The Weekly Dish 23/03/09

News from the local food scene

Mixing it up: Join Tuscan Market (9 Via Toscana, Salem) as it debuts a new four-week mixology and food pairing series, starting on Thursday, March 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., and continuing with class installments on March 23, March 30 and April 6. The first class will cover the world of syrups and how to create them from scratch, as well as which flavors and herbs pair well together. Participants will make their own cocktails using their syrups and have the opportunity to taste them with Tuscan Market’s chef-inspired artisan Italian food. The second class, on March 23, will cover how to infuse and smoke different ingredients from fruits to juices in your drinks, while classes on March 30 and April 6, respectively, will go over how to mix their cocktails and put the final touches on them with garnishes. The cost is $280 per person and includes access to all four classes in addition to food pairings, a bartender’s kit and a technique manual. Visit

Bunny campaign: The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is selling chocolate Easter bunnies made by Granite State Candy Shoppe now through March 31 as part of its Bite Out of Hunger Campaign. The cost is $8.50 for an eight-ounce solid milk, white or dark chocolate bunny. Proceeds benefit The Salvation Army’s Kids’ Café program, which offers evening meals and recreation activities to local children and teens four days a week. Call Sylvia Crete at 490-4107 to order a bunny, or visit to download the bunny order form. Bunnies may be picked up at The Salvation Army’s Manchester Corps (121 Cedar St.) during their business hours, any Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Cheers to 100 years: Due to inclement weather on Feb. 23, Gibson’s Bookstore’s (45 S. Main St., Concord) author event featuring longtime New Hampshire radio personality Mike Morin has been postponed to Tuesday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. Morin will present his newest book, If These Walls Could Talk: Celebrating 100 Years of the Red Arrow, America’s Most Beloved Diner, which details various stories and anecdotes that contribute to the original Red Arrow’s lasting legacy in Manchester’s culinary scene, from connections to celebrities like Adam Sandler and Kevin Costner to its reputation as a spot for presidential hopefuls over the past four decades. No admission to the event is required, and for those who can’t make it, signed copies of If These Walls Could Talk may be ordered online at For additional details on the Red Arrow’s 100th anniversary, check out our cover story that appeared in the Sept. 29, 2022, issue — go to to find the e-edition. The story starts on page 10.

When life gives you lemons: Salem limoncello producer Fabrizia Spirits has established its own lemon grove in Sicily, Italy, according to a press release. “Considering our humble beginnings, peeling lemons in the garage of our parents’ home, this is a monumental achievement for the company,” Fabrizia Spirits co-owner and co-founder Phil Mastroianni said in a statement. “These lemons are grown in a perfect microclimate in southeastern Sicily near Europe’s largest active volcano, Mt. Etna. … We now control the fruit from orchard to bottle, and can ensure the highest-quality finished product.” According to the release, the lemons are hand-picked, cleaned and shipped directly to Fabrizia’s Salem facility before they are processed. The zest from the lemons are then infused in pure alcohol, while the remainder of the fruit is juiced to form the foundation of Fabrizia’s canned cocktails. Launched in 2008, Fabrizia Spirits has grown to become a leading purveyor of limoncello in the United States. Visit

On The Job – Katelyn Ryan

Tractor dealer

Katelyn Ryan works as a managing partner at Concord Tractor (164 Dover Road, Chichester, 798-0101,, a family-owned tractor dealership that sells KIOTI tractors and tractor attachments and implements.

Explain your job and what it entails.

I am a managing partner at Concord Tractor. I oversee the daily operations of all the departments of the dealership, including parts, sales and service, as well as finances and marketing.

How long have you had this job?

Around five years.

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

I am a second-generation tractor dealer; I came by it honestly.

What kind of education or training did you need?

I have been around the tractor industry for my entire life. There is no better education for this field than growing up in it. I learned all of it from my dad.

What is your typical at-work uniform or attire?

I wear jeans and a Concord Tractor or KIOTI Tractor logoed top. We are very casual, yet always ready for the dirty work.

What is the most challenging thing about your work, and how do you deal with it?

The most challenging thing is having the right equipment at the right time [to make a sale]. You can’t sell a customer what you have; you have to sell a customer what they need. That is why ensuring that you have the best possible selection of equipment to match a variety of applications is key. Having a good working relationship with the manufacturers is what makes that possible.

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

That it is OK to be the only one in the room with a different idea.

What do you wish other people knew about your job?

I wish folks knew that they do not have to be intimidated. Tractors are for everyone. With the right training and support, anyone can successfully operate and enjoy farm machinery.

What was the first job you ever had?

I was a hostess at Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant in Meredith, New Hampshire.

What is the best piece of work-related advice you have ever received?

Listen. And listen to understand, not to reply.

Five favorites

Favorite book:
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Favorite movie: Tombstone
Favorite music: Old-school hip-hop
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite thing about NH: Our beautiful land

Featured photo: Katelyn Ryan. Courtesy photo.

Kiddie Pool 23/03/09

Family fun for the weekend

Indoor adventures

• Learn all about Japan at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St. in Dover; with this month’s World Traveler Thursday: Cherry Blossom Festival. The first day will be Thursday, March 9. The activity will be included in the regular playtime sessions at 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. Admission to the museum is $12.50 per visitor, $10.50 for guests older than 65, and free for children under a year old.

• The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is also continuing its Science Friday program with more hands-on education with its STEAM lab on Friday, March 10, with activities at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (to accommodate both morning and afternoon play sessions). Science Friday programs are included with regular session admission.

