search instagram arrow-down

Recent Posts


Top Posts & Pages

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 5,631 other subscribers


Thanks for Freshly Pressing me again!!

Freshly Pressed

Blog Stats

Blogs I Follow

Blog Stats

And again! Thank you to all who follow and support me!!

I was never good at networking. Despite the years spent in business and even a stint as  president of a local industry group, I just don’t do it well. Or maybe I sneak by on the outside but for the most part I am hating it inside.

One of the community service donations the store made was to our New Hampshire Public Television station. The channel is starting a new series titled Our HomeTown and they chose Peterborough for the pilot episode. There is more to this than you would think because Peterborough’s tag line is Our Town, as in the play by Thornton Wilder which he wrote when the playwright spent a retreat at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough. There’s an odd mix of culture in this little ‘burg’s history. From Marionette Operas and  the renown Peterborough Players Professional Theatre, to a famous folk singer hang-out, Peterborough has had some inspired citizens.

NHPTV came to town Monday night for a premier of the pilot and a reception graciously donated by  Marzano’s Trattoria. It was a stellar marketing move on the part of the restaurant and they really shone with lobster stuffed mushroom caps as my favorite free appetizer. The screening was next door at the Peterborough Community Theatre, the oldest theatre in New Hampshire. I also learned we have the distinction of the very first public library in America.

Luckily I was smart enough to bring a networking genius as my date. She knows everyone and has all the back-stories to prove it. She introduced me to the wife of the late governor, a life long resident. “Well, she said, “Not really as my parents moved here when I was 2.” Amid the din, I leaned in close to hear her. She was barely as tall as my shoulder but was impeccable dressed in a channel suit. Note to self, drag out the suits!

“Did you know my mother?” I asked during a pause in her story.

“She was a year behind me in school. Lovely girl!” From there we journeyed back to my grandparents, the house at the corner of routes 101 and 202 that my great-grandfather had built, and she held my elbow as her eyes shone and she remembered life from 70 years ago.

The uniqueness of the pilot for the series is their format. It isn’t about a town really at all. It is stories from residents, memories of massive changes caused by natural disasters and of people who left their mark in small ways and large. The show airs on Friday, March 27th on Channel 11 at 8:30 for local folks. It will be available, along with many out-takes of stories, online on Saturday.  It is an interesting half hour view into a piece of what it means to be American, not just from New Hampshire.

The obvious question after you watch it is, “Where are they filming next?”  And though you would expect something upscale, a wealthy coastal town such as Hampton or Portsmouth, you would be surprised to learn they are headed to Colebrook, New Hampshire. Colebrook is a town of roughly 2,500 hearty souls in Coos County, (that’s pronounced COE AUS)  in the Great North Woods Region. You won’t find it on any tourist maps.

I love my little corner of the world!


11 comments on “Our Town

  1. Nolsie says:

    Sounds like a very nice place to live, and as you say, it’s all about the people that have shaped it, and there’s nothing better than reliving old memories with the people that helped shape it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Mark. Just read your “…no mess Charlie.” Giggling hysterically.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Nolsie says:

        Yes we can find ourselves in ridiculous circumstances but I seem to attract them! Thanks for reading!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Marie Keates says:

    What a pity we don’t get that show here. I would think a small town would be far more interesting to film than a large one. Here the towns are quite impersonal it’s the little villages around them that capture my imagination.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You find wonderful villages Marie! I would think we probably should call them “villages” here as well as they are small. Peterborough only has 6,000 full time residents though the population swells in the Summer. Thanks for catching up!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. julieallyn says:

    Sounds lovely. If there’s a link to view it online, do share!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Will do! Thanks!!


  4. I learned some amazing things about Peterborough when I worked for the Historical Society. It’ll be interesting to see how many of them make it into the show.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I think you will be pleasantly surprised, Allen. They did a good job!


  5. Touring NH says:

    I’m sure you did wonderfully networking. You may not like to do it, but I think it comes to you naturally. You’d be surprised – Colebrook is on lots to tourist maps, mainly in the winter and during hunting season. It is a lovely town. Can’t wait to see the premier.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Laura. I hope they get enough funding to keep the series going.


Love to know what you are thinking! And thank you for commenting.
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Pragma Synesi - interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Putnam, in the studio and beyond

Reflections and ruminations in Education, Beauty, Art and Philosophy

Badfish & Chips Cafe

Travel photos, memoirs & letters home...from anywhere in the world

The city of adventure

From there to back again (usually on a bike)

Nolsie Notes

My stories, observations, and art.

Shellie Troy Anderson


Oh, the Places We See . . .

Never too old to travel!

The Task at Hand

A Writer's On-Going Search for Just the Right Words

Going to Seed in Zones 5b-6a

The Adventures of Southern Gardeners Starting Over in New England

I Walk Alone

The World One Step At A Time

Tootlepedal's Blog

A look at life in the borders

Susan's Musings

Whimsical Stuff from a Writer's Mind

Travels with Choppy

A dog and cat in clothing. Puns. Travel. Bacon. Not necessarily in that order. News

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

A Sawyer's Daughter

The Life & Times of a Sawmill Man's Eldest Child

On The Heath

where would-be writer works with words

The adventures of timbertwig in the forest of Burnley and the Rossendale Valley

crafts, permaculture, forest management, self employment, cycling


Time to change, live, encourage and reflect.


Bring new life to your garden!

The Grey Enigma

Help is not coming. Neither is permisson. -

Ethereal Nature

The interface of the metaphysical, the physical, and the cultural

UP!::urban po'E.Tree(s)

by po'E.T. and the colors of pi

Kindness Blog

Kindness Changes Everything

Crazy Green Thumbs

Chronicling a delusional gardening experience.

New Hampsha' Bees

Raising bees holistically in New Hampshire

Indie Hero

Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller

Therapeutic Misadventures

Daily musings on life after 60 & recreating oneself

valeriu dg barbu

©valeriu barbu

Writing Out Loud

A Place of Observation

cancer killing recipe

Inspiration for meeting life's challenges.

Archon's Den

The Rants & Rambles of A Grumpy Old Dude


Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. Kurt Vonnegut

Once upon a time... I began to write

My journey in writing a novel

Not a Day Over 45

A View from Mid-Life

Sharon Hewitt Rawlette, PhD


Diana Tibert

~ I write -

White Shadows

Story of a white pearl that turned to ashes while waiting for a pheonix to be born inside her !

At Home in New Hampshire

Living and Writing in the North East


Two rare, life-threatening diseases that led to a bone marrow transplant and a snappy Buttkick List



International Cowgirl Blog

%d bloggers like this: