Pick your pumpkin – 10/07/21

Surround yourself with gourds big and small at local pumpkin festivals, and pick your own at a farm near you!

Also on the cover, follow the Great New Hampshire Autumn Tour with the Hippo’s exclusive pull-out map, p. 24 & 25. And find live music for your long Columbus Day Weekend in Music This Week, starting on p. 39.

I’m genuinely afraid for the future of my/our country. We seem to have gotten to a point where it feels ...
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Covid-19 update As of Sept 27 As of Oct 4Total cases statewide 118,706 122,054Total current infections statewide 3,595 3,502Total deaths ...
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BrightFarms to expand NH’s largest hydroponic farm BrightFarms, a national indoor farming company that grows leafy greens, is partnering with ...
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Not that we didn’t know it already, but the outcomes during last week’s huge sports weekend once again showed how ...
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Back-to-school stress... According to the Back to School Stress Index created by online learning platform Brainly, New Hampshire was the ...
Big Events October 8, 2021 and beyond Friday, Oct. 8 The Milford Pumpkin Festival has all kinds of gourd-ertainment planned ...
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CELEBRATE YOUR FAVORITE GOURD AT LOCAL PUMPKIN FESTS PLUS WHERE TO PICK YOUR OWN Flavors of fall Milford Pumpkin Festival ...
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New photo exhibition, book capture 21st-century life in NH The “New Hampshire Now” statewide photographic exhibition and accompanying book could ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • Together again: Don’t miss the final weekend of Greater Tuna ...
Asian jumping worms take over After decades of improving my garden soil, I have an infestation of Asian jumping worms ...
Family fun for the weekend Fall fun This week’s cover story (starting on page 10) looks at the pumpkin fun ...
Dear Donna, I am trying to figure out this picture postcard. This one and several others similar were among postcards ...
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Ty Snitko Prop maker Ty Snitko of Dublin builds props and sets for films being shot in New Hampshire and ...
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News from the local food scene • Greek eats to go: The next boxed Greek dinner to go, a drive-thru ...
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The Kitchen opens in Warner Chefs Mike Prete and Matt Greco found success in 2011 with The Kitchen, a casual ...
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Brad Pare of Nashua is the general manager of Moulton’s Kitchen & Market (10 Main St., Amherst, 673-2404, moultonsmarket.com), a ...
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I have to confess that I have never been a big fan of the name “puppy chow.” However, if you ...
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Maine and beer are a thing Is there a better place in the world for beer than Portland, Maine? Aside ...
Crisix, The Pizza EP - Full Movie (Based on a true story) (Listenable Records) Since the 1980s-underground days, Spain has ...
The Coldest Case: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel, by Martin Walker (Knopf, 316 pages) I do love cozy mysteries ...
The Many Saints of Newark (R) A young Tony Soprano is mentored by Dickie Moltisanti in “this thing of ours” ...
Local music news & events • Northern soul: On his NEMA-nominated album Chesty Rollins’ Dead End, Charlie Chronopoulos observes everyday ...
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Willy Porter back in NH for two shows Though he’s a native of Wisconsin, Willy Porter feels a strong connection ...

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The NH Mixtape – 09/30/21

Dozens of local musicians have been nominated for the New England Music Awards, and the Hippo reached out to them to get their thoughts on their nomina-tions and the importance of the NEMAs, plus where to see them play live or find their nomination-worthy music.

ALSO ON THE COVER, the shoe-themed “Kick-Start!” ex-hibition is on display at Twiggs Gallery, p. 10. It’s all about fall’s most popular fruit at Applefest, p. 18, and all about the brews at Powder Keg Beer Festival, p. 19.

