be safe! And finally, from all of us here at the Scene, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. As always, I would love to hear from our readers. Feel free to call me any time at 603-935-5096 to discuss local issues or to place an ad.

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“Eat local” may be the buzz phrase of the food scene right now, but “save the bees” is getting there, as farmers and bee experts are trying to get the word out about the importance of bees to food production — plus there’s the sweet honey that they contribute as well. Find out why local farmers are trying to save the bees, why more beekeepers are needed and how you can help. Why farmers love bees “You often hear ‘no farms, no food,’ but there is also ‘no bees, no food,’” said Todd Wagner, owner of Applecrest Farm Orchards in Hampton Falls. “They are absolutely part of that food cycle. Without them, you are not growing. Farming is also about the bees and the fauna component — it’s all part of the big picture.” Jessica Waters, who owns Half Acre Beekeeping with her husband Andrew DeMeo, said the importance of bees must not be underestimated. “They carry pollen from plant to plant as they gather nectar and fertilize those plants, allowing the plants to reproduce,” she said. “There are many kinds of bees that pollinate wild environments, but honeybees in particular are vital to our agricultural environments.” According to Waters, agricultural products reliant on bee pollination account for about $15 billion in value in the U.S. “One in three bites of food you take depends on some level of bee pollination,” she said. Beekeeper Joe Marttila of SeaBee Honey in Rye cited several examples of crops that rely on bees, including almonds, oranges, lemons, raspberries, blueberries and apples. He helps local farmers grow the latter three crops by sharing his own honeybees. “I also help some farms with their pas-

ture land that is made up of predominantly clover,” said Marttila, who provides free pollination. His services are necessary because native bee populations have been rapidly declining for decades, which has put a strain on farmers and beekeepers as well as the natural environment itself. “The loss of bees is hugely negative on food security and environmental health,” said Waters. “The U.S. has still not reached the same level of approximately four million hives that we had in the 1970s,” Marttila said. “We are at around 2.8 million hives in the U.S. right now.” Marttila’s hives can be found throughout the region, including at Salt Box Farm in Stratham, Clarke Farm in Epping, Little Brook Farm in Exeter, Goss Farm in Rye and the aforementioned Applecrest Farm Orchards in Hampton Falls. He is also working with some smaller landowners who are looking to reclaim some farmland, such as Sleeper Farm in Rye and Cotton Farm in North Hampton. Noting they have been growing apples at Applecrest Farm Orchards since 1913, Wagner said they have a nearly 100-yearold relationship with bees. He said the success of their crops depends on them and other natural pollinators, which can range from bats and moths to butterflies, beetles and other insects. Unbeknownst to many, however, farms like Applecrest Farm Orchards have essentially been “renting” bees for decades. “We obviously have natural pollinators on the farm — we have natural habitat that is conducive to them — but from the ’50s to 2000s we would ‘rent’ bees,” he said. “In order to make sure our crops got pollinated, apples in particular, we had to do it.” This is not just something farms do on the Seacoast or in the Northeast, 8


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Population problems As for why bee populations have been in decline, Marttila cited several interrelated reasons, with parasites being one of the primary ones. According to him, parasites, such as Varroa mites, were unheard of in the U.S. until they appeared in the late 1960s, after which they “ravaged” bee populations both in this country and in Europe. “The Varroa mite is a parasite that lives on the bees and feeds off them,” he said. “Most hives lost are due to this insidious







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creature. It would be like having a tick the size of a small pizza living on you.” Beekeepers, however, can see Varroa mites and treat them. “I use oxalic acid to treat my hives for Varroa mites, which was only approved by the EPA for use on honeybees a few years ago,” he said. Unable to be seen by the naked eye, tracheal mites are another parasite that cause issues for hives; dead bees must be dissected and analyzed through a microscope to find these mites. Hive beetles, wax moths and yellowjackets also present problems to honeybees. “Yellowjackets were raiding many colonies in the Seacoast [last year], including many of mine,” Marttila said. “Many hives were weakened by the constant attack of a booming yellowjacket population in the late summer and early fall when the yellowjackets’ primary food source, insects, dwindled.” 10

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7 either. He cited the entire eastern coast of the U.S. — from Florida to Maine — as in need of beekeepers and their apiaries, which are collections of beehives. “There are apiaries that raise bees and truck them from farm to farm,” he said. “They march up the eastern seaboard in tune with the timing of Mother Nature and the blossom periods.”


Joe Marttila of SeaBee Honey looks back on his love of bees. Witnessing beekeeping is one of Marttila’s earliest memories. “I did not keep bees myself, but I went down the street from my childhood home to Arthur Sherburne’s apiary on Mill Road in Hampton,” he said. “I remember going to his home to get honey with my mom as a kid and getting a chance to see the hives. I was fascinated by it and remember as kid we would cross the apiary field in the winter and on warm days I would see if the bees were flying.” In college, he wrote a paper on how European agriculture practices in the new world required honeybees to flourish. At the time, though, he was informed he was allergic to bees.

