Move to the music

Local band adds to yoga experience

When Cassie O’Brien was in her twenties, she wrote for a Concord alt weekly and was constantly impressed by the city’s music and arts scene. When she and her husband began planning a move from Washington, D.C., back to New Hampshire six years ago, they wanted someplace with a similar vibe.

Ultimately they chose the real thing.

“Thinking about where we wanted to live, we just kept circling back to Concord,” O’Brien said recently. “A sense of community … that’s what brought us here.”

The two fit in quickly. Rob O’Brien is prominent as a musician, playing the Roland Aerophone, an idiosyncratic saxophone-cum-synthesizer, with local band Andrew North & the Rangers. The disciplined jam act has a new live album, Thanks for the Warning, Vol. 1, due on May 12, with a release show at Concord’s Area 23 the following night.

Cassie is a yoga instructor and, since September, a small business owner. She runs Worthy Mind & Movement, offering a range of classes that are almost all music-centric. That element was part of the yoga studio when Cassie worked there, before she bought it. When she took it over, she wanted to take the music up a notch or two, so she began offering Buti, a yoga practice that includes a lot of dance-like movement.

Initially EDM mixes were used for classes, but on May 5 local electronica duo Bosey Jose will play live while participants work up a sweat. It will be a Glow Yoga event, with body paint and clothing that pops under a blacklight. “I kind of equate it to like going to a rave, but without all the regrets and everything afterward,” Cassie said.

The experience is perfect for “moms who want to have that night out for themselves, have a good time and let loose,” she continued. “People can hoot, they can holler, they can swear at me … anything goes, as long as they’re being safe. It’s a good release, a fun way to move your body and still get in a workout.”

Non-glow Buti classes happen during the week, along with Zumba and the more intense HIIT yoga; there’s also the meditation in motion of Primal Flow. Buti is a bit in between, Cassie explained: “There’s some cardio involved, there’s some plyometric work — planks, your holding poses and stuff like that. It’s just dynamic movement, meant to be a fun way to move your body and have a good time.”

Buti is a good entry-level yoga. “You never have to be in any pose for too long, because we are pretty much constantly moving … our movement is driven by the beat of the music,” Cassie said. For her, trading cues with live musicians will offer a new challenge. “When I want to pick up the pace and maybe do a cardio push, I’m going to have to somehow communicate to them, and I’ll also have to fall along.”

Bosey Joe once played in a barber shop, so they are a good fit for the small-business showcase. The space comes with a bonus, Rob O’Brien explained.

“I helped upgrade the studio and we have a fantastic sound system up there now with a big subwoofer,” O’Brien said. “Since these are at night and most of the offices and businesses below us are closed, we can really crank it up. I’ve been in there by myself, and it feels like a club — the energy can get really high in there.”

The volume and vibe “enhance the experience,” Cassie offered. “You get your endorphins running, it’s a rush. People after class are always saying, ‘Wow, that went by so fast! I can’t believe I’m sweating … it was so fun, I forgot I was working out.”

Buti Yoga Glow Night w/ Bosey Joe
When: Friday, May 5, 7 p.m.
Where: Worthy Mind & Movement, 8 N. Main St., Suite 1B, Concord
Tickets: $20, reserve at

Featured photo: Courtesy photo.

The Music Roundup 23/05/04

Local music news & events

Taco tunes: Manchester’s largest Taco Tour ever has live music, including sets from reggae rockers Supernothing and Donaher, the latter a power pop quartet whose front man is campaigning to recognize the Queen City as the birthplace of chicken tenders. Indie singer-songwriter Colleen Green opens the early evening free concert, which offers a great way to shake off all those tasty tacos. Thursday, May 4, 4:30 p.m., M&T Bank/City Bandstage Stage, corner of Bridge and Elm streets, Manchester, see

Dancing scene: When a night hosted by Abba-inspired brand ambassadors Gimme Gimme Disco succeeds, it’s due to the crowd’s energy. Revelers are resplendent in bell bottom jeans, afro hairdos, oversized sunglasses, crazy colors and other finery that works under a mirror ball, along with a yearning to groove to songs like “September,” “It’s Raining Men” and “Waterloo,” all spun by a ’70s-savvy DJ. Friday, May 5, 7:30 p.m., Nashua Center for the Arts, 201 Main St., Nashua, $19 and up at

Father’s son: Starting in 1996 with the multi-platinum Bringing Down the Horse, The Wallflowers became a band in name only, with a singular vision guided by its front man, Jakob Dylan, who last year said, “no one lineup … ever made two records [and] one person is actually putting the ideas together … that’s always been me.” Recently, Dylan has been covering old friend Tom Petty’s “American Girl” at concerts. Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m., The Flying Monkey, 39 Main St., Plymouth, $69 and up at

Fresh hell: After the headliners dropped out of a run called The Hellbender Tour, Saving Vice took charge, rebranding it The End of Winter. The new name refers to the Vermont metalcore band’s debut EP, Colder Than Dark, which is now celebrating its five-year anniversary. Sink With Me, No Eye Has Seen, Frantic Endeavor, Devitalized and Soft Touch Mechanism round out the bill at a local show. Sunday, May 7, 7 p.m., Jewel Music Venue, 61 Canal St., Manchester, $15 and up at

Country couple: The latest in an ongoing singer-songwriter series has Lance & Lea playing and chatting with fellow musician Katie Dobbins, who opens the show. Lance Kotara came up in the Texas club scene, while Coloradan LeAnna Kaufman rode horses and sang in church as a youngster; they met in Nashville and became a duo. Their first album was produced by Grammy winner Paul Worley. Wednesday, May 10, 6 pm., Loft at Hermit Woods, 72 Main St., Meredith, $10 to $15 at

Built to Move, by Kelly Starrett and Juliet Starrett

Built to Move, by Kelly Starrett and Juliet Starrett (Knopf, 336 pages)

CrossFit devotees are no doubt familiar with Kelly and Juliet Starrett. Not being one, I was not, and there was nothing in their new book’s title that seems particularly inspiring. In fact, the only thing the book had going for it, I thought, was an endorsement by popular Stanford University podcaster Andrew Huberman.