I have written on several occasions in this column about my work with Fellowship Housing Opportunities in Concord. This nonprofit ...
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Covid-19 update As of Sept. 20 As of Sept 27Total cases statewide 115,401 118,706Total current infections statewide 3,769 3,595Total deaths ...
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Work begins on whitewater park in Franklin After six years of planning, construction on New England’s first whitewater park is ...
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The Brady Bowl finally arrives Sunday night at the razor, though with a little bit of the luster gone after ...
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Dedicated to school athletics Noah Jenkins, a Nashua High School North Class of 2019 graduate, was presented with the 2020 ...
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Big Events September 30, 2021 and beyond Thursday, Sept. 30 The Deerfield Fair kicks off today and runs through Sunday, ...
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“Kick-Start!” art exhibition shows resilience through shoes Stilettos, slippers, blue suede shoes — footwear can tell a story, and the ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities •​ Fall fair: The Craftworkers’ Guild presents its Harvest Fair and ...
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Dear Donna, Would you know if there is any worth to these Penthouse swizzle strippers? I was cleaning out a ...
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A few flowers that attract butterflies Monarchs are on the move! It is time for their long trip to Mexico ...
Family fun for the weekend Day on the farm • Charmingfare Farm (774 High St. in Candia; visitthefarm.com) kicks off ...
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Melissa Davis Blow Dry Bar Owner Melissa Davis is the franchise owner of Blo Blow Dry Bar in Bedford, a ...
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News from the local food scene • May the best chili win: Join Goffstown Ace Hardware (5 Depot St.) for ...
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AppleFest returns to Nashua For more than a decade the Salvation Army of Nashua has partnered with Sullivan Farm to ...
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Exeter’s Powder Keg Beer Festival returns When the Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival was first held in downtown Exeter ...
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Mackenzie Lindquist of Goffstown is the owner of Boston Bakes (find her on Facebook @bostonbakesnh and on Instagram @boston_bakes), a ...
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We are working our way through the fall flavors in this column: first a savory sweet potato baked good, then ...
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Does reusing spirit barrels add something to wines? Natural and minimalist winemaking methods have been prominent in the news these ...
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When I was extremely young, my father was a big fan of easy listening music. His favorite song was called ...
Ian Jones, The Evergreens (Thin Silver Records) The other week I took a trip up north, to maraud (I don’t ...
Harrow, by Joy Williams (Knopf, 224 pages) The literary genre of science fiction is so yesterday. What’s hot today is ...
Dear Evan Hansen (PG-13) An anxiety-filled teenager stumbles into a family’s tragedy in Dear Evan Hansen, a film adaptation of ...
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27 PERFORMERS AND BANDS TALK ABOUT THE LOCAL SCENE, FELLOW MUSICIANS AND THE UPCOMING NEW ENGLAND MUSIC AWARDS When the ...
Local music news & events • New light: Known for playing bluegrass in Twisted Pine, Rachel Sumner is gathering new ...

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Prost! – 09/23/21

What does Oktoberfest look like in New Hampshire? Find out how local pubs celebrate, plus why and how the tradition started and what kinds of brews and bites you can expect to see on an Oktoberfest menu.

Also on the cover, head to Concord this weekend for Capital Arts Fest and all the live music, theater, hands-on activities, dance performances, fine art and crafts and more that it has to offer, both downtown and beyond, p. 10. And follow the Great New Hampshire Autumn Tour with the Hippo’s exclusive pull-out map, p. 24 & 25.

