In 1982, he composed a piano sonata named after Mount Chocorua ("Mt. Chocorua, Opus 335'') which is spiritual as much as it is melodic.
There’s another connection to my city of Haverhill. Most of the events in Haverhill author John Bellairs’ novel “The Mummy, the Will and the Crypt” occurred near this mountain. Bellairs happened to be my son Raffi's favorite author as a child. I don’t believe he ever climbed Chocorua, but may have admired its beauty.
Later that evening, we chowed down on pasta and meatballs at a place called the Poor People’s Pub in Sanbornville, N.H. It’s a misnomer to say the least.
If anything, we were enriched by the experience.
Writer and photographer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.