Southern New Hampshire Life

Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor

Southern New Hampshire Life - Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor

Country Cuisine 10: Zeppelin & Kaleidoscope in Marlborough

Zeppelin & Kaleidoscope is one of the few vegetarian/vegan restaurants in this area of New England.  They aim to please, and will delete or substitute ingredients to fulfill the patron’s request.

Its breakfast menu, which includes bagels, egg and cheese sandwiches, etc., is served all day.  For lunch and dinner, they offer soups, wraps, five different veggie burgers, and eight kinds of sandwiches, including the Inner Child (a cheese panini) and The Fungus Among Us (a mushroom, onion, and cheese panini).  Their reuben is vegetarian, as is their Green Monster salad platter and their Falafel platter, which features chickpea croquettes.   20130622_131915-1

Zep & Kal serves a wide variety of natural drinks, including juices, carbonated beverages, fair trade coffee, and teas.  Cakes, cookies, muffins, and ice creams feature in their dessert list.

There are four tables inside and six outside during good weather.  The restaurant also has a grocery area, with a large selection of natural, organic, vegan, and gluten free foods, including spices, teas, cookies, candy, nut butters, etc. –  even Marmite.  They also carry a selection of natural and ecological friendly cleaning supplies and housewares.

Zeppelin & Kaleidoscope is open seven days a week, from early morning to early evening. Check out their website for their menu and hours.

When you stop at Zep & Kal, you may want to spend some time exploring some of the interesting shops in town.  Along 101 (Main Street) there are several unique stores: Inkubus, Mother’s Hardware, Muse Books & Gifts, and the Homestead Bookshop; most are just a short walk from the Zeppelin & Kaleidoscope restaurant.

Inkubus specializes in gothic clothing and accessories for adults and children.  Mother’s Hardware is an independent locally owned hardware store with great customer service; their motto is: “Old time service with all the modern perks.” Muse Books carries metaphysical items such as crystals, books, tarots, incense, candles, statuary, jewelry, etc.  The Homestead, a short drive from the restaurant,  has one of the most extensive collections of gently used books in New England, presided over by the very knowledgeable owners, Robert and Connie Kenney.

Country Cuisine 9: Audrey’s Cafe in Dublin

Audrey’s Café is one of the few eateries on the stretch of State Route 101 between Wilton and Keene.  If you’re in the area and a little peckish, it’s definitely worth a stop.  20130622_121238-1-1

Audrey’s motto is “Classic Meals with a Twist,” which is borne out by their extensive menu.  Everything is prepared to order.  Their breakfast menu has everything you would expect, with interesting variations on some traditional dishes, like their Seafood Omelet with Mornay sauce, and Creole Eggs (a type of eggs benedict) with a hint of New Orleans.

Their lunch and dinner menu features sixteen sandwich and wrap offerings as well as comfort dishes like meatloaf, pot roast, and pork pie (a classic tourtiere).  Their six types of burgers include a Cheddar Turkey Burger and a Black n Bleu Burger.  Hearty pasta, fish, and rib meals are great for lunch or dinner.  Salads, appetizers, and daily specials round out the menu.  Desserts include chocolate mousse, ice cream, etc.  Almost all entrees are priced at $ 10.00 or less.

The waitstaff is friendly and very competent, and make you feel at home. The décor is “country casual,” with booths and tables a spaced comfortably apart and several windows letting natural light in.

Audrey’s Café is located at 13 Main Street (State Route 101) in Dublin, near the Marlborough border.  Audrey’s serves breakfast and lunch on Sundays and Tuesdays through Saturdays, and adds dining hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings; closed Mondays. (Hours subject to change; check out their facebook page for current schedule.)

5th Annual Hillsborough Living History Event

On Saturday and Sunday August 17th and 18th, the town of Hillsborough will turn back the clock to a pre-industrial America.  Costumed interpreters will show what life was like in a small U.S. town in the 18th and 19th century. This two-day event, sponsored by the Hillsborough Historical Society, has something for everyone in the family.  2nd Carolina String Band

In four historic sites in town, there will be activities throughout the day, such as demonstrations by a village blacksmith, a pewterer, and a falconer; musical offerings by a string band, a harpist, a flautist, and a traveling troubadour; and visits from special guests Mark Twain, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Abe Lincoln, and Ben Franklin.