“I lived in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in the mid ’90s and visited some apiaries while I was there since I was brewing mead and got a chance to see some apiaries in action,” he said. Still thinking he was allergic to bees, a random surfing experience opened up the world of beekeeping to Marttila. “I was out surfing one day and a honeybee landed next to my board,” he said. “I picked it up to bring it in and the bee stung me.” It was at this moment that he discovered he was not actually allergic to bees. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled in some classes and started keeping hives. Two hives became four and then eight. Today he has about 100 hives around the Seacoast. “I am somewhere between a hobbyist and a commercial beekeeper,” he said.

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8 He said yellowjackets would raid the honey bee colonies for weeks. “Many hives spent a good portion of their time dealing with them,” he said. Honeybees as well as other pollinators are also losing a lot of foraging space, as many former woodlands and fields in the area are increasingly turned into housing developments that additionally feature “nice green lawns.” “I think the increasing affluence in the Seacoast has led to more development of prime coastal farm lands,” said Marttila. “The large homes all have beautifully manicured lawns that look like the greens at the Portsmouth Country Club. … Large agri-business companies have trained homeowners to think of dandelions and clover as unsightly weeds. … They are actually two important plants that all pollinators work.” Marttila cited the use of pesticides as another major contributor to the decline of bee colonies. “Most of the pesticides out on the market are not good for the health of a honeybee or any pollinator for that matter,” he said. “Permethrin, bifenthrin and neonicotinoid pesticides will kill bees and they should never be sprayed on blossoms. … I often remind people that it is against the law in New Hampshire to spray your blossoms with pesticides.” For anyone who has a lawn, Waters recommends switching to pollinator-friendly lawn treatments and planting more beefriendly flowers. “Traditional lawn care and lawn treatments, especially neonicotinoid treatments, are terrible for bees,” she said. “The UNH Cooperative Extension can give you a lot of advice on creating a beautiful, pollinator-friendly outdoor space.” Changes in climate also present a problem for bees, especially fluctuating temperatures in the winter. Marttila cited a warm winter a few years ago as one example. “The bees were flying in January and February, but nothing was producing pollen

or nectar so they consumed a lot of honey,” he said. “I needed to feed hives sugar water to prevent them from starving.” During the winter, Marttila said, hives cluster to the size of a basketball as bees use their wing muscles to generate heat by shivering. Older bees form the outer layers of the cluster while younger bees can be found in the inner layers. “The inside of the cluster is a balmy 97 degrees — this is where the queen is — and the outside is around 50,” he said. “The bees on the outside will trade positions with the inner bees and they will do that all winter consuming the honey that is left in the hive.” On a night when it’s 10 degrees below zero, he said, a hive “is humming away and content.” When this pattern is interrupted, though, in the winter with warm days, he said bees break cluster. “With a dramatic drop in temperature, the cluster might not form together again in the proper alignment,” he said. “The bees might be in a position where they are not situated around enough honey to feed the cluster.” In such cases, the cluster will lose many bees. “Eventually, the hive may not have enough bees to keep warm,” he said. “They can also starve if the beekeeper has not provided enough food for the winter.”

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Want to be a beekeeper? For those interested in becoming a beekeeper, Marttila emphasized caution, noting it can be dangerous if an individual works too fast and does not respect the hive. To protect himself, he always wears a full suit, uses a smoker and “never cuts corners.” “I had an old-timer make fun of my full suit one time on a hot summer day,” he said. “When I asked him why he stopped beekeeping, he told me he had a box fall on his neck and had 30 stings. He said he was done at that point. I told him that’s why I wear the full suit.” Marttila said getting stung too many times can lead to the risk of anaphylactic shock, which is why he tries to limit the number of bee stings he receives each year. “I think it is wise for any beekeeper to carry an EpiPen in case they have an allergic reaction,” he said. With these dangers in mind, Marttila said beekeeping should be seen as much more than a hobby — it’s a responsibility, too. “If someone is not taking care of their hive and inspecting it for disease of parasites, it will jeopardize all the hives in a three-mile radius,” he said. “All beekeepers should be educated on how to properly inspect their bees for the threats that face all our hives.” He said one resource would be a local beekeeping club, many of which offer courses that cover these issues. “They help new beekeepers understand how to utilize an integrated pest management plan for their hives,” he said. The size of hives you keep depends 14

