Local Hatchery No Longer Check Station for Hunters

Hunters in south/central New Hampshire should note that there will not be a deer and turkey registration station at the Milford Fish Hatchery this year. Successful deer and turkey hunters are required to register their kill within 24 hours at an authorized registration or “check” station, where information on the kill is collected.

The Milford Hatchery is no longer available this year because of staffing limitations. A new registration station, Lee’s Gun Shop II in Amherst, opened this year in response to the closure of the hatchery. Other deer and turkey registration stations in Hillsborough County include Morse Sporting Goods in Hillsboro, Wildlife Taxidermy & Sport in Manchester, J-Don’s Variety in Nashua, Hoppy’s Country Store in New Ipswich, and Dave’s Taxidermy in Weare.

A list of deer and turkey registration stations throughout New Hampshire may be viewed online.

In partnership with the public, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department conserves and manages the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit them online.


Elwood Corn Maze Open Now, Don’t Miss Out!

Elwood Orchards, located on Elwood Road in Londonderry, boasts the area’s largest corn maze. With an estimated eight acres of corn, the maze is a great way to spend a few hours wandering with family and friends this fall.

A short trip from the Massachusetts border, straight up Interstate 93 to Exit 4, the orchard is a hidden jewel in southern New Hampshire. Featuring shell beans, apples, tomatoes and more, the farm is open from 8 AM, but “you gotta be outta the field by 6!” (This according to Wayland Elwood.)

The corn maze is open during the days now, but will be open night as well starting in October. It will keep visitors entertained with its twists and turns and blind alleys. Visitors can ask for help at any time, as workers will gladly pull the lost from the maze.

We talked with Bill Elwood and asked a few questions on how they set up this mammoth maze.

How do you decide what the maze will look like?

“We plan the entire maze out on a sheet of graph paper. It’s a long winter in Londonderry, so we have lot’s of time to work in all the turns, and blind alleys.”

Do you plant the corn in the shape of a maze?

Bill Chuckled at this question. He did tell us how it is done but made us promise we would not tell anyone. “One thing I can say is the grid from the graph paper is transferred to the field so it matches the plan.”

What about the corn, do you feed it to the cows when you are done?

“We plant a variety of Corn for the maze that grows very tall and dense, it has worked great for us for since our first maze in 2005. After Halloween, we till the corn back into the ground to fertilize the maze for next year.”

For a low price, friends and family can enjoy inexpensive laughs together in the corn maze at Elwood. Children 5 and under are free.


Annual Art on the Common Returns to Londonderry

The Town Common in Londonderry will be full of art and artists this Saturday, September 8, 2012, as it once again plays host to the annual Art on the Common event.

Now in its eighth year, the format for this show has been changed to expand the offerings it presents to the viewing public and to create new opportunities for the artists. In addition to a selection of paintings offered by many of the local areas finest artists, the show has been opened up to a variety of new mediums including sculpture, photography and printmaking.

Along with the new mediums offered at this year’s show, the organizers are also introducing a Theme Award competition. This year’s theme, “Bare Essentials: A Celebration of the Human Form” will feature tastefully done works of art that celebrate the human form and is presented in recognition of the nude as a valid subject for artistic expression throughout history.

In addition to these changes, the organizers have also made the show a juried exhibition.  This requires all artists to submit samples of their work for review and acceptance before being admitted to the show. For the artists, this represents both a challenge and, when accepted into a juried show, recognition of their effort. Juried shows also benefit the public by increasing the quality and selection of the work in the show.

Two of Londonderry’s booster groups will be hosting fundraising events at the Town Common during the show. Londonderry’s Friends of Music will be there with their annual Fall Mums sale and the Londonderry Wildcats will be operating a concession stand with food, snacks and cold drinks.

This year’s show will open promptly at 10 AM on September 8 and remain open until 4 PM. The rain date for this show is September 9, 2012.

Artists at this year’s show are:

  • Paula M Charles – Acton, MA
  • Diane Lachance – Contoocook, NH
  • Ginny Nickerson – Deerfield, NH
  • Ingeborg Seaboyer – Derry, NH
  • Elizabeth Lewandowski – East Hampstead, NH
  • Heather L Crowley – East Kingston, NH
  • Jennifer Vigneau – Goffstown, NH
  • Debbie Curtin – Londonderry, NH
  • Barbara Scott – Londonderry, NH
  • Elaine Farmer – Londonderry, NH
  • Jessie Obrien – Londonderry, NH
  • Steve Sullivan – Londonderry, NH
  • Michael Toomy – Londonderry, NH
  • Jason Williams – Londonderry, NH
  • Brendan Keegan – Lowell, MA
  • Don Sullivan – Lowell, MA
  • Aline Lotter – Manchester, NH
  • Branda Ferro – Mason, NH
  • Don Reed – Merrimack, NH
  • Hal Kirby – Newmarket, NH
  • Tina Gagnon – Salem, NH
  • Sherry Burnett – Salem, NH
  • Betti Williams – Strafford, NH
  • Patty Crowley – Windham, NH


Londonderry Bolts Teams Compete in LUSC Labor Day Weekend Tournament

Girls U11 Team Goes Undefeated to Win the Championship

LUSC (Londonderry United Soccer Club) hosted the annual Labor Day Tournament at its West Road facilities this past weekend.  The tournament drew dozens of U9 – U14 boys and girls teams from all across New England to compete in twelve divisions.

