Daily Archives: March 20, 2012

“Kids” on the road to NYC, “Well-Mannered Young Adults”

Dear Editor:

On Friday afternoon, March 16th, I arrived at our local mall to see three buses pull up and start unloading teenagers. All I could imagine was: why did I pick today to decide to have lunch here and do some shopping? I immediately thought: what town would bring “kids” to a mall for a field trip? These “kids” would be all over the food court; they would be loud; and, the lines would be long.

Well, I was wrong on every point. While waiting in line for my food, I asked a young man where they were from and why they were here. I was told there were 302 students on their way to NY to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They stopped for lunch. It was the Londonderry High School band from NH. These students were polite, quiet, made a nice appearance and just melted into the surroundings without noise or rough housing.

What a pleasure to see so many well-mannered young adults. Parents, teachers and administrators at Londenderry High School have done a fine job with their band members. You should be very proud. They made me proud as I have been a summer NH resident for over 40 years and feel very much part of the state.

Lois O’Hara Weiss
Danbury, CT and Bristol, NH

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Local Council to Host Fundraising Concert

Londonderry’s St. Mark Knights of Columbus is presenting its second concert event in the series on March 23, 2012 at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy in Derry. The evening will feature a silent auction, musical performances by locals and a few big names, all benefiting local charities.

Beginning at 6:30 PM, guests are welcome to participate in the Girl Scout’s silent auction. The concert begins at 7:30 PM with a short welcome and announcements, followed by the “local” portion of the concert. First to perform for the evening will be the Ecumenical Choir. Following the choir, 16 year old Londonderry High School Sophomore Marissa Russell will perform. Russell loves music, took piano lessons for several years, taught herself guitar and ukelele, is a high honor roll student, and is a member of the school’s lacrosse, basketball and volleyball teams.

Following Russell, Rosemarie Kelley will perform. Kelley graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a major in Voice and is in her fourteenth year as a member of St. Mark’s music ministry. She is a choir member, a soloist, cantor and Children’s Choir Director. She sings regularly throughout throughout the state as a cantor and soloist at weddings and masses and also performs with the New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts in Seabrook. The Londonderry High School Drumline will perform after Kelley.

At 8:30, a twenty minute intermission will be held where guests are welcome to participate in the silent auction. When the concert begins again, Frederico Cardella will perform. Cardella is an Italian-American vocalist who sings adult contemporary and classical music. His music is said to take you on a romantic and passionate journey.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit local charities, including the Rosemarie R. Cox Memorial Scholarship Fund supported by the Knights of Columbus. The scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving high school senior and, when finances allow, more than one student can benefit.

Tickets to the concert are $17.50 for adults and $12.50 for seniors and students. The can be purchased online here or at select local stores, including Movie Scene at Crossroads Mall in Londonderry. For more information about the concert, the performers and where to buy tickets, click here!

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A Day of Beauty

Ed. Note; Originally published in 2004, this column hits home with many gentlemen down the street, around town or across the country. Remember one thing brothers, even if it is an hour, call it a “day of beauty” it’s worth more man points.

I recently stopped by a friend’s house to help him with a few chores. It was rather quiet as he opened the door, which prompted my question. “Where’s Kathy?”

He hesitated a second and with the gravest of deliveries informed me. “She’s out. For a day of beauty.”

I nodded with equal gravity, not knowing what the heck he was talking about.

He explained. “You know… a day of beauty. That’s when she goes out ‘to be attended to’. It could be a massage, to have her nails done, her hair cut. And no matter what it is, it always takes a day. A day of beauty. This one’s her massage.”

I understood then. I could identify with my wife’s similar day of beauty at the hairdresser. She calls it her “cut and color”. I, the one with all the words, simply call it her “dye job”. She never was enamored of me using that terminology, especially when she would ask me to write her hair appointments on the calendar. “Joanne. Dye job, 7 p.m.” I’d scribble. She doesn’t ask me to do that anymore.

We two wizened men proceeded to ponder this phenomenon known as a day of beauty. It indeed seemed true to both of us that such a day provides some measure of soothing relaxation to our better halves. It also seemed true that we were just a tad poorer at the end of each of these sessions. Our hands went simultaneously to our chins, with that classic scratching gesture that men use as they ponder.

My wife once told me that her favorite relaxation – her ultimate day of beauty, I suppose – is a pedicure. That fascinating procedure involves soaking her feet in water, cutting her toenails, massaging her feet and calves, and – the piece de resistance – applying the toenail polish. I tried explaining these soothing qualities to my friend. His initial reaction was similar to mine. Neither of us could imagine who in their right mind would enjoy doing such a job. Although no doubt soaking the feet first probably makes the task more tolerable.

I mentioned that additional touch of pedicure finesse that my wife loves – when the pedicurist places her hands in paraffin wax and then slides them inside warm mitts. All while classical music plays in the background and her feet receive the royal treatment. “Just like Madge,” I said.

“Huh?” he inquired.

“Madge. Madge!” I exclaimed. “The lady with the carrot red hair in the old Palmolive commercials? She played the part of a manicurist who soaked her clients hands in dish detergent to soften them.”

“Ah, yes. Madge. The industry’s come a long way since then, hasn’t it?” mused my friend. “Now a one dollar bottle of dish soap, good for a million soakings, has been replaced by a $50-per-hour specialist.”

“With music,” I quickly added.

“Of course,” he said. “Of course. With music. No extra charge.”

We had, by then, exhausted this heady topic of a day of beauty. I felt like rushing right out to his kitchen for a hot towel, to apply soothingly to my face. I thought I saw him eyeing the drawer where they keep their toenail clippers.

But then Kathy came floating through the doorway, a tired but rested look on her face. That massage had obviously left her very relaxed, as supple as a jellyfish.

“Day of beauty, huh?” I asked offhandedly.

She looked at me, a bit surprised, then glanced at my friend. He just shrugged. “Joanne has a similar ritual. No big secret.”

“It was wonderful,” she sighed. “Wonderful.”

We nodded our heads in unison, as we pondered and scratched.

Finally, my friend broke the silence. “Kathy,” he asked, “…do we have any paraffin wax?”

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