Thy Neighbors'........, Poem by New Hampshire Poet Robert Manchester

Thy Neighbors'........

I do.
I envy.
(I do envy).
I am envious
of my neighbors' houses, cars,
my non-neighbors' houses, cars,
money, fine clothes, pedigree dogs,
pizza toppings, green chili stews,
apple pies, anchos, enchiladas,
and slow roasted antelope recipes.

by Robert Manchester


Book & Girl Scout Cookies Sale at the Newmarket Library Tonight

Pick up books and pick out cookies tonight, Monday February 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Newmarket Public Library.   

Books will be offered at 3 for a dollar, instead of fifty cents a piece.  Children's books will be 5 for a dollar.  The library has been receiving wonderful donations of nearly new books of all sorts. 
The Anime Interest Girl Scout Group 11194 is having a Girl Scout cookie booth sale downstairs too.  This is the same group that has been showing anime films at the library for the past few months, helping to kickstart the library's new movie program. 
For more information call 659-5311 or email Joan here.  Click on all underlined words to open new windows to websites for more information.


Great Bay Wool Works to Bring Wool to Farmers' Market Saturday

Great Bay Wool Works will be present at the Newmarket Farmers' Market this Saturday, February 20th at the Stone Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  They will be offering non-dyed yarn from Romney and Corriedale sheep.  The yarn colors range from warm chocolate brown and creamy white to tweedy gray.

Great Bay Wool Works began in 2003 as a 4-H sheep project with one son, Tim, and two sheep in the field next to our 300 year old home in Durham, NH.  Since that time, the flock has grown to over a dozen sheep of different breeds and Tim and his sheep continue to win blue ribbons for fleece and showmanship at fairs across New Hampshire, says Theresa Walker.  
Lambs are born in March and shortly thereafter are taught to walk on a leadline, stand still for the judge, and have their wool prepared for show.  The best fleeces are sent to Good Karma Yarn Company in Belfast, Maine for spinning into skeins of knitting yarn.  Yarn is available at the Durham Farmer's Market in the fall and direct from the farm. 

For knitters craving color, Great Bay Wool Works offers Kool Kits - a fun and easy way to dye yarn in your microwave using Kool Aid drink mix.  Colors include pink lemonade, cherry, orange, and blue raspberry.  Each Kool Kit contains one skein of white yarn, drink mix, and instructions. 

For more information, email Theresa Walker here.


Heirloom Beans at Newmarket Farmers' Market Saturday 2/20

Heirloom beans will be showing their intense colors at the Newmarket Farmers' Market this Saturday, February 20th at the Stone Church from 9 to 1 p.m.  These beans are grown at Patti Qua's organic farm in Exeter, Maine.  The names of these heirloom beans are as varied as their colors and these varieties will be present at the market: 

Jacob's Cattle, Calypso, Solider, Yellow Eye, Vermont Cranberry, Swedish Brown, and Bumble Bee.
Connie Ronda of Cool Bean Jewelry will be bringing jewelry she has made from some of these colorful beans. She will also be selling beans on behalf of Patti.  Her jewelry includes those made from some of her own  beans.  Cool Beans was featured in Edible White Mountains Magazine this season. 

Connie will provide specific farm, historical, nutritional and cooking information and recipes to the market and a copy of the February 1997 issue of Yankee Magazine where Patti's organic bean farm is featured.  For more information, email Connie here. 

Check out the scrumptious looking Succotash recipe using heirloom beans at Becky and the Beanstock. View delectable recipes making use of beans at Food and Wine Magazine and 101 cookbooks.
Beans are the number one food on the United States Department of Agriculture’s list of 20 high-antioxidant sources of common foods - see the chart here at CookEatShare. Beans/legumes are at the top of the list for foods rich in antioxidants.  They are protein, fiber and good carbohydrate rich.


4th Annual Poetry Out Loud Contest for High School National Reps 2/17

The Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest is the 4th annual and is being hosted by the Newmarket High School English department at 6:00 p.m. in the NHS Band Room this Wednesday night, February 17th.  This event is free and open to the public.

The competition is open to any student in grades 9 through 12.  They are required to memorize and recite a poem of their choosing from the Poetry Out Loud anthology.  Each student is evaluated by a panel of five judges from the community and school.

More than 15 students from NHS will participate in the school competition. the winner will advance to the regional semi-finals, and  the state champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington DC.  In two out of the last three years, Newmarket students have placed second in the state competition, so our students are working enthusiastically to improve that record.

The guest judges will include Newmarket resident and published poet Trina Daigle,
UNH Theatre and drama instructor Sarah Marschner, Curriculum Coordinator for SAU 31 Pat Ballantyne,  and retired Exeter High School English teacher John Ferguson.  

The Snoozers, the house band, will once again play free-form jazz between recitations, and seniors Lauren Wiswell and Anthony Romagnoli will host the program.

The competition, presented in partnership with the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. 

For more information, email Pam here.  Remember to click on all underlined words to open windows to websites for more information.


