Talk of the towns

Published: 6/3/2023 3:00:04 PM


■East Congregational Church is holding a BIG Yard & Bake Sale on Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Expertly made woodcraft, too! Shop at 51 Mountain Road. $4 bag sale starts at 11:30 a.m. Call 224-9242 or visit

■Concord-area musicians Joey Clark, Mac Holmes, and Larry Houghton are a fun and exciting acoustic trio, playing music inspired by Americana, Country, Blues, Folk, and Folk Rock. This Sunday Sessions Concert at The Cantin Room, Bank of NH Stage, 16 S. Main St., is also their new Record Release for “Cats on the Frontier.” It happens on Sunday, today, at 6 p.m. Tickets are at

■On Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 South Main St., two debut authors, aged over 60, will talk about their books, their time as writing workshop pals, and what it’s like to have a first book out at their stage in life! Jean Duffy is the author of the narrative nonfiction, “Soccer Grannies: The South African Women Who Inspire the World “and Bev Stohl, author of “Chomsky and Me: A Memoir.” Bev ran the MIT office of Noam Chomsky. On June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Gibson’s, author Shannon Mullen visits to share her new book “In Other Words, Leadership: How a Young Mother’s Weekly Letters to Her Governor Helped Both Women Brave the First Pandemic Year.”

■It’s Women’s Wellness Night on Friday, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at 13 Chenell Drive. Come for the evening or stay just for your service! Light snacks and beverages are provided. Selecting a ticket will reserve your spot; sessions are provided by individual professionals. Go here for more information:; for questions please email Tickets are at

■Celebrate the New Hampshire Historical Society’s 200th Anniversary on Saturday at the annual meeting with a trip through its history and an update on its most recent activities and accomplishments. Go to the Society at 30 Park St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual meeting is also available virtually. Please visit the Society’s website at to register for the virtual program. Go to

■Interested in learning how to successfully plant a Three Sisters Companion planting? Would you enjoy learning how-to from a subject expert? Go to the Abenaki Traditional Farming Techniques: The Three Sisters Interactive Workshop on Saturday at 10 a.m. at NHTI, 31 College Drive. Go to for more information.

■Roller skating returns for a limited time to the Everett Arena, through Sunday, July 30. Skating hours will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Skate rentals are $5. Starting July 1, admission and skate rentals will both increase to $6. Private events cost $150 per hour and include rentals. If interested, call the arena at 603-228-2784 or email Visit for information.

■The Library is overflowing with events for young and less young. Go to for more information on Tech Tuesdays, An Evening with Alex Picard, Audiobook Narrator, Web Wednesdays, Teen Scene, Storytime in the Park, Organized Chaos - Tween Event and more.

■It’s the Citywide Community Center 5th Anniversary Open House on Wednesday from 4:40 to 7 p.m.

■Saturdays mean a street closure for the Farmers Market from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Capitol St., from Green St. to North State St.

■The Rehearsal Stage for Aspiring Speakers & Life Coaches is a free virtual clubhouse where life coaches and aspiring speakers rehearse for life’s high-stakes presentations in a masterminding way. It happens on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Info at

■The Penacook Historical Society of New Hampshire and Penacook Village Association will be participating in NH Gives on June 6 and 7. NH Gives is the state’s largest day of giving, bringing together nonprofits and donors to raise money and awareness. You can learn more at

■Capital City Sunrise Rotary, now representing the towns of Penacook, Boscawen, Canterbury, Loudon, Webster and Salisbury, is raffling off an exciting Kayak Package and all net proceeds will go into the Community Support Fund for projects in the Greater Merrimack Valley area. For chances, go to The drawing will be on June 28.




■The Board of Selectmen Annual Town Meeting will be held on June 5th. at 6 p.m. at the Old Allenstown Meeting House, 150 Deerfield Road. The Allenstown Historical Society will meet on June 7 at 6 p.m. at the MRF Building off Rte.28 on Lavoie Dr., for more information call 603 485-4437. The Townwide Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine.

■The Suncook Senior Center will be making crazy quilt squares on Wednesday, June 7 at 10 a.m. in Arts and Crafts. On Thursday, June 8 at 11:30 a.m. the ServiceLink representative will be in to answer question for Aging and Disability Resource.

