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Get thrifty

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Thrifting is not for the faint of heart, but it is great fun. I checked out a few stores for the summer issue of Kearsarge Magazine; one of my trips is below. If you have some time this summer, grab a friend and see what you can find!

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NEW LONDON

Go Lightly Consignment Boutique

255 Newport Road

golightlyconsignment.weebly.com

CODE: consignment, clothing, jewelry

 

The Renaissance Shoppe at the VNA

107 Newport Road

lakesunapeevna.org

CODE: thrift, art, collectibles, jewelry, antiques, nonprofit cause

 

Switchback Consignment

256 Main Street

CODE: consignment, clothing, toys, sports equipment

 

St. Andrews Thrift Shop

52 Gould Road

(603) 526-6590

CODE: thrift, clothing, housewares, nonprofit cause

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Winners of the First Annual Parents’ Choice Award

stampKid Stuff (www.uppervalleykidstuff.com) asked readers their favorite places for families. The online results have been tallied, and the winners highlight the best family friendly locations in the Upper Valley area of Vermont and New Hampshire.

“The Upper Valley is rich in family friendly professional, educational and retail resources,” says Amy Cranage, associate editor of Kid Stuff. “The results of the survey attest to the breadth of options as well as readers’ passionate opinions about their favorites. It’s no wonder many people choose to raise their children in the Upper Valley.”

Here are the results:

BEST PEDIATRICS PRACTICE

  • Winner: CHaD, Lebanon, N.H.
  • Runner up: New London Pediatric Care Center, New London, N.H.

BEST DENTIST

  • Winner: Concord Pediatric Dentistry, New London, N.H.
  • Runner up: Mascoma Dental Associates, Lebanon, N.H.

BEST ORTHODONTIST

  • Winner: Baker Orthodontics, Hanover, N.H.
  • Runner up: Richard Schlein, Norwich, Vt.

BEST PARTY PLACE

  • Winner: Upper Valley Aquatic Center, White River Junction, Vt.
  • Runner up: Pioneer Gymnastics, Newport, N.H.

BEST PRESCHOOL

  • Winner: Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School, Hanover, N.H.
  • Runner up: Newport Montessori School, Newport, N.H.

BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL

  • Winner: Kimball Union Academy, Plainfield, N.H.
  • Runner up: Newport Montessori School, Newport, N.H.

BEST CAMP

  • Winner: Camp Coniston, Croydon, N.H.
  • Runner up: Montshire Museum, Norwich, Vt.

BEST LIBRARY (TIE)

  • Winner: Dunbar Free Library, Grantham, N.H., and Howe Library, Hanover, N.H.

BEST CLOTHING STORE

  • Winner: Hubert’s, West Lebanon, Claremont and Newport, N.H.
  • Runner up: Country Kids, West Lebanon, N.H.

BEST BOOK STORE

  • Winner: Dartmouth Bookstore, Hanover, N.H.
  • Runner up: Morgan Hill Book Store, New London, N.H.

BEST CONSIGNMENT SHOP

  • Winner: Closet Treasures, Grantham, N.H.
  • Runner up: Kids Exchange, Newport, N.H.

BEST KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

  • Winner: Lui Lui, West Lebanon, N.H.
  • Runner up: Salt hill, Newport, N.H.

Congratulations to all!

Artistic Meters Auction in Claremont, N.H.

Interested in parking meter art in your home? Here’s your chance! These vintage meters were originally functioning parking meters up until the 70s and 80s in the City of Claremont, and were in storage until 2014 when they City Council gave them to the committee for fundraising purposes. Now they have been artistically reimagined by local artists, and you can bid on them!

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The meters feature a wide variety of techniques and scenes, including Claremont’s City Hall clock tower, beautiful nature scenes, a frog, and abstract art. One piece was decorated by youth from the local Drawing Club who cut their hands out of paper, decorated them, and combined them together on the meter as a mixed media piece. Artists that donated their time and creativity include Randy Adams, Stephanie Zara, Michelle Swenson, Susan Tuttle, and Nance Jewel Durkee, with thanks to Laura Syria as leader of the Drawing Club.

