The Weekly Dish 22/09/29

News from the local food scene

Farm fresh pizzas: Join Brookford Farm (250 West Road, Canterbury) for a family-friendly pizza party on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 1 to 4 p.m., an event held in conjunction with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Attendees can feast on house-made brick oven pizzas and sides that will be loaded with farm-fresh organic ingredients, and the party will also include live music, children’s activities, a farm tour, an exhibitor fair, raffle prizes and more. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids. Admission is free for kids under the age of 2. Visit

A bite of the apple: The Salvation Army of Nashua will hold its annual Applefest on Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at Sullivan Farm (70 Coburn Ave., Nashua). In addition to apple picking, the rain-or-shine event will feature a variety of treats available for sale, like fresh cider, apple pies, ice cream, hamburgers and hot dogs. Other activities will include hay rides, scarecrow making, face painting, crafts and demonstrations from local businesses and groups. Tickets are $1 for food and activities — rates include one ticket for games, three tickets for hay rides and five tickets for apple crisp with ice cream. Visit

Prost! Save the date for the annual Oktoberfest celebration at Mile Away Restaurant (52 Federal Hill Road, Milford) on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. In addition to an authentic food menu of German eats, there will be special Oktoberfest beers, live music and more. No entrance fee is necessary, but there is a $20 parking fee per car. Visit

Plant-based perfection: Concord author Renee Plodzik will be at Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord) on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m., to present her cookbook Eat Well Move Often Stay Strong. The book features several nutritional and seasonal recipes that include plant-based ingredients, often found locally — breakfast items, creative salads, protein-packed soups and sweet treats are all included. Plodzik is a nurse practitioner and the founder of fit4acause, a donation-only fitness and wellness program raising funds and awareness for cancer survivors. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the event. Visit

Brews and chilis: Tickets are on sale now for the Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival, which returns to Swasey Parkway in Exeter on Saturday, Oct. 1, with two sessions, from noon to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. The event is presented by the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce and the Exeter Parks and Recreation department, featuring hundreds of different beers, ciders and hard seltzers to taste from a variety of local vendors. Chili samples are also back this year for the first time since 2019. General admission tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door, and include a compostable tasting cup, access to unlimited beer and chili samples and live entertainment. Designated driver tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Visit• Greek night out: Join St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church (500 W. Hollis St., Nashua) for its annual Taverna Night on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 7 to 11 p.m. The event will include an evening of Greek appetizers, desserts, dancing and live music from the local band Ta Pethia. Admission is $35 for adults and $20 for attendees under 18. Visit

On The Job – Kara Webster

Floral decor designer

Kara Webster of Pelham designs and sells handcrafted seasonal wreaths and floral decor from her online shop, Enchanted Vines, and hosts virtual and in-person wreath-making workshops.

Explain your job and what it entails.

I work with high-quality florals to create wreaths and floral arrangements that appear lifelike. These pieces are designed to create a warm and welcoming home. … In addition to selling, I’ve … created seasonal workshops where I teach others how to design … their wreath or centerpiece so that it lasts for seasons to come.

How long have you had this job?

Enchanted Vines was created on Valentine’s Day of 2018 on the Etsy platform. I ran my shop as my side hustle for over four years. I worked my 9-to-5 job in HR and dedicated nights and weekends to my shop. In the summer of 2021, I reduced my hours at my full-time job to test the waters, and by fall of 2021 I made the leap to pursue my passion full-time

What led you to this career field and your current job?

In my late teen years, I had two jobs I loved. The first was an all-female landscaping company where we did garden installations and maintenance. The second was working at a florist. Both jobs laid the foundation for learning about flowers, color and design.

What kind of education or training did you need?

I’ve been a sponge with online resources over the last five or six years. I utilize YouTube tutorials and am a member of an online-based group that focuses on online selling and wreath making. … I have an amazing mentor named Wendy through the SCORE Business Mentoring Program. Wendy has a family-owned limo company, and even though we’re in completely different fields, she’s provided me with invaluable advice.

What is your typical at-work uniform or attire?

When I’m working at home, my go-to is comfort, so you can usually find me in Cozy Earth loungewear. When I’m running a workshop, I’m in jeans, comfy shoes and my Enchanted Vines apron that my coworkers gave as part of my goodbye gift.

How has your job changed over the course of the pandemic?

With stores being closed, online sales were boosted, but in-person events were put on hold. I made the decision to pivot my business model and created virtual workshops as well as DIY floral kits. I continue to offer virtual workshops, which allow me to connect with clients from all over the country.

What do you wish you’d known at the beginning of your career?

When something seems scary or outside your comfort zone, do it anyway. That discomfort is a sign that you’re … improving on your skillset.

What do you wish other people knew about your job?

Being in business for yourself can make you feel vulnerable. You have to completely put yourself out there, believe in yourself and invest in yourself. Being a small business owner can be risky, scary, draining, but also so rewarding.

What was the first job you ever had?

My first job was at Dunkin’ Donuts at the age of 15.

What’s the best piece of work-related advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t ever get complacent. There’s always room for growth.

Five favorites

Favorite book:
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover.
Favorite movie: The Notebook.
Favorite music: Adele and Lizzo never disappoint.
Favorite food: Apple crisp is my favorite right now.
Favorite thing about NH: When the seasons change. I always say my favorite season is the “next” season because I love seeing the transformation.

Featured photo: Kara Webster. Courtesy photo.

Kiddie Pool 22/09/29

Family fun for the weekend

Festivals galore

• Charmingfare Farm (774 High St., Candia) is holding a multi-day pumpkin festival featuring pumpkin picking, tractor train rides, horse-drawn wagons, pumpkin art, live music and more. Visit their website to pick a date and time to attend. Available dates are Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 8, through Monday, Oct. 10. Tickets are $22 per person and must be purchased in advance online (free for kids ages 23 months and under). Go to to purchase tickets and for more information.

• Join DeMerritt Hill Farm (20 Orchard Way, Lee) for Pumpkinfest on Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be pumpkin rock painting and naming contests for the chance to win prizes, as well as face-painting and pre-picked pumpkins available for purchase. Visit for more details.

• There will be a harvest fest on the lawn of the Taylor Library (49 E. Derry Road, Derry) on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring games, crafts, snacks, music, balloon twisters and a special visit from the Derry Fire Department. Visit for more information.

• The educational farm at Joppa Hill (174 Joppa Hill Road, Bedford) is hosting a Fall Fest on Sunday, Oct. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. The fair will have tractor rides, a pumpkin patch, crafts, a petting farm, live music, tasty treats and more. No registration is needed. Visit

• The last days of Toddlerfest are this week, with the final day being Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover). The annual celebration offers guests up to age 5 experiences with music and movement, science, art and storytelling. The festival is included in the price for tickets for general admission. Visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

Explore science

• SEE Science Center (200 Bedford St., Manchester) is inviting kids and families to make their own Simon Says game on Saturday, Oct. 1, to celebrate the 100th birthday of Ralph Baer, the game’s creator. Participants will need to bring a laptop capable of downloading Arduino IDE software to be able to participate. The program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and costs $5 plus regular admission. The project is recommended for kids ages 12 and older. Visit for more information.

