Laughs, magic, romance and more for your summer reading list
From colorful kids’ picture books and YA love stories to inspiring memoirs and fun beach reads, local booksellers and librarians share their recommendations for your summer reading adventures.
Also on the cover, Flanagan’s Southender opens in Concord and Casey Magee’s opens in Nashua, p. 18 & 19. Adam Ezra Group plays Tupelo Drive-In, p. 28. And find more live music in our Music This Week listings, starting on p. 30.
Where to shop in the fresh air for this season’s fresh fruits, veggies and more
Most summer markets are open for the season, but they don’t look the same as in years past, with social distancing guidelines in place and no live music or vendor demonstrations. Still, there’s plenty of fresh produce and other local products to be had — find out where you can get them, and what the summer farmers market scene looks like this year.
Also on the cover, how to prepare for a (safe) gathering in your garden, p. 12. Our beer columnist can’t resist an IPA, p.22. And our Music This Week live music listings are back, p. 29.
The Class of 2020 talks about their unexpected spring and their hopes for the future
High school and college grads didn’t get the senior year fun they expected, with most end-of-year events, including graduation ceremonies, canceled or postponed. We talked to students from the class of 2020 about what their final months of school looked like, what they missed most, and their hopes for the future.
Also on the cover, why dandelions and clovers can be part of a healthy, happy lawn, p. 14. A new food truck makes its debut in Loudon, p. 16. And country musician Nicole Knox Murphy plays live at local restaurants, p. 26.
How Summer Camps are trying to find a way to keep fun in the season.
Camps have been given the green light to open on June 22, but they won’t look the same as years past, with some going virtual and others making modifications to meet safety guidelines — and some not opening at all.
Also on the cover, Game Changer Sports Bar and Grill opens in Londonderry, p. 18. Fire pits are better with beer, p. 24. And stand-up comedy comes out of quarantine, p. 30.
The Tupelo Drive-In Experience got the live outdoor music party started, and local restaurants are joining in on a smaller scale as they start offering shows alongside outdoor dining — so while most big tours and concert series have been canceled or postponed, you can still get your live music fix this summer.
Also on the cover, Manchester native Tyler Spindel has a new hit on Netflix, p. 6. Get your next dessert from a food truck in Nashua or your next bottle of wine from a new shop on Main Street in Concord, p. 14. And get your puzzle on with all kinds of options, starting on p. 27 in the nite section.
On the cover 16 Ready for a bite? Some of the state’s restaurants are reopening for limited outdoor dining, with strict safety precautions in place. Find out how eateries are adjusting to the changes, why some are staying closed, and what dining will look like for customers for the near future.
Also on the cover, sometimes the only way to start your day right is with dessert, p. 20. Sometimes you need to get adventurous with your beer, p. 21. And sometimes you need to mix things up with new puzzles, p. 27 & 29 (let us know what you think about the new additions at firstname.lastname@example.org!).
There may be no better time to beautify your home than right now, and no better way to do it than by adding splashes of color to your landscape (p. 12). And flowers aren’t the only thing that can add some green-thumb happiness to your life – try growing herbs, greens and other easy produce inside or out (p. 16), and plant early edibles now so you have something to look forward to next year (p. 13).
Also on the cover, the beer industry is staying in the game, p. 20. A local musician mixes heavy metal and pilates, p. 26. And once again, to keep you busy, we have plenty of crossword puzzles and sudokus, p. 27-30.