Name That Christmas Tune
There were 129 single family residential sales in the fourteen Lakes Region communities covered by this report in November 2018. The averages sales price came in at $425,951 (which was 95% of the average asking price.) The median price point stood at $275,000 and the average time on market was 79 days.
So, it is Christmas again! There is no other holiday that means more to family and friends than Christmas …except for Superbowl Sunday and Daytona Speed Week in some circles, that is. It’s a time to get together to celebrate in your home, gather round the Christmas tree, exchange some gifts, drink some spiked eggnog, and maybe even sing a few Christmas Carols.
I remember as a kid growing up in Northern NH all the kids from school and a few adults (in a futile attempt to supervise us) would pile in a school bus and go around town signing Christmas carols. Yeah, I know it sounds lazy, but we had to take a bus as the houses were way too far apart to walk to and it was usually well below freezing.
Anyway, Christmas songs are a big part of the holiday and the words “home” and “house” are often part of the lyrics. Sometimes it can be hard to remember all the words of the well-known songs even though they are rattling around in your brain somewhere. So, here’s a test for you. See if you can name the following Christmas tunes from just a little bit of the lyrics. And as a special extra credit question, see if you know which Christmas song was originally about Thanksgiving! No…I am not giving you the answers…except for the last one…you can Google the rest of them!
I met a man who lives in Tennessee
And he was headin’ for Pennsylvania
And some homemade pumpkin pie
From Pennsylvania folks a travelin’ down
To Dixie’s sunny shore
From Atlantic to Pacific, gee
The traffic is terrific
Friends and relations send salutations
Sure as the stars shine above
This is Christmas, yeah,
The church bells in town
All singing in song
Full of happy sounds
oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose,
as over the ground we go.
Winni Waterfront Report – November 2018
There were thirteen Winnipesaukee waterfront sales in November 2018. The average sales price came in at $1,322,138 and the median price point was $1,200,000.
The entry level sale was at 984 Rattlesnake Island in Alton. This 979 square foot cottage was built in 1985 and has two bedrooms, a three quarter bath, and a bright open floor-plan. The home has laminate and tile flooring, pine tongue and groove ceilings, a new metal roof, and a great deck to sit on and enjoy the view. It sits on a three quarter acre lot with 100’ of frontage, a breakwater, and a U-shaped dock. The property was listed at $349,000, was reduced to $339,000 and sold for $315,000 after 159 days on the market.
The median price point property was at 63 Black Cat Island in Moultonborough. Black Cat Island is one of the two bridged islands on the lake and is always a sought after address. This Adirondack home was built in 2005 and offers 3,472 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and three and a half baths. This home has an open concept main level with an eat in kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and wood flooring that extends throughout the first floor. The two story great room has a floor to ceiling field stone fireplace, wainscoting, a lakeside wall of windows, and pine tongue and groove ceilings. There is a first floor master suite and two guest rooms upstairs along with a family room while the basement has another family room with fireplace and a recreation room…just in case there’s a rainy day. Outside, the .56 acre lot is nicely landscaped with loads of irrigated gardens and perennials, stone walk ways, and a patio. There is 114’ of shoreline with a perched beach and L-shaped dock. This property was listed at $1,249,000 and sold for $1.2 million after just eight days on the market.
