Pedals + power — 7/18/2024

If you like the idea of taking a bicycle for exercise, transportation or just a different way to see the world but don’t like the thought of difficult-to-pedal hills, maybe an e-bike is for you. Just as it sounds, these electric-motor-powered bikes can give you a little extra oomph when you need it and help all bikers keep up with the pack. Image above and on the cover is of a Rail 8 from Trek Bicycle Hooksett (photo by John Fladd).

Also on the cover Shakespeare on the Green returns to Saint Anselm College for the next two weekends (page 14). Food Truck Fridays try to make the last lunch of the work week a little something special (page 24). Brian Glowacki and Friends head to Beans & Greens in Gilford for a night of laughs on Friday, July 19 (page 32).

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On The Job – Rachel Ovaginian

OWNER OF SEWOHVA

Rachel Ovaginian creates reusable plastic-wrap alternatives with beeswax and cotton fabrics in a myriad of print styles through her business, Sewohva. Find her on Facebook @Sewohva

Explain your job and what it entails.

I make beeswax wraps, which are an eco-friendly plastic wrap alternative. I am also a stay-at-home mom, so I started making wraps because I was looking for a reusable, sustainable option.

How long have you had this job?

About three years that I’ve been actually selling to people outside of friends and family

What led you to this career field and your current job?

I think my day job has been a stay-at-home mom. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for seven and a half years now. Looking to be able to help financially with our household. We are pretty eco-friendly in my house … I just kind of looked around to see what was out there … and realized I could do that and started making them.

What kind of education or training did you need?

Really, none. I do have my master’s in mental health counseling, but I’m not practicing as … It was a lot of trial and error to get the formula right and find the right type of fabrics to use but no special education needed to be able to do it.

What is your typical at-work uniform or attire?

Because it is hot wax, usually it’s shorts and T-shirts but then I have an apron to try and keep my clothes from getting wax all over them.

What is the most challenging thing about your work, and how do you deal with it?

I would say work/life balance because I am home with my kids while I’m making them. It’s something that I’m able to do one step of the process here and then help them with whatever it is they might need before to be able to go back and finish what I’m working on, so I think that is probably the most challenging aspect, but also trying to find patterns and prints and fabric that I think the masses will like and not just something that I personally like.

What do you wish you had known at the beginning of your career?

That it’s OK to have setbacks as long as you continue to make forward progression.

What do you wish other people knew about your job?

That is really fulfilling to have other people say that they really like my wraps, they use my wraps frequently, they tell people about them. And I like that my kids are seeing me do something that I’m passionate about — even though I am home with them, I am still able to do something that I really love doing.

What was your first job?

I worked at a Staples as a cashier.

Zachary Lewis

Five favorites
Favorite book: I like fantasy books.
Favorite movie: The Princess Bride
Favorite music: Country
Favorite food: Grilled cheese
Favorite thing about NH: The outdoors … generally being able to experience the outdoors at all seasons.

Featured photo: Rachel Ovaginian. Courtesy photo.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream dances to life

Shakespeare outdoors for six shows

By Zachary Lewis
zlewis@hippopress.com

Ballet Misha and Theatre Kapow were excited when the Dana Center at Saint Anselm had the idea to present A Midsummer Night’s Dream and have it produced by these two innovative artistic organizations. They will perform together for six outside performances starting on Thursday, July 18.

Saint Anselm is no stranger to outdoor Shakespeare performances, notably hosting a recitation of the Bard’s sonnets each year on his birthday.

“I’d always admired other larger cities doing [outdoor shows] … I thought why can’t we do this here up here on the hilltop at Saint A’s,” said Joseph Deleault, Director of the Dana Center. “We present it in front of the beautiful Alumni Hall, which is at the center of campus, which is illuminated … it’s family-friendly and it’s really a great evening for everyone.”

Theatre Kapow has performed Shakespeare on the Green at Saint Anselm in the past, and Ballet Misha has performed the Nutcracker here. The Dana Center decided to partner with Ballet Misha “because they do such great work,” Deleault said.