Farm fun

• NOFA-NH and Brookford Farms are celebrating their respective 50- and 10-year anniversaries with a pizza party, live music, and farm tour at 250 West Road, Canterbury, on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. In addition to everything listed above, there will also be a hay maze, apple cider pressing, encounters with wildlife, and more. Visit


• The run of The Little Mermaidat the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) is ending with its final performance on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. The show follows the adventures of the little mermaid, Ariel, who falls in love with a human she rescues. Tickets start at $25 and can be bought at

Sports fans

Got kids who love sports? They might be keen to watch older kids play the sports they are just starting to enjoy. Hippo’s sports writer, Dave Long, suggests a few upcoming games your kids might want to check out:

Boys Soccer – Concord at Nashua South, today, Thursday. Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. These two are bunched at the top of the Division 1 standings with several others. So October will be wild as very good teams battle all month for who’ll be seeded where come tournament time. And kicking off the race will be the Crimson on the road vs. the Titans at Nashua’s Stellos Stadium (7 Stadium Drive).

Football – Campbell at Trinity, Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. An earlyseason battle of teams that come into tomorrow’s clash at Trinity High School (581 Bridge St. in Manchester). The winner takes the lead to be the top seed in the Division 3 tournament.

Girls Soccer – Derryfield at Trinity, Sunday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. A Manchester city battle at Trinity. With the Pioneers being relatively new to D-3, it’s not quite a rivalry game. But with them now meeting twice a year, it’s probably not far off. The next edition comes Oct. 21 on the synthetic at D-field that looks to be twice regulation size when you drive up to it on North River Road.

Treasure Hunt 22/09/29

Dear Donna,

I have a kitty that belonged to my mom and was passed to me. It’s been very loved and worn over the years. Now it’s time to share it again with my granddaughter.

I’m wondering if there is any danger in the contents of kitty. He has torn areas and worn spots. I lived through it, but am checking before I pass him on again.


Dear Kimberly,

I love the history of your cat (a.k.a. kitty). With all the loving it’s had it looks to be in good shape other than the tail tip. In the antique world we consider these well used and loved animals in a collectible market of their own.

As far as safety, Kimberly, I would make sure there is no stuffing exposed, the ribbon isn’t loose, there are no wires poking out, and it’s not shedding surface fur — no loose ends.Then I’m thinking if it made it this far you should be OK.

Just for information, Kimberly, the value on your loved kitty would be in the $60 range. Judging by your photos it looks to be from the early 1900s.

Thanks for sharing and passing it on, Kimberly.

Fair and square

The Deerfield Fair celebrates New Hampshire agriculture traditions

By Katelyn Sahagian

For more than a century the Deerfield Fair has celebrated agriculture, handmade items, farm animals and families during the first few days of autumn.

“We came back last year stronger than ever and this year is looking just as good,” said Richard Pitman, the vice president of the Deerfield Fair.

Over the course of the last near century and a half, the fair has taken a break only during World War II and the Covid-19 pandemic, said Pitman.

The Deerfield Fair is back for the 145th year, starting Saturday, Sept. 29, with midway amusement rides, delicious fair food and dozens of different horse, cattle and pumpkin competitions before wrapping up on Sunday, Oct. 2.

The newest entertainment at the fair will be K-9 police unit demonstrations, where, as Pitman said, the dogs will “show off and get the bad guy.” There will also be a group of archers teaching people the proper ways to handle bows and how to shoot them at the 4-H building.

colorful ferris wheel seen from below
Courtesy photo.

“We’ve been bombarded with entries by exhibitors, everything from household goods to horse pulling, dairy and beef cows, even oxen pulling,” Pitman said.

He added that there will be an assortment of different fried fair foods, midway rides and games, and craftsmen’s displays including woodworking and blacksmithing.

There will be buildings with hand-woven and braided rugs, photography, art, and different produce grown by gardeners and farmers from across the state. A petting farm will be set up with sheep, alpacas, llamas and other farm animals.

Catch live music and performances (such as puppets, the Flying Wallendas, magic and more) on four stages throughout the weekend. The Miss Deerfield Fair pageant will take place on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. The fair will feature strolling performers playing on all four days include Bryson Lang, I’m Not a Clown, Pirate Man Dan, Moose Mountain Jazz Band, Have a Cartoon You, Seacoast NH Ukulele and Mixtape A Cappella Group.

The highlights of the fair will be the giant pumpkin and gourd weigh-offs, the horse pulling competition, and the tractor pulling competition, according to Pitman. He said that the fair is a place for every aspect of agriculture and homemade lifestyle to be encouraged.

“We celebrate all aspects of the homegrown lifestyle,” Pitman said.

Featured photo: Courtesy photo.

The Art Roundup 22/09/29

The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities

Nature’s beauty: The Manchester Artists Association presents “Nature’s Beauty,” an exhibit celebrating art and nature at the NH Audubon Massabesic Center (26 Audubon Way in Auburn, 668-2045). The exhibit will be on display at the center (which is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) from Friday, Sept 30, to Wednesday, Nov 30. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9, from noon to 3 p.m.. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Audubon.

Saint Anselm art’s opening night: The Chapel Art Center at Saint Anselm College (100 Saint Anselm Dr. in Manchester; hosts its first opening of the academic year on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., called “Dilecta, Reflections on a Permanent Collection Part I: An Abundance of Considerations.” At 4 p.m. the Chapel Art Center will host a Fine Art Series concert titled “An Atlas of Time: On My Recent Music” by Professor Wang Lu of Brown University.

Fall benefit art show
On Saturday, Oct. 1, artists and artisans will gather at Greeley Park (Concord Street in Nashua) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a fall art and artisan show to benefit the Betty J Borry Breast Cancer Retreats. The art show includes a variety of media: acrylics, oils, mixed media, photography, wood turning, jewelry, and more. The show will host a raffle table and a free activity, Kindness Rocks, where aspiring artists of all ages can try their hand at painting a rock with a kind message. The Betty J Borry Breast Cancer Retreat is a nonprofit organization that offers adventure-based retreats to women of all ages and stages of breast cancer living in New England. To learn more about the Betty J Borry Breast Cancer Retreats visit

Watercolors in Epsom: “Inner Peace,” an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Sylvia Brofus, Carolyn Sherman, Eve Kjellberg, Patricia Robinson, Claudia Tufo, Sofia Eastley and Fred Brewster, opens at the Epsom Public Library (1606 Dover Road in Epsom;, 736-9920) Saturday, Oct. 1, through Wednesday, Nov. 12. The theme of the exhibit reflects how the members of this group find peace by placing their focus on lines, shapes, colors, atmosphere and dark and light values, and how experimenting in the elements of painting helps to open their eyes, minds and hearts to inner harmony, according to a press release The exhibit is open for viewing Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The opening reception will be Saturday, Oct. 1, from 3 to 5 pm.

