Contoocook River region town criers for May 23, 2021

Published: 5/25/2021 12:17:01 PM
BOWPlant sale

■The annual Bow Garden Club Spring Plant Sale will go on! This year's sale will be an outdoor event held on Saturday 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.


DUNBARTONMemorial Day celebration

■Please join the town’s Memorial Day Celebration on May 31 on the common in the center of town. Veterans arrive at 12:45 p.m. The service, a tribute to our fallen heroes, and the wreath laying commences at 1 p.m. and features the Hopkinton Town Band. Please wear a mask and social distance. Contact CMR Charles Frost at 774-3634 or School and town offices will be closed on Memorial Day.

■Supervisors of the checklist will hold a session for correction of the checklist on June 2 from 7-7:30 p.m. at the Town Office. New Hampshire law requires that the supervisors of the checklist verify the checklist every 10 years. Any person on the checklist who has not voted since April 1, 2017 must re-register to remain on the checklist. These voters will receive a letter from the supervisors and will have at least 30 days after the mail date to respond if they wish to remain on the checklist. Supervisors will also be in session at the Special Election for State Representative on June 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Room at DES if you would like to check your voter status.

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

■It’s time to play again, ladies! 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 library’s virtual book chat group will be reading “My Life in France” by Julia Child. Discussion is scheduled for noon on June 16. If you would like to join in, please email

■The library’s Summer Reading Program is coming! It’s still a month away, but the library is already planning 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 about being together as a community again. Sign up week is June 22-26. More information to follow!



HENNIKER / WEARESummer hours starting

■The Henniker Town Hall will be adjusting hours beginning Monday. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

■Six hundred feet of the new water main was installed by Henniker Directional Drilling beginning at the end of Hall Avenue, going in a northerly direction under Route 202 and Route 9, and stopping in the field behind the Mobil gas station. That work has been completed.

■Chase Park will be opening Memorial Day weekend! Check for specific details and hours.

■There will be no school on May 31 for Memorial Day.



■The Hillsboro Legion Auxiliary is looking for vendors for its annual yard sale on May 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 538 West Main St. Spaces are $20. Bring your own tables. Contact Elaine at 464-9096 for more information and to reserve a space.

■Save the date! History Alive in Hillsborough will hold its third annual weekend event on Aug. 21-22 in the Hillsborough Historic District and Jones Road. For more information 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.

■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.

■Gilded Fern Farm is a family operated fromagerie, creating artisan cheeses with milk sourced from dairies whose animals are fed and cared for in the traditional manner, free from stress and without supplemental hormones or antibodies. Gilded Fern Farm is located at 258 Dustin Road.

■Beech Hill Farm has a fully stocked inventory of its own pasture-raised, all-natural angus beef and pork, and maple syrup. Call 223-0828 to place an order and a pick-up time will be scheduled with you. Thank you for supporting local farms!

■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



WARNERCommunity Conversation

■The Warner Historical Society is hosting a Community Conversation about Simonds Free High School on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Did you attend 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 Saturday, 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

■Join MainStreet BookEnds for a Zoom discussion of “The National Road: Dispatches from a Changing America” by Tom Zoellner on June 6 at 4 p.m.. Buy the book through MainStreet BookEnds prior to the event and receive a 20% discount. For more information, visit and click on the link under “Upcoming Events.” MainStreet BookEnds continues to serve the community five days a week through its take-out window and curbside service. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 456-2700 or email anytime.

■The next book on the Warner Story Walk at Pillsbury Free Library is “Whistle For Willie” by Ezra Jack Keats. The walk starts at the library on Depot Street, continues along the rail trail following the river and ends at the beautiful covered bridge on West Joppa Road. It is approximately one-third of a mile and will be up for one month.

■Pillsbury Free Library presents Preschool Story Time with Miss Sue at the library via Zoom every Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call 456-2289 for the Zoom sign-in link. Stay free of FOMO (fear of missing out)! Tune into the Warner events calendar on the Pillsbury Free Library website for information.

■Warner Connects, NH’s Family Closet Thrift Store is open and accepting donations on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the first floor of the Warner Community Center at 49 West Main St. Guidelines for donations can be found on Facebook at Income supports the food pantry and other operating costs. The store carries new and used clothing, shoes and accessories for all ages, new and used bedding and towels; and used camping, recreational, and sports gear. Volunteers are needed! Contact Warner Connects, NH at 456-2053.

■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

■The Warner Historical Society hosts community members reading portions of Frederick Douglass’ powerful speech “What to the Slave is Your 4th of July?” on July 3 at noon. The event will be held outdoors. If you would like to read, please contact

■The Warner Fall Foliage Festival committee is delighted to announce that, currently, the plan is to have an in-person fair this October! Planning is underway for all the safety mechanisms that can be mustered for the health and well-being of the community, vendors and patrons. More will be posted at

Elibet Chase


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