The production features six actors from Theatre Kapow and 15 dancers from Ballet Misha. Cecilia Lomanno, a Ballet Misha company member, will serve as the seventh actor, performing the role of Puck.

“All of the actors and dancers are female-presenting, women and non-binary people, which is another thing that I think is really cool about our production,” said Emma Cahoon, director of the production.

Minimalism is a driving force of the production. “The costumes are very simple and the lighting is very simple,” Cahoon said. The music will come from the Mendelssohn score of the play.

Cahoon is a big fan of the classics.

“I really love working with plays that people have their own preconceived notions or associations with, and I think Midsummer is one of the greatest examples of that,” Cahoon said. “I think it’s really exciting to take pieces like that and enliven them in a way that people might not have encountered in the text before.”

Cahoon’s dance background has aided her in her professional directorial debut; she graduated in May with a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University.

“I find ways to communicate with [the performers] in a language that they already know, the dance language, and that happens to come really easily to me because I grew up as a dancer myself,” Cahoon said. “I was a tap dancer for quite a while and I also dabbled in ballet and jazz and modern.”

Those experiences lend perfectly to collaboration with New Hampshire’s premier ballet company. Amy Fortier, Director of Ballet Misha and its affiliate school Dimensions in Dance, is excited for the Midsummer Night’s performances.

“It’s really fun for me to get to work on a project like this because normally we just do ballet, right, or we just do dance and the dancers don’t ever have to speak,” Fortier said. The speaking roles are of the fairies in Queen Titania’s court.

“My professional dancers are playing the roles of … Peace Blossom, Mustard Seed, Cobweb, and Moss,” Fortier said. “They don’t have tons of lines but they do have lines, and it’s been fun having to work with them on that process because they’re definitely not used to having to speak.”

Ballet Misha does a full-length ballet version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that Fortier first choreographed in 2010. For this version, she said, “They have edited out some of the text to condense it down to an hour-and-a-half-long production that they do straight through without an intermission.”

Aside from the speaking roles, the dancers are essentially an emotable and breathable set.

“The dancers are almost like a moving set because it’s a minimalist production and the dancers fill in the space on stage where maybe, normally, the set of a forest or the set of Athens would be,” Fortier said. “I am bringing in dancers to represent the fairies … I have dancers representing the woods that they go through and then I have dancers who are representing the transition back to the city of Athens and they do different types of dance movement to kind of convey the different moods of … Athens versus the forest.” How does a human mimic a tree? “The girls who are dancing as part of the forest have a really soft, languid movement. They’re moving very slowly to represent the forest behind the actors. The dancers representing the transition back into Athens, it’s more of a courtly dance. They’re wearing these white Grecian dresses. I’ve tried to keep it kind of statuesque.”

Everything that isn’t acting or music will be the dancers. “The dancers are the ambiance or the ambient noise in the background of the actors delivering their lines,” she said.

“It’s really exciting for us because we’ve only ever done it as a movement-based telling of the story…. It’s always really exciting for dancers to get to perform outside. There’s something really freeing about it. ” Fortier said.

A second production may be added to the roster for next year, “but we haven’t gotten to that point yet,” Deleault said.

Whether it’s the heartbeat-like iambic pentameter that draws attendees to the production, the beautiful swirls of movement of the dancers like a William Blake painting of the play come to life, or just the excuse to sit outside with the evening summer sky for a few hours, Shakespeare has been providing an escape for hundreds of years, and today is no different.

Shakespeare on the Green: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Presented by the Dana Center, produced by Ballet Misha and Theatre Kapow
Where: Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester
When: Thursday, July 18, Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20, Thursday, July 25, Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25, free for kids 12; tickets.anselm.edu
Bring your own food, drinks, blankets, etc.

Featured image: Courtesy photo.

Kiddie Pool 24/07/18

Family fun for whenever

Stories and stage

• There will be a Fairytale Festival in Greeley Park (100 Concord St., Nashua) Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with stage acts, community vendors, caricaturists, games, books and more. There will be local stage acts, a performance featuring favorite fairy tale characters, and a character meet and greet. Visit nashua.gov.

