Plant Now Eat Later

Plant now, Eat later

If you want fresh herbs and produce later this year, now is the time to plant. Find out how to get started, how to care for your plants as they grow, when to harvest them and what to do with your garden bounty when it’s ready.

Also on the cover, six storytellers tell traditional and personal tales, p. 12. Try some Puerto Rican cuisine at the new Empanellie’s in Nashua, p.25. And head out for the night to listen to live music, p. 36.

Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. I have found the increase in sunlight hours and warmer weather to ...
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Covid-19 updateAs of March 29As of April 5Total cases statewide83,34086,125Total current infections statewide2,7853,287Total deaths statewide1,2371,249New cases2,590 (March 23 to March ...
Det. Justin Breton is Manchester PD’s Officer of the Year The Manchester Police Department has named Detective Justin Breton its ...
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Well, the local nine put all those in Red Sox Nation with fears a second titanic-like season is dead ahead ...
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Read a book, watch some baseball Students who read five books between now and May 11 will earn two tickets ...
Storytelling Festival features traditional and personal stories, poetry, music The New Hampshire Theatre Project’s annual Storytelling Festival returns to the ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities Art by digital artist William Townsend, featured in the New Hampshire ...
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What to start growing this spring so you can feast this summer If you want to enjoy garden-fresh fruits and ...
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Frost, soil, drainage and other considerations I know some gardeners who plant their potatoes or tomatoes in the garden on ...
Family fun for the weekend A Glow Night at Krazy Kids. Courtesy photo. Kids’ night out It’s Kids Night at ...
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Dear Donna, Can you tell me anything about this sweet doll? She is 3 1/2” tall and seems to be ...
Beth Daisy Occupational therapist, Future in Sight NH Beth Daisy is an occupational therapist and supervisor of occupational therapy at ...
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News from the local food scene • Cheers to beers: Breweries all over the Granite State are celebrating New Hampshire ...
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Flight Center opening second location in Manchester, introducing speakeasy concept When you walk inside The Flight Center Taphouse & Eatery’s ...
Empanellie’s opens in Nashua Steps away from Main Street, a new eatery now open in downtown Nashua is serving up ...
Rebecca Wheeler of The Traveling Taco food truck
Rebecca Wheeler is the owner of The Traveling Taco (rebeccascrazytacos@gmail.com, and on Facebook and Instagram @thetravelingtaconh), a food trailer specializing ...
What’s lurking behind the milk? Do you ever just do a deep dive into your fridge? It’s full of surprises ...
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Kill The Giants, “The Prophet” (Nub Records) Test-drive title track from the upcoming fifth album from the Saint Albans, U.K.-based ...
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Fears of a Setting Sun, by Dennis C. Rasmussen (Princeton University Press, 232 pages) Until recently, many Americans looked at ...
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Godzilla fights King Kong in Godzilla vs. Kong — what, you wanted me to be all “visually stunning allegory about ...
Shiva Baby Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon. If you can’t remember what it feels like to be crammed in a house ...
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A look at the movies vying for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Oscars I would have thought the Best ...
Local music news & events • Decked out: Weather postponed the return of outdoor music last week, but Jamie Cain ...
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Bradley Copper Kettle hits the sweet spot Bradley Copper Kettle & Friends is four longtime high school pals and an ...

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Best of 2021

Best of 2021

Despite the challenges of the past year, there’s still plenty to celebrate about living in New Hampshire. Readers voted on their favorite people, places and things in the Granite State; now, check out the results and make some plans to grab a winning bite, take a mini hike or enjoy a night of comedy or live music from some of our best local talent.

Also on the cover, immerse yourself in verse during Poetry Month, p. 24. New Hampshire breweries celebrate Craft Beer Week, p. 30. And springtime means spring wines, p. 35.