Watch the battle re-enactments and hear the cannons fire on the village green.  Help with the cider pressing or pottery making; see how ice cream was made; find out what housework was like before electricity. The Living History website has details of all the events that will be taking place.

Horse & Carriage

Attendees will be able to travel around to the four sites of the Event in a horse-drawn carriage or an early mechanical trolley.  Homemade 19th century era refreshments will be available.

Girls on Bench

Tickets are very reasonably priced and are valid for admission on both days of the festival; discounted tickets are available online until August 1st by clicking here.  The hours for the 5th Annual Hillsborough Living History Event are: 9AM to 5PM on Saturday and 9AM to 4PM on Sunday.

(Photos courtesy of the Hillsborough Historical Society)


The Hillsborough Balloon Festival

If you would like a bird’s eye view of the countryside, the Hillsborough Balloon Festival is the place to go!  This year the Festival will be held Thursday July 18th through Sunday July 21st.balloons 4

Balloon rides should be taking place each day of the festival, weather permitting.  Rides range from 20 minutes to an hour.  If you’re a little less adventurous, tethered rides, which go up about 50 feet for 15 minutes, will also be available at various times during the weekend.balloons 2

There will be many other activities during the Festival, including skydivers, bands, arts and crafts booths, a carnival, and other entertainments.carrousel

The Hillsborough Balloon Festival runs 6PM – 10PM on Thursday, 5PM -11PM on Friday, 6AM – 10 PM on Saturday and 6AM – 8PM on Sunday. There is a $ 5 parking fee and additional charges for many of the events. The fairgrounds are on Preston Street in Hillsborough.balloons

More details can be found at the Hillsborough Balloon Festival website by clicking here and by checking out their facebook page.

The Hollis Strawberry Festival

Summer will be upon us soon, and one of the first fruits of summer is strawberries.  Come celebrate the bountiful 2013 strawberry harvest in Hollis on Sunday, June 23rd, from 2 to 4PM.  The warm weather and plentiful rainfall should produce a bumper crop this season.

This annual harvest festival is one of the first outdoor activities of the year.  Fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake and strawberry sauce drenched sundaes will be served while the Hollis Town Band plays old and new favorites.  There will also be face painting, a raffle, children’s games, and other refreshments for sale.   Monument Square

The Hollis Strawberry Festival will be held on the Hollis Town Common, Monument Square (where Main Street, Broad Street, and Depot Road meet) in Hollis.   In case of rain, the festivities will take place at the nearby Hollis Brookline Middle School, 25 Main Street.

The Rock’n Ribfest

June 14 through 16 is Rock’n Ribfest weekend in New Hampshire.  The Ribfest starts Friday June 14 at 4PM (to 11PM) and continues Saturday 11AM to 10:30PM and Sunday 11AM to 3PM.  Barbecue is king at the Ribfest, but there will also be many snack, dessert, dining, and drink vendors.

Entertainment includes well-known entertainers The James Montgomery Blues Band, The Slakas, and The Psychedelic Relics, as well as local talent.  There will be hot air balloon rides, tours of the Budweiser Brewery, a petting zoo, and various displays for people of all ages.   Nashua’s own Rob Holland, a world aerobatic champion, will be featured in air shows each day of the Ribfest: Friday at 6:30, Saturday at 3:30, and Sunday at 1:30.Rob Holland's Airplane

Tickets for the Rock’n Ribfest can be purchased at the gate or prior to June 10 online; they provide general admission to many activities.  General ticket information is available here. There are additional charges for the Friday Night Barbecue Tasting, the Saturday night comedy show, rides, food vendors, etc.  Sunday June 16 is Military Appreciation Day; there will be free admission for anyone with a military ID and up to four family members.

Sponsored by the Nashua West Rotary Club, all proceeds from the Rock’n Ribfest will go to support local nonprofits. This site lists some of the organizations that have benefited in the past.  The Rock’n Ribfest is held at the Anheuser-Busch complex, 221 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack.  There will be parking at nearby lots and shuttle buses.  Click here for directions and parking info.

