Audio Postcards From Around the Granite State

Below is a collection of audio snapshots of some of New Hampshire's most memorable people, places and events.

NHPR's Audio Postcards were awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2005 Best Documentary Category by the New Hampshire Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

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Newscast
7:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Players, Spectators Congregate In Concord For Pond Hockey Tournament

Spectators watch the action at the Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

This past weekend Concord played host to the first major pond hockey tournament of the season.  The 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship is in its fourth year.  But it's said that the nation's first "organized" pond hockey game was played at St. Paul's School in Concord--back in 1883.  NHPR's Amanda Loder stopped by the event at White Park, and sends us this audio postcard.   

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Word of Mouth
2:06 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Is This The Biggest Yard Sale In New Hampshire?

Taylor Quimby NHPR

This past Saturday, I visited Durham New Hampshire for the 700 family yard sale, an annual fundraising event for the St.Thomas More Parish that’s been held every year for more than three decades. When I arrived, parking was scarce – and a crowd of a hundred people or so had already gathered to get a sneak-peek at the goods laid across dozens of tables. I joined the growing throng – and produced this audio postcard.

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Health
5:06 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Planning For The End: Miraculous Recovery, Little Regret

Sometimes, even thoughtful planning for the end of one's life can't foresee all the possible outcomes.

That was certainly the case for Reverend Canon Randy Dales of Wolfeboro, and his father-in-law. Canon Dales is a vocal advocate for the use of advance directives to maintain dignity in death, with his position formed by four decades of ministry and 30 years of work in a hospice he co-founded.

We continue our series on advance directives in New Hampshire with this audio postcard.

Other Stories In Our Series

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun August 25, 2013

Communities Celebrate Old Home Day

Pembroke/Allenstown Old Home Day runs hay rides, with proceeds going toward next year's OHD.
Sara Plourde NHPR

August is the month when towns all over New Hampshire hold their Old Home Day festivals, featuring fair food, games, entertainment, and kid-friendly events.  Saturday was the big day for Pembroke, south of Concord. 

Pat Fowler is a life-long resident.  She chairs the Old Home Day Parade committee.  “At the end of the day, when I’m sitting back and watching all the families, watching the fireworks and the music’s on Main Stage, you just get that good feeling of family and friendship and community," Fowler says.  "I think that’s what keeps me coming back.”

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NH News
3:35 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Bog Pond Offers A Unique Habitat For Wildlife And Plant Species

Emma Carcagno describes various plant species unique to wetland areas.
Abby Kessler

Bog Pond is tucked away off of Route 4a in Andover. The area is a wetland and peat bog habitat. And this past Monday, UNH wildlife program assistant, Emma Carcagno led a tour of the area. The event is part of a summer-long project called "Taking Action for Wildlife" sponsored by the Andover Conservation Commission.

NHPR's Abby Kessler went on the wetland walk and filed this audio postcard.

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Word of Mouth
10:08 am
Mon July 22, 2013

In The Fast Lane: The Richard Petty Driving Experience

Logan Shannon

On July 14th, Brian Vickers led a group of professional NASCAR drivers to take the sprint cup at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.  Less than a week later, a group of men and women with absolutely no racing experience took to the same track, in the same six-hundred horsepower stock cars, in hopes of hitting the same high-octane speeds as the pros.  The Richard Petty Driving Experience is a payed sports adventure that lets NASCAR fans get a taste of life in the fast lane… Producer Taylor Quimby was with them in Loudon last Friday, and brought us back this audio postcard.

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NH News
10:17 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Creating A Community of Fans At N.H. Motor Speedway

Dennis Joyce of Walpole, Massachusetts camps out for NASCAR races all over the country.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

This past weekend, thousands of people braved clogged roads and crowded parking lots to watch NASCAR racing at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.  But a small group of fans pitched tents in a grassy parking area for the duration. 

Camping on track grounds has been going on for a long time, but this is only the second summer it’s been legal.   Amanda Loder talked to some residents of this temporary village, and produced this audio postcard.