This week’s issue is a celebration of many of the things that make up what many of us have come ...
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Covid-19 updateAs of March 22As of March 29Total cases statewide80,75083,340Total current infections statewide2,3342,785Total deaths statewide1,2171,237New cases1,937 (March 16 to March ...
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I said last week I don’t think Danny Ainge realizes how much trouble the Celtics are in. And that was ...
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Making a case for the daring jumping spider The daring jumping spider A third-grade environmental science class from Hollis Primary ...
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New Hampshire celebrates National Poetry Month From writing prompts to readings and workshops, New Hampshire poets and poetry lovers will ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • Currier reopens: The Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St., ...
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How to create early spring arrangements I miss being able to go to my garden and pick flowers for the ...
Family fun for the weekend Easter fun! Follow the Bunny in downtown Concord on Saturday, April 3! The free event ...
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News from the local food scene • Get ready for Easter: Visit hippopress.com for our annual Easter listings (available for ...
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New Hampshire Craft Beer Week returns New Hampshire Craft Beer Week, an annual celebration dedicated to highlighting brewery culture in ...
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Madeline Rossi and her wife Olivia Lenox are the owners of New Roots Meals (newrootsmeals.com, and on Facebook and Instagram ...
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So, apparently, it’s springtime. The snow is gone. We’ve switched over to daylight saving time. My road is a morass ...
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Time to stop and sip the wine It’s spring and perhaps Mother Nature may cooperate and provide us with continued ...
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Dan Blake, Da Fé (Sunnyside Records) Fourth full-length from bandleader Blake, a Brooklyn-based sax player and board member of Buddhist ...
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Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf, 303 pages) If you tell Alexa to turn on your lights, have ...
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Anthony Hopkins is heartbreaking and Olivia Colman is heartbroken in The Father, a sad but excellent movie that is nominated ...
Local music news & events • Maine man: Even with a socially distanced crowd, comedian Bob Marley can fill a ...
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Playing through, and past, the pandemic If a Concord bar is offering live music, there’s always the possibility that Andy ...
Let’s try something new. As with every year, the Best of 2021 Hippo Readers Poll offers lots of ideas for ...

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Tasting Tour

Tasting tour

If you’re looking for some adults-only fun that trumps going out to dinner (again), a wine tasting is a great way to get out and try something new. Explore all kinds of flavors, learn about New Hampshire’s unique wine culture and find your perfect pour.

Also on the cover, Chris Viaud of Milford talks about his experience competing in Top Chef, p 24. IPAs may be trendy, but with good reason, p. 28. And Kelly MacFarland brings the laughs to Chunky’s, p. 34.

Walking and talking is the new coffee date. I’m glad; I relish any opportunity to combine fresh air, movement and ...
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Covid-19 updateAs of March 15As of March 22Total cases statewide78,81380,750Total current infections statewide2,0642,334Total deaths statewide1,1991,217New cases1,753 (March 9 to March ...
Transitional housing in Nashua gives families a fresh start Family Promise of Southern New Hampshire has opened a new transitional ...
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For card-carrying members of Patriot Nation, with Bill Belichick going away from type to blow up the first week of ...
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Vaccine prompts school cancellations and chaos After a regional vaccine clinic for teachers was held at the Steeplegate Mall in ...
Take a mini day trip and discover new flavors at New Hampshire wineries Whether you know (or think you know) ...
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Sarah McCraw Crow explores women’s movement of the ’70s in debut novel Canterbury author Sarah McCraw Crow weaves a story ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities “Peace Conference Assisi,” watercolor by Claudia Michael, NHAA Omer T. Lassonde ...
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Your fruit trees are ready for a haircut When I was a boy I loved to climb trees. I had ...
Family fun for the weekend Interactive fun Kids are invited to sing, dance and play games during a special livestream ...
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This was a necklace that we found in my mother’s jewelry collection. It seems to be a coin in good ...
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News from the local food scene • Get ready for Easter: Still wondering about what to do for Easter Sunday ...
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Milford’s Chris Viaud to appear on Top Chef Milford chef Chris Viaud will appear as a contestant on Season 18 ...
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ToKoss Take-Out opens in Manchester When The Stuffed Sub closed last year, owner Chris Munzimi of Afro Paris, the beauty ...
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Dan Gagnon of Manchester, his son Sean, wife Debra and daughter Kimberly McEnerney of Bedford are the family team behind ...
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So annoyingly popular IPAs are so popular right now I almost try to avoid writing about them, not because I ...
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Jahmed, Armani (Human Re-Sources Records) I’m pretty much at the point where I rarely read other reviews of rap albums ...
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Life’s Edge: the Search for What It Means to Be Alive, by Carl Zimmer (Dutton, 336 pages) In his 14th ...
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Zack Snyder’s Justice League (R) Warner Brothers asks for a do-over of their 2017 DC supergroup movie and thus presents ...
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So many nominees, so many streaming platforms Every Oscar season is a little bit weird. Some years, it feels like ...
Local music news & events • American stream: Talented multi-instrumentalist and singing duo Green Heron closes out a virtual concert ...
Kelly MacFarland headlines at Chunky’s For Kelly MacFarland, succeeding as a female comedian isn’t more or less difficult than succeeding ...