Portraits at the Library: The Peterborough Town Library (2 Concord St. in Peterborough) hosts the first solo exhibition by local oil painter Mia Stendahl, opening on Friday, Oct. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Stendahl’s exhibit, “Little Biographies,” will also be available to view during regular library hours. In addition, Stendahl will be offering an artist talk on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m. Stendahl’s “Little Biographies” will be on view in the Peterborough Town Library’s Community Arts Gallery from Friday, Oct. 7, until the end of November. For more information and to register for the artist talk visit

Artist in Residence
Kimball Jenkins (266 N. Main St. in Concord, has named Gemma Soldati, a New Hampshire-based performance artist, as Artist in Residence for the next year, Sept. 2022 through August 2023. Soldati, whose work is clown inspired and developed in front of live audiences according to a press release, recently performed her The Adventures of Sleepyhead at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord and will perform the show a the Players Ring in Portsmouth Nov. 25 through Nov. 27 (see At Kimball Jenkins, she will curate at least one public presentation and actively engage with the community on campus, the press release said. See

Hannah Turtle



BRIDGES & CONNECTIONS SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM The Andres Institute of Art (106 Route 13, Brookline, 673-7441, hosts its annual Bridges and Connections Sculpture Symposium through Oct. 2. For three weeks, invited artists from all over the world will stay in Brookline to create sculptures for permanent installation at the Institute’s 140-acre outdoor sculpture park and trails. The public is invited to meet the artists and watch them work at designated times, TBA. A presentation of the completed sculptures at their permanent sites will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2. Visit


• “THE WOODS WRAP AROUND YOU” Creative Ventures Gallery (411 Nashua St., Milford, will have an exhibition, “The Woods Wrap Around You,” on display during October, featuring hand-colored monoprints by Loretta CR Hubley. A reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 14, with wine and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation by the artist and a live piano performance inspired by the exhibition.

• “FROM THE HIPPIE TRAIL TO THE SILK ROAD” exhibit fromTwo Villages Art Society will run at the Bates Building (846 Main St., Contoocook) Oct. 21 through Nov. 12. This is an exhibition by Kathleen Dustin that includes her original artwork, inspired by and juxtaposed with jewelry and textiles from around the world that Dustin has collected during her travels. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Visit or call 413-210-4372.


• “OUT OF THE WOODS” fromTwo Villages Art Society at the Bates Building (846 Main St., Contoocook) is on display through Oct. 8 and features a series of collaborative vignettes paying tribute to the seasonal changes of New Hampshire, created by a group of five local artists known as the 9th State Artisans. Visit or call 413-210-4372.

• “STORIED IN CLAY” The New Hampshire Potters Guild presents its biennial exhibition Storied in Clay” at the exhibition gallery at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen headquarters (49 S. Main St., Concord) through Oct. 27, with an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Visit

• “STILL: THE ART OF STILL LIFE,a contemporary art exhibit at Twiggs Gallery (254 King St. in Boscawen;, 975-0015), will feature work by artists Caleb Brown, Shela Cunningham, Bess French, Marcia Wood Mertinooke, Barbara Morse, Shawne Randlett and Marlene Zychowski and will run through Saturday, Oct. 29.

• “THE PEOPLE’S SCULPTOR: THE LIFE AND WORKS OF JOHN ROGERS” Exhibit celebrates the art of American sculptor John Rogers, who came to Manchester in 1850, and explores the influence that Manchester had on Rogers’ life and work. Presented by the Manchester Historic Association. On view now through September. Millyard Museum (200 Bedford St., Manchester). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $8 for adults, $6 for seniors age 62 and up and college students, $4 for youth ages 12 through 18, and is free for kids under age 12. Call 622-7531 or visit

Fairs and markets

CONCORD ARTS MARKET The juried outdoor artisan and fine art market runs one Saturday a month, June through October, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the last market scheduled for Oct. 15. Rollins Park, 33 Bow St., Concord. Visit



DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID, the season-opening musical at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester;, 668-5588), will run through Sunday, Oct. 2. The shows run Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., with a show also on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $46.

MISS HOLMES The Milford Area Players present Miss Holmes at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts (56 Mont Vernon St., Milford) through Oct. 2, with showtimes on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Visit

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR​ The Hatbox Theatre (Steeplegate Mall, 270 Loudon Road, Concord, will present The Government Inspector, presented by Phylloxera Productions, Oct. 7 through Oct. 23. Showtimes are on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., and tickets cost $22 for adults and $19 for students and seniors.

FREAKY FRIDAY Palace Theatre’s (80 Hanover St., Manchester,, 668-5588) youth company presents Freaky Friday on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for youth and $15 for adults.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS The Community Players of Concord present The Wind in the Willows at the Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord) Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m., and tickets cost $15.

DISNEY’S THE ARISTOCRATS KIDS The Peacock Players (14 Court St., Nashua, youth theater company presents Disney’s The Aristocrats Kids Oct. 14 through Oct. 23. Showtimes are on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

RED RIDING HOOD Palace Theatre’s (80 Hanover St., Manchester,, 668-5588) youth company presents Red Riding Hood on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for youth and $15 for adults.

TITANIC THE MUSICAL The Manchester Community Theatre Players present Titanic the Musical at the Manchester Community Theatre Players Theatre, located at the North End Montessori School (698 Beech St., Manchester). Showtimes are on Fridays, Oct. 14 and Oct. 21, and Saturdays, Oct. 15 and Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at

GREASE The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester,, 668-5588) presents Grease Oct. 21 through Nov. 12. Showtimes are on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., with one Thursday-at-7:30 p.m. show for each production (Nov. 10 for Grease). Tickets cost $25 to $46.



WINDS OF TIME Symphony New Hampshire presents “Winds of Time,” with performances on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Keefe Center in Nashua and on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. at Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord). It features Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4, Du Puy’s Quintet for Bassoon and Strings in A minor III, Weber’s Clarinet Concertino in E-flat and Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings. Tickets cost $10 for youth ages 13 to 17 and full-time students age 29 and under and range from $20 to $60 for adults and from $18 to $55 for seniors age 65 and up. Admission is free for youth under age 13. Visit

ORCHESTRAL SHOWCASE “NATURE & MYTH” at Seifert Performing Arts Center (44 Geremonty Drive, Salem; 893-7069) will run Sun., Oct. 16, at 2 p.m., and Sat., Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Featuring sounds from Beethoven, Walker, Grieg and Sibelius. Presented by New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets range from $5 to $30 for in-person seating. Visit

NATURE & MYTH​ The New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 118th year with an orchestral showcase, “Nature & Myth,” featuring music by Beethoven, Walker, Grieg and Sibelius, on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., at the Seifert Performing Arts Center (44 Geremonty Drive, Salem). Tickets cost $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $8 for kids. Visit

•​ PORTSMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FALL CONCERT will be held at The Music Hall Historic Theater (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth) on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. The program will feature Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and George Walker’s Lyric for Strings. Tickets cost $20 for students, $30 for seniors age 60 and up and range from $25 to $35 for adults. Visit

BEETHOVEN AND FRIENDS The Nashua Chamber Orchestra presents its fall concert “Beethoven and Friends,” with performances on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Nashua Community College (505 Amherst St., Nashua) and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m. at Milford Town Hall (1 Union Square, Milford). The program will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F, as well as Symphony No. 1 in G by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint Georges; Impromptu Op. 5 by Jean Sibelius; and Andante and Rondo ongarese, Op. 35 by Carl Maria von Weber. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for seniors age 65 and up, military and college students. Admission is free for youth under age 18. Visit

A musical journey

Mezzo-soprano Zaray Rodriguez Rossi presents an immigrant experience

By Hannah Turtle

An upcoming concert at the Palace Theatre’s Spotlight Room aims to tell a story about the many experiences of freedom and of being American. Journey to Freedom: A Chamber Concert of American and Cuban American Music will follow the journey of America through the eyes of a Cuban American immigrant.