The big dog for the month was at 162 Alpine Park Road which is also in Moultonborough. This is a sixteen room, six bedroom, seven bath home built in 2004 on a private 2.7 acre lot with 255’ of frontage. This home is as nice as one could want with exceptional attention to detail and finish. It has a beautiful open concept layout on the first level with a chef’s kitchen that offers views of the lake, a pantry, a two story great room with the requisite field-stone fireplace, a formal dining room, den, bedroom, and sun-room. The master suite plus three guest rooms are located on the second floor with another guest room along with family and rec rooms in the lower level walk out. This is a great entertaining home with a large deck, a three season porch, and a patio offering great spaces to gather and to take in the long range southerly views. At the water is a two bay boat house capable of holding two thirty foot crafts and there is a three car garage for storing the land yachts. So, as nice as this house is Santa did not bring a buyer right away. It was first listed back in 2006 at $5.2 million, in 2007 at $4.999 million, 2008 at $4.899 million, 2015 at $4.995 million and in 2017 for $4.5 million. It finally found a buyer at $4.178 million. The total number of days it was actually on the market totaled 1,699 over the thirteen year period. Man that could not have been fun…
There were three sales on Lake Winnisquam and all were on Shore Drive in Laconia. A 2,757 square foot, four bedroom, two and a half bath home built in 1967 on a 1.38 acre lot with 227’ of frontage at 684 Shore Drive sold for $1 million even. A 1974 vintage 3,845 square foot five bedroom, three and a half bath home on 1.25 acres with 168 ‘ of frontage at 486 Shore Drive brought $925,000. The third sale was at 36 Shore Drive and is a three bedroom, one and a half bath home with 2,698 square feet of space built in 1940 on a .85 acre lot with 199’ of frontage sold for $825,000. Guess there are a lot of newbie’s enjoying a fabulous first Christmas on Winnisquam!
Data compiled using the NEREN MLS systems
Lakes Region Company Wins Huge North Pole Bid
There has always been a debate about what kind of home Santa Claus lives in. We can pretty much rule out a split level as they didn’t become popular until the 1960’s and Santa has been around a lot longer than that. Some scholars have suggested the usual two story colonial or a nice country cape style home. Others have thought he must live in some sort of snow palace. More often his home is portrayed in books as a chalet or a log home. Nobody knew for sure what kind of house that Santa truly owns…until now that is!
Being a real estate agent with his ear to the snow-bank, I learned that a local Lakes Region company had bid on and had been awarded the contract to enlarge Santa’s workshop which is located next to his residence in the North Pole. The contract required that it be constructed of the same materials as the house; and that, boys and girls, is logs.
Now this isn’t going to be a small project. While it is not a million square feet of space like Amazon’s Baltimore warehouse it will be about 30,000 square feet making it the largest log cabin in the world. It seems like Santa needs more space to stay a head of Amazon. Fortunately elves don’t need as much space as Bezos’ workers to do the same amount of work. There is some magic involved there, you know.
I decided that a task force from the Lakes Region Professional Porch Sitters Local 603 should be dispatched to talk with the winning bidder about this immense construction project. And that lucky firm is Hayward and Company of Meredith, NH owned by Mike and Julie Hayward. Mike’s father started the company way back in 1971 and was building log homes all around the Lakes Region. Their business has evolved with the changes in consumer tastes and demand to include stunning high end timber frame and hybrid post and beam homes both on and off the water.
Rollie Rollins, Travis D. Coletrain, and I met with Mike and Julie just the other day to learn a little more about them and this huge project. I explained why we were there and Julie was surprised that the word was out on the street about the job. I had to explain that there are no secrets in Whoville or in real estate.
“Mike,” I said, “Let me start with you and get some background.You’ve been building log homes for a really long time. I know most of our readers will want to know;as a child, what kind of toy log building set did you like better, the American Log set or the Lincoln Log set?”
“Well,” Mike responded, “I liked the American Log set as it seemed to build a more stable structure. The Lincoln Log set might have looked more real except I didn’t like the red plastic roof gables. They just didn’t look real. The early American Log sets had real log gables. Playing with those sets got me started building real log homes.”
“Well, I’ll be,” replied Rollie, “ What if you had played with the America Brick set instead. Would you have become a mason?”
“Maybe,” Mike responded, “but I almost wanted to be a mechanic ‘cause I really liked erector sets, too!”
“So, this job at the North Pole seems like a huge undertaking. It’s gonna take a lot of logs and there just ain’t any there…it’s just snow and ice! What’s the plan, Julie?” I asked.
