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Hurricane Mia Launches Print Email
Written by Donna Seim and Susan Spellman   
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Join local author Donna Seim, author, and Susan Spellman, illustrator, at the Dragon’s Nest, 31 Market Square, Newburyport, on June 26th from noon – 4:00 pm for the launch of the new middle reader novel, Hurricane Mia: A Caribbean Adventure. (Continued below)

Sand Sculpture Masters of Hampton Beach Print Email
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Sand Sculpting Masters of Hampton Beach
Take 300 tons of sand, add the talents of the most accomplished sand sculptors, mix in a generous helping of old-fashioned community hospitality and what do you get? You get a new book and calendar by the former editor of the Beach News of Hampton. (Read more below)
VISIT HAMPTON IN JUNE: This year's Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition begins Friday, June 18 when 300 tons of sand is delivered to Hampton Beach, and runs until June 30th, when the sculptures are taken down.  The competition will run from June 24 to June 26.
For over ten years this signature June event on New Hampshire's Hampton Beach has grown in size and fame. The first professional sand-sculpting event in New England is currently among the Top 10 places on the globe where the winners go on to compete in the World Championship of sand sculpting.
John Hirtle, former editor and production manager of the Beach News has covered the event since the beginning.  Those years are now collected in “Arti-Sands at Hampton Beach” highlighting the history behind the popular summer event. The now vanished art is the centerpiece of this 56-page book.
“There are not many books about Hampton Beach,” the author / photographer explains. “An event like the Master Sand Sculpting Competition, really needed something to show off all the really great sculptures that were made over the years.”
“Sand sculptures are monochromatic in nature,” Hirtle explains. “Just one color with a lot of shades and shadows that change as the sun rises and sets.”
“The trick is to adjust them [the photos] so the fine details in each sculpture show up just right.” Hirtle notes that the weather in June may not always cooperate, so some photos that look the best in black and white are drab when seen in color.
“Actually, overcast days work the best for taking photos of the sand sculptures, since color is not an issue,” Hirtle says. “Finding colorful photos that almost everyone could enjoy, now that was a challenge.”
But the challenge A companion full-color 16-month calendar featuring author's favorite photos is also on sale. During the twelve years he spent covering events at Hampton Beach, Hirtle says, this is the one event that stands out. Everyone can enjoy it.
“The businesses, the volunteers, the sculptors -- it's a group effort that pulls it all off. You don't see that happen very often any more.” The book is dedicated to all of the people who make the event possible.
And now, for the first time, the ephemeral art of the Hampton Beach are permanently preserved. Hirtle has conquered the sands of time. He has self-published the book and calendar using, a popular print-on-demand company. Each online order is individually printed and shipped from the publisher.
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Take 300 tons of sand, add the talents of the most accomplished sand sculptors, mix in a generous helping of old-fashioned community hospitality and what do you get? You get a new book and calendar by the former editor of the Beach News of Hampton. (Read more below)

In a Dry and Thirsty Land Print Email
Written by Duane E. Shaffer   
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New Hampshire farmer Nehemiah Folsom is a decorated Civil War veteran and a loving father, but is he a murderer as well? Historian and author Duane E. Shaffer offers this sample chapter of his new novel on Click to read and then click to buy. (See sample below)

New England Wine Books Ripen Print Email
Written by Seacoast Books   

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Few NH residents may know that the original settlers of Strawbery Banke set up a plantation in Portsmouth for the expressed purpose of searching for precious metals and growing grapes for wine. That experiemtn didn’t fly, but today New England (NH too) is gaining a reputation for its grape affairs, as these two books prove. (Continued below)

Seacoast Poems of John Albee Print Email
Written by John Albee   

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Talk about obscure! Submitted for your approval, 10 history poems by the Massachusetts snowbird who also penned the history of New Caslte, NH. Due largely to his association with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harvard-educated John Albee moved from the ministry to writing history, poetry and nonfiction in the romantic style of the times.(click for 10 poems)

Making a YouTube Movie on the Flip Mino HD Print Email
Written by Ralph Morang   

The Flip


When we saw Ralph Morang’s short film on YouTube, we asked him to tell us how it got there. We think this is a great way to get news about historic sites and events into the public eye. It’s fast, affordable, easy to absorb. It was just a lazy day aboard the gundalow, but now anyone can experience this event first hand through this mini-documentary.


Master Carver Johannes Kirchmayer Print Email
Written by F. Shirley Prouty   

Wife of Johannes Kirchmayer / Ernest Prouty photo

SeacoastNH is dedicated to introducing books you might never find elsewhere, especially quality self-published works by locals. Deidre Randall turned us on to this labor of love by a descendant of this extraordinary craftsman. Kirchmayer has been called one of the finest carvers since the MIddle Ages.

The Crazy Quilt Print Email
Written by Sam Walter Foss   



Trouble finishing that project? No problem. Just pass it on to your next of kin. At least, that’s what Prudence True did when she could not quite finish her quilt back in 1772. Sam Walter Foss does it again with another humorous look at Yankee life



NH Troubadour Sings Again Print Email
Written by Seacoast Media   


It’s back – singing the praises of an ideal New Hampshire. It’s the Troubadour magazine. You have to be older than a Baby Boomer to remember the days when this colorful publication offered only the most upbeat views of the Granite State. But can a romantic vision survive in a cynical age?


Airs of the Penny Poet Print Email
Written by Robert Dunn   


Portsmouth poet laureate Robert Dunn sold tiny hand-stitched poetry booklet in the streets for a penny. This is one of them. This web page includes the complete text of eight poems (although one is a blank page) from a 1985 bookletcalled AIRS by Portsmouth’s famed "Penny Poet".




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  • Book of the Week

    Our focus here largely is on books about our Piscataqua Seacoast region or written by Seacoast authors.  With our active literary community, that means a lot of volumes. Where possible we offer links for you to buy books. Our goal here is not to review, but to keep you posted on the latest, and sometimes little known publications.

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  • Poetry


    So much about the Seacoast inspires great poetry -- from sea charities to shipwreck ballads to modern verse. This section features the work of local writers young and old, famous and obscure.


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  • Film

    FilmNew Hampshire ain’t Hollywood. It’s better. But we inspire more movies than are made here. Even films written about NH are often shot in Canada or elsewhere. All the same, there are stories to tell, tales of UFOs, black history, murder, sea adventures and quiet simple folk. We span the gap from Peyton Place to On Golden Pond. This web area is dedicated to films about us, by us, or loosely connected to NH and the nearby coast. It is a work in progress. Click for local movies NOW PLAYING or get info from our MOVIE DATA page.

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  • Gallery

    GallerySeacoastNH is always looking for evocative images of our region and beyond. This is where we put them. Each gallery showcases the work of a single artist or project. Each has a theme. Each draws us in for some reason and captures a little of the diversity that makes our region unique. Come on in. Learn about the artists and, if you need creative work, contact them. Tell them we sent you.

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