In a springtime state of mind

It’s 36-degrees. Tomorrow we’re up to 52. It’s looking like spring weather might just be on the way to New Hampshire and southern Maine after all. But — until it is –we can put ourselves in a springtime frame of mind, with the following offerings on the Seacoast.


Shake the cold out of your head and hit the local farmers market. Plan to make a complete meal from only ingredients you buy at that market, cause you love a challenge. Even though it is technically called a Winter Farmers Market, there’s no way you won’t be thinking of birds chirping and shoots sprouting out of the ground when you head to the remaining two Winter Farmers Markets on Saturday, March 28 and April 11 in Exeter (Exeter High School, 1 Blue Hawk Drive, Exeter) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For information, the fine folks at Seacoast Local have an extremely active blog, located at It tells you about everything from duck processing, master food preserving and even the best flavor and fragrance for your garden (March 31).

If you head to the market on March 28, it’s both Dairy Day and Kids’ Day — so grab your kid some yogurt and celebrate the season.


Stop bemoaning the chill, and plan on taking a class. There are some from Art Stream Studios ( out of Dover. The August ART {retreat} Camp for Adults sounds particularly good. We’re also partial to the music AND art classes out of PMAC (Portsmouth Music and Arts Center)

And, for a real eye-opener, visit Emma Ashby’s online home ( She’s got several workshops lined up (and the medium — encaustic — will shock you out of any remaining winter doldrums with its vibrancy.)

Because when you plan to learn something, you’re already happier.


Springtime state of mindThis Thursday (March 26) is the first Pecha Kucha at 3S Artspace, and it just screams spring. Check out the darling poster by Alyssa Grenning (artist for The Sound newspaper and We love the birds! Anyways: Here’s the run down — An evening of originality, innovation and connecting with others, as the nine selected presenters share their work, ideas, and creativity with the audience in the traditional Pecha Kucha format – 20 images, with 20 seconds for each image.

Doors open 7 p.m. for drinks and chitchat and presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m. The gathering is free and open to the public and donations will be accepted. 3S Artspace is located at 319 Vaughan St. in Portsmouth.

The presenters include: Jill Nooney, artist and co-creator of Bedrock Gardens; Andy Richmond, director of the Rye Public Library (and master of the press release!); Jeff Benton, architect turned organic farmer; David Mendelsohn, photographer; Jonathan Blakeslee, owner of White Heron Tea; Susan Schwake, artist, educator and author; Jerry Monkman, eco-photographer; Kristin Barlow and Natalie Committee, authors and storytellers. The em-cee for the evening will be the one, the only: Mike Teixeira (President of ArtSpeak and a Calypso man through and through).

These are always a visual treat. Plus, you need to visit 3S before everyone else beats you to it.


You know that place down behind where the Portsmouth Herald used to be, on Maplewood? well, please, get to know it. While you’ve missed the grand opening, but not by much, here’s how 3S ( bills itself: 3S ARTSPACE is a nonprofit arts organization that endeavors to ignite and change the way we experience art, music and food. We invite unbounded risk taking in both the creation of art and in the way we experience it.

Fresh on the horizon is an artist talk by Carly Glovinski on Sunday, March 29, 2 p.m. That means you should take time to see her work: Land-line. Check the list for upcoming events.

Making a dedicated space for art, the coolest frontier.


A big show of springtime hits the Whittemore Center Arena ( 21st Annual Seacoast Home and Garden Show at the Whittemore Center Arena on the campus of the University of New Hampshire. The doors will open at 10am on Saturday and Sunday, March 28th & 29th. There will be over 200 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services for your home in areas such as building & remodeling, kitchens & bathrooms, green living, gardens, landscaping and more! Visit the Garden Marketplace where you will find everything to make your garden flourish including flowers, seeds and planters. While you are thinking spring, visit the Churchill’s Garden Seminar Series, presenting a variety of gardening seminars throughout the weekend. Bring your shopping bags for the Artisan Marketplace where you can find unique products for your home and garden, as well as specialty foods. Take advantage of our Seminar Series and learn about a variety of topics that can help you save money and time. And don’t miss the TASTE Meet the Chefs Cooking Series featuring some of the Seacoast’s top chefs; learn new recipes, great cooking tips and taste their culinary creations! See you at the show!
And, to get your taste buds titillated, The Taste Meet the Chefs Cooking Series has named their chefs — they’ll be the wonders from Mombo, Popovers, CR’s the Restaurant, Michelle’s on Market Square, When Pigs Fly, The Exeter Inn & Epoch Restaurant.
And there’s a whole schedule at You can watch them dish (literally and figuratively) on their favorite foods.

Looks and tastes like spring.


Also, if spring has you thinking of any house renovations, or additions to your home, SOMMA is ready to answer the call. We’ll help to make your place truly shine (whether or not the sun is out!)

We believe design is best when collaborative, always creative and most often an exercise in problem solving. We enjoy the experience of working closely with our homeowners to create a place for them to live, entertain, retreat and make memories. We’re committed to each project from design through construction and to always articulate the unique qualities that make a house your home.

Call us at (603) 766-3760 and visit our website at