“We were a little concerned about that but it was accounted for in the bid process. Luckily, we can’t start the job until next summer. You see, it is dark there right now for twenty four hours a day and then in the summer it will be light for twenty four hours in a day! That gives us time to truck logs in all winter!”
A puzzled Travis asked, “Who’s crazy enough to truck logs in the middle of the winter, in below zero temperatures and in the dark to the North Pole?”
“Fortunately,” Julie responds, “we got lucky. The Ice Road Trucker Show on TV got canceled so Alex Debogorski and Hugh Roland are putting together a full crew to get all the logs there over the winter!”
“What about labor?” Rollie asked.
“Well we had to negotiate a contract with the North Pole Elf Worker Union Chapter #.5 but we got that done. Luckily, it was a short process. It happens that the summer is off season for them as Santa’s shop does shut down for two months. It may also be a short time frame but these little fellows work fast. We are also planning on bringing students from the Huot Technical Center in Laconia along with their instructor Matt Towle. But he probably doesn’t know that yet.”
“This is really cool,” said Rollie, “but it is a really big job. Have you done anything like this before?”
“We haven’t done anything this big but we do all kinds of homes both large and small! We do whatever our clients want. We grant wishes…”
“That just may be why Santa gave Hayward and Company the job! He grants wishes, too!” Travis exclaimed.
There were 593 single family residential homes for sale as of December 1, 2018 in the towns of Belknap County plus Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, and Wolfeboro. The average asking price was $654,347 and the median price point stood at $335,000. About a dozen of these are log homes…just in case you were wondering!
Data compiled using the NEREN MLS system…
Clean Air: A Healthy and Happy New Home
Guest Blog by Erin Reynolds, The DIY Mama
You’ve bought a new home— congrats! While the hard part is over, there is still some heavy lifting to do, especially as you look toward moving day. Start your new adventure off on the right foot by making sure your new home has more than just clean floors and walls, but also clean air.
Many homeowners are surprised to learn that the quality of air inside your home can be more polluted than what’s wafting outside your front door. Eliminating dust, allergens and pollutants from the air before you move in will work wonders on both a happy home and a happy life. Before you move into your new home, be sure to give your bare canvas a good deep cleaning by:
- Taking a duster to ceiling fan blades. If they are extra dusty, slide an old pillow case around each blade to catch the dust.
- Wiping down the inside of the refrigerator. Don’t forget to move it so you can clean under and behind it.
- Using carpet cleaner that kills and removes fleas and ticks, especially if you know the former homeowner had pets.
- Washing the insides of cabinets, closets and cupboards. Remember to wipe down handles, knobs and other hardware.
- Scrubbing the kitchen and bathroom. Be sure to get baseboards and behind the toilet and appliances.
- Washing windows and dusting window sills. Before you hang your curtains and drapes, run them through the washing machine.
Getting this baseline of cleanliness in your home will not only do amazing things for the items you touch, but also the air you breathe. You can take extra measures to reduce allergens and pollutants in your indoor air by:
- Replacing your old mattress. If any of your family members’ mattresses have been slept on for over five years, they’re home to hazardous organisms, including dust mites and bacteria, that you don’t want clogging up the air in your fresh, new home (not to mention your family’s lungs).
- Using dust mite-blocking covers on old or new mattresses, comforters and pillows.
- Opening windows when using cleaners, solvents and chemicals.
- Setting out a few indoor plants that are known to be natural air filters, such as peace lilies, chrysanthemums and English ivy.
- Getting your pet professionally groomed before you move in.
- Changing your air conditioning filter right when you move in, and keeping a regular schedule of changing and cleaning it every few months.
- Replacing any cabinets made from particleboard, which emits formaldehyde, with stainless steel or formaldehyde-free fiberboard.
- Double checking that all kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans lead outside, not into attics or crawl spaces.
