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It is easy being green

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Ah, gardens. A place to sit, relax and commune with nature. Here are a few photos from a garden tour in Newport. Of course I had to throw in a picture of a barn (I love them so). Enjoy the greenery on the screen, but do try to get outside and enjoy some real green as well!


Winners of the First Annual Parents’ Choice Award

stampKid Stuff ( 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:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Congratulations to all!

Arts in the Garden on July 11

A tour of Newport’s gardens will appeal to your love of landscapes, your admiration of architecture, or your appreciation of art.

DSCN0118You don’t have to like digging in the dirt to enjoy a garden tour. In fact, you may not be inspired by the plants or flowers at all. The Arts in the Garden Tour, sponsored every two years by the Library Arts Center (LAC) in Newport, N.H., may appeal to your love of landscapes, your admiration of architecture, or your appreciation of art.

As you tour some of Newport’s most creative gardens, there’s the opportunity to watch artists at work. In 2013, more than 120 locals watched artists paint in plein air. Later, all the small unframed pieces are displayed in LAC’s West Gallery for a month and auctioned by silent, sealed bid to raise money for the LAC, a nonprofit regional cultural and arts center.

DSCN0138“Community arts programming is our mission, and the garden tour is a perfect example of that,” says Kate Luppold, executive director. “Viewing these gardens in our own community, and seeing local artists at work in them is truly inspiring and uplifting to all that see it. That inspiration causes all who take part in the tour to see this community in a whole new way — with added community pride and creativity — which can only lead to good things!”

This year’s tour will be helDSCN0065d on Saturday, July 11. Tickets, $12 in advance and $15 on tour day, are available at the Library Arts Center or Kathan Gardens.

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

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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

5,000 casseroles

The recipe on deck is macaroni and beef pronto. “It’s an ancient Mueller’s recipe,” says Janet Paulsen of Wilmot. And although four ladies are cooking up enough food to feed 100 or more people, they are not intimidated by the task at hand. The group — members of the Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church in New London — has been preparing meals for the “Feed the Freezer” project since January 2009.

“It started with the kitchen,” says Dave Barden, mission committee chair. Indeed, the church has an amazing professional kitchen; it was added as part of a 2004 renovation. The original thought was to use the underused location as a soup kitchen, but “after a few meetings it was decided that the most practical way to provide food to needy individuals and families was to distribute frozen casseroles through the Newport Food Pantry.”

Church members donate $10 each month to purchase ingredients, and many items — such as about-to-expire meat and vegetables — are donated by Hannaford in New London. Small groups of willing cooks meet every other week to create meals out of whatever donated food they have. Extra-large cans of chili, provided by the food pantry, are used as the base of a casserole. Super-sized boxes of elbow macaroni find their way into the pronto casserole or a macaroni and cheese recipe. “We like to keep things simple, and vary the recipe according to what we have for ingredients,” says Paulsen.

The group estimates they’ll make 45 casseroles today. Since each casserole serves two (three, if there’s a small child in the home), that’s 90 to 135 people that won’t go hungry.

About 60 church members — from middle school students to 80-year-old retirees — volunteer in the kitchen. “If I’m short a cook, all I have to do is ask,” says Paulsen, one of two head cooks, “and I get twice as many people as I need.”

The volunteer operation takes their work seriously — everyone wears hair nets, aprons and gloves, and the kitchen is inspected by the state of New Hampshire. They also have an assembly line production: One volunteer is writing casserole ingredients, under the date, on the cardboard tops of the aluminum containers provided by the Newport Food Kitchen. Another ladles noodles into each container, another sprinkles cheddar cheese on top, and two more add the tops and turn down the edges to seal the casseroles. Soon 29 containers are ready to go into the professional freezer. The frozen casseroles will be picked up the next day and delivered to the Newport Food Pantry, where families eagerly await a home-cooked meal.

“They do cartwheels over them. People are asking for them, and ask if they can come back when we have them,” says Rich Chappell, coordinator of the Newport Food Pantry. “There’s a good variety, they are good quality — it’s been a blessing.” The two-serving casserole is perfect for seniors, and bigger families take home two containers.

After two hours, the ladies are halfway through — another pot of sauce and another pot of boiling noodles are waiting. They make 26 more casseroles. “It’s heartwarming to feel like we’ve done something,” says Dot Wicksman of Sutton. “I’m grateful that I have enough food, and I’m glad that someone else can get food if they need it.”

In October 2014, the Feed the Freezer project reached a milestone: 5,000 casseroles. If you’re interested in helping, the group is at the Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church on 82 King Hill Road in New London. Donations can be sent to Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church, Feed the Freezer, 82 King Hill Road, New London NH 03257.


Go Antiquing


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!


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

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

Covered Bridge Frame Shop & Gallery
916 Main Street
(603) 746-4996
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.

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

The Renaissance Shop
107 Newport Road
(603) 526-6711
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.

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
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.

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 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