Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
Congratulations Haverhill native Dr. James E. Rothman (aged 62) for sharing the Nobel Prize for medicine. We couldn’t be more proud to boast about the caliber of students who come out of our schools. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/08/health/3-win-joint-nobel-prize-in-medicine.html?_r=0. The whole world is writing about your amazing contribution so THOH will focus on some other talented Hillies.
There were highly contested competitions much closer to home. And The Heartbeat of Haverhill bee-lined to Coolidge Hall at this year’s Topsfield Fair http://www.topsfieldfair.org/ to see if there were any ribbons attached to the photos we entered in the amateur photography competition. Our photos looked mighty naked. And that was disappointing on a couple of levels – personally, of course (I’d hoped my husband and step-daughter might have won even if I had not), but also because my entry showcased Dale Rogers’ Easter Island sculpture right here in Bradford, and, THOH always wants to see our city recognized for all the positive and exciting things we lay claim to.
Fortunately Haverhill did not put all its hopes in us. And we could choose to dwell on THOH’s lack of ribbon or concentrate on the myriad of talents demonstrated by our neighbors. Haverhill achieved excellence all over the fair this year. During our abbreviated visit to the Topsfield Fair (running through October 14), we stopped by Paul Prue’s http://www.paulprue.com/id1.html stained glass booth also in Coolidge Hall (stunning work). He;s offering classes from beginngers on up, too!
We hunted for the newest and best fair food this year….at the Sho Nuf BBQ tent on the oval. We indulged in some YUMAZING pulled pork from Willie Sherrer and crew http://shonufbbq.vpweb.com/default.html, it’s absolutely worth the effort it may take you to find the booth. Once sated we began to notice the word “Haverhill” on lots of blue ribboned entries. We know we didn’t see them all before we had to leave. (Apologies for those we missed, feel free to comment on the blog with other winners and if possible include a photo.)
Some of the winners were household names, some seen weekly at the Haverhill’s Farmers Market. But others are neighbors we haven’t met yet like Elizabeth Stasinos who captured a “first” in a Poultry Category.
Jackson Nichols had several awards in the Cooking With Honey Category/Youth Division including a special Alley Award for a recipe challenge, several first places and Youth Best in Show for Chocolate honey fudge. (I restrained myself, but with difficulty, from looking for a way to sneak away one piece, it was that delicious looking!).
Sarah’s Place earned a blue ribbon for a delectable confection also in the Cooking With Honey, Adult division.
David Butt of Turkey Hill Farm scored a blue ribbon for the most perfectly shaped Christmas Tree.
And then there is Wally’s Farm. Wally’s Farm has enough ribbons for exceptional vegetables to make a monochromatic (mostly blue) ribbon quilt.
Here’s a great link of what an “award ribbon” quilt might look like from someone who actually makes the quilts. http://www.keepsakeribbonquilts.com/more_quilts. I did win a photography Topsfield Fair ribbon a couple years ago, only the second time I’d entered – the cool kind with the big button top for Best of Category Amateur Photography, and I picked up another this year for having petted a rabbit, a talent I think I could win were it based on competition rather than participation, but between the two, I don’t have enough for anything beyond a coaster, and only one at that. The pressure’s on to win more a) to prove it wasn’t just one lucky shot and b) if I want a table runner or something.
A Topsfield Fair ribbon and the Nobel Prize may seem worlds apart, but when it comes to showcasing the variety and excellence of talents evident in our neighbors and achieved through hard work and dedication, they’re not really all that different… except, of course, for the $1.2 million dollar Nobel prize money (estimated by Wikipedia for 2012).
NOTE – THOH noted on http://www.nobelprize.org/ that the average age of a Nobel Prize recipient is 59, and the oldest winner was 90, a strong point being made that there are still mountains to scale when we exit middle age! From 1901 to 2012, 555 Nobel prizes have been awarded, and only 44 have gone to women including two to Marie Curie in 1903 and 1911. Ladies we have some work to do!
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