Common bee misconceptions One common misconception is that the honeybee hive is run by the queen and has a monarchical structure. According to Marttila, nothing could be further from the truth, as he noted the queen’s sole purpose is to lay eggs while the workers, which are all female, make all the hive’s decisions. “Honeybees actually vote on critical hive decisions,” he said. “Some of these decisions are what nectar or pollen should the foraging bees collect, if they should replace the queen, if they should swarm, and where they should locate their new hive after they have swarmed.” More than an innocent bystander, Marttila said his role as beekeeper is important in the hive’s management. “I like to say that the beekeeper has veto power on some of the hive decisions,” he laughed. As an example, he said he may find that the workers are creating queen cells to replace the existing queen. In such a case, he usually removes the queen and replaces her with a new one rather than allowing the hive go through the process of generating and replacing her. He said another misconception is that a honeybee swarm is a dangerous event. Rather, a swarm indicates the hive is out to find a new home. Referring to such an event as “quite the spectacle,” Marttila said he has seen an entire yard fill with thousands of honey bees as they leave the hive with the old queen. “The queen lands and the following honey bees cluster around her in a giant mass of bees,” he said. “The bees then send out scouts that will fly looking for a new home. The scout bees will identify a number of locations and the hive will vote on which location is best for their new home.” Once the hive has determined a new home, he said, they will lead the queen there. “I have captured a number of swarms and have never been stung once during the process of collecting them and putting them into a hive box,” he said. “In one case, I was heading to a meeting in Boston and was in a suit and tie when I collected a swarm.” Weiss said people also think honey bees are native to North America when in reality they are originally from Africa and Europe. “A lot of New England farmers get a breed of Russian honey bees because they can survive New England’s harsh winter,” she said. She said people also do not realize that there are native bees in New England, such as the Andrenidae bee family, which are ground nesters and represent the biggest family of native bees. “Bumble bees are also native to New England,” she said.

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How about a hive sharer? While beekeeping may not be possible for the regular homeowner given its complexities, Half Acre Beekeeping provides another option. Waters refers to it as a service that provides “backyard beekeeping,” and it is something they just recently rolled out to the Seacoast. “People in other parts of the country are

experimenting with ‘backyard beekeeping services’ where you can pay a beekeeper to install and maintain a hive in your yard,” she said. “We thought something like that would be a good fit for the Seacoast.” She said such services, however, are generally very expensive — $1,000 or more annually. “They also exclude people who can’t have bees on their own property due to zoning laws, lack of space, unsuitable conditions, small children and pets,” she said. At Half Acre Beekeeping, she said, they wanted to make beekeeping services even more accessible, which has led them to provide “hive shares” in which people can own their own hive. These hives are cared for by a professional beekeeper, which in this case is Waters, on a local farm instead of their own property. “It’s a more affordable and accessible way for folks to enjoy the benefits of their own beehive,” she said. “Plus, it has a direct positive impact on local agriculture here in the Seacoast. Farms need bees.”

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Justin Gordon has been to all but one of the 18 Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic events. Gordon lives in Massachusetts but has competed all over the world.

What was the first sculpture medium you worked with? I started with wood. I’ve been a wood carver since 1974. ... I do chainsaw work and tree stumps in the ground. I did a lot of work for Storyland. All their chainsawcarved sculptures they have up there, I cut all of them. … Right now I [also sculpt with] wood, wax, ice, snow, foam, stone. Anything that will pay the bills.

When does the design process start for a sculpture and do you do any improvisation while you are sculpting? When you design anything you pretty much figure out the basic idea … [either] a big thing or a series of three or four big things. You plan on those and you can think of filler items between them as you go. So it’s a little bit planned and it’s a little bit improvise as you go. With the big items, you know what you’re going to have and you know where they are going to be; you just have to figure out something in the middle to hold them together. Something might pop into your head or sometimes your plan is solid all the way to the bottom. Sometimes you use improvisation and sometimes not.

What makes the Hampton Beach competition unique? Hampton is really nice. Compared to other contests, Hampton takes really good care of the sculptures. They give really good goody bags and the sand is really good and they feed us well. Plus the sand being so good, if you talk to any of the oth-

What makes good sand? It’s the silt content. A lot of places call it dead sand or river dead sand. In other words, when you go to the beach and the beach is on a cove a lot of the sediment sand collects on the cove. If the sand is highly washed, there’s not a lot of sediment in the sand. The sediment or the silt holds the sand together. The sand we use is from a sand pit up in Hudson, New Hampshire. That’s all silt, it’s like pure silt and it holds together really well and packs really hard. The better you can pack it, the better the details and undercuts you can get. If you have good sand, you can go tall and narrow with cut-throughs and undercuts. If you have bad sand you have to go short and squatty with few undercuts. How do you get the sand to stick? Simple H2O. Some people like adding a lot of water and they really soak it and make it really muddy. But that takes a little bit longer time to drain and work with. I typically go with dry pack so I don’t add a lot of water, but this year I think I’ll be adding some because I think I’ll have a lot of difficulty this year. Most people add a significant amount of water so they’re packing their form and sealing their form so it’s holding their water in so the sand will become one big solid block of hard mud. Where else have you compete and what’s the best sand sculpture you’ve ever seen? I’ve competed all over the States and in Taiwan and Vancouver Island — that’s a really great contest. One of the better sculptures I’ve ever seen was done at the old Worlds Championship and that was out in a place called Harrison’s Park Springs in B.C., Canada. It was by Carl Jara — he’s also a competitor at Hampton. It was four female figures representing earth, wind, water and fire. The woman sculpture was just beautiful.

A sand sculpture created by Justin Gordon. Courtesy photo.