- Keeping humidity around 50 percent by purchasing a humidifier for dry climates and a dehumidifier for moist ones.
The American Lung Association lists poor indoor air as one of the top causes for lung cancer, and links it to allergies, asthma, pulmonary issues and heart problems. It’s easy for air quality to slip our minds— it’s not as obvious as a dirty floor, cluttered room or mildew in the shower. That’s why moving into a new home is the perfect time to start making clean indoor air a priority. You can maintain your progress after day one by:
- Keeping an eye out for signs of mold and calling professionals to eliminate it as quickly as possible.
- Making the tasks of cleaning and changing air filters part of your regular home-maintenance schedule.
- Keeping pets brushed and groomed regularly. If your schedule is too busy for a bi-weekly vacuum of all rugs and carpets, consider purchasing an automated vacuum robot, like a Roomba or a Shark.
Moving into a new home is an exciting new adventure, but it’s also an ideal time to reset and reflect. Making new priorities stick can be hard, but the fresh start of a recent move can be very motivating and inspiring. Taking steps to create a clean-air routine will not only keep your new home happier, but also keep your family healthier.
The Redneck/Do-it-your-selfer/Shop-rat Christmas Wish List
There were 139 single family home sales in October 2018 in the Lakes Region communities covered by this report. The average sales price was $390,964 which on average was 95% of the asking price. The median asking price point was $265,000.
Yup. Christmas is just around the corner and it is time to think of something to give to your redneck/do-it-your-selfer/shop-rat husband, father, or boyfriend. It is not always easy to come up with the right gift for such a talented guy. That’s why I take the time and pick out some tools for you that he can surely use around the house and that can be also be used for multiple things thereby making the gift so much more meaningful.
Take for example the Leather Tool Bags available from the Garret Wade catalog and website. These fine bags are made right here in the U.S. of A. and can carry all the tools he needs for doing chores around the house for you. This 15” x 7” x 7” bag is made from genuine buffalo hide with cowhide straps fastened with copper rivets. This bag is so nice he can use it to take lunch to work or you can use it for a purse if he’ll let ya. Only $99.85 for such a versatile gift! If you don’t get their catalog check out www.garrettwade.com .
Another thing he will surely like from Garrett Wade is the Long-Handled Slash Hook. This heavy-duty tool is for reclaiming your land from overgrown brush and weeds. It has a 31” long ash handle and a 10 ½” hooked double edge bade. It looks a lot like a really dangerous field hockey stick. It’ll make short work of clearing bramble, brush, and weeds along your property line. It would also appear top be a great home defense weapon. I sure wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of the swing. At $99.95 it will be a gift that will truly bring out the redneck joy in him.
I know when I am working in the shop that I am always in need of something to put something on so I can do something to it. I also know that when people come over for the holidays that finding enough table space for everyone to eat can be a problem. That can lead to eating in shifts which actually can be a really good idea when families have members of opposing political views. The Pegasus Workstation by Worx is a sawhorse and a worktable for the shop… but in my mind it can be a TV tray or a place for the snowflakes or right-wing fanatics to chow down. You definitely should have at least two of these babies. It has built-in channels for two 18-inch quick-clamps and four slots for holding down whatever you are working on. The table is 31” x 25” and can hold up to 300 lbs. and as a sawhorse it can hold about 1,000 lbs. Either way, Aunt Edna won’t collapse it.
When I was little, I remember going to Grandma’s house. It seemed like she was always in the kitchen baking something on the wood cook stove. She also always had her apron on. Whatever happened to aprons? Well the Duluth Trading Company makes the best damn bib apron there is! Their words, not mine. It even has suspenders with side clips to secure it instead of the usual tie strings that always come undone. Maybe that’s why no one uses aprons anymore? This fine piece of clothing is made from 13-ounce Fire Hose cotton material with a stain repellent treatment to keep it looking new. There are two deep pockets on each side and a three-slot chest pocket. It seems to me that this would work in the kitchen equally as well when you ain’t fixin’ something out in the shop. It doesn’t have that wonderful floral pattern Grandma had but at $39.95 I think it is darn pretty anyway.