The public are invited to view the meters on display now at the Claremont Visitor’s Center, 14 North Street in Claremont, and place their bids until Monday, Aug. 31. Bids will be accepted electronically until 4:30 pm on that day. A closing reception at the Claremont Visitor’s Center also on Aug. 31 will be held 5 to 6 p.m., where final bids will be accepted in person, and announcement of the winners will be made at the closing. Light refreshments will be provided by Time-Out Americana Grill and Claremont 250th merchandise will be available for sale and auction.

For more information on the Claremont 250th Celebration visit www.Claremont250.com and visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Claremont-250th/

25 Things to Do This Summer

1 Find some good deals at town-wide yard sales   throne

2 Get involved with your hometown. Volunteer with the conservation commission, join the local gardening club or offer to help at Old Home Day

3 Wish you had saved your first car while ogling the oldies (but goodies) at the Sunapee Lions Annual Antique & Classic Car Show

4 Take a nostalgic tour of New London at The Ice House museum on Pleasant Street

5 Go to a play at the New London Barn

6 Love your lake by participating in a local fishing derby; it is great family time while saving the lake from prolific fish

7 Enjoy homemade ice cream at the Sanctuary Dairy Farm in Sunapee

8 Watch blacksmiths in action at the historical smithy in Bradford

Sunapee Memorial Garden  9 Stop and smell the flowers in Sunapee Harbor, thanks to the Sunapee Gardeners

10 Pack a picnic and head to the nearest town bandstand for a free summer concert

11 Rent a paddle boat on Eastman Lake in Grantham

12 Eat fresh! Visit a farm stand and purchase dinner — local meat for the grill, fresh veggies, and baked goods like bread or dessert.

13 Or join a CSA. Every week you’ll pick up a box of food in season.

14 Or plant a few of your own vegetables at home. Every year, we enjoy about 20 tomatoes from our five porch plants.

15 Plan a local vacation: choose a Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee inn, campsite or cottage and stay for a weekend.

16 Find a lakeside viewing spot and watch the fireworks

17 Go antiquing — start with the antique show in New London and then travel to shops in Sunapee and Georges Mills

18 Bring a hammer and a pail, and explore the tunnels of Ruggles Mine in Grafton

19 Catch up with old friends at your high school (or summer camp) reunion

20 Make some new friends; stop by a local senior center or church supper and say hello to a stranger

21 Watch the races at the Claremont Speedway on Saturday evenings

22 Support the local arts and visit artists with a studio open to the public

Elkins marsh23 Go for a hike. You can find trails at http://www.srkg.com

24 If hiking isn’t for you, get out and walk 10 minutes a day. Soon you’ll be walking 15 minutes, 20 minutes — and ready for a hike

25 Pick and freeze some berries. You’ll be glad to see them in your freezer once summer is over

Go Antiquing

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Looking for something unique for a specific space in your home? The Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region has its fair share of antique dealers, many with shops open to the public. Come and enjoy the treasure hunt!

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BRADFORD
Old Road Antiques
9 Old Sutton Road
(603) 938-2833
oldroadantiques.com
The shop has a nice stock of antiques, art and collectibles.

CLAREMONT
Pleasant Street Furniture & Antiques
149 Pleasant Street
(603) 543-1004
pleasantstreetantiques.com
Furniture, vintage clothing, glass, china, jewelry, antiques, art and collectibles — it’s all here at this new Claremont shop.

CONTOOCOOK
Covered Bridge Frame Shop & Gallery
916 Main Street
(603) 746-4996
cbgallery.com
Whether you are looking for antique furniture or want to perfectly preserve a hanging piece with the right frame, this shop has got you covered.

GEORGES MILLS
Prospect Hill Antiques
247 Prospect Hill Road
(603) 763-9676
prospecthillantiques.com
With three floors of antiques and more, take your time — you could spend all day at Prospect Hill Antiques!