• This week’s storytime and craft at Bookery (844 Elm St. in Manchester; will feature a reading of Celia Planted a Garden with a floral-themed craft to go along with it on Saturday, March 11, at 11:30 a.m. The event is free; advance registration online is recommended.

• Join the Canvas Roadshow (25 S. River Road, Bedford) for a family resin workshop on Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m. Families will choose what shape to make their poured resin artwork out of and decorate it together. Each shape costs $35 and registration can be done at


• The Palace Theatre’s production of Little Women continues this weekend with shows Friday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 11, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m. The show continues through next Sunday, March 19. Tickets cost $39 to $46, depending on location ($25 for children ages 6 to 12). On March 7, the website said the purchase of an BOGO Special – Purchase 1 Adult ticket and bring your Young Adult (age 12-18) for FREE! Use code: B1G1LW at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester). The show follows the March sisters (Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy) as they follow their dreams and learn to become strong, independent women. The show will run Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 12, and Friday, March 17, through Sunday, March 19, with times at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and can be bought at

• Mr. Aaron is having an album release party at the Bank of NH Stage (16 S. Main St., Concord) to celebrate the release of his new children’s music album. The show starts at 10 a.m. and tickets cost $13.75 each. Visit for more information.

• Get “jellicle” with Cats for Young Actorsat the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) on Tuesday, March 14, and Wednesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. The Tony award-winning musical features classic hit songs like “Memory” and fun dance sequences. Tickets are $12 to $15 and can be purchased at

Take a break

• The Peacock Players (14 Court St., Nashua) is offering a parents’ night out on Friday, March 10, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Kids ages 6 to 13 will be entertained by the Players staff of performing artists and educators and will play different games and have a movie night or karaoke contest. Registration for each child is $25 and can be done at

Outdoor adventures

• Head to the McIntyre Ski Area (50 Chalet Court, Manchester) for the Little Macs jamboree on Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m. The competition is open to kids ages 4 to 6 and of all levels. Prizes will be awarded to kids with the best costume and the best-decorated helmet. Registration costs $40 and day-of registration ends a half hour before the competition begins. Visit for more information.

• Beaver Brook will have Forest Tales on Monday, March 13, at 10 a.m. at Maple Hill Farm (117 Ridge Road, Hollis). The hour-long story time is for kids and their caregivers alike to spend time in nature and learn more about the great outdoors. Visit to register.

Save the date

• Join the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover) for a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Friday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to noon or from 1 to 4 p.m. Kids will participate in a leprechaun-themed scavenger hunt, an Irish-themed craft and a special science experiment. The party is included in registration for playtime. Visit for more information or to register.

• Calling all kids who love comic books: Kids Con New England is coming to the Everett Arena (15 Loudon Road, Concord) on May 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The con promotes literacy through the use of comic books, graphic novels and children’s stories. There will be workshops, family-friendly comics, artwork and more. Tickets cost $12. For more information visit

Treasure Hunt 23/03/09

Hi, Donna,

I’m trying to find out anything I can about this lamp. It’s been in my parents’ home for years.

It’s still an oil lamp. I have another one that was converted with an electric cord, but this one was never changed. It’s glass, not plastic. Have you ever seen one? Any information you can give me and a price would be great! Thank you.


Dear Terri,

What you have is a Victorian “Gone with the Wind” lamp. It’s just the name for the style of oil lamp.

The value depends on whether it’s in original condition, sometimes the maker, and whether it’s a hand-painted design rather than transfer.

Look on the base or the wick turner for a maker or company name.

Next look at it closely for brush strokes to see if the floral design was hand-painted. You should be able to clearly tell. It looks like a transfer pattern from the photo.

The value of them used to be in the $200+ range. The tough part now is to find the market for them, if you’re looking to sell it. It just doesn’t seem to fit into this generation’s decor.

I hope the information was helpful, Terri. Thanks for sharing with us.


Little green shoots of spring

Time to start those seedlings indoors

Starting seeds indoors under lights is a good treatment for the winter blues. It connects me to my upcoming garden and all its benefits. Early March is when I start onions and peppers, though April is the month for most everything else.

My wife, Cindy Heath, and I are making a commitment to reduce or eliminate the use of plastics in our life, so we are transitioning away from those handy, dandy flimsy plastic six-packs for starting seeds. You can, too.

Gardener’s Supply Co. has been offering ways of reducing single-use plastics like those six-packs sold everywhere. They have sturdy reusable plastic trays for seed starting that have been available for a few years. This year they came out with metal seed-starting trays.

These galvanized steel growing cells are pricey but should last a lifetime. For about $50 you get 24 individual tapered cells and a leak-proof tray to hold them. The cells are a nice big size. The kit is self-watering: It comes with a wire grid and moisture-retaining mat that keeps seedlings hydrated from the bottom of the tray, which you fill with water once a week or so. I got one of these kits and looks like a winner.

Renee’s Garden is now selling seed-starting cell trays made of silicone that are sturdy and reusable, and dishwasher-safe. They do not get brittle, they say. I am ordering some to try them.

metal press with a row of 4 soil blocks that just came out of the press, sitting in plastic gardening tray
Making soil blocks with a simple press. Photo by Henry Homeyer.

If you don’t mind extra work and lots of mess, you can make soil blocks using a little metal press that produces 2-inch soil blocks. The mixture includes peat humus, compost, soil, blood meal and minerals. E-mail me for more info about the process.

So what else do you need? Lights, growing medium and seeds. Let’s start with lights. To keep your light bill low, I recommend using LED lights. I have some old-fashioned 4-foot fluorescent lights but have been replacing them with the LED equivalent. These look about the same, but have no ballast (transformer) inside the fixture and use much less electricity.