I was wrong.

The Starretts, co-founders of CrossFit, have written an unusual fitness book in that they address both long-time, hard-core exercisers and the passionate sedentary, those who proudly display 0.0 stickers on the back of their cars in defiance of the 26.2s. They’re not interested in getting you to run a marathon or even 5K. They’re more interested in getting you to be able to get up off the floor for the next couple of decades — literally.

The “sit and rise” test was the subject of research published in 2014. That study showed that the ability to easily drop into a cross-legged position on the floor, and get up again (if possible not using your hands), is reflective of a person’s physical well- being and can be predictive of mortality.

Intuitively, that makes sense. The more limber a person is, the better their health, right? But the Starretts don’t see sitting and rising as simply a measure of wellness and mobility, but a way to achieve it. The average toddler falls down (and gets back up) 17 times an hour, whereas aging adults do all they can to not visit the floor. In fact, we should be getting on the floor, and getting back up, as long as we’re able.

“Sitting on the floor, if you do it regularly, is one of the things that can help you become more proficient at getting down on the floor, and then getting back up again, without using any support,” they write, adding, “Our bodies are built to sit in ground-based positions.”

The Starretts recommend that we spend a total of 30 cumulative minutes a day sitting in various positions on the floor; doing so helps to “rewild” our hip joints and correct the musculoskeletal problems people develop when they sit in chairs (or cars) most of the day.

It is this kind of advice that makes Built to Move a nice surprise and a departure from the typical wellness book that repackages the same old advice. While upending the conventional wisdom, the Starretts argue that anyone, at any age and in any condition, can incorporate a handful of easy practices and see improvements in their condition. But first, they want to destroy the notion that if we exercise aerobically four or five times a week then we’re in some optimal physical condition.

Think you’re OK because you exercise and stretch? The Starretts say that stretching doesn’t work, nor does even yoga, when it comes to improving and preserving range of motion. “In most circumstances, passively pulling on a muscle doesn’t really achieve much, and it certainly doesn’t improve range of motion.” Stretching just releases tension from our muscles. They recommend movements called “mobilizations” that also target ligaments and joints.

Think you’re OK because you run for 45 minutes four times a week? Nope. You need to be walking for a half hour, too, because walking “rewilds” the feet and works the muscles, tendons and ligaments in ways that running doesn’t.

While showing how the typical modern lifestyle works against the ways our bodies are meant to move, the authors point out the myriad conveniences that might make life easier now but might make it harder for us in old age — like a car’s backup camera. (“Give it a rest sometime and turn around to look behind you when you back up.”)

Then of course, there’s nutrition, not as it relates to our weight, but how it affects our ability to heal from injury. Poor nutrition contributes to inflammation and can slow recovery from injury or illness. They don’t care what sort of eating plan you follow as long as it’s high in protein and contains about 800 grams of fruits and vegetables per day.

Finally, as someone currently dealing with chronic pain from an arm injury, I especially appreciated the Starretts’ section titled “What to do when you hurt.” Apparently a lot of other people will appreciate this, too. When Kelly Starrett speaks to audiences, he often asks people to raise their hands if they’re currently in pain, and about 95 percent of the crowd raises a hand.

“Pain,” the Starretts write, “is a request for change.” But interestingly, they add, that pain “doesn’t always mean that you’re injured or that a tissue is damaged; in fact, most times it doesn’t.” While of course pain caused by obvious injuries (i.e., a twisted ankle or broken arm) requires medical treatment, “most of the musculoskeletal pain people experience these days — sore knees, achy lower backs, throbbing shoulders — is not injury, but rather a reflection of our modern lifestyle,” things that can be corrected with the practices shown in the book, the Starretts say.

Their message is hopeful. “One thing you should know about your body is that it’s not as fragile as you think. You are a pretty bombproof organism, easily designed to last a hundred years. That doesn’t mean your body should hurt.” It just means that you’ve got to address the pain in ways beyond taking fistfuls of ibuprofen; “Follow the breadcrumbs and try to figure it out.”

As for the sit-and-rise test, here’s how it’s done: “Cross one foot in front of the other and sit down on the floor into a cross-legged position without holding onto anything. … Now, from the same cross-legged position, rise up off the floor, if possible, without placing your hands or knees on the floor or using anything for support.”