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Word of Mouth
9:59 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Rattling In The Summer Solstice

Credit found_drama via Flickr Creative Commons

Last weekend was the first actual weekend of summer…an event barely noticed by many who’ve been barbequing, swimming and gardening since Memorial Day. Plenty of people do celebrate the longest day of the year in a more traditional way…and we’re talking traditions that stretch back thousands of years -- Carol and Clay Young hosted a fire ceremony to welcome in the solstice in the backwoods of Wentworth, New Hampshire, with a small, but diverse group of revelers. Word of Mouth’s Molly Donahue was there and brought us back this audio postcard.

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Word of Mouth
9:45 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Running From Zombies For a Good Cause

Adam McCune

Recently, the small town of New Boston, New Hampshire hosted an unusual 5k race, in which runners were chased by zombies or “walkers,” as they’re called in the popular comic book and TV series “The Walking Dead.” But fear not, all the gore was for a good cause, as independent producer Adam McCune found out when he sent us this audio postcard.

NH News
5:38 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

20 Impersonators Vie for Best Elvis: An Audio Postcard

Judges at the Elvis Festival in Manchester
Emily Corwin NHPR

This year, Labor day weekend was a time not just to celebrate workers in America – but to celebrate… Elvis.  Crowds of Elvis Fans attended a three day Elvis festival and competition in Manchester, cheering on twenty Elvis Tribute Artists as they vied for #1 – and a chance to go on to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Contest next August in Memphis, Tennessee.  

NH News
7:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

The Croo of Greenleaf Hut: Fun at 4,220 feet

Emily Leich sets the table for breakfast at Greenleaf Hut.
Todd Bookman NHPR

New Hampshire’s White Mountains are known for their fierce terrain and wild weather. But atop the high peaks, there are some comforts.

Since 1888, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s high huts have provided hearty meals and a warm bunk for guests. Staff at the eight facilities carry up supplies, and also serve as educators and stewards of the alpine terrain.

To get a better feel for this unique summer job, we sent NHPR’s Todd Bookman up to the Greenleaf Hut.

North Country
5:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

A Musical Postcard from the North Country's Grand (Mostly Gone) Hotels

Courtesy White Mountain History.Org

Almost all of the grand hotels that once brought the North Country fame, fortune and tourists are gone.

But now some of the music that was composed specifically for each hotel has been played and recorded, possibly for the first time in 100 years.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen sends this audio postcard.

Rick Russack runs a web site on  White Mountain history.

Not long ago he was going through some material.

“Stereo views, photographs, postcards and prints, graphic things.”

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NH News
5:28 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Public Pianos Help HOP Celebrate 50 Years

Singers gather on The Green in Hanover for a sing-along.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts turns 50-years old this summer. Instead of candles, the HOP is going with…pianos.

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NH News
6:03 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

121 New Citizens Take Oath In New Hampshire

Naturalization Ceremony In Portsmouth
Emily Corwin

So far this year in New Hamsphire, more than 1100 people have become new U.S. citizens.  

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NH News
6:04 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Future Of 'Bike Week' Relies On New Marketing

Emily Corwin NHPR

Once upon a time, Laconia Bike Week was a rowdy affair with a lot of drinking and wild behavior.

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Audio Postcard
3:38 pm
Thu February 14, 2008

Confectionary Architects

One of the entries.
Cheryl Senter

For those of you who like a little dessert after dinner, a trip to Canterbury Shaker Village might be in order this weekend.

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Audio Postcard
4:12 pm
Wed December 6, 2006

Everyone has Rhythm

Since everyone with a beating heart already "has rhythm!” anyone can drum. That could well be the motto of the drum-jam, held the first Friday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Concord.

This past Friday evening, 16 people showed up... of all ages.

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Audio Postcard
3:13 pm
Wed December 6, 2006

Wanna Sing "The Messiah"?

Handel's Messiah is performed at Christmas.
Ell Brown

It's hard to imagine Christmas without a choir singing Handel's Messiah.

