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    A Day at the Orchard – Sundays in My City

    Yesterday, we finally got around to taking the kids apple (and pumpkin) picking.  We went to Windy Ridge Orchard in North Haverhill, NH.  Here are a few pictures from our visit, I will have a lot more to share in my post on Tuesday for Tour Guide Tuesdays. This blog is participating in the Sundays in my City link up.  To see photo posts from other bloggers’ communities, click the button below.

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    Natives Only – Myths of the North Country

    Myth: The North Country (and to some extent New Hampshire in general) is a place where families have lived for generations.  Everyone knows everyone and if you move there from someplace else, you will permanently be seen as the outsider or “flatlander” who doesn’t belong. Reality: There are many families who have lived here for generations, but also many people who move to the North Country and New Hampshire from all over.  Only 44.7% of New Hampshire residents were born in New Hampshire, and nowhere in the state is there an expectation that everyone is a native.  In our own little town of Littleton, 8.1% of the population (as of…

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    Music in the Glad Town – Tour Guide Tuesday

    Littleton, NH prides itself on being “the Glad Town”.  It is the birthplace of the author of Pollyanna, and the town has really embraced the Pollyanna attitude.  One of the many ways this can be seen around town is through music.  The first time I ever visited Littleton, we didn’t really explore Main Street, but we did go into Chutter’s (the candy store with the World’s Longest Candy Counter).  On the way out of the store, I noticed a piano painted with vibrant colors and patterns.  I wasn’t sure if it was parked there by a street musician or if it was owned by the store.  I never even realized…

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    Music on Main Street – Sunday Snapshot

    One of my favorite things about Littleton is how they really embrace their identity as “the Glad Town”.  One of the many ways you can see this is through music.  There are colorful pianos all up and down Main Street painted with different designs saying “Be Glad. Make Music.”     For a more detailed post about Music on Main Street in Littleton, check back on Tuesday. This blog is participating in the Sundays in my City link up.  To see photo posts from other bloggers’ communities, click the button below.  

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    No Jobs? – Myths of the North Country

    A common refrain that I hear from people in other parts of the state is that there are no jobs in the North Country.  A common refrain I hear from employers up here is that there are not enough workers in the North Country to fill all the jobs.  There are those who seem to think that there is nothing up here except mountains and some businesses that cater to tourists.  There are also people who are slightly more informed about the area, but believe that ever since the big mills up here closed, there haven’t been any new jobs or businesses.  Those ideas are completely wrong.  It is true…

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    Devil’s Hopyard – Tuesday Tour Guide

    The Devil’s Hopyard is a site in the White Mountain National Forest.  When my friends first asked if we wanted to hike to the Devil’s Hopyard with them, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into.  The name sounds intimidating, but the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Guide classifies it as an easy hike that is relatively short and flat (only 2.6 miles round trip and 250 feet of elevation gain). The trailhead begins at South Pond Recreation Area in Stark, New Hampshire.  The Day Use Area there features a beach, picnic tables and grills.  There is a $7/car fee to access the Day Use Area, but since we were…

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    The Devil’s Hopyard – Sunday Snapshots

    Recently we had the chance to hike to the Devil’s Hopyard with friends.  The trail is located in the White Mountain National Forest and is accessed from South Pond in Stark, NH.  The name sounded ominous, but it turned out to be a gorgeous and fairly easy hike!   Keep your eyes out for a more detailed post and description of our hike to the Devil’s Hopyard on Tuesday!   This blog is participating in the Sundays in my City link up.  To see photo posts from other bloggers’ communities, click the button below.

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    Isolated? – Myths of the North Country

    The White Mountains and the Notches that pass through them form a natural barrier between the North Country and the rest of New Hampshire.  Driving through Franconia Notch, the interstate narrows to one lane in each direction and the speed limit drops to 45 mph as the road winds between the mountains.  It is easy to see where one might get the idea that it is isolated up here – and if you are someone who needs easy access to a major city at all times, it just might be.  As someone who had no desire to be in a major metropolitan area, the North Country is perfect for me.…

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    Littleton Farmer’s Market – Tuesday Tour Guide

    Farmer’s markets are a great local asset and Littleton is lucky to have a wonderful one right here in town (in addition to other farmer’s markets all over the local area). The Littleton Farmer’s Market is impressive.  It is now in its 20th season – far longer running than most Farmer’s Markets I am familiar with – and has 43 different vendors this year.  They are located in a great spot just over the covered bridge that runs behind Main Street, and are open on Sundays from June through October between 10 am and 1 pm. Living in DC when Ryan was little, one of my favorite things to do…

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    Littleton Farmer’s Market – Sunday Snapshots

    The Littleton Farmer’s Market happens every Sunday from June to October.  It is a great way to spend a day! For a more detailed post about this great Farmer’s Market, check back on Tuesday. This blog is participating in the Sundays in my City link up.  To see photo posts from other bloggers’ communities, click the button below.