An interesting change has been taking place in New Hampshire politics. Towns that were once solidly Republican have either switched ...
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Covid-19 update As of Sept. 13 As of Sept. 20Total cases statewide 112,326 115,401Total current infections statewide 3,437 3,769Total deaths ...
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New school district position prioritizes diversity initiatives Andres Mejia has been named the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice ...
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Baseball is in the final two weeks of the regular season. And while it’s not quite 1967 or 1978, with ...
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New Hampshire represents! The Big E might be in Massachusetts, but New Hampshire has its own day and its own ...
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Big Events September 24, 2021 and beyond Friday, Sept. 24 The Capital Arts Fest runs today through Sunday, Sept. 26, ...
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Concord arts scene on display at Capital Arts Fest Concord’s arts scene will be bustling this weekend, both downtown and ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • Urban pottery: There’s still time to see some urban art ...
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How to build hedges and fences While vacationing recently on the Maine coast I admired many nice gardens. Many of ...
Family fun for the weekend Another fair weekend • The Granite State Fair, which kicked off last weekend, continues Thursday, ...
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Dear Donna, I came across this bag of old clothespins. I believe they were my mother’s. I have no use ...
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Dan Segal Skateboard coach Dan Segal is a Manchester-based skateboard coach and owner of Evolution Skateboard Academy, which offers skateboarding ...
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Celebrate Oktoberfest with German eats and brews On Saturday, clad in lederhosen, To Share Brewing Co. co-owner Aaron Share and ...
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News from the local food scene • Crushing it: Join Black Bear Vineyard & Winery (289 New Road, Salisbury) for ...
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Cheri Coco of Londonderry is the owner of Feed Your Fitness (feedyourfit.com, and on Facebook @feedyourfitnessofficial), a meal prep business ...
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It’s fall in New Hampshire, which likely means you’ve been apple picking or at least stopped by an orchard. You ...
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Why these seasonal brews are hard not to like I know I get all indignant about pumpkin beers, specifically that ...
Chet Doxas, You Can’t Take It With You (Whirlwind Recordings) Minimally accessible but solid jazz album, a straightforward mixture of ...
Mellencamp, by Paul Rees (Atria, 320 pages) John Mellencamp hasn’t been a reliable hitmaker since the 1980s, back when he ...
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (PG-13) A teenager living in Sheffield, England, and dreaming of a future of fabulousness pursues his ...
Nightbooks (TV-PG) Krysten Ritter, Winslow Fegley. Upset after nobody comes to his horror-themed birthday party, 11-ish-year-old Alex (Winslow) runs off ...
Local music news & events • It takes two: The romantic country pop of married couple Thompson Square has produced ...
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Sons pay tribute in Ricky Nelson Remembered Matthew and Gunnar Nelson formed their duo Nelson as the MTV era crested ...

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Farm Fun – 09/16/21

Head to a local farm or fair to get your fill of New Hampshire agriculture at its best, from corn mazes and pick-your-own apples at the farm to piglets and horse pulls at the Rochester and Deerfield fairs.

Also on the cover, follow the Great New Hampshire Autumn Tour with the Hippo’s exclusive pull-out map, p. 26 & 27. And Glendi returns to Manchester with Greek eats for all, p. 28.

Over the years we were colleagues, my friend was a gifted and visionary leader in his field. To whatever task ...
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Covid-19 update As of Sept. 3 As of Sept. 13Total cases statewide 108,713 112,326Total current infections statewide 3,120 3,437Total deaths ...
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New job app addresses restaurant hiring challenges Kassandra Pike is the founder of Fliptable, a Vermont-based mobile app launched in ...
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We got a glimpse of what the 2021 football season will be like on TV all through Thursday’s season opener ...
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All for the orangutans A 10-year-old Manchester resident has been named a 2021 International Young Eco-Hero, one of 25 from ...
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Big Events September 16, 2021 and beyond Thursday, Sept. 16 Barring Covid-cancellations, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats will have their ...
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Get in the harvest season spirit with some pig racing and corn mazes It’s a farm’s time to shine. Here ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • Saturday market: This month’s Concord Arts Marketwill take place on ...
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How to make your own compost Most gardeners do some composting. Some compost anything that was part of a living ...
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Manchester community invited to first CelebratED festival Manchester’s schools are starting off their year by inviting everyone in the community ...
Family fun for the weekend GraniteCon! • As you may have read on page 24 of last week’s Hippo (find ...
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Dear Donna, Can you give me any information on my dog? It was mine when I was growing up so ...
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Stephanie Kirsch Photographer Stephanie Kirsch is a photographer and owner of Sweet Aperture, a photography studio with a storefront on ...
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News from the local food scene • Flavors of Egypt: The annual Egyptian Food Festival returns to St. Mary and ...
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Annual Greek food festival to celebrate 42nd year A three-day celebration of Greek culture through homemade food, music, dancing and ...
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OakCraft Pizza opens in Nashua A new eatery in Nashua is inviting you to build your own wood-fired pizzas, featuring ...
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Jessica Radloff of Wilton is the owner of Granite State Cakes (find her on Facebook and Instagram @granitestatecakes), a homestead ...
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As much as the end of summer means the disappearance of long days and warm weather, it also means it’s ...
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Eye-catching packaging, tasty wines Traditionally grapes were picked, vinified, sometimes aged, and then bottled and sealed with a cork and ...
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Barry Altschul’s 3Dom Factor, Long Tall Sunshine (Not Two Records) Jazz drummer Altschul is staring down the barrel of 80 ...
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Water, A Biography, by Giulio Boccaletti (Pantheon, 300 pages) Watching muddy brown water flood the streets of Louisiana, Mississippi and ...
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Malignant (R) After a brutal attack, a woman finds herself seeing through the eyes of a killer in Malignant, an ...
He’s All That (TV-MA) Addison Rae, Tanner Buchanan. Also appearing here is Rachel Leigh Cook — who you may remember ...
Local music news & events • Frenetic: Along with playing and writing with Godsmack singer Sully Erna, Chris Lester is ...
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Gin Blossoms-Vertical Horizon twin bill hits town Gin Blossoms singer Robin Wilson knows his band’s odds of making the Rock ...