The concert is organized and headlined by Zaray Rodriguez Rossi, a vocalist and Metropolitan Grand Opera Finalist who has performed internationally and is now the recipient of a grant from the New Hampshire Arts Council to share her work with the local community.

“The purpose of the grant was really to allow artists to create,” Rodriguez Rossi said. “At the time, I was focused on the fact that everyone was really going through a lot in their lives, and we all have very differing opinions and backgrounds, but there was one thing that could be agreed upon, which is that no matter our differences, we’re all still human beings who want the dignity to pursue our joy, and to pursue freedom — that’s a universal experience of what it is to be human.”

“From the perspective of being Cuban and also American, I found a lot of similarities in the pursuit of freedom,” Rodriguez Rossi said. “I found a link between the New Hampshire motto of ‘live free or die’and that fundamental idea, with the fact that this freedom is something many Cubans on the island do not have. It was special to me to be able to create something that tells a story musically, to explore what makes American music.”

Rodriguez Rossi immigrated with her family to Miami from Cuba in 1995 through the immigration lottery.

“This was during a time when communism was really affecting the lives of a lot of Cubans,” she said. “There was a chance to flee that kind of environment, and to come to the States with the ability to start a new life.”

Since coming to the United States, Rodriguez Rossi has found success with her career as a vocalist, earning degrees from both the Opera Institute at Boston University and the University of Miami. During her travels as a performing artist, Rodriguez Rossi met Dr. Jose Lezcano, a Grammy-nominated classical guitarist and composer who resides in Keene, and the two teamed up to create and perform a new composition for the program.

“It ended up being a coincidence that he was also Cuban American, but from one of the first generations that immigrated in the ’60s. I would say meeting him was more than just a coincidence,” she said. “For the composition, we both chose poetry from Cuban dissidents and Cuban Americans. The first two movements are in Spanish, with translations for the audience, and the third one is in English. You’ll see a throughline in thoughts, about what freedom looks like.”

The program begins in the traditional American musical canon, with works by Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber, as well as works by African American composers including William Grant Still and Charles Brown.

“There’s a piece on the program by Charles Brown called ‘Song Without Words,’which literally has no words, just sounds that come from the piano and from the voice. In that way it’s up to the audience members for their interpretation,” Rodriguez Rossi said. “They could hear sorrow, they could hear joy, whatever the audience hears is what they’re meant to.”

From there, the program transitions to the works of Cuban American composers, including the work composed for the event.

“You’ll see the essence of Cuban rhythms with that American influence, so it will be a bit of a melting pot, but that’s what America is,” Rodriguez Rossi said.

For Rodriguez Rossi, the takeaway is all the things that bind the music, and us, together.

“I want the audience to leave having had a thoughtful musical experience,” she said. “Of course there will be beautiful music, but I want to allow them to get invested in the story, whatever that means to them. It’s meant to explore, and ponder, and most importantly to feel. To add warmth and light into our lives.”

Zaray Rodriguez Rossi
Journey to Freedom: A Chamber Concert of American and Cuban American Music
Where: The Spotlight Room at the Palace Theatre, 96 Hanover St., Manchester
When: Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m.
Tickets: $20 at
More information: Visit or

Featured photo: Zaray Rodriguez Rossi. Courtesy photo.

Celebrating the Diner

Manchester’s Red Arrow Diner serves up 100 years of history

PLUS A peek at other area diners

A full century after David Lamontagne opened a lunch cart at 61 Lowell St. in Manchester, his legacy as the founder and original owner of the Red Arrow Diner continues to live on. A free outdoor community celebration will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the original Red Arrow — the event will feature samples of a variety of the diner’s most iconic dishes for a small fee that will benefit Waypoint New Hampshire, along with raffle prizes, games, music, family-friendly activities and an onsite radio broadcast with DJs Nazzy and Marissa of Frank FM.

All year long, to celebrate its 100th year in business, the Red Arrow has been featuring monthly “Diner Dish of the Decade” promotions at each of its four locations, offering special discounts that have corresponded to various menu items that were or became popular during that time. There has also been an ongoing social media campaign highlighting notable moments in the history of Manchester — and the Granite State as a whole — over the past century.

During the block party-style event, Lowell Street between Kosciuszko and Chestnut streets will be closed to traffic. Diner fare is expected to include everything from the Red Arrow’s original “No. 1” hot hamburg sandwich to other eats of yesteryear, like fig squares and coffee Jell-O. American chop suey, tuna rolls and mashed potatoes with gravy will also all be available for sampling.

“The Lamontagne family is coming,” said Carol Lawrence, president and owner of the Red Arrow Diner since 1987. “The quality and the consistency that the Lamontagnes started way back when [is] what we keep striving for. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here. … They are just so happy that it’s still going and still going strong, and I’m very proud of that.”

Throughout the years, the Red Arrow opened and closed multiple locations across the Queen City and other neighboring towns, and has endured everything from devastating fires and wars to, of course, a global pandemic. Here’s a look back on some highlights of the Red Arrow’s rich history that helped shape its now-celebrated status, along with a bonus list of even more southern New Hampshire diners where you can go to satisfy your next comfort food craving.

Humble beginnings

The year was 1922 — the United States was just four years out of World War I, Prohibition was still in effect nationwide and the stock market crash triggering the Great Depression was still seven years away. David Lamontagne — a French-Canadian immigrant who also happened to have a brief three-year run from 1919 to 1921 as a professional boxer — purchased a small shack at 61 Lowell St. and opened it for business on Oct. 9 as a lunch cart. According to a 2020 Yale University research paper the Red Arrow ownership team provided to the Hippo, student Daniel C. Lu writes that this shack would become the foundation for the Red Arrow Diner.

Lu writes that Lamontagne, who came to Manchester to work for the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. when he was just 12 years old, eventually quit his job and retired as a boxer to work at the shack full-time, becoming the primary caretaker of his family.

