Treasure Hunt 21/04/22

Dear Donna,

Are you familiar with the maker on this pendant? It says 14kt and Jabel, not Jared. I inherited this from my family and was wondering if you could share any information with me on a value.

Dear Mindy,
I have to say I had never seen the mark before, but then again there are so many jewelers out there.

What I did find out was that Jabel started off as a ring maker and later created pendants and other pieces as well. I feel safe in saying your pendant is from the mid-century era to the 1960s. I found a set of earrings that are almost a match to your design, but they were 18kt gold, so the price would be significantly higher.

I think we would be safe in thinking the value of yours would be in the $350 range in the market. It all depends on the maker, amount of weight in gold and the size and quality of the diamond.

So your family passed you down a treasure.

Kiddie Pool 21/04/22

Family fun for the weekend

Millyard Museum. Courtesy photo.

Celebrate Earth

The New Hampshire Audubon Massabesic Center in Auburn hosts its annual Earth Day Festival Saturday, April 24, with three time slots between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The day will be filled with nature activities like building a birdhouse, planting seeds, going on a scavenger hunt, taking a nature-themed walk and visiting the animals that live at the center. Reservations are required; as of April 19 there were still spaces available. Sign up for one of the time slots (10 to 11:30 a.m., noon to 1:30 p.m. or 2 to 3:30 p.m.) at or by calling 668-2045. The cost is $15 per family.

Open paint

The Canvas Roadshow Studio (25 S. River Road, Bedford, 913-9217) hosts Family Fun Day, an open paint event, on Tuesday, April 27. Stop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to work on a craft in the studio. You can pre-register for a table or just show up. If you don’t want to work in the studio, you can “grab and go” — just stop by to pick out a project kit that you can bring home. There are project options that start at $10 for kids and adults. Visit

Yoga all week

Mountain Base Yoga (3 Church St, Goffstown) is hosting Children’s Yoga: Spring Camp during school vacation, from Monday, April 26, to Friday, April 30. Kids in kindergarten through second grade will meet from 11 to 11:40 a.m., and kids in grades 3 through 5 will meet from noon to 12:40 p.m. each day. The camp will teach basic yoga poses, skills to improve mood regulation and games to promote social interaction and cooperative communication. The cost is $125 for the week. Purchase tickets at

Vacation exploration

Explore hands-on exhibits that show the science behind motion, light, space exploration, the ocean, human genetics and more at the SEE Science Center in Manchester (200 Bedford St., 669-0400,, which is open daily during school vacation, with two sessions offered each day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. The cost is $9 per person for ages 3 and up. Or visit both the Science Center and the Millyard Museum (located in the same building) for $13 by purchasing the Super Saturday Dual Pass at either location. The passes are available to ages 12 and up and are good for same-day admission on Saturdays only.

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (2 Institute Drive, Concord, 271-7827) is also open daily for April vacations, now through May 2, with sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. each day. The cost is $11.50 for adults, $8.50 for children ages 3 to 12, $10.50 for seniors ages 62 and up, and for students age 13 through college, and free for kids 2 and under. Add a planetarium show to your visit for $5 per person per show. Current daily shows are “Beyond the Sun” at 11 a.m. for ages 6 and up; “From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA” at noon for ages 6 and up; “The Little Star that Could” at 2 p.m. for ages 4 through 10; and “Tonight’s Sky” at 3 p.m. for ages 5 and up.

Featured photo: Millyard Museum. Courtesy photo.

Treasure Hunt 21/04/15

Dear Donna,

We recently purchased a Victorian home in Hampton. We have three doors that are missing the match for knobs. Wondering if you might be able to help locate matches. Are they worth trying to find?
Rob and Shea

Dear Rob and Shea,
The value on antique doorknobs can run usually in the range of $10 to $50 depending on material and design. Now the tough part will be to find matches — like needles in a haystack, as they say.

I would try online first to see if a match is on any selling sites. Try Googling antique brass doorknobs (you might have to replace them both if you find what you are looking for in a complete set). Or maybe you’ll find similar knobs with the same aged patina (coloring of the aged brass). Next I might try flea markets and salvage shops as well.

All of these suggestions could take time, so it depends on the amount of effort you want to put into replacing them with original ones, or finding similar ones from the same time period that will fit into the rest of the doors.

Kiddie Pool 21/04/15

Family fun for the weekend

Stonyfield Earth Day 5K 2019. Photo courtesy of Millennium Running.