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2021 Fall Guide

In-person events like festivals, fairs, indoor music and theater are back this year! Check out our guide to what’s happening so you can plan a fall full of fun; just be sure to get updated information before you head out, because as we all know by now, events are subject to change at any time!

Also on the cover, follow the Great New Hampshire Autumn Tour with the Hippo’s exclusive pull-out map, p. 28 & 29. And get your fill of fresh fish, lobster, clam chowder and more at the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, p. 35.

Memorial Day and Labor Day are our unofficial bookends of summer and both offer spaces for reflecting and honoring their ...
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Covid-19 update As of August 30 As of Sept. 3Total cases statewide 107,474 108,713Total current infections statewide 2,927 3,120Total deaths ...
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NH production studio progresses video tech Studio Lab, a video production studio in Derry, is making a big impact on ...
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After the 2019 season I said the Patriots were about to undergo an 18-month renovation. The Brady-Belichick divorce was happening ...
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We’re # … 12? More than 1.5 million doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in New Hampshire since the ...
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Big Events September 9, 2021 and beyond Thursday, Sept. 9 The Concord Historical Society will hold the lecture “The Concord ...
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It’s a fall full of events! This fall, there are indoor events as well as outdoor events and we are ...
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Granite State Comicon returns, live and in person Watching cosplayers compete in a costume contest, meeting comics artists and taking ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • Seeking singers: The Nashua Choral Society begins rehearsals for its ...
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Does your garden deserve a medal? As I walked around the garden recently with my wife, Cindy Heath, she turned ...
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Dear Donna, Can you help me put a price on these items? They were my mother’s and are just sitting ...
Family fun for the weekend Movie night Nashua’s SummerFun program wraps up for the year with an outdoor screening of ...
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Fernando Reyes Auto detailer Fernando Reyes is an auto detailer and owner of Always Faithful Mobile Wash, an auto detailing ...
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News from the local food scene • Achieving grape-ness: The Hollis Grape Festival will return to the Hollis Town Common ...
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Hampton Beach Seafood Festival returns A year after its first cancellation in three decades, the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival returns ...
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Jordyn Hotchkiss of Weare is the owner of The Cat’s Pajamas (catspajamasnh@gmail.com, and on Facebook and Instagram @catspajamasnh), a homestead ...
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When you think about snacking, “healthy” may not be the first word that comes to mind. I understand that 100 ...
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Because some of us just aren’t ready It was mid-August when I saw my first pumpkin beer in a local ...
Josie Cotton, Pussycat Babylon (Kitten Robot Records) Well look at this, post-punk royalty in the house. Cotton made her big ...
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The Secret History of Food, by Matt Siegel (Ecco, 194 pages) Matt Siegel is obsessed with food — not with ...
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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (PG-13) A complicated father-son relationship, a fantastical otherworldly realm and Awkwafina come ...
Local music news & events • Twofer: With their unique blend of country and Latin music, Kat & Alex impressed ...
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Yoga studio hosts music and art As 2020 dawned, Wyn Doran was feeling the glow of her moving debut EP, ...