Can you work on a sand sculpture if it’s raining or windy? Wind is a little tricky because it moves your hand when you don’t want it to move. Rain, not a good day at the office. When it’s raining it affects the sand. It touches the upward-facing surfaces and it can ruin them a little bit. If it’s hard rain it can do a lot of damage; if it’s a mild rain the sand likes it but the sculptors not so much. I’d rather it be a nice day, of course. What are you working on this year? Could you give us a hint of what your sculpture might look like? I’m not solidified on my idea yet. I have one idea that’s prevalent but I’m not sure I’m going to stick with it. I have like four ideas and I’ve got to choose something. So I don’t have it picked out yet but even if I did I wouldn’t want to tell you because I’d have to kill you. There is one thing that I’m trying to do this year. [Sculpting competitor] Guy-Olivier Devaux, he always does dark type sculptures. Kind of creepylooking, just on the dark side. I keep telling him I’m going to beat him with something fluffy that beats the dark side. So he and I have a friendly individual competition between us. So he’s my goal; he usually does very well. He does great technical sculpting and technical difficulty. It’s going to be hard to beat him, but I’m going try try to do it with something light and fluffy, something loving and pleasing and all that. Not much gets under his skin. But if I can [beat him] with something fluffy, I’ll get under his skin.

How much does it play into your sculpting when you see what other sculptors are making? It doesn’t matter. What they’re making they’re making, what you’re making you’re making. When you get your idea picked out, you go with it. If you’ve already picked out something that you think will look nice and be a nice pleaser and just be a good piece then whatever your idea is you stick with it. Some people say they don’t know what they are going to do the day of the competition but I don’t buy it. You’ve got to have an idea going into one of these competitions. When you’re not sand sculpting, what else do you like to do for fun? Swing dancing. I’m a single guy so I just go to the dances and dance with whoever wants to dance. There’s a place up in Kittery that has some good dances, there’s a place in Ipswich, they have a monthly dance with big bands. ... It’s a good time. How long do you see yourself making sand sculptures? Until I’m dead. — Ethan Hogan FormoreontheSandSculptingClassic... Check out the story on p. 19 for all the details about the Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic. We talked to organizer Greg Grady about the history of the event and what it takes to make it a success year after year. SEACOAST SCENE JUNE 14 - 20, 2018 | PAGE 17


By Ethan Hogan Where I went: Paddle boarding at Cinnamon Rainbow Surf Shop, 931 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, cinnamonrainbows.com, 929-7467 What it is: A $40, two-hour stand-up paddle board tour of North Beach in Hampton. The oversized surfboard is controlled with a long plastic paddle. My experience: Lars, who is going to be a freshman at UNH next year, is spending his summer teaching people how to surf and paddle board at Hampton Beach, and he was my guide for the day. Just last year I tried surfing with the instructors at Summer Sessions down the coast from Cinnamon Rainbows. That experience was challenging but gave me confidence because I had adapted to the sport so quickly. This time around I’d be using my upper body to navigate the waters out past the waves. We hopped into the water at a shallow rock inlet that fishermen use during high tide. Lars explained that a wide stance, with my feet parallel to the 11-foot foam paddle board, was going to give me the best balance to row. Normally when you stand on a surfboard, or any board for that matter, your feet are more or less perpendicular with the board. But in the case of SUP boards, you want to be able to paddle like on a canoe or kayak, so facing forward makes the most sense. I got onto the board on my knees and got a sense for the jitteriness of the foam slab. I also did a few paddles to see how much control I would have over the speed. Then I stood up and got my footing. Lars was start-

Above, Lars drags a trailer of boards to the beach. Below, Ethan with his 11-foot paddleboard.

ing to glide out into the water when my board touched a shallow spot and I got caught taking my first dip of the day. So far, it seemed like the SUP board was giving me more trouble than the surfboard I’d tried last summer. We’d been contemplating whether to use wet suits considering it was only in the 60s and the water was much colder. But after getting wet and standing back on my board I realized the sun was doing its job perfectly and we were experiencing a sweet spot of comfortable, cool, ocean breeze weather. We paddled out of the small cove into deeper waters. We spotted some jellyfish bouncing around near the surface of the water. Lars was comfortable enough on his board that he could move around, crouch down and try to scoop them up. But I was way less confident

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“Wow, that was a beautiful fish,” Lars said. The little marine life that does exist in the area tends to hang out near the rocks, according to Lars. Across the patch of ocean that loomed behind us were the Isles of Shoals. “Some guys can paddle all the way out there. It’s a pretty cool place to go explore,” Lars said. I could see the islands’ lighthouses and rock formations more clearly from this closer vantage point. I told Lars I felt like we were hiking the water instead of surfing it. You have to muscle your way through the water when the wind isn’t on your side so it is a real workout. The water got choppy at times and the swells looked intimidating as they rolled under us not yet ready to break. The little hills of ocean water lifted us up and lowered us down as we moved along the beach. We reached a spot that Lars said was good for surfing. We experimented with trying to surf the waves on the giant boards. Lars already knew how to do it so I watched him ride the wave in using the paddle as a rudder to keep his line. I tried a few times and fell almost every time. The sluggish boards aren’t as nimble as their surfboard counterparts so I usually missed the wave. I think I caught a tiny one for a moment before falling in. We turned back around and headed for the cove. We ran into some big swells that we had to face head on so as not to lose our balance. Looking down at the deep water I could make out some rocks and seaweed through the streams of light that penetrated the surface. I felt calmed by the overwhelming size of the ocean below my feet. We got to shore and I helped Lars lug the boards back to the shop. Who should try this: SUP boards are great for beach goers who want to see the shore from a different perspective. You have to be a somewhat physical person to enjoy the boards because they’re not as passive an experience as a kayak or canoe. It’s a fun way to safely get out into the deeper areas of the water while also getting a workout.

