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6:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

N.H. This Weekend: Red Carpets And Vacation Week

West Side Story
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  Hippo Editor Amy Diaz joins Morning Edition to discuss some of the events in store for Granite Staters this weekend and beyond. 

Glitz & Glam

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Arts & Culture
7:31 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Still Life With Shovel

NHPR's Sean Hurley after a full minute of shoveling.
Lois Hurley

As we dig out from yet another winter storm, NHPR's Sean Hurley reflects on his life so far as a snow shoveler.  

The snow falls.  The storm ends and starts again.  I plant my shovel in the snow pile like a flag on the moon of winter.  Take my boots off, put them back on again. The plows shudder by and shudder by...on snow chained tires and spitting sand and I have no plans to lean the shovel in its summer spot behind the house.

I remember shoveling the family driveway in the blizzard of 78.  I was 11 years old and knew I was shoveling legendary snow.

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Arts & Culture
9:51 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Laconia's Annual Sled Dog Derby Is Steeped In History, A Challenge For Mushers

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Most people in New Hampshire associate Laconia with the annual summer Motorcycle Week Rally.

But another event, equally important to the city’s history, takes place this weekend.

The 83rd Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby has been around almost as long at Bike Week.

Trail Boss Jim Lyman, whose grandfather helped start the local sled dog derby in 1929, says Laconia’s sled dog event is one of the oldest in the country with ties back to the modern origin of the sport.

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Arts & Culture
8:35 am
Fri February 13, 2015

N.H. This Weekend: Hot And Cold

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  Hippo Editor Amy Diaz joins Morning Edition to discuss some of the activities in store for the hot and steamy Valentine's Weekend, which forecasters predict will be anything but hot or steamy.

Lets embrace the cold...

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Arts & Culture
11:56 am
Fri January 30, 2015

The RPM Challenge: Can You Create An Album In Twenty-Eight Days?

Credit Erwin Bernal via Flickr CC

Create an album in twenty-eight days - that's the idea behind the RPM Challenge. Those taking part have to create ten songs, or thirty-five minutes of original material, all of which has to be written and recorded during the month of February. 

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Arts & Culture
5:30 am
Mon January 19, 2015

N.H. Writer Honored With MLK Award

Credit Library of Congress

A writer and community activist in New Hampshire will be honored today by the Martin Luther King Coalition.

JerriAnne Boggis is being recognized for her work to tell the often little known stories of African Americans in the state. Boggins is an activist and the director for the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail. She says on this holiday, she hopes Granite Staters will remember Dr. King’s ideals – and his actions.

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12:30 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Concord Celebrates 250th Anniversary In 2015

A mosaic depicts a Concord Coach.
Credit Jack Rodolico

 In 2015, the City of Concord will honor its 250th anniversary. 

For centuries, the Merrimack River made Concord a prime location for Native Americans first, then European settlers later.

And in the 1800s, the city was famous for Concord Coaches – horse-drawn buggies that were manufactured to-order for customers around the world.

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Arts & Culture
9:24 am
Fri December 12, 2014

N.H. THIS WEEKEND: HAVE A COOKIE

It’s Christmas cookie time. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about two big cookie tours in the Granite State- and how you (and the kids) can be the architect of your very own gingerbread village.

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11:17 am
Fri December 5, 2014

NH This Weekend: Santas & Shopping

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us how to get some holiday spirit in New Hampshire this weekend.

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Arts & Culture
9:53 am
Fri November 21, 2014

NH This Weekend: Illusions

Arts & Culture
4:29 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Dinner In The Dark Serves Up A Taste Of Living With Blindness

John Heckman (left) says he's at the dinner to experience what his father does.
Sean Hurley

When you sit down to eat, you probably don’t think much about hand-eye coordination. Try eating without being able to see, though, and that changes.  I recently ate a meal blindfolded at an event held by the NH Association for the Blind at Giuseppe’s restaurant in Meredith.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans In Performing Arts

There’s a non-profit organization in Portsmouth with the aim of bringing veterans from all branches of the U.S. Military into the performing arts, both on and off the stage.  Jonathan Rockwood Hoar is the Artistic Director of Veterans In Performing Arts. He spoke with Morning Edition about how it started and what it has meant for those who participate.

