A winter hike – 01/06/22

Taking to the trails this season poses a few unique challenges compared to spring, summer and fall hiking, but it can be done safely (and comfortably!).

Also on the cover, check out a new exhibit featuring quilts created by Hollis artist Ellen Fisher at the Nashua Public Library, p. 14. Osaka Japanese Restaurant opens in Manchester, p. 27. And April Cushman plays live in Concord, p. 34.

Our family has always enjoyed stories. Car rides, since the time my daughter was very young, have included listening to ...
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Covid-19 update As of Dec 27 As of Jan 3Total cases statewide 194,470 203,749Total current infections statewide 8,026 8,785Total deaths ...
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NH Poet Laureate guides magazine by teens, for teens Under the Madness is a new magazine, designed and managed by ...
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Here are a few predictions for 2022, some real and others of the fantasy variety that would make sports in ...
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Upgrades for local libraries Forty-two New Hampshire public libraries will get funding through an Institute for Museum and Library Services’ ...
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Big Events January 6, 2022 and beyond Friday, Jan. 7 Winter is for the birds — which birds? Find out ...
Hiking writer and gear expert Philip Werner stops for a break near Mount Garfield during a recent winter hike. Among his gear choices for this hike are softshell pants, single layer insulated gloves, a thin wool base layer shirt, high gaiters
How to stay safe and warm while exploring NH’s winter wonderland By Dan Szczesny At just over 2,300 feet, Belknap ...
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Art quilts bring nature to Nashua Public Library Ellen Fisher’s background in landscape design and conservation is at the heart ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • Whimsical musical: The Palace Youth Theatre, consisting of student actors ...
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Fostering a curiosity for nature One recent morning I decided it was time to finish reading a small book of ...
Family fun for the weekend Winter fun • Snow tubing opens Thursday, Jan. 6, at McIntyre Ski Area (50 Chalet ...
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Dear Donna, I’m wondering if you can provide any information on this Pansy’s Stories for Boys and Girls book. It’s ...
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Alison Milioto Human Resource Consultant Alison Milioto is a human resource consultant at BlueLion, a woman-owned and -operated HR and ...
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News from the local food scene • Souvlaki to go: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (68 N. State St., Concord) ...
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Osaka Japanese Restaurant now open in Manchester A new eatery in downtown Manchester is offering daily lunch specials of sushi ...
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Liz Houle is the owner of Good to the Last Krumb (find her on Facebook @goodtothelastkrumbnh), a homestead business specializing ...
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Hello, 2022! As one often does at the start of a new year, I am eating a little more mindfully ...
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So, you know how every three or four months you go through your pantry and get rid of all the ...
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Get to know claret The Wine Lover’s Companion, a compilation of “nearly 4,000 wine-related terms,” defines claret as a term ...
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Mild Orange, Colourise (self-released) By now you’ve probably noticed a growing preference in this column for dream-pop and chamber-pop. Those ...
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How To Live Like a Monk, Medieval Wisdom for Modern Life, by Daniele Cybulskie (Abbeville Press, 175 pages) When modernity ...
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Nightmare Alley (R) Step right up and enjoy the thrills, chills and stylish miasma of dread concocted by director and ...
Local music news & events • Prime cuts: While partaking in a namesake 3-pound steak, or lighter fare, listen to ...
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Country singer brings debut disc to Concord Following a Covid-caused delay of more than a year, April Cushman finally released ...
Thursday, Jan. 6 Bedford Copper Door: Chad LaMarsh, 7 p.m. Brookline Alamo: open mic, 4:30 p.m. Hermanos: Dave Gerard, 6:30 ...

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2021 Year in Review – 12/30/21

Some of the hopes we had for 2021 played out (vaccines!), and others (life going back to normal!), not so much. Find out what went down in arts (p. 18), food (p. 38), movies (p. 48) and nightlife (p. 56) in 2021, and take a sneak peek at what’s to come in 2022.

Also on the cover, walk through a wonderland of lights at LaBelle, p. 26. Make some simple sweets, p. 42 & 44. And ring in the new year with a cocktail (p. 44) or try a new brew (p. 46).

