Contoocook River region town criers for July 18, 2021

Published: 7/19/2021 9:52:20 AM
BOWGarden club to gather in September

■The Bow Garden Club will meet in person for the first time since 2019 to hold a meeting of their current membership Sept. 13, at the Old Town Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for refreshments and social time, followed by a presentation by a representative of the NH Audubon entitled “Protecting Our Pollinators.” A brief business meeting will follow. All are welcome and new members are encouraged! Please contact BGC President and Membership Chair Keryn Anderson at 856-8563 or with any questions or to a request membership information form – or just come to the meeting!


DUNBARTONOutdoor literature

■This month, the DCC Book Club will be reading White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Discussion is scheduled for Aug. 5 via Zoom at 7 p.m.

■Come up to the library and enjoy a Story Walk. Pages of a story are set up on sticks for walkers to read and installed around the library. This is a great way for readers to enjoy and interact with a story in an outdoor setting, while promoting physical activity. Start right outside the library door on School Street, and make your way around the building. Please social distance.

■Don’t forget Curios on the Common, across from the town hall, is open. This is a nonprofit thrift-and-gift shop, created to benefit the Dunbarton Congregational Church and the immediate community. Donations are welcomed and needed for ongoing sustainability. Please feel free to stop by with your usable household items. Open Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact 774-2682 or

■Save the date for Old Home Day! Old Home Day returns on Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. (subject to change). For more information, contact John Stevens at 774-7162 or email This year, Dunbarton Town Hall Restoration Project presents “Dunbarton Has Talent,” open to Dunbarton residents. Register your act by Aug. 1 online at:

■Foster children come from your town, your neighborhood, and your school. They are friends of your child, members of your church, and kids on the little league team. They are babies, toddlers, school-aged kids, and teenagers. They are siblings or single. Due to a situation beyond their control, they have to be displaced from their homes and put into a temporary home. They need support, guidance, and love. They need a safe place to call home while their family works to put themselves back together. Are you able to open your home to a child from your community – enabling them to remain in a familiar school, with familiar friends? Join Deborah Weeks NFI North along with one of our current foster parents, Amanda Fetko, FMI about foster care and how to get started in the licensing process you are invited to a Zoom info session on Aug. 2 at 4 pm. Contact Deborah Weeks, MS, at 575-5667 or for the link. Please reply by noon on Aug. 2.



HENNIKER / WEAREStorytime for tots

■Henniker Library Preschool Outdoor Summer Story Time is Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Join for stories, activities and a take home craft out on the front lawn of the library. Bring a blanket. Rain date is Thursday at 10:30 a.m. On Thursday at 2 p.m., the library will host Pet Connection. Make an adoption poster for a pet at Pope Memorial SPCA, make a pet toy to keep or donate, and enjoy fun animal activities on library front lawn; for ages 7 to 12 years. Rain date is July 29. Find more information at

■And music, music, music: Every Saturday at the Weare Real Food Farmers’ Market and on July 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. Open Mic on their stage sponsored by Weare Public Library. Every Thursday from 4 to 7 free music at the Henniker Farmers’ Market and every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. the Henniker Community Concert at the Angela Robinson Bandstand – Peabody’s Coal Train this Tuesday!


HILLSBOROUGH / DEERINGMystery book club meets

■Hillsboro Legion Auxiliary will be having their Annual Craft Fair on Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 pm. Spaces with a table will be $25.00. Interested vendors can contact Elaine at 464-9096 for more information and to reserve a space.

■On Tuesday at 6 p.m., Hillsborough Historical Society will host a live presentation. Jess Granger will discuss planned festivities and where help is needed for Hillsborough’s 250th Celebration in 2022. Join us at the Smith Memorial Church on 30 W. Main St., Hillsborough. Visit for updated information.

■The Mystery Book Group at Fuller Public Library will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus.

■On Thursday, make crystal stars and elephant toothpaste at Fuller Public Library at 10 a.m. Please register by calling 464-3595.

■On Friday, the  What’s Cooking program for pre-teens and teens in grades 5-12 continues at Fuller Public Library. Call to register, 464-3595. Join Ms. Laura at 12:30 p.m. to create a recipe from scratch. This program is made possible by a grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services and the NH State Library.


HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOKHelp students prepare

■Help our students be prepared for their return to school in August. Hopkinton Human Services is requesting donations of gift cards (for clothing) and school supplies, which may be purchased and dropped off at Town Hall. We will be assisting 25 students: 11 in high school, three in middle school, seven at Maple Street School; and four at Harold Martin School. Supplies and gift certificated may be dropped of at Town Hall during business hours. Supplies may also be dropped at the food pantry on Wednesday afternoons only. Questions? Call Marilyn at 746-82445.

■Two Villages Art summer members show release features local artists from a variety of mediums. The opening reception  isJuly 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is open to the public: Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

■During the summer months, Hopkinton Town Band concerts are held every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the LLewlyn Bandstand behind the Contoocook Depot. Bring lawn chairs, bug spray, and come out to enjoy an evening of river sounds along with live music including old time favorites, patriotic songs, and classic rock.

■Thanks to the Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library, with the generous support of SMP Architecture, we have discounted or free passes to museums and attractions in New Hampshire and Boston, including the Boston Children’s Museum, New Hampshire State Parks, the Currier Museum, and Squam Lake Natural Science Center. Please go to the library’s website, call 746-3663 to reserve your pass, or email

■Fall sign-ups are on-going for Hopkinton Youth Soccer Association (grade 4 and under), golf, tennis and field hockey teams. Early sign-ups are always a help for planning purposes. For information about fall soccer for grades 5 and up, call 207-200-84355 or email HYSA fall registration forms are at

■The Owen family requests to please join them for a celebration of Derek Owen’s life on July 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Owen farm, 580 Brockway Road. Bring your chair and stories to share with his family and friends.

■Try the Hopkinton Town Library Summer of Fun Quest! This year’s theme is “Hello Hopkinton: Celebrating Our Community.” Contact Mrs. Maynard for the children’s book covers that are posted around town. Use the titles of these books to find the location in town where they’re posted. Find them, take a selfie with the covers and send the pictures to by Aug. 6. Be sure to include your name and age category. Names will be entered into a raffle for a $20 gift card to the local business of your choice. Send as many pictures as you can, even if you don’t find them all. For ages 5 and under, find 10 book covers. Grades K-5 need to be 15 covers and grades 6 and up need to find all 22 book covers. The Hopkinton Town Library is open: Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please wear masks covering nose and mouth. Appointments are not required. Limit visit to 1hr. Maximum of 15 patrons in the building at one time. The library can be reached at 746-3663. Up to date information is available at

■The goal of Shared Harvest of Hopkinton is to encourage backyard gardeners and local farmers to donate their excess fresh produce and eggs in support of the Hopkinton Food Pantry. Drop off produce at the Slusser Center (outside lower level) this Wednesday, Aug. 4, Aug. 18 and Sept. 1, from 3-5 p.m. There will be Shared Harvest tables and coolers set up to receive your veggies and eggs. Follow on Shared Harvest on Facebook and email at with questions.

■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!

■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 are available in July and August. Call 746-5681, email or visit

■The Contoocook Farmers Market is outside every Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, at the ’Tooky Gabezo. Stay up to date by visiting the Facebook page Contoocook Farmers’ Market.

■Writing Camp for third-grade through high school students is being held Aug. 16 to 20. It may be virtual or hybrid or fully in-person. Contact Joan Follansbee at or Trish Walton at Cost: $140 half day, $190 full day.

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



WARNERZoom-in to author series

■The NH Telephone Museum and the NH Humanities Council present “Ethical Aspects of Converging Technologies” on Friday at 7 p.m. at the NH Telephone Museum. Herman T. Tavani, professor of philosophy at Rivier College and co-director of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology, will examine a range of issues – from privacy and informed consent to autonomy and freedom to property rights of genetic information. Donations greatly appreciated.

■The Warner Historical Society’s Tory Hill Authors Series continues Saturday, July 24, at 7 PM via Zoom with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, author of “The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred.” Tickets cost $5. Visit to purchase tickets and read about upcoming authors.

■The Kearsarge Conservatory of the Performing Arts (KCPA) is running a Ballet Intensive from July 26 to 30. For more information, visit

■The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum will present “Remembering the Dawn,” a bilingual virtual program of traditional Abenaki songs and stories, by father and son culture bearers Joseph and Jesse Bruchac, on Wednesday, August 4, from 7 to 8:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Find the Zoom link at

■Warner Public Market will be featuring a Natural Dyeing workshop on Aug. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop will explore a variety of natural dyes. Participants will leave with a bundle of colorful skeins, a new skill, and inspiration for a winter’s worth of knitting and a summer’s worth of gardening. Class size is limited, and registration is $100. Register at

■Free meals for children 18 and under are available from July 1 through Aug. 30 through the Kearsarge School District, which is participating in the USDA’s Area Eligibility Waiver. Pick up two days of breakfast and lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at area schools. Go to for more information and to complete a form to order meals.

■Registration is open for the Warner Fall Foliage Festival 5K Road Race, which will ta ke place Oct. 9, at 9:30 a.m. Visit, or go to to register.



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