If you replace your old fixtures, don’t just throw the old tubes into the trash as they contain mercury, which is toxic waste. Some recycling centers will accept them, or bring them to an electrical supply company for proper disposal. And if you want to use an LED tube in an old fluorescent fixture, you should remove the ballast. Unless it says “No PCBs” on it, it needs to be sent to a hazardous waste collection site also.

Hang your fixture about 6 inches over the planting trays. Use “jack chain,” a small-link chain sold at hardware stores. It allows you to raise the lights as your plants grow. Give your seedlings 12 to 14 hours of light per day — they need a good night’s sleep as much as you do.

Most seeds will wake up and grow more readily if you place them on a warm base. Electrical seed-starting mats are great for that, but not really necessary. I use them for things that specify warmer temperatures, like the flower lisianthus, and for hot peppers.

I recommend buying “seed starting mix” instead of “potting soil” to put in your planting cells. Why? Seed starting mix is a finer blend and works better. It is made from peat moss, vermiculite, perlite and fertilizer. You can make your own, of course, and I often do — I start 10 flats (trays) or more each year. I also mix in some high-quality compost — about 50 percent of the final product. I also add a little Pro-Gro, a slow-release organic bagged fertilizer.

Peat moss is coming under criticism now by the eco-minded community. It is harvested from bogs and is centuries in the making. Coir, a palm fiber, is becoming more available, but I haven’t found it yet in big bags like peat moss.

Moisture is key for starting seeds. If the soil mix dries out before they get well-established, they can quickly perish. That’s OK with me — I need a reason to get out of bed on gray days in mud season. Gotta check my seedlings and give ’em a drink after I have my coffee!

You can contain moisture by buying and using clear plastic covers for your flats of seedlings. They are inexpensive and reusable. Take them off after everything has germinated, or most things.

A biodynamic calendar called Stella Natura is available for gardeners who want to plant seeds by the phase of the moon, stars and planets. I consult it when planting, and although it’s not foolproof, I think it helps. Available at

So if you want another hobby, grow your own plants from seed. It takes a little practice, but it may make you happy — it works for me!

Featured photo: Metal planting cells from Gardener’s Supply. Photo by Henry Homeyer.

A cabin fever cure

New Hampshire Outdoor Expo returns

By Mya Blanchard

Spring will soon be upon us, and with it plenty of opportunities to be outside. The New Hampshire Outdoor Expo is the perfect place to prepare for all things outdoors. Exhibitors will be selling supplies for a multitude of outdoor hobbies, from fishing and hunting to camping and boating. The three-day event runs from Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 12, at the Hampshire Dome in Milford.

“It’s a family event for anybody who’s interested in the outdoors,” expo organizer Dan Kenney said. “We have a … BB gun range, an archery range, an octagon for kids to play in and also a trout pond for them to catch fish … all day long. These are all included in the admission price.”

Kenney, who has traveled across the country doing fishing shows, has been doing exhibitions since 2011 in several northeastern states. This will be the New Hampshire Outdoor Expo’s fifth year at the Hampshire Dome.

“Primarily I do them in January, February [and] March, so when people have cabin fever,” Kenney said. “They can … go inside a building and … get geared up for the season, basically.”

The show will have about 100 exhibitors from all over the region selling items at discounted prices.

One vendor is Mountain Road Trading Post, a specialty outdoor recreational store from Raymond established in 1972. Their focus is primarily on paddle sports, like canoeing and kayaking, but they also have fishing and camping gear.

Troy Brown, the current owner of the store, first came to one of the shows about 10 years ago as an attendee. Last year was his first time coming as a vendor.

“It was a great experience [and a] great time [with] good people, and this year is going to be bigger and better from what I understand,” Brown said. “At shows you get the chance to talk to people, to build relationships, and it does kind of carry over into ongoing customer traffic and ongoing relationships.”

At the expo, Mountain Road Trading Post will have kayak fishing supplies as well as kayaks of multiple brands, varieties and models.

“We’re going to introduce people to the world of kayaks in general … [and] kind of broaden people’s minds about what kayaks are all about,” Brown said.

In addition to the vendors, there will also be educational seminars by industry professionals on topics like hunting and fishing. Renaissance Firearms, a gun shop from Barrington, will be running a laser shooting game and providing instructions on gunsmithing. XSpot Archery, an archery range and shop based in Massachusetts, will be there offering archery instructions.

“It’s a good place to go and kind of visit friends … see the new gadgets and the new products that are out there … talk to like-minded people and … gear up for the season,” Kenney said. “We … have a lot of interesting vendors assembled under one roof that you really just can’t see anywhere.”

New Hampshire Outdoor Expo
When: Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 12 — hours are from 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday
Where: Hampshire Dome, 24 Emerson Road, Milford
Cost: Admission is $15 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under

Featured photo: Scenes from the New Hampshire Outdoor Expo. Courtesy photos.

The Art Roundup 23/03/09

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

At the Currier: Catch singer-songwriter Rebecca Turmel performing on Thursday, March 9, at the Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St. in Manchester; as part of Art After Work, when museum admission is free from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. This week’s scheduled tour is the “Flower Power” gallery tour, according to the website. This Saturday, March 11, also features free admission for New Hampshire residents; the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. And while you visit the Currier, check out the newly acquired “French mounted Chinese porcelain vase,” now on display in the European gallery, according to a Currier newsletter. The piece is a “large porcelain vase, made in China in the 14th century, [that] received gilded bronze mounts in France in the 1760s,” the newsletter said. The vase was likely owned by Maria-Christina of Austria, Marie Antoinette’s sister, the newsletter said.