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Hike Happy

Climbing toward a summit can be great for your mind and body. Find out why, and how to do it safely, plus check out a few southern New Hampshire hikes that are just the right amount of challenging.

Also on the cover, the Currier Museum of Art exhibits work from the “ghetto potter,” p. 14. You can’t go wrong with a day of bacon and brews, p. 24, And Andrew North & the Rangers play Stone Church, p. 34.

Our first three kids went off to college pre-pandemic, so my husband and I were pretty well practiced in that ...
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Covid-19 update As of August 23 As of August 30Total cases statewide 105,302 107,474Total current infections statewide 2,324 2,927Total deaths ...
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Meet NHAA gallery manager Amanda Kidd Schall The New Hampshire Art Association welcomes a new gallery manager, Amanda Kidd Schall, ...
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We have begun one of the most interesting months on the sports calendar. I love September because it’s where the ...
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Free ride, finally Manchester public high school students can now ride a school bus to school free of charge. According ...
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Big Events September 2-8, 2021 and beyond Thursday, Sept. 2 The New Hampshire Fisher Cats continue their run of home ...
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Heading into fall is the perfect time to go for a hike, with less heat and humidity, fewer bugs, and ...
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Currier exhibition features street-inspired ceramics An artist who calls himself the “ghetto potter,” Roberto Lugo has brought a new vibe ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • Last chance for these exhibits: Don’t miss the first group ...
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How to start wildflowers from seed I recently visited the Nasami Farm in Whately, Mass. This is the plant production ...
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Dear Donna, I have this antique railroad lantern and was wondering if you could give me an idea on what ...
Family fun for the weekend Family fun ideas Looking for some entertainment ideas for the whole gang this weekend? Check ...
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Angelina McGlashan Photo manager Angelina McGlashan is a certified photo manager and the owner and founder of Preserving Memories, based ...
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News from the local food scene • PoutineFest is back: Save the date for the NH PoutineFest, returning for the ...
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BaNH Bacon & Beer Festival returns As the event’s name suggests, crispy, savory bacon and chilled brews are the stars ...
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SOHO Bistro & Lounge opens in Manchester Chef Steve Shoemaker had already worked for some of the biggest names in ...
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Inspired by made-to-order tableside guacamole at his favorite Mexican restaurants, Gabriel “Gabe” Alpuerto of LKristen Mader of Pelham is the ...
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September is here, which means two things in New Hampshire. First, it’s back to school time. Second, it’s apple season ...
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A look at two lesser-known Italian wine styles This week we will explore two Italian wines, both from the north ...
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Editor’s note: Sometimes the essence of a drink can be summed up in short story. ‘Tis thus with this week’s ...
Kazemde George, I Insist (Greenleaf Music) There’s something of a precedent for this album, at least in an inspirational sense ...
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Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light, Essays by Helen Ellis (Doubleday, 176 pages) Resist the temptation to dismiss Helen ...
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CODA (PG-13) High school senior Ruby discovers her talent for singing but she is conflicted about leaving her family to ...
Local music news & events • Songbird: With a set list of covers ranging from Lulu to Sara Bareiles, Marlena ...
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Concord band celebrates debut album For Andrew North, the stage and the studio are two distinct places, with the latter ...

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What’re We Drinking?

Local bartenders talk about how their jobs have changed since the pandemic started, plus trends in what, and how, people are drinking.

Also on the cover, Bedrock Gardens is worth the visit, p. 12. There’s a new wave of IPAs, p.26. And head to Holman Stadium in Nashua on Aug. 27 for a day of music, p. 32.