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Hampton sand sculpting competition returns to construct and perfect their sculptures for judging. Public voting begins Saturday, June 16, between 1 and 3 p.m. for the People’s Choice Awards. Winners will be announced at the Sea Shell Stage that night at 8 p.m., followed by a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Despite the competitive aspect of the event, it is the family-friendly entertainment and community-building appeal that draws the artists as well as the crowds back for more year after year. Fourteen artists from around the world will be at the event, with 10 competing in this year’s showcase. The other Hampton Beach sand sculptures. Courtesy photos. four well-respected invitees, including Grady, can be found conducting free major draw as well. sand-sculpting lessons for any and all “The sand that we’re given here is an interested parties. 11 out of 10. The high silt content helps “The number one thing about it is it pack really well,” Gordon said. that it’s free,” Grady said. “It is a great The Hampton Beach Master Sand family-oriented event, and it is muse- Sculpting Classic began in the summer um-quality work on the beach. A lot of of 2000 when Grady was asked by the people that come to Hampton have nev- U.S. Mint to sculpt a massive special er been to a museum, and they actually New Hampshire-edition quarter dollar get to see quite nice pieces of art down out of sand at the Hampton Beach Chilthere for free.” dren’s Festival. Justin Gordon, a competitor in this This honor bestowed on Grady year’s competition, agreed. sparked what became the annual tradi“I think people really like the artistic tion that is still celebrated to this day element,” Gordon said. “They come to and has become the largest master sandsee an artist at work and you don’t get to sculpting competition in the northeastern see that everywhere. Sand sculpting is an United States, according to the Hampton event where people can watch the event Beach website. in action and they get to see something “‘Summer starts here’ is the tagline that you don’t get to see every day. It’s a on this year’s brochure, and it does for rare visual event.” a lot of New Hampshire. Summer realAnd it’s not difficult to get these pro- ly seems to start at Hampton Beach with fessional sand sculptors to come to the sand sculptures,” said Grady. Hampton. Following the completion of the com“Greg Grady takes really good care of petition, a sealant of glue and water the sculptors,” Gordon said. “We’re fed will be sprayed on all the pieces to best well and treated well and given really preserve them against the harsh salty nice goodie bags.” Atlantic winds to be illuminated nightly Gordon said the quality of the sand is a until June 27. As a result, the beachline

of Hampton will become a museumesque landscape for all to wander and gaze at the enormous sculptures created from nothing more than sand, water and hard work. “We do that for the people that can’t make it down for the actual competition. ... A lot of people who come to look at this event are people who do not typically go to the beach. It brings in a different crowd. It seems to be one of the only things that people come to the beach for in the rain to look at. It has a uniqueness to it,” Grady said. “It has become a staple in New Hampshire and so we give them the extra time to come down. When the event first started we were up and down in a week, and through popular demand we started ending the event with the extra time.” — Andrew Clay Meet a pro sand sculptor For a closer look at what it means to be a professional sculptor, we talked to one of the Hampton Beach Classic’s veteran sculptors, Justin Gordon, on p. 17.

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Hop over the pond

Our friends in Europe know how to brew, too Do you remember when you realized you enjoyed good beer? I do. I accompanied my father on a visit to a family friend’s home for dinner and a few beers. I was in college at the time and I knew there was a world outside of Bud Light but I hadn’t tapped it yet. Maybe I was afraid. After that night, there was no turning back. Our family friend, “Uncle Greg,” was (and is) somewhat famous for his vast beer fridge. Time after time, Uncle Greg would descend into the basement and return with something “special.” My father and I were happy to dive in. I tried my first Guinness that night and loved it. We enjoyed Tetley’s English Ale, a couple selections from Samuel Smith’s lineup of wonderful products, and several others I can’t quite remember. I loved them all. What struck me about many of the brews we tried was how eminently drinkable they all were, and yet they were all quite flavorful and malty. Many of the selections were nitro cans, making the brews smooth and creamy. I’ve always felt that European brewers were especially skilled at crafting well-balanced brews. I thought about that night as I recently perused the import section of my local beer store. In today’s craft beer boom, I’ve certainly seen myself forget many of my former favorites from across the pond. There’s nothing quite like American craft beer today, but there’s nothing wrong with toasting our friends across the pond. Here are a few brews to help your taste buds fall in love with easy-drinking European brews all over again. These are all well-balanced brews with minimal hop character that welcome all. All the better, if you find any of these on tap, ask for a pint. Old Speckled Hen by Greene King/Morland Brewery This brew and its rich, creamy head bring back memories for me, particularly of special occasions when a special beer was called for. The brew is rich, but not too rich, with a smoothness that welcomes sip after sip. There’s just a touch of fruit notes that add some complexity and sweetness and the finish reminds me of toasted biscuits. Definitely sessionable with minimal bitterness. I’ve always prefered this from a nitro can, but you can find these bottled as well. Belhaven Scottish Ale by Belhaven Brewing Co. This beer was a revelation for me, terrifically drinkable and flavorful. The pour is a rich amber but this is lighter than it looks. You’ll pick up sweeter notes of molasses, caramel and dark fruit, but just a little bit. The richness is subdued by a somewhat surprising