A late winter Midsummer: The Milford Area Players finish out a two-weekend run of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with shows Friday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 11, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m. at the Amato Center for the Arts (56 Mont Vernon St. in Milford). Tickets cost $15, $10 for students and seniors. See

New opening weekend: Vanities, the comedy-drama by Jack Heifner being presented by Creative Ambitions Performance Studio of NH, a new professional theater company, will open Friday, March 10, at the Hatbox Theatre (Steeplegate Mall, 270 Loudon Road in Concord;, 715-2315). The show was originally slated to open March 3 but that weekend of shows was canceled, according to the website. The show runs through Sunday, March 19, with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $22 for adults; $19 for students and seniors, the release said.

Art and video games
Mosaic Art Collective (66 Hanover St., Suite 201, in Manchester; 512-6209, has joined with the Ralph Baer Projects Club to showcase local artists’ works in “Level Up,” a show honoring the legacy of Ralph Baer and video games, according to a presale release. The show features pieces in a variety of media including 2D, 3D, digital, mixed media and interactive forms, the release said.
Ralph Baer, known as the father of video games, was born in Germany (on March 8) but lived in Manchester for much of his life; there are a statue and a bench honoring him in Arms Park. The exhibit is open through Sunday, March 26. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., the release said. Find more about the Ralph Baer Projects Club at

You can still catch a night of theremin: Chris Martiello’s theremin concert scheduled for March 3 has been rescheduled to Friday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Whipple Hall (25 Seamans Road in New London). The performance will be followed by a Q&A and light refreshments. See

Artist reception: Catch at artist reception for the Body of Work shows “For Granted” (featuring photographs by Judy Arnold) and “Isolation and Inspiration” (featuring the watercolors of artist RS Bense) at Seacoast Artist Association Gallery (130 Water St. in Exeter) on Friday, March 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. with music provided by folk-bluegrass duo Green Heron, according to a press release. The shows will run through Sunday, March 26. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m, according to

Purim fun and games: Etz Hayim Synagogue (1½ Hood Road in Derry; will host a riff on the TV show To Tell The Truth when “the Etz Hayim Never Ready for Prime TIme Players invite you to ‘To Tell the Emet (Truth) Shushan Version’” on Saturday, March 11, at 7 p.m. The show will use the game show format to have famous (or infamous) characters from the story of Purim (which was March 7) answer questions along with two imposters, after which audience members will vote for the real character, according to a press release. For more information, contact

More voices: According to, Theatre Kapow’s “Expanding the Canon” play reading circle in March will focus on The Fish by Madeline Sayet, a member of the Mohegan tribe in Connecticut. The event takes place Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m. over Zoom; register online.

• “Japan’s Garbo”: The work of actress Setsuko Hara, an actress who quit in acting in 1963 but was considered “one of the greatest actresses of her time,” will be discussed in a program from the Derry Public Library by Zoom on Monday, March 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., according to a press release. Register for access to the discussion at

A quick international trip: Make a quick visit to Egypt and Gibraltar with a travelogue from Marlin Darrah, a filmmaker, on Wednesday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium (3 Prince St. in Concord) for a free Walker Lecture Series, according to a press release. See

Mingle with history: The Manchester Historic Association will host “an evening of heritage, legacy, industry and cocktails,” according to, on Thursday, March 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Millyard Museum (200 Bedford St. in Manchester). The evening — “The Best of Amoskeag Tour” — will feature one complimentary cocktail with a ticket (the event is 21+) and appetizers as well as actors from the Majestic Theatre portraying some of Manchester’s influential people, according to the website. Tickets cost $25; go online or call 622-7531 to reserve tickets.

Painting, photography and more
Kimball Jenkins (266 N. Main St. in Concord;, 225-3932) has several adult and teen classes on the schedule in the coming months. Classes range from one-day workshops to month-long or longer classes. The schedule includes wheel throwing (with classes for beginners and intermediate), Modern & Contemporary Dance (for teen, ages 11 and up, and a class for adults), Medieval Illumination, Introduction to Adobe Lightroom, watercolor classes, Fundamentals of Printmaking, Painting in Oil or Acrylic, Life Drawing, Non-Toxic Etching and more. See for class schedules and links to class descriptions, material requirements and registration.

YAM! for young artists
Kimball Jenkins (266 N. Main St. in Concord;, 225-3932) will host the 2023 Concord School District Youth Art Month Show, which runs now through Wednesday, April 12. An opening reception will be held Thursday, March 29, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and “will feature live music from local high school bands, light food and hundreds of works of art by Concord youth and young adults,” according to a press release. The show will also feature works by Concord art teachers in the Jill C. Wilson Gallery, the release said. After Thursday’s reception, the Concord Historical Society will host a talk from 7 to 8 p.m. on “Artists of Concord: Past, Present and Future,” the release said. The program will feature New Hampshire artist Richard Haynes talking about the late Mel Bolden of Concord sharing images of his work, the release said. Concord artist Pam Tarbell will also share her work and stories from her 50 years of making art in Concord, the release said.

Celtic flutes: Start the Saint Patrick’s Day (Friday, March 17) celebrations early with a “Celtic Flutes” performance from the Manchester Community Music School (2291 Elm St. in Manchester;, 644-4548) Faculty Performance Series on Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m. The performance will feature Aubrie Dionne on flute; Erin Dubois on flute and piccolo; Kylie Elliot on flute, and Rose Hinkle on flute and alto flute, according to a press release. The show can be viewed in person or via livestream; register online.

