Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
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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Arts & Culture
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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Arts & Culture
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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Arts & Culture
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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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Storyteller Rebecca Rule Turns A Scary Sled Ride Into A Children's Book

Rebecca Rule reads from her children's book at The Bookmonger in Waterville Valley
Credit Sean Hurley

Publisher Bennet Cerf once bet Dr. Seuss that he couldn’t write a book using only 50 words.

The words were:

…a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

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Arts & Culture
9:54 am
Fri December 14, 2012

NH this Weekend: Puppets & Gingerbread

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz joins us to talk about two Christmas-themed events this weekend: one traditional, the other with a twist.

It’s A Wonderful Life & A Child’s Christmas in Wales- with puppets

(Some performances are sold out, but tickets may become available at the box office- call ahead)

Christmas at Canterbury

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Arts & Culture
10:39 am
Fri December 7, 2012

NH this Weekend: Cookie Tours

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz details two holiday cookie tours in the Granite State:

Currier & Ives Cookie Tour

Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour

Arts & Culture
6:47 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

New Portsmouth Business Combines Books With Beer

Co-owner David Lovelace
Credit Peter Domingos

With increased competition from online booksellers like Amazon, local bookstores have been hard hit especially here in New England. But one new bookstore in Portsmouth has created a business model that just might have staying power.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

NH This Weekend: S.N.O.B.

Amy Diaz, Editor of the Hippo, talks with Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley about the S.N.O.B. film festival in Concord and also a screening of a film documenting the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen at the Currier in Manchester.

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Arts & Culture
11:10 am
Fri November 2, 2012

NH This Weekend: NH Open Doors

This weekend restaurants, shops, farms and art galleries will once again participate in New Hampshire Open Doors, an event highlighting locally-made products and cultural attractions. It’s an event that has grown over the years and includes businesses and artists from every region in the state. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us more.

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weekend events
6:30 am
Fri October 26, 2012

NH this Weekend: Get the Spirit

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz talks about two events to get you in the Halloween spirit: The Magic of the Night: Haunted Family Magic and Ghosts of the Winter Cemetery Tour

  

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Arts & Culture
3:54 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

New Hampshire Film Festival Begins This Week

The 12th annual New Hampshire Film Festival will run from Thursday through Sunday this week at venues throughout Portsmouth. There will be question and answer sessions for audience members and workshops for filmmakers alongside the screenings of independent films. Nicole Gregg is the executive director of the New Hampshire Film festival. She says there are too many films showing to choose favorites.

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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Warner Foliage Festival Raises Funds For Community Groups

Warner Fall Foliage Festival

The 65th annual fall foliage festival took place in Warner, New Hampshire this weekend. Attendees could purchase crafts by local artisans, go on rides, or share a country breakfast the United Church of Warner.

NH this Weekend
6:17 am
Fri October 5, 2012

N.H. This Weekend: Fall Fests

Two big festivals this weekend celebrate New Hampshire's colorful season- and its quirks. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has the details on the Milford Pumpkin Festival and Warner Fall Foliage Festival

David Baker
7:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

How an Artist Made a Community

This Friday, a new documentary will premiere in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. See What’s Whispered tells the story of artist David Baker. Baker came to the town of Jackson in 1946. He went on to make his name locally with a roadside gallery and studio on route 16 that he continued working in until the 1990s. Film maker Judy Faust says he became well known well beyond the Mt. Washington Valley not only for his work, but for the way he and his wife welcomed all. 

Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

N.H. This Weekend: Disc Dogs & Skateboards

Granite State Disc Dogs

What's a "disc dog"? Wanna do the skateboard slalom course? Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has the story of two unusual events in the Granite State this weekend.

Read the Hippo story on the Granite State Disc Dogs here. 

Read about the Antrim Home & Harvest Festival featuring the Can/Am Slalom Championship here.

Arts & Culture
6:30 am
Fri September 7, 2012

NH this Weekend: Festivals

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about two major festivals featuring food and music (and lots of both). Read more about the Manchester Music Festival here, and the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival here.   

Inspired Lives
12:03 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Inspired Lives: Poet Maxine Kumin

Poet Maxine Kumin on the Exchange with Laura Knoy.

