North Hampton egg hunt

A few Easter egg hunt photos… because they’re so cute when they’re little.

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They 5+ group had quite a dash to get to the eggs.

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Out in the field at North Hampton School.

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The under 5 group scooped up all the eggs in record time. Love this girl’s frog boots.

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Eggsamining her loot.

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A soft and cozy egg carrier.

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Ready for the next egg.

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Beautiful day, adorable kids.

Every rose has its thorn

Seacoast Home, Garden & Flower Show starts today and runs through Sunday at the Whittemore Arena at the University of New Hampshire. Good for a little injection of spring.

I’m getting a different sort of injection today– a facet joint nerve block in my lower back.

This is mainly diagnostic, to pinpoint the pain generating spot(s). I’m supposed to keep a “pain diary” for a few days or so. (Don’t worry, I won’t blog it.)

This Visual DNA meme is going around and I thought I’d give it a whirl…

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Swan in Rye, yesterday

Three slim paper fortune cookie fortunes are stuck with magnets onto our refrigerator door at eye level right now, from a recent takeout feast. When I go to get a glass of oj or slice of cheese I am suddenly struck with contemplation.

What is to give light must endure the burning.

You will be called in to fulfill a position of high honour and responsibility.

A golden egg of opportunity falls into your lap this month.

Well, I am going to write a story about this Saturday’s town Easter egg hunt for kids. 2007 Egg Scramble!

Linky fun: Weird Fortune Cookie Collection

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Breezy costumes sought

Got Any Old Prom Dresses? How ’bout an old suit coat?

The cast of Gone With The Breeze is looking for some long dresses for their Midnight and Magnolia pageant scene. There are 44 girls that need to look like Southern Belles and old prom or wedding party dresses would be perfect! We also have 44 lawyers and business executives that could use old briefcases, vests or suit coats.

So when you’re cleaning out your closets this weekend, remember the NHS drama department and drop off your old stuff at the school stage (in the cafeteria). Thanks so much. Mrs. Z.

North Hampton School presents the musical comedy “Gone With the Breeze” Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. at Winnacunnet Community Auditorium.

A day that shines in the cold

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Aerodynamic

It’s a bright west-windy day. Clear and 53˚.

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Warm in sun

I saw beef cattle in a field in Rye yesterday. I went back with my camera today.

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Seal Men at Wallis Sands

In wetsuits they look like superheroes, which you kind of have to be to surf the North Atlantic in March.

Isles of Shoals beyond.

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Looking back

Mirror reflects the eastern end of Atlantic Ave. where it meets the ocean and Ocean Blvd.

You can keep your crocuses. The ocean is going all greeny with the spring phytoplankton bloom, one of my favorite, most-longed-for annual events in nature.

Celebration
by Denise Levertov

Brilliant, this day – a young virtuoso of a day.
Morning shadow cut by sharpest scissors,
deft hands. And every prodigy of green –
whether it’s ferns or lichens or needles
or impatient points of buds on spindly bushes –
greener than ever before. And the way the conifers
hold new cones to the light for the blessing,
a festive right, and sing the oceanic chant the wind
transcribes for them!
A day that shines in the cold
like a first-prize brass band swinging along
the street
of a coal-dusty village, wholly at odds
with the claims of reasonable gloom.

Princess Fred

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photo from today’s Hampton Union

A girl named Fred
Students excel in WHS musical

By Amy Kane

A genuine princess is exceedingly rare. A girl named Fred proved she was one in Winnacunnet High School’s presentation of the Broadway musical “Once Upon a Mattress” this past weekend.

Junior Annie Munch played Princess Winnifred, moat-swimming princess from the marshlands looking for a mate.

In addition to her aquatic talents, Princess Fred could lift weights, wrestle, guzzle ale and dance the Spanish Panic. She was the perfect match for mama’s boy Prince Dauntless the Drab, played by Kenon Fachon.

With the help of her new friends in the castle, Fred passed the pea-under-the-mattress “sensitivity test” devised by Queen Aggravain, played by Anna Kane.

The show was lighthearted and funny, with strong vocals, and the performances garnered standing ovations both nights. On the way to happily ever after, there were hijinks by a cast of medieval fairy-tale characters.

King Sextimus, played by Samir Choudhry, was cursed with muteness and pantomimed to communicate. His wedding-eve birds-and-bees talk to his clueless son inspired lots of laughter.

Though they had only two voices among them, Sextimus, the Jester (Ben Bagley) and Minstrel (Anthony Grant) made a merry trio with the king.

The Wizard, played by Craig Rubin, served the Queen, but was vain enough about his show biz days to give away some crucial secrets about the test to the Minstrel and Jester. Rubin also played the nightingale brought in by the Queen to sing Princess Fred to sleep atop 20 soft mattresses and one pea – and piles of lumpy junk and jousting equipment tucked in there by Fred’s friends to keep her awake.

Sir Harry (James Brown) and Lady Larken (Jessica Noone), who sang the show’s most romantic duets, were especially relieved the prince would finally marry, so they could get married, too. In a “moment of weakness” during a Whitsunday joust, Lady Larken had conceived a future little knight or lady.

The singing-and-dancing ensemble of lords and ladies-in-waiting included Elise Fachon, Sajin Murphy, Trina Carroll, Audrey MacAlpine, Gabrielle Richter, Gabbie Burns, Mary Jacobs, Grace Walker, Thomas Alston, Joe Falabella, Adam Knight, Connor Ellison, Josh Demeule, Arnold Wong and RJ Cook.

The 18-piece orchestra, directed by Tony Cyrus, was also given a standing ovation, as was the 21-member technical crew of carpenters, painters and shifters. The crew was led by stage managers Allix Rashid and Corinne DiZoglio, lighting director Shane Collins, props mistress Leslie Frazee, Nathan Chase on sound, and Troy Collins on lights – all Winnacunnet students. Teacher John Croteau was a technical director.

The players gave flowers, gifts and thank yous to choreographer Amanda Zeller and director Christina Rutland.

“She was a taskmaster, but it was so worth it,” Kane told the audience after Saturday’s curtain call.

A special thanks – and a king’s crown – was given to vocal coach and technical director Richard Ray. The Winnacunnet choral teacher will retire after this school year. Ray has been involved in every one of the school’s 28 Broadway shows. He asked alumni of those shows who were in the audience to stand up.

“That’s what it’s all about, creating experiences for kids they can’t get any other way,” Ray said. “I had that in high school and I wanted to pass that along to these guys.”

More photos of the musical, by Rich Pettigrew: Winnacunnet High School presents: Once Upon a Mattress

‘Livable’ free or die

I posted at Area 603 today, Where New Hampshire Blogs.

NH named Most Cuddly State

Just kidding. More like Most Ornery.

Looks like we rank #1 again on the livability index, not counting mud season.