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How to Host a Virtual Kentucky Derby Party This Weekend

Churchill Downs' first spectator-less race.

COURTESY OF COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE

Every year since 1946, the first Saturday of May has been dedicated to a beloved horse racing tradition known as The Kentucky Derby. And while the official Run for the Roses was unfortunately rescheduled from its original May date due to the coronavirus, the "first Saturday" tradition will live on this weekend on September 5. This Saturday, fans will be able to tune in to NBC to watch the 146th Kentucky Derby race, which will be held without any spectators at the historic Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. If you're used to participating in a little traditional gambling fun, you can even visit KentuckyDerby.com to place virtual bets on the horses you think will run away with this year's top prize. For additional how-to-watch info, head to the Derby's home page.

In the meantime, there's no better way to prep for an epic at-home celebration than with delicious food and drink recipes! From traditional thumbprint cookies and bourbon cocktails to cute craft and decorating ideas (did someone say vintage trophies?), Here are some ways to celebrate one of the most exciting days in horse racing—no matter where you're watching from. Alright, y'all, we're off to the races!

 

1 Bake Up Derby-Inspired Thumbprint Cookies

Featuring bourbon, homemade caramel, melted chocolate, and toasted walnuts, these butter cookies take inspiration from a famed Kentucky pie.

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2 Serve a Classic Benedictine Spread

Invented by Louisville caterer and tea room-owner Jennie Carter Benedict, this cream cheese-cucumber dip is a century-old Kentucky classic.

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3 Place Your Bets

This year, 13 horses will participate in the virtual race. For easy betting, give each guest four of their own color of washi tape–covered clothespins. Let them pick favorites by clipping the pins to the tails of paper prize ribbons. Set a per-bet amount (say, $2), and place cash in a trophy; distribute winnings accordingly. Or, this year, bet on who does household chores, like unloading the dishwasher or folding socks!

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4 Fill a Trophy with Fresh-Picked Flowers

Pull out your collection of vintage trophies and fill them with blooms cut from your yard.

5 Set Up a Photo Booth

Smile and say “Eddie Arcaro” (one of the winningest jockeys) with a turf-backed photo booth stocked with props like paper prize ribbons, trophies, riding crops, and hats.

6 Whip Up Bourbon Cocktails

Dust off the punch bowl and stir up a Derby cocktail with bourbon, club soda, orange curacao, sweet vermouth, lime juice, and orange bitters. 

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7 Dress Up Your Drinks

Trace a bow-tie pattern on craft paper; assemble. Cut a strip from color-coordinated paper, and wrap around glass; tape in place. Tape bow to strip, and let the “tie one on” jokes commence.

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8 Make a Horseshoe Wreath

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On The Green Arts & Crafts Festival!

The weather looks like it's going to be fantastic this weekend! Looking for something different to do outside?    The Nick is the venue for an arts and crafts fair. Best of all, it's free admission!!!

 

 

On The Green Arts & Crafts Festival

   

When: July 24-26

Where: The Nick, 10 Trotting Track Rd, Rt 28, Wolfeboro

Summer Vacation Arts & Crafts Fair: 10am-5pm, Sun 10-4pm Fine arts, crafts including wood furniture, food music, rain or shine under canopies, masks and social distancing required.  Free admission, Joyce's Craft Fair, held at Nick Recreation Park, More info. call 528-4014, www.joycescraftshows.com

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Independence Day Celebrations - Virtually!

This weekend, Saturday, July 4th, marks the 244th anniversary of the birth of our nation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 4th of July will no doubt look bit different from previous years! Between parades, concerts and fireworks displays being cancelled across the country, we will be looking for other ways to celebrate. Though some shows are still on, it is important to be diligent when it comes to social distancing, washing hands often and wearing masks.

Here are some ideas you, your family and friends may want to try...

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Hamilton movie, on Disney Plus July 3, gets you 'best seat in the house'. The Broadway phenomenon arrives on the small screen just in time for the Fourth of July weekend. Watch it online from your TV, phone or desktop.

If you're not subscribed to Disney Plus, you won't be able to use a free trial to see the show. Disney has recently shut down the free trial program, which means you'll need to watch Hamilton from a paid subscriber account.

Streaming�Hamilton on Disney Plus. The Broadway hit was filmed at New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2016 over the course of three days. Lyricist and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, rapper Daveed Diggs and the rest of the original cast, including Okieriete Onaodowan, Phillipa Soo and Anthony Ramos, were still on stage telling the story of US founding father Alexander Hamilton.

Inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, Hamilton opened on Broadway in 2015. It went on to take home 11 Tony Awards, and won a Grammy for its popular soundtrack.

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Nathans Famous 4th of July, Hot Dog-Eating Contest will go on.. with some COVID-19 changes.

When: July 4th at Noon, ET

Where: ESPN

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If you are missing sports due to coronavirus and "relish" the chance to watch something competitive, we have good news for you.

Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest will air as usual at noon, Fourth of July on ESPN.

The frank fest will be one of the first major televised post-COVID-19 competitive events to be held in the U.S.

The annual contest, which takes place on Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, will go on in a private location without fans.

There will only be five entrants this year, instead of the usual 15.

According to Nathans Famous Senior Vice President James Walker, 2020 has been a year for the history books, and the realization that this storied July 4 tradition would be able to occur, is a great feeling. With that being said, our country and our world has endured so much in the last couple of months, that we'd be remiss if we didn't use this moment to honor those that have done so much for each of us during this time.

The first-ever unofficial contest took place in 1916, when, legend says, four immigrants gathered at the very first Nathans Famous hot dog stand in Coney Island and made eating contest history, according to Nathan's Famous website. As the story goes, they were competing to see who was the most patriotic. How did they determine the winner? With a hot dog-eating contest, of course!

The contest is a 10-minute sprint in which competitors usually eat the buns and hot dogs separately, dunking the buns in water to help them consume them faster.

Last year, Joey Chestnut ate 71 hot dogs to win the mens side, while Miki Sudo downed 31 on the way to her sixth straight womens title.

Chestnut has�held the title of reigning champ a total of 12 times�eight consecutive years from 2007 to 2014 and from 2016-2019.

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He holds the record for most hot dogs eaten: 74 franks in 2018. Three-time winner Sonya Thomas set the womens record of 43 in 2011.

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James Taylor at Fenway Park with special guest appearance by Bonnie Raitt!!

When: Saturday, July 4�https://bit.ly/2Bp5hhl

YouTube: 11am PT / 1pm CT/ 2pm ET
Facebook: 2pm PT / 4pm CT / 5pm ET�

Then spend the evening with a Taylor family favorite: The�Boston Pops! "A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes" is a 3-hour concert extravaganza that will air July 4 at 8pm ET on�Bloomberg Radio�and�Bloomberg Television.�

�SHOW TO BE SIMULCAST ON BOSTONS WHDH-TV�too!

Boston Pops to present a "Boston Pops Salute To Our Heroes", paying tribute to the frontline workers in many fields and honoring those who have lost their lives during the current health crisis, while celebrating our diverse Nation's founding values of liberty and justice for all.�

A Boston Pops Salute To Our Heroes to feature newly created content from the Boston Pops and guest artists, as well as highlights from recent presentations of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

Live performance on the Charles River Esplanade will not take place this year, due to public health concerns related to the spread of COVID-19.

Instead, plan a socially distanced (with masks!) picnic with family and friends not more than ten! Better yet, organize a socially distanced watch party! Listen while you work or exercise and plan to post your photos and videos online! James's team will repost photos and videos during the concert and all day long.

Get Ready for Father's Day!

When Is Father's Day in 2020? Here's Everything You Need to Know and how long you have to plan the perfect Father's Day for Dad.

By Editorial Assistant

Summer will be here before you know it, and along with it, a pretty important date for all the dads out there. You guessed it: We're talking about Father's Day. Although most sons and daughters don't need a specific date to celebrate the most important man in their life, every dad in the country does get his special day on the calendar. This year's celebrations might look a little different with our current social distancing situation, but you should still take the time to commemorate the day. If you're not able to dine together, maybe you can surprise him with a porch drop-off of some of his favorite Father's Day brunch recipes or even surprise him with a mail-order meat delivery so he can grill up his favorite meal.

It was never meant to be this way, but the annual holiday can surprisingly come with a considerable amount of stress when you're supposed to find the perfect Father's Day gift for the guy who insists he doesn't need anything. (And let's be honest, sometimes a Father's Day card alone just doesn't cut it.) You may now be wondering, "Well, when is Father's Day in 2020?" Here, we're telling you all you need to know about the holiday, including its history. 

WHEN IS FATHER'S DAY 2020, EXACTLY?

Before you start worrying about what to get your father for his day, you can relax a little, because there's still time to plan a Father's Day brunch or even put your crafty side to work with a DIY gift idea for dad. This year, Father's Day is on Sunday, June 21, 2020.

IS FATHER'S DAY ON THE SAME DATE EVERY YEAR?