How’d you do? If you still can’t even figure out how to get down on the floor, let alone get up without holding on for dear life, this book’s for you. And no, I’m not telling you how I did on that test. B+

Album Reviews 23/05/04

Bobcat Goldthwait, Soldier for Christ (PGF Records)

So, an album featuring ’80s/’90s/whatever comedian Bobcat Goldthwait performing a standup set recorded last year at Lincoln Lodge in Chicago. Like Gallagher with his watermelon-smashing Sledge-O-Matic (which has been outdone by approximately 367,000 YouTube prank videos last time I looked), Goldthwait has had a shtick going back decades, mildly funny jokes delivered in a hiccupping, “what kind of drugs is he on” voice. Reading this record’s informational one-sheet, I saw that Goldthwait has put away the cocaine and has a kid now, which gave me horrible flashbacks of Chris Rock’s most recent comedy special. Yet, I persisted. Jokes include making fun of a guy in a wheelchair for dissing Biden; the intrinsic sadness of Mylar Spongebob balloons; and trusting the government for the first time ever, upon hearing last year’s announcement that UFOs are real. It’s OK for what it is, this LP; there wasn’t much that tickled me any harder than those Jimmy JJ Walker commercials on MeTV where he’s trying to scam old people out of their Medicare. B

Fights, Scampirock (Lie Laga Records)

OK, OK, I give up, the genre of “Scandirock” is happening, and, owing to its roots being, you know, rooted in the Hives’s approach to melodic hardcore, it’s protected from on high by the prince of melodical dumbness, in other words this is even harder to hate than Finnish folk-metal. We talked about the Oslo, Norway-based Scandirock band Dudes a couple of months ago, but this fivesome is a lot more raw, and definitely more unhinged. I mean, you have to put a listen to opening track “Good Morning Neil Armstrong” on your bucket list, as the riff is up there with the Yngwie Malmsteem hammer-on madness that shot Alcatrazz’ single “God Blessed Video” into the stratosphere in the ’80s. But wait, there’s more, the vocal is sung in a scratchy-throated math-metal style I wasn’t expecting; in fact it’s probably the coolest rock tune I’ve heard in years. Buy buy buy. A+


• Here it comes, gang, it’s already May 5, and you know what that means! Well, nothing really, unless it’s your birthday month, because you won’t really have any reason to go to the beach until June, but we can work with what we’ve got I suppose.

Ed Sheeran, (which will eventually become known as Subtract, but for now, let’s just all pretend that this neckbearded indie-pop fraud will be super-famous forever and currently isn’t so drunk with cred that he thinks he can get away with a dumb, unpronounceable album title every year without some permanently annoyed rock critic pointing out how dumb it is)! I’ve never been able to tell that dude from that ginger prince in Britain, whatever his name, but there is no escape this time, because if I’m ever going to get this column off to my editing queens I’m going to have to stop stalling and go listen to something from this idiotically titled album. OK! The single, “Eyes Closed,” is the sort of Weeknd/Bruno Mars-style confection you’d hear if you hung around in the electronics section of Target for too long; it uses a chicken-plucking guitar-or-whatnot in order to attract listeners who don’t really like music, and then it’s millennial whoop-ish oatmeal burnishing the slightest possible variation on the same junk you’ve been hearing on bubblegum-radio for how many years now? 70? Oh, what am I even doing, let’s move it along, I don’t know how people can listen to this stuff without going completely daft. Talk about Groundhog Day, OMG.

• Yes, yes, but hark, the really stupid album names continue this week, courtesy of the Jonas Brothers, whose new album is titled The Album, no, I’m serious. Hold it, one of those Jonases is married to a British princess if I’m not mistaken. No, Wikipedia says I got it wrong, he’s actually married to a Westeros princess, the girl who was on the HBO show about dragons where all the good guys met pointless, gratuitously disgusting comeuppances, the adult CGI cartoon that was based on those books by that dude with the really stupid bosun’s mate hat, or maybe it’s a cab driver’s hat, who knows or cares. You know, somewhere in these boxes I have a specially signed CD of the Jonases’ first album, back when their record company was trying to make sure every critic in the country was talking about them. I’ll have to remember to list it for sale on Amazon at some point as a super-collectible item or something, but anyway, let’s all just calm down and talk about this new stupidly titled album. Look how grown up those boys look, my stars, and how they look so haunted after all those years of being yelled at by record company lackeys when they just wanted to play Donkey Kong, tsk tsk. The opening song is called “Sucker” (I won’t say it) and OMG it’s like that Ed Sheeran song I just talked about except the beat is more bloopy, and whichever Jonas is singing like Bo Diddley meets Prince and it’s even more bubblegummy. Ha ha, all the YouTube comments are from bots, it’s so obvious.

• The Lemon Twigs are two singing brothers from Long Island and they have a rich mommy. Thus far they’ve sort of wavered between indie, emo and glam, which might be a good direction, depending on what the new single from their upcoming album, Everything Harmony, sounds like. Ack, gag me, it’s 1960s twee, like the Young Rascals, get this trash out of my face this instant.

• We’ll end this exercise with LA Priest, whom I’ve heard about before, but there’s no Wikipedia page for him, just one for his old band, Late of the Pier. Whatever, his new space-pop LP, Fase Luna, features the tune “It’s You,” Ack, gag me, it sounds like Beck trying to be Mungo Jerry, we’re done here.

If you’re in a local band, now’s a great time to let me know about your EP, your single, whatever’s on your mind. Let me know how you’re holding yourself together without being able to play shows or jam with your homies. Send a recipe for keema matar. Message me on Twitter (@esaeger) or Facebook (eric.saeger.9).

In the kitchen with Gerry Ferretti-Berrios

Gerry Ferretti-Berrios and her sister, Amberle Ferretti, are the owners of Chicken Lou’s Distribution (, and on Facebook and Instagram @chickenlous), a purveyor of two cooking seasonings and three sauces — a signature honey mustard, a chipotle ranch dressing and a “Kickin’ Chicken” barbecue sauce — great for use as anything from dips and salad dressings to marinades, sandwich spreads and more. Chicken Lou’s was born in 1990 when Lou Ferretti — the sisters’ grandfather and the business’s namesake — opened a small restaurant on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston. For more than three decades the tiny 550-square-foot building was known for serving fresh sandwiches, wings, pizzas and other items to students and faculty. It closed in 2020 when the sisters’ father, Dave, announced his retirement. But Ferretti-Berrios, who grew up in Merrimack, wanted to continue the family’s legacy. Today, all of Chicken Lou’s products are packaged and delivered out of a warehouse in Amherst and are available at Locally Handmade, inside the Merrimack Premium Outlets, as well as online.

