Fred Marple’s ‘Guide to New England’ coming to the Players

Friday, September 28, 2018 3:28PM
PeterboroughFred Marple’s “Guide to New England” at Players

Yankee humorist Fred Marple presents his “Guide to New England (for Locals and People from Away)” on Oct. 6 and 7 at the Peterborough Players Theatre.

“We get lots of visitors during foliage season, so I thought it would be good to explain some things that seem to confuse outsiders,” says Marple. “Plus, they might be sick of looking at trees by then.”

Marple will discuss Yankee food, including why we consider baked beans and vegetables boiled with a piece of corned beef to be haute cuisine. He’ll examine Yankee fashion, from the ever-present flannel to rummage sale ensembles. He’ll explain life in a small town where everyone knows your business, often before you do. He’ll describe the people who live in those towns, from the cheapskate native to the affluent transplant.

“I’ll also talk about old houses and why New Englanders seem to love them, despite the bats in the attic and wiring that looks as if it was installed by Ben Franklin,” says Marple.

Fred Marple has been called “hilarious,” “a hoot,” and “smarter than you might think at first.” He has appeared on New Hampshire Chronicle, on the radio, and in the pages of New Hampshire Magazine and Yankee Magazine. He is the author of “Welcome to Frost Heaves,” a collection of “semi-true tales, rumors and outright lies from the most under-appreciated town in New Hampshire.”

The “Guide to New England” will be presented on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Peterborough Players Theatre. Tickets are $15 general admission, available at the Toadstool and Steele’s in Peterborough, online at fredmarple.com and frostheaves.com, or by calling 283-8627. The show is family friendly and appropriate for all ages.