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Monday, September 13, 2010

The Week in Preview for Sept. 13, 2010

Week in Preview

Friday – Sunday

Great Scots

As you stack log after log on the woodpile in anticipation of the coming winter, you can’t help feeling you deserve a medal for all your exertion. See some serious heavy lifting this weekend at the New Hampshire Highland Games at Loon Mountain Resort at 60 Loon Mountain Road in Lincoln.

Six teams from around the world will compete in a variety of Scottish heavy athletic events, including the caber toss, in which an enormous tapered log is tossed end over end so that it lands lying directly in front of the tosser, like the hands of a clock pointing to noon.

There will also be Highland dance, fiddle, harp, piping and drumming competitions, a living history encampment featuring more than 60 Scottish clans, musical performances, and all manner of Scottish food, merchandise and antiques.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate and are $20 for Friday, $35 for Saturday, and $20 for Sunday. Advance tickets, including weekend passes and tickets for special events such as whiskey tastings, can be ordered online at or by calling 1-800-358-7268.


A bevy of brews

It’s amazing how many different things you can do with fermented cereal grains. Sample a selection at the Nashua Beer Festival from 4-8 p.m. at Holman Stadium on Amherst Street in Nashua.

A variety of local and regional breweries will be represented, including Anheuser-Busch, Harpoon, Smuttynose, Red Hook and Boston Beer Co. Your admission ticket entitles you to 10 sampling tickets. Additional sampling tickets may be purchased at the discretion of the event coordinator.

Food will be available for purchase, and there will be live music and children’s entertainment, including bounce houses, games and a caricature artist. The evening will end with a fireworks show.

Tickets for this rain-or-shine event are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate for adults, and $5 for children younger than 16, and can be purchased online at www.downtown For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 589-3370.


Collectibles for a cause

Sometimes, the best way to help preserve history is to purchase a little piece of it. Choose from an assortment of fine items at the 15th annual Antiques on the Green, a fundraiser for the Historical Society of Amherst, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Amherst Village Green, at the confluence of Church, Main and Middle streets in Amherst.

The event will feature 35 antique dealers offering country furniture, stoneware, art, jewelery, textiles, toys, books and more. Pick up snacks from the society’s bake sale or local food vendors to enjoy while listening to the dulcimer music of Sandy Lafleur. Don’t forget to check out the Amherst Town Library’s book sale at the nearby Congregational Church.

Admission to this rain-or-shine event is $5 and includes a verbal appraisal of one item by Jason Hackler of Milford’s New Hampshire Antique Co-op. Hackler will be appraising from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Visit for details.


Adventures in the vernacular

You may have an impressive vocabulary, causing those around you to reach for a dictionary in mid-conversation, but how’s your arrrticulation? Today, on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, we encourage you to focus on a few choice phrases and deliver them with the swagger appropriate to the holiday.

The purpose of International Talk Like a Pirate Day is simple: having fun by talking like a pirate. This is as easy as peppering your conversation with the following seaworthy terms:

Ahoy: A salutation used to greet fellow pirates.

Arrr: This building block of the pirate vocabulary can mean pretty much anything you want it to mean, depending on your intonation. Use it to express happiness, agreement, anger, or when you can’t think of anything else to say.

Grog: An alcoholic beverage, traditionally watered-down rum. Today, however, feel free to apply this word to anything and everything you drink, from apple juice to beer.

Lubber: A permutation of “land lover” and the ultimate pirate insult, as any pirate worth his salt is devoted to the sea. We recommend using this word with caution, as we were unable to locate a corresponding pirate apology – this is one of the few cases where “Arrr!” won’t cut the mustard.

We here at The Week in Pirates, er, The Week in Preview, encourage you to test out your new vocabulary and celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day to the fullest. Enjoy it, me hearties!

The Week in Preview (written by Teresa Santoski) can be folded into a rather serviceable pirate hat. Know of an event worthy of filling this space? Call 594-6467 or e-mail Information should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event. Follow TWiP, Daily TWiP, and Teresa’s general ramblings at