Some of us may remember Marcus Welby, M.D., the TV show that highlighted the general practitioner who made house calls ...
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Covid-19 update As of August 16 As of August 23Total cases statewide 103,462 105,302Total current infections statewide 1,704 2,324Total deaths ...
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What to know about the Delta variant Dr. Jose Mercado, associate hospital epidemiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, answered questions about ...
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So the “Should it be Cam or Mac?” media soap opera raged on again all last week. It got a ...
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Police beats Fire, CHaD kids win First responders played a back-and-forth game of baseball on Aug. 20 during the 10th ...
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Big Events August 26, 2021, and beyond Thursday, Aug. 26 New Hampshire Fisher Cats continue their run of home games ...
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GNew novel by Manchester author explores life in 2090 A year and a half after the release of his debut ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • Manchester maps: Catch the Currier Museum of Art’s (150 Ash ...
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Delightful surprises at public garden I recently visited Bedrock Garden in Lee and came away feeling refreshed and enlightened. This ...
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Dear Donna, I have an old cupboard with one door on the bottom. It seemed to have two doors on ...
Family fun for the weekend Family fun day Field of Dreams Community Park (48 Geremonty Drive in Salem; fieldofdreamsnh.org) will ...
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Ardith Kirchberger Speech language pathologist Ardith Kirchberger is the owner of Speak Easy Speech Therapy, a private practice in Nashua ...
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News from the local food scene • A taste of Brazil: Head to Greeley Park (100 Concord St., Nashua) for ...
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Bartenders talk about serving cocktails in 2021, plus what trends are in the mix Dan Haggerty and Jeremy Hart weren’t ...
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Inspired by made-to-order tableside guacamole at his favorite Mexican restaurants, Gabriel “Gabe” Alpuerto of Londonderry started creating his own at ...
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Isn’t it every child’s dream to be able to eat cookies for breakfast? Actually, don’t a lot of adults have ...
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Some IPAs now are borderline crushable IPAs are king. But they’re also super confusing. You’ve got American IPAs, New England ...
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Sophie Du Palais, Endurance Of Pain Is The Power Of Being (Abstrakce Records) There’s always room at this desk for ...
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We Want What We Want, by Alix Ohlin (Knopf, 256 pages) The short-story collection We Want What We Want by ...
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Reminiscence (PG-13) There are millions of stories in the drowned city and Hugh Jackman is privy to many of them ...
The Ice Road (PG-13) Liam Neeson, Laurence Fishburne. This movie is so exactly-as-advertised that sometimes it almost feels too simple: ...
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Cracker headlines Nashua mini-festival Though he started two bands that found international renown and still tour decades later, David Lowery ...
Local music news & events • High energy: An outdoor summer concert series continues with Cold Engines performing an early ...

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Back to Fun!

With school back in session for some and starting soon for others, it’s time to make plans for after-school fun. Check out this guide to get some ideas, from art and music to dance and gymnastics.

Also on the cover, Market Days returns to downtown Concord, p. 6. More than 50 artists are setting up booths at Greeley Park in Nashua for the annual summer show, p. 18. And get a taste of culture at Mahrajan and the We Are One festival, p. 26 & 27.

