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5:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

N.H. Jews Go Online For Ancient Passover Ritual

Matzo is eaten during Passover, rather than leavened bread.
Credit Ron Almog (http://www.flickr.com/people/ronalmog/) / Flickr

 

   Passover begins at sundown on Monday.  One of this holiday's many traditions includes selling all bread products in a Jewish household to a non-Jew.  These days, families don’t even have to venture from their computers to accomplish that ancient ritual.

During the week of Passover, practicing Jews don’t eat Chametz.  Which is, more or less, anything  made from grain that has been in contact with water for more than 18 minutes -- like bread, or cereal. What Jews eat instead, is matzo – unleavened crackers that symbolize freedom of Jews from slavery in Egypt.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

NH this Weekend: Tap the Sap

Credit NH Maple Producers Association

It's Maple Weekend in the Granite State.  More than 110 farms and sugar shacks will be open to the public with demonstrations of syrup production, maple products to taste and buy, and hands-on activities. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some highlights.

Find a participating sugar shack near you

Want to tap your own? Read up on the basics of D.I.Y. maple tappin'

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Arts & Culture
3:43 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

This Weekend's Arts and Culture Scene

You can treat yourself or another person to a random act of kindness this weekend. there are plenty of things happening around the state worth checking out.

Bring the little ones to Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln to see three-time Grammy-winner Tom Chapin. He’s sure to play some funny, family-friendly cuts from his new album, Give Peas A Chance, about healthy eating and green living.

And if the snowy spring has got you down, check out the feel good, Tony Award-winning musical from 1961, Bye Bye Birdie. Performed by the Anselmian Abbey Players this weekend at The Dana Center in Manchester …Or for something a little more biblical, head on over to the Palace Theatre to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s pop classic, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Also this weekend, the Annual Spring Craft and Specialty Food Fair is on at Rockingham Park in Salem… offering a range from pottery to specialty dog treats to make everyone happy…including those of the four-legged variety.

And, it’s NH Maple Weekend…with more than 100 sugarhouses open statewide, all offering samples, some with pancakes to eat, entertainment to enjoy and animals to pet.

Arts & Culture
3:43 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

This Weekend's Arts Scene

You can treat yourself or another person to a random act of kindness this weekend. there are plenty of things happening around the state worth checking out.

Bring the little ones to Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln to see three-time Grammy-winner Tom Chapin. He’s sure to play some funny, family-friendly cuts from his new album, Give Peas A Chance, about healthy eating and green living.

And if the snowy spring has got you down, check out the feel good, Tony Award-winning musical from 1961, Bye Bye Birdie. Performed by the Anselmian Abbey Players this weekend at The Dana Center in Manchester …Or for something a little more biblical, head on over to the Palace Theatre to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s pop classic, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Also this weekend, the Annual Spring Craft and Specialty Food Fair is on at Rockingham Park in Salem… offering a range from pottery to specialty dog treats to make everyone happy…including those of the four-legged variety.

And, it’s NH Maple Weekend…with more than 100 sugarhouses open statewide, all offering samples, some with pancakes to eat, entertainment to enjoy and animals to pet.

Word of Mouth
2:12 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Dinosaur Day Unearths The Latest In Paleontology

Cliff the Triceratops wants YOU to learn about dinosaurs!
Credit via the Museum of Science website

Love dinosaurs?  Want to learn more about the latest in paleontology?

This Saturday, the Museum of Science, Boston offers dinosaur enthusiasts the rare opportunity to hear first-hand from paleontologists from around the U.S. about their research and theories.  Dinosaur Day begins at 10 am, with presentations and panel discussions throughout the afternoon. The not yet annual event, will focus on the Ceratopsidae family—frilled and horned dinosaurs—much like “Cliff”, the 65-million-year-old Triceratops fossil currently on-loan at the Museum.

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Arts & Culture
2:25 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Dartmouth Murals Become National Historic Landmark

Eli Burakian/Dartmouth College

A set of murals at Dartmouth College by the Mexican artist Jose Clemente Orozco has been named a national historic landmark.

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Arts & Culture
10:24 am
Fri March 15, 2013

NH this Weekend: Battles & Bubble Hockey

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz joins Morning Edition to talk about three 'battles' in Manchester this weekend.