Celebrate the Irish: Moe Joe’s Restaurant (2175 Candia Road in Manchester, 668-0121) will host the Black Pudding Rovers playing Irish Classics on Friday, March 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. The band is in its 22nd year and features “Mike Becker on piano, guitar, and vocals, Ken Wyman on guitar, harmonica, and vocals, Butch Greene on drums, and Gary Hunter on woodwinds,” according to the press release, which says the band will also feature special guest fiddler Joe Blajda rejoining BPR to play Irish reels, hornpipes and jigs. The restaurant will feature a special Joe’s Corned Beef and Cabbage, the release said.

NY opera broadcast in NH: Catch The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin, which will be broadcast live at the Bank of NH Stage (16 S. Main St. in Concord; on Saturday, March 18, at noon. Tickets cost $31.75; $25.75 for seniors and $18.75 for students. The broadcast will also screen at O’neil Cinemas at Brickyard Square in Epping via at noon on Saturday, March 18, and as an encore on Wednesday, March 22, at noon.

Keep the Irish going: The Pembroke Historical Society and Pembroke Town Library (313 Pembroke St.; 485-7851, will host musician and folklorist Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki on Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at the library, according to a press release. Tirrell-Wysocki is a fiddler and singer who “brings fresh energy to Celtic music,” the release said. The event is free and open to the public. Get a taste of his music at

Curious: The Pittsfield Players will present The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time from Thursday, March 23, through Sunday, March 26, at the Scenic Theatre (6 Depot St. in Pittsfield). The shows run at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 25, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, according to Tickets cost $15 plus fees.

Audition alert: The Pittsfield Players ( will host auditions for the comedic mystery Jack of Diamonds (which will run May 19 through May 21) on Sunday, March 26, and Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at the Scenic Theatre (6 Depot St. in Pittsfield), according to a press release. See the website for the list of characters and audition information.

Spring choral concerts: Amare Cantare, a Seacoast-based auditioned chamber chorus, will perform “Solace,” their spring concert, on Saturday, March 25, at Phillips Church in Exeter at 7:30 p.m.; on Sunday, March 26, at 3 p.m. at Dover City Hall (288 Central Road), and on Wednesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Middle Street Baptist Church (18 Court St. in Portsmouth), according to a press release. “The centerpiece of the concert is Canadian composer Eleanor Daley’s Requiem. A seven-movement unaccompanied work, the Requiem alternates traditional Latin texts with poetry by Carolyn Smart. The concert program will also include works of several other contemporary composers, including Only in Sleep by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Until by Joan Szymko, and Earth Song by Frank Ticheli, as well as a selection of celebrative sacred settings by early composers Heinrich Schütz, Orlandus Lassus, and Hans Leo Hassler,” the release said. Tickets cost $18 and can be purchased at and may be available at the door, the release said.

Winter concert and guest pianist
The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra will hold a winter concert featuring guest pianist Ko-Eun Yi performing Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto” on Sunday, March 12, at 3 p.m. at the Music Hall (28 Chestnut St. in Portsmouth; The concert will feature a talk with Music Director John Page at 1:45 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and $20 for students, according to a press release. See

Save the date for a craft fair: The 11th Annual Woman’s Service Club of Windham Spring Craft Fair will be held Saturday, April 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Windham High School and feature more than 100 artisans from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine presenting arts and crafts including ceramics, glass, jewelry, bird houses, spring wreaths, home decor, textiles, handbags, scrapbooking, doll clothes, rag dolls, woodwork, garden sculpture, soaps and lotions, candles, photography, fine art and more, according to a press release. The day will also feature raffles and sale of artisanal food, the release said. Admission is a suggested donation of $2 per person. See And if you know of a spring craft fair or arts event, let us know at

At Gibson’s: Author Ralph White will discuss his book Getting Out of Saigon: How a 27-Year-Old Banker Saved 113 Vietnamese Civilians, a book about his own experiences in Saigon in 1975, on Monday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St. in Concord; 224-0562,, according to a press release. No registration is required for the event, the release said.

A master class performance: Pianist and conductor Stephen Drury will play a concert at the Johnson Theatre (Paul Creative Arts Center at UNH in Durham) on Thursday, April 6, at 8 p.m. as part of the UNH Department of Music/Arlene Kies Piano Recital and Master Class Series, according to a press release. The concert is free and you can also view it remotely at

Jazz night: The UNH Traditional Jazz Series will present the Immanuel Wilkins Quartet on Friday, April 7, 8 p.m. at the Johnson Theatre (Paul Creative Arts Center, 30 Academic Way in Durham). Tickets cost $12 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors. According to a press release: “The music of saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins is filled with empathy and conviction, bonding arcs of melody and lamentation to pluming gestures of space and breath. His remarkable quartet features Micah Thomas on piano, Daryl Johns on bass, and Kweku Sumbry on drums. His new album, The 7th Hand, explores relationships between presence and nothingness across an hour-long suite comprised of seven movements.” See

Time to get chickens?

The basics on adding hens, chicks and roosters to your backyard farm

Perhaps the fluctuations in egg prices have you considering getting your own flock of egg-laying chickens. A New York Times story from Feb. 2 about the “inflation chicken” trend points out that there is a hefty upfront cost to raising chickens — the cost of the birds, the cost of the coops. But if you are thinking about adding chickens to your spring and summer gardening plans, here’s what you can expect in terms of chores, costs and eggs.