■St. John the Baptist wants to remind for those who have flowers at the cemeteries to please remove them by June 10. The St. John the Baptist 150th Celebration Evening is Saturday, June 24 with the Anniversary Mass at 4 p.m. with the catered reception at 5:30 p.m. the tickets are $40 per person.



■GoodLife Programs and Activities Center is not your average senior center. Learn more about their health and wellness center for people ages 50+ at their presentation at the Boscawen Public Library, Monday, (tomorrow) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Activities include cardio, yoga and art classes as well as educational seminars on various topics. Day trips and international trips are also part of their offerings. There are no membership fees as you simply pay for the classes/events that you attend. A monthly lunch program is served as well.

■Signups for the Boscawen Public Library’s Summer Reading Program can be done on their website at or come into the library. Kick Off Party starts on June 26th at 1 p.m. Participants receive prizes, stickers and rewards for reading. Two Special Events will be held that include Steve Blout and Marty Kelley music and stories on July 17th and Bryson Lang Comedy Juggler on August 5. Be sure to check out the webpage for dates and times. The Boscawen Public Library has some great new passes that will appeal to all ages. Many acres of beautiful gardens can be seen at Bedrock Gardens in Lee, kids will love the interactive exhibits at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, and history buffs will enjoy the NH History Museum in Manchester and Mt. Kearsarge Museum that showcases Native American collections and exhibits. Back by popular demand are Squam Lakes Science Center in Holderness and the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord. Passes are available to library patrons for reduced or free admission. Call ahead to reserve your pass at 603-753-8576.

■ A chance to meet your neighbors and make new friends awaits at the Coffee House held at the Horace Chase Lodge on every Monday at 53N Main Street. Coffee is served from 9 to 11 a.m.



■The Baker Free Library Foundation is participating in “NH Gives”, a state-wide 24-hour on-line fundraising event that connects donors to local non-profits. Starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6th and running through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7th donors can go to and select the charities of their choice for a donation. This is a quick and powerful way to support your local library and your community! For more information to to or contact Christine at

■On Wednesday, June 14th, J. Dennis Robinson will give his presentation “The Isle of Shoals: How New Archaeology is Changing Old History” at 12:30. This will be sponsored by the NH Humanities Council. The public is always invited to attend BYAH meetings. They are held at the Old Town Hall, 91 Bow Center Road, BOW. Bow Young at Heart is a social club open to residents of Bow and surrounding towns 55 years and older. Meetings begin at 11:30 a.m. with a social hour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, when the day’s presentation is held. Please bring your own lunch and dessert will be provided.



■CES is building an Outdoor Classroom to connect learning to nature. We want to raise approximately $2,500 to clear trees, buy wood chips, make seating and build an instructional area with a white board. With luck, we will raise enough funds to begin construction in June. We would greatly appreciate your donation. Checks can be made payable to CES and dropped off or mailed to Canterbury Elementary at 15 Baptist Road or at Elkins Public Library. Please indicate ‘Outdoor Classroom’ on the memo line. If you would prefer to send cash, please send it in an envelope marked ‘Outdoor Classroom donation. Thank you in advance for your support!

■The Transfer Station is trying out expanding hours. They will be open on Tuesday 4 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. in addition to Wednesday 4 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. There is a new sign at the entrance with the hours and details of what items are accepted.

■A flower and garden festival – Tickets go on sale tomorrow, June 1, for a community Flower and Garden Festival. It is a day of nature, beauty and inspiration, you won’t want to miss!! The 13 stops, which include 8 private gardens, will offer a botanical sampler complete with art, musicians and plein aire painters. You can find out more on or by going to



■The Chichester Central School along with the PTO is looking for volunteers for their annual field days on June 12 to help with the BBQ food service, set up and clean up. Extra hands make light work of grilling, serving and general assistance. Reach out to the school or a PTO member to assist. Donuts with Dad will be on June 9 starting at 7:30 a.m. at the school. Volunteers always needed. The spring concert has been cancelled.

■The Chichester Fire Dept Annual Town Wide Yard Sale is scheduled for June 10 at 9 a.m. The dept is looking for donations of items to sell on that day at the fire station. Are you on the town wide yard sale map? Contact 603-602-9509

■The library is hosting a display of Chichester’s photographers that have shared their works. All works are for sale and you may even find a photo of Chichester on display. The Little Book House at Carpenter Park and Town Hall are now open.



