Contoocook River region town criers for May 16, 2021

Published: 5/15/2021 1:45:14 PM
BOWSpring sale

■The annual Bow Garden Club Spring Plant Sale will go on! This year's sale will be an outdoor event held on May 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the edge of the Bow Community Building parking lot under popup tents. The sale will be held rain or shine.

■The Bow Garden Club invites you to a free event, “Cooking & Gardening with Edible Flowers” on June 14 at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Join expert gardener and renowned chef Liz Barbour as she explores the varieties of edible flowers you can grow in your garden and the many ways you can incorporate them into your cooking. Chef Barbour will take you on a tour of her cottage-sized gardens and will demonstrate two delicious recipes featuring edible flowers from her own gardens. Virtual seats are limited and registration is required. Email to register.


DUNBARTONDrive-in movie

■This month the DCC Book club is reading “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros. The discussion will be June 3 from 7-8 p.m.

■It’s time to play again! On June 4, meet at the Dunbarton Congregational Church at 5 p.m. for a potluck, or come at 6 p.m. to have some fun, laugh and play some games (Mexican train, cribbage, Rummikub, Bananagrams and more). Masks are optional.

■The next book for the library’s virtual book chat group will be “My Life in France” by Julia Child. Discussion is scheduled for June 16. If you would like to join in, please email

■It’s still a month away, but the library is already planning their Summer Reading Program for children of all ages. The summer reading theme for 2021 is “Tails and Tales.” As always, there will be reading logs and an incentive program for preschoolers and school-aged children. The library hopes that this year will not just be about books, but being together again as a community. The library is also working on summer reading events. More information to follow. Sign-up week for the summer program is June 22-26.

■Dunbarton Elementary School Drive-in-Movie Night is Saturday from 7:30- 9:45 p.m. Come to the DES ball field for a free special feature. View from your car or bring chairs and blankets. Movie begins at 8 p.m. Snacks, candy and bottled water will be available for purchase. Cash or check only. Event sponsored by the DES PTO. Special thanks to the Dunbarton Garden Club for its assistance.

■The local Dunbarton and Bow Robotics 4-H Club has been through a lot this year not being able to meet in person most of the season, but this didn’t stop the group from winning the top award at a robotics competition! The club is now headed to the N.H. State Championships at the end of the month. Congratulations! For more information visit



HENNIKER / WEAREPlanning group members sought

■Delaney Forrestall, a graduating senior at John Stark Regional High School has been named one of 625 semifinalists in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. She was selected from nearly 6,500 candidates. Congrats, Delaney!

■Interested in serving on the Weare School District Planning Committee? The board is seeking volunteers to investigate the possibility of expanding the half-day program to full-day. The meeting schedule is as follows: May 28 from 6-7 p.m., June 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (building tours) and June 22 from 6-7 p.m.

■The Henniker Select Board gave the greenlight to the Concert Committee's summer schedule. Concerts will be from 6:30-8 p.m. starting June 15 with the same protocols as last year.

■HCS's teachers got the reopening of the Grange Bus Terminal off on the right foot with a $150 donation. This project was begun by Peter Flynn (who still runs it) some 19 years ago. Thanks, Peter!


HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOKRegister for camps

■Laura Johnson, artist and designer at Design 645 LLC in Hopkinton, will lead a virtual discussion on Saturday at 10 a.m. about how to choose and display artwork in different areas of our homes. Guidelines for hanging artwork so it best fits the physical space and using artwork to help define the personality of your home will be discussed. Register at

■The Balanced Brussel Take Home Kitchen offers balanced home-made meals at a reasonable cost. Preorder by Sunday at midnight for Tuesday pick-up between 4-6:30 p.m. at 633 Maple St., Contoocook. Delivery is available with a $25 minimum purchase and $3.50 delivery fee.  For weekly menus and to order, visit

■Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Hopkinton is offering a summer camp for ages 5-12 on Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Camps run June 29-July 2, July 6-9 and July 13-16. If the first three weeks fill, then two additional weeks in August will open.  Contact 746-5681, or visit for information.

■“Alnôbak Moskijik Maahlakwsikok” (“Abenaki People Emerging from Ashes”), will be on display at Two Villages Art Society on Main Street until May 28. Display is open Wednesdays through Fridays from 1-5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show is a collaboration between Two Villages Art Society, Abenaki Trails Project and Vermont Abenaki Artists Association (VAAA) in consultation with the Abenaki Art & Education Center, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and Hopkinton Historical Society.  For more information contact Two Villages Art Society at 413-210-4372 or Visit

■The Hopkinton Town Library’s theme for this summer is “Hello Hopkinton! Celebrating Our Community.” There are programs for children of all ages. The first session runs June 29-July 16 and the second one is July 27-Aug. 13. Registration will begin June 1. There are also interning opportunities for children entering grade 6 and up. There will be a combination of virtual and in-person programming. There will be reading, crafts, a summer quest and story walk. More information will follow!

■The Hopkinton Town Library is open Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call to reserve your half-hour slot. If capacity has not been reached, walk-ins are still welcome. Please wear masks. Information regarding youth programs and story hours can be found by calling the library at 746-3663 or contacting Leigh Maynard at Visit

■Tooky Village Barbershop will be walking June 5 with this year's Best Buddies Friendship Walk.  There are Squad Tooky T-shirt’s at the shop. Proceeds go towards the Best Buddies organization. Register now and come hang with the squad on June 5. If you would like to join Squad Tooky, email or send a message on Facebook.