2 black and white speckled chickens behind chicken wire
Barred rock chicken. Photo courtesy of UNH Cooperative Extension.

What are the regulations for raising backyard chickens in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire does not mandate statewide regulations for keeping chickens for personal use. Rather, regulations are set by municipalities and vary by town or city.

“Most towns and even cities are very chicken-friendly,” said Christine Templeton, who co-owns Templeton Family Organics farm in Goffstown with her husband, Brian Templeton.

Residents may be subject to zoning ordinances and land use laws that dictate zones in which backyard chickens are and are not permitted; the minimum acreage or lot size required; the distance maintained between chickens and neighboring residences and roads; the number of chickens allowed to be kept (which may be relative to the acreage or lot size); and rules regarding roosters.

“Some towns regulate roosters — limit the numbers or do not allow them — in residential areas,” said Mary Davis, UNH Cooperative Extension Field Specialist and New Hampshire State 4-H Animal Science program manager. “There are fewer regulations in more rural areas and areas zoned residential.”

“It is the responsibility of the chicken owner to check if roosters are allowed or not,” added Kendall Kunelius, UNH Cooperative Extension Field Specialist in Agricultural Business Management. “I always recommend checking with the town before considering purchases of any animal.”

What types of chickens do well in New Hampshire? How do I decide what type(s) of chickens to get?

There are many different breeds of chickens to consider; New Hampshire chicken experts mentioned Golden Comet, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire Red, Speckled Sussex, Australorps, Leghorn, Buff Orpington, Araucana, Easter Eggers and Wyandottes as some of the most commonly kept breeds in the Northeast.

2 white and brown spotted chickens standing outside in grass
Mixed breed chickens, often called a “barnyard mix.” Photo courtesy of UNH Cooperative Extension.

The best type of chicken for you depends on your goals.

“Why do you want chickens?” Davis said. “For the fresh eggs? For locally raised meat? Any breed of hen will lay eggs, but the popular egg-laying breeds have been selectively bred to produce more eggs per year, and ‘meat breeds’ are bred to have larger breast muscles, be bigger and yield more meat.”

New Hampshire Red, Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock and Golden Comet chickens are reliable egg-layers and tolerant to the cold, making them popular picks among New Hampshire chicken owners. Other breeds might be chosen for their more specialized egg-laying qualities.

“There’s a lot of variety among breeds bred for egg production,” said Carl Majewski, UNH Cooperative Extension Field Specialist in Dairy, Livestock, and Forage Crops, “from the modern Leghorn breeds used for commercial production, to older ‘heritage’ breeds dating back to the 1800s or so, to oddball breeds that lay different colors of eggs — anything from blue to green to chocolate brown — or have striking plumage.”

“People need to decide what is most important to them, such as high egg production, show quality or even egg color,” Templeton added. “It’s about what the person or family wants to get out of the experience.”

Backyard chicken seminar
Nashua Farmers’ Exchange (38 1/2 Bridge St., Nashua) will host a poultry seminar on Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m. The seminar will cover the basics of raising chickens, including how to get set up and how to care for chicks and full-grown chickens. It’s free and open to the public. Visit

What’s the best way to start — from eggs, chicks or grown chickens?

There are advantages and disadvantages to each, but ultimately it’s a matter of personal preference, based on the kind of experience you want and the amount of time and money you’re willing to invest.

Hatching from eggs can be a fun and educational project for families. However, Majewski warned, it can be hard to find fertilized eggs that have been properly screened to be disease-free. Hatching also requires an incubator and other expensive equipment, and the conditions in the incubator must be frequently monitored and maintained. Finally, even if you do everything right, there’s still no guarantee that the eggs will hatch.

Starting with chicks also requires some extra equipment, including a heat source and special food and water dispenser, and some extra care for a few weeks while the chicks are at their most fragile, but chicks are less expensive — and less risky — than hatching from eggs.

“Many farm supply stores offer pre-orders for chicks, allowing customers to order exactly what they want,” Davis said, adding that in New Hampshire an order must include a minimum of six chicks. “For those wanting laying hens, the retailer can help you determine if a chick is female. In many breeds there is a color difference of the males, although this is not 100 percent.”

It takes four months or longer from the time a female chick is born until it starts laying eggs.

• If you want to skip the wait, you can purchase “pullets” — young hens that have not started laying eggs yet but are expected to start soon.

“They save you the time and bother of brooding and rearing chicks, and they’re ready to start laying within just a week or so of getting settled in at your home,” Majewski said, “but they are more expensive. They can go for around $20 apiece, versus $3 for a chick.”

Do I need a rooster?

“It is a common misconception that you need to have a rooster for hens to lay eggs,” Davis said. “This is not true. The hens will lay eggs without a rooster.”

There is an argument to be made that hens are happier and feel safer having a rooster around, but most chicken owners who aren’t interested in producing fertilized eggs opt not to have one.

“Mature roosters are undesirable for many people,” Davis said. “They are loud, crowing not just in the morning but throughout the day. They may be aggressive to other poultry and to human caregivers, and two or more roosters may often fight one another.”

“They’re kind of obnoxious,” Majewski added. “They really do crow at an ungodly hour of the morning, and their voices can carry for a half mile — not a great way to stay on your neighbors’ good side.”

3 chickens pecking in grass, each a different color
Buff Orpington chicken (back), Barred Rock chicken (middle) and Rhode Island Red chicken (front). Photo courtesy of UNH Cooperative Extension.

What kind of housing and essential items are needed to raise chickens?