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Find your Book Joy

Find your Book Joy

If you’ve lost your love of reading — or never had it in the first place — there are so many reasons why now is the perfect time to pick up a book, whether it’s a paper copy, an ebook or an audiobook. With genres ranging from classics and memoirs to sci-fi and romance, there’s something for everyone.

Also on the cover, enjoy a maple adventure this weekend, p. 20. Try the new Elm House of Pizza in Manchester or Destination India in Derry, p. 24 & 25. And head out for the night for some live music, p. 34.

In their book Scaling Leadership, Robert Anderson and William Adams note that “Leaders bring the weather.” They further note that ...
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Covid-19 updateAs of March 8As of March 15Total cases statewide77,06078,813Total current infections statewide2,0362,064Total deaths statewide1,1841,199New cases1,472 (March 2 to March ...
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Program provides nursing education, employment Catholic Charities New Hampshire recently announced the launch of Pathways, a career development and advancement ...
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This is going to sound hypocritical, especially coming from me. But everyone is a critic. Even for wildly popular things ...
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More people are making New Hampshire home Based on a 13-percent net gain of new residents, New Hampshire was the ...
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How to rediscover classics,find new titles that interest you and have more fun with reading If it’s been years since ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities “45,000 Quilt Project” exhibit. Courtesy photo. Peter Josephson in NH Theatre ...
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There’s an augmented reality app for that In the early 1990s, Tom McGurrin crafted a brooch from gold and a ...
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It’s time to get ready! I love starting seedlings indoors when it’s still cold and raw outside. It makes me ...
Family fun for the weekend Photo courtesy of Charmingfare Farm. Maple madness Celebrate Maple Month in New Hampshire at the ...
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Dear Donna,My sister came across these glasses at a flea market. We decided to get your input on them. They ...
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News from the local food scene • Greek pastries to go: Join Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (111 Island Pond Road, ...
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Destination India opens in Derry Mango Lassi. Photo courtesy of Destination India. A new eatery has brought Indian cuisine to ...
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Elm House of Pizza opens in Manchester Back in the 1970s, Elm House of Pizza was a downtown favorite among ...
Jeff LeDuc of the Dawg Shed in Epping
Jeff LeDuc of Epping is the owner and founder of the Dawg Shed (find them on Facebook @dawgshed), a food ...
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I pulled into the parking lot to get my first Covid vaccine. It was a bit science-fictiony/disaster-movie-y. Everything was being ...
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The winemaker for Peter Paul Wines Meet Martin Reyes, a Master of Wine and the first American of Mexican descent ...
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Kristian Montgomery and the Winterkill Band, Prince of Poverty (self-released) Catching up with a couple of local-ish releases, things that ...
No One Is Talking About This, by Patricia Lockwood
No One Is Talking About This, by Patricia Lockwood (208 pages, Riverhead) Two-thirds through her first novel, Patricia Lockwood slyly ...
Yes Day (PG) Jennifer Garner stars in Yes Day, a delightful family comedy about wacky hijinks on a day when ...
Steven Yeun appears in Minari by Lee Isaac Chung, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
Where to see the 2021 nominees We finally have the Oscar nominees for 2020 films. Announced March 15, it’s a ...
Local music news & events • Character: Rhode Island based singer-songwriter Tequila Jim has a John Mellencamp vibe going on ...
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Take3 on a mission to the mainstream Classical music is rigorous and demanding, its top purveyors virtuosic — but it’s ...
Coming 2 America (R) Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall. Murphy’s 1988 comedy gets a sequel that feels like, essentially, one of ...