In recent years a new tradition has developed: the 'Messiah-sing.'

It operates like a pick-up basketball game. Anyone who wants to sing the Messiah shows up at a concert hall with music in-hand. Tenors sit with tenors and sopranos with sopranos. And then -- without rehearsal -- the concert begins.

New Hampshire Public Radio correspondent Doug MacPherson attended one-such Messiah-sing at the Music Hall in Portsmouth.

He filed this audio postcard.

Audio Postcard
11:05 am
Fri October 6, 2006

It's Apple Picking Season

Jose boxes apples for shipping.
Cheryl Senter

Apple picking season in New England is fast and sweet.

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Audio Postcard
12:31 pm
Sat September 16, 2006

The Pleasant Pond Pirates

The Pleasant Pond Pirates delivering treats.

The sound of the ice cream truck's jingle is certainly familiar during the summer, but a couple of young women in Deerfield have come up with another, less common way to peddle frozen treats.

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Audio Postcard
12:05 pm
Wed August 30, 2006

The Gas Dock Girls

Gas dock girls provide fuel to the many boats on the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Spinstah

It's back to school time again, and lots of college students from around New Hampshire will be putting in their final hours at their summer jobs this Labor Day weekend.

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Audio Postcard
12:20 pm
Fri August 18, 2006

Equine Feats of Strength

The cement blocks and turf are prepared for the next pull.
Cheryl Senter

When it is county fair season, what fair would be complete without those equine feats of strength?

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Audio Postcard
12:44 pm
Tue June 27, 2006

Postcard from the Rock Swap

Precious stones, minerals and fossils were available for purchase or trade at the 42nd Annual Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show.
Ian Junor

Over the weekend, hundreds of people from around the world showed up in the town of Gilsum, in southwest New Hampshire.

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Audio Postcard
12:55 pm
Wed June 14, 2006

Bike Week's Wall of Death

This year's Bike Week in Laconia included the Wall of Death.
Michael Al

All this week, New Hampshire Public Radio is bringing you some of the sights and sounds of bike week in Laconia.

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Audio Postcard
1:50 pm
Tue June 13, 2006

Tuesday's Postcard from Bike Week

The streets of Laconia during Bike Week.

For plenty of participants, Bike Week is nothing short of a Dionysian pilgrimage.

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Audio Postcard
3:39 pm
Mon May 29, 2006

It's Tourist Season in N.H.

A beach goer, sound asleep in his chair, is framed by parking meters that line the beach.
Cheryl Senter

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer.

And across the state, resorts, hotels, and other tourist attractions are taking care of last minute primping before the onslaught of summer season.

One of those attractions is of course, Hampton Beach on the Seacoast.

On Friday, road crews were still painting lines on a section of Route 1A, that goes along the beach.

But ready or not, the tourists came, as they always do, to enjoy the beaches and the boardwalk, to lie in the warm sun and play in the sand.

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Audio Postcard
2:18 pm
Fri May 26, 2006

How to Ride a Motorcycle in 20 (very wet) Hours

Assistant instructor Pete Sperling demonstrates the proper way to put on a helmet and adjust the strap during Friday night's part of the three day weekend NHDMV motorcycle training course.
Cheryl Senter

While most of the state was trying to stay dry two weekends ago, ten people were dreaming of warm, sunny days and open roads.

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Audio Postcard
2:29 pm
Wed May 24, 2006

Fish Blessed At Amoskeag

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Audio Postcard
2:39 pm
Fri May 12, 2006

A Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling

Trevor Marshall stands in front of one of his pieces of artwork in his Seabrook studio.
Cheryl Senter

Over the past year, New Hampshire Public Radio has been taking listeners to a variety of places across the state.

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Audio Postcard
1:46 pm
Fri December 23, 2005

Take a Trip on the Polar Express

The interior of the Polar Express is compiled with Christmas decor.
Faceless Librarian

Thousands of people left New Hampshire this month on a train for the North Pole.

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