Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth

Lasting Impression

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This December, treat yourself to some holiday cheer at Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, a month-long event with shows at the Music Hall, fine dining, great shopping, along with ice skating and candlelight strolls at Strawbery Banke. Enjoy this New Hampshire tradition, now in its 12th year.

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Star Island

 

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Star Island, located in the Isles of Shoals 10 miles off New Hampshire’s coast, has a winning recipe for creating long-lasting memories—stunning scenery, a porch lined with rocking chairs at the historic Oceanic House, candlelit evening processions to Gosport Chapel, and appealing programming for everyone from kids to adults of all ages. The Star Island Corporation purchased the island in 1916 and operates it in accordance with the traditions of Unitarian Universalism and the United Church of Christ.

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Organized Oasis

A master bedroom’s spaces within the space
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A stark white structural column in the middle of a room could pose a challenge for some decorators, but not for Patricia Finn of Finn-Martens Design in Beverly, Massachusetts. Finn, one of 16 interior designers participating in the Museums of Old York’s 2013 Decorator Show House, faced that very problem in the home’s master bedroom, where an isolated column did little to enhance the space. By turning the column into the focus of her design, she redefined a lifeless room as a warm and inviting place.

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Reeling in Possibility

NHFF2013-14 Murray Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Nicole Gregg and the New Hampshire Film Festival Imagine the scene at the New Hampshire Film Festival: 10,000 attendees, 100+ films, and four full days of events. “For those four days, the only quiet time is between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m.,” executive director Nicole Gregg says wryly. Gregg first brought the idea to life in Portsmouth in 2004, and last year, little more than a decade after its inception, the festival attained the distinction of being named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s...

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New England Curiosities

Last Roxie-SeacoastRepertory Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Do you believe in ghosts? No? After a walking tour of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with author and historian Roxie Zwicker, you certainly will! Zwicker owns New England Curiosities, a tour and haunted event company. Her one- and two-hour ghost tours of Portsmouth combine history with great entertainment. So put on your walking shoes this fall and get ready for a fun and spooky time. See Zwicker leads a variety of tours, so you can focus on your favorite scary places. The Haunted...

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Great Bay Discovery Center

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Discover hidden treasure at the bottom of Depot Road in Greenland, New Hampshire. Here, the Great Bay Discovery Center offers visitors interpretive exhibits about the Great Bay Estuary and the creatures that live there. The center is the education headquarters of the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, part of a national network of reserves. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, an estuary is a body of water formed where freshwater from rivers and streams flows into the ocean, mixing with seawater.

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Gundalow Piscataqua

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If you are looking for a memorable boat tour of Portsmouth Harbor, take a two-hour sail on the gundalow Piscataqua. For three centuries, wooden sailing cargo barges, or gundalows, were common sights on the Piscataqua River. Now you can step back in time onboard the Piscataqua, which was built in 2011 as a sailing classroom for students, visitors, and community members.

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Whip your Kitchen into Shape

Kitchen-FrenchPress MarkoBradic Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Organize your kitchen with tips from a pro The kitchen is supposed to be the heart of the home, but too often all that cooking and bonding leads to clutter and disorganization. Before you throw out the dishtowel in despair, check these tips and tools. Get Cooking Let us start with the stove area. How many times have you reached for a spatula only to wrangle four other implements to get it out of the drawer? Drawer dividers help, and if you...

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Living with Ledge

Hugo-Glynn 8066a Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar A Front Yard in York Goes from Eyesore to Showstopper Photographed by Rob Karosis Not a day goes by at Cathy Glynn’s home in York, Maine, when someone does not stop to admire her front yard. The drama of her sunken ledge garden—filled with grasses and perennials nestled amid imposing rock formations—moves passersby to revel in the site’s natural beauty and creative style. But this was not always the case. When Tom and Cathy Glynn first built their house in 2005 at...

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A Traveler’s Haven

Forma7 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Unique Discoveries give this condo a personal touch The dining room’s Waterford crystal chandelier is like a cascading waterfall. Photographed by Joseph St.Pierre The dramatic warhorse wall hanging was painted by the Prince of Romania.                         Sometimes a lovely home is more than just a blend of beautifully coordinating pieces. Sometimes it is a gift—a space so suited to a loved one’s tastes that every day is a gentle reminder of...

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The House of Seven Gables

In the main bedroom of The Gables, the bedding has been authentically recreated to be an exact replica of the original. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Everything old is new againWritten by Rochelle GreayerPhotographed by Joseph St.PierreProduced by Marsha JusczakModern museum curators are breathing new life into the historic House of Seven Gables, immortalized in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous novel. Built in 1668 in Salem, Massachusetts, it is New England’s oldest surviving wood mansion house.Throughout its long history, the property—lovingly referred to by locals as “The Gables”—has evolved through many cycles of restoration and reinvention. Built during the Colonial period for the Turners, one of an emerging class...

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A Lean, Green Entertainment Machine

A lean, green entertainment machine Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar A New Hampshire Company Makes Home Entertainment Systems Affordable and EfficientWritten by Jim CavanFall has arrived and winter is right around the corner. That means more days spent indoors, more early nights and, for some, more football.For many people—and certainly for a number of guys—the arrival of fall means rekindling a months-dormant relationship with the living room and specifically, the television. Maybe your own room is of a Spartan sensibility: one or two couches, a nice recliner and a stand-alone television...

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The Ultimate Man Cave

Man Cave Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Written by Erica HolthausenPhotographed by Joseph St.PierreThe next time you want to start a spirited discussion, bring up the subject of man caves. Women’s reactions to these male-dominated spaces are varied. But for many men, a man cave is the “holy grail” of home improvement projects. So, what is a man cave? And why is the status of those who have such a place instantly elevated in the eyes of his peers?After speaking with several self-described experts, a common definition started to...

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Chocolatier Kate Shaffer

Chocolatier Kate Shaffer - Coastal Home Magazine Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar   Pursuing her passion yields sweet rewards   The rugged coast of Isle au Haut, a tiny island off Maine’s coast and the home of Kate Shaffer, creator of the mouthwatering Black Dinah Chocolates.     A fresh batch of Black Dinah truffles, the delectable dessert that set Shaffer on the path to success. A tempting truffle recipe was the first thing that Shaffer attempted when she began experimenting with chocolate.     Photography: © 2011, Stacey Cramp, from Desserted: Recipes and...

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Luis Tiant

Talent1 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar He captured the heart of Red Sox Nation It has often been said that the story of baseball is the story of America. If that is true, Luis Tiant may be in the best position to tell both stories. The charismatic pitcher’s career in the Major Leagues spanned 19 years, starting in 1961, when the Cleveland Indians purchased his contract from the Mexico City Tigers. After spending three years in the minors, he debuted with the Indians in 1964, pitching a...

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Closet Confessions

C_ClosetConn_5734 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Experts tell how to organize your space This closet by Closet Connection uses an island to give homeowners space to fold and organize; the company’s products come in more than a dozen wood grains, plus white. Photographed by Allie Burke.   A closet done by California Closets in maple works around a window and leaves space for personal touches. An organizational system done by California Closets uses the Ecoresin “Fairy Tale,” a recycled accent designed to give closets a design boost.     The designer...

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