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Every Note Played, by Lisa Genova (Scout Press, 307 pages)

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died the same week that Lisa Genova’s new novel was released. This was a strange bit of serendipity given that Genova’s fifth book, Every Note Played, is about an extraordinary man diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the same disease that Hawking had. Genova’s character is a concert pianist that we meet waking up in his opulent condominium on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston not long after his ALS diagnosis. Richard lives alone, but he’s about to be visited by his ex-wife, from whom he’s been divorced for about three years. Karina and Richard aren’t on good terms, apparently because of the infidelities that led to the divorce. But she heard about his diagnosis from friends and feels compelled to visit. It takes only about 10 minutes for him to call her a vindictive rhymes-with-witch, and for her to smash an expensive bottle of wine on a counter, spitting out, “This one smells like cherries.”

Not your classic romance. As the disease progresses, however, Karina is unwillingly caught up in Richard’s life again, as his latest girlfriend leaves him and he refuses to contact his father and his brothers in New Hampshire, from whom he is estranged. As he grows increasingly immobile, she accepts him back into their home, setting up a hospital bed in the den where his beloved piano once was. Karina is also a talented pianist, though she doesn’t share her former husband’s obsession with Schumann and Bach. Her interest is jazz, and she was at the brink of a promising career in New York when Richard took a position in Boston, which confined her to the suburbs and a stultifying existence teaching piano in her living room. For a while, she blamed Richard, but once he left and their only child moved to Chicago for college, she ran out of excuses for why she has not fulfilled her potential. While Every Note Played is very much a story about a divorce and its aftermath, it’s chiefly a story about what it’s like to live with ALS, the degenerative disease that paralyzes about 20,000 Americans each year in slow motion. Colloquially known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, it’s the cause for which people dump buckets of ice water on their head in viral videos. That promotion raised $115 million for ALS research in 2014, but the hilarity surrounding the “ice-bucket challenge,” now a yearly event, stands in stark contrast to the devastation of the disease, which Genova conveys in heart-shattering detail: “His motor neurons are being poisoned by a cocktail of toxins, the recipe unknown to his doctor and every scientist on the planet, and his entire motor neuron system is in a death spiral. His neurons are dying, and the muscles they feed are literally starving for input. Every twitch is a muscle stammering, gasping, begging to be saved.” Richard’s agony is not just in the creeping loss of movement in his fingers, hands and ultimately the rest of his body, but also in the corresponding loss of his greatest love, his glossy Steinway grand piano. After his

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right hand goes limp, he continues to defiantly play a concerto composed only for the left hand, always hoping the disease will suddenly tire of the game and stop its merciless progression. Unfortunately, for Richard, and for the reader, it will not. On one level, Every Note Played is utterly depressing; there is no cure for ALS, although a drug recently came on the market that seems to slow its progression by 30 percent. So it’s no spoiler to say that things will end badly. But as in her previous books, including the critically acclaimed Still Alice, the novel and film about a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s, Genova is adept at unpacking not just the life-destroying aspects of a serious disease but also those that are life-affirming. Even in the late stages of ALS, Richard wants to live; for all his suffering, he never starts dreaming of Vermont or Oregon, and his long-fractured relationships take on new depth, even as his home-health aides are

propping up his head and vacuuming drool from his mouth. Genova is a neuroscientist with a Ph.D. from Harvard whose writing at times feels overly simplistic, but she can dazzle with a well-turned phrase, as in her description of Richard and Karina’s house as a museum of their marriage. In writing this book, she drew from the experiences of four men with ALS that she came to know, among them one of the producers of the film version of Still Alice. The experiences they shared imbue Genova’s writing with jarring realism that will do more than any viral video to raise research money. Her work, as such, is not so much entertainment as public service. Like the disease it chronicles, Every Note Played is relentless and remorseless in its insistence that we pay attention to this disease and its sufferers. Its frankness with the bodily indignities of ALS may repel some people, but get through it and you’ll never lift your arms without gratitude again. A— Jennifer Graham