Don't feel bad if this date is news to you; the celebration changes days year-to-year. If you ever forget, just remember that Father's Day always falls on the third Sunday in June, and then check the calendar accordingly. 

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF FATHER'S DAY?

Unlike Mother's Day, which has pretty somber origins, Father's Day has relatively light roots—and was actually created by a woman. According to History.com, back in 1909, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, "tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents." She went around to local businesses to gather support for her idea, and on June 19, 1910, the state of Washington celebrated the first-ever Father's Day.

Although the event inspired President Woodrow Wilson and President Calvin Coolidge to urge Americans to acknowledge a day for dads during their administrations, it still wasn't an official holiday. Unfortunately, the enthusiasm for the commemoration didn't last long. During the '20s and '30s, people tried to do away with both Mother's Day and Father's Day and replace them with Parents’ Day instead.

Then, during the Great Depression, retailers made a push to commercialize the holiday in an attempt to make money during dire financial times. And as World War II started, people began to use Father's Day as a way to pay respect to American troops.  

Finally, several decades later, on May 1, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed Proclamation 4127, which declared Father's Day as a national holiday, with the first official celebration on June 18, 1972. "Let each American make this Father's Day an occasion for renewal of the love and gratitude we bear to our fathers, increasing and enduring through all the years," he wrote in the document.

 

Jennifer Aldrich was the editorial assistant for CountryLiving.com.

New Hampshire Gift Card Wednesdays!

The Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce has requested we share the following information in regards to supporting local businesses this Wednesday... tomorrow and the following Wednesdays!!!

NH Gift Card Wednesday

Let your favorite business know you are thinking of them by purchasing a gift card on Gift Card Wednesday.  Gift Card Wednesday is a cooperative effort by New Hampshire Chambers of Commerce to encourage people to do what they can to increase revenue for local businesses. 

“Wolfeboro area businesses make the community what it is,” reflects Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mary DeVries.  “Let us do what we can now to help keep them here for the future”. 

Many are still waiting on federal assistance and struggling to keep their doors open. When you support a local business, you support a local family and their employees. If we all do a little now they will still be here for years to come, adding color, life and valuable services to our local communities. 

Already the Wolfeboro area is experiencing community support by people shopping and dining locally with curbside pickup, takeout and delivery.  Gift cards are another opportunity to show your support. 

You are encouraged to make a purchase with any area business.  www.wolfeborochamber.com is a resource for finding some of them.

Post a photo with your gift card and #ShopLocalNH to help give our beloved local businesses and #GiftCardWednesday even more visibility. PLEASE SHARE! 

 

 

 

Plant a ‘Victory Garden' This Spring

If you haven't done so already, it's not too late to start your very own Victory Garden!  I recall watching Crockett's Victory Garden originally hosted by James Underwood Crockett on a local Boston station with my Dad back in the '70's.  It was then I gained my gardening knowledge and shared countless hours bonding with my Dad. Funny thing, I never realized the true meaning behind the name "Victory Garden" until now.

Victory gardens were first popularized during World War I when Americans at home, away from the battlefield, were urged to contribute to the cause by growing vegetables in every flowerpot and patch of land available. These victory gardens resurged during World War II, and they're making a comeback amid the coronavirus pandemic. These gardens can be big or small, sprawling across yards and rooftops or tucked in several small pots. Even with a small amount of acreage, homeowners are able to grow large gardens—and these assets can reduce the number of trips to the grocery store and reduce your odds of contracting the COVID-19 virus.

There's no breakdown of the national food chain to prompt these victory gardens. Instead, they’re trending to help limit trips to the grocery store and bring a little light and exercise to those who have extra time during shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders. Planting your own garden is perfect timing right now, because the weather is getting better, and you can even sow some seeds inside and then transplant them to the ground later on. You can definitely use containers, a windowsill, or even grow bags, which are another type of container, if your space is limited. And if you have a balcony or access to a roof, try growing them there.

Some of the quickest plants to grow include leafy greens like arugula, bok choy, and Swiss chard, as well as zucchini, cucumbers, and many herbs like thyme, oregano, chives, and parsley.

NEW HAMPSHIRE TOGETHER SPECIAL - Live at 7 Tonight on ABC: Fundraiser for NH Food Bank amid unprecedented times.

WMUR is partnering with iHeartRadio for a fundraiser to help the New Hampshire Food Bank keep up with an incredibly high demand and feed local families in response to the COVID-19 efforts.

PROJECT CommUNITY: NH Together from Home

Join WMUR from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. TONIGHT, April 17 on ABC for "Project Community: New Hampshire Together From Home.”  See the one-hour special on WMUR and streaming live on WMUR's website.