The 2013 Rock’n Ribfest website offers extensive information on this great annual event.

The 2013 League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair

The 80th Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair is a great place to stop – and shop.  This year it will be held from August 3rd through 11th at the Mount Sunapee Ski Resort in Newbury.  The hours are 10AM to 5PM daily with special later hours on Friday, August 9th when the Fair will be open until 7PM.  The League operates quality craft shops at various locations throughout the state; only artisans who have qualified for League membership may exhibit their works at the shops or at the fair.

The fair is a great opportunity to see offerings by over 350 New Hampshire artisans in one place: each item made by hand, unique, and inspiring.  Representative works from some of the best craftsmen in New England will be there, offering everything from greeting cards, pottery, and clothes, to quilts, stained glass, and furniture.  There are items in all price ranges.  It’s a great place to find talented artisans for that special “something” you’ve been looking for but haven’t found at the mall stores.  The crafters will be happy to explain their craft and will welcome your purchase at the fair or your commission.  (Most craftsmen welcome orders for items made to your specifications.)

Stained Glass Window

In addition to the craft booths, there will be a number of other activities visitors can enjoy. There will be craft demonstrations, and adult, children’s, and teen workshops showing how craft pieces are developed from the germ of an idea to finished creation.  For a break from shopping, visitors can enjoy scheduled performances by some of New England’s finest musicians, storytellers, and other entertainers.

The League of NH Craftsmen is a non-profit, craft education organization. There is a small fee to visit the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair, with reduced pricing for Friday evening August 9th.  More information about the fair can be found on this website.  To purchase your admission tickets online, click here.

The 23rd American Independence Festival

Every year, cities and towns across America celebrate Independence Day with parades, barbecues, and fireworks.  Exeter celebrates in a different way, with activities revolving around events that occurred when our country began to come into existence almost 240 years ago.  

Inspired by the discovery of one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence in town in 1985, Exeter’s American Independence Festival recreates the spirit of the Revolutionary era.   Through re-enactments of historical events and educational displays, this day-long festival tries to impart to visitors what it was like to be living in America when the thirteen colonies began their rebellion against their mother country.  

This year the festival will take place on Saturday July 20th.  There will be re-enactments of Exeter scenes from Revolutionary times, when Exeter was the rebel capital of New Hampshire.  One of the highlights will be the reading of the Declaration of Independence in the town square, as originally occurred in Exeter on July 16th, 1776.

Visitors to the Festival will be able to tour the historic Ladd-Gilman House and Folsom Tavern, experience Revolutionary Era interpreters, see a battle re-enactment, enjoy an arts and crafts fair, and even watch minuet demonstrations.  The American Independence Museum will have on display the Dunlap Broadside, one of the original handwritten 1776 copies of the Declaration document.   The festivities begin at 10AM and end with fireworks at 8:45; for a complete lists of events, click hereDSC_2528

There is a charge for some events.  Most activities will take place on the grounds of the American Independence Museum at 1 Governors Lane, Exeter.  For more information about the 23rd American Independence Festival, visit its website.

The Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show

One of the largest shows of its kind in New England, the 49th Annual Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show will be held on Saturday June 22nd and Sunday the 23rd on the grounds of the Gilsum Elementary School and Community Center, 640 Route 10 in Gilsum.  Amethyst

Over 65 dealers of gems, minerals, jewelry, geodes, and fossils will be participating.  Some specimens will be in the condition they were when they came out of the earth, but there will also be many polished specimens, and minerals made into jewelry, bookends, tableware, etc.  Some dealers swap as well as buy, so if you have an item you would like to exchange, bring it along. In addition to the dealer tables, there will be presentations for the budding rock hound, maps of local mines, panning demonstrations, etc.  table display

Refreshments will be on sale.  Limited camping spaces are available for a small fee.  Admission is free; contributions to help defray costs are encouraged. The Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show will be held rain or shine.  Hours: Saturday 8AM to 6PM, Sunday 8AM to 4PM.  For more information, see the Show’s website.  Jewelry