The proper dimensions for a coop, Majewski said, should include at least 3 square feet of floor space per chicken and an additional 10 square feet of fenced outdoor space per chicken.

“This doesn’t need to be elaborate,” he said. “If you don’t have great carpentry skills, it’s fine to requisition and/or modify a portion of a shed or even the garage.”

Next you’ll need feeders and waterers — enough to give each chicken at least 4 inches of space. Supplemental heat lamps aren’t necessary for adult chickens.

“Those feathers provide remarkable insulation,” Majewskis said. “I’ve seen our birds running around outside in January with the temperature in the teens.”

What supplies are needed for maintenance and care, and what is the average monthly cost?

Feed is the main expense. Majewski said a 50-pound bag of conventional feed, which lasts a small flock a little over a month, costs around $20 to $25. A non-GMO or organic feed will cost more. Bedding for the coop — usually wood shavings — may cost around $10 to $15 and should be refreshed at least monthly, after cleaning the coop.

What’s on the chore list for raising chickens? What’s the time commitment?

Most people find a small flock of six to 12 adult chickens is easy to manage, even if they work a regular job.

“It really takes no more than 20 minutes per day to collect eggs, refill water and feed and do general wellness checks,” Kunelius said.

The only chore that you may have to set aside some time for is cleaning the coop. Majewski said most coops should “ideally be cleaned weekly, but at a minimum once per month.”

Where to buy chicken supplies
• Achille Agway, 351 Elm St., Milford, 673-1669; 65 Jaffrey Road, Peterborough, 924-6801,
• Cloverdale Feed & Farm Supply, 12 Roby Road, Webster, 746-3234,
• Dodge Grain Co., 59 N. Broadway, Salem, 893-3739,
• Nashua Farmers’ Exchange, 38 1/2 Bridge St., Nashua, 883-9531,
• Osborne’s Farm & Garden Center, 16 Cinemagic Way, Hooksett, 627-6855; 258 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 228-8561,
• Tractor Supply Co., locations throughout New Hampshire, including Hooksett, Derry, Merrimack, Chichester, Plaistow, Milford and Pelham,
Where to buy live chickens
• Cloverdale Feed & Farm Supply, 12 Roby Road, Webster, 746-3234,
• Dodge Grain Co., 59 N. Broadway, Salem, 893-3739,
• Nashua Farmers’ Exchange, 38 1/2 Bridge St., Nashua, 883-9531, Deadline for chick orders is March 25.
• Osborne’s Farm & Garden Center, 16 Cinemagic Way, Hooksett, 627-6855; 258 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 228-8561,
• Templeton Family Organics, 176 Kennedy Hill Road, Goffstown, ​781-316-5067,
• Tractor Supply Co., locations throughout New Hampshire, including Hooksett, Derry, Merrimack, Chichester, Plaistow, Milford and Pelham,

Are there any safety concerns I should be aware of?

New Hampshire chicken experts mentioned three main dangers:

Fires. Heat lamps are only needed for raising chicks; adult chickens do not need a heat lamp to stay warm during the colder months, but some chicken owners still choose to use one. In any case where a heat lamp is being used, exercise caution to prevent fires.

“Follow the safety guidelines included with your heat lamp to keep the heat source a safe distance from combustible items,” Davis said. “In the winter, water deicers can also be a fire concern. Always make sure all your equipment is in good condition and functioning properly.”

Biohazards. “Salmonella or other bacteria can be present on birds, on eggs and in coop areas,” Kunelius said.

Wash your hands directly after handling poultry and related equipment.

In recent months, avian influenza has also been a concern with chickens and other birds nationwide.

“There is currently an avian influenza outbreak in migratory wild birds that can spread to domestic poultry and other animals. As of early 2023, there had been no human cases in the U.S. You can prevent exposure of your birds by limiting their exposure to wild birds, especially waterfowl such as ducks and geese,” Davis said. And the best way to limit that exposure is basically to have them penned up and not let them free range, she said.

Wildlife. “Predators are a real issue,” Majewski said. “[Raising chickens] probably won’t significantly increase the number of encounters you have with wildlife, but it does affect the welfare of the birds themselves.”

Free-range chickens are at a greater risk.

“Keeping them fenced in — with adequate space, of course — is much better for all concerned,” Majewski said.

How many eggs can I expect to get, and how often?

“In peak production, a hen will lay an egg approximately every 26 hours, so you pretty much get an egg per day,” Majewski said. “A small flock of four to six hens kept in good condition will provide the average family plenty of eggs, with an extra dozen for friends and family on a regular basis.”

Older hens lay eggs at a lower rate — usually about every other day, but sometimes less.

How long do chickens live? Is it common to keep a chicken for its whole natural life?

Most chickens can live to between five and eight years. Chickens that are raised for meat are usually processed at a young age. Hens lay eggs at peak productivity for two to three years. When a hen’s laying starts slowing down, a chicken owner may make a decision about what comes next for the chicken.

“A pampered chicken can live for several years, and people have kept them for that long when they become sort-of pets,” Majewski said. “[An older hen] still lays occasional eggs, but they’re not really earning their keep. We keep ours at home for about two years, and then they make the transition from breakfast feature to, um, soup.”

Are there any benefits to raising chickens besides poultry products?

Davis said free-range chickens can help to control a variety of insects, and chickens’ manure and used bedding can be composted for later use in the garden.

“Chickens offer great tick control and fertilize your lawn,” Templeton added.

Raising chickens can be especially rewarding for families with children.

“It offers a way for families to do something together and reconnect,” Templeton said. “It is also a great way to teach children responsibility and in a world where people have become far from their food source it provides an opportunity to be close to it.”