Champions – Ciara Amerena, Lea Baum, Emmy Dumaresq, Maillie McDermott, Abbie Ellis, Samantha LeClair, Taylor Rumrill, Keeley Francis, Jillian Luz, Sophia Scarfo and Olivia Stowell.

The Londonderry Bolts entered 3 teams in the tournament – boys U12, girls U11 and girls U10.  The boys U12 posted a record of 0-1-2, while the girls U10 went 2-2.  The girls U11 team, which played up in the U12 division, posted wins vs. Hampton Attack (7-0) of Hampton, NH, World Cup (3-0) of Nashua, NH and Framingham Freeze (3-1) of Massachusetts to earn a bid to the Championship game vs. Scarborough, Maine.  The Bolts’ offense came to play, scoring early in the first half.  The defense backed up their efforts not allowing any shots on goal.  The Bolts put away the win in the second half with another goal just minutes before the game’s end.

Girls U10 Londonderry Bolts Team

Boys U12 Londonderry Bolts Team


Week of Hit Shows at Tupelo in Londonderry

BLUE SKY RIDERS (with Kenny Loggins) – Only 3 tickets remain!
SONNY LANDRETH – Only 25 tickets remain!
MARIA MULDAUR – Only 40 tickets remain!
CARBON LEAF – Only 15 tickets remain!
“Live’” ED KOWALCZYK – Only 35 tickets remain!
JEFF PITCHELL – Selling Fast!
THE SMITHEREENS – Only 1 tickets remains!


Hello music lovers. Hope you are all enjoying the last few weeks of summer. Labor Day is right around the corner. These past few weeks we have offered a number of different dishes, these included: Smoked Salmon dip & Crackers, Pasta Alfredo, Swedish meatballs & veggies, Southwest Pasta salad, Potato salad, Chicken Pasta salad, Franks & Beans, Warm Brie & Boursin cheese plate, Beef Brisket, Vegetable & Beef Kabobs, BBQ Ribs, Sliced Sirloin & vegetable plate, Prime Rib dinner, Home Fry potatoes, East/West Egg rolls, homemade Pecan Pie, along with the usual favorites—Keep an eye out for more upcoming specials.

This Week at Tupelo’s
Anna Dagmar is the featured performer for this open mic. The Tupelo Music Hall Open Mic is special. We have lots of great people on stage and many who just choose to sit back and watch. Either way you do it, for only $5, it’s the best deal out there!

September 7 AMY HELM
Amy Helm’s deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. Combined with her stunning vocal and other creative gifts, those roots have grown up to reveal a spellbinding artist who moves easily through a broad range of musical styles.

The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen,Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. She is a gifted musician on both mandolin and drums, and has clearly absorbed the lessons of the many other accomplished artists with whom she has shared stages, including Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Osborne as well as other uniquely American performers like Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin.

A founding member of the roots band Ollabelle, with whom she has recorded three CDs, Helm has also performed live with scores of notable musicians like Warren Haynes, The Wood Brothers, and Donald Fagen, and her distinctive voice can be heard on recordings by artists ranging from Mercury Rev to Marc Cohn.

The New Riders of the Purple Sage, signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, released its eponymous first album in September 1971 to widespread acclaim. In the next 11 years the band toured and released over 12 albums, selling over 4 million records. NRPS began as a part-time spin-off from the Grateful Dead when Jerry Garcia (pedal steel guitar), Phil Lesh (bass) and Mickey Hart (drums) teamed up with John Dawson (guitar, vocals) and David Nelson (guitar). Although early live appearances were viewed as an informal warm-up to the main attraction, the group quickly established an independent identity through the strength of Dawson’s original songs. By 1970 Dave Torbert had replaced Lesh, and Spencer Dryden, formerly of Jefferson Airplane, had joined as the group’s permanent drummer. Garcia remained in both The Dead and The New Riders until he found himself overcommitted, at which time Buddy Cage replaced him and the classic NRPS lineup was born. Original NRPS bass player Dave Torbert and drummer Spencer Dryden have passed away, co-founder John Dawson passed away in 2009 due to ongoing health problems. His considerable talents will be missed but his songs and musical legacy will live on. Before he passed he had given his blessing and was excited to know his music is being heard live again by a whole new generation of fans. The new lineup vows to keep the NRPS spirit and tunes alive by taking them to fans everywhere. The band recently teamed up with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and released its first CD in twenty years to rave reviews, Where I Come From

The Yardbirds are an English rock band that had a string of hits in the mid 1960s, including “For Your Love”, “Over Under Sideways Down” and “Heart Full of Soul”. The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock’s most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top fifteen of Rolling Stone’s 100 Top Guitarists list. A blues-based band that broadened its range into pop and rock, The Yardbirds were pioneers in guitar innovations of the ’60s: fuzz tone, feedback, distortion, backwards echo, improved amplification, etc. Pat Pemberton, writing for Spinner, holds that the Yardbirds were “the most impressive guitar band in rock music”. After the Yardbirds broke up in 1968, their current lead guitarist Jimmy Page founded what became Led Zeppelin.

