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It’s ‘Dracula’ in Milford and ‘Frankenstein’ in Nashua for theatergoers

So you’re an adult and it’s Halloween season. You’ve done all the corn mazes and harvest festivals. You don’t much care for the startle-horror houses. … Full story    

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Dickinson comes to life with ‘Belle of Amherst’

NASHUA – Artists Collective Theatre (ACT) has added a two-night-only special event to their season with William Luce’s one-woman play about the life of Emily … Full story    

Mini review: ‘The Passion of Dracula’ is campy fun with heart

I attended opening weekend of “The Passion of Dracula.” The classic story of Dracula, his minion Renfield, and Wilhemina, the object of his desire, are … Full story    

‘Dusk Rings a Bell’ explores life choices at Merrimack Repertory Theatre

LOWELL, Mass. – Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s 2014-15 season continues with “Dusk Rings a Bell” by Stephen Belber, opening this weekend and running through Nov. 16 … Full story    

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Easy slow cooker chili that lives up to the hype

Slow cookers have legions of fans. I am not among them. It’s partly philosophical, partly practical. Let’s start with the latter. Truth is, I’m just … Full story    

No time to cook? A cyber sous chef can help

If the only thing standing between you and a home cooked meal is the time and energy to shop and prep, a new breed of … Full story    

Clash of the Cupcakes on Friday

MANCHESTER – Who doesn’t like a great tasting, good-looking cupcake? At 6 p.m. Friday, you’re invited to sample some of the best in the area … Full story    

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Fangs a lot: Photo memories of Halloweens gone by

Over the past months, I’ve been sorting through a cornucopia of family photos and slides of varying quality and then scanning a few thousand of … Full story    

Kathleen Palmer Kathleen Palmer

Local theater looking to scare up audiences for Halloween

This has certainly been a great month for those who love Halloween. Between the corn mazes, the haunted houses, the pumpkin and harvest festivals in … Full story    

Melissa Runde Melissa Runde

Greetings from Bubble Wrap Nation! Watch your step …

My daughter is a kindergartner at a small private preschool in our town. Let me say right off the bat I love this school for … Full story    

Kathleen Palmer Kathleen Palmer

Fully invested in fall with this weekend’s activities

There was lots to cram into Encore this week. New England is at its best during autumn, and you owe it to yourself to get … Full story    


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