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Lou Davis grooms one of the clydesdales at the Anheuser-Busch Plant in Merrimack, May 1, 2008. The horses are cleaned often in their own shower room.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Week in Preview: New Hampshire’s state tartan is green, black, purple, red and white. Each color represents something about the Granite State.

Week in Preview


A moving movie

With Easter just around the corner, there’s nothing like a classic film to offer fresh perspective on the spiritual aspect of the holiday. Get reacquainted with the life of Jesus Christ at a screening of Cecil B. DeMille’s silent 1927 epic, “The King of Kings,” at 5:30 p.m. in the Carpenter Auditorium at the Manchester Public Library at 405 Pine St.

Featuring a cast of thousands and a monumental budget, “The King of Kings” broke box office records when it was first released. To this day, it remains one of the most sensational films of the silent era.

Original live musical accompaniment will be provided by local composer Jeff Rapsis. The film runs about 21⁄2 hours. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged to help defray expenses. For more information on the event, call 624-6550. To learn more about the music, visit


Great Scots

From flannel shirts to school uniform skirts, plaid is such a globally popular pattern, it’s hard to imagine it was once outlawed. Today’s holiday, Tartan Day, celebrates the freedom to wear plaid as well as Scottish heritage and Scottish Americans and their contributions to the United States.

Did you know Billy the Kid (a.k.a. William Bonny) and Davy Crockett were both Scottish Americans? So were Civil War generals Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant, Campbell Soups creator Joseph Campbell, Uncle Sam, Alexander Graham Bell and businessman/philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Notable living Scottish Americans include Bill Gates, Mel Gibson and Colin Powell.

The first Tartan Day was celebrated July 1, 1982, in New York State to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the repeal of the Act of Proscription, enacted by Great Britain in an attempt to assimilate Scotland into the Empire. The most memorable section of the act forbade the Scots to wear Highland dress, which included clan tartans.

Tartan Day was revived in 1998, this time on April 6 to celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, a document proclaiming Scotland to be an independent, sovereign state and the first known formal Declaration of Independence. The holiday has since been observed annually on this date throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Enchanted forest

It’s easier to enjoy a walk in the woods if you don’t have to worry about poison ivy or stinging bugs. Experience a kinder, gentler forest at an opening reception for “Welcome to My World!” from 6-9 p.m. at The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios at 122 Western Ave. in Lowell, Mass.

Mixed media artist Arlette Laan has installed a forest in the gallery, created from unexpectedly cushy materials, many of which are recycled. Laan has transformed old blankets into trees, socks into adorable animals and crochet into clouds, for a whimsical yet impressive effect.

The exhibit will run through April 29. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 978-710-8605.


Equine celebrities

It’s never too early to start thinking about the family Christmas card. Cuddle up to the famous Budweiser Clydesdales for a coveted photo op from 1-3 p.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Merrimack Brewery Tour Center at 221 Daniel Webster Highway.

These gentle giants of the horse world have been associated with Anheuser-Busch since 1933, when they were hitched to a red beer wagon and paraded through the streets to celebrate the end of Prohibition.

Complimentary brewery tours will be available from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 595-1202 or visit

Teresa Santoski (who writes The Week in Preview) would do a lot more hiking if it were guaranteed the most dangerous thing she’d encounter would be a sock monkey. 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