Another great little item for the shop offered at the Duluth Trading Company is Dr. Klick’s Kit. This unusual kit contains seven stainless steel picks and four stainless steel tweezers of various configurations in a polyester zippered pouch. They are based on actual dentist tools and are perfect for cleaning out small crevasses, removing o-rings, and fishing little things out of other little things that you can’t get your fat fingers into. Of course, you could use them to clean your better half’s teeth if you had a mind to. You could probably save some money, but I highly discourage going down that road. My niece is going to dental hygienist school next year, so I might just get her a set to practice with. At $29.99 it seems like a pretty good deal. I guarantee Mr. Fix-It will use them more than you might think!
The last thing on my list of “must-have” items that have multiple uses really has only one use that I can think of and that’s climbing up on something. I guess you could count climbing back down, though? This wonderful gift is called an Xtend + Climb ladder and it is something that many of the home inspectors use. It is an aluminum telescoping ladder that collapses down for easy storage or transportation in the back or your vehicle. It comes in various sizes, but their Model 775 is 12.5’ tall and retracts down to just 32”. It’s perfect for outdoor chores like painting, cleaning windows, or clearing out gutters but what I like is that can also be easily be moved around inside the home without knocking stuff over like you do with a standard twelve foot ladder. This ladder sells for $179.99 on their website but they are also available at Walmart, Home Depot as well as local hardware stores and Sherwin Williams Paint stores.
So there you have it. Perfect redneck/do-it-your-selfer/shop-rat gifts. Throw in some Duct Tape, WD-40, camouflage underwear, and an autographed picture of Daisy Duke and you have made his holiday!
Data compiled using the NEREN MLS system
Winni Waterfront Report October 2018
There were fourteen waterfront sales on Lake Winnipesaukee in October, 2018. The average sales price was $966,642 and the median price point stood at $955,000.
As usual, the entry level sale is on an island. This one is at 10 Dow Island which is just off the end of Moultonborough Neck. This camp was built in 1998 and has 1,152 square feet of space with five rooms, two bedrooms, and one bath. It has an open concept design with cathedral ceilings, exposed beams, laminate flooring, and two sliders that lead out to a fabulous covered porch overlooking the shoreline. There is plenty of additional sleeping space for the young ones in the loft bunk room. The cottage sits on a level one acre lot with 165’ of frontage and an “L” shaped dock. The property was listed at $399,000 and sold for $420,000 in just six days. I guess someone really liked it!
The median price point representative this month was at 1 Garden Park Road in Alton. This is a 2,702 square foot, three bedroom, two and a half bath ranch style home built in 1978. The home has an open floor plan with a kitchen/dining/living room combo on the first floor that features hardwood flooring, wood burning fireplace, and a wall of widows to bring in the lake views. Downstairs in the walk out lower level is a family room, game room with a pool table and bar, a guest room, and three quarter bath. This is the perfect get-a-way on a rainy day. Outside, a large wrap around deck offers great views and a patio provides a place to grill some burgers. The home sits on a half acre lot with 100 feet of sandy frontage but more importantly it features a 24’ x 32’ boathouse with a huge deck above. This is party central! The home was listed at $1,075,000 and took 278 days before selling at $960,000.
The highest sale for the month was at 245 Black Point Road which is also in Alton. This newly constructed contemporary style home has 4,058 square feet of living space, three bedrooms, three and a half baths and I am sure it must be pretty nice…but there was no description nor pictures on the MLS for me to see so it is kind of tough to describe it for you! I can tell you that it sits on a .65 acre lot with a steep bank down to 100’ of frontage and there is a three car garage but not much else… It was listed a $2.25 million and sold for $1.925 million after 59 days.