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Summer Camp!


Summer Camp!
Get excited about summer camp! Most of the usual summer camps will be back in business, in person, this year. Find the perfect camp for your kid — there are options for blooming artists, sports fans, music lovers, nature enthusiasts and more.

Also on the cover, A new space for community art classes has opened on Hanover Street in Manchester, p. 22. The new Hotbox eatery in Manchester will be serving up Latin soul and street foods, p. 30. And beer columnist Jeff Mucciarone shares a few random beer selections for the random month of March, p. 34.

Most folks probably scanned past the news item that recently reported the imminent closure of the 450-year-old “Lamb and Flag” ...
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Covid-19 updateAs of March 1As of March 1Total cases statewide75,58875,588Total current infections statewide2,3632,363Total deaths statewide1,1701,170New cases1,923 (Feb. 23 to March ...
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Toadstool Bookshops named Retailer of the Year The New Hampshire Retail Association’s New Hampshire Retailer of the Year award recognizes ...
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At this time last year I said the Patriots were entering an 18-month remodeling period to be up and ready ...
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Work and learn Anyone interested in joining the health care field now has the chance to work while earning a ...
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Get excited about Summer Camp! Your guide to day camps and their plans for this summer Summer camps are back ...
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New community art classes come to Manchester Manchester has welcomed a new creative space to its growing art scene on ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities Jane Oneail will discuss the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and ...
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Make a wish list of trees you want I was recently thumbing through my first book, Notes from the Garden, ...
Family fun for the weekend Photo courtesy of the NH Audubon Society. Enjoy the (likely fleeting) warm weather New Hampshire’s ...
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Dear Donna, This is a set of placecard holders. At least that’s what they look like to me. Curious about ...
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News from the local food scene • Green cuisine: If you’re still wondering where to get your plate of corned ...
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Hotbox to open soon in Manchester Chicken teriyaki wrap. Courtesy photo. Like many Granite Staters at the onset of the ...
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Order now for outdoor SouperFest Roasted Red Pepper & Butternut Squash Bisque from O Steaks & Seafood, Hungarian Mushroom Ale ...
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Bryan Leary has been the executive chef of the Oak & Grain Restaurant (Inn at Pleasant Lake, 853 Pleasant St., ...
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March is unpredictable; so are these selections Nobody knows what the month of March is going to throw at us ...
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Decouplr, Digital Bonfire (self-released) Debut LP from this boy-girl electronic music duo, who, I’m advised, have been duking it out ...
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BOOK NOTESIt seems strange for a book to come out first in paperback, but that’s the format for the new ...
Raya and the Last Dragon
Raya and the Last Dragon (PG) Awkwafina voices a dragon and Kelly Marie Tran voices a warrior in Raya and ...
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (PG) Voices of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke. SpongeBob and Patrick — and then ...
• Mainstay: As his band Truffle marks 35 years together, front man Dave Gerard performs solo as he waits for ...
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Ryan Montbleau unveils first of four new EPs On the first track of his latest record, Ryan Montbleau celebrates imperfection ...

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Ready for St. Patrick’s Day?

