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Melinda Shaw, 6, of Brockton, Mass. gets to try on a moose hat and mitten at the start of the town of Gorham's moose tour on Wednesday night, August 14, 2013. The town of Gorham organizes moose tours from Memorial Day through the end of September. There has only been one evening this summer when a tour didn't spot any moose. Laurie Blake has been a driver for six years. 

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Summer Nights: Moosin’ in the North Country

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The bus creeps along Route 16 on the edge of the Androscoggin River at dusk, as the guide scans the area with a spotlight. Someone sees movement. The bus stops. “Right there,” says tour guide Laurie Blake. “Look. Right there. In front of us.” The 14 passengers stand up to get a better look out the front windshield. A female …

Every Thursday night on Sewalls Falls Road, it’s horseshoes time

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Every Thursday evening at Scott Cloutier’s place, it’s BYOH – bring your own horseshoes. “I like the game. Everybody’s here for the same reason, to play and have some fun,” said Charlie Tatro, an electrician from Boscawen who’s been a regular at the weekly game for four or five years. “Drink some beer, …

Summer Nights: Merrimack Valley Trail Riders find peace on the trails

Monday, August 5, 2013

The terrain in the woods past the flat roads and well-groomed surfaces is rough and rocky, and the little paths aren’t much wider than a couple of two-by-fours. But when Ron Sousa and his buddies get on the trails, rev their engines and take their dirt bikes for a spin, they’re in bliss, …

Summer Nights: New Hampshire astronomers educate, wow crowds at public sky watches

Sunday, August 4, 2013

It didn’t look promising. Grey, fluffy clouds hung heavy in the sky over Weare at sunset last Monday, threatening rain, and worse, threatening to linger for hours. The New Hampshire Astronomical Society had already postponed that night’s public …

Weirs Drive-In projectionist keeps screens picture perfect

Monday, July 29, 2013

As the sun began to set over Weirs Drive-In Theater in Laconia on Thursday night, Paul Rouillard kept his eye on a lighted telephone pole behind one of the theater’s four projection screens. “When that light gets wicked …

Summer Nights: New London Barn Playhouse full of history, future of theater

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The skies over Concord have been reliably cloudy these summer nights. But in New London, the stars have been shining. And smiling. And shaking hands. At the New London Barn Playhouse, the audience gets to spend time after …

PHOTOS: Bandstand in Contoocook

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Hopkinton Town Band, conducted by Jim Wojewoda, performed last night at the Jane Lewellen Bandstand in Contoocook. The band performs every Wednesday during the summer, and will hold their last concert Aug. 14. …

Summer nights: Veterinary hospital burns candle at both ends for animals in need

Sunday, July 21, 2013

At 10:30 p.m., most pets and their owners are settling in for the night. But for those working at Capital Area Veterinary Emergency Service, their night has just begun. At that hour last Monday, the phone rang at …

Summer Nights: Johnson’s in Northwood measures success by the scoop

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Louise Doyle and her daughter Pat McCaw have been eating ice cream at Johnson’s Dairy Bar in Northwood for more than half a century. Their family has owned a cabin in Northwood since before Johnson’s opened along Route …

Shuttling people around Concord is a fare game

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Clint the cabbie’s mind is racing, faster than his cab on Interstate 93. Let’s see, one of the cabs he’s responsible for, as the night dispatcher, is needed at Holly Street, near downtown, and that driver is still about 8 miles from the Hooksett toll. Someone at the …

Cruise night at Arnie’s in Concord: ‘The real hometown feel’

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Lone Wolf Cruisers Car Club has one requirement: Members must have a special-interest car or one that qualifies as an antique, classic or soon-to-be classic. Only honorary club member Tom Arnold, owner of Arnie’s Place and host …

Nottingham singles dance offers friendship, romance, chance to groove

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The glow of colored tube lights bounces off old records hanging from the ceiling in Daniels Hall, lighting up the room in red. Everything from Josh Groban to Lady Gaga to old country and western tunes blare through …

Northwood brothers search for horned pout, quality conversation

Thursday, July 4, 2013

On warm summer nights, unless wrestling is on television, it’s probable that the Steenbergen brothers, Josh, Alex and Matt, are standing at the edge of a narrow stone bridge over Bow Lake, fishing rods in hand. Tuesday was …

Trivia night at Barley House a fun, family affair

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Barbara Barbour and two other women sat at a table in the Barley House on Wednesday night trying to recall which musical group is known for the 1980s hit singles “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” and “Look Away.” …