■Free Concert! Free Food! The Grand Opening of the upstairs of the Town Hall is June 10 at 5 p.m. for the Ribbon Cutting. Our Selectmen will be cooking up hamburgers and hotdogs for all the residents. Community groups will be upstairs with information on their organization. At 6:30 p.m., on the Town Hall Stage upstairs, George Holt & the HydroGeo Trio and of Counsel will present the first concert in over 32 years.

■Free Fraud Awareness Presentation on June 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., inside the library. A cooperation between the Dunbarton Police Department, Dunbarton Public Library, Better Business Bureau of NH, NH Department of Justice and the Concord Regional Crimeline in an effort to educate members of the public on common scams and frauds. RSVP at 774-3546.

■The annual Chicken Barbecue will be held at the Fire Department, 18 Robert Rogers Road on June 25. Servings are noon to 2pm and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Adults are $15 and children under 12 are $10. You can also take your dinner to go. Tickets are on sale now. Deadline is June 18.Contact Tammy for tickets at (603) 774-1616 or



■Save money, eat fresh, grow your own food! The Epsom Community Garden has spring Garden plots available. Plots are on Goboro Rd. $20 plot (partial scholarships available), 12 x20 each with on-site water. Reserve your plot now. For more info contact Kim @

■Old Home Day will be on Aug. 11t to 13 with the Old Home Day Theme “Hometown America.” There will be floats and a bike decorating contest. More info to come. The Old Home Day Committee is looking for students to volunteer at Old Home Day. Contact Terry Riel at 603-848-7371 or

■Fifth grade is having a State Fair on June 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the gym. Fifth grade families are invited to view student state displays and discover what students have learned about their states. Light refreshments will be served.



■To all members of Franklin Opera House, Inc.: A great opportunity to hear about the year past and plans for the future at the Annual Meeting on June 8 at 5 p.m. As a contributor, you are invited to attend the meeting either in person or via Zoom (call 603-934-1901 for the link). The purpose of the meeting is to get an update on the current status of the organization, celebrate our accomplishments, and participate in the election of the Board of Directors. Five board members’ terms are expiring, and desire to continue in their positions with new three-year terms. There are open positions, and we welcome newcomers. If you are unable to attend in person, you can vote in advance at

■Don’t miss the Franklin Animal Shelter 5K June 4 with registration at 8 a.m. at Paul Smith School; start time 9 a.m. Open to solo or team runners. Fierce Spirit Fitness will lead a pre-event warmup at 8:30 a.m. After the race, head over to Kettlehead Brewery to redeem your free post-race beer. (If you’re looking for some breakfast, the Tilton location would be a good choice.) Or celebrate with a ice cream at the end of the event.



■11:30 this morning Henniker Historical Society is having their Annual Meeting at the Congregational Church Parish Hall. Sue Fetzer will be discussing the history of the church!

■ John Stark Regional High School Senior Jackson Barnes recently completed his Eagle Board of Review and officially earned the rank of Eagle. To earn that rank, a scout must meet many criteria including rank advancements, community service, leadership roles, merit badges, and an Eagle project.

■Public hearing in Weare for the Zoning Board will be June 6 at the Town Office at 7:30 p.m.



■The annual Book Sale is June 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Library. Hardcovers $2. Paperbacks $1. Bag sale $5 from 2-3 p.m. Free books after 3 p.m. Book donations accepted June 7 and 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., June 9 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Donation limit of 3 boxes of books per family. Not accepting: old/musty or in bad condition, Reader’s Digest books, magazine, textbooks, CD/VHD/DVD.

■First Thursdays are back through October. Contoocook QuiltWorks, Indigo Blues & Co, Maple Street Mercantile, Union House Oddities, and Witching Hour Provisions will be staying open until 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Come shop the Village for discounts, make and take goodies, wine, and much more!

■The Boys LAX Clinic is ready to go! Geared for boys ages 6-14, these lacrosse sessions are a perfect way to work on general and position specific skills. Details at



■The Suncook Senior Center is taking reservations for its Lighthouses and Lobsters Senior trip on June 27, consisting of: Nubble lighthouse, lobster bake and trip to Stonewall Kitchen. $122. All welcome. Call Nancy at 603-485-9181 with reservations or questions.