Ready for St. Patrick’s Day?
It’s been just about a year since restaurants were ordered to close, or to offer only takeout or delivery, interrupting many plans for St. Patrick’s Day. Since then, eateries have adapted in all kinds of ways. Find out how local restaurants have adapted, and what their plans are for this year’s St. Paddy’s Day and beyond.

Also on the cover, maybe it’s time to try a Big Boo Boo, p. 23. The Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a virtual show, p. 28. If you’re looking for live music, find it in our Music This Week listing, starting on p. 30.

In 1999 the Supreme Court declared New Hampshire’s system of taxation “unconstitutional” based on the Claremont education funding decision. The ...
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Covid-19 updateAs of February 22As of March 1Total cases statewide73,66575,588Total current infections statewide2,8832,363Total deaths statewide1,1541,170New cases2,648 (Feb. 16 - 22)1,923 ...
Youth artwork highlights mental health issues New Hampshire middle school and high school students are invited to submit original artwork ...
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The start of the new NFL year is two weeks away when free agent signings begin. With $65 million to ...
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NH is 2021’s 8th most educated state The Granite State is smart! A recent study from personal-finance website WalletHub looked ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities Theatre Kapow presents a virtual production of Gidion’s Knot. Photo by ...
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Restored furniture store to open in Plaistow Kerri Durkee of Atkinson is taking her upcycled furniture business to the next ...
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Manchester museum displays Pandora Sweaters exhibit Between 1940 and 1990, a bold neon sign that read “Home of Pandora Sweaters” ...
Family fun for the weekend Scientific discoveries After being closed for renovations for a couple months, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center ...
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Dear Donna, This is a bath set (commode set?) that we believe is from the 1800s. Any information you could ...
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Basic books to get you started I know that many people, especially gardeners under the age of 40, use the ...
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News from the local food scene • Derry market to return this June: After taking a one-year hiatus last year ...
Corned beef brisket from Presto Craft Kitchen in Manchester
Restaurants get ready for March 17 and beyond Guinness stew from New England’s Tap House Grille in Hooksett. Courtesy photo ...
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Hopkinton native Emily Knowlton is the owner of BB Take Home Kitchen (bbtakehomekitchen.com, and on Facebook and Instagram @bbtakehomekitchen), also ...
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Napa and Sonoma offer a perfect spot for pinots and chards Napa and Sonoma counties, known for producing some of ...
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I’m finally attacking the intimidatingly large stack of books I’ve bought over the past year and never actually read. One ...
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Scolex, “Black Pyramid Ritual,” and Mortuous, “Dessicated”(Split Single) (Carbonized Records) As every underground metalhead in New Hampshire knows, I’m pretty ...
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People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd (Harper, 275 pages) I don’t resent Mark Twain for using a pen name, so ...
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Minari (PG-13) A Korean-American family seeks a path to financial security in rural Arkansas in Minari, an excellent family drama ...
Tom & Jerry (PG) Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña. Cartoon cat Tom and mouse Jerry (along with other animated animals) ...
• Starman: Along with his occasional David Bowie tribute act, George Belli performs with The Retroactivists, a band that mines ...
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Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day music virtually A year ago Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki was heading into his busy season and primed to ...

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The year of pets

The year of pets

With more time at home in the past year, many people took the opportunity to welcome new pets — and it wasn’t just cats and dogs (though there were plenty of those too). Check out stories of owners who brought home canines and felines, sugar gliders, a bearded dragon, a parakeet and even a potbellied pig.

Also on the cover, the Hippo’s Best of readers’ poll closes Feb. 28, so don’t forget to vote for your favorite people, places and events in southern New Hampshire. See details on p. 39. And find local music, in-person or virtually, starting on p. 31.