Celebrate Earth Day

There’s still time to register for the Stonyfield Earth Day 5K; in-person participation closes at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, but virtual registration is open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 16. The race will be held in person on Saturday, April 17, starting at 9 a.m. and following a staggered time trial format. The 3.1-mile course starts and finishes in Londonderry’s West Soccer Complex, right near the Stonyfield Earth Day Fair. The cost is $30 for ages 21 and up, $25 for youth ages 12 to 20 and $15 for kids 11 and younger. The virtual run is $25. For more details or to register, visit

Make plans now to celebrate Earth Day at the New Hampshire Audubon Massabesic Center in Auburn. The Earth Day Festival will take place Saturday, April 24, with three time slots between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., according to a press release. The day will be filled with nature activities like building a birdhouse, planting seeds, going on a scavenger hunt, taking a nature-themed walk and visiting the animals that live at the center. The center will not be releasing a recovered animal back into the wild as it usually does for Earth Day, but there will be an opportunity to meet one of the center’s ambassador raptors, like the barn owl, and everyone gets to take home a tree sapling to plant. Reservations are required; you can sign up for one of the time slots (10 to 11:30 a.m., noon to 1:30 p.m. or 2 to 3:30 p.m.) at or by calling 668-2045. The cost is $15 per family.

Math madness

Mathnasium of Nashua is hosting a Multiplication Madness Day Camp on Sunday, April 18, from noon to 2 p.m., with games and activities to help children review or learn multiplication skills. It’s geared toward kids in grades 2 through 5, but all grades are welcome, and previous multiplication experience isn’t necessary. Students will work in small groups with an instructor. The cost is $20. Space is limited. Call 242-2004 to reserve a spot.

Baseball is back

Single-game tickets to watch the Fisher Cats play ball for the first time in about 600 days are on sale now for the month of May, according to a press release. Their home opener at Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester is set for Tuesday, May 11, at 6:35 p.m. against the Somerset Patriots, with an Atlas Fireworks show after the game. That night kicks off a six-game homestand from Tuesday through Sunday, May 16, followed by another six-game series in Manchester against the Portland Sea Dogs from May 18 to May 23. You can get tickets now at or 641-2005. Tickets for games in June, July, August and September will be released later in the season as MLB capacity regulations continue to evolve, according to the release.

Featured photo: Stonyfield Earth Day 5K 2019. Photo courtesy of Millennium Running.

Treasure Hunt 21/04/08

Dear Donna,

Can you tell me anything about this sweet doll? She is 3 1/2” tall and seems to be made out of string.

Dear Tina,
Your doll is part of a family for 1960s doll houses. I think they are made from a rubber plastic with string applied over it for a natural color and look and possibly durability.

Any kind of toys that made it through the 1960s to now should be priceless. I was a 1960s child and I played hard with my toys so it amazes me whenever I see such toys in good or unused shape.

The value of your doll would be higher if you can find the whole family of them together. Alone I would say that for collectors of miniatures she might be in the $10 to $20 range.

Kiddie Pool 21/04/08

Family fun for the weekend

A Glow Night at Krazy Kids. Courtesy photo.

Kids’ night out

It’s Kids Night at the Y! On Friday, April 9, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., parents can drop their kids off at the YMCA of Downtown Manchester (30 Mechanic St., Manchester,, where trained child care professionals will lead the kids in games, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and more. Dinner will be provided. The cost is $25 per child and $10 for each additional sibling. Space is limited; register online or at the Welcome Center. Children must wear masks at the Y.

Goats, kids and yoga

Kids ages 6 and up can spend an hour with the goats at Legacy Lane Farm (217 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham) — while doing yoga. Drop your kids off at the farm on Saturday, April 10, at 9:30 a.m. for this indoor Goat Yoga for Kids class, where they’ll stretch and move while goats wander around and give them plenty of attention. Classes are limited to eight kids, and signups are only available online. The cost is $30. Search for the event on or find Legacy Lane Farm on Facebook.

Play inside

Spend a few hours at Krazy Kids (60 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 228-PLAY,, on Friday night, when the indoor playground is open from 6 to 9 p.m. and the cost of admission covers all three hours ($15 per child, $5 per adult). Check out their Facebook page each week to find out if Friday night will be Glow Night, when the whole space is lit with black lights and disco party lights! Let the kids bounce, climb, jump and crawl on the inflatables or test their agility on the aerial ropes course. Other hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cost of admission is for two hours. Online reservations are required, though walk-ins are accepted if capacity allows. Face masks are required except for toddlers 36” or less, and temperature screenings are required for entry.

Featured photo: A Glow Night at Krazy Kids. Courtesy photo.

Kiddie Pool 21/04/01

Family fun for the weekend

Easter fun!