• Join Ariel, a young mermaid princess, as she struggles to learn whether her heart belongs on land or under the sea in The Little Mermaid Jr., Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the Chubb Theatre (44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com). Tickets are $18.75 for adults, $15.75 for students and seniors.

• Camp Encore! will stage a performance of Mary Poppins Jr. Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, at 11 a.m. at the Wilcox Main Stage in Prescott Park (105 Marcy St., Portsmouth). Tickets start at $5 and reservations can be made at portsmouthnhtickets.com

• An amateur brother-and-sister team of explorers have come across a lot of unusual things in their young lives, but nothing compares to a house made entirely out of candy, in The Impact Touring Children’s Theatre’s performance of Hansel and Gretelon Tuesday, July 23, at 10 a.m. at the BNH Stage (16 S Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com). This is a free performance. Seating for this show is mostly on the open floor. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets to sit on.

Music and movies

• In collaboration with Leach Library, the Londonderry Arts Council Concerts on the Common series (Londonderry Town Common, 265 Mammoth Road, Londonderry) presents The Mr. Aaron Band in a concert for kids on Saturday, July 20, at 1:30 p.m. Visitmraaronmusic.com. In the event of bad weather the event will take place in the Londonderry High School cafeteria (295 Mammoth Road).

• The Park Theatre in Jaffrey will hold its Kids Summer Movie-Rama with showings of six different movies throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Saturdays; all of the films are rated PG, according to their website. Tickets are $7. On Saturday, July 20, at 10 a.m. there will be a showing of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and on Tuesday, July 23, at 1:30 p.m. it’s The Smurfs (2011), according to the website. Visit theparktheatre.org/kids or call 532-8888.

Plants and animals

• The Seacoast Chapter of NH Audubon hosts Birds & Butterflies of Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, July 20, at 8 a.m. Join Steve Mirick and explore the birds and butterflies of the refuge and adjacent areas, weather permitting, during a long but level walk. Participants will meet at the trailhead for the Cherry Pond Trail at 289 Airport Road in Whitefield. Registration is limited to 20 participants, according to the website. Visit seacoastchapter.org.

• Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center (928 White Oaks Road, Laconia, prescottfarm.org) will hold Summer Polliwog programs for pre-K kids with an adult on different Wednesdays in July at 10 a.m. On July 24 the program is Water Up! Water Down! Water all Around!, where participants will learn about the water cycle, and on July 31 the program is Acorn Was a Little Wild, where a puppet named Stasher helps hunt for deciduous trees. Each program costs $15 for an adult and child pair; register online.

• The Stratham 4-H Summerfest returns for a third year on Saturday, July 20, at the Stratham Hill Park Fairgrounds (270 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham). The work of 4-H volunteers and members will be on display in the 4-H building, show rings and livestock barns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibits include shows and displays on gardening, cooking, environmental stewardship, hiking and much more. Visit extension.unh.edu/event/2024/07/2024-stratham-4-hsummerfest.

The Art Roundup 24/07/18

The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities

Snaps for Ovation: Legally Blonde The Musical will be presented by Ovation Theatre Co. on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, featuring performers ages 15 to adult, at the Derry Opera House (29 West Broadway, Derry). The show follows Elle Woods, who appears to have it all but whose life is turned upside down when her boyfriend dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law; Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school, where she quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world. See ovationtc.com.

How very: Heathers: The Musical by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe, based on the 1989 film, produced by Ro Gavin Collaborative Theater and presented by Hatbox Theatre (715-2315, hatboxnh.com) and Manchester Community Theatre Players, runs July 12 through July 21 with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at MCTP Theater at the North End Montessori School in Manchester (689 Beech St.). The musical is based on the 1989 film, the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful, ruthless, shoulder-padded clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. Tickets cost $28 for adults, $25 for students/seniors/members, $22 for senior members. See hatboxnh.com for content details.

GET ON YOUR FEET
Londonderry’s Concerts on the Common features East Coast Soul on Wednesday, July 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Londonderry Town Common (265 Mammoth Road). The band creates a high-octane live experience that keeps audiences on their feet, dancing and singing along with Motown classics of the 1960s as well as today’s hottest hits, and is one of the most highly sought after ensembles in New England, according to a press release. In case of inclement weather the concert will be held inside the Londonderry High School cafeteria. Visit concertsonthecommon.org.

