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A Kitchen - and Home - For All Time Uncategorized

A Kitchen – and Home – For All Time

People who find their forever homes are fortunate people. They love a place so much they never want to leave it. Talk about a dream home. That’s what the good folks at 86 Ridges Court found when they moved into their little slice of heaven near the Piscataqua River 32 years ago. Good for them. And good for all of us who love The Kitchen Tour to Benefit The Music Hall, as we have one of the residents here to thank. She was a founding member of the theater’s board and co-chair of the inaugural tour. And she’s still giving back by welcoming us into her delightful kitchen this year. Read More Read More
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The Color of Wow

There are many great reasons to go on the 26th Annual Kitchen Tour to Benefit The Music Hall. You get great ideas for countertops, backsplashes, and cabinetry. You get to spend a fun day with family and friends. And you get to see some kitchens you might never have imagined resided on the Seacoast. Read More Read More
Learning to Connect with the Met Specials

Learning to Connect with the Met

I hate to admit it, but I’ve never seen a Met Broadcast at The Music Hall. I go in and give the welcome speech, but slip out as just as the music starts to swell. Now, as we are announcing our next Met season, I figured this was the perfect time to experience my first show and learn a little bit about the opera.  Read More Read More
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Let’s Be Helpers

For those of you who know me, you’ve heard me go on and on about the many wonderful qualities of the State Street Saloon, I would refer to it as my living room. It was my home away from home, where I celebrated every birthday and life milestone, where I spent my football Sunday’s, where I drowned my sorrows, and most importantly, where I found my Portsmouth family. It’s a bar, just a building, and everyone is safe no one was hurt. It’s the mantra that I keep repeating to myself. It’s sad, it’s the end of something that I can’t describe, and I all I lost was my favorite bar. So many others lost so much more. Read More Read More
Film discussion: Jackie Uncategorized

Film discussion: Jackie

I just got a message from my Netflix account asking for my rating of a bunch of recent movies. If I do this, they say, they can focus the recommendations they make for other films I might enjoy watching. Based on what I have streamed in the past, Netflix thinks I love British detective TV shows (which is true) and also teen comedies (not so much) and action films and costume dramas and romantic comedies, with a sprinkling of dramas thrown in. In other words, I’m all over the map. Accordingly, I get recommendations for a mixed bag of movies, very few of which are really my cup of tea, but all of which share a genre with something I’ve watched in the past. Read More Read More
Italian Tile, Italian Lighting, and a View That’s All Portsmouth Uncategorized

Italian Tile, Italian Lighting, and a View That’s All Portsmouth

There’s a great line in Peg Bracken’s I Hate to Cook Book (in my very yellowed 1960 paperback copy, it’s on page 15), in her directions for a dish she calls Skid Row Stroganoff. After telling you how to brown the ground beef, garlic, and onion, she offers this gem: “Add the flour, salt, paprika, and mushrooms, stir, and let it cook five minutes while you light a cigarette and stare sullenly at the sink.” Priceless. But what does that have to do with this year’s 26th Annual Kitchen Tour to Benefit The Music Hall, you say? Well, I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing all 12 kitchens that are on the tour already. And The Stolzer Home has this fantastic view of the Piscataqua River Back Channel.  Most of us don’t smoke anymore, but I can just picture the cook in this fantastic kitchen staring happily out her big front window at that gorgeous water view whilst, for example, her roux and stock start to thicken. I’m afraid I’d be prone to burning things with that lovely scene to gaze at all day. Read More Read More
Desk Tour: Wesley Lovell Desk Tours

Desk Tour: Wesley Lovell

This week as I was trying to figure out what to write my blog about, I realized that I hadn’t take you all on a desk tour in almost a year. So I dug up my questions and headed over to the Box Office to visit Wes and to interrogate, or interview him about his desk. Thankfully, Wes is a good sport, and very used to having to do crazy social media things for me, so he took some time to answer my questions. Check out our conversation below, and next time you’re at the box office say hi! Read More Read More

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