Maxine Kumin’s career has spanned over half a century. She's the recipient of  awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award. Kumin was the poetry consultant for the Library of Congress in 1981-1982, and has taught at many of the country’s most prestigious universities, including MIT, Princeton, and Columbia. Despite traveling away from home to lecture at schools and universities around the United States, Kumin has retained close ties with her farmhouse in rural New Hampshire.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Varmints! Hostility Grows In The Garden

BenSpark Flickr

Summer may be winding down, but for many gardeners in New Hampshire, the season’s not quite over.  There are still tomatoes and beans to be gathered.  And rich fall squashes are just emerging.  This summer’s gardening season has been a challenging one.  Mainly because of a few creatures that have enjoyed her plants.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “I have no hostility to nature, but a child’s love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.”

I suspect that deer were not eating Mr. Emerson’s corn, or melons.

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Arts & Culture
9:55 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Farmers Markets: Ripe for the Picking

This is a great time to hit your local farmer's market; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about some surprising finds. Read more from The Hippo, and find a market near you.

Inspired Lives
7:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Victor Kumin: A "Soldier Scientist" At Work On The Atomic Bomb

Victor Kumin.
Victor Kumin

Victor Kumin, Harvard graduate with a degree in Chemistry, helped create the Atomic Bomb under direction of J. Robert Oppenheimer. He lives in Warner, New Hampshire with his wife, the former U.S. Poet Laureate, Maxine Kumin. The two exchanged 575 letters back and forth during their courtship. These letters will be the subject of an article, written by Maxine, in the September 2012 issue of the American Scholar.

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Inspired Lives
7:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Inspired Lives: Jerry Carr

NASA-Astronaut Gerald Paul Carr
NASA

As part of our series Inspired Lives, we’ve hearing this summer from notable people who have taken inspiration from their time in New England. This week, we’re hearing from a New Englander who took his inspiration from the skies- astronaut Jerry Carr.  A childhood fascination with airplanes led to a career as a military pilot, and then eventually, as the commander for Skylab 4, the third and final manned visit to the orbiting workshop. Skylab, the longest flight in history of space exploration completing 1,214 revolutions of the Earth, launched November 16, 1973 and ended February 8, 1974.

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Destination Art
4:13 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

North Adams, Mass.: A Manufacturing Town For Art

MASS MoCA is a complex of 26 renovated 19th-century factory buildings. The site was formerly the home of Arnold Print Works (1860-1942) and Sprague Electric Company (1942-1985).
MASS MoCA

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:06 pm

If you ever decide to visit one of the largest museums of contemporary art in the world, prepare yourself: It's a little intimidating. First, you have to drive to upper Massachusetts, just south of the Vermont border, where you'll behold 26 hulking brick buildings: We're talking 600,000 square feet of raw, sunlit space, roughly equivalent to a mid-sized airport.

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Inspired Lives
7:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Inspired Lives: Michael Heaney

Michael Heaney
Michael Heaney

Michael Heaney, former platoon leader, returned to the spot where 46 years ago 10 of his men under his command were killed in an ambush by North Vietnamese soldiers. He returned to the land he calls "my valley of death" to reclaim a piece of his soul. He was the only member of his unit to survive an ambush by North Vietnamese soldiers in May 1966.

Heaney spent a great deal of time coming to realization that he had survived Operation Crazy Horse, the combat operation so fierce it is discussed in history books.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

NH this Weekend: Antiques & Fine Craft

Get your New Hampshire- made craft or antique fix this weekend. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has information on the 79th Annual League of NH Craftsmen Fair and the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association Show.

Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Inspired Lives: Dana Dakin

Dana Dakin, founder of WomenTrust, Inc.
courtesy of Dana Dakin

Dana Dakin is the founder of WomenTrust Inc., a community-based microlending program in the village of Pokuase outside of Ghana’s capital city in West Africa. Dakin launched WomensTrust to help stimulate entrepreneurship and economic development. She fostered relationships with women clients to address the root cause of poverty in the area. The company started a scholarship program to keep girls in school. Dakin also sought to improve the maternal mortality rate in the region by integrating volunteer nurses into healthcare clinics.

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