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One night, while sleeping at her childhood home in East Alstead, Heather Holloway (now grown) had a dream. It felt childish, perfectly childish in fact, and it took her back to the days of pine derbies, boat races and barbecues at Alstead’s 4-Corners.

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Katie Schwerin first saw the stone labyrinth in her mind’s eye as she surveyed the once-empty field at the entrance to Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport.

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There are many reasons to be part of a co-operative. In the case of artists, who normally work on their own, the main benefit is to know you are not alone in wanting to make a living doing what you love.

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Yankee ingenuity is involved whenever someone repairs a small engine or a sewing machine, an old car or a teetering barn.

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“We couldn’t keep anything in the store; I was constantly placing new orders twice a week,” says Sandy Eccard, whose family owns Eccardt Farm in Washington, New Hampshire. During the first three months of the pandemic, sales tripled at their farm store.

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Maple sugaring operations are opening their doors throughout March this year, though if you plan to stay and watch the sap boil, you might need to make an appointment.

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“The pandemic was like a blessing in disguise; it allowed us to focus on just us,” describes R Aracari, who recently wed her love on the back lawn of Stepping Stones Farm & Event Center in Temple, New Hampshire.

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On a hot summer night, stars poking through an inky sky, locals set out lawn chairs and tables with takeout, then sit back for a night of epic live music. Were it not for the evenly spaced cars and masked faces walking to and from restrooms, you might place this scene in any modern year. But…

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“There were more riders on the mountain bike trails than I’ve ever seen before and so many new riders,” says Mike Davern, president of the Brattleboro-Keene chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (BK NEMBA).

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In the swinging door that leads to the kitchen at Fiddleheads Café in Hancock, a small Plexiglas window has been added at waist height. That was eye level for Bella Edes back in 2004, when her grandmother, Sherry Williams, bought the café.

Let’s face it; the holidays get hectic — that cocktail party at the neighbors’, your kiddo’s school play, end-of-year deadlines at work, and of course, the beloved (but sometimes dreaded) family gathering. Ticking items off your gift list can feel like it offers some slight bit of control.

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Tim Campbell, born and raised in Keene, New Hampshire, says the best advice he was ever given about being an artist was to pick another career. But against that advice, he’s made a livelihood from painting and sculpting.