I’ve been hearing and thinking about annual cycles lately including Black History Month, the Lunar New Year, Mardi Gras, and ...
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Covid-19 updateAs of February 15As of February 22Total cases statewide71,01773,665Total current infections statewide2,9532,883Total deaths statewide1,1351,154New cases2,518 (Feb. 9 to Feb ...
The latest recommendations for proper mask use State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan gives an update on best mask-wearing practices. What ...
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Following their latest loss, where they blew a 20-plus-point lead again, the 15-15 Celtics are straddling a line between their ...
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Bedford boy appears on Ellen “This is awesome! I never thought I would hear my voice and now it’s on ...
Walker Lecture Series goes virtual After canceling its events in 2020, the Walker Lecture Series will return for its 124th ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities “Loves Me” and “Loves Me Not,” paired colored pencil drawings by ...
The tales of puppies, sugar gliders, a potbelly pig and other animals that found new homes in the last year ...
Mid-winter care for sad indoor plants Are you suffering from the mid-winter blahs? More importantly, are your houseplants? We can’t ...
Family fun for the weekend Bounce and climbCowabunga’s (725 Huse Road, Manchester, 935-9659, cowabungas.com) has extended hours for February vacation ...
Dear Donna, I had considered having this clock converted to battery-operated and then began to research. I believe it is ...
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News from the local food scene • More drive-thru Greek meals: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (68 N. State St., ...
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Red Beard’s Kitchen offers ready-made farm-to-fork meals From soup, chowder and chili to beef stew, veal Bolognese and shepherd’s pie, ...
Game of Thrones-inspired cafe now open in Amherst A new cafe in Amherst is inviting you to transport to the ...
What is your must-have kitchen item? Definitely a knife. What would you have for your last meal? A spaghetti and ...
What you eat or drink affects your brew In sort of a famous family incident several years ago during a ...
Sana Nagano, Smashing Humans (577 Records) Hey man, if I have to get introduced to an avant punk-jazz record by ...
The Bad Muslim Discount, by Syed M. Masood (Doubleday, 368 pages) The Bad Muslim Discount is the second book by ...
Nomadland (R) Frances McDormand gives one of the year’s great performances in Nomadland, a movie based on the non-fiction book ...
I Care A Lot (R) Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage. This recent Netflix release feels like half of a good idea: ...
• Returning: A vital force in the region’s live music scene is back, virtually. Parsonsfield, now a duo of Antonio ...
Fable finds Leaving Eden in fine form Since forming in 2011, Leaving Eden has remained among the most dedicated bands ...
Bars across New Hampshire offer trivia fun By Sadie Burgesslistings@hippopress.com If you’re full of seemingly useless information, you can put ...

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From couch to cardio

Local fitness pros talk about their shift to virtual classes. Find out why you might want to get off the couch and try Zumba, Pound, yoga, group personal training and more, all without leaving your house.

Also on the cover, voting is now open for the Hippo’s Best of readers’ poll! Vote for your favorite people, places and events in southern New Hampshire. See details on p. 35. And if you can whip up a delicious bowl of chili, you may want to check out the Virtual Chili Cook-Off being hosted by the Merrimack and Amherst Lions Clubs, p. 18.