The current band lineup is Andy Mitchell- lead vocals, harmonica, Ben King – lead guitar, Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, David Smale- bass guitar, Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals.

September 29 LOS LOBOS
We are bringing Los Lobos to The Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy in Derry to perform Kiko, the band’s most critically acclaimed album, in its entirety, including songs like “Kiko and the Lavender Moon,” “Angels With Dirty Faces,” and “When The Circle Comes.” They will also be playing hits from other albums. This is a very special show at a very special theatre. Listen

What do you get when you fuse the sounds of jazz and folk? Eric Hutchinson, of course! This singer-songwriter is making waves across the States and the only way to find out what everyone’s buzzing about is to get tickets to see him live! So hurry up and get tickets to see Eric Hutchinson live while there are still some left! Listen

The Blues Project is a band from the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City that was formed in 1965 and originally split up in 1967. While their songs drew from a wide array of musical styles, they are most remembered as one of the earliest practitioners of psychedelic rock, as well as one of the world’s first jam bands, along with the Grateful Dead. Current Lineup– ORIGINAL MEMBERS: Danny Kalb (guitar), Steve Katz (guitar), Roy Blumenfeld (drums) plus Dave Richards (Bass) Listen

December 9 TOM RUSH
Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration—a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.

Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” Country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush with being one of his top five musical influences. Rush has long championed emerging artists. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor, and in more recent years his Club 47 concerts have brought artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin to wider audiences when they were just beginning to build their own reputations. Listen

February 9 GANDALF MURPHY & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have been called “the hillbilly Pink Floyd,” which is an apt description, particularly if you throw in elements of Incredible String Band, Neil Young, The Band, Dylan, and maybe even some Frank Zappa as well. Upon returning recently from the U.K. this fall where they spread their contagious brand of quirky Americana from Glasgow to Penzance, the band completed work on their fourth studio album, “The Grand Slambovians”.

Together since the late 90′s where they met in art school, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams are shedding their skin and come out boldly as ‘The Grand Slambovians’ in 2011 touring the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. in support of their latest creative effort. Unleashing their hauntingly signature songs on the world once again, the new album is getting rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Manically melodic, the bold, new songs knit into the band’s classics like an old paisley quilt wrapped around a very large family. Known for electrifying live performances and great original music, they have a devoted and growing international fan base. Listen


Blue Sky Riders to Perform in Londonderry at Tupelos

Blue Sky Riders is the dream team of Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr who have come together to blend their talents and create something rare.  In speaking with them Tuesday afternoon the love of their craft and the fellowship of their group resounded in every syllable.  Spend some time exploring their web site and listening to their music (they offer two songs from their upcoming album for your enjoyment) and you’ll get a feel for what they hope to accomplish.

So, Kenny Loggins is a familiar name, no doubt.   His legacy is set. With twelve platinum albums, classic and movie theme songs under his belt, his place in music and American cultural history is assured.  And while Gary Burr’s name may not be as familiar on a national level, he has received many accolades and is quite well known on the country scene.  His music, songs he has sung and those he has written for others, has been enjoyed by millions.  From early in his career as lead singer of Pure Prairie League, to his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Gary has earned the respect of his peers and was named Songwriter of the Year by ASCAP, Billboard and NSAI.  He has produced 13 #1 hits sung by the likes of Wynonna Judd, Conway Twitty and Juice Newton.   Rounding out the trio is Georgia Middleman, whose singing and songwriting talent compliment Loggins and Burr, creating a song styling that is fresh and energetic.  Georgia has produced two albums as a solo artist and the songs she has written have been sung by Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, and Faith Hill to name but a few.

The three artists came together a few years ago.  An idea which began as a duo, blossomed into a trio and has further grown into a recording label,” Three Dream Records”, the band becoming the opening act for Kenny Loggins’ solo concerts, the production of an album due out in January and, to promote it, a club tour.  Kenny explained that retiring was not something he took to very well.  Working at his passion helps keep him sane and happy.  Taking on this challenge when many people Kenny’s age would be content to slow down is his way of continuing to do what he loves: write, sing and perform.

Blue Sky Riders begin a club tour on September 13th and will stop in Londonderry at Tupelo Music Hall on Thursday, September 20, at 7PM.