Contoocook River region town criers for June 20, 2021

Published: 6/21/2021 9:00:26 AM
BOWSummer concerts

■Bow Rotary will be hosting three summer concerts at the Bow town gazebo this summer, starting on June 27 at 6 p.m. with the Freese Brothers Big Band - always a favorite! The two other dates are July 14 and Aug. 6. The talent for those dates have not yet been finalized. More information is available at


DUNBARTONDonate pet supplies

■The Library Summer Reading Program is here for children of all ages. The 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. Sign up to participate this week. Call the library at 774-3546 for more information.

■In the true spirit of the “Tails and Tales,” the library will be accepting donations of cat and dog supplies that will be donated to the Pope Memorial SPCA. Want to help? Donations can be dropped off when the program starts. Please read over the SPCA wish list at

■This month the DCC Book Club is reading “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabelle Wilkerson. Discussion will be July 1 from 7-8 p.m.

■It’s time to play again, ladies, on July 2 from 5-9 p.m. at the Dunbarton Congregational Church vestry. The potluck is at 5 p.m. Bring a dish to share and get reacquainted, or come at 6 p.m. ready to play some games (Mexican train, cribbage, Rummikub, Bananagrams and more). Masks are optional.

■Town Offices will be closed July 5 for Independence Day.

■Officer Ralph McClellan, along with other first responders from throughout New Hampshire, completed a 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team training program this past week at the New Hampshire Fire Academy. Officer McClellan is now the second Dunbarton Police officer to complete this training. The goal is to send additional officers to this valuable program. Visit for more information.



HENNIKER / WEAREPublic hearing

■June Jam, presenting Marvel Prone and Henniker’s own “Dysfunctional Coasting,” will play on Tuesday from 6:30-8 p.m. to open the Henniker Summer Concert Series. The two bands performing this week feature current or former high school music students.

■The Weare Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on June 28 at 7 p.m. to hear public testimony and comments on the gravel removal in the Duck Pond subdivision.

■The Council for Exceptional Children honored all NH special education teachers as “Teachers of the Year” for their dedication to the field of special education. Congrats to Nicole Cargill, Laura Kling, Nicole Desrosiers, Robert Koziol, Emily Pineault, Brittany Gilbert, Kelly Bourque, Kim Tucke and Jen Guillemette at Center Woods Elementary School.

■Henniker selectmen approved three outdoor summer theatre camps at the Community Center. Camps will run Monday through Friday the weeks of Aug. 2, Aug. 9 and Aug. 16. Email for details.


HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOKRegister for camps

■Dial A Ride is open for rides to medical appointments, dental appointments, physical therapy, radiation and chemotherapy, and any other errands such as shopping, banking and barber or hairdresser appointments. The office hours at the Slusser Center are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 746-4357 to schedule an appointment. Each driver and senior resident will be asked to wear a mask. Need a ride or interested in becoming a driver? Call today to find out more!

■The Balanced Brussel Take Home Kitchen offers balanced, homemade meals at a reasonable cost. Pre-order 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

■The Contoocook Farmers Market is outside every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Tooky Gabezo. Visit the Contoocook Farmers' Market page on Facebook for updates.

■The Hopkinton Town Library is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments are not required. Please wear masks. Visits are limited to one hour and a maximum of 15 patrons is allowed in the building at a time. Call the library at 746-3663 or visit for updated information.

■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 for players ages 7-15 will be held June 28-July 1 (rain date July 2) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a registration form, call Dave Chase at 545-2960 or email

■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 is open. 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.

■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 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.

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

■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.



WARNERTheatre auditions

■Theatre in the Field director Abigail Bower will be holding auditions on Monday and Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Kearsarge Gore Farm for “In Defense of Dandelion.” Participants ages 18 and up are welcome. Rehearsals will be held outdoors two or three days a week through July and August with final performances for the public in September. This will be a workshopped/improv event in which participants, led by the director, will build a number of performance pieces from scratch with the goal of a final collaborative performance. Visit

■Registration is open for NH Telephone Museum's virtual program “Open Questions: Is Privacy Dead?” that will be on Friday at 7 pm. Visit and click on 2021 Calendar of Events.

■The Pillsbury Free Library plans to reopen by the end of June. Until then, please continue to borrow books by phone (456-2289), email, or on the online catalog (

■The Warner Historical Society hosts community members reading portions of Frederick Douglas’ 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 Pillsbury Free Library Children's Summer Program, “Tails and Tales,” begins July 6 with outdoor meetings to accommodate a large group. The brochure with a full schedule is now available. Contact Miss Sue at 456-2289 or visit for details.

■The Kearsarge Indian Museum will hold its annual meeting on July 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by additional events until 4:30 p.m. The museum’s Volunteer of the Year Award will be announced and a light lunch will be provided. Please consider bringing non-perishable items to donate to the food pantry.

■The next BookEnds BookGroup will meet July 10 at 3 p.m. in The Gallery or park terrace (with a Zoom option) to discuss “Broken: A Love Story” by Lisa Jones. As always, the designated book is 20% off through the bookstore if you are a participant. All are welcome to join at any time.

■The Warner Historical Society's Tory Hill Authors Series returns on July 10, at 7 p.m. via Zoom with Ty Gagne, author of “Last Traverse” and “Where You’ll Find Me.” Tickets are $5. Visit to purchase tickets and read about upcoming authors.

■Registration is open for the LINEC summer session, which offers online programs and discussions throughout July. The Learning Institute of New England College remains online, welcoming participants from a broad geographical area. Enjoy weekly discussions of Coen brothers films or learn about the Alcotts, the family behind Little Women. In addition to weekly meetings, one-time programs range from a look at Cary Grant’s life, to Puritanism, to the present Supreme Court and much more. For a full course description, visit or email For $15, LINEC offers participants a stimulating selection of programs.

■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.

■The Nature Discovery Center is still in need of volunteers for its current season. We appreciate all who have volunteered, but we need more volunteers to give more flexibility in scheduling. Volunteers are especially needed for Friday and/or Sunday afternoons. All volunteers receive a free annual membership to the museum. Museum is open Friday and Sunday afternoons from 12-4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elibet Chase


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