■Meet Me In Suncook meeting is June 6 at 6 p.m. at 4 Union Street, Suncook. All meetings are open to the public.

■Pembroke/Allenstown Old Home Day parade will be here before you know it! Take part in the parade and enter a float. Date: August 26. Theme: Kindness Matters. Call Jocelyn 603-485-3352.



■The Pittsfield Youth Workshop will be participating in NH Gives, a 24-hour online giving event, from 5 p.m. on June 6 – 5 p.m. on June 7 and has an amazing opportunity to raise a substantial portion of our annual budget in just one day, but we need your help to make this happen. The Foss Family Foundation, a private foundation formed by Richard and Lois Foss, has agreed to match all donations up to $17,500. Please donate to PYW at

■ The South Pittsfield Community Club will hold a Ham & Bean Supper on June 10 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Club House at 444 Dowboro Rd, Pittsfield. Cost for Adults is $10, Children ages 6-12- $5 and under age 6 is free. Eat in or Take out! The menu is ham, baked beans, brown bread, potato salad, drinks and pies.

■Congratulations to the Pittsfield Middle High School Class of 2023! The Awards night will be held June 9 at 7 p.m. at the PMHS Gym. Graduation will be held on June 10 at 10 a.m. at the PMHS Gym.



■The Salisbury Farmer’s Market will open June 26 at 3 p.m. to 6 p.m on the Town Green located at 645 Old Turnpike Rd in Salisbury. It will run until Sept. 25 with the exception of Labor Day. If you want to be a vendor please contact Helen Binette at 648-2156.

■ Salisbury Old Home Day is Aug. 12. The Old Home Day Committee is looking for Vendors. If you would like to be a vendor , email the committee at

■ The Salisbury Town Clerk wants to remind everyone to please license your overdue dogs ASAP! Additional fees & penalties will start for those who have not licensed their dogs by July 1. For more information, visit, look under the Town Clerk tab. The Town Clerk’s office is open Mondays 8 a.m. to p.m. and Tuesdays 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Town Clerk can be reached at or call 603-648-3222.



■Planning for Warner Fall Foliage Festival (Oct. 6-8) is underway! Vendor applications for both returning and new vendors may be found at The next WFFF board will be held on June 7 at 6 p.m. at Sugar River Bank.

■ On June 4 at 4 p.m., New London Playhouse will present a 2023 summer preview on the MainStreet Warner Stage. Hear an update of theatre activities from Executive Artistic Director Keith Coughlin and enjoy performances by this year’s Barnies and Junior Interns! Admission free; donations accepted. Discounted tickets for summer shows will be available at the event. At the same time, inside MainStreet BookEnds, the Bookends Book Club will discuss Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.

■ Explore your artistic side by joining a Mosaic Class with professional teaching artist Lizz Van Saun of Kast Hill Studios, June 10, at 1 p.m., on the Front Porch of the NH Telephone Museum. Participants will create a small, colorful project using the art form “Pique Assiette,” roughly translated means “Plate Stealer” because of the use of shards of ceramic and other material. Suitable for age 7 and up. Cost is $20 per person. For more info and to register, visit



■The Webster Historical Society was one of the 2023 NH Preservation Alliance Achievement Award Winners of the NH Preservation Alliance! The Webster Historical Society received the award for restoration of the Meeting House. After a two-year effort by retired state architectural historian James Garvin to diagnose destructive levels of moisture in the building, the Society installed a vapor barrier in the basement and embarked on a major fund-raising campaign to remediate the moisture-caused damage. With support from LCHIP, the town, a N.H. Preservation Alliance/1772 Foundation grant, an Americana Corners grant, and many individual donors, 42 windows (84 sashes) were conserved. About 90% of the clapboards on the east and west sides of the building were preserved, and the badly deteriorated cladding on the north and south sides was replaced in-kind with quarter-sawn clapboards. Deteriorated exterior trim was consolidated with wood epoxy where possible. (abbreviated NH Preservation Alliance announcement)

■The Tax Collector’s Office will be open the following hours starting June 7 and ending July 5. The regular hours are Monday from 2-4 p.m. The additional hours are Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Welcome our new Deputy Tax Collector, Amanda Cummings, who will be working the 5-7 p.m. hours.


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