Adopt a rooster

Frosty is a rooster available for adoption at the New Hampshire SPCA (104 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham). According to the NHSPCA website, Frosty was a stray found in Durham and is now looking for his perfect home. He gets along with other birds and would love to have a flock of his own.

Horhey is also a rooster available for adoption at the New Hampshire SPCA. According to the NHSPCA website, this handsome guy is very friendly and gets along with other roosters and hens. He is easygoing and would make a nice addition to any flock.

To learn more about chickens and other farm animals available for adoption at the NHSPCA, visit or email

This Week 23/03/09

Big Events March 9, 2023 and beyond

Saturday, March 11

It’s a day of hockey games at SNHU Arena (555 Elm St. in Manchester; with NHIAA High School Hockey Championship games at 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets for each game cost $10 ($8 for ages 6 to 18 and 65+).

Saturday, March 11

Concord eatery Georgia’s Northside and Area 23 (254 N. State St. in Concord; 552-0137, are holding a Chili Throwdown today at Area 23 from noon until 5 p.m. or when the chili runs out. A $20 ticket gets you access to the chili bar featuring four different chilis, according to an Area 23 Facebook post about the event.

Saturday, March 11

Mike McCarthy headlines Miked Up Comedy at Millyard Brewery (125 E. Otterson in Nashua;, 722-0104) tonight from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Find more laughs this weekend in Comedy This Week on page 34.

Sunday, March 12

Start your Oscar Sunday with a screening of Little Old New York, one of the top-grossing movies of 1923, at the Wilton Town Hall Theatre (40 Main St. in Wilton) today at 2 p.m., according to a press release. This silent film starring Marion Davies will feature live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis. A $10 donation per person is suggested.

Sunday, March 12

The New Hampshire Scottish Music Club will hold its monthly gathering today from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Concord Community Music School (23 Wall St. in Concord). The group will play a “member tune” and a tune written by a guest at the last month’s meeting and also rehearse for upcoming spring concerts, according to

Sunday, March 12

As Billy Crystal used to sing, it’s a wonderful night for Oscar. Watch the 95th Academy Awards at home (broadcast starts at 8 p.m. on ABC) or with a crowd at the Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St. in Concord; 224-4600, Academy Awards Watch Party, which starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $50; play Oscar games and watch the ceremony on the big screen. Amy Diaz talks about what she’s rooting for on Sunday night in a story in the Film section, which starts on page 32.

Monday, March 13

Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord is holding a virtual book event with Sen. Bernie Sanders discussing his new book It’s OK To Be Angry At Capitalism today at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $32 and include a hardcover copy of the book. Register at

Monday, March 13

It’s the greenery you don’t want to see return in the spring. The Milford Garden Club is holding a program today called “Poison Ivy — What You Need to Know” at 10:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church Parish House (10 Union St. in Milford), according to a press release. Presenter Helaine Hughes of Poison Ivy Removal Co. based in Greenfield will discuss how to identify poison ivy in all seasons and distinguish it from other plants as well as how to clean clothing, tools and skin, the release said.

Save the Date! St. Patrick’s Day — Friday, March 17
In addition to the traditional Irish eats (see a rundown of area offerings starting on page 25), next Friday will feature loads of Irish tunes. Two shows to consider: The Spain Brothers will play the Rex Theatre (23 Amherst St. in Manchester; from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $29. Or catch the Glengarry Bhoys at 8 p.m. at the Tupelo Music Hall (10 A St. in Derry; Tickets cost $35.

Featured photo. Marion Davies stars in Little Old New York (1923).

Quality of Life 23/03/09

Doc talks

The Timothy & Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund has contributed $6,000 to support the Concord Hospital Trust’s popular “What’s Up Doc?” lecture series for another two years. According to a press release, the series features monthly presentations given by Concord Hospital doctors, nurses and medical professionals about disease prevention and risk reduction, medical advances, new technology and new and innovative medical treatments and services.

QOL score: +1

Comment: Upcoming lecture topics include “What is Acute Pain and Why Does it Sometimes Become Chronic?” on March 10, “Skin Cancer” on April 14 and “Podiatry Update” on June 9. All lectures are free to attend and are recorded and posted on YouTube and Facebook. For more information and to register, visit

Local dentists

Northeast Delta Dental’s Northern New England Dental Loan Repayment Program has distributed $300,000 in awards to its first round of applicants, supporting three dental practices located in Berlin, New Hampshire; Brattleboro, Vermont, and southern Maine. According to a press release, the multi-year awards, created in 2022 to attract and retain dentists to rural and underserved areas and populations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, will assist general dentists and oral surgeons with their loan repayment obligations. Visit

QOL score: +1

Comment: There has been an acute shortage of dentists across all specialties in northern New England, according to the release, due to a combination of factors, including retirements, state Medicaid program benefit expansions, and difficulties recruiting in rural and underserved areas across the region.

Good roads

A new report analyzing data from the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Census Bureau revealed that New Hampshire has the best roads in the country, while “[spending] some of the lowest capital outlay per mile.” According to a press release from the office of Gov. Chris Sununu, New Hampshire receives the lowest amount of total federal funding for roads and bridges, making the No. 1 ranking “a testament to the Department of Transportation’s management.”

QOL score: +1

Comment: “New Hampshire is blessed with a dedicated team of professionals that works hard to build and maintain our transportation system and I’m honored that we are being recognized for our work,” NH Department of Transportation Commissioner Bill Cass said in the release.

QOL score: 57

Net change: +3

QOL this week: 60

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