Vibrant arts community fosters hope, stimulates economy

The summer season quickly is drawing to a close, with area school students soon heading back to the classroom. Before the warm days become a memory, and we transition to the sights, sounds and smells of fall in New England, our local communities will continue to bloom with activities, much like sunflowers coming into their prime.

On tap this weekend are some Farm to Table events, including the Community Farm Tour at Oasis Springs Farm in Nashua. The event, set for 8-11 a.m., is part of NH Eat Local Month, which is celebrated in August. This week’s Encore centerspread highlights the tour as well as other upcoming farm-related festivities.

Having recently moved to New Hampshire from the agriculturally rich Mountain State, I look forward to learning about the harvests this region has to offer. There certainly is no shortage of culinary delights in the Greater Nashua area and beyond, and Encore will continue to highlight this robust array of restaurants and unique dining experiences that have been this publication’s hallmark.

The Greater Nashua area is a ripe bounty of arts and entertainment opportunities for residents and visitors alike. I had the privilege of receiving a small introduction to the arts community and all this region has to offer, when I spent last weekend covering the 64th Annual Greeley Park Art Show and BrasilFest events. The community was alive with the spirit of creativity and the sounds of happiness and joy, the kind that reaches like sunshine into the depth’s of one soul.

Life quality farm-fresh food nourishes our bodies, having a vibrant arts community fosters a sense of well-being and hope. It’s also good for the economy, which is why I wrote an editorial in Tuesday’s edition of The Telegraph supporting the city’s efforts to move forward to develop such a facility at the site of the former Alec’s Shoes in downtown Nashua.

This is our community – and our Encore. I hope you will join me in my new role as editor of The Telegraph to continue to celebrate our arts and entertainment within the pages of Encore and the daily and Sunday editions of the paper. I look forward to becoming more engaged in the local arts scene, and I hope you will continue to share your press releases, stories and photos with me at: mburdette@nashua or I also can be reached by calling 603-594-1240.

In addition, if you are interested in partnering with Encore to write columns, offer guest reviews or share your arts and entertainment experiences, please consider this my personal invitation to submit items for inclusion in this section. I look forward to the continuation of Encore and exploring all New Hampshire has to offer.