As Hippo rounds out its 21st year I want to express my gratitude. In the past 21 years, Hippo hasn’t ...
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Covid-19 update As of Dec 20 As of Dec 27Total cases statewide 186,678 194,470Total current infections statewide 8,504 8,026Total deaths ...
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Manchester author chronicles his years as fugitive Jorge William Nayor of Manchester discusses his memoir, Dinosaur in the Park: Adventure ...
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In a year of weird and wild sports stories here are the top ones as I see it. Covid-19: It’s ...
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Messy roads for Christmas Hundreds of crashes and several major road closures on Christmas morning put a damper on some ...
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Big Events December 30, 2021 and beyond Thursday, Dec. 30 Looking to get outside? Check out the Educational Farm at ...
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Theater and art groups rally in 2021 Well, it was better than 2020 — that’s the sentiment that many in ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • Nashua arts venue gets an official name: The performing arts ...
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Dear Donna, I am sending you pictures of a bracelet that my mom has given to me. My dad gave ...
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LaBelle Winery creates a winter light show By Paula Constance news@hippopress.com Decorative lights continue at LaBelle Winery’s Derry location with ...
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Little snow means more work in the garden Although we had a little snow on the ground for much of ...
Family fun for the weekend Head to the museum Get the family out of the house by sending them to ...
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Keith McDonald Water filtration specialist Keith McDonald is the owner and founder of NH Tap, a Milford-based company that builds ...
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News from the local food scene • New Year’s eats: Join the Copper Door Restaurant (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677; ...
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A look back at the local food scene in 2021, plus trends and predictions for 2022 Local restaurateurs continued to ...
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Josie Lemay is the owner of Wildflour Cakes (wildflourcake.com, and on Facebook and Instagram @wildflour_cake), specializing in custom wedding cakes ...
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We are nearing the very end of the holiday season. After New Year’s Eve, there may be thoughts (and actions) ...
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For a variety of complicated, therapy-inducing reasons, we spent Christmas in 1974 with my mother’s twin sister and her family ...
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Take the beer less tasted When someone asks me what kind of beer I like, I usually say something along ...
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Reptaliens, Multiverse (self-released) The first album from this Portland, Oregon-based husband-and-wife synthpop duo was 2017’s FM-2030, named after the famous ...
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These Precious Days, by Ann Patchett (Harper, 320 pages) The Ann Patchett craze somehow eluded me, although I know people ...
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A look at the funner films of 2021 The best movie of 2021 is Barb and Star Go to Vista ...
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The Matrix Resurrections (R) Keanu Reeves is once again Neo — or is he Thomas Anderson, sometimes delusional but wildly ...
Local music news & events • Familiar tunes: Roll into the long weekend with Eddie Sands, a singer and guitarist ...
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Looking back, and forward In the parlance of performance, 2020 wasn’t a hard act to follow — anything would beat ...
Thursday, Dec. 30 Bedford Copper Door: Jordan Quinn, 7 p.m. Brookline Alamo: Jeff Mrozek, 4:30 p.m. Concord Hermanos: Brian Booth, ...

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Making Spirits Bright – 12/23/21

Put some festive flavor into your holiday drinks! John Fladd mixes up cocktails based on some fun seasonal history and pop culture. Pottersville Special, anyone?

Also on the cover, celebrate Scotland’s New Year’s Eve traditions at NHSCOT’s Hogmanay, p. 10. Level up your grilled cheese at Prime Time, p. 28. And find music, laughs and more to ring in the new year, starting on p. 36.