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Cleveland jams

Tropidelic brings rhythms to Newburyport A solid draw in their Ohio home and on the festival circuit, Tropidelic hasn’t spent much time in the Northeast. That will change with a brief New England run that includes a show June 16 at Newburyport Brewing Co. with Freevolt opening, and later in the summer when they return for a few more dates. Formed 10 years ago, the six-piece band fuses reggae and hip-hop in a blend that exudes positivity while often offering a spirited call to action. That said, their music crosses a lot of genres. Tropidelic’s latest release, Heavy is the Head, features eerie a cappella, rage rapping and an uplifting ballad – and that’s just the first three songs. “We try to be diverse,” co-vocalist Matthew Roads said in a recent phone interview. “There’s so much of this scene that kind of fits in a box; that’s not something we ever set out to really do. It helps and hurts us sometimes, but being true to ourselves has been one of the most important things to us as we’re doing this.” “Offer It Up” has a beat that resem-

bles the old Impressions song “People Get Ready” with a reggae groove and rhyming from James Begin, who splits the songwriting duties with Roads and also plays trombone. It’s a perfect distillation of the band’s sunny outlook. “Is it building you up or is it dragging you down?” sings a gospel-tinged choir. “You could offer it up till some better days all come around.” Tropidelic’s kinetic live act is something else entirely. Lead guitarist Bobby Chronic looks dropped in from a metal show, playing a Flying V and waving his waist-length hair like a freak flag. Three horn players bob and weave, anchored by a tight rhythm section. The constant motion is ultimately infectious. Roads started the band while he was a student at Kent State. Later he got serious about music “because of the alternative — getting my degree, sitting behind a desk for a few years and saying, this is not the way it’s gonna go,” he said. “I decided to go all in at that point. Things have been growing and going well ever since.”

SIPS FOR THE SEALS Spend an evening of dancing and dining at Sippin’ for Seals, an event that helps support marine mammal rescue on the New Hampshire seacoast, on Thursday, June 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests can enjoy live music, along with food and cocktails prepared by chefs and bartenders from local restaurants in the seaside tent located at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye. Tickets are $50 per person, and all proceeds benefit the Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue program. Must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, visit seacoastsciencecenter.org.

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The group built a following partly by distributing 10.000 free copies of its first EP, Rebirth of the Dope. Recently they hosted their own weekend-long Freakstomp Music Festival in Medina, Ohio, curating an eclectic slate of acts. “We try to pull in a lot of that stuff, kind of like the outliers,” he said. “We got hip-hop, we got jam, we got reggae. A lot of these festivals don’t want to do the hip-hop so much but we like to do it tastefully. In Ohio, we’ve got tons of festivals and they all tend to be sort of the same pool of bands, the same vibe. We try to be outside the box, a circus tent sort of feel with fair games and stilt walkers.” The lineup reflects Roads’ own tastes, which began with his parents’ classic rock and mushroomed. “In my teenage years, it was when Sublime was big, then I got into hip-hop real big and I tend to broaden my taste as I get older,” he said. “Now I listen to everything from bluegrass to indie; I just went and saw Billy Strings, this badass blue-

grass player.” Some, but not all, of the music he’s currently writing reflects on Roads’ 20 months of sobriety. “A lot of the medicine I had before is not available now,” he said. “I mean, I have a decade plus of serious pain and hardship that’s gonna probably still come out of me the rest of my life. … If you’re not letting that come into your music I don’t know what you’re doing.” For the band’s impending trip to New England, “I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of new people,” Roads said. “We’ll be back in August, and hopefully it will become a regular thing for us, coming up there and going for it.” — Michael Witthaus Tropidelic with Freevolt When: Saturday, June 16, 7 p.m. Where: Newburyport Brewing Co., 4 New Pasture Road, Newburyport Tickets: $15 to $30 at brownpapertickets. com

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The passing parade

Ninety-six-year-old Barney Smith of Alamo Heights, Texas, is known around those parts as the King of the Commode for his life’s work: more than 1,300 decorated toilet seats, all displayed in the retired master plumber’s Toilet Seat Art Museum. But now, he concedes, it’s time to put a lid on it: “I’m beginning to feel like I’d rather be in an air-conditioned home in a chair, looking at a good program,” Smith, who is bent with arthritis and uses a cane, told the Associated Press on May 22. Inside the metal-garage museum the collection includes toilet lids decorated with a chunk of the Berlin Wall, a piece of insulation from the Space Shuttle Challenger, Pez dispensers and flint arrowheads, along with the toilet lid from the airplane that carried Aristotle Onassis’ body back to Greece after his death. Smith told his wife, Louise, that he would stop at 500 pieces, but that was 850 lids ago. “If I would have just read my Bible as many hours as I spent on my toilet seats, I’d be a better man,” Smith said. Louise died in 2014, and Smith took a fall recently and broke some ribs. Now he’s looking for someone who will keep the museum intact: “This is my life’s history here.”


On May 20, as a handful of adults enjoyed the swings at Angel Park in southwest Atlanta, two children walked up and asked to use the swing set. The adults agreed and started to walk away, reported The (Macon, Georgia) Telegraph, when the boys, about 6 and 12 years old, pulled out rocks the size of baseballs and what appeared to be a black handgun. They threw the rocks, hitting one man on the calf and causing an abrasion, according to Atlanta police. The older boy held the gun and pointed it at the adults, who ran away as the boys ran in the opposite direction. Earlier in May, two children were reported for an alleged armed carjacking in the same neighborhood.