Battle of the Bands at the Palace Theater

6th Annual CHaD Battle of the Badges All-Star Hockey Championship

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

How To Make Furniture Sexy (And Other Lessons From An Artist)

Vivian Beer works on her Anchored Candy series
Emily Corwin NHPR

The New Hampshire Furniture Masters are featuring the work of three female furniture makers through April 9, in Concord.  This story features one of the artists, at her workshop in Manchester.  

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Arts & Culture
5:16 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Traveling Auschwitz-Birkenau Exhibit Stops In N.H.

Kathy Preston regularly tells her story to 8th grade classes learning about the Holocaust
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

A new exhibit that takes a closer look at what happened at a notorious Nazi death camp opened at the New Hampshire State Library today.

The exhibit, which is traveling the country on loan from Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, includes a set of 31 posters featuring photos of the horrific conditions at the death camp. 

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Arts & Culture
4:03 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

The Audio Orchard Podcast for March

1. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)

March 24, The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA

2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, So Good At Being In Trouble

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Arts & Culture
2:20 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

This Weekend's Arts Scene

Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell performs at The Music Hall in Portsmouth Friday night, accompanied by pianist Sam Haywood

If you’re feeling Shakespearean, the Keene State College Theatre Department performs The Tempest this weekend at the Redfern Arts Center

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre perform at the Hopkins Center in Dartmouth through the weekend; the San Francisco Chronicle referred to a company production as “spectacular dancing that thrills you to your marrow”.  The program includes Ailey’s signature work, “Revelations.”

And right here in Concord…jazz pianist and composer Pamela Hines will be playing at the Purple Pit.

Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Museum Of The White Mountains Opens

Thomas Cole's "Morning Mist Rising" on display at the Musuem of the White Mountains
Sean Hurley for NHPR

The Museum of the White Mountains had its Grand Opening this past weekend in Plymouth. Correspondent Sean Hurley spoke with Director Catherine Amidon and sends us this story.

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Arts & Culture
9:24 am
Fri February 22, 2013

NH this Weekend: Dinos!

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has declared this Dinosaur Weekend in New Hampshire. She tells us about two museum events to take us back- way back- to the world of the dinos.

Dinosaurs! At the SEE Science Center

(read the Hippo story on this exhibit here)

Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney at New Hampshire Institute of Art

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Arts & Culture
7:15 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Listening For The Elusive Sound Of Ice Chimes

Dartmouth students take a quick look a Ice Chimes on their way to class
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

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.

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Arts & Culture
9:30 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Nordic Skating On The Connecticut River

Jamie Hess & Sean Hurley

This is the time of year many of us love to head out on the ice to do some fishing or play a pick-up game of hockey with the kids. NHPR's Sean Hurley decided to try something a little different - he went Nordic.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

NH this Weekend: Unusual Valentine's

Credit Nils Geylen, via Flickr Creative Commons

If the usual just won't do this weekend, here are some events in the area for you and yours that may help Cupid hit the mark.  Maybe you'd like to find love with chocolate among the stacks of books at the Pelham Public Library.    Strap on some snowshoes for a Valentine's Hike at Maple Hill Farm in Hollis, go solo for a Ladies Night with a screening of Clueless, or

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Arts & Culture
6:00 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

A Walk In The Woods

Trail beside Smarts Brook
Sean Hurley for NHPR

Sometimes, to make a surprising discovery, all you've got to do is strap on your snowshoes and step outside. That was the case when correspondent Sean Hurley ventured out to some familiar trails this past week:

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Arts & Culture
1:01 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

This Week's New Hampshire Arts Scene

The Saint Anselm Abbey Players say this weekend's highly original one act play festival never fails to delight. The festival features three one-act experimental plays directed by students including "Here She Is!" by Joyce Carol Oates, "Wasp" by comedian Steve Martin and "November" written and directed by Saint Anselm senior Matthew Hurd.

Maine painter Meghan Howland has an exhibition in Rochester this weekend.  You can visit the downtown gallery where a few of Meghan’s painting are hanging.

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Arts & Culture
8:00 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Warms Up New Hampshire

It’s not often you get to hear authentic world music in New Hampshire, especially in the dead of winter. But on February 6th at the Spaulding Auditorium in Hanover, the southern Italian band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino will be bringing their high energy pizzica tarantata music and dance.  Leading a new wave of young Italian artists reinventing and invigorating traditional Italian music, CGS includes six singers/musicians and a dancer.