Free Anime Film Showing at Newmarket Library Saturday 2/13

The Girls Scouts Anime Interest Group 11194 is showing a free film at the Newmarket Public Library on Saturday, February 13th, at 1:30 p.m.  Bring the family over to the library where seating begins at 1:00 p.m. for this free movie event open to all.
This film received many awards, including the second Oscar ever awarded for Best Animated Feature, the first anime film to win an Academy Award, and the first (and so far only) non-English speaking animation to win. The film also won the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and is among the top ten in the BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.
For information on the film being shown, click here on Newmarket Public Library or call at 659-5311As a service project, the Girl Scout Interest Group will be selecting something suitable for most audiences to view every month.

This movie program is made possible by the generous donation of the Newmarket Business Association to the Newmarket Public Library.  The money was used to purchase audio visual equipment for the movie programs. 

Remember to click on all underlined words to open windows to websites with more information. 


LACA Opening 2010 Exhibit Friday 2/12 Featuring Holly O. Harris


Transitions: a retrospective is an art exhibit open for public viewing in downtown Newmarket. 

Lamprey Arts & Culture Alliance (LACA) is hosting the opening of the exhibit of local artist Holly O. Harris this Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ampers& Studio.

From a hand-carved chess set, to pewter flatware, to a cast cement paver, to a soft sculpture installation, Transitions is a diverse collection of Holly's artistic creations. 
“I have always been interested in design and beautiful functionality,“ says Holly. “I believe in integrating art into our daily lives. For this reason, the bulk of my work is multi-dimensional.”
Holly cites Nature aher greatest source of inspiration, with “its awe-inspiring beauty, design, complexities, seduction, similarities and repetitions throughout the natural world. As both a landscape designer and artistic floral arranger, Holly feels the need to be constantly in touch with the natural world. “I make a point of having flowers and plants around me constantly. I play with the idea of transitions between the man made and natural worlds.
Her exhibit runs through March 4 and, in addition to the opening night celebration on February 12th, and is open to the public on Tuesday through Thursday afternoons, from 2-6 p.m. each day.  For more information, contact Kim Foss, LACA board member and gallery owner, at 659-6823.

The studio is located across the street from the Newmarket Post Office in the historic mill building at 125 Main Street (Rivermoor Landing Condominium, lower level), in the heart of downtown Newmarket.

LACA is a private, member-supported, volunteer non-profit organization, whose purpose is to support the arts, culture and heritage of Newmarket and its surrounding communities.


Red Rover Coffee at Newmarket Farmers' Market February 20th

Red Rover Coffee Roasting is a small-batch microroaster offering fresh, roast-to-order specialty whole bean coffees to the Seacoast. This local company will be present at the Newmarket Farmers' Market on Saturday, February 20th offering samples of brewed coffee and selling coffee by the pound. 

Stefan Borowicz and business partner Paul Scott started Red Rover Coffee Roasting last year.  Their raw product is grown in exotic locales all over the world and roasted at the Mills at Salmon Falls in RollinsfordRed Rover keeps only enough roasted coffee on hand to sell at local independent markets, farmer’s markets, and similar venues in order to maintain freshness and quality control.

"Our commitment to quality and sustainability begins with sourcing top quality coffees with traceable origins or stories rather than only relying on fair trade or organic certification. We then roast-to-order and mark each bag with a roast date to ensure you’re getting the freshest coffee available."
As in the game Red Rover, "the ultimate goal of Red Rover Coffee Roasting is for one long super-chain to be formed, thereby creating a symbiotic relationship amongst all the players. Ultimately, there are no losers in Red Rover because a communal whole greater than the sum of its parts has been created…”
"This is our whimsical way of saying this is how we look at coffee. We take our place in this chain very seriously, and hope that as you enjoy our freshly roasted coffee you might pause and think about the hard working people who grow and harvest it. We pay well above market prices for our coffee and work towards ensuring the farmers get paid above market prices as well."   

Coffee is a versatile beverage with a substantially more complex taste profile than even wine. Find out the eight secrets to making great tasting coffeeMost people have never tasted the unique and sometimes surprising flavors locked in a great coffee, according to Red Rover.  Learn why - click here.

Check them out on facebook and twitter.  See the article in Fosters Daily Democrat.

The Newmarket Farmers' Market is held at the Stone Church from 9 to 1 and is now the first year round market in New Hampshire.  For more information about the farmers market, contact Jill Leavenworth, market coordinator.


"Tanager" by East Kingston, New Hampshire poet ~ Bob Moore


You come to settle but your stay
lasts no more than the time it takes
to wait. Your act begins each day
with fluttering wings. You trust it makes
a strong impression on your mate,

and hope her glances haven’t found

another black-winged bird to date.

You perch a height above the ground

and, with your scarlet breast in view,
invite her to reciprocate.

Last year yours was her favorite hue.
This year it seems as if she's late
to look your way, and if it's true—
that someone else has caught her eye,
I guess there's nothing left to do

but lift your unfurled wings and fly.  

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