“How he got the name Red Arrow, we think, was because at the time there was a Red Arrow Garage next door to the diner,” said Amanda Wihby, co-owner and chief operating officer since 2020. “That’s … as far as we can date back to where the name originated from.”

Lamontagne’s lunch cart proved to be a success, as additional locations would quickly follow. A second lunch cart opened at 39 Lake Ave. in 1925, with a third location arriving at 223 Main St. in Nashua by early 1929 — the latter, Lu writes, was home to the first electronic dishwasher that was installed in the city. A fourth spot, then known as Red Arrow Cafe, soon opened at 1195 Elm St. in Manchester, followed by a fifth restaurant, at 16 W. Merrimack St.

Even back then, the Red Arrow was known for being “always open” and “never closed,” an old advertisement dated March 30, 1929, boasts. An old menu from the 1195 Elm St. location that is now framed at the Red Arrow’s corporate office likely dates back to the 1930s, Lawrence said.

Lu writes that, in its very early years, the Red Arrow was best known for its basic American comfort food with a French-Canadian flair. Most of the sandwiches ranged from 10 to 40 cents a la carte, while the higher-end cost for some of the full-service meals — take, for instance, an “evening special” of grilled filet mignon with a fresh mushroom sauce, complete with sides, a vegetable salad and one’s choice of a drink and a dessert — was $1.25.

“It has always been a pretty big menu, but definitely not as big as it is now,” Lawrence said.

historic photo of two men standing on steps of small building with sign displaying "Red Arrow Quick Lunch"
An early photo of the Red Arrow Diner on Lowell Street in Manchester, which originally opened on Oct. 9, 1922, as a lunch cart. Courtesy photo.

On Nov. 27, 1941, the first of two fires struck the Elm Street restaurant. Lu writes that Lamontagne ended up rebuilding it as a cafeteria, just in time for the United States’ entry into World War II. But a second three-alarm fire on Feb. 15, 1946 — dubbed the “city’s worst accident,” according to the City of Manchester’s website — ultimately destroyed that location.

Instead of rebuilding a second time, Lamontagne decided to open Red Arrow Bakery, which operated at 126 Amory St. on the West Side from 1953 to 1958. Also in the 1950s, Lamontagne was even known to establish and briefly operate his own milk distribution business.

According to a Manchester Union Leader newspaper clipping dated Oct. 2, 1963, Lamontagne sold his successful restaurant chain to University of New Hampshire graduate Kennard H. Lang — just three Red Arrow locations were still open by then, including the one in the original spot at 61 Lowell St. The sale ushered in a new era for the Red Arrow, which would change ownership three more times over the following two decades leading up to Lawrence’s tenure.

Levi’s Red Arrow

Just as David Lamontagne is cemented in Red Arrow Diner history, so is Levi Letendre, who worked at the restaurant for decades before eventually becoming the third overall owner.

At the very end of 1969, following extensive renovation of the 61 Lowell St. space, Letendre and his son, Mark, purchased and re-opened the restaurant as Levi’s Red Arrow, a newspaper clipping from December of that year shows.

Letendre, who was very well-known and connected across the Queen City, was also a longtime familiar face at the Red Arrow. He originally started working there as a cook in 1945, just after the end of the second World War. He then became a counter man at the diner for many years leading up to his ownership status. By 1978, not long after opening the short-lived Red Arrow Restaurant at 197 Wilson St. in Manchester, Letendre retired, but his son Mark would carry on the diner’s tradition as owner for a few more years. After his father’s death in February 1985, Mark decided to sell — Manchester city directory records and newspaper clippings show that Borrome “Bob” Paquet and Didi Harvey became the Red Arrow’s new owners that year.

But this next span of ownership — the fourth overall, and just the third change of hands for the diner in more than six decades up until that point — would prove to be by far the shortest. Even a Union Leaderstory dated Oct. 6, 1986, ran with the ominous headline “Is the Red Arrow Diner history?” after the establishment was allegedly “closed for renovations” for nearly two months. The fifth — and current — leadership team that was established that following year would later prove that, in many ways, the Red Arrow’s lasting legacy was still only just beginning.

National status

Carol Lawrence was just 23 years old when she bought the Red Arrow Diner in September 1987. Growing up in the restaurant business, Lawrence got her start in the industry as a teenager working at Belmont Hall on Grove Street, at the time owned by her father, George.

“I wish that I would’ve known more about the Red Arrow. … We even lived way up on the top of Lowell Street, but I never, ever went in there,” she said. “But then, when I was working there, I realized pretty early on how special the Red Arrow was.”

Lawrence recalls primarily working in the kitchen when she first took over. In her earliest days, the Red Arrow wasn’t yet back to being open 24 hours a day, either.

“We only opened until 2 [p.m.]. I’d get there at 5 in the morning,” she said. “On the specials board, we would put up these crazy things. Like, we had the hash brown special, which is something we just kind of made up and now it’s a staple on the menu. … Anything on the specials board would sell, and I was just amazed by that. That was how our menu got bigger.”

A pivotal point in Lawrence’s career — and consequently in the overall history of the Red Arrow — came in May 1998 when she decided she was going to go “smoke-free,” an action virtually unheard of in New Hampshire restaurants at the time. Lawrence recalls that everyone, even her own father, a local restaurateur in his own right, thought she was crazy for doing so.

“The smoke in there was horrible,” she said. “We had put in two smoke eaters: one where you first walk in the door right up on the ceiling, and then one toward the back. And I mean, it was yellow in there. I would question certain times taking my own kids in there because the smoke was so bad, and I’m not even a smoker. I never have been.”

Her decision to go smokeless stemmed from a 1998 visit from Randy Garbin, writer for Roadside Online and dubbed by Lawrence as a “diner guru.”

“I kind of idolized Randy Garbin … and next thing you know, I get an email from him saying that he visited the diner. He says, ‘I loved the atmosphere, I loved the staff, the food was great … but I will tell you I’ll never be back.’” Lawrence said. “And I go, ‘Well, what the heck does that mean?’ And he said, ‘Because the smoke was just too bad.’ And, he was kind of promoting smoke-free diners, and then he started sharing statistics with me, we talked a lot and I just thought that all of this totally made sense.”

The move turned out to be the right one — but not without immediate repercussions.

“People were so mad, like, it wasn’t even funny,” she said. “I had threats … [and] people were picketing in the early hours out front. So many people swore that they would never come back. It was ridiculous. … But the funny thing was that we started to notice an increase in sales. After a year, I think it was like 19 or 20 percent.”

By September of that year, USA Today, referencing the Red Arrow’s recent switch to going smokeless, named it one of “Top Ten Diners in the Country,” marking one of the first times it was propelled to national prominence. Two years later, in 2000, it was officially named a Manchester city landmark.

As for the Red Arrow’s reputation as a must-visit for political candidates on the campaign trail, Lawrence said that also came into its own during her tenure. This has always been in part due to New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary status, but Lawrence estimates it especially took off around the time of the Merrimack Restaurant’s closure in 2008.