I think it would be impossible not to have fun at a show like this:

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Arts & Culture
4:15 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

This Week's New Hampshire Arts Scene

Opening this weekend is the exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. It features the work of over 30 different master craftsmen from as far back as the 1200s.

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Arts & Culture
9:46 am
Fri February 1, 2013

NH this Weekend: Ice Bars, Ice Hockey, and Samurais

Amy Diaz talks with Rick Ganley about the Ice Bar at Bedford Village Inn, the Pond Hockey Classic in Meredith, and Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armour at the Currier.

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Arts & Culture
5:17 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

This Weekend's Arts Scene

We start off the weekend with a critically acclaimed documentary that has no dialogue, narrative, or text. The film is Samsara, filmed over five years in twenty five different countries; it’s a combination of music and imagery full of life and culture from all over the world.  The film will be playing Friday, January 25 at Dartmouth’s Spaulding Theater.

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7:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Running Through Time On The Sandwich Notch Rd.

Credit Sean Hurley

There aren’t many roads that have books written about them, but we have one in New Hampshire.  In 1973, writer Elizabeth Yates published “The Road Through Sandwich Notch”, which more than anything else helped secure the road’s preservation status as a part of the White Mountain National Forest.  Sean Hurley has been running down and learning about the road for some time now and sends this reflection.

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6:40 am
Fri January 25, 2013

New Hampshire - Hockey Hub

The third annual Black Ice Pond Championship gets underway today. This event features three days of open air hockey the way it all started back in 1883 in Concord- on a frozen pond.  It got us thinking about the origins of the sport here in the Granite State. So we called up Jim Hayes, the Executive Director of New Hampshire Legends of Hockey, a non-profit that works to preserve the history of the sport in New Hampshire.

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5:27 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

N.H. Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Richard Haynes speaks with event participants
Emily Corwin NHPR

Community members gathered at events in Portsmouth, Hollis, and across the state today/Monday to celebrate the life – and the mission -- of Martin Luther King Jr.

Manchester, NH celebrated its 31st annual Martin Luther King Day community celebration at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  

The Keynote speaker, Richard Haynes, is the Associate Director of Admissions for Diversity at UNH. He says he thinks about Martin Luther King’s legacy every day, as he drives to the University in Dover.

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6:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

N.H. This Weekend: Family Fun

Fight cabin fever; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about three things to do with the kids this weekend, including a treasure exhibit at the  McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery, making life-sized toys at  the Children's Museum of NH, and winter walk tours at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.

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Arts & Culture
9:32 am
Fri January 11, 2013

NH this Weekend: Trailer Park Musicals and Whimsy

Trailer park residents who burst into song. Skilled crafts people who create an ode to toys. It’s just part of this weekend in New Hampshire. Amy Diaz joins us to give a few details on two rather unique happenings. Amy is the Editor of the Hippo, a paper that features some stories about a unique musical and League of NH Craftsman’s exhibit.

Check out the Great American Trailer Park Musical Blog

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Arts & Culture
11:29 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Lake Street Dive Gaining Momentum

Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Comedian Finds Inspiration From Life In N.H.

Comedian Jimmy Dunn performs at a Heart Association event in Manchester
Credit Photo courtesy of P.T. Sullivan

Comedian Jimmy Dunn has some advice for wannabe comics in New Hampshire.

“If you want to make it here in NH, you have to get a car that you can drive a lot. The most important thing, you need a honda civic, because you’re going to be putting 300 miles a night on your car if you’re any good at all. My first year I had an old Volkswagen and I put 60,000 miles on my car."

Dunn has since upgraded to a Nissan pick-up truck, more often than not overstuffed with surf boards and kayaks.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

A Public Story About A Private Gift (Rebroadcast)

Credit Sean Hurley, NHPR

When reporter Sean Hurley heard that one of his neighbors was giving away Christmas trees, he wanted to find out more about this local charity. And what he found was that this man's very public act, letting people wander over his property to pick out and cut down one of the Christmas Trees, was also very private. This story won Second Place in the 2007 Best Feature category from the New Hampshire Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

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