One of the more interesting changes that renewable energy will bring to New Hampshire is the localization of energy. As ...
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Covid-19 update As of August 9 As of August 16Total cases statewide 102,117 103,462Total current infections statewide 1,270 1,704Total deaths ...
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Market Days Festival returns to Concord Intown Concord executive director Jessica Martin talked about the 47th annual Market Days, a ...
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You know it’s strange when a Little League team from Manchester and Hooksett gets to the New England Regional Final ...
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Mental health matters The Granite State was well represented during the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s virtual convention last month ...
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Big Events August 19, 2021, and beyond Thursday, Aug. 19 Catch Alli Beaudry & Nick as the live music performance ...
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Your guide to after-school adventure The kids are heading back to school, which means it’s time to sign them up ...
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Greeley Park Art Show returns to Nashua More than 50 artists will display works ranging from watercolors and photography to ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • Monster hunt: Monsters are on the loose again in downtown ...
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On becoming a plant collector I’ve always been a gardener — or at least as far back as I can ...
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Dear Donna, I came across this box full of probably nothing. Just wanted to know if there is any value ...
Family fun for the weekend Summer celebrations Intown Concord’s annual Market Days Festival in downtown Concord runs from Thursday, Aug ...
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Jill Skinner Pet care provider Jill Skinner is the owner of Blogging Dog Center, a dog walking and pet sitting ...
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News from the local food scene • Greek deliciousness to go: Join Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (111 Island Pond Road, ...
We Are One Festival celebrates 20 years of multicultural food and performances A celebration of the state’s Latin-American, African and ...
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Annual three-day Middle Eastern food festival returns One of the few local church food events that was not canceled or ...
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Chef JoJo Paquin of New London oversees all kitchen operations at Peter Christian’s Tavern (195 Main St., New London, 526-2964, ...
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Although so much of my summer cooking and baking revolves around local produce, this lemon recipe is a summertime favorite ...
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I understand that you’ve got a lot going on right now — a pandemic, work headaches, psychotic squirrels terrorizing your ...
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Wines that help you dig in to the Mediterranean The domestication of grapes and the production of wine have their ...
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Anika, Change (Sacred Bones Records)Collection of self-indulgent, googly-eyed runway-model-pop confections from a pan-European girl who apparently believes there’s a huge ...
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Tender is the Bite, by Spencer Quinn (Forge, 263 pages) I would say that I am late to the Chet ...
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Free Guy (PG-13) Ryan Reynolds is a video game character who breaks free of his programming in Free Guy, a ...
Local music news & events • Active rock: Keeping the Bike Week spirit alive into fall, Puddle of Mudd is ...
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Honeysuckle brings live music back at beloved Nashua venue Released in early spring, the latest album from Honeysuckle is called ...
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Hampton Beach Comedy Festival returns Through the years, some things haven’t changed at the Hampton Beach Comedy Festival. Rule No ...

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Comics for Everybody!

Free Comic Book Day is back, and local comics store owners talk about what they’re doing, plus share some recommendations for all ages.

Also on the cover, get all kinds of eats, plus beer, games and activities, at the Great New England BBQ & Food Truck Fest, p. 26. Jeff Mucciarone recommends refreshing sips for summertime, p. 30. And Sarah Lee Guthrie brings new sounds to Stone Church, p. 36.

It seems that many conversations and topics are so controversial these days that we find ourselves avoiding them. Sadly, the ...
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Covid-19 update As of August 2 As of August 9Total cases statewide 100,986 102,117Total current infections statewide 738 1,270Total deaths ...
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Nature Conservancy builds universally accessible trail Construction is now underway to make the trails at the Cedar Swamp Preserve in ...
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The Patriots are into Week 3 of training camp amid one breathless account after another about the so-called battle going ...
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New Hampshire’s gambit Chess is a thing with kids now, thanks to The Queen’s Gambit, which is why The New ...
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Big Events August 12, 2021, and beyond Thursday, Aug. 12 The Nashua Silver Knights wrap up their regular season of ...
The wait is finally over for comic book lovers as Free Comic Book Day returns on Saturday, Aug. 14, for ...
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Summer Haze group art exhibition at Concord studio Diverse pieces that capture the essence of steamy summer days will be ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • Stories from history: The Manchester Historic Association presents A Midsummer ...
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Worth giving containers a try Recently I was at my local food coop and chatted with a friend about her ...
Dear Donna, Can you help with a value on this old telescope? I’m not sure it’s still working properly but ...
Family fun for the weekend Try-Athlon The Friends of Aine’s 9th annual Try-Athlon is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 15, starting ...
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Ricardo Perez Junk removal specialist Ricardo Perez is the owner of RIDOF Junk Removal in Nashua, which provides services that ...
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News from the local food scene • In good spirits: New Hampshire distilleries that produce fewer than 10,000 bottles a ...
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Great New England BBQ & Food Truck Festival returns Following a successful 2020 event despite social distancing regulations in place, ...
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Lucky Moose Casino & Tavern opens in Nashua More than a decade after he brought Dos Amigos Burritos to downtown ...
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Lynne Donnelly of Litchfield is the owner of Bittersweet Bake Shoppe (272 Derry Road, Litchfield, 978-649-2253, bittersweetbakeshoppe.com), a small-batch bakery ...
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Last week I wrote about fresh peach scones, which are a delicious way to start your day. Now I have ...
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Tart and refreshing for your taste buds Whoa, it’s mid-August. When did that happen? That can only mean one thing: ...
Lex Leosis, Terracotta [EP] (self-released) This female alternative hip-hopper is a long-board enthusiast from California by way of Canada, and ...
The Maidens, by Alex Michaelides (Celedon Books, 333 pages) Alex Michaelides’ first book, The Silent Patient, was a runaway best ...
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The Suicide Squad (R) Harley Quinn and a few lesser characters from the first movie return with the added benefit ...
Val (R) It’s the documentary you didn’t know you needed about Val Kilmer, narrated with Val’s words read by Jack ...
Local music news & events • Gallery get down: Although he’s performing with his band, Dan Blakeslee has a portfolio ...
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Sarah Lee Guthrie finds her own voice Two New Year’s Days ago Sarah Lee Guthrie wrote on Instagram, “Good morning ...

