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Archive for May, 2013

The best $10 I ever spent

Do I really need that blueberry crumb cake? Of course not. But when I’m at a farmers’ market, I like to support all the home-based businesses I can. After all, they took the time to bake, package it, bring their wares to the market, set up a stand, then sell all day. It’s the least I could do.

Sometimes, I don’t like the things I buy. (I have a sweet tooth. To give you an example, I once had homemade maple ice cream with bits of maple sugar candy in it. Now, that’s over-the-top sweet, but I loved it. And although it is mid-morning I wouldn’t mind eating another one right now.) It doesn’t mean that the baked good is bad (what baked good is bad, after all?), but it just isn’t my taste.

So, at a particularly slow farmers’ market, I try to buy something at every stand: pottery, fudge, a cupcake, a pulled pork sandwich, barbeque sauce. I stop at LemonTree pastries and desserts. I don’t recognize the vendor – turns out it is Dale Moser of Washington, N.H. – but the maple glazed cinnamon buns catch my eye. Do I need a dozen cinnamon buns? Of course not. But I hand over my Alexander Hamilton and she lovingly (I’m serious about this) places my treat in a plastic bag and hands it to me.

To my credit, I waited until I got home to try one. Hmmm. The maple icing was divine, but the pastry seems a bit dry. I know she made it this morning, so I microwave the second bun for a dozen seconds. And what do you know: that was the best cinnamon bun I ever ate. I am immediately jealous of her two children and four grandchildren. I’m wondering why I didn’t buy the second dozen. I’m wondering if they freeze well.

If you happen to see Dale this summer at the Newport Farmers’ Market, do not hesitate to part with $10, especially if you have a sweet tooth like mine. Learn more about Dale at

Read-a-thon in Sunapee

Maybe it’s just me, but this sounds like a great evening: five hours of uninterrupted reading time. If you’re a student in first through 12th grade (which, unfortunately, leaves me out), you can participate in the Abbott Library Lock-in Read-a-thon on Saturday, May 18. It’s a way to raise funds for the new Abbott Library in Sunapee, N.H.

Here’s all you have to do:

  1. Get pledges from family, friends and people you know.  Pledges can be for every minute you read or a fixed amount.  For example, you might promise that you will read for 200 minutes and a pledge of 20 cents a minute would mean a donation of $40.
  2. The five participants who gather the most donations will receive a certificate and a small prize.
  3. Come to the library to pick up your pledge and permission form or email

And here’s the schedule:

  • 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM:  Quiet Reading Time
  • 6:45 PM-7:00 PM:  Break – Snacks and Stretches
  • 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM:  Quiet Reading Time
  • 7:45 PM – 8:00 PM:  Break – Refreshments and Recreation
  • 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM:  Quiet Reading Time
  • 8:45 PM-9:00 PM:  Break – Munchies and Music
  • 9:00 PM-9:45 PM:  Quiet Reading Time
  • 9:45 PM – 10:00 PM:  Break – Edibles and Entertainments
  • 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM:  Quiet Reading Time
  • 10:45 PM – 11:00 PM:   Farewells

Participants are welcome to start and end the evening whenever it is convenient for them and their parents/caregivers. And if you want to volunteer – oh, hey, maybe I can do that – the library is looking for some adult volunteers. Happy reading!

Purple is the color of kings

Faye Graziano, owner of Sew There! in Bradford, N.H., has some great new stuff: lined lunch bags, coasters (sets of four), aprons and exercise mat/yoga mat ties.

Feeling the itch to shop? It’s okay. Anything you buy from Faye is not only fun, but completely practical. She makes her products – from totes to sandwich bags to cosmetic bags – from oil cloth. If it gets dirty, just wipe it down. If you don’t have room in the kitchen, the lunch bags fold up to fit in a drawer or tucked next to the fridge. You wish you had more pockets in your day-to-day tote bag, well, Faye makes a 12-pocket (!!!) tote.

My favorite: the chicken. It’s a big, happy, colorful, chicken. Faye suggests putting a brick in the bottom and using it as a door stop. I was thinking I could store all those plastic grocery bags in it. The chicken would be decorative AND useful. I need one for my kitchen. (Notice I said “need” and not “want”.)

I asked Faye what people were asking for this spring and she said, “purple. Everyone wants purple.” Sure enough, there was an apron with purple flowers. An 8-pocket tote with a purple background and tropical flowers in the foreground. She has to special order the purple oil cloth, but if it makes her customers happy, it makes Faye happy.

Sew There! will be at the First Annual (spring) Shopping Expo at the Grantham Town Hall on Saturday, May 4. You can also see more of her work at Coincidentally enough, there will be an article on local crafters using the online sales site in the summer 2013 issue of Kearsarge Magazine. We ask them how they sell locally – and how they sell nationally – to be able to support their art. Look for it on stands in a few weeks.

Doing what you love

It was so nice to see Anne Boisvert (of Anne Boisvert Pottery) at the indoor Market on the Green in New London, N.H. As I watched her set up her table, I drooled over the delicate blue and green pottery. I remember meeting her five years ago at a farmer’s market in Newbury, and drooling over her pottery then as well. She happily told me that she was a full-time potter now, and teaching a class at Wellhouse Farm Pottery in Springfield, N.H., on Wednesday night.

Anyone can take a class. You pay a membership fee to use the studio (there are different rates for one month, three months, weekly, etc.) and, as a member, you can take any class you want. Anne’s class is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. She says it is a mixed level class and there are 14 wheels and a kickwheel. You can learn more at

I don’t have Wednesdays open right now (I’m a softball mom) but I did buy two soup bowls with happy swirls circling the rim. Every time I use them, I’ll think of Anne and her happiness at being able to do what she loves, full time, and share her 10 years of pottery knowledge with others.