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Monday, March 5, 2012

The Week in Preview: Freundschafts (Friendship) Barbie was introduced in 1990 to commemorate the tearing down of the Berlin Wall

Week in Preview


A star is born

The Granite State’s next big television personality could be you. Learn how you can produce your own TV shows on Access Nashua, the city’s new public access station, at “Finding Your Inner Oprah: Community Television and You” at 7 p.m. in the theater at the Nashua Public Library at 2 Court St.

Access Nashua will provide free training, studio and equipment use, and air time to those interested in producing their own community television programs. From cooking shows and locally-made films to political talk shows and publicizing events for your non-profit organization, the sky’s the limit.

For more information on this event, call Carol at 589-4610 or visit To learn more about Access Nashua, visit or call 589-3141.


What a doll

When it comes to name recognition, no doll is quite as universally known as Barbie. Adored by adult collectors and children alike, this sometimes controversial doll was introduced to the world at the American International Toy Fair in New York City today in 1959.

Created by Ruth Handler, Barbie was designed to fill a gap in the toy market, which offered plenty of infant and child dolls, but no dolls with adult bodies. Handler based Barbie on Bild Lilli, a German doll that had initially been marketed toward adults but had proven surprisingly popular with children.

Although Handler’s husband, one of the co-founders of Mattel, was less than thrilled with her idea, he and the company decided to see it through. Handler dubbed her creation “Barbie,” after their daughter Barbara. The doll’s full name was Barbara Millicent Roberts.

Although some parents were uncomfortable with the idea of purchasing a toy with a bosom for their daughters, Mattel sold approximately 350,000 Barbies during the first year. Parents have apparently become more comfortable with Barbie over time. Today, the company estimates that three Barbies are sold every second.

The doll, however, has definitely experienced her share of controversy. Barbie’s figure is completely unattainable in real life, leading some to argue that she’s a poor role model for young girls and inspires eating disorders in women.

In some conservative Middle Eastern countries, Barbie’s revealing clothing is frowned upon (she was banned in Saudi Arabia in 2003) and the modestly-dressed Fulla doll is more popular.

In spite of her detractors, Barbie is still going strong. After more than 50 years of manufacturing, she’s been everything from an aerobics instructor to an Air Force pilot, raised more than 40 pets (including a panda and a lion cub), and appeared in books and movies as well as her own line of accessories and merchandise. Not too shabby for a girl who, according to her fictional biography, grew up in a small town in Wisconsin.

Friday and Saturday

Winter wonderland

Everything looks different by moonlight. Explore the winter woods during a full moon hike, Friday and Saturday from 7-9 p.m. at Beaver Brook Nature Center at 117 Ridge Road in Hollis.

This hike will move at a moderate to moderately slow pace through Beaver Brook’s forests and wetlands, and participants are encouraged to dress in layers. Beverages and cookies await you at the trail’s end, as well as a campfire if conditions permit.

The fee is $10 per person and includes snowshoes or crampons if needed. Preregistration is required by calling 465-7787. For more information, visit


Cheers to art

As a child, a juice box was enough to keep you fortified during long hours of fingerpainting and color-by-numbers. As an adult, you require different nourishment to fuel your creativity. Enjoy wine, beer and cheese and crackers while you paint at ArtBar from 7-9 p.m. at Sharon Arts Center Exhibition Gallery at 30 Grove St. in Peterborough.

Attendees will complete their own acrylic painting based on ArtBar’s theme of the month. March’s theme is animal patterns, and a slide show of examples will be shown for inspiration. All supplies will be provided, as well as hearty cheese and crackers. Wine and beer will also be available for a suggested donation.

ArtBar is held the second Saturday of every month. Tickets are $25 and preregistration is required by calling 924-7676. For more information, visit

Teresa Santoski (who writes The Week in Preview) is kind of proud to have the same first name as one of Barbie’s friends. Know of an event worthy of filling this space? Call 594-6466 or email Information should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event. Follow TWiP, Tete-a-tete and Teresa’s articles at