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Mud Season

As New Englanders, we claim we embrace each of the four seasons, particularly as we complain our way through one that has yet to bear the season-specific fruit we actually embrace. Of course, our griping gives way to age-old jokes about how the four seasons aren’t actually Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Rather, they’re abstractions […]

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A Night At The Music Hall

When public transportation was scarce and power sources were living, every city worth mentioning had its own theater. The locals needed to be entertained, whether by music or by play, and the city theater was the place. Until transportation and the highway system drove a change to this approach, it worked just fine for entertainment […]

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Weathering The Winter

Almost thirteen years ago, a singer-songwriter named Anna Nalick topped the charts with a song that, in its opening verse, proclaimed on a friend’s behalf that, “Winter just wasn’t my season.” While I wondered (and Genius.com dissents) if the line in context hinted at a May-December romance, it gave us a nicely-bottled-up out-of-context quote. Winter […]

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The Old Beach Highway

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the world has changed around you. Either the changes are incremental enough or natural enough that it’s hard to say what it used to be before. And it’s only in conversation and reflection that we recall how things used to be. I stumbled into this trap on the way […]

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Building A Gateway

Every day, my commute to and from work takes me past a construction project in Candia. Just beyond the offramps of Exit 3 off Route 101, a gas station sits in the middle of a work zone, earth movers and machines carving pieces of the terrain away bit by bit. It’s a dramatic sight if […]

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The Track Experience

Earlier this year, I looked back at the history of New Hampshire’s largest sporting venue, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. What I wanted to do, before I slipped into story-telling mode, was to make a sales pitch. And with the track’s final September race weekend a week away, and weather looking favorable for the moment, now […]

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What Once Was Meadowbrook

Live music is hardly a seasonal treat. Given the right stage and the right sound, it’s a treasure you can appreciate all year long. But there is something special about bringing music out-of-doors. I’m not only talking about full-on outdoor shows. Even a streetside busker with a guitar or a little Muzak piped through speakers […]