Contoocook River region town criers for June 16, 2019 

Published: 6/17/2019 11:50:32 AM
BOWImprov show

■Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., will host an audience-friendly, interactive “Mindful Improv Showcase” from 7 to 9 p.m. June 29. Come be part of the audience and enjoy an evening of amusing, surprising and thought-provoking improvisational entertainment with facilitators Jim Readey and Tyler Paterson. Learn more about this sometimes silly, sometimes profound, but always liberating opportunity called improv. You will have a chance to see improv up close and to enjoy some laughs from your seat; plus, you will have the opportunity to go on stage and join in. The evening will be relaxed and informal, and there will be time for questions and discussion. For more information, contact Jim at This event is free; however donations are always appreciated!

■The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., on Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in stamp collecting is welcome to attend, share their interest, buy, sell and trade. Meet other collectors, learn more about their hobby and enjoy the fellowship of others with varied interests in Philatelic resources and issues. For more information, call Dan Day at 228-1154.

■The Bow Garden Club-sponsored bus trip to the 12th annual Newport, R.I., Flower Show, which is being held a the elegant Rosecliff Mansion, is almost filled up. This event takes place Saturday. Non-garden club members are welcome to come along and enjoy the floral designs, outdoor garden displays and horticulture exhibits this event offers. There will also be lectures and demonstrations to take in, as well as the sheer beauty of the mansion, its oceanfront lawn and spectacular water views. This year’s flower show is themed “Audubon Artistic Adventures” and promises to be a feast for the eyes. The cost for this day-long excursion is $126 per person and includes luxury motor coach transportation, admission to the flower show and a $15 voucher toward lunch. Contact member Beverly Gamlin at 340-0202 or email her at for a registration form and any additional information you may need.

■The Bow Falcons Booster Club will hold its 23rd Annual Golf Tournament on June 24. It is at 9 a.m. at the Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown. Proceeds from the tournament go directly to enriching the athletic programs at Bow High School. Register now at


DUNBARTONAnnual barbecue

■The town of Dunbarton, in coordination with its historical society, is currently looking for the oldest citizen in Dunbarton who is willing to accept the prestigious honor of being the recipient of a replica of the Boston Post Cane. The individual chosen to receive this honor will continue as the oldest citizen of the town as long as he or she lives (and does not moves from the town) and can be male or female. The individual must be a resident of the town of Dunbarton for at least ten years. If you know someone you feel would qualify as our oldest citizen, please submit a paper with the recipient’s name, address and date of birth. Either mail the submission to the town offices, 1011 School St., or leave it in the boxes provided in the school, town office or library designated for this purpose.

■The annual Dunbarton Firefighters Association Chicken Barbecue is being held June 23. Tickets are now on sale for $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. There are two different sittings: 12 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. The deadline to buy tickets is Monday. Tickets are available from any Dunbarton Fire Department member. For more information, email

■The monthly library book discussion will be on Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. The discussion and movie will be Wednesday at 4 p.m. This will be held off-site. Call the library for details.

■The band Mamma’s Marmalade will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the town hall. Mamma’s Marmalade is a newgrass band based in Northampton, Mass. Its fresh take on traditional American music transforms the conventional bluegrass experience into a raucous barnyard party that refuses to let you sit. Since its formation in 2014, the five-piece string band has been fusing diverse musical backgrounds into a sound that bursts at the seams with energy, exuding a pure joy for creating music. Mamma’s honest lyrics and warm acoustic tones invite listeners back to a time when wooden instruments and sweet vocal harmonies captivated the hearts of America. Experimenting with intricate instrumentals and lively covers, its music brings the genre to new and unexpected places. The band’s performance is part of the Town Hall Restoration Concert Series. Suggested donation is $20, or whatever you can give. All donations go to the band.

■The work of artist Eleanor Kimball has been extended into June at the library. Stop in to see the exhibit.

■Chair Yoga with Sherry Gamble will be held at the library at 10:30 a.m. June 25. Dress comfortably.

■Wings at Night: N.H. Audubon Visit will be presented at the Dunbarton library from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. June 27. Both owls and bats, nocturnal animals, rely heavily on their senses of hearing to survive, but each has its own way of catching prey. This is a kid-friendly event.

