Local Artist: Jane Kenyon

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LOCAL ARTIST DAY: Poet, Jane Kenyon

When the BHG Milestone Team is not helping our community with real estate transactions, we are trading books and sharing stories. This week, Marilyn sent me information about a local poet – and I am thrilled to share her with you!

Meet New Hampshire’s past poet laureate (January 1995-March 1999), Jane Kenyon. She published four volumes of poetry – From Room to Room (1978), The Boat of Quiet Hours (1986), Let Evening Come (1990), and Constance (1993). She was also a talented translator, publishing Twenty Poems of Anna Akmatova (1985).

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Although Kenyon was born in Michigan, she called New Hampshire home in 1975 when she and her husband, poet Donald Hall, moved to his ancestral home in Wilmot. The property has been rescued and is being lovingly restored and managed by At Eagle Pond, Inc..

The film, A Life Together, celebrates the creative couple.

To truly know Jane Kenyon, one must experience her simple but emotionally resonant poetry. In the film, In Her Shoes, the character, Maggie, played by Cameron Diaz, is learning to read. To practice, she reads several poems – including Kenyon’s “Let Evening Come.”

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NH: The State of Firsts


Whether you're a New Hampshire newbie or a born granite starter, you may not be aware of the number of achievements New Hampshire has come in at #1. Take a look:

If you find any other New Hampshire Firsts, let us know!

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NH Living: Songs of New Hampshire

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Songs of New Hampshire

New Hampshire has 9 state songs: One OfficialOld New Hampshire -and 8 honorary songs. So, let’s sing-along!

We can also add songs that have not been granted an honorary title, but that capture all that is New Hampshire in a modern way: 

And probably the most popular and known New Hampshire tribute: New Hampshire by Sonic Youth!

Quirky New Hampshire

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Out & About in New Hampshire - Quirky New Hampshire

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New Hampshire Women Rock!

To Celebrate 2023 Women's History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8th), The Milestone Team honors the following amazing Granite State natives. Here's a partial list of accomplished and influential New Hampshire women:

Christa McAuliffe:  NASA selected Concord native, Christa McAuliffe, was to be the first teacher in space! As you know, Christa was one of the victims of the Challenger tragedy. To honor her, in Concord we have The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.

Jeanne Shaheen: New Hampshire’s senior US Senator was the state’s first female senator – and New Hampshire’s first female governor! 

Valerie Cunningham: Civil rights activist Valerie Cunningham is a writer, researcher, teacher, and founder of the Black Heritage Trail in Portsmouth. She served as the NAACP secretary and marched in Boston with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr


Actors: Multi-talented, Mandy Moore & comic, Sarah Silverman

Authors and Journalists: Hanover resident, Jodi Picoult, NPR’s Heather King, and Miss New Hampshire 1994 Trish Regan

Artists: Missing Person’s Dale Bozzio 

Athletes: Paralympic Swimmer, Victoria Arien  & Olympic Medalist in Hockey, Kathryn King-Crowley 

The all-women Milestone Team supports the missions of International Women’s Day: empowering women and building workplaces where women thrive

Back to Nature in New Hampshire

Photo Credit: Mount Washington Observatory

Saturday, February 4th, New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, set the bar for the coldest windchill every recorded: -108 degrees Fahrenheit. While the actual temperature was a balmy -47 degrees Fahrenheit, the 127 mph winds created the record-breaking frigid experience. Miles away in our own New London, Saturday’s temperature was a chilly 5 degrees Fahrenheit. (Which still may chill the bones of those who prefer warmer climates!) But like any person or place, we can’t label based on one moment or incident. From the end of May through mid-September, New London and its neighbors enjoy the gorgeous average temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit - and the humidity is only muggy or uncomfortable 5.6 days out of the year! Take that, Florida! Sure, in our part of the hemisphere, it gets chilly – but only January during the “deep winter” with temperatures averaging 11 degrees Fahrenheit.  Since it’s not humid, the colder months are never bitter, so jeans and a sweater keep even the most sensitive of us comfy! When you are ready to relocate to our paradise, contact The Milestone Team. We’d love to show you around – and take you to Mount Washington!

In the meanwhile, enjoy this video of that chilly Sunday morning atop the White Mountains of Our New Hampshire.