Events in Lee on December 7, 2019

Lee Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert

Friends of the Lee Library have announced the annual tree lighting and holiday concert will take place this Saturday:

Again this year, we are pleased to have members of the ORHS Jazz Band, along with director Dave Ervin, provide a wonderful evening of jazz and holiday music. Come join us for this great get together. Begins at 4 p.m. at the Town Triangle.

The tree lighting takes place across the street from our shop in the center of Lee. The Jeremiah Smith Grange Hall, located just down Lee Hook Road, will play host to the holiday concert.

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Chef’s Table at Flag Hill

You might also stop by Flag Hill Winery & Distillery this Saturday at 6pm for their Chef’s Table Dinner Series. These dinners are hosted in Flag Hill’s post & beam dining room and include 4-courses, each course being paired with a wine, spirit, or cocktail.

If you’re more of an early bird—or an avid day drinker—you might want to stop by Flag Hill at 12pm for a Distillery & Winery Tour. Guided tours are open to all visitors at noon every Saturday and Sunday.

Of course, you can stop by Flag Hill any day from 11am to 5pm to visit the tasting room and browse the gift shop. Just like Cabernet Sauvignon and grilled steak, a visit to Avenue Victor Hugo Books pairs well with a visit to Flag Hill.

Beloved Newbury Street used bookstore finds new life in 18th-century N.H. barn

Reporter Brian MacQuarrie visited our humble little book barn and then shocked us with a story on the front page of the Saturday edition of the Boston Globe!

The piece is lovely and captured the essence of why Vince & Thais reopened Avenue Victor Hugo books after a long hiatus from retail bookselling:

Now, the books have moved to the quiet center of this southern New Hampshire village, waiting to be held, and opened, and plumbed for the magic that lies inside. It’s a magic that McCaffrey and his wife, Thais, couldn’t resist rekindling, with or without the prospect of commercial success.


UNH’s The New Hampshire: Avenue Victor Hugo Books finds a new life in Lee

Ciarra Annis of The New Hampshire, the independent student paper of the University of New Hampshire, helped to introduce Avenue Victor Hugo to the campus community:

On the corner of George Bennett and Lee Hill Road in Lee, there sits a little red building that used to be a barn. Where once it might’ve been used for storing tools, now it’s a treasure trove of used books of all genres.


The Boston Globe’s New England Literary News

From The Boston Sunday Globe literary column:

The storied, atmospheric Avenue Victor Hugo bookstore lived on Newbury Street for nearly three decades before a rent hike (to $25k/month) forced the shop to shutter in 2004. For author and owner Vincent McCaffrey, re-opening sometime, somewhere was always the plan. And now, fifteen years later, it’s happened, this time, in an old barn in Lee, New Hampshire, where he and his wife now live.

Read more from this piece by Nina MacLaughlin at

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