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Arts & Culture
8:33 am
Fri November 7, 2014

N.H. This Weekend: S.N.O.B. & Open Doors

Two annual events take place this weekend; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about NH Open Doors and the S.N.O.B. Film Festival in Concord.

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Arts & Culture
9:53 am
Fri October 31, 2014

NH This Weekend: Get Out (While You Can)

The cold weather is coming... and Hippo Editor Amy Diaz is thinking about getting outside before it does. This weekend is a good opportunity to see some nature at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, Beaver Brook Nature Center in Hollis, or Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester.

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9:55 am
Tue October 28, 2014

It's Not Too Late To Eat Garden Vegetables

Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts & Kale
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Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer talks about “the three B’s” of cold weather crops in his garden: Broccoli, Brussel sprouts… and kale.

Kale? That starts with a ‘K’.

Well, it’s a brassica; the family that includes those plus cabbage, cauliflower and more. They’re all good cold weather crops and very healthy and tasty.

What makes them so healthy?

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

The Real Dead Poets Society

Walter Skold in the "Poemobile".
Sean Hurley

Since 2009, Walter Skold has been traveling the country visiting the graves of deceased poets. Skold, from Freeport Maine, is the founder of the Dead Poets Society of America. He recently came to New Hampshire to find two graves and to participate in the Dead Poets Remembrance Day at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord.  

In the bright leaves of the Hopkinton Cemetery, Walter Skold sets a movie camera on a tripod and begins to film the gravestone of the poet Joel Oppenheimer.

"I found this one in 3 minutes and 58 seconds today!"

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Arts & Culture
10:56 am
Fri October 24, 2014

NH This Weekend: Get The Spirit

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With a week to go until Halloween, Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has plenty of suggestions to get you in the spirit.

For the kids, there's the Halloween Howl in downtown Concord, and the Science-themed Not-So-Spooky Spectacular at the Children's Museum in Dover.

For some spirited history, try Ghost Encounters at Canterbury Shaker Village.

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Arts & Culture
9:53 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Got (Local) Garlic?

Credit Henry Homeyer

Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer gave us some homework last week; he told us to get some garlic- to plant.  

You wrote this week that this is the time for planting garlic.  Is it easy to grow?

It’s the easiest crop that I grow. I plant it, I mulch it, I harvest it. It’s as simple as that.

Where can you get seed garlic?

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3:40 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

The Beethoven Machine: Can A Computer Compose The Music Of The Future?

Composer Greg Wilder
Sean Hurley

What will the music of the future sound like? New Hampshire Composer Greg Wilder doesn't know yet, but as NHPR's Sean Hurley reports, the Warren resident is hoping to build the machine that writes it.

Greg Wilder and his wife Alison Conard are composers and computer programmers. Together in their log home in Warren they design websites for artists.

But music is at the heart of everything they do and music is the first thing Greg Wilder can remember.

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3:09 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

'Dracula' Reflects Dancer's Journey From War-Torn Hungary To Prima Ballerina

Publicity still for Toth's production of 'Dracula'
Credit Courtesy Northeastern Ballet Theatre

Wolfeboro ballet instructor Edra Toth knows what it feels like to be misunderstood.

On Saturday night, her nonprofit Northeast Ballet Theater will present Dracula, a ballet written by Toth. In it, Toth’s dance ensemble will illustrate the truth about Dracula – or, more accurately, the original historical figure he’s based on, a militant ruler named Vlad Tepes.