There were two sales on Lake Winnisquam in October. You wouldn’t get lost in the cottage at 218 Black Brook Road in Meredith as it is only 600 square feet with two bedrooms and one three quarter bath. But, this home is in great shape and it shows that the previous owners loved it. It was built in 1960 and has a cute kitchen with a center island, a wood stove insert in the fireplace, direct vent propane heat, and standing seam metal roof. It sits on a gently sloping .65 acre lot with 100’ of frontage and a sandy bottom. Now, that is big! The home was listed at $549,900 and sold for $527,500 in 29 days.
The other sale was at 12 Rodin Road in Belmont. This lakeside salt box has 2,823 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and three and a half baths. It features high end finishes throughout with granite, stainless steel appliances, beautiful cabinetry and hard wood flooring in the kitchen, a two story great room with field-stone fireplace, formal dining room, den, breakfast nook, and charming screened-in porch. This home sits on a 1.33 acre lot with a large lawn area and 197’ of frontage with a boathouse and two deep-water docks. There’s also attached and detached two gar garages to keep all the toys in! This home was listed at $949,900 and sold for $900,000 in just seven days! Pretty darn nice!
Data compiled using the NEREN MLS system
One Way To Liquidate A Mortgage
There were 725 single family homes on the market as of November 5, 2018 in the communities of Belknap County, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, and Wolfeboro. The average asking price was $651,002 and the median price point was $339,900. This inventory level represents about a six month supply of homes on the market.
Here is a short story about someone working in the banking industry (sort of) that was dedicated to helping himself and home owners in financial trouble. “Choc” Floyd was always trying to improve himself. One day, back in 1932, he went to a local bank near where he grew up in Sallisaw, OK. He walked up to the teller and withdrew a couple thousand dollars. That was a lot of money back in those days! After leaving the bank he drove up and down the street tossing money out of the windows to the people in the street.
He was a generous man… to a certain degree. It was tough times back then. Our country was in the throes of the Great Depression and people were scraping just to get by. Even worse, lots of people were losing their homes to the bank because they just couldn’t find a job…anywhere! He would often buy struggling families groceries and even purchased Christmas gifts for families who could not afford any.
“Choc” and a good friend, named George Bidwell, worked hard to make ends meet and make a name for themselves in these trying times. “Choc” was known far and wide for his work. He was often written about in the local papers. Even the famous Woody Gunthrie wrote a ballad about him. Part of the song went like this; “But a many a starvin’ farmer, the same old story told, how the outlaw paid their mortgage, and saved their little homes. Others tell you ’bout a stranger, that comes to beg a meal, underneath his napkin, left a thousand-dollar bill. ”
When he died in 1934, over 20,000 people attended his funeral to pay their respects. It was the largest funeral ever held in Oklahoma, even to this day. “Choc” helped a lot of people and he was widely admired.
Charles was his real name, but everyone called him “Choc” because he really liked to drink Choctaw Beer which was obviously a regional brand. The Porch Crawler had yet to be invented! You probably have figured out that “Choc’s” other nickname was “Pretty Boy” as in “Pretty Boy Floyd.” This notorious bank robber was also widely referred to as “Robin Hood of the Cookson Hills” indicating how many of the local folks really did support him in his banking endeavors.
You see, it was rumored, though never proven, that Pretty Boy Floyd ripped up the mortgages he found in the vaults of the banks he robbed thereby saving many families from losing their homes. Sounds like a good way to liquidate a mortgage to me! No wonder 20,000 people went to his funeral!
Data compiled using the NEREN mls system.
Haunted Porch Sitting
For the Halloween meeting of the Lakes Region Professional Porch Sitters Chapter 603 we decided to visit the porch of Nick Sangillo. You see Nick was a commercial real estate agent in the Lakes Region for years but more importantly he is a Ghostbuster of sorts. We thought it would be fitting to go talk to him on this revered holiday and learn about some of the ghosts he has seen in the area.
