Thanks A Million
Sunday, July 20, dawned clear as community cyclists rose with the sun to both honor and make history. They set out to re-create a circa-1890 image of 82 cyclists from the Concord Wheel Club posing on cobblestoned North Main Street. Volunteer organizers for Concord 250 had an exceptionally short planning window, but exceeded their goal of matching the original number of c.1890 cyclists–110 community members took part in the 2014 photo shoot.
This new image will be placed in the 2065 time capsule to be buried during Concord’s 250th anniversary celebrations, and will also feature prominently in Lorraine Courtney’s upcoming book Legendary Locals of Concord. City Councilor Brent Todd, president of Concord 250, remarked: “I’m very excited about this once in a lifetime event, and I’m grateful to all our supporters and to Lorraine Courtney for the inspiration. This was a special moment in history, just as it was in the 1890’s. It illustrates our community history–while some things change, others remain constant.”
Concord 250 organizers are grateful to all of the community members and volunteers who woke up early to participate in the historic photo re-creation. Thanks also extend to official photographer Rich Woodfin of New Hampshire Sports Photography, NH Historical Society for making the circa-1890 image available, Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition, S&W Sports, Merrimack River Greenway Trail, The Works Bakery Cafe and Penacook Films.
To learn more about upcoming Concord 250 happenings, or to share your celebration ideas, please visit facebook.com/ConcordNH250. Explore other cycling initiatives throughout central New Hampshire by visiting cnhbc.org.
2014 marks the 10th year of the Meredith Library Public Garden. The garden was started in 2005 as part of the America in Bloom competition. Its first year, it received first-place honors in the competition. In 2013, the library garden came in third in the Landscape Design Contest. This is the 10th year that it has been designated as one of the All-American Selection (AAS) Display Gardens. The display gardens are dedicated to growing AAS winner plants in an attractive outdoor setting that is open to the public. Each year since 1932, AAS has conducted trials and selected winning flower and vegetable varieties as a way for home gardeners to learn which new varieties are truly improved.
This year the garden was supplemented by stepping stones created by teens at the library in an activity led by youth services librarian John Locke. The Greater Meredith Sculpture Walk also added a metal dragonfly sculpture to the front of the garden space. Throughout the growing season, volunteers from the Friends of Meredith Library weed and water the garden to maintain its pristine condition. Anyone interested in becoming a Friend of the Meredith Library may visit the library website at meredithlibrary.org or call the library at 279-4303 for more information.
Thank you to all the parties that made this year’s garden possible: The Greater Meredith Program for donating the plants and for adding the sculpture, the Friends of the Meredith Library for purchasing the materials for the stepping stones and maintaining the garden, and the library teens for creating the stones. We at the library hope that the entire community and visitors to the area have an opportunity to come and enjoy this year’s lovely display.