What is your must-have kitchen item?

I can’t live without a massive, heavy-duty cutting board. … A good cutting board is so critical, I think, for anything you’re doing in the kitchen.

What would you have for your last meal?

It’s definitely got to be a good veggie burger with really well-done crispy fries on the side. They’ve got to have salt on them and you’ve got to have a little honey mustard to dip, for that sweet and salty combo. … Then, my go-to indulgence is a warm chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream on it.

What is your favorite local restaurant?

I’ve got to give it up to Pressed Cafe. … I just love the fact that they have something for everybody. I love their veggie ciabatta sandwich.

What celebrity would you like to see trying one of your products?

The Zumba instructor in me wants to say Daddy Yankee, but the New England girl in me is saying Bill Belichick. But with Bill trying it, there has to be a press conference review afterward, because I just think that would be hysterical!

What is your favorite product that you offer?

When we were a restaurant, I was Team Honey Mustard, and then we came out with the chipotle ranch, and now it’s a split between the two. … I love the honey mustard as a salad dressing, and then for the chipotle ranch, I love to dip cheese pizza in it. It’s life-changing.

What is the biggest food trend in New Hampshire right now?

Everybody is doing flights. … Flights of drinks and flights of desserts and flights of appetizers. I see all these posts from restaurants and food groups that I follow, and I just feel like everybody has jumped on the flight trend.

What is your favorite thing to make at home?

I’m a huge fan of just making snack plates for dinner. I’ll do some diced up cheeses, some hummus, olives, celery sticks [and] carrot sticks. Those are definitely my go-tos.

Southwest rice and bean casserole
From the kitchen of Gerry Ferretti-Berrios of Chicken Lou’s Distribution

4 cups cooked white rice (can be replacedwith quinoa, brown rice or other grain of preference)
1 package shredded cheddar cheese
2 cans black beans, drained
1 package taco seasoning
1 bottle Chicken Lou’s signature Chipotle Ranch dressing

Optional toppings:
Shredded cabbage
Shredded lettuce
Black olives
Sliced jalapenos
Diced tomatoes
Cotija cheese
Diced red onions
Avocado slices

In a bowl, combine the rice, beans, taco seasoning, half the bag of shredded cheddar cheese and half the bottle of chipotle ranch dressing. Mix thoroughly until combined. Take the mixture and spread onto a 9-by-13-inch greased baking pan. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake in the oven, uncovered, at 350 degrees until it’s heated through and the temperature reaches 165 (approximately 30 minutes). Top with your favorite taco toppings.

Featured photo: Gerry Ferretti-Berrios, co-owner of Chicken Lou’s Distribution. Courtesy photo.

Taking the cake

Fleur Délices amateur baking competition returns

Amateur bakers will show off their cake decorating skills and compete for prizes during the second annual Franco Foods Fleur Délices challenge. Following a successful inaugural year in 2022, the friendly baking competition and fundraising event is due to return to Anheuser-Busch’s Biergarten in Merrimack on Saturday, May 13.

Challenge organizer and Québec native Nathalie Hirte is also the office manager of the Franco-American Centre, a Manchester-based nonprofit celebrating and promoting French culture and heritage in the Granite State. In early 2021 Hirte launched Franco Foods, a how-to YouTube series on French-inspired recipes that her son Oskar directs and produces.

Each of the entrants from last year’s competition chose from a list of nearly 90 International Francophonie-recognized countries and regions, or nations where French either is a primary or secondary language or has a historical connection to the culture. This year, Hirte said, the theme is French fairy tales. Contestants will be tasked with creating a cake that is decorated to represent the story of their chosen fairy tale in some way.

“Part of our mission is to introduce people to the French world and the many facets of it,” Hirte said, “and so I figured that this is a great way to have people learn different aspects of the French language through stories.”

Bakers have several well-known choices for their fairy tales — Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss In Boots and Beauty and the Beast are all among those in the given list. Similar to last year, they will pre-bake their cakes and decorate them during the competition.

“The decoration of the cake should represent the fairy tale,” Hirte said. “The idea is that … you’re supposed to look at the cake and know that that’s the story.”

Each cake, Hirte said, must be a minimum of two tiers, one of which should be a sponge cake. Other requirements include a buttercream element and a 3D element, made of any edible material of the baker’s choice.

When the competition begins, single decorators will get one hour to create their cakes, while teams of two will get 45 minutes. Attendees are free to watch them in action, and tables of light appetizers and snacks will be served.

The judging panel will include Marie-Josée Duquette, of the Québec Government Office in Boston; and Sandra Martel, who was declared the winner of last year’s competition for her crème brûlée cheesecake and berry chantilly cake representing France. They’ll judge each cake based on criteria such as taste, texture, overall appearance, creativity and representation of their chosen French fairy tale.

Attendees can also vote for their own favorite cake based on appearance, and will receive at least two samples at the conclusion of the competition. The winner will be awarded bragging rights, an engraved cake platter and the opportunity to be a featured guest on an upcoming Franco Foods episode with Hirte.

“We received nothing but positive feedback from attendees who thought it was a fun event, and they all enjoyed their cake after,” Hirte said. “Last year we kind of had it at the early end of April … and so this year, being in May, I feel like there’s a pretty good chance people can mill around and enjoy the outdoors and whatnot.”