WMUR’s Erin Fehlau and Sean McDonald will join iHeartRadio’s Greg Kretschmar to host the special. The uplifting hour will feature performances from Granite State artists and words of encouragement from New Hampshire athletes and celebrities, all while raising money for the food bank.

See performances from:

  • Adam Ezra Group

  • Alex Preston

  • Evelyn Cormier

  • Gary Hoey

  • Jordan Tyrell Wysocki

  • Mairead Nesbitt

  • Recycled Percussion 

Also, there will be appearances by:

  • Adam Sandler

  • Victoria Arlen

  • Geo Baker

  • Tom Bergeron

  • Matt Bonner

  • Ken Burns

  • Matty Cardarople

  • Ryan Day

  • Jimmy Dunn

  • Ryan Griffin

  • Bob Marley

  • Juston McKinney

  • Seth Meyers

  • Mike O'Malley

  • Triple H

  • Fritz Wetherbee

 

THE NEED:

The New Hampshire Food Bank is currently responding to a very high demand -- 44% higher than this time last year -- with so many people out of work.

Donations to the food bank are down after some third-party events that would have benefited the food bank were postponed or canceled. 

TO DONATE:

You don't have to wait until tonight to donate, you can do so by accessing the following:

 

Real Estate transactions are now included in New Hampshire's list of "essential businesses"!

 

 

Yes, we are open for business!

Following an appeal by NH Realtors, real estate transactions are now included in the state’s list of essential businesses allowed to function as a result of Gov. Christopher Sununu’s stay-at-home order. 

In our effort to abide by the guidelines in the prevention of the spread of the Coronavirus, we request the following:

 

  • Call us at 603-569-4488 if you wish to speak with an Agent.  

  • Meetings: Meetings between brokers/agents and clients (or prospective clients) cannot take place at a real estate brokerages’ physical offices, but may take place with social distancing or remotely by phone, video or other electronic means.

  • Virtual Tours: If you wish to schedule a showing of a property, you can do so by calling us and we can set up a viewing via virtual tour or Facetime.

  • Closings: Real estate closings can continue either through remote means or with social distancing for any in-person transactions.

  • Inspections: Property inspections and appraisals may continue with appropriate social distancing.

  • Delivery Personnel: You may enter our lobby area but we request you keep a minimum distance of 6 feet between yourself and our Agents and Administrator. 

 

Please follow these preventative measures to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Stay home and avoid public places as much as possible

  • Avoid close contact through social distancing, at least 6 feet from anyone.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve then immediately throw the tissue away and wash your hands as soon as possible.

 

Stay Healthy & Safe Everyone!  We're all in this together!

 

Melanson Real Estate, Inc.

www.melansonrealestate.com

Mobile: 603-651-7228

 

 

7 Ways You Can Help During the Pandemic

The world is on fire—at least that’s how it feels. Concern over the coronavirus (along with overwhelming, 24-hour media coverage) has resulted in long lines at grocery stores, empty shelves, and general feeling of “what’s next?” Here are 7 things you can start doing now to remain healthy and to help others.

1. Wash your hands. The best way to prevent getting and spreading this virus is to wash your hands. Oh, and don’t touch your face. Simple and effective. Don’t forget to use those Clorox wipes (when you can find them in stores) and clean off your phone. It has a ton of germs on it.

2. Social distancing. Keep yourself away from others—at least 6 feet if you’re in public—and say no to attending large events where there’s potential for exposure. Don’t become a hermit; just be smart. Help end this pandemic by keeping your distance.

3. Order food to-go and tip well. When you get take-out, be sure to tip more than normal. Your servers need the income as they are hurting like everyone else. Order food to-go or delivery and eat at home. You can still support the local businesses and eat a meal you didn’t have to cook yourself.

4. Buy gift cards. Buy gift cards from your favorite local stores and restaurants so those small business owners continue to have income. When the pandemic ends, you can go cash in those gift cards.

5. Look out for neighbors. While some people have the opportunity to work from home, others may be left without work or paychecks due to coronavirus measures—especially in light of school closures and lack of childcare options. Be on the lookout for your neighbors and see if you can help provide groceries.

6. Spring cleaning. Some of you may find that with cancellations and social distancing, your schedule is a little freed up. Don’t just Netflix and chill all day. (The Netflix release of Outbreak last week was an ironic timing.) Use this time to be productive. Take the next week or two and spring clean your house. I’m talking a couple of hours a day after work—you don’t have to miss your favorite rerun of The Office to do it. Tackle one room a day. It’s a great time to get your office organized as well. Get rid of clutter, make digital copies of what you can, and get rid of paperwork. You’ll feel accomplished and able to focus better on work.