Talking art: Twiggs Gallery, in partnership with Concord Makerspace, is launching the Third Thursday Discussion Series: Building Creative Communities beginning on Thursday, July 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Twiggs Gallery (254 King St., Boscawen) and will feature an open-style panel discussion inviting audience interaction and feedback that is free and open to the public. In a statement, Twiggs Gallery director Laura Morrison said, “Our goal is to engage the local creative community in discussions about how we can all work together to help each other grow, not only as creative beings but as a thriving creative community that benefits everybody.” The first discussion will concern “Concord Sound & Color,” a new two-day art and music festival that will be taking place at venues and outdoor locations throughout Concord in October, according to the release. The featured panelists are Fallon Rae, a co-owner of PILLAR Gallery+ Projects; Jessica Martin, Executive Director of Intown Concord; and Beth Fenstermacher, the Director of Special Projects & Strategic Initiatives for the City of Concord. Visit ConcordMakerspace.org and TwiggsGallery.org.

Zachary Lewis

This Week 24/07/18

Thursday, July 18

The Pierce Manse (14 Horseshoe Pond Lane, Concord) will host a concert on the lawn tonight beginning at 7 p.m. Nevers’ Second Regiment Band will play. The concert will be preceded by an open house and ice cream social from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Bring a chair and a snack.

Thursday, July 18

Learn how to create a wire tree in any style you want on an fist-sized rock you provide during a 21+ two-hour class from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Spyglass Brewing Co. (306 Innovative Way, Nashua, 546-2965, spyglassbrewing.com). Each $75 ticket includes a free beer and all the tools and materials needed.

Friday, July 19

The Canvas Roadshow (Bedford Square, 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 913-9217, thecanvasroadshow.com) will host a DIY 3D Woodshop Project workshop tonight at 6:30 p.m. for $25.

Saturday, July 20

The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire’s (27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, 669-4820, aviationmuseumofnh.org) will hold its Classic Car Show today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rescheduled due to weather from July 13). Vehicles of all makes and eras are welcome. Trophies will be given out for the People’s Choice Award and the Museum Award. Vehicle registration is $10, or you can come as a spectator for $5 (cash only; kids ages 12 and under are free). See nhahs.org.

Saturday, July 20

The New Hampshire Center for Photography’s first annual photo flea market will take place under the big tent at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art (266 N. Main St, Concord, 225-3932, kimballjenkins.com), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Hang out with fellow New Hampshire photographers and browse a selection of film and digital cameras, lenses, darkroom equipment, printers, studio lighting and assorted other gear. There will be a “free” table with assorted photographic treasures. There will also be photographic prints for sale.

Saturday, July 20

The Barley House Restaurant and Tavern (132 N. Main St, Concord, 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com) will host a ’90s Night full of ’90s food, dress, drinks and music. DJ Maltese will spin all your favorite hits from the decade that brought us grunge, boy bands and epic dance moves. There will be a Best Dressed contest, a photo booth, and nostalgic cocktails from the ’90s. Tickets are $15 and are available through the Barley House website.

Sunday, July 21

Catch the band Another Tequila Sunrise today at 2 p.m. in Stark Park on River Road in north Manchester. The event is part of the Friends of Stark Park’s summer concert series, which will run Sundays at 2 p.m. through Aug. 25 (with a Manchester Community Summer band concert on Monday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m.). See starkpark.com.

Save the Date! Saturday, July 27
On Saturday, July 27, Main Street in Nashua will be a walkable feast of art for the first annual Summer Stroll. From kids’ activities to live art-creation battles with Positive Street Art to vendors of bespoke items, downtown Nashua will become an open-invitation party. There will be live music throughout the day, food trucks and more. Between 3 and 8 p.m., Main Street from Pearl Street to Temple Street will be a pedestrian-only public space.

Featured photo: Car Show at Aviation Museum. Courtesy Photo.

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