Second annual Fleur Délices Challenge
When: Saturday, May 13, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: The Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack
Cost: $20 per person for Franco-American Centre members, $25 for non-members

Featured photo: Last year’s baking challenge. Photo by Matt Ingersoll.

Dining with mom

Brunch buffets, dinners and more for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14) is fast approaching, so make those reservations now to celebrate mom on her special day at one of these local restaurants serving buffets, brunches, special menus or dinners. Some, where specified, also have a takeout option. Know of any eateries offering Mother’s Day specials that aren’t on this list? Tell us about them at

110 Grill (875 Elm St., Manchester, 836-1150; 27 Trafalgar Square, Nashua, 943-7443; will be serving several Mother’s Day brunch specials from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, in addition to its full menus. Options will include prosciutto and egg flatbreads, breakfast tacos, lemon beignets, steak and eggs Benedict, chicken and waffles, house bloody marys, adult iced coffees and more.

Airport Diner (2280 Brown Ave., Manchester, 623-5040, will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, serving breakfast all day, in addition to its dinner menus with Mother’s Day specials.

The Alamo Texas BBQ & Tequila Bar (99 Route 13, Brookline, 721-5500, is celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14, with several special menu features, like harvest berry salad with grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds and pickled red onion, as well as spinach and artichoke dip with homemade pita chips and barbecue short ribs.

Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631, will host a Mother’s Day Spectacular on Sunday, May 14, featuring a brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that will include fresh fruit, cheese and assorted crackers, assorted pastries, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, as well as crabmeat-stuffed haddock, chicken Marsala, oven-roasted potatoes and fresh buttered green beans; and carving stations, featuring center cut roast pork loin, prime rib and roast leg of lamb. The cost is $34.99 per person, with half-price discounts for kids and $2 discounts for seniors. Traditional plated meals and dinner specials will also be available, beginning at noon and until close.

All Real Meal (87 Elm St., Manchester, 782-3014, is taking orders for Mother’s Day brunches to go, featuring eight-course meals for four adults. The packages include whole bacon Gruyere quiche, house-baked blueberry coffee cake, steel cut oats with nuts and berries, biscuits and raspberry jam, maple sausage with apples and sage, roasted potato medley, organic greens spring salad and rosemary-crusted baked ham. The cost is $99 per eight-course meal. Order online for delivery on Saturday, May 13.

Alpine Grove Banquet Facility (19 S. Depot Road, Hollis, 882-9051, will serve a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet on Sunday, May 14, with seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Featured options will include a breakfast station with scrambled eggs; Belgian waffles and syrup, and applewood bacon and sausage; an entree station with chicken piccata, slow roast prime rib of beef and pan-seared Atlantic salmon; a salad bar, a kids’ station and a dessert display table. The cost is $35 for adults, $30 for seniors ages 60 and up, $15 for kids ages 4 to 12 and free for kids ages 4 and under. Reserve online or via phone.

Ansanm (20 South St., Milford, 554-1248, will serve a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet experience on Sunday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring its signature fried chicken and waffles, in addition to French toast casserole, roasted potatoes, a variety of housemade pates, pineapple upside-down cake, Caribbean punch mimosas and more. Tickets are $25 per person and available via Eventbrite.

Atkinson Resort & Country Club (85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson, 362-8700, will serve a special Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside its Legacy Ballroom, featuring chef-attended omelet and waffle stations, bagels, Danishes and croissants, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and home fries; as well as carving stations with prime rib au jus with horseradish cream and cider-brined turkey breast with sage gravy. Other entrees will include grilled chicken saltimbocca with sage, prosciutto and fontina cheese, grilled Atlantic salmon with mango salsa, and falafel with lemon tahini and rice-stuffed grape leaves. For dessert, enjoy items like flourless chocolate torte, mini cannolis, blueberry coffee cake and assorted cakes and cookies. The cost is $80 for adults, $30 for kids ages 3 to 10 and free for kids ages 3 and under. Call to make a reservation.

Averill House Vineyard (21 Averill Road, Brookline, 244-3165, will serve a special Mother’s Day high tea brunch and wine pairing on Sunday, May 14, with seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Guests will be treated to a four-course menu highlighting traditional high tea finger signature sandwiches, pastries and more, along with a cup of hot tea and a pre-selected flight of four wine samples. The cost is $59 per person. Reservations are being accepted online via Tock (

Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, will serve a special three-course prix fixe Mother’s Day dinner on Sunday, May 14, with reservations available between 1 and 6 p.m. The meal will include your choice of an appetizer (bacon, shrimp and corn chowder, Dunk’s mushroom bisque, mache and red watercress salad or Parmesan and pea salad); an entree (grilled tournedos of beef, New England seafood bouillabaisse, pinot grigio-braised veal osso buco, Duroc porchetta, pan-roasted king oyster mushroom or lobster carbonara); and a dessert (key lime tart, espresso pot de creme, sorbet flight, chocolate lava cake or strawberry tall cake). The cost is $75 for adults and $39.98 for kids ages 10 and under.

Belmont Hall & Restaurant (718 Grove St., Manchester, 625-8540, will serve a special Mother’s Day breakfast buffet on Sunday, May 14, with seatings at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for parties of five or more. Call to make a reservation. On the restaurant side, Belmont Hall will also be open to walk-ins on Mother’s Day — no reservation required.

Buckley’s Great Steaks (438 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 424-0995, will be open on Sunday, May 14, from noon to 5 p.m., serving several Mother’s Day specials in addition to its regular menu. Call or make a reservation online.

Cafe la Reine — North End (53 Hooksett Road, Unit 6, Manchester, 782-5367, will be open its usual hours on Sunday, May 14, for Mother’s Day, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are available online through Toast.

