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Lezlie Webster, director of Scottish Arts, warms up with the New Hampshire Pipes and Drums band at Saturday's Scottish Arts Indoor Festival at Nashua High South.

Big crowd turns out for Scottish Arts Indoor Festival in Nashua

Roughly 100 individual performers and bands turn out to compete in the 14th annual Scottish Arts Indoor Festival at Nashua High South.

The Pepperpass, the world's first cog locomotive, sits on display at the Mount Washington Cog Railway's Marshfield Station.

Cog Railway eyes making, selling locomotives

Coming off two consecutive record-breaking seasons, the Mount Washington Cog Railway this month is poised to begin seeking a third milestone, with its owners hoping to attract 90,000 passengers in 2014 while also basking in the prospect - for the first time in the line's history - of building locomotives for anyone but itself.

Extreme Mount Washington, which will replace the Mount Washington Museum, will open atop the Northeast's biggest mountain in May.

Big doings at the Northeast's biggest mountain, events-wise and weather-wise

It already boasts the most-visited museum and one of the most-popular websites in New Hampshire and soon the Mount Washington Observatory will significantly revamp and improve both to better share the experience of the “world's worst weather” atop the Rock Pile.

Wildcat Trail celebrates 80 years this weekend

Born of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt started the Civilian Conservation Corps as one of the many projects to put Americans back to work and here in the Granite State, trail cutting and state park improvements benefitted.

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Preston's 'Idol' adventure goes on

New Hampshire's Alex Preston has made it to the final six of this season's "American Idol."

Former foreigner frontman Lou Gramm, whose signature vocals helped make hits of “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Urgent,” “Cold as Ice,” “Double Vision,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Hot Blooded,” “Say You Will” and “Cold as Ice,” will play The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center on South Main Street in Plymouth at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Former legendary Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm to perform

Former foreigner frontman Lou Gramm, whose signature vocals helped make hits of “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Urgent,” “Cold as Ice,” “Double Vision,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Hot Blooded,” “Say You Will” and “Cold as Ice,” will play The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center on South Main Street in Plymouth at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

LEAP INTO SPRING: Keene State College dancers (from left) Kendall Platenyk, Lianne Rempelakis, Margaret Leary, Gabriella Pacheco, and Alexander Davis perform in “An Evening of Dance” Wednesday, April 23, through Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College.

Granite State campuses leap into spring with April performances

MUSICAL JOURNEY: Joan Osborne, whose hit “One of Us” led to a Grammy Award in the mid-1990s, is on tour promoting her latest release, “Love and Hate,” which examines light and dark moments of relationships.

Joan Osborne's new album beats with matters of the heart

Unknown artist, Songe peoples, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa, ceremonial axe, insignia of rank, wood, iron, and copper. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Claire E. and Dr. Frederick R. Mebel, Class of 1935; 991.48.29012.

Hood Museum of Art wields views of power, strength, artistry and ceremony with exhibition of African objects

Works by painters Emilie Lee  and Jonathan Sherman are on view at the Edwards Art Gallery at the Holderness School in Plymouth through Sunday,

Painters' works on view in Holderness

ON VIEW: Though David Fleming has worked as an illustrator and designer in the Midwest, he brings to the Rochester Public Library's Carnegie Gallery a display of his abstract paintings.

Milwaukee painter David Fleming shares work in Rochester showing

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Outdoors

Mt. Washington warning: Spring a time of danger

As skiers, snowboarders, hikers and spectators arrive on New England’s highest peak, spring dangers including falling ice, undermined snow, crevasses and possible avalanches abound, according to U.S. Forest Services snow rangers.

AMC ready for start of 2014 season in NH's outdoors

With the start of spring skiing in nearby Tuckerman Ravine, the Appalachian Mountain Club has entered its 2014 season, albeit with less fanfare than last year when it observed the 125th anniversary of its White Mountain huts, but with the same commitment to conservation, recreation and education.

Spring a busy time on the Londonderry Rail Trail

Londonderry Trailways group readying for a public celebration early next month as they prepare the trail for busy April vacation week.

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Still a sweet spot in downtown Nashua

Martha's Exchange is still a sweet spot in downtown Nashua.

A Riesling from the South Coast of Mass.

Sampling a Riesling from Westport, Mass.

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Model railroad show set for Saturday

NORTH HAVERHILL — The eighth annual Spring Model Railroad Show hosted by the Ammonoosuc Valley Railway Association will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Haverhill Cooperative Middle School on Morrill Drive.

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Alex Preston performs earlier this year at Souhegan High School in Amherst.

‘Idol’ talk in NH as Mont Vernon's Alex Preston in final 6

Alex Preston Philbrick of Mont Vernon is now in the top six on "American Idol," continuing his quest on the hit television show.

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