Compelling explanation

Claiming the shooting was an accident, Angelo Russo, 55, told police in Tatura, Victoria, Australia, he tripped over an eggplant during a dispute with a man who had run over his dog, which caused the gun Russo was carrying to go off, striking David Calandro in the head and killing him. Calandro and a friend had gone to Russo’s farm on Feb. 18, 2017, to buy some chilies, 9News reported, but as he drove away, Russo’s dog, Harry, began barking and chasing the vehicle. Calan-

dro swerved toward the dog to “spook him,” the friend told a Victorian Supreme Court jury on May 23, but swerved too far, running over the dog instead. Russo pleaded guilty to manslaughter on May 25.


Pesky weeds around his garage caused a Springfield Township, Ohio, resident to resort to extreme measures: The unnamed homeowner tried to eliminate them with a torch, and instead set the garage on fire. Firefighters were called to the scene at 4 a.m. on May 24, where they found the detached garage “fully involved,” according to the Springfield News-Sun. The structure was a total loss, including tools and appliances inside, valued at $10,000 to $15,000.

Crime report

• Patrick Gillis, 18, a senior at Highlands High School and a volunteer firefighter for the Pioneer Hose Fire Department in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania, told police he “just wanted to respond to a fire” on May 21, when he was arrested for starting a blaze in a vacant duplex where he used to live. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that witnesses told investigators Gillis was seen at the home before the fire started, then returned as a firefighter to help put it out. He admitted to setting a piece of paper on fire and putting it in the microwave, then leaving. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office estimated damage at $150,000, and Gillis was charged with arson. • Three men were arrested on May 20 after stealing a 25-foot-long shed from a foreclosed property in Lebanon, Maine, and dragging it down the street behind their pickup truck, according to the Portland Press Herald. Matthew Thompson of Lebanon, Timothy James of Pembroke, New Hampshire, and Robert Breton of Milton, New Hampshire, were spotted in the act by a concerned citizen, who alerted Maine State Police. In addition, Thompson was found to have crystal meth and prescription pills that were not prescribed to him. All three were taken to the York County Jail and held on $5,000 bail.

Bright ideas

• Toronto police constables Vittorio Dominelli, 36, and Jamie Young, 35, had to call for backup in January during a raid on a marijuana dispensary after allegedly sampling some of the evidence. CTV News reported the officers called for help after they began hallucinating, one even-

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tually climbing a tree. In a May 23 press release, Toronto police announced the two officers had been suspended and now face criminal charges in the incident. • A senior prank went unexpectedly wrong for high school student Kylan Scheele, 18, of Independence, Missouri, when he was slapped with a three-day suspension on May 23 and barred from participating in graduation after putting his high school up for sale on Craigslist. Scheele said it was meant to be a joke. “Other people were going to release live mice ... I thought, let’s do something more laid back,” he told Fox 4. The ad for Truman High School listed attractive amenities such as newly built athletic fields, lots of parking and a “bigger than normal dining room.” A lawsuit filed against the school district by the ACLU of Missouri failed to reduce the punishment.

Still creepy

Before Chuck E. Cheese was a thing, it was ShowBiz Pizza, complete with the Rock-afire Explosion Band, an animatronic combo that is still the stuff of nightmares. On May 24, the Rock-afire Explosion Band was reunited at a new arcade bar in Kansas City, Missouri, also

called Rock-afire. The band’s inventor, Aaron Fechter of Creative Engineering in Orlando, Florida, refurbished the band members with new masks, skin and costumes, and the playlist is set to include old standards as well as more contemporary hits. Bar owner James Bond was a huge fan of the band as a child: “You didn’t know whether they were fake or real,” he told The Kansas City Star.

Least competent criminal

Rowdy Lapham, owner of Old to Gold Hardwood Floors in Grand Rapids, Michigan, arrived at work May 21 to find that someone had broken in. Surveillance footage showed that around 2 a.m. the day before, a burglar had thrown a rock through his store window, apparently tempted by the “gold” bars stacked in the window. Unfortunately for the thief, the bars are promotional items made of foam rubber and stamped with the store’s logo, reported WZZM TV. The squeezable bars are meant for stress relief, employee Nick Butler said, supporting the company’s motto of “stress-free flooring. ... I think this falls under you can’t fix stupid.” Visit newsoftheweird.com.

PET OF THE WEEK Ella was rescued from a neglectful situation and was adopted but brought back because she was not getting along with the cats in the home. Ella was described by the folks who couldn’t keep her as “sweet as pie,” and we couldn’t agree more. She’s playful and so very eager to enjoy life. Ella is about three years old. While she doesn’t like cats, Ella seems fine with other dogs. She is a Rottweiler with a shiny black coat and special sweetness in her eyes. Isn’t she beautiful? Ella loves walking around the shelter grounds and is especially happy when her human companion comes in for a hug. We want Ella’s story to continue in a calm, loving setting. Like all the animals available for adoption at the New Hampshire SPCA, Ella is spayed, micro-chipped and up to date on all her shots. Come visit her at the NHSPCA in Stratham or visit nhscpa.org.


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