In the last year, the country as a whole has seen a remarkable shift toward rural living. Untethered from the office, many made the move to the countryside, discovering a new kind of rhythm in villages like those in the Monadnock Region.
One hundred and sixty years and the advent of Amazon have transpired since Steele’s Stationers opened its doors downtown — and customers still like to shop at the store where everybody knows their name.
Before Adam Lempel can get started restoring a chair or a desk or an armoire, he takes a good hard look at it to determine its functionality and how it was put together, looking for missing pieces and the chips and cracks that come over time.
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…
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.
When you talk to Chef Aylmer Given, III, you can see he’s excited about food; his eyes sparkle, his words are a rapid, passionate river of culinary ideas. His hands reach and gesture enthusiastically as though the topic is uncontainable in language alone. Aylmer’s fascination with food doesn…