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Archive for December, 2008

Local authors

picture-007 I was in hog heaven this Sunday. I went to the Wilmot Public Library and met some of my children’s favorite people: Rosanna Dude, David Elliott, Mary Lyn Ray, Rick Libbey, True Kelley and Mary Kuechenmeister. Not that my kids know all these folks, but we do read their books! Sunday was the First Annual Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators Fair. I brought all the books I could find in our house – although I was bummed that I forgot Christmas Farm by Mary Lyn Ray – and got them signed. Then I bought more books, including True Kelley’s new book, The Dog Who Saved Santa, and Jeremy Cabbage by David Elliott. So we spent a bit less at the grocery store this week, but it was totally worth it.

It will be easy to buy local this holiday season. For the record Rosanna Dude is from Wilmot, David Elliott and True Kelley from Warner, Mary Lyn Ray from Danbury, Rick Libbey from Andover, and Mary Kuechenmeister from New London. Just ask for their books at MainStreet BookEnds in Warner or Morgan Hill Bookstore in New London.    picture-005

Does anyone know this graffiti artist?

picture-016 Every Monday I take my son to pottery class in Sutton, and every Monday I drive under the Interstate bridge. If you know Sutton, you know what I’m talking about – the four scenes (winter, spring, summer and fall) painted on the concrete underneath the overpass. I’d love to know the story behind them. If someone has the scoop, please e-mail me at Thanks! picture-019

Holiday wreaths


Not feeling the holiday spirit just yet? Get yourself to Springledge Farm in New London. Walk to the front door of the farm stand and surround yourself with the smell of pine. Ogle wreaths of all sizes and shapes. Then take a stroll through the Christmas trees underneath the holiday lights. There. You’ll be thinking Christmas now. (It’s not just the smell of pine – the juxtaposition of red ribbons on green boughs are intoxicating, too.) I was particularly impressed with Springledge’s specialty tapestry wreaths – a unique combination of balsam, cedar, juniper and white pine boughs layered with ilex berries and another berry I didn’t recognize. They are shipped around the world, if you’re so inclined, but I’m tempted to keep mine at home. A 16-inch single face tapestry wreath is $39.50. Learn more at

Kearsarge Market


picture-0052 Never fear – you’ll still be able to get fresh, locally grown vegetables in December. The Kearsarge Market, located at Brookside on 51 East Main Street in Warner, is open this winter on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. My mom and I stopped by one Saturday to find naturally grown meat from Webster Ridge ( custom art quilts from Mary Will Sussman (, Cosmic Candles (, and dip mixes and gift baskets from Dancing Hill Farm, to name a few. A few local farmers have green houses, so the folks organizing the market are looking forward to cherry tomatoes this winter. I thought it might be a nice place to pick up a hostess gift, a fresh baked goodie for a family gathering or local art for yourself. Mark your calendar for a trip to Warner one Saturday morning; you’ll enjoy the market! picture-011

Happy birthday MJ Harrington

What a party! Last night the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours was held at MJ Harrington, a fantastic, family-owned jewelry store in Newport that happened to be celebrating its 60th anniversary. It was a great turnout – Newport residents are so friendly – and the Swedish meatballs were pretty darn good. I was able to chat with Jesse Baker, KM and Eagle Times photographer; Rocky Saccento of Red Barn Farm; Peter Martin of Common Sense Heating; Jane Dearborn of the Croydon Historical Society; Tamie Fleury of Serenity Carpets; Susan Alexander of Susan Alexander Real Estate; and of course the hosts: Dave and his father, Jim. Turns out it is a small world; Jim grew up in the same Keene, N.H., neighborhood as my mother. I was chatting so much that I forgot to shop! But they have plenty of jewelry, clocks, pens and gift items in stock, so be sure to stop by 33 Main Street in Newport in your travels…and wish them a happy birthday!

Town ornaments

p1010013 The Gourmet Garden has more than just food. Sarah Cave Parker, owner of this fun little shop located in the New London Inn, also has these great town ornaments. She designed them and has them custom made by a company called AmeriScape. Right now she has four ornaments available: two New London scenes, Elkins and Wilmot. They can be hung on a tree, in a window, or displayed on a stand. If you can’t make it into the shop, Sarah says that you can order them online at or give her a call at (603) 526-6656 and she will ship them to you. How cool is that?