■The DCCUC Book Club will be reading Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice during June. Meet to discuss the book July 11 at the vestry. The host will be Tina Bean. All are welcome.

■The 2019 Summer Reading Program at the library, from June 25 to Aug. 9, will be “A Universe of Stories.” This program is always a fun way to include reading and related activities in summer family time. Reading through the summer helps maintain and improve reading skills. There will be reading, weekly raffles, fun and educational programs. For more information, contact the library.



HENNIKER / WEARECongrats scholars

■More LINEC summer classes include a special guided tour of the New Hampshire State House, now celebrating its bicentennial anniversary, and an American novel reading group discussing Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady. For fuller descriptions and registration information, visit or, or email

■Henniker Community School eighth-grade students Kadie Forrestall and Kaiden Hunter were honored at the 20th Annual Scholar Leader Awards Banquet on May 23. This N.H. Association for Middle-Level Education and New England League of Middle Schools event was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Manchester.

■As part of the Henniker Concert Series, Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and Don Bartenstein, folk musician extraordinaire, will perform from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Angela Robinson bandstand in the heart of downtown.

■The Best Buddies International chapter at John Stark Regional High School participated in “Slide into Kindness Day” at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats game June 9. Best Buddies is a student-run friendship club that creates buddy-pairs between students with and without disabilities.



■The Hillsborough farmers market takes place every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon at Butler Park. It offers a wide range of products. Shop where your roots are and support the local economy.

■The Fuller Public Library’s knitting group is still meeting every Monday at 1 p.m. Share ideas, receive help, knit or crochet with others.

■Game Club for adults meets every Thursday at 1 p.m. at Fuller Public Library. Join the club for Scrabble, Trivia Pursuit and many other games.

■On Tuesday, Fuller Public Library’s new Mystery Book Group will meet to discuss Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier at 6:30 p.m. Stop in to find out how you can join this exciting book group.

■On Saturday, kick off the summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories,” with Fuller Public Library at the farmers market in Butler Park. They will be there from 10 to 11 a.m. so kids can sign up for summer reading and make a pinwheel to take home.



■Kimball Pond is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting. The recreation department is offering swimming lessons. For information, go to

■Hopkinton Troop 77 seeks to find past Boy Scouts and Scout Masters of Troop 77. They are planning a special event Aug. 18. Please contact current Scoutmaster Dan Rinden at

■Contoocook Dance and Gymnastics will have a week long camp session June 24, July 8 and July 15. The camp day is filled with dance, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic and theater arts, arts and crafts. Contact 746-3282 or

■Merrimack County and Sullivan County 4-H will hold a Qualifying Horse Show today at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds. 4-H members that qualify with this event will be able to move on to the State Horse Show next month. There is no cost for the public to attend. Easy Riders 4-H Club will have food for sale.

■Join the Contoocook Farmers Market, every Saturday 9 a.m. to noon by the Gazebo in Contoocook Village. Music this week by Kim Mayo. SNAP/EBT is accepted, and a local N.H. fish “CSA” signup still available, as well as limited retail. For more information, visit

■Help send a child to summer camp. We have a number of families who would benefit from camp scholarships this summer season. We have day camp, a number of sports camps and swimming lessons. Thank you for your support of this worthy program. Please make checks out payable to Hopkinton Human Services and mail to 330 Main St., Hopkinton.

■The seventh annual Summer Institute for Young Writers is happening the weeks of June 24 and Aug. 12. Camp takes place at Maple Street School and runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Friday camp ending at noon. Students entering grades 3 through high school are welcome. For more information contact Trish Walton or Joan Follansbee

■Senior lunch at the Slusser Center on Wednesdays at noon at the Slusser Senior Center (41 Houston Drive next to the Town Library). Suggested donation $4. The first time a senior attends a Senior Lunch, he or she can ask for a new visitor gift certificate at the front desk, for a free lunch.