“[The Merrimack Restaurant] was right on the corner of Merrimack and Elm streets,” she said. “All of the political people were going there … and then when they closed, they just started coming to the Red Arrow, and they’ve been coming ever since.”

Today, patrons at the 61 Lowell St. Red Arrow have included everyone from Presidents Obama, Trump and Biden to various celebrities with local ties, including Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers and, of course, Adam Sandler, who used to frequent the diner with his dad.

The tradition continues

By the mid-2000s, George Lawrence retired as owner of Belmont Hall, selling it to his daughter — and Carol’s sister — Cathy, and dividing his time between New Hampshire and Florida.

plate with home fries, strips of bacon, fried eggs and 2 pieces of toast cut in half
The Red Arrow Diner’s “Stan the Man’s favorite,” featuring two eggs with bacon, toast and pan fries, is named after Adam Sandler’s father. (On page 14: the Red Arrow’s famous “Mug O’ Bacon”). Courtesy photos.

“He says, ‘I’m sick and tired of riding a golf cart down in Florida. Let’s open another Red Arrow,’” Carol Lawrence said, “and that was how we bought Milford.”

On the Milford Oval, the Red Arrow operated from October 2008 to its closure in late 2019. A third location would open in February 2015 in Londonderry — Wihby noted that’s where all of the diner’s scratch-made desserts are now prepared — followed by a fourth, in Concord, in the summer of 2017. In early May 2020, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Red Arrow opened its largest spot in Nashua in the site of a former Friendly’s restaurant. Taking advantage of the onsite drive-thru window, this location started operating on a takeout-only model. Even today, all four Red Arrow Diners continue to utilize online ordering, a revenue stream Lawrence never thought they would have or benefit from.

One hundred years strong, the original site of the Red Arrow Diner at 61 Lowell St. may have undergone numerous changes, but Lawrence said there’s one important factor that has remained the same. It has not only kept the Red Arrow alive and kicking, but remains a staple for diners both across New Hampshire and the United States.

“Anywhere you go, the diner is the focal point of the community,” she said. “You get all walks of life that come in. You can sit there and be next to a city worker or a lawyer, and then there’s a doctor over there. … You just get to talk to such a variety of people.”

Mya Blanchard contributed to this story.

More nostalgic eats at NH’s diners

In addition to the iconic Red Arrow Diner, New Hampshire offers diner fans several places to stop for a cup of coffee and a classic meal. Here are some of the diners across southern New Hampshire, focusing on the establishments with the word “diner” in their name. Do you know of a diner in the Manchester, Nashua or Concord areas that isn’t on this list? Let us know at

Airport Diner
2280 Brown Ave., Manchester, 623-5040,
Hours: Daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Established in 2005, the Airport Diner gets its name for its close proximity to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. It’s one of several eateries owned by The Common Man Family.
Specialty of The House: The Airport Diner’s acclaimed tuna melt features Albacore tuna, tomatoes and Swiss cheese all on grilled Parmesan bread.
Most Decadent Dessert: Try the diner’s house peanut butter pie, featuring a graham cracker crust, creamy peanut butter, hot fudge and whipped cream.

Allenstown Country Diner
85 Allenstown Road, Suncook, 210-2191, find them on Facebook @allenstowncountrydiner
Hours: Monday, and Wednesday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sunday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Theresa Gelinas opened the Allenstown Country Diner in May 2015 with the help of several friends, her two daughters Sonya and Kristy and her son-in-law Josh. The diner is currently open six days a week for breakfast and lunch, featuring a menu of omelets, waffles, pancakes and French toast, plus drinks like pineapple orange or cranberry orange mimosas, and several flavors of house bloody marys.
Specialty of The House: House specials include the steak and eggs, featuring 10-ounce grilled sirloin steak with two eggs and toast; and the country breakfast, featuring two eggs and sausage on a buttermilk biscuit, topped with house sausage gravy.

Casey’s Diner
13 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, 382-3663,
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 5:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Sunday, 5:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Casey’s Diner has been in business for more than two decades, serving home-cooked breakfasts and lunches seven days a week, along with daily specials.
Specialty of The House: Try the changeup scrambler, featuring three eggs scrambled with your choice of an omelet filling, melted cheese, toast and your choice of home fries, baked beans, hash browns or fruit.

Charlie’s Homestyle Diner
598 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 262-5693,
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Known for its home-cooked breakfasts and lunches, Charlie’s Homestyle Diner also offers customized catering. On Fridays they’ll serve fresh haddock, while on Sundays they’ll serve breakfast only.
Specialty of The House: Try their poutine, made with hand-cut french fries, Canadian curd cheese and brown gravy on top.
Most Decadent Dessert: Charlie’s Homestyle Diner serves a baklava sundae, featuring their own homemade baklava with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.

The Derry Diner
29 Crystal Ave., Derry, 434-6499, find them on Facebook @thederrydiner
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch are served five days a week at this neighborhood diner in Derry.
Specialty of The House: Comfort meal specials are served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — recent options have included open-faced meatloaf sandwiches, hot veggie and cheese wraps with fries, and chicken Parm with garlic toast and a cup of soup.
Most Decadent Dessert: Homestyle pumpkin pie has been a recent featured dessert.

The D.W. Diner
416 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 424-1116,
Hours: Daily, 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
This Merrimack diner is known for serving up home-cooked breakfasts and lunches seven days a week.
Specialty of The House: Diner favorites include the hash and eggs, served with toast; the biscuits and sausage gravy, served with home fries, hash browns and homemade baked beans; and a specialty quiche of the day.
Most Decadent Dessert: Try the Belgian waffle sundae, topped with whipped cream and your choice of strawberry or chocolate sauce.

Frankie’s Diner
63 Union Square, Milford, 554-1359, find them on Facebook @frankiesdinermilford
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This Union Square diner is named in tribute to the late Frankie Bobola, a lifelong restaurateur who got his start in the industry in 1962 and whose career spanned decades before his death in 2018. His family also continues to run Bobola’s Family Restaurant, which has locations in Nashua and Dracut, Mass., as well as Stonecutters Pub, also in Milford.
Specialty of The House: House favorites at Frankie’s Diner include the roasted stuffed turkey dinners, the shepherd’s pie and the marinated steak tips.

Hanna’s Diner
83 Henniker St., Hillsborough, 464-3575, find them on Facebook @hannasdinernh
Hours: Monday, 6 a.m. to noon, Wednesday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Formerly known as the Hillsborough Diner, Hanna’s is a classic spot known in town for serving freshly home-cooked breakfasts and lunches.
Specialty of The House: Try the Hillbilly, featuring two biscuits topped with Hanna’s sausage gravy, two patties, two hash browns, two eggs and cheese.
Most Decadent Dessert: A special pie of the day is always available, served with whipped cream.

Joey’s Diner
1 Craftsman Lane, Amherst, 577-8955,
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Joey’s Diner serves breakfast all day as well as lunch and dinner options in a retro, 1950s setting.
Specialty of The House: Sticking with the 1950s theme, on the menu is the “Elvis Presley Breakfast,” featuring two eggs made any style with corned beef hash, home fries, toast and your choice of bacon, ham or sausage.
Most Decadent Dessert: Among their variety of desserts are xangos, or fried cheesecake chimichangas.