Chez Vachon (136 Kelley St., Manchester, 625-9660, will be open regular hours from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, for Mother’s Day. Calling ahead is recommended for larger sized parties.

The Coach Stop Restaurant & Tavern (176 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 437-2022, will serve a special Mother’s Day a la carte menu on Sunday, May 14, with seatings at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Options will include escargot, bacon-wrapped scallops, French onion soup, chicken Marsala, roast prime rib of beef, seafood linguine alfredo, veal oscar, fresh broiled salmon, roast beef tenderloin, baked haddock and lobster macaroni and cheese.

Colby Hill Inn (33 The Oaks, Henniker, 428-3281, will serve a special three-course prix fixe menu for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14, with seatings at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The meal will include your choice of a first course (buttermilk mushroom soup, creamy scallop and tomato bisque, spring market greens, organic dandelion salad or ricotta gnocchi); an entree (coq au vin, seared petite tenderloin, wood-fired grilled lamb chop, peppered pan-roasted halibut or saffron risotto); and a dessert (coconut lime tart, maple bourbon panna cotta, chocolate cake with mocha buttercream, profiterole trio or seasonal house-made sorbet duo with almond cookie). The cost is $70 for adults and $35 for kids ages 12 and under.

The Common Man (25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463; 88 Range Road, Windham, 898-0088; 304 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 429-3463; will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, at all of their locations, serving Mother’s Day specials in addition to their dinner menus. Reservations are recommended.

Copper Door Restaurant (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677; 41 S. Broadway, Salem, 458-2033; will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, at both locations, serving their brunch and lunch menus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning at 2 p.m., a special Mother’s Day prix fixe menu will be served in lieu of the Copper Door’s regular menus, featuring the option to choose two courses for $59, three courses for $69 or four courses for $79. Items include shaved sirloin spring rolls, roasted tomato and basil bisque, pureed sweet pea soup, slow roasted prime rib, garlic Parmesan half chicken, pasta primavera, blackened salmon, shrimp gnocchi, cookie dough cupcakes, frosted animal cracker cheesecake and wild berry shortcake.

Cotton Restaurant (75 Arms St., Manchester, 622-5488, will be open for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14, from noon to 4 p.m. Reservations are accepted online via OpenTable.

The Derryfield Restaurant (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, will serve a special Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 14, with seatings from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring an omelet station, a carving station with slow-roasted prime rib and oven-baked ham, and a salad station with assorted dressings and toppings. On the main buffet line, items will include fresh seasonal fruit, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, French toast, pancakes, eggs Benedict, grilled beef, seafood Newburg, assorted chicken and seafood dishes, and a dessert station will feature assorted pastries. The cost is $34.95 for adults, $32.95 for seniors ages 65 and over, and $19.95 for kids under 12.

Firefly American Bistro & Bar (22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, will be open on Sunday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch and from 4 to 8 p.m. for dinner, serving its regular brunch and dinner menus in addition to several Mother’s Day specials. Reservations are available online via OpenTable.

Flag Hill Distillery & Winery (297 N. River Road, Lee, 659-2949, will host a special Mother’s Day edition of its “Brunch & Bubbles” event series on Sunday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring a full farm-to-table brunch buffet and a make-your-own mimosa bar. Items will include macaroni and cheese, fresh pastries and fruit, quiches, frittatas and more. The cost is $60 per person. Reservations are being accepted online via Eventbrite.

The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille (40 Andover Road, New London, 526-6899, will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, for Mother’s Day, and reservations are being accepted via phone.

Fratello’s Italian Grille (155 Dow St., Manchester, 641-6776, will serve a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet on Sunday, May 14, with seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In addition to an omelet station and a salad station, there will be a carving station featuring roast beef tenderloin with bordelaise, and apple raisin porchetti with a cider demi-glace. On the main buffet line, items will include scrambled eggs, house breakfast pizzas, bacon, sausage, homestyle potatoes, carved turkey with gravy, vegetable pesto tortellini, smoked butternut squash and roasted spring vegetables. There will also be assorted pastries and cakes for dessert. The cost is $39 for adults and $18.95 for kids ages 4 to 11. Call to make a reservation.

Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House (62 Lowell St., Manchester, 669-9460, will serve a special all-you-can-eat Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring the restaurant’s signature grilled meats, fresh salads, fruit, pastries and more. The cost is $39.99 for adults, $14.99 for kids ages 6 to 10 and free for kids ages 5 and under. Reservations are available via phone or online via OpenTable.

Giorgio’s Ristorante & Bar (707 Milford Road in Merrmack, 883-7333; 524 Nashua St. in Milford, 673-3939; 270 Granite St. in Manchester, 232-3323; will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the regular menu and specials.

The Granite Restaurant & Bar (The Centennial Hotel, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9005, will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, for Mother’s Day, serving their regular menu with some specials. Reservations are available online via OpenTable.

Granite State Candy Shoppe (13 Warren St., Concord, 225-2591; 832 Elm St., Manchester, 218-3885; is running a special Mother’s Day sale of 15 percent off select gift boxes of chocolate, both in-store at both locations and online. See the website for the full list of assortments, which include hard and chewy chocolates, soft center chocolates, chocolate cherry cordials, Swiss fudge and more.

Greenleaf (54 Nashua St., Milford, 213-5447, will be open for dinner service on Sunday, May 14, from 5 to 9 p.m., serving its regular menu. Reservations are available online via Tock (

Hanover Street Chophouse (149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, will be open on Sunday, May 14, from noon to 3 p.m., serving its regular menu in addition to some Mother’s Day specials. Reservations are being accepted online via OpenTable.

