The Making of Strawbery Banke Lecture Monday Night 5/24 by Author J. Dennis Robinson

A lecture on The Making of Strawbery Banke will be presented Mondaytomorrow night on May 24th at the Stone School Museum at 7 p.m. by the noted seacoast  historian and author J. Dennis Robinson.  This lecture is free and open to the public and is the second in the series sponsored by the Newmarket Historical Society.

Local legend says Strawbery Banke Museum began when a Portsmouth librarian gave a rousing speech in 1957. The backstory is a complex tale of progress and urban renewal versus colonial architecture in New Hampshire's only seaport. J. Dennis Robinson will share the history of America's oldest neighborhood and the scenes of the founding years. 

Tapping into private letters, unpublished records and personal interviews, he explores the politics of preservation at what Ken Burns calls one of the best history museums in the country. The author looks candidly at mistakes made and lessons learned in this grassroots success story.
The Newmarket Historical Society meets on the fourth Monday of the month, March through October, at 7 p.m. at the Stone School Museum. An informative lecture is scheduled for each meeting and all are free and open to the public.

The Stone School Museum is located high upon Zion's Hill (Granite Street), and is open every Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m.,June through August, or by appointment. For more information call 659-7420 or 247-3375.


Fresh Bagels at the Newmarket Farmers' Market Saturday May 22nd

Michael's fresh bagels debuted at the Newmarket Farmers' Market last Saturday with market goers commenting they were the best they have ever tasted.  So these yummy bagels are returning this Saturday May 22 to the market a the Stone Church from 9 to 1.

Michael Friedman is 27 and lives in Brentwood, NH. He is originally from Baltimore, MD. He started making bagels in the summer of 2009, mostly because he says "I love bagels and hadn't had a great one since I moved to New Hampshire in June 2009."

Michael says his first few attempts were promising, but they were not great. Over the next few months he perfected his recipe and technique. 
"What distiguishes my bagels from your average grocery store bagel is the cooking process. Authentic bagels are boiled and then baked. Other unique features of my bagels: they are formed and shaped by hand, they do not suffer from the super-sized craze, and they are best eaten within about 8 hours of coming out of the oven (the sooner the better)."

If fresh bagels aren't eaten the day they are made they should be sliced in half, placed in a plastic bag and frozen. To eat the left over bagels simply put them directly from the freezer into the toaster.

Michael lives with his fiancĂ©e, Stacy Blunt, who assists him in the kitchen and at the market, and their dog, Toby, and cat, Gus.

For more information about Michael's bagels, email Michael here.

Garden Plants at the Newmarket Farmers' Market Saturday 5/22

Healthy Home Harvest will be offering a bountiful selection of plants to market goers for garden filling this Saturday at the Newmarket Farmers' Market outside at the Stone Church from 9 to 1.
The savory varieties for selection at the market will include tomatoes (Lemon Boy, Husky Red, Sungold, Sweet 100, Jet Star Big Boy, Early Girl, etc), peppers, rhubarb, asparagus, lettuce, broccoli, brussel sprouts, lettuce, swiss chard, eggplant, cabbage, cukes, peppers, melons, zukes, squash (acorn, butternut, spaghetti, yellow summer), raspberries, and over a dozen types of herbs (rosemary, fennel, chives, nettle, mints, thyme, pennyroyal, parsley, tarragon, flax, cilantro, lemon balm, and more).

Sought after for their famous Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms at the market, Healthy Home Harvest will also have these available at the market Saturday.  Pictured above is their 5th variety, a Pohu Oyster Mushroom, similar to their Grey Dove Oyster, yet with a different coloration, shape and flavor.  They hope to have a handful of these too.

Healthy Home Harvest is an innovative new business formed by the partnership of two local leaders of the New Hampshire agriculture community. By combining their knowledge and exptertise in the field, David O’Connor aka Dr. Tomato and James Cavarretta provide organically-produced plants, mushrooms, and growing supplies to the local community. 


5th Annual Newmarket ArtWalk Mother's Day Weekend May 8 - 9

The 5th Annual Mother's Day Newmarket ArtWalk is this weekend May 8th and 9th.  Take Mom out for a stroll on Main Street.... Mention the ArtWalk and get free stuff!  See all the offerings below.

LACA Exhibit|”affordable art” showcase: more than two dozen talented local artists and artisans from our community will exhibit their work in the gallery at Ampers&®, 125 Main St, Newmarket (at Rivermoor Landing Condo’s, lower level); all pieces will be priced at $150 or less. Show runs through 5/28.

Gallery is open for special weekend hours: Saturday and Sunday 12 to 3 each day; free mimosas and pastries – free admission, donations (to benefit LACA) accepted.

Student Art | Newmarket High School:artwork by newmarket high school students will be on display in various businesses throughout the downtown (see list below)

Outdoor Serenade | music at the bandstand: BrandyLeif will serenade your promenade on Saturday (12-3), downtown at the bandstand

Artists on Main | plein air painters at work: weather permitting, artists will set up their easels on Main Street during the weekend; a selection of completed works by the artists will be offered for sale

Weekend Specials | offered at these downtown locations, exhibiting Newmarket High School student art:
Ampers& - 10% off all LACA art, jewelry, handbags and more for anyone mentioning the artwalkArt to Art - enter to win a door prize raffleBig Bean - free coffee with any purchase for anyone mentioning the artwalkCrackskulls - small coffee or tea to mothers and grandmothers mentioning the artwalkFlora Ventures (downstairs only) - free carnations for mothers and grandmothers mentioning the ArtWalkGet The Scoop - one free scoop of ice cream with purchase of any crepe for anyone mentioning the ArtWalk Jade Garden - 10% purchase for anyone mentioning the ArtWalk JAMN’ Subs - 50 cent beverages for anyone mentioning the ArtWalkMama Lena’s - free salads to mothers and grandmothers mentioning the ArtWalkOrganic Bonita - book an appt on Sat (5/8), mention the ArtWalk, and get 20% off your service (good thru end of May)Panzanella’s - free dessert with every meal purchased for anyonementioning the ArtWalkPrime Advantage - 108 Main St. open house - special TBD Riverworks - free dessert during Mothers Day Brunch for mothers and grandmothers mentioning the ArtWalkRocky’s Famous Burgers - special TBD

The Community Artshow proceeds benefit the Lamprey Arts & Culture Alliance, a local non-profit group of volunteers working hard to bring all the arts—and the community—together.  For more information, call Kim at 659-6823.

The paintings above are by local LACA artist, Candace R. Stella.

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