WARNERTai chi class

■On June 23 at 3 p.m., at MainStreet BookEnds, please join Mike Stockbridge and his special guest all the way from Kingston, Jamaica, as they perform and discuss traditional Reggae music. Mike’s surprise mystery guest is an internationally renowned recording and performing artist who has worked with such luminaries as Ziggy Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Trilok Gurtu and more. All ages are welcome, and it is free to the public.

■A one-hour Tai Chi class held on Tuesdays at noon will be starting July 9 at MainStreet BookEnds. Taught by certified instructor Marcia Wyman, the class covers basic Tai Chi movements for balance, flexibility, strength and mental concentration. Marcia teaches a modified Yang form that is easy and safe for everyone. Tai Chi is moving meditation. It combines martial arts with visualizations and stretching. Participants wear loose, comfortable clothes, and many wear soft shoes or socks. Besides calming the mind, Tai Chi awakens healing energy and deepens your breathing. The class is $20 for four weeks. It is a senior program, and instructor permission is required for individuals under the age of 50. Call 456-2700 to register.

■On July 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., a summertime art exhibit featuring over 30 local artists is opening in MainStreet MarketPlace & Gallery. The evening will include local artists and musicians, as well as wine and hors d’oeuvres. Come view the works of Warner’s amazing artists.

■On July 12, from 6 to 9 p.m., Mink Hills Band is performing on MainStreet Warner Stage in Jim Mitchell Community Park Amphitheater. The Mink Hills Band is a New Hampshire-based acoustic band whose selection of music includes bluegrass, swing, folk and original compositions. The stylistic range of material provides for an interesting and varied musical experience. Taking its name from the beautiful and remote Mink Hills of the Sunapee region, the group has been playing throughout northern New England for over twenty years. It has appeared at the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, League of N.H. Craftsman fair, as well as many summer concert series. The group composed and played music for the documentary “Gordon Manning: the Sawyer of Sutton Mills,” and it has recently released its new CD, “Weary Travelers Plea,” which features many originals. The concert is free. Suggested donation is $10 to support the band and the park. For more information, visit

■On July 14, at 2 p.m., join Deborah Brown, former UNH English professor and author of Walking the Dog’s Shadow and The Human Half for her monthly poetry workshop at MainStreet BookEnds. For now, the workshops are designed to combine lessons and exercises on aspects of craft, including image, diction and metaphor, with a small amount of critique and in-group writing. Join at the beginning or when you can. It is free and all are welcome.

■On July 14 at 4 p.m., BookEnds BookGroup will discuss The Measure of My Powers; A Memoir of Food, Misery, and Paris by Jackie Kai Ellis. For fans of Eat Pray Love, Wild and H is for Hawk, The Measure of My Powers is the story of one woman’s search for self-love, experienced through food and travel. BookGroup participants receive 20% off the book prior to the event. All are welcome.

■On June 28, from 6 to 10 p.m., Beechwood will perform on MainStreet Warner Stage. The band plays a blend of old folk, bluegrass, country, rock, blues and even an occasional hint of jazz. The group comes from the hills of Henniker. Members include Jerry Richardson on guitar and lead vocals, Dann Foster on bass, guitar and vocals, Pete Soukas on upright bass and guitar, Andrew Young on organ, keys and vocals and Jason Michie on drums. The concert is free. The suggested donation is $10 to support the park and the band. Visit for more information.

■“At Your Service: The Role of Service Animals” is an event being held June 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the New Hampshire Telephone Museum. Join the museum and the Medaglia-Brown family as they share their story. Suggested donation for admission is $5. For more information, contact 456-2234. or visit

■The Nature Discovery Center is offering “Nature Camp for Kids” on three Saturdays this summer at its facility at 18 Highlawn Road. On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to noon, Kids are invited to a rock festival. Discover the wonders of rocks and minerals with scientist Julie Bodnarik. On July 27, there will be a pollinator party. Learn about pollinators with master gardener Barbara Lassonde. On Aug. 24, learn about birds and their importance with birder Barbara Lassonde. The cost is $5 per child per session, ages 6 and up, a price that includes a tour of the Nature Center following each camp program. Parents are welcome, and families may bring a picnic lunch if they wish. Walk-ins are accepted, but reservations are appreciated. For more information or to make a reservation, call 456-6052.



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