7. It’s all going to be okay. You can’t fix it, stressing won’t help, and over-buying toilet paper is not the answer. Try to go about life as normally as you can while taking precautions along the way. Life will go back to normal—or a new normal. You can do this without stressing out to the max. Just focus on these 7 steps and continue on.

By Jef Conn: Jef Conn, CCIM, SIOR, is a commercial agent specializing in industrial, office, and investment properties with Coldwell Banker Commercial in Lubbock, Texas. 

Weekend Events 3/6/20 - 3/8/20

There's much to do this weekend! Whether it's a home show, sportsman show, chili fundraiser or celtic music, there's something for you! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

 

Friday, March 6 - 8

53rd Annual New Hampshire State Home Show

THE LONGEST RUNNING SHOW NORTH OF BOSTON

When:   Friday, 1 PM -  8 PM
             Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM
             Sunday, 10 AM - 4 PM

Where: Doubletree Hotel, Downtown Manchester, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire

WITH OVER 300 VENDORS and Exhibitors covering all aspects of the home building/remodeling industry plus items in the New England Made concourse.

Other highlights of the Show include the Junior Lego Build Competition, seminars and demonstrations.

Produced by the professionals at the New Hampshire Home Builders Association this is the one show of the year to attend and interact with builders, remodelers, decorators, landscapers, and all types of home solutions providers. The latest in home-related products and services will be showcased – everything from mortgages to landscaping, hot tubs to custom home builders, and custom closets to fabulous kitchens and baths.

$6.00 discount parking is available in the Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Manchester parking garage. Validation machine is located inside the Expo Center, or at the check-in booth located in the Armory Concourse. 

Admission Fees:

Weekend Pass: $15.00

Adults: $10.00

Seniors 62 and over: $7.00

Children 12 and under: FREE

MILITARY DISCOUNT
With Military I.D.: $6.00

DISCOUNT: $3.00 discount with
donation of non-perishable food
items or toiletries.

Click on the Home Show logo above for more information!

 

NH Outdoor Expo

Hosted by Lake Life Brand

When: Friday, 1 PM - 8 PM

           Saturday, 10 AM - 7 PM

           Sunday,   10 AM - 5 PM

Where: The Hampshire Dome, 34 Emerson Road, Milford, New Hampshire

Free parking!

Adults: $12

Children 12 & under: FREE!

Click on the Outdoor Expo logo above for more information!

 

Saturday, March 7

Chili & Beer Tasting Fundraiser

Hosted by Castle in the Clouds

Where: Castle in the Clouds, 455 Old Mountain Rd, Moultonborough, New Hampshire 

When: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Castle in the Clouds hosts its third annual Chili and Beer Tasting fundraiser inside the Carriage House. Guests can enjoy sampling chili and beer from nine local Lakes Region restaurants and breweries, plus spirits from Tamworth Distilling! Enjoy two hours of tasting, mingling and music on the first floor of the Carriage House. Relax by the large hearth fireplace or on the lake-view terrace to let that delicious chili and beer settle. 

Admission for the Chili & Beer Tasting is $25 and includes a Castle in the Clouds tasting glass. The Fair Market Value of each ticket is $5, resulting in $20 of this cost being a tax-deductible donation which will be reflected on your ticket receipt.Tickets are limited and must be purchased by March 6, so be sure to reserve yours soon! All sales are final. Please be sure to have a valid photo ID on you during the event.

This event will be held rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the event of extreme weather. If cancelled, your ticket purchase(s) will be refunded.

Click on the image above for more information!

 

High Time-Celtic Trio

Presented by Wolfeboro Friends of Music

When: 7:30 PM — 9:30 PM

Where: Anderson Hall, Brewster Academy, 205 S. Main Street, Wolfeboro

St. Patrick’s Day begins a week early in Wolfeboro with this spectacular young Celtic trio from Connemara. High Time features combinations of harp, guitar, flute, whistle, bodhran and voice to create a rich and exciting sound. Each of the three lifelong friends performs multiple instruments: Ciarán Bolger on guitar and vocals, Connall Flaherty on flute, whistles and vocals, and Séamus Flaherty on Celtic harp, whistle, bódhran drum, and vocals, plus Irish dance. Their music exemplifies the best of today’s Celtic music scene, crafting energetic modern arrangements of traditional folk melodies.

Click on the image above for more information!

 

Sunday, March 8

Don't forget, daylight saving time begins!