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Day on the Water

Grab a paddle and jump on a paddleboard, or into a kayak or canoe. Or just sit back and relax on a scenic cruise on a lake or in the ocean.

Also on the cover, the 88th annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair is back this year, and the artisans can’t wait to see you, p. 14. First Barbecue Benefit Bash features local eats, music and more, p. 22. And comedian Ace Aceto brings good clean fun to Chunky’s, p. 36.

New Hampshire got off to a great start leading the nation in vaccination rates but now it’s falling behind just ...
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Covid-19 update As of July 26 As of August 2Total cases statewide 100,286 100,986Total current infections statewide 364 738Total deaths ...
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NH Circuit Court judge recognized for innovative approach The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has named Judge ...
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It was a week filled with big news from all fronts. Here are some thoughts. News Item: Chaim Conservative at ...
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Rain, rain, go away July 2021 has set the record as the rainiest July documented in southern New Hampshire. According ...
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Big Events August 5, 2021, and beyond Thursday, Aug. 5 The Sunflower Festival at the Coppal House Farm (118 N ...
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Row, row, row your boat Hit the water in a canoe or kayak by Matt Ingersoll When Patrick Malfait founded ...
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League of New Hampshire Craftsmen celebrates return of its annual fair After a year without an in-person fair, artisans from ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • A legacy of supporting the arts: Artist and lifelong supporter ...
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What to do about invasives Since ancient times, explorers have brought back seeds and plants from exotic lands. Some, like ...
Dear Donna, Can you help with a value on this antique box? Mary Dear Mary, Your box that you seem ...
Family fun for the weekend Family outings • Get kids in the entrepreneurial spirit by seeing other kids sell items ...
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Kayla Panagopoulos Eco-friendly cleaner Kayla Panagopoulos owns Bella’s Eco-friendly Cleaning Service, based in Litchfield, providing interior cleaning services using only ...
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News from the local food scene • Fighting fire with (barbecue) fire: Join Georgia’s Northside of Concord for its first ...
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Local eats, live music and raffles at inaugural Barbecue Benefit Bash For nearly eight months, community organizer and Nashua native ...
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Lucky Moose Casino & Tavern opens in Nashua New Hampshire’s newest casino is now open, complete with daily games of ...
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Jenn Martins of Hudson is the owner of Brickoven Catering (brickovencatering.com, find her on Facebook and Instagram), a mobile food ...
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The second half of summer heralds a rush of locally grown produce. For a cook, it’s an exciting time of ...
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I deeply distrust economics. Yes, I acknowledge that economics provides some convenient answers, but I don’t really trust it. It’s ...
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A look at some wines from Provence It’s summer and the beginning of sunflower season in New Hampshire! Sunflowers evoke ...
Occurrence, I Have So Much Love To Give (Archie & Fox Records) I usually don’t go for tunes that sound ...
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Wayward, by Dana Spiotta (Knopf, 270 pages) In 2013, New Hampshire author Howard Mansfield published a gorgeous ode to the ...
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Jungle Cruise (PG-13) Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt ride the Jungle Cruise, a perfectly enjoyable adaptation of the Disney amusement ...
Local music news & events • Lifted spirit: Three days of Christian music and faith workshops, Soulfest kicks off Day ...
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Ace Aceto brings the funny to Chunky’s Ace Aceto thinks that right now is a great time to be a ...

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