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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!


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.

Chuck Goyette Day Is August 25

It’s a great story, and I hope I’m not late in posting it for people who might be interested. The Select Board in Sunapee has recently named August 25, 2014 as Chuck Goyette Day. Chuck has worked for the Sunapee Police Department for more than 10 years as a crossing guard, and worked for Sunapee and Newport School districts as a teacher before that. Chuck has been diagnosed with cancer and recently he was told it is inoperable and incurable.
Despite the news from his doctors, Chuck continues to move forward with strength and smiles. Chuck is determined to show up at school crossing on the day named for him. Chief of Police Dave Cahill will be picking him up and bringing him to the crosswalk in front of the Sherburne Gym for his last day of work. All the staff at the police department will be there to support him and the community is invited as well. Sunapee friends: Please gather at the Sherburne Gym parking lot Monday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. to show Chuck how much the community loves him!

Fish & chips

I should never, never, ever, wait too long to get lunch.

It’s 1:30 p.m. and I have to take a trip to Newport, NH, to deliver some Kearsarge Magazines to Violette’s Supermarket. (The spring issue sold out, for the third time.) I’m so hungry that I don’t bring enough magazines for the two stands at the registers. But because I’m hungry I notice that they have a fish & chips special for Good Friday. I make my way back to the deli and order it for lunch.

I found a fork at the salad bar (BTW, it’s rare to find a salad bar these days, especially for take out, and Violette’s has a good one) and pick up my order. It’s in a paper bag. I was expecting a carry out container, but they were probably expecting me to eat it at home. Which I did hope to do – the fork was just in case I ran out of time before my next appointment. But it smelled. so. good. that I had to take a bite. Then another. Then another.

I apologize to the woman in the car next to me. I apologize to the pedestrians. I apologize to the man in the truck who parked on the other side of me. The fish was melt in your mouth, and the fries were perfectly done (big wedge potato fries). It was going in, and it was going in fast – paper bag or not.

I picked up a few more things while I was in the store, like a warm loaf of wheat bread and pistachio muffins. (Just a reminder to you all to never shop while hungry.) I noticed that the prices on a lot of items were the same as the big box stores (Triscuit were 2 for $4, for example). And I noticed the hometown customer service. A man asks the cashier where the eggs are, and she replies, “Gary, the eggs are in the back corner.” A woman enters the sliding front doors and says, to everyone in hearing distance, “Happy Easter!” Even the man delivering the clean, white butcher aprons was  super polite (I was clearly in the way, and he had a much bigger load than I did). If you’re looking for a hometown grocery store, you might want to give Violette’s a try.

I, ahem, recommend the fish & chips.