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Covid-19 update As of Dec 13 As of Dec 20Total cases statewide 178,099 186,678Total current infections statewide 9,086 8,504Total deaths ...
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A look at the upcoming ski season Alexandra Moore, marketing director at McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester, talked about what ...
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With Christmas arriving on Saturday it’s time to review who’s been naughty and nice as we hand our annual presents ...
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Preserving New Hampshire The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program has awarded more than $4.7 million in matching grants for ...
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Big Events December 23, 2021 and beyond Thursday, Dec. 23 Need to do a little last-minute shopping? Two Villages Art ...
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Celebrate the new year Scottish-style You don’t have to live across the Atlantic to celebrate Hogmanay — Scotland’s New Year’s ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • Still time for art gifts: If you’re still doing some ...
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Enjoy paperwhites and amaryllis indoors As winter drags along, I long for warm sun and green plants surrounding me outdoors ...
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Dear Donna, Can you give me any information on this box of metal puzzles? I believe they are all in ...
Family fun for the weekend See Santa • As of Dec. 20 a few slots were still open for Santa’s ...
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Megan Thompson Travel advisor Megan Thompson is a travel advisor and owner of Wanderlust with Meg, based in Newmarket. Explain ...
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Wherein John Fladd presents “TannenBombed – A High-Proof Christmas Card in Eight Parts.” A note on measurements: For non-liquid ingredients, ...
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News from the local food scene • Here’s to 2022: Depending on when you’re reading this, there may still be ...
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Prime Time Grilled Cheese opening restaurant in Manchester Alex and Marcie Pichardo found success in 2018 with Prime Time Grilled ...
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Frank Barrese of Nashua is the executive chef of The 101 Grille (88 Shirking Road, Epping, 734-2273, the101grille.com), a new ...
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It’s almost Christmas, so you probably are already surrounded by many treats. You may wonder why you need one more ...
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Sweet wines for holiday giving and drinking The holiday season provides us with the opportunity to exchange gifts with those ...
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Alice Phoebe Lou, Child’s Play (self-released) I don’t like getting all class-war on an innocent album that never did anything ...
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Powder Days, by Heather Hansman (Hanover Square Press, 264 pages) Heather Hansman learned to love skiing in New England, even ...
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Spider-Man: No Way Home (PG-13) Peter Parker is introduced to the multiverse in Spider-Man: No Way Home, a solid third ...
Local music news & events • Back for Xmas: In what’s become a holiday tradition, Abrielle Scharff returns for her ...
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New Year’s Eve comedy across the state Laughter just may be the best medicine as New Hampshire and the rest ...
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Music, comedy and more for New Year’s Eve Send off 2021 in style with music, comedy and more on Friday, ...
Thursday, Dec. 23 Bedford Copper Door: Lou Antonucci, 7 p.m. Brookline Alamo: Jordan Quinn, 4:30 p.m. Hermanos: Paul Hubert, 6:30 ...

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Thrill Rides – 12/16/21

Tap into your adventurous side without actually jumping out of a plane! We tried indoor skydiving and surfing, smashing things at Rage Cage NH and pole dancing for fitness and fun. The results? Worth it.

Also on the cover, it’s time to rethink kale, p. 22. Find good eats for New Year’s Eve, p. 30. And for the music lovers in your life, consider these gifts, p. 44.

