Strawberries are in season and farms like the Rossview Farm in Concord have opened their doors to the pick-your-own crowds. And don't forget the people that make that fun weekend possible, like Margaret Manariyo and Avodia Bukuru who worked to till the rows of strawberries.
Margaret Manariyo rests on a garden hoe while tilling a strawberry patch
at the Rossview Farm in Concord on Tuesday afternoon, June 18, 2013.
Manariyo, who is from Burundi, moved to Concord about six years ago and
was working on the farm for the first time on Tuesday. The farm has over
6 acres of pick-your-own strawberries and the season is just starting.
Lupines are in bloom for the 20th Annual Fields of Lupine Festival which began June 1 and is running until June 15, 2013 throughout Franconia, Sugar Hill, Bethlehem, Littleton, Easton, and Lisbon.
Funspot in Laconia hosted the 15th International Classic Video Game
Tournament over four days, beginning Thursday and concluding on Sunday.
Players from around the world gathered at the American Classic Arcade
Museum on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. June 1, 2013. A few years ago, Funspot was featured in the movie, "King of Kong."
I first heard about the story on the third day of the tournament and wish I knew sooner. It was not much more than a bunch of game enthusiasts playing game after game for hours on end. Four days straight. One man, Donald Hayes (pictured first column, second row) from Salem, New Hampshire, was playing the same game without interruption or the dreaded 'Game Over' for over 3 hours. Apparently he's one of only a small number of people in the world to play the classic Donkey Kong game until the arcade machine malfunctions due to lack of memory. The ‘kill screen’. Man vs. machine. At one point Hayes requested a stool to sit on. He holds several world records for top scores in classic video games.
In the short time I had to shoot, I kept kicking myself thinking how interesting it would be to photograph these gamers who come from all over the world, during their morning routines and winding down after a day of gaming. As far as the assignment and what time allotted, I arrived at Funspot to find a bunch of people staring at video games, backs turned, only the glow of the screens lighting their faces. The following grid is what ran in our Local section the next day. I think it works, but there's so much potential for better storytelling.