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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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

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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