Following closely the end of daylight saving time comes my recognition of just how much shorter are the passing days ...
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Covid-19 update As of Dec 6 As of Dec 13Total cases statewide 169,219 178,099Total current infections statewide 9,671 9,086Total deaths ...
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Charitable giving for the holiday season Melinda Mosier, director of donor services at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, talked about ...
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After a summer of big changes I waited to give my outlook for the Celtics until I’d seen them play ...
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Moose plate money Fifteen projects aimed at protecting and restoring New Hampshire’s natural resources have been awarded a total of ...
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Big Events December 16, 2021 and beyond Thursday, Dec. 16 The Peacock Players present A Christmas Carol: An Original Live ...
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Skydiving without a plane, surfing the indoor waves and other ways to get outside your comfort zone. Looking for adventure? ...
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Birdie premieres at Canterbury Shaker Village’s holiday event The heartwarming story of a child who grew up in Canterbury Shaker ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • A Christmas classic: There are still plenty of opportunities to ...
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Why the misunderstood veggie is a hero Like Rodney Dangerfield, kale doesn’t get enough respect. I’ve been told that it ...
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Dear Donna, These brass buttons were from my grandfather’s military jacket. Where he was in his career at the time, ...
Family fun for the weekend Ho ho ho holidays The holiday happenings — plays, concerts, Santa appearances and more! — ...
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Daria Harvey Financial assistance client advocate Daria Harvey is a client advocate at SHARE Outreach, a nonprofit that provides emergency ...
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News from the local food scene • Season’s eatings: There may still be time to order your holiday dinners and ...
Peppermint mocha, with house blend A&E iced coffee, house made peppermint and mocha syrup, plant-based milk, coconut whipped cream and a cacao nib and candy cane topping
Vegan coffee and breakfast cart launches in Manchester When Madeline Rossi and her wife Olivia Lenox bought a small mobile ...
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Celebrate 2022 with a special meal or dining party Ring in 2022 with a special multi-course meal, a midnight Champagne ...
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Chef Martin Kelly Jr. oversees kitchen operations at Stones Social (449 Amherst St., Nashua, 943-7445, stonessocial.com), an eatery known for ...
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Falafel is one of those dishes that seems like it’s healthy, but that isn’t always the case. Although falafel is ...
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’Tis the season for holiday beers I used to be obsessed with holiday brews. As in, there wasn’t enough holiday ...
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Tulip Tiger x Garrett Noel, Synth Xmas II (Give/Take Records) Funny, right after I wrapped up this week’s Playlist thingie, ...
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West Side Story (PG-13) Get Maria and Tony, the Sharks and the Jets, the dance-fights and the love songs plus ...
The Power of the Dog (R) Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst. Jane Campion writes and directs this movie based on a ...
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On Animals, by Susan Orlean (Avid Reader Press, 237 pages) Susan Orlean had me at “Shiftless Little Loafers,” her 1996 ...
Local music news & events • Holiday cheer: Hosting its annual benefit show, the Uncle Steve Band is a friendly ...
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Gift ideas for music fans Books, box sets, baubles, even bespoke action figures are all good ways to make the ...
Thursday, Dec. 16 Auburn Auburn Pitts: open mic jam, 6:30 p.m. Bedford Copper Door: Jodee Frawlee, 7 p.m. Brookline Alamo: ...

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Gifts to Delight – 12/09/21

We have suggestions for all your favorite people, whether they’re artistic (p. 10), love the outdoors (p. 14), enjoy good eats (p. 22) or like to get lost in a book (p. 33),

Also on the cover, find out where to get delicious Christmas eats, p. 22. Add some sparkle to your holidays, p. 31. And Black Violin comes to the Cap Center in Concord, p. 36.

I find being one of my family’s elders a bit unsettling. Sure, I already embraced the gray hair. But until ...
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Covid-19 update As of Nov 29 As of Dec 6Total cases statewide 160,287 169,219Total current infections statewide 7,078 9,671Total deaths ...
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Shop local this holiday season Nancy Kyle, president and CEO of the New Hampshire Retail Association, talked about the current ...
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With December here and four games left to play, let’s take a look at where things stand for the Patriots ...
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Putting a damper on shopping The Mall of New Hampshire had to shut down its food establishments temporarily after a ...
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Big Events December 9, 2021 and beyond Thursday, Dec. 9 Productions of A Christmas Carol take place on stages throughout ...
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Art, music and theater gifts for all ages There are plenty of opportunities to shop locally for handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • Nutcracker galore: Don’t miss your chance to see the classic ...
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Gear, good reads and great ideas for kids By Dan Szczesny While the cold season and its wind chills, frost ...
Family fun for the weekend Holiday happenings The Nov. 25 issue was our big Holiday Guide issue, packed full of ...
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How to make them a little brighter This is the darkest time of the year: Not only are the days ...
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Katie Booker Vintage and handmade gift shop owner Katie Booker is the owner of Little Vintage Venue in Suncook. The ...
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News from the local food scene • Shop (and eat) local: More than 80 specialty food vendors, artists and craftspeople ...
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Tasty gift ideas for the foodies in your life Give the gift of local eats this holiday season — whether ...
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Where to dine in for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day ’Tis the season for holiday dining, as several local eateries ...
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Matt Pierce of Salem is the owner and founder of Granite State Spice Blends (granitestatespiceblends.com, and on Facebook @granitestatespiceblends), a ...
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I don’t know if the word “spread” accurately describes this recipe. Yes, as you can see in the photo, it ...
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So you’re finally a full-blown grown-up. Congratulations. One of the things that comes with that is learning how to give ...
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Celebrate with some sparkling wine As the song goes, it is “the most wonderful time of the year!” as we ...
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Modern Nature, Island of Noise (Bella Union Records) Here continues the saga of U.K. songwriter Jack Cooper, with whom you ...
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Gift ideas for book lovers As holiday gifts go, you can’t do much better than books. They’re easy to wrap, ...
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Encanto (PG) A girl growing up in a magical family with a magical house tries to find her place in ...
8-Bit Christmas (PG) Neil Patrick Harris, Steve Zahn. I’ve seen this movie described as an update of A Christmas Story ...
Local music news & events • Side to front: A rock guitarist takes a jazz direction as Scott Sharrard & ...
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Black Violin transcends genres Black Violin earned a Grammy nomination for its 2020 album, Take The Stairs — a fitting ...
Thursday, Dec. 9 Auburn Auburn Pitts: open mic jam, 6:30 p.m. Bedford Copper Door: Chad LaMarsh, 7 p.m. Brookline Alamo: ...

