New Hampshire Magazine - February 2010

Playing Pretend

Every kid loves to dress up, and David Oelerich was no exception (Buddy Holly was his favorite pretend). He probably never could have imagined he would one day own a costume shop filled with every imaginable character — a kid's…

Slippery Slopes

Just let gravity do its workRemember sledding, tumbling and laughing down the neighborhood hill on those wooden Flexible Flyer sleds or the family’s steadfast toboggan? What’s old is new again at select Granite State ski areas with snow tubing.The low-skill,…

Sweater Weather

September days are perfect for picking apples, admiring the first fall colors and traveling historic roads.Leave I-93 in Concord via exit 16 at Rte. 132 and follow Oak Hill Road around the side of Oak Hill until it joins School…

Honest Abe and N.H.

It’s been 150 years since he visited — time to celebrate.It was February 29, 1860, when Abraham Lincoln stepped off the train in Exeter. He had come to see his son, Robert Todd, who was studying at Phillips Exeter Academy.…

The First Noël... Bûche

It’s arrival time for French sweets If you have ever been to France, you know how compelling a pâtisserie case can be. Each treat looks like a jewel — beautifully presented and lovingly prepared for the ultimate taste experience. The…

Chocolate Challenge 2010

Hot chocolate. No, not the stuff in the mug with marshmallows, but delectable chocolate desserts with a touch of chile pepper.We challenged four locally based, regional chains to send a chef to create a dessert presentation that spoke to chocolate…

Inches From Doom

How I survived hip-deep sidewalk snow piles.It seems to me that, in the last couple of winters, the sidewalks in my fair city have become more difficult to traverse.Perhaps the passing of the years has something to do with it,…

Hot Foot – Jonathan Doyle

Performance artist Jonathan Doyle, 29, who splits his time between Keene and Manhattan, was booted from the halfway point of Mt. Monadnock last fall after he was caught stalking Bigfoot on the trail. Doyle and his costumed friends — he…

Digging Deeper

A cemetery and ex-socialite.If you know anything about author Cornelia Read, now a New Hampshire resident, you know that the main character in her three books — Madeline Dare — has pretty much the same backstory as Read herself. They…

Love It/Love It Not

Two sides of the state’s population boom.If “New Hampshire” and “Population Growth” had a Facebook relationship status it would be “It’s Complicated.” For decades New Hampshire has been one of the fastest-growing states in the country: The current population of…