We’re now deep into the pandemic hoping against hope that 2021 will be the year that we’ll get to see ...
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Covid-19 updateAs of February 8As of February 15Total cases statewide68,49971,017Total current infections statewide3,2452,953Total deaths statewide1,1061,135New cases2,441 (Feb. 2 to Feb ...
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With the Super Bowl in the rear view mirror after Tom Brady’s quest for No. 7 took up a lot ...
Animal shelter observes anniversary, plans expansion The Manchester Animal Shelter has found homes for more than 25,000 animals since it ...
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Youth protest peacefully with art installation A group of youth organizers hung posters and banners on the chain link fence ...
Mother and son create interactive kids book about Covid-19 Deer orienteer Stephen Stagg is on a new kind of hunt ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities “Winter Blues” art exhibit at The Lane House Arts Center in ...
Tone up, stretch and sweat at home with virtual fitness classes and local teachers There are so many reasons to ...
Winter veggies by the bowlful There is something about a bowl of warm soup on a cold winter day that ...
Family fun for the weekend Vacation week fun Let the kids explore hands-on exhibits that show the science behind motion, ...
Dear Donna, My 95-year-old father recently sent me this antique creamer. (At least I think it’s a creamer!) It was ...
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News from the local food scene • Local Greek eats: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (111 Island Pond Road, Manchester) will ...
Amherst, Merrimack Lions Clubs to host “virtual” chili cook-off If a hot bowl of chili has been one of your ...
Mola Foods to open new tasting room and kitchen Since launching Mola Foods in 2016, Jeannette Bryant of Nashua has ...
Jason Duffy is the executive chef of Bistro 603 (345 Amherst St., Nashua, 722-6362, bistro603nashua.com), which opened last August. Born ...
Veggies and seafood pair well with white wines Grilled steak or spaghetti and meatballs call for a robust wine such ...
Early on in the Covid lockdown, I decided to take ice cream to the workers at my dump. I wanted ...
Disco Shrine, xxoo Disco (self-released) Man, the world just needs to stop a second so I can catch my breath ...
Doomed Romance: Broken Hearts, Lost Souls and Sexual Tumult in Nineteenth-Century America, by Christine Leigh Heyrman (Knopf, 304 pages) Perform ...
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (PG-13) Everybody is wonderfully game in the delightfully silly Barb and Star ...
• Serenading: Check out a recent Facebook Live stream from Jessica Olson for an idea of her musical outlook. The ...
Tyler Allgood shines on soul-baring Through The Empty Surgery and its aftermath are often challenging; for a recovering addict, the ...

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Small acts of kindness

This Valentine’s season, spread the love from home. We’ve got 14 ideas that will help you show your loved ones, friends, neighbors and strangers that you care, safely.

Also on the cover, It’s time for the Best of 2021 readers’ poll! Voting is open, so let us know your favorite places, people and events in southern New Hampshire; see details on p. 9. And find some funny this weekend, p. 28 & 30.

Some Republicans in the New Hampshire House are pushing legislation that could give about $4,100 to anyone sending their kids ...
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Covid-19 updateAs of February 1As of February 8Total cases statewide66,05868,499Total current infections statewide4,6623,245Total deaths statewide1,0591,106New cases3,290 (Jan. 26 to Feb ...
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Esports alive and well at New England College Whereas many college sports have been suspended, competitive video gaming, known as ...
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On Saturday night before Sunday’s Super Bowl I got this overwhelming feeling in picking Kansas City to beat Tampa Bay ...
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Acts of kindness On this week’s theme of acts of kindness: The Bedford Starbucks has recently changed the traffic flow ...
14 ways to spread a little happiness this Valentine’s season This Valentine’s Day, spread the love without spreading Covid with ...
Local musician creates new version of “America the Beautiful” What started as a song for a children’s choir to sing ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities Art by Chris Reid, featured in “The View Through My Eyes” ...
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NH Audubon needs your help counting backyard birds By Sadie Burgess There are rules when it comes to counting birds ...
Family fun for the weekend L.O.V.E. bingo Have a sweet Valentine’s Day celebration at Chunky’s Cinema Pub. The theater is ...
Dear Donna, Can you give me an idea what this crock might be worth or how I can find out? ...
Flower buds
Holly, hemlock and more seasonal favorites I recently asked a few readers, garden friends and tree experts a question: “What ...
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News from the local food scene • Rally for restaurants: On Feb. 1, the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association ...
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Industry East Bar opens in Manchester Jeremy Hart and Dan Haggerty have around four decades of combined bartending experience across ...
NOFA-NH’s annual winter conference returns (virtually) Whether you’re looking for advice on how to grow your own organic food at ...
Corayma Correa’s family launched the Tropical Food Truck (tropical-food-truck.business.site, find them on Facebook) last October, its primary location at 80 ...
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Beer can be a critical component to pair with Netflix The problem is that when one episode on Netflix ends, ...
Ashnikko, Demidevil (Parlophone/Warner) Eh, this is OK for what it is, a nauseating wad of enthusiastically moronic, hip-hop-infused bubblegum roughly ...
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Chatter, by Ethan Kross (Crown, 229 pages) Ethan Kross had a problem, and not one you’d expect to plague a ...
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The Little Things (R) A couple argue in Malcolm & Marie, a movie somewhat reminiscent of the talky (if mannered) ...
Locked Down (R) Anne Hathaway, Chiwetel Ejiofor. A couple stuck in lockdown in London eventually plan a half-baked diamond heist ...
• Truffle man: Leading one of the Seacoast’s most enduring bands, Dave Gerard brings the same good-time vibe and constant ...
Comedy showcase features Francis Birch In standup comedy, a weekend booking represents validation. Francis Birch’s first was at Veronica Laffs ...