The Hills Restaurant (Hampshire Hills Athletic Club, 50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, will serve a special a la carte Mother’s Day brunch menu on Sunday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring items like chicken and waffles, Korean barbecue breakfast burgers, avocado toast, spicy Cajun blackened haddock tacos, lemon pepper chicken sandwiches and more. Meals are by reservation only, online via Resy.

The Homestead Restaurant & Tavern (641 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 429-2022, is accepting reservations for Mother’s Day now. They’ll be serving a special a la carte menu featuring items like steak and cheese spring rolls, French onion soup, seafood chowder, roast prime rib of beef, 12-ounce New York sirloin strip steak, grilled swordfish, baked stuffed haddock, chicken cordon bleu, rack of lamb, barbecue baby back ribs and seafood and scallop risotto. Call to make a reservation.

LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst; 14 Route 111, Derry; 672-9898, will serve a special Mother’s Day grand buffet at both of its locations on Sunday, May 14, with seatings at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The buffet will include a mimosa bar with assorted fresh fruits and juices, a fresh fruit display; assorted pastries, like muffins, scones, Danishes, croissants, breads and jams; waffle and omelet stations; carving stations, like herb-crusted sirloin of beef and apple wine-brined roasted turkey; lunch items, like bruschetta chicken, salmon piccata, and a smoked salmon display; salad stations; and assorted desserts, like chocolate cake, carrot cake, pot de creme, mini cannolis and chocolate-covered strawberries. Complimentary drinks will include orange juice, apple juice, cranberry juice, coffee and tea, and a full bar will also be featured, for additional purchases of wine, cocktails, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. The cost is $85 for adults, $35 for kids ages 3 to 12 and free for kids ages 2 and under. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required at booking, which will be applied toward your final bill on the day of the event.

Mile Away Restaurant (52 Federal Hill Road, Milford, 673-3904, is taking dinner reservations for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14. All meals are $45 per person and will include your choice of an appetizer (ham minestrone, Swedish meatballs, fresh fruit plates with sorbet, shrimp cocktail, escargot or onion soup); a salad (Caesar or garden, with dressings that include ranch, blue cheese, balsamic or raspberry vinaigrette); an entree (sliced roast sirloin, pork Marsala, chicken Florentine, chicken piccata, maple salmon, baked eggplant Parmesan or broiled scrod); and a dessert (carrot cake, sorbet, bread pudding, cheesecake, chocolate ganache cake, lemon mascarpone cake or chocolate mousse cake).

MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar (212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334, will be open on Sunday, May 14, from noon to 5 p.m., serving several Mother’s Day specials in addition to its regular menu. Call or make a reservation online. Mother’s Day will be the restaurant’s last official day as MT’s before it is closed for about two weeks for renovations. It’s expected to reopen under a new name, Mike’s Italian Kitchen — see for the full announcement.

New England’s Tap House Grille (1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137, will serve a special Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $32 for adults and $14.95 for kids. Call to make a reservation.

Rambling House Food & Gathering (57 Factory St., Nashua, 318-3220, will be open for its normal Sunday brunch service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, serving its regular menu with some Mother’s Day specials. Indoor spaces are available by reservation online, and outdoor deck seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, weather permitting.

The Red Blazer Restaurant & Pub (72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, for Mother’s Day. Reservations are recommended.

Rig A Tony’s Italian Takeout & Catering (38 W. Broadway, Derry, 425-6116; 13 Rockingham Road, Windham, 685-8122; 254 Wallace Road, Bedford, 488-2877; is taking orders for special Mother’s Day breakfast boxes, available at all three locations. Meals are $48 and include rigatoni with meatballs, a family-sized Caesar salad and a loaf of scali bread.

Sky Meadow Country Club (6 Mountain Laurels Drive, Nashua, 888-9000, will serve a special Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 14, with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The menu will include assorted quiches, fresh sliced fruit, a salad station, fresh baked breads and pastries, and various lunch items, like cheese and truffle sacchetti, pan-seared cod, slow-roasted turkey breast, herb-crusted prime rib, spring herb-stuffed chicken, wild rice and whipped potatoes. There will also be assorted pastries and gluten-free desserts. The cost is $60 for adults, $19.95 for kids ages 5 to 12 and $5 for kids under 5. Reservations are being accepted online.

Surf Restaurant (207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, will be open on Sunday, May 14, from noon to 5 p.m., serving several Mother’s Day specials in addition to its regular menu. Call or make a reservation online. Reservations are being accepted for any size party.

Tilt’n Diner (61 Laconia Road, Tilton, 286-2204, will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, serving breakfast all day, in addition to its dinner menus with Mother’s Day specials.

Tucker’s (95 S. River Road, Bedford, 413-6503; 80 South St., Concord, 413-5884; 238 Indian Brook Road, Dover, 413-5470; 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 206-5757; 360 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 413-6477; 207 Main St., New London, 413-5528; will be open during its normal Sunday business hours (7 a.m. to 2 p.m.) on Mother’s Day at all of its locations. Only walk-ins are accepted. All locations will serve breakfast all day, along with their lunch menu starting at 11 a.m.

WECO Hospitality ( is a Massachusetts-based community of local kitchens offering farm-fresh meal deliveries to more than three dozen Granite State cities and towns, including Manchester, Bedford, Nashua, Milford, Derry, Londonderry, Hooksett, Amherst and several others — see the website for the full list. They’re offering a special Mother’s Day brunch menu with items like fresh bagel spreads and add-on blood orange “mom-osa” mixers, bloody mary mixers and more. Order online for delivery on Saturday, May 13.

