New Hampshire Magazine - September 2010

Signs of the Times

What can you learn about life out on the road? It’s really simple.For me, life can be as simple as a New Hampshire Sunday drive. No map, no itinerary, nobody’s business and readjusting the FM pre-sets with each passing mountain.…

Gotta Love a Parade

War mostly takes away, but you’ve got to give it credit for its contributions as well. Among the many inventions now taken for granted but created in times of battle, you can list Spam, duck tape, the Hummer and parades.…

All's Fair at the Derby

Where getting smashed while driving is not only legal, it's mandatory.Harking back to the roots of the season of harvest, September is the big month for fairs in New Hampshire.While the ancients would sometimes perform ritual sacrifices of livestock in…

Yay! N.H. High Schools Worth Cheering About

High school is where young people sort things out and, hopefully, learn what they are really good at doing. High schools themselves go through a "sorting out" over time and develop specialties, reputations, sometimes even fame for those programs or…

Care to Dance?

It's hard to refuse the invitation when Nature calls the tune.On a beautiful fall day I took a walk in the Exeter woods with my 6-year-old daughter Grace and my boyfriend Tom. We walked along the trail that curved around…

Cake Queen - Ashlee Perkins

Ashlee Perkins, the owner of AMP Cake Design in Merrimack, is a premier cake designer, having appeared on the "Food Network Challenge" four times so far. Her most recent foray into the show was an appearance in the "Paranormal Cake"…

Kaleidoscope of Experience

People worth knowing and stories worth reading.You might remember John Walters from his stint as host of NHPR's "The Front Porch," where he chatted with New Hampshire people who were remarkable in some way. In his new book, "Roads Less…

Proving the Rule

Our state is truly exceptional, often for going against the grain.Every election season political analysts around the country collectively search for the "Big Theme," or what the year's particular elections are all about. Once there is a general consensus everyone…

A Time for Wine

Making new memories - both red and white.Al Fulchino of Hollis is capturing time in a bottle. The memories, the tastes and the family tradition of times past have fueled Fulchino's lifelong passion for wines. His great-great-grandfather Angelo Fulchino made…

Viral Goodness

When a person has a deep genetic tendency toward sarcasm, it's fun to pick on people with a deep genetic tendency toward sincerity. In my case, the target of my (usually good humored) mockery was teachers of one sort or…