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Crafting your favorite things – 12/02/21

Local crafters are making all kinds of fantastic gift-worthy items, from cozy mittens to critter ornaments made from found-in-nature materials, Meet the crafters and find out where you can shop for their goods.

Also on the cover, spend a festive evening in downtown Concord during Midnight Merriment, p. 16. Find good eats and more at the Made in New England Expo, p. 26, And Morgan James brings holiday sounds to The Rex, p. 36.

Everyone has a story to tell. As a doctor, people share their stories with me related to their health and ...
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Covid-19 update As of Nov 19As of Nov 29Total cases statewide 150,813 160,287Total current infections statewide 7,604 7,078Total deaths statewide ...
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Theater company teaches kids healthy social behaviors After a year of virtual programming, Plymouth State University’s TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, ...
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If you are a football fan you know how the argument goes. Who was more responsible for the Patriots dynasty, ...
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Holly jolly trolley tours The Queen City is encouraging residents to decorate their homes with its second annual Manchester Holiday ...
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Big Events December 2, 2021 and beyond Friday, Dec. 3 Need a little naughty mixed into your holiday celebrations? Join ...
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Meet the crafters selling one-of-a-kind wearable, decorative and whimsical objects this season. For many local crafters, the holiday season is ...
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Midnight Merriment returns to downtown Concord After a year without Merriment, shoppers looking for unique, local gifts are invited to ...
The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities • Three weekends of Nutcracker: The Nutcracker will be performed at ...
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Gifts for the gardener Ready to shop! Every time I turn on the radio or open a newspaper, there are ...
Family fun for the weekend The most event-y time of the year Last week’s Hippo (the Nov. 25 issue) was ...
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Dear Donna, Can you help identify this piece? It’s 14 inches long and marked US Standard. It also has measurements ...
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Justin Tanner Engraver Justin Tanner is the owner of Rustic Cabin Designs, a laser engraving business that does custom engraving ...
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News from the local food scene • Lamb dinners to go: Join St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (1160 Bridge St., ...
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Delicious eats and more at Made in New England Expo From artisan chocolates, baked goods and other sweet treats to ...
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The Utopian now open in Amherst Adam Parker’s culinary journey has taken him from upstate New York all the way ...
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Gabe DiSaverio combined his two greatest passions — spicy food and sharks — with the launch of The Spicy Shark ...
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Beets. They definitely were a vegetable that I did not appreciate nor enjoy as a kid. Now that I am ...
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It’s a magical combination I go into most weekends with high expectations for my own productivity. Generally speaking, though, my ...
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Naked Raygun, Over The Overlords (Wax Trax Records) This Chicago post-punk band never struck me as “post” anything, just punk, ...
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You Can’t Be Serious, by Kal Penn (Gallery, 367 pages) You may know Kal Penn as a resident on the ...
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House of Gucci (R) The family behind the Gucci fashion company faces scandal and murder in the 1980s and 1990s ...
Local music news & events • Santa surfing: Sidelined by the pandemic last year, Gary Hoey is back on the ...
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Christmas at The Rex with Morgan James From her debut album, a live tribute to Nina Simone, to recreating Joni ...
Thursday, Dec. 2 Auburn Auburn Pitts: open mic jam, 6:30 p.m. Bedford Copper Door: Clint Lapointe, 7 p.m. Brookline Alamo: ...

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