Margie’s Dream Diner
172 Hayward St., Manchester, 627-7777,
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Calling itself “Manchester’s Best Kept Secret,” Margie’s Dream Diner is a great place to stop for breakfast or lunch and to enjoy Greek specialties.
Specialty of The House: At Margie’s Dream Diner you’re sure to find something you like. Their wide array of omelets and eggs Benedicts include the Southern Benedict, featuring poached eggs on freshly baked golden biscuits topped with a homemade sausage gravy.

Market Place Diner
4 Market Place, Hollis, 465-3209,
Hours: Daily, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Located in the village of Market Place in Hollis, this family-friendly diner serves up home-cooked breakfasts and lunches seven days a week.
Specialty of The House: Recent fall specials have included pumpkin nut pancakes and caramel apple waffles. Other menu specialties include omelets, pancakes, French toast, crepes, burgers and sandwiches.

MaryAnn’s Diner
29 E. Broadway, Derry, 434-5785; 4 Cobbetts Pond Road, Windham, 965-3066; 3 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Salem, 893-9877;
Hours: Derry’s location is open Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Windham’s location is open daily, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Salem’s location is open Monday through Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the website.
Originally opened in Derry in 1989, MaryAnn’s Diner now has two additional locations in Windham and Salem — all three are known for their home-cooked meals in a cozy, nostalgic setting.
Specialty of The House: MaryAnn’s Diner’s top hits include their marinated black raspberry barbecue steak tips, served with two eggs, toast and home fries.
Most Decadent Dessert: The dessert menu includes grapenut custard, a slightly sweetened egg custard laced with nutmeg and cinnamon with Grape Nuts cereal.

Moe Joe’s Country Diner
649 E. Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, 641-2993,
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sunday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Diner favorites at Moe Joe’s include a meatloaf dinner and macaroni and cheese, with garlic bread and your choice of Buffalo chicken, diced ham or chourico (Portuguese pork sausage).
Specialty of The House: Moe Joe’s offers a Portuguese burger that’s topped with linguica, onions and peppers, all on a Portuguese muffin.
Most Decadent Dessert: Sweet items include frappes in a variety of flavors, including vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee or mocha.

Murphy’s Diner
516 Elm St., Manchester, 792-4004, find them on Facebook @murphysdinernh
Hours: The diner is currently open Friday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Founded by local restaurateur Keith Murphy of Murphy’s Taproom, this diner is directly adjacent to the eatery’s Manchester location on Elm Street. A sister establishment, known as Murphy’s Taproom & Carriage House, opened in Bedford in 2017.
Specialty of The House: Try the Captain Crunch French toast, the signature French toast dish at Murphy’s Diner that’s rolled in Captain Crunch cereal and topped with powdered sugar.

Northwood Diner
1335 First New Hampshire Turnpike, Northwood, 942-5018, find them on Facebook @northwooddinernh
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, 5 a.m. to noon
Breakfast is served all day at the Northwood Diner, with a menu that includes Benedicts, waffles, eggs, pancakes and more.
Specialty of The House: Try the steak and eggs, featuring six ounces of freshly cut Delmonico steak cooked to order, with home fries, toast and two eggs cooked any style.
Most Decadent Dessert: Pies, cakes and assorted pastries are baked fresh daily, with a rotating offering of selections.

Ober Easy Diner
416 Emerson Ave., Hampstead, 329-3430,
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (breakfast only on Sundays)
Formerly known as Christina’s Country Cafe, this eatery assumed new ownership in January 2019 and was later renamed Ober Easy Diner after owners Susan and Tim Ober. Breakfast is served all day, including exclusively on Sundays, with a menu featuring Benedicts, omelets, sandwiches and more. For lunch, there are salads, sandwiches, burgers and soups.
Specialty of The House: Try the Western scrambler, featuring two eggs scrambled with peppers, onions, ham and cheddar cheese, served with toast on the side.
Most Decadent Dessert: Try the Belgian waffle banana split, featuring a house Belgian waffle topped with one scoop of vanilla ice cream, bananas, strawberries, chocolate syrup and whipped cream.

Poor Boy’s Diner
136 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 432-8990,
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Stop in to Poor Boy’s Diner for a home-cooked breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a welcoming environment.
Specialty of The House: Grilled pork chops with applesauce on the side are among the menu staples.
Most Decadent Dessert: Dessert specials vary at Poor Boy’s Diner, the most recent being a sweet pumpkin pie just in time for fall.

The Red Arrow Diner
61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118; 137 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 552-3091; 112 Loudon Road, Concord, 415-0444; 149 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua, 204-5088;
Hours: According to its website, the Manchester location is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Londonderry and Nashua locations are open daily, 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Concord location is open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 5:30 a.m. to midnight (temporarily closed on Mondays).
Established in Manchester in October 1922, The Red Arrow Diner is now an institution that reaches visitors far beyond the Granite State. For decades, it’s been known as a popular campaign stop for presidential candidates and other politicians. In 2000 it was named a city landmark.
Specialty of The House: The Red Arrow is known for its weekly Blue Plate specials, featuring home-cooked items like pork pie, lasagna, meat loaf, haddock and more.
Most Decadent Dessert: Freshly baked desserts are available all day long. Options include whoopie pies, cheesecakes, fruit pies, double layer cakes and Dinah fingers (think Twinkies).

The Red Barn Diner
113 Elm St., Manchester, 623-9065,
Hours: Daily, 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to its website.
The Red Barn is a small nostalgic diner in an old train car, serving items like Angus beef, handcrafted original burgers and handcrafted desserts since 1930.
Specialty of The House: One of their original burgers is the Barn Burger, a cheeseburger topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions and the diner’s special Red Barn sauce.
Most Decadent Dessert: The Red Barn has all kinds of decadent homemade desserts, ranging from chewy brownie sundaes to fluffy strawberry shortcake.

Route 104 Diner
752 Route 104, New Hampton, 744-0120,
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Like its sister establishments, the Airport Diner and the Tilt’n Diner, the Route 104 Diner is owned by The Common Man Family, serving traditional home-cooked meals in a nostalgic 1950s-style setting.
Specialty of The House: Homestyle classics include the fried chicken and waffles, featuring a house-made Belgian waffle that’s topped with golden-fried, hand-breaded chicken tenders and served with your choice of New Hampshire maple syrup or white country gravy.
Most Decadent Dessert: Sweeter indulgences include cakes, pies, grapenut custard, bread pudding and The Common Man’s own ice cream available in five flavors.

Stubby’s Diner
26 Old Manchester Road, Candia, 483-5581, find them on Facebook
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Breakfast is served all day at Stubby’s, with a menu that includes Benedicts, omelets, sandwiches and more. For lunch, there are several burgers, sandwiches, soups and sides to choose from.
Specialty of The House: Try the Humongous Trashcan, a ham and cheese omelet with onions, peppers, chili, mushrooms and tomatoes. It’s served with toast, home fries or beans.