■Writing Camp for grades 3-12 will be June 28-July 2 and Aug. 16-20. Campers can attend both weeks. Camp may be virtual or hybrid or in-person. Contact Joan Follansbee ( or Trish Walton ( Cost is $140 for a half day, $190 for a full day.

■Hawk Baseball Camp will be held June 28-July 1 (rain date July 2) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. This is a kid friendly opportunity for young players 7-15 to learn the skills and fundamentals that will help them gain confidence and improve their game. In the morning, Hopkinton High School coaches and players will provide instruction for each age level on different fields. Campers will have the opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned in afternoon games. For a registration form, please call Dave Chase at 545-2960 or email Space will be limited.

■The St. Andrew’s Making Your Mark team has begun planning its ninth season of Making Your Mark Art Camp. Camp will be July 19-23, either in-person at the Hopkinton parish or via Zoom. All rising fourth- through sixth-graders are welcome to pick up an application in the church office or by emailing Vickie Haines at As in past years, there is no camp fee, simply a child’s desire to share in a week of creativity, companionship and fun in a safe and welcoming atmosphere. Email or with questions.

■Registration for the 2021-22 school year is now taking place at Harold Martin School. Call the school office at 746-3473 for registration information. Preschool is open to children who will be 3 and 4 years old on or before Sept. 30. This is a tuition-based program and enrollment is filled by lottery. Kindergarten is for children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30. First grade is for children who will be 6 years old on or before Sept. 30.

■Work Song Farm has opened CSA registrations for the 2021 season. Full and half shares are available. Visit

■The Contoocook Farmers Market is a community of growers, makers and artists. Check out and place your order by Wednesday midnight for pick-up on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Depot. Thanks for supporting local farmers! Masks are required.  Visit the Contoocook Farmers' Market page on Facebook for updates.

■The Hopkinton Town Library Gallery Committee is seeking two and three-dimensional artwork created during the pandemic by artists ages 15-115 for a show in September and October this year. Please submit photos of your work to by July 6, including your name, a description of your medium and dimensions of your work

■The Hopkinton Recreation Department is accepting applications for summer employment. More information can be found at

■British Soccer Camp will be held Aug 23-27. Registration is open at



WARNERMuseums reopen

■MainStreet Warner, Inc., and Simonds Elementary School are thrilled to announce that this year’s MSW Literacy Day author will be Warner's own Matt Forrestt Esenwine, who will visit all the students to discuss writing and the creative process on Monday. This annual event brings the author's books to every student at Simonds. Donations are needed to assist in the purchase of these books. Please send checks to MSW, Inc., PO Box 130 in Warner, or contribute online at Please be sure to designate that your contribution is to go towards the 2021 MainStreet Warner Literacy Project.

■The Warner Historical Society is hosting a Community Conversation about Simonds Free High School on May 26 at 7 p.m. Did you attend the Simonds Free High School? We want to hear your stories! Register at to receive the Zoom link.

■The Warner Historical Society Barn Sale will open on May 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, outdoors.  The sale will be open on Saturdays only until further notice, weather permitting. Masks are required. Contact 456-2437 or

■Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum will hold its 2nd Annual Spring Plant Sale on June 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations from local gardeners are welcome a few days before the event. All plants must be labeled. There will also be a selection of plants from 5 Acres Garden Center in Bradford. The event is free. For more information and to sign up, visit At the same time, check out Herb and Garden Day in the Powwow field hosted by the NH Herbal Network. Separate admission applies to this event. Learn more at

■The Nature Discovery Center (formerly known as the Little Nature Museum) needs volunteers! After being closed last year, there is a lot of work to get up and running for the June 5 opening. To lend a helping hand, call 822-2334. Located on Highlawn Road (across from the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum), the Nature Discovery Center is suitable for all ages and provides hands-on activities in a flexible and welcoming space. Every child who tries an activity (successful or not) earns a prize for simply trying. A small 66-year-old, federally registered non-profit nature center, the Nature Discovery Center was founded by Sandra W. Martin in her childhood home of Winthrop, Mass., when she was just 12 years old. The season runs from June 5 to Oct. 31 on Fridays and Sundays from 12-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups can be accommodated with a special appointment. Visit

■Space is filling up fast for Concord YMCA Summer Swim Lessons. Sign up now! Lessons are held in June and July at Wadleigh State Park in Sutton on Kezar Lake and French's Park in Bradford on Lake Massasecum. Open to children ages 3-14. Sign up by phone (228-9622) or visit A free session on Safety Around Water (SAW) is also being offered at both locations.

■Warner Ladies Softball League will play Sunday afternoons from the end of June-August. This is a really fun league that will be following the latest COVID-19 protocol. If you are interested in registering a team, or are looking to play on a team, contact Andrea at

■Kearsarge High School is seeking host families for international exchange students. If you would like to host an exchange student and cultivate a life-long relationship, as well as encourage connection in your home, community and the wider world, contact Brenda Lewis, the area international exchange coordinator with EF High School Exchange Year at 496-5680 or Brenda is currently trying to place Oskar, who is from Norway and likes to play soccer, ski and be with family and friends. Additional students may be from Sweden, Denmark, Spain and/or France.

■The New Hampshire Telephone Museum will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program began on Saturday, Armed Forces Day, and ends on Labor Day, Sept. 6. Find the list of participating museums at

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