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Dunbarton Arts and Gardens Festival
Dunbarton, New Hampshire
May 10 & 11, 2009

Dunbarton Arts and Gardens Festival will be in
full swing for Spring again this year. The juried
festival takes place May 3&4 and May 10&11 from
9:00 to 5:00 offering fine art, craft and flowering
plants for sale, ending on Mother’s Day, May 11.

This unique juried festival takes place on Route1 3 in the center of historic
Dunbarton at the home of Patricia and Richard Murphy and the location of
Dunbarton Arts and Gardens, a seasonal garden center selling locally grown
flowering plants and garden sculpture created by Patricia Murphy. Additionally
there will be painters, potters, jewelers, basket weavers, glass blowers, personal
care products, hand forged hardware, shaker toys and furniture, paper mache,
stained glass, maple products, paper art, handmade paper, organic vegetable
plants, psychic readings, and even gourmet dog treats! Twist of Fate Farm will be
offering a BBQ of their local, naturally raised meat and entertainer John Tercyak
returns this year to sing and play guitar, there will be West African Drumming
on Mother’s Day, and other local entertainers will be featured throughout the

For more information and a list of exhibitors you may visit the website
www.dunbartonarts.com or call Pat Murphy at 603-774-8455.

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I love the little birds that are visiting our feeder this spring.  But I know they are
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hoping all these lovely little birds that are eating the birdseed we put out will
also find the black flies (which are about to emerge in the next week or so),
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This Week:

The Covered Bridges of
New Hampshire & Vermont

Asparagus Risotto

From the Archives:
They're BACK! The (Dreaded)
Black Flies

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Feature: The Covered Bridges of Vermont
Vermont is known to have the most covered bridges per square mile than any
other location in the world.  (It is second in total number of bridges to
Pennsylvania)  You can plan your search for covered bridges by the counties of
Vermont.  There are 12 counties in the state, all of which have a few notable
Make sure you check out our listing of the covered bridges of New Hampshire too!

Recipe: Asparagus Risotto
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly our rhubarb and asparagus begin
growing within days of having been covered in snow, but this is spring in New
Hampshire, and  we know that we will be picking in just a few days. Initially, we
serve them simply, either sautéed in olive oil or butter or boiled in a small
volume of salted water until they turn bright green and just begin to soften. The
great flavor of fresh asparagus is best when the stalks are barely cooked, but,
unfortunately, overcooking asparagus is a common error.

From our Archives: They're BACK! The (Dreaded) Black Flies!
If you live in northern New England, you know that starting around Mother’s
Day and ending around Father’s Day is black fly season.  (As my youngest says:
“They must love to bite moms and not dads.”)  As far as I know, black flies
(which are also called buffalo gnats) don’t favor either male or female humans –
they only want your blood.  

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