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Serve up a slice of family traditions, new or old

As children grow up and leave the nest, long-held family holiday traditions change. Sometimes they're replaced with new traditions, and sometimes the old traditions evolve to accommodate the current shape of family life.

Since their marriage nearly three years ago, Oldest Younger Brother and Sister-in-law have alternated holidays between their families, spending Christmas with one...


Soup-er supper ideas for cold winter nights

Some people call this time of year "winter." I call it "soup season."

Whether we're carnivores or vegetarians, buffet-busters or grazers, when the sun dips down and the temperature drops, we all feel an elemental need for a hot bowl of broth to calm our souls and warm our cockles. And, hey, who doesn't like...


Make your resolution last a lifetime this new year

What can you do to make your "New Year's Resolution" become a "New Life Resolution"?

It's that time of year again when everyone swears they will make a change. We all use January 1 as our start date to become who we wished we had last year.

Make a difference this year; change your...

Make the year ahead clutter-free with these tips

Many people feel the dawn of a new year provides an opportunity to clean the slate and begin anew. That notion can be applied in various ways, including around the house.

Cleaning the slate at home may involve reducing clutter around the house. Clutter can gradually overtake a home's interior, turning a once-pristine home into...


Encore has a sweet treat to take us into the holidays

Home stretch to Christmas! As of Monday, I haven't even started shopping. Hoo boy!

Last week I was fortunate enough to see a filmed broadcast of "Allegiance," which ran on Broadway earlier this year, in a special showing at Cinemagic in Merrimack. Actor George Takei created the gripping musical drama to tell the story of...


Silent film comedies with live music Sunday

WILTON - Beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, two family-friendly, comedic silent films will be presented with live musical accompaniment at Wilton Town Hall Theatre, 40 Main St.

Christmas Day, receive the gift of laughter with a program of vintage silent films, highlighted by classic slapstick from Laurel and Hardy, the most popular movie comedy team...


Palette for the palate; chocolate painter Katherine Donovan wants you to devour her art

Katherine Donovan's artwork will make your mouth water.

That's because Donovan, of Manchester, creates works of art by painting with chocolate. But you'd never know it from looking at her tiny replicas of classic masterpieces.

It happened serendipitously. Donovan was about to graduate from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, where she'd...


Future ‘Carol’ – Whereupon we meet a reformed Mister Scrooge

It was 1859, and I was fresh from my apprenticeship, full of enthusiasm for my new position at the Bank of London. In one of the numerous London pubs, I first met Mister Ebenezer Scrooge.

He was all in black, stout in stature and walked with the assistance of a cane. He looked as if...


A mountain of things to do and see in this Encore

I finally broke down and started decorating my house for Christmas last weekend. But I still can't imagine how I'd ever be able to have a tree up, with two new kittens in the house. CRASH! SMASH! Hey! Maybe I could just name them that.

I had some fun things last week. Wednesday night, I...


Sedaris snark comes to town with ‘Santaland Diaries’

PETERBOROUGH - It takes a big man to wear curly-toed elf booties. Kraig Swartz is such a man.

It also takes a big man to step into the striped tights of a first-person, one-man-show written by and about beloved humorist David Sedaris, but Swartz tackles the role ably in "The Santaland Diaries," in production at...


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