Tim White, a local luthier and inventor spoke about his portable guitar design at the Whipple Free Libary in New Boston, NH.
The idea of a different design came to him when he received a guitar which someone had stepped on. He replaced the front with a grill inspired by the shape of a dragonfly wing. A mylar balloon was inflated behind the grill and remarkably it sounded like a guitar instead of a balloon in a box (he demonstrated for us).
He taught himself CAD-CAM and finally came up with a modular design that will fit into a carry-on size bag and yet opens to a full size instrument.
Tim introduced the talk with this video featuring Harvey Reid playing the guitar.
My video of Tim demonstrating putting “underwear” on the guitar.
He ended the evening but demonstrating the latest edition to the design, a built in light show.
The guitar is not in production yet but Tim is hoping to produce a version for the military that soldiers can use in combat zones. He even has a camoflaged bag to hold it.
On Independence Day in 2013 I attended the New Boston, NH parade which marked the town’s 250th anniversary. Later I went to the Hillsborough County Fairground to have lunch, see the antique cars, the Molly Stark cannon, mud volleyball and other small town activities.
The town had booked an act called Secret Circus who put on quite an entertaining show. Maya and Brent McCoy juggle, tell jokes, interact with the audience and as a grand finale, Maya fires a toilet plunger “arrow” at a target held by her husband who is atop a unicycle.
Visit their website to see examples of their clowning.
In October of 2010 my sister and I traveled down to New Canaan, CT to pick up a china cabinet that my cousin was donating to the New Boston Historical Society. After my Aunt Lillian had died her daughter was emptying the home that her parents had lived in for over 60 years. I was nostalgic about the place because I had spent many weekend sleep overs with my cousin Bob. It didn’t seem right to see it empty.
On a beautiful October Sunday afternoon, I joined my sister and Connecticut friends on a leisurely stroll along the New Boston Rail Trail. The trail is 4.5 mile long and is located on the former bed of the Boston and Maine Railroad. The trail runs along the Piscataquog River and offers opportunities for fishermen.
The railroad would transport milk to three hotels in Boston owned by J. R. Whipple of New Boston. The train would return with food scraps for animals. The trail is undergoing a three year renovation project by the NB RailTrail Committee and the portion we hiked was in excellent condition.
Chicken BBQ always a treat
And some ice cream for dessert churned by a gasoline engine from 1858
Patrick O’Brien with some miniature horses I had to leave before the mud volleyball match which is very entertaining. They provide an outdoor spigot and hose for the participants.
Mary Poppins marched in the parade, I met Sister Suffragette at the fairgrounds
“We’re clearly soldiers in petticoatsDauntless crusaders for women’s votes!”
Nothing runs like a Deere
Classic Cars Engines were simpler back then
Uncle Sam greets the onlookers at the New Boston, NH annual 4th of July Parade
86 New Boston men volunteered to serve in the American Civil War (1861-1865). 29 died in service. Learn more on the New Boston Historical Society webpage.
The newest town citizen participated in his first parade. The oldest citizen was also in the parade
The terminus of the parade is the Hillsborough 4H Fairgrounds.
The “Constitution” pumper
Best view of the parade is on mom’s shoulders
What is more Americana than a parade with tractors?
Doing backflips for the crowd
Eat candy and get sprayed from a float
Attributed to a toast made by General John Stark on July 31st, 1809
On Sunday we celebrated my Mom’s birthday by attending a talk at Apotheca in Goffstown, NH
It was fitting that Rodney Stark (who is related to John Stark) gave the talk. He shared books with the audience describing both John and Molly Stark.
Rodney was assisted by Sandy Whipple, Adult Services and Outreach at the Goffstown Public Library. Sandy had prepared some cookies and other foods that would have been served at tea in the Revolutionary times.
Sandy Whipple and Rodney Stark
Just in time for high tea
Texting General Washington
Helpful assistant delivered more cookies during the talk
Betty Poltrack and Rodney Stark My mom is a member of the New Boston Historical Society which currently has the Molly Stark cannon on display in New Boston
Illustration from one of Rodney’s books showing John Stark running the gauntlet when he was captured by Native Americans. Apparently he managed to impress them with his fighting skills and gain their respect.
I am approaching the mid point of this decade of digital photos. 2008 gave us some very interesting weather, starting with a prodigious amount of snow in March and ending with one of the worse ice storms ever. Here are some photos taken in New Boston on March 2, 2008.
A winter’s view
Running out of room to move it
The tunnel to the garage
These shots were taken at my mother’s house in New Boston on March 3, 2008