The Weekly Dish 23/05/04

News from the local food scene

Farmers market news: Opening day for the Concord Farmers Market is set for Saturday, May 6 — one of the longest-running outdoor markets in southern New Hampshire, it features more than 40 vendors during its peak time of the season. The market will continue every Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, through October, on Capitol Street in Concord, adjacent to the Statehouse lawn. See for a full list of this year’s vendors.

For the choco-holics:Learn how to make chocolate bark during a 21+ class at Van Otis Chocolates (341 Elm St., Manchester). Classes are scheduled for Thursdays, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., dates offered May 11, May 18 and May 25, and will include tours of Van Otis’s chocolate factory. Participants will get to make their own chocolate bark customized with different flavors and mix-ins and will also be able to bring home their favorite bottle of wine and about 8 ounces of bark per person. After the class, guests will also receive a special discount to be used in the store that same day only. The cost is $50 per person and tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite. See or find them on Facebook @vanotischocolate for more details.

Wine is love:Join Balin Books (375 Amherst St., Nashua) in welcoming LaBelle Winery owner and winemaker Amy LaBelle on Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. — she’ll be there to present and sign copies of her debut book, Wine Weddings: The Ultimate Guide to Creating the Wine-Themed Wedding of Your Dreams. Released Dec. 16, the book offers advice on planning and hosting weddings of every size and type, covering everything from choosing invitation designs and wedding favors to creating your own menu of signature drinks and wine choices. It’s also filled with photographs taken at weddings hosted at both of the winery’s locations, in Amherst and Derry, and LaBelle even shares the details that went into planning her own wedding. Admission is free and the event will also include a wine and cheese pairing. See the event page on Facebook @balinbooks or call the shop at 673-1734.

Food truck frenzy: It’s a weekend of food trucks! The Great Bay Food Truck Festival returns to Stratham Hill Park (270 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham) on Saturday, May 6, with limited VIP admission from noon to 1 p.m. and general admission from 1 to 4 p.m. Also happening on Saturday, May 6, is Northwood Parks & Recreation’s food truck festival, from 1 to 5 p.m. Both community events will feature unique options from a variety of area food trucks. See or for details on each respective event.

Treasure Hunt 23/05/04

Hi, Donna.

I have two of these tiny little plates. They are 3 inches long by 1 7/8 inches wide. As shown on the bottom they are by Nippon and are hand-painted. What are these and do they have any value? They were from my grandmother, who would be 120+ now. Thank you.


Dear Janice,

Your Nippon dishes were most likely part of a larger set. They could have been used for bone dishes or for other things.

Interesting story of these dishes: Lots were hand-painted here in New England. The blanks were shipped in and local artists would paint the pattern. Then they were shipped back to complete a set.

The value really depends on the detailing. Some can have full scenes on them in detail. Simpler patterns like the ones you have would run about $10 each today.

I hope this was helpful, Janice, and that you still find use for them today. Idea: soap dishes?


Kiddie Pool 23/05/04

Family fun for the weekend

Cats & dogs

• The Dana Center for the Humanities at Saint Anselm College (100 St. Anselm Drive, Manchester) presents Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix on Friday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. A graduate of the Ringling Clown College and a professional clown, Johnny Peers with his gang of shelter dogs combines “the joyousness of physical comedy with man and his best friend,” according to the venue’s website. Tickets cost $45; see

• The Seacoast Cat Club’s annual cat show will run Saturday, May 6 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Sunday, May 7 (9 a.m. to 3 pm.) at the Douglas N. Everett Arena (15 Loudon Road, Concord). Tickets cost $10 for teens and adults ages 12 and up, $7 for seniors, kids under 12 and active military service members, and free for kids ages 4 and under. A $25 discounted price also applies for families of four. See the event page on Facebook @seacoastcatclub for more details.

Taking the stage

• The Palace Youth Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester;, 668-5588) will present Guys and Dolls Jr., with showtimes on Wednesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. The mainstage musical will feature student actors in grades 2 through 12, according to the theater’s website. Tickets start at $12.

• The UNH Symphony Orchestra and the UNH Youth Symphony Orchestra will present a public concert on Sunday, May 7, at 6 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center (on the campus of UNH, at 30 Academic Way, Durham). The performance is free and open to the public, and also available online at, according to a press release.

Fairies, gnomes & superheroes

• It’s Fairy & Gnome Day at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover; on Saturday, May 6 — enjoy a live show from Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals (at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.), a dance performance from the Musical Arts Ballet students at 2:30 p.m., and other ongoing activities, like crafts, scavenger hunts, fairy and gnome home building and more. Reserve admission for either the morning (9 a.m. to noon) or afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.) play sessions, which cost $12.50 for adults and children over 12 months old, $10.50 for 65+, according to the museum’s website.

• Join the Bookery (844 Elm St., Manchester) for a superhero-themed Saturday storytime on Saturday, May 6, at 1 p.m. featuring local cosplayer Jenna Deedy as Captain Marvel who will read the 2019 children’s book What Makes a Hero, by Pamela Bobowicz. Admission is free but registration is encouraged. See

Meet the Kid Conservationist

• May’s Super Stellar Friday at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (2 Institute Drive, Concord; on Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m., will feature Jack Dalton, known as the “Kid Conservationist.” In 2021, at the age of 10, Dalton released his first book, Kawan the Orangutan, Lost in the Rainforest, hoping to inspire the next generation of conservationists, according to the Center’s website. Attendees will meet Jack and learn about his recent work on the island of Borneo. He will answer questions about orangutans. Admission costs $12 for adults, $9 for kids ages 3 to 12, $11 for 62+ and for students, and free kids under 2.

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