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The Bomb

Warm up this winter with a savory steak bomb. Find out what a basic bomb is made of and why you might want to try one of the sub’s many variations, plus check out which local eateries have bombs on the menu.

Also on the cover, the Nashua Choral Society is looking for new members — no experience necessary, p. 10. It’s time for the Best of 2021 readers’ poll! Voting is open, so let us know your favorite places, people and events in southern New Hampshire; see details on p. 25.

WMUR reported that on Jan. 22, nearly 150,000 people signed up within the first 10 hours of Phase 1b opening ...
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Covid-19 updateAs of January 25As of February 1Total cases statewide62,76866,058Total current infections statewide5,6274,662Total deaths statewide9901,059New cases4,904 (Jan. 19 to Jan ...
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Performing Arts Center moves into construction phase After four years of planning, construction on the Nashua Performing Arts Center is ...
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The 55th Super Bowl comes your way on Sunday to conclude a season marked by disruptions, limited fans in the ...
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Lots of student loans A recent study that looked at student loan debt nationwide ranked New Hampshire ninth for the ...
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Nashua Choral Society sings together from a distance The Nashua Choral Society is inviting new singers to join its 2021 ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities Watercolor by Barbara London, featured in “Let Me Show You What ...
Superbowl football marathon run
Second-annual 4-Miler online and in person With the Patriots done for the season weeks ago, New Hampshire football fans may ...
Family fun for the weekend Celebrate Apollo 14 Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 14 with the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center ...
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What to get, when to plant and how to make them last I hate to be the one to give ...
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Dear Donna,I recently acquired this “Emma Doll.” It was said to be a fine reproduction of an antique doll, purchased ...
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News from the local food scene • Meals for sweethearts: Still haven’t made your Valentine’s Day plans yet? Visit hippopress.com ...
Steak bomb sub from The Common Man Roadside Deli & Market
A deep dive into the steak bomb and its many variations What is a steak bomb? Visit nearly every pizza ...
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Paul Lynn of Raymond and his partner, Carolyn D’Amico, launched Java Joe’s (59 Route 27, Raymond, find them on Facebook ...
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Celebrate with chocolate and red wine How to celebrate Valentine’s Day? With red wine and chocolate, of course! The wine ...
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During the 1920s and 1930s, if you were young and had the means, Paris was the place to be. The ...
Practice, Not A Game (self-released) Practice is the stage name of one Michael Tapper, a New Yorker who’s played drums ...
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This Is the Voice, by John Colapinto (Simon & Schuster, 320 pages) John Colapinto can blame his raspy voice on ...
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The Little Things (R) Three difficult loners find themselves in each other’s orbit during the investigation into a serial killer ...
Finding ‘Ohana (PG) Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono. Pili (Peahu), a geocaching champion, sets out on a real treasure hunt to ...
• Song pull: A weekly open mic night continues apace, hosted by Brian “Burnout” Peasley. The middle moniker is a ...
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Record release show among Area 23 events An off-the-beaten-path Concord restaurant and taproom is doing all it can to keep ...

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