Suzie’s Diner
76 Lowell Road, Hudson, 883-2741,
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Suzie’s Diner, established in 1999, serves breakfast every day of the week, in addition to lunch starting at 11 a.m.
Specialty of The House: Each weekday, Suzie’s features a different lunch special, like fried clam strips, roast beef, steak quesadillas, meatloaf and jumbo shrimp scampi.
Most Decadent Dessert: Sweeter indulgences include an Oreo-filled waffle, topped with whipped cream, Oreo cookies and an Eclair ice cream bar.

Temple Street Diner
200 Temple St., Nashua, 521-7133, find them on Facebook
Hours: Daily, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to its Facebook page
Temple Street Diner is known for serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week. A sister food truck known as The Roadside Diner is operating on Fridays and Saturdays, from 3:30 to 8 p.m., throughout October.
Specialty of The House: Favorites include lobster rolls, fried seafoods, chowders and other homemade specials.

Tilt’n Diner
61 Laconia Road, Tilton, 286-2204,
Hours: Daily, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tilt’n Diner, which opened in 1992, is one of three nostalgic diner establishments owned and operated by The Common Man Family. It has been called a “must stop” on the New Hampshire presidential primary campaign trail by The Associated Press, according to its website, and is also a popular stop for visitors of the annual Laconia Motorcycle Week or the next NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
Specialty of The House: The diner offers several classic comfort food favorites, like baked shepherd’s pie, meatloaf, frappes and house-made pies.
Most Decadent Dessert: Try the classic bread pudding, which features a maple syrup glaze, or the chocolate, peanut butter or coconut cream pies.

Featured photo: Levi Letendre (right) owned the diner during the 1970s, then known as Levi’s Red Arrow. Photo by Patrick “P.J.” Audley, likely taken around 1976 (with added color on the cover).

This Week 22/09/29

Big Events September 29, 2022 and beyond

Friday, Sept. 30

Public speaker, author, center of the Netflix docuseries Pretend It’s a City and occasional Law & Order judge Fran Lebowitz will appear at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St. in Concord; on Friday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $65, plus fees.

Saturday, Oct. 1

Everything apple is celebrated at the Sullivan Farm (70 Colburn Ave., Nashua) today and Sunday, Oct. 2, for the annual Applefest. There will be hayrides, pony rides, apple pie, crafts, games and more for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets are priced at $1, and various things cost a different number of tickets — a hayride is three tickets, and a game is one ticket, for example. Visit for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 1

The latest show by Symphony New Hampshire is “Winds of Time,with performances today at 7:30 p.m. at the Keefe Center in Nashua (117 Elm St, Nashua) and on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. at Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord). The concert will feature Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4, Du Puy’s Quintet for Bassoon and Strings in A minor III, Weber’s Clarinet Concertino in E-flat and Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings. Tickets cost $10 for youth from 13 to 17 years old and for full-time students ages 29 and younger, $20 to $60 for adults 18 and older, and $18 to $55 for seniors ages 65 and older. Visit to order tickets.

Sunday, Oct. 2

The family fun event Toscana Fest is back today at the Tuscan Village (Route 28, Salem). The festival starts at 10 a.m. and will have pumpkin painting, gelato, carnival games, live music, popcorn and raffles with all proceeds going to the Lazarus House Ministries. More information can be found at

Tuesday, Oct. 4

The YMCA of Downtown Manchester is starting up the second year of its Chess Club, with the first meeting today at 6:30 p.m. The club welcomes everyone at all ages and skill levels to come and practice and learn more about the game of chess. The group meets every Tuesday night. October will be a month of practice and training, and throughout November and December there will be competitions both within the club and outside of it. For more information, contact Kathy Raiche-Stephens at

Tuesday, Oct. 4

Renowned legal scholar, civil rights advocate and former judge Margaret A. Burnham is coming to the Music Hall Lounge (131 Congress St., Portsmouth) today to present her book By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow’s Legal Executions. The book event will start at 7 p.m. Ticket cost $47 and include a signed copy of Burnham’s book. Tickets can be purchased at

Save the date! Saturday, Oct. 8
The Warner Fall Foliage Festival is back for the 75th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, when there will be live music and entertainment, a kids’ fun run, a 5k for adults, an ice cream eating contest, and vendors selling homemade goods from fruit jams to handmade wax candles. Visit for more information or to register for the races.

Featured photo. The Flying Gravity Circus. Courtesy photo.

Quality of Life 22/09/29

Help for NH’s homeless

The Executive Council and the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee have approved $5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act funds to be given as a one-time grant to support homeless shelters across New Hampshire this coming winter, including short-term cold weather shelters. According to NHPR, homeless shelters in the state are facing increased operation costs due to the pandemic and are anticipating an increased demand as temperatures start to drop, and temporary cold weather shelters did not receive state funding at all until now. The 19 shelters that have a current contract with the state will receive $4 million from the grant, and $1 million will be distributed to New Hampshire counties, municipalities and nonprofit organizations and coalitions to support cold weather shelters.

QOL score: +1 for the increased help

Comment: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette wrote that preliminary data for 2022 revealed that 1,605 people are experiencing homelessness in New Hamsphire – an increase of 7.6 percent from 2021, NHPR reported.

More broadband

The New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs announced in a press release that a Request for Proposals will be issued on Friday, Sept. 30, for the launch of a second round of funding of up to $40 million under the New Hampshire Broadband Contract Program. In June, New Hampshire became the first state in the country to receive approval for a broadband expansion plan utilizing funds from the American Rescue Plan Act’s Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund. The program seeks to improve access to reliable broadband in unserved and underserved parts of the state by selecting local internet service providers for the expanded areas, working with broadband networks that are owned, operated by or affiliated with local governments, nonprofits and cooperatives as much as possible. “We are full steam ahead and expect to see the buildout of more than 30,000 unserved and underserved locations, with more than 20,000 served in round 1 and another 15,000 anticipated for round 2,” Gov. Chris Sununu said in the release.

QOL score: +1

Comment: The initiative started with $13 million in short-term CARES Act Funds allocated to broadband expansion in 2020, which benefited more than 4,500 households throughout the state.

Staffing shortages

Forty-eight of the 184 beds at New Hampshire Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Concord, have been closed due to staffing shortages, NHPR reported. The closures came during a week when nearly 30 adults were waiting in emergency rooms across the state to receive inpatient psychiatric care. A 15 percent wage increase for some department staff, including nurses, was approved at a recent executive council meeting but has not been enough to compete with the large sign-on bonuses offered by other hospitals.

QOL score: -2

Comment:The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services received initiial approval from the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee to provide $15 million in funding to SolutionHealth to construct a new behavioral health hospital in the state with 100 beds, but the proposal has not yet come before the Executive Council, NHPR reported.

QOL score: 82

Net change: 0

QOL this week: 82

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