Follow the Bunny in downtown Concord on Saturday, April 3! The free event will begin at the Statehouse lawn at 11 a.m., where kids will have the chance to participate in games, activities and crafts. They’ll also get to meet with the Easter Bunny and decorate their own treat bags before heading downtown to search for special treats. “Follow the Bunny” posters displayed on participating business windows will let them know that there’s a treat inside. The event runs until 2 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the Easter Bunny will hop on over to the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire (27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, 669-4820, to meet with kids and give out special goody bags. Ask the Easter Bunny questions and pose for photos, then check out the museum’s kid-friendly activities and exhibits, like a scavenger hunt and a real airplane cockpit kids can climb into. The event will run during normal operating hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, seniors 65 and older, and retired/active military, and free for kids 5 and under.

Nature activities

Kids can hike, run or learn about science at Beaver Brook Nature Center (117 Ridge Road, Hollis), with new sessions of after-school and homeschool programs starting Tuesday, April 6. The Hiking Club and Trail Running programs, which are for kids in grades 4 through 8, are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, respectively, from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m., from April 6 through May 18. The center is also hosting Homeschool Science those same weeks, from 9 a.m. to noon, for ages 6 to 10 on Tuesdays and ages 9 to 13 on Wednesdays. Classes will include hikes and other outdoor activities along with nature-related lessons. Register at

Featured photo: The Easter Bunny visiting the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire. Courtesy photo.

Treasure Hunt 21/03/25

This was a necklace that we found in my mother’s jewelry collection. It seems to be a coin in good shape. Can you give me any advice on it? Should I leave it in the casing or remove it? Any information will be helpful.

Karl from Dover

Dear Karl,
What your mom has or had is a Morgan 1921 silver dollar. It wasn’t uncommon to find dollar or half dollar coins in necklace form (sometimes other coins as well). Condition on most is poor but the coins, if older like hers, are usually real silver.

The Morgan dollars were minted from 1878 to 1904 and then again in 1921 like yours. If you look closely on the back of the coin, between the D and the O of “dollar,” there should be a tiny letter. That will give you the mint where it was struck (made).

The value on them in general for the year 1921 is in the range of $25 to $40 depending on the condition. If it were mine I would leave it in the setting until you bring it to someone to see. If you are looking to sell it, let them remove it. Until then don’t clean it; just keep it as you found it.

Note: Never clean coins yourself. Always let a professional in coins handle that, because cleaning can lower the value of coins.

Kiddie Pool 21/03/25

Family fun for the weekend

Interactive fun

Kids are invited to sing, dance and play games during a special livestream event with Laurie Berkner on Sunday, March 28, with shows at noon and 5 p.m. The virtual show, presented by the Capitol Center for the Arts, is an 80+-minute live interactive performance for the whole family. The cost is $20, and tickets give you access to both shows. Get tickets at

Bunny photos

Get a free family picture with the Easter Bunny at Bass Pro Shops (2 Commerce Drive, Hooksett, 541-5200) on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, April 2, from 2 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, April 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register in advance for your free 4×6 color photo at

More maple!

If you didn’t get a chance to explore a local sugar shack last weekend, there’s still one weekend left of New Hampshire’s Maple Month. At Ben’s Sugar Shack (83 Webster Hwy., Temple, and 693 Route 103, Newbury, 924-3111,, there are free 30-minute tours every 15 minutes on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Although there won’t be any breakfast or hayrides this year, Ben’s will have maple doughnuts, ice cream, roasted nuts and cotton candy, as well as a gift shop inside and outside (the Newbury location is open for the tours and gift shop only). The free tours continue every weekend through April 11.

Make your own maple syrup at Prescott Farm (928 White Oaks Road, Laconia), which is offering Tap Into Maple on Saturday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The start times that were available as of March 22 were noon and 2 p.m. The program lasts an hour and a half and includes a hands-on look at the maple syrup-making process, from tree tapping to tasting. If you can’t make that event, Prescott Farm is also hosting Sugar & Snow on Saturday, April 3, from 1 to 3 p.m., where you can watch syrup makers finish boiling sap for the season and enjoy a sweet treat. The cost for each program is $12. Visit to sign up.

Several other local sugar shacks are also hosting tours this weekend. To find one near you, visit

Treasure Hunt 21/03/18

Dear Donna,
My sister came across these glasses at a flea market. We decided to get your input on them. They are different, but do they have any value?

Kim and Bev
Dear Kim and Bev,These glasses are fun and wild! They look like mid-century style opera glasses. That is how women would use their spectacles back in the day — to watch operas, plays, etc. — and maybe they were used for the same purpose even in the 1950s and ’60s.

It’s tough to tell the age from a photo but if they are from the ’50s or ’60s they would probably have a value in the range of $100. Beware, though; these glasses were reproduced because they were so funky and fun. New ones would be in the range of $10 to $20.

I think for you to really determine the value you should have them looked at in person. But until then you have a general idea, and time to have fun with them. They could still be used today depending on the lens strength.

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