Those brave souls in attendance included Little Stevie Prestone, Dirk Davenport, Rollie Rollins, Bubba Gunther, Travis D. Coletrain, and John “Leadbellie” Goode. I am not sure who got their wires crossed. This was not a Halloween costume party, but Rollie showed up dressed as a yard sign and Bubba came as a lock Box. Travis said, “ I was going to come as a tiny house, but I couldn’t fit in the box!”
Dirk says, “Well, that’s pretty obvious!”
We also had a local lender named Tammie “Bony” Maroney attend as she was concerned about giving mortgages out on haunted residences. Not that it really matters because when a buyer figures out what he is going to pay over the life of a loan it usually scares him to death anyway. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why so many places are haunted!
We all sat down on rockers on Nick’s three season porch except for Rollie whose costume wouldn’t bend so he decided to stand in the corner. The porch has a small propane gas stove for heat and is eerily lit up by candles scattered around the room. Kind of feels like there’s gonna be a séance. Nick proceeds to tell us that he’s seen ghosts since he was just a little kid and that lots of times he couldn’t tell if he was seeing a real person or a ghost. Seeing ghosts was natural to him but it kind of freaked his mother out when he’d say there was a strange man in the other room and of course she couldn’t see him.
He said that sometimes in the past other real estate agents would call him to take a look at a house to see if it was haunted. One day he was called to Gilmanton. On the way to the house he looked up at another home and could see a ghost like figure looking out of a window … just watching him. “There are lots of ghosts in Gilmanton,” he says, “and just then a tomahawk flies across the road in front of me and sticks in the front door of the house where I am going. I kind of figured something was going on here!”
But, undaunted, he gets out of the car and walks up to the front door and, of course, there is no tomahawk there now! He unlocks the door and steps into the foyer which is ice cold. He thinks to himself this is not a good sign. He steps into the front parlor that has a large fireplace and on the mantle is a pipe that is still smoking. The sweet smell of pipe tobacco fills his lungs. He proceeds down the center hallway toward the kitchen and glimpses a shadow gliding by in the adjacent dining room toward the front of the house. He loops around the kitchen and back through to the living room and the pipe is gone!
He heads up stairs and to the left is a bedroom with an old style hospital bed. There is an old, white haired woman laying there in a night gown. Clearly, it is someone trapped on this side. He reaches out to her and says, “Do you want to go to the light?” Nick explains to us that upon death you only have so much time to “go to the light.” If you miss you opportunity, you are stuck here in this world. “I can help the cross over if they take my hand,” he says. But she clearly wasn’t ready.
I could see Little Stevie Prestone was getting nervous and Bony was fidgeting a little.
Nick proceeds up to the attic. It was full of dusty junk from years gone by. Beyond the massive brick chimney that rose from the floor stood an apparition at the window at the back of the house. Nick walks toward the hazy figure. He looks out the window and sees what the apparition sees…a back yard with a stream and a field of sheep beyond. The Gilmanton Town Hall or Academy Building is not there…nothing but fields and sheep! Clearly he is seeing what one of the first settlers of Gilmanton is seeing.
Just then the one vacant rocker on Nick’s porch starts rocking…all by itself…and the old tube radio on the side table lights up and blares, seemingly stuck on the first line of Larry Williams 1957 tune “I gotta girl named Bony Maroney!, I gotta girl named Bony Maroney!, I gotta girl named Bony Maroney!, I gotta girl named Bony Maroney!” Over and over and then, “But I love her, she loves me, All are happy now we can be, Making love underneath the apple tree!” And the radio is not even plugged in!
I am not sure that Bony touched the ground more than a half dozen times before she reached her car and sped down the driveway. She probably won’t be doing any loans on this kind of distressed property!
Thank you Nick, for an enlightening meeting… the Lakes Region Professional Porch Sitters Chapter 603 is clearly impressed!