Camp Rockywold-Deephaven is a rustic retreat on the North end of Squam Lake. For one-hundred and fifteen years, the camp has been cutting and storing ice from the Lake to keep food cold in their old-fashioned ice boxes. John Jurczynski, the co-manager of Rockywold-Deephaven, oversees a team of about fourteen helpers cutting grid patterns into 12 inch thick ice, and breaking off the squares like chunks of Hershey Bar. The squares are floated into a channel; prodded into a queue with long hooked poles where they bob in place, waiting to be hauled away.
This year, the Dartmouth College campus has become temporary home for a mixed-media menagerie called Ice Chimes. And the 20-foot tall pagoda-like structure outside the Life Sciences building gets a lot of curious stares from students.
Ice Chimes is supposed to be interactive. But it isn’t exactly intuitive.
Earlier this month, “Disney on Ice” glided into Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena with a parade of princesses, Peter Pans, and talking mice on skates. We sent Word of Mouth producer Zach Nugent to meet a cast member with New Hampshire roots. Zach arrived a few hours before the show and managed to get in a little bit of ice time.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist joins us with his first solo adult novel in over a decade – the darkly comic Insane City. The book is a riotous tale of a destination wedding gone awry with Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an eleven-foot Burmese albino python named Blossom.