Announcements published Nov. 18, 2020

  • “Christmoose,” pen and ink with watercolor, by Ty Meier. Courtesy

Published: 11/19/2020 8:18:33 AM
Modified: 11/19/2020 8:18:23 AM
ConcordTour State House virtually

The General Court of New Hampshire has created a special video tour experience to allow students around New Hampshire to virtually tour the State House. The video highlights the State House grounds, our historic Hall of Flags, the Executive Council Chamber and Legislative Chambers.

The New Hampshire Legislature has a long-held tradition of welcoming students to the State House to see the historic chambers and learn what happens in this more than 200-year-old building. The General Court of New Hampshire looks forward to providing Granite State students this special look at their State House while adhering to public health guidance.

The link to this tour as well as links to information on the General Court can all be found on the General Court’s visitors’ center webpage The State House Visitor Center is also available to meet with groups virtually.

HopkintonArt show and sale

The works of nearly 50 local artists will be on display and available for purchase at the Two Villages Art Society in Hopkinton from Nov. 21 to Dec. 20.

The newly formed Two Villages Art Society partnered with the Hopkinton Historical Society to present the show, titled “Home for the Holidays: an Art Show & Sale.” Works selected for the show include oil and watercolor paintings, ceramics, tapestry, woodworking, wearable art, book making, and more, created by artists and artisans from Hopkinton, Bradford, Warner, New London, and other surrounding towns.

“2020 has been a challenging year, yet it has also given us the opportunity to reimagine how we do things, as well as collaborate with other nonprofits,” said Heather Mitchell, executive director of Hopkinton Historical Society. “We are excited to partner with Two Villages Art Society for this new show that includes both an in-person and on-line shopping experience. The two organizations have brought together an impressive variety of art forms by 50 local artists. It is a wonderful way to support local artists and to shop local.”

“Home for the Holidays: an Art Show and Sale” takes place at the Bates Building, 846 Main St., (with masks required) as well as online. The gallery will be open to the public on a drop-in basis or by appointment. The number of visitors will be limited due to COVID precautions. To book a private time for an individual or group, email Hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 21, Nov. 27, and Nov. 28, the show will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

To shop online visit, or for more information, visit

Drop-offs now open

Operation Christmas Child drop-off locations are open now through Nov. 23 to receive shoebox gifts — lovingly packed with toys and other items — from area donors during National Collection Week.

Local drop-off points include Grace Capital Church in Pembroke (Wednesday and Friday, 4 to 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. and Monday, 10 a.m. to noon) and Countryside Community Church in Hopkinton (Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Monday, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

To donate, find a shoebox-sized container and decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14. Fill with gifts such as balls, stuffed animals, small toys, hygiene items and art/school supplies. Please do not include food or candy items, toothpaste or liquid toiletries, gum, used items, aerosol cans, or fragile items (like snowglobes). For more detailed dos and don’ts, visit

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, seeks to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

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