NEW LONDON
The Renaissance Shop
107 Newport Road
(603) 526-6711
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Locals donate high-quality antiques — from Wedgewood china to vintage costume jewelry to furniture — to the shop, and proceeds support the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association.

NEWPORT
Debi’s Florist
34 Main Street
(603) 863-2855
We like how this florist shop has transformed its front entrance into an antique shop. There are some lovely antiques and collectibles that you may not have seen elsewhere.

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Sunapee Landing Trading Company
356 Route 103
(603) 863-2275
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Bill Corey has been collecting antiques across New England since the 1980s. He brings his eclectic collection to Sunapee; items range from $40 cut glass bowls to $15,000 marble tables.

LJ’s maple granola recipe

I had a bottle of Everts Infused Maple Syrup, specifically the cinnamon, left over from a Kearsarge Magazine photo shoot. I used half of it on my pancakes one morning (delish), but decided to use the other half in one of my granola recipes. The result was outstanding. Here’s my recipe:

LJ’s Maple Granola

  • 5 cups oats
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2 cups dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Everts Infused Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)

IMG_3512Mix it all in a bowl. Spread on a cookie sheet (with edges) and place in a 250 degree oven. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, flipping granola with a spatula every 30 minutes. Cool slightly and store immediately in a ziploc bag or jar for a month or two.

This is just my version. You can alter it with any nut (walnut, sunflowers) or berry (cranberries, raisins) that you would like. The basic recipe is four cups oats, one cup nuts, one cup seeds, one cup fruit. (As you can see, I’m more of a fruit gal.) You can also switch between honey, molasses and maple syrup, depending on your preference. I have made recipes using all maple, or maple with just a touch of honey, like this one.

You can also read more about Everts Infused Maple Syrups in the spring 2015 issue of Kearsarge Magazine.

25 Things to Do this Spring

An oldie but goodie updated for 2015: 25 things to do this spring.

  1. Enjoy Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon at the Center at Eastman in Grantham
  2. Set the clocks back an hour, and check the batteries in your fire detectors as well
  3. Learn to square dance with the Bradford Country Squares on Thursday night
  4. Put on a green shirt and head over to Salt hill Pub in Newport for a celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day
  5. If you can still feel the cold of winter in your bones, try a hot stone massage at a local spa
  6. Warm days and cold nights bring the sweet delight of maple syrup. Go to www.nhmapleproducers.com and find the sugar shack nearest you
  7. Need some gardening tips? The Fells in Newbury offers horticultural classes in March
  8. Now that the Easter chocolate is gone, maybe it’s time to join a gym or check out sporting opportunities at the local rec department
  9. Earth Day provides the perfect opportunity to pick up the trash along the sides of our country roads
  10. When will the ice on the lake melt? Take a guess in one of the area’s ice-out contests
  11. It’s Cinco de Mayo! Head over to Revolution Cantina in Claremont and raise a taco in salute
  12. Welcome spring in Warner at the Annual Spring Arts Festival in mid-May
  13. Show Mom how much she really means to you
  14. Get out the bug spray and hit the greens at the Black Fly Open, sponsored by the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce
  15. Change the snow tires on your car. Vacuum out all the sand and salt, and take a spin through a car wash, too
  16. Bring your children (or grandchildren) to a town-sponsored Easter egg hunt
  17. Find your sandals at the back of the closet and schedule a pedicure
  18. Help a local snowmobile club maintain the trails used by skiers, hikers, horseback riders and ATV enthusiasts
  19. Check the propane tank on the grill. You don’t want the first outdoor steak of the season well done on one side and raw on the other
  20. Grab your friends and attend the first annual Zing into Spring! event in New London in on March 31
  21. Donate all the books you read this winter to your local library. They can add the books to their collection or sell them at used book sales
  22. Now that the roads are clear, go for a drive. Tour a town in the Kearsarge area to see what’s new
  23. Listen to beautiful music by the Kearsarge Chorale in early May
  24. Be creative with marshmallow peeps at the annual Library Arts Center contest
  25. Sign up for a moonlight ski (or snowshoe) with one of the area’s rec departments