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10:42 am
Thu October 16, 2014

New Hampshire Film Festival Is Bigger, Broader This Year

The 14th annual New Hampshire Film Festival kicks off in Portsmouth. Nicole Gregg is the Director of the event and spoke with us about how it’s grown and what to expect this weekend.

How does this festival compare to prior years?

This year we expect our highest number of filmmakers in attendance…

With over a hundred films, what are some you’re most excited about?

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Arts & Culture
10:22 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Got Bulbs?

Credit Henry Homeyer

Ever plant some bulbs in the fall and wonder where they went come spring?   Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer has tips for planting those bulbs- and tells us why daffodils are a sure bet.

Henry, what bulbs do you like?

I love all the spring flowering bulbs: tulips, crocus, but I mostly plant daffodils.

Why?

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Arts & Culture
10:29 am
Tue October 7, 2014

It's Still Not Too Late To Plant For Fall

Credit Henry Homeyer

Gardening Guy and Cornish Flats resident Henry Homeyer says it’s not too late to plant for fall color.

 

We are in the peak of fall foliage season in New Hampshire. What are some of your favorite bright colored trees and shrubs?

Well obviously sugar maple is the best; that’s what everyone travels here to see. It’s kind of big to plant in your yard… but there are a lot of smaller things that people can plant as well.

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5:30 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Autumn Is The Perfect Time For Planting Trees

Credit Henry Homeyer

Fall is here and Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer tells us why he feels this is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs in the yard.

Why not plant in the spring?

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10:25 am
Fri September 19, 2014

N.H. This Weekend: Men (Both In & Out Of Kilts)

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Grab your kilt and head for Loon Mountain this weekend; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz details the NH Highland Games, and The Palace’s production of The Full Monty. Here’s  the big reveal.

Let’s begin with the Highland Games…

It’s a huge celebration of Scottish culture and history… everything from music and dance to heavy athletics.

How many people come to this each year?

This is Scotland’s moment… they get between 21,000 and 23,00 over the weekend.

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10:30 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Fall In The Garden

Credit Henry Homeyer

With fall around the corner, it’s a good time to evaluate the growing season just past- and plan ahead for next year. Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer offers some tips.

How did your garden do this year?

My garden did great this year- it was a little cool, but we had plenty of sunshine and plenty of rain. I grew corn for the first time in many years and it did really well.

What should gardeners be doing in the vegetable garden now?

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8:54 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Inside J.D. Salinger's House

The loft Salinger slept in when he first moved in.
Sean Hurley

J.D. Salinger was famously private - and his privacy was often famously invaded - by photographers, journalist, curiosity seekers, film makers. 

That Salinger lived in Cornish is well known.  Less well known is that Salinger had two homes in Cornish.  The first house he lived in for 14 years sits on the hill behind the second.  It recently came on the market and I went to talk to its owner about her home - and about her long time neighbor, J.D. Salinger.

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9:36 am
Fri September 12, 2014

N.H. This Weekend: The Granite State's Comicon Is On

It’s a weekend to geek out at Granite State Comicon. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us why it’s especially worthy for Game of Thrones fans.

Like many comicon events, Granite State Comicon has become much more than just an event for comic fans…

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5:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

'Tis The Season of Mums and Kale

Decorative kale
Credit Henry Homeyer

Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer talks about mums, decorative kale and cabbage, and preparing for fall.

Fall is on the way… what are you doing to prepare?

Summer flowers that are looking tired can be made to look pretty darn good in the fall… I cut them back right about now… I give them some liquid fertilizer and they’ll re-bloom nicely in two or three weeks.

Are there fall plants we should consider buying now?  

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10:40 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Make-Your-Own 'Black Gold'

Henry offers tips on building your own compost bin
Credit Henry Homeyer

Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer sings the praises of good compost- and offers tips for making your own.

What’s so special about compost?

Compost will help your soil hold water, and allow it to drain better when needed. It also introduces fungi and bacteria that are beneficial.

Of course you can just go and buy some, but you make your own.

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